Weekly Roundup: April 16, 2021

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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Crowdfunded Projects

thruthelabyrinthsofthemind button_new3 Cloudscape Comics is raising funds to publish Through the Labyrinths of the Mind: A Graphc Novel Anthology About Mental Illness and Recovery. The graphic novel anthology explores mental health through 11 stories told in 115 black and white pages. Reward options include digital and/or physical copies of the book, a bookplate, a bookmark, and other Cloudscape books. The campaign ends on April 29.
walo Director and writer Douglas Cushnie is raising funds to produce and publish Walo: A Central American Odyssey (Volume 1). Walo, a young man from a small town in Nicaragua, flees a violent conflict in his country and sets off on a migrant odyssey through unfamiliar Central American territories with his unhinged uncle and best friend. Along the way, he encounters dangerous gangs, corrupt land owners, and mythical beings from Central American folklore come-to-life, all in his quest to earn a living. Reward options include digital and physical copies of Walo Volume 1, available in Spanish and English; a postcard; a print; and a guest appearance as a background character in the comic. The campaign ends April 29.
comicsmixtape Level Ground Comics is raising funds to produce and publish The Greatest Hits: A Comics Mixtape. The all-ages comic anthology features 16 artists each with 4-page stories that all involve music as a central focus. Reward options include a digital and/or physical copy of The Greatest Hits, a digital and/or physical copy of A Taste of Home: A Cooking Anthology, a sticker pack, a postcard pack, an enamel pin, and a concert t-shirt. The campaign ends on April 30.
inclusivefuturemag S.H. Aeschliman is currently raising funds to produce Inclusive Future Magazine, Issue 1: Visions from an Inclusive Future. Inclusive Future Magazine is an anthology of speculative prose, poetry, and art in the guise of a pop culture magazine from the future. Submissions are currently open for this first issue. Reward options include a sticker pack, an art card, digital and/or physical copies of the magazine, a folder poster, a grocery tote bag, a virtual launch party invite, a canvas print, and a signed copy of Trans-Galactic Bike Ride by Lydia Rogue. The campaign ends on April 30.
smutcomic2 button_new3 NSFW! Korinna Mei Veropoulou is raising funds to publish Τσοντοκόμικ/Smutcomic: An Erotic Anthology Made in Greece. Smutcomic #2, a comic anthology by 13 female and non-binary artists in the Greek indie comics scene, is a collection of 13 interconnected erotic stories set in modern-day Athens. The books are available in either Greek or English. Reward options include digital and/or physical copies of Smutcomic #1 and #2, a set of 3 A4 prints, a traditional A4 commission, stickers, and more. The campaign ends May 1.
dragonsbytheyard button_new3 Kymera Press is raising funds to publish the fifth and potentially sixth issue (depending on reaching stretch goals) of Dragons By the Yard. Anna, a woman who handcrafts all things dragon and sells them at the Rose Bowl Swap Meet, winds up handling real dragons after crafting with brimstone given to her by a mysterious woman. Reward options include digital and/or physical issues of Dragons By the Yard, an enamel pin, a coloring book, a concept art book, a bean bag dragon, a dark chocolate dragon, a signed archival print, and more. The campaign ends on May 5.
imperiumplayingcards button_new3 Illustrator Kelly McMahon is raising funds to produce Imperium Playing Cards, a deck of playing cards featuring a world of female rulers and their tales of victory. Imperium is a deck of 54 playing cards featuring a world of matriarchs. Each suit is ruled by a trio of leading ladies and accompanied by an elegant set of number cards. Reward options include the deck of cards, art prints, and a publication featuring the heroines’ tales of victory written by Rachelle Heger, with illustration and concept development by Kelly McMahon. The campaign ends on May 7.

