Weekly Roundup: September 8, 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!

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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 2018 Ignatz Awards nominees were announced. Congratulations to the nominees!

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



Comic artist Courtney Hahn is running a Kickstarter to fund the printing of Drop Out, a comic about a girl who, after dropping out of college, discovers something unimaginable in the nearby woods. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a digital wallpaper, postcards, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on September 10.


Kitfox Games is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce action-RPG dungeon crawler Boyfriend Dungeon: Date Your Weapons. Improving your relationships with your weapons improves your fighting skills and allows you to pursue romance with male, female, and nonbinary characters. Tier options include a digital copy of the game, the game soundtrack, Steam keys for other Kitfox games, an enamel pin, a physical box set, stickers, and more. The Kickstarter ends on September 15.


Fantasy artist Jodie Snow is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to publish The Enchanted Forest Fantasy Art Book. The book features 14 international fantasy artists, over 130 pages of art, and 28 pages of exclusive tutorials and walkthroughs covering traditional and digital media, color theory, and more. Tier options include a copy of the physical book, a digital copy of the tutorials, foiled and unfoiled art prints, and postcards. The Kickstarter ends on September 15.


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. The campaign ends on September 16.


Vanessa Stefaniuk is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce a print edition of Radio Silence: Volume 1. Radio Silence is an LGBTQ+ coming-of-age story that follows a British rock band’s rise to fame and the interpersonal challenges that come along with touring and popularity. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, guest artist prints, acrylic keychains, pinback buttons, t-shirts, volumes 1 and 2 of Where Is Home?, a lanyard, and a comic cameo. The Kickstarter ends on September 19.


Comic artist Pearl Low is hosting a Kickstarter to raise funds for the physical production of TENSION, a graphic novel exploring the diverse experience of the Black Hair Experience. This third print of the 48-page black and white TENSION softcover comic is available internationally. Tier options include digital and physical copies of TENSION, a digital wallpaper, digital or physical commentary on TENSION, a digital sketchbook, a postcard, an enamel pin, and a commission. The Kickstarter ends on September 25.


Sparkler Monthly is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to fund Sparkler Monthly Magazine: Year 6. Sparkler is a publisher of femme-friendly, LGBTQ-inclusive comics, prose, podcasts, and visual novels. They produce a digital magazine each month in the form of publications like Shonen Jump, but also share content online for free, with membership fees granting early access to content and directly contributing to creator pay. Tier options include an annual membership, access to “Cherry Bomb” adult content, desktop wallpapers, ebooks, paperback books, discounted mailed monthly subscription book boxes, and additional items. The Kickstarter ends on October 2.


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!

Lion Forge Comics is hiring an Executive Assistant and a Social Media and Community Manager.

The Spare Change Program is offering two $40 fee sponsorships for Black, PoC, and LGBTQ+ artists to cover the fees for calls for submissions and other application fees. Apply by September 25 to be considered for selection.


You can find a directory of currently open animation jobs at animatedjobs.comSee Entertainment Careers for more lisitings.

