Weekly Roundup: June 29, 2018

Happy Friday! Welcome to Paper Cat Press’s Weekly Roundup, and this site’s 101st post! 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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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.


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.

The ADCAN Awards are accepting submissions from animators and filmmakers through August 15. Winners will be flown to LA for mentorship and workshop opportunities.

The Oregon Book Awards are accepting applications through September 10. Books by Oregon authors with an original publication date between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018 are eligible for awards in a number of categories.

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


The Women Up to No Good anthology series is raising funds on Kickstarter to produce, promote, and pay the contributors of its next volume “Sharp & Sugar Tooth.” The series features up-and-coming and established writers in sci-fi, horror, and speculative fiction, all of whom occupy one or several intersections of marginalization within the field of fiction. Tier options include one or all ebooks in the Women Up to No Good series, one or all paperback books in the Women Up to No Good series, all anthologies from Upper Ruber Boot Books, cover customization, and more. The Kickstarter ends on June 30.


The third volume of Queer and Trans Artists of Color is raising funds on Kickstarter to contribute to its production and promotion costs. The anthologies feature interviews and artwork by queer and trans contributors. Tier options include copies of the third and/or all volumes of Queer and Trans Artists of Color, access to all We Want the Airwaves podcast episodes, zines by Nia King, book donations to prisons, and more. The Kickstarter ends on July 1.


(NSFW!) Captain Imani and the Cosmic Chase is raising funds on Kickstarter to fund its printing as a complete 90-page volume. Captain Shibab Imani and his lieutenant Via Auriga have spent years chasing smuggler Silo “Lazerboots” Haze, in an ongoing pursuit that is “motivated as much by frustrated desire and longing as it is justice.” Tier options include postcard prints and a softcover copy of the book. The Kickstarter ends on July 5.


Jay Fabares is hosting a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to produce the third chapter of The Pale, an ongoing webcomic about a faceblind FBI agent searching for a killer. The third chapter features 32 pages of black and white comics. Tier options include digital and physical copies of this and previous issues. The Kickstarter ends on July 5.


Kel McDonald, Kate Ashwin, and Sloane Leong are currently raising funds on Kickstarter to publish Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales: Oceania Edition. The fairytale comic anthology features 270 pages of black-and-white comics by creators from Oceania. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, digital and physical copies of previous Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales anthologies, prints, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on July 13.


The Gender Unbound Art Fest is currently raising funds on Indiegogo for its third annual show in Austin, TX. The two-day event features trans and intersex artists, performers, filmmakers, and musicians, who are welcome to apply for free space. Tier options includes badges, badge sponsorships, t-shirts, artwork, advertisements, and event sponsorships. The Indiegogo ends on July 23.



Draw the Line, a comics anthology addressing contemporary politics, is currently crowdfunding on Unbound. The 144-page hardback anthology featuring work by 114 artists encourages proactive responses to injustice and offers non-partisan guides for political actions and dissent. Tier options include digital and hardback copies of Draw the Line, prints, a bookplate, comics by David Blumenstein, commissions, and more. All proceeds following book production and shipping costs will be given to helprefugees.org.


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 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.

Comic Tea Party is hosting an anonymous survey of Webcomic/Indie Comic Reader Habits.

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


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: Miniatures, due June 29.
  • Called Into Being: A Celebration of Frankenstein is accepting applications from artists and writers through today, June 29; Shedd Aquarium: Keep Sharks Swimming, due July 2; The Internet 2.0, due July 6; and Blast from the Past, due July 13. 
  • (Washington, D.C.) The Washington Post is seeking a Graphics Assignment EditorApply by June 29  for consideration.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 15.
  • 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 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has an open call for its upcoming gallery SPECTRUM: Exploring Gender Identification. There is no entry fee. Apply by July 29 for consideration.
  • 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! on Twitter 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 #63!

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!


Fan Zines

  • Class Zero: A Boku no Hero Academia OC fanzine is accepting applications from artists through June 30. Proceeds will be split between contributors, who will also receive a digital and physical copy of the zine, as well as any related merchandise.
  • The Hero’s Journey fanzine celebrating Link from the Legend of Zelda series is accepting applications from artists through June 30. All contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the zine. Remaining proceeds after production and shipping costs will be donated to The Nature Conservatory.
  • Catstealers Zines is accepting applications Harvest Moon: The Beginning through July 5. Proceeds will be donated to the One Acre Fund. Catstealers is also accepting applications for the FMA Tarot Project through July 31. Proceeds will be donated to the Jordan Thomas Fundation.
  • The Ghibli Academia fanzine is accepting applications from artists and writers through July 5. Contributors are guaranteed a digital copy of the final zine, but not a physical copy. Proceeds will be donated to an undecided charity.
  • Blast Away! A Kingdom Hearts fanzine is accepting submissions from artists through July 6. Contributors will either receive an even portion of the profits or, if the majority of contributors opt to, proceeds may be donated to charity.
  • Day 13: A Mystic Messenger Halloween fanzine is accepting applications from artists and writers through July 6. Contributors will receive a free copy of the zine, but shipping costs may not be covered.
  • Gather Round: A Princess Tutu Zine is accepting applications from artists and graphic designers through August 1. Proceeds will be donated to LitWorld.

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 Oregon Literary Fellowship is accepting applications from Oregon residents who are early-career writers or independent publishers/small presses through July 9. A Writers of Color Fellowship is also accepting applications.
  • 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.
  • (Los Angeles, CA) The PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship is accepting applications through August 1. The fellowship will take place from January to July 2019. Housing is not provided. A $1000 stipend is awarded to selected fellows. There is a $10 application fee.

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.
  • 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.
  • (Atlanta, GA) Sulphur Studios is accepting applications for three different four-week residency periods in the fall. Apply by August 15 for consideration. Accepted artists receive 24-hour access to the studio space for free, but must place a $100 deposit upon arrival, to be returned at the end of the residency. There is a $25 application fee.
  • 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 Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) Apprenticeship Program is accepting applications from mentors and apprentices through today, 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 Tech+Arts Incubator is accepting proposals from individuals and collectives of participatory digital art projects to be produced in collaboration with Silicon Valley tech companies through July 15. Award recipients may receive grants of up to $50,000.
  • 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.


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Voice Acting

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

Writing and Editing

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




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.


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 22, 2018

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