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- In celebration of Paper Cat Press’s 5-year anniversary, I’ve updated the logo, graphics, and color palette! I hope you enjoy.
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- 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.
- 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!
- Comics professionals can now vote in the 2021 Ringo Awards.
- Comics professionals can now apply to vote in the Harvey Awards, which just announced its nominees. Voting closes on September 6.
Crowdfunded ProjectsQuindrie Press is raising funds to publish When I Was Me: Moments of Gender Euphoria. The 96-page anthology, edited by Eve Greenwood and Alex Assan, collects one-page autobiographical comics, poems, and interior illustrations about the joyful experiences of being trans. Reward options include digital and physical copies of When I Was Me, a large sticker, and a set of prints featuring the cover and interior art of the book. The campaign ends on September 29.
Megan Archer is raising funds to publish the Twisting Time Anthology. The comics anthology features 24 mind-bending sci-fi stories from more than 40 contributors, totaling over 200 pages of content. Reward options include digital and physical copies of the book and a sticker. The campaign ends on October 1.
Please check the Comics section on Kickstarter to find even more creative crowdfunding campaigns to support.
- Go Komikimok, a collective of SEA creators, is now open. They recently released a series of resources: “The Comic Creator’s Guide to Graphic Novel Pitch Packets” and “The Comic Creator’s Guide to Literary Agents.“
- Abelle, the creator of the #DrawingWhileBlack hashtag, has moved the directory to AirTable. Please add your name if you are a Black artist!
- For users of DeviantArt: DeviantArt Protect, their state-of-the-art image recognition software, is expanding its reach beyond just DeviantArt, and now scans public blockchains and third-party marketplaces for potential art infringements in the form of minted non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Not every NFT is minted by the actual owner of the art, allowing bad actors to sell and profit from the hard work of deviants. With this addition, DeviantArt Protect provides an additional layer of security to help safeguard your art.
- #DVPit will take place on October 25 and 26, from 8 AM-8 PM ET.
- If you’re a Filipino artist, add your name to the Filipino American Artist Directory!
- #IAmNonbinary will take place on October 1.
- #LatinxPitch will take place on September 15.
- If you’ve ever been caught unawares by a popular promotional hashtag event, you’re not alone! To help, the Online Organizers Collective created a Social Media Event Directory and submission form.
- The Latinx Collective shared a directory of Latina and Latinx small business owners and collectives. Check it out!
- WEBTOON will be extending the WEBTOON CANVAS Creator Rewards Program until the end of 2021. The current 100% net ad revenue support for CANVAS creators will continue until the end of June 2021.
- Elvie Mae Parian shared a Google Sheet with a Directory of Remote Animation Workplaces. Check it out!
- Atomic Cartoons is seeking:
- (Los Angeles, CA) a Director, Current Series.
- (Vancouver, Canada) a 2D Harmony Animator, a 2D Harmony Builds Artist, a 2D Harmony Compositing Artist, a 2D Harmony FX Artist, a 2D Production Coordinator, CG FX Artists, a CFX Supervisor, CG Animators, a CG Designer, a CG Groom Artist, a CG Layout Artist, a CG Lead Animator, a CG Lead Designer, a CG Lead Lighting and Compositing Artist, a CG Lead Shot TD, CG Look Development Artists, a CG Pipeline TD, CG Rigging Artists, a CG Shot Finaling Artist, a CG Storyboard Supervisor, a CG Supervisor, a CG Texturing Artist, a Production Assistant, and a Production Coordinator.
- (Ottawa, Canada) a 2D Harmony Animator.
- (Vancouver, Canada) Bardel Entertainment has many open job opportunities.
- – New items bolded – Bento Box:
- (Glendale, CA) Seeking an Animation Checker, an Animation Timer, an Art Director, a Non-Union Editor, a Lip Assigner, and a Director/Senior Level Story Board Artist.
- (North Hollywood, CA) Seeking an Associate Producer, a Background Designer, a Character Designer, a Design Coordinator, a Director, a Shotgun/Shotgrid Support Coordinator, and a Storyboard Artist.
- -New items bolded- (London, UK) Blue-Zoo Animation is seeking a 2D Animation Director, a 2D Storyboard Artist, a 3D Character Sculptor, a Character Designer, an experienced 2D Compositor, an Experienced 2D FX Artist, an experienced Environment/Prop Designer, an experienced Surfacing Artist, an FX Artist (experienced), a Harmony Breakdown Artist/Character Designer, a Junior 2D FX Artist, a Junior Surfacing Artist, a Lead Background Paint Artist, a Lead Surfacing Artist, a Lighting and Compositing Artist (experienced), a Lighting and Compositing Finalising Artist, a 3D Production Assistant, a Prop Build Artist, a Storyboard Supervisor, and a ToonBoom Harmony Animator. They’re also accepting speculative applications.
- (Burbank, CA) Cartoon Network Studios is seeking a Production Coordinator and a Production Manager.
