Tuesday, October 28, 2008

24 Hour Comics Day 2008

On Saturday, October 18, 2008 Joe and I celebrated 24 Hour Comics Day at Laughing Ogre Comics at University Mall in Fairfax, Virginia. We started at noon and ended at noon on Sunday. It was not too exhausting, but I was having trouble focusing in the beginning. Once we hit dinner time I was okay. The store brought us pizza, drinks, and snacks. They were very accommodating.

24 Hour Comics Day is an annual challenge, created by Scott McCloud, for cartoonists to produce a 24 page comic book written, drawn, and completed in 24 consecutive hours. I am proud to say that we did it... all 24 pages. I completed the cover later, but all 24 pages are done and that was the goal. We even got certificates when we finished!

Joe and I did a Black Magic Tales story called To The Moon. We plan to first sent it in to the Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library to become a part of the 24 Hour Comics Day Collection then we plan to sell it at upcoming conventions and on the Curls Studio Etsy Store. Below are three pages that we selected to show on the blog.

I was interviewed by Michael Tolosa while working on the comic at the McDonald's next door. This was during the first few hours when I needed to focus. I worked from around 4 PM to 7 PM there. The rest of my time was spent at the comic store. Below is a link to his film.

24 Hour Comics Day - Curls Studio
Carolyn Belefski of Curls Studio explains what it’s like to participate in the 24 Hour Comics Day and what she expects to get out of the experience. She spoke to me from the McDonald’s adjacent to Laughing Ogre Comics at University Mall in Fairfax, Virginia on Saturday, October 18, 2008.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Michael Tolosa Interviews Curls Studio

Curls Studio was filmed by Michael Tolosa at Baltimore Comic-Con and Small Press Expo. Thanks Michael! Here are the links to the films:

Carolyn Belefski and Joe Carabeo of Curls Studio compare Small Press Expo to Baltimore Comic-Con. Carolyn also shows off her world-famous toast.

Baltimore Comic-Con
Carolyn Belefski and Joe Carabeo of Curls Studio talk about their comics and how they began collaborating. Curls Studio is based in northern Virginia and they were on-hand at Baltimore Comic-Con to promote their work.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

SPX 2008 Recap

Thanks to everyone who turned out for Small Press Expo this past weekend. The show went very well for us and we got to catch up with many people and meet many new people as well. We sat in our special row of tables with Sugar and Spite, Jim Coon, Terry Flippo, and Geoff Grogan. We had a grand and successful time.

I got to release my hand-made Toast of the Town dolls. He has been at the past few shows in his toaster for display only, but now I have begun to sell him to the public. He has bendable arms too!

Adam from The Dollar Bin filmed me drawing a cowgirl version of Roxy Monroe from Black Magic Tales.

I discovered new comics like Turtle, Keep It Steady! by Joseph Lambert. My friend, Nadia, who came down from New York showed me to this comic and I really enjoy it.

Thanks to everyone who came out to support. Just a reminder Curls Studio will be exhibiting this Saturday at Richmond Zine Fest from 11 AM to 5 PM. We have a table next to Stephanie from Gentle Graffiti. Hope you can join us!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Film: Baltimore Comic-Con Dancing

Check it out: Curls Studio is dancing at Baltimore Comic-Con 2008! It's the last dance at 3:55. Thanks to Josh Eiserike for filming us.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Baltimore Comic-Con 2008 Recap

Last weekend was the 9th Annual Baltimore Comic-Con. As soon as we arrived in Baltimore on Saturday morning Joe and I ran into a snag because the tire on Joe's car was low. It turned out to be inquired and was deflating. Joe helped me bring our table materials into the convention and put up our backdrop... then he spent the first half of the day getting a new tire. Once we got past the tire incident, Joe came back and was determined to make the weekend great to make up for lost time... and have a great time we did!

I released the latest Curls book... a collection of 24 comic strips called The Booga Fish. I'm using a new brush style and it makes me feel more loose. Hopefully you can check out the book at SPX this upcoming weekend.

One of the cool things about this convention is that people who purchased from us before are coming back to read out new books as well. It seems to be that we are building our fan base and I enjoyed talking to everyone who stopped by. I did a lot of fun commissions ranging from My Name Is Earl to a Roller Derby Girl and I did some Roxy Monroe as well.

My favorite moment from Saturday was having Kenneth and Jessica Rocafort come by our table. They really are top notch people and very supportive. Kenneth had this really cool militant green shirt on. Yes, we all know it! He rocks. I got to do a Roxy sketch in Jessica's sketchbook and Kenneth gave us the Madame Mirage trade paperback. Madame Mirage is awesome. If you have not seen it you really need to check it out. Also, Kenneth has a huge grand project in the works. The world better be prepared for him.

On Saturday Joe got to meet Darwyn Cooke and Tim Sale. Two huge influences! Sunday was a slower day, as it usually is compared to Saturday and that made for a more relaxed and super fun day. I had two highlights on Sunday. One was meeting Tim Sale... which by the way was a deadly line. I'm usually a patient person, but I had a POUNDING headache from lack of sleep and the guys behind me were just non-stop complaining about the line... but once the line started rolling I was feeling a bit better. Tim Sale is an awesome rockstar. I think he draws Catwoman the best... and did I mention his lettering? The best as well!

Joe got a Black Cat sketch from Kenneth Rocafort on Sunday and he filmed it for our "Watch Kenneth Rocafort Draw! AGAIN!" segment on the upcoming film for this Baltimore Comic-Con. I'm looking forward to that. If you have yet to see last year's Baltimore Comic-Con video, you can check it out here. Also on Sunday a local newspaper filmed Joe and I dancing. They said it will be posted online, but I seem to have forgot the name of the paper, so if you know what it is please do tell.

The other highlight of Sunday was at the very end of the show. Joe discovered a guy who does street magic. It was amazing and I felt like I was on Mindfreak. Anyone who knows me knows that I really enjoy watching Criss Angel and this guy was the closest thing I have seen to Criss's powers. We filmed a lot of his magic and you'll be seeing that in our upcoming film as well, so come back to check for that soon. Wow. It was crazy.

Hope to see you at SPX! October 4 & 5. Table C5B. Be there.