Spectrum Fantastic Art Live Promotional Video

We’ve just finalized the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live promotional video.

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live runs May 9-11th, 2014 at the Kansas City Convention Center, Grand Ballroom of Bartle Hall, Kansas City, MO. For full details and to purchase tickets visit: spectrumfantasticartlive.com

Be a part of Spectrum Fantastic Art Live by attending this event that celebrates the fantastic art and its creators. SFAL  is a fantasy-focused art fair, in which creators can display, share and sell originals, prints, sculpture, crafts, toys and more to an audience of fans and peers. There is something for everything, including presentations, panels, displays, portfolio reviews, workshops, educational opportunities and the Spectrum 21 awards ceremony. In short, our goal is to honor the artists and put on a fantasy art convention that anyone is welcome to attend and enjoy.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3 Show and Flesk Guests — Updated

It’s time for some Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3 news! (Updated on April 15th to include David Palumbo to the Flesk special guests list.)

The show will be in Kansas City, MO in the Bartle Hall Grand Ballroom running May 9-11, 2014. There are five special guests who you can meet at the show. They are Wayne Barlowe, Tim Bruckner, Frank Cho, Camilla d’Errico and Justin Sweet.

In addition, Flesk is sponsoring eight more artists who will be hosted at the Flesk / Spectrum booth: Bill Carman, Terry Dodson, Craig Elliott, Android Jones, Iain McCaig, Jackson Robinson, Steve Rude, Mark Schultz.

Furthermore, there will be over 200 artists exhibiting at the show. We’re also organizing far more workshops than before. We want everyone to have the opportunity to grow, learn and to be inspired. We have top artists in the industry giving extended live presentations. These are at no additional cost to the already affordable entry cost.

You can learn more about how to attend and exhibit at “The Art Fair With a Sense of Wonder” at the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live website.

Here is some information and sample art by those artists who I will be hosting. (The five special show guests are already highlighted on the SFAL site.)

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Bill Carman

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Art by Bill Carman

Bill Carman has worked as a designer, illustrator, and art director at universities, ad agencies, publishing houses and for large corporations. Since graduating with a BFA in visual communication/illustration and an MFA in painting he has always free-lanced and exhibited. Bill is currently a professor teaching illustration at Boise State University. He has been featured in many exhibits and publications including Society of Illustrators New York Annuals (gold medal, silver medal), 3×3 Magazine professional annual, American Illustration and Spectrum (silver medal). He is the recipient of the bronze, silver and gold medals from CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education). Bill authored and illustrated a children’s book, What’s That Noise?, published in 2002 by Random House Books.  Painting for exhibitions and commissions continues to be where most of Bill’s time is spent when he is not fishing.

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Terry Dodson

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Art by Terry Dodson

Terry Dodson has been a professional artist since 1993. He has worked on such comic books and characters as Harley Quinn, Spider-Man, Star Wars, Superman, Wonder Woman, the X-Men, Harry Potter, the Defenders, the Avengers. He has worked for Hasbro, Mattel, DC Entertainment, Warner Brothers, ESPN, Electronic Arts, Hanna-Barbera, Marvel Entertainment, Sideshow Collectibles and many other clients.

Terry is now working on creator owned comics as well, currently the new graphic novel series “Red One” with writer Xavier Dorison, scheduled for a September 2014 release.

Terry has also worked in toy and statue design, animation and video games and has had gallery exhibitions featuring his paintings. He remains a popular artist in the industry –a status he attributes in large part to the contributions of his wife, Rachel, who adds her talented inking to his work.

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Craig Elliott

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Art by Craig Elliott

Craig Elliott has worked primarily for Disney and Dreamworks, designing their animated films such as Hercules, Mulan, The Emperor’s New Groove, Treasure Planet, Enchanted, Monsters vs. Aliens, The Princess and the Frog, Rio and The Lorax. Craig has also done fully painted comic book and cover artwork. A multi-faceted artist, he is also an accomplished landscape architect, fine artist, sculptor and most recently, jewelry designer.

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Android Jones

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Art by Android Jones

Android Jones is the cutting-edge creator renowned for his concept art for movies and video games, fashion design, body painting, illustration and digital performances. He started his career with George Lucas at Industrial Light & Magic, worked as the only North American concept artist for the Japanese gaming company Nintendo and became creative director for the entertainment development company Massive Black Inc., of which he is founder.

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Iain McCaig

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Art by Iain McCaig

Iain McCaig divides his energies between a lifelong love of storytelling, and a passionate belief that everyone in the world can learn to draw. McCaig is best known for his cover art for Jethro Tull’s Broadsword and the Beast and his Star Wars designs for Queen Amidala and Darth Maul. His other films include Interview with a Vampire, Dracula, Terminator 2, Hook, Peter Pan, Charlotte’s Web, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and Disney’s John Carter. He is also a Chesley nominated illustrator, having illustrated books ranging from Fighting Fantasy to J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit. Shadowline: The Art of Iain McCaig, a 28 year retrospective of his film and publishing work came out in 2008. Currently, McCaig is developing an original live-action feature film, Book of Secrets.

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David Palumbo

Art by David Palumbo

Art by David Palumbo

As a freelance illustrator, David Palumbo’s work has been featured prominently in the F/SF market on book covers, comics (Dark Horse), and collectable card games (Magic: The Gathering), as well as such mainstream publications as Scientific American and The New Yorker.   His emphasis on moody and dramatic genre scenes have received multiple honors including several Spectrum medals and a Chesley award as well as having been shown in galleries and exhibitions from New York to Paris.

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Jackson Robinson

Art by Jackson Robinson

Art by Jackson Robinson

Jackson Robinson is the owner and artist behind King’s Wild Project, a luxury playing card company.  With roots from the crowd-funding website, Kickstarter, Jackson burst into the deck design scene in early 2013.  Drawing inspiration from currency and banknotes of the late 1800’s, Jackson’s most popular series has been The Federal 52, including 10 different decks that highlight the art of American money and intaglio printing throughout history.

Jackson has also worked in the video game industry, 2-D print illustrations, as well as a teacher at the Gnomon School of Visual Arts in Hollywood, CA.  When Jackson isn’t working on pushing the envelop of card design, he loves hanging out with his wife and two sweet daughters.

