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July 2022 - Immedium

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A. More Awesome Asian Americans on Kickstarter!
Today we launch our Kickstarter campaign for
More Awesome Asian Americans:
20 Citizens Who Energized America

This is the sequel to our 2020 critically-acclaimed graphic novel Awesome Asian Americans. Readers enjoyed the first volume so much that they wanted more!

Enjoy learning about 10 more women & 10 men who've contributed to the USA and the world. Profiles include:
- actor George Takei, author Amy Tan, comics artist Jim Lee, filmmaker Mira Nair, Bruno Mars, & Chloe Kim

The 130 page paperback features 60 dynamic and colorful illustrations by Juan Calle.

Backers get great rewards! Receive autographed copies, limited edition prints, and a special T-shirt.
- plus, have dinner with the authors or schedule an author school visit.

Pre-order your very own copy. Tell your family, friends, and colleagues in the coming month. As always, we appreciate your support!

B. Praise for The Octonauts
Propelled by season 2 of their Netflix TV series, Above & Beyond, The Octonauts continue to make new fans.

The website Fatherly gave thumbs up:

"For a show about a bunch of talking animals driving submarines and hovercraft, Octonauts is perhaps the purest kids' TV show around. Unless you hate fun, you'll actually enjoy watching episodes of this series with your toddler or preschooler, and with Above and Beyond, parents themselves may learn a thing or two about how our planet really works."

If you haven't already, go to the source! Share our four original storybooks that inspired the hit animated television series worldwide!

C. Reprints are coming
We are reprinting half a dozen books this summer. Titles include:

That Girl on TV Could be Me!
by Leticia Ordaz
- 1st printing sold out

Sora & the Cloud
by Felicia Hoshino
- 3rd printing celebrates its 10 year anniversary

Julie Black Belt: the Kung Fu Chronicles
- 3rd printing for our favorite martial artist

Justin Time: the Pancake Express

The Year of the Monkey

Plus another round of The Octonauts box set.


Awesome Asian Americans
by Phil Amara and Oliver Chin
Illustrated by Juan Calle

"From the eye-catching cover depicting comic-book style heroes to the 20 men and women profiled in short chapters, Awesome Asian Americans presents an appealing, and long-overdue collection of inspirational heroes past and present.... The vibrant comic-book style illustrations by Juan Calle enhance each entry, capturing the essence of the person being profiled and complementing, not overshadowing the text."
- Somerset County Library System of New Jersey

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The Discovery of Anime and Manga
by Phil Amara and Oliver Chin
Illustrated by Juan Calle

"In the book we see iconic Japanese anime characters such as Astroboy, Doraemon, Dragon Ball, My Neighbor Totoro, Sailor Moon, Pokemon, One Piece, One Punch Man and more. This makes the book not only fun for children, but also for adults, as they can flip through and remember beloved childhood characters. The story moves along with bright bold illustrations by Juan Calle. Each page is a love letter to manga, making this a delightful read for children and parents."
- Sampan



  • 7/1: How to Draw Manga, Petaluma Public Library, Petaluma, CA, 3 pm
  • 7/7: How to Draw Manga, Rincon Valley Public Library, Santa Rosa, CA, 3 pm
  • 7/8: How to create Comics class, San Jose Public Library - Willow Glen branch, CA, 3 pm
  • 7/9: How to create Comics, Pleasanton Public Library, Pleasanton, CA, 1 pm
  • 7/13: Anime & Manga online class, Livermore Public Library, CA, 2 pm
  • 7/18: How to Draw Manga, Windsor Public Library, Windsor, CA, 3 pm
  • 7/19: How to create Comics - online class, San Jose Public Library - Educational Park branch, CA, 3 pm
  • 7/20: How to Draw Manga, Central Public Library, Santa Rosa, CA, 3 pm
  • 7/21: How to Draw Comics Characters, San Leandro Public Library, San Leandro, CA, 1:30 pm
  • 7/25: How to Draw Manga, Guerneville Public Library, Guerneville, CA, 3 pm
  • 7/26: How to create Comics - online class, San Jose Public Library - Vineland branch, CA, 3 pm
  • 7/29: How to Draw Manga, Rohnert Park-Cotati Public Library, Rohnert Park, CA, 3 pm


  • 9/1-4: Oliver Chin, Chinese Heritage Camp, Snow Mountain Park, Fraser, Co

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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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