Hello Kitty, Hello 40

I can’t remember the first time I laid my eyes on Hello Kitty but I have passed my Hello Kitty obsession down to my daughter who has Hello Kitty lego, a bean bag, towels, tea sets, DVDs, clothes and toys. Yes I am buying the stuff I wish I had as a kid for her, but then one of her first words was kitty, so that makes it ok…right??

Hello Kitty, Hello 40 is a collection of 40 stories (plus one for good luck) about Hello Kitty from different comic artists, muralists and toy creators. The book is a celebration of 40 years of Hello Kitty. The book includes a blurb from contributors about what Hello Kitty means to them before their comic segment. There’s also an introduction from Babymouse creators Jennifer L. and Matthew Holm.

What makes the book so awesome is all the different interpretations of her character, she’s presented in ultra cuteness to macabre horror-esque stories (one story reminded me of Roman Dirge’s Lenore). There’s a story in here to appeal to everyone from role playing geeks (yes there’s a RPG story here) and toddlers to grumpy old granddads, no one can resist Hello Kitty’s charm and cuteness.

I’m not a big comic fan and I haven’t heard of any of the contributors but enjoyed every single story in the book. I pretty much read novels and non-fiction so it was nice a nice reminder of how powerful images can be as there’s no speech bubbles in any of the stories. An impressive collection of Hello Kitty stories and an impressive array of art.

Hello Kitty, Hello 40 is a beautiful 144 paged hardcover book that is a must have for any Hello Kitty collector. Lots of Kitty and Kawaii!!!!

At the back of the book there’s an index of artists with a profile (see picture gallery.) Artists who contributed include: Alberto Arzeni, Franco Aureliani, Art Baltazar, Chuck BB, Alan Brown, Juan Calle, R.J Casey, Jacob Chabot, Chanmen, Belinda Chen, Gemma Correll, Brianne Drouhard, Jerzy Drozd, Chris Eliopoulos, Theo Ellsworth, Chynna Clugston Flores, Susie Ghahremani, Chris Giarrusso, Stephanie Gonzaga, Sarah Goodreau, Habbenink, Charise Mericle Haper, Jennifer L. and Matthew Holm, David Horvath, Corin Howell, Matrin Hsu, Debbie Huey, Leslie Hung, Phillip Jacobson, Karl Kerschl, Cynthia Liu, Ian McGinty, Alex Eben Meyer, Jorge Monlongo, Becka Moor, Travis Nichols, Sirron Norris, Luke Pearson, Lark Pien, Philippa Rice, Dave Roman, Brian Smith, Jay Stephens, James Turner, Gene Luen Yang.

Hello Kitty, Hello 40 is available from Madman Entertainment.

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