Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Recap: SPX 2014

Small Press Expo 2014 was a fun time for us! When we drove into the hotel parking lot, I noticed a Farmer's Market at the adjacent parking lot, so after setting up our table we headed over to get our food supply for the day. I purchased a chocolate croissant and and baguette with leaf shapes from Fresh Baguette and at another vendor I got two peaches and a nectarine. Even though our lunch wasn't a full meal, it felt good to not go out during the event or eat fast food. I did notice the hotel got smart and had sandwiches and salads for sale near the event registration, but we figured we'd wait until dinner.

We spent most of the time at our table and were happy to see many people year after year. One of the great additions this year were giant balloons with letters to show each island of tables so attendees can find specific vendors easier. After you go to SPX for about three years you start to see the same faces and then SPX becomes a reunion – not only of comic creators, but also readers. A pal from high school and college who we had not seen in over a decade stopped by with his wife. I also saw friends who I know from AIGA and school. Early on Saturday I was able to cruise the outer parameter of the show floor and say hi to other creators. We distributed Magic Bullet #9 and also had several bundles out on the free table – which we kept refreshing because they went fast!

Animal Chronicles: Book Two was our new product at SPX. It is a series based on the aftermath of a solar flare barely passing by Earth causing animals to fuse with objects in their vicinity during the catastrophic event. Panel Patter did a spotlight on Animal Chronicles the week before SPX to showcase new publications. 

I was able to sign my Adventure Time cover, Curls in the Team Cul de Sac book, The Legettes, and more for fans.

As always, SPX is great to discover comics you won't ordinarily see in your local comic store. I noticed many names in the program guide from people on Twitter or other online outlets – only to confirm the great influence of the internet and webcomics. 

Here is my Vine from SPX: https://vine.co/v/Oavu2BWwdpX

Thanks to everyone who visited our table! The next time you can catch us will be New York Comic Con on October 9-12, 2014 at Comic Pavilion Table 1162 on the show floor.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Recap: Baltimore Comic-Con 2014

This past weekend Curls Studio exhibited at Baltimore Comic-Con. This year the show expanded to three days. I was unable to attend Friday, but Joe was able to set up and bring Karen Michele, a model and SFX makeup artist he works with. Later on Friday evening, Joe and Karen checked up the Drink and Draw at Hooters, organized by Joe Sutliff. I had a sketch in the suction and the proceed go to Team Cul de Sac and the Michael J. Fox Foundation to raise money for Parkinson's research. 

In addition to the third day, the space also switched to a larger part of the Baltimore Convention Center. I thought it looks more updated and the lighting was much more crisp and bright. We always have a great time at Baltimore Comic-Con. For some reason this is a show I always reunite with a lot of former co-workers at as I've seen people from my past three professional jobs there. I even got to teach my co-worker's new baby to create his first high five!

I enjoyed signing these autograph cards a fan made. They got really creative with the clipping path! 

We were interviewed for the podcast Comix Gab, which you can listen to here: http://www.comixgab.com/post/97008787721/comix-gab-episode-13-the-team-goes-down-to

Oh yeah, and I made a Vine

Quite a few people picked up the exclusive Adventure Time cover I did for issue #29, which came out a couple months ago.

Many people also picked up Magic Bullet #9, a comic anthology composed of mostly Washington, DC creator. This issue's theme is western and I enjoyed editing it. Here is a photo of Nick Galifianakis and I. Nick created this wonderful cover art for us.

Our hope is to exhibit again at Baltimore next year (save the date for September 25-27, 2015), but in the meantime you can see us this Saturday at Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD at Table H10.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Small Press Expo is September 13-14, 2014

Small Press Expo
Visit Curls Studio at Table H10
Saturday, September 13 -- 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday, September 14 -- 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):
Saturday $15, Sunday $10, or $20 for both days

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 H10 with Jim Coon. 

See you soon at SPX or Baltimore-Comic Con (the weekend before SPX)!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Baltimore Comic-Con is September 5-7, 2014

Baltimore Comic-Con 2014
Visit Curls Studio at Table A136 in Artist Alley
Friday, September 5 -- 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday, September 6 -- 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday, September 7 -- 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Baltimore Convention Center
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Stop by to see Curls Studio at Baltimore Comic-Con. We will be located in Artist Alley at Table A136. Click on the map image above (with Curls) to see a large map of where to find us. Buy your tickets in advance here. 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

There are a ton of really great guests appearing this year including: Reilly Brown, Ben Caldwell, Frank Cammuso, Cliff Chiang, Frank Cho, Amy Chu, Steve Conley, John Gallagher, S.L. Gallant, Bryan J.L. Glass, Jimmy Gownley, Dean Haspiel, Lora Innes, Mike Maihack, Mark Mariano, Billy Martin, Andrew Pepoy, Gail Simone, Mark Wheatley, Thom Zahler, and many more!

We hope to see you soon at Baltimore Comic-Con!

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.