Weekly Roundup: February 22, 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.


button_new3 The Comics Studies Society is accepting nomination letters for four different awards until March 1. The awards include the CSS Article Prize, the Seldes Prize, the Charles Hatfield Book Prize, and the Hillary Chute Award for Best Graduate Student Conference Presentation.

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!

button_new3 You can vote for the Locus Awards until April 15.

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


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.

99percentchanceHeartspark 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.

nbodyParadise 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.

nightmareMalissa 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.

circadia5Jenn 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.

destinynyvolume3Writer 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.

versebookoneSam 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.

neversatisfiedHiveworks is currently raising funds to publish the paperback edition of comic Never Satisfied’s first volume. In this all-ages comic, magic apprentices compete for the coveted title of “representative” and forge friendships and rivalries along the way. tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a digital wallpaper, postcards, and keychains. The Kickstarter ends on March 2.

vagabondVagabond 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.

awakeningArtist 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.


Artist Yoshi Yoshitani is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce her book “Foxy Fashions.” The hardcover art book will feature 56 pages with 21 color illustrations and 4 tutorials. Tier options include the book, a signed book with a sketch inside, an enamel pin set, prints, and more with stretch goals. The Kickstarter ends on March 5.


button_new3 J. Kiakas is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Paint the Town Red Volume 1.1. Paint The Town Red is a noir-inspired rom-com, and this volumes features the shelter for wayward werewolves maintained by werewolves Winny and Odile. The book will be black and white and feature 100 pages of content. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, additional books, and commissions. The Kickstarter ends on April 7.

dhibidComic artist Rad is current raising funds to produce Die Hibi Die Volume 0: Welcome to the Jungle. In this volume of Die Hibi Die, the Beastman people of Tatibah transgress against Primordial Law, in hopes of raising a feral child they find in the civilized ways of a Beastman. The paperback book will feature 68 pages of black and white comics. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a digital wallpaper, and a print. The Kickstarter ends on March 12.


button_new3 Kel McDonald is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce the print edition of The Dead Deception. Detective Maria Pimienta’s new partner is Connor Burke, the first and only open werewolf detective. As casualties pile up, she begins to suspect him as a suspect in a murder case. The Dead Deception is the third book in The City Between series, but any of the series can be read as a stand-alone novel. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, digital or physical bundles of “The City Between” books, and additional digital and/or physical books. The Kickstarter ends on March 13.


button_new3 The Comics Studies Society is accepting nominations for Executive Board positions.

button_new3 Sakura-Con is hiring Japanese-speaking Guest Relations to assist their Japanese guests of honor.

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 2019? Take the 2019 Artist Alley Convention Survey here. The results of the 2018 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

  • The Summer of She-Ra zine is currently accepting applications from writers and artists until today, February 22. The zine will be for an undecided charity, and contributors will not be compensated.

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.
  • button_new3 The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing (June 9-15 and June 16-22) is offering fellowships for writers of color and parent writers. Poetry and fiction writers are encouraged to apply by February 25.
  • 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. Applications are due by February 28.
  • The Ida B. Wells Fellowship is accepting applications from investigative reporters until March 1. Fellows will receive a $16,000 award, dedicated guidance from an editor at Type Investigations, and other funds related to travel and investigative costs.
  • The 2019 LGBTQ Research Fellowship is accepting applications until March 4. Scholars engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research are welcome to apply, and may receive $1,500 for research.
  • Writing by Writers is offering fellowships to Esalen Writer’s Camp in Big Sur, CA until April 15. Emerging writers of color and members of the LGBTQIA+ community are welcome to apply.

Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops

  • The Trailer Blaze Residency in Seaview, WA is accepting applications from emerging and established female artists and writers until February 26. They also accept applications from “trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified.”
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling is seeking an artist-in-residence for 2019-2020 and accepting applications until April 15. The selected artist will be granted a non-living studio, $7,000 honorarium, and the possibility of earning additional income by leading workshops with museum patrons.

Check out the Alliance of Art CommunitiesArts for LA, College Art Opportunities for exhibition, residency, and grant opportunities.

Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants

  • The 2020 Creative Capital Award is accepting applications until February 28. Artists in all disciplines are invited to apply. Recipients will have access to up to $50,000 in funding to develop their project, plus advisory services valued at $50,000, for a total value of $100,000.
  • The Queer Press Grant is currently accepting submissions through March 1.
  • button_new3 GLAAD’s Rising Stars Grant is accepting applications from people aged 18-30 who enhance intersectional LGBTQ media advocacy and representation in their communities until March 10. Recipients will receive $5,000 and will attend the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.
  • 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 Ann Whitford Paul—Writer’s Digest Manuscript Award is accepting submissions until April 1. $1,000 will be granted to a picture book manuscript from any SCBWI picture book writers who are not under contract and/or have not sold a picture book manuscript in the last three years.

  • 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.


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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 15, 2019

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