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February 2009 - Immedium

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3. Events


A. Olivia wishes you a Mooeautiful 2009!
"Now, the fourth book in his Chinese Zodiac series - The Year of the Ox - has landed on bookstore shelves and the adorable tale of Olivia, a small calf with big pretensions, is being read in classrooms, libraries and at Lunar New Year celebrations around the Bay."
- Contra Costa Times

The heroine of our newest tale has traveled far a field to meet appreciative readers of all ages. Olivia has drawn smiles at many museums, story times, and assemblies, and has even has appeared throughout the San Francisco Bay area on TV channels such as KTVU-Channel 2 Fox News, KRON-Channel 4 NBC, and KTSF-Channel 26.

In an article on Chinese New Year, the Associated Press interviewed author Oliver Chin who will be reading across Southern California all next week. So get your cow bell and ring in year 4706!

B. The Octonauts prepare their British Invasion!
"the detail of the Japanese-inspired illustrations will entrance both young and old."
- Mombian

We're happy to announce that Meomi's The Octonauts is now being adapted into an animation TV series! The producer is Chorion UK, which has developed many familiar shows, such as Mr. Men (Cartoon Network) and Olivia the Pig (Nickelodeon). Broadcasters such as the BBC have lined up to participate already, so we hope to share more news in the year to come.

In addition we're partnering with Harper Collins UK to publish versions of the Octonauts books in the King's English. The Only Lonely Monster launches in May, the Sea of Shade in August, and the Frown Fish soon thereafter in the United Kingdom and other countries worldwide.

"Inspiration: Meomi
Wonderful character design with soft palettes. Meomi is also responsible for the wicked Olympic mascot designs for Vancouver 2010..."
- Signalnoise.com

The former British colony of Canada chose Meomi to create its 2010 Olympic mascots. Prepping for their big party next year, the Canada Post now offers collectible stamps of Quatchi, Sumi, and Miga, which join a bevy of delightful merchandise from the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC).

C. SKAFFS prepares his new tale

"Melbourne artist Luke Feldman better known in the art world as Skaffs has a brand new project. While I've long been a fan of his entrancing animations and voluptuous figurines, the next step for Luke is into the world of children's fairytales (though adult Skaffs fans will still be pleased to add these pages to their bookshelf)…Luke's typically vibrant, lively designs have always held an element of innocence which suit the children's story format."
- Style Melbourne

Meanwhile, we're putting the finishing touches on our upcoming adventure Chaff n' Skaffs: Mai and the lost Moskivvy which is slated for publication in April 2009.

Created by a versatile digital illustrator, this is a lushly colored world conceived with whimsy and finished with an Australian flair. Learn what makes SKAFFS tick and his art pen rock in his interview with Australian Edge.


Welcome to Monster Isle
(ISBN: 978-159702-016-9, $15.95)

"It's never too soon to introduce children to cryptozoology, and that's why new kids' book Monster Isle is the perfect teaching tool...[Miracola's] big, stylized monsters are the perfect combination of fanged and funny…This truly is D&D's Monster Manual for tots."
- io9.com


Julie Black Belt
(ISBN: 1-59702-009-1, $15.95)

"Charlene Chua’s bright colors and animated illustrations of Julie practicing different skills are fun to look at. Julie Black Belt is a story about perseverance and serves as a great example to teach children how working hard pays off."
- Northwest Asian Weekly



- 2/1: Oliver Chin: YOO: Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Family Art Encounter, 2 pm.
- 2/4: Oliver Chin: YOO: Saratoga Public Library, 13650 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga, CA, 3:45 pm
- 2/4: Oliver Chin: YOO: Highlands Elementary School, 2320 Newport Street, San Mateo, CA, 7 pm
- 2/6: Oliver Chin: YOO: West Portal Elementary School, 5 Lenox Way, San Francisco, CA, 94127, am
- 2/7: Oliver Chin: ACL Performers' Showcase, Fremont Main Library, 2400 Stevenson Blvd, CA, 1 pm
- 2/8: Oliver Chin: YOO: Golden Gate Conservancy: Crissy Field Warming Hut, San Francisco, CA, 1 pm
- 2/8: Oliver Chin: YOO: San Francisco Symphony, Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave, CA, 4 pm
- 2/8: Oliver Chin: YOO: Chinese Cultural Education Association, 1255 First Avenue, Oakland, CA, 4 pm
- 2/9: Oliver Chin: YOO: Redondo Beach Public Library: 303 N. Pacific Coast Highway, CA, 10:30 am
- 2/10: Oliver Chin: YOO: Burbank Public Library, 300 N Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA, 10 & 11 am
- 2/10: Oliver Chin: YOO: Lawndale Library: 14615 Burin Avenue, Lawndale, CA, 310-676-0177, 4 pm
- 2/11: Oliver Chin: YOO: Culver City Julian Dixon Library: 4975 Overland Ave., CA, 11 am
- 2/11: Oliver Chin: YOO: East Los Angeles Library, 4837 E. Third St., Los Angeles, CA, 4:30 pm
- 2/12: Oliver Chin: YOO: Los Angeles Public Library: Chinatown Branch, 639 N. Hill St., CA, 10:30 am
- 2/12: Oliver Chin: Comics Workshop: City Terrace Library, 4025 E. City Terrace Drive, LA, CA, 4 pm
- 2/13: Oliver Chin: YOO: Clifford Street School, 2150 Duane Street, Los Angeles, CA 90039, 8 am
- 2/13: Oliver Chin: YOO: St. James' Episcopal School, 625 S. St. Andrews Place, LA, CA, 10:30 am
- 2/14: Oliver Chin: YOO: Japanese American National Museum, 369 East 1st Street, LA, CA, 2 pm
+ Anime/Manga Presentation at 2:30 pm
- 2/14: Oliver Chin: YOO: Families with Children from China, Los Angeles, CA, 5 pm
- 2/15: Oliver Chin: Comics Class: Valencia Library, 23743 W.Valencia Blvd., Santa Clarita, CA, 1 pm
- 2/16: Oliver Chin: YOO: Bay Area Discovery Museum: 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito, CA, 10 am
- 2/17: Oliver Chin: YOO: Guadalupe Elementary School, 859 Prague Street, San Francisco, CA am
- 2/19: Oliver Chin: Comics Workshop: Albany Public Library: 1247 Marin Avenue, Albany, CA 3:30 pm
- 2/23: Oliver Chin: YOO: Sunnyside Elementary School, San Francisco, CA, am
- 2/28: Oliver Chin: YO0: Redwood Empire Chinese Association, Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95404, 5 pm


- 3/2: Oliver Chin: YOO: George Peabody Elementary School: 251 6th Ave, San Francisco, CA, 9:30am
- 3/7: Oliver Chin: YOO: Museum of Children's Art: 538 Ninth Street, Oakland, CA, 1 pm
- 3/10: Oliver Chin: Manga Workshop: Hayward Public Library: 777 B Street, Hayward, CA, 4 pm


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