Weekly Roundup: January 19, 2018

Welcome to Paper Cat Press’s 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. I hope you enjoy!

WARNING! Some content below may feature NSFW content. Links will be marked NSFW! when the content identifies itself as adult material.

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News || Helping Others || Awards || Recent Webcomic Debuts || Crowdfunded Projects || Animation || Comics, Illustration, and More || Conventions and Events || Fan Zines || Mentorships & Fellowships || Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops || Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants || Teaching || Typesetting || Voice Acting || Writing and Editing || Youth || Resources || Deals || Giveaways


There will be no Weekly Roundup next week because I’m going to be at Anime Los Angeles! I’ll be at booth 604 in the artist alley. Hope to see you there!

Only 10% of your followers on Instagram see your new posts initially, according to reports on Instagram’s algorithm changes for January. The visibility of posts are decreased further if you don’t respond to comments within the first hour after a post goes live.

International First Class Mail for flat and large envelopes containing merchandise will no longer be available directly from USPS starting on January 21. The cost of the forever stamp, flat rate packages, and the cost of postage for letters per ounce will also increase on this date.

The Youtube Partner Program (YPP) has changed its rules of acceptance. To qualify after February 20, you will need to have received 1000 subscribers and 4000 hours of watch time over the past year. Those who were previously accepted to YPP but do not meet new requirements will be removed from the program.

Helping Others

Need to contact your government officials? Let Resist Bot and 5calls help you out.

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

Here’s a list of free or low-cost mental health resources. Thank you so much for compiling this list, Tiffany!

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.


The Puchi Award is accepting submissions of creative, original books of any genre or form from international participants until January 25.

The Cartoonist Studio Prize is accepting submissions of print and web comics published in 2017 until January 31. Two winners will receive $1000 each.

The Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards is accepting submissions through January 31. Winning titles in each category will be announced at Denver Comic Con.

The 2018 Washington Book Awards is accepting submissions of books published by Washington writers in 2017 until February 1.

The Comic Studies Society is accepting nominations in a number of categories through February 1. Recipients of the CSS Article Prize, CSS Book Prize, Gilbert Seldes Prize for Public Scholarship, and/or The Hillary Chute Award for Best Graduate Student Conference Presentation will receive $300, a plaque, and an invitation to a roundtable discussion of research.

The DiNKy Awards are now accepting submissions from creators through February 12.

Lambda Literary’s Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers is accepting submissions from queer authors with at least one but no more than two published books through February 20. Two recipients will receive $1000 each.

Lambda Literary’s Jeanne Córdova Prize for Lesbian Nonfiction is accepting submissions from emerging nonfiction writers who cover the depth and complexity of lesbian life through February 23. The recipient will be awarded $2500.

The Dwayne McDuffie Awards for Kids’ Comics is accepting submissions for consideration until March 1.

The winners of StArt Faire’s 2017 Excellence in Webcomics Awards were announced! Congratulations to all of the winners! There’s still time to vote for the People’s Choice Award. Submit your favorite webcomic before January 19.

Recent Webcomic Debuts

Check out this list of 2017 Webcomic Debuts and find a new series to read!

Looking for more webcomics? Check out Michael Kinyon’s ongoing and ever-growing list of creators!

Crowdfunded Projects



Sparkler Monthly is running a Kickstarter for Sunshine Boy: Volume 1 Paperback by Moosopp. Sunshine Boy follows Kelly who, after a move to a new place, finds a friend in his next door neighbor, Grey. Tier options include physical and digital copies of the book, a desktop background, keychains, and stickers. The Kickstarter ends on January 23.


Riana Dorsey is running a Kickstarter for her comic Suihira: The City of Water: Chapter 4 Comic Print. The fourth chapter of the ongoing comic series will be printed in a 42-page book of full color pages. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the fourth chapter of the comic, digital copies of chapters 1-3, a digital sketchbook, and an original sketch of characters from the comic. The Kickstarter ends on January 31.


Meredith Dillman is running a “Make 100” Kickstarter for her Little Succulent Dragon prints. Giclee prints of the Little Succulent Dragon will be printed on 8″ x 8″ heavy archival paper. Tier options include the limited edition giclee print, a dragon coloring book, and a mini print set. The Kickstarter ends on February 8.


Valor Anthology: Volume 2 is an all-ages, LGBTQA-friendly comic anthology project featuring adapted, reimagined, or invented fairy tales currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter. The book will feature approximately 200 pages of full color comics and illustrations along with prose stories. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, digital and physical copies of Volume 1, digital wallpapers, enamel pins, stickers, prints, postcards, and bookmarks. The Kickstarter ends on February 10.


Tim McLaughlin Jr. is raising funds to pay for editing services for his podcast Exploring Comics. Exploring Podcasts is a weekly podcast that interviews members of the artist community and holds discussions on important topics in web and indie comics. Tier options include advertising opportunities, extended podcast episodes, and a shoutout on the podcast. The Kickstarter ends on February 12.



