Announcing the Spectrum Rising Star Award!

Spectrum Fantastic Art is proud to announce the introduction of the Rising Star Award to the Spectrum 22 Awards Ceremony. This award will recognize and acknowledge an emerging artist who demonstrates exceptional abilities and dedication in the fantastic art arena.

The origins of this new award began with the arrival of Colin and Kristine Poole at the 2014 Spectrum Fantastic Art Live (SFAL) event. “Last year, at our first SFAL, we had the pleasure of spending hours perusing the artists’ creations,” begins Colin and Kristine. “Not surprisingly, we found the work of the big name artists inspiring and beautiful. What we also found notably impressive and particularly striking was the work in the ‘Artists Alley.’ These emerging artists are producing works of truly remarkable merit, creating their own ways of putting the fantastic into ‘Fantastic Art.’

Colin and Kristine Poole.

Colin and Kristine Poole.

“The energy, spirit, creativity, talent and determination we experienced in our interactions with these emerging artists were so inspiring that we wished for their accomplishments and contributions to be recognized as are those of the more established artists. After a conversation with Spectrum director John Fleskes, this wish was to become a reality. We are very grateful to him for both being receptive to our thoughts and ideas and, in particular, for refining them into a much more effective form that led to the creation of the Rising Star Award.”

“When Colin and Kristine approached me about the possibility of a Rising Star award to recognize a young artist in our industry my immediate answer was a resounding ‘yes!'” shares John Fleskes. “Each year at SFAL we walk the show floor and marvel at the new artists who have just begun to work professionally. These are our future stars. To open the Spectrum award ceremonies by highlighting the efforts of a unique and fresh voice is something that I am looking forward to with great anticipation; for our youth work tirelessly to break new ground and forge the future. Let’s show them how important they are at the Spectrum awards ceremony!”

Kristine Poole working on one of her latest works.

Kristine Poole working on one of her latest works.

The Rising Star Award also intends to encourage all newcomers to stay focused on their work and persevere through the challenges they will face in building a career in the creative arts.

“Spectrum began with the goal of providing recognition to the many artists often working in anonymity whose art was overlooked because of subject matter; the intent was to help give a voice to those who weren’t being heard,” offers Arnie and Cathy Fenner. “The awards for the competition are extensions of the desire to both spotlight achievement and to elevate the public’s awareness of our field, of what we do, of who we are and what we love. Spectrum respects the past, celebrates the present, and embraces the future; the Rising Star Award, thanks to the vision and generosity of Kristine and Colin Poole and the enthusiastic leadership of John Fleskes, is a wonderful expression of ‘embracing the future’ and will help Spectrum continue its 22-year mission of discovery, recognition, and encouragement.”

Colin Poole painting The Muse.

Colin Poole painting The Muse.

“We have long enjoyed acknowledging our appreciation of people’s artwork not just verbally, but also by supporting them to make more of it–the idea for the Rising Star Award is an extension of this,” adds Colin and Kristine.

The nominees for the Rising Star Award will be chosen at SFAL on May 21 and 22 by John Fleskes, Arnie and Cathy Fenner and any member of the Spectrum Advisory Board who is present at the show. Furthermore, any representative selected by the Fenners and John Fleskes may also participate in the nomination selection. All artists exhibiting at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live in May, and have been working professionally for less than five years, and any artist who demonstrate exceptional imagination, skill and dedication to their art will be considered. From this group of nominees, the final award winner will be selected by Colin and Kristine Poole and announced at the Spectrum 22 Awards ceremony at the Folly Theater in Kansas City, Missouri on May 22. This is a remarkable opportunity for emerging artists to have their work presented to the larger community and to make valuable connections and contacts.

The Spectrum 22 Rising Star Recipient will receive the Rising Star bronze award created by Colin and Kristine Poole, a one page artist feature in Spectrum 22 and a complimentary artist table provided for the next SFAL event. This will be an annual award.

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Support Frank Cho and House of Ruth. Let’s Make a Difference!

Frank-Cho-Drawing-Beautiful-WomenHi, everyone,

If you have been paying attention to the news in the world of comics the last two weeks, you’ve probably seen Frank Cho’s humorous parody drawing of the Milo Manara Spider-Woman #1 cover from last summer. While some have a sense of humor, others did not get the joke.

In response to the backlash, Frank not only produced two more parody covers, but directed the conversation to real issues by selling the drawing and donating the money ($1000) to House of Ruth Maryland, a center that focuses on helping battered women and their children find safe haven from violence and domestic abuse. Despite the online cynics who wrongly believe his gesture is an attempt to buy back favor, Frank is thoughtful and sincere in his desire to make a difference.

