Weekly Roundup: April 3, 2020

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 || 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 || Voice Acting || Writing and Editing || Youth and Internships || Resources || Deals || Giveaways


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  • In response to the difficulty experienced by creative professionals affected by show cancellations, a number of people have developed online-accessible events:
    • Artist Alley Online is a directory of the artists who would have been at Emerald City Comic Con prior to date changes.
    • This Artist Tracker shares creators whose upcoming show appearances were cancelled or rescheduled.
    • Love in Panels is offering to schedule interviews, giveaways, and/or guest content with creators who have adult and YA romance books or comics with queer or romance elements to promote.
  • Etsy is forcing sellers who made more than $10,000 last year participate in advertising that costs a 15% additional fee on each sale. Sellers cannot opt out. However, watermarking your image may save it from being used by Etsy outside of the site.
  • Kickstarter employees voted to form a union. Congratulations!!
  • 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 and Prizes

Nilah Magruder shared this Illustration Awards Masterlist. 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 50th Annual Locus Awards has voting open until April 15.

The 2020 World Fantasy Awards are accepting submissions of fantasy books and magazines published in 2019. Materials should be received before May 31 (as soon as possible).

Crowdfunded Projects


endingbutton_4 POMEMag is currently raising funds to publish GOING STEADY, an anthology about couples in solid romantic partnerships. Featuring over 200 pages of comics by fourteen creators, Going Steady “[celebrates] the romance—and adventure—of loving partnerships, whether your relationship is a brand new spark or an old flame. Reward options include digital and physical copies of the anthology, and digital and physical copies of past POMEMag comic anthologies. The campaign ends on April 4.


endingbutton_4 C.R. Fahey is currently raising funds to publish the first episode of SAINTS’QUARTER. The ongoing urban fantasy series features a supernaturally-saturated neighborhood, the people who live there, more than mild peril, and the trials of learning to adult. Reward options include digital and physical copies of Episode one, a Kickstarter-exclusive digital wallpaper, sticker packs, postcards, a poster, custom artwork, and a cameo in the comic. The campaign ends on April 6.


endingbutton_4 Abi Stevens is currently raising funds to produce PORTENTS, a hard enamel jewelry series. The designs are based on an illustration created for short story The Splendour With Which She Shines by Jen Lua Allan. Jewelry pieces are gradually unlocked as pledges towards the campaign increase in volume. Reward options include earrings, necklaces, commissions, and prints. The campaign ends on April 7.


endingbutton_4 Ilinca Barbacuta is currently raising funds to publish Hiraeth: A Longing for Home. The art book collects the work of 28 artists tasked with illustration their perspective of “home.” Reward options include digital and physical copies of the art book, a bookplate, a bookmark, prints, an embroidered patch, enamel pins, and commissions. The campaign ends on April 8.


endingbutton_4 Fortuna Media is currently raising funds to publish Almost Real: A Speculative Biology Zine (Volume 3: Aquatics). The Almost Real series, a multi-volume, ~60 page anthology collection with at least 12 different speculative biology prose and artwork entries in each volume, focuses around the celebration of speculative biology while aiming to recapture the magic of publications like Zoobooks and interactive encyclopedia artwork entries. Reward options include digital and physical copies of Volume 3, digital or physical copies of Volumes 1 or 2, an acrylic stand, an enamel pin, and a poster insert. The campaign ends on April 9.


endingbutton_4 Cartoonist Matt Smith is currently raising funds to publish You’re Stuck With Me Now, a 140+ page graphic novel romantic comedy about how Matt met his Scottish wife while teaching in Kuwait. Reward options include digital and physical copies of You’re Stuck With Me Now, an autobio digital or physical comics bundle, a digital horror comics bundle, or a collection of all of Matt’s comics to date. The campaign ends on April 9.


