Thursday, June 23, 2016
I've created four coordinating designs celebrating the meaning of family for the chance to win an exclusive license from StoryPatches. Please vote for the designs on Spoonflower -- for fairness, designs are presented in a random order for each person who votes.
I've recently been studying how to make repeating patterns and discovering the world of surface pattern design. This is the first Spoonflower design challenge I've entered. Family activities (eating together, nature, celebrations) were inspirations when I designed the patterns in Adobe Illustrator. Voting closes on June 28, 2016, so I hope you can look thru all the entries and consider voting for my designs. Thanks so much!
Monday, June 13, 2016
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
This past weekend was the fourth Awesome Con on June 3-5, 2016. It's hard to believe Awesome Con has only been around for four years. Early on Sunday I was able to walk around at several segments of the DC Convention Center. The second year's main floor event location (with the small balcony section) is now used as a holding room for crowds. The registration area was the place where the first Awesome Con was held. The show has grown leaps and bounds and I don't see it stopping anytime soon.
This show is the most fun I've had in a few years and has rejuvenated my excitement for conventions. Awesome Con had everything: inventive cosplay, guests, comics, video games, merchandise, etc., but the most important element of the convention is consistent energy. Every second of the show was pumping, down to the last minute.
On Friday, Joe moderated the Jeremy London Q&A, then later in the evening Joe and I were lucky enough to be able to record a live podcast for the Carolyn and Joe Show with special guest Phil LaMarr! You might know him from Pulp Fiction, Mad TV, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, The Pee-wee Herman Show, and many more. I can't wait for you to listen to the show. It will soon be available -- along with all our panels -- at www.carolynandjoeshow.com.
On Saturday, we had many more panels! I moderated the Will Friedle & Grey DeLisle Q&A and it was so fun! I was most nervous about this one, because I had talked to Phil LaMarr before and could jive with him, but I had never met Will or Grey before in-person. I had been asking Ben from Awesome Con to bring in Will Friedle as a guest for the past two years and this year the stars aligned to make it happen! I've always been a fan of Boy Meets World, Batman Beyond, Kim Possible, and more recently Girl Meets World. I already knew Will was awesome, but was not as familiar with Grey, in fact I'd never heard of her until her being asked to moderate the panel (crazy, right?). I'm so impressed with her and completely educated with her talents now. I've been questioning myself why I didn't know her name because I've heard her as Frankie in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and as Black Canary in Batman: the Brave and the Bold (check out the song "If Only" in Mayhem of the Music Meister). Big thanks to Will and Grey for such a fun time onstage -- I attempted to start a hashtag #WillGreyQA with audience members so look that up on Twitter, Instagram, etc. for more photos and excellent quotes.
Directly after #WillGreyQA, I walked across the hall to a panel I was asked by Heidi MacDonald to be a panelist on called "How To Break Into Comics (and Survive)" with Bryan Tillman, Amy Reeder, Justin Jordan, and Shawn Martinbrough. We discussed our successes and methods that work for us -- it was amazing that everyone had a different style, path, and approach to our careers.
Meanwhile, Joe was moderating the Summer Glau Q&A. I'm sure we will be able to hear his take on meeting her on the podcast soon.
On Saturday afternoon, I lead an art seminar in the Kids Zone called "Create Your Own Superhero Symbol." This is always fun for children and their parents -- even some adults without children joined in. I had collected Peanuts, Iron Man, and Captain America posters from random places in the past (last year's NCS convention and the friendly neighborhood movie theater) and gave them away to all people who completed their own personalized superhero logo.
Later at night, Joe lead the "Awesome Filmmakers: Making It Happen" panel. As with all the speaker panels, we have audio we will be releasing week-to-week on the podcast.
On Sunday, we only had one panel and were able to enjoy the show at the table most of the day! "The Other Side of the Table: Lessons from Creators" is a panel we had hosted at New York Comic Con for a few years and are glad to bring it to Awesome Con for a second time. We had some new panelists because we like to mix it up and learn from several exhibitors each time we host this panel. This year Bryan Turner and Chris Flick joined Joe Carabeo and I! Chris Flick filled in for Dawn Griffin because she had a knee injury and unfortunately could not make it for this year's Awesome Con. Bryan and Chris brought a great dynamic to the panel and I loved the discussion!
