Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Curls Studio will be at MoCCA Arts Festival 2017

Curls Studio will be invading the Big Apple next month for MoCCA Arts Festival -- Table I 264A on the second floor. This is our first time exhibiting at MoCCA, so it will be exciting and fresh -- like a crisp bite of apple! 🍎

MoCCA will take place April 1 and 2 from 11:00AM to 6:00PM at the luxurious and modern Metropolitan West located on West 46th Street in New York City between 11th and 12th Avenues and will encompass two floors of exhibitor tables, a gallery of original art showcasing the work of special guests, and pop-up cafés throughout the space. Price of admission is only $5 per day and will grant attendees access to the Fest including the exhibitors hall, on-site gallery space, and programming. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Children under age ten are free.

The official image for this event is above, created by Becky Cloonan -- a guest of honor at the show, along with Blutch, Cliff Chiang, Drew Friedman, David Lloyd, and Gene Luen Yang.

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a two-day multimedia event -- Manhattan's largest independent comics, cartoon, and animation festival with exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes, workshops, lectures, and film screenings.

All exhibitors who got accepted are listed online at www.societyillustrators.org/exhibitors-list.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Recap: Washington Wizards Collecti-Con 2017

The Washington Wizards Collecti-Con was an interesting event even though the Wizards lost this past Sunday. Curls Studio was glad to be a part of their inaugural Collecti-Con.

I got to meet Slapshot, the Washington Capitals hockey team mascot, who was at the game to celebrate G-Wiz's birthday along with many other team mascots. Thanks to everyone we saw at the convention and game.

Be on the prowl for new convention announcements coming soon!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Carolyn Belefski - Nominee for Best of D.C. 2017

I am nominated again for Washington City Paper's Best of D.C. Readers Poll in the category of "Best Visual Artist." In previous years I've been runner-up. Let's see if we can surpass that position. It only takes a few seconds to vote. If I've ever made you smile and you appreciate what I make, I'd be thankful if you take a moment to vote. 

The poll closes March 5 at 11:59PM EST

Carolyn Belefski has been nominated for Best Visual Artist
Carolyn Belefski is the writer and artist of the comic strip Curls (www.curls-studio.com/curls). She appears at comic conventions and art shows including New York Comic Con, SPX, and Awesome Con. The White House, US National Archives, and Clorox are some of the clients Carolyn has worked with.

Monday, February 6, 2017

"Design Your Own Superhero" at The National Archives Sleepover – February 4, 2017

This past Saturday evening I was invited to take part in the sold-out US National Archives sleepover for a third time. Kids ages 8-12 along with their adult chaperones participated in several activities and spent the night next to America’s most important papers: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

Local TV news channels DCW50 and WUSA9 covered the event. "Design Your Own Superhero" is the art activity I lead. We had a great time talking about different super powers and abilities.

I've heard a lot of positive reviews in the past when "What activity did you like the best?" feedback was received: 
• making a superhero was my favorite activity
• the picture room with the comic books
• create your own superhero
• I really liked righting the letter to the president, and the super hero pictures
• create your own superhero because I got to be creative
• I liked creating my superhero because I want to be one

More images and content can be found using hashtag #ArchivesSleepover. Thank you to the interns, volunteers, and the US National Archives for hosting such a unique opportunity for the children. 

Click the "National Archives" tag below to read my past blog entries about the event.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Washington Wizards Collecti-Con is February 26, 2017

Join the Curls Studo and the Washington Wizards from 10AM to 2PM on Sunday, February 26 for our first Collecti-Con -- a sports, pop culture, and comic book show for the entire family. Unique collectible items including comic books, sports memorabilia, and games will be available to browse, buy or trade. Curls Studio will be selling our original comics, art prints, buttons, and more!

Ticket packages are only $25 and include:
• Collecti-Con Poster
• Access to the pre-game event
• Ticket to the Wizards vs. Jazz game which begins at 5PM

The first 100 fans to purchase will receive a commemorative Wizards t-shirt.

Purchase tickets here: www.nba.com/wizards/cc

RSVP to the Curls Studio event page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/1749009285414398

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Black Magic Tales published in Magic Bullet #13 and #14

A bit of catching up to do in the blog as it seems I've neglected to mention that a Black Magic Tales story called "Suggestion Box" was published in Magic Bullet #13 back in August of last year. The issue was released in preparation for the Small Press Expo and distributed all around the Washington, DC region.

