Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Recap: Comics Making Studio at Artisphere

On the evening of Thursday, September 12, 2013 Joe Carabeo and Carolyn Belefski collaborated on the chalkboard wall in the Works in Progress Gallery for their artist residency at "Comics Making Studio" exhibit at Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia.

For their experiment called "Animal Chronicles" Joe came up with an animal and an object, then Carolyn drew each combination on the wall - for example, Fox/Harmonica or Cat/Lawnmower. In about three hours, twenty combinations and sketches were created. Each drawing was only up for a brief time period, then erased over and a new sketch appeared in the same place on the chalk wall. Click on the photograph above to see an animated GIF of all the sketches and progress.

The exhibit space also featured original art for Magic Bullet, Washington, DC's comics newspaper. Attendees were also encouraged to create their own comic and had access to take the past two issues of Magic Bullet home with them.

Thanks to Matt Dembicki and Evan Keeling for organizing the show and thanks to Joe Carabeo for photographing the art.

For more photos, check out: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152090580037381.1073741841.50763422380&type=3

Recap: New York Comic Con 2013

New York Comic Con was October 10-13, 2013 at the Javits Center in New York City. Curls Studio had exhibited for the past several years in Artist Alley, but this year was our first time switching it up and trying out the Small Press section on the main floor of the convention... and I dug it! We shared a corner booth with Teresa Roberts Logan of Laughing Redhead Studio and had such a great time with her!

This year I stayed at the table 95% of the time and did not attend any panels. My goal was to represent the booth and meet people there. All I can remember was it was very crowded and only having a small moment to make an impression on people walking by. I did some original art, had a magician do a coin trick for me at the booth, saw outstanding cosplay outfits, got interviewed by Tom Racine at Tall Tale Radio, and more. Our booth was located next to wrestling superstar, Virgil.

For a change of set-up we created a Curls Studio mobile on the side of our booth with several circles rotating in the wind. I think this is a very nice visual, as we are now starting to brand with our circles and the "C" icon.

For more photos check out: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152090096567381.1073741840.50763422380&type=3

We hope to be back at NYCC again. Thanks to all who visited the booth on tour this year!

Recap: Baltimore Comic-Con 2013

Being as it's the very last day of 2013, I should recap the fall touring season for Curls Studio. Excuses aside, it has been very busy for the past five months. Can't believe Baltimore Comic-Con was September 7-8, 2013 and we are just starting to recap it! 


On Saturday, I was invited to join Amy Chu's panel, "Self Publishing: You Can Do It" featuring Jimmy Palmiotti, Danielle Corsetto, George O'Connor, Dean Haspiel, and myself. The audio is here, if you'd like to take a listen: http://carolynandjoeshow.wordpress.com/2013/09/10/baltimore-comic-con-self-publishing-panel/

I got to attend my first Harvey Awards, which is a nice dinner and awards show hosted on Saturday night. The winner for "Best Online Comics Work" was Mike Norton's Battlepug. Since he was not present, Baltimore Comic-Con asked me to accept the award on his behalf, but I didn't know who was going to win until the announcement was made to everyone. The lights were very blinding on stage, but my big joke was that I didn't fall down when stepping up to the stage, so that's winning half the battle!

On Sunday, I took part in the "Team Cul de Sac" panel with Chris Sparks, Joe Sutliff, Dawn Griffin, and Barbara Dale. Here is the link to audio from the panel: http://carolynandjoeshow.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/zarvox-presents-the-team-cul-de-sac-bcc13-panel

We were able to recruit a few people to walk with us for the Parkinson's walk in DC because of the awareness from this panel. Here is the blog recap for the walk: http://curls-studio.blogspot.com/2013/11/recap-team-cul-de-sac-at-moving-day-2013.html

It was the greatest feeling to see several people at the show - even co-workers from the past couple full-time jobs I've held. Curls Studio really appreciates the support and enjoys seeing people come to the table year after year.

