Weekly Roundup: November 28, 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

Black Lives Matter. Paper Cat Press supports police abolition and accountability for police brutality. Check this page for a list of actions you can take.


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 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries are now accepting applications through February 7, 2021. Two grants will provide support to two libraries that would like to expand their existing graphic novel services and programs; the other will provide support to a library for the initiation of a graphic novel service, program or initiative. Each grant recipient will receive $4,000 divided between different objectives.

Crowdfunded Projects

objecthead2021endingbutton_4 Louise Leung is currently raising funds to publish Object Head Zine 2021: Celestial Bodies. Originating in 2014, the Object Head series provides illustrators the opportunity to get paid and published for fun, illustrative work. This book’s collection of illustrations and comics was produced by 51 different artists in a 6″ x 9″, 144 pages, perfect bound, and soft cover with a rainbow shimmer effect. Reward options include digital and physical copies of the anthology, digital copies of past Object Head Zines, stickers, prints, charms, and an enamel pin. The campaign ends on December 1.
rexradley2endingbutton_4 Comic artist and writer Winston Gambro is currently raising funds to publish Rex Radley: Boy Adventurer #2. Inspired by Jonny Quest, boy adventurers, and 80s cartoons designed to sell toys, the series follows Rex Radley, a boy adventurer whose time is split between two adventurous parents. Rewards for backing the campaign include digital and physical copies of issue #2, stickers, a patch, a bookmark, and commissions. The campaign ends on December 1.
incoingbutton_new3 Gary is raising funds to publish Incoming!, a sci-fi anthology. The 72-page perfect-bound black and white mini-book features three 20-page comics, a short prose story, and a creator interview. Reward options include a digital and physical copy of Incoming!, a sticker, a behind-the-scenes PDF, art cards, and a t-shirt. The campaign ends on December 21.

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


  • Do you run a small business selling hand-made items? Sign up to be a part of Paper Cat Press’s Holiday Market! Beginning the week of November 23 through the end of the year, I’ll be listing shops that sell hand-made items, including art or writing commissions, accessories, clothing, crafts, prints, and more.
  • Abelle, the creator of the #DrawingWhileBlack hashtag, has moved the directory to AirTable. Please add your name if you are a Black artist!
  • If you’re a Filipino artist, add your name to the Filipino American Artist Directory!
  • #APIpit is a Twitter pitch event for Asian/Pasifika writers and illustrators during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The inaugural event will be held on May 4, 2021. Learn more here.
  • The Latinx Collective shared a directory of Latina and Latinx small business owners and collectives. Check it out!


Check this list of animation and gaming jobs worldwide. 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!
  • Threadless is currently running the following design challenges: Socks, due November 27; Air, due December 4; and button_new3 the 20th Anniversary, due December 25.
  • endingbutton_4 Carpe Noctem: Vampires Through The Ages is accepting applications from artists, writers, and poets until December 1. The project is described as “split profit,” but no additional details or specifics are given.
  • The Medic! Zine is looking for single-page submissions of poetry, stories, visual art, illustration, and photography. Funds raised through the zine will be donated to the Milwaukee Resistance Medic Collctive (RMC) to help pay for EMT training and medical supplies for protests. Contributors will receive a free copy of the completed zine. Submit your work by December 10 for consideration.
  • button_new3 Echoes of the Mist, a collaborative mermaid-themed tarot project, is accepting portfolio submissions until December 15. All proceeds will be donated to the Coral Restoration Foundation.
  • XP-Pen is hosting an art contest with the theme “My 2020: Joy or Sadness?” Prizes include the XP-Pen tablet displays, Submissions are due by January 5, 2021.
  • Heebie-Jeebies, a horror comic anthology project, is accepting submissions until January 31, 2020. Contributors will receive a copy of the final printed anthology.
  • The Silent Manga Audition is accepting comic submissions with the theme “Moments of Crying, Smiling, or Love” until January 27, 2021. The grand prize includes 500,000 ¥ and more!
  • Oneshi Press is accepting submissions for a comic anthology based on the theme of “Becoming.” Artists or writers may submit individually and later be paired, or submit as a unit. Final works must be 8-page comics. All submissions of comics, scripts, poems, art portfolios, and cover art concepts must be received by April 7, 2021.

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 frequently with any event you have planned through 2021. And, as always, wash your hands.


Fan Zines

Looking for fan zines to submit to? Check out Apps4Zines on Twitter.


Check this list of animation and gaming jobs worldwide. Mitch Dyer shared a doc full of Game Dev jobs. Work With Indies lists game dev jobs with independent studios.

Mentorships & Fellowships

  • 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

  • ViciousMinutesHour is accepting applications from Black Trans folk for two Artist-in-Residence positions. The artist-in-residence opportunity pays $225 CDN per week and serves as a space/time grant, providing an additional source of income for the general work applicants do as an artist.

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

Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants

  • 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. (CURRENTLY ON PAUSE)
  • The Covid-19 Aid Funds website lists funding opportunities.
  • 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).
  • 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. (CURRENTLY ON PAUSE)
  • 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.
  • The Working Class Writers Grant is accepting applications until December 31. Applicants should be working class, blue-collar, poor, and homeless writers of speculative fiction. A selected recipient will receive $1,000.

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

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

Youth & Internships

  • Comics Club highlights and connects comic clubs and shares advice and resources to help youth comic creators.
  • Ayesha Pande Literary, a boutique literary agency in New York, is seeking remote interns for the Winter/Spring session. Apply by December 15 for consideration. The internship is unpaid, but can provide school credit if necessary.
  • EarthX is hosting a Youth Film Challenge inviting filmmakers ages 10 to 22 to create a 50-second film to “wake up the world”. Finalists will be showcased at EarthxFilm 2021 and on EarthxTV, and winners will be awarded up to $12,000 total in cash prizes. Submit by December 1 for consideration. They’re also hosting an Eco-Art Contest, calling upon students ages 5 to 22 to create artwork that inspires sustainable action with the theme “No Time to Waste,” coupled with an impact essay. Finalists will be displayed at EXPO Earthx2021 and first and second place winners receive cash prizes ranging from $125 to $1500. The deadline to submit is January 25, 2021.
  • (REMOTE) Macmillan Publishers is offering paid, part-time, remote internship opportunities for spring 2021. Internships are available in Editorial, Marketing, Publicity, Art & Design, Sales, Production, Podcasting, Digital Marketing, Speakers Bureau, Creative Services and Children’s Books. They’re also offering internships in Legal, Human Resources, Information Technology/Infrastructure, Communications/Author Events, Sustainability, Finance and Business Development
  • 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.
  • Well+Good is looking for a remote Editorial Intern to work about 10 hours/week. There is no payment information available on the job page.



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 21, 2020

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