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!
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- 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.
- Need information on elections, candidates, and public policy in the US? Check out Ballotpedia.
- Need to contact your government officials? Let Resist Bot and 5calls help you out.
- The Crash Override Network has resources on what to do if you’re a victim of online harassment and/or doxxing and how to protect yourself.
- If you are a trans person in need of legal assistance, check translawhelp.org for pro bono services in your state.
- Here’s a list of free or low-cost mental health resources. Thank you so much for compiling this list, Tiffany!
- If you need to talk to someone or otherwise vent, please utilize this list of help hotlines.
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
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 2020 Ringo Awards are now accepting nominations.
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).
SPX is accepting comic PDFs only for the 2020 Ignatz Awards until June 1.
The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards, also known as the Ringo Awards, are accepting nominations until June 25.
We Need Diverse Books is accepting submissions to the 2021 Walter Awards for Outstanding Children’s Literature until November 16. Submissions must be diverse works created my diverse authors, and fit into the category of either “Teen” or “Younger Readers.”
ghazpz is currently raising funds to publish Curse on Eyen Kingdom. Osawe wants to be the strongest man across the seven Kingdoms, but pursuing his goal causes problems for his father, the Oba of Eyen Kingdom. Reward options include a physical copy of the comic and original comic art. The campaign ends on May 12.
K. Theo Stultz and Lucky Pocket Press are raising funds to publish Canvas, a new risograph comic. Following a young painter struggling to find her muse, the comic will be 44 pages and printed in steel and red on a cream stock, with a soft laminated cover. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the comic and a limited-edition print. The campaign ends on May 13.
Giancarlo D’Alessandro is raising funds to cover the printing and products for the 2020 Milk and Honey Comic Anthology. Each issue is a collection of sequential art short stories, excerpts from larger works, and webcomics with informative questions with creators working in sequential art. Tier options include digital and physical copies of issues 5 and 6, physical copies of past issues, sticker sets, a risograph print, half-page ads, and full-page ads. The campaign ends on May 13.
Zainab Akhtar is raising funds to publish a new ShortBox collection of comics. ShortBox is an independent, Eisner-nominated comics publisher based in Yorkshire, England which publishes a mail-order comics box containing 5 new comics, a limited edition art-print, and some sweets. The only reward option for this campaign is the ShortBox itself, which includes five 36-80 page comics, and should ship in September this year. The campaign ends on May 20.
Nova and their wife Mali are raising funds to produce Lady Tarot Cards, an LGBT+ and POC Inclusive Tarot Deck. The tarot deck includes 78 cards featuring women and non-binary people, each illustrated by one of 44 LGBT women and nonbinary artists from across the globe. Reward options include the tarot card set; a digital booklet with all the art, tarot card meanings, and artist bios; a metallic print; a sticker of an embroidered design; and clear acrylic charms. The campaign ends on May 30.
- Abelle, the creator of the #DrawingWhileBlack hashtag, has created a directory of artists. Please add your name if you are a Black artist!
- Dual Wield Studio is hiring sewists at $20 per hour, or $1.25 per mask, whichever is less.
- If you’re a Filipino artist, add your name to the Filipino American Artist Directory!
- Jaleesa Rosario of the University of Michigan is looking for Black creators and creators of color who do business online as artists to fill out an anonymized survey. Participants will receive a small stipend for their time.
- The Latinx Collective shared a directory of Latina and Latinx small business owners and collectives. Check it out!
- (Burbank, CA) Bento Box is seeking an Art Director, a Background Designer, a Character Designer, an Episodic Director, an Executive Director, a Post Production Supervisor, a Prop Designer, a Storyboard Artist, and a Supervising Director. In North Hollywood, CA, they’re seeking an Animatic and Animation Editor, an Animation Producer, an Art Director, an Associate Producer, two Background Designers, two Character Designers, a Design Coordinator, two Episodic Directors, two Storyboard Artists, and a Supervising Director. In Los Angeles, CA, they’re seeking an Assistant Animation Editor.
