Published Illustrator and Cartoonist

Carolyn Belefski creates and publishes original comics, illustrations, and designs. Carolyn writes and draws the comic strip Curls. She also collaborates with writer Joe Carabeo on the comic books Black Magic Tales, French Fry Club, and The Legettes. BOOM! Studios (Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time), Clorox, National Geographic, The White House, and US National Archives are some of the clients Carolyn has worked with directly.

Convention Appearances and Public Speaker

Carolyn participates in many comic conventions and art fairs along the east coast, including New York Comic Con, Awesome Con, Baltimore Comic-Con, Small Press Expo, and more. She has recently exhibited work at Takoma Park Community Center and Washington Project for the Arts. Carolyn has been invited to speak on panels at University of Maryland, Women’s National Book Association, DC Web Fest, and more. She has also created teaching experiences with US National Archives and Girl Scouts.

Professional Design Experience

Beyond her self-motivated activities at Curls Studio, Carolyn works full-time as a designer and art director in the Washington, DC region. She has been a member of multi-disciplinary teams providing creative services for a broad range of clients focused on entertainment, media, education, health care, and civic innovation for over a decade. She has worked with a broad range of Fortune 500, government, nonprofit, and startup clients. 

Notable Freelance Experiences:

  • Affordable Care Act comics for The White House

  • Clorox Ick-tionary illustrations

  • Successful Curls and Sad Fish Kickstarter projects

  • National Geographic merchandise

  • Activity appearances at US National Archives Sleepover events

  • Cover illustration for Adventure Time comic book

Notable Agency Projects:

  • Danaher Annual Reports

  • Fortive Annual Reports

  • San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame Museum Interactives

  • Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum Interactives

  • Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Style Guide

  • Air Force Civilian Service Collateral

If you are interested in working with Carolyn on your project, use the Contact tab to inquire about rates and information about how to get started.

Please email your local event organizer if you would like Carolyn to appear at your convention, school, gallery, or other function.

Our Story


Carolyn’s comic strip Curls was first published in The Commonwealth Times, the student newspaper of Virginia Commonwealth University. While earning a BFA degree in Communication Arts and Design, Carolyn began publishing Curls as a webcomic. In 2010, Curls was nominated for the Friends of Lulu Kim Yale Award to recognize women in cartooning. In 2013, 2014, and 2015 Carolyn was voted Best Visual Artist runner-up for Washington City Paper’s Best of DC awards.

National Cartoonists Society

Carolyn became a National Cartoonists Society member in 2012 and recently rolled off serving on the National NCS Board of Directors. Carolyn continues her involvement with NCS as a chapter chair of the Washington, DC chapter. With NCS, she started “Cartoonists Draw Blood” by connecting with the American Red Cross, gathering local cartoonists, and organizing a blood drive where blood donors receive a sketch from a cartoonist. With the first five blood drives, “Cartoonists Draw Blood” helped save the lives of over 250 strangers.



From 2007 thru 2011, Carolyn volunteered her time to the design community through AIGA, the largest professional membership organization for design, by serving on the AIGA DC Board of Directors. Carolyn worked as Special Projects Coordinator, Continuum Chair, and AIGA 50 Co-Chair. She continues to be active with AIGA members and was invited to lead a workshop called Design & Doodle.

Magic Bullet

Carolyn served as Editor-In-Chief of Magic Bullet, Washington, DC’s comics anthology newspaper. She produced and published issues 6 thru 9. Magic Bullet has a print run of 5,000 and can be found at many east coast comic conventions and Washington, DC area venues, including coffee shops, tattoo parlors, theaters, and more. This opportunity allowed Carolyn to coordinate with over 50 artists and writers per issue, handle budget, increase advertising revenue by 200%, arrange distribution, and organize multiple creator appearances in local book stores for Free Comic Book Day events.


Carolyn’s illustrations and comics have been published in publications such as:


Graphic Design USA — 2019 Health + Wellness Design Award  |  2018 Danaher Annual Report
Ringo Award  |  Best Anthology  |  Mine!  |  2018
Washington City Paper — Best of DC, Best Visual Artist Runner-up  |  2013 – 2015
Davey Award — 2015 Corporate Identity, Logos  |  DC Brewers Guild Logo
Davey Award — 2015 Print Collateral  |  Danaher Conference On Growth Program
Communicator Awards  |  National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Brochure  |  2012
Shel Dorf Award — Original Graphic Novel of the Year  |  District Comics  |  2013
Friends of Lulu — Kim Yale Award Nomination  |  2010


The Washington Post

Washington City Paper

You, Me, Them, Everybody Live!



New York Comic Con

Awesome Con

Baltimore Comic-Con

University of Maryland


Women’s National Book Association

Stone Branch School of Art

Powhatan School Graphic Novelist Workshop

Girl Scouts

DC Web Fest

DC PodFest

GV Expo


The Cartoon!st

The Washington Post

Indie Comics Magazine

Northern Virginia Magazine

Magic Bullet

The Connection

The Funnies

Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbooks 


New York Comic Con
MoCCA Arts Festival
Awesome Con
Small Press Expo
Baltimore Comic-Con
Fairfax Comic Con
East Coast Comicon
Philly Alternative Comic Con
Creator Con
Pittsburgh Comic Arts Festival
Washington Wizards Collecti-Con
SuperNoVa Comicon
VA Comicon

Crafty Bastards
Rock ‘N’ Shop at Black Cat
DC Zinefest
Richmond Zine Fest
Heroes Convention 
Crafts & Kisses
DC Counter Culture Festival
Handmade Mart
Wolf Trap International Children’s Festival 
Asbury Park Comic Con 
Comics at McKay
Fantom Comics Kids Con
Free Comic Book Day
Southern Maryland Comic-Con
Tidewater Comicon