“James Bama: Personal Works” is Here! Orders From Flesk Receive a Print!

The new book, James Bama: Personal Works has arrived. We are starting to ship our pre-orders today. Jim Bama and I are delighted with how the book has turned out. We are eager for this new collection of his rarely seen private works to get into your hands.

All orders direct from Flesk come with an 8.5 x 11 inch print of “Winter on Trout Creek.” This print featuring Bama’s painting of a buffalo walking in a snowstorm comes on 80 lb. cover premium stock matt paper and is suitable from framing. A special thanks goes to Jim Bama for making this suggestion and letting us include the print.

Sample pages and more details can be found at the link below.

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
text copyright © 2012 Flesk Publications. All rights reserved.

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“James Bama: Personal Works” details, preview and to order from Flesk.

Jim Silke Sketchbook Now Available From Flesk!

The Jim Silke Sketchbook is now available for immediate shipment from the Flesk website. The pre-orders are going out today. The book will arrive in the stores on or around November 1. As a bonus for orders placed through Flesk, you will receive a Flesk exclusive bookplate signed by Jim Silke.

We’re very pleased with how the book looks. It’s filled with previously unpublished sketches from Jim’s studio and we are eager for you to see the drawings.

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
text copyright © 2012 Flesk Publications. All rights reserved.

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Jim Silke Sketchbook

“Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm Big Pocket Edition” is Now Available!

Our reformatted version of Bruce Timm’s book, Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm Big Pocket Edition is now available for immediate shipping from the Flesk website. Copies should start hitting the stores on or around November 1. The books will arrive with our distributor to the book trade, SCB Distributors, and with Diamond Comics Distributors any day now.

I love the way the Big Pocket Edition has turned out. My goal with the new trim size and modest price is to make the book more accessible to the Everyman.

Whose big pocket will it fit in too? We haven’t found anyone yet. I’d like to see a picture of the book in a big pocket if you find one.

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
text copyright © 2012 Flesk Publications. All rights reserved.

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Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm Big Pocket Edition

Signed books by Mark Schultz, William Stout, Warren Chang and Craig Elliott Available at fleskpublications.com!

When Mark Schultz, William Stout, Warren Chang and Craig Elliott came into town for the APE show, each of them was kind enough to sign copies of their respective books. There are just a few on hand for some titles, while others have a few dozen. Here’s a list of signed titles, while supplies last. All are available at the cover price with no extra charge.

Xenozoic signed by Mark Schultz and introduction writer Craig Elliott.

Warren Chang: Narrative Paintings signed by Warren Chang

The Art of Craig Elliott signed by Craig Elliott

Hallucinations signed by William Stout

Inspirations signed by William Stout

Dinosaur Discoveries signed by William Stout

New Dinosaur Discoveries signed by William Stout

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
text copyright © 2012 John Fleskes. Artwork © 2012 the respective artist. All rights reserved.

Craig Elliott Painting Demonstration and Interview Filming

Craig Elliott uses a color pencil to build the shape of his subject.

Craig Elliott decided to stick around the Bay Area after the APE show. I managed to wrangle him in for an extensive interview and pencil and watercolor demonstration, all of which we captured on film for an upcoming mini-documentary focusing on how we met, some talk about the design decisions that went into the book, lengthy discussion about his art and who Craig is as a person, and some downright touchy-feely talk about why we enjoy working together so much.

Jonathan Leveck was at the helm with the studio set up. He spent four hours getting the backdrop and lighting just right. The footage is in Jonathan’s hands and I’m looking forward to seeing what he does with it. I’ve asked Jonathan to put together a time-lapse video clip showing Craig’s work from start to finish, too. I expect in the next couple of weeks we’ll have a couple of fun films to watch on the Flesk site.

Craig Elliott applying the finishing touches just before he begins to use watercolors. You can see the whole process and the final piece in the video being shared on the Flesk website in a few weeks.

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
text copyright © 2012 John Fleskes. Artwork © Craig Elliott 2012 All rights reserved.

Flesk at APE 2012, Pictures and Words

Left to right: John Flesk, Craig Elliott, William Stout, Mark Schultz and Warren Chang at the Flesk booth at APE 2012.

We had a terrific time at the Alternative Press Expo (APE) in San Francisco last weekend. We doubled our space to three tables this year. The show organizers were kind enough to accommodate my request to expand and keep me in the same spot, which is a great area right near the front as people walk in.

Mark Schultz, William Stout and Craig Elliott joined us, and Warren Chang made a surprise visit on Saturday. Between all of the artists, Flesk crew and books we were packed tightly into our space.