- (London, UK) Blue-Zoo Animation is seeking an Assistant Editor, a Character Modelling and Texture Artist, a Design, Modelling, and Texture Artist, a Lead Environment Modeller, a Storyboard Artist, a Toonboom Scene Build Artist, a Design Breakdown Artist, a Junior Level Toonboom Rigger, a Mid-Senior Toonboom Rigger, an experienced 3D Character Animator, an Entry-Level 3D Character Animator, a CG Animation Director, an Experienced Set/Prop Designer, an Oculus Quill Artist, a Senior Lighting and Compositing Artist – Short Form, and a Senior Look/Development Artist. They’re also accepting speculative applications for Maya Animators, Maya Riggers, Maya Lighting/Compositing TDs, and Script Writers. They’re also seeking interns for 2D Storyboarding, Modelling, Look Dev/Lighting & Comp, 2D Backgrounds, Visual Development, 2D Animation, 3D Maya Animation, and 3D Rigging.
- (Burbank, CA) Disney TV Animation is seeking a Background Painter, Character Designer, Location Design, a Production Coordinator, Prop Designer, Storyboard Artist, and a Storyboard Revisionist.
- (Glendale, CA) DreamWorks is hiring an Animatic Editor (TV), an Animator (Feature), an Apprentice Editor, an Art Director (TV), a Character TD (TV), a Director (TV), a Lighter (Feature), a Lighter/Compositor (TV), a Previs/Rough Layout Artist (Feature), a Production Assistant (TV), a Production Coordinator (TV), a Senior Graphics/Rendering Engineer, a Storyboard Revisionist, and more.
- (Pasadena, CA) Duncan Studio is seeking a Storyboard Artist.
- (Madrid, Spain) Lightbox Animation Studios is seeking an Animation Lead, CFX Artists, a Layout Artist, a Matte Painter, a Junior Animator, a Mid Animator, a Senior Animator, and a Storyboard Artist.
- (Los Angeles, CA) Netflix Animation is hiring a Character Designer, a Color Designer, a Lead Character Designer, a Post Production Supervisor, a Prop Designer, a Storyboard Artist, and a Technical Director.
- (Burbank, CA) Nickelodeon is seeking two Animatic Editors, an Assistant Animatic Editor, an Animation Editor, an Art Director, an Assistant Animatic Editor, two Background Designers, a Background Designer/2D Layout Artist (2D), a Background Designer/2D Layout Artist (CG), three Background Painters, a CG Animation Director, a CG Character Designer, a CG Character Modeler, a CG Compositing Director, a CG Texture Artist, two Character Designers, two Character Technical Director/Riggers, an Environment Artist, an Executive Assistant, a Freelance Storyboard Artist, a Freelance Storyboard Director, a Lead CG Character Modeler, a Lighting/Compositing Artist, a Production Assistant, two Production Coordinators, three Prop Designers, a Storyboard Artist, a Storyboard Director, two Storyboard Revisionists, and a Supervising Director.
- (Vancouver, BC) Sony Imageworks is hiring Animators, Character FX Technical Directors, Compositors, FX Artists, Layout Artists, Lighters, Matte Painters, Modelers, and more.
- Titmouse is hiring for a number of positions in Los Angeles, CA, including Animatic Editor, Background Designer, Color Designer, Storyboard Artist, and many more. They’re also seeking a 2D Animator, a Background Layout Artist, a Background Painter, and a Compositor in Vancouver, Canada.
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.com. See Entertainment Careers for more listings.
Comics, Illustration, and More
- DisabledCartoonists.com has launched! Submissions at CartoonistsofColor.com and QueerCartoonists.com have reopened. Thank you Mari Naomi and Cameron for all of your work in creating and maintaining these priceless resources!
- The results of the Comics Workforce Study 2019 is now available. Thank you Sasha Bassett for all of your work in collecting and parsing this data!
- Threadless is currently running the following design challenges: Nouvelle Vague, until May 15; Stripes, due May 22; and Everyday Heroes Pt. 2, until May 29.
- Creators for Creators is accepting applications from previously unpublished (self-published and anthology work okay) comic creators until May 11. Stories must be between 64-100 pages upon completion.
