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IMAGE: A 2002 Citizen Bill cartoon included in the Stylized Notions art show opening at the Takoma Park community center July 7. Cartoon by William L. Brown.

JUL 1—The Takoma Voice’s own editorial cartoonist William L. Brown will exhibit several of his Citizen Bill cartoons at the Takoma Park community center. Part of the Stylized Notions art show put together by the city’s We Are Takoma program, the Citizen Bill exhibit is one of four opening Thursday, July 7 at 6:30 pm. Admission is free and the public is invited. Finger food and non-alcoholic drinks provided.

Stylized Notions features two fine artists, Mike Guy and Tim Giles. The fourth exhibit in the community center’s main first floor lobby features works from the Cartoonists Draw Blood group.

Takoma Voice publisher Eric Bond describes Citizen Bill as “a unique form of editorial cartoon, it depicts an archetypical Takoma Parkian and his family to comment on the issues and pressures of living in a proudly diverse, progressive, inner-suburban, small city.” A resident for over three decades, “he lives in Takoma Park with his family, whose resemblance to Citizen Bill’s is merely coincidence,” says Bond.


A 2011 Citizen Bill cartoon by William L. Brown.

Bond notes that Brown is an illustrator, his work appearing in the New York Times, Slate magazine, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Newsday, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and many others. He is also a Morris dancer and can be seen most May Days dancing up the dawn at the Takoma Park gazebo.

The Citizen Bill has been a part of the Takoma Voice and the Takoma Park community since 1994. The exhibit will show around 25 cartoons that span the last 23 years, a wry, off-beat chronicle of city history, culture and society.

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“Banjo Blues” by Time Giles. Image provided by the artist.

Watercolorist and oil painter Tim Giles is self-taught. His talent, he says, is “a gift from God.” He grew up and began his passion for art in Suffolk, VA. He created church murals, signage and logos on barber shop windows, murals and paintings for local art shows. His career was with the Department of State, which allowed him to live and travel abroad. He describes himself as a “well-travelled ‘country boy.'”

Now he’s turned his passion into a new career and business, Tim Giles Afro Arts and Crafts, LLC. He sells originals, prints, t-shirts, greeting cards and his self-published books, “Humble Beginnings: An Expression of my Journey through Paintings and Poems” and “Just Beyond the Horizon”.


Wire portrait by Mike Guy. Image provided by the artist.

Mike Guy will be showing works form his Under the Wire collection. Each uses a single strand of wire to create a three-dimensional line drawing, what the artist calls a “subconscious portrait … inspired by morning commutes, and late night city walks” Guy’s work has been exhibited in galleries across DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. He has created large scale mural projects for regional schools and businesses.



The Cartoonists Draw Blood group, of which Brown is a member, will also display. The eclectic group hosts an annual Hallowe’en-season blood drive held at the Seekers Church on Carroll Avenue in Takoma, DC. They make drawings for blood donors waiting their turn.

The group’s ringleader is Carolyn Belefski, a freelance graphic designer and illustrator whose clients include The White House and National Geographic, is the creator of the comic strip Curls. She often collaborates on that and other comics with her husband Joe Carabeo, whose work is also in the show.


Cartoon by Carolyn Belefski. Image provided by the artist.


Teresa Logan’s work. Photo provided by Teresa Logan.

Teresa Logan does two kinds of comics: drawn and standup. A Reuben-nominated cartoonist, Logan has been writing and drawing comics since her childhood in Memphis. Her first comic book was “Snobby Models.” She landed in standup comedy at an open mic night on a dare from co-workers. That led to appearances on HBO, A&E, The Comedy Channel, and comedy clubs across the country. She has worked with Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Drew Carey, and Paula Poundstone, among others.

Her comics have been featured in The Center for Cartoon Studies’ nationally distributed “Cartoon Crier,” and her comics “Purty Funny” and “Noodlehead” were picked for a Dirty Diamonds All-Girl Comics Anthology.

Andrews McMeel Publishing (Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side) has published three of her books, most recently, a coloring book for adults, “Posh Coloring Book: Paisleys for Fun & Relaxation.”

She exhibits at New York Comic Con, Awesome Con, and SPX as do many of the other members of the Cartoonists Draw Blood group.


A page from Hondro’s Fox Guy, which will be on exhibit. Image provided by Art Hondros.