We support Frank and will follow the example he has set. Between now and May 1st, all five editions of Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method that are purchased direct from the Flesk website will have all of the proceeds going to House of Ruth Maryland. Help us support both Frank’s right to artistic expression and a charity that truly helps women and families at risk. It’s one thing to create straw men to attack and raise controversy; it’s quite another to step up and help real people in need.

Let’s make a difference!

John Fleskes and the Flesk crew.

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Flesk Exhibiting at Big Wow ComicFest This Weekend! Meet Frank Cho and Jim Silke!

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Hi, everyone,

We will be exhibiting at Big Wow ComicFest this weekend in San Jose, California! Our booth number is 731. We will have our latest books including Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method and Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, plus a large batch of books with slight scuff marks or bumped corners that we will offer at huge discounts. Free postcards, posters and more are waiting for you.

Two artists who we publish are special guests of the show; Frank Cho (Drawing Beautiful Women) and Jim Silke (Jungle Girls and Jim Silke Sketchbook). We will have our unique publisher’s editions of Cho’s book with us that he can sign for you. On Sunday, Frank will be offering a free figure drawing class from 2:00 to 12:00! This is free to all attendees of the show.

We hope to see you there!

Enjoy,

John

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April 2015 New Flesk Titles Update

Hi, everyone,

I don’t recall there ever being a time when I felt more passionate about making art books than right now. There’s a good reason for this. A culmination of two years of focus on redeveloping the internal structure here at Flesk, followed by moving into our new office space in the fall of 2014, the addition of more help in the office, while gaining a new book trade distribution partner (Publishers Group West) has put us in an exceptional position for growth. We are equipped with the resources, support and goodwill to make books that we can be proud of, while knowing our partners will get them into the stores worldwide. 2015 is the beginning of a whole new chapter for Flesk. And we have you, our supporters, to thank.

I would like to give you an update on the latest Flesk books that are coming out soon.

BOG-cover-webThe Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija. This book is being bound and finalized at the printer. Due to the complexity of the deluxe edition the production time is taking a little longer than usual. However, it will be worth the wait. We are still on track for a summer release.

Storms-at-Sea-by-Mark-Schultz-webStorms at Sea by Mark Schultz. The trade edition is on the press now. The proofs looked beautiful and I gave an enthusiastic approval to the printer. We will have copies in the summer.

Something to note about Storms at Sea is that we will be producing a deluxe edition in a larger format. Mark and I have already determined all of the extra components that we wish to include.  I am currently checking with various printers to find one who can do the specialized work I’m looking for. I have no schedule for this yet, although I’m aiming for the end of this year.

TOK-cover-webTribes of Kai by Daren Bader and Lance HaunRogue. All of the art and writing is complete. We are currently in the design stages. Thanks to the generosity of our backers who supported our pre-order campaign using Kickstarter we are adding a number of upgrades to the deluxe edition. We plan on turning these in to the printer in early May. We also have a second complementary book Pridelands that will be limited to 500 copies. I’ll have these listed on the Flesk website soon with the full details. These will be available in late summer.

Art-of-Elfquest-webThe Art of Elfquest with art by Wendy Pini and text by Richard and Wendy Pini. This is in of the most exciting books that I’ve worked on. Elfquest is one of the first comics that I read in the mid-eighties and helped set the stage for my passion for great independent storytelling. I absolutely adore Richard and Wendy and have put a lot of pressure on myself to get this book right. It’s scheduled for this fall.

Mark-Schultz-Portfolio-Complete-webPortfolio by Mark Schultz. This large format book is at the printer. It’s a complete collection of the five Various Drawings books, along with some new art. Mark wrote many new captions throughout as well. We ended up reviewing all of the originals and bringing them up to our current standards by doing slight adjustments to all of the art. I’ll be reviewing the proofs on Monday. This is also slated for summer.

Bruce Timm. We are working on a new show book with an increased page count and size compared to the previous three show books. It’s a whole new look that we are having a blast putting together. I’ll show off the cover, title name and details next month.

carman-cover-webImagery from the Bird’s Home: The Art of Bill Carman. I’ve been wanted to work with Bill ever since I first met him when we were both judges for Spectrum 17. Bill is designing this book himself and it looks gorgeous. Our new distributor, PGW, informed us that they love the cover and sample pages so much that they are highlighting it on their catalog cover. Bill is wrapping up the final spreads. We are aiming for a delivery date to the printer in early May.

Spectrum-22-cover_webSpectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art 22. With Spectrum 21 under my belt I fully realize how much work this is to design and write. (A ton!) July 1st is my due date to have it to the printer. Fortunately, I’ve already written most of the 2014 year in review. (I’ve even written part of the year in review for Spectrum 23.) I’ve learned to write portions each month, rather than write it all at once at the end of the year. I have some news ideas that I will be implementing to the chapter headers.

