Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Baltimore Comic-Con is October 18-20, 2019

Baltimore Comic-Con 2019
Visit Curls Studio at Table 3021 in Kids Love Comics 
Friday, October 18 -- 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday, October 19 -- 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday, October 20 -- 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Visit Curls Studio at Baltimore Comic-Con in the Kids Love Comics section at Table 3021. Click on the map image above to see a large map of where to find us.

I'll be signing Blacksad yearbooks and you can bid on the original art this Saturday at 5:00 PM.

Here are some "Curls Studio Visits..." Convention Films, produced by Astray Productions, to get you in the mood!

2008 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFyPIiWnZFA

2007 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDUL8zNv5FQ

We hope to see you this weekend at Baltimore Comic-Con!

Friday, October 4, 2019

Inktober 2019: HijINKs!

Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. I've participated for the past two years and I figured, why stop there? Let's go for a third year.

My first Inktober in 2017 had a theme of "Turtles," where I drew 31 turtles on 2.5x3.5" art cards. I've sold the original art at comic conventions. I also took all the illustrations and made them into a small book, which is available for purchase in my store: www.carolynbelefski.com/store

My second Inktober in 2018 had a theme of "Dessert Desert Creatures," where I drew 31 creatures on 2.5x3.5" art cards. I've sold the original art at comic conventions and online. I again took all the illustrations and made them into a small book, which is also available for purchase in the online store.

This year I decided to do something completely different and experimental -- something I've been calling "HijINKs!" as the theme. Using only water, a straw, Pelikan "Brilliant Black" ink (I believe is from my Grandfather) that is turning blue when it dries, and a Sakura white jelly roll pen -- I'm making art 2.5x3.5" art cards. Instead of waiting until the project ends, I've been posting them to the store as each day releases, so potential customers have the opportunity to purchase the originals, first-come, first-serve daily.

Follow along on my Instagram (@CarolynBelefski) to see how the project progresses. I can't wait to see what each day of Inktober brings!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Recap: SPX 2019

Small Press Expo 2019 wrapped last month and it was a great show that celebrated 25 years of America's Premiere Independent Cartooning and Comic Arts Festival.

It was fun to have Kickstarter be a sponsor and they gave me a goody bag of stuff including nice book stands and a balloon to showcase my two past Kickstarter projects (Curls Book Collection and 100 Sad Fish).

I stepped away from the table for a bit to get Raina Telgmeier to sign her book, Ghosts. Her line was limited to 200 people and only one item could be signed with no sketches. Exciting to see her and her career take off, but we all knew that back when I attended my first SPX back in 2004.

Every inch on every table was covered in fabulous comics and creativity. It was refreshing to be tabled next to someone who was experiencing her first SPX. It's a much different show than it was a handful of years ago at the old hotel. I have fun memories from that time period as well, but things are always changing and progressing. I enjoy seeing the talent at SPX each and every year and hope to be back again!

Thanks to Cynthia Tenicela for the photograph. Thanks to everyone who stopped to say hi and look at the Curls Studio table.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Black Magic Tales published in Magic Bullet #19

Since it's #NationalComicBookDay we thought it would be a good day to announce Magic Bullet, a large format comics anthology newspaper based out of the Washington, DC area, published our latest Black Magic Tales story in issue #19, written by Joe Carabeo and illustrated by Carolyn Belefski.

Our story "Saturday Night" introduces us to "The Baseball Bats," a high school girl gang, and continues the adventures of world famous criminals Roxy Monroe and Dean Casanova (plus their cat, Black Magic).

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? Curls Studio has been printed in every edition of Magic Bullet (#1-19 so far).

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston at The Embassy of Canada

On the evening of September 12, 2019 I was privileged to attend the opening of “The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston,” an art exhibition exploring the career of Canadian comic artist Lynn Johnston and the themes of her popular comic strip For Better or Worse at The Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC. The exhibit shows selections from the comic’s 30-year history, highlighting the characters that readers know and love, and includes content from The Washington Post, as well as original artwork and current projects.

It was get to be able to share a small moment and take a photo with Lynn, whom I’d seen briefly at past National Cartoonists Society events. My mom is a fan of For Better or Worse and she told me it was always the first thing she read in the newspaper and she lead me to my first exposure of Lynn Johnston’s work.

I will be updating my Instagram stories today to showcase my photos that contain more glimpses of the exhibit. The stories will be on my IG account (@Carolyn Belefski) at https://www.instagram.com/carolynbelefski for the next 24 hours. Thanks to The Embassy of Canada for a great opening event. Thanks to Bruce for taking our photo. We were glad to be a part of it!

“The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston” runs through January 31, 2020. The Embassy’s art gallery is located next to the Newseum at 501 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW and is open to the public Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, free of charge.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Small Press Expo is September 14-15, 2019

Join Curls Studio this weekend at Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland. We'll be at Table B11 with the "convention exclusive" Curls book -- you can only purchase this in-person at shows. We'll also be running deals on prints and our "Mystery Fun Pack" if you like surprises. The Small Press Expo is North America’s premiere independent cartooning and comic arts festival. SPX brings together more than 4,000 cartoonists and comic arts enthusiasts every fall.

Small Press Expo
Visit Curls Studio at Table B11
Saturday, September 14 -- 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday, September 15 -- Noon - 6:00 PM
Marriott Bethesda North Hotel & Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road
North Bethesda, Maryland 20852

Admission: Saturday $15, Sunday $10, or $20 for both days

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Bid Now at Heritage Auctions for my Original Popeye Art

My illustration that was in Popeye’s 90th Birthday exhibit at the Huntington Beach Art Center earlier this year is now up for auction on the Heritage Auctions website. Bidding ends September 8.

Link to bid now: https://comics.ha.com/itm/original-comic-art/carolyn-belefski-popeye-spin-itch-speciality-illustration-original-art-2019-/a/121936-13318.s

Description from the Heritage Auctions site:

Carolyn Belefski - Popeye "Spin-Itch" Speciality Illustration Original Art (2019). Popeye is going to need a few cans of Calamine lotion to ease his "Spin-Itch." Here we have the original line work by illustrator and comic artist, Carolyn Belefski, best known for her own comic strip "Curls." Also included is a color print that has been signed in the bottom right. Created in ink over blue pencil on Bristol board with an image area of 8" x 10". Belefski has signed in the lower right area. In Excellent condition.

Proceeds from the winning bids in this special NCS "Popeye the Sailor's 90th Birthday" auction will go to the NCS Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) charity that works in tandem with the National Cartoonists Society to advance the ideals and standards of the cartooning profession, to stimulate and encourage aspiring cartoonists through scholarships and educational programs, and to provide financial assistance to cartoonists and their families in times of hardship.