Weekly Roundup – February 17, 2017

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Hello! Welcome again to another Weekly Roundup. In the Weekly Roundup, I provide links and summarized information about the crowdfunded projects, creator opportunities, and resources that have caught my eye over the week. This week, I have added a new section announcing webcomic debuts. Check it out underneath Awards and above Crowdfunding Campaigns. 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.


Helping Others

Are you a US resident wondering what to do about recent executive orders, gag orders, cabinet confirmations, and the future of your country? Sign up with 5calls.org to find out who to call about specific, pressing issues and what to say. Countable is also an informative resource (though I’ve personally been having issues with the app).

Here’s a free, open source Resistance Manual.

Looking for inspiration or encouragement? Check out the #smallacts hashtag on twitter. Thank you Celeste Ng for encouraging such an awesome movement!

Here is a list of some charities and nonprofits to donate to. Thanks Christina!

Here is a list of inclusive volunteer positions organized by state.

If you are a trans person in need of legal assistance, check translawhelp.org for pro bono services in your state.

If you need to talk to someone or otherwise vent, please utilize this list of help hotlines.

Take care and take your time. Your work is more important than ever. Thank you for sharing your originality and openness with the world. You bring light to the days of others, and it is so, so appreciated.


Awards

Winners were announced for StArt Faire’s Excellence in Webcomics Awards. See the winners here and listen to the related podcast here!

The 2017 Glyph Comic Awards is accepting submissions of Black-themed work until February 17. Submission eligibility is defined as follows:

The Committee defines Black-themed work as any comic with any combination of the following: a Black protagonist(s), or at least a Black character(s) pivotal to the direction of the story; a setting(s) or a theme(s) that explores the Black experience within the United States and/or abroad, past, present, and/or future; and/or a comic of any kind written and/or illustrated by a Black creator(s).

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Qualified voters can select up to 4 people for the Will Eisner Hall of Fame Awards. Here are the bios and some works of the nominated artists. Voting is open until March 10.

Entries from publishers and creators are now being accepted for the 2017 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. Submit by March 24 to be considered.

The Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award is also accepting nominations until April 7. Vote for your favorite comic book retailer to thank them for contributing to the awesome world of comics.

The Barbara Laronde Award is accepting nominations of self-identified indigenous female emerging artists living in Northern Ontario until May 1.


NEW! Webcomic Debuts

7″ Kara

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7″ Kara is an all-ages watercolor adventure comic the whole family can enjoy together.  Follow Kara, a 7 inch tall girl, as she make friends and discovers that humans are more than just tall tales. Support the creator Becca Hillburn on her Patreon!


Alethia

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Alethia is a science-fiction comic featuring a variety of robots and their interactions in a world free of humans and violence. Each chapter is a complete story with a beginning, middle, and end. But each is also part of the larger story.  Alethia is created, written and drawn by Kristina Stipetic, a finalist for the 2017 Dwayne McDuffie Award.


The Blackblood Alliance

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The Blackblood Alliance tells the story of the adventures and drama of wolf packs surviving at the end of the Ice Age. Support the comic and its creator Kay on Patreon!


Goddess of Paradise

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Goddess of Paradise is an 18+ adventure webcomic about a goddess retrieving her spirit harem and taking her land back from a rival god. Follow the artist Dee on Twitter.


Gold★Star! Delivery

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Gold★Star! Delivery is about a group of unlikely heroes saving the world one package at a time! Well, okay, maybe not the world, and maybe nothing too heroic, but Jay and the gang will deliver anything, anytime, anywhere, ON TIME, guaranteed! Support the creator Jennifer on Patreon.


I.D.

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What if you could live in a place where crime didn’t–no, couldn’t– exist? When a mysterious attacker manages infiltrate the impenetrable city of Bætica for the first time in over 30 years, Zita must find out the truth about the ID program and the so-called perfect city it was made for. Read I.D. here, and support the creator fatcr0w on Patreon.


Last Traveler

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Keira is lost in an alternate world where portal travelers are outlawed and met with an untimely end. Befriending dragons and hiding among nobility, she searches for a way home as deeper connections between this world and her own are uncovered. Read Last Traveler on Tapastic and support the creator Karen Heckman on Twitter or check out their website.


Love Circuits

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Love Circuits premieres today! Yvonne King expected turning 25 to be full of surprises, but she didn’t expect a refurbished Heartbreaker named Lucos to be one of them. Now her relationship status has officially changed to “it’s complicated.” Follow creators Taneka and Genue on Twitter!