- Monster Fight Club is hosting a Street Art Contest. Submit your work by May 16 for a chance to win up to $150 and be featured sides of Monster Fight Club’s new Metropolis buildings.
- 3dtotal is accepting submissions for the Dominant birds contest until May 17. Submit 2D or 3D work based on the question “What if birds were the dominant species?” for the chance to win XP-Pen graphic tablets.
- Platform Comics will accept enrollment to their 10k Challenge until May 19. Winners or winning teams will receive up to $300 and publisher feedback.
- Arledge Comics is seeking submissions for mixed media anthology What’s Left until May 31. Submissions of comics (black and white or grayscale), short stories, poems, illustrations, or photographs are welcome. Proceeds will fund microgrants for creators impacted by COVID-19.
- Obsolete Comics is accepting submissions of 1-6 page comics that explore what changes, and what doesn’t, in times of crisis for an upcoming anthology until May 31. The anthology will be distributed digitally for free, and all profits made through the sale of the anthology will be donated to UK homelessness charity Crisis.
- Penn State University Press is accepting comics about COVID-19 for its upcoming anthology, to be launched along with its new Graphic Mundi imprint in early 2021. They ask that artists who are willing—and in a position to do so—donate their work to this project, non-exclusively. To pay that forward, Penn State University Press will donate net proceeds from sales of the volume to organizations that support artists and retailers in need. Pitches are needed by June 1.
- Webtoon is hosting a short story contest. Submit 3-5 episodes with 30+ panels per episode, with a story that is either mind-bending or heartfelt, between April 30 and June 30 for a chance to win up to $15,000 and be published in an anthology.
- Bonfire Comics is accepting submissions of comics between 1 and 16 page in length with the theme “dreams” until July 15. Contributors will be paid $15/page.
- The Silent Manga Audition is accepting submissions with the theme “creatures, spirits, and monsters” until July 30.
- WildStar Press will be open to family-friendly short story submissions from May 10 to July 31.
- Anathema accepts fiction and nonfiction submissions year-round from queer and nonwhite writers. They are open to portfolio submissions from illustrators for new/original and/or reprint cover art.
- Webcomic collective Aradia is seeking an assistant volunteer to help maintain the collective and increase its outreach.
- Arledge Comics is accepting submissions of all-ages comics on a rolling basis.
- Arsenika is accepting portfolio submissions for reprint cover work and pays $100 for reprint artwork.
- An Aspec Journal is running an interest check. All profits would go to charity.
- AZE Journal is accepting general submissions from marginalized voices in the queer community.
- Comic Tea Party is accepting webcomic submissions for its Week Long Book Club.
- The Comic Tea Party Comment Storm is open for more entries.
- The Comicadia Herald is accepting submissions of news from webcomic creators, including convention appearances, publishing deals, relaunches and hiatus returns, contests, and more.
- Stephanie Cooke is actively connecting comic creators of all types for paid projects. Check out Creator Advisor for more information.
- Diskette and Harder Disk are accepting pitches, especially of erotic work, from queer creators.
- GenderTerror is accepting submissions of LGBTQ+ horror from artists and writers.
- Ink, Sweat and Tears is seeking webcomic creators to interview for their weekly newsletter.
- Jerry’s Art-A-Rama hosts a number of art contests, some ongoing and some requiring specific materials.
- Do you have a webcomic with LGBTQ characters and themes? LGBTQ Webcomics is looking to add more queer webcomics to their database on Tagpacker!
- Narratively is seeking submissions of writing, photography, and illustrations.
- The New Southern Fugitives is seeking submissions of fiction, book reviews, essays, poetry, photography, and visual art from creators in the South.
- You can send samples of your work along with pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered by The Nib.
- Pink Narcissus Press is seeking cover artwork for SF/F speculative fiction. They pay $100-$200 for nonexclusive rights.
- POMEgranate Magazine is accepting pitches from artists and writers.
- QueerWebcomics.com, a new small comics publisher, recently launched and has two mailing lists available for sign-up – one for professionals, and a general list for customers.
- Robot Dinosaur Games is accepting artwork submissions.
