Weekly Roundup: July 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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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


  • button_new3 Less Than Three Press is closing.
  • button_new3 Bedside Press is launching a mentorship and publishing program for new comics creators. Email pitches to submissions@bedsidepress.com for response.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

button_new3 The Ripped Bodice Awards for Excellence in Romantic Fiction will announce its winners on February 14, 2020. While there is no formal submissions process and judges are tasked with making note of memorable romance fiction, you are welcome to submit your work for consideration.

Crowdfunded Projects


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.


button_new3 Che Grayson is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Magic Hour, a TV anthology series that features magical and mystifying stories with Queer & POC folks at the center. To quote the Kickstarter project page, “the show explores identity through the lens of fantasy, science-fiction and horror,” and its pilot episode will feature Indya Moore, the incredible nonbinary actor who plays Angel on Pose. Tier options include a postcard, behind-the-scenes photos, a digital download of the Magic Hour screenplay, a digital download of the Magic Hour soundtrack, digital access to the pilot film, a poster, a t-shirt, an enamel pin, a DVD, a private screening of the film, and more. The Kickstarter ends on July 31.


button_new3 Strange Horizons is currently raising funds to support their magazine running costs through 2020. The speculative fiction magazine has been nominated for a Hugo Award seven years in a row, and has published stories that have either been shortlisted for or won Hugo, Nebula, Locus, James Tiptree Jr., and World Fantasy Awards. Tier options include an ebook copy of their special issue for this fund drive, all 2019 Strange Horizons ebooks, a digital wallpaper, pins, mugs, t-shirts, tote bags, and more. The Kickstarter ends on July 31.


button_new3 The Center for Cartoon Studies is currently raising funds to produce This is What Democracy Look Like: A Graphic Guide to Governance. The 32-page comic features resources and free study guide, and CCS plans to visit schools throughout the country to work with teachers and inform students about US government. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a bumper sticker, a tote bag, a risograph poster, and more. The Kickstarter ends on July 31.


button_new3 Hope Nicholson is currently raising funds to produce Love After the End, a young adult anthology featuring short stories by Indigenous authors with Two-Spirit & Queer heroes. Edited by Joshua Whitehead, the anthology is approximately 120 pages long and will be published by Bedside Press. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, digital and physical copies of Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time, and its audiobook. The Kickstarter ends on August 7.


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!


  • (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.
  • button_new3 (Kilkenny, Ireland) Cartoon Saloon is seeking a Character and Prop Designer, Character Designer, Location Designer, Production Coordinator, Storyboard Artist, and Storyboard Supervisor.
  • (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, an Assistant Animatic Editor, an Assistant Editor (Feature), a CG Generalist (Scripting/Modeling),Character Designer, a Department TD, a Production Assistant (Feature)Production Designer (Feature), Storyboard Artist (Feature), Storyboard Artists (TV)Visual Development Artist (Feature), Visual Development Artist (TV)and more. They’re also hiring interns for Fall 2019.
  • (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, Art Directors, a Background Designer, Background Painters, Episode Directors, a Freelance Writer, a Head of Story, a Lead Character Designer, a Line Producer, Production Coordinators, Production Managers, a Production Supervisor, Prop Designers, Storyboard Artists, a Technical Director, and Visual Development Artists (one for Pashmina, one for Prince of Port Au Prince, and one for general work).
  • button_new3 (Burbank, CA) Nickelodeon is hiring an Animation Technical Support Representative, Background Designer/2D Layout Artists, a Character Designer, a CG Character Modeler, a CG Generalist, a CG Texture Artist, a Freelance Storyboard Artist, a Storyboard Artist, a Picture/Animatic Editor, a Production Designer, a Senior Publicist, a Supervising Director, and more.
  • 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.
  • (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 Animation Checker, an Assistant Editor, a Production Coordinator, and interns in Los Angeles, CA. In New York, they’re seeking artist and production interns. They’re also seeking a 2D Animator in Vancouver, Canada.
  • (Burbank, CA) Walt Disney Animation Studios is hiring an environment look development artist and a story artist. They’re also seeking applications for Apprentice Story Artists until August 11.
  • button_new3 (Burbank, CA) Warner Bros. Picture Group is seeking a Feature Production Trainee.

