Weekly Roundup: November 8, 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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  • button_new3 The MNT announced that they are suspended operations at the end of the month, but left open the possibility of reopening later.
  • Supporters of Kickstarter United can look to this page for ideas on how to show their support. NOTE: Paper Cat Press supports the union and will follow their lead in the use of Kickstarter.
  • 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.


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.

button_new3 The opening rounds of the Goodreads 2019 Choice Awards are open for votes until November 10. Vote now for your favorite books of the year (including Graphic Novels & Comics).

The Lambda Literary Awards are accepting entries until November 15. There is an entrance fee of $55.

The 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards is accepting submissions until November 27 (6PM PST). Each submission requires a separate entry form and a $100 processing fee payable to GLAAD; reduced fees or hardship waivers can be requested. More information about submissions can be found here.

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 Massachusetts Book Awards are accepting fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s picture book, early reader books, and middle grade/young adult literature by residents of Massachusetts until December 31, 2019 (postmark date).

The Ladies Do Comics Award is accepting submissions of long form graphic novels in process from women in the UK. Digital forms must be submitted by January 5, 2020 and printed books must be received by January 26, 2020.

button_new3 The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is accepting novel-length books and short fiction by Canadian authors published in 2019 until January 31, 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.

The Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition is accepting submissions of graphic novels in process from creators who have not yet published a full-length graphic work until February 28, 2020.

Crowdfunded Projects


endingbutton_4 Power and Magic Press is currently raising funds to produce Power & Magic: The Queer Witch Anthology Volume 2. This anthology features over 200 pages of black-and-white young adult comics starring queer witches of color. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, digital and physical copies of Power & Magic: Volume 1, as well as the other books from Power and Magic Press, a bookplate, a sketch card, and an enamel pin. The campaign ends on November 9.

astroladiesendingbutton_4 Illustrator Geneva Benton is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce AstroLadies Enamel Pins. Inspired by her own past illustrations, Geneva’s collection of enamel pins feature confident women and themes of space and exploration. Tier options include enamel pins and foil prints. The campaign ends on November 12.


endingbutton_4 Bones McKay and Ursula Gray are currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Moonlight: A Queer Werewolf Anthology. More than twenty queer creators contributed short stories and comics to this anthology about queer werewolves. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book. The campaign ends on November 12.


Kayla Swain is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to print Midwinter Volume 2. A fusion of cyberpunk aesthetics and fantasy elements, Midwinter tells the story of the thief Nox and hospital director Pendiah. Tier options include digital and physical copies of volumes 1 and 2, a digital and physical copy of issue 8 (the newest issue), pinback buttons, a signed bookplate, a metal bookmark, wallpapers, bonus world lore and page process PDFs, commissions, and more. The Kickstarter ends on November 17.


Arledge Comics is currently raising funds to produce Strange Waters. The black and white comic anthology features fifteen stories, all with the unifying theme of queer expression and water. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, an enamel pin, a pirate flag, and other Arledge Comics titles. The Kickstarter ends on November 18.


Carnation Books is currently raising funds to publish The Queer Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Composed of queer, transformative explorations of the Sherlock Holmes universe, the anthology features nine authors well-known for their work in fanfiction. Tier options include digital and paperback copies of the book and a limited-edition dust jacket. The campaign ends on November 18.


Illustrator Peo Michie is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to publish SPOOKY BABES. The art book (14 pages, perforated for easy removal and display) and comic (22 pages, perfect-bound, riso) feature risqué supernatural LGBT+ entertainment. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the comic, digital and physical copies of the art book, stickers, and an enamel pin. The Kickstarter ends on November 20.


button_new3 Cantina Publishing is currently raising funds to publish Silk and Steel, a queer SF/F adventure anthology of high femmes and dashing swordswomen. Featuring 9 authors with 6 illustrators set as stretch goals, the anthology project hopes to open submissions depending on further funding. Tier options include digital and physical books, art cards, mini mentoring sessions, query critique packages, and more. The campaign ends on November 25.


button_new3 Artist K. Lynn Smith is currently raising funds to produce For Goodness Sake Volume One. Cursed and increasingly demonic Thatcher winds up traveling the country with free-spirited Rayne, who believes there might be a way to cure him. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the comic, enamel pins, commissions, model heads, and a 1/6 Thatcher doll. The campaign ends on November 28.


button_new3 Atthis Arts, LLC, is currently raising funds to publish its third anthology Community of Magic Pens. The book will collect new original flash fiction and short stories centered around joy, hope, community, and magic pens. Tier options include digital and paperback copies of the book, copies of all three Atthis Arts anthologies, a limited edition hardcover, and custom flash fiction by anthology editor E.D.E. Bell. The campaign ends on November 30.


button_new3 Kaitlin Willians is currently raising funds to cover costs for the publication of Name & None Issue 3. A magazine by and for trans/non-binary/non-cis community, Name and None seeks to support, celebrate, and elevate creators often overlooked by mainstream publications. Tier options include early access to the magazine and a postcard. The campaign ends on November 30.


button_new3 Creatively Queer Press is currently raising funds to cover the publishing costs of Cuentos: A Bilingual Latinx+ Illustrated Story Anthology. Featuring primarily Latinx artists, Cuentos showcases their artistic interpretations of the various monsters and myths found across Latin America, Spain, and the Philippines, and then presents them for a modern audience. Tier options include digital and physical copies of Cuentos, a copy of Eye of the Beholder, a print, an original watercolor sketch, and many thanks. The campaign ends on December 1.


Comic creator G. E. Gallas is currently raising funds on Unbound to publish The Plague and Doctor Caim. Following the life of a 17th-century plague doctor, The Plague and Doctor Caim explores the history of the Black Plague and its treatment in a fictional macabre comedy. Tier options include the hardback book, the ebook, a bookmark, postcards, and linocut prints.



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 Opportunities, or Graphic Competitions 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.

Conventions and Events

Con or Bust is seeking volunteers to join their Board as a an Interim President and Treasurer, as well as seasonal volunteers. Con or Bust aims to provide free tickets and travel grants to fans of color who want to attend SFF cons.

  • AwesomeCon (May 1-3, 2020) is currently accepting applications for its Artist Alley, Pride Alley, and Makers Market.
  • CANZINE‘s table registration is now open for Ottawa and Saskatoon.
  • ConnectiCon (July 9-12, 2020) has Artist Colony tables available.
  • button_new3 GenCon (July 30-August 2, 2020) is accepting table applications until November 17.
  • button_new3 LightBox Expo (September 11-13, 2020) is accepting table applications until 9PM PST on January 31, 2020.
  • The Oakland Creates Mini Zinefest/Comix Fest (December 14) is accepting applications.
  • QFX East (May 29-31, 2020) is currently accepting vendor applications. they’re also accepting panel submissions.
  • Rose City Comic Con (September 11-13, 2020) is accepting Artist Alley and Makers Market applications.
  • VanCAF (May 16-17, 2020) is accepting applications for its artist alley until December 1.
  • WonderCon (April 10-12, 2020) is accepting artist alley applications.

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

Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops

  • Light Grey Art Lab opened applications for two upcoming art camps: one in Japan ($2,295), and one in Costa Rica ($2,150). Payment plans are available.

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.


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

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

Youth & Internships

  • Children aged 3-18 are invited to submit artwork to the Space Foundation’s International Student Art Contest. Submit artwork with the theme “how exploring space improves life on earth” by November 18 for a chance at recognition and prizes with cash values of up to $1,200.



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 – November 1, 2019



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