Sanrio Makes Comic-Con International Debut with Hello Kitty(R) Fashion Music Wonderland Experience


SANRIO POSTERSanrio will make its official debut appearance at Comic-Con International in San Diego July 18(th)-21(st), with Hello Kitty Fashion Music Wonderland, an interactive experience that will brilliantly bring Japan’s energetic pop culture to life. Fans will be treated to a colorful, anime-rich experience that will include giveaways, limited edition products, appearances by Hello Kitty and special guests from Sanrio’s Tokyo headquarters, as well as the launch of a new graphic novel, Hello Kitty Fashion Music Wonderland. While Hello Kitty has appeared with partners and collaborators at Comic-Con in the past, 2013 marks the first year that Sanrio is bringing an interactive Hello Kitty fan experience to this famous gathering. Blending the worlds of anime, cosplay, product exclusives, Japanese street culture and superfandom, Hello Kitty Fashion Music Wonderland syncs perfectly with the passionate fan culture that is celebrated at Comic-Con. —  Hello Kitty Fashion Music Wonderland: Open to the public, this energetic hub is inspired by the styles of Tokyo and Japanese pop culture, putting  Hello Kitty at the center of the ultimate fan experience at Comic-Con  Interactive Zone at Petco Park. Hello Kitty’s band of Lolitas, who   personify anime, cosplay and the colorful style of Japanese pop culture, will host fans at the experience. A retail pop-up shop will offer a mix of event-only and limited edition Japanimation-themed collectible Hello Kitty items, including a free poster with any purchase.

—  Kitty-chan Secret Space: Inside the convention center, the fan   experience continues at “Kitty-chan Secret Space” (booth 4537). A term  of endearment used for Hello Kitty in Japan, “Kitty-chan” is a nod to superfans and a clue that this Comic-Con Hello Kitty is truly distinct.   Comic-Con badge holders will have access to the limited edition pink  Hello Kitty flocked collector’s figure by Funko that will go on sale  each day.


—  Hello Kitty Fashion Music Wonderland: A new graphic novel:  Published in   partnership with VIZ Media, this is the first-ever Hello Kitty graphic   novel and it will make its debut at the retail pop-up shop.  The Hello   Kitty Fashion Music Wonderland graphic novel features three stories,   each by a different graphic artist:  Jacob Chabot, Victoria Maderna and  Ian McGinty.


—  Hello Kitty Comic-Con on Social Media (#HelloKittySDCC):  Fans can stay   connected with all things Hello Kitty at Comic-Con through a different   interactive social media event each day including Uglydoll and Street  Fighter promotions as well as a free download of the Japanimation photo  app. Hello Kitty’s millions of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram friends   can share photos and access contests and behind-the-scenes footage to  connect with their Hello Kitty fan community.


About Sanrio
Sanrio, best known for global icon Hello Kitty and home to many endearing characters including Chococat, My Melody, and Keroppi, is a worldwide lifestyle brand founded on the “small gift, big smile®” philosophy — that a small gift can bring happiness and friendship to people of all ages.  For over 50 years, this philosophy has served as the inspiration for the broad spectrum of unique Sanrio products and experiences. Today, more than 50,000 Sanrio-branded items are available in over 70 countries and upwards of 12,000 U.S. locations including department, specialty, national chain stores and over 100 Sanrio boutiques. For more information, please visit www.sanrio.com andwww.facebook.com/hellokitt

 

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