Comics, Illustration, and More

  • Threadless is accepting artwork for the following design challenges: Horror Movie Posters, due September 14Strange 80’s, due September 18Photography, due September 21; and Woven Blankets, due September 28.
  • 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.
  • Girls Drawin’ Girls is accepting membership applications from September 1 to January 2, 2019.
  • The Asexual is accepting submissions of art and writing for A(gender): An Anthology through September 15.
  • The Void Academy is offering a free 30-minute webinar on Building Your Community as an Artist, available on September 18, 19, and 20.
  • Broken Pencil is accepting submissions of international zines for exhibition at the Canzine festivals through September 20.
  • Ad Astra Comix is seeking queer male Canadian cartoonists to create comics about body positivity for queer men through September 20. Contributors will receive $200/page.
  • The Sapphic Zine is accepting applications from artists and writers through September 20. Profits will be split among contributors.
  • Texas A&M University is seeking artists and artist teams to create site-specific artwork for two new Student Services locations. Submit by September 22 for consideration. Semifinalists will receive $4000 each to develop their concept and present it to the jury, and selected artists and/or teams will receive either a $90,000 or $150,000 grant (depending on the location they develop) to complete their concept.
  • MICE Exhibitors are invited to apply for the MICE mini-grants by September 23. 10 confirmed exhibitors will receive $75 each to help with production costs of new work.
  • Local Haunts: A Spooky Comic Anthology is accepting applications through September 25. Comics should be between 1-5 pages when completed and preferably in color. Contributors will receive $50 per page if sales goals are met.
  • The City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Arts program is accepting submissions for its 2019 One City One Pride Arts Festival Design Competition through September 27. The selected artist will receive $600 and have their art featured on a pamphlet and city-wide banners.
  • The Bennett Prize is accepting submissions from women fine art figurative painters through September 28. There is an entry fee of $50.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Specto Art Space is seeking submissions of artwork related to the visual lore of fear now through September 30. There is a $35 entry fee, but printing and framing of artwork is provided for free. The recipient of Best in Show will receive $400, with 2 $100 Honorable Mention prizes awarded. Specto Art Space takes 35% commission on any artwork sold.
  • Manifest is seeking submissions for the 9th Annual Manifest Prize ONE through October 1. The prize recipient will receive $5000 and a solo exhibition. Ten runners-up will also be published in the Manifest Exhibition Annual. There is a submission fee of $40.
  • The Pabst Blue Ribbon art contest is seeking submissions through October 1. Selected artists will receive up to $10,000 and will have their artwork featured on PBR cans in 2019.
  • Antenna’s Open Call is accepting applications from local Louisiana artists and artists nationwide and internationally located through October 15. The selected nonlocal artist will be awarded a solo show for the 2018 calendar year, given an honorarium of $1,000, paid shipping, paid travel to and from New Orleans for the install and opening of the exhibition, accommodations in Antenna’s residency space, and the publishing of an exhibition catalog, artist book, or similar work with Antenna’s publishing center, Paper Machine.
  • 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.
  • Grit City Comics is accepting submissions of comics featuring monsters from the public domain through October 30. Creators will be paid per page contributed according to funds raised via Kickstarter.
  • 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.
  • Antenna is accepting unpublished comics and Guidebooks focused on some aspect of New Orleans at any stage of completion through November 30. There is a submission fee of $20. Artists of selected comics will receive an honorarium of $500, 50 printed copies, and royalties of $1/book should it be reprinted.
  • The Nib’s upcoming quarterly magazine is seeking pitches for the issue on “Scams” by November 30.
  • The Votes for Women anthology is accepting portfolio submissions from “creators who identify as female and have been affected by [the 19th amendment]” through November 30.
  • The Palos Verdes Art Center in Los Angeles, CA is seeking proposals from artists for its 2019 building wrap exhibition by December 1. The selected artist will receive $5000 and will be featured in the gallery.
  • 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, 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

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.

Artist applications for the Legend of Zelda: Hero of the Ages fan zine are open from September 1-30. Proceeds will be donated to charity.

Looking for more fan zines to submit to? Check out ZineAppCalls or this incredible spreadsheet created by magicalzombie for more!

Have a finished zine project you want to advertise? Check out Zine RTer!

Mentorships & Fellowships

  • 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.
  • The Roddenberry Fellowship is accepting applications from individuals whose work focuses on either immigrant & refugee rights, civil rights, LGBTQIA+ & women’s rights, or environmental protection through September 19. Fellowship recipients will receive $50,000 to put towards their project(s).
  • The Brave New Fellows program is accepting applications from activist storytellers who want to learn how to use film to support their activism until September 21. Selected fellows will work 9-6PM in Culver City, CA beginning January 14, 2019 while receiving $800/week and PTO.
  • 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

  • Rimbun Dahan is accepting applications from Southeast Asian artists to its residency through October 1. Residencies may last from 30-90 days, depending on immigration restrictions, and include accomodation, studio space, and a monthly allowance of 1000RM.
  • The Art Studios program at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, NY is accepting applications for its Residency program and Fellowship through October 15.  Residents will receive an honorarium of $125 per day  and will work one day each week over a 6-month period. Fellows will work 40 hours/week and will receive an honorarium of $15,000.

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.


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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

  • PseudoPod is seeking submissions of 2000-6000 word horror fiction during the month of September. PseudoPod pays $0.06/word.
  • 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 and Essays on Asexual History 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
  • Capricious is accepting short speculative fiction and related essays through September 16.
  • EFNIKS is seeking pitches for the upcoming November issue TWO-SPIRIT, focusing on uplifting Native, Indigenous, Two-Spirit LGBTQ+ perspectives through September 22. They need two longer articles of 1200-2000 words (paying $300 each) and 6 personal essays of 600-800 words (paying $100 each).
  • 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.
  • The next #DVPit event on Twitter will take place on October 16 for kids/YA projects and on October 17 for adult projects. Find out more at dvpit.com.
  • Antenna is accepting submissions of chapbooks that “investigate the intersections and collaborative possibilities between literature and art (defined and interpreted broadly)” through November 30. There is a $20 submission fee. Writers of selected works will receive $500 and 50 copies of the book.
  • Bitch Media is accepting submissions of “reportage, analysis, and commentary that looks at where the multiple meanings of “broke” reside” through November 30.
  • Ninestar Press is seeking LGBTQA+ romance fiction and genre fiction novels with the theme of “Deal with the Devil” through November 30.

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 31, 2018

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