Nexus-Chronicles-cover-webThe Nexus Chronicles by Steve Rude. This book is a hair width away from being done. Steve is providing some commentary and once this goes in the book we will send it off to the printer. We’ve collected a batch of our favorite stories direct from the original art.

Beyond these titles, we are working on the new Harvey Dunn book for the South Dakota Art Museum and I’m already building our list for 2016-2018. (There are roughly 30 books that I have my hands in.)

Thanks for reading.

Enjoy,

John

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Tribes of Kai Pre-Order Event Ends Friday

Hi, all,

We are down to our final week of the Tribes of Kai pre-order event on Kickstarter. We’ve just added a fifth stretch goal: We will include a second bonus print if we reach our goal. This 8 x 10 inch print will feature a new Tribes of Kai painting by Daren Bader with every Kickstarter pledge. Visit our campaign page to see all of the bonus items and upgrades that have been added thanks to our supporters. Ends this Friday!

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Here’s a list of everything that has been upgraded and offered thanks to our supporters so far!

1. All books shipped to an address in the U.S.A. receive free shipping by USPS Postal Service Media Mail with tracking.

2. Bonus print. We will include an 8 x 10 inch print featuring a painting by Daren Bader with every Kickstarter pledge.

Stretch Goal #1 Unlocked: We will add a slipcase to the Tribes of Kai deluxe edition!

Stretch Goal #2 Unlocked: We will increase the dimensions of the Pridelands collection from 5.5 x 8.5 in. to 8.5 x 11 in.! The cover price will remain the same at only $10.00.

Stretch Goal #3 Unlocked: We will upgrade the binding of the Tribes of Kai deluxe edition to a fancy fabric material, and have an onlaid art plate set onto the center of the cover, as well as special title stamping!

Stretch Goal #4 Unlocked: We will upgrade Pridelands from a saddle-stich (staple) binding to a sewn perfect binding (paperback book with a spine) and add an additional 16 pages with the script and additional notes written by Lance HaunRogue. That makes it a 48-page, 8.5 x 11 inch book for only $10.00!

Thanks, everyone!

John

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New Videos: Justin Gerard, Steve Rude, Tribes of Kai and SFAL!

Hi, all,

We’ve been hard at work on a series of new books. I will post a fresh update on all Flesk fall releases soon. In the meantime, please enjoy our latest videos.

Interview with Justin Gerard during the Spectrum 22 judging event. Justin talks about his latest book projects and gallery events, working with his wife Annie Stegg Gerard, his influences and about Spectrum. This was filmed at the Flesk offices on February 28, 2015 in Santa Cruz, California.

Steve Rude visited our Flesk offices in Santa Cruz, California on February 19th to work with us on his new book, The Nexus Chronicles. This new collection assembles eight of Steve’s favorite Nexus creations scanned direct from the original art. This 304 page book comes out this fall. For now, you can watch Steve provide a drawing demonstration of Nexus in his sketchbook.

A simple spark sets in motion a power struggle ablaze in conflict. Fully painted by Daren Bader and written by Lance HaunRogue! Tribes of Kai is an oversized, full-color hardbound book boasting sixty exciting pages of story and pinups by top creators including Frank Cho, Dave Palumbo, plus Julie Bell and Boris Vallejo. Trade and Deluxe Limited editions will be available in August, 2015 from Flesk Publications. Pre-order through the Flesk Kickstarter campaign and get free bonus items.

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live runs May 22-24th, 2015 at the Kansas City Convention Center, 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 22 awards ceremony. In short, our goal is to honor the artists and put on a fantasy art convention that anyone is welcome to attend.

John

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“Tribes of Kai” by Daren Bader and Lance HaunRogue Kickstarter Pre-Order Event Now Live!

TOK-cover-webYou can always count on us being deep into a new project. This time around it’s the fully painted new graphic novel Tribes of Kai by Daren Bader and Lance HaunRogue. We are using Kickstarter to take pre-orders for Tribes of Kai. On offer are some sweet bonus items for ordering in advance. For instance, there will be a limited number of copies available that Daren will be doing drawings in.

Here’s the live link: Click here to visit the Tribes of Kai Kickstarter pre-order event website.

About Tribes of Kai

The Mantakai prepare for a ritualistic rite of passage in which a new lord is to be chosen to rule over their five united tribes. The Tribes of Kai is a multi-layered graphic novel about honor, integrity and the trappings of war in which extreme circumstances call for unbridled decisions and finding the strength to cope with them. This is a barbaric and primitive world where the survival of the fittest is put to the test.

Artist Daren Bader and writer Lance HaunRogue bring this world to life with lush detail and an incredible sense of pace, color and lighting. They introduce the Mantakai (Man of Kai), a race of six-limbed, feline/humanoid, anthropomorphic creatures. The dominance of the five individual tribes of Mantakai are threatened by a highly evolved race of reptilian creatures called the Tobognai.

