Thursday, August 16, 2018

Fairfax Comic Con is August 25-26, 2018

Please join us for the first-ever Fairfax Comic Con at Dulles Expo Center on August 25-26, 2018. Curls Studio will be at Table 221 selling original art and new books (some publicly unannounced specials).

I will also be signing exclusive prints the show asked me to produce. My concept features Fairfax Fox and the Tidewater Shark (as an airplane -- to bring the Dulles airport location into the mix).

On Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 3PM in the Kids Love Comics section, I'll be hosting "Create Your Own Superhero Symbol with Carolyn Belefski." 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.

Here is more about the show from their website:

Fairfax Comic Con is a new annual comic convention brought to you by Tidewater Comicon and the diehard comic fans of Fairfax County, Virginia. Our first year we plan on a smaller show with a strong focus on comic book creators and a few surprise guests. We want to be a family friendly event that brings fans from far and wide for two fun filled days in Fairfax. Ok, admittedly we tried to put as many F’s in that last sentence as we could. Fantastic!

Children age 10 and under are free! Get your passes and find out more information in advance here:

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

2018 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards Nominations

Excited to see two projects I worked on nominated for Best Anthology in the 2018 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards -- Mine! (ComicMix) and Magic Bullet. Voting on the final ballot is restricted to comic book industry creative community. We find out the winners at Baltimore Comic-Con. Curls Studio will be exhibiting at Baltimore Comic-Con and we hope to see you this September 28-30, 2018.

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.

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