Now that the show is over, I'm still riding off the high it has created in my mind. I know eventually it might wear off, but what a great feeling to know we had a fun time with fans, friends, and other exhibitors. Thanks so much to Teresa Roberts Logan for watching the table while we were gone at panels and thanks to the Awesome Con staff and Brute Squad for organizing a prime event in DC. In addition, thanks to everyone we talked to at the Curls Studio table -- even if you didn't buy anything and only took a promo postcard -- thank you for stopping by. We hope to see you at our next shows this fall -- Baltimore Comic-Con, Small Press Expo, and New York Comic Con.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
We hope you can join us at the beginning of next month for the fourth edition of Awesome Con DC on June 3-5, 2016 at the DC Convention Center. Curls Studio will be located at table N5. Check out the awesome map above where the yellow pulse signal circles are so you'll know where to find us.
We also have several panels we'll be taking part in. Please note that some of the panel info may change, but it looks to be pretty solid.
Jeremy London Q&A
6/3/2016 / 4:30 PM-5:30 PM/ Room 150
Jeremy London will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
Moderator: Joe Carabeo
LIVE Carolyn and Joe Show Podcast
6/3/2016 / 6:00 PM-7:00 PM / Room 150
Phil LaMarr is the special guest on the Carolyn and Joe Show! It’s no secret that the LIVE Carolyn and Joe Show at Awesome Con is the wildest, funniest, most unpredictable, must-see panel at the convention! This year we’re taking it to the next level. We have one of the greatest performers on screen, stage, and behind a mic -- Mr. Phil LaMarr! It’s gonna be a MAD time. Do not miss this show!
Panelists: Phil LaMarr, Carolyn Belefski, Joe Carabeo
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1032602296823866
Will Friedle & Grey DeLisle Q&A
6/4/2016 / 11:30 AM-12:30 PM / Room 150
Will Friedle and Grey DeLisle will discuss their exciting careers and answer audience questions.
Moderator: Carolyn Belefski
Summer Glau Q&A
6/4/2016 / 1:45 PM-2:45 PM / Room 146
Summer Glau will discuss her exciting career and answer audience questions.
Moderator: Joe Carabeo
How To Break Into Comics (and Survive)
6/4/2016 / 12:30 PM-1:30 PM / Room 144
Comics! It seems like such a glamorous life, but what are the nitty gritty secrets of staying in the business? Everyone wants to know how to break into comics, but there are many paths to get there, and many ways of staying in. Our panel of not artists and writers talk about developing as artists, branching out into other fields, and the rest of the skills needed to maintain a career. Presented by The Beat.
Moderator: Heidi MacDonald
Panelists: Bryan Tillman, Amy Reeder, Justin Jordan, Shawn Martinbrough, Carolyn Belefski
The Beat: http://www.comicsbeat.com/preview-awesome-con-is-going-to-be-awesome
Create Your Own Superhero Symbol with Carolyn Belefski
6/4/2016 / 4:00 PM-4:45 PM / K Zone
Every hero needs a logo! Many superheroes have personal branding on their outfits and My Little Pony characters even have cutie marks! Join artist and designer Carolyn Belefski and learn how to incorporate graphic design elements to create an icon and establish your own powerful visual identity.
Awesome Filmmakers: Making It Happen
6/4/2016 / 8:15 PM-9:15 PM / Room 149
The legendary Awesome Con filmmakers panel that had everyone talking has retuned! Join filmmaker panelists Jai Jamison (TRI, Speak Now), Drew Bolduc (Assassinaut, The Taint), Kevin Sampson (Picture Lock), Cinematographer - Kunitaro Ohi, and Director of the DC Web Fest - Otessa Marie Ghadar (20/20 Productions) as they break the 4th the wall and reveal the realities of being a filmmaker and making it happen in today’s media consuming society. You might see an exclusive trailer or two.
