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July 2010 - Immedium

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A. Artists at Anime Expo and Kickstarter
Artist extraordinaire Brianne Drouhard (www.potatofarmgirl.blogspot.com) will attend Anime Expo 2010 (www.anime-expo.org) this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center. A veteran of popular Cartoon Network TV series such as Teen Titans, Batman Brave and the Bold, and Transformers Animated, Brianne will dispense pearls of wisdom on a boffo panel:

Breaking In! Working in Animation!
(July 3rd, Saturday, 8pm, room lp2):
Giving tips on how to break into the domestic animation industry. Speakers will discuss how they got in and how anime influenced their work. Guest speakers will vary from writer, creator, director, character designer and production.

Plus, if you're lucky, Brianne will hand out super cute buttons and postcards of her Spring 2011 children's story Billie the Unicorn (www.billietheunicorn.com)!

Contest Alert! Immedium will give the first person who pre-orders Billie the Unicorn from us a special prize. Enjoy a free copy of Brianne's brand new "Girly Poo" sketchbook iPhone app (33 pages, $2.99, free with redeemable promo code for the iTunes store). Don't delay!

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Artists DGPH are promoting their upcoming Space Cadet Topo book on Kickstarter. Take a look and get some great rewards!

B. Meetup in California
We share our stories this summer at many places, and invite you! Upcoming events include:

The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (www.sdchm.org) hosts author Oliver Chin on Sunday, July 11th at 2 pm. Enjoy an afternoon of family fun as Oliver shares his children's books such as the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac, discusses Asian American role models in publishing, reads one of his colorful stories, and leads an arts/crafts activity. RSVP to info@sdchm.org or call the museum (619-338-9888).

A few days later, Oliver will lead family story times at the San Diego County Library:
- 7/14: 4S Ranch branch at 10:30 am and Spring Valley branch at 1 pm.

At the end of the week, Immedium displays its books at the San Francisco Babes & Babies event, at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco on July 18th at 9 am.

Later this month, Immedium will feature its popular railroad adventure Timmy and Tammy's Train of Thought at EuroWest 2010, the annual convention for fans of European scale model trains. Come to the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, CA on the weekend of July 24-25th.

C. Fall Previews #3
Here are more sneak peeks at our two new tales coming in September.

Space Cadet Topo: The Day the Sun Turned Off
By DGPH (www.dgph.com.ar).

Character: Guardian of the Galactic Flame
Space Cadet Topo needs to relight the sun! So he must travel to last planet of the Galaxy to obtain the legendary Galactic Flame. However, according to the Old Keeper of this mythical match, "In 2000 years, many have tried, but none has succeeded in taking this flame." Is Topo's heart pure and noble enough to pass the test?

Sid the Squid: and the Search for the Perfect Job
By David Derrick

Character: Officer Mitchell
The girl Alice helps Sid the squid try new jobs. Soon they meet a traffic cop. Officer Mitchell is impressed by all of Sid's arms. The policewoman suggests that directing traffic might be an ideal vocation for Sid. Will guiding cars, trucks, buses, and people across a busy intersection fit Sid's bill? Find out!


Julie Black Belt
(978-1-59702-0-09-1, $15.95, www.julieblackbelt.com)

"[This] is the kind of picture book I wished we read while we were taking karate…But like karate, the act of doing and not giving up pays dividends in areas that cross beyond physical training: self-control, self-discipline and self-confidence. Julie Black Belt's message also has an overarching theme of perseverance - that achievement results from consistent hard work…The beauty of teaching this lesson is that it applies to anything, and I mean ANYTHING, that you'd want your child to achieve in"
- Pragmatic Mom

The Octonauts & the Frown Fish
(978-1-59702-0-14-5, $15.95)

"THERE hasn't been so much fun under the sea since a certain absorbent creature with rectangular trousers came to our attention…this fab, new picture book with colourful and detailed illustrations make[s] you feel so far under the sea you want to wear your snorkel! A turtle at the end of the book declares: 'I'm sad this book is over.' And you will be too."
- Liverpool Echo, UK



- 7/6: Oliver Chin: San Leandro Public Library, My Life Graphic Novel Workshop: Part #3, 300 Estudillo Avenue, San Leandro, CA, (510) 577-3970, 3 pm
- 7/7: Octonauts: Dublin Public Library, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA 94568, 925-828-1315, 1 & 2 pm
- 7/9: Oliver Chin: Book Passage, Children's Literature Conference, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA, (415) 927-0960, 9 am.
- 7/11: Oliver Chin: San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, 404 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92101, (619) 338-9888, 2 pm
- 7/14: Oliver Chin: Story time: San Diego County Library - 4S Ranch branch, 10433 Reserve Drive, San Diego, CA 92127, (858) 673-4697, 10:30 am
- 7/14: Oliver Chin: Story time: San Diego County Library - Spring Valley branch, 836 Kempton St., Spring Valley, CA, 91977, (619) 463-3006, 1 pm
- 7/18: San Francisco Babes & Babies event, Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, San Francisco, CA, 9 am.
- 7/20: Oliver Chin: San Leandro Public Library, My Life Graphic Novel Workshop: Part #5, 3 pm
- 7/21: Octonauts: Fremont Public Library, 2400 Stevenson Blvd, CA 94538, 510-745-1421, 11:30 am
- 7/24-25: Timmy and Tammy's Train of Thought: EuroWest 2010, Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos, CA
- 7/27: Oliver Chin: San Leandro Public Library, My Life Graphic Novel Workshop: Part #6, 3 pm
- 7/29: Octonauts: Centerville Public Library, 3801 Nicolet Ave., Fremont, CA 94536, 510-795-2629, 2 pm
- 7/31: Baltazar & the Flying Pirates: Union City Public Library, 34007 Alvarado-Niles Rd., CA 94587, 510-745-1464, 2 pm


- 8/10: Oliver Chin: San Leandro Public Library, My Life Graphic Novel Workshop: Part #8, 3 pm
- 8/12: Baltazar & the Flying Pirates: Albany Public Library, 1247 Marin Ave., CA 94706, 510-526-3720, 3 pm


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