Oct. 26, 2021

BREATHE! - #BHM SaturdayAM founder Fredrick L. Jones Joins Us To Discuss Starting SaturdayAM, Being Authentic, Representation, Diversity, Anime & Much More! | Ep.70

BREATHE! - #BHM SaturdayAM founder Fredrick L. Jones Joins Us To Discuss Starting SaturdayAM, Being Authentic, Representation, Diversity, Anime & Much More! | Ep.70

“I wanted to create a manga brand that respected the diversity that needed to be in manga”  - Fredrick L Jones (SaturdayAM Founder)

Welcome to another episode of Suuuper Anime podcast, Black History Month aka BHM edition. Where in the month of October we will be showcasing and speaking to black content creators on their chosen profession who are all either within the anime industry or love anime just as much as we do! 

Our guest for this episode was Mr Fredrick L Jones who is the founder of SaturdayAM - The World’s most diverse comics anthology. The company has dozens of creators, thousands of fans all over the world, 100’s of issued magazines which has inspired young, diverse, creators much the same way that Shonen Jump, cartoons, and comics did. 

We discuss the following things:  

  • How did Mr Jones start SaturdayAM?
  • Why it’s important to be authentic and celebrate all identities! 
  • How can we solve for the lack of representation in manga? 
  • Why Japanese animation studios may be scared to draw black characters? 
  • Why you should create your own door as opposed to knocking on someone else’s?
  • What black content creators should be comfortable in their own skin? 
  • Why celebrating culture is important in anime and manga?
  • Do stereotypes influence unconscious bias?
  • Is digital the future of manga? How will the industry look? 
  • We end with the suuuper quick fire round?

SaturdayAM Socials 

  • Website: http://www.saturday-am.com
  • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/frederickjonessatam/
  • Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/saturday_am
  • Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/saturday_am
  • You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/myfutprint

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Frederick L Jones

CEO

Frederick L. Jones is the CEO, Publisher, and Founder of MyFutprint Entertainment, LLC - the home of Saturday AM. A lifelong fan of Anime since the 80's, he is a former Executive in the videogame industry with over a decade of experiencing working on product marketing for a variety of top game franchises across Playstation, Xbox, PC, and Sega Dreamcast.

Saturday AM was formed in 2013, inspired by Shonen Jump, and stands as the most diverse manga brand in the world. With creators from 6 continents, fans from over 60 countries, Saturday AM is incredibly popular. With popular EXCLUSIVE series like APPLE BLACK, CLOCK STRIKER, HAMMER and more -- the brand has been interpreted in TOYS, VIDEOGAMES, APPS, STICKERS and works with three of the biggest art supply manufacturers in Japan.