Weekly Roundup: June 28, 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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News || Helping Others || Awards || Recent Webcomic Debuts || Crowdfunded Projects || General || Animation || Comics, Illustration, and More || Conventions and Events || Designers || Fan Zines || Games || Mentorships & Fellowships || Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops || Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants || Teaching || Typesetting || Voice Acting || Writing and Editing || Youth and Internships || Resources || Deals || Giveaways


News

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.

Awards

Bitch Media is currently accepting nominations of “leaders from marginalized communities who have made a tangible impact in the previous 12 months in the areas of activism, education, entertainment, politics, science, sports, and technology” for its Bitch 50 awards.

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


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endingbutton_4 Ariel Vittori is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce SYNTH:org – a Robot Comics Anthology. The sci-fi comics anthology features 13 stories consisting of just under 200 full-color pages about artificial intelligence, androids, synthetic life, and more. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a sticker, an enamel pin, a bookmark, a t-shirt, additional comics, and original artwork. Note: The physical book will only be in Italian, but English-language PDFs are available. The campaign ends on June 29.


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endingbutton_4 Jamie-Lee Reynolds is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce D&D Inspired Enamel Pins. The cute, spunky enamel pins are inspired by tabletop games such as Dungeons and Dragons and Critical Role. Tier options include enamel pins, the Miss Mythical Monster Coloring Book, and commissions. The Kickstarter ends on June 30.


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endingbutton_4 button_new3 Jenn Arledge of Arledge Comics is currently raising funds to produce TRANSparent Pun Enamel Pins. Perfect for parents of trans offspring or for transgender parents, the pin is available with 5 different color combinations. The Kickstarter ends on July 1.


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button_new3 BunMuffin is currently raising funds to produce Pride Cake Slice Enamel Pins. The pins are a cute and colorful way of supporting LGBTQ+ identities in a more understated and less overt manner. The Kickstarter ends on July 8.


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Stacked Deck Press is currently raising funds to publish Crush: First Love, New Talent. The anthology features the work of 32 contributors and over 200 pages of full-color comics about first love told from LGBTQAIU perspectives. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a tote bag, other Stacked Deck Press books, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on July 10.


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button_new3 Erin Ptah, creator of webcomics Leif and Thorn and But I’m a Cat Person, is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Tiernan & Patrick Enamel Pins. Tier options include the enamel pins themselves and digital copies of Leif and Thorn, But I’m a Cat Person, or both. The Kickstarter ends on July 11.



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Kel McDonald is raising funds to reprint the anthology Can I Pet Your Werewolf? The anthology features 160 pages of black and white comics about friendship, family, romance, and lycanthropy. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, digital copies of other books by the contributors, prints, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on July 12.


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The SpiderForest Webcomic Collective is currently raising funds to publish Threads: Haunted. This spooky anthology features 20 new stand-alone comics by SpiderForest members about anything hauntingly eerie. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, digital or physical copies of past SpiderForest books, and prints. The Kickstarter ends on July 12.


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button_new3 Danna Z. is currently raising funds to produce a line of Dessert Buddies Hard Enamel Pins. Each character design has a short backstory explaining their relationship to the treats they’re holding. Tier options include enamel pins, stickers, prints, lanyards, and acrylic charms. The Kickstarter ends on July 15.


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button_new3 Mark Bell is currently raising funds to produce S.P.I.R.I.T. Issue #1. Illustrated by Melissa Capriglione and written by Mark, S.P.I.R.I.T. follows Mary, Ada, Jane, and their new friend, Ash, as they investigate paranormal incidents for their vlog… and sometimes even meet ghosts for real! To quote the campaign page, “S.P.I.R.I.T. is a female, science, diversity and LGBTQ positive comic suitable for middle school kids and up.” Tier options include digital and physical copies of issue 1, prints, buttons, stickers, a digital sketchbook, a t-shirt, and more! The Kickstarter ends on July 17.


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button_new3 Beehive Books is raising funds to produce LAAB: The Art Newspaper Powered by the Radical Imagination. This campaign specifically seeks to fund the production of their upcoming issue This Was Your Life, which contends with mortality, environmental devastation, necropolitics, and more. LAAB features interviews, articles, comics, horrorscopes, and more in a 48 page 16×21″ broadsheet newspaper printed on bright white heavy 50# paper stock. Tier options include digital and physical copies of both this issue (#4) and the first issue (#0 – LAAB numbering is non-sequential), signed screenprints, postcards, stickers, production artwork, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on July 18.


