The Comix Strip Debuts at LA Times Festival of Books

Official Press Release

LOS ANGELES -- For the first time, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will include “The Comix Strip,” an entire section of the popular event dedicated to showcasing comics, graphic novels and manga. “The Comix Strip” will feature booths from prominent comic book publishers, retailers, and distributors as well as the inimitable writers and artists who create these hip and unique works.

Comix Strip-related programming will include a special Festival panel to be hosted by Los Angeles Times pop culture writer, Geoff Boucher, entitled “Comics: Superheroes of the Page & Screen.” Panelists include Jeph Loeb, co-executive producer of the smash TV hit “Heroes” and writer for some of the industry’s most well-known characters, including Spider-Man, Hulk, Captain America and Wolverine; Mike Mignola, creator of “Hellboy;” and Steve Niles, creator of the “30 Days of Night” graphic novel franchise. Other panels include “Reading Manga: A Japanese Phenomenon Comes to America,” and “Graphic Novels: Every Picture Tells a Story.”

Additional comic book luminaries are slated to participate in autograph sessions at booths throughout the weekend. Image Comics, Boom! Studios, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Animation Magazine, and Animal Army Comics are among the list of exhibitors.

“The Comix Strip will have a vibe all its own, matching the energy and diversity of the genres represented,” said The Times’ Geoff Boucher. "It was 70 years ago this summer that Superman took flight and now, with graphic novels, magna, comics-as-journalism and the surge in sophisticated films rooted in comics, there's never been a better time to be a fan. Engaging those fans is an ideal complement to the Festival of Books.”

Over 140,000 attendees are expected this year, as the Festival brings together a cool, eclectic and family-friendly line-up of talent, story-tellers, celebrities, musical performances and literary giants. The Festival will be held April 26th & 27th on the UCLA campus.

General event information can be found at http://latimesfestivalofbooks.com or by calling 1-800-LA TIMES, ext. 7BOOK. Admission is free, but tickets are required to attend author/panel discussions and lectures. Because seating at these events is limited, tickets will be made available for a $.75 per ticket fee at Ticketmaster.com and through select Ticketmaster locations in Southern California beginning at 12 Noon, April 20 and until capacity has been reached.

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