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Friday Things: 02/06 - All About That Cake and Quackerjack

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[Whoa, actually on time? Why, yes. It's because my weekend is pretty much booked, and I had the presence of mind to write this up a day early. Enjoy!]

On Disney:

Some cute Disney-themed Valentine's Day cards if you're into printing and making your own.

A few screenshots of the upcoming Frozen short, Frozen Fever.

On Books and Comics:

If you're passionate about comics and interested in writing about them, consider applying to PANELS!

If you're the type who likes to "read it before ya see it," here are three books for upcoming adaptations.

The next Hello Kitty comic has just been released! It's called Hello Kitty: It's About Time. Oh yes, I'll be grabbing this.

Stuff I Wrote:

On Panels: Art Roundup: Spotlight on Quackerjack.

Other:

Michelle Phan wrote up some tips on handling homesickness. She nailed it with keeping busy as well as keeping in touch. I Skype with folks back in the US all the time, and I try not to have too much idle time in general.

A glance at what some school lunches around the world look like compared with the US. If you read my blog regularly, you know what Japanese school lunches look like, but have a look at others like Greece and Spain!

A publication sent out a call for science writers, and dude was rejected because he isn't a science writer. His response to the lady who runs the site is appalling.

Awesome dad gets tattoos of his son's doodles.

A+, solid parody.

[See ya next week!]

Release Day: HELLO KITTY: WORK OF ART

Comics and MangaKristina PinoComment

I just recently finished reading Hello Kitty: Just Imagine... and even named it my top comics pick in PANELS' October round-up, and I've just noticed today is the release date of the next book in the series, Hello Kitty: Work of Art. Heck yeah! Check out the cover and blurbage below:

Picture this:

Hello Kitty and her friends are making music, producing plays, snapping photos, solving mysteries and...playing with dragons? Art is all around, and Hello Kitty and her friends know exactly where to find it!

And don’t miss three lovely pieces by Maite Oz!

Stories and art by: Jacob Chabot, Giovanni Castro, Ian McGinty, Jorge Monlongo, and Maite Oz.

Graphic Novel Review: HELLO KITTY: SURPRISE!

Comics and MangaKristina PinoComment

It's no secret that I absolutely love the Hello Kitty books that VIZ Media imprint Perfect Square have been releasing (digitally and in print, by the way). And I'm happy to report straight from the start that the third book in this new series is still the same delightful stuff I fell in love with in volume 1.

Blurb:

"What’s that? Who’s there? It’s a surprise!  Expect the unexpected! A day at the beach is more than just fun in the sun. A mysterious egg holds a tiny secret. Mama and Papa have a few secrets of their own. And a quiet afternoon with a good book is more enchanting than Hello Kitty ever could have imagined! Plus, prepare to be amazed by Anastassia Neislotova’s tales of wonder!"

Where Here We Go! (reviewed on Japanator previously) focused on Hello Kitty traveling and having adventures here and there and everywhere, and Delicious! (reviewed on Japanator previously) focused on adventures surrounding food, Surprise! naturally focused on.. well, surprises. Only pleasant surprises, I assure you. And of course, what all three books have in common is you'll probably get cavities. 

Ian McGinty made his big co-creator debut in this volume, and it looks like there was a big focus on showcasing his talents this time around. He handled four of the seven major stories in this book, which alternated with stories by Jacob Chabot and Jorge Monlongo, and shorts by Anastassia Neislotova (bonus: take a look at the endpapers and one of the shorts by Neislotova). Though I was sad to see less of the others, it was still refreshing and fun to follow Hello Kitty's adventures as told by McGinty, who had been briefly featured in Delicious!.

Despite only having one story, Jacob Chabot did some really stand-out work in this book (story by the book's Editor Traci N. Todd - credit where credit's due). Specifically, I love the big change in art style when Hello Kitty went on an adventure that was literally out of a book. The textures and even the background under the panels were completely changed since everything except Kitty herself was made out of paper. Delightful work, right there.

Altogether a wonderful presentation (reminder: these are wordless graphic novels) that is suitable for all ages, these books are a fun read to toss into the TBR pile for when you need a break from the heavy stuff. The stories are guaranteed to make you smile, and are told in the simplest way - artwork that isn't too busy, and nice, bold colors. This book was released on April 1 and there doesn't seem to be a listing for a fourth title yet. Once I see it, I'll be sure to post about it on this blog, though.