VIZ Media announces Hello Kitty original graphic novel
VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, invites readers of all ages to tap their creative sides for some whimsical new graphic novel adventures with the release of HELLO KITTY: JUST IMAGINE, available now.
HELLO KITTY: JUST IMAGINE is published under the Perfect Square imprint and expands the line of full-color HELLO KITTY® original graphic novels inspired by the global pop icon. JUST IMAGINE brings back the talented team of HELLO KITTY artists including Jacob Chabot, Ian McGinty and Jorge Monlongo, and introduces artist Giovanni Castro and special guest artist Sarah Goodreau. HELLO KITTY: JUST IMAGINE is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and will carry an MSRP of $7.99 U.S. / $9.99 CAN.
Anything is possible if you just imagine…
Hello Kitty and her friends are letting their imaginations run wild – dreaming up rainy day adventures, inventing amazing machines and solving problems in the most inventive ways. When creativity and friendship combine, the possibilities are endless!
“As Hello Kitty marks her 40th anniversary she’s as popular as ever, keeping up with the maker movement in HELLO KITTY: JUST IMAGINE,” says Traci Todd, Senior Editor, Children’s Publishing. “We hope the young and young at heart will enjoy these new stories and discover their own spirits of creativity and inspiration as well.”
Don’t miss additional full-color HELLO KITTY original graphic novel titles available in-print from Perfect Square including, HELLO KITTY: HERE WE GO!, HELLO KITTY: SURPRISE!, and HELLO KITTY: DELICIOUS!, as well as the brand new HELLO KITTY, HELLO 40 commemorative story and art anthology.
Created by Sanrio, Hello Kitty® is a true lifestyle brand that enjoys tremendous international popularity. In North America, and throughout the world, Hello Kitty is a leading brand that is loved by fans of all ages. The pop icon has more than 14 million followers on Facebook.
HELLO KITTY artist Jacob Chabot is a prolific New York City-based cartoonist, illustrator and writer. His comics have appeared in publications such as Nickelodeon Magazine, Mad Magazine, SpongeBob SquarePants comics, and various Marvel titles. He also illustrated HELLO KITTY editions including HERE WE GO!, DELICIOUS! and SURPRISE!, as well as VOLTRON FORCE: SHELTER FROM THE STORM and VOLTRON FORCE: TRUE COLORS for Perfect Square. His comic series, The Mighty Skullboy Army, is published by Dark Horse, and in 2008 Chabot was also nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Book for Teens.
Artist Ian McGinty resides in Savannah, Georgia, and his portfolio includes Adventure Time: Candy Capers (kaBoom!), Bravest Warriors (kaBoom!), HELLO KITTY (VIZ Media), UGLYDOLL (VIZ Media), and Suckers (Zenescope). He is also creator of Chomp! (Top Shelf).
Book and comic illustrator and game designer Jorge Monlongo hails from Spain and combines traditional and digital techniques to create worlds in beautiful colors that hide secrets. JUST IMAGINE… is his latest HELLO KITTY title for VIZ Media/Perfect Square and his work has also been featured in several prominent magazines, including Rolling Stone.
Artist Giovanni Castro was born in Colombia, studied art there, and now lives and works in Barcelona, Spain. He works mainly in editorial illustration and comics. Castro has worked with traditional media, but nowadays he does his illustrations digitally. He loves science fiction and historical themes and is interested in history, art and languages.
HELLO KITTY guest artist Sarah Goodreau was born and raised in Massachusetts. Pursuing a lifetime interest in art, she traveled south to study at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Afterwards she spent three years as an illustrator in New York City until moving to Amsterdam where she currently resides.
VIZ Media’s Perfect Square imprint focuses on delivering original comics, manga (graphic novels) and other children’s books with an emphasis on strong storytelling, eye-popping graphics, empowering themes, and a dash of irreverence, that captures the imagination of a whole new generation.
Additional information on titles published by Perfect Square is available at www.PerfectSquare.com.
For more information on other manga titles from VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.
Sanrio is the global lifestyle brand best known for pop icon Hello Kitty®, who celebrates her 40th Anniversary this year with a museum exhibition and Hello Kitty Con 2014, the first ever Hello Kitty convention. Home to many endearing characters including Chococat® My Melody®, Badtz-Maru® and Keroppi®, Sanrio was founded on the ‘small gift, big smile®’ philosophy – that a small gift can bring happiness and friendship to people of all ages. Since 1960, this philosophy has served as the inspiration for the broad spectrum of unique products and experiences. Today, more than 50,000 Sanrio-branded items are available in over 130 countries and upwards of 15,000 U.S. retail locations including department, specialty, national chain stores and over 80 Sanrio boutiques. For more information please visit www.sanrio.com and www.facebook.com/hellokitty
About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan. Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and INUYASHA, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages. VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products. Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.