Weekly Roundup: March 30, 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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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 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award for 2018 is accepting nominations through April 20.

The 2018 Toronto Book Awards is open for submissions of books featuring Toronto content published between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018 through April 30. Ebooks and self-published works are not eligible.

The Little, Brown Emerging Artist Award is accepting applications through May 15. Submit mock-ups of picture books featuring a diverse narrative for a chance to receive $1500 in American Express giftcards, a round trip ticket to New York, and a one-day mentorship with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers’ professional children’s book design and editorial team and distinguished Artist Mentor Grace Lin.

Nominations from pros and fans are open for the 2018 Ringo Awards through May 30. Read here to learn more about which comics can be nominated.

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


Words & Pictures – A Community Print Shop in VT! is raising funds on Kickstarter to help them purchase the equipment needed to complete the space. Words & Pictures will fulfill the needs of the growing comics community in Essex County, VT, while also providing low-cost access to graphic arts and DIY publishing tools for the community. Tier options for this Kickstarter include works from the VT comics community, including comics by Heather Farrington, prints by Iona Fox, t-shirts printed by Andy Kolovos, and more. There’s even an option to get a private screenprinting class for yourself and three friends. The Kickstarter ends on April 4.


The all-ages graphic novel Lemonade Summer by Gabi Mendez: Queer-Friendly LGBTQ Stories is currently raising funds on Kickstarter for its production. The book will feature 136 full-color pages of 5 short stories following the characters’ development with a monochromatic color scheme mirroring the sun from noon to dusk. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a digital wallpaper, postcards, posters, signed bookplates, and more. The Kickstarter ends on April 7.


The fourth volume of the Chubby Anthology LGBTQ Comic is currently raising funds on Kickstarter for its production. The Chubby Anthology is an inclusive body-positive collection of short comics and illustrations, and its fourth volume focuses on outer space. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book and its previous issues, digital wallpapers, enamel pins, postcards, a sketchbook, stickers, and more. The Kickstarter ends on April 8.


Illustrator and toy designer Ashley Benson is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce their scented Fauna Fruits: Strawbunny Plush Toy. The Fauna Fruits collection includes 10 animals featuring Strawbunny as the debut plush and two additional plushes obtainable through stretch goals. Each toy purchased through the Kickstarter will include a birth certificate so that recipients can give their plush its own birthday and name. Tier options include the plush toy, enamel pins, and a digital print. The Kickstarter ends on April 8.


Kayla Swain is hosting a Kickstarter to raise funds for the printing, fulfillment, and production of “Midwinter” issue 7. Midwinter features a universe that meshes cyberpunk with fantasy and horror and follows the thief Nox as he takes up a hospital security job while planning his next heist. Tier options include digital and physical copies of issue 7, digital and physical copies of chapters 1-7 of Midwinter, prints, bookmarks, keychains, and more. The Kickstarter ends on April 9.


Rock Candy Games is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter to assist in production costs with Seventh Circle: An Urban Fantasy Visual Novel. Seventh Circle follows the main character as they enter the Trillian, a renowned league of arena battle mages, and find themselves invested in the people and hidden histories within. The game has 7 independent character routes, a total of 15 hours of gameplay, the ability to name and select pronouns for the main character, and unlockable art from a list of amazing guest artists. Tier options include a download of the game, stickers, postcard prints, a phone background, the art book PDF, enamel pins, a patch, large prints, commissions, and more. The Kickstarter ends on April 12.


The Idols of Solanşehir: Issue One is currently raising funds on Kickstarter for its production and fulfillment. The Idols of Solanşehir tells the story of two sisters who must work together to help their brother after he returns from the army with a strange artifact and haunting visions. Tier options include digital and physical copies of this first 22-page issue, a digital sketchbook, and stickers. The Kickstarter ends on April 12.


ArtOrder LLC is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce the Tiny Dragons Art Project. The project features three 3″ x 3″ books – The Tiny Dragons Art Book (full of whimsical dragons for all ages), the Not So Tiny Dragons Art Book (featuring powerful dragons for a more mature audience), and the Tiny Dragons by Tiny People Art Book (created by fans 15 and under). Tier options include the books and a cute sticker. The Kickstarter ends on April 13.


Did you or will you table in an artist alley in the US this year? Take the 2018 Artist Alley Convention Survey here.

JiMi Agency is accepting merchandise orders through April 2. Artwork is due by April 13.

Are you a Canadian writer, translator, illustrator, editor, or photographer? Do you have books in public libraries? You may be eligible to receive payment through the Public Lending Right Program! Check to see if you’re eligible and apply by May 1.

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!

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

  • 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.
  • Jacques Nyemb is accepting pitches for NOWZine, focusing on contemporary topics and ultimately serving as an illustrated “time capsule” of our times, 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.
  • Dirty Diamonds is accepting proposals from women and femmes for the 9th issue “Being” through April 6.
  • Cicada is seeking comics, essays, fiction, and poetry on the theme of family. Submit by April 13 for consideration.
  • Haunted Cosmos Press is accepting submissions from queer artists for Strange Waters: A Queer Aquatic Fantasy Comic Anthology through April 15. Creators will be paid $50 per page, with bonuses possible following Kickstarter funding. Up to 12 black and white or grayscale pages will be permitted per creative team.
  • Witchawave is seeking applications from artists through April 15 for the witchcraft/vaporwave-themed art book.
  • Stim is seeking pitches from autistic writers and artists through April 30. Short fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, illustrations, and comics are welcome. Contributors will be paid £150.
  • The Hooker’s Ball, a Bay area fundraiser supporting sex workers and Red Light Legal, is accepting artwork and merchandise from sex workers through May 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.
  • The European Comic Schools Contest 2018 is accepting submissions of illustrations and one-shot comics from students of European schools teaching comics, digital art, and/or illustration. Entries are due May 10. Winners may win 200-1000 €, a Wacom Intuos tablet, and copies of Clip Studio Paint.
  • SacAnime is hosting two art contests – one for the program cover/badge art, and another for a t-shirt design. Entries are due by July 1, and selected winners will receive a free badge, artist alley table, and helper badge for the 2019 Winter convention.