Niente Chronicles

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Niente Chronicles follows the story of an enslaved elf who rescues his princess from certain doom and finds his freedom along the way. Check out the creator Sachairiah on Twitter!


Obelisk

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Obelisk takes place in early 1900s New York City, and tells the story of Evelyn Reuter, a young woman who’s taken up the reins of her father’s business a year after he passed away. Hard-headed and ambitious, Eve tackles these new prospects with severity – and quickly finds herself full of questions about her father’s actions, as the secrets woven through his work fall into her hands. Haunted by the ghosts of his reputation and her own prospects, Eve begins to hunt for answers – and finds Margot, the eccentric owner of a curio shop who may not be entirely human. Support the creator Ashley McCammon on Patreon.


Crowdfunded Projects

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Breakfast Cult: The Visual Novel is running a Kickstarter to fund its production costs. The visual novel follows “Pinky” Pinkerton, a former delinquent who returns to the Occultar Academy to practice the occult sciences, find friends to help him uncover the Academy’s secrets, and ultimately survive until graduation. Tier options include Breakfast Cult wallpapers and icons, the game itself, a PDF of the tabletop game upon which the visual novel is based, an art book, cameos in the visual novel, and creative directive on character designs. The Kickstarter ends on February 22.


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Love Debut! Graphic Novel is running a Kickstarter to fund the production of its softcover print edition graphic novel. Love Debut! is a story about two young musicians who find love, trust, and empowerment through each other and their music. Tier options include PDF and print editions of the book, a bookmark, a print set, stickers, an acrylic charm, a character cameo, and a thank you sketch. The Kickstarter ends February 24.


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My Dad Thinks I’m A Boy?! A Trans-Positive Children’s Book is running a Kickstarter to fund the production of 3000 hardcover copies of the book. The story aims to empower trans kids and deliver a body-positive message. This will be Sophie’s third children’s book, and the third centered on characters who are trans. Tier options include PDF and hard cover copies of the book, Sophie’s previous books and comics, a set of postcards, translation services, and a book reading. The Kickstarter ends February 26.


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BLACK COMIX RETURNS – African American Comic Art and Culture is running a Kickstarter to fund the printing and production of BLACK COMIX RETURNS, a reprisal of 2010’s previously successful and now out-of-print BLACK COMIX. BLACK COMIX RETURNS intends to involve at least 50 black artists and writers and 144 pages of content, though stretch goals will push the book to 100 contributors with 200 total pages. Tier options include a digital copy of BLACK COMIX, digital and physical copies of BLACK COMIX RETURNS, postcards, prints, and a t-shirt. The Kickstarter ends March 5.


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Magical Boy Basil #1 is running a Kickstarter to fund the printing of its first issue. Magical Boy Basil is an LGBT webcomic about undercover teenage magicians who fight monsters. The print edition of issue #1 will feature 24 full-color comic pages and 8 pages of bonus content. Tier options include PDF and print editions of the comic, a fold-out poster, prints, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on March 6.


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Tokyo Demons: The Complete Series is running a Kickstarter to fund the physical production of its third and final volume. Tokyo Demons, a character-driven urban fantasy, tells the story of a group of teenagers and the adults who help them navigate through an international underground power struggle. Inspired by Japanese light novels, each chapter features an original illustration by Devil’s Candy artist Rem. Tier options include digital desktop wallpapers, postcards, a dakimakura, and digital, physical, or audio copies of the novels. The Kickstarter ends on March 7.


spidersilk

Spidersilk Comic Volume 2 is running a Kickstarter to fund the printing of the comic’s second volume. Spidersilk tells a story of loss, isolation, friendship, and found family through Prentice, and ex-soldier who attempts to find his home in a guild of thieves. Tier options include a digital wallpaper, digital and physical copies of the volume, character charms, mini prints, sticker packs, gift bags, a fur collar, and commissions. The Kickstarter ends on March 9.


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Tabula Idem: A Queer Tarot Comic Anthology is running a Kickstarter to fund the production of its 240+ page book of comics and tarot cards. The anthology features black and white comics featuring diverse characters and inclusive stories in a wide variety of genres. Tier options include a digital wallpaper pack, digital and physical copies of the book, a tarot deck, a bookmark, a bookplate, postcards, tea, and commissions. The Kickstarter ends on March 9.


