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Discover a world of mischief and fun adventure with a gang of friends in a comic strip guaranteed to make you happy and enjoy life.
Discover a world of mischief and fun adventure with a gang of friends in a comic strip guaranteed to make you happy and enjoy life.
Discover a world of mischief and fun adventure with a gang of friends in a comic strip guaranteed to make you happy and enjoy life.
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What Is Curls?

Step right up — you’re invited to join the Curls world. 

Curls is a comic strip written and drawn by Carolyn Belefski featuring a gal named Curls who dreams of adventurous situations that come to play in real-life with a gang of her animal friends and a giant piece of toast. The purpose of this Kickstarter is to collect every strip into a book which will allow readers to see the evolution of Curls—from a university newspaper to an award-nominated comic strip. The book will also include never-before-seen extras, including sketches and behind-the-scenes glimpses of the creation process.

The Curls characters have human connections, but they live in their own world where they participate in turtle derby races, wear ice cream cones on their head as a fashion statement, and get fantastic ideas while brushing their teeth (or smell like onions if they don’t). They visually turn into Manga style after sipping bubble tea, get captured by giant fish, and dream of being able to fly. If these ideas sound like a world you’d like to be a part of then take a chance to discover Curls and pledge to the Curls Kickstarter by clicking the green button.

Word On The Street

"I hope you’ll join me in supporting Carolyn’s Kickstarter. Because I really want to see what a really talented goofball does with 90 Billion dollars."
-- Richard Thompson (Cul de Sac - 2010 Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year)

"This collection is what kickstarter was made for. Carolyn is able to bring to life her ideas in a way that is both charming and funny with the compliment of beautiful art and skill. I love this strip and am so happy to see it finally collected. It's about time!"
-- Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn, Jonah Hex, Painkiller Jane, Power Girl)

"'Curls' is a thoroughly engaging comic that positively brims with joy and warmth. Strip by strip, Carolyn Belefski constructs a magical world of animal (and toast!) friendships that feels, well, utterly believable -- proof that the cartoonist has the rich imagination to pull off this sleight of hand and heart. Raise a (large) toast to the world of Curls!"
-- Michael Cavna ("Comic Riffs" Columnist/Cartoonist, The Washington Post)

"The expressions, movement and attitude in Carolyn Belefski's characters resonate because she's somehow created a line that is at once deft, fun, innocent and sexy." 
-- Nick Galifianakis (The Washington Post)

"If only the real world was as full of colorful talking animals and giant pieces of toast like the world of Curls. It's a better world."
-- Reilly Brown (Deadpool: Dracula's Gauntlet, Lobo)

"It's one super cute comic. I want to put it in my mouth." -- Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man)

"With an art style reminiscent of Frank Cho's Liberty Meadows Carolyn has an accomplished pen that was made to draw nationally syndicated newspaper strips." 
-- Starburst Magazine

"You know there is nobody for me but Curls!"
-- Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction)

Portfolio examples of freelance illustration projects
Portfolio examples of freelance illustration projects

Who Is Carolyn Belefski?

Carolyn Belefski is a visual communicator, designer, and cartoonist. In 2010, her comic strip Curls was nominated for Friends of Lulu's Kim Yale Award for Best New Talent to recognize women in cartooning. In 2013 and 2014 Carolyn was voted Best Visual Artist runner-up for Washington City Paper's Best of D.C. awards. She served as editor-in-chief of Magic Bullet, Washington, DC’s comics anthology for issues 6-9. Carolyn has done freelance illustration and design projects for clients such as Boom! Studios (Cartoon Network's Adventure Time), Clorox, National Geographic, The White House, and more. She is co-chair of the Washington, DC chapter of National Cartoonists Society and partnered with the American Red Cross to start "Cartoonists Draw Blood," a blood drive in DC.

R E W A R D S

Join with us to make this project a reality. It's truly a win-win for everyone if this project succeeds! Look to the column on the right to view each pledge level and select the best reward option for you! (NOTE: If you pledge from USA, shipping is included with pledge price. If you are located overseas, there is an additional shipping fee).

F I R S T   4 8   H O U R S

If you pledge $20+ during the first 48 hours of this project launch, you will receive a free 9" x 6" print of Curls at the Super Bowl Halftime dancing with the sharks as a thank you! 

(NOTE 03/01/2015: This offer has been extended to the first 100 pledges of $20+. See FAQ at bottom of page for details).

