John Fleskes Weekly Update 3! Spectrum 23 Signing and Flesk Charity Auctions!

My third weekly office update where I answer questions from our Flesk office manager Kathy Chu.

This week I share the news about the Spectrum 23 book signing event at Gallery Nucleus this Saturday and cover the Flesk charity auction on Ebay to benefit the Santa Cruz Hope Stoke Out.

Gallery Nucleus website event page:
http://www.gallerynucleus.com/event/583

Enjoy,

Text copyright © 2016 John Fleskes. Photos © 2016 John Fleskes. Artwork © 2016 its respective artists. All Rights reserved.

Flesk Fundraiser for Stoke Out Santa Cruz is Live!

Hi, everyone,

Flesk Fundraiser for Stoke Out Santa Cruz is now live!

I have launched a series of thirteen auctions that are running on Ebay that will benefit an amazing local youth center here in Santa Cruz, California. This is going to provide shoes, sweatshirts, food, and hope to local kids in need. The amazing people at #Santacruzhope are making this happen and I’m proud to play a small part in the fundraising efforts.

The Ebay link to see all of the auctions is:

http://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?item=132014690230&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&_ssn=fleskpublications&_sop=10

These Flesk books include original drawings by a number of the artists who we work with.

1. A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms hardcover book with an original drawing inside by Gary Gianni and signed by George R.R. Martin!

gianni-auction-a gianni-auction-c2. Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love with an original painting in the book. Plus, two additional paintings by Jeff.

love-auction3. Jungle Girls by Jim Silke with an original drawing included.

silke-auction4. Imagery From the Bird’s Home by Bill Carman with and original drawing on the title page by Bill.

carman-auction5. A copy of Spectrum 23 with an original drawing done in silver ink by Sho Murase, plus a series of 6 prints.

sho-auction-26. Xenozoic hardcover deluxe signed limited edition with an original drawing on the title page by Mark Schultz.

schultz-auction7. The Art of Brom deluxe edition with an original drawing on the title page.

brom-auction8. Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method Studio Edition with a full page original drawing of his Jungle Queen comic character.

cho-auction9. A copy of the deluxe edition of Tribes of Kai with this incredible painting on the front endpapers of the book by Daren Bader! This is a sweet looking original! Also included is a signed copy of Pridelands and two signed prints.

bader-auction10. A copy of his Terry Dodson’s Bombshell’s Sketchbook Collection Two hardcover with this sketch on the front endpaper of the book!

dodson-auction11. A copy of Spectrum 23 with an original drawing by Terryl Whitlatch.

terryl-s23-auction112. A copy of Spectrum Fantastic Art Live with a drawing by Terryl Whitlatch.

terryl-sfal2-auction313. A copy of The Art of Craig Elliott with an original drawing by Craig Elliott.

celliott-flesk-drawing-sc2sm-34Joyce Chin, William Stout and are also doing drawings in books.

I’ll share the remaining pictures of the books as they arrive!

This fundraiser is very personal to me. Life was challenging growing up and I can relate to these kids. It’s my goal to raise as much funds as possible to get these kids Stoked!

Check out the flier to see how you can donate directly–even $1 helps! Or buy one of these sweet Santa Cruz sweatshirts. For every sweatshirt that you buy for only $20, a free one is given to a kid. Double bonus! That’s a heck of a deal!

stoke-outMore details here: http://www.santacruzhope.com/stoke-out/

Thanks everyone!

Text copyright © 2016 John Fleskes. Photos © 2016 John Fleskes. Artwork © 2016 its respective artists. All Rights reserved.

John Fleskes Weekly Video Update 2

Hi, everyone,

Week 2 of the Flesk office manager Kathy Chu sitting me down and asking me some questions and to share what we are up to in the office this week.

Enjoy,

Text copyright © 2016 John Fleskes. Photos © 2016 John Fleskes. Video © 2016 Flesk Publications. Artwork © 2016 its respective artists. All Rights reserved.

Spectrum 23 Book Signing at Gallery Nucleus on December 3rd! Twenty-Four Artists!

s23-nucleus-signingHi, everyone,

We will be having a Spectrum 23 book signing at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA on December 3rd! So far we have 24 confirmed artists who will be appearing to sign your book!

We hope you can come join us to celebrate Spectrum’s 23rd year of releasing the premier showcase for imaginative fantastic arts in the book, comic, film, horror, illustration, sculpture, conceptual art, fine art and videogame genres. Meet the exceptional and talented artists whose works are featured in the book. Event runs from 7:00 – 10:00 pm.

Gallery Nucleus website event page:
http://www.gallerynucleus.com/event/583

Spectrum 23 Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1803853469890593/

Confirmed artists to date include: Chris Ayers, Julia Blattman, Tuna Bora, J.A.W. Cooper, Alina Chau, Waiji Choo, Craig Elliott, Geirrod Van Dyke, Chuck Grieb, Brian Haberlin, Fred Jordan, Erik Ly, Victor Maury, Iain McCaig, Bruce Mitchell, Brynn Metheny, Richard and Wendy Pini, Esben Rasmussen, Tooba Rezaei, Joseph Sanabria, William Stout, Shane Stover and Vin Teng.

See you there!

Enjoy,

 

Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini Book Update!

line-of-beauty-art-of-wendy-pini-cover-webHi, everyone,

I’d like to share the latest news regarding Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini.

Two major stages have been completed since our last update, which takes us into a third big stage that will start very shortly. Let me share what each stage consisted of.

In late October Richard posted the following in a Facebook post that perfectly sums up the first stage.

