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May 2007 - Immedium

1. News
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3. Events


A. Catch this Train!
Now in a world dominated by Microsoft, American Idol, and…Thomas the Tank Engine, fresh choices are always welcome. For fans of trains (and their loving and oh so understanding parents), our newest book is for you.

Timmy & Tammy's Train of Thought will arrive at the station this week and will ship later in May. Timmy and Tammy are railroad-loving siblings who together enjoy a magical daydream of riding on locomotives of all sounds and sizes.

Already artist Heath McPherson's breathtaking panoramas have impressed those-in-the-know from coast to coast:

"The illustrations are just beautiful."
- Olivette Shannon, Orange Empire Railway Museum

"The book looks wonderful."
- Brooke Routt, Kentucky Railway Museum

The Boutique Café called it "the perfect book for the train lover in your home. Train of Thought combines this childhood fascination with a wonderful and imaginative storyline."

We are partnering with railways and train museums across North America, so please tell your favorite train spot about Timmy & Tammy. Meanwhile we hope their fun adventure satisfies that bottomless train-hankering like no other tale before!

B. May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!
It's that time of year again, when the USA honors the contributions and cultural traditions of Asian Americans. Yippee!

Immedium is proud to participate in California celebrations from Sacramento to Sausalito. As we feature talented artists with 21st century perspectives, Immedium also hopes to publish books that include more diverse characters and share multi-cultural stories (such as the expanding Tales from the Chinese Zodiac: Dog, Pig, Rat) with the public at large.

So this month and into the future, we're pleased to hit the street and meet new readers. Likewise are our creators. For example, Greg Pak (author of the collection Robot Stories and More Screenplays) is spearheading the writing for Marvel Comics' summer cross-over series World War Hulk. Having revitalized the career of the jolly green giant, Pak's latest issue Incredible Hulk #106 has sold out, earned "Book of the Week" by Wizard magazine, and re-introduced his Asian American protagonist Amadeus Cho, aka the kid genius Mastermind Excello. Keep up the great work Greg!

C. Preview of Julie Black Belt
Bruce Lee. Jackie Chan. Jet Li. Brandy Wu. Who's that? She's Julie's favorite action hero, and Julie is similarly determined to rock the realm of kung fu! But why didn't anyone tell Julie that beginners have to work their way up from a plain white belt?

That's the teaser for our upcoming September 2007 book, Julie Black Belt.

"Julie Black Belt and its wonderful imagery are a great introduction for young readers into the world of martial arts."
- Phillip Wong, 13-time national and international Wushu Grand Champion, and Zhang Hong Mei, China's National Wushu Team, International Games Gold medallist.

Illustrated with a colorful flair by Charlene Chua, the story follows Julie's spirited journey as she tackles a unique sport, wonders "what would Brandy Wu do," and learns to appreciate some timeless wisdom.

Get a sneak peek at the book's official web site that Charlene designed: www.julieblackbelt.com.

Timmy and Tammy's Train of Thought
(ISBN: 1-59702-008-7, $15.95)

"So what did Alexandra (5 1/2 years) and Michelle (2 1/2 years) say after we read the book to them? They both liked it. Alexandra especially liked the various different trains that are depicted in the illustrations. Michelle just wanted to read it over and over again. Both of them wanted to go buy the book, Michelle even wants to buy two of them (smart girl that she is, she knows that if we get two, then she doesn't have to share with her sister)."
- TrainBlog.com


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

"The Octonauts is a great piece of artwork and Designer Scoop loves them. Designer Scoop knows that the Octonauts will be the next Barney for kids today!"
- Designer Scoop

[Editor's note: of course, they meant "Barney" in the good way.]

"ROJOinna showcases tapestry-painted works from kaleidoscopic artists from around the world. With The Armory Show appropriating nearly every gallery from the West Side Highway to Williamsburg [New York], international art publisher ROJO had nowhere to turn, it seems, but Queens. At New City's Art-Home Gallery, the borough's self-proclaimed 'first art gallery,' debuts the exclusive exhibition, ROJOinna, showcasing tapestry-painted works from kaleidoscopic artists from around the world: [including Meomi]… to name a few. In between Brazilian cocktails and tapas, we asked a few of the featured artists to explain their particular works."
- Nylon Magazine


- 5/11: Oliver Chin: Create your own Manga: San Francisco Public Library - Main branch, 100 Larkin Street, 4 pm.
- 5/20: Oliver Chin: YOP: Pacific Rim Street Festival, Old Sacramento, CA, 10 am.
- 5/27: Immedium: Bay Area Discovery Museum-Asian Pacific Heritage Festival, Sausalito, CA, 10:30 am


- 6/2: Immedium: Marin Humane Society, 100th Anniversary, Novato, CA, 11 am.
- 6/12: Oliver Chin: TTT: Books, Inc. - Laurel Village, San Francisco, CA, 7 pm.
- 6/13: Oliver Chin: Comics Workshop: Montclair Library: 1687 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA 3 pm.
- 6/16: Oliver Chin: TTT: Books, Inc., 1344 Park Street, Alameda, CA, 510-522-2226, 11 am.
- 6/16: Heath McPherson: TTT: Little Professor Books, 2717 18th Street South, Homewood, AL, 11:30 am.
- 6/23: Immedium: Japanese Community Youth Council-Arts & Crafts Fair, San Francisco, CA, 11 am.
- 6/24: Oliver Chin: TTT: Golden State Model Railroad Museum, 900-A Dornan Drive, Point Richmond, CA, 1 pm.
- 6/27: Oliver Chin: TTT: Towne Center Books, 555 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA, 11 am.
- 6/28: Oliver Chin: Comics Workshop: South San Francisco Public Library, 840 West Orange Avenue, 4 pm.
- 6/30: Oliver Chin: TTT: California State Railroad Museum - Family Night, Old Sacramento, 5:30 pm.


We hope that in the coming summertime, your living will be easy.

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Immedium, Inc. inspires a world of imagination, and creates entertaining books that have multi-dimensional appeal. Based in San Francisco, CA, Immedium sits on the Pacific Rim, a vibrant intersection for crossover cultural trends from Asia and America. Embracing an increasingly diverse and "multimedia" world, Immedium publishes titles ranging from eye-catching children's books and contemporary non-fiction to commentaries on art and popular culture. Visit us at www.immedium.com.

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