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September 2007 - Immedium

1. News
2. Reviews
3. Events


A. Julie Black Belt debuts
For martial arts fans, Jackie Chan and Jet Li have graced the big screen with summer movies. But audiences deserve a fresh storyline and brave new heroes, who aren't afraid to stretch themselves.

Well look no further than Julie Black Belt!

Like most kids (and adults), Julie likes instant gratification. But learning kung fu isn't as simple as playing a video game! And getting a black belt won't be fast or easy. Soon Julie wonders what would her matinee idol Brandy Wu do?

For those of you who paid to see Karate Kid I, II, and III, don't blush! Julie sets the "martial arts" record straight, and parents and children will appreciate this inspirational yarn and the eye-popping art by illustrator Charlene Chua.

Everyone is welcome to our book launches on 9/25 in San Francisco and 9/29 in Toronto, Canada!

If you can't wait, Californians can get a sneak preview at the libraries in Foster City (9/15) or Oakley (9/19), and the SF Dragon Boat Festival on Treasure Island (9/22-23).

Visit www.julieblackbelt.com to download your own cool coloring pages!

B. The Train keeps chugging
"Immedium is making the modern day equivalent of Golden Books."
- Alan Lau, www.ghostbot.com

We're glad readers think so! Recently we've spread the word about what Immedium is doing with members of Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs. Next we plan to meet more train buffs eager for tales leagues beyond Thomas the Tank Engine or The Little Engine That Could.

In that spirit, we'll be presenting Timmy and Tammy's Train of Thought at the Open House for the Golden Gate Live Steamers this Sunday (9/9) at Tilden Park in the hills of Berkeley, California.

"the fascination for all the different trains proves enough stimuli to sustain our 3.5-year-old kid's interest, even after multiple (and we mean multiple) readings. He's fixated more with the lively, detail-rich illustrations than the twists and turns in the narrative. And the graphics? Are both detailed and full of attention-grabbing color that the young ones love. But the best part in the tale is when Timmy and Tammy end up falling asleep, which our kid mimics every time -- the perfect ending for weary parents, too."
- SFist.com

C. Octonauts sighted off the starboard bow
We're only weeks away from unveiling the next mission starring our favorite crew of eight critters: The Octonauts and the Sea of Shade.

Captain Barnacles and company can't wait to share their latest journey with you. These lushly rendered realms may be even more breathtaking than their last adventure - seeing is believing.

October is chock full of Octo-riffic events up and down the West Coast. So get ready to hold your breath and dive feet first into even more fantastically layered realms, which could have been conjured only from the mind of Meomi!

Pre-order your autographed copy today and get a limited edition postcard of course.

"Exploring the world is almost synonymous with exploring colour...On top of that, the characters in the book are extremely lovable. With their gently-coloured designs and their excitable curiosity, there's no doubt that children won't be the only ones falling in love with them, and hoping for more adventures to come."
- Color + Design Blog

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

"it is a fun escape into a world of trains: not only the baby bullet, the cable car, but also subways and inter-city lines."
- SFist.com


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

"The illustration work is excellent and the book is definitely worth picking up."
- Sub-Studio Design Blog


- 9/6: Oliver Chin: Rotary Club of Fisherman's Wharf-San Francisco, Franciscan Restaurant, 7:30 am.
- 9/9: Oliver Chin: TTT: Golden Gate Live Steamers - Fall Open House, Tilden Park, Berkeley, CA, noon.
- 9/11: Oliver Chin: Comics Workshop: San Mateo Public Library, 1100 Park Place, CA, 4 pm.
- 9/15: Oliver Chin: JBB: Foster City Public Library, 1000 E. Hillsdale Blvd., CA, 10:30 am.
- 9/16: Oliver Chin: Writing Mama's - Book Festival, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA.
- 9/19: Oliver Chin: JBB: Oakley Library, 1050 Neroly Road, CA, 925-625-2400, 4 pm.
- 9/22-23: San Francisco Dragon Boat Festival: Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA.
- 9/25: Oliver Chin: JBB: Books, Inc. - Laurel Village, San Francisco, CA, 7 pm.
- 9/29: Oliver Chin: JBB: Books, Inc., 1344 Park Street, Alameda, CA, 510-522-2226, 11 am.
- 9/29: Charlene Chua: JBB: Toronto Public Library, Wychwood branch, Ontario, Canada, 10 am.


- 10/6: Oliver Chin: JBB: Eastwind Books, 2066 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA: 3 pm.
- 10/10: Oliver Chin: Kidquake 2007, San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, CA,
- 10/13: Meomi: Octonauts SOS: Soap Plant Wacko 4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
- 10/16: Meomi: Octonauts SOS: Storyopolis, 12348 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA, 11:30 am.
- 10/18: Meomi: Octonauts SOS: Books, Inc. - Laurel Village, San Francisco, CA, 7 pm.
- 10/19: Meomi: Octonauts SOS: Copperfields, Petaluma, CA, 10 am.
- 10/19: Meomi: Octonauts SOS: Foster City Public Library, 1000 E. Hillsdale Blvd., CA, 4 pm.
- 10/19: Meomi: Octonauts SOS: Super 7, 1628 Post Street, San Francisco, CA, 415-409-4700, 7 pm.
- 10/20: Meomi: Octonauts SOS: Books, Inc., 1344 Park Street, Alameda, CA, 510-522-2226, 11 am.
- 10/20: Meomi: Octonauts SOS: Wink SF, 4107 24th Street o San Francisco, CA, 415-401-8881, 3 pm.
- 10/21: Meomi: Octonauts SOS: Codys, 1730 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA, (510) 559-9500, 11 am.
- 10/21: Meomi: Octonauts SOS: Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, #42 San Francisco, CA, 1 pm.


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