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Zambicandy is running a Kickstarter to fund the production of 4 enamel pins featuring a mermaid, a sea unicorn, a star unicorn, and a centaur. The Kickstarter ends March 10.


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Femme Magnifique is holding a Kickstarter to fund the printing, production, and fulfillment of its anthology. Femme Magnifique will include over 50 artists and writers whose comics will tell the stories of 30 women trailblazers of the past and present day. Tier options include digital and print versions of the book, postcards, pins, patches, stickers, prints, commissions, a cameo in the anthology, a meet and greet with curators and creators of the Kickstarter, and the opportunity to book Kristy Miller as a guest speaker. The Kickstarter ends March 16.


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Namesake: Volume 3 is running a Kickstarter to pay for the print edition of Namesake third volume, which will include Intermission 2, Chapters 11-15, and various extras. Namesake tells the story of two sisters—one who can travel to other words, and one who can write them into reality—and their journeys through the universes of fairy tales, stories, and legends. Tier options include digital, softcover, and hardcover versions of the book, previous Namesake volumes, original comic pages, a bonus comic, signed and illustrated bookplates, 2 digital wallpapers, stickers, prints, and plushes. The Kickstarter ends on March 16.


7strengths

Seven Strengths: A Coloring Book for Resiliency is running a Kickstarter to fund the production of its coloring book. The book will include at least 28 line drawings to color, 16 activities, and survival strategies that are seen in the natural world. Tier options include digital and print copies of the book, prints, postcards, and issues 1 and 2 of Bioluminescent Lisp and Merethe’s Heart. The Kickstarter ends on March 17.


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BlerDCon: Diverse Anime, Cosplay, Comics, Gaming & Geek Con is running a Kickstarter to help provide additional content, guests, panelists, and performers to their 24-hour convention. The convention itself is already funded thanks to a partnership with EMConsultants, LLC., but additional funding via the Kickstarter will help BlerDCon further its efforts to include veteran, disabled, LGBTQ+, and international fans, as well as advocacy and support groups. The Kickstarter ends on March 19.


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The Queers and Comics Conference, in partnership with Prism Comics, is hosting a Travel Fund through Indiegogo’s Generosity platform. Donate funds to provide queer creators with travel funds to attend the conference on April 14 and 15. Donation tiers include benefits, such as digital and physical copies of books, postcards, t-shirts, and commissions from queer creators.


Creative Opportunities

General

Check the Lemma Soft Forums for paid work related to visual novel and game development, including project management, illustration, voice acting work, animation, music composition, writing, coding, and more.

SXSW Create has space available for companies with a focus on 3D printing, drones, biohacking, hardware, science, technology, bio-art, hacker/maker spaces, robots, STEAM, or artists. Underwritten space is available for educators, amateur innovators/makers, early stage startup companies, or other members of the maker and creative community.

Thank you, Tanya D., for this awesome list of POC, LGBTQIA+, nonbinary, trans, woman-identifying, or otherwise marginalized creators! If you’re a marginalized creator, sign yourself up here!

Animation

DoubleStallion is accepting applications for 2D VFX animators and programmers.

Here is a survey for Women Professionals in AnimationIf you work in animation and identify as a woman, please submit your anonymous information to this survey to inform and assist current and future animators.

You can find a directory of currently open animation jobs at animatedjobs.com! Companies like DHX Media, DisneyNickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and others have a number of open full-time, part-time, freelance, and remote positions available, including those in social media, editing, and teaching.

Comics, Illustration, and More

SpiderForest has applications open to join their comic collective from February 1 to February 18! Comic collectives are a great way for webcomic creators to support each other, so if you feel like it’s a fit, please apply! Here are some tips for those considering applying.

 

Threadless is accepting submissions to their glitch art contest until February 20. You can also submit to the hand drawn design challenge until March 2. You can submit designs outside of contests anytime here.

 

Illustrated submissions for Bang*Bang 65 are due by February 18. Special Issue #12 illustrations are due by March 18. (These are unpaid opportunities for participation in NSFW 18+ fiction e-magazines)

The Haikyuu!! Second Years fan zine is accepting applications for artists and writers until February 24. Contributors will be paid after printing and fulfillment costs have been covered.

Let’s Relate! Zine is accepting submissions until February 25. Submissions of poetry, comics, illustrations, and more are acceptable, but must be from a person with a nonbinary gender identity. All proceeds will be donated to the ACLU.

