Hi I’m Jade - content creator/writer for Jadedisland. I write from the black femme lens in kawaii culture on topics in mental health, community, art, and style. I’m a full time writer who welcomes all to my world of pink energy. ~ What began as a National Novel Writing Month Journey in 2017, and a story i shared with my siblings and a few friends on Wattpad finally hit the spotlight in my life. I share Ambrose, Axel, and Theo my charming but challenging characters as they fight against a corrupt regency, placate gods, and learn the true heritage of magic and silver. Inspired by an idea from biblical texts, mineralogy, and gemology this fantasy series came to life. Don't miss out as I work alongside my best friend who edits my chapters and inspiring artist Middnite Designs. I've got a fantasy world you will not want to miss.
Hi everyone, Melanie here. I’m a writer, photographer, podcast co-host and, most importantly here, editor. I’ve been writing since middle school and sporadically editing Jade’s work since probably just as long. Outside of our work together, I have had experience editing various writing genres for the past five years. As a writer, I’m inspired by Southern gothic literature, magical realism, and anything that searches to describe the unknown within the known. Regardless of theme, I’m also drawn to engaging with content that highlights people of color and the LGBT community.I am a lover and creator of art that pushes us to change our perspectives and understanding of how we see ourselves, each other and the world. Ain’t got no public social media, but hear more ramblings on our podcast Ambiguous Anthology - posted biweekly on Sundays. *ten points to your house if you got the intro reference -Melanie
My name is Anna Maria Jefferson-Richardson, creator and illustrator of Middnite Designs. I'm a full time freelance illustrator and stay at home mom of 4, which means I must be some sort of master multitasker as well! I specialize in Concept Character Designs and Sequential art, that is comics and graphic novels, and have been creating art for almost 20 years, turning it into my full time career in the past 5 years.I was only 11 when I created my first comic, following the introduction and craze that was anime and manga in the late 90's and 2000's era of my childhood, and started blending them together with the western comics and cartoons I had already been growing up with.
I was and am still heavily influenced by Disney and Studio Ghibli, but also by indie comic artists and big name comic companies such as Top Cow, Marvel, IDW, Image and especially Dark horse, and having always been avid reader. I naturally became inspired by many books I've read over the years, (I'm pretty sure its in the 50k range with how my book shelf cemetery is looking) and began to mix all those creative worlds and mediums I soaked in around me to create my own stories, my own universe.
Each story holds a piece of me and a piece of what influenced me during its creation; Steven King's the Dark Tower series was and is forever one of my favorite 7 part series, and that inspired my first ever story starring my main avatar, Middnite, over 17 years ago. I have roughly 9 more stories in various stages of concepts, but I my main focus is her world and its development.
I'm also happily married to my writer/Husband, pen name Neph, and have many stories in various stages of production with him, one currently on the front burner and being created as I speak.
Middnite Designs is exclusively my art space to create activism art and represent the world around me and where I want to see myself in it, as an Afro-Latina woman in the indie comic industry, creating a platform in anyway I can for black voices, hispanic voices, and voices of color, from the barrio, from the hood, to the rest of the world. My motto is Unity, Representation, and Diversity, and my mission is to spread awareness and teach other creators and artists how to properly represent diversity, through workshops and online tutorials, and in my own way, making a difference in what we and our children see in media today.