Weekly Roundup: October 19, 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

papercutBeehive 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.

hanadokikiraThe 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.


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. The campaign ends on October 28.

circadiaJenn Dugan is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce issues #3 and #4 of Circadia, with tiers include to “catch up” and get previous issues. Circadia is a queer fantasy/adventure/romance comics that follows Zara, a ballet dancer whose dreams begin to blur into her reality. Tier options include digital and physical copies of all available issues, stickers, enamel pins, behind the scenes PDFs, and original comic pages. The Kickstarter ends on October 31.


button_new3 Death of the Horror Anthology: Stories of Inner Demons is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to pay for its production. The anthology contains 176 pages of horror comics with the theme “inner demons” developed by 29 contributors. Tier options include digital comic chapters, digital and physical copies of the full anthology, additional comics, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on October 31.

maidenmachineCaitlin Like is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Maiden and the Machine Volume 1Maiden and the Machine is an ongoing gothic sci-fi romance webcomic that follows Elizabeth Watson, an orphaned young woman who, just before she is to be married, winds up working to rescue industrialist Victor Lovelace from sky pirates. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a book plate, and original sketch, and a PDF comic and sketchbook collection. The Kickstarter ends on October 31.


button_new3 Miles Greb is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Puc the Artist, a graphic novel set in a world where everything that exists is drawn by its inhabitants. The Kickstarter intends to fund the first half of the first arc of Puc the Artist, with a stretch goal to fund 122 pages of comic content. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the comic, copies of other comics, enamel pins, prints, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on October 31.



Space Between Entertainment is currently raising funds on Kickstarter in order to produce Spooky Girls, a 60-page full-color comic. The book consists of four stories by five creators about growing up with “spooky girls” as the lead characters. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a signed bookplate, bookmarks, pins, and cards. The Kickstarter ends on October 31.

beahauntedBea, Haunted is currently raising funds on Kickstarter in order to fund its production. Bea, Haunted follows Bea, a young woman whose dreams of performing on stage are complicated when she begins to see ghosts. The book will consist of 100-120 full color comic pages to be completed in October 2019. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the finished book, prints, enamel pins, and more. The Kickstarter ends on November 2.


button_new3 Der-shing Helmer is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Electrum: A Mixed-Race Comics Anthology. Electrum is composed of 26 fiction and nonfiction comic stories that explore the complexities of living as mixed-race person and how it informs one’s life and identity. The anthology includes 272 pages of comics, all by mixed-race contributors. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a digital wallpaper, an enamel pin, original artwork, a digital icon commission, and more. The Kickstarter ends on November 3.


button_new3 The first volume of Rising Sand is currently raising funds on Kickstarter. Rising Sand is an ongoing fantasy adventure webcomic that follows Dal, an adventurer who has discovered that the sun is falling out of the sky and that the world will soon end. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a digital wallpaper, a soundtrack EP, prints, stickers, custom artwork, and more. The Kickstarter ends on November 7.


button_new3 Strange Horizons, a weekly online magazine of speculative fiction, is currently raising funds on Kickstarter for the upcoming 2019 year. Strange Horizons publishes sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and anything else that could be classified as speculative. Tier options include digital copies of Strange Horizons, a digital wallpaper, a shirt, a tote bag, a mug, prints, lapel badges, and developmental editing. The Kickstarter ends on November 7.


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 Are you an artist, writer, or independent creator with an online store? Sign up to be listed on the Paper Cat Press 2018 Holiday Gift Guide. Want to receive an email when the list goes live? Sign up here!

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 Podcast Bitter Brown Femmes is seeking a bilingual English/Spanish transcriber.

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

button_new3 (Irvine, CA) Game studio Nexon is currently hiring artists, designers, and programmers. They’re also seeking localizers for contract work in El Segundo.

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

button_new3 SPIRIT: A Studio Ghibli Zine (Volume II) will open its applications on October 21.

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.
  • 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

  • Beacon Press is offering internships for people of color in Publicity, Editorial, Book Production, Marketing, Design, and Digital & Social Media through November 10.
  • 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! 

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Link to the previous Roundup: Weekly Roundup – October 12, 2018


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