Weekly Roundup: November 29, 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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  • SmackJeeves is reformatting their website on December 2 and removing custom domains and templates. They’re also cancelling their subscription model and refunding current subscribers.
  • 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.

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 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.

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 2020 Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards is accepting submissions of fiction and nonfiction graphic novels published in 2019 until February 1, 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 SFWA Nebula Awards are accepting nominations from Active, Lifetime Active, and Associate SFWA members in good standing until February 15, 2020, 11:59pm PST.

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


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.


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.


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.


Clarissa Redwine, formerly of Kickstarter, is currently raising funds to produce Solidarity Onboarding. The kit contains tools to open the conversation about organizing workspaces in the tech industry, and includes a booklet with common anti-labor statements made by companies, an enamel pin, a pencil, and a sticker. Tier options include the kit and a show of support for the upcoming free digital edition of the kit’s booklet. The campaign ends on December 2.


Artemisia’s Axe and the Corpse’s Tongue is currently raising funds to publish the Neon Horror Zine. Featuring artwork and short stories from 18 LGBTQIA+ contributors, each piece embraces themes of horror and bright neon color palettes. Tier options include digital and physical prints of the zine, a hard enamel pin, and stickers. The campaign ends on December 12.


TO Comix Press is currently raising funds to publish comic anthology Wayward Kindred. With 17 stories exploring stories about “family” and featuring monsters told in over 200 full-color comic pages, Wayward Kindred promises to be an affecting collection. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, prints, past TO Comix titles, and commissions. The campaign ends on December 13.


Artist Yohi Yoshitani is currently raising funds to produce kitsune-themed apparel line KITSUNE. Tier options include an enamel pin, hat, posters, a belt bag, a collar chain enamel pin duo, and a reversible jacket. The campaign ends on December 14.


button_new3 The Nib is currently raising funds to publish Be Gay, Do Comics: A Queer Comics Anthology. The anthology features 250 pages of full-color comics and queer history, memoir, and satire by more than 30 contributors. Tier options include digital and physical (hardcover) copies of the anthology, a tote bag, stickers, buttons, enamel pins, and past issues of The Nib. The campaign ends on December 19


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 (Washington D.C., May 1-3, 2020) is currently accepting applications for its Artist Alley, Pride Alley, and Makers Market.
  • CAKE (Chicago Alternate Comics Expo; June 13-14, 2020) is accepting applications until December 14.
  • ConnectiCon (Hartford, CT; July 9-12, 2020) has Artist Colony tables available.
  • FanX (Salt Lake City, UT; September 17-19, 2020) has artist alley and exhibitor spaces available.
  • The Hill City Comics and Zine Fair (Lynchburg, VA; March 21, 2020) is accepting table applications until January 3, 2020.
  • LightBox Expo (Pasadena, CA; September 11-13, 2020) is accepting table applications until 9PM PST on January 31, 2020.
  • The NYC Feminist Zine Fest (New York, NY; March 29, 2020) is accepting applications with sliding scale table costs until December 15.
  • QFX East (Tampa, FL; May 29-31, 2020) is currently accepting vendor applications. They’re also accepting panel submissions.
  • Rose City Comic Con (Portland, OR; September 11-13, 2020) is accepting Artist Alley and Makers Market applications (WAIT LIST ONLY).
  • button_new3 Sakura-Con (Seattle, WA; April 10-12) is accepting Artist Alley applications.
  • endingbutton_4 VanCAF (Vancouver, CAN; May 16-17, 2020) is accepting applications for its artist alley until December 1.
  • WonderCon (Anaheim, CA; 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

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

  • endingbutton_4 The Bi Pride Anthology is accepting applications from artists and writers until November 30. Profits after production costs will be split between contributors and a charity.
  • endingbutton_4 Neon Hemlock Press is accepting short story submissions for the anthology Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World That Wouldn’t Die until November 30

  • #PitMad is taking place December 5. Find out more here.
  • button_new3 endingbutton_4 ENBY is seeking submissions from nonbinary contributors for their fifth issue themed around “Mental Health” until December 5. Contributors will be paid a small stipend in CAD.
  • ColorBLOQ is accepting submissions for their Spring Collection, TABLE: The Cultural History of Cuisine & Queer Relationships to Food until December 6.
  • The Nobrow Short Story Competition is accepting submissions around the theme “The censor” until December 9. The overall winner will receive £2000, and all selected contributors will receive £150, two complimentary copies of the book, and will be invited to attend events including a launch and readings.
  • FIYAH Lit Mag is accepting unthemed prose and poetry submissions until December 31.
  • Rebuilding Tomorrow is accepting prose submissions that feature disabled and/or chronically ill protagonists rebuilding society and living their life a significant time after an apocalyptic disaster. Submissions are open until January 31, 2020.
  • button_new3 Cantina Publishing is accepting submissions for f/f anthology Silk & Steel: An Adventure Anthology of Queer Ladies until February 22, 2020. Selected authors will be paid $0.08/word.

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

Youth & Internships



  • There are a lot of online sales this week and next thanks to Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday/Week in the US. Keep an eye out for them. Do a search on your technology and comic needs today and see what deals you can find!
  • button_new3 endingbutton_4 Clip Studio Paint is on sale for up to 50% off until December 3, 8AM UTC/GMT. 
  • button_new3 All Iron Circus books are on sale for 25% off, with a new title listed on sale for 50% off every day.
  • button_new3 endingbutton_4 Wacom is offering up to 40% off its refurbished tablets until December 2.
  • endingbutton_4 XP-Pen is offering up to 30% off their products through December 5.
  • button_new3 ZapCreatives is offering 20% off everything with code BLACK20 – only valid for 500 uses.

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 22, 2019



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