Weekly Roundup: December 15, 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

  • Located in the US? Open enrollment for health insurance is ongoing through Saturday, December 15. Find out more info here.
  • Need information on elections, candidates, and public policy in the US? Check out Ballotpedia.
  • Need to contact your government officials? Let Resist Bot and 5calls help you out.
  • The Crash Override Network has resources on what to do if you’re a victim of online harassment and/or doxxing and how to protect yourself.
  • If you are a trans person in need of legal assistance, check translawhelp.org for pro bono services in your state.
  • Here’s a list of free or low-cost mental health resources. Thank you so much for compiling this list, Tiffany!
  • If you need to talk to someone or otherwise vent, please utilize this list of help hotlines.

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 Jhalak Prize is accepting written works by UK-based writers of color published in 2018 until Saturday, 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.

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.

button_new3 The Excellence in Graphic Literature Award is accepting submissions of books published in 2018 through February 15, 2019.

Crowdfunded Projects


Comic 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.


Haunted 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!)


Iron Circus Comics is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Letters for Lucardo: Fortunate Beasts. In this second Letters for Lucardo volume, human Edmund and vampire noble Lucardo have been separated by Lucardo’s powerful father, but may need to seek each other out for protection. Tier options include digital and physical copies of this book and/or its first volume. The Kickstarter ends on December 28.


Hey, Art Friends is again accepting applications to their Spare Change Program. Black, PoC, and LGBTQ+ artists can apply until December 25 to have up to $35 (each) of their application fees for art-related submissions covered.

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!

(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

  • button_new3 The Emerging Artists Zine is accepting submissions from artists and writers who have previously never been in an anthology through December 19.
  • button_new3 Threadless is accepting artwork for the following design challenges: Heroesdue December 21; Backpacks, due December 28; and Grade School Valentines Cardsdue January 4, 2019.
  • Queerly Represent Me is accepting submissions for their annual zine “Represent” by December 31.
  • The Establishment is seeking poems, short stories, coming out essays, and artwork for Love is Love, a new anthology for LGBTQIA teens, through January 1, 2019.
  • Lauren Jankowski is accepting submissions from asexual and aromantic 2D artists, authors, and zine-makers for an Asexual Art Show until January 1, 2019.
  • Girls Drawin’ Girls is accepting membership applications until January 2, 2019.
  • Gallery Nucleus is seeking submissions for their Art & Seal: The Envelope Show until January 3, 2019. Artists may submit up to 5 pieces.
  • button_new3 The National Cartoonists Society Foundation is offering the Jay Kennedy Scholarship of up to $5,000 to cartoonist students at a 4-year college in the United States, Canada or Mexico who will be a Junior or Senior during the 2019-2020 academic year. Apply by January 7, 2019 for consideration.
  • The Kodansha Sirius & Light Novel Editorial Department Manga Award is accepting submissions from artists through January 16, 2019. 5 winners will receive 100,000 yen, have an editor assigned to them, and will debut as an artist drawing either original manga or a manga adaptation of a light novel. Submissions in English, Japanese, Korean, and Traditional Chinese are welcome.
  • 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.
  • The Silent Manga Audition is now accepting entries for its 11th competition through March 31, 2019. Submit text-free comics of 31 pages or less with the theme “Promise” for a chance to win cash prizes, professional feedback, and editorial support.

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.
  • A Bubbline zine is currently accepting applications from artists and writers through Saturday, 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.
  • Share the Warmth: An Animal Crossing Zine is accepting applications through Saturday, December 15. Proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project.
  • button_new3 Young Crescent, a fanzine for music group LOONA, is accepting artist applications through January 1, 2019.

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 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 – December 7, 2018

One thought on “Weekly Roundup: December 15, 2018

  1. Wow, I was cleaning out saved bookmarks and came back across this site. You put together an amazing amount of links and info! I’ll be sure to share this link around to other artists I know!


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