“Today I have turned in to Flesk Publications the first ‘final’ text and book map files for Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini. This means the book is essentially written and roughly designed–and now begins the process of fine tuning nearly 43,000 words and 500 art images. (Which means, by many definitions, this qualifies as a novel-length work. Egad!) Now, the publisher, the designer (who provided the wonderful look of both Art of Elfquest and Art of the Story), and I shuttle this baby back and forth until we are all as satisfied as we can be. (I’m lucky; I have a head start in that department.) There has never been a ‘The Art of…’ book like this, not even its two predecessors.”

That’s right! 43,000 words and 500 art images! Richard selected the art, wrote the text and roughly placed them throughout the 304 page book. It was a staggering amount of work. Much respect goes out to Richard for pulling this off. Truly, I’m in awe at what he accomplished.

This brings us to the next stage which is a month long process where the designer, Arpad, fine tunes the art and text into a finished book. While this is a short summary of what he is doing, the work involved is intense. He’s taking the engineers blue prints, gathering the materials provided and constructing the actual building.

In the next week or so we will begin the next stage. Once Arpad turns the designed book in to us, Richard and I will begin our inspections. There may need to be a tweak here, a slight adjustment here, a shift over there, and lots and lots of reviews to look for typos or for any sort of little thing that needs to be addressed.

After this, I will review every piece of art and make sure it is color corrected and prepped properly for the printer, while packaging the book to turn in. These last two bits are done by me alone. I have done these last two stages for every book that I have every published. It’s my final stamp of approval and I take no shortcuts.

This brings you up to speed. I’ll fill you in more next month!

Enjoy,

Text copyright © 2016 John Fleskes. Photos © 2016 John Fleskes. Artwork © 2016 its respective artists. All Rights reserved.

Mark Schultz’s Storms at Sea Deluxe Edition Shipping Update!

Hi, everyone,

I have a shipping update for you. We were originally told that the Storms at Sea deluxe edition books would arrive with us here in the Flesk warehouse on Monday, November 21st. I’ve been informed that the books have arrived at the port in Southern California; however they have been selected for a random customs inspection. Between this two day delay and the Thanksgiving holiday coming up the books will not be delivered to us until the following week. Rest assured that we are ready to pack and ship all of the books the moment they arrive with us. I’ll send you another update once we have them here. Thank you again for your patience.

ms-boardsms-boards2If you are not on Facebook I’d like to share what was posted on Mark’s official Facebook page recently. “Mark just received his advance copy of the Storms at Sea Deluxe Sea Foam edition, and it’s everything he’d hoped. It feels “classic”–textures galore, beautiful detailing, and big! Here’s a detail of the endpapers, and the slipcase against the ratty old drawing board that was scanned for the slipcase design. Meta, baby.”

As you can see in these pictures the texture and tonal patterns on the slipcase were scanned direct from Mark’s drawing board.

I hope everyone has an amazing Thanksgiving!

Enjoy,

John

Text copyright © 2016 John Fleskes. Photos © 2016 John Fleskes. Artwork © 2016 its respective artists. All Rights reserved.

Originals in Flesk Books for Stoke Out Fundraiser Auction!

Hi, everyone,

Flesk Fundraiser for Stoke Out Santa Cruz Update!

Just after Thanksgiving I will be going live with a series of auctions (run on Ebay) that will benefit an amazing local youth center here in Santa Cruz, California. This is going to provide shoes, sweatshirts, food, and hope to local kids in need. The amazing people at #Santacruzhope are making this happen and I’m proud to play a small part in the fundraising efforts.

I’ll be making available 13 books with originals drawings included by some of the top names in the field.

To date I have the following items to auction.

1. A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms hardcover book with an original drawing inside by Gary Gianni and signed by George R.R. Martin!

gianni-auction-a  gianni-auction-c2. Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love with an original painting in the book. Plus, two additional paintings by Jeff.

love-auction3. Jungle Girls by Jim Silke with an original drawing included.

silke-auction4. Imagery From the Bird’s Home by Bill Carman with and original drawing on the title page by Bill.

carman-auction5. A copy of Spectrum 23 with an original drawing done in silver ink by Sho Murase, plus a series of 6 prints.

sho-auction-26. Xenozoic hardcover deluxe signed limited edition with an original drawing on the title page by Mark Schultz.

schultz-auction7. The Art of Brom deluxe edition with an original drawing on the title page.

brom-auction8. Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method Studio Edition with a full page original drawing of his Jungle Queen comic character.

cho-auction9. A copy of the deluxe edition of Tribes of Kai with this incredible painting on the front endpapers of the book by Daren Bader! This is a sweet looking original! Also included is a signed copy of Pridelands and two signed prints.

bader-auction10. A copy of his Terry Dodson’s Bombshell’s Sketchbook Collection Two hardcover with this sketch on the front endpaper of the book!

dodson-auctionJoyce Chin, Craig Elliott, William Stout, Terryl Whitlatch and are also doing drawings in books.

I’ll share the remaining pictures of the books as they arrive!

This fundraiser is very personal to me. Life was challenging growing up and I can relate to these kids. It’s my goal to raise as much funds as possible to get these kids Stoked!

Check out the flier to see how you can donate directly–even $1 helps! Or buy one of these sweet Santa Cruz sweatshirts. For every sweatshirt that you buy for only $20, a free one is given to a kid. Double bonus! That’s a heck of a deal!

stoke-outMore details here: http://www.santacruzhope.com/stoke-out/

Thanks everyone!

Text copyright © 2016 John Fleskes. Photos © 2016 John Fleskes. Artwork © 2016 its respective artists. All Rights reserved.

Flesk Student Book Sale at the Academy of Art University!

aau-flesk-book-sale-nov-2016Hi, everyone,

A reminder to our friends at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. We’ll be at the School of Illustration on Thursday, December 17th from 3:00 to 6:00 PM with a fresh batch of books at special student prices.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all again!

