Weekly Roundup: March 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!

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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 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 annual Chelsea Awards, awarded by the Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists, is accepting nominations through March 15. Read this thread from Sam for more information on the award and the AFSA!

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!

A2CAF is accepting nominations for its Kids’ Comics Awards until April 1.

You can vote for the Locus Awards until April 15.

The DiNKy Awards are accepting submissions for their 2019 show until today, March 1.

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

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.

deceptionKel 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.

fellswoopbutton_new3 Comic artist Alakotila is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Fell Swoop, a self-contained LGBTQA+ SFF, romance, and adventure comic. The comic follows Naran and Atavah, accidental companions who must find their way out of dilapidated ruins… and closer to one another. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, charms, stickers, mini prints, and more. The Kickstarter ends on March 16.

cosmicIllustrator Michi is currently raising funds on Kickstarter in order to produce two LGBTQ+ themed Cosmic Lovers enamel pins. Tier options include enamel pins, stickers, an acrylic charm, and a notepad. The Kickstarter ends on March 17.

kickstarttemisbutton_new3 Jenn Arledge of Arledge Comics is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce The Great Witch Artemis. The 78-page all-ages graphic novel follows Artemis, a former witch now relegated to a small town after a fall from grace, who crosses path with determined superfan Emmett. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a behind-the-scenes USB drive, an enamel pin, and a custom commission. The Kickstarter ends on March 18.

bandvsComic artist Kathleen Jacques is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce a reprint of Band Vs. Band: Volume 1. The comic, currently an ongoing webcomic, is a retro-inspired enemies-to-lovers queer romance between competing musicians. The reprint will feature additional pages of bonus content. Tier options include digital and physical copies of both Volume 1 and 2, a risograph print, an original sketch, and guest artist postcards. The Kickstarter ends on March 20.

batteraciddComic artists J Doyle and Y Zhou are currently raising funds on Kickstarter to reprint the first chapter of Battery Acid. The story is summarized on its campaign page: “After falling out in middle school, Ono Kazuo and Hasegawa Seiji find themselves on the same baseball team in high school. Determined not to let awkward memories ruin their halcyon days, Ono and Hasegawa try to make amends and work through their issues… leading to some unexpected developments.” Tier options include digital and physical copies of Chapter 1, access to Chapter 2’s development blog, prints, an acrylic charm, a signed bookplate, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on March 21.

witchinghoursCloudscape Comics is currently raising funds to produce The Witching Hour, a duotone comic anthology by women and nonbinary contributors from Western Canada. The book features 11 stories of different genres that reflect upon the definition of what a witch can be. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, an enamel pin, a bookplate, and other comics from Cloudscape. The Kickstarter ends on March 24.

dates3button_new3 Margins Publishing is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Dates! An Anthology of Queer Historical Fiction (Volume 3). Like the other books in the Dates! series, every story has queer main characters in situations before 1965 with no tragic endings; however, this book’s theme is “adventure.” Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, postcards, past Dates! books, other titles from Margins Publishing, and commissions. The Kickstarter ends on March 28.

eternalwbutton_new3 POMEgranate Magazine is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Eternal Witchcraft – A Comics Spellbook. The comics anthology features over 21 contributors and over 200 pages of instructional witchy comics. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a mobile background and POMEgranate Magazine’s previous comic anthology Group Chat. The Kickstarter ends on March 31.


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

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

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!


Check this list of animation and gaming 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

  • Comics Beat is doing a daily feature of free comics in 2019.
  • Threadless is accepting artwork for the following design challenges: Tropicália, due March 1; and Kawaii, due March 8.
  • The OC Adventure Zine “A Call to Action” is accepting applications from artists and writers until today, March 1. Profits will be evenly distributed amongst contributors after printing costs are covered.
  • Oneshi Press is currently accepting submissions for their upcoming Summer 2019 issue until today, March 1. Creators will be paid royalties based on book sales.
  • The Oxford Comics Network has a Call for Papers on “Comics and Travel” open until March 8.
  • Power and Magic Press is accepting pitches for The Queer Witch Comics Anthology Volume 2 until March 10. Contributors must be a person of color and a woman, “whether fully or partially or complicatedly.” Use the hashtag #CovenSearch if you’re look for a team member!
  • Augmented: A 2019 Cyberpunk Anthology is accepting pitches until March 12. Contributors will be paid $50 per full color comic page.’
  • Hellcat Press is accepting submissions to its horror comic anthology Dark Lady Returns from female (cis or trans) contributors until March 15.
  • SpiderForest Webcomic Collective is accepting submissions from webcomic creators for their Yemen Humanitarian Crisis Charity Zine until March 15. Creators do not need to be affiliated with SpiderForest Webcomic Collective. Submissions should include original webcomic characters as children.
  • button_new3 Lotus: A South Asian LGBT+ Zine is accepting applications until March 17. Contributors will be compensated with a free digital edition of the zine and discounted rates on physical copies. All proceeds will be donated to charity.
  • ComixCentral is accepting 1-12 page all-ages comics with the theme “family” for an anthology until March 31. Contributors will be compensated with 3 printed books per page of comics they produce.
  • 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.
  • The Webcomic Almanac 2.0 is accepting submissions until April 6. The charity art zine is for webcomic creators to submit new artwork promoting their series.
  • button_new3 The Ribbit! Zine is accepting submissions until April 8. The zine is for charity, and contributors are not paid, but will receive a copy of the zine.
  • button_new3 MediBang Paint is accepting entries to their Medi-chan Summer Fashion Dress-Up Contest until April 26. Using Medi-chan’s character template and design a new outfit for her for a chance to win up to ¥30,000. They’re also hosting the MCPO (Manga Contents Promote Organization) Awards and accepting entries until May 7. You can submit Illustrations with the theme “Journey” or Manga with an open theme. Winners may be awarded up to ¥200,000 and an invitation to an award ceremony.
  • Clip Studio Paint is accepting submissions of illustrations and comics with the theme “gift” from students until May 9.
  • button_new3 Dirty Diamonds is seeking contributors for its tenth and final issue with the theme “Death” until May 31. According to their submissions page, “Dirty Diamonds is an all-girl anthology, meaning we are all-inclusive. If you are female/femme, we want your comics.”

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!


  • (Irvine, CA) Game studio Nexon is currently hiring artists, designers, and programmers. They’re also seeking localizers for contract work in El Segundo.
  • (London, UK) Roll7 is seeking a Lead Programmer, a Lead Artist, and Admin/Assistant Intern. Employees work from home 9 days out of 10.

Check this list of animation and gaming jobs worldwide that’s updated daily.

Mentorships & Fellowships

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

  • 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 Scholarship from Hell is accepting applications until March 15. Recipients will receive domestic coach airfare to and from the StokerCon venue, a 4-night stay at the convention, free registration to StokerCon , and placement in Horror University, multiple workshops.
  • 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 Greg Buchanan is offering a writing scholarship for early career writers of games, with applications due on March 15. Ongoing mentorship and funding to buy a domain name or 6 months of SquareSpace hosting is included.
  • button_new3 The Spare Change Grant Program is accepting applications from Black, PoC, and LGBTQ+ artists to use for the cost of residency and open-call application fees until March 25.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 The Dash Grant is now accepting applications from small press creators until May 24. Recipients will receive a $250 grant to produce their book and premiere it at Short Run 2019, receive a free half table to Short Run, receive access to Fogland Studios in Seattle (and optional instruction), receive online mentorship, and be featured in an art show at Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery.

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 – March 1, 2019

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