OK, first off, what is Hell’s Kitty? In the words of the web series:
OK, but what about the graphic novel? Well, it’s similar in nature to the web series – literally. The graphic novel actually uses scenes from the web series as its visual representation, which is not something that I have seen ever in a comic! The author’s description of the book:
Being such a unique and independent book, you may think that it is one of those print-on-demand books or available only in certain markets. Actually, the book is available for order online! The creator of the book, Nicholas Tana, talked briefly to us about the book and indicated that they were able to get the graphic novel published and into an en-mass market by leveraging Amazon as a distribution medium. What really makes this series stand out, though, is that the visuals are actually taken directly from the web series. Why is that important? First, it’s the first graphic novel done explicitly from digital video images. Why is that a cool thing? Because this can lead the pack to other web series following the same method which means that we can get more comic goodness from some of the fun series we see online! But is that it?
Of course not. When published this way, the productions studios can leverage existing assets and save a ton of money, which means they can focus on the bigger picture. In many cases, smaller companies spend a ton of money to recreate their vision in other mediums… Instead, Tana has found a way to leverage which he already put his energy and his focus into to transfer it to another medium – print. Why re-invent the wheel? Why spend months in re-creating the web series into comic format with an artist? By taking the visual images and placing them back into the comic, Tana was able to save a ton of money, ensure that the visual vision that was delivered stayed his own, and able to expend his time in moving the web series forward as well! It’s a win-win for the creator and his demonic cat and can move his vision forward without stopping one medium to move another forward with the momentum he’s building up.
We’ll be posting a full review of the graphic novel shortly, but if you’d like to read it first you can order it directly from Amazon.com. It is available within the United States and, to my knowledge, in the United Kingdom. For other parts of the world, including here in Canada, you can order it directly from the publisher (which is, in itself, a division of Amazon). If you’ve never seen the web series also check it out – it may help your decision to get the book. And should we see more books of this medium come to pass, we know that Hell’s Kitty was the pioneer in this method to go directly from digital series to print, using the same assets!