Thursday, June 30, 2011

Defective Geeks Interview

Have you ever wondered what goes on in the life and minds of not just geeks, but lady geeks?

This is the question Defective Geeks asks you. Today they posted an interview with me about what it's like to be a creator for Curls Studio, which you can read here:

Defective Geeks consists of a group of ladies who are enjoy comics, pop culture, sci-fi, cosplay, fashion, design, films and more. Check out their website and podcast to know what they are doing and what it’s like to be a female geek.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

New York Comic Con Artist Alley 2011

Carolyn Belefski has been accepted to exhibit at New York Comic Con's Artist Alley on October 13-16, 2011.

New York Comic Con is the East Coast's biggest and most exciting popular culture convention and Curls Studio is very excited about expanding our tour to NYCC's four-day extravaganza this year.

We will be updating the website with more info as we get it and Carolyn Belefski and Joe Carabeo hope to meet you in the Big Apple this October!

Here are some links to our previous NYCC experiences:
2010 Panel - The Other Side of the Table: Lessons from Creators
2010 Recap
2009 Recap
2008 Recap

by Astray Productions
New York Comic Con 2010 Panel - "The Other Side of the Table: Lessons from Creators
New York Comic Con 2009
New York Comic Con 2008

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Meeting International Political Cartoonists at The National Press Club

Yesterday, June 20, 2011, Curls Studio attended the event, Daring to Draw: An Evening with Political Cartoonists from Around the World at The National Press Club in Washington, DC.

The US Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program is currently hosting a group of 20 political cartoonists from North Africa, the Middle East, and South and Central Asia. During their three weeks in the America, they will meet with fellow cartoonists around the country and get a taste of American culture.

Washington, DC was their first stop and we (Carolyn Belefski, Joe Carabeo) were on hand with fellow DC creators and comics enthusiasts (Rafer Roberts, Jacob Warrenfeltz, Donna Lewis, Matt Dembicki, Mike Rhode) to greet them. Rafer brought copies of Magic Bullet to share with them.

Some of the cartoonists we chatted with came from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India. They were very excited for this opportunity and very interested in cartooning and meeting us. Their work was played in rotation on a monitor and it was very powerful commentary on their side of the world and global issues in general.

Many of these cartoonists put their life in the line for freedom of speech. It humbled me to know halfway around the world there are cartoonists visually paving the road for freedom.

I have never been to a gathering of so many international cartoonists before and I'm still interested in learning more about other cultures. Maybe there is an exchange program? Or can we go on a USO tour to represent America and Curls Studio? I'd love to do on a USO tour one day.

More photos from this event can be seen on the Curls Studio Facebook Page.

Here is a link to Joe's Tumblr about this event experience:

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Recap: DC Comicon 2011

Earlier today Curls Studio participated in the second DC Comicon at George Mason University. Overall, I felt tremendous growth in this year's event. The crowd turnout and support was very strong. I got to do several sketch commissions, which are always very fun. One of them was a sketch of Bettie Page. She is an inspiration to The Legettes and myself.

My parents attended and it was their first ever comic convention!

I especially enjoyed meeting new people and connecting with them through discussions of art or wrestling. I also really liked seeing familiar faces from previous Capicons and other local artists. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hi and look at our creations on the table and thanks to the organizer and volunteers who made the show happen.

Check out more photos of DC Comicon 2011 on the Curls Studio Facebook page and "Like" us here.

Team Cul de Sac Art

Last Friday, June 17, 2011 was the art deadline for Team Cul de Sac. The day before I posted part one (of two) of my "Cul de Sac Meets Curls" comic strip which you can see here.

On Saturday I sent the original inked art and glossy print in a package to Andrews McMeel Publishing. Above is a photo of me at the post office holding the art.

I will be posting part two tomorrow at

The Team Cul de Sac project is lead by Chris Sparks, who formed Team Cul De Sac through Team Fox in honor of cartoonist and Cul de Sac creator, Richard Thompson. The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today.

Team Cul de Sac invited cartoonists to donate original art made especially for a book about Parkinson's awareness in Richard's honor. Part of the profits from the sale of the book would benefit MJFF, and the original art will be auctioned as part of the fundraiser with all of auction money going to MJFF. Additionally, there will be a limited number of deluxe edition books signed and numbered by Richard Thompson.

I'm really excited about this book and enjoy looking at everyone's contributions at

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

DC Comicon is this Sunday, June 19

This Sunday, June 19, 2011 Curls Studio will be appearing at DC Comicon from 10 AM to 5PM.

Following up on last-year's inaugural DC Comicon at George Mason University, the promoter of the VA Comicon and the promoter of the Baltimore Comicon have once again joined forces to bring the largest, most important, most FREE show to our fine nation's capital.

Located at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA the DC Comicon will be a collection of the regions finest comic books from the 1940's to present, along with the industry's top talent... all donating their time to bring the best comics and talent* to Washington DC for FREE!

Featuring Frank Cho (Award-winning illustrator and writer of Liberty Meadows, Mighty Avengers and more!), Jim Starlin (creator of all things Thanos and Infinity), Todd Dezago (the current Casper relaunch, Tellos, Amazing Spider-man, etc), Larry Hama (The "Godfather" of GI Joe, and creator of Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow) along with his illustrator on the current GI JOE series, SL Gallant... signing with Mr. Hama for the first time!

