Weekly Roundup: May 4, 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 || Designers || Fan Zines || Mentorships & Fellowships || Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops || Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants || Teaching || Typesetting || Voice Acting || Writing and Editing || Youth || Resources || Deals || Giveaways


News


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.

Awards

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.

The Broken Pencil Zine Awards are accepting submissions of zines, comics, and micro-journals through July 1. There is a submission fee of $25 for the first zine submitted and $10 for zines thereafter, with a maximum of three zine submissions per person, and it includes a year subscription to Broken Pencil Magazine.


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 Projectsadornedbychi

Adorned by Chi is raising funds on Kickstarter to produce their multimedia graphic novel set in Nigeria inspired by the magical girl genre and Igbo mythology. Each character will receive their own animated magical transformation as well as original music. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a cell phone background, an enamel pin, a sticker sheet, a comic cameo, and a chat with Adorned by Chi creator Jacque Aye!. The Kickstarter ends on May 5.


groupchat

POMEgranate Magazine is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce their first anthology project GROUP CHAT – A comics anthology about friendship. Group Chat features nearly 200 pages of comics about friendships and found family from 24 creators. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a digital wallpaper, and digital and physical copies of other books from the POME Collection. The Kickstarter ends on May 9.


norefunds

No Refunds: An Unversed Comics Anthology is currently raising funds on Kickstarter for its production and fulfillment. The 224-page comic anthology will feature 14 artists, 5 of whom were featured in the first Unversed comic anthology, and their stories about irreversible life events. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, physical copies of the first Unversed book, postcards, stickers, archival prints, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on May 11.


familystyle

Family Style: An AAPI Food Anthology is raising funds on IndieGogo to pay its contributors, support its production, and ship the anthology. The 44-page anthology features Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander contributors and their illustrations and abridged histories of AAPI foods. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the zine, prints, a commission, and a photography session. The campaign ends on May 15.


misadventures

Comic artist Indira J is raising funds on Kickstarter to produce The Misadventures of Buddy and Friend – Volume 1. The Misadventures of Buddy and Friend is a dark comedy that follows three “heroes” as they pursue a quest to locate the the keys to an inter-dimensional axe and seal away the evil demon lord, Emperor Gingersnap. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the first volume, digital wallpapers, magnetic bookmarks, pinback buttons, prints, stickers, and more. The Kickstarter ends on May 17.


seennothingyet

(NSFW!) Comic artist Tess Stone is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to print Seen Nothing Yet, a 3-volume 18+ full color comic about amateur ghost hunters. Tier options include volumes 1, 2, and 3 of the series, patches, charms, prints, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on May 19.

General

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

Bitch Media is looking for a Social Media Editor. Apply by May 13 for consideration.

Chris is running a fanzine profitability survey. If you’ve managed a fanzine before, consider adding your information!

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!

JiMi Agency is accepting orders for washi tape, clear tape, and stamps.

Lion Forge Comics is hiring a number of positions, including HR Manager, Publishing Operations Assistant, Social Media and Community Manager, and more.

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


Animation

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


Comics, Illustration, and More

  • Threadless is accepting artwork for the following design challenges: Hats 2, due May 11, and Travel, due May 18.
  • The Chubby Anthology is accepting submissions for their fifth volume through May 8.
  • 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.
  • The University of Leicester – Wellcome Trust ISSF is seeking contributors to their “Missing Panels” zine by May 23. Selected contributors will be paid up to £350 for 4 pages and £175 for 2 pages of full-color comics and will also receive 25 copies of the zine.
  • Ink Drop Cafe is hosting an art contest. Draw Ink Drop Cafe mascot Squiddy by May 31 for a chance to win original artwork and comics from Ink Drop Cafe members and more.
  • The Silent Manga Audition is accepting submissions to their extra contest “WASAMON – Give it a try!” through May 31. Black and white comics of 1-17 pages or black and white or color illustrations may be submitted for a chance at cash prizes.
  • The 12th Annual International Manga Award is accepting submissions of manga through June 15. Winners will receive a ten-day trip to Japan for the award ceremony.
  • 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.
  • Lee & Low books are accepting submissions for their New Visions Award through August 31. Cash prizes and a standard publication contract will be given for a middle grade or young adult novel (including graphic novels) by a writer of color or Native/Indigenous writer.


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! Fans of color can now request assistance through May 10.

Conosaurus is LIVE! Browse cons by location, date, and other variables! Check it out and support their Patreon! Here’s their Weekly Digest #56!

Chuck Serface is offering 50 WorldCon memberships to LGBTQ fans and creators. You can apply or donate here.

  • Anime California Con is accepting  applications for their artist alley.
  • DC ZineFest (July 21) is offering grants to marginalized members of the zine community offering $50 and a quarter table at the event.
  • Artist Alley tables are available for HeroesCon 2018.
  • New York Comic Con is accepting applications for their artist alley tables through May 18.
  • 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.