- Scholastic Canada invites professional illustrators to email sample art and links to an online portfolio to Andrea Casault, Art Director at email@example.com.
- SOLRAD is now accepting pitches for comics criticism, essays, and interviews. They are especially interested in cartoonists writing about other cartoonists, as well as work from academics.
- Webcomic Chat is seeking a new admin to manage the account and chat event. The position is volunteer and unpaid.
- (Los Angeles, CA) WEBTOON is currently seeking a temporary Community Operations Analyst (Spanish-Bilingual), a Content Analyst, a Digital Comic Editor (Spanish), an Editor, and a Producer. They’re also seeking a Freelance Writer, a Freelance Korean-Bilingual Editor/Linguistic Tester, and interns.
- The Webcomic Library is a new resource that hopes to serve as a comprehensive list of webcomics. Submit your webcomic using this form.
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 year. And, as always, wash your hands.
- Anime Expo has been cancelled.
- AwesomeCon (Washington D.C.; December 11-13) is currently accepting applications for its Artist Alley, Pride Alley, and Makers Market.
- The Castle Point Anime Convention Virtual Dealer’s Room and Artist Alley are now available to view online.
- The Center for Cartoon Studies is now hosting its series of summer workshops online.
- The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) has been postponed until 2021.
- The Chicago Zine Fest will take place online from May 15 to May 16.
- Denver Pop Culture Con has been postponed until November 27-29.
- Emerald City Comic Con (Seattle, WA) has been rescheduled for August 21-23.
- FlameCon (New York, NY; August 15-16) is accepting panel and performance applications until May 15.
- GeekGirlCon (Seattle, WA; October 31-November 1) is accepting vendor applications until May 15.
- Genghis Con (Cleveland, OH; November 29) is accepting artist alley applications until May 13 (extended).
- LightBox Expo will take place online.
- New York Comic Con (New York, NY; October 8-11) is accepting applications for its artist alley until June 5.
- The Portland Zine Symposium 19.5: Time Is Not Real will take place online from July 11-12. There will be no in-person PZS this year.
- QFX East has been postponed.
- The Queer Comics Expo will take place online from May 16 to May 17.
- Rose City Comic Con (September 11-13; Portland, OR) is accepting applications for professional badges until July 31 and professional tables until June 30. Their Artist Alley and Makers Market are also accepting applications, but they are waitlist only.
- San Diego Comic-Con has been cancelled. However, there will still be Eisner Awards for 2020.
- Short Run’s Dash Grant is accepting applications until June 24 (extended). The recipient will receive a $500 grant to produce their book to premiere at Short Run 2020.
- TCAF 2020 has been cancelled. Any creator or publisher who was scheduled to exhibit at TCAF 2020, including those who withdrew their participation for whatever reason, is invited to submit to the #TCAF2020 Exhibitor Digital Showcase by May 11.
- VanCAF 2020 has been cancelled.
- WisCon 44 will take place virtually May 21-25. Memberships are available here.
- WonderCon Anaheim 2020 shared its Online Exhibit Hall.
- (New York, NY) Random House Children’s Books is seeking a Marketing Senior Designer to join their Trade Marketing Team.
- (Warszawa, Poland) 11 Bit Studios is seeking a Character Concept Artist, an Expert Technical Animator, Senior Gameplay Animator, Lead Artist, Lead Game Designer, and more.
- (Salt Lake City, UT) Avalanche is seeking two Lead Designers.
- Failbetter Games is hiring a Senior Writer/Narrative Designer.
- itch.io has launched a job board so that studios can post paid positions to the itch.io development team.
(Irvine, CA) Nexon is seeking a Lead Gameplay Engineer, a Principal/Lead Technical Artist, a Senior/Principal VFX Artist, and a Senior Character Artist.
- (Wilmslow, UK) Playdemic is seeking a 3D Artist, an Assistant Producer, and a Games Designer.
- Queerly Represent Me is seeking more pitches for their Game As You Are series. Selected contributors will be paid. They’re also seeking interviewees who are queer and work in games.