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button_new3 Iron Circus is currently raising funds to produce Shattered Spear: The Print Edition. This limited edition, one-time-only print edition of Otava Heikkilä’s Shattered Spear is the first in a new experimental imprint of Iron Circus Comics named Circus Maximus. Print editions of this comic will only be available through this Kickstarter campaign. The Kickstarter ends on July 18.

General

endingbutton_4 button_new3 The Disney Launchpad: Shorts Incubator is accepting applications from directors with underrepresented backgrounds, including undocumented directors with DACA, until July 2.

The updated Diversity in Children’s Books 2018 Infographic is now available. Unfortunately, “children’s literature continues to misrepresent underrepresented communities.”

button_new3 The Kurodahan Press Translation Prize is accepting entries until end of day September 30, Japan time. The grand prize winner will receive a cash prize of 30,000 yen and a contract for publication for an additional payment to the winner.

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.

Rory Polanco is seeking feedback about a potential book subscription service “LGBTQube.”

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!


Animation

  • button_new3 The Animation Guild’s ZineFest 2019 is happening tonight, June 28, in Burbank, CA. The event is open to the public and free to attend.
  • (Burbank, CA) Bento Box is seeking a Production Manager, Design Coordinators, Background Designers (for Feature), 2-D Character Animators, a Compositor, Experienced X-Sheet Timers, a Background Supervisor, and Animation Directors.
  • (London, UK) Blue-Zoo Animation is seeking an Assistant Editor, CG Modellers and Texture Artists, a Clean-Up Storyboard Artist, a Development Artist, an FX TD, a Lighting TD/Compositor, a Maya Character Animator, a Rigger, a Speculative Script Writer, a Toon Boom Harmony Compositor, a Toon Boom Harmony Effects Animator, and more.
  • Cartoon Network is seeking a Production Assistant.
  • (Burbank, CA) Be sure to check Disney’s website for both creative and office positions with Disney!
  • button_new3 (Glendale, CA) DreamWorks is hiring an Animatic Editor, a CG Generalist (Scripting/Modeling),Character Designer, a Department TD, a Visual Development Artist (Feature), a Storyboard Artistand more. 
  • (Ottawa, Canada) Imaginera Inc. is seeking 3D animators.
  • Matthew shared this look into some of the different roles in animation.
  • (Los Angeles, CA) Netflix Animation is hiring an Animatic Editor, an Art Director, an Artists Manager, Background Designers, Background Painters, a Character Designer, Episode Directors, a Head of Story, a Line Producer, Production Coordinators, Production Managers, a Production Supervisor, Prop Designers, Storyboard Artists, a Technical Director, and Visual Development Artists.
  • (Burbank, CA) Nickelodeon is hiring an Asset Production Coordinator, a Background Designer/2D Layout Artist, CG Character Modeler (Rugrats), a CG Generalist/Environment Modeler (Rugrats), a CG Texture Artist (Rugrats), a Character Designer, a Character Technical Director/Rigger (Rugrats), a Compositing Director, a Picture/Animatic Editor, a Post-Production Supervisor, a Production/Department Coordinator, a Production Designer, a Senior Director of Preschool Development, a Senior Publicist, Storyboard Artists, and a Supervising Director.
  • button_new3 (Los Angeles, CA) Oddbot is seeking a Line Producer, an Asset Coordinator, a Technical Coordinator and a Production Assistant.
  • Pixomondo is seeking an Animator, a CG Supervisor, a Compositor, a Houdini FX Artist, a Pipeline TD, and a Senior Lighting Artist in Los Angeles, CA. They’re also seeking animators in Toronto, a Senior Lighting Artist in Vancouver, and more internationally.
  • (Burbank, CA) Solar Opposites is seeking Character Designers.
  • (Vancouver, BC) Sony Imageworks is hiring Animators, Character FX Technical Directors, Compositors, FX Artists, Layout Artists, Lighters, Matte Painters, Modelers, and more.
  • button_new3 Titmouse is looking for an Animatic Editor, an Animation Checker, an Assistant Editor, a Production Coordinator, and interns in Los Angeles, CA. In New York, they’re seeking a 2D Animator, a Compositor, and artist interns for summer. They’re also seeking a 2D Animator in Vancouver, Canada.
  • button_new3 (Burbank, CA) Walt Disney Animation Studios is hiring an environment designer, a layout artist, and a story artist. They’re also seeking applications for Apprentice Story Artists until August 11.

