Weekly Roundup: July 13, 2018

Happy Friday the 13th! 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


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 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


Liz Staley is currently fundraising on Kickstarter to produce The Ultimate Adrastus Collection. The anthology collects over 520 pages of comics created over 8 years that follow the story of a young woman who pilots a giant robot and protects the world from alien invasion. There is only one tier option, which includes the complete comic collection, promo art, concept art, sketches, and a brand-new, never before seen comic. The Kickstarter ends July 17.


I Am Hexed: Issue #1the first issue of a four-part comic series, is currently raising funds on Kickstarter. The first issue includes 24 full-color pages of I Am Hexed, a queer supernatural political thriller. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, protest sign PDFs, temporary tattoos, original prints, tote bags, a cameo in the comic, and more. The Kickstarter ends on July 18.


Heartstopper: Volume One is currently raising funds on Kickstarter. Heartstopper is a YA LGBT+ webcomic about Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, who meet at an all-boys grammar school. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, an enamel pin, prints, a bookmark, stickers, and a cameo in the comic. The Kickstarter ends on July 20.


Candace Ford is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce the first volume of Forgotten Roots. The ongoing webcomic follows five heroes trying to reunite their country after the fall of their gods and features queer characters, disabled characters, and characters of color. The first volume will collect over 250 pages of fully colored comic pages. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, stickers, a print, a bookmark, and more. The Kickstarter ends on July 21.


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.



Aleksi (Alakotila) is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Enchantment: A Queer Fantasy Romance Coloring Book. The illustrations featured in the book focus on the positive relationships, romantic and otherwise, shared between fantasy characters, including merpeople, harpies, elves, and more. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book and a copy of the Guardian coloring book. The Kickstarter ends July 30, 2018.


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.

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!

The results of the Webcomics/Indie Comics Reader Survey have been released. Thank you, RebelVampire!

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


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: Villains, due July 23; and Smiles, due July 27.
  • Dates Anthology is accepting submissions for their third anthology with the theme “Adventure” through July 15. Contributors will be paid $50 per page and will receive 5 complimentary copies of the book.
  • 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 SpiderForest comic collective is currently accepting applications from comic creators through July 31.
  • 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 Silent Manga Audition is accepting comic submissions of 31 pages or less for its 10th contest through September 30. Comics should have the theme(s) of friendship, effort, and/or victory. Cash, Wacom, and Clip Studio Paint prizes will be awarded to winners.
  • 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!

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


Fan Zines

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

  • Uncomfortable Revolution is offering four 6-month media fellowships with €2000 stipends for would-be Fellows who develop a creative work on the theme of awkward conversations that arise from chronic illness or disability. The applications is open until July 15.
  • 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

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

Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants

  • GLAAD’s Rising Stars Grant is accepting applications from young people (ages 18-30) who work to enhance LGBTQ inclusion and representation in music through July 15. Grant recipients will be awarded $2500 as well as “an all-expense trip to be determined later.”
  • 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 29, 2018

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