Weekly Roundup – September 16, 2016

Hello, and welcome to another Weekly Roundup!  Here I’ll provide links and summarized information about the crowdfunded projects, creator opportunities, and resources that have caught my eye over the week. I hope you enjoy!

As a note: I am not sponsored by any company, group, or individual listed below or elsewhere on this site unless otherwise listed.


The 3rd Annual Autostraddle Comic and Sequential Art Awards are now accepting votes until midnight PST on September 24. Here’s more on the awards:

The stated goal of the Autostraddle Comic and Sequential Art Awards, also known as the ACSAs, is to recognize and celebrate webcomics, graphic zines, comic books, graphic novels and other forms of sequential art that come out each year between September 1st of the previous year and August 31st of that year that feature both excellence in the art form and excellence in representation for girls and women (especially queer girls and women) and feminist themes.

(from the article here written by Autostraddle staff writer Mey.)

Check out the nominees and vote for your favorites! Women have always been a part of the comics industry and deserve all the recognition they can get.

Crowdfunded Projects


Perry Winkle Comic: Comics Fighting Cancer has 20 days to go in its Kickstarter! The Kickstarter aims to promote, publish, and distribute the creator’s semi-autobiographical comic Perry Winkle. The comic provides information on lymphoma and hopes to empower those dealing with lymphoma and other cancers.

Tiers include wallpapers and PDF, softcover, or hardcover version of the finished comic.


AllergyStop: Affordable Epinephrine Injection is running an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for its affordable EpiPen alternative. The gradual rise of the cost of the EpiPen has made it unaffordable for many people with life-threatening allergies. AllergyStop seeks to reduce the burden placed on people who lack the resources to purchase such an expensive but potentially life-saving allergy injection.


La Raza Anthology: Unidos Y Fuerte has 12 days to go in its Kickstarter! For a summary of the project, I quote the Kickstarter page:

La Raza Anthology: Unidos y Fuerte is a collection of works celebrating and analyzing our experiences with cultures from Latin America. Tired of the very little Latinx representation in the art scene, we created La Raza Anthology as a way to give creators proper recognition & chance to address important issues that matter to us.

Tier options may include PDF and/or hard copy versions of the anthology, postcards, prints, pins, tote bags, charms, or commissions.


Power and Magic: The Queer Witch Comic Anthology has 21 days to go in its Kickstarter! From the Kickstarter page, here is a summary of the intent and purpose of Power and Magic:

POWER & MAGIC is a comics anthology about queer witches of color for teens and adults ages 14-and-up. The book is over 160 pages long, black and white, and contains 15 original stories blending fantasy, drama, humor, and romance.

On January 27th, I asked if any women of color out there were interested in making comics about queer witches of color, an archetype near and dear to me… The answer was a resounding yes. POWER & MAGIC is brought to you by a team of 17 women, demigirls, and bigender creators of color.

The witch is an icon of power. She represents transcendence, healing, insight, defiance, feminine monstrosity, and a sacred relationship to the self, the community, and the universe. From the euphoria of holding the stars in your grasp, to the sacrifices we make to reach them, POWER & MAGIC explores what it means to be a person of power in all its complexity.

Tier options include PDF or paperback versions of the comic anthology, a postcard print set, a bookplate, and commissions from the artists involved.


P is for President Coloring and Activity Book is running a Kickstarter. To quote the Kickstarter page:

This limited edition coloring and activity book features 40 pages of adorable illustrations and fun activities for hours of enjoyment. Each page features a different career option such as astronaut, heavy metal guitarist, video game developer and more!

The original A to Z Guide to Jobs For Girls features both traditional and nontraditional career options for women in all fields, with an emphasis on STEM, the arts, and athletics. The book is designed to promote both literacy and female empowerment for young girls.

The P is for President Coloring and Activity Book reinforces those ideals, while incorporating interactive elements such as mazes, word searches, and other activities for hours of fun!

Tier options include PDFs or paperback of the coloring book and the book it’s based on, totebags, stickers, commissions, and more. This looks like a great gift for the young people in your life, so as the holidays approach, consider backing this positive and encouraging Kickstarter!


Creative Opportunities


From previous weeks:
DHX Animation Studios is seeking hires for a number of positions and skill sets. Jobs based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Nickelodeon Animation Studios is seeking hires for a number of positions and skill sets.

You can find a directory of currently open animation jobs at animatedjobs.com!