Moderator: Joe Carabeo (Astray Productions)
Panelists: Jai Jamison, Drew Bolduc, Kevin Sampson , Kunitaro Ohi, Otessa Marie Ghadar, Joe Carabeo
The Other Side of the Table: Lessons from Creators
6/5/2016 / 12:30 PM-1:15 PM / Room 149
Are you a creator considering exhibiting at Artist Alley or Small Press comic conventions? This panel will give you tips and suggestions on how to create your professional appearances from the POV of being behind the table. We will discuss the metamorphosis from attendee to exhibitor, effective table display design, how to talk and interact with people at your table and how to generate sales with your table pitch. We will highlight the process of starting a comic book tour on a low budget and methods of attracting potential readers by promoting your appearances and will take questions and comments, as this will be a conversation on multiple subjects regarding how to build rewarding convention appearances from the ground up.
Moderator: Joe Carabeo
Panelists: Carolyn Belefski, Bryan Turner, Dawn Griffin
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1734212596834918
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
This past weekend Curls Studio took part in their first appearance at Tidewater Comicon at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on May 21 and 22. We had a great time meeting new people and expanding our readership to a new location.
After Joe's interview at Arlington Independent Media, we drive down to Virginia Beach on Friday. The traffic was not very steady and it was a lot of stop and go. We were able to check out a few local restaurants such as Tupelo Honey Cafe, Chicho's Pizza, Commune, Whitner's BBQ, and Pelon's Baja Grill. I didn't get to see the boardwalk and only caught small glimpses of the town. We were mostly at the convention center or eating with pals!
At the show we premiered a new product, which is a joint effort between Gina from Super Sox Shop and myself. We now have custom-made pencil cases! I designed the fabric and Gina assembled and sewed the pencil cases. Right now we have two designs: Art Supplies and characters from my Curls comic strip. You might remember that last year Gina and I teamed up to make the dress I wore at the Reuben Awards ceremony!
Speaking of fashion, we are now SOLD OUT of all aqua colored "Heart Comics" shirts. There is a limited supply of the asphalt color, so if you are interested in the shirt, please check out the store, as I can not guarantee that the shirt will still be available in a few weeks and I do not plan on creating more of this design.
One of the great takeaways from Tidewater was enjoying the inventive "homemade" cosplay worn by attendees. We also appreciated everyone's excitement about comics. Thanks to everyone who but on the show and everyone who stopped by our table.
Our next convention is in less than two weeks -- we'll be at Awesome Con at the DC Convention Center on June 3-5, 2016.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Visit Curls Studio at Artist Alley Table A314 during Tidewater Comicon 2016 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center!
Saturday, May 21: 10AM-6PM
Sunday, May 22: 10AM-5PM
This will be our first appearance at this convention plus we'll be hitting the Virginia Beach area for the first time.
Last year Tidewater Comicon doubled the space for the show and broke it’s previous attendance record with over 16,000 excited fans and families.
This year special guests Ernie Hudson, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, C. Martin Croker, and more will be appearing.
Kids 12 and under are FREE to attend with a paid adult. Hope to see you there.
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/978956835557605
Monday, May 9, 2016
Free Comic Book Day is rocking here at The Amazing Comic Shop here in Fairfax at university mall. Come on out and get some Comics and say hi to CURLS STUDIO ( @carolynbelefski and @astrayj ) #curlsstudiotour2016 #curlsstudio @dernhelm #badasscomicbookstorerunner #carolynandjoeadventures #carolynbelefski #cartoonist #joecarabeo #writer #amazingcomicshop #fcbd #freecomicbookday #comicbooks #va #nova #dmv #dc #astray www.curls-studio.comA video posted by JOE (@astrayj) on
This past Saturday, May 7, 2016 Curls Studio participated in Free Comic Book Day at the Amazing Comic Shop in Fairfax, Virginia. We were there from 10:30 AM until 5:45 PM. Thanks to everyone we met and thanks to the Amazing Comic Shop for hosting us -- it was a fun day!
I always think that FCBD is the kickoff of summer -- it happens the first Saturday of every May. The Kentucky Derby is also this day and there is usually a superhero movie opening that weekend as well -- this year is Captain America: Civil War.
Our next appearance will be Tidewater Comicon on May 21-22 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center followed by at Awesome Con on June 3-5 at the DC Convention Center. Hope to see you then. We'll be updating the blog with information on what panels we'll be on and our booth location in a map. Please check back here before the conventions for the latest news.