Applications for the 2017 Adobe Creative Residency program are open until February 26. Six residents from the US, Germany, and Canada will be selected. Check here for more information and here to start your application.

Another Closet, a collection of poetry, fiction, comics, and essays by queer + trans folks and/or survivors living with addiction, is accepting submissions until February 28. Anonymity can be requested.

The Bad Girls Bad Girls digital zine is accepting submissions until February 28. All proceeds from digital sales will go to Planned Parenthood. WIPs must be completed and submitted by February 28, with final art due March 18.

Dirty Diamonds is accepting submissions from women to their 8th collection on Sex: Thoughts Behind the Act. Applications are due by February 28. Production, promotion, distribution, and compensation to be paid for with a Kickstarter campaign in the spring.

Hellcat Press is accepting applications for their upcoming Tales from the Public Domain anthology until February 28. Creative teams will be paid $20 for up to ten pages of  black and white work and will retain copyright of their work.

The Lehzin Comic World Comic Contest is accepting submissions until February 28. A grand prize winner will receive $100,000, a second place winner will receive $20,000, and 10 third place winners will receive $3000. All winners will receive Clip Studio Paint software. Comics of all genres and ratings are accepted. Read the submission guidelines for more information.

Lucy Knisley is looking for artists to contribute an illustration of a historical activist of women’s rights for a collaborative print which will be sold to benefit Planned Parenthood. Illustrations must be completed by February 28.

StArtFaire‘s submissions deadline for Issue 12 is February 28! Submit comics, advertising, or writing for free.

Style!!! on Ice, a Yuri on Ice x fashion fanbook, is accepting applications until February 28. Artists will split profits after the cost of printing and fulfillment.

The DC Comics Artists Workshop is accepting applications until March 1. Selected participants will attend a 2 week course and master classes designed to perfect their portfolios for consideration to DC Comics.

Issue 5 of The Strumpet is accepting submissions on the theme of “Origin Story” until March 1. First-time contributors may submit up to 3 pages of comics; past contributors, up to 6. The Strumpet will pay $10/page for a 6-month license fee. First-time contributors will receive two copies of the issue; prior contributors will receive three.

Udon is accepting fanart submissions for Street Fighter vs. Darkstalkers to be published in a future comic series. No rewards are shown outside of publication. Submit by March 1.

A Fullmetal Alchemist Charity Zine is accepting applications through March 5. All proceeds will be donated to the ACLU, and contributors will receive a free copy of the zine.

Next Level: A (NSFW) Yuri on Ice fan zine is accepting applications through March 5. Contributors will receive a copy of the zine as well as split profits after printing and fulfillment costs are determined.

Passion Fruit Anthology, a queer erotica anthology to be released by Beyond Press, is accepting submissions until March 7. Selected contributors will be paid $50/page for up to 18 pages of black and white comics. More information can be found here.

The Blue Exorcist Zine Project is accepting applications through March 12.

Built on Strange Ground is accepting pitches consisting of creepy, eerie, and strange nonfiction personal accounts. Selected contributors will be paid $50/page. Submit by March 15 for consideration.

The IUD Zine is accepting submissions until March 15. Any person of any gender with any kind of experience with IUDs of any variety are welcome to submit. The zine is not for profit and will be available for free online.

The Voltron Legendary Defender Risque Zine is accepting applications though March 15. Contributors will receive a copy of the final zine, and possibly split profits after printing and fulfillment costs are determined.

Cicada is seeking submissions of poetry, fiction, essays, and comics for their issue on Hauntings until March 27. They also have a call for submissions for an issue on aliens due by April 27 and an issue on puppets and dolls due by May 27.

Empire of Lies: An Anti-Trump Art Zine is accepting submissions until March 31. The zine will be sold digitally, with proceeds donated to IPPF (the International Planned Parenthood Federation).

The Silent Manga Audition announced its seventh run of its worldwide dialogue-free comic competition. The theme is “unforgettable taste.” Entries are due by March 31.

The Trans Lifeline Benefit Anthology is accepting submissions of writing and illustration. Stories must be fanwork for a work in the public domain and have a hopeful or happy ending. 100% of proceeds will be donated to Trans Lifeline. Submissions are due by March 31.

Yaoi Con is hosting a Mascot Contest. Illustrate two new mascots for the chance to win a full weekend pass and an artist alley table. Your art will also be featured throughout the con. Contest ends March 31.

Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic that previously published Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, Jeff Smith’s Bone, and Kazu Kibuishi’s Amulet, is accepting submissions for graphic novelists creating works for children and teens. Visit their site for more information. The deadline to apply is April 1.

Resist! Volume 2 is accepting submissions for their not-for-profit zine until May, though artists are encouraged to submit early and often. The first volume was distributed for free at inauguration protests, but the second volume will be available for a low cost at bookstores and comic stores nationwide, with plans to make copies available to schools and libraries. Women, minorities, and international artists are encouraged to submit.

For the Scribes is accepting submissions for their first issue of the Fresh Ink anthology until May 1. The theme is “Also Liberation.” Poetry, fiction, other prose, and comic submissions are welcome. No information provided on crediting, rights, or pay.

Submissions for 2017’s If Anthology are open. The theme is “crime” and the soft deadline is May 1. Contributors will be compensated with 1 book per page.

The Yaoi Army is accepting submissions for a BL anthology with the theme “Life and Death” until May 3. Illustrators will receive $250 and comic artists will be paid $20/page if the Kickstarter funds.

Lilies Anthology is accepting submissions for their third issue until May 25. Check out the recently released issue 2 or issue 1.

Rebel Mountain Press is accepting submissions of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and artwork from LGBTQ2 people living in Canada. Submissions are due by June 30.

Taking the Lane #15: True Trans Bike Rebel is accepting submissions of short fiction (500-2500 words), illustrations, and photography until July 1. Payment to be split among contributors after the zine is crowdfunded.


Argot Magazine is seeking written and illustrated submissions about queer and marginalized experiences. Click here for more on their mission as well as their pay rates.

Double Fine is accepting applications for environment artists, technical artists, art directors, and more.

Facebook Stickers is looking for artists to create more stickers for their messenger.

The Fair Page Rates annual survey is live! If you’ve worked professionally as a comic artist this year, fill out the survey to help inform yourself and other artists in the future.

Jerry’s Art-A-Rama hosts a number of art contests, some ongoing and some requiring specific materials. Here’s one for artwork created using Strathmore materials (ends March 5), one for ArtBites canvas panels (ongoing), a self portrait contest (ends April 30), and ongoing contests/giveaways for how much you’ve saved at Jerry’s Art-A-Rama, sharing a photo of a button given with orders over $25,  and explaining why you use Jerry’s Art-A-Rama.

Lore Lush Publishing is accepting applications for cover artists.

Makers in Malaysia is accepting registration applications for their upcoming English language zine celebrating the work of Malaysian creators.

Steve Morris will feature your comics-related Kickstarter or your tips as an indie creator on ComicsAlliance! Email steve [at] comicsalliance.com.

The Trans Embodiment Zine is seeking submissions from artists and writers on a rolling basis for their monthly zine. No information is available about payment or publishing rights.

Check out Arts for LA or College Art Opportunities for more exhibition, residency, and grant opportunities. See Find Anthologies for a list of anthologies with open submissions and to submit anthologies of your own. Check Comic Ops to see opportunities specifically for comic creators.

Conventions and Events

Con or Bust has free tickets available for people of color for a number of upcoming conventions, including StokerCon, MidSouthCon, and Norwescon. They are also accepting requests for assistance through February 25.

 

The SPX Table Lottery is open through February 24.

San Japan’s artist alley table signup will open on February 26 at 5:30PM CST. Tables are first come, first served.

SPE@K!, the Small Press Expo at Kankakee, has table registration open until February 28.

Clexacon is accepting artist alley applications for their convention in early March.

The Scholarship from Hell is accepting applications through March 15. This scholarship will provide domestic coach airfare to and from Long Beach, CA, a 4-night stay on the Queen Mary April 27-30, free registration to StokerCon 2017, and workshop attendance.

The Hand Eye Society is holding an open call for videogames to showcase on-site at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival (May 13th and 14th) as part of this year’s Comics x Games 6. Submit by March 21 to be considered. Table space is limited, though, so aim to submit as soon as possible.

Women in Comics Con 2017 is accepting vendor applications for their March 25 convention in New York.

ICE CREAM 2017, The Iowa City Expo for Comics and Real Eclectic Alternative Media, is currently accepting applications for table space for the event on April 8.

Tables are still available for FLAMECon, held in New York in August.

