Viz To Produce Original Hello Kitty Comic Books

Viz has just announced that they will be producing original comics based on legendary character Hello Kitty. They will publish a series of several graphic novels, as well as a special-edition comic.

The comic book, which features a cover by Eisner-nominated Jacob Chabot (“SpongeBob Comics”, “Strange Tales”), will launch at 2013, San Diego Comic Con. It will feature art by Chabot, Victoria Maderna, Ian McGinty. The graphic novels, which will start in the Fall with “Here We Go!”, are described as “a collection of comic stories about Hello Kitty’s travels.”

An interesting feature of these comics? They are silent.

Beth Kawasaki, VIZ Media Senior Editorial Director, said in a press release:

“The new wordless comic and graphic novel series will appeal to Hello Kitty fans of all ages. VIZ Media is having a blast creating the fun new original series and we can’t wait for everyone to see the books.”

The market for licensed kid’s comics is currently booming, with such titles as “My Little Pony” from IDW and “Adventure Time” from BOOM! incredibly popular. Will Hello Kitty be a hit in the comic book market? Well, judging from her enduring international appeal, the ageless feline certainly has a good shot.

Here’s the official publication deets:

HELLO KITTY®: Here We GO!· MSRP: $7.99 US / $9.99 CAN · Available Fall 2013
Hello Kitty has places to be and friends to meet! Join her (or Hello Kitty) as she explores an underground realm, chases an unsavory cake thief around the world, 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.

HELLO KITTY® FASHION MUSIC WONDERLAND · MSRP: $6.99 US / $7.99 CAN · Available Summer 2013
It’s Hello Kitty as you’ve never seen her, in stories filled with fashion, music and adventure!

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