One Way BankMicro-grants for cartoonists

April 2014 Micro-grants for cartoonists.

SAW’s fourth round of grants to working cartoonists.

SAW continues its commitment to offering small grants of $250 to practicing artists. Two small $250 grants will be awarded on or around May 15 , 2014.

You do not have to write like us or draw like us or layout pages like us or take our classes. 

Eligible artists must be developing and dedicated to a current project that fits within the mission of The Sequential Artists Workshop (basically anything that is high-quality comics, a graphic novel, comics journalism, etc.)

Instructions for applying: please complete and sign this form and submit to SAW at the PO Box 13077, Gainesville, FL 32604.

NOTE: Because of our small resources, a browsable URL is of utmost importance for our judges. We ask that the pieces of your project be viewable or clickable via a URL. If this is difficult, please make note of this on your application and include as much as possible in your proposal packet.

Include any useful or supplemental art/stories or information. We love mini-comics. Grants are chosen based on combinations of need and merit. SAW regrets that it can not inform all applicants of their application status. Awardees will be notified via e-mail or usps and awardees will be posted on the SAW website. Applicants agree to allow their work to be linked and/or utilized on the SAW website -with attribution- for purposes of advertising the grant program, its winners and applicants as well as SAW’s mission to further excellence in comics and sequential art. Employees of SAW(as if) are ineligible to apply.

Deadline: Applications must be delivered to the SAW PO Box by April 15, 2014 for the May 15, 2014 grant. Applications received after that will be eligible for the August 2014 grant.

Please be aware that due to our limited resources, short-listed or honorable mention projects from the August 2013 round are are not eligible to apply in the August 2014 round.


  • I live not in the United States- can I apply?
  • Sure.
  • I make a million dollars a year on comics already and have a candy bar named after my characters. Should I apply? 
  • You can, but we’ll take apparent need into account when we review.
  • I did a Kickstarter for my book and just want to $250 more. Can I apply?
  • You can, but we’ll take this into account too.
  • I have a book coming out soon from a publisher, for which this grant will help me fly to SPX, etc. to promote it. Should I apply?
  • Sure. We understand the economics of being a small artist working with a small publisher, and mostly are here to support strong work.


Want to donate to the fund? SAW starts with a base of $500 for two $250 grants. Any donations made via this link will only go to the next (April 2013) SAW Micro-grant and are tax-deductible (we’ll send you a receipt by year’s end.)

Our August/September 2013 Winners

Andrew White  – “Black Pillars

Andrew White is a young cartoonist who has published one book with Retrofit and is currently serializing and self-publishing The Black Pillars, a strange speculative fiction involving a town (country?) and the sudden emergence of enormous pillars that rise to the sky. White is exploring characters and place in this intriguing comic series. The SAW Micro-grant will assist him in publishing issue 2.


Glynnis Fawkes – “Alatiel

Alatiel is a book using comics and paintings to tell “The Tale of Alatiel” from Boccaccio’sDecameronA prototype exists  with type in many places, which are currently being replaced with comics done in brown ink and watercolor, referring to medieval manuscripts in style.

Glynnis has a long history in comics, which can be seen at her home page, which include autobiographical comics from Vermont and the Middle East, and a deep obsession with Greece and Greek history. She brings a historian’s craft and tireless passion to the artform, working outside current trends. We’re pleased to assist her on this project.




Krystal Difronzo  – Saints’ Love’s+love/ 

A boy and his childhood obsessions and how they are a precursor to adult sexual behaviors. he is obsessed with saints he finds in books.

At least one of our reviewers was head over heels with Difronzo’s drawings. We’re eager to see more of this project as it develops.


Nasha Ashjaee – Three Things

And least one of our reviewers was overwhelmingly compelled by Ashajee’s detailed, lushly drawn memories about her family and The Qu’ran.


Sophia Wiedeman- The Lettuce Girl Vol 4

Wiedeman’s The Lettuce Girl is a charming, explorative fairytale comic about mothers and daughters. Three issues in, with a fourth and final on the way, we’re eager to see the finished book.


Honorable Mentions 

Anthony Meloro – ”Funnies”
“Funnies combines abstract patterns with blithe, one page vignettes on love and loss…reflects a new focus on panels and sequential storytelling while retaining the freedom of  ink and brush drawing style”


Tyler Luetkehans – Watermellonworld
An on-going poetry/calligraphy/writing project, which is ambitious, if only for its lack of images.


