‘Walking Dead’: Robert Kirkman in the flesh at Festival of Books

April 10, 2012 | 5:00 a.m.

The 17th annual Festival of Books – like last year's, pictured above – will feature multiple booths specializing in graphic novels and comic books. (Michael Robinson Chavez/Los Angeles Times)

Hero Complex's Q&A with Jim Lee and Dan DiDio is one of many events at the 17th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which will be on the USC campus April 21 and 22. Above, attendees write the titles of the books they're reading on a tent at the 2011 festival. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

Geoff Boucher will lead a discussion with "The Walking Dead" comic book writer Robert Kirkman. (Image Comics)

"The Nerdist" host Chris Hardwick (above with Alison Brie) will be at the festival on the Sunday panel "The Nerds Shall Inherit the Earth." (Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images)

EPIX is presenting three screenings of the documentary "With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story" at the festival on Sunday. (1821 Pictures)

Douglas McGowan, co-writer of graphic novel "Nature of the Beast," will be on a panel moderated by Leslie S. Klinger on the first day of the festival. (Soft Skull Press)

Fans hungry for talk of zombies and mutants can get their fill at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC, where writer Robert Kirkman will talk about his work for “The Walking Dead,” “Invincible,” “Ultimate X-Men” and his new project, “Super Dinosaur,” which he has described as “a Pixar movie on paper.”

The question-and-answer session with Kirkman, hosted by Hero Complex writer Geoff Boucher, will be held in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center at 10:30 a.m. on April 21.

Here are a few other events Hero Complex readers may want to check out at the festival, which runs April 21-22:

• “With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story”: The documentary will screen at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. April 22 in the School for Cinematic Arts’ Ray Stark Theater.

• “Graphic Novel: Drawing Outside the Lines”: Times staff writer Deborah Vankin will moderate a Q&A with Joseph Lambert, Carla Speed McNeil and Jim Woodring. All three are finalists in the graphic novel category of the festival’s book prizes.  1:30 p.m. April 21, Taper Hall.

• “The Nerds Shall Inherit the Earth”: This panel will feature “The Nerdist” host Chris Hardwick and John Scalzi, president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. 3 p.m. April 22, Bovard Auditorium.

• “Graphic Novel: Mythic Stories”: Leslie S. Klinger, who recently published “The Annotated Sandman,” will moderate a panel with Ed Brubaker, Adam Mansbach and Douglas McGowan. 3:30 p.m. April 21, Salvatori Computer Science Center.

• “Fiction: World Building”: Moderated by writer Charles Yu, this panel features Frank Beddor (“The Looking Glass Wars”), Lev Grossman (“Codex,” “Warp”) and Scalzi. 10 a.m. April 22, Davidson Continuing Education Center.

The full schedule for the Festival of Books – which also features writers such as Cornelia Funke, Anne Rice and “Abraham  Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” author Seth Grahame-Smith – is online here. Tickets for indoor panels cost $1, and complete ticketing information is available on the festival’s official website.

– Emily Rome


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