- (London, UK) Roll7 is seeking a 3D Animator, a 3D Character Artist, an Environment Artist, Lead Programmer, a Senior Game Designer, and a Quality Assurance Tester.
- (Manchester, UK) TT Games is seeking a Gameplay Programmer.
- (Toronto, Canada) Ubisoft is hiring artists, programmers, office workers, and more.
- WB Games is seeking a Senior Release Manager in Needham, MA; a Senior Software Engineer – Mobile Games in San Francisco, CA; a Contract Animator, a Lead Level Designer, a Game Designer, a Level Designer (contract), a Level Artist (Contract), a Physics Programmer, a Senior Game Designer, a Senior Level Designer, a Storyboard Artist (contract), and a Technical Art Director in Montreal, Quebec.
- (Renton, WA) Wizards of the Coast, through Tapfin, are seeking a Visual Writer for Magic: The Gathering for a contract position. They’re also seeking a temporary/contract Digital Artist.
Mentorships & Fellowships
- The Word is accepting applications from aspiring or upcoming writers from underrepresented groups with a completed, unpublished manuscript in the picture book, middle grade, young adult, or adult fiction categories for its Editor-Writer Mentorship Program. Submit by May 16 for consideration.
- 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
- The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) and Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) are accepting applications from graphic novel creators for a project-based residency within two of Seattle’s iconic bridges. Apply by May 28 for consideration.
Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants
- Irish artists experiencing lost income related to COVID-19 can apply for the Artist Emergency Relief Fund. Small grants of €500 will be paid rapidly on a first-come, first-serve basis. As of the publishing of this post, applications are suspended, but you can donate here.
- The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is sending US-based BIPOC artists and art administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic payments of $200. Click the link to apply or to donate.
- The Awesome Foundation offers $1000 grants on a rolling basis.
- Black Rainbow offers microgrants of $300 to LGBQTI people of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community that includes $200 to assist with hosting Indigenous LGBTQI community events.
- The Boston Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 and $1,000 to individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). They are accepting applications through June 30.
- The Covid-19 Aid Funds website lists funding opportunities.
- Cow House Press is accepting applications for the Cow Pie microgrant until May. The Cow Pie microgrant provides one creator (or creator duo/group) with mentorship, printing of their work, and covers the table fee for one 2020 exhibitor event.
- The Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism is accepting applications from artists on a rolling basis. Artists covering data privacy, the 2018/2020 elections, the role of technology in society, political influence campaigns, harmful technologies, countering disinformation, and artificial intelligence may receive $500 to $5,000 in grants.
- Gumroad’s Creators Fund is accepting applications on a rolling basis. Gumroad will be allocating $50,000 in creative grants of $500 to $5,000 throughout the year.
- Are you a professional freelancer experiencing financial duress? The Haven Foundation offers grants and assistance to applicants with chronic illness or injury or other career-threatening emergencies (excluding COVID-19).
- Mel Gillman shared this list of Grants, Fellowships, and Residencies for Cartoonists! Thanks, Mel!
- My Documented Life maintains a list of scholarships for undocumented students.
- Canadian artists and cultural connectors are welcome to apply for grant funds through the Professional Development for Arts Professionals of Supporting Artistic Practice. Details on how and when you can apply are available on the page.
- Point of Pride has established the COVID-19 Emergency Fund to connect trans people to small grants for short-term expenses.
- Springboard for the Arts offers an Emergency Relief Fund for personal and community disasters that affect artists in Minnesota.
- Tulsa Remote is accepting applications from remote workers who are willing to relocate to Tulsa, OK in exchange for reduced rent and a total of $10,000 over the course of a year.
- We Need Diverse Books is accepting applications for their Internship Grants for interns focused on children’s publishing until May 31. They’re also offering small grants for diverse creatives in children’s publishing who have lost income due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Reclaim the Stars: A Latinx SFF Anthology is accepting submissions from Afro Latinx writers until July 15. One selected writer will be published in the anthology and will receive $1,600.
- 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.
- AbleGamers is looking for pitches about disability in video games to be featured in our newsletter and on the AbleGamers website. Financial compensation available for accepted pieces.