Comics, Illustration, and More

The webcomic Awaken is running a fanart contest until September 22. More details are available here.

Ascend magazine is seeking female-identifying people of color contributors for art or writing. The application can be found here.

The Buff Babes Zine is seeking submissions for their third volume with the theme “Exoterran.” Check the FAQ for more information. Submissions are due by October 16, 2016.

Fiyah Lit Mag is seeking an illustrator for the cover of their January 1, 2017 issue. The theme is “Rebirth.” Portfolios are due by November 1, 2016. Check here for submissions guidelines.

Tu Books, the middle grade and young adult imprint of Lee & Low Books, has announced the New Visions Award for writers and graphic novel creators. The winner will be published under the imprint. Read here for more information. Submissions are accepted until October 31, 2016.

Uber is seeking brand illustrators in San Francisco, CA. Read here for more information and to apply!

From previous weeks:
#Trans – An Anthology About Transgender and Nonbinary Identity Online is accepting submissions until October 31, 2016. Creative non-fiction, personal narratives, or a mix of both are welcome, with a length of 1000-4000 words. Check out the tumblr page for more information or to ask questions.

Lilies Anthology, a lesbian/female/queer romance- and sexuality-focused compilation of comics and art, is seeking submissions for their second issue. The theme of this issue is stars, outer space, and the night sky. Submissions are due by September 25, 2016. Read their submission guidelines here.

StArt Faire magazine is hosting a Halloween Contest where winners have a chance to be featured in issues 8 and 9 of their monthly online comic magazine. Rules can be found here. Submissions are due by October 29th, 2016.

StArt Faire magazine also accepts comics, reviews, prose and art-related advertising in their magazine for free. Read here for more information. Submissions for the upcoming issue are due September 29. They’re also on the lookout for a regular interviewer! It’s amazing that so much work is being compiled into a free magazine, so be sure to offer thanks and feedback if you can.

The Silent Manga Audition is running a competition with cash and publishing rewards. The theme for this competition is “childhood.” Comic entries must be textless and read in right-to-left format. Submissions are due by September 30, 2016.

SmithMicro is accepting requests to be an Official Smith Micro Influencer. Promote your work to followers of Official Smith Micro and compete with other influencers for prizes of Amazon giftcards and programs. In exchange, offer feedback to the product team, create content for the Smith Micro blog, and promote Moho, Poser, and Clip Studio Paint product announcements. If you’re a heavy user and promoter of Clip Studio Paint already, this might be a great opportunity!

Sparkler Monthly is seeking submissions as a direct result of their successful Kickstarter campaign last month. Submissions guidelines are available here. Supplementary assurances and explanations were discussed in this twitter thread here. Short story prose and comics short and long are welcome. Submissions are due by September 30, 2016.


Anime Expo, the largest anime convention in the USA, is accepting Guest Suggestions for its 2017 convention! If there’s someone you want to see at this convention, be sure to put in a good word!

Con or Bust has free tickets available for people of color for a number of upcoming international conventions, including Geek Girl Con, ConClave, StokerCon, and others. Because of the generosity of this website, I may be attending Geek Girl Con myself! If so, I’ll be sure to take a detailed report. I’ve been wanting to go to this con for years, so I’m pretty excited (and full of the usual anxious trepidation. Here’s to adventures!).

From previous weeks:
The Colorado Anime Fest is accepting applications for its Artist Alley until September 30, 2016. Half and full tables are available.

The very first Indigenous Comic Con is taking place in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the National Hispanic Cultural Center November 18-20, 2016. From the con website:

The Indigenous Comic Con seeks to highlight the amazing work that brings understanding about the Indigenous experience to the world of popular culture!  The action begins Friday afternoon and continues through Sunday evening! Everyone is welcome!

At this time, artist alley booths, regular booths, and preferred booths are all sold out, but demand may lead to additional space opening up. If you’re in the area, consider attending to this new and inclusive comic con to support its guests and vendors!

The New Orleans Comics and Zines Fest taking place on November 19 and 20 is accepting applications until October 15, 2016. The festival is a free 2-day event at the New Orleans Public Library. Tables are free of charge to residents of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, and out-of-state residents can expect to pay between $10 and $30 for a table.