- (Burbank, CA) Disney TV Animation is seeking an Art Director, a Background Painter, a Line Producer, two Production Coordinators, a Storyboard Artist for song sequences, and a Storyboard Revisionist. They’re also seeking a General Technical Director Trainee for the early 2022 Apprentice Program. Apply by October 10 for consideration.
- (Glendale, CA) DreamWorks Animation is hiring a Character Designer, a Department TD, an Effects Artist (Pipeline TD), an International Dubbing Production Assistant, a Line Producer, an On-Call Editor, a Production Coordinator, a Production Designer, a Production Supervisor, a Supervising Producer, and two Visual Development Artists.
- Industrial Light and Magic:
- (London, UK) Seeking an Animation Supervisor, a Lead Generalist, a Lead Layout Artist, a Layout/Match Move Artist, a Senior Layout Artist, and a Senior Pipeline Technical Director. For their Virtual Art Department, they’re seeking an Artist, a Junior Artist, and a Technical Artist.
- (Vancouver, BC) Seeking an Animator, a Junior Lighting Technical Director, and a Previs Generalist.
- (Sydney, Australia) Seeking a Crowd TD and an Effects Supervisor, a Look Development Artist, and a Paint and Roto Artist.
- (Singapore) Seeking a Junior Lighting Technical Director.
- (Madrid, Spain) Lightbox Animation Studios is seeking a Senior and Mid Lighting & Compositing Artist and a Technical Director.
- (San Francisco, CA) Lucasfilm is seeking a Production Engineer. They’re also hiring a Development Coordinator in Animation and a Director, Live Action Series Development in Burbank, CA.
- (Burbank, CA) Marvel Studios is seeking a Senior Illustrator, and a Senior Image & Color Engineer.
- – New items bolded – (Los Angeles, CA) Netflix Animation is hiring an Art Director, two Line Producers, Post Production Supervisor, a Preschool Series Writer, a Producer, a Stop-Motion Animation Rigger, a Supervising Director, a Tools Coordinator, and a Visual Development Artist.
- (Burbank, CA) Nickelodeon is seeking an Animatic Editor, an Animation Feature Line Producer, an Animation Line Producer (upcoming CG series), an Art Director, an Asset Production Assistant, a Background Designer, a Background Painter, a CG Animation Director, a CG Storyboard Artist, a CG Supervisor, a Character Designer, a Character Technical Director, a Post-Production Supervisor, a Production Coordinator, a Senior Previs Artist, a Storyboard Director, and a Storyboard Artist. In New York, NY, they’re seeking an Animation Line Producer.
- (Los Angeles, CA) Paramount Animation is seeking a Production Supervisor, a Storyboard Artist, and a Visual Development Artist.
- (New York, NY) Play Noggin is seeking an Animator and an Interactive Producer. In Burbank, CA, they’re seeking a Senior Director for Writing.
- (Emeryville, CA) Pixar Animation Studios is seeking a 2nd Assistant Editor, an Associate Supervisor, a Post-Production Software Engineer, a Technical Shader, Characters.
- (Vancouver, BC) Sony Imageworks is hiring Animators, Character FX Technical Directors, Compositors, FX Artists, Layout Artists, Lighters, Matte Painters, Modelers, and more.
- – New items bolded – Titmouse:
- (Los Angeles, CA) Seeking two Assistant Animatic Editors, a Color Design Production Coordinator, a Color Supervisor, a Creative Director, a Director, two Editors, a Line Producer, and a Storyboard Revisionist.
- (Vancouver, BC) Seeking two AE Compositors, a Background Designer/Painter, a Background Layout Artist, Flash Animators, a Harmony Animator, a Harmony Builds Artist, a Harmony Builds Supervisor, a Harmony Compositor, a Lead AE Compositor, a Production Coordinator, Scene Setup Artists, a Storyboard Artist, and a Storyboard Revisionist.
- (New York, NY) Seeking an Animatic Editor, an Art Director, a Background Designer, a Background Painter, and a Prop Designer.
- (Burbank, CA) Walt Disney Animation Studios is hiring an Animator, a Costume Designer, a General Technical Director, and a Set Extension Assistant. They’re also accepting applications to the Talent Development Layout Artist Program until September 26. They’re also accepting applications for a Visual Development Trainee until October 24.
- (Burbank, CA) Warner Brothers Animation is seeking two Assistant Production Managers, two Associate Producers, a Graphic Designer, and three Production Managers.
- XP-Pen hosted a free 6-Week Animator Incubation program. All of the courses are now available to view for free.
- The Association of Japanese Animations released a 124-page free PDF of “Animator’s Tasks—The First Step to Understanding the Law of Movement.“
- Michael Rianda shared a free class for people who want to learn story in animation.
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!