The latest issue of Magic Bullet #14 premiered in time for the Trump Inauguration and Women's March this past weekend. Our story "We Did It!" captures the adventures world famous criminals Roxy Monroe and Dean Casanova. Both stories were written by Joe Carabeo and illustrated by Carolyn Belefski. Be on the lookout for your free copy!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Recap: Curls Studio's Year of 2016

By glancing on social media, it seems like most people are very frustrated and sad with the year 2016. Many people are drained from the election and celebrity deaths. We can only hope that 2017 provides a fresh start for everyone. 2016 has been an busy year for Curls Studio creators Joe Carabeo and Carolyn Belefski, so we decided to celebrate with a year-in-review recap blog post!

The image above combines the #2016BestNine from @CarolynBelefski Instagram account, displaying people’s most-liked photos from the past year. The best nine features a mix of freelance design work, personal illustrations, a throwback Thursday post about meeting Jim Lee at my first Baltimore Comic-Con, and a glimpse behind-the-scenes of a Curls comic strip. You can also follow Joe on Instagram at @AstrayJ.

This year Carolyn was asked in participate in two sleepovers at The National Archives. The sleepovers had an overlapping superhero theme and included the activity station "Design Your Own Superhero with Carolyn Belefski."

Carolyn was considered for an "Advertising / Product Illustration" Reuben Award from the National Cartoonists Society and although she did not win and was not expecting to win or even make it to the top three nominees, it was exciting for a day or two to be mildly recognized.

We made 7 comic show appearances this year with a total of 16 days behind the table exhibiting comics. We exhibited at Tidewater Comicon for the first time. We celebrated Free Comic Book Day at our local store and hit up major conventions including Awesome Con, Small Press Expo, Baltimore Comic-Con, and New York Comic Con. We ended the year with a small show at a used book store and got to meet a lot of fun personalities there!

In April and May, Carolyn launched a daily project called "ABCs of Country Music" where she created custom typography for each letter of the alphabet based on country music superstars.

At Awesome Con, Carolyn and Joe hosted, moderated, and served as panelists on many panels throughout the show. One of the highlights was recording a live podcast for the Carolyn and Joe Show with special guest Phil LaMarr! Carolyn moderated the Will Friedle & Grey DeLisle Q&A. Carolyn also took part in comics panels such as Heidi MacDonald's "How To Break Into Comics (and Survive)" and "The Other Side of the Table: Lessons from Creators."

In June, Carolyn became chair of the Washington, DC chapter of National Cartoonists Society. She has organized programs since 2012 with NCS, including Cartoonists Draw Blood and helped with "cARToons" exhibits and other activities.

Carolyn produced the first Cartoonists Draw Blood Art Exhibit at Takoma Park Community Center which was up for nearly two months. The exhibit featured 13 artists who have drawn at previous blood drives. We hosted an opening reception, hung the work, promoted the show, and more.

Speaking of exhibits, a poster Carolyn designed for AIGA’s Get Out the Vote Campaign was on the walls of the Washington Project for the Arts during DC Design Week.

Black Magic Tales was published in Magic Bullet, Washington, DC's comics anthology. Issues #12 and #13 were released this year.

During New York Comic Con, in addition to spending all four days at our booth, Carolyn also spent some time at the National Cartoonists Society's booth and was invited to participate in a fun event at Society of Illustrators, which celebrated the release of Wacom's MobileStudio Pro. We were also able to enjoy the Ralph Steadman exhibit in the gallery space and meet a bunch of really great artists.

Joe and Carolyn released their new comic, French Fry Club, at New York Comic Con this year. The book has received good feedback and we look forward to continuing the story in 2017.

In October, Carolyn organized the fourth annual Cartoonists Draw Blood drive with Troy-Jeffrey Allen. Donors gave blood to the American Red Cross and then the Washington, DC chapter of National Cartoonists Society and other local cartoonists drew for the donors as a "thank you." The event was a success and we saved many lives. We already have a date confirmed for next year -- it's Saturday, October 28, 2017.

In November, DC Chapter of National Cartoonists Society had our first "Cartooning for Kids" event at a children’s hospital. We drew for the kids and gave tips on learning how to draw too. The NCS Foundation organized a shipment of several goody bags that included t-shirts, crayons, comics, coloring books, and more to go to every child in the hospital.

Although it is not promoted very much, Carolyn started a Patreon tip jar this year where she posts thumbnails of Curls comic strips she's created and other work process imagery. Pledge $1 or more per month to access the extra goodies and support the art you enjoy!

If you want to know more information about any of the experiences we've had this year, please look in the blog archives, as each event was recapped with photos! So much has happened this year and we've stayed productive. We hope to create more for you in 2017 and all the years to come!

Happy New Year from Curls Studio!