Monday, May 18, 2015

Awesome Con is May 29-31, 2015

We hope you can join us at the end of this month for the third edition of Awesome Con DC on May 29-31, 2015 at the DC Convention Center. Last year was super amazing and it's looking like this year will be even more crazy! Curls Studio will be located at table H12-13. Check out the awesome map above so you'll know where to find us -- we are at the center of the action.

Joe and/or I are scheduled to be on a record eight panels! We hope you can join us at table H12-13 as well the panels listed below (* Joe only).

How to Use Social Media to Promote Your Work
Friday, May 29, 2015
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Room 103 A
Wanna raise awareness about your work? Explore how to utilize social media to grow your audience and gain media attention. Panelists: Carolyn Belefski of Curls Studio, Nick Marinelli of Magfest, Steve Anderson of Third Eye Comics, and Rick Heaton of Extra Life (Host: Liz Reed)

The Carolyn and Joe Show LIVE Podcast with Special Guest AMBER BENSON
Friday, May 29, 2015
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Room 145 A
The tradition continues as the Carolyn and Joe Show podcast brings their fan favorite unpredictable live interactive podcast recording back to Awesome Con! This year, Carolyn and Joe have a super ultra special guest, AMBER BENSON. Known as the actress who portrayed Tara from the seminal TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Amber has progressed into a feature film Directing and Producing ("Chance", "Lovers, Liars & Lunatics"), as well as comic book and novel writing ("Calliope Reaper-Jones" and "Ghosts of Albion") If you've been lucky enough to see the past years Carolyn and Joe show interactive podcast panels, you know this is a must see at Awesome Con.

WWE® Superstar Seth Rollins™ VIP and WWE® Diva Natalya™Q&A *
Friday, May 29, 2015
6:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Room 150
WWE® Superstar Seth Rollins™ VIP and WWE® Diva Natalya™ will discuss their exciting careers and answer audience questions, moderated by Astray Productions filmmaker Joe Carabeo.

Create Your Own Superhero Symbol with Carolyn Belefski
Friday, May 29, 2015
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
KZone (Kid's Zone!)
Every hero needs a logo! Many superheroes have personal branding on their outfits and My Little Pony characters even have cutie marks! Join artist and designer Carolyn Belefski and learn how to incorporate graphic design elements to create an icon and establish your own powerful visual identity.

Awesome Filmmakers: Making it Happen *
Saturday, May 30, 2015
12:45 PM to 1:45 PM
Room 145 B
For the first time ever, the radical indie filmmakers, Simon Kim (Director, Producer for House Studio DC), Fernando Mico (Actor, Director, Producer of the “Nova International Film Festival, “Ever After””), Kunitaro Ohi (Cinematographer, “Something, Anything” “Years of Living Dangerously”, Capella Fahoome (Producer, Director for Defining Entertainment “Nottown” “Every Man’s Journey”) and Joe Carabeo (Director, Writer for Astray Productions, short film series on “” and “Awesome Con” Commercials) will have a Q & A and open conversation about the trails and tribulations about making their projects happen in the DC/MD/VA area and beyond. The must see panel to be at for any aspiring filmmaker at Awesome Con.

Allison Mack Q&A *
Saturday, May 30, 2015
4:15 PM to 5:15 PM
Room 152
Allison Mack will discuss her exciting career and answer audience questions, moderated by Astray Productions filmmaker Joe Carabeo.

Pop Goes the Podcast
Saturday, May 30, 2015
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Room 143
What does it take to produce a podcast and why should you consider starting one? Why are so many people getting turned onto podcasts? We share our passion for podcasting in all its glory with you!

Grant Imahara Q&A *
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Noon to 1:00 PM
Room 152
Grant Imahara will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions, moderated by Astray Productions filmmaker Joe Carabeo.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Herblock Prize 2015

Last Thursday, May 7, 2015 we gathered to celebrate Kevin "KAL" Kallaugher for the Herblock Prize presentation and ceremony to recognize excellence in editorial cartooning. I've ran into KAL through mutual cartoonists briefly a few times and Barbara Dale introduced me to him a couple years ago at Baltimore Comic-Con. He has drawn thousands of cartoons for The Baltimore Sun and The Economist -- and even more cartoons for many publications globally. 

Kal's speech was inspiring and proves that editorial cartooning and freedom of speech is something we should not toss aside. It's no wonder why he can make us laugh, as it's only a part of his last name. 

"Don't draw a blank. Hire a cartoonist." - KAL

Thanks to the US Library of Congress for putting on a great show. You can see more photos for the 2015 Herblock Prize on the Curls Studio Facebook page and give us a "Like" while you're at it:

For more insight on the Herblock, read Michael Cavna's column about the evening here.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Recap: Free Comic Book Day 2015

This past Saturday, May 2, 2015 Curls Studio participated in Free Comic Book Day at the Amazing Comic Shop in Fairfax, Virginia. There was a great crowd and excitement throughout the day. We were there from 10:30 AM until 4 PM. Thanks to everyone we met and thanks to the Amazing Comic Shop for hosting us -- it was a fun day!

I always think that FCBD is the kickoff of summer -- it happens the first Saturday of every May. The Kentucky Derby is also this day and there is usually a superhero movie opening that weekend as well -- this year is Avengers: Age of Ultron. We also had the 
Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight in the evening, so there was plenty to do this past weekend. 

Our next appearance will be at Awesome Con on May 29-31 at the DC Convention Center. Hope to see you then. We'll be updating the blog with information on what panels we'll be on and our booth location in a map. Please check back here before the convention for the latest news.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Free Comic Book Day is This Saturday

Joe Carabeo and Carolyn Belefski from Curls Studio will be appearing at Amazing Comic Shop in Fairfax, Virginia this Saturday, May 2, 2015 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day. This shop is located in University Mall, across from George Mason University. It has recently been renamed and has been formerly known as Laughing Ogre Comics and/or Phoenix Comics.

The shop will be open from 10:30 AM to 8 PM, but I expect we'll be there until 4PMish... so come early for us and for the best selection! Each family will be able to select five books from the free offerings this year.

The store will also have a sidewalk sale, live podcasting, cosplay, 501st Legion, and more!

Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Carolyn Belefski: Runner-up Best Visual Artist - Best of D.C. 2015 in Washington City Paper

Thanks to all of you who voted in Washington City Paper's 2015 Best of D.C. Reader Poll. The votes are in and I am a runner-up for the third year in a row for Best Visual Artist. Thank you all so much for voting!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Creator Con is Tomorrow

Creator Con Festival is an all-ages art, technology, and gaming event in Silver Spring, Maryland geared to inspire youth and spread positive creation and innovation.

There will be interactive art galleries, live music, panels about video game and comic book industries, artist alley, game truck, art workshops, food trucks, gaming arcades, and more.

At 2:30 PM, I'll be a guest on a live podcast.

Join us tomorrow, April 25, 2015 at 300 Norwood Road in Silver Spring, Maryland from 2 to 8 PM.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Illustration for Citizens of Natstown Project

I've recently provided illustration for Citizens of Natstown and their new project, "Every Nats Game's A Story." The feature enables fans to recall their memories and help tell the story of what it's like to be a Washington Nationals fan. There are already many stories posted about personal fan experiences -- and you can submit yours too.

I've been to three games within the past decade, but my main connection to Nationals baseball is walking the stadium for Team Cul de Sac during Moving Day (Parkinson's Walk).

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