Madman Entertainment (Australia)
Viz Media (North America)
Jacob Chabot (Lead)
Sanrio's Hello Kitty franchise - Used Under License
Madman Entertainment for providing a review copy of this title
It has been quite a while since we last saw any Hello Kitty titles released here in Australia, with all the licenses seemingly drying up and nobody doing a license rescue for them despite it being a relatively well known brand. Madman Entertainment however have decided welcome Hello Kitty back ‘Down Under’ by licensing a set of comic books based around Hello Kitty and her friends. The first book has been titled Hello Kitty: Here We Go and was created by a trio consisting of Jacob Chabot, Jorge Monlongo and Susie Ghahremani.
This book series puts a strong emphasis on the vivid, full-colour visuals rather than the dialogue (For which there are none), letting the reader make up a plot in their mind as Kitty and many other familiar faces enjoy their many mini adventures. Staying true to its title “Here We Go!“, each of the stories involves a particular journey, starting off as several round the world treks and then moving on to different time periods and fantasy worlds.
From falling into an underground labyrinth that a hidden society of Rock people call home and ending up in Australia (+1 for a reference to Australia) to Kitty imagining that her entire fantasy world has been invaded by the Kraken, many of the events that take place are surreal and outlandish… and this is its strong point. Hello Kitty: Here We Go! is a book that could easily be picked up by anyone of any age and easily be enjoyed, with many slight pop culture references and genuinely funny moments that were a thrill to look at from start to finish. While very few books could pull off an entertaining experience without any words, this is one exception.
The Hello Kitty franchise may give the perception that it is exclusively a brand for young children or just a cute fashion line depending on where you live. But Hello Kitty: Here We Go! at least is something that breaks free from those perceptions by providing such an entertaining experience in just 64-pages for this 22 year old male reviewer. With Madman Entertainment listing the second volume (Delicious!) for release this month and the third volume (Surprise!) during July, expect to see more in the near future.
Hello Kitty has places to be and friends to meet! Join Hello Kitty in her first-ever comic book adventures as she explores an underground realm, moonlights as an international super spy, climbs the Himalayas, travels back in time, and discovers that sometimes, the best place to get away from it all is between the pages of a good book. Plus, guest artist Susie Ghahremani takes Hello Kitty on some unexpected detours!