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

  • 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: Sweatshirts, due today, July 26Industrial, due August 2; and Oceanography, due August 9.
  • endingbutton_4 Bedside Press is accepting artist and cartoonist team applications for Gothic Tales of Haunted Love 2: The Beloved Hereafter until today, July 26. Comics may be 5-10 pages, and pin-up artists will be accepted. Contributors will be paid $100/page.
  • endingbutton_4 button_new3 Rebellion Publishing, inspired by Ryan Estrada’s tweet about Simu Liu “[shooting his] shot,” is accepting one-tweet pitches until July 28. Interested editors will reach out via Twitter DMs, so make sure yours are open!
  • endingbutton_4 button_new3 The Trans Day of Resilience art project is accepting applications from trans and nonbinary people of color and Indigenous Two Spirit artists and poets until July 28.
  • endingbutton_4 button_new3 The Antiracist Research & Policy Center (ARPC) and Penguin Random House are accepting submissions for the Antiracism Symbol Design Challenge until July 29. The winning design will be used as the ARPC’s logo, and the winning artist will receive $5,000.00 and permanent all-access to ARPC’s annual National Antiracist Book Festival.
  • 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.
  • SpiderForest Webcomic Collective is accepting applications from creators of ongoing webcomics until July 31.
  • button_new3 DigiComix is accepting applications from artists comfortable with drawing muscular, “jock”-like men for the upcoming “Ghost Bros” comic until August 15.
  • button_new3 Fiyah Lit Mag is accepting applications from artists who wish to do cover work until August 20.
  • button_new3 Webtoon is giving away 300 Clip Studio Paint licenses. You can enter by submitting artwork of your original character holding a sign that reads #WEBTOONCanvasSweeps until August 25. For more details, click here.
  • 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.
  • 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.

button_new3 Hope Nicholson of Bedside Press is offering a $500 stipend to any Indigenous creator going to con and needing assistance with travel funds.

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!


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.
  • button_new3 Jillian Tamaki is accepting applications for mentees until August 15. Two mentees will be selected – one in Toronto, and one located anywhere.
  • button_new3 The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is accepting applications for the 2020 Margins Fellowship until September 9. Four emerging Asian American, Muslim, and Arab writers of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction based in New York City aged 30 and under will receive $5,000, residency time at the Millay Colony for the Arts, mentorship, access to the AAWW writing space, and publication opportunities in our online magazine, The Margins.

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 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.


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Voice Acting

Check the Casting Call Club for more voice acting and audio opportunities.

Writing and Editing

  • endingbutton_4 button_new3 Rebellion Publishing, inspired by Ryan Estrada’s tweet about Simu Liu “[shooting his] shot,” is accepting one-tweet pitches until July 28. Interested editors will reach out via Twitter DMs, so make sure yours are open!
  • endingbutton_4 button_new3 The Trans Day of Resilience art project is accepting applications from trans and nonbinary people of color and Indigenous Two Spirit artists and poets until July 28.
  • endingbutton_4 button_new3 Strange Horizons is accepting applications for Submissions Editors until July 29. The position is volunteer and unpaid.
  • endingbutton_4 button_new3 Fiyah Lit Mag is accepting submissions of poetry prose baed on the theme “Chains” until July 30.
  • The American Greetings Alternative Writing Studio is accepting applications for freelance card writers. They’re also seeking funny cards for men until July 31.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 Name and None is seeking submissions from trans/non-binary/two-spirit/genderqueer creators for its third issue until August 9. Contributors receive a small honorarium.
  • 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.
  • 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 Avon Books is accepting submissions of Adult HEA or HFN romance from unagented authors until September 15. #OwnVoices is highly encouraged, and writers of all gender identity, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, religion, national origin and ability are invited to apply.
  • 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



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 – July 12, 2019



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