When it comes to the Hello Kitty franchise, Sanrio seems very open to licensing her image to others. (Hello Kitty Swarovski crystals anyone?) One of its latest partnerships is with Viz Media, which has been granted permission to create graphic novels featuring the iconic cat. They’ve recently released the second of these books entitled Hello Kitty: Delicious!
Hello Kitty: Delicious! is the second of Viz Media’s Hello Kitty comic book series. Three contributors from the first comic, Fashion Music Wonderland, are joined by a few new artists. Along with Chabot’s classic-style drawings and McGinty’s less conventional renderings of Hello Kitty, we get Buscema’s 1950s inspired art and Monlongo’s illustrations, which, like Chabot’s, stick closer to the Sanrio standard.
As in Fashion Music Wonderland, the stories within Delicious! are created by different artist/writer teams and have no written dialogue, which make them ideal for small children (though they might need help with sound effects and signs like “Mummies of Ancient Egypt”). Unlike Fashion Music Wonderland, there’s no specific Hello Kitty design used for the stories. In fact, she’s not the central character in every story; in Banana Split, the monkeys Tim and Tammy share the spotlight. The only common thread is that food figures into every plot. Delicious! also features a wider cast, which makes the book more fun. And for anyone unfamiliar with Hello Kitty’s lesser-known companions, Delicious! includes the illustrated guide “Family and Friends.”
The book contains seven stories. There’s no cutout paper doll like Fashion Music Wonderland, but interspersed through the book are three 1-page shorts written and illustrated by Buscema. Chabot’s contributions – Hot Stuff, Banana Split, Very Big Problem, and Piece of Cake – are cleanly drawn and easy to follow. Cute humor figures into all of his stories although some youngsters might possibly find the giant chasing Hello Kitty scary. McGinty’s artwork for Food Fright is definitely on the scarier side with mummies and illustrations turning black and white when the power goes out. Food Fright’s storyline is also a bit confusing as is the one for Sweet Dreams, Hello Kitty’s dive into a psychedelic candy Wonderland. As for Monlongo’s Martian Munchies, it blends cute with gross with a space alien’s version of pie.
Viz delivers seven food-themed tales and three shorts featuring beloved Sanrio characters. As in Hello Kitty: Fashion Music Wonderland, these are stand-alone stories, but each one is cute, fluffy fun. Combined with the artists’ colorful drawings, they’re perfect for youngsters.
First published in the Fandom Post.