Text copyright © 2016 John Fleskes. Photos © 2016 John Fleskes. Artwork © 2016 its respective artists. All Rights reserved.

Gary Gianni and Flesk Teaming up for Three New Books

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Picture, from left to right: Mark Schultz, Gary Gianni and John Fleskes.

Hi, everyone,

I got caught up with Gary Gianni over the phone today. We went over his three books that will be coming out from Flesk between 2017 and 2018. (The titles, subject matter and street dates will all be revealed in due time.)

We’ve been working on one of Gary’s projects on and off for the last three years. Another we have been talking about for a couple of years and the third book idea presented itself when we saw each other at Comic-Con in San Diego last July.
It’s not uncommon for books to take years to go from an initial discussion, to brainstorming ideas about how the book can work, to hitting the “go” button to produce and make the book to getting it out and into your hands.

I don’t know how other publishers work. I started the business with absolutely zero experience in this field. But here at Flesk, it takes time to make books. We get it nearly done, and then announce a release date.

I’m always looking for new ways to make books. The concept, layout and design are all things that I have to reimagine once in a while. I dislike the idea of a house style, templates or formulas. I need a fresh spark of newly tapped creativity to get me motivated.
The ideas we have for Gary’s books are something I’m very excited about. There’s got to be about 800 pages of book pages to sort out!

I think we did something exceptional with Wendy Pini‘s Art of Elfquest and Elfquest: The Art of the Story books. The execution behind these is unique and something I’m very proud to have been a part of. The new Flesk books will pick right up from Wendy’s books as we see just how far we can push the art of bookmaking.

I’m not done yet. As long as we’ve got your support, we’ll keep being different.

Text copyright © 2016 John Fleskes. Photos © 2016 John Fleskes. Artwork © 2016 its respective artists. All Rights reserved.

John Fleskes Weekly Video Update 1

My office manager Kathy Chu sat me down and asked me some questions related to how I run this business and to share what we are up to in the office this week.

Enjoy,

Text copyright © 2016 John Fleskes. Photos © 2016 John Fleskes. Video © 2016 Flesk Publications. Artwork © 2016 its respective artists. All Rights reserved.

 

Terry Dodson, Petar Meseldzija, Mark Schultz and Thomas Yeates Artist Jam

In October of 2013 I traveled to Breda, The Netherlands to exhibit at the Strip Festival event. We had a thirty foot long Flesk booth where Terry Dodson, Petar Meseldzija, Mark Schultz, Jim Silke and Thomas Yeates signed during the 26th and 27th weekend dates.

Prior to my arrival in the country I came up with an idea for four of the artists to work on a comic strip collaboration together. It started with a large illustration board that contained four empty panels. Each artist was responsible for drawing the contents to one of them. The idea was that no one knew where the story would start, or how it would end. The story and script was not pre-planned in advance. Instead, a narrative would form organically through the process. Petar Meseldzija went first, followed by Mark Schultz, then Thomas Yeates, with the finish by Terry Dodson. I think Terry had the toughest job by coming up with an ending, however Rachel Dodson stepped in to offer the perfect idea to give the strip a proper bookend.

This joint-work was completed during our group travels that ran from October 24-27. It was worked on in a restaurant by Petar, a hotel lobby by Thomas and at the Strip Festival show itself by Schultz and Dodson. All along I filmed the process. Now, after three years of sitting in our Flesk film vaults, Kathy Chu and I dug the material out and made this video.

The photo at left shows the finished piece, while the photo at right shows Mark Schultz holding up the original.

The photo at left shows the finished piece, while the photo at right shows Mark Schultz holding up the original.

We hope you will enjoy it.

Text copyright © 2016 John Fleskes. Photos © 2016 John Fleskes. Artwork © 2016 its respective artists. All Rights reserved.

 

 

Interview with Spectrum Director John Fleskes!

Spectrum-23-cover-webHi, everyone,

Last May I was sent a series of questions by Julie Sagar at ImagineFX for use in an upcoming August 2016 article about Spectrum and Spectrum Fantastic Art Live. As is usual, due to space considerations, they were able to extract a few key sentences for use in the article. Here is the full uncut interview that covers my passion for all things relating to Spectrum.

Thanks to Julie and to ImagineFX for the coverage!

ImagineFX: On the Spectrum site, it says “Spectrum will continue to evolve and improve with each volume.” How, or in what way has Spectrum 23 evolved from Spectrum 22? What can readers look forward to (aside from the stunning showcase of the year’s best work to which we’ve become accustomed) with this annual?

John Fleskes: One notable change that I made when I took over with Spectrum 21 is the inclusion of the artist profiles for the award recipients. This was important to me for two reasons: The first is to highlight the artists behind these amazing works; the second is to highlight the art community which is the beating heart of Spectrum.

Additional improvements for Spectrum 23 include new chapter opener sections and a revamped design. As the artists grow to reflect today’s atmosphere, Spectrum grows right along with them.

ImagineFX: And how has it changed since the first annual?

Fleskes: Its significance and impact on a positive and nurturing community has grown exponentially since the initial Spectrum annual was released. This mission statement was clear from the very start. It has been magnified many times over the last 23 years, and through my leadership “community” will continue to remain Spectrum’s key priority.

ImagineFX: How many different artists are featured in Spectrum 23? And which artist (or piece of work) most caught your eye this year? (Please feel free to name me that one!)