- Light Grey Art Lab has an open call for artists for its [final!] end-of-year exhibition The End Is Nigh. Artists may create a work of art about death in one of the following categories: allegory, characters of death, tombs/tombstones/monuments, wearables/ritual garb/burial outfits and objects, and miscellaneous. Comment on this post by September 8 to be considered. Selected artists will be announced on September 10.
- The Nib is accepting pitches for its upcoming issue themed on “food.” Submit by September 10 for consideration.
- WHO is seeking an artist with expertise in creating mental health comics to create easy-to-read comics for use in Pacific Island Countries and territories. WHO will provide key messages for these comics, and the contractor will be responsible for the creative conceptualization, illustration, copy writing, and graphic design/layout into social media cards. The content should be culturally sensitive and culturally appropriate for the region. Apply by September 15 for consideration.
- MediBang Paint is accepting submissions of illustrations with the theme of “fall” to be displayed on the registration and login screens of MediBang Paint. There is no mention of monetary compensation. Works must be submitted by September 30 at 00:00(JST).
- Gallery Nucleus is accepting submissions for their show Power in Numbers 6. Both Portland and LA galleries will have their own unique roster of artists. For one weekend only, the gallery will feature all traditional work in a 5 x 7 postcard format show. The gallery will feature original work from over 100 artists, on sale for $100 each. The show will be cash and carry, meaning each purchased piece will be immediately removed from the show to be taken home. Work must be submitted by October 1.
- NSFW! Nether Realms: Sci-Fi Erotica for Gender Explorers is seeking submissions from artists, writers, and teams of 7-15 page long erotic comics ready for our anthology Kickstarter launching Spring/Summer 2022. Submissions close October 1.
- The 2021 Dream Foundry Contest for beginning professionals is accepting unpublished submissions of short speculative fiction from writers and unpublished speculative pieces by artists until October 11. Winners may receive up to $1,000 in cash prizes.
- DEATH IN THE MOUTH will commission artists to create 6″ x 9″ black and white illustrations for its horror anthology and is accepting portfolio submissions until November 1.
- The Silent Manga Competition is accepting entries for its 17th contest with the theme “Moments of Haste, Rage, or Smiles.” Comics must be wordless and be submitted by January 31, 2022.
- 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.
- Arledge Comics is accepting submissions of all-ages comics on a rolling basis.
- AZE Journal is accepting general submissions of articles, collections, abstract expressions, and more on topics which may or may not intersect or resonate with elevating discourse on (a)sexuality, (a)romanticism, and (a)gender identity, and attraction broadly. There is no payment for publication at this time.
- The BioWare Gear Store is looking for artists who want to turn their work into official merch. The work is paid.
- Cerius Blaq is seeking BIPOC or LGBTQIA Creators to submit short stories, art, or short comic stories for the second issue of a Sci-Fi/Horror Magazine. The work is paid an undisclosed amount. Email Seanw [at] strange-solutions.com for more information. He is also seeking a part-time, remote (preferably in PDX/Portland area) personal assistant.
- Cloudscape Comics is open for submissions from individuals or teams that are at least 50% current or former BC / Yukon / NWT / Nunavut residents with a minimum interior page count of 45. They just shared a blog post detailing what they’d like to see in your pitches.
- The Comicadia Herald is accepting submissions of news from webcomic creators, including convention appearances, publishing deals, relaunches and hiatus returns, contests, and more.
- (Sunnyvale, CA, currently REMOTE) Crazy Maple Studio is seeking a Junior 2D Artist and a 2D Marketing Artist.
- Creator Advisor helps creators connect with other creators on paid comic book projects.
- (Burbank, CA) DC Comics is seeking an Associate Editor, an Associate Editor (Metropolis), and an Associate Editor (Multiverse).
- GenderTerror is accepting submissions of LGBTQ+ horror from artists and writers.
- (San Diego, CA) IDW is seeking a Senior Editor and an Editor.
- Jan Cash, the Managing Editor at J-Novel Club, is seeking freelance light novel and manga editors. Applicants can apply for an editing test by emailing at jan [at] j-novel.club.
- The new “let her sleep” arts magazine is seeking individuals passionate about photography and visual arts to join the team in an unpaid, volunteer capacity.
- Do you have a webcomic with LGBTQ characters and themes? LGBTQ Webcomics is looking to add more queer webcomics to their database on Tagpacker!
- (Burbank, CA) Marvel Studios is seeking a Senior Illustrator to join the Visual Development Team.
- 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.
- Pencil Cat Distribution is a new online store management and order fulfillment service for artists, designers, and creators in Canada. Artists with original artwork are invited to apply; fanart is not allowed at this time. (Note: Although our names are similar, Paper Cat is not affiliated with Pencil Cat.)
- 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.
- Online LGBT+ creator’s collective Rain Arrow is accepting applications on a rolling basis for any LGBT+ creatives interested in hosting a shop on their hub.
- Scholastic Canada invites professional illustrators to email sample art and links to an online portfolio to Andrea Casault, Art Director at acasault[at]scholastic.ca.