Left to right: William Stout and Craig Elliott talking with fans at the Flesk booth. Sometimes the conversations can get deep as individual approaches and methods come into play.

William Stout remained busy during his appearance on Saturday.

William Stout flew in for the day on Saturday. Besides talking with fans and signing autographs, we managed to squeeze in some time to map out a schedule for his next book that we hope to have available in the summer or fall of 2013. This collection will encompass his above-ground comics work. (We will be skipping his underground comics work in this book.) More news on this project will be shared later this year.

A side view of our Flesk booth. In the foreground you can see Warren Chang talking with Mark Schultz. Craig Elliott and William Stout are in the background. James, our long-time Flesk crew member, is standing in the back.

Warren Chang and Mark Schultz discussing the art of painting. The open book shows one of Schultz's Conan works. We were glad Warren could visit. This was Warren's first time meeting the other artists and additional Flesk crew.

Story time with William Stout.

Craig Elliott and William Stout.

Craig Elliott, William Stout and Mark Schultz. Good guys, one and all.

James Walker II has helped run the Flesk booth since we started in 2002.

Our neighbor Stuart Ng of Stuart Ng Books with Mark Schultz.

I had a few people ask me if I was disappointed about the APE show and New York Comic-Con running on the same weekend, which would prevent me from doing both shows. Without hesitation I would much prefer to exhibit at APE. We continue to do very well at APE and the people visiting our booth are hip and sophisticated. Another reason is how friendly the staff at APE is and the amount of care they put into the show to make it all about the artists and creators. The APE show is a perfect venue for new or aspiring artists to have an opportunity to place himself/herself into a show setting and learn the ropes of self-promotion. The amount of creativity and good energy in the air is something I am pleased to be a part of.

Our top selling book at the show was Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm, followed by The Art of Craig Elliott. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and supported us!

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
text copyright © 2012 Flesk Publications. All rights reserved.

Flesk at APE 2012 Coming Soon!

Hi Everyone,

We’re back from the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco. I’ll have a full write-up with plenty of photos posted here very soon. For now you can wage your bets on who won the heavy-hitters title fight between Craig Elliott (left) and William Stout (right). Did the Flesk booth withstand their fury?

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
text copyright © 2012 Flesk Publications. All rights reserved.

 

Brom Kickstarter Ends Friday & Flesk Exhibiting at APE!

I wrote a Flesk newsletter that was sent out yesterday. It covers a pair of Flesk updates. The first is about our The Art of Brom Kickstarter campaign ending this Friday at noon PST. The second is about our exhibiting at APE with Craig Elliott, Mark Schultz and William Stout.

The Art of Brom on Kickstarter

I would like express my most sincere thanks to all of those who have supported us with our The Art of Brom Kickstarter campaign. Brom and I are thrilled with how well it has been received. The passion on display by those who have made a pledge is infectious. For instance, Brom is currently working on new paintings for the book, while I am reviewing various paper stocks and materials to make sure this book will be extra special.

As a reminder, the campaign ends this Friday at noon PST. If you are interested in pledging your support, you have just a couple of days left. Everyone who orders a Brom book through Kickstarter will receive the exclusive Brom bonus portfolio which includes five signed prints, along with being included in the acknowledgments, and will be among the first to receive the book. And thanks to the success of the campaign, we’ve upgraded the binding on the Publisher and Deluxe editions. Both of these versions will only be available direct from Flesk and Brom. There will be a trade edition available in August 2013.

Here is the link to see the details: The Art of Brom on Kickstarter

Flesk Exhibiting at the Alternate Press Expo (APE) in San Francisco, October 13th and 14th.

APE is a terrific show that does an excellent job of focusing on artists and creators. Since this show always does well for us, and with how well the organizers treat us, I have expanded our Flesk area to three tables this year. We have an excellent location near the front entrance again (Table #212, 213 and 214).

Mark Schultz (Xenozoic and Various Drawings series), William Stout (Hallucinations, Inspirations and Dinosaur Discoveries) and Craig Elliott (The Art of Craig Elliott) will be joining us. Each creator will be happy to sign your goodies and chat with you. They will have originals, prints and other unique items with them as well. We will have all of our Flesk books that are in print for you to look at. I will be bringing along more of our 10th Anniversary postcard sets to give away to all of our customers and will have other free promotional material on hand. I will also have a few boxes of dinged books at ridiculously low prices. We look forward to seeing you!

You can learn all you need to know about APE here: The Alternative Press Expo (APE)

Thanks again to you all.

Best,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
text copyright © 2012 Flesk Publications. All rights reserved.

Link:
“The Art of Brom” on Kickstarter