Weekly Roundup: September 21, 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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  • button_new3 Conosaurus has closed. They hope to open again in 2019. Thank you to Stephanie and John for providing such a helpful and beautifully-designed resource!
  • button_new3 Clip Studio Paint released an update Vers. 1.8.2.
  • button_new3 SPX has created a legal aid fund in support of 11 indie artists and an indie publisher who are faced with a defamation lawsuit because they spoke out against another creator’s alleged pattern of sexual abuse. Please support their cause and send the message that survivors of sexual assault do not feel afraid to speak out against their abusers and supporters of victims should not pay for an abuser’s crimes.
  • Paper Cat Press’s “Links” pages is currently offline as it undergoes construction. Thank you for your patience!

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 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.

The 2019 Lambda Literary Awards are accepting submissions through December 1. Yes, comics are eligible. There is an entry fee of $50 per book.

The Jhalak Prize is accepting written works by UK-based writers of color published in 2018 until December 15. The selected recipient will receive £1,000.

Bitch Media is accepting submissions of leaders from marginalized communities for their Bitch 50 Awards.

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


Artist Isadora Zeferino is currently raising funds on Indiegogo to produce her artbook Pot Pourri. The artbook will contain illustrations, fan art, tutorials, walkthroughs, and notes from the artist herself. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, prints, original artowkr, hard enamel pins, and more. The Indiegogo campaign ends on September 22.


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.


button_new3 Tab Kimpton is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Mini Minority Monsters, a 2018 Dinky Nominee for Best Self-Published Comic. Mini Minority Monsters is a smaller travel-sized version of Minority Monsters, the original comic shared on Discord, with additional information on demi and grey-a identities, information on the history of pride as a protest, a better organized transgender section, and more.tier options include the physical book, postcards, charms, prints, a bookplate, plushes, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on September 29.


A Destiny Forged: Adventurer’s Anthology Fantasy Art Book is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce its works into a published collection. The book will be a full-color perfect bound collection of works from 65 international artists exploring themes of adventure and fantasy. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a desktop wallpaper, prints, acrylic charms, D20 die, original artwork, and more. The Kickstarter ends on October 2.

sparklerSparkler 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.


Artist and writer Melissa Pagluica is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Above the Clouds – the complete graphic novel. Above the Clouds is a webcomic following Eily, a young girl “whose world is silent until she is given a book” and must persuade its author to complete the book. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, bookmarks, and a signed bookplate. The Kickstarter ends on October 4.


button_new3 Pacific Arcana: Tumultus – A Pacific Rim Uprising Tarot Deck is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce an artistic collection of fan-made tarot cards. The deck includes work from over 70 artists to produce a full deck of 78 cards, along with a companion book in 132 full color pages which describes the thought and inspiration behind every card. Funds raised beyond production and shipping costs will be delivered to Lambert House and The Orca Conservancy. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the handbook, the tarot deck itself, postcards, stickers, keychains, a spread cloth, and more. The Kickstarter ends on October 5.


button_new3 Recondite Hill: Things to See is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce its physical comic anthology and pay its contributors. The book contains 110 pages of haunting grayscale comics from 24 writers and artists. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book and digital wallpapers. The Kickstarter ends on October 10.


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.


button_new3 The Emerging Artists Zine, Volume 1: The Witching Hour is currently raising funds on Indiegogo to cover its production costs and raise funds for Pencils for Promise. Every artist featured in the zine – which has over 35 contributors – has not been previously accepted into another zine. The final book will be softcover with over 60 pages of full color illustrations within. Tier options include the digital or physical version of the zine.


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 fall group order will open on September 14 at about 7AM EST. They will be offering clear tapes, washi tapes, poker cards, broken glass posters, and sticker sheets (not kiss cut). Art files will be due October 12.

Lion Forge Comics is hiring 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.

Upwork is seeking stories of freelance success through September 30. Enter yours for a chance to win a $1000 Visa gift card.


