Weekly Roundup: July 12, 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

  • 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 soon that will hopefully address this.
  • button_new3 Etsy announced that they will prioritize sellers who offer free shipping. Kitty shared a thread explaining why this is problematic for sellers and puts both buyers and sellers in bad positions. Shirley shared a feedback survey as well as the link to the forum discussion so you can provide your feedback.
  • You can now generate URLs before your Kickstarter project launches.
  • Kickstarter will be a launching a new challenge called “Break Kickstarter” from July 15 through August 15. They will also be hosting a Small Press, Big Ideas challenge during September.
  • 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.

Awards

button_new3 Online Hugo Award voting is open now until July 31.

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


dessertbuddies

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.


faearchaicbutton_new3 Kirt Burdick is currently raising funds to produce Fae Archaic: A Crime-Ridden Fairy Tale Redux. The 68-page, full-color hardcover comic mixes horror and high fantasy to tell the tale of an evil spirit  that possesses a senile smuggler’s riding toad. Tier options include digital and hardcover copies of the book, a signed and numbered bookplate, prints, folic comics, and a maquette. The Kickstarter ends on July 17.


nightisfallingbutton_new3 Barry Dodd is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Night Is Falling #1 – Welcome to Jonah’s Harbor. The ten-issue comic series is perfect for fans of nostalgic horror where kids save the day, as neighborhood kids in a New England town must defeat an ancient vampiric evil in the summer of ’77. This first issue will feature 30+ pages of full-color comics. Tier options include digital and physical copies of issue 1, an enamel pin, art prints, a t-shirt, and more. The Kickstarter ends on July 17.


spiritissue1Mark 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.


laabBeehive 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.


shatteredspaearprintIron 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.


chronicwarrior

button_new3 Abi Stevens is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Chronic Warrior Enamel Pins. Inspired by chronic and migraine warriors, Abi seeks to inspire and encourage those with chronic pain conditions. Tier options include stickers and enamel pins. The Kickstarter ends on July 26.


breaks2

button_new3 Ema Vieceli and Malin Ruyden are currently raising funds to produce BREAKS 2: Special Edition. BREAKS follows the high school years of two young men who must contend with bullying, toxic masculinity, and growing up through it all, “offering an LGBTQ positive story told through a violent and dramatic mystery that has kept readers guessing for years.” This second volume will feature 160 pages monochromatic comic pages. Tier options include digital and physical copies of books 1 and 2, a dust jacket, signed art prints, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on July 31.

General

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

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!

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

  • (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!
  • (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.
  • button_new3 (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. They’re also seeking a Visual Development Artist who can speak authentically to the Haitian characters, culture, mythology, and immigrant experience for The Prince of Port Au Prince.
  • (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.
  • (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.
  • 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.
  • (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

  • button_new3 The Comics Workforce Study is now available. Thank you Sasha Bassett for all of your work in collecting and parsing this data!
  • endingbutton_4 button_new3 Threadless is accepting artwork for the following design challenges: Feelings, due today, July 12; Dinosaurs, due July 19; Sweatshirts, due July 26; and Industrial, due August 2.
  • endingbutton_4 button_new3 inQluded is accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, visual art, and more from QTIBIPoC individuals aged 14-28 until July 14. Contributors will not be paid.
  • endingbutton_4 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.
  • endingbutton_4 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.
  • endingbutton_4 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.
  • endingbutton_4 Emerald Comics Distro is accepting submissions for distribution opportunities until July 15.
  • endingbutton_4 button_new3 The Spooky and Spice Zine is now accepting applications from artists and writers until July 15. All proceeds will be donated to Shriners Hospital.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 Clip Studio Paint is now accepting “Tips of the Month.” This month, submit a tutorial about effect techniques, costume design for fantasy characters, or digital hand lettering and line art until July 31 for a chance at cash prizes.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 SpiderForest Webcomic Collective is accepting applications from creators of ongoing webcomics until July 31.
  • button_new3 Old Growth Press is currently accepting submissions of poetry, prose, or art-focused comics that speaks to the experience of being a BIPOC and/or LGBTQ2S+ individual, from Canada-based creators, and particularly from BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ folks, until September 1.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 Sinister Wisdom is seeking fiction, non-fiction, prose, poetry, and visual art from Asian lesbians until September 30. There is no mention of how contributors will be compensated.
  • 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

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

  • 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 Mo Siewcharran Prize is accepting submissions from previously unpublished BAME authors until today, 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 for more voice acting and audio opportunities.


Writing and Editing

  • endingbutton_4 button_new3 inQluded is accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, visual art, and more from QTIBIPoC individuals aged 14-28 until July 14. Contributors will not be paid.
  • endingbutton_4 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.
  • endingbutton_4 ENBY Magazine is accepting pitches from nonbinary contributors for their fifth issues on “Bodies” until July 15. Small stipends will be paid to contributors.
  • endingbutton_4 PodCastle is accepting fantasy fiction submissions until July 15. 
  • endingbutton_4 button_new3 The Spooky and Spice Zine is now accepting applications from artists and writers until July 15. All proceeds will be donated to Shriners Hospital.
  • button_new3 Autostraddle is seeking 2-4 new regular writers and is accepting applications until July 17.
  • 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 The Resonance Network is accepting submissions of fictional accounts of daily life in Wakanda until July 24. There is no mention of whether or not contributors will be compensated.
  • The American Greetings Alternative Writing Studio is accepting applications for freelance card writers. They’re also seeking funny cards for men until July 31.
  • button_new3 Fiyah Lit Mag is accepting submissions of short stories, novelettes, and poetry for their twelfth issue “Chains” 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.
  • button_new3 Old Growth Press is currently accepting submissions of poetry, prose, or art-focused comics that speaks to the experience of being a BIPOC and/or LGBTQ2S+ individual, from Canada-based creators, and particularly from BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ folks, until September 1.
  • button_new3 Sinister Wisdom is seeking fiction, non-fiction, prose, poetry, and visual art from Asian lesbians until September 30. There is no mention of how contributors will be compensated.
  • 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 28, 2019

 

 

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