A Look at: Hello Kitty: Here We Go!


Go on awesome Hello Kitty adventures

Today is the day that Japanator recommends you buy a Hello Kitty comic. Things sure are goofy around here.

Hello Kitty: Here We Go! is the first volume in a collection of short comics chronicling the many adventures of the world's most famous cat with a pink bow. She travels all over, even through time and space, for all kinds of reasons.

In reading this comic, I've discovered that Hello Kitty wears many hats. She's a friend, first and foremost, but she's also an astronaut, a secret agent, a photographer, an avid reader with a hyper-active imagination, and who knows what else. True to the premise of the character in the first place, Hello Kitty is basically you and me.

Hello Kitty: Here We Go!
Published by: Perfect Square (VIZ Media imprint)
Story and Art: Jacob Chabot, Jorge Monlongo, Susie Ghahremani
Release date: October 1, 2013
MSRP: US$7.99 print, US$4.99 digital [iOS]

I already gave away my stance in the opening line of this article, but it bears emphasizing that Hello Kitty: Here We Go! is a most excellent comic. There is no dialogue; at least, none that involves words. Just a few images here and there to give you an impression of what is going on in conversation between different characters.

This book stars Hello Kitty and her family, as well as Dear Daniel, Fifi, Tippy, Jodie, Tracy, Thomas, Tim and Tammy, Rorry, Joey, and Mory. Unless you're really into Sanrio, you may not recognize most of the characters, but that's alright. And it's also alright if you expected other big players like Keroppi and Badtz Maru - they make little cameos.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I first cracked open the book (digitally, anyway), especially since I'm not personally too familiar with the work of the creators. The way it works is, each person involved in the book does the story and art for their own little short stories/comics, and they're presented alternating with each other. Some of the stories are told in just one page, like the ones from guest artist Susie Ghahremani, which provide a great little interlude between "acts." Others are longer, and put Hello Kitty (and friends) in various situations around the world.

Some parts of this comic made me, literally, laugh out loud. The humor really shines through without the creators having to go too over the top. It's all simple stuff. Hello Kitty is helping a friend out, or Hello Kitty is taking a walk and things just... happen. And then we get to enjoy her adventures from the comfort of our reading nooks.

There's a nice flow to the book, and each comic takes its time letting the story unfold visually. While reading, I got the feeling that Jacob Chabot (creator of Skullboy, who makes a cameo in this book, by the way) and Jorge Monlongo (artist on the current Mameshiba books for Perfect Square) really had all the breathing room they needed with how well-paced each story is. They also delighted me with loads of little references to famous movies, or whatever pop media they can work into their comics (Double-O Kitty is an obvious stand-out).

I'm in danger of gushing way too much here, so I'll just stop while I'm ahead. Grab the comic - the stories are fun, the artwork is great, and you'll probably giggle while reading. Bonus points if you can spot the Mameshiba cameo.

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Hello Kitty: Here We Go! reviewed by Kristina Pino


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Kristina is a freelance photographer and writer from Miami now moved to Japan. She's a hardcore nerd culture enthusiast, Disney fan, sunflower admirer, and book slinger. Tweet her @geekerydo. F... more + disclosures



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