Weekly Roundup: July 27, 2018

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

The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards (also known as the Ringo Awards) are open for voting by professional comics creators through August 31.

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

enchantment

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.


drugsandwires

Mary Safro is currently raising funds for the production of Drugs & Wires Volume 1: Down in a Hole. Drugs & Wires is an ongoing cyberpunk webcomic set in the 90s that follows Dan, a recovering VR junkie, as he lives out his life in the Republic of Stradania. This first volume would collect the first four chapters into a 136-page full color paperback comic. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the volume, digital copies of supplemental comic stories related to Drugs & Wires, postcards, prints, stickers, an enamel pin, a t-shirt, a floppy disk, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on August 4.


sweatypalms

Sweaty Palms is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce its second volume. The second volume of Sweaty Palms features over 320 pages of autobiographical comics regarding mental health and anxiety from 45 indie creators. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, postcards, stickers, an mp3, a pin, a poster, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on August 4.


magicalwarrior

Magical Warrior Diamond Heart, a visual novel otome game, is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to assist its production. The game features up to 7 romantic options with male, female, and nonbinary love interests, 2 friendship options, high-quality voice acting, and an ethnically diverse cast of characters. Tier options include a digital copy of the deluxe version of the game, digital wallpapers, the soundtrack, the artbook, buttons, character sketches, stickers, acrylic charms, a cameo in the game, and more. The Kickstarter ends on August 6.


anxiety

Invisible Illness: Anxiety is currently raising funds on Kickstarter for its production. The comic anthology features over 90 pages of comics, illustrations, and sequential art from over 30 artists that address their experiences with anxiety. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, digital wallpapers, digital stickers for Telegram and Discord, stickers, magnets, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on August 7.


dirtydiamonds9

Dirty Diamonds is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce its ninth volume of work, Being. The all-girl comic anthology features 224 pages of work by 65 creators whose comics explore the concept of “being” and what it means to exist as a fallible living being. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a behind-the-scenes PDF, bookmarks, an enamel pin, a keychain, a signed bookplate, original artwork, previous Dirty Diamonds anthologies, and more. The Kickstarter ends on August 8.


rilpersona

The Starlight City Project is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce R:ILPERSONA Volume 1: The Etheric Mastery Edition. To quote the Kickstarter page, “R:ILPERSONA takes place in a post-apocalyptic world 693 years after the world as we know it was destroyed” and follows the character Rade, a teenage assassin who awakes mid-mission with no memories. This volume will collect the first 3 chapters into a 136-page comic book as well as a new prequel chapter. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a digital indie comic bundle, stickers, prints, and the series soundtrack. The Kickstarter ends on August 9.


agentsoftherealm2

Comic creator Mildred Louis is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to print the second volume of her series Agents of the Realm and reprint the first volume. The series follows four college freshmen who must contend with maintaining their daily lives while also being magical guardians of their realm. Tier options include digital and physical copies of either and/or both volumes, digital wallpapers, stickers, postcards, prints, an enamel pin, a signed bookplate, and more. The Kickstarter ends on August 15.


heikala

Artist Heikala and 3dTotal Publishing are currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce an artbook of her illustrations and creative process. The hardcover book will feature a comprehensive collection of Heikala’s works as well as insight on her success as a professional artist and tutorials on watercolor painting and product design. Tier options include the physical hardcover book, digital video tutorials, fabric patches, and prints. The Kickstarter ends on August 16.


drawtheline

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.


konstantiniyyaReimena Yee is currently raising funds on Unbound to produce a hardcover edition of the first volume of her Eisner-nominated webcomic The Carpet Merchant of Konstantiniyya. The Carpet Merchant is set in 17th-century Istanbul and centers a carpet merchant who must contend with his home, his relationships, and his faith after he is killed by a vampire. Tier options include digital and physical copies of Volume 1, bookmarks, an exclusive print by strangelykatie, postcards, an enamel pin, a signed bookplate, and a commission.

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.

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 Summer Group Order is now open. Final art files are due August 7.

Kymera Press is seeking a social media/PR professional to run social media accounts, write press releases, and mail out books for review.

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

The Comic-Con Professional Application Period for San Diego Comic-Con and Wondercon in Anaheim, CA are accepting applications for 2019 until August 16, 2018. If you make comics or work professionally in an adjacent field, you may receive a complimentary badge!

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

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: Smiles, due July 27; Take Childhood Back from Cancer, due July 30; Shred, due August 3; and Primary Colors, due August 10.
  • 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.
  • Dezeen x Samsung’s Ambient Mode Design Competition is accepting submissions through August 3. Design a static or animated ambient mode for Samsung’s QLED TVs for a chance to win up to €8,000, with €5,000 or €3,000 awarded to the remaining 14 runners-up.
  • Jenn Arledge is accepting pitches for their upcoming comic anthology My Kingdom for a Panel, inspired by Shakespearean works, through August 10. Accepted contributors will receive $20/page upon Kickstarter success. Proposed comics should be between 2 and 10 pages and in black and white or grayscale.
  • The Little Hakka International Picture Book Award is accepting submissions through August 31. Work must have been created or published between January 2015 and August 2018 and should include at least 10 images. There is no fee to enter, and prize winners may receive up to 30,000 RMB.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • NASA’s Project Mars competition is accepting films and posters regarding space travel to Mars through August 31. Film producers may win up to $10,000 and poster creators may win up to $1500.
  • 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.
  • LINE Webtoon is hosting a “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 amount and length of 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.
  • Cloudscape Comics’ Life Finds A Way comic anthology project is accepting submissions of proposals and completed scripts through September 30. Accepted contributors will receive $50/page pending Kickstarter success. Proposed comics should be up to 12 pages long and in full color.
  • 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!


Designers



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

  • 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


Check out Arts for LA, College Art Opportunities, 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

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

Writing and Editing

  • 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.
  • (NSFW!) Cleis Press is 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.
  • 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.
  • Bedside Press is accepting pitches from Indigenous (particularly two-spirit/queer) writers for Love After the End. Pitches will be accepted through September 1.
  • Foreshadow: A Serial YA Anthology is accepting submissions of YA fiction through September 1. Contributors will be paid $250 per accepted submission.
  • Less Than Three Press is seeking apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic/pastoral apocalyptic LGBTQIA+ stories between 8000 and 15,000 words by September 30 for their upcoming anthology Life After All. They are also open to general submissions.
  • 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 – July 13, 2018

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