21 May The Comic Books Market Seen from an International Perspective (Podcast #7)
Episode #7 – “You Don’t Have to Be A Comics Reader to Read Comics”: an Interview with Amber Garza
By Marleen Seegers, Co-Founder of 2 Seas Agency and Host of The Make Books Travel Podcast
May 21, 2020
Welcome to the seventh episode of the Make Books Travel podcast!
Joining me today from Los Angeles is Amber Garza, Owner of Full Bleed Rights (formerly Director of International Licensing at Sequential Rights). Amber sells translation rights in English language comic books, a genre – or rather, as Amber rightfully points out during the episode – a medium that I am not very familiar with.
On paper she and I both do the same thing: we sell translation rights. Yet the comic books market is a totally different market compared to the “normal” fiction and non-fiction book market that I operate in with 2 Seas Agency.
I’ve been wanting to sit down with Amber for quite some time now in order to get a better idea of what it is that she does.
We also talk about Covid-19, which is currently still an unavoidable and important topic in our business, and around the world.
We had a great chat, which lasted much longer than the average episode I recorded up to now. We simply had so much to talk about and probably could have gone on for another hour at least. Perhaps she’ll want to come back again sometime soon!
Here are some of the questions I asked Amber:
- Which book fairs do you normally go to every year, and which one(s) are important for comic books licensing?
- Are there any relatively new fairs that seem to become increasingly important?
- Did you attend the virtual Bologna Book Fair and use the rights exchange platform they’d partnered with, PubMatch?
- Which formats do you sell rights for, besides hardcover and/or trade paperback editions? How about audiobooks and serializations for comics and graphic novels?
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