Weekly Roundup – March 15, 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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  • If you follow Paper Cat Press on WordPress, the emails you receive when I post may wind up in your Spam folders, even if you check the emails every week. Be sure to check, and mark as “Not Spam”! I will create a new mailing list in April that will hopefully address this.
  • On April 4, Gumroad creators will take 100% of their profits and there will be no fees charged.
  • Lee & Low Books are relaunching their Diversity Baseline Survey to compare results with their previous survey from 5 years ago. All publishers, agents, and review journals are encouraged to contribute.
  • 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 Eisner Awards are now accepting submissions through today, 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 today, 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 today, 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 today, 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 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

fellswoopComic 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.

kickstarttemisJenn 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.

dates3Margins 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.

commonbondsbutton_new3 The Common Bonds Anthology is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce its upcoming anthology. The book collects speculative short stories and poetry featuring aromantic characters, and even has submissions open now. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a postcard, and additional ebooks from the four editors. The Kickstarter ends on March 31.

eternalwPOMEgranate 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.

whitebutton_new3 Kwanza Osajyefo of Black Mask Studios is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce WHITE, the sequel to critically acclaimed series BLACK. The series follows Kareem Jenkins, now known as X, as he serves as a symbolic leader in the resistance against President Theodore Mann. The series asks: how does a nation struggling with racial inequality cope in a world where only black people have superpowers? Tier options include a subscription to blacksuperpower.com and unlimited access to the WHITE comic, single issues with retail and variant covers, the paperback graphic novel, the graphic novel BLACK, and more. The Kickstarter ends on March 31.

loveshorebutton_new3 Game studio Perfect Garbage is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Love Shore: A Queer Visual Sci-Fi Novel. In a future where infertility has led to the growth of cyborgs as a vehicle for human survival, the protagonists must answer questions of identity while also dealing with drama and violence. Love Shore features two playable protagonists, four romanceable options (each with their own storylines), and an entirely LGBT+ cast. Tier options include the game itself, the game soundtrack, an art book, a post card, a t-shirt, a personalized sprite, and more. The Kickstarter ends on April 3.

rotwphoenixbutton_new3 Lisa LaRose is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to publish Rise of the White Phoenix: Book 1. This first book follows Luisa, a young girl who wants to be a luchadora, and includes 52 full-color comic pages. Tier options include the book, stickers, a keychain, a print, and a hand-drawn sketch by Lisa. The Kickstarter ends on April 4.


button_new3 Hiveworks is seeking a Social Media Manager.

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

  • button_new3 Threadless is accepting artwork for the following design challenges: Dad Jokes, due March 22; and Happy Hour, due March 29.
  • Hellcat Press is accepting submissions to its horror comic anthology Dark Lady Returns from female (cis or trans) contributors until today, March 15.
  • SpiderForest Webcomic Collective is accepting submissions from webcomic creators for their Yemen Humanitarian Crisis Charity Zine until today, March 15. Creators do not need to be affiliated with SpiderForest Webcomic Collective. Submissions should include original webcomic characters as children.
  • 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.
  • Heartspark Press is seeking emerging (C)AMAB trans or non-binary illustrators of color for paid illustration work by March 21.
  • button_new3 Mei Lian Hoe is accepting submissions for the Cryptids in Close Quarters zine until March 22. The zine is not set to have a print run, and contributors will receive a digital file that they can print.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 NorWesCon, the Locus Awards weekend, the Nebula Conference, 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.
  • button_new3 (London, UK) Supersolid Games is seeking a 3D Artist, a Data Analyst, an Office and CCS Assistant, a Marketing Artist, a Senior Game Artist (2D), a Senior 3D Artist, and a Server Developer.
  • button_new3 WB Games is seeking gamers in Montreal, San Francisco, and Seattle to test games currently in development.

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

  • The Scholarship from Hell is accepting applications until today, 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.
  • Greg Buchanan is offering a writing scholarship for early career writers of games, with applications due today, March 15. Ongoing mentorship and funding to buy a domain name or 6 months of SquareSpace hosting is included.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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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 – March 8, 2019

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