Jarod Rosello – ”The Well-Dressed Bear Will (Never) Be Found”

The Well-Dressed Bear needs to adopt a human identity to avoid white-gloved agents who aren’t fond of a bear living amongst humans. “Tries to negotiate a life on the border between human and bear, exploring the space between identity and alterity”.


Nate McDonough – ”Don’t Come Back”, “Grixly”
Nate uses a dense, line-heavy style to tell this odd and interesting story about personalities moving through realities.

Annie Murphy – I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
From lore to myth to personal history to genuine history about Portland, OR


Kelly Froh – Walking Up Hill
“A story of friendship, freedom, and grunge – a comic performance and upcoming graphic novel”


Meghan Turbitt
Turbitt has an off-kilter sense of humor, exploring similar single panel and sequential material similar to Lauren Weinstein and cartoonists in that lineage through B. Kliban, M.K. Brown, etc. 


SAW Micro-grant awardees for April 2013

Posted on April 23, 2013 by 

 We here at the Sequential Artists Workshop are extremely happy to announce our two awardees for the SAW Micro-grant for April 2013.

The two awardees, decided upon by our five judges from a pool of several dozen applicants are Alabaster and Asher Z. Craw. 

Each will receive a check for $250 from SAW for their projects.



Alabaster has wowed readers since her days at School of Visual Arts, and especially with her last collection, Talamaroo, a gorgeously packaged collection that wowed everyone who saw it.

She wins for her project-in-progress,Mimi and the Wolves. Where Talamaroo was a delightful, fuzzy primal romp through body, ego and desire,Mimi and the Wolvesshows Alabaster pushing her storytelling into deeper territory, using both symbolic and clean child-like imagery to explore a story of a girl haunted by dreams of… well, she’d rather not say. Alabaster plans on releasing Mimi for TCAF. Look for it.

Asher Z Craw

Asher wins for Zebadiah, “An alternative reality autobiography….It chronicles the soul of Zebadiah Howard before and after it is possessed by the devil, then placed in the body of Asher Z Craw fifteen years later.”

In a time when it seems hard to be original, the best route to originality seems to be: keep your heart open and use what tools you can to try to see what’s it telling you. Asher Craw seems to be on this path. Zebadiah is a strange, quiet work, a personal myth about losing one’s soul, and trying to stay connected to the ones you love. He has studied at the IPRC in Portland, Oregon and has recently been awarded something or other at that city’s Gridlords event (sorry- we’re on the East Coast so transmissions are hazy.) On top of that, his ancillary work,Dream Guide and Take a Picture demonstrate a desire to experiment, and tune the dials of his existence until something comes into focus. Look for issues two and three, out soon.

Honorable Mentions

Ingrid Rios : for her story-in-progress, “Bare Bones” about living with an eating disorder. While the subject matter perks the ears, it’s Ingrid’s drawings that compel the reader to understand more. This is brave, raw work, and we are interested to see more.

Aaron $hunga – Cabeza : Clearly influenced by Tsuge and other alternative manga. Interesting, odd and eerie.

Mara Sternberg is editing a book – On Nights Like This, an anthology by survivors of sexual abuse, assault, or rape.

Jared Morgan – True Kvlt: “It’s a love-letter to everything that was taboo when I was younger: heavy metal, horror movies, indie comics, etc.”

Mari Naomi‘s memoir called “Turning Japanese”, a proposed 250-page book about living in Japan and being a Japanese “hostess” is something to look for when it comes out.

We were all fans of the visual material, seen here in Keren Katz’ The Night Poetry Class in Room 1001 but couldn’t get a handle yet on the story material, so we are eager to see more.

The same is true of Craig Marshall’s work, seen here.

Lara Antal  Tales of the Night Watchman

We also received interesting work by Dre GrigoropolJenna BragerBob Oxman,  and Sophia Wiedeman.



Our September 2012 winners

We want to congratulate our two winners:

Jess Ruffilson's Journalism Jess Ruliffson’s Journalism

Jess Ruliffson

For her comics based on interviews with veterans of the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Link on her blog, callingthedog, here.