Fleskes: There are nearly 300 artists featured in Spectrum 23. It’s always extremely difficult to single out favorites, for #23 or for any year, simply because there are so many exemplary works by so many different people for a wide variety of reasons. If pushed I could say that the art that most caught my eye might be “The Year of the Ram” by Android Jones, which might be obvious since I selected it to use for the cover of Spectrum 23. I chose this art for its sheer beauty. Put simply, it is gorgeous and I kept returning to look at it again and again. In some ways I feel that Android Jones defines the future while setting the stage for others to follow. But, of course, he’s not alone.

ImagineFX: Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 5 has been moved to April 2017. In what ways will this next iteration of the event be bigger and better than ever before? What can attendees start to get excited about? What can you do now with the new venue that you couldn’t before?

Fleskes: For starters, we are exploring running the workshops and panels on Friday only. The exhibitor floor hours will be concentrated on Saturday and Sunday. This allows the exhibitors and the attendees the opportunity to take part in the educational benefits of the panels and workshops without the requirement of running a booth or missing the floor activity. We want our artist exhibitors to have the same opportunity as the attendees to excel, network and learn from one another.

Our new space allows for a better booth and artist alley table integration in a central and unique atmosphere. SFAL is a place where the artists are respected and treated like the stars in an elegant atmosphere. Each year we make subtle improvements that cater to our exacting standards.

ImagineFX: Why do you think Spectrum–both the book and event–have proven so successful? We’ve read about the excitement exhibiting artists have for other exhibitors at SFAL–it’s been called a “love-fest”; the atmosphere most be incredible–and the book has a really hit a chord.  How can you explain it? Why does Spectrum resonate so strongly with the fantasy industry?

Fleskes: It gets back to our love for the art community. For me, and also for Spectrum co-founders Cathy and Arnie Fenner, Spectrum is our family. It’s a place where we can call home and were we can leave the door open where everyone is welcome regardless of medium, style or convention. We promote goodwill and the value in being here to help support one another and to provide a safe environment where we can grow and enjoy or passions together. You tie in beautiful art and a supporting healthy community–it’s a beautiful thing. In brief, we create and promote the atmosphere that we most cherish for ourselves.

ImagineFX: What’s next? Do you have any plans to further evolve Spectrum (either the book, event, or by adding something new to the mix)? What are your plans for the next 5-10 years?

Fleskes: There are many things planned for the next 5-10 years, although it’s a bit early for me to talk about openly. But yes, I always envision where I will be taking Spectrum over the next 20 years. We have a pair of exciting announcements that we will make in another year that will broaden the Spectrum brand, community and outreach. I always work 1-3 years in advance, with my mind considering where Spectrum will be in 10 to 20 years from now and what I need to do today to make sure we hit our future goals.

One of the things that I am most excited about is seeing the new artists in their early to late-twenties who are breaking so many boundaries and who will revolutionize what we see and how we will see art in the years to come. We are seeing people from all over the world and from all walks of life submitting to Spectrum. With our level playing field and by being a place where everyone is welcome, we have the amazing opportunity to show and reflect these changes like no other annual. And, in this way we can show the most diversity seen in the industry. That’s something I especially love. It’s going to be very exciting seeing how each volume of Spectrum captures each year so we can look back to see how quickly things are changing.

The reason why I don’t worry about competition is because no one can match my passion, perseverance or my work ethic for what I do.

Enjoy,

Text copyright © 2016 John Fleskes. Photos © 2016 John Fleskes. Artwork © 2016 its respective artists. All Rights reserved.

Brom and Jeffrey Alan Love at Alamo City Comic Con This Weekend!

Notes-from-the-shadowed-city-webart-of-brom-fantasy-cover-webHi, everyone,

The Alamo City Comic Con in San Antonio, Texas is this weekend! Brom and Jeffrey Alan Love are both guests of the show and will have copies of The Art of Brom and Jeff’s Notes From the Shadowed City with them. Both of these titles are published by Flesk. These are terrific guys who will be happy to sign your books at the show.

John Picacio, who will be a judge for Spectrum 24, is also a special guest who you can meet there.

jeff-alamo-picJeff will be exhibiting about 40 or so small paintings that will be for sale and he will also be taking some in-progress projects to show, like these comic pages, and some other larger paintings.

Learn more about the show here:

Spectrum 23 book signing at Gallery Nucleus on December 3rd!

Spectrum-23-cover-webHi, everyone,

I have some exciting news to share! We will be having a Spectrum 23 book signing at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA on December 3rd!

So far we have 20 confirmed artists who will be appearing to sign your book!

We hope you can come join us to celebrate Spectrum’s 23rd year of releasing the premier showcase for imaginative fantastic arts in the book, comic, film, horror, illustration, sculpture, conceptual art, fine art and videogame genres. Meet the exceptional and talented artists whose works are featured in the book. Event runs from 7:00 – 10:00 pm.

Gallery Nucleus website event page:
http://www.gallerynucleus.com/event/583

Spectrum 23 Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1803853469890593/

Featured Artists to date:
Chris Ayers
Julia Blattman
Tuna Bora
J.A.W. Cooper
Alina Chau
Waiji Choo
Craig Elliott
Chuck Grieb
Brian Haberlin
Erik Ly
Victor Maury
Bruce Mitchell
Brynn Metheny
Richard and Wendy Pini
Tooba Rezaei
Joseph Sanabria
William Stout
Shane Stover
Vin Teng

Enjoy,

The Call for Entries for Spectrum 24 is now open!

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Spectrum 24 Call for Entries Poster art by Justin Gerard.

Hi, everyone,

I am happy to share that the Spectrum 24 Call for Entries is now open! Here is the official press release.

The Call for Entries for Spectrum 24 is now open!

