Weekly Roundup: February 9, 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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Women in the creative arts! The next #VisibleWomen event will take place on February 12, so make sure to have your links ready.

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 live chat for StArt Faire’s Excellence in Webcomics Awards will take place February 10th from 2:00pm-3:30pm EST.

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 Global Gamer Creators 50 Over 50 List is accepting applications through March 10. If you are or know someone who is over 50 years of age and working in the gaming industry, nominate them!

The Eisner Awards are accepting votes for the Eisner Hall of Fame as well as nominations for other Eisner Awards through March 16.

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



Tavarsia’s final volume is now crowdfunding on Kickstarter to raise funds for its printing and fulfillment. Tavarsia follows witches Gaea and Veda as they travel to the world of Tavarsia to try and stop a great evil from being unleashed. The book will feature 62 full color pages of comics and additional artwork. Tier options include digital and physical copies of Tavarsia volume 4 as well as volumes 1, 2, and 3. The Kickstarter ends on February 9.


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.


Steve Ahn is crowdfunding on Kickstarter to fund the production of Blossom Detective Holmes: The Animated Mini-Series Project. The series aims to utilize anime aesthetics to bring crime, murder, and drama to American animation appealing to the young adult audience. The first episode of this project, Selfie with a Strange Intruder, follows detectives Skylar Holmes and Jamie as they investigate a suspicious robbery from their client. Stretch goals reached beyond the first funding goal will help fund future episodes. Tier options include digital dowloads and Blu-Ray copies of the episode, art book downloads, the soundtrack, enamel pins, acrylic stands, t-shirts, posters, prints, and more. The Kickstarter ends on March 2.


Artist Kata Kane is running a Kickstarter to fund the printing and production of Altar Girl – Book 3. Altar Girl is an ongoing shoujo-style webcomic featuring cliques, romance, angels, and demons. Book 3 will feature chapters 7, 8, and 9 of the full-color webcomic with all-new cover art. Tier options include digital and physical copies of book 3, a physical copy of book 1, a mini comic, charms, pins, prints, and more. The Kickstarter ends on March 2.


Artist S-Morishita is running a Kickstarter to fund the reprinting of Love! Love! Fighting! Breaking Bad Cycles and Finding Love, the third volume of the webcomic Love! Love! Fighting! The webcomic follows Oriana as she struggles to find herself while participating in a romantic Korean tv show. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, digital copies of books 1 and 2, a new short comic, a desktop wallpaper, and more. The Kickstarter ends on March 3.


Artist Caytlin Vilbrandt is running a Kickstarter to raise funds for Tamberlane: Chapter 2 – Deluxe Edition. Tamberlane is an ongoing webcomic about Belfry, a kind-hearted bat who takes in a young abandoned creature and the complications and adventures that ensue. The printed second chapters will contain 55 pages of full-color comics and at least 25 pages of fan works and additional content. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, digital and physical copies of chapter 1, a desktop wallpaper, and more. The Kickstarter ends on March 3.


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!

Have you ever participated in a fan zine? Fill out this survey so we can learn more about and improve fan zines, their organizers, and their contributors!

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!


  • (Greenwich, Connecticut) Blue Sky Studios is hiring animators, directors, and a storyboard artist.
  • (Kilkenny, Ireland) Cartoon Saloon is seeking a Character Design Supervisor for a TV series. Apply by February 12 for consideration. They’re also looking for Line Producers, Production Managers, and Production Coordinators.
  • (Canada) DHX has job openings in Halifax, Toronto, and Vancouver.
  • (Burbank, California) Disney TV Animation is seeking an art director and a prop designer. Be sure to check their website for both creative and office positions with Disney!
  • Laura Price shared tips for applying to animation studios.
  • (Kilkenny, Ireland) Lighthouse Studios is looking for a Compositing Artist, a Production Assistant, and a Studio Manager.
  • Mirage 3D Studios is looking for a contract VFX artist. Knowledge of Redshift Rendering with Maya experience would be ideal.
  • (Burbank, California) Nickelodeon is hiring a visual development artist, art directors, and a character designer.
  • (Los Angeles, California) Titmouse is looking for background painters, an After Effects animator, a line producer, and interns. They’re also seeking a 2D animator and background layout designer in Vancouver.
  • (Toronto, Canada) Ubisoft is hiring artists, programmers, office workers, and more.
  • (Burbank, California) Walt Disney Animation Studios is hiring Summer Interns specializing in visual development, CG animation, and story art.

