Weekly Roundup: February 8, 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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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 Excellence in Graphic Literature Award is accepting submissions of books published in 2018 through February 15.

The Jeanne Córdova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction is accepting applications from writers committed to non-fiction work that captures the depth and complexity of lesbian/queer life, culture and/or history until February 15.

The Nebula Awards are accepting nominations from Active, Lifetime Active, and Associate SFWA members in good standing until February 15.

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.

Eisner Hall of Fame voting for 2019 is open until March 15. Comics professionals working in the industry are welcome to vote.

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.

The Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation Through Adversity is accepting applications from US libraries and staff who overcome adversity and create lasting innovative community service programs that successfully inspire and connect with new readers. A $10,000 cash award will be given to a US library, and four runners-up will receive $1,000 in Penguin Random House books.

The Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards is accepting submissions of works of horror created by women (cis or trans) until December 31. The awards will be announced in 2020.

Crowdfunded Projects

melty100 Comic creator Emily Ree is currently running a make100 Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of Melty Color Psychology. The 80-page perfect bound paperback will contain concept art and illustrations from the past ten years of Ree’s webcomic Anarchy Dreamers, including comic pages, sketches, illustrations, and commentary. Tier options include a digital copy of the artbook or a signed physical copy. The Kickstarter ends on February 13.

chickensoupgoji Cloudscape Comics is currently hosting a Kickstarter to produce Chicken Soup and Goji Berries, a bilingual graphic novel about migration, family, and food. Created by Naomi Cui and Janice Liu, Chicken Soup and Goji Berries is a story about intergenerational relationships in a Chinese-Canadian family. Uniquely bilingual, the comic shows dialogue in the language its speaker is actually speaking in, and provides translation on the opposite facing page. Tier options include the paperback book, a package that includes stickers and prints with the book, other Cloudscape comics, and a placement in Janice Liu’s Young Artists’ Place class (Vancouver locals only). The Kickstarter ends on February 15.

washdaycandlesJamila Rowser, co-creator of comic Wash Day, is raising funds on Kickstarter to produce candles inspired by the main characters of the comic. Collaboratively created with Pontie Wax candle company, the two hand-poured soy candles reflect the personalities of characters Kim and Cookie. Tier options include one or both candles, a digital copy of the comic, an original print of Kim and Cookie, and an art commission. The Kickstarter ends on February 15.

workforamillionHope Nicholson of Bedside Press is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Work For a Million, a new graphic novel adaptation of crime fiction’s first lesbian private eye, Helen Keremos. Along with the graphic novel adaptation, Bedside Press will be re-publishing the original novel with a new cover by Sami Kivelä. Tier options include ebooks or physical books of either the novel, the graphic novel, or both, a bookplate, a print portfolio, prints, commissions, and a script consultation. The Kickstarter ends on February 15.

strangefriends Shing Yin Khor is currently raising funds on Kickstarter through a make100 project to produce Strange Friends: a postcard book. The postcard book will collect 20 of Shing’s popular odd creature paintings into a collection of high-quality postcards. The make100 tier of this project is already sold out, but keep an eye out – it’s always possible for one of the special tiers, which combines the postcard book with a care package that includes limited edition prints, a zine, found objects, and other narrative ephemera, to open up again. Other tier options include the book, multiple copies of the book, or a gift-wrapped edition. The Kickstarter ends on February 16.

inkworkmeredithArtist Meredith Dillman is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Inkwork Led by Mothlight, a new collection of ink-driven works. The 42-page artbook will feature ink drawings of botanical fairies, foxes, moths, and mythology, and includes a limited-edition pin as part of Kickstarter’s Make/100 initiative. Tier options include the book itself and prints. The limited edition enamel pin has sold out, but Meredith may design another for other backers. The Kickstarter ends on February 20.


button_new3 Comic creator Eve is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce the first paperback volume of their webcomic Inhibit. Inhibit follows Victor, a super-powered but hapless teenage superhero trainee with too many marks against his name. Soon he crosses path with an arsonist and finds himself tied up in crimes against the government. The paperback will feature over 200 pages of comics, including the prologue, the first five chapters of the comic, and bonus materials. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, stickers, prints, a charm, a commission, and a comic cameo. The Kickstarter ends on February 27.

