Weekly Roundup: September 6, 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 soon that will hopefully address this.
  • button_new3 Anyone who has previously used KrakenPrint should contact the warehouse currently storing books printed with KrakenPrint, as the warehouse is preparing to place inventory up for auction. Read here for more information.
  • button_new3 The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced that as of September 1, books printed in China or Hong Kong will be subject to a 10% tariff. Tariffs on children’s picture, drawing, or coloring books will be delayed until December 15.
  • button_new3 Patreon notified users that a new EU law will require Patreon to add an extra security step for EU patrons. More details are available in this article from their help center.
  • 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.


button_new3 Nilah Magruder shared this Illustration Awards Masterlist. Wow. Scroll down to the Resources section to see even more that Nilah has contributed to the community for free. Thank you so much, Nilah!

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.

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


Jordaan Arledge of Arledge Comics is currently running a “Break Kickstarter” crowdfunding campaign for the production of Alex Priest: Issue Five – The Finale.  As the story of demon slayer Alex Priest and scientific Janelle Garcia comes to a close, backers have the opportunity to sway the plot – vote “Heroes” to keep the heroes alive, or “Villains” to end the life of a hero in this final comic. Tier options include digital and physical copies of Issue 5, digital and physical copies of previous issues, alternate covers you can vote with, trading cards, enamel pins, and prints. The Kickstarter ends on September 8.


Taneka Stotts is currently raising funds for the production of Elements: Earth, a comic anthology by creators of color. The all-ages LGBTQ+ friendly comic anthology feature 272 pages of black and white comics (with a Pantone spot color) inspired by the theme of “earth.” Tier options include digital and physical copies of the anthology, a wallpaper pack, a bookplate, postcards, an enamel pin, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on September 9.


Lindsay Moore of Hellcat Press is currently raising funds to produce Dark Lady Returns: A Horrifying Anthology. The anthology features all-female contributors with over 200 pages of original horror comics. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a digital obituary, a print, Hellcat Press’s previous anthologies, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on September 10.


Ru Xu is currently raising funds on Kickstarter for the production of Appeal! Pilot. Previously shared in illustrations, concept work, and other art, this pilot finally introduces the werewolf lawyer Loyal and vampire Azhar in comic form and the start of their relationship. Tier options include digital and physical copies of Appeal! Pilot, a print set, a trio charm, a signed bookplate, a silkscreen print, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on September 13.


Abi is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce a set of pride-themed cowboy hat enamel pins. Following the success of a sticker set with the same artwork, Abi decided to produce enamel pins, seeking to expand the flags represented with crowdsourced funding. Tier options include up to four enamel pins and the option of stickers. The Kickstarter ends on September 13.


Rem and Bikkuri are currently raising funds for the publishing of Devil’s Candy – Book 1. Devil’s Candy is a horror-themed action/comedy comic for teens that follows Kazu Decker after he constructs the human-like Pandora for a science project and brings her to school. Tier options include digital and physical copies of Book 1, a digital and physical art books, a digital wallpaper, and a stationery set. The Kickstarter ends on September 14.


Payton F is currently raising funds to publish Help Wanted: Volume OneHelp Wanted is an LGBT romantic dramedy that follows Anne Black, a recent college grad new to Minneapolis who just started work as a live-in caretaker. While she gets to know the staff and tenants, she fails to realize the house’s inhabitants are all supernatural! Tier options include digital and physical copies of Help Wanted: Volume One, postcards, buttons, original artwork, and a vinyl sticker. The Kickstarter ends on September 14.


Let’s Make Comics!, a Chicago-based comic collective, is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce This Makes Me Sad: A Short Comics Anthology. Featuring 48 pages of black-and-white comics, the anthology focuses on sadness, grief, and depression, and what can come of those expressions. Tier options include digital and physical copies of This Makes Me Sad, copies of past anthologies by the collective, a button, and a print. The Kickstarter ends on September 15.


Beehive Books is currently raising funds to translate and publish Artemisia: The Original Painter of Women in Power in English. Originally published in French, this graphic novel biography explores the life of Artemisia Gentileschi, a woman who “reinterpreted biblical and mythological scenes through a lens of female agency and empowerment” and lived off the success of her works. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, signed and numbered editions, a bookmark, and original artwork. The Kickstarter ends on September 17.


Enkidu Studios is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to publish Modern Mythology: The Hero’s Journey. The comic and art anthology features over 160 pages and 17 stories by 29 creators, along with facts about the story’s original myth, cultural influences, and more. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, prints, Enkidu Studios’ past two books, original artwork, and more. The Kickstarter ends on September 19.


The Starlight City Project is currently raising funds to publish R:ILPERSONA Volume 2: High Places & Principalities. R:ILPERSONA takes place on a post-apocalyptic Earth where technology and black magic have united into a force known as “The Ether.” Two opposing factors are fighting an all-out war – and in the middle of it, assassin Rane loses his memory and must learn all over again who is an enemy and what he must do. Tier options include digital and physical copies of volumes one and two, stickers, alternate covers, prints, and more. The Kickstarter ends on September 19.


button_new3 Miss Anthology is currently raising funds to produce its third volume of comics created entirely by cartoonists aged 9 to 22. The 150+ page full color comic anthology will feature stories rated for older teen and mature readers, with the goal of introducing racially and economically diverse young comics artists to publishing and working professionally. Tier options include digital and physical copies of this volume, digital and physical copies of volumes 1 and 2, a zine with comic tips, prints, buttons, an enamel pin, a tote bag, and more. The Kickstarter ends on September 22.



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

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!


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

Mentorships & Fellowships

  • 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.
  • The ABR Indigenous Fellowship, worth $10,000, is accepting proposals from emerging or established Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writers, journalists, commentators, scholars, activists, and creative writers until October 1.  The fellowship recipient will be expected to contribute three high-quality nonfiction articles to the Australian Book Review.

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

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


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Voice Acting

PodCastle is seeking a masc-presenting Russian narrator for a lightly comedic piece.

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

Writing and Editing

  • Bronzeville Books is seeking horror short stories from Latinx and AfroLatinx writers for the upcoming anthology Latinx Screams until September 13.
  • ColorBLOQ is accepting submissions for their November publication ARMOR: Celebrating Fashion, Couture, and the Style Journeys of Queer and Trans People of Color until September 13.
  • 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.
  • Storm of Blue Press is seeking submissions from LGBTQ women and nonbinary individuals for its first anthology “catch flights, not feelings” through October 1 (soft deadline). Email submissions to stormofblue.lit@gmail.com and include first and last name, the category of your submission, and “catch flights, not feelings anthology” in the email title. Enclose a brief third person bio, your pronouns, & how you specifically relate to Blue as an LGBTQ woman or nonbinary individual in the email body . Include all submissions in ONE Word Doc or Google Doc.
  • #DVPit will take place on October 22 from 8AM to 8PM EST for Children’s books and YA, and on October 23 from 8AM to 8PM ET for Adult books and artists (#DVart).
  • 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 – August 30, 2019



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