More photos from Baltimore Comic-Con 2013 are located here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152089889767381.1073741839.50763422380&type=3

Hope to see you next year! Mark your calendars for a three-day show next year. It's September 5-7, 2014!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Regular Show Fan Art

Here's an illustration I did for the Cartoon Network show, Regular Show. The concept is having the characters as Russian Dolls and Rigby is popping out of his doll shell.

Friday, December 13, 2013

2013 Best Local Comics from Washington City Paper


Magic Bullet is listed as a comics highlight of the year by Washington City Paper. This year I edited Magic Bullet #6 and #7. It is a honor for the publication to be recognized.

You can read more about it here and view the other comics the Washington, DC area has to offer: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/books/2013/12/12/scrawl-minded-the-years-best-local-comics/#more-104196

Thanks to Michael Rhode for the write-up!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Curls in Comic Creators for Freedom 2013

This is the fourth year I'll be taking part in a fundraiser event called Comic Creators for Freedom: Fighting Together to End Human Trafficking.

Over 150 comic creators from around the world come together to raise funds in support of Love146. Most of us spend our days (or nights!) writing and drawing stories about brave heroes. Banding together to form the Comic Creators for Freedom, we finally have a chance to become the heroes.

Superheroes come to the rescue. That is why we are raising money specifically for Love146 and their work in providing care to survivors of child trafficking and sexual exploitation.  


This year's theme is Awkward School Photos, as you can see in the image above, my character, Curls, is representing the awkwardness. We hope you are able to donate December 2-14, 2013 to receive the complete downloadable wallpaper featuring several comic characters. Want to participate? Find out what you need to do to get involved and donate on the Curls fundraising page - my goal is $30 because if each comic creator raises $30, we will beat our overall goal of $5,000! Everybody chipping in can make a large impact.

If you are curious what has been done in the past for this cause, here is the art for 2012, 2011, and 2010: http://curls-studio.blogspot.com/search/label/Comic%20Creator%27s%20Alliance

Thanks to Lora Innes and Crystal Yates for organizing this mission.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Girl Scout Cartooning Visit

Two weeks ago, on Friday, November 8, 2013, I spent the evening with several fourth grade Girl Scouts to discuss the career path of a cartoonist and help the young ladies create their own comic story. First we went over some emotions and character traits on the whiteboard, then I showed them some of my work and gave away free postcards for my comic strip, Curls, and copies of Magic Bullet #7, Washington, DC's comics newspaper, which I edit. It was funny to see them react to Magic Bullet: "What's this? A newspaper? I'm going to read this like an old person." 

When I asked them how an old person reads a newspaper they held it with both arms extended and pretended to sip coffee. I thought it was hilarious, but also I felt the newspaper format sorta die right there in the generation gap. Once they flipped through Magic Bullet I was able to show them all the different art styles and they loved it.

The troop is working on "Agents of Change" which focuses on powers (skills) of one (girl), power of team, and power of community. This activity is the second part of the journey where the girls work together to create their own supergirl comic.

The girls broke off into groups of three, four, or five people to create their stories. The only prerequisites they had was that the story had to be about a girl (or team of girls) changing the world in a positive way. It was interesting to see how each group worked a little differently, yet many of the stories were environmental (saving the animals and nature) and almost every group featured "Emily" as the heroine name. The troop leaders and I walked around the room to help all the groups and then the girls presented their stories to everyone at the end of the night.

I had a great time working with the girls because I used to be a Girl Scout myself and my mom was a troop leader, so I'm very familiar with learning by earning badges and community service. As a side-note, I also adored how most of the girls had chipped fingernail polish.

One of the girls tweeted me a few days after the event: "I am so happy! I have been creating cartoons ever scence you came!" and "Thank you and curls is an amazing comic i love your website"

Thanks to the troop leader, Kate, for arranging the visit and thanks to Matt Dembicki for connecting me with Kate. Working with the Girl Scouts was certainly something I've wanted to do and the timing was perfect. I hope the girls got a lot out of the visit and I hope they continue to create great stories.