- (Naperville, IL or New York, NY) Sourcebooks is seeking an Art Director.
- (Los Angeles, CA) Tapas Media is seeking an Assistant Editor, an Associate Editor, and an Editor for Comics.
- (New York, NY) ViacomCBS is seeking an Editor to act as lead creative manager for comics, magazine, and Young Adult-targeted businesses, working with publishing partners in setting the editorial and creative strategies for these products.
- (Burbank, CA) WarnerMedia is seeking an Assistant Editor for the Editorial-DC Comics department.
- (New York, NY) W.W. Norton is seeking an Art Director to join its College Production department.
- 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.
- (REMOTE) Wattpad WEBTOON Studios is seeking an Executive Editor, Graphic Novels to develop a print graphic novel program from the WEBTOON platform. They’re also seeking Creator Acquisitions Managers in Toronto, Ontario and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
- Submit your webcomic to The Webcomic Library by using this form.
- (Los Angeles, CA) WEBTOON has multiple opportunities available, including an Associate Editor and openings in the Latin America division. They’re also seeking Freelance Artist Assistants.
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.
- CAKE, the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, has been postponed until a proposed date of June 2022.
- The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) will take place December 10-12 in 2021.
- Emerald City Comic Con has rescheduled its event for December 2-5, 2021.
- FIYAH Con will take place September 16-September 19. Vendors can apply for space here.
- GeekGirlCONLINE will take place online November 13-14. They’re currently accepting vendor applications for their Virtual Expo Hall until August 9 or 200 applications are received, whichever comes first.
- LightBox Expo 2021 (September 7–12) tickets go on sale beginning August 16.
- Black speculative fiction writers can email events [at] sfwa.org for instructions on how to claim a free registration for the 2021 Nebula Conference Online.
- Sakura-Con 2021 has been cancelled. Memberships for 2021 will be forwarded to 2022.
- San Diego Comic-Con announced a smaller in-person event, Comic-Con Special Edition, on Thanksgiving (US) weekend November 26-28. Read their statement regarding the event here.
- The ShortBox Comics Fair will take place online from October 1-October 31.
- Short Run Comix and Arts Festival has been postponed. The Short Run Dash Grant is now on hold.
- Small Press Expo (SPX) 2021 will be held virtually.
- The Spectrum Art Market, a seasonal outdoor market occurring every 2nd Saturday from June-October, is accepting applications from LGBTQIA+ artists living in Portland.
- Thought Bubble is offering 10 Comic Creators of Colour a half exhibitor table, plus £100 cash and a £100 AwesomeMerch voucher. Apply by September 5 for consideration.
- (Somerville, MA) Candlewick Press is seeking an Associate Book Designer and a Graphic Production Assistant.
- (San Francisco, CA, currently REMOTE) Chronicle Books is seeking a Children’s Publishing Designer and a Senior Children’s Publishing Designer.
- (New York, NY) Scholastic’s graphic novel imprint Graphix is seeking a Senior Designer.
- (New York, NY) The Hachette Book Group’s Grand Central Publishing Art department is seeking an Associate Art Director/Art Director.
- (New York, NY) Holiday House is seeking a Marketing Designer, a Production Coordinator, and a Senior Designer.
- (New York, NY) Lee & Low Books is seeking a House Designer.
- (New York, NY) Little, Brown Books is seeking an Associate Art Director and a Junior Designer.
- (New York, NY) Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group is seeking an Associate Art Director and a Senior Designer.
- (New York, NY) Pantheon Books is seeking a Graphics Editor.
- (New York, NY) Penguin Random House is seeking:
- a Designer for the Creative Marketing Services team (REMOTE OK)
- a Design Assistant to join the Art department for Viking Children’s Books, Philomel Books and Flamingo Books
- a Junior Designer to join the One World imprint
- a Junior Designer to work on book cover designs for the Harmony Books and Rodale Books imprints
- a Junior Designer to join the Creative Marketing Services team, working primarily on the Putnam, Dutton, Tiny Reparations Books, and Plume imprints
- (New York, NY) Penguin Young Readers is seeking a Design Assistant.
- (New York, NY) Simon & Schuster is seeking a Senior Book Cover Designer, a Junior Book Cover Designer, and a Junior Designer/Design Assistant to support the art department of its newly launched Simon Element imprint. In London, GB, they’re seeking a 12-month maternity cover Senior Designer.
- (Naperville, IL or New York, NY) Sourcebooks is seeking an Art Director and a Senior Art Director.
- (New York, NY) Sterling Publishing is seeking a Design Director.
- (Los Angeles, CA) Tapas Media is seeking a Creative Designer.
- (Los Angeles, CA) WEBTOON is seeking a Quality Control Manager (graphic design, lettering).
- (New York, NY) Workman Publishing is seeking a Designer/Senior Designer.
- (Seattle, WA) The University of Washington Press is seeking an Art Director.