This is an invitation to all professional and student artists, art directors, publishers and artists’ representatives to submit entries to the 24th Annual Spectrum International Competition for Fantastic Art. All artworks in all media embracing the themes of science fiction, fantasy, horror and the surreal are eligible for this show. Fantastic art can be subtle or obvious, traditional or off-the-wall, painted, sculpted, done digitally or photographed: There is no unacceptable way to create art, and there are no set rules that say one piece qualifies while another does not. Imagination and skill are what matters. Work chosen by the jury will be printed in full color in the Spectrum annual, the peer-selected “best of the year” collection for the fantastic arts. Click here to submit.

The Spectrum 24 Call for Entries poster art is by the revered fantasy illustrator and educator, Justin Gerard. This poster mails for free in the U.S.A to our Spectrum mailing list. If you would like to receive a poster you can fill out the online form here.

The Spectrum 24 jury is comprised of a five member panel of some of the most exceptional artists working in the industry today consisting of Christian Alzmann, Laurie Lee Brom, Mark Newman, John Picacio and Victo Ngai.

“I’m absolutely thrilled with the jury we have brought together for Spectrum 24,” shares Spectrum director, John Fleskes. “I invited this quintet based on their outstanding work in the field. Furthermore, each has a shared passion for digital and traditional methods and they are well-versed on a wide range of contemporary fantastic art. Also of importance is that they all give back to the community through sharing online, teaching or in other ways. These five are extraordinary people in the industry who will do a superb job making the selections for inclusion into Spectrum 24.”

The Spectrum 24 jury has a deep passion for the annual, which is reflected by their praise of its community and contents.

“In 1995, while deciding whether or not to go to art school, I purchased my first Spectrum,” expresses Christian Alzmann. “It was Spectrum 2 and Frank Frazetta was Grand Master.  I have bought every edition since because I am always equally inspired and humbled by what’s on its pages.”

“Spectrum and the Spectrum community have had such a huge influence on me and on the creative direction of my art,” confesses Laurie Lee Brom. “I cannot wait to feast my eyes on the entries for Spectrum 24, and am ecstatic to be on the jury!”

“I’m truly honored to be chosen as one of the jurors on this year’s Spectrum publication,” says Mark Newman. “The first time I submitted work was way back in book 3 and ever since I’ve been a big fan and thrilled to be included in quite a few issues. Spectrum represents the best of contemporary fantastical art and I feel blessed to be given the chance to contribute in this way as a juror. Thank you John and a Big High Five for keeping this wonderful tradition alive.”

Spectrum represents such a rich visual history and standard of excellence for what we collectively dream in the fantastic art field,” states John Picacio. “I’ve always been grateful any time my work was selected for inclusion in the annual, and it’s a profound honor and responsibility to give back to the book this year as a juror.”

“Spectrum is one of the few illustration competitions I enter religiously every year since I graduated college,” offers Victo Ngai. “From getting in the first time, to my first medal, to creating the call for entry poster, Spectrum has been a goal, a running-mate and milestones in my career. This year, I am very humbled and grateful to have the opportunity to serve on the jury for the first time, can’t wait to see the brutal behind-the-scenes of this prestigious and highly selective competition.”

For over twenty-three years the Spectrum annual has been a showcase for the best and brightest creators of fantastic art from around the globe: it serves as an invaluable resource book for art directors, art buyers, publishers and agents world-wide. Hundreds of copies are sent out gratis with the intent of generating additional work and exposure for the artists selected for inclusion in the annual. The circulation of Spectrum far exceeds those of other annuals and resource books; we deliberately maintain a price that makes it affordable for every budget. Our purpose and singular agenda is the promotion of the art and artists. We believe that Spectrum functions as a cost-efficient promotional forum and provides a bridge between creator, client, and aficionado as well. Spectrum is all about facilitating opportunities for creators, about growing the audience for imaginative work in all its forms, without pretension and without prejudice.

The largest of this field’s competitions is also the toughest to make; the act of entering art does not guarantee inclusion in the book. Not everyone gets in. The “excellence bar” is raised every year: the job of the jury to make selections gets increasingly difficult. Not being selected is not a personal criticism of the artist, but having your work chosen by the judges is of significance. Join with us to help celebrate twenty-three years by making this volume the best yet: considering the excellence of the work in the previous twenty-three books, it will be no small task, but we’re confident you all can do it.

For more information on Spectrum please visit spectrumfantasticart.com.

Enjoy,

Spectrum 23 Artist Complimentary Copies Mailing Soon!

Spectrum-23-cover-webAttention Spectrum 23 artists! Have you moved recently?
 
We will begin shipping out the complimentary copies of the Spectrum 23 hardcover edition to the artists who are included in the book very soon. If you have moved since you provided us with your original submission please let us know right away!
 
Just email orders@fleskpublications.com with your updated address.
 
These books will begin to arrive in your mailboxes prior to it being available in the stores!
 
Thank you!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 24 Call for Entries Poster Revealed!

spectrum-24-call-for-entries-posterHi, everyone,

The Spectrum 24 Call for Entries poster design is complete! This will go to press in another week. If you are not already on our Spectrum mailing list you can sign up for a free copy to arrive in your mailbox (within the U.S.A.) here:

http://spectrumfantasticart.com/newsletter.php

Poster art by Justin Gerard.

Enjoy,

John

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Text copyright © 2016 John Fleskes. Photos © 2016 John Fleskes. Artwork © 2016 its respective artists. All Rights reserved.

 

Wendy Pini’s Line of Beauty Schedule Update, Plus Bonus Item Added For Kickstarter Supporters!

line-of-beauty-art-of-wendy-pini-cover-webHi, everyone,

I’ve posted an update for our Wendy Pini Kickstarter campaign supporters who pledged for Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini. It reads as follows!

We initially proposed that we would have Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini shipped to you all in August with a December street date for its appearance in the book and comic stores. We are missing these dates and I wanted to take the time to explain to you the reasons why.