You can take a look at more photos here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152002321232381.1073741838.50763422380&type=3

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Recap: Cartoons & Cocktails 2013

Earlier this evening I spent some time at the National Press Club in Washington, DC to attend Cartoons & Cocktails. It wasn't my first time at the Press Club rodeo, as back in 2011 there was an international cartoonists event. I really like the venue because it speaks so highly about the District and how news is covered. At one time before the cartoon events I took a tour when I planned the reception for AIGA 50 (which ended up being held at the National Postal Museum) in 2008.

The event started out with a silent auction. Many cartoons were placed around tables on both sides of the room and people could write down their bids using their given number at check-in. Then Steve Artley lead the program as Master of Ceremonies and the live auction began. 


One piece that was auctioned off was the original Steve Artley Halloween comic published in Magic Bullet #7! All the profits raised from the auctions benefit Young D.C. and Cartoonists Rights Network.


It was great to see David Hagen, Mike Rhode, Matt Wuerker, Steve Artley, and Joe Sutliff again. The DC gang unites!

To view more photos, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152000040297381.1073741837.50763422380&type=1

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Recap: Team Cul de Sac at Moving Day 2013


On Sunday, November 10, 2013 several members of Team Cul de Sac joined up to walk for Moving Day in Washington, DC. We walked for Richard Thompson, the cartoonist of the comic strip, Cul de Sac. Richard was honored with the 2010 Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year from National Cartoonists Society. 


The day was a delight. I really enjoyed being able to spend time with the team and it was nice to have the Nationals ballpark all to ourselves! We got to meet the Teddy and George President characters too. Our team united visually as a gang by wearing black with turquoise bandanas. The walking team included Steve Artley, Kathy Artley, Joe Carabeo, Carolyn Belefski, David Hagen, Olivia Hagen, Hannah Schum, Roger Scott, and Joe Sutliff.


Steve Artley is the member of our team who raised the most funds, so he was invited to join Jared D. Cohen (CEO for Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area) in the Nationals dugout before the walk.





More than 1,500 people attended Moving Day DC. The event raised more than $325,000 to support programs and services provided by PFNCA. The program also supports the National Parkinson Foundation. 

At this moment our team has raised $1,610 and is ranked #31 out of the top 100 teams listed.


You can view more of our photos here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151980827217381.1073741836.50763422380&type=3


You can also donate for one more month to Team Cul de Sac: http://www3.parkinson.org/site/TR/MovingDayEvent/ParkinsonFoundationoftheNationalCapitalArea?team_id=10070&pg=team&fr_id=1430


Thanks to Joe Carabeo for taking the photos. A special thank you to all who donated!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Recap and Photos: Cartoonists Draw Blood - American Red Cross Blood Drive


Our first-ever "Cartoonists Draw Blood" event this past Saturday, November 2, 2013 with the Washington, DC chapter of National Cartoonists Society and American Red Cross was a success. We had 40 people arrange appointments before the event. 25 donors was the goal for the Red Cross (I think they like event organizers like me to arrange more beforehand because some people don't make it out), but we came up with a total of 30 donors - 30 pints of blood! A handful of people were deferred, but we still made art for them.

I am amazed by the results. American Red Cross told me we saved the lives of up to 90 strangers just from this one day of Cartoonists Draw Blood! Having this be my first blood drive to organize, I had no idea this event could save that many lives. I thought it would be a handful, but no way would I have ever thought 90 people. Again, a huge thank you to everyone involved.



The Washington Post covered our event on-the-scene with a reporter (Bettina Lanyi) and photographer (Liz Vance). The article was published today online and I heard it is also in the District's print edition today in the Local Living section. Here is a link so you can read the full article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/besides-juice-and-cookies-blood-donors-at-dc-drive-received-cartoonists-original-art/2013/11/07/22fc0538-456f-11e3-b6f8-3782ff6cb769_story.html


Fairfax Times also helped promote the event the day before in print and online: http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/article/20131101/NEWS/131109810/0/fairfaxTimes&template=fairfaxTimes


The Takoma Voice provided online coverage before the event and included interviews with many of the cartoonists as well showcasing images of our art. Here is the link: http://tpssvoice.com/2013/10/25/cartoonists-want-your-blood/


Thanks to everyone who donated blood this past Saturday. A huge thanks to Seekers Church for the wonderful venue. Of course, thanks to all the cartoonists (Steve Artley, Carolyn Belefski, Bill Brown, Eric Gordon, Art Hondros, Mal Jones, Teresa Roberts Logan, Steve Loya, Jay Payne, Joe Sutliff, Jake Warrenfeltz, and JTW) for lending their time and talents to a great cause. The Red Cross already wants to do this event with us twice a year, so as I like to say: Stay 'tooned!