Did you or will you table in an artist alley in the US this year? Take the 2017 Artist Alley Convention Survey here.

The Comic Tea Party is a weekly book club for webcomics. Participate in the Discord chat weekly on Thursdays at 5pm to 7pm PST. Sign your comic up for a chance to have it read and discussed in the group!

If you’re an artist who uses the internet to further your career, fill out this survey!

Are you a comic critic or journalist? Take this survey!


You can find a directory of currently open animation jobs at animatedjobs.com and updated listings at The Animation Guild.

Comics, Illustration, and More

  • Knock Knock, the Tech Noir edition, is accepting submissions of illustrations, comics and prose involving technology and futurism through January 26.
  • StArt Faire is accepting submissions for issue 23 through January 29.
  • Being True (or How I Learned to Love Myself) is accepting proposals from LGBTQ+ comic creators through January 31.
  • Dirty Rotten Comics #12 is accepting submissions from UK-based comic artists through January 31. Comics should be 1-4 pages long and in black and white.
  • Kitfox Games is hiring a background artist for their game Boyfriend Dungeon. Apply by February 4 for consideration!
  • Kuti #47 is accepting submissions of comics up to 8 pages long through February 8.
  • Volume 5 of the Lilies Anthology: Tiger Lily is accepting comics about self-love through February 14.
  • Red Stylo is accepting queries for its horror anthology “A SOUL DIVIDED/ CAGED IN FLESH” inspired by The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde through February 15. As noted on the website, send a query before submitting a pitch.
  • Hellcat Press is accepting pitches for horror anthology Screams Heard ‘Round the World through February 28. Accepted entrants will receive $20 and a free copy of the final book.
  • The Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition is accepting applications from artists and writers who have not yet published a complete graphic novel. Applications close February 28.
  • Transcendant Transgressions: Dark Visions of Trans Artists is accepting applications from transgender, non-binary and intersex visual artists, illustrators, writers and poets, musicians and filmmakers whose works emphasize dark surrealism through February 28. Proceeds will be donated to Trans Lifeline.
  • The Oneshi Press Quarterly Anthology accepts progressive comic and illustration work on a quarterly basis. Their next due date is March 1. Contributors are paid through quarterly royalties and surrender first right of publication and right of first refusal after publication.
  • 24 Panels is accepting submissions of 24 panels or less from comic artists through March 31. They’re also seeking a comics editor! Proceeds will be donated to the mental health care of survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.
  • GJB Publishing is accepting applications from illustrators who live with mental health issues for Colours of the Mind through March 31.
  • The Silent Manga Audition‘s 9th competition event is accepting submissions through March 31. This SMA has a limit of 16 pages or less and a choice of three themes to select from. Comic submissions should be silent and without dialogue.
  • The 2018 IF Anthology is accepting completed submissions (not pitches) of horror comics through May 1. Edits for accepted works will be accepted through June 1.

Check out Arts for LA, College Art Opportunities, or Graphic Competitions 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. Chris Arrant regularly shares location-based jobs in comics (mostly editorial, office, or design work). Check the #ComicJobs hashtag! Check Comic Ops to see opportunities specifically for comic creators. Zine Submissions and Zine Scene have great lists of zines, too!

Conventions and Events

Con or Bust has free tickets available for people of color for a number of upcoming conventions, including the SFWA Nebua Conference, the Locus Awards weekend, and WorldCon 76!

Conosaurus is LIVE! Browse cons by location, date, and other variables! Check it out and support their Patreon! Here’s their Weekly Digest #43! Need convention advice? Join #ConTalkTues every Tuesday at 8PM EST!

Here’s a list of international zine fests brought to you by ZINES!


Geeks of Color is looking for a graphic designer.

I created a document where people who have skills in web design and are willing and able to assist comic creators in creating their own websites can list themselves. Feel free to add your name, examples, and prices!

