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The Spotlight
April 2009 - Immedium

1. News
2. Reviews
3. Events


A. Laugh with SKAFFS
An acclaimed actor once said, "We will sell no wine before its time." C'mon, all you baby boomers know who that is! But seriously, that's how we feel here at Immedium regarding our books. Sure enough, it took a few more weeks than expected, but SKAFFS' debut children's book ships later this month. No fooling!

This Australian expat (now living in San Francisco) has attracted a growing fan base worldwide.
"SKAFFS, a collection of vibrant and quirky ideas which can be best described as beautiful, elegant and colorful. His original and distinctive style of illustration makes his work easily recognizable and immediately succeeds in grabbing full attention of a viewer." - Vector Tuts+

His new tale, co-written with Amanda Chin, features a young girl named Mai, who agrees with her furry pal Chaff to return the lost bug Moskivvy back to his home far away. Judging by our large number of website pre-orders, there are even more readers out there who would enjoy this lushly rendered adventure. Here is a preview of Chaff n' Skaffs: Mai and the lost Moskivvy:

"I present you three book reviews in one post.
From me: The artwork is pretty much what I expected from SKAFFS.
I love the characters and the colorful surroundings. The story is cute as well.
From my friend Grace: I love the artwork! It's really cute.
From her (almost) three year old daughter Mia (as told to Grace):
Mia says that she enjoyed it. and that it was interesting. and that she really liked 'moskitty.'
I think Mia's opinion trumps us all."
- Supah Cute

SKAFFS kicks off his nationwide book tour on May 9th at the Imagine-It children's museum in Atlanta, Georgia, so please stop by if you're in town.

B. Stories on the Road
Immedium tries a venue this month, by showing our wares at the "San Francisco Babes & Babies event", held at the renovated Jewish Community Center in San Francisco on Saturday, April 25th. Normally tickets are 2 for $8 (online) or $5 each at the door. But as a favor to our supporters, we can provide you a FREE entry code. RSVP (ASAP!) to events@immedium.com, and we'll email you the code, which you can then input at www.appelandfrank.com. You will get in at no cost and then you can shop till you drop!

Meanwhile, down south, Meomi will appear at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books for the third straight year. Catch them at the Kinokuniya Booth at UCLA at 2 pm on Sunday, April 26th. Meomi will happily autograph copies of their latest tale The Octonauts and the Frown Fish. Then on May 2nd, they will do likewise at the Vancouver Public Library in British Columbia, Canada.

Plus, here is a small hint:
if you smile enough, they might also leak some secrets about…their next adventure!

C. Artist Charlene Chua on BoingBoing

The illustrator of our high flying tale Julie Black Belt, Charlene recently got a shout out on the popular blog BoingBoing. The video was originally posted on the equally appealing art site Drawn.ca.

Check out her "how to", as she shows the skill required to bring her amazing vector artwork to life.

Fortunately, Charlene infused our heroine Julie with the same vim and vigor, as an appreciative reader recently attested:

"My daughter is named Julie - she just turned 6. She has been learning Taekwondo for about a year and just got her green belt. Our family absolutely LOVES your book. I read it to my daughter's kindergarten class today and all the kids were enthralled. Thanks!" - Janet G.

You go, girls!


The Year of the Ox
(ISBN: 978-159702-015-2, $15.95)

"The book has adorable illustrations and the storyline is a great lesson that any small person might not feel very mighty in the beginning, but if they wait long enough, their purpose will soon come clear.

Stories like this always made me hopeful as a kid, and I think it's important that all children feel that they can make a difference, despite their age and size. I'm happy to see fresh illustrative style be mixed with an important, timeless message. Immedium has, once again, put out a book that is both great to look at, and important to share."
- Tokyo Bunnie


The Woollyhoodwinks vs. the Dark Patch
(ISBN: 978-159702-012-5, $15.95)

- named one of the Top 10 Books of 2008 by ArtMoCo!

"Wow. Woolyhoodwinks is great!… I love the textures and use of plushes in a book. Just brilliant stuff…I would love to see how those plush characters would move in animation."
- Alan Lau, Ghostbot.com



- 4/1: Oliver Chin: YOO: Crestmoor Elementary, 2322 Crestmoor Drive, San Bruno, CA 94066
- 4/3: Oliver Chin: Read Aloud Day: Ulloa Elementary, 2650 42nd Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116
- 4/22: Oliver Chin: Read Aloud Day: Jefferson Elementary, San Francisco, CA.
- 4/25: Immedium: San Francisco Babes & Babies event, Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, San Francisco, CA, 10 am.
- 4/26: Meomi: Octonauts FF: L.A. Times Festival of Books, Kinokuniya Booth, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA., 2 pm.


- 5/2: Meomi: Octonauts FF: CWILL Spring Book Hatching, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 1 pm
- 5/3: Oliver Chin: Asian Pacific Fund: Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Growing Up Asian in America - Award Ceremony, 11 am.
- 5/9: SKAFFS: Imagine It Children's Museum, Atlanta, GA.
- 5/17: Oliver Chin: YOO: Chinese Historical and Cultural Project: Members' Event, History Park San Jose, CA 1 pm.
- 5/23: Oliver Chin: Bay Area Discovery Museum: 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito, CA, am.


Enjoy those early April flowers!

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