Thanks,
Carolyn

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Southern Maryland Comic-Con is this Saturday


This coming Saturday, November 9, 2013 is Southern Maryland Comic-Con. Curls Studio will be there and we hope you can join us from 10 AM to 6 PM.


At 3 PM we will be recording a live Carolyn and Joe Show podcast!


The Carolyn and Joe Show Podcast Presents: The Art of the Podcast

For over 4 years and 250 plus weekly episodes, filmmaker Joe Carabeo and cartoonist Carolyn Belefski get together to record the Carolyn and Joe Show, becoming one of the most radical and fun podcasts ever to have hit the stream. What started out as a experiment, spawned into an unfiltered, unapologetic, no stone left unturned, no subject too taboo, weekly documentation of the lives of two people trying to make it in this twisted world. In “The Art of the Podcast” Carolyn and Joe will attempt to do several things, give you a peek into the madness of their process, answer questions about podcasting, and attempt to record a show live on the spot. Anything can happen really.


There will also be awesome guests at Southern Maryland Comic-Con including voice actors John DiMaggio (Adventure Time, The Simpsons, Futurama) and Jim Cummings (Darkwing Duck, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger).

I will also have some of the very last copies of Magic Bullet #7 available for free. Steve Conley, who did the cover, will also be at Southern Maryland Comic-Con.


Admission is $10 at the door and children ages 10 and under get in free!


Capital Clubhouse

3033 Waldorf Market Place
Waldorf, MD 20603

Thursday, October 31, 2013

24 Hours of Halloween: Magic Bullet #7


Magic Bullet, Washington DC's comic newspaper anthology, was featured today on The Beat. Thanks to Heidi MacDonald and Adam McGovern for highlighting this publication with some press on Halloween. You can read all about it here: http://comicsbeat.com/24-hours-of-halloween-magic-bullet-7/

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Cartoonists Draw Blood - American Red Cross Blood Drive is Nov. 2 in DC


On Saturday, November 2, 2013, twelve of the finest cartoonists in the Washington, DC area will be devoting their time and talents to sketch for blood donors for the first-ever 'Cartoonists Draw Blood' event with the American Red Cross at Seekers Church (276 Carroll Street, NW in Washington, DC 20012 -- one block from Takoma Metro).

This is a great opportunity for cartoonists to perform community service, showcase our talents, and hopefully save lives. The Red Cross does not need blood – patients do. Every two seconds someone in America gets a blood transfusion. Five million patients will need blood this year.

Blood donors are needed to sign up for appointments scheduled in 15 minute intervals between 10AM to 3:30PM. To donate blood, please email Carolyn 'info@curls-studio.com' with your preferred appointment time. Walk-ins are welcome.

On the day of your blood donation, be sure to drink plenty of fluids, include iron-rich foods in your diet, bring a list of medications you are taking, and bring a photo ID.

Facebook RSVP: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/208835745954845

We hope to see you on November 2, 2013!

Sponsors: Cartoonists Draw Blood, American Red Cross, National Cartoonists Society, Seekers Church

Cartoonists: Steve Artley, Carolyn Belefski, Bill Brown, Eric Gordon, Art Hondros, Mal Jones, Teresa Roberts Logan, Steve Loya, Jay Payne, Joe Sutliff, Jake Warrenfeltz, JTW

Sunday, October 6, 2013

New York Comic Con 2013 - Small Press, Booth 1162


You can find Curls Studio ALL FOUR DAYS of New York Comic Con 2013 at Small Press, Booth 1162. This year we will be joined with Teresa Roberts Logan of Laughing Redhead Studio. Check out her stuff here. We both represent the Washington, DC chapter of National Cartoonists Society and Teresa helped organize the cARToons show earlier this year.