Looking for fan zines to submit to? Check out Apps4Zines on Twitter.
- Brass Lion Entertainment is an entertainment studio headquartered in New York City and Montréal focused on creating original fictional universes that center on Black, Brown, and other traditionally marginalized characters, cultures, and stories. They’re seeking a Build Programmer, a Lead 3D Environment Artist, a Senior 3D Environment Artist, a Senior Engine Programmer, a Senior Graphics Programmer, and a UI/UX Programmer.
- (Austin, TX, currently REMOTE) Farbridge is seeking a 3D Character Artist, a 3D Character Animator, and an Unreal C++ Engineer.
- (Melbourne, Australia) The League of Geeks is seeking a Technical Director. Relocation assistance is available.
- Nix Hydra Games is seeking a Games Programmer, a Games Executive Producer, and
- Playtonic is seeking a Product Marketing Manager, a Producer, a Publishing Producer, a Senior Programmer Lead, and a Senior Technical Artist.
- (Seattle, WA) Polyarc Games is seeking an Environment Artist, a Gameplay Animator, a Mid-Level or Senior 3D Artist, a Mid-Level or Senior Character Artist, a Senior Product Manager, a Senior Technical Artist, and a System/DevOps Engineer.
- (San Francisco, CA, REMOTE okay) SuperGiant Games is seeking a 3D Animator.
- (Oval, London, UK, currently REMOTE) ustoo games is seeking a Technical Artist (contract).
Game Dev Resources:
- Work in localization? The Fighting Game Glossary lists over 650 terms, carefully explained with 200+ video examples and Japanese translations.
- The Game UI Database is a great resource for interface designers.
- GB Patch Games created a pronoun system that allows players to can choose them, have more than one, weigh how often they’re used, let them change with time, and add their own. GB Patch Games’ programmer is planning to release the code for Renpy in the future, and Noé Charron is offering a version of the system that works with Unity 3D games.
- Represent Me shared its Best Practice Guidelines, featuring definitions of over 100 key diversity terms for free and 30 additional paid guides.
Mentorships & Fellowships
- The People of Color in Publishing Mentorship Program is accepting mentee applications from full-time and part-time entry-level POC professionals, as well as individuals with internship(s) experience.
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.
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.
- The Covid-19 Aid Funds website lists funding opportunities.
- 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).
- I Need Diverse Games & McElroy Family Podcaster 101 Grants are accepting applications on a rolling basis from Black and POC podcasters (preferably beginners). Recipients will receive one of five bundles which include a Yeti Blue Microphone & a copy of “Everybody has a Podcast (Except You).”
- The Marsha P. Johnson Institute’s COVID-19 Recovery Fund is accepting applications for one-time direct-relief in the amount of $500 to Black transgender or non-binary identified people.
- The Moonrise Fund, an early-stage equity fund backing ambitious creators, is offering $120,000 to $250,000 funds. Visit this page to learn more and apply.
- My Documented Life maintains a list of scholarships for undocumented students. (Last updated March 2021)
- 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 this page.
- We Are Here Scotland’s Creators’ Fund are accepting applications from Black and POC artists and creatives across Scotland. Seven selected creators will receive along with one-to-one mentorship from experienced industry professionals as well as £500 each. Apply by October 31 at 11:59pm GMT for consideration.
- (Columbus, OH) The Columbus College of Art and Design is seeking Adjunct Instructors for Fall and Spring in Art History, Art Therapy, Digital Media Illustration, Comics & Narrative Writing, and more.
- Six to Start is seeking voice talent for a number of roles. They pay £50 GBP per hour, plus an additional £25 GBP set up fee for each recording session, and can pay in local currencies if preferred.
Check the Casting Call Club for more voice acting and audio opportunities.
Writing and Editing
- Cossmass Infinities is accepting sci-fi/fantasy short fiction submissions from Black, Asian, Latin, LGBTQ+, and other under-represented authors until September 7 at 12 midnight UTC. They pay $0.08/word for original fiction.
- (Seattle, WA) Girl Friday Productions is seeking a Book Development Editor. Remote work is an option for the right candidate. Apply by September 10 for consideration.
- PseudoPod is accepting submissions of horror and dark fantasy short fiction of up to 6,000 words until September 14 at 5AM UTC. They pay $0.08/word for original stories, $100 for reprints, and $20 for flash fiction.
- Karen Strong is seeking an unagented, previously unpublished Black writer to contribute a short story for the young-adult anthology COOL. AWKWARD. BLACK. This anthology will be published in Spring 2023 by Penguin Young Readers with a list of bestselling and critically acclaimed Black authors. The submissions call will close on September 15 at 11:59PM EST. Submissions must include a short story of 5,000 words or less, a bio (150 words or less) about you and how you identify as part of the Black/African diaspora, and a photo/headshot. The selected contributor will be published and credited in the anthology and will receive $3,000.