Here’s the short and sweet answer:

It is because we are making a better book than we originally envisioned and that it will be worth the wait.

Here’s the long answer:

We are proud that we met the schedule for The Art of Elfquest and Elfquest: The Art of the Story. The best part about this pair of books is that they came out exactly how we wanted them to. We spared no efforts in their production. We did no compromising. We discovered that if we released Line of Beauty on the promised date the book would be rushed. It would not be the book we want it to be. It needs more time. The amount of artwork available to us to choose for inclusion is staggering. It has taken months to sort through the material. At this stage the art has been placed into what I like to call a book map where the art is ordered and grouped on all of the 304 interior pages.

At this point Richard is writing and editing the text for the final 100 pages. He has spent uncountable hours unearthing extended memories, stories and/or captions for each piece of art featured in the book. From Richard: “Very simply, I could not let Line of Beauty get rushed to press, with so much amazing material still being discovered. I asked Flesk Publications for more time, and to his everlasting credit, John Fleskes chose ‘done right’ over ‘done by the clock.’” Our revised schedule delivers the book into our warehouse in March 2017 with your copies getting to you in April.

Bonus Item Added for Line of Beauty Kickstarter supporters!

Since we’re late, I want to do something to make it up to you. In 2013 we made an Art of Elfquest and Line of Beauty Teaser that is signed by Wendy Pini and limited to 1000 numbered copies. This saddle-stiched paperback is 16 pages at 5.5 x 8.5 inches. I checked our stock and see that we have enough copies to include a complimentary copy with every pledge through Kickstarter for Line of Beauty. This is our way of saying thank you for waiting and for the trust that you have in us.

Line of Beauty will be a gorgeous collection and something that I will look back upon in the years ahead with pride knowing that we did it right.

Enjoy,

John

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Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love Release Date Today!

jeffrey-alan-love-notes-from-the-shadowed-city-blurb-promoHi, all!

Today is the official street release date for Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love! It’s now available at your favorite book store or online retailer.

Congratulations to Jeff on his first book! (Of many we hope!)

We have copies that come with a signed deluxe print if ordered direct from us at our Flesk online store here.

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk Discounted Books! 50-80% off of the Cover Price!

flesk-discounted-booksHi, everyone!

Over the last 14 years I have taken any book with a light scuff mark or corner bump and set it aside. Well, we have gone through all of the boxes that have accumulated over the years and posted these books on our Flesk website at heavy discounts. It’s time for these books to get some love!

We have listed a bunch of individual titles and comb packs for screaming deals–50 to 80% off of the cover price! You can see everything on our website at the new Discounted Books section. Some sets have just a few available, while others have a bunch.

For example, we have a set of seven Mark Schultz Books which includes the following for only $75! (Cover price is $254.70)

Portfolio Deluxe Hardcover
Xenozoic Paperback
Storms at Sea Hardcover
Various Drawings 3 Paperback
Various Drawings 5 Paperback
Carbon 1 Paperback
Flesk Prime Hardcover
schultz-combo-pack4Our discounted books are those that have minor bumps, or scratches on the front or back cover, or small dings to the corners. All are great reading copies with some exterior wear. We called these our “bumped books” or “loved books” since they are perfect for those who are looking to score a batch of Flesk titles for 50-80% off the cover price to enjoy. If you are looking for perfect “new” copies please see the individual listings for the titles elsewhere on this website. Thank you!
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Enjoy,

John

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Mark Schultz Kickstarter Update!

Hi, everyone,

I would like to update you all on Carbon 2, the Storms at Sea deluxe and the bonus prints for our Kickstarter campaign supporters. Also, Mark and I will be at the Baltimore Comic-Con with our pal Frank Cho. I’ll have a Flesk booth there. The show runs on September 2-4.

Also, a big thanks and a farewell to Keith!

Mark-Schultz-prints-kickstarter-carbonBonus Prints

The artwork for the fourth print was wrapped up two weeks ago. When I sent the bid request to the printer that I’ve been using for years for our prints they responded with a price that I could no longer justify paying. I decided to find a new printer that could give me the service, quality and price that I expected. I found one! I picked up the four prints for our Schultz Kickstarter campaign supporters this morning and they look beautiful! I’m so happy with them. Best prints that we’ve ever had made.

Kathy and Keith have boxed up the two prints that Mark will be signing and shipped them to his studio. I should have them back in two weeks with Schultz’s signature.

Carbon-2-Mark-Schultz-webCarbon 2

As I mentioned before, this book is done and here in our warehouse. Mark and I are delighted with how it turned out!

SAS-DLX-Case-webStorms at Sea Deluxe Edition

After weeks of work sourcing materials and finalizing the design and specifications, the book is off to the printer and the proofs have been approved. It’s in the printers hands for production. As soon as I learn its schedule, I’ll post an update. Once these arrive we can ship everything out!

Baltimore Comic-Con

Early next month Flesk will be at Baltimore Comic Con, Sept. 2-4, in Baltimore, Maryland, along with the indelible Mark Schultz! We will be bringing all of our latest tiles including Storms at Sea, Carbon, Portfolio, Xenozoic, and Various Drawings 5. Drop by and say hello, meet Mark Schultz in person, and spruce up your Schultz collections! Mark Schultz will be at the Flesk/Spectrum booth all three days.

Keith Moving On, Welcome Kathy!

For over three years Keith has served as the Flesk office manager and my executive assistant here at Flesk. He’s moving on to bigger things. I’ve brought in our new office manager, Kathy Chu. Please welcome me in thanking Keith for his amazing help over the years and welcome Kathy for joining us. You’ll be hearing more from Kathy in future posts.