New York Comic Con is held at the Javits Center (655 West 34th Street) in Midtown Manhattan. 

SHOW FLOOR HOURS

Thursday 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

(Thursday only open to Press, Professionals, VIPS, and fans that purchase a 4-Day Pass)

New York Comic Con is the East Coast's biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. We hope you can join us there and stop by to say hello! 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Small Press Expo is This Weekend!


Visit Curls Studio at Table A11
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 (collected at the door the day of the show):
1-day Pass: $10 per person
2-day Pass: $15 per person
I hope to see you as we celebrate the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comic books and the discovery of new creative talent at SPX. Please click the map above to locate us at Table A11. See you this weekend!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Comics Making Studio at Artisphere: Carolyn Belefski, Joe Carabeo, and Andy Warhol

Join us this coming Thursday, September 12, 2013 at Artisphere (1101 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, VA) in the Works in Progress Gallery. Carolyn Belefski and Joe Carabeo will be working LIVE on a large chalkboard and on paper from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (or maybe longer)!

For more info: http://www.artisphere.com/calendar/event-details/Visual-Arts/COMICS-MAKING-STUDIO-WITH-MEMBERS-OF-THE-D-C-CONSPIRACY.aspx

In addition, on this day you can also be present for the opening reception of the Andy Warhol "Silver Clouds" exhibit, which is located at the gallery next door. The reception is from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM.

Andy Warhol is Joe's arch-nemesis, so in this case they will battle again at the same time, same place. Be there to see the showdown! Both events are free.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Magic Bullet #8 Ad Raffle at SPX 2013


Magic Bullet, Washington D.C.’s comics newspaper anthology is offering a special opportunity to one lucky raffle participant.

For only $5 you could win a 1/8 ad space ($45 value) in the Spring 2014 edition of Magic Bullet #8 (print run of 5,000). To enter, simply bring $5 cash with you to Carolyn Belefski at Table A11B at Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD this weekend (September 14-15, 2013) or talk to a member of D.C. Conspiracy for more info.


If you are unable to attend SPX, email ‘info[@]curls-studio[dot]com’ by midnight EST this Thursday, September 12, 2013 for payment instructions.


Each ticket is $5 and there is no limit as to how many tickets you may purchase. All proceeds will go towards Magic Bullet printing fees. 


The raffle will take place LIVE at 6:00 PM EST on Sunday, September 15 at the close of SPX 2013 near Tables W10-15.


Thanks to Matt Dembicki for the raffle idea. Visit him and other members of D.C. Conspiracy at SPX Tables W10-15.



Above is the SPX floor map so you can find our tables.

For more information on Magic Bullet advertising opportunities, visit: http://magicbulletcomics.blogspot.com/p/specs.html


If you win, you may use $45 as credit towards a larger size ad, if preferred.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Baltimore Comic-Con is September 7-8, 2013

Baltimore Comic-Con 2013
Visit Curls Studio at Table A99 in Artist Alley
Saturday, September 8 -- 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday, September 9 -- 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Baltimore Convention Center
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
(SHARP STREET ENTRANCE)

Stop by to see Curls Studio at Baltimore Comic-Con. We will be located in Artist Alley at Table A99. Click on the map image above (with Curls) to see a large map of where to find us and click here to buy your tickets in advance. I will be doing sketch commissions and we'll have some new prints and other surprises up our sleeves!

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


In addition to having a table at Baltimore Comic-Con, two books I am a part of are nominated for Harvey Awards. The Harvey Awards, named after Harvey Kurtzman, are one of the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards. The Harvey Awards are presented annually at Baltimore Comic-Con to creators and publications that receive the most votes from their peers in the comics industry.

District Comics: An Unconventional History of Washington, DC is nominated for:
• Best Anthology

Team Cul de Sac: Cartoonists Draw the Line at Parkinson's is nominated for:
• Best Anthology
• Special Award for Humor in Comics
• Special Award for Excellence in Presentation
• Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation

Cross your fingers! I hope to see you soon at Baltimore Comic-Con!