- Elly Blue Publishing is accepting short fiction submissions for Books and Bikes in Space until October 1. Contributors are guaranteed a minimum $50 each as well as copies of the printed book, along with a percentage of profits from the related Kickstarter campaign.
- 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 Romance are due by October 4 (extended).
- The 2021 Dream Foundry Contest for beginning professionals is accepting unpublished submissions of short speculative fiction from writers and unpublished speculative pieces by artists until October 11. Winners may receive up t $1,000 in cash prizes.
- The Barbellion Prize is accepting submissions of books published between November 2020 and October 31, 2021 until October 31. Eligibility for the prize is predicated on the author’s presentation of life with a long-term chronic illness or disability, whether that be in the form of blindness, MS, cystic fibrosis, dwarfism, or another comparable condition that may substantially define one’s life.
- Through October, Butter Press is accepting poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction submissions from queer, non-binary and transgender voices. All work should be sent by email. Please include a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file with an author bio in the body of the email. They encourage the inclusion of pronouns and portfolio/social media links.
- Through October, EscapePod is accepting joyful stories that celebrate positive futures (or positive alternate pasts). They would especially like to see stories that embrace joy for demographics where pain is often centered (including but not limited to: people of marginalized genders or sexual preferences; people from historically oppressed or colonized cultures; people with disabilities). Happy endings are not mandatory, but some part of the story should evoke a smile.
- ECW Press is seeking entries of unpublished novel manuscripts in English between 40,000 and 150,000 words by a Canadian author in the science fiction, fantasy, or speculative fiction genres. The writer of the selected manuscript will receive a $3,000 prize and a publishing contract. The deadline for entries is October 31, and there is no fee to enter.
- DEATH IN THE MOUTH is accepting horror prose submissions from BIPOC and other ethnically marginalized artists and writers from around the world. Submissions should be 1,000-6,000 words, and accepted contributors will be paid $0.08/word. Submissions are due by November 1. They’re also accepting submissions of portfolios.
- WildStar Press is accepting submissions for its upcoming comics anthology Songs of the Sea. The black and white comic anthology will feature original fiction about pirates and what calls them to the throes of piracy. Submissions will close on November 1.
- FIYAH Lit Mag is accepting prose and poetry submissions through the end of the year for its January and April 2022 unthemed issues.
- 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 a Senior Editor.
- (White Plains, NY) The American Booksellers Association is seeking a Copyeditor.
- Anathema Magazine is seeking prose, 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.
- (REMOTE) Arledge Comics is seeking a part-time, freelance Copy Writer.
- (New York, NY) Astra Publishing House is seeking an Editorial Assistant to work with Boyds Mills Press.
- 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. They’re also hiring an Advertising and Affiliate Marketing Director, a Deputy Editor, and a Managing Editor.
- (New York, NY) Barnes and Noble is seeking an Editorial Assistant for Children’s Books and an Editorial Assistant for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Classics.
- (REMOTE) BenBella Books is seeking an Assistant or Associate Editor to provide editorial support across BenBella, with a particular focus on the Matt Holt business imprint.
- 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.
- (REMOTE) CamCat Publishing is seeking a Content Assistant to support the publisher and others by generating, posting, and monitoring content across multiple channels.
- (Petaluma, CA) Cameron + Company is seeking an Editorial Director.
- (Somerville, MA) Candlewick Press is seeking an Editorial 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.
- Charlesbridge editors are offering free, 30-minute sessions to writers who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC) to discuss their manuscripts. You must enter a lottery on their website for consideration.
- (San Francisco, CA) Chronicle Books is seeking a Managing Editorial Assistant.
- Clarksworld Magazine is looking for fiction and nonfiction contributors and pays up to $0.10 per word.
- (New York, NY) The Countryman Press, an imprint of W. W. Norton & Company, is looking for an Editor with experience in the lifestyle category.
- CRAFT is accepting submissions of short and flash fiction, with a free “fast-response” option available to BIPOC and other historically mis- and underrepresented writers. Fast responses will be given within four weeks of submission. If CRAFT declines your work, they will offer a few lines of actionable feedback. They pay $200 for accepted short stories and $100 for flash fiction. Each published story includes an editor’s introduction as well as a craft essay (author’s note) by the writer.
- (Sunnyvale, CA) Crazy Maple Studio is seeking an Editor/Narrative Designer and an Audiobook Managing Editor.
- 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 Deadlands, a new monthly speculative fiction magazine, is accepting short fiction and nonfiction submissions of up to 5000 words and pays $0.10/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 $75 flat rate.
- (New York, NY) Forge Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates (TDA) is looking for a full-time Editorial Assistant.
- (Chicago, IL) Haymarket Books is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
- (New York, NY) Henry Holt is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
- Interstellar Flight Press is accepting submissions of essays, book-length nonfiction manuscripts, and BIPOC novellas.
- Interlude Press has reopened to submissions.
