Weekly Roundup: January 11, 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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News || Helping Others || Awards || Recent Webcomic Debuts || Crowdfunded Projects || General || Animation || Comics, Illustration, and More || Conventions and Events || Designers || Fan Zines || Mentorships & Fellowships || Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops || Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants || Teaching || Typesetting || Voice Acting || Writing and Editing || Youth and Internships || Resources || Deals || Giveaways


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 receive £2,000, and 5 shortlisted entries will receive £200. One of the shortlisted prizes will be awarded to a creator over 50. The deadline for digital zines is today, January 11, 2019, and the deadline for physical zines is January 20, 2019.

button_new3 The This is Horror Awards are accepting nominations until January 14.

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

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

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 Hugo Awards are accepting nominations from WorldCon members until March 15. Renay made this handy spreadsheet so that members can more easily find your sci-fi/fantasy or SF/F-adjacent work and nominate it for voting. Creators from around the world can add themselves to the spreadsheet and are encouraged to do so for the best visibility. Nilah Magruder also explained the Hugos further in this thread!

The DiNKy Awards are accepting submissions for their 2019 show.

Crowdfunded Projects


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 Kaitlin Wadley is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to fund the production of the Fantome Anthology. Over 20 artists and writers were asked to create a response to the question, “What is a ghost?” resulting in over 120 pages of original content. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a sticker, a patch, a canvas tote back, a t-shirt, and an original fragrance. The Kickstarter ends on February 1.


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.

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

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. They’re currently seeking another board member and are accepting statements of interest until January 25.

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 – January 4, 2018

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