UPDATE (September 2, 2013)

I am invited to be on two panels at Baltimore Comic-Con.

Saturday, September 8 -- Room 305 -- 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Self Publishing: You Can Do It
Featuring: Amy Chu, Jimmy Palmiotti, Danielle Corsetto, George O'Connor, Carolyn Belefski

Sunday, September 9 -- Room 301 -- 11:00 AM to Noon
Team Cul de Sac
When Richard Thompson, the creator of the comic strip Cul de Sac, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, his friend Chris Sparks began a fundraising effort to honor his friend. With Richard’s support, he asked others to donate artwork featuring the Cul de Sac characters for a Team Cul de Sac book with proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research. The resulting book was nominated for four Harvey Awards. How did it do? Come to the panel and Chris Sparks and Mike Rhode will let you know! The fundraising continues as Joe Sutliff talks about the Drink and Draw event from this past Friday and Carolyn Belefski talks about the upcoming Moving Day Parkinson’s walk. Any other contributors are welcome to join in on stage. Plus, there will be fun things for sale!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Magic Bullet #7 Cover and Contributor List

I am delighted to present to you the cover of Magic Bullet #7. Magic Bullet is Washington, D.C.’s free comics newspaper published by 
D.C. Conspiracy, a comics creators’ collective in the capital region.

Steve Conley was tapped to illustrate the cover art and Matt Dembicki contributed the color center spread. Thanks to El Jefe Design for the design of our masthead, which we started using in Magic Bullet #6. This issue is Halloween themed and has a print run of 5,000. It will be hitting the streets shortly. Be sure to look for it around town and pick up this free publication.

Here are the contributors who made the final cut for print publication in Magic Bullet #7:

Sara Lindo
Rafer Roberts
S.G. Artley
Steve Loya
Mike Brace
John Shine
Anthony Jackson
Viga Gadson
Eric Gordon
Charles Brubaker
William Brown
Joshua Daniel
Jason E. Axtell
Joe Sutliff
Rob Anderson, Dafu Yu, E.T. Dollman, Paul Allor
Matt Dembicki
R.M. Rhodes, Evan Keeling
Art Hondros
Adam McGovern, Diana Leto
T.R. Logan
Troy-Jeffrey Allen, Matt Rawson
Andrew Cohen
Michael Cowgill
Kevin Panetta, Mike Short
David and Jon Milstein
Dale Rawlings
Rachel Scheer
Daniel Rosa, Jose Mazariegos
Paul Zdepski
Sean Fahey, Ben Passmore, Kel Nuttall
Nick Liappis, Brooke A. Allen
Zarmina Sulaiman, Jacob Warrenfeltz
Joe Carabeo, Carolyn Belefski

Thank you to all who submitted and we urge you to submit your comics to be considered in future editions.

I plan to bring several bundles to Bmore Into Comics next Saturday, August 24, 2013. We will also be distributing Magic Bullet to local establishments in DC, MD, and VA (places like book stores, restaurants, theaters, tattoo parlors, record shops, etc.).

D.C. Conspiracy members will be showcasing original Magic Bullet art at Artisphere in Arlington, VA from August 21 thru November 3 in the Works in Progress Gallery. There will be a meet and greet on September 21 from 6 PM to 8 PM where you will be able to connect with many of us in-person. Major props to Matt Dembicki and Evan Keeling for being instrumental in organizing the exhibit.

Magic Bullet contributors will be distributing the newspaper for free at many of their convention appearances in 2013. We will certainly have Magic Bullet #7 at Baltimore Comic-Con, Small Press Expo, New York Comic Con, and more!

Stay 'tooned for more information about distribution of Magic Bullet #7 as well as details about advertising and comic submission for the next issue. If you are interested in advertising and comic submission guidelines, connecting with us, or attending our meetings, visit magicbulletcomics.com for information.

It has been either a trick-or-treat editing this edition of Magic Bullet. I'll let you decide witch!