- Anathema accepts fiction and nonfiction submissions year-round from queer and nonwhite writers. They are open to portfolio submissions from illustrators for new/original and/or reprint cover art. They are currently seeking poetry submissions for their upcoming release.
- Anime Feminist is looking for contributors. Read here for more information. Article writers will be paid $50 per article.
- Anime News Network is looking for Convention Correspondents and Freelance Editorial Contributors.
- Autostraddle is seeking personal essays, feature stories, and article submissions on fashion and beauty, sex and relationships, humor, and investigative journalism, particularly from butch/masculine-of-center women, people of color, people over age 45, and trans women.
- beestung is accepting submissions from non-binary and two-spirit writers. Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, hybrids, and art with intracommunity sensibilities are welcome. Contributors will be paid a $20 honorarium.
- Rachel Charlene of Bitch Media is looking for submissions for the POWER issue.
- Black Rainbow accepts pitches from LGBQTI people of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and pays $150 for selected articles.
- (London, UK/REMOTE OKAY) Blue-Zoo Animation is seeking Speculative Script Writers.
- Carnation Press is seeking submissions of short stories from fanfiction writers seeking to transition into publishing their original writing content.
- CBR is seeking experienced writers to write on comic book news, analyses, and movie and tv show casting news.
- Clarksworld Magazine is looking for fiction and nonfiction contributors and pays up to $0.10 per word.
- Online monthly magazine The Dark is accepting submissions from 2000 to 6000 words in length. Encouraged genres include horror and dark fantasy, but graphic, violent horror is not desired. Payment is $0.06/word for up to 6000 words. Republishing payment is $0.01/word.
- The Drinking Gourd is accepting pitches from Black Muslims. They accept work across all genres with a particular fondness for Afrofuturism and speculative fiction. All contributors are paid a $50 flat rate.
- FIYAH Lit Mag currently has open prose and poetry submissions for its unthemed July issue.
- GenderTerror is accepting submissions of LGBTQ+ horror from artists and writers.
- Hashtag Blak is accepting submissions of YA or adult fiction from Black British writers.
- Interstellar Flight Magazine is accepting submissions of essays, reviews, and creative nonfiction featuring queer and marginalized perspectives in science fiction and fantasy. Contributors are paid a $15 appreciation for publication.
- Kotaku is seeking a Staff Editor (New York, NY or remote). They have a number of other positions open across their companies.
- “Love Like Mine,” an ongoing column in Xtra, is seeking essays about queer love in all its forms – romantic, familial, platonic, and more.
- (New York, NY) minedition US is seeking an Editorial Director.
- The New York Times is seeking contributors, particularly contributors of color, for their Tiny Love Stories and Modern Love columns.
- Panel Patter is looking for contributors, particularly from writers interested in manga and webcomics. They do not offer payment.
- POMEgranate Magazine is accepting pitches from artists and writers.
- Queerly Represent Me is seeking interviewees who are queer and work in games.
- Reedsy is seeking Freelance Editors.
- Rogue’s Portal is seeking contributors and columnists. They do not offer payment.
- Scholastic Canada is currently interested in reviewing Indigenous material in all genres and at all levels. No other unsolicited submissions are being accepted at this time.
- The SFWA blog is open to nonfiction submissions that might be of interest to new and/or established writers of science fiction and fantasy.
- SOLRAD is now accepting pitches for comics criticism, essays, and interviews. They are especially interested in cartoonists writing about other cartoonists, as well as work from academics.
- The Temper is seeking written works, particularly from marginalized writers, that relate to sobriety, addiction, or recovery.
- Three-Lobed Burning Eye is seeking original speculative short stories and flash fiction. Accepted authors of short stories will receive $100 and for flash fiction authors will receive $30.
- (Los Angeles, CA) WEBTOON is currently seeking a Community Operations Analyst (Spanish-Bilingual), a Content Analyst, a Digital Comic Editor (Spanish), an Editor, and a Producer. They’re also seeking a Freelance Writer, a Freelance Korean-Bilingual Editor/Linguistic Tester, and interns.
