Weekly Roundup: June 15, 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

  • Paper Cat Press’s “Links” pages is currently offline as it undergoes construction. Thank you for your patience!
  • Project Wonderful has announced that it will be closing down on August 1.
  • Today is the last day for comics professionals to vote in the Eisner awards.

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

Today is the last day for comics professionals to vote in the Eisner 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


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.


alexpriest

Jenn Arledge is hosting a Kickstarter to fund the production of Alex Priest: Vampire Hunter | Issues 1-3. Genderqueer vampire hunter Alexander Priest and their ex-girlfriend Janelle Garcia must work together to battle magic-wielding demons and vampires. Tier options include digital and physical copies of all three issues, prints, and a cameo in the comic. The Kickstarter ends on June 22.


circadia2

Jen Dugan is hosting a Kickstarter to fund the production of comic Circadia #2. Circadia is a 5-issue comic that follows Zara, who must navigate dreams that start to have real-world consequences. Tier options include digital and physical copies of issues 1 and/or 2, stickers, prints, an enamel pin, and more. The Kickstarter ends on June 22.


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.


ftlyall

Iron Circus is hosting a Kickstarter to fund its upcoming anthology FTL, Y’all!: Tales From the Age of the $200 Warp Drive. The book will feature 25 stories and over 350 pages of comics exploring what might happen if an affordable faster-than-light engine was made public on the internet. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book. The Kickstarter ends on June 22.


threads

SpiderForest Webcomic Collective is hosting a Kickstarter to fund its comic anthology project Threads: A Gallery of Rogues. The anthology features at least 124 pages of 15 short standalone comics about rogues created by the comic creators of the collective. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a tote bag, prints, the SpiderForest coloring book, an enamel pin, and more. The Kickstarter ends June 25.

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 results of the 2017 survey are available here.

If you worked on and were paid for creating comic books in 2017, fill out Creator Resource’s 2017 anonymous page rate survey.

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 15; and Seasons: Summer, due June 22; and Miniatures, due June 29.
  • The 12th Annual International Manga Award is accepting submissions of manga through today, 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 today, 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.
  • The Future Generation Art Prize is accepting entries from artists between 18 and 35 through July 1. The main prize winner will receive $100,000 overall, with $60,000 as a cash prize and the remaining $40,000 as an investment in their practice. Up to 5 special prizes winners will collectively receive up to $20,000.
  • 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.
  • Clip Studio Paint is hosting an International Illustration Contest. Submit artwork with the theme “hats and caps” through July 4 for a chance to win up to 50,000 JPY, Clip Studio EX, Clip Studio Pro, and “gold” for purchasing Clip Studio services.
  • 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 essays on Asexual History through July 31 and 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.
  • Lilies Anthology is accepting submissions to their 7th volume “Lily Bulb” through January 22, 2019. The theme of the anthology will be the environment and should represent female/lesbian romance, relationships, and/or sexuality. They’re also currently seeking countdown artists!


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 #62!

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

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 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 Bitch Media Fellowships for Writers are accepting submissions through July 31.
  • 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 Sonoran Arts Residency is accepting applications from artists through today, 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 today, 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

  • The Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award is accepting applications through today, 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 Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) Apprenticeship Program is accepting applications from mentors and apprentices through June 29. Accepted pairs will receive a $3000 grant.
  • 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 Louise Meriwether First Book Prize is accepting submissions of complete manuscripts through June 30. Selected manuscripts will receive a $5000 advance and publication by Feminist Press.
  • 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.
  • Solve at MIT is accepting solutions for a series of challenges through July 1. Selected solvers will receive a $10,000 grant and access to partnerships, networking, and events.
  • 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.
  • The Washington Award is accepting applications from artists in the fields of dance, music, or the visual arts through August 3. Recipients will receive $10,000 with a chance to win an additional $5000.
  • 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, or this list by ProFellow for grant opportunities.


Teaching

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Voice Acting

Hope Nicholson is seeking Indigenous voice actors with Audible ACX accounts for the audiobook edition of Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time.

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 today, June 15. Selected contributors will receive £50 each.
  • ImageOutWrite is accepting submissions of previously unpublished fiction, nonfition and poetry now through today, 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 today, 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 8, 2018

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