Weekly Roundup: November 30, 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 Twitter updated its hateful conduct policy so that targeted misgendering and deadnaming trans people can be reported.
  • button_new3 Clip Studio Paint released an update. There are now additional animation features as well as an AI-based auto-colorization command.
  • Paper Cat Press is now accepting pitches for guest posts. Guidelines are available here.
  • Tictail has been acquired by Shopify. In April 2019, the Tictail platform will no longer be available. Creators can migrate to the Shopify platform and use Shopify’s basic plan for free for 6 months, after which it will cost $29/month.
  • Located in the US? Open enrollment for health insurance is ongoing through December 15. Find out more info here.
  • 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.

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 Goodreads Choice Awards are now accepting votes for their third round of voting through November 26. 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.

button_new3 The Laydeez Do Comics Award is accepting applications from UK-based women (cis or trans) with a graphic novel work in progress. First prize will win £5,000, and 5 runners-up will win £200. The deadline for digital zines in January 11, 2019, and the deadline for physical zines is January 20, 2019.

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 2018 James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award is accepting submissions of science fiction or fantasy works that explore or expand notions of gender through December 1.

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.

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

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

monsterpbpPocket Bear Press is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Monstrously Queer Comic Anthologies Monster Journey and For the Love of Monsters. Monster Journey features transmasculine creators telling tales set in worlds where monsters roam, and For the Love of Monsters weaves five tales of movie-inspired monsters and their human lovers. The previously published Bear Company is also included in the Kickstarter. Tier options include digital and physical copies of all three books (available separately, as well). The Kickstarter ends on December 2.

roadqueenArtist Mira Ong Chua is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce ROADQUEEN: ETERNAL ROADTRIP TO LOVE. When heartthrob Leo’s motorcycle Bethany is stolen by newcomer Vega, they strike a deal that puts Leo’s dignity and heart on the line. The book will feature 272 pages of black-and-white comics recommended for readers 18 and up. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a bookplate, and postcards. The Kickstarter ends on December 3.

almostrealFortuna Media is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to fund Almost Real: a Speculative Biology Zine (Volume 2: Flight). Much like the first volume, which was published earlier this year, Almost Real‘s second volume is a 60-page full-color ode to Zoobooks, encyclopedia entries, and speculative fiction. Tier options include digital and/or physical copies of either the first or second volume of Almost Real, or both; a poster; enamel pins; a patch; and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on December 5.


Hiveworks is currently raising funds to print the ongoing comic Cut Time – Book 1. Inspired by astrology, music, and 90s anime, Cut Time is a fantasy adventure comic that follows a blind nomad named Rel, her seeing-eye falcon, and her newly recruited friends, on a journey to bring order back to a world that’s lost track of time. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a digital wallpaper, an enamel pin, postcards, and a signed bookplate. The Kickstarter ends on December 8.


Sam and Ari are currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Goldfinch: Volume One. Set in the war-torn city of Portica, the LGBT high-fantasy turn-of-the-century gangster noir comic centers Leah, a recently hired getaway driver for the gang managing bootlegger lounge The Goldfinch, and Oran, its eccentric owner. Tier options include digital and physical copies of Goldfinch, a PDF of Woodlands, a print, bookmarks, a sticker sheet, a digital booklet of concept art, a comic cameo, and a commission. The Kickstarter ends on December 12.

shoutoutTO Comix Press is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce the Shout Out Anthology. Shout Out features 18 queer YA stories told in a 216-page anthology of full-color comics created by queer contributors from around the world. Tier options include digital and physical copies of Shout Out, prints, enamel pins, an illustrated book plate, additional TO Comix Press comic anthologies, and custom commissions. The Kickstarter ends on December 14.

falconhyrsteComic artist Melissa Capriglione is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Falconhyrste: Issue #4. The supernatural LGBT+ ongoing webcomic features Cei, a new student at a boarding school who accidentally awakens a demon, and the friends he makes along the way. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, copies of previous Falconhyrste issues, a digital sketchbook, stickers, pinback buttons, prints, trading cards, a plushies, and commissions. The Kickstarter ends on December 16.

strangewatersHaunted Cosmos Press is currently raising funds to produce Strange Waters: A Queer Water Fantasy Anthology. The anthology features queer water-based and aquatic-influenced black-and white fantasy comics developed and created by 16 queer creative teams. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a bookplate, postcards, stickers, commissions, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on December 18. (Note: I’m in this anthology!)


