Weekly Roundup – January 4, 2019

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 initially changed their image upload policy to no longer allow PNGs, but after hearing feedback, they updated their image upload policies from February 11 onward. Check this thread and its linked articles for more information.
  • 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 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 Excellence in Graphic Literature Award is accepting submissions of books published in 2018 through February 15, 2019.

button_new3 The Prism Awards are accepting submissions of queer comics published in 2018 through February 15.

button_new3 The Eisner Awards are now accepting submissions through March 15. Publishers may submit a maximum of five nominees for any one category, and the same item or person can be submitted in more than one category. Individual creators can also submit.

button_new3 The DiNKy Awards are accepting submissions for their 2019 show.

Crowdfunded Projects


button_new3 Artist Michi is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Eat the Bigots Wolf Enamel Pins. Funding will allow for the production of another run of the Eat the Bigot pins, as well development of the new (K)Night Wolf pin and additional merchandise. Tier options include enamel pins, collar pins, iron-on patches, tote bags, stickers, and postcards. The Kickstarter ends on January 18.


button_new3 When Angels Visit Armadillo is currently raising funds on IndieGogo to pay its contributors, team members, and talent. WAVA is a narrative podcast told through interview recordings and phone calls that tells the story of Magnolia “Maggie” Waters, an unapologetic southern lesbian woman who claims that aliens visited the town in the late 80s. Tier options include postcards, prints, phone wallpapers, the original soundtrack, enamel pins, ad spots, and sponsorships. The campaign ends January 21.


button_new3 Chromatic Press is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce the paperback edition of their most popular ebook Before You Go. The charming LGBT+ romance follows Sadie and Robin as their relationship develops from friendship on a commuter train to long-term romantic relationship. Tier options include the Before You Go ebook, the paperback, keychains, stickers, a pencil case, a signed bookplate, a Sparkler membership, and more. The Kickstarter ends on January 25.


button_new3 The Indigenous Comics Collections Volume 3 is currently raising funds on Kickstarter for its production. Written and illustrated exclusively by indigenous people, the third volume of MOONSHOT will feature 15 stories based around the theme of Indigenous Futurisms. Tier options include digital or physical copies of the book, digital or physical copies of the previous volumes, bookmarks, and prints. The Kickstarter ends on January 30.


button_new3 Jenn Arledge is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Alex Priest: Vampire Hunter Issue #4. Alex Priest is a 5-issue series that follows ex-partners Alex Priest and Janelle Garcia, who must work together to stave off a magical, vampiric, and demonic apocalypse. As a project under Kickstarter’s make/100 initiative, Jenn is producing an exclusive print for the first 100 backers. Tier options include digital and physical copies of this and previous issues, trading cards, sketch cover commissions, and more. The Kickstarter ends on January 31.


button_new3 Hey, Art Friends is again accepting applications to their Spare Change Program. Black, PoC, and LGBTQ+ artists can apply until January 25 to have up to $35 (each) of their application fees for art-related submissions covered.

button_new3 Stamp prices in the US will be increasing from $0.50 each to $0.55 each on January 27. Rates for flat rate packages will also increase.

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.

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 Comics Beat is doing a daily feature of free comics in 2019.
  • button_new3 Threadless is accepting artwork for the following design challenges: Living Coral, due January 25.
  • 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 for consideration.
  • button_new3 NSFW! Come Together: A European Smut Comic Anthology is seeking proposals for 8-16 page comics with the theme “Reunion” from European creators through January 10.
  • The Kodansha Sirius & Light Novel Editorial Department Manga Award is accepting submissions from artists through January 16. 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.
  • button_new3 Name and None is accepting comic submissions from non-cis contributors through January 20.
  • button_new3 Autostraddle is seeking submissions of comics, essays, journalism, humor, or similar content with the theme “birthday” by January 22.
  • Lilies Anthology is accepting submissions to their 7th volume “Lily Bulb” through January 22. The theme of the anthology will be the environment and should represent female/lesbian romance, relationships, and/or sexuality.
  • button_new3 Hellcat Press is accepting pitches from women (cis and trans) for their horror comics anthology through February 1.
  • button_new3 Little Heroes is accepting submissions of comics involving “science” through February 28. The anthology will be for charity and creators will not be compensated.
  • The Silent Manga Audition is now accepting entries for its 11th competition through March 31. 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

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

button_new3 Lambda Literary’s Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices is accepting applications. Applications cost $25.

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 – December 15, 2018

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