- Zooscape is accepting submissions of furry fiction up to 10,000 words. They pay 6 cents per word up to 1000 words, $60 for longer stories, and $20 for reprints.
Check out writingcareer.com for a list of calls for submission!
Youth & Internships
- Looking to hire a remote intern? Jessica shared some tips on how to do so!
- The Andrea Brown Literary Agency is seeking part-time summer mentees for its summer mentorship program. Mentees will report to the Los Angeles, San Diego, or Bay Area offices.
- (London, UK) Blue-Zoo Animation is seeking interns for 2D Storyboarding, Modelling, Look Dev/Lighting & Comp, 2D Backgrounds, Visual Development, 2D Animation, 3D Maya Animation, and 3D Rigging.
- Comics Club highlights and connects comic clubs and shares advice and resources to help youth comic creators.
- Natalie “Tally” Nourigat offers advice & resources for young cartoonists ages 14-18 (although this is good advice for creators at any age)!
- The NewPages Young Writers Guide for artists and writers shares publications seeking applications from youth contributors.
- 28 Pages Later lists local comic shops in need of support, and even lists whether they have curbside pick-up or local delivery.
- Andrea of White Squirrel Co. shared a series of threads on how to set up an online store.
- Ashe shared a list of discounted and free art courses.
- Ashley shared a spreadsheet of resources and job boards. Thanks, Ashley!
- Aud Koch shared a PDF with stretches and exercises for wrists and hands.
- Check Becca Hillburn’s Youtube channel for new video interviews with independent artists, walkthroughs with dip pen nibs, tutorials, and more.
- COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources is an aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options for all kinds of artists.
- Creative Capital shared a list of Arts Resources, mostly of funding information and a list of arts events moving online.
- Have you checked out the Creator Advisor? Initialized and run by Stephanie Cooke, the project aims to connect anyone involved in making comics together for paid projects, with a goal to prioritize marginalized creators.
- Creator Resource updated their Press List of web sites that cover comic books.
- DB shared a thread about “injury prevention for writers, illustrators, colorists, letterers, and anybody who sits at a computer for a living.” Great tips!
- Diamond announced that it will no longer be distributing “until there is greater clarity on the progress made toward stemming the spread of this disease,” and in response Alex de Campi shared this thread of contingency plans for those with scheduled/upcoming releases.
- Elissa shared a thread on reaching out to your local bookstores as an author!
- Emily Riesbeck shared what their process was for finding an agent.
- Erin Roseberry shared some great info on getting your work into your local library.
- The Etherington Brothers share all kinds of drawing advice on their Instagram. They also just shared a 50-page free downloadable e-book for young artists.
- Eve G. shared a PDF with Comic Lettering Basics.
- Everest shared a HUGE list of artist opportunities (mostly residencies, grants, and galleries) with over 375 links!
- The English-language version of Free Manga Materials is now available on Facebook and Instagram. Find the links in this tweet.
- The 2019/2020 Illustrators’ Survey results are now available.
- inQluded shared a guide on querying an agent (for picture book, middle grade, and young adult).
- Freelancers and students in the U.S. may qualify for unemployment insurance. This thread and the links included share more details and information.
- k.e. shared a resource page for (kink) artists who have found themselves on the receiving end of a harassment campaign. Thank you, k.e.!
- Keetz shared a thread on free and/or affordable artist tools and software.
- Kickstarter updated their Publishing, Comics, and Journalism Creator Tips website.
- Litebox has launched its website which shares wages earned by illustrators from a variety of clients.
- Literary Agents of Color is a directory that aims to support literary agents of color in the publishing industry.
- Melanie Gillman shared a website that shows you how your website looks to those with different types of color-blindness.
- Mitch Dyer shared a doc full of Game Dev jobs.
- Nilah Magruder updated the list of literary agents who represent illustrators and added a new page with Steps to Querying. Niki Smith also has a list of agents who represent creators of graphic novels. Maria Vicente shared a guide on querying your graphic novel, from the perspective of a literary agent.
- Paul Duffield shared some great tips for engaging with Twitter in a productive, professional, and positive way.