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


Designers

(San Francisco, CA) FANDOM is seeking a Graphic Artist.

Geeks of Color is looking for a graphic designer.

(Milwaukie, OR) Dark Horse is looking for a Production Designer and a Graphic Designer.

(New York, NY) Grand Central Publishing is seeking a Creative Director.

(New York, NY) Marvel Digital Media Group LLC is hiring a Digital Design Lead.

(New York, NY) Penguin Random House is seeking a Designer for the Creative Marketing Services department of their Penguin Press imprint.

(San Francisco, CA) Viz Media is seeking a Designer.


Fan Zines

  • The HQ! Mythology Zine is accepting applications from artists and writers through May 4. The zine will be sold digitally and profits will be split between contributors.

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 PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship will begin accepting submissions on April 15 through July 1. The six writers selected will receive $10,000 each with the option to request up to $5000 more for travel and research so that they may create works of lasting merit that illuminate critical issues related to mass incarceration and catalyze public debate.

(Minneapolis, MN) Graywolf Press is accepting applications for their Citizen Literary Fellowship through May 4. The fellowship requires close work with the editorial and marketing departments, and “is a part-time (24 hours per week), non-exempt ten-month position with a start date in September 2018. Compensation includes $20,000 (paid twice monthly as regular wages), paid time off, and health and dental insurance.”

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 Toronto Public Library system is seeking a Canadian romance writer with at least 2 published books for their Fall Writer-in-Residence Program at North York Central Library. Apply by May 11 for consideration.

The Customs House in Brenton, Nova Scotia is seeking seven craft artists in residence.

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


Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants

  • Art for Science Rising is awarding grants of $10,000 to artists with proposals for public-facing art that highlights the importance of science. Apply with a proposal by May 15 for consideration. Up to $50,000 total will be awarded.
  • The Emerging Writers Contest is accepting submissions from unpublished authors through May 15. The winner in each genre will receive $2000 and two copies of the issue their work is featured in. There is $24 entry fee.
  • Fresh Prints is offering a $1000 scholarship to college freshman or sophomores. Apply by May 31 by describing your Grand Plan for life.
  • We Need Diverse Books is accepting applications for their Walter Grants through May 31. Unpublished, diverse illustrators and writers working towards a career in children’s literature are welcome to apply.
  • Getty Images, in Partnership with the ARRAY Alliance, is offering the ARRAY Grant for photographers and film makers “who capture the visual narrative of underrepresented ethnic communities and use their medium to progress visual representation.” Four recipients will receive $4000 each and mentorship. Applications are due June 8.
  • 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.
  • Underrepresented writers in the UK are invited to apply to The Creative Future Literary Awards 2018 through June 18. Prizes include cash, mentorship opportunities, anthology publication, and more.
  • The GLAS Animation Grant Program is accepting applications from US-based animators through June 30. Two $2500 grants will be awarded to help created independent animated short films.
  • The NATTO (National Art & Trade Tuition Opportunity) Scholarship is accepting applications through June 30. Three recipients will receive prizes of $1000, $500, and $250 respectively to be used towards art education.
  • DC ZineFest (July 21) is offering grants to marginalized members of the zine community offering $50 and a quarter table at the event.
  • 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.


 Teaching

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

  • Chronicle Books is hiring four editorial interns (paid with benefits, vacations, and sick leave) and applications are due May 14.
  • Tor.com will begin accepting unsolicited novellas until May 15. If your novella’s not quite reading for submission, Tor will be accepting novellas again in July.
  • Strange Horizons is accepting submissions of short fiction from writers who are black, indigenous, and/or people of color and living in the Southeastern USA through May 31. Selected writers will be paid $0.08 per word.
  • Iridium Magazine‘s reading period is now open through June 15. They accept genre and speculative fiction featuring a QUILTBAG+ cast at $0.03/word.
  • Black from the Future: A Black Speculative Fiction Anthology is accepting submissions through June 30.
  • The Louise Meriwether First Book Prize is accepting submissions from women of color and nonbinary writers of color who are unpiblished residents of the Uited States or its territories. Submit by June 30 for a chance to rceive a $5000 advance and publication from The Feminist Press.
  • (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.
  • (Brooklyn, NY) Atlas Obscura is looking for two paid Editorial Fellows. Apply by July 2 for consideration. They’re also seeking fellows for Gastro Obscura, with one focusing on Food & Drink.
  • Lee & Low books are accepting submissions for their New Voices Award and New Visions Award through August 31. For the New Voices Award, cash prizes and a standard publication contract will be given for a children’s picture book manuscript by a writer of color or Native/Indigenous writer. For the New Visions Award, cash prizes and a standard publication contract will be given for a middle grade or young adult novel (including graphic novels) by a writer of color or Native/Indigenous writer.

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


Youth

 

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

Cow House Press is seeking a summer intern for 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.


Resources


Deals

  • 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.


 Giveaways



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 – April 27, 2018

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