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iRead Webcomics! 2008 Teen Summer Reading Program

Celebrating the 2008 Teen Summer Reading Program, I am proud to announce that KimonoKitsy Studios will be hitting 20 libraries across the State of Hawaii to talk about -- "iRead Webcomics: The New Frontier of Comics."

We are planning a 45 minute presentation, discussing some of the basics of webcomics, our process, and a short visual demonstration of Audra's drawing tips, tricks, and techniques! The program is free for the public, recommended for ages 12 and up (although all ages are welcome!). Feel free to visit us at any of our stops, bring your questions, and say "hi!"

We will also be bringing copies of our books along with us if you'd like to purchase them directly from us (and save on shipping! :D).

Download PDF flyers here: http://www.librarieshawaii.org/programs/teens.htm

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TEEN SUMMER READING PROGRAM FEATURES LOCAL ARTISTS AND CREATORS OF NEMU*NEMU

Audra Furuichi and Scott Yoshinaga give visual demonstration on the creation of a webcomic

HONOLULU – Local artists Audra Furuichi and Scott Yoshinaga will spend the summer presenting the basics of webcomic creation at libraries throughout Oahu as part of the Hawaii State Public Library Teen Summer Reading Program sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hawaii and the National Football League Charities.  

 
“The Hawaii State Public Library System is delighted to showcase nemu*nemu creators Audra Furuichi and Scott Yoshinaga as our featured Teen Summer Reading Program artists.” said Susan Nakata, Library Development Services Section Manager. “Their program on web comic creation is a perfect tie-in with our 'iRead' theme, which highlights teen books on imagination, innovation, and ingenuity.”  
 
The 2008 Teen Summer Reading Program strives to encourage young readers to pick up books during their summer break and read. The program is conducted in 51 public libraries statewide, and teens between 7th and 12th grades are invited to participate in the reading campaign and visit their local library weekly. By reading one book per week, teens are given a free reading incentive, while supplies last.
 
Furuichi and Yoshinaga are the creators of nemu-nemu (pronounced “Neh-moo”), the webcomic chronicling the adventures of two young girls – Anise Kurobu and Kana Mezurashi – and their two live “stuffed toy” pups as they explore the world around them. The comic debuted online on April 1, 2006, in a 4-panel cartoon style and has continued to expand its fan base across geographical boundaries.
 
“We feel very fortunate to be able to participate in the libraries program,” said Furuichi. “We are firm believers in the importance of education and the value of reading.  We also want young people to know that they can achieve their dreams through hard work and perseverance.”   
 
Both Furuichi and Yoshinaga have worked for the past 2 years to create the online comic that appears every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at  http://www.nemu-nemu.com and in the monthly East Oahu Sun newspaper.  They also have debuted two printed volumes of their work which is sold at various stores on Oahu and online.  
 
Throughout the year both artists also volunteer time to give demonstrations to students in high schools throughout the state.  For more information about the Teen Summer Reading Program visit http://www.librarieshawaii.org/ .  For more information about nemu*nemu visit the website at http://www.nemu-nemu.com .
 
 
About the Artists 
Hawai'i born artists, Audra Furuichi and Scott Yoshinaga, are graduates of the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. Coincidentally, both contributed comic strips to the University’s student newspaper, Ka Leo o Hawai'i. Furuichi’s comic “Culture SHOCK!” printed from 1998-2000 garnered the attention of famed cartoonist, Charles Schulz. Schulz personally chose Furuichi’s strip for the prestigious 1999 Scripps-Howard Charles M. Schulz College Cartooning Award. Furuichi continued to work in comics while living in California as a colorist for Marvel and Antarctic Press and translation editor for Studio ICE/Ice Kunion. Recently she was nominated for Lulu of the Year 2008 by Friends of Lulu. Yoshinaga is a Technology Coordinator for Mid-Pacific Institute Elementary School by day and collaborates with Furuichi at night. He assists in writing, lettering and managing the nemu*nemu website.