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! Con or Bust is accepting items and services for their 2018 auction, which will run from April 8 – April 22 and help fund Con or Bust’s mission for the next 12 months. Consider donating or bidding to help people of color get to cool SF/F cons!

Conosaurus is LIVE! Browse cons by location, date, and other variables! Check it out and support their Patreon! Here’s their Weekly Digest #50! Need convention advice? Join #ConTalkTues every Tuesday at 8PM EST!

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


(Boston, MA) Beacon Press is seeking a Design Manager/Director.

Geeks of Color is looking for a graphic designer.

(Salem, MA) Page Street Publishing is seeking an Associate Designer for their Page Street Kids line.

(New York, NY) Penguin Random House is seeking a designer or senior designer to work primarily with the Avery, TarcherPerigee, and Berkley imprints.

(Boulder, CO) Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, is looking for an Art Director.

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

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

Helioscope’s Mentorship Program is accepting public applications through March 31. The Mentorship Program offers cartoonists early in their career the opportunity to learn from established writers and artists in Portland, Oregon.

Disabled Writers is offering a paid fellowship through The Daily Dot through April 15. Selected writers will contribute three pieces in collaboration with an editor.

Pineapple Street Media is offering their first-ever Pineapple Fellowship for underrepresented voices in podcasting. Fellows receive a stipend of $3000 a month and work as a full-time producer in Brooklyn. Apply by April 15 for consideration.

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

The Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence Program is accepting applications from emerging children’s writers until April 5. The selected writer will receive a $20,000 stipend and office space at the BPL’s Central Library in Copley Square.

Spotify is accepting applications from women of color who are passionate about podcasting for the Sound Up Bootcamp through April 10. The program is free for the ten women selected and includes five days of workshops, panels, and activities around podcasting, travel to New York City, six nights of hotel stays, and breakfast and lunch each day.

(Brooklyn, NY) Kickstarter HQ is seeking Artists-in-Residence and is accepting applications through April 16.

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

Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants

  • 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.
  • The Older Writers Grant is accepting submissions from writers of speculative fiction over 50 through March 31.
  • The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing is accepting submissions of completed fiction manuscripts from first-generation residents of their country through March 31. Recipients will receive a $10,000 advance and publication by Restless Books.
  • The Witness is offering $3000-$20,000 grants to 3-6 people from underrepresented backgrounds who are developing a puzzle game. Apply by April 23 for consideration.
  • The Still I Rise Grant for Black American women writers is accepting applications through April 30. Recipients will receive $100 and publication opportunities from Alternating Current Press.
  • The Noemi Press Book Awards for poetry and prose are accepting submissions through May 1. Two prizes of $1000 each will be given to award recipients.
  • The Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award is accepting applications through June 15. The recipient will receive $1500 to assist them in career and writing development.
  • The John Locher Memorial Award is accepting applications from political cartoonists aged 18-25 through June 15. The recipient will receive $1000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the annual Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.
  • 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.

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


(Columbus, OH) The Columbus College of Art & Design is seeking a Chair for their Illustration and Comics & Narrative Practice department.

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

 Voice Acting

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

Writing and Editing

  • GJB Publishing is accepting applications from writers who live with mental health issues for Headspace: Mental Health and the Creative Mind through March 31.
  • Literary Magazine Tin House has open submissions for their Spring 2019 issue through March 31.
  • Cicada is seeking comics, essays, fiction, and poetry on the theme of family. Submit by April 13 for consideration.
  • NineStar Press is accepting submissions of romantic fiction with the theme “LOST.” Submissions are due April 30.
  • Parvus Press is seeking submissions of science fiction and fantasy from writers of color through April 30.
  • Stim is seeking pitches from autistic writers and artists through April 30. Short fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, illustrations, and comics are welcome. Contributors will be paid £150.
  • Lethe Press is seeking submissions of short stories featuring gay men in the 18th and 19th centuries for The Decadents until May.
  • Black from the Future: A Black Speculative Fiction Anthology is accepting submissions through June 30.
  • (NSFW!) Cleis Press is accepting submissions for their first volume of Best Bondage Volume of the Year through July 1. Selected authors will receive $75 and two copies of the published book. Cleis Press is also accepting submissions for the Best Women’s Erotica of the Year Volume 5 through August 1. Selected submissions will be published and their writers will receive $200 and 2 copies of the published book.

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


(Burbank, CA) DC Comics is hiring an Editorial Administrative Intern for Summer 2018.

The Walrus is accepting submissions of short stories of less than 3000 words from Canadian writers age 13-17 for their Youth Author Award through March 30. The winner will receive $5000 and a mentorship lunch with The Walrus editors.

(San Diego, CA) IDW is seeking interns in Marketing and Editorial through April 15.

Tor Teen’s Anger Is A Gift essay contest is accepting written submissions from people aged 13 and older through April 30. Winners will receive $5000, have their essay published in Teen Ink, and receive a signed copy of Anger Is A Gift.

Miss Anthology is accepting submissions of up to 10 pages from female and/or LGBTQIA+ comic creators age 9-18 living in the Pacific Northwest through May 1.

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

(New York, NY) First Second is hiring full-time paid interns in their editorial and marketing departments for work in May through August.

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.



  • Anatomy3D has a 50% off sale on their figure pose packs.
  • Daiya Manga lists great deals for manga and anime!

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 – March 23, 2018

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