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

  • endingbutton_4 Creator Resource is accepting answers to its 2018 page rates survey. If you worked in comics in 2018, share what you were paid to produce your work. Answers will be collected anonymously.
  • endingbutton_4 button_new3 Threadless is accepting artwork for the following design challenges: Lowbrow, due June 21; Venn Diagrams, until June 28; and Contrastdue July 5; and Feelings, due July 12.
  • endingbutton_4 Horror Collective Artemisia’s Axe is accepting submissions to their pride-themed horror zine NEON HORROR until June 30. Comics, illustrations, short stories, flash fiction, and collages from the LGBTQIA+ community are welcome. Contributors will be paid 25 pounds, with additional compensation depending on the success of funding. Contributors will also receive three zines and a PDF for self-printing.
  • endingbutton_4 Clip Studio Paint is now accepting “Tips of the Month.” This month, submit a tutorial about emulating colored pencils, creating fantasy backgrounds, or 3D Figures for Concept Art until June 30 for a chance at cash prizes.
  • Power and Magic Press is accepting applications for Latinx or Latin American artists, writers, and solo creators until July 7 for upcoming anthology Mañana.
  • Sapphic Zines is accepting applications from writers and artists for their upcoming volume “Celebrate” until July 14. Contributors will receive one free digital and printed copy. Profits will be split equally among the contributors.
  • 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.
  • Corn Maze Press is accepting short comic proposals for their upcoming anthology “Home Sweet Home” until July 15. Contributors will be paid $25 per page.
  • Fat Craft, a charity art zine about fat witches benefitting NOLOSE, will be accepting applications from artists until July 8.
  • button_new3 Enchanted Conversation is accepting submissions of comics and fiction for their August issue about fairy tales, folktales, and myths until July 20. Writers and comic creators will be a paid a flat rate of $10 only.
  • button_new3 Bedside Press is accepting artist and cartoonist team applications for Gothic Tales of Haunted Love 2: The Beloved Hereafter until July 26. Comics may be 5-10 pages, and pin-up artists will be accepted. Contributors will be paid $100/page.
  • The Kyoto International Manga Award is accepting entries from manga/comic artists and illustrators until July 31. The theme of the competitions is “Kyoto,” and winners will be invited to Kyoto for the Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2019 (and receive travel accommodations, including an interpreter). Cash prizes are also available.
  • Sound: A Comic Anthology is accepting submissions from artists of Asian descent living in Southeast Asia until July 31. Selected contributors will receive a page rate of $30/page.
  • The Blobby Horror Zine is accepting work until September 20. Selected contributors will not be compensated, but will be provided with files to print and sell the finished zine.
  • 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.
  • The Silent Manga Audition is accepting entires for its 12th competition with the theme “New Beginning” until September 30.
  • Object Head Zine: Science and Technology is accepting submissions until October 2. Entries will be accepted provided that the follows the theme and rules. The zine will be available digitally for free.



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!


Designers


Fan Zines

  • button_new3 endingbutton_4 Sfé is accepting submissions for Despite Everything: An Undertale Zine About Feelings until June 30. Contributors will be compensated with physical copies of the zine, but its intention is appreciation rather than profit.
  • endingbutton_4 A Good Omens Fan Zine is accepting applications from writers, artists, and merch artists until June 30. More information is available here. There is no information about how funds will be distributed or if contributors will be compensated.
  • Milestones, A Killua/Gon Hunter x Hunter fan zine, is accepting applications from artists and writers until July 15. Funds accrued will be put towards production costs and charity.
  • button_new3 Artist Applications are open for FRUITY: A Kpop Girl Group Fanzine until July 20.

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!


Games

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


Mentorships & Fellowships

  • endingbutton_4 Bitch Media’s Fellowships for Writers are accepting applications until June 30. Selected fellows will receive a $2,000 stipend for the duration of their 3-month fellowship.
  • button_new3 Avengers of Color 2019, a coalition of 8 agented writers of color, is accepting applications from unagented writers of color until July 10.
  • The Submerging Writer Fellowship is accepting applications from writers who have had no books published, won no major awards, and aren’t enrolled in an MFA/PhD program until July 31.
  • (Cornish, NH) The Cornish CCS Fellowship Residency is currently accepting applications until August 15. The fellowship lasts from October 15 to November 15 and includes a $3,000 honorarium.


