Weekly Roundup: May 25, 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.

As a note: I am not sponsored by any company, group, or individual listed below or elsewhere on this site unless otherwise listed.

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News || Helping Others || Awards || Recent Webcomic Debuts || Crowdfunded Projects || General || 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 Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award is accepting nominations through today, May 25.

The Ignatz Awards are accepting comic work from artists or their publishers for award consideration through May 31.

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 Projects

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.


wwac

Women Write About Comics is crowdfunding on IndieGogo in order to fund their move to a new webhost. Women Write About Comics is an Eisner-nominated comics criticism website that has branched off to produce criticism on moving pictures and games as well as zine series Secrets of the Goat People. Tier options include digital and physical thank you notes and digital copies of  Secrets of the Goat People. The campaign ends on May 20.



norhair

Neither Here Nor Hair is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of their comic anthology. Neither Here Nor Hair features 14 Australian artists whose comics explores their personal relationships with their body hair. Tier options for this Kickstarter include digital and physical copies of the book, signed prints, and commissions. The Kickstarter ends on May 27.


drawntosex

(NSFW!) Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan are hosting a Kickstarter to fund Drawn to Sex – The Basics, a sex education comic book. The Basics “explore[s] the practical side of sex, from what defines sex, to barriers, STI testing, masturbation, and the ins-and-outs (and ins-and-outs) of having sex with other people.” Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a digital wallpaper, a cameo in the comic, and a meet-and-greet. The Kickstarter ends on May 31.


mbb3Fireside Stories is raising funds on Kickstarter for the production of Magical Boy Basil #3. Magical Boy Basil is an ongoing LGBTQ webcomic series that follows magical teenagers and their fight against monsters as they seek to restore balance in the universe. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the third issue of Magical Boy Basil, previous issues of Magical Boy Basil, a sticker sheet, an enamel pin, original artwork, and more. The Kickstarter ends on June 3.



fatventuremagFatventure Mag Volume 1 is raising funds on Kickstarter to produce its first issue. Fatventure will focus on fat-identified women and nonbinary storytellers in the active, fitness, and outdoorsy community ” without being devalued for their size, ability, or motivation.” Tier options include digital and physical copies of the magazine, stickers, temporary tattoos, water bottles, bandanas, and prints. The Kickstarter ends on June 4.


arroTara and Ali are currently raising funds to produce the second volume of their comic ARRO. Arro follows a team of scouts hired three years following a population decimation in North America caused by a gene-altering disease in water. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the first and second volumes, a Fine OK Press tote bag, and custom artwork. The Kickstarter ends on June 7.


themagpieThe Magpie, a horror graphic novel about lesbians and elder gods, is raising funds on Kickstarter to produce its second physical volume. The black-and-white comic is an ongoing webcomic series currently spanning seven volumes, with the first physical volume already available for sale. Tiers for this Kickstarter include digital and physical copies of volume 2, digital and physical copies of both volume 1 and 2, enamel pins, shirts, hoodies, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on June 11.


cityofcardsCJ Joughin is raising funds on Kickstarter to fund the production of the City of Cards: Omnibus Volume 1. To quote the Kickstarter, “City of Cards is the story of Plato, a former wrestler haunted by his past mistakes, and Ace, the person Plato loves more than anything— an amnesiac literally haunted by ghosts.” The printed omnibus will contain over 400 pages of black and white comics comprising the first major arc of the series. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a digital soundtrack to accompany the book, enamel pins, and art prints. The Kickstarter ends on June 14.


maidenmotherandcroneGwen Benaway, in collaboration with Bedside Press, is currently raising funds on Kickstarter for Maiden, Mother, and Crone: Fantastical Trans Femmes. The anthology features 150 pages of fantasy written by trans femme authors. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a color bookplate, prints, and copies of Love Beyond Body, Space and Time, Passage, and Holy Wild. The Kickstarter ends on June 17.

General

Brought to you by Hey, Art Friends, the Spare Change Grant Program is accepting applications from Black artists, artists of color, and/or gender minority artists through today, May 25. $50 will be given to at least one Black and/or POC artist and one gender minority artist for the purpose of paying for application fees for residencies, grants, calls for entry, and related art calls.

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

The 2018 Font Purchasing Habits Survey is open. Receive 15 free fonts for submitting 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!