Your Pal,
Carolyn Belefski

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

More Illustrations for Clorox Ick-tionary

Clorox has recently posted more of my original illustrations in their Ick-tionary campaign. Below are three more: Lick Service, Txture, and Hover Crap. I know there are a couple more I did for them that they have yet to publish and hope there will be more to come as their vocabulary grows.

This is a fun campaign, especially when dealing with some disgusting material. I love to inject humor and illustrations whenever possible.




To see my previous Clorox Ick-tionary illustrations, visit: http://curls-studio.blogspot.com/2013/04/illustrations-for-clorox-ick-tionary.html

Available for Freelance Work
If you are interested in my illustration and/or design skills, please email Carolyn Belefski at info@curls-studio.com. You may also check out my portfolio here: http://www.behance.net/CarolynBelefski

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Magic Bullet Exhibit at Artisphere

D.C. Conspiracy members will be showcasing original Magic Bullet art at Artisphere in Arlington, VA from August 21 thru November 3 in the Works in Progress Gallery. There will be a meet and greet on September 21 from 6 PM to 8 PM where you will be able to connect with many of us in-person and I plan on being there. Major props to Matt Dembicki and Evan Keeling for being instrumental in organizing the exhibit. 

For more information, visit: http://artisphere.com/calendar/event-details/Visual-Arts/COMICS-MAKING-STUDIO-WITH-MEMBERS-OF-THE-D-C-CONSPIRACY.aspx

Also worth mentioning since today is Andy Warhol's birthday, Artisphere will also be showcasing a Warhol exhibit during some of the same timeframe as the Magic Bullet exhibit and comics making studio. So that means our work will be alongside Warhol!

In additional Magic Bullet news, I'm currently editing the next issue, Magic Bullet #7, which will be Halloween themed. We hope to go to print soon and have the issue out later this month. Be on the lookout, Spooks.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

#1 Bmore Into Comics

Baltimore-based cartoonist Monica Gallagher is kicking off a series of one-day comics shows at various hangouts in Charm City (Baltimore, MD). 

Called Bmore Into Comics, the first show ("#1") on August 24, 2013 will be held at Bad Decisions (1928 Fleet Street) from Noon to 5 PM and will feature Rafer Roberts, Carolyn Belefski, Joe Carabeo, Danielle Corsetto, Melody Often, and Howie Noeldechen.

Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/433981193381413/

See you there!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Recap: cARToons Exhibit - Opening Reception

Last Saturday, July 20, 2013 was the opening reception of the cARToons exhibit at Modern Times Coffeehouse (inside Politics & Prose bookstore).

There was a great turnout and it was a lovely evening to enjoy the work of DC area comic creators. The staff at Modern Times said it was their biggest art opening ever! Big thanks to Teresa Roberts Logan for organizing the show. Check out her comic Fog of Worry. Also thank you to Joe Carabeo of Astray Productions for taking the event photos.


Here are my pieces in the show. Original ink of Curls riding a mule, the color print, and the print of the Curls comic strip, "Chirp."

Above is a photo of me with Bud Grace and Lorraine. I'm so glad to be a cartoonist and be able to meet other talented and funny people.

You can see all the photos on the Curls Studio Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151714668472381.1073741834.50763422380&type=3

If you missed the opening reception, you can still visit the show at 5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC until September 1, 2013.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

cARToons Exhibit - Opening Reception

Join us for the cARToons exhibit opening reception at Modern Times Coffeehouse (inside POLITICS & PROSE bookstore at 5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC) on Saturday, July 20 from 7 to 9PM.

We have comic artists, animators, illustrators, syndicated cartoonists, Pulitzer Prize winners, Reuben Awards nominees, and all sorts of comic goodness going on. Limited edition and original artwork will be on display.

I will have one original Curls illustration and two signed Curls prints framed and available for purchase.

At the opening reception we will be serving wine, lemonade, iced tea, fruit, vegetables, cheese, white bean dip with crackers, and more. Hope to see you there.

Thanks to the DC Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society and D.C. Conspiracy. Thanks to Teresa Roberts Logan for getting the show in gear.

You can RSVP on Facebook using this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/196638567164845/

If you miss the reception, the show will run from July 16 until September 1.