Weekly Roundup: April 26, 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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  • 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.
  • button_new3 Patreon announced that their new payment processing rates will go into effect on May 7. If you launch your page by the deadline of May 6th, 2019 at 11:59 PM Pacific time, you will lock in “founders” pricing for the Pro plan rate of 5% of your Patreon earnings, with “founders” payment processing rates.
  • 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 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 2019 Toronto Book Awards are accepting submissions of books with some Toronto-based content until April 30.

button_new3 The Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award is open for nominations until May 22.

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

omamvol1Kristen Kiomall-Evans is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to print XII: Of Magic and Muses Volume 1. In this magical teen girl fantasy, protagonist Willow is gifted a magical necklace that begins to uncover long-buried secrets of her mundane, restricted school. The 330-page full-color comic has been posted online since 2016 and is available to read here. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a digital wallpaper, a print, stickers, buttons, an acrylic standee, a signed bookplate, and a commission. The Kickstarter ends on April 30.

damesDames, a Women Knights Zine is currently raising funds on Kickstarter for its production. The book features the work of over 40 artists who created 55 illustrations featuring lady knights. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the zine, phone, computer, and tablet backgrounds, prints, an enamel pin, and stickers. The Kickstarter ends on May 2.

wavemenRobin Childs is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to publish Wavemen: The House on Fifth Avenue. The story starts with a seemingly haunted structure and expands to explore aspects of Japanese mythology and Heian history. Tier options include digital or physical copies of either the first or second book (or both), stickers, prints, and buttons. The Kickstarter ends on May 3.

localhauntsKara Love is currently raising funds on Kickstarter for the relaunch of the Local Haunts Anthology. The anthology features 32 stories of small town legends and local hauntings told in 120 full-color comic pages. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, stickers, a print, a patch, commissions, and more. The Kickstarter ends on May 4.

saffronFair Spark Books is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce SAFFRON: Spacetime Academy Adventures #1. After Saffron Sizemore falls through a wormhole while on holiday, she finds herself enlisted in a space academy and becomes an officer while looking for a way back to Earth. Perfect for readers age 7 and up, the comic features 24 pages of full-color artwork. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, digital backgrounds, a poster, a bookmark, a coloring book, and more. The Kickstarter ends on May 6.

deadbeatsDead Beats is currently raising funds on Kickstarter for its production. To quote the Kickstarter page, “Dead Beats is a 160-page full-color anthology of music-themed horror comics centered around the curiosities for sale at one peculiar record store by its enigmatic Shoppe Keeper.” Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a bumper sticker, a process PDF, a t-shirt, a signed book plate, and more. The Kickstarter ends on May 9.

betterthanirlbutton_new3 Fiction & Feeling is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Better Than IRL, an anthology of true stories about life on the internet. The book features 20 essays written by “pioneers and participants” from online communities. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, enamel pins, a tote bag, other books from the F&F catalogue, prints, and more. The Kickstarter ends on May 10.

hexed2button_new3 Kirsten Thomas is currently raising funds to produce the second issue of I Am HeXed. The supernatural political thriller follows Charlotte “Charlie” Helm as she and her friends work to uncover the source of anti-witch tensions and try to avoid being framed. Tier options include digital and physical copies of both Issue #1 and #2, prints, temporary tattoos, an enamel pin, a t-shirt, and more. The Kickstarter ends on May 15.

honeywallsbutton_new3 Bones McCay is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Honey Walls, an illustrated novel written, illustrated, and narrated by trans creators. Row, a trans man with no heart and repressed magic abilities, must confront his sister when she plans to ruin his life following their mother’s death. Tier options include digital, physical, or audiobook versions of the story and a watercolor painting. The Kickstarter ends on May 15.

waitingbutton_new3 Sami Brice is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Waiting: A Comic Anthology. The full-color anthology features 14 contributors, 16 stories, and over 90 pages of content. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the anthology, postcards, stickers, posters, original artwork, and more. The Kickstarter ends on May 16.

chorusfrogbutton_new3 Brandon Braun is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce computer game Chorus: Frog Warrior. The role-playing adventure game features Chorus, a small frog determined to become a warrior despite the expectation that he should be a religious scholar. Tier options include a digital copy of the game, a digital copy of the soundtrack, a chance to design a character, and a chance to design a dungeon in the game. The Kickstarter ends on May 17.


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

JiMi Agency’s next group order will be open until April 25.

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

(New York, NY) Random House Graphic is seeking a Marketing & Publicity Manager.

(New York, NY) W. W. Norton & Company is seeking a Photo Editor.

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: Time, due April 26; Fresh Kicks, due May 3; and Love is Love, due May 10.
  • endingbutton_4 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.
  • button_new3 (Montreal, Canada) Kitfox Games is seeking a Part-Time Concept Artist/Illustrator. Apply by April 28 for consideration.
  • The Nib is accepting pitches about animals until April 30. They’re also accepting pitches with the theme of “drugs” on a general basis, as it will be the theme of the issue following “Animals.”
  • Secrets of the Sea, an OC Mermaids zine, will be accpeting applications from writers and artists until May 4.
  • 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.”
  • button_new3 Seethe Witch Press is seeking submissions from writers and artists until May 31. Contributors will be compensated $25 for small spells and $50 for either artwork or essays.
  • The Shounen Shoujo Manga Award is accepting entries until May 31. All submissions must be original content and 2 pages or longer (no upper limit designated). Bessatsu Manga, a co-host of the Shounen Shoujo Manga Award, is also accepting illustrations with the theme “heart skips a beat” until May 31. Winners of the contests will receive a cash prize, a promise to have your work published, and you will be assigned an editor.
  • Miss Anthology is accepting submissions to their 2019 comic anthology from women and/or LGBTQIA+ individuals in the Pacific NW who are between ages 9 and 21 until June 1.
  • Lilies Anthology is accepting submissions for Volume 8 with theme “dreams” until June 15.
  • Bonfire Comics is accepting submissions for Topia: a Bonfire Anthology until July 15. Submissions must be between 1-16 pages. Illustrators will be paid $45 per illustration, and comic creators will be paid $15 per page. Artists will receive 5 copies of the finished book.
  • The Silent Manga Audition is accepting entires for its 12th competition with the theme “New Beginning” until September 30.
  • The JUMP Paint Global Artistic Manga Award is accepting entries until September 24. Entries must be over 3 pages and submitted through the JUMP Paint app, and can be either original works or based on title selected by the JUMP editing team.

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

  • endingbutton_4 Memento Mori, a Death Parade Tarot Fanzine, is currently accepting applications from artists until April 27. All proceeds will be donated to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.

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!


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

Mentorships & Fellowships

  • endingbutton_4 The Spotlight Fellowship is accepting applications from individual journalists or teams of journalists for its fellowship until April 26. The chosen recipient(s) will be awarded up to $100,000 for the purpose of working on in-depth research and reporting with established investigative reporters and editors from The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Spotlight Team.

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

  • LGBTQ people of color are invited to apply for the Kay Longscope Scholarship until May 21. From the website: “The scholarship award for 2019-2020 academic year will provide up to $3,000 tuition assistance to an LGBTQ student of color who plans a career in journalism and is committed to furthering NLGJA’s mission of fair and accurate coverage of the LGBTQ community.”
  • 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.
  • The Louise Meriwether First Book Prize is currently accepting fiction and narrative fiction from women of color and nonbinary writers of color until June 28. One winner will be awarded a $5,000 advance (half at the time of the initial award and half upon publication) and a contract to publish their book with the Feminist Press in print and digital editions in spring 2021.

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 – April 19, 2019




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