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


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: Digital Cross-Stitchdue May 25; Over Itdue June 1, and Dark Humordue June 8.
  • Swim On: Coral Reef – A Shark Zine for Charity is accepting applications from artists through today, May 25.
  • StArt Faire is accepting submissions of comic-related advertisements, articles, comics, light novels, and short stories through May 29.
  • The Nib is seeking pitches for their upcoming quarterly zine. Pitches for the first prompt, “Family,” are due May 30; pitches for “Empire” are due August 30; and pitched for “Scams” are due November 30.
  • 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 Cheltenham Illustrator Awards is accepting submissions through June 1. Illustrators in either the Student or Emerging and Established categories may submit work related to the theme “Tangled Tales.”
  • The Lab10 Art Prize is accepting submissions through June 6. Twelve selected works will be featured in a collection at Malamegi Lab and each creator of the selected artworks will receive €1,000.
  • The SHOUT OUT! Anthology is accepting pitches from queer creators through June 10. Stories should involve a teenage (age 13-17) queer protagonist and have an overall uplifting or hopeful mood.
  • 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.
  • Illustra Ciencia is accepting illustrations created in 2017 or 2018 based on science or nature for the Internacional Award on Scientific and Nature Illustration through June 20.
  • (NSFW!) Shousetsu Bang Bang is seeking writers through June 19 and artists through June 23 for their upcoming issue themed “Perchance to Dream.”
  • The Biodiversity Drawing Contest is accepting entries from artists worldwide through June 30. Artists may submit work in one of two categories: scientific design and nature drawing.
  • 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.
  • Dates Anthology is accepting submissions for their third anthology with the theme “Adventure” through July 6. Contributors will be paid $50 per page and will receive 5 complimentary copies of the book.
  • Key Colours 2018 is accepting submissions of previously unpublished 24-page children’s books for children aged 2-7 worldwide through July 16. The award recipient will receive 7500 euros and will be published by Clavis Publishing House.
  • The Association of Illustrators is accepting submissions from artists worldwide for the 2019 Poster Prize for Illustration through July 16. Award recipients may receive up to £2,000 and a feature on a London Transport Museum poster to be displayed on the London Underground.
  • 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.
  • The Nami Island International Picture Book Illustration Concours is accepting entries from illustrators worldwide through August 31. Award recipients may receive up to $10,000, plaques, and features in exhibitions.
  • The Art Zine Prize for 2018 is accepting submissions through September 1. Artwork can be submitted as figurative art, abstract art, and urban art, and a people’s choice award will be given to a fourth prize recipient.


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 Nebula 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 #59!

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.
  • Crunchy Roll Expo is accepting submissions to their Artist Alley through today, May 25 or until their list is full.
  • 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.
  • Genghis Con in Cleveland, OH is accepting applications for their artist alley tables through May 31.
  • Singapore’s first Queer Zinefest is accepting applications for exhibitors and workshops through June 1.
  • The San Francisco Zine Fest is now accepting applications to their artist alley through June 15.
  • 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

Pacific Arcana Tumultus, a fan-made Pacific Rim: Uprising tarot deck, is seeking artists through May 25. Proceeds will be donated to the Lambert House in Seattle.

The Villainess Art Book is accepting applications from artists through May 31. Selected characters must be female villains or explicit antagonists from Western cartoons. Proceeds will be donated to the Shelter for Abused Women and Children. Contributors will receive a free copy of the zine and will be able to purchase additional copies at-cost.

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 Maynard 200 Fellowship Program is accepting applications journalism leaders, journalism entrepreneurs and storytellers nationwide through May 31. Travel and housing costs will be covered for those selected.

The Eliza Moore Fellowship for Artistic Excellence is accepting applications through June 10. Early-career artists with a focus in plants, gardens, and landscapes are encouraged to apply.

The AHL Grace Charity Foundation Research Fellowship 2018 is accepting applications from young in-career art historians, curators, or students completing their master’s or Ph.D. in art history or cultural studies and with a strong interest in Asian Contemporary Art through June 30.

The PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship is accepting submissions 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.

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

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


Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants

  • Brought to you by Hey, Art Friends, the Spare Change Grant Program is accepting applications from Black artists, artists of color, and/or gender minority artists through today, May 25. $50 will be given to at least one Black and/or POC artist and one gender minority artist for the purpose of paying for application fees for residencies, grants, calls for entry, and related art calls.
  • Fresh Prints is offering a $1000 scholarship to college freshman or sophomores. Apply by May 31 by describing your Grand Plan for life.
  • The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants are accepting applications from “visual artists who are painters, sculptors and artists who work on paper, including printmakers” through May 31. Grants may be applied towards personal, medical, or art-related expenses.
  • 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 AHL-Wolhee Choe Memorial Art Writers Grant 2018 is accepting applications from writers who write about contemporary visual art, particularly related to artists of Korean heritage, through June 30. The recipient should have a project slated for publication before November 2019 and will receive $3000.
  • 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.
  • The Working Artists Organization is accepting applications from visual artists for a $1000 grant through July 17. There is a $25 entry fee.
  • 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

Miss Anthology is seeking comic instructors to teach their summer workshops in Portland, OR.

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

Magical Warrior Diamond Heart is looking for voice actors, particularly LGBT VAs and VAs of color.

Zoink Games is looking to expand their library of female voices.

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

Writing and Editing

  • StArt Faire is accepting submissions of comic-related advertisements, articles, comics, light novels, and short stories through May 29.
  • 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.
  • (NSFW!) Shousetsu Bang Bang is seeking writers through June 19 and artists through June 23 for their upcoming issue themed “Perchance to Dream.”
  • 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.
  • Vulture Bones is seeking speculative fiction from trans and nonbinary voices through July 1. Contributors will be paid $5 per article.
  • (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.
  • The NHMC Television Writers’ Program is accepting applications from scriptwriters for a five-week workshop preparing Latinos for writing jobs on television shows through August 5. The program will take place in Burbank, CA from October 8 to November 9. A $250/week stipend will be provided for participants.
  • 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.
  • Foreshadow: A Serial YA Anthology is accepting submissions of YA fiction through September 1. Contributors will be paid $250 per accepted submission,

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


Youth


Resources


Deals

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 – May 11, 2018

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