Steve Rude

Steve Rude

Art by Steve Rude

Art by Steve Rude

Steve Rude’s career began in 1981 with his and co-creator Mike Baron’s groundbreaking Nexus comic series. This space saga catapulted Rude into the field of comics, where he became highly sought after by major publishers. During his first few years in the industry, Rude’s efforts led to numerous awards, such as the 1984 Russ Manning Newcomer Award, the Kirby Award for best artist in 1986, and numerous Eisner’s for artistic achievement. For over two decades, Rude has drawn hundreds of comic’s greatest iconic heroes, and has galvanized the art world as a comic magazine artist and illustrator.

Mark Schultz

Mark Schultz

Art by Mark Schultz

Art by Mark Schultz

Mark Schultz is a storyteller by nature as well as by profession. He could always draw and his storytelling tends to lean toward the visual, although he can cobble his ideas into words as necessary. His interests in adventure fiction and the sciences led him to create his award-winning Xenozoic Tales comic series. He has illustrated a collection of Robert E. Howard’s Conan of Cimmeria and written the science primer graphic novel The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA. Between scripting the weekly newspaper adventures of Prince Valiant and producing images for his art series collection, Carbon, he continues to chip away at the illustrations for his novella Storms at Sea.

I’ll have a few more artists announced who will be appearing at our booth as we get closer to the show date.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 21 Artists Notified and Book Designs Started

Spectrum-21-coverHi, all,

I’ve just wrapped up sending out all of the notification emails to the artists who were selected for inclusion into Spectrum 21. There are over 200 artists and nearly 500 works included in Spectrum 21. I took my time to match up the names, art and specifications since I want to verify these details with the artists to make sure they are right. It’s incredibly important to me get the information accurate in the printed book and so, I chose not rush the process.

If you are on the Spectrum 21 artist list and did not receive an email from us, please shoot us an email at info@spectrumfantasticart.com and we will help you out.

With this step done, I have begun working on the actual Spectrum 21 book designs. My goal is to have the book ninety-percent mapped out before I leave for the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event in early May.

Also this week, Frank Cho and I did the rough designs for 25 pages of his Drawing Beautiful Women book. Between now and early July I expect to have Frank’s book, Spectrum 21 and The Art of Nexus by Steve Rude wrapped up, plus maybe one more book. Then we will be off to Comic-Con International in San Diego!

Enjoy,

John

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New Flesk Kickstarter Campaign “Sessions: Spectrum Fantastic Art Portraits” Is Now Live!

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(Jump straight to the Kickstarter campaign by clicking here.)

John Fleskes, president and publisher of Flesk Publications, teams up with renowned portrait photographer Greg Preston to produce a special book created on the showroom floor of the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event, held May 9-11th in Kansas City, Missouri.  Sessions: Spectrum Fantastic Art Portraits will feature the art, a brief bio, and a portrait created by Greg Preston of at least 50 of the creators behind today’s best contemporary fantastic art.

This project is a singular opportunity that YOU can make happen, and as an added bonus you are invited to witness its creation.  John Fleskes is sponsoring the project through Kickstarter, and the chance to be a part of this unique art book begins NOW.  The amount needed to make Sessions a reality is $9,000 and this Kickstarter project offers several pledge levels to choose from, each with special items attached to thank you for being a backer.

Publisher John Fleskes explains: “I have invited noted portrait photographer Greg Preston and his crew to SFAL to set up a photo studio right on the show floor to take artist portraits throughout the event. With the permission of the artists, Greg and I will choose our favorite portraits and make a high-end, fine art style book collection. I really want to show the people behind the pictures; those who give us so much beauty, who entertain us and who fill our lives with wonder. Let’s celebrate the artists and who they are, which goes right along with the mission of the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event: The artists are the stars and let’s showcase them in the best possible light.”

Artists to be included in the project include:  Allen Williams, Annie Stegg, Bill Carman, Camilla d’Errico, Cory Godbey, Craig Elliott, Dan dos Santos, Daren Bader, David Palumbo, Donato Giancola, Edward Howard, Frank Cho, George Pratt, Greg Spalenka, Iain McCaig, Jackson Robinson, J. Anthony Kosar, John Picacio, Justin Gerard, Justin Sweet, Mark Chiarello, Mark Schultz, Omar Rayyan, Paul Bonner, Rebecca Yanovskaya, Steve Rude, Terry Dodson, The Shiflett Brothers, Tim Bruckner, Virginie Ropars and Wayne Barlow.

If stretch goals are met, even more artists may be included in the book.

In addition to the opportunity to bring this project to fruition, you can attend Spectrum Fantastic Art Live and witness Greg Preston work directly with the artists.  It is open to the public.  This is an amazing opportunity for you to see your book being created, and meet the artists who will grace its pages.

In the event that you need more incentive to come on board, Flesk Publications is noted for the quality and craftsmanship of the art books they have created in their twelve years of business.  The book you are helping make will itself be a work of art, created by a publisher with a passion for fantastic art and the artists who create it.

(Visit the Kickstarter campaign by clicking here.)

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk Titles Coming in 2014 and 2015

Hi, all,

I’d like to fill you in on our Flesk releases for 2014 and what books we have in development for 2015.

These last seven months have been a thrilling experience. Transitioning Spectrum over to Flesk has given me the same excited feeling that I had when I first started Flesk Publications back in 2002. The internal restructuring here has been a tremendous amount of work, but the benefit today is that I have 12 years of publishing business experience to make far better decisions than when I started in 2002. The opportunity to work on Spectrum not only allowed me the fun of completely rethinking the process of how the annual is run and produced, but it also made me look at the processes here at Flesk. I placed my high standards on myself, asked many tough questions, and as a result I made a series of improvements here. The result will be a continuation of our high quality books, with many new faces as part of the Flesk team to help out. The improvements have been so great, that it feels as if I am walking into the business for the first time.

Spectrum-21-cover2014 Flesk Titles

1. Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Art
Spectrum is more than just a book. It is a community, a brand and an event which requires nurturing and focus all year long. A few friends of mine expressed their concern that by my taking on Spectrum that it would interrupt the Flesk line of books. “It would be disastrous if Spectrum affected the Flesk line,” said one artist who I publish. I agree, which is why this is the only year where you will see this reduction of releases while we restructure and grow. Spectrum 21 will be released in November 2014.

2. Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method
This is another fun book. Frank Cho and I have known each other for over a decade, but never worked together before. I’m finding the experience to be a blast. This book is right on schedule for an October 2014 release date.

In Development for 2015

1. The Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini
This book will focus on Wendy’s stellar work outside of ElfQuest including comics, illustration and private art with a detailed biography exploring every facet of Wendy’s passion for telling stories. All traditional artwork is being reproduced from the original art.

2. The Art of Elfquest
This collection will highlight key covers, story pages, portfolio plates and rarely seen images from its earliest days to today.

3. The Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija
A story highlighted with dozens of new drawings and paintings. Petar is working intensely on this book and I’ll have more information to share in the next few months.

4. The Art of Nexus by Steve Rude
We have spent over two years collecting scans of full Nexus stories from the original art and we are now ready to design the book. This one is very close to being ready and we expect to run a Kickstarter campaign on this during the summer.

5. The Moth by Steve Rude, Gary Martin and Glenn Whitmore
The Moth is coming back! New stories are in the works. The next four issues are mapped out and this is an exciting opportunity for me to publish a comic that I am extremely passionate about.

6. The Comic Art of William Stout
This is another book that has been in development for a few years. Tracking down and scanning the art to include in the book has been a pleasure. We’re getting closer to being ready to start designing the book. I’m confident that this will be ready by the fall of 2015.

7. Sessions: Spectrum Fantastic Art Live Portraits by Greg Preston
A new book featuring the photography of Greg Preston highlighting fifty creators behind todays best contemporary fantastic art. I’ll share the link to the Kickstarter campaign for this later this week.

8. Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz
Yes, it’s true. Not a hoax; not a dream! Schultz is threatening that the art is nearly done. After five years in development, we are looking at a 2015 release date.

9. Mark Schultz Various Drawings Premium Hardcover Collection
All five volumes of Various Drawings combined into a deluxe oversized collection. Mark and I have some big ideas to make this far more than a simple collection.

10. Plus, I’m working with Terry Dodson, Gary Gianni, Gregory Manchess, Iain McCaig, Jackson Robinson and Jim Silke on new ideas. Their titles will be announced once we have the books fleshed out further.

11. I’m also packaging three books for various institutions. I’ll announce who the books focus on once I have permission to share the details.

12. Spectrum 22
The annual collection arrives in stores in the fall of each year.

This will carry us through the end of 2015!

Thanks to everyone again for your interest. These books and projects in no way could be possible without your support.

Now it’s time to get back to work!

Enjoy,

John

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Back From Emerald City Comicon

The view from the Flesk booth. We had a prime spot right as you walk in off of the main sky bridge.

The view from the Flesk booth. We had a prime spot right as you walk in off of the main sky bridge.

Emerald City Comicon is a wrap. The show was incredibly well organized with friendly staff and volunteers, plus easy to get in and out. The show was sold out in advance and packed with people for most of Friday and Saturday. I noticed that it was a little easier to get around on Sunday, but just a little.

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Our friend’s at Bud Plant were just a few steps away from us. This picture was taken from our booth, too.

I brought three times the amount of books that we brought last year and by closing time on Sunday I was able to fit all of the remaining books into one small box. It looks like I’ll need to bring even more next year!

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Here’s a picture of Brom at the Flesk / Spectrum booth just before opening time on Friday morning.

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Brom sketching in The Art of Brom.

Brom was with us all three days. His line was steady throughout with only the briefest of lulls. We sold out of the Art of Brom books that I had brought by early Sunday. In this picture above, Brom is adding a pair of drawings to a deluxe copy of his art book.

Brom-Tattoo-ECCCSome people talk about how big of a fan they are of Brom. Others show it. Here, Brom signs his name below the tattoo depicting his art during Emerald City Comicon last weekend. The owner requested Brom’s signature to use as a stencil for the tattoo artist to apply the final touch.

I observed that Seattle has a huge tattoo presence. I saw far more body art than cosplay at this show. Many beautiful tattoo arm sleeves had Asian influences, sea life or fantasy elements to them. I can only imagine how skilled these tattoo artists have to be as they don’t have the luxury of an eraser.

More pictures and stories from ECCC coming soon

Enjoy,

John

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Emerald City Comicon Going Strong for Flesk!

John Flesk, Frank Cho and Brom at the Flesk booth #1702 today at Emerald City Comicon.

John Flesk, Frank Cho and Brom at the Flesk booth #1702 today at Emerald City Comicon.

Hi, all,

We’re having a great time here this weekend in Seattle at the Emerald City Comicon. The show sold out in advance and the crowds have been thick. We’ve been having a lot of fun and appreciate how many people have been stopping by. I brought three times the amount of books that we brought last year and we are already down to the last 10% of stock with one more full day to go!

Camilla d'Errico's booth today at Emerald City Comicon.

Camilla d’Errico’s booth today at Emerald City Comicon.

Here’s a picture of Camilla d’Errico just before Saturday’s opening time at her booth. Camillia will be a special guest at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live this coming May!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 21 Judging Highlights Video

Here’s a video showing highlights from the Spectrum 21 judging event which was held on March 1, 2014 at the San Jose State University’s Animation/Illustration department building. The five member jury, comprising of Cory Godbey, J. Anthony Kosar, George Pratt, Shelly Wan and Allen Williams, reviewed over 5000 entries during the daylong event. A Special thanks to the SJSU faculty for making the space available and to the twenty-plus students who volunteered making the day run smoothly!

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk and Spectrum Exhibiting at Emerald City Comic Con

Brom will be signing at our booth #1702 each day.

Brom will be signing at our booth #1702 each day.

Hi, all,

If you will be attending the Emerald City Comic Con, we’ll be there and we would enjoy seeing you there. The shoe is in Seattle, WA this March 28-30. We have an excellent spot located right at the entrance when walking into the show off of the sky bridge. Our booth number is 1702.

There are a number of artists who we publish that are special guests of the show. Brom will be signing at our Flesk / Spectrum booth for the full three days. Frank Cho, who we are working with on his Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method that will be available this fall, can be found at his guest table MM-07. Terry & Rachel Dodson are at table II-01. And Richard & Wendy Pini, who we have two books in development with, can be found at table E-09. We look forward to welcoming you at our respective locations where you can learn more about our future projects with these exceptional artists. Plus, the artists will have original artwork and prints for sale.

