Weekly Roundup: August 7, 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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  • The Marginalized-Genders BIPOC of Comics Discord discovered that the Eisner voting website was malfunctioning, allowing for votes to be manipulated and personal information like full name, address, and email to be revealed. The leak occurred during the same week that a number of comics professionals were exposed as alleged sexual predators. The voting website was initially shut down on June 17, before the original cut-off date of June 18. On June 24, the voting portal reopened with the message that only those who attempted to log in during the [confirmed] compromised security period of June 3 through June 18 would be eligible to re-submit their votes. Gary provided some thoughts on the “anomaly” here.
  • In response to COVID19 and the hardships many creators are facing as a result, WEBTOON is extending the current 100% net ad revenue support for CANVAS creators through the end of 2020, with the final 100% net ad revenue payout happening January 2021 for December revenue. 

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

Crowdfunded Projects

karavol2Cartoonist and educator Becca Hillburn is raising funds to publish the second volume of 7″ Kara, her multi-volume watercolor comic set in Southeast Louisiana. 7″ Kara has all-ages appeal but was created specifically for younger readers seeking a relaxing escape from everyday life. Reward options includes digital and/or physical copies of volumes 1 and/or 2, supplemental zines Lilliputian Living Volumes 1-3, wooden charms, original artwork, commissions, virtual classroom visits, and more! The campaign ends on August 10.

Bullish Comic artist Cameron Lucente is raising funds to produce and print Bullish, an Adult horror graphic novel. BULLISH is a queer, monstrous, adult romance set in the mid-century Texas Panhandle. It is a story where fantasy and horror meet a torrid Western romance, full of betrayal, terrifying power, and the struggle of two men rebuilding their relationship. Reward options include behind-the-scenes access to the comic’s production, digital and physical copies of Bullish, an enamel pin, a process art book, and a limited edition screenprint. The campaign ends on August 13.

manana Power and Magic Press is currently raising funds to publish Mañana: Latinx Comics from the 25th Century. The sci-fi comics anthology features 27 young-adult stories by Latine creators throughout the US and Latin America, asking what the future might look like in another 500 years. Reward options include physical and digital copies of the anthology, digital wallpapers, a bookplate, past issues of Power and Magic Press books, an enamel pin, and original artwork. The campaign ends on August 21.

midwinter2 Kasper Swain is currently raising funds to publish Midwinter Volumes 1 and 2. Inspired by the themes and tone of stories like Ghost in the Shell, Midwinter explores concepts of individuality, interpersonal relationships, and redemption in a world filled with cybertechnology and magic. Reward options include digital and physical copies of volumes 1 and/or 2, a digital wallpaper pack, a bookmark, pinback buttons, mini prints, non-comic behind-the-scenes PDFs, original artwork, and more. The campaign ends on August 21.


button_new3 Illustrator and Product Designer Shelby Wolf is raising funds to produce the Once Upon A Time: Storybook Ita Bag. Inspired by a lifelong love of fairy tales and other tomes, the purse features a clear panel where pins can be displayed as well as a pouch for carrying the essentials. Reward options include the Ita Bag, in any of its revealed color ways, and enamel pins. The campaign ends on August 27.


button_new3 Akira Brown of WildStar Press is raising funds to publish Tales of the Unknown: A Cryptid Anthology. The all-ages black and white comic collection features ten stories by 13 contributors that involve myths, legends, and cryptids. Reward options include digital and physical copies of the anthology, stickers, postcards, and t-shirts. the campaign ends on August 31. (Note: I am a contributor to this anthology.)


button_new3 Artists Eve and Spire are raising funds to publish Guide to Kroma: A Fantasy Travel Guide. This 48-page guide to the fictional city of Kroma includes basic vocabulary, holidays and customs, and safety information for magic storms and other local happenings. Every tier includes a PDF copy of a special one-shot tabletop roleplaying game set in Kroma, where players can become one of the knights that make the city their home. Reward options include digital and physical copies of Guide to Kroma, stickers, and posters. The campaign ends on September 3.

 Please check the Comics section on Kickstarter to find even more creative crowdfunding campaigns to support.



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

  • 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!
  • button_new3 endingbutton_4 Our Ways Always is accepting visual works from anyone who is Indigenous to the lands now occupied by the US and Canada, mixed or no, enrolled or no. The zine will benefit the Unist’ot’en Camp. Submissions are due by August 12.
  • Threadless is currently running the following design challenges: Punk, due on August 14; and Dreamscapes, due on August 21.
  • On August 15, Small Press Day 2020 will take place online. Draw a 1-4 page comic set in or about your small press retailer of choice and tweet it to @smallpressday on August 15 with #SPDCHALLENGE. From 10am to 6pm, post four pages of your small press comic in one tweet with #SPDBFREVIEW to receive a one-tweet review from Broken Frontier’s Editor-in-Chief, Andy Oliver.
  • WildStar Press is open to family-friendly short story submissions until September 1 (extended).

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 year. And, as always, wash your hands.


Fan Zines

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

  • Jillian Tamaki is accepting applications for 6-month mentorships until September 1. One selected mentee will be from Toronto, and the other can be from anywhere; all will meet remotely.
  • button_new3 The Asian American Writer’s Workshop is seeking writers of all ages for the 2021 Margins Fellowship. Fellows receive a $5,000 honoraria, distributed in three parts over the fellowship year. Apply by September 7 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

Check out the Alliance of Art CommunitiesArts for LA, College Art Opportunities for exhibition, residency, and grant opportunities.

Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants

  • We Need Diverse Books is offering small grants for diverse creatives in children’s publishing who have lost income due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • endingbutton_4 The Literary Arts Emergency Fund will award one-time, unrestricted grants from $5,000 to $50,000 to literary arts organizations and publishers and incorporated nonprofits with 501(c)3 status or a fiscal agent. Applications must be submitted by August 7 at 11:59 PM Eastern time.
  • endingbutton_4 MICE (the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo) will award 30 MICE Mini-Grants of $100 each. In addition, Special Guest Judge Nate Powell will select one of these winners to receive a Grand Prize: a total grant of $500. Creators from New England and beyond can submit previously unpublished print mini-comics for consideration through August 7 (extended).
  • endingbutton_4 The Human Rights Campaign and Showtime are offering grants to support and preserve businesses that serve the LGBTQ+ community with a focus on LGBTQ+ people of color, women and the transgender community. Their program, called “Queer to Stay: An LGBTQ Business Preservation Initiative,” is accepting applications until August 14 at 11:59 PM.
  • button_new3 Artist Relief is offering $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. Practicing artists living in all 50 states, territories, and tribal nations may apply. Apply by 11:59PM ET on August 26 for consideration during this round of disbursement.
  • button_new3 Tabung Pelangi is offering 3 grants of USD $200 for 3 Malaysian queer comics of at least 2 pages. Apply by 28th August 2020, Friday, 11:55pm for consideration. The comics will be compiled into an anthology and sold online for one month
  • The Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists, a $10,000 grant, is accepting applications from Black trans women visual artists until August 30.
  • button_new3 The BAYlies Art Grant is accepting applications from any cartoonists, illustrators, editors, and writers making comics in the Bay Area until August 31. Artists must also be people of color and/or LGBTQIA. 6 artists will receive a $100 grant.
  • button_new3 Pixelles is offering a grant of up to $5,000 CAD to Canadian game creators of marginalized genders. Apply by 11:59pm on August 31 for consideration.

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


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Voice Acting

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

Writing and Editing

  • 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.
  • button_new3 Amazon is seeking an Acquisitions Editor. They are open to candidates in New York, Seattle, and Los Angeles.
  • Anathema accepts fiction and nonfiction submissions year-round from queer and nonwhite writers only. 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 seeking Freelance Editorial Contributors.
  • (New York, NY) The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is hiring a Digital Communications Manager and a Programs Manager.
  • 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.
  • (New York, NY) Basic Books is seeking a Senior Editor to acquire and edit serious nonfiction for the Basic Books and Seal Press lists.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The BookEnds Literary Agency is hiring remote literary agents and contract consultants.
  • 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.
  • GenderTerror is accepting submissions of LGBTQ+ horror from artists and writers.
  • (Brentwood, TN) Hachette Nashville is seeking a full-time Senior Editor.
  • Hashtag Blak is accepting submissions of YA or adult fiction from Black British writers.
  • button_new3 (San Rafael, CA) Insight Editions is hiring an Executive Editor of Children’s Publishing.
  • Interlude Press has reopened to submissions.
  • 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.
  • (San Diego, CA) Literary Agent Kelly Sonnack of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency is seeking an Assistant “interested in the world of children’s book publishing and the publishing industry.”
  • “Love Like Mine,” an ongoing column in Xtra, is seeking essays about queer love in all its forms – romantic, familial, platonic, and more.
  • The Mary Sue is hiring a part-time Books Editor. New York-adjacent preferred, remote applicants will be considered.
  • (New York, NY) The New Press is seeking an experienced Assistant Editor to support the Editorial Director and the Executive Director on nonfiction projects.
  • button_new3 Non.Plus Lit is seeking previously unpublished personal essays on any topic of the writer’s choosing for Black Reflections: a collection of essays by Black writers. Contributors will be paid $50 for each accepted essay.
  • Panel Patter is looking for contributors, particularly from writers interested in manga and webcomics. They do not offer payment.
  • POC in Publishing is looking for POC to volunteer as mentors for the next iteration of their mentorship program for 2021, particularly in the following fields in the industry: editorial, agenting/scouting, marketing, publicity, and art/design. All queries from people interested in mentoring can be directed to Mentorship & Retention Committee Director Saba Sulaiman at ssulaiman [at] talcottnotch.net.
  • POMEgranate Magazine is accepting pitches from artists and writers.
  • Queerly Represent Me is creating a series of ‘Best Practice Guidelines’ on a number of topics related to diversity and inclusion, and are seeking additional writers and reviewers to contribute. This is a paid opportunity.
  • Reedsy is seeking a remote Freelance Editor.
  • 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.
  • Shelf Awareness is seeking a Publishing Assistant.
  • SOLRAD is now accepting pitches for comics criticism, essays, and interviews. They are especially interested in cartoonists of color interviewing other cartoonists of color.
  • 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.
  • We Need Diverse Books is seeking recommendations for a paid sensitivity reader. The person hiring is looking for a trans reader, preferably a Black trans woman. Please send an email to alainalavoie@diversebooks.org and carolinerichmond@diversebooks.org if this is a fit.
  • (Los Angeles, CA) WEBTOON is currently seeking a Digital Comic Editor (Spanish), a Localization Specialist, and a Spanish UA Performance Manager.
  • What On Earth Publishing is seeking a full-time, remote Executive Editor.
  • (New York, NY) Workman Publishing’s Children Department is seeking an Editor.

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

Youth & Internships



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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 1, 2020




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