P L E D G E   L E V E L S

$5 

1. Digital download of a brand new Mr. Bandit song inspired by Curls

$10 

1. Your name in book acknowledgements 
2. Song

$15 

1. Downloadable decorative computer wallpaper
2. Your name in book acknowledgements 
3. Song

$20 

1. 3" round patch featuring Curls
2. Computer wallpaper
3. Your name in book acknowledgements 
4. Song

$25

1. Kickstarter exclusive pack of six stylish 1" buttons featuring Curls characters
2. Curls patch
3. Computer wallpaper
4. Your name in book acknowledgements 
5. Song

$30

1. Set of eight postcards featuring Curls inspired imagery created by Steve Conley (Bloop), Joshua Daniel (Dime-Store Noir), S. L. Gallant (G.I Joe), Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert & Fred), Lauren Jaslow (snarkystudios.), Teresa Roberts Logan (Laughing Redhead Studios), Arsia Rozegar (The Incredible Hulk), and Elizabeth Watasin (Charm School).
2. Kickstarter exclusive button pack
3. Curls patch
4. Computer wallpaper
5. Your name in book acknowledgements 
6. Song

$35

1. Curls book
2. Postcard set
3. Kickstarter exclusive button pack
4. Curls patch
5. Computer wallpaper
6. Your name in book acknowledgements 
7. Song 

$40

1. Cartoon Network's Adventure Time #29 (Published by BOOM! Studios) with exclusive cover by Carolyn Belefski
2. Curls book
3. Computer wallpaper
4. Your name in book acknowledgements 
5. Song  

$45

1. Curls book with autograph and sketch from Carolyn Belefski
2. Postcard set
3. Kickstarter exclusive button pack
4. Curls patch
5. Computer wallpaper
6. Your name in book acknowledgements 
7. Song 

$60

1. Curls Cowgirl Print
2. Curls book with autograph and sketch from Carolyn Belefski
3. Postcard set
4. Kickstarter exclusive button pack
5. Curls patch
6. Computer wallpaper
7. Your name in book acknowledgements 
8. Song 

$75

1. Kickstarter exclusive backer print
2. Curls Cowgirl Print
3. Curls book with autograph and sketch from Carolyn Belefski
4. Postcard set
5. Kickstarter exclusive button pack
6. Curls patch
7. Computer wallpaper
8. Your name in book acknowledgements 
9. Song 

$100

1. Avatar (original line art and color digital copy)
2. Kickstarter exclusive backer print
3. Curls Cowgirl Print
4. Curls book with autograph and sketch from Carolyn Belefski
5. Postcard set
6. Kickstarter exclusive button pack
7. Curls patch
8. Computer wallpaper
9. Your name in book acknowledgements 
10. Song 

 $150

1. You star in a walk-on role inside a Curls comic strip (original comic strip line art and color digital copy)
2. Kickstarter exclusive backer print
3. Curls Cowgirl Print
4. Curls book with autograph and sketch from Carolyn Belefski
5. Postcard set
6. Kickstarter exclusive button pack
7. Curls patch
8. Computer wallpaper
9. Your name in book acknowledgements 
10. Song 

$500

1. Toast doll
2. Kickstarter exclusive backer print
3. Curls Cowgirl Print
4. Curls book with autograph and sketch from Carolyn Belefski
5. Postcard set
6. Kickstarter exclusive button pack
7. Curls patch
8. Computer wallpaper
9. Your name in book acknowledgements 
10. Song 

$850

1. Pen Pal packages
2. Kickstarter exclusive backer print
3. Curls Cowgirl Print
4. Curls book with autograph and sketch from Carolyn Belefski
5. Postcard set
6. Kickstarter exclusive button pack
7. Curls patch
8. Computer wallpaper
9. Your name in book acknowledgements 
10. Song 

$1,000

1. Dinner with Carolyn and Joe
2. Kickstarter exclusive backer print
3. Curls Cowgirl Print
4. Curls book with autograph and sketch from Carolyn Belefski
5. Postcard set
6. Kickstarter exclusive button pack
7. Curls patch
8. Computer wallpaper
9. Your name in book acknowledgements 
10. Song 

I have experience speaking at: New York Comic Con, Baltimore Comic-Con, Awesome Con DC, University of Maryland, AIGA DC, Women's National Book Association, Girl Scouts, and more
I have experience speaking at: New York Comic Con, Baltimore Comic-Con, Awesome Con DC, University of Maryland, AIGA DC, Women's National Book Association, Girl Scouts, and more

$2,500

1. Carolyn and Joe speaking engagement
2. Kickstarter exclusive backer print
3. Curls Cowgirl Print
4. Curls book with autograph and sketch from Carolyn Belefski
5. Postcard set
6. Kickstarter exclusive button pack
7. Curls patch
8. Computer wallpaper
9. Your name in book acknowledgements 
10. Song 

S T R E T C H   G O A L S

The objective of this project is to print the book. The more you pledge, the more rewards everyone will receive. I'll be adding more stretch goals as we go, but for now...

• If we hit $6,000 we'll be able to pay the artists who contributed music and postcard art PLUS everyone who pledges $20+ will receive a Curls bookmark.

Risks and challenges

This is my first Kickstarter, however I am familiar with how it works and have contributed to several Kickstarter projects by other creators. I researched and spoke with professionals who have ran successful Kickstarters. When it comes to fulfillment, I will work with print vendors located in the United States and will hand-make some of the materials myself (already own a button machine, and will be making the Toast Dolls by hand).

