Official Press Release
February 7, 2008 — For the first time ever, the 2008 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will feature THE COMIX STRIP, an area specifically dedicated to comics, graphic novels, manga and other genre publications. The Festival of Books is inviting fans and aspiring artists to design the official logo for THE COMIX STRIP.
“We want THE COMIX STRIP to tap into the passion and enthusiasm of the comics and graphic novel fan base,” says Bill Benjamin, Director of Events – Los Angeles Times Media Group. “No one knows better what speaks to the genre audience than the readers themselves. We want THE COMIX STRIP logo to reflect fans’ tastes, we thought the best idea was to let the fans to design it.”
The winning logo, along with the artist’s name, will appear in a variety of advertising and promotional pieces leading up to Festival of Books, as well as on-site at “THE COMIX STRIP” area of the event.
THE COMIX STRIP logo design contest will begin on Monday, February 11, 2008. Entries will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2008. Ten semi-finalists will be selected and have their entries posted online. The winning entry will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books booth at Wizard World Los Angeles on Friday, March 14, 2008.
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has become the nation’s largest and most prestigious public literary festival, attracting over 130,000 people each year. The two-day event is held on the UCLA Campus in Westwood. This year’s Festival of Books will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, 2008. General event information is available at http://www.latimesfestivalofbooks.com.
Benjamin says addition of THE COMIX STRIP reflects the growing impact of comics and graphic novels on the publishing industry. “This is one of the fastest-growing categories in the publishing industry,” Benjamin notes. “Comics and graphic novels are generating interest among more and more mainstream readers. It’s a category that includes all genres; not just superheroes, but horror, sci-fi, romance, westerns, humor, and politics.”
“It’s an exciting, vital part of the publishing world, and we’re very pleased to showcase these publications to a bigger, broader reading audience.”