Our judges were in agreement that this was a great project, some remarking  that “This is serious work, committed and beautifully drawn” and “Urgent subject matter and beautifully drawn, I wish we had more money to give her.”

Her project asks her to frequently travel to conduct interviews and sketch her interviewees directly, and we hope that our measly $300 goes to deferring those costs somewhat.


Julia Gfrorer

for Black is the Color 

Black is the Color

Julia Gfrorer’s Black is the Color

Julia’s Black is the Color is in progress, at present, a beautifully made mini-comic with a second issue to come. What seems to be a simple dialogue-driven story becomes haunting and mystical as its protagonist is confronted and slowly seems to move to a lonely cold death. Julia’s mythology and ideas stand apart from others in its starkness and directness: it seems truly real. Additionally, her drawings, which seem to have a broad base in European expressionism like Schiele or Munch, show extreme dedication to her dark, original subject matter.

The choice of this project was a harder one, as Julia is a bit more established, having been published by Sparkplug, interviewed byThe Comics Journal and featured in The Best American Comics, but the depth and directness of her work, the lavish, personal drawings and the point she is at in her career made the judges agree that she was our next winner.Short List

RAV 7 by Mickey Zacchilli
Intense fever dream about Mr. Juice, a sort of punk rock, meta-soul searching wanderer.
Eighth Grade
Lush book about a boy in 8th grade.
Fedor the Dog Boy by Patt Kelley
Fictional biography of famous circus sideshow freak JoJo the Dog Faced Boy. With a great, sculpted cover image.
Her Name Was Prudence by Cathy Johnson.
Lush drawings in pencil about a girl trying to understand her place in society.
Charming, funny comic strips about a touring band.

Honorable Mentions

Felicia Fortes – Daddy and the Lonely Tree

Caitlin Cass – The Great Moments in Western Civilization Cooperative

Justin Pageau – Bird Brain Comics #2

Mike Freiheit – Monkey Chef

Vreni Stollberger – Two Dumb Girls

Dimitri Kalemkeris – Argopawk

Greg Farrell – Strand Book Store Labor Dispute Comics AKA “Wildcat Action”

Alexander Rothman – Versequential

Morgan Boecher – What is Normal Anyway?

Anthony Meloro – Ghost Heat Up

Denny Riccelli – Cousin Harold

Gina Kirlew – Scandalbags

Sarah Palaszynski – Starseed Comics

Christopher Green – Wall of balloons

Katharine Miller – Robot of Leisure –

Erin Mehlos – Next Town Over

Joe McFee – AFW


For those applicants who are not listed above, please keep in mind that maybe we didn’t understand your proposal, or there weren’t enough materials to help us understand, or maybe we just don’t “get” what you are doing, or maybe we’re just a bunch of jerks. Own your own belief in your work and forge ahead.


Our July 25, 2012 press release:

July 25, 2012

The Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW) has announced that it will be awarding four $250 micro-grants, two in September 2012 and two in April 2012. Interested applicants can apply using the form at

SAW Executive Director Tom Hart, who wishes the amounts could be bigger, says that he sees a big hole where the Xeric Foundation once was. “The general belief is that the internet and Kickstarter has replaced the services that the Xeric grant once provided, but in fact, the Xeric board provided two other services: first, they acted as a small, expert board who existed above the marketplace and could carefully review a work and give a small nod of artistic approval to new or struggling creators, and second, they allowed for the quiet but dedicated creators to be noticed. Today’s rise-above-the-chatter method of being seen is very fruitful and productive, but wearying to those who are invisible to the market trends of the day or are incapable of the constant social contact necessary for promoting.”

Applications for the two small micro-grants will be accepted from now until Aug 15, 2012. Awardees will be announced on Sept 15, 2012. Applications for the April 2013 grant will be accepted until March 15, 2013. The grants will continue into Sept 2013 and April 2014, but it is uncertain whether grant cycles beyond that will occur. Ideally they will, and they will be larger. “If the funds are there,” Hart says, “we’d love to continue. Maybe we’ll even crowdsource the funding of the grant.”

Awardees will be decided by a committee of SAW co-creators Tom Hart and Leela Corman, publisher Annie Koyama, and two working cartoonists who wil remain anonymous. Grants will be awarded based on merit but also on dedication, potential and the need of the particular artist to have his or her project visible.