Weekly Roundup: October 5, 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 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


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.


button_new3 Husband and wife team Jason Inman and Ashley Victoria Robinson are currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Science!, an 80-page LGBT full color middle graphic novel. Science! follows Tamsin Kuhn Trakroo, a 14-year old girl genius of Theoretical and Applied Physics, as she contends with the consciousness of her father uploaded into her glasses, the search for his murderer, her place in the Prometheus Institute, and a crush on her room mate. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, postcards, prints, editorial script review, portfolio reviews, crowdfunding campaign reviews, cameos, and more! the Kickstarter ends on October 12.

bangbangboombutton_new3 Creators Melanie and Del are currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce the first volume of their webcomic Bang! Bang! BOOM! and its prequel novel in print. Bang! Bang! BOOM! follows the adventures and romantic relationship of a pair of gangsters fleeing from New York to Chicago in an alternate history version of Jazz Era America, in which magic exists and technology is advanced. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the graphic novel and novel prequel, buttons, charms, playing cards, prints, original artwork, and original prose. The Kickstarter ends on October 13.

leifandthornbutton_new3 Erin Ptah is raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Leif & Thorn Volume 1. This will be a full-color collection of the fantasy comedy webcomic, about a dragon-slaying knight with PTSD and an embassy gardener falling in love across a language barrier (also: vampires, industrial accidents, magical girls, and time travel). Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, mini-prints, custom artwork, and comic cameos. The Kickstarter ends on October 17.

frankensteinbutton_new3 Editor Allison O’Toole and Megan Purdy are currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce the anthology Called Into Being: A Celebration of Frankenstein. The work of over 30 illustrators and writers are collected in this 100-page black-and-white book discussing the impact of Mary Shelley’s seminal science fiction masterpiece. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the zine and prints. The Kickstarter ends on October 18.

papercutbutton_new3 Beehive Books is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to publish I WILL LIVE FOREVER: Papercraft Comics by Maëlle DoliveuxI WILL LIVE FOREVER is a collection of six all-new short stories crafted in paper linked thematically and structurally by the concepts of mortality, rebirth, memory, and the interconnectedness of all things. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, timelapse process videos, postcards, prints, enamel pins, bookplates, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on October 23.

hanadokikirabutton_new3 The second volume of Hana Doki Kira is currently raising funds on Kickstarter for its production. Contributing artists from the first volume and newcomers provided illustrations and comics based on the “doki doki” (heartbeat) moment of romantic love, often featured in the shoujo manga “genre” by which the editorial perspective is influenced. Tier options include digital and physical books, stationery, washi tape, postcards, notebooks, enamel pins, zipper pouches, and embroidered jackets. The Kickstarter ends on October 24.


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.


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!

Comic-Con is hosting a one-day symposium on Storytelling Across Media in Balboa Park, CA on November 3. Admission is free, but you must pre-register online before arriving.

Comics podcast Dirty Old Ladies is seeking a podcast editor.

button_new3 (Montreal, QC) Drawn + Quarterly is seeking a publishing fellow to begin work in January for their 2019 winter program. Submit applications by October 15, 8am EST for consideration.

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

button_new3 The Spare Change Program is offering two $25 fee sponsorships for Black, PoC, and LGBTQ+ artists to cover the fees for calls for submissions and other application fees. Apply by October 25 to be considered for selection.


Check this list of animation jobs worldwide that’s updated daily. You can find a directory of currently open animation jobs at animatedjobs.comSee Entertainment Careers for more listings.

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 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

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 Tiptree Fellowships are accepting applications from creators who explore gender through speculative narrative through October 31. Recipients will receive $500.
  • The We Need Diverse Books mentorship is accepting applications through October 31.
  • 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

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

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 28, 2018


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