As always, thank you so much for your support and appreciation for what we do.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum and Flesk Updates!

Greetings, all,

It’s been a busy few weeks here! I have a bunch of updates for you.

Bombshells-Two-displayTerry Dodson’s Bombshell’s Sketchbook Collection Two has just arrived! This 48 pages collection gathers the out of print Bombshells Sketchbooks #4-7 and new material–all rescanned and in a gorgeous 7.75 x 10.25 inch hardcover format!

We have shipped out the pre-orders already!

You can order it here.

Spectrum-23-cover-webSpectrum 23. Cover art by Android Jones.

I’ve approved the printer advance copy samples of Spectrum 23! The colors came out the best ever since I took over the book. I spent many extra days and hours proofing the colors with the printer to get it just right. Not too dark, not too red–it’s vibrant and beautiful. I’m very happy with how the book looks.

The books are being prepared for transport from overseas and will be arriving with the distributor in time for its official November release date.

I wouldn’t mind doing another Spectrum release party and book signing. I’ll start looking around for a venue that can host it. Let me know if you know of any stores or galleries that would be willing!

I have a batch of Spectrum 23 coming straight to our Santa Cruz, California office that should arrive in October. We will start mailing all of the artist complimentary and pre-order copies at that time so that you should receive them before they hit the stores.

Thank you to everyone who is part of this art community!

Order here at a special pre-order price.

SAS-DLX-Case-webStorms-at-Sea-Deluxe-proofsThe printer proofs for the deluxe edition of Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz have been approved! I spent the day reviewing the details of the book and pages to check the colors and to review it for any last minute changes. It’s looking sweet!

The book will be going on the press soon. I’ll share the delivery schedule just as soon as it has been made available to me.

Copies can be ordered here.

Spectrum-24-banner-webSpectrum 24 Call for Entries poster by Justin Gerard.

Each year I have the great honor to assemble the Spectrum jury. For Spectrum 24 I have all five judges confirmed. I will be sending out a press release next month announcing who they are.

Some of the things that I look for in a judge are positivity, service to the community, works well within a group, a stellar artist and revered by his or her peers and fans. The five should represent different areas within the field and favor diversity in styles and methods. That’s a lot of checkmarks! But fortunately the Spectrum community is one where we have a lot of these types of people. The problem isn’t finding people with these qualities, it’s narrowing it down to just five.

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk Exhibiting at Baltimore Comic-Con, New artist J.A.W. Cooper and more!

cho-schultz-bccUpcoming Conventions

Next month Flesk will be at Baltimore Comic Con, Sept. 2-4, in Baltimore, Maryland. We will be bringing new titles including Carbon 2 by Mark Schultz, Elfquest: The Art of the Story by Wendy and Richard Pini, Nexus Chronicles by Steve Rude, Surrender, My Sweet by Bruce Timm, and many more. Come visit us at the Flesk and Spectrum booth!

Mark Schultz will be at our booth all three days! Many of Mark’s Flesk titles will be available for fans to spruce up their collections. Also be sure to catch Frank Cho at the show as well, and don’t worry, we have been assured by Frank’s publicist that he will be wearing pants all three days.

For those attending Dragon Con in Atlanta, GA Sept. 2-5, stop by and see Daren Bader. He will have copies of Tribes of Kai available for purchase.

Baltimore: baltimorecomiccon.com
Dragon Con:  dragoncon.org
Cooper-banner-webWelcome J.A.W. Cooper to the Flesk family!

We’re so happy to share that Cooper and Flesk are working on a book together! Her work is gorgeous and we’re excited at the chance to publish her first art book collection.

Recently Cooper joined us at the Flesk booth at San Diego Comic Con. Just as soon as she pulled out a stack of originals a group of artists converged within a few minutes of each other and absorbed themselves in her work. It was a magic moment that we’ve never seen happen before. Before we knew it, Travis Lewis, Dave Palumbo, Mark Schultz, Jim Silke, Vicki Williams, Allen Williams, Daren Bader, Greg Preston and John Flesk surrounded the table and were all caught up in Cooper corner.

We have since begun the early planning stages of the book and can’t wait to share more details on the project in the coming months.

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Spectrum-23-cover-webComing this Fall: Spectrum 23: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art!

As the summer nears its closure, it’s time for the latest edition of Spectrum! Spectrum 23 hits store shelves this November but is currently available to pre-order in the Flesk store at a discounted price for a limited time.

Available in both hardcover and paperback editions, the volume features over 500 works by nearly 300 diverse visionaries, including Julie Bell, Rovina Cai, Brom, Frank Cho, Annie Stegg Gerard, Donato Giancola, James Gurney, J. Anthony Kosar, Vance Kovacs, Iain McCaig, Victo Ngai, Tran Nguyen, Karla Ortiz, Terryl Whitlatch and Allen Williams. Spectrum 23 continues the freshness and excellence that was established over twenty years ago.

The mission of Spectrum is to promote the fantastic arts and provide an annual showcase for contemporary artists. Spectrum exists to honor the imaginations of very special artists who delight in helping us to see the world in a wonderfully different light. It’s our job to help them reach a wider appreciative audience.

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John

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Flesk Publications 2002-2016. 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 through December 2016. The total comes to 75 books and 4 prints.

