Weekly Roundup: June 1, 2018

Happy June, and happy Pride month! 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 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

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.


truetransbikerebel

Taking the Lane is raising funds on Kickstarter to fund the production of True Trans Bike Rebel issue #15. The issue features true stories from transgender and nonbinary contributors about the influence that bicycling has had in their lives. Submissions are also open for additional contributors through June 15. Tier options include a digital wallpaper, a physical copy of the zine, cat posters, previous issues of Taking the Lane, additional feminist books and zines, custom art, and more. The Kickstarter ends on June 15.


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.


malaise

Jessamine Press is currently running a Kickstarter to fund the production of MALAISE: A Horror Anthology. Nine writers with identities marginalized in mainstream publishing contributed short horror fiction between 7000 and 10,000 words. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, prints, and a bookplate. The Kickstarter ends on June 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.

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.

(New York, NY) Yen Press is looking for a production editor on a 12-month product basis.


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: Over Itdue today, June 1, and Dark Humordue June 8.
  • The Cheltenham Illustrator Awards is accepting submissions through today, 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.
  • Art School Sick Daze is accepting proposals for written or visual work exploring art education in relation to the experience of disability, chronic illness and/or neurodiversity through June 15. Selected contributors will receive £50 each.
  • 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.
  • ArtStation is hosting the Golden Ticket Challenge through July 9. Students or professionals may enter artwork  with the theme “Land of Wonder.” Winners may receive tickets to the Trojan Horse was a Unicorn 2018 festival in Malta, including roundtrip flights, accommodations, and meals, a Wacom MobileStudio Pro, a 1-year subscription to ArtStation, and more.
  • 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.
  • The Asexual is accepting submissions of art and writing for A(gender): An Anthology through August 1.
  • The Nib is seeking pitches for their upcoming quarterly zine. Pitches for “Empire” are due August 30; pitches for “Scams” are due November 30.
  • 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.
  • Webtoon is hosting “Discover Creator” comic contest with cash prizes of up to $80,000. Submit your comic between June 11 and September 13 for a chance to win. See the rules for details on categories and episodes required for qualification.
  • The Bennett Prize is accepting submissions from women fine art figurative painters through September 28. There is an entry fee of $50.


Check out Arts for LA, College Art OpportunitiesGraphic Competitions, or Hey, Art Friends 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 Locus Awards weekend, Nine Worlds, and Geek Girl Con.

Conosaurus is LIVE! Browse cons by location, date, and other variables! Check it out and support their Patreon! Here’s their Weekly Digest #60!

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.
  • Singapore’s first Queer Zinefest is accepting applications for exhibitors and workshops through today, 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

Geeks of Color is looking for a graphic designer.

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

(West Bend, WI) The Museum of Wisconsin Arts is seeking a graphic designer.

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

(Glendale, CA) The Walt Disney Company (Corporate) is hiring a graphic designer.


Fan Zines

The Gaymer Girls Zine: A Charity Zine about canon LGBTQIA girls in video games, is accepting applications from artists through June 15. Contributors will receive a free copy of the zine

No Longer Just You: A Berserk Fanzine is accepting applications from writers and artists through June 14. All proceeds will be donated to an undecided charity.

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 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


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


Teaching

Dickinson State University in Dickinson, ND is seeking an Instructor of Art.

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

  • Art School Sick Daze is accepting proposals for written or visual work exploring art education in relation to the experience of disability, chronic illness and/or neurodiversity through June 15. Selected contributors will receive £50 each.
  • ImageOutWrite is accepting submissions of previously unpublished fiction, nonfition and poetry now through June 15. Works should feature some aspect LGBTQ+ lives. Selected contributors will receive one magazine as payment and retain their rights following publication.
  • 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 Asexual is accepting submissions of art and writing for A(gender): An Anthology through August 1.
  • 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.
  • The Saints and Sinners LGBTQ Literary Festival 2019 Short Fiction Contest is accepting submissions from authors through October 1. Work must be based on the theme “Saints and Sinners.” There is a $20 entry fee.

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 25, 2018

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