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

Comics, Illustration, and More

  • RPFind.me is seeking artists throughout the month of February for paid bust commissions.
  • Kuti #47 is accepting submissions of comics up to 8 pages long through February 9.
  • Family Style Zine: An AAPI Food Anthology is seeking Asian, Asian-American, or Pacific Islander contributors to illustrate a dish or ingredient from their culture, accompanied by an abridged history of that food. Accepted illustrators will be paid $150 for their piece. Submissions are due by February 12.
  • Volume 5 of the Lilies Anthology: Tiger Lily is accepting comics about self-love through February 14.
  • The 1001 Journal from the Independent Publishing Resource Center is accepting submissions of comics and illustrated text through February 15. Up to 6 pages may be submitted.
  • 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.
  • INK BRICK no. 9 is accepting submissions of comics poetry consisting of 6 pages or fewer through February 18. Selected contributors will receive two copies of the final book and $25.
  • Bedside Press is seeking pin-up artists and interior artists for their upcoming book Work for A Million. Apply by February 28 for consideration.
  • 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.
  • Encounters with the Imaginary: Volume 3 is accepting applications from artists through March 1. Compensation will be based upon the success of the Kickstarter.
  • 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.
  • NPR is seeking an Illustration Intern through March 4.
  • 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 Webcomic Almanac is accepting submissions of promotional art from webcomic creators through March 31.
  • 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.
  • The Lauren Child Poetry Illustration Prize is accepting submissions from illustrators age 18-25 through May 1. Illustrate a poem by a Betjeman Poetry Prize finalist for a chance to win £1000.

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! They’re also offering free digital subscriptions to Locus magazine!

Conosaurus is LIVE! Browse cons by location, date, and other variables! Check it out and support their Patreon! Here’s their Weekly Digest #46! 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.

Kickstarter is seeking a Visual Design Lead.

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

  • 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.
  • NSFW! The Devilman: Tribulation zine, exploring the gore and horror of the Devilman series, will be accepting applications from artists through February 16. Accepted artists will receive (2) copies of the zine.
  • Star Crossed: A Devilman Fanzine is accepting applications through February 16. Accepted artists will receive a copy of the printed zine.
  • Giant Size zine, an X-Men fan zine, is accepting submissions from artists of all skill levels through February 18. Proceeds will go to LOFT, a organization supporting LGBTQ people in Westchester County.
  • Relaxare: A Devilman Crybaby Fan Zine is accepting submissions from artists and writers through February 20 (applications will close sooner if 150 artist applications or 50 writer applications are received).
  • Human Heart: A Devilman Zine is accepting pitch submissions through February 25. The zine organizers “plan to have contributors receive free copies of the zine.”
  • 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 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.

Short Run’s Trailer Blaze: Ladies Comics Residency is accepting applications through February 22.

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

 Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants

  • The TDC Beatrice Warde Scholarship is accepting applications from matriculating female (by birth or identified as such) bachelor’s degree students currently enrolled in their junior undergraduate year through February 23. The scholarship awards $5000 towards the tuition of a student studying typography, design, or a related field.
  • The Queer Press Grant is accepting applications through February 28. The selected recipient will receive $2000.
  • 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.



Tapas is seeking typesetters to adapt webcomic and webnovels from Korean and Chinese into English.

 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!


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 – February 2, 2018

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