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. 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 Arledge Comics is accepting applications to its mentorship program. Creatives with excellent proposals for anthologies but who don’t have the experience or means to run the project to completion are welcome to apply. Selected mentees will be compensated a nonspecific amount. Apply by April 20 for consideration.
  • endingbutton_4 The San Francisco Arts Commission invites artists and artist teams residing in the United States to submit qualifications for the 2022 Art on Market Street Kiosk Poster Series. With a total budget of $12,000, this year will celebrate the art of comics. The 2022 Art on Market Street Kiosk Poster Series will be devoted exclusively to the comics medium. Artists will have the opportunity to create graphic narratives centered around San Francisco. The content can be historical, personal, fantastical, fiction or non-fiction, but they should engage with and be inspired by the city of San Francisco. Apply by April 16 for consideration.
  • Clip Studio Paint is accepting submissions for its International Comic/Manga Schools Contest with the theme “Admiration” until April 29.
  • button_new3 Autostraddle is accepting pitches from API LGBTQIA+ writers for AAPI Heritage Month until April 30. Artists and graphic designers are also invited to apply.
  • button_new3 Quindrie Press is accepting submissions for WHEN I WAS ME: Moments of Gender Euphoria until April 30. Quindire Press plans to accept 60-80 trans artists to each complete a one-page comic for a payment of £60.
  • Threadless is hosting a design competition with the theme “protect the Earth.” Submit designs until April 30.
  • WinC Magazine, the official publication for Women in Comics Collective International (WinC), is accepting submissions for their summer issue through April 30. Comics, prose, and poetry are welcome and creators of accepted submissions will be paid (visit website for pay schedule).
  • The ART Street Monthly Illustration Contest is accepting submissions with the theme “flower” until May 31. Prize money will be credited to the Medibang account you applied with. To receive the prize money, you need to register a PayPal account or your bank account information.
  • The Silent Manga Audition is accepting textless comic entries between 5 and 17 pages in length with the theme “moments of fear, joy or love” until July 28.

  • Illustrators can take the State of Illustration international survey here.
  • Illustrators and literary agents: With the help of Cameron Decker and Houndstooth Designs, the Agents for Illustrators list is now a searchable directory. Search agent listings by genre, location, and agency. Agents can now sign up and log in to control their own listings. Thank you, Nilah Magruder!
  • Anathema is open to portfolio submissions from illustrators for new/original and/or reprint cover art.
  • Annick Press is looking for Sikh Punjabi illustrators for picture book work. Please share your portfolios by commenting on this tweet or send them to submissions [at] annickpress.com.
  • Arledge Comics is accepting submissions of all-ages comics on a rolling basis.
  • AZE Journal is accepting general submissions from marginalized voices in the queer community.
  • The Comicadia Herald is accepting submissions of news from webcomic creators, including convention appearances, publishing deals, relaunches and hiatus returns, contests, and more.
  • Creator Advisor helps creators connect with other creators on paid comic book projects.
  • GenderTerror is accepting submissions of LGBTQ+ horror from artists and writers.
  • Do you have a webcomic with LGBTQ characters and themes? LGBTQ Webcomics is looking to add more queer webcomics to their database on Tagpacker!
  • New Naratif welcomes pitches from freelancers in Southeast Asia (or from the Southeast Asian diaspora) about stories and issues that matter to Southeast Asia and Southeast Asians. Submissions may include research, journalism, comics, videos, podcasts, etc..
  • The New Southern Fugitives is seeking submissions of fiction, book reviews, essays, poetry, photography, and visual art from creators in the South.
  • POMEgranate Magazine is accepting pitches from artists and writers.
  • QueerWebcomics.com has two mailing lists available for sign-up – one for professionals, and a general list for customers.
  • Scholastic Canada invites professional illustrators to email sample art and links to an online portfolio to Andrea Casault, Art Director at acasault@scholastic.ca.
  • Shout Mouse Press, a writing program and publishing house for underheard voices, is seeking illustrators for their 2020 series of Books by Teens. In partnership with Reach Incorporated, Shout Mouse Press coaches 12-15 DC teens to write 4 illustrated children’s books for the students they tutor. The project requires at least 2 on-site visits during the last two weeks of July in Washington, DC, and illustrators are offered a stipend of $1,500 per book with the opportunity for a bonus, plus 5 free copies.
  • The Washington Center for the Book invites Washingtonians of all ages to send 1- to 3-page COVID-19 stories to be collected into an anthology zine.
  • Submit your webcomic to The Webcomic Library by using this form.
  • (Los Angeles, CA) WEBTOON has a wide number of opportunities available.

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.

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.


Fan Zines

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


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

Mentorships & Fellowships

  • endingbutton_4 Koyama Provides is sponsoring a mentorship with Julia Breckenreid ideal for emerging and mid-career illustrators. Apply by April 16 for consideration.
  • The Editor-Writer Mentorship from The Word for Diversity is accepting applications for mentees until April 30. Aspiring or upcoming writers from underrepresented groups with a completed, unpublished manuscript in the picture book, middle grade, young adult, adult fiction, or nonfiction categories may apply.
  • button_new3 The 2021 #PBChat Mentorship is accepting applications from authors, illustrators, and author illustrators actively working toward picture book publication until April 30th, 2021 11:59pm EDT.

Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops

  • The Native Children’s and YA Writing Intensive is accepting applications on a rolling basis through June 15. Up to 20 participants will be invited to the intensive, which intends to offer an opportunity for reflection, conversation, celebration, and manuscript and career development. Registration is $100, but most participants will receive scholarship support.
  • 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

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 their newsletter and on the AbleGamers website. Financial compensation available for accepted pieces.
  • (New York, NY) Abrams Press is seeking an Editorial Assistant, an Editorial Director, and a Senior Editor.
  • (New York, NY) Aevitas Creative Management is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • (Park Ridge, IL) Albert Whitman & Co. is seeking an Editorial Director.
  • Anathema Magazine is seeking poetry and cover art submissions from queer/two-spirit person of color/Indigenous/Aboriginal people.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Apollo Publishers is seeking an Associate Editor with prior publishing experience.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Astra House, a division of Astra Publishing House, is seeking a full-time Editorial Assistant or Assistant Editor to support the small editorial team in publishing a broad range of adult fiction and nonfiction.
  • 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.
  • (West Concord, MA – currently REMOTE) Barefoot Books is seeking an Assistant Editor.
  • (New York, NY) Basic Books is seeking an Associate Editor.
  • 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.
  • button_new3 (Somerville, MA) Candlewick Press is seeking an Art Department Administrative Assistant.
  • Carnation Books is accepting submissions of f/f historical romance of at least 50,000 words from fanfiction authors.
  • CBR is seeking experienced writers to write on comic book news, analyses, and movie and tv show casting news.
  • (New York, NY) Clarkson Potter is seeking a Senior Editor.
  • 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.
  • (New York, NY) Disney Hyperion is seeking a creative Assistant Editor to support two editors through the acquisitions and editorial process for their full lists, which will include all formats from picture books through young adult fiction.
  • 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.
  • DVdebut and DVmentor are accepting applications for mentors in their inaugural mentorship programs. Applications for mentees open on May 1.
  • Escape Pod is accepting short science fiction submissions.
  • (New York, NY) HarperCollins is seeking a Senior Production Editor to handle titles in the Harper, HarperWave, HarperBusiness, Broadside, and Ecco imprints.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Hay House is seeking a full-time Editor to acquire and manage 12-16 projects a year for their Metaphysical list, which includes topics such as Angels, Astrology, Channeling, Manifesting, Oracle Cards, Tarot, and Spirit Guides.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Holiday House is seeking an Editorial Assistant to support editors, review submissions, write copy, and help keep the editorial department functioning smoothly.
  • Interlude Press has reopened to submissions.
  • (New York, NY) Kevin Anderson & Associates is seeking a Senior Editor.
  • (New York, NY) Kokila is seeking a Publishing Assistant to report to both the Publisher and Art Director to provide administrative, editorial, and design support all while coordinating with various departments in the division, agents, authors, and illustrators.
  • button_new3 (Minneapolis, MN) Lerner Books is seeking an Associate Editor/Editor of YA Nonfiction.
  • (New York, NY) Legacy Lit, a new imprint dedicated to uplifting BIPOC voices and social justice topics, is seeking an Assistant Editor to provide essential editorial and administrative support to the Publisher.
  • “Love Like Mine,” an ongoing column in Xtra, is seeking essays about queer love in all its forms – romantic, familial, platonic, and more.
  • New Naratif welcomes pitches from freelancers in Southeast Asia (or from the Southeast Asian diaspora) about stories and issues that matter to Southeast Asia and Southeast Asians. Submissions may include research, journalism, comics, videos, podcasts, etc..
  • POMEgranate Magazine is accepting pitches from artists and writers.
  • (Philadelphia, PA) Quirk Books is seeking button_new3 a full-time Editor and a Managing Editorial Assistant.
  • 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.
  • Scholastic’s STEAM classroom magazines are looking for freelancers who write for kids. Articles are given on an assignment basis, between 150-800 words at about $1/word. Add your name here to be considered for future work.
  • The SFWA blog is open to nonfiction submissions that might be of interest to new and/or established writers of science fiction and fantasy.
  • (Asheville, NC – Remote eligible) Soomo Learning is seeking a Senior Editor.
  • Strange Horizons is seeking First Readers and Article Editors. Positions are volunteer and unpaid. They’re also accepting poetry submissions from Trans/GNC writers.
  • 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.
  • (New York, NY) W. W. Norton & Company is seeking an Assistant Editor to support its custom publications department.
  • We Need Diverse Books is seeking blog volunteers with experience writing for an audience or an interest in interviewing authors about their work. The position is unpaid.
  • (New York, NY) Workman Publishing is seeking a Children’s Editor and a Senior Editor.

Youth and Internships



  • Affinity is offering its programs at a 50% discount following a free 90-day trial.

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: April 2, 2021

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