Paper Cat Press (an online newsletter for creators)
Even if you explore the internet deeply enough, there will always be missed opportunities and financial help. Creators often don’t hear about the available resources they need due to lack of access or referrals. Cartoon illustrator and designer Leanna C. (frenchpressplz) created the Paper Cat Press site (in August 2016) to organize resources, grants, job and internship opportunities, and more.
Paper cat press serves as an online bulletin board that provides creators of various media, such as comics and prose writers, with much sought-after resources and opportunities. Every week, Leanna publishes a weekly summary that includes links to open anthology submissions, job sites for animators and game designers, grants, and more. The site also lists social resources involving anti-racism initiatives, low cost services (ie Medical, Mental Health) and alternatives to calling the cops. Sure, there are search engines and social media platforms out there, but most resources would have slipped under the radar without Leanna’s efforts.
Marginalized and under-represented creators who are looking for more traffic for their work can find directories and lists to add their names to. General / misc. the roundup section includes #DrawingWhileBlack and The Latinx Collective. The online newsletter highlights other notable designer databases such as The database of queer cartoonists, LGBTQ Webcomics, Cartoonists database deactivated, and more. So Paper Cat Press not only offers directories that are otherwise hard to find, but the site also caters to under-represented groups.
The site includes calls for submissions from online speculative fiction magazines, in particular calls to BIPOC and multiple marginalized writers and illustrators. Again, some of these opportunities and resources are often missed. Paper Cat Press is more than just word of mouth; it’s a beacon for creators, writers and more who feel like they’re constantly stuck in dead ends.
You can support Leanna on her Patreon and Ko-Fi. If you know of an opportunity or resource that is not yet listed on Paper Cat Press, or if you have questions, Please contact her here. In addition, be sure to Register to receive the newsletter to be notified of new roundups!
Author: Brahidaliz Martinez
Brahidaliz (pronounced Bra-da-leez) graduated in 2019 from the Masters program in Creative Writing at American University. They are a Submission Writer for Uncanny Magazine, a Queer SFF Book Database Volunteer, and an Intern for Entangled Publishing. Their diverse areas of interest include intersectionality in apocalyptic and disaster films, artificial intelligence, writing for animation, YA SFF, and LGBTQ + portrayal in children’s media.
Pronouns: he / they
Location: Metro DC
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