Weekly Roundup: June 8, 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.

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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


Social Resources

Remember to rest, eat, and drink water when you can. Take care of yourself the best that you can. You, your presence, and your work have an incredible impact on the people around you. You should be here.


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

heartofgold

Comic creator duo Eli and Viv are hosting a Kickstarter to produce the first volume of their webcomic Heart of Gold. The series follows Ionel, an albino pianist who is losing his vision, and Dunant, a local priest who promises faith healing through his touch, as Ionel pursues the mystery of Dunant’s abilities. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a digital wallpaper, bookmarks, and prints. The Kickstarter ends on June 9.


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.


checkplease3

Comic creator Ngozi Ukazu is back with another volume of Check, Please!, the popular webcomic series following Bitty and Jack’s college life, romance, hockey games, and pie pursuits. This third volume will be printed in full-color hard- and softcover editions and will be available later in the year from publisher First Second. Tier options include digital and physical copies of books 1, 2, and/or 3, a signed bookplate, prints, pennants, a bonus 18+ comic, and more. The Kickstarter ends on June 21.


findinghome

Comic artist Hari Conner is crowdfunding on Kickstarter to produce the first volume of their webcomic Finding Home. The ongoing webcomic follows Chepi and Janek as they travel through the forest and their own memories and fears. This Kickstarter seeks to collect its first four chapter into a softcover 140-page full-color book. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a bonus comic, a behind-the-scenes PDF, an enamel pin, a t-shirt, custom artwork, and more. The Kickstarter ends on June 22.

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!

JiMi Agency’s group order for broken prism bookmarks, posters, and sticker sheets is open until June 22.

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: Dark Humordue today, June 8; Typography, due June 15; and Seasons: Summer, due June 22.
  • 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 Witching Hour zine is accepting applications from previously unpublished artists who have never been included in an anthology or zine through June 20. Proceeds will be donated to the charity Pencils of Promise.
  • 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.
  • TCAF and the Entreviñetas Festival are accepting applications from Canadian and Columbian artists for the collaborative Blind Date (Cita a ciegas) project. The selected artists will jointly develop and create a comic on the theme of “conversation” and receive payment in cash. Applications are due July 1.
  • 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.
  • The Embracing Our Differences 2018 Art Contest is accepting submissions from artists at all career stages through October 15. Three prizes of $1000 each will be given to selected entrants, whose works will be featured in a gallery show in early 2019.
  • The PAVE 2018 Student Design Competition is accepting submissions from college-level students studying retail planning, design, visual merchandising, and branding programs. Submit by November 1 for a chance at cash prizes.


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 #61!

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

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


Designers


Fan Zines

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.

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

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 BLOOOM Award is accepting submissions from artists through July 31. One selected artist will receive a year of mentorship and attendance to an international art fair, and additional finalists will present their work at Art Düsseldorf.

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 Customs House in Brenton, Nova Scotia is seeking seven craft artists in residence.
  • The Haunted Mill Residency is accepting applications from installation artists through June 11. The selected artist will stay in Maxon Mills in Wassaic, NY from October 16-30 to “get weird” while crafting an installation for an event on the 27th. The selected artist will also receive $100. There is a $10 application fee.
  • The Sonoran Arts Residency is accepting applications from artists through June 15. Artists will receive complimentary studio space, a room at the Sonoran Desert Inn and Conference Center, and access to community activities, but must pay for their travel, food, and supplies.
  • The Vermont Studio Center is accepting applications from writers and artists for a number of fellowship programs, some which include stipends, through June 15. Every VSC residency opportunity includes private room, private studio space, all meals, and full access to evening programs and events.
  • Gallery Aferro is accepting applications from artist parents for their Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship through June 23. Studio space will be provided for the parent artist for free for 6 months and comes with a $1000 stipend.
  • PlySpace is accepting applications from creators through July 1. There is a $25 application fee. Studio space and living space will be provided free of cost, but residents are responsible for their own meals. Each resident will receive a $500 travel stipend.
  • The Monson Arts residency program is accepting applications from artists and writers for two fall residency sessions through July 7. Selected residents will receive private studio space, a private bedroom, three meals a day, and a stipend of $1000. There is a $25 application fee.
  • UK residents are invited to apply for Penguin Random House’s WriteNow workshops. Writers may apply through July 9, and illustrators can apply through July 23.
  • The Center for Cartoon Studies is accepting applications for their Cornish CCS Fellowship Residency through August 15.

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

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.
  • NineStar Press is currently seeking holiday-themed short stories of 10,000-40,000 words. Submit by July 31 for consideration.
  • 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 – June 1, 2018

One thought on “Weekly Roundup: June 8, 2018

  1. Thanks so much for another amazing roundup! These roundups have already given me so many new chances and opportunities in anthologies and zines– and just general knowledge! SO THANK YOU!!! ❤

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