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

Comics, Illustration, and More

  • button_new3 Threadless is accepting artwork for the following design challenges: Strange 80s, through September 25Woven Blankets, due September 28; and Seasons: Autumn, due October 5.
  • 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.
  • Dick Blick is accepting entries to the On-Trend Art Challenge through September 23. Submit artwork that incorporates alcohol ink, hand lettering, paint pouring, and/or resin for a chance to be one of five winners of a prize pack of art supplies worth over $500.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 Create Magazine is accepting submissions for their upcoming issues through September 29. There is a submission fee of $30.
  • 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.
  • Professional visual artists and artist teams are invited to submit an application to paint a mural honoring women’s history for She Built NYC by September 30.
  • 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.
  • The iJungle 2018 Illustration Awards are accepting entries through October 15. The entry fee is between $20 single works and $40 for multiple works. All winning entrants will be exhibited in the 2018 iJungle Illustration Annual, a publication available for free online. Gold medalists will have e-magazines dedicated to their work and will be interviewed.
  • The Tapirulan Illustrator’s Contest is accepting illustrated submissions of the theme “Chaos” until October 20. Work must be between 25x25cm and 40x40cm; digital works must be 31x31cm exactly. The entry fee is 15 euros, and there is an opportunity to win up to 2,500 euros.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 Frisson Comics is accepting submissions for their horror zine Knock Knock Issue 10 through November 12. Submissions may be written or visual and up to 4 pages long.
  • 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.
  • Queerly Represent Me is accepting submissions for their annual zine “Represent” by December 31.
  • Girls Drawin’ Girls is accepting membership applications until January 2, 2019.
  • 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 GeekGirlCon, the World Fantasy Convention, the Nebula Conference, and more.

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


Fan Zines

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 Brave New Fellows program is accepting applications from activist storytellers who want to learn how to use film to support their activism until today, September 21. Selected fellows will work 9-6PM in Culver City, CA beginning January 14, 2019 while receiving $800/week and PTO.
  • The Vermont Studio Center is accepting 25 fellows for its 2019 Fellowship program through October 1. 25 fellowships will be open to all artists and writers living and working anywhere in the world. 25 additional fellowships are available based on age, gender, financial need, and/or other factors. All fellowships include a private room, private studio space, meal, and access to special programs and events.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 The Tiptree Fellowships are accepting applications from creators who explore gender through speculative narrative through October 31. Recipients will receive $500.
  • POC in Publishing is accepting applicants for its Writers and Illustrators of Color Mentorship Program.
  • 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.
  • The CAAF Residency in Calgary, Alberta is accepting applications through October 22. Selected artists will be paid $700/month following the conclusion of the residency.
  • The Customs House in Brenton, Nova Scotia is seeking seven craft artists in residence.

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.


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

  • PseudoPod is seeking submissions of 2000-6000 word horror fiction during the month of September. PseudoPod pays $0.06/word.
  • 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).
  • Augur Magazine is open to submissions of fiction and poetry through September 30.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 WisCon Chronicles Volume 12: LGBTQ+ Identities is accepting submissions of written work between 1000 and 4000 words through November 5.
  • button_new3 Frisson Comics is accepting submissions for their horror zine Knock Knock Issue 10 through November 12. Submissions may be written or visual and up to 4 pages long.
  • 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.
  • Queerly Represent Me is accepting submissions for their annual zine “Represent” by December 31.

Check out writingcareer.com for a list of calls for submission!

Youth & Internships

  • Abrams Books is seeking interns in Adult Marketing & Publicity, Trade Marketing, Children’s Editorial, and Creative Design.
  • (Burbank, CA) The Walt Disney Company (Corporate) is seeking Graphic Design interns for Spring 2019.
  • Comics Club highlights and connects comic clubs and shares advice and resources to help youth comic creators.
  • The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations is accepting submissions from artists ages 5-19 for the World Food Day 2018 Poster Contest through November 9. Create a poster that illustrates the idea of “Zero Hunger” for a chance to win a Certificate of Recognition, a gift bag, and the opportunity to be featured in an exhibit.
  • (San Diego, CA) IDW is seeking interns in Editorial and Marketing.
  • (Portland, OR) Miss Anthology is accepting sign-ups for their upcoming free winter classes. Artists aged 9 to 18 are welcome to apply.
  • Natalie “Tally” Nourigat offers advice & resources for young cartoonists ages 14-18 (although this is good advice for creators at any age)!
  • The NewPages Young Writers Guide for artists and writers shares publications seeking applications from youth contributors.
  • (Burbank, CA) Nickelodeon is accepting applications for internships for Spring 2019 through November 1.
  • (Philadelphia, PA) Quirk Books is seeking a paid Publicity and Marketing intern.



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! (This button button_new3 was a suggestion from Yen! I hope it helps you all find more recent updates!)

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Link to the previous Roundup: Weekly Roundup – September 14, 2018


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