Weekly Roundup: August 17, 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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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 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.

The 2018 Cupcake Award is now accepting applications through September 30. Award recipients will receive $250 towards making a new minicomic, a free half table at CAKE, mentor support, and promotion.

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


Tabulit, a Canadian art collective in Montreal, is currently running a Kickstarter to fund their second anthology AFAR: A Comic + Fiction Anthology About Distance. AFAR explores the way distance affects the nature of relationships within a volume of over 125 full-color comic pages. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the anthology, a copy of their first anthology FURR, and portrait commissions. The Kickstarter ends on August 21.


Miss Anthology, the Portland-based non-profit organization that hosts free comics workshops and opportunities for female and LGBTQIA+ youth, is running a Kickstarter to publish its second volume titled Miss Anthology 2018. The full color anthology will feature 150-200 pages of comics created by artists age 9-18. Tier options include digital and physical copies of both the 2017 and the 2018 anthology, Miss Anthology buttons, a screen silk-printed Miss Anthology tote bag, a handmade sketchbook, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on August 22.


Uncanny Magazine is currently running a Kickstarter to fund Uncanny Magazine Year Five: I Want My Uncanny TV! Funds will provide financial resources to accommodate the writers and artists that the award-winning magazine is known for, as well as provide support for the Parsec Award-winning podcast and a new community-based video channel celebrating SF/F. Tier options include digital and physical subscriptions to Year Five, digital and physical copies of special issue Disabled People Destroy Fantasy, copies of past issues, access to exclusive podcasts, keychains, signed books, personalized poems, microfiction, manuscript critiques, signed art prints, and more. The Kickstarter ends on August 24.


Comic artist Izzi Ward is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing of their comic Getting Lost. The 24-page full color comic follows genderqueer friends Reed and Isaiah as they take a walk in the woods, get lost overnight, and find reprieve in the adventure and each other’s company. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, postcard prints, and original sketch art. The Kickstarter ends on August 26.


Kyle Simmers and Ryan Danny are currently hosting a Kickstarter to fund the production of the first of their 5-book comic Pass Me By: Gone Fishin’. Pass Me By follows Ed, a retired man recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, as his disjointed memories recount his queer coming-of-age journey and the path of his life. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a limited edition riso printed poster, a ceramic mug, an enamel pin, and more. The Kickstarter ends on August 26.

idolsofsolansehir2Vera Greentea is currently hosting a Kickstarter to fund the production of The Idols of Solanşehir 2: An Indie Comics Project. Illustrated by artist Miyuli, The Idols of Solanşehir continues the story of its first issue with siblings Rhett, Rosemary, and Sam. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the issue, digital and physical copies of the first issue, a digital sketchbook, and a print. The Kickstarter ends on August 31.

heartwoodJoamette Gil of Power and Magic Press is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Heartwood: Non-binary Tales of Sylvan Fantasy. Heartwood contains over 250 pages of comics written and illustrated by nonbinary contributors exploring the forest and its transformative and mysterious nature. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, digital and physical copies of Power and Magic’s Immortal Souls and Power and Magic books, a digital wallpaper, an enamel pin, prints, bookplates, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on September 1.


FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology is running an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds to pay its contributors and fund the costs of hosting, marketing, and operation costs. FORESHADOW’s aim is to highlight underrepresented voices, acclaimed YA authors, and emerging authors in a free-to-access online format. Tier options include a recommended reading list, a sticker, an enamel pin, a notebook, a tote bag, surprise books and anthologies, a phone call with an editor, a phone call with an agent, sponsorships, and more.


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!

Hey, Art Friends is accepting applications from people of color and/or LGBTQIA+ people for their “Spare Change” Program through August 25. They are offering two $50 fee sponsorships required by some scholarship and grant programs.

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. 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.

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

The Sailor Villains Zine is accepting applications from artists and writers through August 20. Proceeds will be donated to Three Square.

The Cartoon Girls Zine, featuring female cartoon characters from the 1990s, is accepting applications through August 21.

The Food Fantasy Fan Zine celebrating the mobile game is accepting applications from artists and writers through August 24. The zine is for-profit with proceeds split between contributors.

A D.Gray-man fan zine is accepting applications from artists through September 15. Contributors will receive (1) digital and (1) physical copy of the zine. However, contributors will be asked to vote on whether the zine will be for-profit or not.

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 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 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.
  • Writers in who have not completed nor enrolled in MFA or PhD programs are invited to apply for the 2019 Winter Tangerine Fellowship through October 3. The 12-month fellowship will occur mostly online, and includes writing and editing a chapbook to be released through Honeysuckle Press, writing mentorship, private guest seminars, an editorial internship, and an honorarium.
  • 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 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.
  • Artist Grant is accepting applications for their quarterly $500 grant through October 15. There is a $25 fee.
  • 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

  • PoC in Publishing is hosting a free webinar featuring Kait Feldmann, Associate Editor at Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, who will critique portfolios and provide live feedback on August 30.
  • 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.
  • Snowy Wings Publishing is seeking young adult, middle grade, and new adult manuscripts now through August 31.
  • (Scarborough, TO) The Discourse is seeking applications this month for reporters for a 9-week paid contract.
  • 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.
  • Arsenika is accepting flash fiction and poetry submissions through September 15. They also pay for reprint art, so submit your portfolio for consideration.
  • The Asexual is accepting submissions of art and writing for A(gender): An Anthology through September 15.
  • Hispanecdotes is accepting submissions of essays, flash fiction, and poetry about Parents & Children from Latino through September 15.
  • UNO Press is seeking novels and short story collections for publishing opportunities through September 15. One selected writer from a selection of 15-20 finalists will receive a $1000 advance and a contract to publish with UNO Press
  • 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!

Youth & Internships



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 – August 10, 2018

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