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Hello Kitty at San Diego Comic-Con!

10 Jul

So sorry for the blog hiatus everyone! It’s been a whirlwind of a year, and if you’ve been following my antics on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, you probably know what’s been up with me 🙂 if not.. hop on over there! (username: iamchubbybunny !)

I hopped back over here to announce a new Japananimation Hello Kitty x Chubby Bunny Bow, being released exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con this month! The new bow features a purple, blue, pink ombre rainbow color, with silver sparkles throughout. All bows are, as usual, handmade by myself ❤



For full details on the event, see below for the official press release from Sanrio!


 Sanrio Makes Comic-Con International Debut with
Hello Kitty
® Fashion Music Wonderland Experience


Sanrio will make its official debut appearance at Comic-Con International in San Diego July 18th-21st, 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. Hello Kitty will be present to meet her fans in a Japanimation-style outfit that mirrors the collection of products that will debut at the show. On Friday, July 19th and Saturday, July 20th, a nail artist from Tokyo will be on hand to treat fans to a free Sanrio nail art application with any $25 purchase from the pop-up shop. 
  • 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. The first 50 fans to purchase the figure on Friday, July 19th and Saturday, July 20th will also receive a free customized drawing by one of Sanrio’s lead designers from Tokyo.


  • 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.  

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  • Hello Kitty Comic-Con on Social Media (#HelloKittySDCC):  Fans can stay connected with all things Hello Kitty at Comic-Con through a variety of social elements aimed at both Comic-Con goers and those not attending the event. 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.  The fun starts before Comic-Con with a Fan Fiction contest tied to the launch of the new graphic novel.  Fans on-site and at home can stay engaged and entertained through a different interactive social media event each day of Comic-con including Uglydoll and Street Fighter promotions as well as a free download of the Japanimation photo app for a limited time.
  • ·       Limited Edition Products and Comic-Con Launches: A mix of Sanrio co-branded partnerships and special product launches at Comic-Con include:
    • o   Hello Kitty Uglydoll: This collaboration will make its official debut at Comic-Con (booth 3245)
    • o   Sanrio vinyl figures will be available from Funko (booth 5343)
    • o   Limited edition Street Fighter x Sanrio plush at Toynami (booth 3229) and Capcom (booth 215)
    • o   Additional Hello Kitty products at Comic-Con can be found at Mimoco (booths 5338 and 2913M), tokidoki (booth 5145) and Mighty Fine (booth 5647)
    • o   The Hello Kitty ‘Japanimation’ product collection at the Hello Kitty Fashion Music Wonderland pop-up shop at Comic-Con Interactive Zone at Petco Park will include leggings, bodysuits, iPhone cases, a wrist watch, plush, cushions and much more

Meet “Bunnies & Bows” artist, Aimee Steinberger: Triple threat… TO MY HEART!

12 Apr

Those who come to the events I host with Bubble Punch are sure to recognize these awesome artists when they see their work! As I mentioned before, all of the artists I chose have influenced me on a creative, professional, or personal level in some way.  I’ll be introducing some of the artists who have been sending me in their progress shots for the Bunnies & Bows gallery (debut & opening party May 7!) here!

Aimee Steinberger

Aimee Steinberger

Piece from "Kaguya Hime" series Aimee did, in her gallery exhibition in Santa Monica last year.

Aimee is one of those people that, as soon as you meet them, you can instantly sense their inner awesome. For me, I was able to immediately tell that Aimee was a very different person from many other people I’d met in my life. And true to intuition, Aimee’s her skills, positive outlook, professionalism, love of life, and blatant embracing of nerd culture. Some of the things you might not know about her from her resume one her website is that:

1) If you are ever sad, or feeling discouraged, she will take you to a rose garden, sit you down in some grass, and commiserate with you and make you somehow feel better without seeming to do any talking at all.

2) Knows more about flowers, especially roses, than anyone I know. But I guess most people I know hate/accidentally kill plants Hmm.

3) Makes amazing beautiful historical gowns FOR FUN. And I envy her sososososmuch for her talent with crafting things!

Aimee MADE THIS Marie Antoinette costume, based on the Rose oF Versailles, a Takarazuka theater production. Jaw dropping to the floor forever to this day.

She is SUCH a talented seamstress, rose caretaker, friend, curry-maker, and that is ON TOP of her insanely jawdropping resume!

Aimee is one of the artists I put in my show because of her triple-threat of awesomeness. We share a love of sewing, girly girly things, and the ever-useful ability of switching on our “professional mode” when called upon.

I have always counted myself lucky to know Aimee, and even luckier that she counts ME as someone to call her friend too. She is able to embrace her girlyness and otaku-ness, and at the same time, balance that with having an incredibly professional attitude when it comes to work. The careful balance of these two things is something I’ve always worked with, and it’s always so great to meet another person who is able to be successful professionally without giving up their “socially weird” side…!

Aimee is an animator, and a kickass one at that. She grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, and is an alumni of California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Character Animation. She currently works as an animation artist, and is currently Assistant Director on the new series of Napoleon Dynamite and Futurama!, and has previously worked on Sit Down Shut Up, the Simpsons, and for Warner Brothers and for Disney. She is an award winning fan costumer (Yes.. COSPLAYER!), and writes and illustrates for various Japanese fashion, doll and manga publications. You can find Aimee’s full resume here.

Episode of Futurama that Aimee Assistant Directed. I LOVE THIS SHOW.

Suffice to say, Aimee is a jack of all trades, and someone who I think I am very lucky to call friend. As we speak she’s packing up to go to CHINA right now and be fabulous and probably take a ton of very awesome cosplay photos! This is our nerdom. It runs deep! Ok, fangirling aside, she is such a nice and positive person, and you’ll just have to meet her at the show!

She was kind enough to send this to me before she packed up for her global tour… a preview of her Bunnies & Bows piece! She’s such a sweetheart and drew it inspired after.. well.. you can guess… haha.

The piece so far is ADORABLE and I cannot wait to see more!

For all purchase inquiries, you can contact me at iamchubbybunny (at) gmail (dot ) com! Stay tuned for more artists’ previews for the Bunnies & Bows show!