is a popular metafiction
series taking place in the real Gotham City, where the events depicted in
Batman and other comics are understood to be the exaggerations, and sometimes
the outright fictions, of tabloid journalists. Catwoman, Batman, and the “Batman
Family” of characters are at the center of the series, while spin-offs focus
on the Justice League, Jason Blood and others.
The Cat-Tales stories are available in three forms: as media-rich webpages for online reading, in downloadable pdf documents for those who prefer to print hardcopies, and in Kindle and mobi formats for portable readers. There is a mobile-friendly mirror site for the main Cat-Tales stories and select spin-offs at cat-tales.mobi.
Most people will want to begin by reading the stories online.
Navigating the website
The other buttons on the lower menu are self-explanatory. Spinoffs include JLAin't, a sister series by MyklarCure exploring the Justice League's side of many Cat-Tales episodes, Capes and Bats, a dramatic tale of Dracula in Gotham, Reap What You Sow, a Poison Ivy-centric tale exploring an alternate universe introduced in String Theory, and Wicked Verse, starring Jason Blood and his dark companion Etrigan.
The Fan Art Gallery is a must-see, showcasing the work of traditional and digital artists inspired by Cat-Tales scenes.
The Extras page is a gateway to the Cat-Tales Visitor Center in Second Life, the Wayne Family History, downloadable wallpapers, newsletter subscription and community features.
For the main series, the most recent story and chapter is highlighted at the top of the index page accessed by the button. The 2 column menu will cycle through, first displaying the stories of books 5 & 6, then 1 & 2, then 3 and 4. Readers may also access the full index in static wide-screen form from that page, or a Best of selection chosen by our readers offering their picks for Best Bruce and Selina action, Best Comedies, Dramas, Joker stories, etc.
The first Cat-Tale and best place for new newcomers to begin is with Cat-Tale #1: A Girl’s Gotta Protect Her Reputation.
Each story page contains a READ ONLINE button for the web version and download options for offline reading.
Ebooks: Individual stories and the book-length compilations are available in .mobi format for the Amazon Kindle, and .epub, the universal ebook format. Most readers will open epub files directly. For others, epubs can be easily converted to proprietary platforms with software such as Calibre, which many users find ideal for cataloging as well as converting their e-libraries. If you are uncertain what format your device requires, consult the Mobile Reader Wiki here.
Right click on either link and save the zipped file to your harddrive. Unzip after your download and install or convert/edit tags/pipe into your reader with Calibre.
On the cat-tales.mobi site, special links are included for the convenience of iPhone and iPod users with the Stanza app installed. The Safari browser will open non-zipped epub books directly for devices with that app, so iPhone users should not need to download and unzip.
PDFs are also available for all stories and compilations. While many devices will read PDFs, these files are intended for high printing quality. As such, they may simply be too large for your device to download and there will be page numbers and headings not intended for ereaders. You are welcome to try, but we make no guarantees.
If you would like to request a specific ebook format that is not offered, drop us a line and we'll see what we can do.
The Print option is to download print-quality PDFs in a comic-size format 6.625" x 10.25" This size is available at CafePress and chain print/copy shops.
Many stories also include some sort of EXTRAS such as:
The Cat-Tales Companions: Cat-Tales references certain events in DC Comics, as well as literature and pop culture. The Companions are meant to be a simple supplement for readers that want a little more: to know what comic “Prometheus at the Watchtower” refers to, what opera La Donna Mobile comes from, or sometimes a Catverse-specific backstory that might have been mentioned in the message boards but never made it into the “official chronicles” like what really happened at Clark Kent’s bachelor party or how to make Selina’s martini. The Companions only cover the first five stories, from Reputation through Such an Idiot. Since they are more time-consuming to assemble than other extras, there are no plans to extend them at this time, but Chris is happy to take questions on Companion-type details of any story through the forums and post-story chats.
Other extras might include fan art depicting scenes from the story, a link to the message board discussion, chat transcripts from the most recent Tales, and special features like a "Cat-vid," Cat-Tales theatrical program, or the Wayne Family History.
In addition to the link on the cover page, the last chapter of a story contains a Post Review button that will connect you to the appropriate thread in the message boards. Anyone can read, but you must log in with a Yuku, Facebook, Twitter or other Internet ID in order to post.
Extras: Message Board
The Cat-Tales forums are hosted by Yuku. You can sign in to post via Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, MySpace, AOL, WindowsLive ID, Blogger, flickr, WordPress, Linked in, or OpenID. [As of this writing, Yuku has discontinued their participation in OpenID.]
Or, naturally, you can create a Yuku account:
Creating an account on the Yuku is exactly like a hundred other message board systems. You provide some basic information like your name and - very important - a valid email address, copy text to prove you're a human, and then that valid email address receives a validation email with a link. If you don't receive the email, check your junk filter/spam settings. If you can't click the link, copy it and paste into the browser, etc. Links to the relevant pages in Yuku's help wiki are provided below:
If you're inclined, you can add an avatar, create a slick profile, upload pictures, videos, keep a blog, and friend users with similar interests. None of it is mandatory to join the Cat-Tales Community, but it is definitely fun.
When you're ready, come into the forum and get ready to post. There are two ways, creating a new topic*, as in the Guestbook, or replying to an existing thread, as you would to leave a review.
*New accounts are limited creating one new topic and replying to up to three existing threads on their first day after sign up.
Starting a new topic:
Reply to a topic:
If you want to practice, the Arkham Asylum area is for testing graphics and getting to learn the system.
The chatroom requires Java™ technology to run. Check the chat page well in advance of the scheduled chat time and if you do not see the sign in screen, get Java now, for free, from java.com and make sure your browser is java enabled.
You do not need to pre-register. If you are not a guest speaker or administrator, you have no need for that password field, just pick a username and login.
The chat client allows for simple text enhancement like Bold, Italic, and has a number of smilies and sound features included.
Disruptive members or those spamming or indulging in off-topic conversation will be warned once and muted. Repeat offenders can be banned, but fortunately this has never been necessary.
The Wiki has been discontinued at this time. It may be back if there is sufficient reader interest.
Extras: Mailing List
The best way to keep up with all things Cat-Tales is to subscribe to the mailing list. News of chapter updates, spin-offs, and special features and the occasional contest are delivered straight to your mailbox. Fill out the Join the Mailing List form on the extras page, check SUBSCRIBE, and wait for the validation email. When it arrives, click the link enclosed. If you do not receive a validation email, check your junk filter/spam settings. If you can't click the link, copy it and paste into the browser.
It is recommended you opt for the HTML version of the newsletter, or you'll miss out on direct links to the new stories, and all but the primary announcement for that particular issue.
Your email will never be sold or distributed, we use it for the newsletter and nothing else.
You may also stay informed of updates by Liking Cat-Tales on Facebook, following on Twitter or Goggle +.
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