Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Curls Studio was recently asked to be a guest at Capicons Comic Book & Pop Culture Con. We hope to see you this Sunday!
Sunday, June 3, 2012
10AM - 3PM
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Department
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.
K. Michael Crawford from Happily Ever Art will also be there as a guest.
RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook with this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/112576618881806/
Sunday, May 27, 2012
The original art from the Team Cul de Sac book will be auctioned off starting today thru Heritage Auctions.
Team Cul de Sac was created to honor Richard Thompson, creator of the award-winning comic strip, Cul de Sac, after his recent Parkinson's disease diagnosis. Cartoonists, artists, illustrators, and animators have donated original artwork for this auction, with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the Michael J. Fox Foundation to support Parkinson's research. The auction ends June 10 at 10:00 p.m. The artwork is also collected in a book, Team Cul de Sac: Cartoonists Draw the Line at Parkinson's (Andrews McMeel Publishing), to be published June 5, 2012. A portion of the proceeds from the book will also be directed to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Team Cul De Sac Charity Auction #510: http://comics.ha.com/common/auction/catalog.php?SaleNo=510
Purchase the book here: Sparking Design or Amazon
Bid on Carolyn Belefski "Cul de Sac Meets Curls" original art here: http://comics.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=510&lotIdNo=11053
Carolyn Belefski Cul de Sac Meets Curls Comic Strip Original Art (2011). Carolyn Belefski, creator of Curls (page 9): "For my Team Cul de Sac art, I wanted to create a story involving Richard's characters and my Curls character. I felt like the Otterloop parents needed to go on a date because they hardly have any time for themselves, so I wanted them to get away and introduce Curls to look after Alice and Petey. Richard Thompson is a brilliant cartoonist. I admire his skills very much, and I wish Team Cul de Sac the best of luck to raise money for Parkinson's research." This strip has an image area of 13" x 10", and the art is in Excellent condition. A computer color guide print is included with this lot.
Attend the book launch on June 10 in Arlington, VA: http://www.curls-studio.com/curls/?p=1603
Thursday, May 17, 2012
On Sunday, June 10, 2012 from 5 to 7PM, One More Page Books in Arlington, Virginia is hosting a fundraiser celebration to launch the Team Cul de Sac collection.
Team Cul de Sac: Cartoonists Draw the Line at Parkinson's contains original artwork from cartoonists and illustrators inspired by Richard Thompson's comic strip Cul de Sac, including Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes) and Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury). The originals will be sold at an online auction to raise money for Team Cul de Sac, which is part of the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
The book comes out June 5, 2012 and One More Page Books will have them available at the launch event or you can also pre-order the book from Sparking Design or Amazon. Several of the contributors live here in the DC area and will be on hand to sign copies.
Wine and light snacks to celebrate the launch of the book and a portion of the day's sales will go to Team Cul de Sac.
I plan to attend this event since my Curls piece was selected to be a part of the book (http://curls-studio.blogspot.com/2011/06/team-cul-de-sac.html) and to show my support for Team Culs de Sac! For more information about the news surrounding Team Cul de Sac, visit their blog here: http://teamculdesac.blogspot.com.
One More Page Books
2200 North Westmoreland Street #101
Arlington, VA 22213
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
On Saturday, May 12, 2012 Curls Studio journeyed to the land of Bam Bam Bigelow to exhibit at the first-ever Asbury Park Comic Con in New Jersey at Asbury Lanes, a bowling alley by day and rock club by night near the boardwalk. Since this was a new show, I wasn't sure what to expect: the venue seemed cool, but my main concern as an exhibitor was the audience and hopes that people would show up. My expectations were mid-level with an exploring mind to check this show out, but this show soared above my estimate! We had a great time, ate tater tots, met new people, enjoyed awesome music, took photos in a cool retro photo booth, and did very well in regards of making table and more.
Many of the people we met had NEVER been to a comic convention before and were open about different types of books in the comic medium. Customers were looking for all-ages books and Kid Roxy and Black Magic Tales did very well! I got a few comments from guys about how they enjoy my art style and that even if the content isn't 'up their alley' they respected the art. I take this as a compliment because my work is adorable and I understand if manly-men might not want to read it, but it's great that they told me they enjoy the art. I would also instruct them to check out The Legettes!
There was also a little girl who came by the table four times for different purchases. She is our top repeat customer. It was so nice to see her with a little purse picking out a Curls patch, a button, and the first issue of Kid Roxy. I also drew her a sketch of Roxy Monroe from Black Magic Tales in her notebook. I think it's awesome that kids read comics and can tell this segment of the comics industry will burst open soon. Many parents we talked to were enthusiastic to seek books and read with their children.
I think the show's success also had to do with the location being close in proximity to New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. This helped get a diverse amount of talent to appear at the show, including Evan Dorkin, who I got to sign my copy of the Beasts of Burden hardcover. Everyone at the show was happy to be there and we enjoyed meeting a new crowd.
A treasure we got to discover after the show as we walked the boardwalk was Joe pointing out where the dance scene in the film "The Wrestler" between Mickey Rourke and Evan Rachel Wood took place. At first I didn't believe him because it was such a random find, but the closer we got to the scene I realized Joe was correct. Another jewel to his film knowledge was presented! It is so great to stumble upon amazing landmarks like that. It reminded me of the time in 2009 at Pittsburgh Comicon where we saw the "Bean N Gone" in Monroeville, PA from Kevin Smith's "Zack and Miri Make a Porno."
Thanks to Cliff for organizing Asbury Park Comic Con! We hope to be back again. If you missed the show and want to pick up Curls Studio products online, check out the Curls Studio Etsy Shop.
Be sure to check out more photos on the Curls Studio Facebook Page. "Like" us while you're at it.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The first annual Asbury Park Comic Con will kick-off on Saturday, May 12, 2012. The one day mini-convention will be held in the intimate setting of the Asbury Lanes, a small bowling alley and rock club at the Jersey Shore one block from the historic Asbury Park boardwalk.
Asbury Park Comic Con will feature a wide variety of comic book and pop culture purveyors as well as many comic book creators, artists and illustrators from the New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. Comic fans will have a rare opportunity to meet the artists, who will be available to sign books that will be sold at each artist’s table. Commissioned sketches are also available from many of the artists for a fee.
Carolyn Belefski and Joe Carabeo will be representing Curls Studio with a table at Asbury Park Comic Con. We hope to see you there. Check out the website to see more of the fabulous guests who will be in appearing.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
10AM to 6PM
209 4th Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Admission is $4 plus a .90 service charge. Visit www.asburyparkcomicon.com to reserve tickets to ensure entry in the event of high turnout.