Follow Con Calendar or Conosaurus on Twitter, or download the ConCon app to stay updated on convention schedules!

Mentorships

The Representation Matters Mentorship Program is accepting applications on a rolling basis from self-identified people of color interested in the publishing industry. Mentorships will last 6 months, with a minimum of one session every two months.

Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops

Applications for the 2017 Adobe Creative Residency program are open until February 26. Six residents from the US, Germany, and Canada will be selected. Check here for more information and here to start your application.

Check out Arts for LA or College Art Opportunities for exhibition, residency, and grant opportunities.

Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants

Here’s a list of 102 college and graduate scholarships available for women of color!

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in West Washington is offering two scholarships to cover the costs of attendance of its April 8 conference. Applicants must be 18 or older and meet the diversity criteria. Applications are due February 28.

The Emerging Writer Fellowship is accepting applications until March 1. One applicant will attend a combination of seminars and multiweek classes as well as the 2017 and 2018 Muse and the Marketplace conference.

The Prism Comics Queer Press Grant is accepting applications until March 1. Grants will be awarded to a successful applicant in order to assist in the publication and promotion of LGBTQIA+ comics. The recipient will be announced at a panel at this year’s WonderCon in Anaheim, California.

The Tulsa Artist Fellowship is accepting applications until March 1. Recipients will receive a $20,000 stipend, work space, and housing. Fellowships are merit-based, not project grants, with a one-year term for visual artists and a two-year term for writers.

The Scholarship from Hell is accepting applications through March 15. This scholarship will provide domestic coach airfare to and from Long Beach, CA, a 4-night stay on the Queen Mary April 27-30, free registration to StokerCon 2017, and workshop attendance.

GLAADGrants has applications open to film producers until March 24. Awards of either $2500 or $5000, social media support, and mentorships will be provided to recipients of the grant.

Check out Arts for LA or College Art Opportunities for exhibition, residency, and grant opportunities.

Teaching

Columbus College of Art and Design is hiring a Comics Illustration Assistant Professor, among other faculty and staff positions.

Sign up to teach at Skillshare to earn royalties based on the premium member students in your class. See here for additional information.

Typesetting

Digital Manga has positions open for freelance manga letterers.

Voice Acting

Check the Casting Call Club and Voice Acting Alliance for more voice acting and audio opportunities.

Writing and Editing

The Ajam Media Collective has a call for submissions of writing from authors from the seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Lbrya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) banned from entering the US by Trump. Pieces will be accepted on a rolling basis, but posting will begin on February 20.

WisCon is seeking academic proposals for the convention’s academic programming. Submit by February 23 for consideration.

Let’s Relate! Zine is accepting submissions until February 25. Submissions of poetry, comics, illustrations, and more are acceptable, but must be from a person with a nonbinary gender identity, whatever that means for you.

Another Closet, a collection of poetry, fiction, comics, and essays by queer + trans folks and/or survivors living with addiction, is accepting submissions until February 28. Anonymity can be requested.

On She Goes is looking for pitches from women of color for their Spring 2017 issue. The theme is “We Belong Here” and should involve the experience of traveling as a woman of color. Apply by February 28 for consideration for this paid opportunity.

Sapphire Books has an open call for submissions for stories from 1500-5000 words involving lesbians and long distance relationships. Contributors will be paid $50 and will receive a copy of the book. Submit by February 28 for consideration.

Stripes Publishing is accepting submissions from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds for an anthology of fiction and poetry for young adults titled A Change Is Gonna Come. Submissions are due by February 28.

The Emerging Writer Fellowship is accepting applications until March 1. One applicant will attend a combination of seminars and multiweek classes as well as the 2017 and 2018 Muse and the Marketplace conference.

Impossible Archetype is accepting international submissions of LGBTQIA+ poetry in English for their inaugural issue. Submissions close March 1. See guidelines here.

Written submissions for Shousetsu Bang*Bang’s Special Issue #12 are due March 14. This is an unpaid opportunity for participation in NSFW 18+ fiction e-magazine.

Arsenika is open for fiction, poetry, and artwork submissions through March 15. Payment for accepted submissions is $0.01 per word, with a minimum of $5. Read here for more information.

Best Gay Stories 2017 and Wilde Life 2017 are seeking submissions of fiction featuring men and transmen who identify as gay. Stories must have been previously published in 2016. Please submit stories that are 12,000 words or less. Submit by March 15 for consideration.

