Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Recap: National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards Weekend 2018

Last month I attended the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards weekend (May 25-27). This was my third Reubens appearance -- and my first as a national board member. I had previously been to Pittsburgh (2013 recap here) and Washington, DC (2015 recap here). The event is known as "the Oscars of Cartooning."

On Friday I had the honor of drawing for patients and their families at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for the NCS "Cartooning For Kids" program. National Cartoonists Society Foundation also arranged several goody bags stuffed with sketchbooks, coloring books, comics, and more. We've done a few hospital appearances in the DC area too. It is very gratifying to draw at the hospital and the children loved it. Thanks to Molly Stromoski for taking photos and to Rick Stromoski for organizing. Rick said the administrators of the hospital said it was their most successful event they've ever had.

Back at the host hotel there were several panels spread on all three days and I attended all of them: Exaggerating Caricature, The Family Circus Tree, John Hambrock: Walking the Tightrope, Spotlight on Will Henry's Wallace the Brave, From Comics to Animated Series and Beyond, Women Pioneers of Cartoon Art, The Golden Age of Cartooning in Connecticut, Reinventing Rube Goldberg, Salute to MAD Magazine

The Women Pioneers of Cartoon Art panel featured Cathy Guisewite, Lynn Johnston, Barbara Dale, Sandra Bell-Lundy, and Jan Eliot -- moderated by Ann Telnaes. After the panel, all the female cartoonists in attendance gathered together to take a photo. Thanks to Amy Sancetta (retired Associated Press staff photographer) for the photo. I also enjoy the back photo showing great camaraderie.

At the Reuben Awards Banquet I had a good time with Francis, Kristen, Ali, and the gang. I should have taken photos, but I didn't take any after the awards show. Thanks to Francis for visual proof that we were there. It felt nice to be around other cartoonists and meet several new ones.

On Sunday, we had a public signing at Philadelphia Free Library called Cartoonapalooza! Flip through the gallery of images on my Instagram post above. If you aren't following me on Instagram yet, I'm @CarolynBelefski (same handle on Twitter as well).

I didn't have much time to explore the city, but I did see Love Park, many statues, and the outside of the Masonic Temple. Food wise, I enjoyed a pretzel, an alligator sausage breakfast po' boy sandwich, and cinnamon ice cream at Reading Terminal Market.

Here is Toast (from the Curls comic strip) spreading jelly joy in the city of brotherly love.

We closed out the weekend with a "Philadelphia Freedom" Farewell Party that included a quiz about cartoons and a make-your-own cheesesteak station (there were also vegetarian options). Hummm, now I wish I had that second helping of cheesesteak!

Huge thanks to NCS for inviting me in be a part of their cartooning family. Thanks to the board and Bill Morrison for leadership and their devotion to cartoons, illustration, and storytelling.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Cartoonapalooza is this Sunday in Philadelphia

Hi! I will be in Philadelphia, PA this Sunday, May 27, 2018 from 1 to 4PM for Cartoonapalooza -- a free public event hosted by the Free Library of Philadelphia! Hope to see you there.

Parkway Central Library (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Event description:

The cartoonists of the National Cartoonists Society are gathering in Philadelphia Memorial Day Weekend for their Reuben Awards Celebration. As part of the festivities, they are going to stage a live drawing event where you can come meet cartoonists from the Inquirer Comics pages and newspapers across America, from film & TV animation, from webcomics and graphic novels. You’ll see New Yorker cartoonists and Hollywood character designers plus editorial cartoonists, caricaturists, illustrators and more! It’s all taking place at the Free Library of Philadelphia with support of The Inquirer. There may never be such a collection of cartooning talent in Philadelphia in one room for years to come. So stop by. Watch them draw. Get a doodle. And be sure to peruse the Free Library’s comic art archives and more! Experience Cartoonapalooza! It’s going to be, ahem, a really big draw.

More details:

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

This Saturday is Free Comic Book Day

Saturday, May 5, 2018 is free Comic Book Day! Curls Studio will be appearing at The Amazing Comic Shop in Fairfax, VA (near George Mason University). As the name implies, Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops give away selected comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. Free Comic Book Day is held the first Saturday in May each year.

Curls Studio will be having a FCBD special price on prints -- certain prints will be available for $1 each (normally $5). I will also have original Sad Fish inked art for purchase. Come meet us at the comic shop!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A Case For Pencils: National Cartoonists Society

Many members of National Cartoonists Society were recently interviewed on A Case For Pencils, a website featuring "a peek inside the pencil bags of New Yorker cartoonists." We were asked: What is your favourite thing about being a member of the National Cartoonists Society?

You can read my reply along with answers from Bill Morrison, Tom Richmond, Pat Byrnes, Maria Scrivan, Jason Chatfield, and Luke McGarry:

I don't think I've made much of an official announcement about it, but I was asked last year to be on the national board of NCS! Since the chapters and members are so spread out, I'm looking forward to meeting many cartoonists next month at our Reuben Weekend events.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Album Design for Nicole Belanus

I recently designed an album for musical artist Nicole Belanus called "The Grown Demos."

It was fun to design the sleeve packaging and CD -- plus Nicole is a great client to work with! Check out her tunes here. I like how she has tunes and I have toons. It's a great combo.

Let's Work Together
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Black Magic Tales published in Magic Bullet #15 and #16

Catching up on a bit of old news -- hopefully it may be actual news to someone reading this blog! Magic Bullet, a comics anthology newspaper based out of the Washington, DC area has published our Black Magic Tales stories. Magic Bullet #15 came out in the fall of 2017. Our story "Vacation" captures the adventures world famous criminals Roxy Monroe and Dean Casanova (and their cat, Black Magic).

The latest issue of Magic Bullet #16 premiered in February 2018. Our story "Award Season" was inspired by the #MeToo movement and Harvey Weinstein allegations. Both stories were written by Joe Carabeo and illustrated by Carolyn Belefski. Be on the lookout for your free copy! Common places to find this publication include comic book stores, tattoo parlors, record shops, and hip restaurants.

Did you know? Black Magic Tales has been published in every addition of Magic Bullet. The publication started with a print run of 500 in August of 2010. The print run for issue #16 was 4,000.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Recap: DC Web Fest Year 6

This past Friday I attended my first DC Web Fest and had a invigorating time. My day started out at the AT&T Forum for Technology, Entertainment, and Policy. Lunch was provided from Fresh Connections Catering and then I attended the podcasting panel before leading the "Writer's Write-In Script & Blog selection chat" with Lauren Brown (Fashion Grunge) and Barrett Smith (The Morning After Zine). At the panel I was surprised to meet Dan Silverman, the creator of PoPville, the blog I nominated in the awards category. The conversation was very insightful and relatable to how we began and where technology is leading us in the future.

I also had the opportunity to experience AR technology and game demos.

After the panel a bus was scheduled to take us to the The Australian Embassy. The bus was running late, so after twenty minutes to waiting outside, I mentioned that we should walk. Only one person took me up on that, a man named Scooter, who I have not seen in probably eight years -- back when I was a guest on his DC Geeks podcast. We ended up arriving when the bus arrived, so I'm glad we get to burn some calories and enjoy our time outside.

It was cool to attend the International Screening Block -- we saw fantastic short films from around the globe. Alice in Paris was the first we saw and it is a delightful series that reminded me of Amélie. We were also treated to delicious food.

The DC Web Fest continued on Saturday with more speakers and an awards ceremony.

Congratulations to Otessa for creating DC Web Fest -- thank you to the volunteers, sponsors, staff, attendees, and speakers.