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The Spotlight

May 2015 - Immedium

1. News
2. Reviews
3. Events


A. May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
In 1978 President Jimmy Carter designated the annual celebration of the contributions and cultures of Asian Americans. Then in 1992 President George Bush assigned the entire month of May to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese (May 7, 1843), and the finish of the transcontinental railroad (May 10, 1869) by Chinese workers.

On May 12th, the White House holds an AAPI summit in Washington DC that is open to the public.

Likewise, Immedium publishes stories with Asian American themes and characters which appeal all readers.

- Sora and the Cloud: our first Japanese bilingual story

- Julie Black Belt shares how the martial arts can edify and excite.

- The Year of the Sheep is the 10th in our annual series Tales from the Chinese Zodiac

Check them out as we eagerly create new books in the future!

B. Phil Amara in Toronto
Phil is the author of our fantasy adventure The Treehouse Heroes.

A comics pro at Dark Horse, Phil edited famous crossover titles such as Star Wars, Terminator, and Predator, and wrote the adventure The Nevermen. Currently he is an elementary school teacher in Boston Public's Chinatown.

Now Phil visits Toronto Comic Arts Festival for the second year in a row. TCAF is a week long celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, which culminates in a two-day exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of comics creators from around the world.

Friday, May 8th, 2 pm:
Phil presents his annual panel about how comics and picture books can help teachers. comics and picture books make great mentor texts and can make reading a deeper experience for reluctant learners. (Photo courtesy of Sampan)

C. Oliver Chin keynotes California reading fair
The Santa Clara County Reading Council is one of the largest organizations in California that promote reading and literacy.

On May 9th the SCCRC combines two of its exciting events for students: the Young Author's Faire and the Children's Writing Workshop. The festival will honor young writers, while giving kids lessons to stretch their writing capabilities.

The SCCRC has invited Oliver Chin to kick off the day and encourage the children. He will share Immedium's catalog of colorful storybooks to inspire their writing.


The Octonauts
By Meomi

"[The original Octonauts storybooks] are way better than other books written based on children's cartoons. The books as well as the cartoons follow a team of eight underwater explorer animals as they go on adventures in the ocean and encounter marine wildlife. These stories would be a great jumping off point for unit study about the ocean."
- Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Good Dream, Bad Dream
By Juan Calle and Serena Valentino

"This exciting story features monsters and heroes from many different cultures presented in action-packed comic-style illustrations. Additionally, this bilingual book is written in both English and Spanish, making it accessible for speakers of either language."
- Ann Arbor District Library, Michigan



  • 5/4: Oliver Chin: Free Comic Book Day: Pleasant Hill Public Library, Pleasant Hill, CA, 6:30 pm.
  • 5/8: Oliver Chin: CIS DeAvila Elementary School, San Francisco, CA.
  • 5/9: Phi Amara: Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Toronto, Canada
  • 5/9: Oliver Chin: Santa Clara County Reading Council - Young Writers' Festival: Columbia Middle School, Sunnyvale, CA, 9 am.
  • 5/10: Oliver Chin: Golden Gate Conservancy: Crissy Field Warming Hut Bookstore/Cafe, San Francisco, CA, 1 pm.
  • 5/16: Oliver Chin: Comics Workshop: San Francisco Public Library, Ortega branch, 2 pm.

  • JUNE

  • 6/9: Oliver Chin: Comics Workshop: Peninsula Young Writers Workshop, Redwood City, CA, 1:30 pm
  • 6/13: Oliver Chin: Comics Workshop: Sarataoga Public Library, 3-5 pm.
  • 6/19: Oliver Chin: Comics Workshop: Campbell Public Library, 3-5 pm.
  • 6/20: Birth and Baby Fair, San Mateo Event Center, San Mateo, CA.
  • 6/23: Oliver Chin: Comics Workshop: Milpitas Public Library, 3-5 pm.
  • 6/24: Oliver Chin: Comics Workshop: Peninsula Young Writers Workshop, Redwood City, CA, 1:30 pm.
  • 6/26-29: American Library Association - annual convention: San Francisco, CA.
  • 6/30: Oliver Chin: Comics Workshop: Morgan Hill Public Library, 2-4 pm.

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    Immedium, Inc. inspires a world of imagination, and creates entertaining books that have multi-dimensional appeal. Based in San Francisco, CA, Immedium sits on the Pacific Rim, a vibrant intersection for crossover cultural trends from Asia and America. Embracing an increasingly diverse and "multimedia" world, Immedium publishes titles ranging from eye-catching children's books and contemporary non-fiction to commentaries on art and popular culture. Visit us at www.immedium.com.

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