Friday, July 25, 2014

Signing at Fantom Comics in Dupont Circle

Fantom Comics is re-opening at it's new larger location on Dupont Circle (2010 P Street, NW, Washington, DC). The grand opening party is this Saturday, July 26, and Joe and I will be signing along with other local comics creators from 1 to 4 PM.

If you stop by, you'll be able to pick up your free issue of Magic Bullet #9. Hope to see you tomorrow!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Magic Bullet #9 Cover and Contributor List

Howdy! I am delighted to present to you Nick Galifianakis's cover for Magic Bullet #9. Magic Bullet is Washington, D.C.’s free comics newspaper anthology. This is my fourth issue as editor.

This issue is Western themed and has been sent to print with a run of 5,000. It will be premiering hot-off-the-press exclusively this Sunday, July 20, 2014 at SuperNoVa Comicon from 10 AM to 3PM in the Leesburg Firehouse (215 Loudoun Street, SW, Leesburg, VA  20175). After this premiere day, we will begin to distribute the newspaper around town at local restaurants, theaters, books stores, tattoo parlors, saloons, and other hip joints.

Here are the contributors who made the cut for print publication in Magic Bullet #9:

Kevin Rechin

Steve Conley
Autumn Haynes
John Kinhart
Paul Zdepski
Bizhan Khodabandeh
S.G. Artley
Michael Cowgill
Santiago Casares
Ian Sampson
Anthony Sims
Christopher Holden
T.R. Logan
Jared Cullum
Joe Sutliff
John Shine
Mike Brace
Jason E. Axtell
Laura Lee Gulledge
Andrew Cohen
William Brown
Matt Dembicki
Art Hondros
Adam McGovern, Paolo Leandri
Mouna Touré
Troy-Jeffrey Allen, Matt Rawson
Cassie Graus
Joshua Daniel
Mark Lindblom
Terry Flippo
Eric Gordon
R.M. Rhodes, Evan Keeling
Frank Krow
Rafer Roberts
Dennis Johnson
Ken R. Amato, Dre Grigoropol
Brad Knight, Chris Elliott
John N. Dorsey IV
Jonathon Poliszuk
Jeremy Wetzel, Greg Boyd
Ben Claassen III
John Watkins-Chow
Joe Carabeo, Carolyn Belefski

Thank you to all who submitted and we urge you to submit your comics to be considered in future editions. Magic Bullet contributors will be distributing the newspaper for free at many of their convention appearances in 2014. Everyone is encouraged to take part in the distribution of the newspaper so it reaches far and wide. The newspaper will be available at Baltimore Comic-Con (September 5-7), Small Press Expo (September 13-14), and at New York Comic Con (October 9-12) at Small Press Booth #1162.

Stay 'tooned for more information about where to find Magic Bullet #9... the hunt begins this Sunday.

Your Pal,

Carolyn Belefski

Saturday, July 12, 2014

SuperNoVa Comicon is July 20

Curls Studio will be at SuperNoVa Comicon in the Leesburg Firehouse (215 Loudoun Street, SW, Leesburg, VA 20175) on Sunday, July 20 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Hope to see you there. We'll have the Adventure Time comic available!

Admission Price $4.00
Children under 12 admitted free
Show your military ID for a $2.00 admission 

Door Prize drawings will be at 11, 12:30 and 2.

From their website:

Major Announcement for the Leesburg Show! Greg LaRocque, Andy Smith, Tom Raney, Steve Conley, and Carolyn Belefski will be attending our show.  

Greg has worked on Marvel Comics and DC Comics.  His most notable work includes The Avengers, The Flash, Legions of Super-Heroes, Powerman and Iron Fist. 

Andy is an artist that has worked on Batman, X-Men Forever, and the upcoming Thanos Story with Jim Starlin and the special release weekend celebration Adventure Time 30 exclusive cover.

Tom is an artist that is known for illustrating titles such as Annihilation Conquest, Alpha Flight, Ultimate X-Men and Uncanny X-Men for Marvel Comics, DV8 and Stormwatch for Image Comics, and Outsiders for DC Comics.

​Steve has worked on Bloop, Astounding Space Thrills, Star Trek, and more.

Carolyn is the creator of the comic strip Curls. She also collaborates with writer Joe Carabeo on the comic books Kid Roxy, Black Magic Tales, and The Legettes. 

You won't want to miss them so mark your calendar.

Brand Identity for Audrey Maiurano Family Dentistry

I recently worked on a freelance design project for my good friend, Audrey Maiurano. Full disclosure: we have known each other for nearly half our lives, so when Audrey started her own dentist business she immediately thought of me to create her logo and branding collateral. A friendship evolves to include a client relationship as we grow up together! 

Here is the initial sketch that sparked the final logo. I did several concepts to provide many options, but this was the one I liked best and that Audrey selected as well. Sometimes the first idea is the best idea. 

Here is the final design. This "Sweet Tooth House" concept encompasses the client's initials AM, which form to create a house and tooth. The house represents family care and trust. The tooth resembles a heart shape as well as helps to create the door. The mark could be duplicated into a repeated pattern, which could be used in other materials.

I was also able to design and arrange printing for Audrey's business cards (which included a custom map on the back) and letterhead, as well as refer her to Joe Carabeo at Astray Productions, who photographed her headshots. 

Thank you Audrey for the opportunity to work with you to create your brand and congratulations on becoming a businesswoman and successful dentist. If you are looking for a dentist in the northern Virginia area, please consider

Available for Freelance Work
If you are interested in my illustration and/or design skills, please email Carolyn Belefski at View my portfolio: