About Flesk

John Fleskes is the president and publisher of Flesk Publications. As a long-time admirer of a wide spectrum of artists’ works, he felt their creators had slipped into obscurity, or lacked the means to gain exposure. In answer to this dilemma, he founded Flesk Publications in 2002.

He has published over fifty books to date. John has contributed to numerous books as writer, editor and designer and serves as the director of the annual showcase “Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art.”

This year marks Flesk Publications’ twelfth anniversary of promoting the arts through quality collections. “The company was founded as a direct result of my desire to publish the art books I wanted to buy myself,” states publisher John Fleskes. Flesk Publications pride’s itself on being different. A creative approach is pursued by exploring the aesthetics of each artist in order to design a package that serves as an extension of him or herself. The result is a unique and individual collection produced with passion. Flesk produces a full line of art books featuring the best of comics and graphic novels, fantasy, illustration, pinup and fine arts. “Animation and fine art are two areas I take great interest in expanding into,” shares Fleskes. “Our new Bruce Timm, Craig Elliott and Warren Chang collections are a testament to this goal.”

“A few things that separate us from other publishers are our absolute commitment to the quality of our books and the relationships formed with the artists we showcase,” continues Fleskes. “It’s not just about the books, but the positive future of the artists and making sure they are represented well and that their trust, in allowing us to collect their work, is not abused.” Fleskes shares a passion for the arts and feels a responsibility in making sure he represents his artists with the best books possible while also raising the art form. “We hope to educate the public to expect a higher standard from publishers,” continues Fleskes. “We take our work very seriously yet enjoy the process. Whether it’s a 16-page chapbook or a 300-page oversized art book, we give each collection our full attention to meet our standards first. I have a self-drive that makes this approach a natural part of what Flesk Publications is all about. It isn’t a policy, it’s who we are.”

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9 thoughts on “About Flesk

  1. Dear sir/madam,
    in one of the next months there will be in Breda, Netherlands, a huge comic convention. I understood you will be attending. Will the signed books and prints by Schulz and the other artists available at the convention? Or must i pre order the books i would like to buy?
    all the best

  2. Hi Piet,

    We will be there with a Flesk stand. Mark Schultz, Terry Dodson, Thomas Yeates and Jim Silke will be joining us. We will be bringing stock of all of our available titles. You can always let me know if there is something special you want so we can make sure to pack it for you. Let me know soon, though!

  3. You probably know this, but your Brom Kickstarter campaign has served as an inspiration and a model for many artists. Its success was a significant factor in giving us the courage to launch our own book campaign (which met its goal in 55 hours and is still going strong). Thank you so much for your support of artists and for your commitment to quality. Best wishes, Wendy Ice (Publisher) and David Delamare (Artist)

  4. Wendy and David, I didn’t know, but I’m so glad that our Kickstarter has inspired you two and others to go for it. Congratulations on meeting your goal and I hope you continue to do well with your campaign. –John

  5. Hi Degakon,

    I plan on reprinting the Franklin Booth book just as soon as I find the time to add a new 32 page section to it. Hopefully late in 2015.


  6. Hey there, John! My day has been made. I have been chatting with Dick Swan today and we were chatting about Frank Cirocco. I was showing my wife some of Ftank’s work that I found on Google. It just blew my mind when one photo led to…YOU! I always had a great time chatting with you, Dick, and Chief when I’d bring my then-little girls from Hollister, then Gilroy, to come spend the day with you guys. (I’m the guy that, back then, usually came with my little ones – whose pics of them, and their funny animal collection, hung on the wall behind the register, and I passed along that large Flaming Carrot pen & ink that Bob Burden did for me.) I have asked Dick about you over the years but…WOW! I’m extremely excited to see how far you have come, and what amazing work you are doing. Bravo, Long John!
    We have recently moved back to Gilroy, and still see Dick and Cindy regularly. I’d really enjoy it if we could catch up with you one of these days when we have a gettogether at Casa de Swan!
    Major congratulations on such a wonderful endeavor, John! Once we get settled in from the move you can definitely be assured that you will be a huge help in filling my already-overloaded bookshelves. :)
    Have a great one, my Friend!
    Jeff Rader

  7. Hi Jeff,

    Let me know when you are at Swan’s next. I’ll do my best to stop by and say hello.



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