We will have our full line of Flesk books on hand, as well as information regarding the Spectrum annual and the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event. Free catalogs and promotional postcards will be available. We will be bringing a number of books with slight scuff marks or dings at greatly reduced prices. This is an excellent way to try out a new title or artist, or to fill in your Flesk library for a deal.

Full details about Emerald City Comic Con can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 21 Cover

Hi, all,

I’ve wrapped up the cover design for Spectrum 21. The artwork featured on the cover is a fine art painting by Rebecca Léveillé-Guay titled “The Visitor.” Thanks to Rebecca for letting us use the art for the cover!

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Right now I’m working on creating the list of jury picks for inclusion into Spectrum 21. I’ll have it ready to post just after mid-March.

Enjoy,

John

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Announcing the Spectrum 21 Award Nominees

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The Spectrum 21 jury: J. Anthony Kosar, Allen Williams, Cory Godbey, George Pratt and Shelly Wan.

The Spectrum 21 jury has nominated the top five artists in each of the eight categories for a silver and gold award. The winners will be announced at the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event in Kansas City, MO on May 10th. I will post the actual images on the Spectrum website soon. A big congratulations to these artists!

The Spectrum 21 Award Nominees Are…

Advertising

Anita Kunz -- Little Monsters

Anita Kunz — Little Monsters

Victo Ngai -- A Tiger Beer Chinese New Year

Victo Ngai — A Tiger Beer Chinese New Year

Gabriel Verdon -- Hiversaires

Gabriel Verdon — Hiversaires

Kent Williams -- The Criterion Collection Lord of the Flies

Kent Williams — The Criterion Collection Lord of the Flies

Shu Yan -- Go Into the Gate

Shu Yan — Go Into the Gate

Advertising
Anita Kunz — Little Monsters
Victo Ngai — A Tiger Beer Chinese New Year
Gabriel Verdon — Hiversaires
Kent Williams — The Criterion Collection Lord of the Flies
Shu Yan — Go Into the Gate

Book

Nicolas Delort -- The End of the Road

Nicolas Delort — The End of the Road

Scott Gustafson -- Little Sambha and the Tiger with the Beautiful Purple Shoes with Crimson Soles

Scott Gustafson — Little Sambha and the Tiger with the Beautiful Purple Shoes with Crimson Soles

John Harris -- Fire: the Road Beside the Wall

John Harris — Fire: the Road Beside the Wall

Petar Meseldzija -- The Golden Apple Tree 1

Petar Meseldzija — The Golden Apple Tree 1

Kirsti Wakelin -- Dreamboats, Lilies, Koi and Chang Kuo-lao

Kirsti Wakelin — Dreamboats, Lilies, Koi and Chang Kuo-lao

Book
Nicolas Delort — The End of the Road
Scott Gustafson — Little Sambha and the Tiger with the Beautiful Purple Shoes with Crimson Soles
John Harris — Fire: the Road Beside the Wall
Petar Meseldzija — The Golden Apple Tree 1
Kirsti Wakelin — Dreamboats, Lilies, Koi and Chang Kuo-lao

Comics

Thomas Campi -- The Red Door

Thomas Campi — The Red Door

He Jie Mona -- All Corners of the Country: The Lost Buildings  #4

He Jie Mona — All Corners of the Country: The Lost Buildings #4

Goni Montes -- Clive Barker's Next Testament #6

Goni Montes — Clive Barker’s Next Testament #6

Mark A. Nelson -- Seasons, page 1

Mark A. Nelson — Seasons, page 1

David Palumbo -- No Good Deed

David Palumbo — No Good Deed

Comics
Thomas Campi — The Red Door
He Jie Mona — All Corners of the Country: The Lost Buildings  #4
Goni Montes — Clive Barker’s Next Testament #6
Mark A. Nelson — Seasons, page 1
David Palumbo — No Good Deed

Concept Art

Jamie Jones -- Blackzero Interior

Jaime Jones — Black Zero Interior

Vance Kovacs -- John Carter Punches a Thark

Vance Kovacs — John Carter Punches a Thark

Brian Matyas -- Messenger Girl

Brian Matyas — Messenger Girl

Theo Prins -- Kite City 2

Theo Prins — Kite City 2

Theo Prins -- Refugees

Theo Prins — Refugees

Concept Art
Jaime Jones — Black Zero Interior
Vance Kovacs — John Carter Punches a Thark
Brian Matyas — Messenger Girl
Theo Prins — Kite City 2
Theo Prins — Refugees

Dimensional

Jessica Dalvo -- Don't Mind Me

Jessica Dalva — Don’t Mind Me

Colin and Kristine Poole -- Hot Diggety Dog

Colin and Kristine Poole — Hot Diggety Dog

Forest Rogers -- Goblin Spider

Forest Rogers — Goblin Spider

The Shiflett Bros. -- Vertical Man-Tank, 1892

The Shiflett Bros. — Vertical Man-Tank, 1892

Shaun Tan -- Grimm Tales: Thousandfurs

Shaun Tan — Grimm Tales: Thousandfurs

Dimensional
Jessica Dalva — Don’t Mind Me
Colin and Kristine Poole — Hot Diggety Dog
Forest Rogers — Goblin Spider
The Shiflett Bros. — Vertical Man-Tank, 1892
Shaun Tan — Grimm Tales: Thousandfurs

Editorial

Nicolas Delort -- Rumor of Angels

Nicolas Delort — Rumor of Angels

Bill Mayer -- Fragile Planet

Bill Mayer — Fragile Planet

Tran Nguyen -- The Insects of Love

Tran Nguyen — The Insects of Love

Yuko Shimizu -- Hair Tree

Yuko Shimizu — Hair Tree

Luo Xin -- Recall

Luo Xin — Recall

Editorial
Nicolas Delort — Rumor of Angels
Bill Mayer — Fragile Planet
Tran Nguyen — The Insects of Love
Yuko Shimizu — Hair Tree
Luo Xin — Recall

Institutional

Ed Binkley -- The Hag Griselle Pays a Visit

Ed Binkley — The Hag Griselle Pays a Visit

Bill Carman -- Shared Eyewear

Bill Carman — Shared Eyewear

Donato Giancola --  Huor and Hurin Approach Gondolin

Donato Giancola — Huor and Hurin Approach Gondolin

Justin Sweet -- Blacksea

Justin Sweet — Blacksea

Rebecca Yanovskaya -- Ascent of Man

Rebecca Yanovskaya — Ascent of Man

Institutional
Ed Binkley — The Hag Griselle Pays a Visit
Bill Carman — Shared Eyewear
Donato Giancola –  Huor and Hurin Approach Gondolin
Justin Sweet — Blacksea
Rebecca Yanovskaya — Ascent of Man

Unpublished

Audrey Benjaminsen -- Lady of Light

Audrey Benjaminsen — Lady of Light

Jean-Baptiste Monge -- Ode to the Moon

Jean-Baptiste Monge — Ode to the Moon

Yukari Masuike -- Riding Horse on the Freezing Day

Yukari Masuike — Riding Horse on the Freezing Day

Omar Rayyan -- The Long Walk Home

Omar Rayyan — The Long Walk Home

 

Annie Stegg -- Lilaia the Naiad

Annie Stegg — Lilaia the Naiad

Unpublished
Audrey Benjaminsen — Lady of Light
Jean-Baptiste Monge — Ode to the Moon
Yukari Masuike — Riding Horse on the Freezing Day
Omar Rayyan — The Long Walk Home
Annie Stegg — Lilaia the Naiad

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 21 Judging is a Wrap!

SpectrumJudging_07The Spectrum 21 jury has wrapped up the book and awards selections! I’ll be posting the award nominations tomorrow evening and following up in a few weeks with the list of names of those artists who made it into the book. We had a fun day! Here’s a picture looking over the shoulder of J. Anthony Kosar from just a few hours ago.

Enjoy,John

The Spectrum 21 Judging Continues

SpectrumJudging_006The Spectrum 21 jury has switched over to viewing the online submissions. Allen Williams likes the 24″ HD Cintiq Wacom pen displays we have available for the jury to view the art! A special thanks to the Animation/Illustration program at San Jose State University for letting us use their space and systems!

Enjoy,John

The Spectrum 21 Judging is Happening Right Now!

Here are some pictures of the Spectrum 21 judges during the voting process that is happening right now!

Cory Godbey is currently reviewing the Spectrum 21 submissions.

Cory Godbey is currently reviewing the Spectrum 21 submissions.

Allen Williams starts off the Spectrum 21 judging day with the first vote!

Allen Williams starts off the Spectrum 21 judging day with the first vote!

We expect the Spectrum 21 judging to continue for the next 7 hours. Here, George Pratt considers a submission for inclusion into the book.

We expect the Spectrum 21 judging to continue for the next 7 hours. Here, George Pratt considers a submission for inclusion into the book.

 

J. Anthony Kosar is with us today for the Spectrum 21 judging, too!

J. Anthony Kosar is with us today for the Spectrum 21 judging, too!

Shelly Wan rounds out our quintet of judges voting upon the Spectrum 21 submissions right now.

Shelly Wan rounds out our quintet of judges voting upon the Spectrum 21 submissions right now.

Enjoy,

John

Spectrum 21 Judging Starts Saturday Morning!

We are thrilled to have the following five respected professionals on the Spectrum 21 jury.
Illustrator, animator and educator, Cory Godbey; Fine artist, illustrator, sculpture and special effects artist, J. Anthony Kosar; Painter, writer, photographer and educator, George Pratt; Fine artist, film conceptual artist and illustrator, Shelly Wan; Film conceptual artist and illustrator, Allen Williams. You can learn more about these individuals by visiting the “Meet the Judges” section on our Spectrum website.
Each judge will vote independently and anonymously to maintain the integrity of the Spectrum call for entries submissions selection process. The artists whose works are selected for inclusion into Spectrum 21 will be notified by April 1st.

In addition, the Gold and Silver award nominations for the eight categories will be determined.  The Spectrum 21 award recipients will be revealed at the live ceremony held on May 10 at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. This evening celebration will run in conjunction with the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live art fair which runs from May 9-11.

Watch the Spectrum Fantastic Art and Flesk Publications websites and Facebook pages on March 1st for photographs and updates throughout the Spectrum 21 judging event day. Expanded videos and photographs will be shared throughout the following week.

We would like to express our thanks to those who submitted. Good luck!

Enjoy,

Meet the Spectrum 21 Judges: Juror #5, J. Anthony Kosar!

The Spectrum 21 judging event is this Saturday! Five jury members will convene in San Jose, California to cast their votes to decide which call for entries submissions are included in Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. Good luck to everyone who participated!

Meet our fifth jury member: J. Anthony Kosar.

JAnthonyKosar_Spectrum21-posterAward-winning artist and FACE OFF Season 4 Champion J. Anthony Kosar specializes in Fine Art, Illustration, Sculpture, and Special Effects through his company Kosart Effects Studios, LLC. In 2007, he interned at legendary Stan Winston Studio creating effects for INDIANA JONES 4 and James Cameron’s AVATAR. Kosar designs and sculpts Halloween masks, creates special effects for theater, film, and commercials, and teaches the Art of FX through his studio in Westmont, IL. Besides FX, Kosar designs and sculpts prototypes for toys, collectibles and medical anatomical models, illustrates for novels and comic books, curates art gallery exhibitions, and creates his own fine art paintings and sculptures. His paintings have appeared in Watercolor Artist Magazine and SPLASH: Best of Watercolor, and his sculptures have appeared in SPECTRUM: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. (Artwork photo by Bear McGivney.)

To learn more about Anthony, visit his website here.

Enjoy,

John

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Meet the Spectrum 21 Judges: Juror #4, Allen Williams!

The Spectrum 21 judging event is this Saturday! Five jury members will convene in San Jose, California to cast their votes to decide which call for entries submissions are included in Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. Good luck to everyone who participated!

Meet our fourth jury member: Allen Williams.