We will have a handful of select creators representing the finest regional small press creative offerings, including:
• Azure Press, featuring Tom Chellimi, the writer of Ninjas Vs. Zombies
Daniel Ross, one of the stars of the Ninja’s Vs. Zombies movie and the voice of StarScream in the Transformers Video Games
Carolyn Belefski and Joe Carabeo (Curls Studio)
Dan Nokes (21st Century Sandshark)
Claton Murwin (Heroes Fallen Studios)
Bill McKay
Chris Otto (A Dog’s Life)
Louis Small, Jr.

With door prizes courtesy of Top Cow, FREE admission, GREAT comic book selection, and less than a 100 mile commute from Richmond, DC, Philadelphia and MORE, along with access to the DC Metro public transit system, the DC Comicon is the EASIEST, and most FREE comic book event EVER on Father's Day.

Visit for more information, including your FREE tickets, travel, parking, artists, publishers, updates and MORE! We will see you there!

*Please note that Ron Marz canceled. I'm assuming the postcard graphic above was printed before he canceled.

Recap: Capicons (June 12)

This past Sunday Curls Studio was a guest at the June 12, 2011 Capicons Comic Book & Pop Culture Con at Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Hall in Dunn Loring, VA. Above is a panorama view of all the guests onstage.

It was great to meet some new faces, eat doughnuts and draw a commission of The Crow. Thanks to the organizers and exhibitors at Capicons for putting on a fun show. If you missed Capicons, you can join us at one of our upcoming tour dates or visit our Etsy Store to purchase our creations online.

More photos can be found on the Curls Studio Facebook Page.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Podcast: You, Me, Them, Everybody LIVE!

The episode of You, Me, Them, Everybody that was recorded LIVE last Monday, June 6 is now available here.

The talk show podcast features Joe Carabeo, Tim Young and Frau Eva. Frau Eva provided the best band interview of all time. Pictured above is Joe Carabeo (writer of Kid Roxy, Black Magic Tales and The Legettes) with host Brandon Wetherbee.

In addition, please feel free to listen to my appearance on YMTE from January here.

More photos from YMTE can be found on the Curls Studio Facebook Page.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Sonjay Dutt Vector Illustration

Above is a commissioned pro bono vector illustration of professional wrestler - The Original Playa from the Himalaya - Sonjay Dutt. I just added it to my Behance design portfolio. It's been over a year since I have uploaded work on Behance. I hope you enjoy my work - now let’s work on getting Sonjay signed to the WWE!

Here is a backyard wrestling video featuring Sonjay and Joe. Vintage Sonjay Dutt!

Here is a video of more current Sonjay Dutt moves and matches.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Capicons is Sunday, June 12

Curls Studio will be appearing at Capicons this Sunday as a special guest (from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM), along with Tom Chillemi, Dan Nokes and Tim Dzon. Hope to see you there. We will have free issues of Magic Bullet #2 available.

Capicons Comic Book & Pop Culture Con
Sunday, June 12, 2011
 -- 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Hall
2148 Gallows Road
Dunn Loring, Virginia

Admission: $3 - Kids FREE!

Buy, sell & trade: Gold, Silver, Bronze Age comics; Indie & Modern comics, Publishers & Creators, TV & Movie Collectibles. Non-sport cards; Videos & DVDs; Horror/Sci-Fi; figures, toys; Star Wars & Star Trek memorabilia; original artwork, posters and other comic-related collectibles.

Alphabattle: Number 8

Above is my number 8 entry and you can view all the other submissions here:

I was surprised that a snake was not used in any other submissions because it almost seemed like such an obvious solution to this challenge that I almost did not do it. I do like that my snake reminds me of a bowling pin. I'd like to see a snake swallow a bowling pin one day.

I took part in designing a number one and number two. I had hoped to complete all the numbers, but missed a few weeks due to being busy with other activities. Maybe one day I can catch up on the missed numbers.

Did you enjoy this fun design challenge?

Monday, June 6, 2011

Joe on You, Me, Them, Everybody LIVE!

Joe Carabeo will be as a guest on the talk show You, Me, Them, Everybody LIVE! tonight, June 6, 2011 at 8:30PM.

You are invited to join the live taping of this podcast hosted by Brandon Wetherbee. Guests include podcaster and filmmaker Joe Carabeo, stand up comedian Tim Young, a special set from Frau Eva.

The Looking Glass Lounge
3634 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Show at 8:30 PM, 21+, donations appreciated

I appeared on You, Me, Them, Everybody LIVE!'s first show of 2011. You can read the recap, view photos and listen to the show here:

Brandon Wetherbee was a guest on The Carolyn & Joe Show for episodes 117 and 118. Take a listen and see you tonight at 8:30!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Black Magic Tales in Dollar Bin Anthology, Vol. 4

Heroes Con is this weekend and although we at Curls Studio will not be there in-person, we will be there in spirit... in the form of The Dollar Bin's Friends Assembled Anthology, Volume 4. This is also our fourth appearance in this anthology.

Our entry in the anthology is a five page Black Magic Tales story featuring a father bird, his son, pizza and a whole gang of birds. Above is a preview of the first page.

Curls Studio exhibited at Heroes Con in 2008. You can read the recap here and watch the convention film that Astray Productions produced here.

Check us out at The Dollar Bin!

Heroes Convention
June 3-5, 2011

Friday: 11 AM to 7 PM
Saturday: 10 AM to 6 PM
Sunday: 11 AM to 6 PM

Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

© 2011 Carolyn Belefski and Joe Carabeo