Fan Zines

  • Mirrors, a Boku no Hero Academia fanzine for writers, is accepting applications from writers, illustrators, and editors on a rolling basis. Profits will be split evenly between contributors via Paypal.
  • Terra Incognita, A Yuri on Ice fanzine about traveling and social media, is accepting applications from writers and artists through January 14. Profits will be split evenly between contributors.
  • Tokyo Daylight, A Persona 5 fashion fanzine, is accepting applications from artists through January 16. Proceeds will be donated to UK charity Mind.
  • The Pandora Hearts fanzine is accepting applications through January 18. Any proceeds will be donated to charity.
  • The Fukurodani Zine is accepting applications from artists through January 19.
  • Book of Fate, A Fate/Grand Order fanzine, is accepting applications from artists through January 20. Profits will be divided evenly between contributors.
  • Love Is Blue: A Bayonetta Fanzine is accepting applications from artists for a tarot card back and frame through January 20.
  • Silhouette: A Houseki no Kuni Fan Zine is accepting applications through January 21. Profits will be split evenly between contributors.
  • Believe, a Danganropa Volume 3 fan zine, is accepting applications from artists through January 28.
  • Through the Ages, a Boku no Hero Academia fanzine following the boys in the series during different life stages, has applications open to artists and writers through January 29. Profits will be split evenly between contributors via Paypal.
  • NSFW! Sabbath, a NSFW Devilman fanzine, is accepting applications from artists through January 30. Profits will be divided evenly between contributors.
  • Cure-All: The Unofficial Precure Fanbook is open for applications from artists through February 1. Proceeds will be split evenly between artists unless less than $400 is generated, in which case proceeds will go to Planned Parenthood.
  • The Rocket Queen: A Zine about Fareeha (Pharah) Amari is open for applications from writers and artists through February 3. Profits will be split evenly between contributors, with 10% going to the organizer.
  • Dungeonwatch, a D&D-themed Overwatch fanzine, is accepting applications from artists and writers through February 5. Profits will be split evenly between contributors, with 5% of funds raised paid to the zine organizer.
  • Musicwatch, a music-themed Overwatch fanzine, is accepting applications from artists through February 5. Profits will be split evenly between contributors.
  • Rain and Flowers, an Animal Crossing fanbook, has applications open for artists and writers through February 14. The zine will not be for profit and will be shared in a digital format only.
  • The No. 6 Fanzine will be accepting applications from artists and writers through February 15. The PDF will be available for free, and any profits generated will be donated to charity.
  • A fanzine to celebrate the Ronin Warriors/Yoroiden Samurai Troopers 30th Anniversary is accepting submissions from artists and writers through April 1. No profit will be generated from this free zine.

Looking for more fan zines to submit to? Check out Find Anthologies and ZineAppCalls for more! Have a finished zine project you want to advertise? Check out Zine RTer!

Mentorships & Fellowships

The Editor – Writer Mentorship for Diverse Writers is accepting applications from unpublished, underrepresented writers through January 21.

The Tulsa Artist Fellowship is accepting applications through March 1. Each year, between 5 and 15 recipients will be selected to receive a $20,000 stipend. Selected visual artists will receive free housing and studio space for visual artists, and literary artists will receive free co-working space in Tulsa, OK.

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

(Seattle, WA) Densho is seeking a digital media artist in residence to explore the history of incarceration in World War II and how it impacts contemporary injustices. Applications are due January 31.

Check out the Alliance of Art CommunitiesArts for LA, College Art Opportunities for exhibition, residency, and grant opportunities.

Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants

  • The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grant is accepting applications from libraries with ALA memberships seeking to expand their current graphic novel collections and services. The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant is accepting applications from libraries with ALA memberships who would like to initiate a graphic novel program. Applications for both are due January 26.
  • Three Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants are open for applications from underfunded libraries, schools, and sources of child education through January 30.
  • The Barrelhouse Amplifier Award for $1500 is accepting applications from independent literary websites and small presses through January 31.
  • The National Endowment for the Arts is accepting applications from prose and poetry writers for their Creative Writing grants through March 7.
  • The 2018 Writing Excuses Retreat is accepting applications for their scholarships through March 12. Two Out of Excuses scholarships will be awarded to those in financial need and two Carl Brandon Society scholarships will be awarded to writers of color.
  • Western Washington primary and secondary school educators and librarians are invited to apply for the C4C3 Grant to bring more graphic novels and comics into the educational process.
  • The Creators for Creators Grant for $30,000 is accepting applications from single artists or writer/artist duos to support the creation of original comics work. Applications will be accepted through March 31.

Check out Arts for LA, College Art Opportunities, this list by Donathin Frye, or this list by ProFellow for grant opportunities.


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


Digital Manga has positions open for freelance manga letterers.

Voice Acting

Heavy Thought Studios is looking for voice actors!

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

Writing and Editing

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


  • Girls Make Games is hosting a free workshop for girls aged 8 to 16 at Thomson Reuters in Toronto on January 27 and 28.
  • Ms. magazine is seeking pitches from 14-19 year old girl-identifying teens focusing on issues facing teen girls and the activism of teen girls working to solve the issue. Selected contributors will be paid $100 for their published articles.

Comics Club highlights and connects comic clubs and shares advice and resources to help youth comic creators.

Natalie “Tally” Nourigat offers advice & resources for young cartoonists ages 14-18 (although this is good advice for creators at any age)!

The NewPages Young Writers Guide for artists and writers shares publications seeking applications from youth contributors.



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.


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? Let me know!

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Link to the previous Roundup: Weekly Roundup – January 12, 2018

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