2016 Flesk Titles

1. Terry Dodson’s Bombshell’s Sketchbook Collection Two
July 2016
Hardcover. $25.00 cover price, 7.75 x 10.25 inches, 48 pages.
2. The Nexus Chronicles by Steve Rude
July 2016
Hardcover with jacket. $50.00 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 304 pages.
3. Arthur Adams Monsters Attack!!! (second printing)
July 2016
Paperback. $20.00 cover price. 8.5 x 11 inches, 48 pages.
4. Carbon 2 by Mark Schultz
July 2016
Paperback. $24.95 cover price. 9 x 12 inches, 56 pages.
Deluxe signed and limited edition to 600 numbered copies. $40.00 cover price,  9 x 12 inches, 58 pages.
5. Elfquest: The Art of the Story. Art by Wendy Pini. Words by Richard and Wendy Pini.
August 2016
Hardcover with jacket. $50.00 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 304 pages
Deluxe signed and limited edition to 500 numbered copies in slipcase. Includes 16 bonus pages. $100.00 cover price,  9 x 12 inches, 320 pages.
6. Notes from the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love
September 2016
Hardcover. $24.95 cover price, 6 x 9 inches, 160 pages.
7. Storms at Sea Deluxe Edition by Mark Schultz
October 2016
Deluxe signed and limited edition to 500 numbered copies in slipcase. $100.00 cover price,  13.5 x 10.5 inches, 82 pages.
8. Spectrum 23: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art
November 2016
Paperback. $34.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 304 pages.
Hardcover with jacket. $44.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 304 pages.
9. Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini. Words by Richard and Wendy Pini.
December 2016
Hardcover with jacket. $50.00 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 304 pages
Deluxe signed and limited edition to 500 numbered copies in slipcase. Includes 16 bonus pages. $100.00 cover price,  9 x 12 inches, 320 pages.

2015 Flesk Titles

1. Arthur Adams Monsters Attack!!!
July 2015
Paperback. $20.00 cover price. 8.5 x 11 inches, 48 pages.
2. Surrender, My Sweet by Bruce Timm
Paperback. $25.00 cover price. 5.5 x 7 inches, 64 pages.
3. Flesk Blank Sketchbooks
July 2015
Features five different variant covers by Frank Cho, Terry Dodson, Iain McCaig, Mark Schultz and Bruce Timm.
Paperback. $7.00 cover price. 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 48 pages.
4. Pridelands by Daren Bader and Lance HaunRogue.
Paperback. $20 cover price, 8.5 x 11 inches, 48 pages.
August 2015
5. Tribes of Kai by Daren Bader and Lance HaunRogue.
August 2015
Hardcover. $24.95 cover price, 8 x 12 inches, 80 pages
Deluxe signed and limited edition to 500 numbered copies in slipcase. Extra 16 bonus pages. $50.00 cover price,  9 x 12 inches, 306 pages.
6. The Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija
August 2015
Hardcover with jacket. $34.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 160 pages
Deluxe signed and limited edition to 500 numbered copies in slipcase. Includes 16 bonus pages. $60.00 cover price,  9 x 12 inches, 176 pages.
7. Portfolio by Mark Schultz
August 2015
Hardcover. $50.00 cover price, 11.5 x 12 inches, 272 pages.
Deluxe signed and limited edition to 1000 numbered copies in slipcase. $100.00 cover price, 11.5 x 12 inches, 274 pages.
8. Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz
August 2015
Hardcover. $24.95 cover price, 8 x 11.5 inches, 80 pages
9. Imagery From the Bird’s Home: The Art of Bill Carman
October 2015
Hardcover. $40 cover price, 9.5 x 11 inches, 192 pages
Publisher edition with 16 extra bonus pages, $50 cover price, 9.5 x 11 inches, 208 pages.
10. Spectrum 22: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art
November 2015
Paperback. $34.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 304 pages.
Hardcover with jacket. $44.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 304 pages.
11. The Art of Elfquest. Art by Wendy Pini. Words by Richard and Wendy Pini.
December 2015
Hardcover with jacket. $50.00 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 304 pages
Deluxe signed and limited edition to 500 numbered copies in slipcase. $100.00 cover price,  9 x 12 inches, 306 pages.
12. Elfquest Coloring Book. Art by Wendy Pini
December 2015
Paperback. Free exclusive for Kickstarter supporters. 9 x 12 inches, 32 pages.
13. The Art of The Dam Keeper
December 2015
Hardcover with jacket. 7.5 x 9 inches, 168 pages.

2014 Flesk Titles
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.
2. Masquerade by Terry Dodson
July 2014
Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 16 pages.
3. Monterey Now: Warren Chang
October 2014
Paperback, 8.5 x 9 inches, 32 pages.
4. Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art
November 2014
Paperback. $34.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 304 pages.
Hardcover with jacket. $44.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 304 pages.
5. Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method
November 2014
Paperback. $19.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 120 pages.
Hardcover. $29.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 120 pages.
Hardcover Publisher Edition with jacket. $34.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 136 pages.
Studio Edition. $150 cover price, 12 x 17 inches, 140 pages.
Studio Edition Signed and Numbered to 500 copies. $200.00 cover price, 12 x 17 inches, 142 pages.

2013 Flesk Titles

1. Illustrating Modern Life: The Golden Age of Illustration from the Kelly Collection
January, 2013
Packaged and designed for the Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University.
Hardcover with jacket. $40.00, 9 x 12 inches, 112 pages.
2. Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2
May 2013
Hardcover with jacket. $29.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 80 pages.
3. Bombshells 7 by Terry Dodson
July 2013
Packaged and designed for Terry Dodson.
Paperback. $15.00, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 16 pages.
4. 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.
5. The Art of Brom Sketchbook
August 2013
Paperback. $15.00, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 16-pages.
6. 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.)
7. 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.)
8. Beyond the Known Forest, She Talks with Birds by Mark Schultz, July 2013, signed print
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.)

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 23 Judging Event Videos and Interviews

Hi, everyone,

Here are all of the Spectrum 23 interviews that were filmed during the judging event on February 27, 2016 in Santa Cruz, California. Enjoy!

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