AllenWilliams_Spectrum21-posterIn his own words: I’ve always loved drawing for as long as I can remember. I have pictures of monsters that I did at the age of three and I feel most at home with a pencil in my hand. I also work in acrylics, oils and occasionally digital… but everything always starts with drawing. I went to college for a few years but left when I started doing more illustration than actual homework assignments. I became a professional freelance artist in 1988 and have worked on many publications, games and projects since then. Beginning with TSR, Dragon magazine and later progressing into ccg’s such as Magic The Gathering and Rage. Most recently I have worked for Paramount(Aronosky’s Noah), Lionsgate and Legendary(Pacific Rim).

To learn more about Allen, visit his website here.

Enjoy,

John

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Meet the Spectrum 21 Judges: Juror #3, George Pratt!

The Spectrum 21 judging event is this Saturday! Five jury members will convene in San Jose, California to cast their votes to decide which call for entries submissions are included in Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. Good luck to everyone who participated!

Meet our third jury member: George Pratt.

GeorgePratt_Spectrum21-posterGeorge Pratt is an award-winning painter, writer and photographer. His work is in numerous private collections world-wide. Among the many awards he has received he is also a recipient of the Eisner Award for his graphic novels, a Spectrum Gold Medal and Best Feature Documentary at the New York International Independent Film Festival for the documentary film “See You In Hell, Blind Boy.” He teaches full-time at the Ringling College of Art and Design, and summers with the Illustration Academy in Kansas City.

To learn more about George, visit his website here.

Enjoy,

John

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Meet the Spectrum 21 Judges: Juror #2, Shelly Wan!

The Spectrum 21 judging event is this Saturday! Five jury members will convene in San Jose, California to cast their votes to decide which call for entries submissions are included in Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. Good luck to everyone who participated!

Meet our second jury member: Shelly Wan.

ShellyWan_S21-posterShelly Wan is originally from Guangzhou, a city in southern China. After graduating from the attached school of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, she came to Los Angeles, California to attend Pasadena Art Center College of Design. An illustration major, it wasn’t until the last school year that she began painting digitally. She interned at Walt Disney Imagineering during school, and went to work for Rockstar Games as a Concept Artist after graduating in December of 2004, on titles “Bully” and “Red Dead Redemption.” In 2007 she went to work at Imagi Animation Studio, as a Visual Development artist on “Astroboy.” Shelly started at Pixar Animation Studio as a sketch/color artist in 2010 to begin work on “Monsters University.” She has also done art for multiple book/comic covers and “Magic: the gathering.” Shelly was awarded “Best In Show” at the Beverly Hills Summer Art Show 2008, and was also awarded The Jack Gaughan Award for Best Emerging Artist in the same year. She has been featured in multiple exhibits at the American Museum of Illustration.

To learn more about Shelly, visit her website here.

Enjoy,

John

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Meet the Spectrum 21 Judges: Juror #1, Cory Godbey!

The Spectrum 21 judging event is this Saturday! Five jury members will convene in San Jose, California to cast their votes to decide which call for entries submissions are included in Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. Good luck to everyone who participated!

Meet our first jury member: Cory Godbey.

CoryGodbey_01Cory Godbey lives in South Carolina with his wife Erin and their many cats. He creates fanciful illustrations for picture books, covers, comics, advertising, animated shorts, and films. Cory’s work has been featured in a variety of esteemed annuals, publications, and galleries. Some of his favorite past projects include working with The Jim Henson Co. and Archaia on Fraggle Rock and Labryinth comics, as well as creating the art and animation for the award winning documentary film The Last Flight of Petr Ginz. He shares his creative process and experience with emerging artists through online classes, workshops, and mentorships.

To learn more about Cory, visit his website here.

Enjoy,

John

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Visiting the LA Art Show

I visited the LA Art Show for my first time on January 18th. The thought of viewing original paintings by contemporary and past masters was strong enough to lure me to L.A. for the weekend. Here is a batch of pictures that I took at the booths that showcased the artworks that appealed to me the most.
Flesk-LA-fine-art-show-2013-08 The Maxwell Alexander Gallery had a handful of paintings by Joseph Todorovitch (left) and Jeremy Mann (right) on display.

Flesk-LA-fine-art-show-2013-09This is another picture of the Maxwell Alexander Gallery booth, this time from the outer aisle. There’s another painting by Jeremy Mann, sixth from the left.

Craig-LA-fine-art-show-2013Look who I found at the event; none other than Mr. Craig Elliott, who is shown here admiring a fine art painting.

Flesk-LA-fine-art-show-2013-05Zhang Xinquan titled Fishes Play in Heyuan Pool. The sculptures are by Lu Zhenyuan. The work in front of the painting is titled Kisses. This booth represented artists from the Phoenix Art Center from China.

Flesk-LA-fine-art-show-2013-01The Museo Maya de America featured an exquisite display titled Guatemala: Treasures of the Maya Spirit.

Flesk-LA-fine-art-show-2013-02Another ancient object at the Museo Maya de America booth.

Flesk-LA-fine-art-show-2013-03More from the Guatemala: Treasures of the Maya Spirit exhibit.

Flesk-LA-fine-art-show-2013-04This is a detail from a painting for the Sacred Palace Series by Li Guan Lin.

Flesk-LA-fine-art-show-2013-10Paintings by Jean-Leone Gerome, Norman Rockwell and Camilla d’Erricco are but a small example of the wide-range of artists featured at the LA Art show. This one by Morgan gave me pause.

Flesk-LA-fine-art-show-2013-06These are two recent paintings by Brad Kunkle at the Arcadia Contemporary booth.

Flesk-LA-fine-art-show-2013-07Another painting by Brad Kunkle. Brad is currently working on fifteen new pieces that will premiere at his third one man show at Arcadia Contemporary in New York City in December.

And then my camera stopped working…

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk Publications 2002-2014. The Complete Library.

I’ve updated my master Flesk Publications list detailing every book and print I have published, as well as a few other projects I played a role in. This covers everything up until January 2014. The total comes to 44 books, 4 prints and 6 specialty produced book collections.

