Diamond becomes sponsor of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Official Press Release

Diamond Book Distributors, a division of Diamond Comic Distributors, is joining with the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books as a media sponsor for this year's event on the University of California, Los Angeles campus April 25-26.

Last year the Festival introduced "The Comix Strip," a new section of the show dedicated to comics, graphic novel and manga publishers, authors and illustrators. The show proved to be an immediate and outstanding success for publishers such as Image Comics and Boom! Studios, with such industry luminaries as Jeph Loeb, Mike Mignola and Steve Niles making appearances. This year's show is expected to draw from a broad spectrum of prominent speakers and panelists including Ray Bradbury, Clive Barker, Wil Wheaton, Michael J. Fox, David Baldacci, Kate DiCamillo and Christopher Plummer.

John Shableski, sales manager for Diamond Book Distributors said, "We are constantly looking for those events and moments which not only increase the awareness of the format for the general public but that can also be an attractive opportunity for our publishing houses and the creators they represent. The moment for graphic novels and comics to take center stage has arrived. And, when you look at the beautiful setting, the UCLA campus is set in one of the most heavily populated and influential regions of the country. There is also the added benefit of having the center of the entertainment industry close by. This is a very well run show and we look forward to making the most of this great opportunity."

"The explosive popularity of comic books and graphic novels have had a huge impact on pop-culture, the zeitgeist, and, of course, the film and television industries," said Anna Magzanyan, Los Angeles Times VP, Advertiser Marketing. "We're thrilled to grow The Times Festival of Books commitment to this format and Diamond Books is the ideal sponsor with which to do that. We now have the country's largest literary festival in the West and the world's largest distributor of graphic novels working together in Hollywood's back yard."

ABOUT DIAMOND BOOK DISTRIBUTORS- Diamond Book Distributors is dedicated to making a wide selection of graphic novels and other pop culture collectibles available to the mainstream book market. The company is a division of Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc., and is based in Baltimore, MD. For more information, visit Diamond Books on the web at www diamondbookdistributors.com.

ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS - The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books was created in 1996 to promote literacy, celebrate the written word, and bring together those who create books with the people who love to read them. Between 130,000 and 140,000 people attend the event annually.

General event information is available online at latimesfestivalofbooks.com or by calling 1-800-LA TIMES, ext. 7BOOK. Detailed speaker and event information will be provided in the official festival program, which will be published in the April 19th edition of the Los Angeles Times.

ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES TIMES - The Los Angeles Times (http://latimes.com) is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the country, with a daily readership of 2 million and 3 million on Sunday, and a combined print and interactive local weekly audience of 5.5 million. The fast-growing latimes.com draws over 10 million unique visitors monthly.

The Los Angeles Times and its media businesses and affiliates - including The Envelope (http://theenvelope.com), Metromix (http://losangeles.metromix.com), Times Community Newspapers, Hoy (http://hoyinternet.com), and California Community News - reach approximately 5.3 million or 40% of all adults in the Southern California marketplace. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times, has been covering Southern California for over 126 years and is part of Tribune Company one of the country's leading media companies with businesses in publishing, the Internet and broadcasting. Additional information is available at http://latimes.com/mediacenter.

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