The Latinx Collective shared a directory of Latina and Latinx small business owners and collectives. Check it out!

Kickstarter’s Make 100 initiative will run again from January 1-31, 2019.

sther, an alternative to Patreon, is in its pre-launch phase. They’re offering free 3-month memberships to artists who sign up. If you’ve taken issue with the censorship on platforms like Patreon and Ko-Fi, they may be worth checking out!

KinkRebel is accepting email addresses, if you want to be notified when their service launches. Like Patreon, it’s a subscription-based system that creators can use, but specifically for creators of adult/18+ content.

Are you a publishing professional or reader and have you noticed bigotry in trade reviews of books? Fill out this form here. Jen will expose the results later – and yes, you can submit anonymously.

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 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.


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.

Conventions and Events

Con or Bust 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

  • The Indie G Zine is accepting applications from artists for its third volume.
  • Coffee and Chill, a  fashion fanzine for Jaehee from Mystic Messenger, is accepting applications from artists through December 4. Proceeds will be donated to the Korean Women’s Association.
  • Travel Guide, an Animal Crossing zine, is accepting applications from artists through December 10.
  • A Bubbline zine is currently accepting applications from artists and writers through December 15. 60% of profits will go to charity, and 40% will go to contributors. There will be a SFW main zine and an NSFW mini zine.
  • button_new3 Share the Warmth: An Animal Crossing Zine is accepting applications through December 15. Proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project.

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.
  • The Google Podcasts Creator Program is accepting applicants through December 2.
  • ProPublica’s Emerging Reporters Program is accepting applications from college students of color interested in journalism through December 2. Accepted applicants will receive a $9,000 stipend, mentorship, and trips to the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting conference and the ProPublica New York office.
  • (Chicago, IL) The Onion is accepting applications for 2 fellowship positions until December 7. Fellows are paid a monthly stipend and participate in The Onion’s entire editorial process.
  • The Reflect America Fellowship is accepting applications from early- or mid-career journalists for the opportunity to be a fellow at NPR for 18 months through December 9.
  • button_new3 The Book Publishers Association of Alberta is offering 5 one-week residencies to Indigenous people interested in publishing. Participants receive $500 to cover time and expenses. Application deadlines are December 31 and February 28, 2019.
  • button_new3 NYSCA/NYFA’s Artist Fellowships are accepting applications until January 23, 2019 from artists living in New York state working in architecture, environmental structures, design, choreography, music, sound, photography, playwriting, and screenwriting.

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

  • button_new3 The Wiregrid Microgrant is offering 11 $200 microgrants to members of the comics community through December 15. Click to read the restrictions for applicants.
  • Arte Público Press is seeking bilingual (Spanish/English) children’s book manuscripts to be considered for the inaugural Salinas de Alba Award for Latino Children’s Literature. Recipients will be published, receive royalties, and will be awarded $5000. Submit your work by December 31 for consideration.
  • button_new3 PFund Foundation is offering individual grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 and is accepting applications from LGBTQIA people living in the upper midwest until January 15, 2019.
  • Koyama Press is accepting applications for OAC’s Recommender Grant for Writers until January 16, 2019. Applicants must be in Ontario and may receive between $1,500 and $5,000.
  • The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries are accepting nominations through January 18, 2019. Read the press release here.
  • The Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers is accepting applications from Black poets and fiction writers who are full-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs through January 31, 2019. Find out more here.
  • button_new3 The Creators for Creators Grant is accepting applications from single cartoonists or writer/artist duos until March 18, 2019. Applicants must not have ever been published by a third-party publisher, and stories pitches must be between 64-100 pages upon completion.

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 – November 23, 2018


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