- Publisher’s Weekly shared a crowdsourced collection of information about independent bookstore closings, along with links for online ordering and information about delivery options and other special actions.
- Reference.Pictures have a lot of affordable reference packs available. They just released a new pack with Dramatic Lighting shots.
- The Ripped Bodice shared its fourth annual State of Racial Diversity in Romance Publishing report. Four years of reports show only a 0.4% industry-wide increase of the number of authors of color being published by 18 of the top romance publishers.
- Sarah Stern shared tips on optimizing your artwork for working with a colorist.
- Shannon Wright shared the “Super Condensed Zine” PDF – a FREE collection of tips on portfolios, websites, agents, and pitching.
- Shelly Romero created a document of Publishing Industry Resources.
- Smithsonian Open Access allows you to download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images. Nearly 3 million 2D and 3D digital items are available for free use.
- Steve Lieber shared insight on the specifics that should be mentioned when negotiating contracts with commercial clients. He also provided general notes on what to improve in your comics portfolio.
- Teddy Dief shared a smart thought on patience and not overbooking oneself.
- TO Comix Press has shared a sample contract for comic anthology projects, the start-to-finish process of producing an anthology, and articles on marketing and getting indie books into stores. Recently, they shared the questions they ask in an anonymous survey given out at the end of anthology projects, which help contributors air grievances and help the publisher gain insight and grow to be better. Amazing! Thanks for always being so helpful.
- Here’s a webpage offering links with resources for freelance creative impacted by COVID-19, including links to emergency funding and grants.
- Weird Enough Productions is offering 400 pages of comics and educational resources for free!
- Wendy Xu shared a primer on getting an agent as a comic artist.
- Zack has shared a lot of tips and guides for using Clip Studio Paint. Find them all here!
- Many artists who were affected by recent show cancellations are running sales in their shops to help mitigate their losses. Check the hashtags #ECCCOnline and #ArtistAlleyOnline to find a shop to enjoy!
- Affinity is offering its programs for a 50% discount until May 20 (extended). They also have a 90-day free trial, and have promised to engage more than 100 freelancers for work as a response to COVID-19.
- C A. Gaspar shared free coloring pages.
- Céli shared 5 free coloring pages.
- Celsys is offering complimentary three-month Clip Studio Paint EX licenses for home use for companies and educational institutions using Clip Studio Paint volume licenses.
- Chrissie shared a free Animal Crossing-themed coloring page.
- CowHousePress shared short comic “Strays” for free digital download.
- Crisalys has shared 6 free coloring pages.
- iasmin omar ata has put everything on their itch.io up for free/pay what you want.
- inQluded is offering its back issues for free digital download.
- James Jean has put up some coloring sheets for free digital download.
- Katie Longua shared a digital coloring book for free.
- Kelsi Jo shared a pack of coloring pages.
- kiDChan shared her digital symmetry coloring zine.
- Lauren Walsh has made her digital coloring pages available for free.
- Lianne shared coloring pages.
- Pam has shared the digital edition of their coloring zine Folklórico for free.
- Procreate shared a free “Care Pack” download, which includes a free limited edition brush set, two months of Skillshare access, and daily artwork prompts.
- The Public Domain Review Coloring Book is available for free.
- Rose City Comic Con shared three coloring pages from Katie Longua.
- ShortBox is releasing a free digital edition of one their titles every few days.
- Silver Sprocket is posting hundreds of their comics online for free.
- TKO Studios is sending 50% of the purchase price of their comics to the store of your choice when you checkout at TKOpresents.com.
- Yetu shared some coloring pages for free.
- NSFW! Slipshine is holding their Spring Sale – becoming a member for just $9.95.
- TO Comix Press is offering all of its Toronto-themed anthologies for free in their Gumroad store.
- Goodreads offers giveaways for a variety of titles in all genres. Check out these giveaways for comics and graphic novels.
- Seven Seas has a new survey for April. Suggest up to 18 new titles for Seven Seas to consider for licensing. Fill out the survey to be entered into a raffle to win a copy of any book Seven Seas has published so far in 2019!
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 – May 1, 2020