cARToons exhibit – July 16th-September 1st 2013

On July 17, 2013 by Rafer

Here is a little bit of info about the folks who will be displaying artwork at the cARToons exhibit.

Carolyn Belefski
is creator of the Curls comic strip at and collaborates with writer Joe Carabeo on the comic books Kid Roxy, Black Magic Tales, and The Legettes. In 2012, Carolyn became a National Cartoonists Society member, and is currently serving as co-chair of the Washington, DC chapter. She is also editor of Magic Bullet, Washington, DC’s comics newspaper. Her illustrations have been published in District Comics, USA Weekend Magazine, Indie Comics Magazine, and more.

Matt Wuerker is the staff cartoonist for POLITICO. Part of the team that launched POLITICO in 2006, he provides editorial cartoons, illustrations, caricatures and Web animations for both the print and Web platforms of the publication. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 2012. In 2010 he was awarded the Herblock Prize at the Library of Congress and later that year won the National Press Foundation’s Berryman Award. He is the President of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.

Michael J. Auger (last name pronounced: O-‘zhA / rhymes with okay) is a freelance artist known for his offbeat artwork. He attended the Columbus College of Art and Design on a merit scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1998. He currently resides in the Washington D.C. area. For additional information please visit:

Joe Sutliff has been a professional cartoonist and illustrator in the DC area for over 30 years. In that time he has had work in the Kennedy Center, The Washington Post, The Washington Times,, USA Today, Science Magazine, as well as books, corporate publications, every branch of the government and quite a few speakeasies. There is no indication that he will be slowing down any time soon.

David Hagen is a member of the National Cartoonists Society and the Illustrators Club of DC. Freelance illustrator for children’s books, magazines, advertising, textbooks, newspapers, associations, and a bunch of other stuff. Once shook hands with Mr. T.

Matt Dembicki is a cartoonist workin’ and livin’ in the DMV (District-Maryland-Virginia area). He previously edited and contributed to the Eisner-nominated and Aesop Prize-winning ‘Trickster’ and ‘District Comics,’ which the Washington Post included in its top books of 2012. Matt’s other comics projects include the nature-based graphic novels ‘Xoc: The Journey of a Great White’ and ‘Mr. Big: A Tale of Pond Life.’ Matt is co-founder of the D.C. Conspiracy, a local comic creators collective that publishes the semi-annual free comics newspaper ‘Magic Bullet.’

Steve Artley‘s work in editorial cartooning twice earned him the “Best Editorial Cartoonist of the Year” award from the Minnesota Newspapers Assoc. In 2009, he took both First and Second Place from the Virginia Press Association and was honored with “Best In Show” award. He again took First Place in 2010, 2011, and 2012. His cartoons are syndicated throughout the U.S. and Canada, appearing in publications such as Newsweek, the Washington Post and New York Times. His work has been included in online cartoon anthologies such as TIME “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 cartoons are regularly included in Charles Brooks’ Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year, have been used in school text books, trade magazines, and congressional publications. Retiring from editorial cartooning in the fall of 2012, Steve is currently developing a new graphic novel series. The first issue of The Aphelion Arc, an anthology of illustrated stories is scheduled for launch the summer of 2013. Steve works as a freelance cartoonist and Creative Director for his own media campaign development and graphic design company in Alexandria, VA.

Donna A. Lewis is the creator of Reply All, a daily internationally syndicated property. By day, Donna is an attorney at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, DC. Donna litigated disability and employment issues in the private sector for over a decade before turning her attention to those legal and policy issues related to national security.

Daniel Venne is a painter and interdisciplinary artist. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (Communication Arts & Design), and Goddard College in Vermont (Interdisciplinary Art). His artworks are in collections in North America, Europe, India, and Japan. His art ranges from whimsical illustration to classically influenced figure compositions. He teaches fine art, graphic design, and design history at the University of the District of Columbia.

Barbara Dale is one of the pioneers of alternative greeting cards in the United States. Her popular images have appeared on millions of Dale greeting cards, calendars, mugs, and gift industry products. She co-authored two Best Seller list humor books, “The Working Woman Book” and “The Joys of Motherhood.” She’s been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers such as People, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, The L.A. Times and The London Herald. She’s been the subject of TV features and appeared on Good Morning America to promote Cartoon Aid, a charity project for USA for Africa. Currently, she’s writing a novel and exploring new ways of combining words and pictures.

Essa Neima is a cartoonist, oil painter and graphic artist. He is a graduate of Damascus University College of Fine Arts (oil painting). Neima has worked with prestigious cartoon companies such as Cartoon Network Arabia and SpaceToon TV, creating several animation movies and educational videos. His animation work has won awards in France, Egypt, Dubai and Syria.Neima currently teaches animation at the University of the District of Columbia.

Bud Grace began cartooning professionally in 1978. His single panel cartoons appeared in nearly all the American magazines which published cartoons up until the launch of his syndicated newspaper comic strip, Ernie, in 1988. During that time he was also a featured contributor to England’s Punch magazine. In 1996 the title Ernie was changed to Piranha Club in the North American market. It remains Ernie in most of the rest of the world. The feature appears in over 300 newspapers worldwide. For twenty years it appeared in the Washington Post. It now appears in the Washington Times. Bud Grace is a long time resident of Northern Virginia.

Rafer Roberts has been reading and creating comics for most of his life. Mostly known as the creator, writer and artist of the underground comic PLASTIC FARM, Rafer is also the man behind NIGHTMARE THE RAT as well as the editor of Washington DC’s MAGIC BULLET comic newspaper. He currently lives in western Maryland with his wife and muse and their multitude of cats. Rafer is available for comics and illustration work and can be contacted through his website:

Juana Medina received her education from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, she now lives in Washington, D.C., where she teaches at the Corcoran. Additionally, she has taught as a faculty member at RISD. The first winner of the Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship, an award given yearly by the National Cartoonists Society to a top college cartoonist in North America; Juana has illustrated books for Random House, Alfaguara Editores, and Editorial Norma. Her work has appeared from the walls of the Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM) to jumbotron screens in Times Square. Her website is

Teresa Roberts Logan
is a humor writer, Reuben Award nominated cartoonist (greeting card division) and featured standup comic on HBO, A&E, and the Comedy Channel, as well as the hit comedy DVD release “Thou Shalt Laugh,” from Warner Brothers. Her work was chosen to be in the nationally distributed comics paper “The Cartoon Crier,” an anthology of cartoons about grief, from the Center for Cartoon Studies. She is also a contributor to the syndicated cartoon strip DUSTIN, and her daily webcomic, FOG OF WORRY is at, and her original artwork is in the collections of Sherri Shepherd and Whoopi Goldberg. Her book of cartoons is published by Andrews McMeel Publishing, and is her mantra, “The Older I Get, The Less I Care.” (You can order it at Politics and Prose!) She enoys being funny for a living, kayaking, and writing about herself in third person. Her site is

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