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October 2006 - Immedium

1. News
2. Reviews
3. Events


A. The Octonauts have Landed!!
The Octonauts & the Only Lonely Monster
Written and illustrated by Meomi
$15.95, Hardcover, 36 pages, ISBN: 1-59702-005-2

October is Octonauts month! Meomi has created eight cuddly critters who explore the seven seas in search of adventure and fun. Their first tale is the tip of the iceberg of their smile-inducing potential, so be warned!

“My mouth is watering just seeing samples of this book!”
- Drawn.ca: The Illustration and Cartooning Blog

All are invited to join our very special guests (er…visiting dignitaries) Meomi for our San Francisco launch party on October 18th at Books, Inc. in Laurel Village at 7 pm. Thanks for all the fans who’ve preordered the book – we’ll mail your autographed copies out as soon as Meomi comes to town to sign them!

We have a travelogue of story times (including two grand openings of new Borders bookstores and the heralded Vancouver Aquarium), so tell your favorite local retailer to not miss the boat…the more the merrier!

Plus check out the book’s extraordinarily flavorful site www.octonauts.com.

B. Kudos Continue for Desert to Dream
Desert to Dream: A Decade of Burning Man Photography
(ISBN: 1-59702-003-6, $29.95)

In appreciation of a “real book of professional-grade BM photos”, Mark Morford from the San Francisco Chronicle (9/19/06) praised our book Desert to Dream, "It's a lovely book, beautifully shot, surreal and random and appropriately odd… Makes the perfect gift for the dust-crazed artsy boho hipster love-god on your shopping list, no?"

Wired News featured author Barbara Traub’s shots of the 2006 festival in all its panoramic glory and invited everyone to attend her 10/6 (5 pm) gallery show and book signing at Citizen Cupcake on the 3rd floor of the Virgin Megastore in downtown San Francisco.

The next day, she will be presenting at the annual LitQuake festival at the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library, and at Stanford University the following week.

C. Immedium rides the Wave
We enjoyed a weekend in the sun on September 23rd and 24th at the 11th Annual San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival, held on Treasure Island in the midst of San Francisco bay.

We appreciated the generous invitation by the California Dragon Boat Association to show our wares and meet some of the hundreds of racers and thousands of spectators. We had a great time at the event, as paddlers and their fans came from around the country and enjoyed our fantastically designed and illustrated books.

We look forward to coming again next year with even more titles!


Meanwhile on the other coast, Greg Pak builds on his recent successes at Marvel Comics. Currently writing the "Battlestar Galactica" and "Incredible Hulk" series, he will pen the upcoming tale "World War Hulk," which Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada describes as their "big summer blockbuster event for 2007." Plus, he will continue what he started with those famous mutants known as the X-men with “Phoenix – Warsong.”

As his new short film Happy Hamptons Holiday Camp for Troubled Couples makes the rounds at independent film festivals nationwide, Greg will discuss writing and his recent Immedium screenplay compilation, Robot Stories and More Screenplays (ISBN: 1-59702-000-1, $14.95) at his alma mater New York University. He will be a guest speaker at their Master of Fine Arts program on November 8th.

The Adventures of WonderBaby (ISBN: 1-59702-001-X, $8.95).

The Adventures of WonderBaby: from A to Z board book by Oliver Chin provides preschoolers with an A-Z compendium of wonders pairing colorful and whimsical illustrations by Joe Chiodo with the hilarious tale of an energetic infant. Parents will find this a far more stimulating board book presentation than your usual alphabet title.”
- Midwest Book Review


The Octonauts (ISBN: 1-59702-005-2, $15.95)

“We love the illustrations from Meomi's new book The Octonauts!”
- KALIBER10000, The Designers’ Lunchbox

“While it appears as a deceptively cute children's book, possibly spun off of a small indie collection of vinyl toys, it turns out… to possess the power to destroy the universe if it's not handled properly…it looks great, with super-cool, beautiful illustrations. So what's the problem? The Octonauts "Combin[es] the appeal of Hello Kitty with the spirit of Star Trek..." Wait, stop right there. Even the greenest freshman at Starfleet can tell you that letting Hello Kitty come into direct contact with Trek will cause a breach in otaku subspace, and will flood the entire quadrant with kawaii particles. The Octonauts is so devastating, it makes The Tribbles Pandemic look about as scary as a pom pom-tipped pen. And yet, it's inhabiting our space-time continuum… with no apparent disastrous effects. Except for getting me into exposing my Warp 10 dorkiness.”
- Daddytypes.com: The Weblog for New Dads