2014 Flesk Titles (More coming this year.)

Production assistance provided for the following:
1. Wayne Thiebaud: Works on Paper 1948-2004 by Michael Zakian
January, 2014.
Packaged and designed for the Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University.
Hardcover with jacket. $40.00 cover price, 11.75 x 10 inches, 80 pages.

flesk-2013-covers-banner2013 Flesk Titles

1. Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2
May 2013
Hardcover with jacket. $29.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 80 pages.
2. The Art of Brom
August 2013
Trade Edition – Hardcover with jacket. $44.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 208 pages.
Publisher Edition: Fantasy cover – Hardcover with jacket. $49.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 224 pages.
Publisher Edition: Nude cover – Hardcover with jacket. $49.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 224 pages.
Deluxe Edition in Slipcase – Signed and numbered to 500 copies. Hardcover. $250.00 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 225 pages.
3. The Art of Brom Sketchbook
August 2013
Paperback. $15.00, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 16-pages.
4. Carbon by Mark Schultz
July 2013
Paperback. $24.95, 9 x 12 inches, 56 pages.
Hardcover with jacket. $40.00 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 57 pages. (Signed and limited to 600 copies.)
5. Xenozoic by Mark Schultz (New printing with new cover.)
August 2013
Paperback. $39.95, 8.5 x 11 inches, 352 pages.
Hardcover with jacket. $75.00 cover price, 8.5 x 11 inches, 353 pages. (Signed and limited to 500 copies.)
6. Beyond the Known Forest, She Talks with Birds by Mark Schultz, July 2013, signed print
7. Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm 2013 Teaser
July 2013
Paperback. $15.00, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 16 pages.
Signed and limited to 1000 copies.
8. The Art of Elfquest & Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini Teaser
July 2013
Paperback. $15.00, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 16 pages.
Signed and limited to 1000 copies.
9. Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm Big Pocket Edition (Reprint.)
September 2013
Paperback. $29.95, 8.5 x 11 inches, 256 pages.
10. An Evening with Flesk Prime print, October 2013, 1-page (Signed by Terry Dodson, Petar Meseldzija, Mark Schultz, Jim Silke and Thomas Yeates, limited to 50 prints.)

Production assistance provided for the following:
1. Illustrating Modern Life: The Golden Age of Illustration from the Kelly Collection
January, 2013
Hardcover with jacket. $40.00, 9 x 12 inches, 112 pages.
2. Bombshells 7 by Terry Dodson
July 2013
Paperback. $15.00, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 16 pages.

2012 Flesk Titles

1. The Art of Craig Elliott, January 2012, 68-pages, HC
2. Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm, January 2012, 304-pages, HC (Signed deluxe limited to 1000 numbered copies) and PB
3. Warren Chang: Narrative Paintings, January 2012, 112-pages, HC
4. Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! 2012 commemorative show book, May 2012, 64-pages, HC
5. Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm 2012 Teaser, July 2012, 16-pages, PB (Signed limited to 1000 numbered copies)
6. James Bama: Personal Works, December 2012, 144-pages, HC
7. Jim Silke Sketchbook Volume One, December 2012, 64-pages, PB
8. Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm Big Pocket Edition, December 2012, 256-pages, PB

Production assistance provided for the following sketchbook for Terry Dodson
1. Bombshells 6 by Terry Dodson, July 2012, 16-pages, PB

Total 2012 page count is 976 pages.

2011 Flesk Titles

1. Mysterious Islands by Gary Gianni, July 2011, 16-pages, PB (Signed limited to 1000 numbered copies)
2. Al Williamson Archives Volume Two, July 2011, 48-pages, PB
3. Mark Schultz: Various Drawings Volume Five, July 2011, 48-pages, HC (Signed deluxe limited to 800 numbered copies) and PB
4. Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm Teaser, July 2011, 16-pages, PB (Signed limited to 1000 numbered copies)
5. Flesk Prime, August 2011, 64-pages, HC
6. Flesk Prime Print, September 2011, 1-page (Signed by Elliott, Gianni, Meseldzija, Schultz and Stout, limited to 50 numbered prints)

Production assistance provided for the following two sketchbooks for Terry Dodson
1. Reveries by Terry Dodson, July 2011, 16-pages, PB (Signed limited to 500 numbered copies)
2. Bombshells 5 by Terry Dodson, July 2011, 16-pages, PB

Total 2011 page count is 225 pages.

2010 Flesk Titles

1. Blue Book by Mark Schultz, March 2010, 16-pages, PB (Signed limited to 1000 numbered copies)
2. James Bama Sketchbook, May 2010, 144-pages, PB
3. Hallucinations by William Stout, July 2010, 48-pages, HC (Signed limited to 500 numbered copies) and PB
4. Al Williamson Archives, July 2010, 64-pages, PB
5. The Legend of Steel Bashaw by Petar Meseldžija, October 2010, 64-pages, PB
6. Inspirations by William Stout, November 2010, 48-pages, HC (Signed limited to 650 numbered copies) and PB
7. Xenozoic by Mark Schultz, November 2010, 352-pages, PB
8. Harvey Dunn: Illustrator and Painter of the Pioneer West by Walt Reed, November 2010, 304-pages, HC deluxe (Signed limited to 350 numbered copies in special upgrade book binding, with slipcase, and bonus art and photo of Harvey Dunn bound in on special signature double page. Signed by Walt Reed) and HC
9. Jungle Girls by Jim Silke, December 2010, 84-pages, HC (Signed limited to 500 numbered copies) and PB

Total 2010 page count is 1124 pages.

2009 Flesk Titles

January 23, 2009 marked my first full time date running Flesk Publications. Prior to this, I held a full-time position at a tech company for a decade. This explains the growth in the number of titles released from this year forward.

1. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne adapted by Gary Gianni, January 2009, 64-pages, HC super deluxe with original art, HC deluxe (Limited to 600 signed and numbered copies) and HC
2. Prehistoric Life Murals by William Stout, February 2009 (indicia states January 2009, but it arrived in stores in February), 144-pages, HC super deluxe with original art in slipcase, HC (Signed deluxe limited to 600 numbered copies) and HC
3. Major Thrill’s Adventure Book by Gary Gianni, July 2009, 32-pages, PB
4. Mark Schultz Various Drawings Volume Four, August 2009, 48-pages, HC (Signed deluxe limited to 800 numbered copies) and PB
5. Al Williamson’s Flash Gordon: A Lifelong Vision of the Heroic by Mark Schultz, June 2009, 256-pages, HC and PB
6. New Dinosaur Discoveries A-Z by William Stout, December 2009, 64-pages, HC
7. Dinosaur Discoveries by William Stout, December 2009, 144-pages, HC (Signed deluxe limited to 500 numbered copies) and PB

Total 2009 page count is 752 pages.