- Jan Cash, the Managing Editor at J-Novel Club, is seeking freelance light novel and manga editors. Applicants can apply for an editing test by emailing at jan [at] j-novel.club.
- (New York, NY) Kevin Anderson & Associates is seeking a Senior Editor.
- (New York, NY) The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
- (New York, NY) Macmillian Adult Trade Division is seeking a Senior Managing Editor.
- Macmillian Learning is seeking an Editorial Assistant in New York, NY, and a Managing Editor in Plymouth, MI.
- (New York, NY) Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media is hiring an Agent Assistant.
- 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..
- (New York, NY) Pantheon Books is seeking an Associate Editor, an Editor/Senior Editor, Non-Fiction, and a Graphics Editor.
- (New York, NY – REMOTE OK) Penguin Random House Publisher Services is seeking a Manga Editor to oversee manga titles on behalf of their client, Kodansha.
- (New York, NY) Penguin Random House is seeking
- an experienced Editor to acquire, edit, and develop a nonfiction list of around 5-8 titles a year for the Image imprint
- an Editorial Assistant for Penguin Press
- a Managing Editor and a Managing Editor of Operations for the Random House Children’s Books team
- a Senior Managing Editor in the Penguin Young Readers trade division
- POMEgranate Magazine is accepting pitches from artists and writers.
- Scholastic Canada is currently interested in reviewing unpublished material by writers from underrepresented communities, including Black writers, Indigenous writers, writers of colour, writers with disabilities, LGBTQIA2S+ writers and writers who identify with other marginalized groups. They are also accepting manuscripts via literary agents.
- The SFWA blog is open to nonfiction submissions that might be of interest to new and/or established writers of science fiction and fantasy.
- (Boulder, CO or REMOTE) Shambhala Publications is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
- Simon & Schuster is seeking:
- (Naperville, IL or New York, NY) Sourcebooks is seeking an Editorial Assistant and a Senior Editor – Children’s and Young Readers.
- (New York, NY) Sterling Publishing Company is seeking an Editorial Assistant and a Project Editor.
- (New York, NY) St. Martin’s Press is seeking a Senior Editor to acquire and edit lead titles, significantly profitable fiction and nonfiction books, and adult and young adult (especially Own Voices) titles.
- 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.
- (Portland, OR) Timber Press is seeking an Acquisitions Editor.
- (REMOTE) Urano Publishing, a major Spanish language publishing house, seeks a part-time Editor to work on their new English language list in the US.
- (REMOTE) Wattpad WEBTOON Studios is seeking a Senior Editor, Fiction (Contract) and an Executive Editor, Graphic Novels. They’re also seeking Creator Acquisitions Managers in Toronto, Ontario and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
- (Los Angeles, CA) WEBTOON is seeking an Associate Editor and a Content Acquisition Specialist.
- (New York, NY) Workman Publishing is seeking a Director of Children’s Publishing.
- (New York, NY) Yen Press is seeking an Editorial Assistant for manhwa and a Production Editor.
- Hanna Alkaf shared a free post on Patreon about the realities of being a non-US author in US publishing. It also features Rin Chupeco, Laura Pohl, and Jesse Q Sutanto.
- #LatinxPitch shared a blog post about how to research agents prior to querying.
- Elissa shared a thread on reaching out to your local bookstores as an author.
- Larissa Elliott shared a blog post explaining everything you can gain from participating in a Twitter pitch event, even if agent doesn’t “like” any of your pitches.
- Literary Agents of Color is a directory that aims to support literary agents of color in the publishing industry.
- Shelly Romero created a document of Publishing Industry Resources.
- There are many ways to be a part of the publishing industry – some less visible than others. Tor EDU shared a video panel online detailing the operations of different departments within publishing.
Youth and Internships
- (New York, NY) Abrams Press is seeking interns in Adult Design, Children’s Editorial, and Children’s MArketing and Publicity.
- (REMOTE) Astra Publishing is seeking paid Social Media interns for Fall.
- Comics Club highlights and connects comic clubs and shares advice and resources to help youth comic creators.
- (Burbank, CA) Disney TV Animation is seeking a General Technical Director Trainee for the early 2022 Apprentice Program. Apply by October 10 for consideration.
- 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.
- (Burbank, CA) Walt Disney Animation Studios is accepting applications to the Talent Development Layout Artist Program until September 26. They’re also accepting applications for a Visual Development Trainee until October 24.
- Webtoon is seeking interns for the CANVAS Squad who will assist the CANVAS team by reading and identifying star-quality series. The position is paid. They’re also seeking a Graphic Design intern and a Marketing Graphic Design intern.
- (New York, NY) Workman Publishing is seeking a paid, part-time Editorial intern.
- (New York, NY) Yen Press is seeking a part-time 6-month Design intern.
- This zine, 12 Things to Do Instead of Calling the Cops, is available for free.
- Interested in studying design for TV animation on a budget? Abby put together a Google Doc compilation of resources on topics like Background Paint, Color Design, Character Design, and more.
