COMMUNITY: Return of the bloodthirsty cartoonists

A cartoon by blood-drive organizer Carolyn Belefski.

COMMUNITY

Once again, blood donors can hobnob with local cartoonists and get an original sketch.

The first Cartoonists Draw Blood event Nov. 2, 2013 was so successful the Red Cross asked them to do it again.

They return to the Seekers Church near the Takoma Metro station Saturday, May 31, 2014. Blood donors will receive a complimentary cartoonist’s sketch while they wait.

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Cartoonists’ drawing table at the November 2013 Cartoonists Draw Blood.

The cartoonists are all from the Washington, DC area. Several are published in Magic Bullet, Washington DC’s comics-newspaper.

Blood donors are urged to sign up by email for appointments between 10:00AM and 3:30PM BEFORE the 31st of May. Sign-up information is below. The event is sponsored by Cartoonists Draw Blood, American Red Cross, National Cartoonists Society and Seekers Church.

Event co-organizer Carolyn Belefski is the creator of the comic strip Curls (www.curls-studio.com/curls) as well as the illustrator of comic books, “Kid Roxy”, “Black Magic Tales,”  and “The Legettes”. Belefski’s freelance illustration clients include National Geographic, Clorox, USA Weekend Magazine, and more. She is the editor of Magic Bullet, Washington, DC’s comics newspaper anthology and co-chair of the Washington, DC chapter National Cartoonists Society. Writer/producer Troy-Jeffrey Allen is the other co-organizer.

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Carolyn Belefski’s work.

Steve Artley’s editorial cartoons are syndicated throughout the U.S. and Canada, having appeared in publications such as Newsweek, the Washington Post and The New York Times. His work has been included in online cartoon anthologies such as Time magazine’s “Best Cartoons of the Week,” NPR “Double Takes,” and was included in the Washington Post’s picks for Best Cartoons of the Year in 2011. His work has taken top honors from the Virginia Press Association for that past four years.

He also produces a science fiction and fantasy illustrated anthology series through aphelionarc.com. Locally, Artley’s editorial cartoons appear weekly in the Alexandria Gazette Packet, The Connection Newspapers of Northern Virginia and can be seen online at artleytoonsonline.blogspot.com.

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A Steve Artley cartoon.

Eric Gordon is a sketch artist and cartoonist making art in the DC area.  He often goes by the nickname “DC Creepers” which is an “action sketch” project featuring his drawings and paintings depicting the days and nights of average people. He makes mini-comics and portraits and co-creates the vinyl-centric zine, Vinyl Vagabonds. He’s a regular contributor to the newspaper comic Magic Bullet.

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A sketch by Eric Gordon

Mal Jones is an illustrator, designer, and managing partner of Rocketkoi, an Alexandria, VA creative services firm.

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A multi-panel piece by Mal Jones.

Teresa Logan draws comics and writes and performs comedy. Her TV appearances as a featured comic include A&E’s “Evening at the Improv,” “Comedy on the Road,”  and HBO’s “Comic Relief.” She has opened for Jerry Seinfeld, Drew Carey, Kevin Nealon, Dana Carvey, Paula Poundstone, and Ellen DeGeneres, among others.

Her greeting cards have been published regularly by Hallmark, Recycled Paper Greetings, and RSVP, and her original artwork is in the collection of Whoopi Goldberg! Her book of cartoons, “The Older I Get, The Less I Care”, is published by Andrews McMeel Publishing, the world’s largest humor publisher.

Her FOG OF WORRY panel comic is featured on her blog site LaughingRedhead.com, where you can also find links to her graphic novel, Haint Blue.

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Teresa Logan’s Fog of Worry.

Before jumping into independent comics, Jay Payne attended both the Maryland School of Art and Design and the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. His work has been featured in the City Paper, The Baltimore Sun, and The Washington Post. Bamn, his anti-bullying webcomic starring a professional wrestler, is available for free online at BamnComics.com.

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A piece by Jay Payne.

Joe Sutliff has been doodling around the DC area for over 35 years. Longer, he says, if you count grade school. His current web comic is Master Jeffrey, featuring a character based on his late brother-in-law. Master Jeffrey is cranky and wants to be left alone, but is sometimes forced to save the world with his genius. Joe’s art website is JoeSutliff.com.

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Joe Sutliff’s Master Jeffrey.

William L. Brown is the creator of the Takoma Voice cartoon feature Citizen Bill. He is currently the Voice’s managing editor. His cartoon book “President Bill, A Graphic Epic” was published by Andrews McMeel, and his work has been published in Attitude, a book of political cartoons edited by Ted Rall, and in a number of the Graphic Classics series published by Eureka Productions. His illustration clients include the Wall Street Journal, Slate, the New York Times and the Washington Post.

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Cartoonists Draw Blood will be held 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM Sat. May 31. To sign up and donate, e-mail CARTOONISTSDRAWBLOOD@GMAIL.COM with your preferred appointment time.

On the day organizers advise donors to:
• drink plenty of fluids
• include iron-rich foods in your diet
• bring a list of medications you are taking
• bring a photo ID

More information is available on Facebook  and on their blog.

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