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival taking place May 12, 13, and 14, 2017, is accepting applications until October 14, 2016. If you exhibited last year, be aware that artists are requested to exhibit every other year. More details about applying can be found here. The application itself can be found here. If you’re a Canadian artist exhibitor hopeful, you can apply here for a travel grant to attend.


Girls Like Comics is shutting down, but open to an editor takeover. Contact comicsgirls on twitter for more information.


The Cornish Center for Cartoon Studies is accepting applications for its residency in Cornish, New Hampshire. The month of February 2017 would be spent in a secluded home on 12 acres of land and includes an honorarium of $600. Applications are due November 1, 2016.


Cards Against Humanity is funding the Science Ambassador Scholarship, now accepting applications until December 11, 2016. The scholarship will cover full tuition for up to four years of an undergraduate degree for a woman studying  science, engineering, or math.


MyAnimeList is running a translation competition with submissions due by November 4, 2017. Prizes include a Macbook Air, Apple Watch, a chance to visit Japan for the awards ceremony, and potential translation job offers.


Ascend magazine is seeking female-identifying people of color contributors for art or writing. The application can be found here.

The Coalition Zine is seeking and paying contributors. Read the guidelines here.

Ceilings and Standards is seeking submissions of 1000-1500 words for their site, paying $50 for each article. Send pitches or completed articles via the contact page. (src)

Fiyah Lit Mag is seeking submissions of fiction and poetry for their Summer 2017 issue with the theme “Spilling Tea”. Submissions are due by January 1, 2017. Check here for more information and details.

VICE Gaming is seeking creative and original freelance story pitches. Check this twitter thread for more information.

From previous weeks:
Handtype Press
is seeking submissions from writers who are deaf or hard of hearing. Stories should be at least 500 words and at most 4000 words, with elements of science fiction, horror, fantasy, the supernatural, and/or magical realism. Submissions are due by December 31, 2016.

Women Write About Comics is seeking 4 women or nonbinary reviewers for manga and webcomics. Write 2 short reviews or 1 long review per month, collaborate in roundtables and projects when you can, attend events for WWAC as press, and more. Send a short bio with links to your past work to editors@wwacomics.com and talk about when you can bring to the table.

Book Smugglers Publishing is seeking submissions for an anthology on the theme of Gods and Monsters. Length must be between 1500 and 17,500 words in length. Payment is $0.06 per word, up to $500. Submissions are due by December 31, 2016.

Less Than Three Press is seeking prose submissions revolving around the theme of knights. Submissions need to be at least 10,000 words without exceeding about 20,000 words in length. Works must feature relationships that are not cisgender M/F and do include a happy ending. All sub-genres welcome. Read submission details here. Submissions are due by September 30, 2016.

Mentioned above: Sparkler Monthly is seeking prose, and StArt Faire Magazine is seeking interviewers, reviews, and prose.

Check out writingcareer.com for a list of calls for submission!


The prolific Becca Hillburn of Nattosoup has released additional blog posts in her ongoing series about comic creation and watercolors. Here’s a guide on selecting paper for your watercolored comics  and on stretching your watercolor paper. Becca Hillburn is not only a provider of extensive, honest, and high-quality product reviews and tutorials, she’s a full-time comic artist and illustrator passionate about children’s lit and helping others. Check out her store, her book, or her Patreon and send her a “thank you” message if you can!

Katie McMahon started a class on Skillshare called Creating Journal Comics: Drawing Your Life with free enrollment available for the first 30 who sign up!

Jetpens released guides on Pencil Sharpeners and Graphite Drawing Pencils.


Visual novel We Know the Devil is available for 20% off to celebrate the game’s 1 year anniversary.

ZapCreatives is offering 15% off custom printed wooden charms using code “wood15“. Twitter users can also retweet this tweet for a chance to win 50 A6 sticker sheets! I haven’t used their services before, but you can check out what other artists have made through ZapCreatives on their twitter account.


Jetpens is hosting a giveaway for a Colored Pencil Sketch Kit! Just read the directions here. You have until September 21, 2016 to enter.

Taneka Stotts is holding a giveaway for a collection of queer comics on her twitter! The giveaway ends September 23, 2016.

As mentioned above, twitter users can also retweet this tweet for a chance to win 50 A6 sticker sheets from ZapCreatives.

That’s it for this week! Look up for another post next week with these categories and possibly more. Is there something you’d like to see more of? Let me know!

Link to last week’s Roundup: Weekly Roundup – September 9, 2016

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