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April 2006 - Immedium

1. News
2. Upcoming Books
3. Events

A. Doggone Fun
We hope that 2006 has been treating you well. We certainly have enjoyed sharing The Year of the Dog with appreciative readers and meeting many of you at festive events. The book was covered nationwide from the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Chicagoland Tails, whose Winter issue featured a special cover by illustrator Miah Alcorn.

Recently the Midwest Book Review endorsed the book to librarians and bookstore buyers: "The cartoony and angular art style captures the eagerness of the young dog perfectly, in this upbeat astrological tale."

After a series of author presentations to kindergarteners and 1st graders, the principal from the Lawton School in San Francisco, CA summarized their appreciation:
"On behalf of Lawton students, parents, and staff members, thank you for sharing your creative work with us. Your presence promotes a love of reading among our children."

We're already hard at work for 2007's The Year of the Pig - enjoy a special sneak peek here!

B. WonderBaby flies afield
WonderBaby flew down to visit Southern California in February 2006, where the adventurous tyke was a staff favorite at the popular KidSpace Museum in Pasadena, CA, situated next door to the lovely Rose Bowl. WonderBaby was also welcomed back for an encore reading at the boffo bookstore Storyopolis in nearby Studio City.

Visitors to the spectacular Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA can also pick up a copy in their attractive gift store, and witness first hand our hero's entertaining ability to transform into from fish to fowl and back again.

C. Robot Stories author garners more acclaim
Greg Pak's comics stock continues to rise. Currently the writer for "Incredible Hulk", his first installment of the "Planet Hulk" storyline has sold out and Marvel has reprinted issue #92.

As Newsarama reported: "Staring with a #0 in May, Pak will settle in as the series writer for Dynamite Entertainment's new Battlestar Galactica series, based on the new series currently running on SciFi."

Plus his new short film "Super Power Blues" recently screened at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival on March 19 and again on March 25 in San Jose.

If you're curious to know what all the hubbub is about, check out his book Robot Stories. Pak's entertaining style of blending fact and fiction has quickly made him a fan-favorite.

JULY 2006

Desert to Dream: A Decade of Burning Man Photography
Author: Barbara Traub
Introduction: Les Blank.
Foreword and Afterword: Larry Harvey.
Contribution: Leonard Nimoy.
Epilogue: Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
$29.95, Hardcover, 160 pages
ISBN: 1-59702-003-6

The Black Rock Arts Festival (otherwise known as "Burning Man,") has become an annual pilgrimage for 40,000 people from around the world to the desert of northwestern Nevada during the last days of summer. This book is an unprecedented photographic record of a decade of Burning Man celebrations, which has grown from a bonfire on San Francisco's Ocean Beach to a global phenomenon. Photographer Barbara Traub captures the sacred and profane through photos of otherworldly artifacts, structures, and costumes that defy description. Contributions from filmmaker Les Blank, Burning Man founder Larry Harvey, Star Trek's Mr. Spock, Leonard Nimoy, and beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti help to illuminate Traub's unique perspective on this dynamically evolving event.

We've already lined up a great list of author appearances in the San Francisco Bay Area, and invite you to save a date.


The Octonauts: The Only Lonely Monster
Written and illustrated by Meomi
$15.95, Hardcover, 36 pages
ISBN: 1-59702-005-2

The Octonauts is a crew of misfit critters who roam the ocean in search of adventure, treasure, and fun! From their undersea base called "the Octopod", the Octonauts explore a colorful world full of thrills, chills, and gills! The crew of eight talented critters, including a brainy octopus, brave polar bear, daredevil kitten, and scientific sea otter, is always ready to embark on a new exciting voyage. In this debut episode, the Octonauts encounter a giant sea monster! What will they do? Stay tuned and get ready to join the adventure to find out!

"My interest in Meomi is from a fine arts/design aspect. The fact that my kids went nuts over their imagery and characters, placed my family on the same page!"
-- Tom Hazelmyer, OX-OP Gallery


As always, we're pleased to announce many new author events in the next few months. For a full listing, please follow visit the events page.
- 4/5/06: Year of the Dog: San Mateo Public Library, 1100 Park Place San Mateo, CA, 4:00 pm.
- 4/5/06: Robot Stories & Creative Writing: Saratoga Public Library, CA, 6:30 pm.
- 4/12/06: How to Create Your Own Comic Book: Montclair Library: 1687 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA 94611, 4:00 pm.
- 4/16/06: Year of the Dog: Wa Sung Pancake Breakfast, Lincoln Square, Oakland, 9:00 am.
- 4/21/06: Jeremiah Alcorn: Year of the Dog: Barnes & Noble, 102 Commons Drive, Geneva, IL 60134, evening.

- 5/04/06: How to Create Your Own Comic Book: Richmond Branch, San Francisco Public Library, CA. 3:45 pm.
- 5/11/06: Robot Stories & Creative Writing: Milpitas Public Library, CA, 6:30 pm.
- 5/17/06: Year of the Dog: A Lucky Dog Fundraising Dinner, Friends of San Francisco Animal Care & Control.
- 5/18/06: Author Book Fair: Chinese American International School, San Francisco, CA.

We look forward to speaking with you again as summer approaches.

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San Francisco, CA 94131

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