Takoma Park cartoonist Art Hondros has, he says, had his wrists slapped for cartooning in both high school and the US Navy. “Fox Guy,” his bio piece about Takoma Park animal rights activist Walt Rave, appeared in the Washington Post Sunday Magazine, as has another bio piece about Washington DC native Allison Hayes who starred in the classic 50s B-movie “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman.”

His work has also appeared in Magic Bullet Comics, Packingtown Review, and District Lines. He is a member of the collective in the nation’s capitol known as DC Conspiracy that publishes the free comics newspaper, Magic Bullet. In addition to freelance illustration work, he is a store associate at Old Takoma Ace Hardware. He lives in Takoma Park’s Ward 3 with his wife and school age children.


Drawing by Mal Jones. Image provided by the artist.

Mal Jones is an owner, designer and illustrator at Rocketkoi in Alexandria. His illustration work has appeared in Northern Virginia Magazine, District Comics, Colonial Comics vol. 1, and other short story anthologies. “Comics are a great way to tell any kind of story imaginable,” he says.

Matt Rawson. another member of the Cartoonists Draw Blood group, paints, writes and makes comics” in an endless pursuit of that invulnerable, transcendent ‘pure act of creating'” he says.


Steve Artley cartoon provided by the artist.

Steve Artley’s editorial cartoons are syndicated throughout the U.S. and Canada. His work has appeared in Newsweek, USAToday, the Washington Post and The New York Times and others. His pieces have been picked for TIME Magazine’s “Best Cartoons of the Week,” NPR “Double Takes,” and the Washington Post’s Best Cartoons of the Year in 2011.

Locally, Artley’s cartoons appear the Alexandria Gazette, where he’s earned top honors from the Virginia Press Association for the past seven years.

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Editorial cartoon by Joe Sutliff, Image provided by the artist.

A professional cartoonist/illustrator for over 35 year, Joe Sutliff’s work has been in the Washington Post,, Science magazine and numerous national and international publications and books. He created a series of books for Fairfax county on mosquito and tick prevention.

He loves to do political cartoons, he says, but stopped when the newspaper that carried them folded (a common problem these days) “That is,” he says “until the current campaign started – now I can’t stop drawing them.”


Steve Loya image provided by the artist.

Steve Loya has been drawing, he says, since he could hold a crayon. Early on he developed a fascination with wildlife and the natural world, and, “on the flip side,” television shows such as Marlin Perkins’ Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, Ultraman, and Land of the Lost. This led to drawings “where such disparate worlds would coexist in strange harmony,” he says. His interests have expanded, “yet remain quite the same.”

Loya lives in Sterling, VA with his wife and a pet turtle. He teaches art and creates his own on a regular basis, as he records on his blog.


A page by Jacob Warrenfeltz. Image provided by the artist.

Jacob Warrenfeltz is an illustrator and musician in Maryland’s Appalachian. A fan of minimalism he brings his “Appalachian hillbilly ingenuity, punk outlook, and his jazz sensibilities” to his work. A founding member of Washington’s D.C. Conspiracy, an underground comics collective, his artwork can be seen on the cover of Trickster Native American Tales, N.Y ( an Aesop Awards winner and Eisner Awards nominee), Times Best Seller Fubar 2: Empire of the Rising Dead, and local district albums like The Franchise’s “To The Rescue!” He’s currently the bassist for district area band Crooks & Crows.


Convention-bending comics page by Eric Gordon. Image provided by the artist.

Eric Gordon aka, “DC Creepers“, is a Maryland based artist/illustrator. He makes mini-comics, zines, paintings, and “creeps” – which are comics inspired portraits of people made on transit, music venues and restaurants/bars. These “creeps” as action sketches – made at high speed and highly unpredictable.

Gordon is presenting a mix of works created for the DC based comics compilation Magic Bullet. In these works he experiments with warped compositions and multi-use framing. The art style, he says, ranges from realistic, to cartoony, to hyper real, sometimes all in the same comic page.

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A piece by Joe Carebo. Image provided by the artist.

“I’ve noticed that there is conflict in everything. So I started from there.” says Joe Carebo, who describes himself as “a multi-medium, genre bending cross-platform director known for creating troublemaking characters with lovable personalities.”

When he’s not collaborating with his wife on Curls Studio comics books: Black Magic Tales, The Legettes and French Fry Club, he is a filmmaker and photographer at his production company Astray Productions. He is also a musician with the band Monday Mistress and the “elusive bluesman” Mr. Bandit.