Responsibility and reputation is something I value. I've spent the past two years as editor-in-chief of Magic Bullet, Washington, DC's comics newspaper anthology. In this position, I coordinated with over 50 artists and writers each issue, collaborated with vendors, and increased advertising revenue by 200% to pay for each print run of 5,000.

I've been producing, selling, and exhibiting my comics at conventions and shows on the east coast for the past seven years, so this feels like a leap in the right direction. Over 95% of the content of this book has already been created, so once we are funded -- we'll be ready to roll.

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    MUSICAL MAYHEM -- Digital download of a brand new Mr. Bandit (https://soundcloud.com/mr-bandit) song inspired by Curls! Available exclusively to Kickstarter backers for the first three months of release. This is included with all rewards $5+.

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    YOUR NAME IN PRINT -- Your name in the book acknowledgements and a hug from Applause the Fighting Fish! He doesn't do that very often, so it's a big deal. You will also receive the digital download Mr. Bandit song. This is included with all rewards $10+.

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    WALLPAPER -- You will receive a decorative computer wallpaper. Plus a song, and your name printed in the book acknowledgements. This is included with all rewards $15+.

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    CURLS PATCH -- You'll soon be sporting a 3" round patch featuring Curls. You also receive the computer wallpaper, your name printed in the book acknowledgements, and song. This is included with all rewards $20+.

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    BUTTON PACK -- A Kickstarter exclusive pack of six stylish 1" buttons featuring the Curls characters. You also receive the Curls patch, computer wallpaper, your name printed in the book acknowledgements, and song. Styling and profiling! This is included with all rewards $25+.

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    ARTIST EXPLOSION -- Set of eight postcards featuring Curls inspired imagery created by Steve Conley, Joshua Daniel, Dawn Griffin, S. L. Gallant, Lauren Jaslow, Teresa Roberts Logan, Arsia Rozegar, and Elizabeth Watasin. You also receive the Kickstarter exclusive button pack, Curls patch, computer wallpaper, your name printed in the book acknowledgements, and song. This is included with all rewards $30+.

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    THE BOOK -- The moment we've all been waiting for: the Curls book! You also receive the postcard set, Kickstarter exclusive button pack, Curls patch, computer wallpaper, your name printed in the book acknowledgements, and song. This is included with all rewards $35+.

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    ADVENTURE TIME LEVEL -- You receive Cartoon Network's Adventure Time #29 comic book featuring the exclusive cover illustrated by Carolyn. You also receive the Curls book, computer wallpaper, your name printed in the book acknowledgements, and song. I for one, think you're pretty great.

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    SIGNED BOOK WITH SKETCH -- You get the Curls book with autograph and sketch from Carolyn Belefski. You also receive the postcard set, Kickstarter exclusive button pack, Curls patch, computer wallpaper, your name printed in the book acknowledgements, and song. This is included with all rewards $45+.

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    CURLS COWGIRL PRINT -- A 6" x 9" print of Curls riding her trusty mule, Teddy. You also receive the Curls book with autograph and sketch from Carolyn Belefski, postcard set, Kickstarter exclusive button pack, Curls patch, computer wallpaper, your name printed in the book acknowledgements, and song. This is included with all rewards $60+. Yee-haw!

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    KICKSTARTER BACKER PRINT -- A Kickstarter exclusive signed and numbered Curls print. You also receive the Curls cowgirl print, Curls book with autograph and sketch from Carolyn Belefski, postcard set, Kickstarter exclusive button pack, Curls patch, computer wallpaper, your name printed in the book acknowledgements, and song. This is included with all rewards $75+.

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    AVATAR -- Carolyn will hand-draw a one face portrait based on a photograph you supply. You will receive the original line art and a colored digital copy. You will also receive everything at the $75 level.

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    WALK-ON CURLS GUEST CHARACTER ROLE -- Carolyn will draw you into a Curls strip. You will receive the original comic strip line art and a colored digital copy. You will also receive everything at the $75 level.

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    TOAST DOLL -- You receive a handmade Toast doll created by Carolyn Belefski. Made from felt fabric, the doll has bendable arms and a jelly smile. You will also receive everything at the $75 level.

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    PEN PALS -- Carolyn will personally communicate with you for two months via the postal service. Mix tapes and secrets could potentially be included! She might even spray the correspondence with Tommy Girl. You will also receive everything at the $75 level. Don't be weird.

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    FINE DINERS -- Carolyn Belefski and Joe Carabeo will take you and one friend out to dinner in the Washington, DC area (you must make your own travel arrangements). You will also receive everything at the $75 level and your friend will receive a special Curls gift.

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    COMIN' TO YOUR CITY -- Bring Carolyn Belefski and Joe Carabeo to you for a seminar, Q&A, and signing anywhere in the United States! Carolyn and Joe will travel to your library, school, comic shop, or other public venue (please arrange permission with venue beforehand) to give a 2-hour talk on self-publishing comics, freelance, or the topic of your choice one day in 2015. You will also receive everything at the $75 level.

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