Built on Strange Ground is accepting pitches consisting of creepy, eerie, and strange nonfiction personal accounts. Submit by March 15 or consideration.

WisCon 41 is seeking submissions for its Souvenir Book. Submit essays of 500 to 1000 words describing topics both historic and current that are relevant to the WisCon community. Writers will be paid $20 upon publication. Submit by March 15.

Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year Volume 2 is accepting submissions until March 20.

Cicada is seeking submissions of poetry, fiction, essays, and comics for their issue on Hauntings until March 27. They also have a call for submissions for an issues on aliens due by April 27 and an issue on puppets and dolls due by May 27.

From March 1 to March 31, the DC Comic Writers Workshop will accept applications. Those accepted will receive access to a 13-week video workshop to help develop a portfolio with writing for DC Comics.

Metaphysical Circus Press is accepting applications from Native American or otherwise indigenous writers for their New Voices contest through March 31, 2017. Here’s a guide on their desired style and content.

NineStar Press is seeking submissions for a lesbian paranormal – werewolves, vampires, mythical creatures – anthology. Submissions are due by March 31. NineStar Press also has ongoing submissions open for LGBTQA+ romance fiction, literary novels, and erotica shorts.

Queer Pack is seeking submissions of positive queer stories between 5000 and 6000 words for their Queerly Loving Anthology. Stories by cis men are not accepted. Submit by March 31 for consideration.

The Trans Lifeline Benefit Anthology is accepting submissions of writing and illustration. Stories must be fanwork for a work in the public domain and have a hopeful or happy ending. 100% of proceeds will be donated to Trans Lifeline. Submissions are due by March 31.

The Enough/Enough Anthology is accepting submissions from trans and non-binary survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault through April 30. Resources for survivors are also linked here.

For the Scribes is accepting submissions for their first issue of the Fresh Ink anthology until May 1. The theme is “Also Liberation.” Poetry, fiction, other prose, and comic submissions are welcome. No information provided on crediting, rights, or pay.

Rebel Mountain Press is accepting submissions of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and artwork from LGBTQ2 people living in Canada. Submissions are due by June 30.

Taking the Lane #15: True Trans Bike Rebel is accepting submissions of short fiction (500-2500 words), illustrations, and photography until July 1. Payment to be split among contributors after the zine is crowdfunded.


Anime Feminist is looking for contributors in the upcoming year. Read here for more information. Article writers will generally be paid $50 per article.

Argot Magazine is seeking written and illustrated submissions about queer and marginalized experiences. Click here for more on their mission as well as their pay rates.

Online monthly magazine The Dark is accepting submissions from 2000 to 6000 words in length. Encouraged genres include horror and dark fantasy, but graphic, violent horror is not desired. Payment is $0.03/word for up to 6000 words. Republishing payment is $0.01/word.

Entangled Publishing is looking for two freelance senior editors with experience.

Everyday Feminism is looking for an Editor for a remote position.

Geeks of Color is looking for news reporters to contribute two stories per week.

Hello Equality is seeking trans and POC writers for their website. Speak on issues related to LGBTQ+ people, feminism, or pop culture topics.

Random House’s digital-only imprint Hydra has open submissions for completed works in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror categories. There is no word count limit for submissions, but full-length works of 40,000 words or more are preferred. Accepted writers will be assigned to a Random House editor, marketer, and publicist. Response time is usually 2-4 weeks.

Lillium Publishing is accepting fiction manuscripts, either standalone books or series, in a number of genres, including urban romance and erotica.

Lore Lush Publishing is accepting manuscript submissions in a number of genres. Diverse and inclusive works are prioritized. They also have open positions for editors, publicists, and more.

Makers in Malaysia is accepting registration applications for their upcoming English language zine celebrating the work of Malaysian creators.

The Mary Sue is looking for new contributors, particularly those with opinions on the current sociopolitical climate.

NerdyPOC is looking for experienced writers for commentary on pop culture. Expected submission is once every one or two weeks.

Pink Narcissus Press is seeking complete novel and novella manuscripts of 50,000 words or more. They are interested in well-written but non-mainstream speculative fiction with strong elements of sci-fi or fantasy.

Sky Pony Press is accepting submissions for picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and YA fiction and nonfiction.

StArt Faire Magazine is seeking interviewers, reviews, tutorials, and prose for their monthly e-magazine.

Swoon Reads is accepting submissions of complete novels for young adult and new adult fiction.