Natalia Lopes is currently raising funds to produce The Chilling Wind of Rage Rattles My Bones: A Nightmare Zine. Two sisters—one a poet, and the other an artist—developed the zine, which houses nightmarish and unsettling visions in a beautifully macabre aesthetic. Reward options include digital and physical copies of the zine, art prints, a poetry recording, and original artwork and poetry. The campaign ends on April 19.


button_new3 Pilot Zines is raising funds to publish Bi Your Side: A Bi Pride Anthology. The anthology features 36 creators, who made 6 comics, 4 written works, and over 15 illustrations in full color celebrating bisexual identity. Reward options include digital and physical copies of the anthology, a behind-the-scenes PDF, postcard prints, acrylic charms, wooden pins, a sticker sheet, and a bookmark. The campaign ends on April 23.


button_new3 Lauren Darnell is raising funds to publish The Day It Rained Iguanas. The picture book, written for children ages 4-8 or Pre-K-3rd grade, is about overcoming fear with compassion. Maria, a girl with a fear of reptiles (especially lizards), must overcome her fears to help the iguanas falling from the sky. Reward options include digital and physical copies of the book, a sticker, a bookmark, a lesson plan, and an entry into a school trip raffle. The campaign ends on April 24.



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. Check Chris Arrant’s #ComicJobs hashtag on Twitter.

Conventions and Events

Many conventions and major events have been cancelled due to travel restrictions, guest cancellations, and preventative responses to the spread of coronavirus. Here is a list of cancelled and postponed conventions. Please check in daily with any event you have planned for the next three to four months. And, as always, wash your hands.

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.

Here’s a list of international zine fests brought to you by ZINES!


Fan Zines

  • Rally Spectrum+, an LGBT+ Fire Emblem fan book, is accepting artist and writer applications until April 24. All profits will be donated to the Trans Women of Color Collective.

Looking for fan zines to submit to? Check out this spreadsheet created by magicalzombie or the FindAnthologies twitter page for more!


Check this list of animation and gaming jobs worldwide that’s updated daily. Mitch Dyer shared a doc full of Game Dev jobs.

Mentorships & Fellowships

  • (Brooklyn, NY) Words Without Borders is seeking applicants for its editorial fellowship until April 15. The position requires a commitment of 16 hours per week for nine weeks, beginning in September, at the rate of $15 per hour.
  • The Emerging Writer Fellowship program, sponsored by The Miami Book Fair at Miami Dade College, is accepting applications from writers working to complete a book-length project within a year until April 30. Selected fellows will receive a $41,000 stipend, mentorship opportunities in Miami, FL, and more.
  • VS Books is accepting applications from unpublished writers who are Indigenous, Black or a person of color and who are 50 or older living in Canada until January 4, 2021.

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

  • We Need Diverse Books is looking to fill three contractual team positions: Webmaster for WordPress Site; Assistant Editor for YouTube Content; and Contributing Writers for the blog.
  • button_new3 Bracken is accepting poetry, fiction, and art submissions until April 20.
  • #DVPit’s next dates will be April 22 for Childrens/YA, and April 23 for Adult and #DVArt.
  • E is seeking submissions for a Holidays Anthology until April 30. Stories must be Own Voices, involve a non-Christian holiday, involve romance, and end optimistically or with a HEA.
  • NSFW! Cleis Press is accepting submissions based on the theme “surprise” for the anthology Best Women’s Erotica of the Year: Volume 5 until May 1.
  • Speculative City is seeking  fiction, poetry, and essays with the theme of Afrofuturism written by authors who are specifically of Black and/or African descent until June 1. Submit pieces under 5,500 words to submissions@speculativecity.com.
  • Nerve Endings: Smut and Nerve Endings: Romance are accepting submissions of short fiction addressing trans and non-binary experiences of sex, sexuality, and relationships. Submissions for Smut are due by July 5, and submissions for Romance are due by July 5, 2021.

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! 


Thank you to Steven, April, Chromophage, Indira, Nathan, SAWHAND, Elle, Geneva, Amanda, Andi, Annie, BlackHairedDemon, Catherine, Farid, Frannie, Grey, Lara, Laura, Maaike, Metouji, Michi, Myfanwy, and Ravi for your Patronage!

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Link to the previous Roundup: Weekly Roundup – March 27, 2020



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