2008 Flesk Titles

1. The Prince Valiant Page by Gary Gianni, June 2008, 112-pages, HC super-deluxe (40 signed and numbered copies containing a tipped in Prince Valiant strip preliminary in pencil by Gianni), HC (Signed deluxe limited to 1000 numbered copies in slipcase) and HC
2. Xenozoic Tales Print by Mark Schultz, July 2008, 1-page, Deluxe (Limited to 100 signed and numbered prints on special thick archival paper) and regular edtion

Total 2008 page count is 113 pages.

2007 Flesk Titles

1. Mark Schultz: Various Drawings Volume Three, August 2007, 48-pages, HC (Signed deluxe limited to 1000 numbered copies) and PB
2. Steve Rude: Artist in Motion by Steve Rude and John Fleskes, December 2007, 208-pages, HC super-deluxe (Limited to 13 roman numeral copies with bound in original artwork in a unique clam shell tray case), HC (Signed deluxe limited to 800 numbered copies in slipcase) and HC

Total 2007 page count is 256 pages.

2006 Flesk Titles

1. Mark Schultz: Various Drawings Volume Two, July 2006, 48-pages, HC (Signed deluxe limited to 1000 numbered copies) and PB
2. James Bama: American Realist by Brian Kane, October 2006, 160-pages, HC (Signed deluxe limited to 1000 numbered copies in slipcase) and HC

Total 2006 page count is 208 pages.

2005 Flesk Titles

1. Mark Schultz: Various Drawings Volume One, July 2005, 48-pages, HC (Signed deluxe limited to 500 numbered copies) and PB

Total 2005 page count is 48 pages.

2004 Flesk Title

1. Joseph Clement Coll: A Legacy in Line, July 2004, 208-pages, HC (Deluxe limited to 300 numbered copies and signed by Fleskes, Gianni and Meglin), HC and PB

Total 2004 page count is 208 pages.

2003 Flesk Title

1. Joseph Clement Coll: The Art of Adventure, July 2003, 168-pages, HC (Limited to 800 copies) and PB

Total 2003 page count is 168 pages.

2002 Flesk Title

1. Franklin Booth: Painter with a Pen by John Fleskes, March 2002, 112-pages, HC (Limited to 500 copies) and PB

Total 2002 page count is 112 pages. My first book!

Scanning assistance: After the release of the Franklin Booth book, Gary Gianni asked me if I could scan his art for use in an upcoming self-published book of his. I scanned the original artwork for the 40 story pages for Corpus Monstrum by Gary Gianni, published by Hieronymus Press in 2002. Jim Keegan designed the book.

Many more to come!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 21 Judging Event Set For March 1st!

Flesk-home-banner-17Greetings, everyone,

The Spectrum 21 submissions have been processed and are ready for the jury voting. The five judges: Cory Godbey, J. Anthony Kosar, George Pratt, Shelly Wan and Allen Williams, will convene in San Jose, California on March 1st.

Flesk-home-banner-16The call for entries submissions will be reviewed and voted upon over the course of the day. Each judge votes independently and anonymously allowing for a fair process. A simple majority of three out of five votes will guarantee a work of art for inclusion in Spectrum 21. Those whose works are selected will be announced on the Spectrum Fantastic Art website by April 1st.

The Gold and Silver award recipients for each category will also be determined with the top five pieces being announced soon after the judging event. The recipients will be revealed at the live awards ceremony held on May 10 at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City. Admission is free to all Spectrum Fantastic Art Live three-day ticket holders and exhibitors, which runs from May 9-11.

Watch the Spectrum Fantastic Art website on March 1st for photographs and video posted throughput the Spectrum 21 judging event day. Expanded videos, more photographs and news about the day will be shared throughout the following week.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3 Exhibitor Registration Early Discount Pricing Ends Saturday

SFAL3-headerWe wanted to remind everyone that this Friday, January 31, the cost for exhibiting space at Spectrum Live will rise. 10′x10′ premium booths are current $350 and 6′ Artist Alley tables are $100; prices increase to $450 and $200 respectively at midnight 1/31/14.

This is the opportunity to reach both well-known collectors and new patrons with your work at a friendly and focused event where the artists are the stars. Spectrum Live continues to grow in popularity and we anticipate yet another substantial increase in attendance: We are promoting the show regionally and nationally and will be advertising on television, the radio, and in print. With an area population of 2.5 million and another 50 million within a day’s drive, we intend to make sure everyone in the region knows exhibitors are in Kansas City. The convention center, hotels, theaters, clubs, and restaurants are all within short walks of each other and we’ve negotiated special room rates at the Aladdin and Marriott. Visitors have discovered that Kansas City is both welcoming and affordable: Spectrum is a show that won’t break the bank to exhibit at or attend. If you’re interested, please click on the link to book your space:

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Besides sales, SFAL is also a prime venue for networking: artistic opportunities stem from interaction and Spectrum Live has many activities that allow attendees to learn and spend time with fellow creatives. Panels and workshops share tips and insights, life drawing sessions will be hosted by The Art Department, multiple artists will be giving live paintings drawing, and sculpting demonstrations, while art directors from the publishing and entertainment industries will be on hand to talk shop and review portfolios. Plus there’s the presentation of the Spectrum 21 Awards at the beautiful Midland Theater, a national landmark that provides a red carpet showcase for fantastic artists of all sensibilities. Not only does the awards ceremony offer the opportunity to socialize with fellow creators, but it allows everyone to join in a celebration of the community as a whole.

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Unlike any other convention or show, big or small, Spectrum Fantastic Art Live is your event: Like the Spectrum annual, the artists are what make it tick. If you believe there should be a place that all artists are welcomed without prejudice, in which the art and the artists are the purpose, where artists aren’t bumped by corporations or excluded because of style or methodology…please join us, either as an exhibitor or attendee. As Donato Giancola said, “This weekend will go down in history as one of the greatest gatherings of talent in our field…we’ll all be proclaiming in years to come ‘I was there!’”

–John Flesk/Cathy Fenner/Arnie Fenner

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