Friday, January 2, 2015

Recap: Curls Studio's Year of 2014

Wow. I can't believe 2014 is over and we've recently rang in 2015. Last year was pretty crazy and ended so quickly. I wanted to highlight some of 2014's best moments. 

Overall this 2014 brought us around 16 full days exhibiting at comic conventions. I did elect to cut back on some tour dates this year and concentrate on work, but looking at the list now it seems we only took out one that required travel and expanded to shows that are closer to the homebase.

2014 TOUR

FEB 13-28 • cARToons Exhibit at UDC
MAR 8 • Smudge! Expo
APR 18-20 • Awesome Con DC
MAY 3 • Free Comic Book Day Big Planet Comics 
MAY 10 • ANS Sci-Fi & Comic-Con
MAY 17 • Gaithersburg Book Festival
MAY 31 • Cartoonists Draw Blood
JUL 20 • SuperNoVa Comicon
JUL 26 • Signing at Fantom Comics
SEP 5-7 • Baltimore Comic-Con 
SEP 13-14 • Small Press Expo 
OCT 9-12 • New York Comic Con 
OCT 18 • Annapolis Comic-Con 
OCT 22 • Design & Doodle Workshop

The main highlights for me in 2014 included:

• Fun energy at Awesome Con DC in April

• Being voted (for the second year in a row) as runner-up for Best Visual Artist by Washington City Paper readers

• Taking part in the second "Cartoonists Draw Blood" blood drive with the American Red Cross at Seekers Church in May

• Having a published Adventure Time #29 cover

• Editing issues #8 and #9 of Magic Bullet, Washington, DC's comics newspaper

• I now have Instagram and Vine

• New York Comic-Con was our biggest and most successful show ever

• Asked to lead the Design & Doodle Workshop during DC Design Week

• Amber Love and I will have a comic in RISE: Comics Against Bullying, geared to be distributed free by organizations such as GLAAD, Stand for the Silent, and Prism Comics

The Carolyn & Joe Show podcast also recorded a new episode for each week of 2014 and we now have over 300 episodes

My goals for 2015 are to focus and not get distracted by outside forces (see 2015 New Year's Resolutions from Panel Patter and Pals). I hope to be more active in social media because I spent a full year not posting to any outlet during weekdays because of a demanding job. I'm still working full-time, but I now have more freedom to think and contribute to the world and plan to use that liberty. Thanks for keeping up with Curls Studio and our activities. 

I hope you had a great holiday season and let's see each other in 2015 and beyond!

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