Desert to Dream: A Decade of Burning Man Photography (ISBN: 1-59702-003-6, $29.95)

“Want to stoke those memories of radical rites and sacred sweat and communal bodacity all year ’round? In Desert to Dream: A Decade of Burning Man Photography, San Francisco’s Barbara Traub chronicles the transformation of a swatch of Nevada into a cultural phenomenon.”
- Anneli Rufus, East Bay Express, August 2006


- 10/4: Oliver Chin: Create Your Own Comic Book: San Jose Library - Calabazas Branch: 1230 Blaney Ave, CA, 6 pm.
- 10/4: Immedium: Book Fair, Lakeside Presbyterian Center for Children, San Francisco, CA, 7 pm.
- 10/6: Barbara Traub: D2D: Citizen Cupcake, Virgin Megastore, 3rd floor, 2 Stockton St., San Francisco, 5 pm.
- 10/7: Octonauts: Borders Books - grand opening celebration, 1641 East Monte Vista Ave, Vacaville, CA, 10:30 am.
- 10/7: Barbara Traub: D2D: LitQuake - Visual Language: Authors in words and images, SFPL Main Library, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco, Ca, 3 pm.
- 10/8: Octonauts: Kepler's: 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA, 11:30 am.
- 10/8: Oliver Chin: 4th Annual North Berkeley Spice of Life Festival, Shattuck Ave/Rose, CA, 2:30 pm.
- 10/11: Barbara Traub: D2D: Stanford Bookstore, 519 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA, 6 pm.
- 10/17: Oliver Chin: Create Your Own Comic Book: Fairfax Library: 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., CA, 6:30 pm.
- 10/18: Oliver Chin: Barnes & Noble – story time, 3900 Mowry Avenue, Fremont, CA, 10 am.
- 10/18: Meomi: Octonauts Launch Party - San Francisco: Books Inc., Laurel Village, 3515 California St, (415) 221-3666, 7 pm.
- 10/20: Octonauts: Barnes & Noble, 4972 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA, 10:30 am.
- 10/21: Meomi: Octonauts: Borders Books, Grand Opening, Westfield San Francisco Centre, 845 Market, San Francisco, CA, 10:30 am.
- 10/21: Octonauts: Borders Books, 120 Crescent Dr, Pleasant Hill, CA, 11 am.
- 10/21: Octonauts: Barnes & Noble, 552 Contra Costa Blvd, Ste 90 Pleasant Hill, CA, 2 pm.
- 10/22: Meomi: Octonauts: Bug, 648 Chenery St., San Francisco, CA, 3 pm.
- 10/26: Octonauts: Borders Books, 120 Sunset Dr, San Ramon, CA, 10:30 am.
- 10/28: Meomi: Octonauts: Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 11 am.


- 11/2: Oliver Chin: Create Your Own Comic Book: Fairfield Public Library, 1150 Kentucky St, Fairfield, CA, 4 pm.
- 11/8: Greg Pak: Robot Stories, New York University MFA Program, New York, NY, 11 am.
- 11/8: Barbara Traub: D2D: Pleasant Hill Library, 1750 Oak Park Blvd, Pleasant Hill, 7 pm.
- 11/10: Oliver Chin: Create Your Own Comic Book: Portola Branch - San Francisco Public Library, 2450 San Bruno Ave, CA, 3:30 pm.
- 11/14: Oliver Chin: Children's Book Week: Pacifica Public Library, CA, 10:30 am.
- 11/14: Barbara Traub: D2D: Barnes and Noble, The Pruneyard, 1875 S. Bascom Avenue Ste 240, Campbell, CA, 7:00 pm.
- 11/15: Oliver Chin: Early Childhood Education presentation: San Francisco State University, CA, 10 am.


If anyone dresses up as an Octonaut for Halloween, please send us a photo and we’ll send you a special surprise gift!

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