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

  • PEN America’s grants for writers and translators are now accepting applications.
  • endingbutton_4 The Louise Meriwether First Book Prize is currently accepting fiction and narrative fiction from women of color and nonbinary writers of color until today, 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.
  • The Mo Siewcharran Prize is accepting submissions from previously unpublished BAME authors until July 12. Prize winners will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to be published by Dialogue Books.
  • Applications are open for the Cupcake Award until July 30. The winner of the award will receive $250 to print a new minicomic, a free half table at next year’s CAKE (where their minicomic will debut), and the mentor support of CAKE’s special guest judge.

Check out Arts for LA, College Art Opportunities, or this list by ProFellow for grant opportunities.


Teaching

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

  • endingbutton_4 Blue Literary Magazine, a small press by and for sapphic women & nonbinary individuals, has a rolling submission policy. Their next issue is titled “supercut”, and all submissions up until the end of June will be considered for said issue. They are also seeking submissions for the Price of Violets Chapbook Contest, with the first place winner receiving $200 and ten copies of their published chapbook. There is a $25 submission fee, but fees will be waived for those coming from Paper Cat via email request.
  • endingbutton_4 Horror Collective Artemisia’s Axe is accepting submissions to their pride-themed horror zine NEON HORROR until June 30. Comics, illustrations, short stories, flash fiction, and collages from the LGBTQIA+ community are welcome. Contributors will be paid 25 pounds, with additional compensation depending on the success of funding. Contributors will also receive three zines and a PDF for self-printing.
  • endingbutton_4 Bitch Media’s Fellowships for Writers are accepting applications until June 30. Selected fellows will receive a $2,000 stipend for the duration of their 3-month fellowship.
  • endingbutton_4 Nightlight Pod is accepting submissions from Black horror writers until June 30. Writers of short fiction and reprints are paid $35, whereas writers of pieces longer than 3,500 will be paid $75.
  • KT Literary is accepting queries for agents from writers from underrepresented backgrounds during the month of July. See their page for more information on agent schedules for July.
  • endingbutton_4 What You Need to Know About Me, a new anthology from McSweeney’s, is accepting nonfiction and poetry from immigrant writers aged 11-24 until July 1. There is no information available about compensation for contributors.
  • Sapphic Zines is accepting applications from writers and artists for their upcoming volume “Celebrate” until July 14. Contributors will receive one free digital and printed copy. Profits will be split equally among the contributors.
  • ENBY Magazine is accepting pitches from nonbinary contributors for their fifth issues on “Bodies” until July 15. Small stipends will be paid to contributors.
  • PodCastle is accepting fantasy fiction submissions until July 15. 
  • button_new3 Enchanted Conversation is accepting submissions of comics and fiction for their August issue about fairy tales, folktales, and myths until July 20. Writers and comic creators will be a paid a flat rate of $10 only.
  • The American Greetings Alternative Writing Studio is accepting applications for freelance card writers. They’re also seeking funny cards for men until July 31.
  • Less Than Three Press is accepting submissions for its LGBTQIA anthology Creature Feature until July 31.
  • Bitch Media is seeking submissions for issue #85, “Sanctuary,” until August 6.
  • GAY Magazine is seeking submissions regarding pain until August 17. The magazine pays $1 per word.
  • Lee & Low Books is accepting picture book and middle grade/young adult manuscripts from previously unpublished writers of color and Native/Indigenous writers for two opportunities until August 31. The New Voices Award is for picture book manuscripts, and the New Visions Award is for middle grade/young adult manuscripts. Winners of each contest receive a cash prize of $2,000 and a standard publishing contract with Lee & Low Books.
  • Vestal Review is seeking flash fiction of 1,000 words or less by first and second generation immigrants until August 31. Writers can be immigrants in any country, but stories should reference or involve America. A small honorarium and a copy of the book will be provided to contributors, but contributors from outside the US will not receive a print copy.
  • Belt Publishing is seeking nonfiction narratives for an anthology about queer experiences in the Midwest, Appalachia, Plains, and Rust Belt until October 1.
  • Professor Grace Dillon is accepting submissions from emerging writers for “Imaging Indigenous Futurisms,” the 10th Annual Science Fiction Writing Contest, for a $1,000 award until November 1.

Check out writingcareer.com for a list of calls for submission!


Youth & Internships

Resources

Deals

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.

Giveaways


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 – June 21, 2019

 

 

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