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 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.

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. 

Beyond her self-motivated activities at Curls Studio, Carolyn works professionally as a designer in the Washington, DC region. Over the past decade, 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. 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 Kickstarter project
  • 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.

Carolyn became a National Cartoonists Society member in 2012 and is currently serving on the National NCS Board of Directors, in addition to being 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 professional association 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 recently invited to lead a workshop called Design & Doodle.

Carolyn served as Editor-In-Chief of Magic Bullet, Washington, DC’s comics newspaper anthology. She has 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:


The Washington Post

Washington City Paper

You, Me, Them, Everybody Live!



New York Comic Con

Baltimore Comic-Con

Awesome Con DC

University of Maryland


Women’s National Book Association


The Cartoon!st

The Washington Post

Indie Comics Magazine

Northern Virginia Magazine

The Connection

The Funnies