99percentchancebutton_new3 Heartspark Press is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to publish 99% Chance of Magic, the first anthology for transgender kids written & illustrated by trans women and (C)AMAB non-binary creatives. The book features 180 pages composed of 9 illustrated chapters with inclusive and supportive stories for trans youth. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book (available in paperback and hardcover), a postcard, a social media shoutout, and additional children’s books. The Kickstarter ends on February 27.

nbodybutton_new3 Paradise Systems is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Naked Body: An Anthology of Chinese Underground Comics. The book will feature 100 full-color pages of comics from China’s comic community. Each 5-page long comic story will feature all nude main characters. tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, prints, short comics, lianhuanhua, and commissions. The Kickstarter ends on February 27.

nightmarebutton_new3 Malissa White is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce NIGHTMARE! Issue #1. The dark fantasy comic follows Lucinda “Luz” Padilla as she discovers her recurring nightmares are actually alternative realities, wreaking havoc on her relationship, job, and sobriety. Because of graphic violence and horror, this series is recommended for mature readers. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the issue, an enamel pin, music, and a personalized thank you. The Kickstarter ends on February 28.

circadia5button_new3 Jenn Dugan is raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Circadia’s 5th and final issue. Circadia is a queer fantasy about a ballerina and an assassin falling in love while trying to save the world, with each issue featuring a different team of queer women and nonbinary artists. Tier options include digital and physical copies of this fifth and final series issue, all previous issues, an enamel pin, mini comics, prints, an annotated script, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on February 28.

destinynyvolume3button_new3 Writer Pat Shand is currently raising funds to produce Destiny, NY’s third volume. Logan McBride, once a magical girl, and Lilith Aberdine, the last surviving daughter of a mystical crime family, are the leads in this series where magic is a part of everyday life. This third volume will feature 200 pages of comics following Logan in California and Lilith in New York City. Tier options include digital and physical copies of volume 3, all previous volumes, art prints, a sticker, a signed bookplate, an enamel pin, art cards, additional comics, and more. The Kickstarter ends on February 28.

versebookonebutton_new3 Sam Beck is currently raising funds on Kickstarterto produce the first book of comic Verse. Set in the fantasy world of Verse, the story follow Fife, who wants to apprentice as a swordsmith, and Neitya, a horned girl with no memories and the potential ability to tap into ancient magic. This volume of the comic will features its first four chapters and bonus world-building content. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book and postcard prints. The Kickstarter ends on March 1.

vagabondbutton_new3 Vagabond Comics is raising funds on Kickstarter to produce its tenth issue as a full-color comic anthology. The volume features 17 stories about community and family. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, an enamel pin, buttons, a sticker, a tote bag, an embroidered hat, and more. The Kickstarter ends on March 3.

awakeningbutton_new3 Artist Melquea Smith is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Awakening: An Uplifting Art Book. The paperback book will feature 32 pages of full-color artwork as well as Melquea’s personal reflections on dealing with creative and personal setbacks intended to inspire and uplift artists. Tier options include a copy of the book, computer and cell phone wallpapers, a 90-minute video on the artist’s process, original artwork, and a commission. The Kickstarter ends on March 3.


Under the Ink is hosting a survey on Webcomic Self-Marketing. They’re seeking 100 submissions so they can publish the results.

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

Did you or will you table in an artist alley in the US in 2018? 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. Request assistance outside of ticket costs February 1-10.

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

Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops

Lambda Literary’s Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices is accepting applications until February 1. 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

  • The Judith A. Markowitz Award is accepting submissions from LGBTQ-identifying early-career or emergent writers with no more than one book published until February 15.
  • The Queer Press Grant is currently accepting submissions through March 1.
  • The Creators for Creators Grant is accepting applications from single cartoonists or writer/artist duos until March 18. Applicants must not have ever been published by a third-party publisher, and stories pitches must be between 64-100 pages upon completion.
  • button_new3 The Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant is accepting applications from nonfiction writers with a signed contract from a publisher until April 22.

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 – February 1, 2019

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