Weekly Roundup: August 3, 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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  • Paper Cat Press’s “Links” pages is currently offline as it undergoes construction. Thank you for your patience!
  • Many credit card payments were rejected by Patreon at the start of the month, when payments are collected by creators. You may need to call your bank and retry your paymentIf you’re on Patreon, be sure to check your pledges and your billing history to confirm that your payments were processed. Otherwise you may miss out on content, and your creators will miss out on vital payment!
  • Koyama Press will be closing in 2021. Annie Koyama, its founder, plans to focus on direct patronage. This article was really enlightening, and I now have a new hero. Here’s to supporting artists and helping them get what they need!
  • StArt Faire’s last issue has been releasedThank you to Draco, Rebel, and all of its contributors for helping StArt Faire be an amazing monthly webcomic magazine!
  • Project Wonderful has closed. Thank you for the accessible advertising opportunities you provided for webcomic creators!

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 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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


The Nib, a daily comics publication that shares political cartoons, journalistic comics, and memoir comics, is running a Kickstarter to produce The Nib Magazine. The quarterly magazine’s first four issues are planned to be over 100 pages each, with the first one, themed around “death,” ready to send to print. Tier options include phone backgrounds, digital and physical copies of the first four issues, a 20-page activity book, a subscription to In These Times, an Inkwell membership, a tote bag, a coffee mug, additional contributor books, and more. The Kickstarter ends on August 15.


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.


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.


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!


You can find a directory of currently open animation jobs at animatedjobs.com.

Comics, Illustration, and More

Check out Arts for LA, Call for Entry, 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. Check Chris Arrant’s #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 WorldCon 76, Nine Worlds, GeekGirlCon, the 2019 SFWA Nebula Conference, and more. You may request assistance now through August 10.

Conosaurus is LIVE! Browse cons by location, date, and other variables! Check it out and support their Patreon! Here’s their Weekly Digest #63!

In partnership with Kickstarter, FlameCon is offering free professional headshots to as many cartoonists at the show as possible. Sign up here by August 10 to be added to the list.

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

  • The 2018 CCF Fellowship for Visual Arts is accepting applications from Los Angeles County Residents through August 31. Applications must be over 25, have at least 5 years of professional experience, and must have been a Los Angeles county resident for at least 5 years.
  • The Hodder Arts Fellowship is accepting applications from “artists and writers of exceptional promise” through September 18. Recipients will receive an $82,000 stipend and will have the academic year at Princeton University to pursue independent projects.
  • The Princeton Arts Fellowship is accepting applications from early-career artists through September 18. Fellows are expected to stay for two consecutive academic years at Princeton University, teach one course per semester, and will receive an $81,000 stipend per year.
  • The Asian American Writers’ workshop is accepting applications from Asian American writers age 30 or under and based in New York City to its 2019 Margins Fellowship. Four selected applicants will receive $5,000, residency time at the Millay Colony for the Arts, mentorship, access to the AAWW writing space, and publication opportunities in online magazine The Margins. Applications must be submitted by September 12 for consideration.
  • 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 Center for Cartoon Studies is accepting applications for their Cornish CCS Fellowship Residency through August 15.
  • (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.
  • Red Bull Arts Detroit is accepting applications for their 3-month residency program through August 24.
  • (Breckenridge, CO) The 2019 Artist-in-Residence Program at Breckenridge Creative Arts is accepting applications from visiting, local, and exhibiting artists through August 31. Visiting artists will be reimbursed up to $500 for travel and will receive a stipend of $200 per week. They will be expected to mentor a local artist, facilitate a weekly class, take part in a public showcase, and host a final presentation with a local collaborator.

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

Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants

  • The Washington Award is accepting applications from artists in the fields of dance, music, or the visual arts through today, August 3. Recipients will receive $10,000 with a chance to win an additional $5000.
  • GLAAD is accepting applications for its 2018 Rising Stars Grant through August 22. Applicants must be between 18 and 30 years old and use social media, digital media, and/or technology to enhance the experience of LGBTQ people in their communities. Grant recipients will receive $2500 and be honored at the GLAAD Gala in San Francisco, with travel and accommodations paid for.
  • The Author Accelerator Diverse Voices Scholarship is accepting applications from unagented writers of color through August 31. Three recipients will be selected to receive two back-to-back Manuscript Accelerator Coaching programs and career mentorship beginning in January 2019.
  • The Comics for Community, Compassion, and Culture, or C4C3, Grant is open for applications from teachers, librarians, and educators who use comics to teach through August 31.
  • The Sustainable Arts Foundation is offering 20 grants of $5000 each to artists and writers from anywhere in the world with children under 18. Apply by August 31 for consideration.
  • The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is accepting grant applications from Latinx artists, art organizations, mentors, or ensembles through September 6.
  • Arte Público Press is seeking bilingual (Spanish/English) children’s book manuscripts to be considered for the inaugural Salinas de Alba Award for Latino Children’s Literature. Recipients will be published, receive royalties, and will be awarded $5000. Submit your work by December 31 for consideration.

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

  • 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.
  • Brain Mill Press is accepting essay pitches on windows and mirrors in media for marginalized identities for upcoming anthology Made of Stories through August 10. They’re also seeking pitches for their monthly column “Makers on Making.”
  • Fireside Fiction is open for submissions of novels or novellas of any genre through August 31.
  • 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.
  • The Asexual is accepting submissions of art and writing for A(gender): An Anthology through September 15.
  • Upcoming anthology Boricua en la Luna is accepting applications from Puerto Rican writers, illustrators, and comic artists through September 30. Selected contributors will receive a copy of the anthology; otherwise, proceeds will go to the Hispanic Federation.
  • 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!




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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 27, 2018

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