Interview With Box Brown About Comic Book Industry & the New Rugrats Comics!

boxbrownToday we had the pleasure of speaking with the Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist and New York Times bestselling author Box Brown, who wrote André the Giant: Life and Legend (First Second Books, graphic novel publisher)Brown talks starting his career at 25, founding his publishing company, Retrofit Comics, and the upcoming Rugrats comic book series he’s writing (Boom!Studios Publishing). He collaborated with First Second Books again, last year, when he published Tetris: The Games People Play, based on the classic video game.

Learn more about the process of Brown’s craft, as well as his thoughts on DC Comics, Marvel, etc by hitting play below!

For more on Brown, visit his official website

Interview With Laura Dail Literary’s Vice Prez & Director of Subrights, Tamar Rydzinski!


Tamar Rydzinski, Vice President, Director of Subsidiary Rights at the Laura Dail Literary Agency got bitten by the book industry bug while interning at an agency. At the time, she attended Yeshiva University, where she majored in Literature and minored in Business. Now with almost 12 years in her career (she previously worked at Greenburger Associates before joining Laura Dail in 2015) Rydzinski tells us how she’s seen the industry change compared to when she first started, such as the expansion of the young adult market and e-books, the mistakes writers make in their queries, and the details on book auctions.

Book auctions are when publishers bid on a book. You would not be wrong to describe it as a competition. To hear more about Rydzinski’s expertise and perspective, as well as some of the authors she represents (including New York Times bestselling American Fantasy author Sarah J. Mass), hit play below!

For more, visit the Laura Dail Literary Agency at

Interview With Publishers Weekly Children’s & YA Assistant Editor, Matia Burnett!


This past Wednesday, the Assistant Editor in the Children’s and Young Adult Department at Publishers Weekly (PW) Matia Burnett, chatted with us about her career, including its successes and challenges. Burnett is a Columbia University alumni and former educator (she also worked at Columbia as a researcher) before working at PW, a Trade publication in print and web that is basically to book publishing what Vogue is to fashion.

When she’s not busy being an editor, reporter, and reviewer in her department, Burnett writes adult and children’s fiction. She hopes to be published as an author in the future, as well as continuing to help make efforts to diversify publishing. Check out the full interview below!