Just in time for the turkey day itself, LGBThanksgiving continues with another special interview! 

We’ve spotlighted manga localizers before, but on this episode we’re excited to host on the show someone who’s making their own manga, and has been doing great work sharing theirs and others’ diverse voices and perspectives by producing manga, animation, blog posts, analysis videos, interviews, merchandise and apparel, and so much more!

Jaqueline-Elizabeth “Jax” Cottrell is the digital content strategist for Noir Caeser Entertainment and one of the most amazingly prolific and multi-talented people in anime fandom! Jax joins us to chat about their journey from fan to professional, sharing their background as an anime fan, how they got started with Noir Ceaser, and their new manga – Hanakotoba: The Language of Flowers! They also share their thoughts on the Black anime community, making spaces for Black fans and creators, and the importance of authentic and accurate representation. Plus, we chat about Jax’s phenomenal video essays, the extensive research they did while writing Hanakotoba, their journey into voice-acting – and again, so much more!


00:22 – Intro

01:44 – Introducing Jax and their background
13:37 – Jax’s Fandom and Career History
25:50 – The Black Anime Community
32:15 – Making Spaces for Black Fans and Creators
41:40 – Noir Caeser’s Upcoming Projects
45:17 – Hanakotoba: The Language of Flowers
1:12:10 – The Importance of Authentic, Accurate Representation
1:21:14 – Jax’s Personal Aspirations
1:33:15 – Jax’s Plugs 

1:35:30 – Community Shout-Outs 

1:51:58 – Wrap-Up 

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About The Author Siddharth Gupta

Siddharth Gupta is an animation student at the School of Visual Arts. Currently residing in NYC, the icy cold, snow-covered neighborhoods of Minnesota will always be his home. An avid animation and comics fan since childhood, he has turned his passion towards being both a creator and a critic. He credits his love for both mediums to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, which has also defined his artistic and comedic sensibilities. A frequent visitor to his local comic book shop, he is an avid reader and collector, and is particularly fond of manga. His favorite comics include Urusei Yatsura by Rumiko Takahashi, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, The Adventures of Tintin by Herge, Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed, and pretty much anything and everything Deadpool.