Weekly Roundup: November 2, 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 Kickstarter will no longer be accepting new additions to its Drip program. In partnership with Kickstarter, XOXO will create a new project to ultimately replace Drip. The Drip program will continue as is for the following year.
  • 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 2019 Lambda Literary Awards are accepting submissions through December 1. Yes, comics are eligible. There is an entry fee of $50 per book.

button_new3 The 2019 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity is accepting submissions of comics and graphic novels through December 31.

button_new3 The Goodreads Choice Awards are now accepting votes for their first round of voting through November 4. Be sure to vote for your favorite books, and check out the listings to find even more great books to add to your TBR lists! Here’s the list of Graphic Novels and Comics.

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



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 Guide to X-Ceptional Baking is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce a full-color, 50-page cookbook. The X-Men-themed cookbook and zine features artwork, recipes, and crafts from culinary X-Men enthusiasts. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the cookbook, prints, stickers, and a copy of the X-plain the X-men zine. The Kickstarter ends on November 7.


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.


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.


button_new3 The Pub Crawl Anthology is currently raising funds on Kickstarter for its production. The anthology collects 12 new 8-page stories that take place, in full or in part, at a pub. Tier optins include digital and physical copies of the book, a coaster, a commission, a full color ad, editorial reviews of your work, and more. The Kickstarter ends on November 14.


button_new3 Heavy Thoughts Studios is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce The Office Type: Add Love to Your Resume. The Office Type is a comedy dating sim that takes place in an office, where common office supplies come to life as potential romantic pursuits. Mid-date minigames offer bonus points, and with so many characters to choose from, the replay value is inherent. Tier options include a copy of the game, a digital art book PDF, an opportunity to create a custom date scenario, and a special in-game Easter Egg. The Kickstarter ends on November 16.


button_new3 Arledge Comics is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Avie’s Stories, a collection of queer-inclusive children’s comics. Avie’s Stories: The Ultimate Collection consists of 8 stories told in 44 full-color pages. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book and stickers. The Kickstarter ends on November 20.


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.



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 Kitfox Games is hiring a Programmer to work on an unannounced game. They are accepting applications until November 14.

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

(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

button_new3 Fans of color and/or nonwhite fans can now request assistance from Con or Bust through November 10. Con or Bust also has free tickets available for people of color for a number of upcoming conventions, including the Nebula Conference, CrossingsCon, 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 this spreadsheet created by magicalzombie for more!

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

Mentorships & Fellowships

  • 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.
  • button_new3 The Adina Talve-Goodman Fellowship is accepting applications from early carerer, unpublished writers age 21 or older through November 15. The fellowship includes free tuition for OneStory online classes offered in 2019, a travel stipend of $2000 and tuition to attend One Story’s June 2019 week long summer writers’ conference in Brooklyn, and a full manuscript review & consultation with One Story Executive Editor Hannah Tinti.

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



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 19, 2018


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