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November 2011 - Immedium

1. News
2. Reviews
3. Events


A. 2 new books by Thanksgiving!
We are arranging author presentations for two upcoming books. We welcome schools, libraries, and community groups to email us to schedule storytimes into 2012.

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Sora and the Cloud
By Felicia Hoshino (www.felishino.com)

This childhood adventure is like Hayao Miyazaki meeting the Red Balloon! Beautifully handcrafted, it blends a classic theme of growing up with a child's fantastic imagination (and mother's heartfelt love). This book is our first with a Japanese-American theme and bilingual translation (Japanese). It is also the first book written by the award-winning artist Felicia Hoshino.

Character preview: Sora
Sora is a boy exploring the world around him. Growing quickly from a baby and a toddler, he can now climb a tree! There someone is waiting for him. Then together they take a magical journey in the sky.

The first person to pre-order Sora and the Cloud gets a free 8x10 photo collage!

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The Year of the Dragon
7th in the series Tales from the Chinese Zodiac

By Oliver Chin and illustrated by Jennifer Wood

New series illustrator Jennifer Wood, an artist at Nickelodeon on the animated TV series T.U.F.F. Puppy (www.artofjwood.com), brings to life a fresh cast of creatures for the 2012 lunar new year. Limited edition t-shirts are available!

Character preview: Dominic the Dragon
Dom's parents have high expectations for him - after all, dragons are special! But when their son frolics with the boy Bo and the other animals, will Dom sink instead of swim? Or will he invent the dragon boat?

The first 5 people to pre-order The Year of the Dragon get a free 8x10 photo collage!

B. Immedium e-books now on Apple iOS
You can now share our stories on digital devices! We have partnered with iVerse Media to offer illustrated e-books on iVerse's popular Comics+ reader (http://comicspl.us).

You can download iVerse's free Apple iTunes app (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/comics/id323397665) to read them on your iPhone or iPad.

The first wave of Immedium's children's books is on sale for the next month at $0.99 each. Search by "Publisher" under "Immedium":
- Billie the Unicorn (www.billietheunicorn.com)
- Chaff n' Skaffs: Mai and the lost Moskivvy
- Sid the Squid: and the Search for the Perfect Job
- Space Cadet Topo: the Day the Sun Turned Off
- The Year of the Rabbit: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac
- Timmy and Tammy's Train of Thought
- Welcome to Monster Isle (www.monsterisle.net)

In addition, Desert to Dream: A Dozen Years of Burning Man Photography is available for $4.99.

Keep an eye out for more illustrated Immedium books on Comics+. Meanwhile, we're planning on more ways for you enjoy our adventures on interactive and mobile media.

C. Free book previews on Scribd
To reach new readers, we have posted samples of our stories online. People love our books' covers, but we always tell them the illustrations inside are even better!


Now you can "look inside" and see the first 5 pages of any children's book, along with the dust jacket descriptions and back cover (or more for the books Desert to Dream and Robot Stories).

Scribd is a social reading and publishing website, which enables users to upload different types of documents and make them searchable (across the web and within the documents themselves), social, readable within websites and blogs.

Feel free to share these previews with friends, and try reading new stories!


The Year of the Rabbit: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac
978-1-59702-0, $15.95

"Roth's illustrations make the book really engaging for children. The picture book is bright, colorful and comical. Even if the child does not have a preexisting interest in the Chinese zodiac, the illustrations help make the topic inviting and, upon reading, enjoyable. They will remind children of cartoons from television or the movies, making the story of Rosie and The Year of the Rabbit something they want to read and understand."
- Suite 101


Sid the Squid: and the Search for the Perfect Job
978-1-59702-021-3, $15.95

"A Children's Book that Entertains Adults Too...While the majority of preschoolers and early elementary-age children whom the book is directed at are probably not concerned that they will not find their dream job, the book does provide an empowering message that adults (particularly the recently college-educated, but jobless) will want to pass on to their children. And for the children themselves, the book provides an endearingly earnest squid they can root for."
- Suite 101



  • 11/15/11: Barbara Traub: Desert to Dream: Apple Store, One Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA, 7 pm.
  • 11/30/11: Oliver Chin: Storytime & Comics workshop: Pacific Grove Public Library, 550 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA, 831-648-5762, 3:45 pm storytime, 5:30 pm comics


  • TBD - Felicia Hoshino: Rosa Parks Elementary School, San Francisco, CA
  • TBD - Felicia Hoshino: Clarendon Elementary School, San Francisco, CA
  • TBD - Felicia Hoshino: Japanese Cultural & Community Center - Northern California, San Francisco, CA

  • 12/4/11: Oliver Chin: YODragon: Golden Gate Conservancy: Crissy Field Warming Hut Bookstore/Cafe, San Francisco, CA, (415) 561-3040, 1 pm.
  • 12/7/11: Oliver Chin: Teen comic book workshop: Portola Valley Public Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028, 4 pm
  • 12/15/11: Felicia Hoshino: Sora & the Cloud: Performing Arts Night, Clarendon Elementary School, San Francisco, CA, 5 pm.
  • 12/17-18/11: Felicia Hoshino: Sora & the Cloud: Renegade Craft Fair, Concourse, San Francisco, CA.

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