- Abelle, with help from Annie’s Google doc, created a calendar of the various scheduled hashtag events on Twitter. Now you can add your hashtag events, if you don’t see them on the calendar.
- Ally Rom Colthoff shared a list of active print and merchandise manufacturers for folks looking to print their own comics or create their own merchandise.
- Andrea of White Squirrel Co. shared a series of threads on how to set up an online store.
- Arin Bray shared a thread of (mostly) online classes for comics that are free or low-cost.
- Ashley shared a spreadsheet of resources and job boards. Thanks, Ashley!
- 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.
- Danielle shared a doc for comic creators with information on what to expect and questions to ask when contacting a potential literary agent you’re considering a partnership with.
- Dunni Mustapha shared Dimensions.com, a website that has a big database with images of people, poses, and objects ideal for drawing references.
- 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 and a Kickstarter Budget Calculator.
- Everest shared a HUGE list of artist opportunities (mostly residencies, grants, and galleries) with over 375 links!
- Danielle and Jes & Cin have released The Comic Creator’s Guide to Literary Agents as a pay-what-you-want downloadable PDF. All proceeds are donated to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute.
- The website FloorPlanCreator.net (also available as an app in the Google Play store) allows you to make blueprints and then navigate them in 3D. This could be a great resource for comic creators and illustrators! Thanks to MEANBO$$ for sharing.
- Gale Gilligan shared slides from their talk on using perspective as a cartooning tool.
- Jay shared a thread of procreate brushes that you can use for personal and commercial use.
- Jenny shared a series of reference photos of a person wearing glasses at different angles.
- Canadian authors, illustrators, and comic creators can register their work with the Public Lending Right program to receive payouts for up to 25 years from the publishing date. Thank, Jim Zub, for the tip!
- Graphic designer and illustrator June has shared a website describing possible career paths for illustrators.
- Jun shared a Twitter thread tutorial on how to use Clip Studio Paint’s 3D capabilities.
- Justin Donaldson shared a free reference pack of hands.
- Kiri Yu’s Convention Artists vs. COVID-19 survey results are now available.
- Latinx Pitch shared a blog post on The Anatomy of a Query Letter. As many creators are seeking representation, knowing how to best present your work to an agent can help potential partners engage with your work.
- Laurica created the Webcomic Author Toolbox designed to offer guidance to self-published webcomic authors.
- Lily Joiner created a Google Sheets database listing different manufacturers of all types of products. Lily created it to cut through the stigma behind artists not sharing information on where they get their products made, as well as a way to help artists new to the merch world make their research easier. Thanks, Lily!
- Litebox has launched its website which shares wages earned by illustrators from a variety of clients. Submit your rates. Recently, they discussed work-for-hire contracts.
- Marsoid shared a free 8-part series on making webcomics.
- Mike shared an artist’s guide to custom rigid frame wheelchairs.
- 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.
- Photopea.com works like Photoshop, but in your browser.
- Sam Gushue shared a thread of resources they’ve shared over the years.
- Sandy Pug Games shared a thread with links to free resources for game creators.
- Sara Linsley shared a thorough Manga Retouching Guide.
- 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.
- Sharean Morishita shared 30 free-to-use Webtoon-edition school backgrounds.
- The Sherwood Forest Zine Library shared a free collection of zines regarding Black history/struggle, privilege, allyship, policing, legal rights, activism, and protest tactics.
- 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.
- Stephanie Cooke shared a thread on what to include in a comics pitch.
- Sydney wrote and shared a guide for US-based sellers regarding the 2021 UK VAT laws. The guide outlines general information, to-dos, and resources.
- 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. Thank you for sharing these wonderful resources!
- Toniko made a video with passive income ideas for animators and illustrators.
- Tori shared a set of Procreate brushes that feature braids, twists, and more.
- Visit ReferenceAngle.com to find free photo references of heads at different angles. Search by age, emotions, gender, and more. There’s a similar website for animals here.
- Vegalia shared a new Procreate brush pack with 50+ different coil, curl, kinky, and wavy texture brushes, including outline braid brushes, and lashes, edges.
- VIShopper is the creator and distributor of cut-out images and textures for architectural visualization. It’s also a great reference source for illustrators. Check it out!
- 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! He also posted a guide comparing some popular iPad drawing apps rating each on ease of use, cost versus value, and his overall feelings about them.
- Affinity is offering its programs at a 50% discount following a free 90-day trial.
- ArtStation is offering free subscriptions through the end of 2021. With a subscription, you can access as many ArtStation Learning courses as you like.
- Clip Studio Paint is on sale for up to 50% off until September 7, 8:00 AM UTC/GMT.
- For their 16th anniversary, XP-PEN’s official store is offering up to 30% off. Sale ends on September 16.
- Goodreads offers giveaways for a variety of titles in all genres. Check out these giveaways for graphic novels.
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 27, 2021