ThinkProgress is accepting pitches from freelance writers on topics such as climate policy, economy, reproductive rights, refugees, diverse perspectives, and more. Read here for guidelines on how to pitch.

The Trans Embodiment Zine is seeking submissions from artists and writers on a rolling basis for their monthly zine. No information is available about payment or publishing rights.

Videodame is seeking contributors for their monthly guest residency. Contributors will be paid $50 for 1-4 pieces about or inspired by games and gaming culture.

Women Write About Comics is looking for female and nonbinary contributors in the new year. If you’d like to offer in-depth and nuanced critique of comics and related pop culture, please apply.

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

Youth

Check out Comics Club, a new blog that highlights and connects comics clubs and shares advice and resources to help youth comic creators. Comics Club is currently hoping to hear from teachers and other educators, existing comics clubs, or members of the community with insight to offer or events to share.

GirlsWhoCode’s Summer Immersion Program is accepting applications for its free nationwide program. Check here to see if there’s a city near you offering a program.

Macmillian Children’s Publishing Group is hosting a giveaway for 5 middle grade graphic novels about science. Enter by February 28 for a chance to be one of ten winners.

Resources

A number of Animation Resources have been uploaded to Flickr. Historical collections of walk cycles, reference sheets, and more are available for study.

Becca Hillburn of Nattosoup shared blog posts about developing a script for comics and securing paper for watercolor painting. She also released a vlog on selling comics at conventions, as well as a video on adding ink to new pens and using colored lead with Kuretake Zig Clear Color Real Brush markers.

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!

The Center for Cartoon Studies has a One-Week Cartooning Workout available to you for free through email sign up.

CharacterDesignReferences.com has amassed and organized a huge volume of work suited for, you guessed it, character design reference. This includes humans, animals, landscapes, and more. Check out the web version here or go straight to Pinterest to check out their boards.

Here are a bunch of free resources for Clip Studio Paint!

Here’s a quick rundown on color theory. Thanks, Rachel!

The Creative Market offers new free resources each week. Sign up via email to be alerted each Monday!

The Famous Artists Cartoon Course is now available in the public domain.

Jetpens released a Guide to White Board Markers.

Parka Blogs offers thousands of reviews on art supplies, books, and technology. Check out his recent post rounding up Pen Display Monitors for Graphic Artists and Designers.

A new pack of brushes titled Shoujo Persistence is available at Shooting Stars! Thanks, Sam, for providing so many free, high-quality brushes!

Check out this comparison of Webtoons and Tapastic by TheStarfishface!

Deals

Barnes and Noble is having a Buy 2 Get 1 Free sale on all Image comics through March 1.

DigiCel Flipbook is having a 70% off sale on their 2D animation software using code “HappyNewYear” at checkout.

Indigo has a 40% off sale on select manga titles.

Jerry’s Art-A-Rama has an ongoing “Buy It, Try It” sale with hundreds of art supplies on sale for $1 and $2.

Remember to check ComiXologyDick Blick, Jerry’s Art-A-Rama, JoannMichael’s, and RightStuf for their weekly ads, coupons, and specials on comics and art supplies.

Giveaways

Book Riot is holding a giveaway of volumes 1 and 2 of Angel Catbird. US residents may enter until end of day February 21.

Century Fox and AMC Theaters are featuring free showings of the movie Hidden Figures this weekend in select cities. Check here for the list of cities and on AMCTheatres.com to reserve your tickets. Schools, community organizations, and nonprofit organizations may request free viewings for groups by filling out this application before February 28.

Goodreads constantly offers giveaways for a variety of titles in all genres.

Webcomic Love Debut! is hosting a giveaway to win a clear acrylic charm or postcard print of character Sara or Nick from the comic. Giveaway ends February 26.

Macmillian Children’s Publishing Group is hosting a giveaway for 5 middle grade graphic novels about science. Enter by February 28 for a chance to be one of ten winners.

Yatta-Tachi is hosting a giveaway for 3-month subscriptions to Crunchyroll. Submit your email for one entry, and additional information for additional entries. 3 people will be selected. Entry submission closes on March 14.


That’s it for this week! Look out for another post next week with these categories and possibly more. Is there something you’d like to see more of? Something you know about but don’t see here? Comments and suggestions as this year comes to a close and a new one begins? Let me know!

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Link to the previous Roundup: Weekly Roundup – February 10, 2017

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