Tribes of Kai is an oversized, full-color hardbound book boasting sixty exciting pages of story and pinups by top creators.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 22 Cover Revealed!

Spectrum-22-cover_webOne of the responsibilities as the editor of Spectrum is to select the artwork for use on the annual’s cover. Our book distributor works far in advance which requires us to provide the full specifications, book description and cover art up to 10 months prior to its street date. Before the arrival of the jury I spent two days reviewing all of the submissions and marking possible images to use as the cover art. I then made a series of mock up covers to fine tune the selection down to the one. Even though I am working in advance, the artwork must have been selected by the jury to be used on the cover. After checking the results immediately after the judging process I was assured that the artwork I selected for the cover was accepted by the jury and therefore available to send to the distributor and share with the public.

The artwork is by Bastien Lecouffe Deharme. “The Magician of the Mountain of Death” immediately grabbed my attention. Its beauty, boldness and elegance capture the essence of Spectrum perfectly. Bastien has been painting engaging and dynamic works for years now. I’m pleased to have his work featured on the cover and grateful to him for submitting his work again this year. You can visit Bastien’s website here.

Enjoy,

John

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“Spectrum 22: The Best In Contemporary Fantastic Art” Award Nominations!

The Spectrum 22 jury has nominated the top five artist works in each of the eight categories for a silver and gold award. Justin Gerard, Virginie Ropars, Greg Ruth, Annie Stegg Gerard and Dice Tsutsumi went late into the evening on Saturday, February 28 as they discussed the merits of hundreds of pieces of art before finalizing this list. The winners will be announced at the Spectrum 22 Awards Ceremony held in conjunction with the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, May 23 2015. Congratulations to all of the artists who have been considered!

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Johnny Dombrowski -- Murder on the Orient Express

Johnny Dombrowski — Murder on the Orient Express

Edward Kinsella III -- Vernacchio

Edward Kinsella III — Vernacchio

Victo Ngai -- The Cloisters

Victo Ngai — The Cloisters

Yuko Shimizu -- Tokyo Night Show

Yuko Shimizu — Tokyo Night Show

Taylor Wessling -- Barbarians: Faust

Taylor Wessling — Barbarians: Faust

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Dan dos Santos -- Taking Flight

Dan dos Santos — Taking Flight

Scott Gustafson -- Jack and the Sleeping Giant

Scott Gustafson — Jack and the Sleeping Giant

Jeffrey Alan Love -- Radiant State

Jeffrey Alan Love — Radiant State

Petar Meseldzija -- The Giants are Coming

Petar Meseldzija — The Giants are Coming

Sam Weber -- cover for Dune by Frank Herbert

Sam Weber — cover for Dune by Frank Herbert

Comics

Alex Alice  -- Castle in the Stars

Alex Alice — Castle in the Stars

Audrey Benjaminsen -- Bernadette, page 1

Audrey Benjaminsen — Bernadette, page 1

Tula Lotay -- Rebels

Tula Lotay — Rebels

David Palumbo -- The Beast

David Palumbo — The Beast

James Turner -- Rebel Angels

James Turner — Rebel Angels

Concept Art

Audrey Benjaminsen -- Fairy 3

Audrey Benjaminsen — Fairy 3

Sung Choi -- The Parade

Sung Choi — The Parade

Te Hu -- Wonders: Gate of Luxor

Te Hu — Wonders: Gate of Luxor

Kellan Jett -- Meeting

Kellan Jett — Meeting

Allen Williams -- The Good Dog

Allen Williams — The Good Dog

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Dan Chudzinski -- The Mudpuppy

Dan Chudzinski — The Mudpuppy

Mark Newman -- Gallevarbe: Death's Siren

Mark Newman — Gallevarbe: Death’s Siren

Forest Rogers -- Venetian Harpy

Forest Rogers — Venetian Harpy

David Silva -- Dragon vs. Raptors

David Silva — Dragon vs. Raptors

Dug Stanat -- A Bird From His Brim Will Guide Your Last Breath

Dug Stanat — A Bird From His Brim Will Guide Your Last Breath

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Sam Bosma -- Critical Education

Sam Bosma — Critical Education

Jensine Eckwall -- This Circle: Walking Into The Wind

Jensine Eckwall — This Circle: Walking Into The Wind

Edward Kinsella III -- Gland Monster

Edward Kinsella III — Gland Monster

Victo Ngai -- Cocoon

Victo Ngai — Cocoon

Tran Nguyen -- A Distressed Damsel

Tran Nguyen — A Distressed Damsel

Institutional

Ed Binkley -- Rikshaw Pass

Ed Binkley — Rikshaw Pass

Laurie Brom -- Bad Seed

Laurie Brom — Bad Seed

Rovina Cai -- Fake It

Rovina Cai — Fake It

Jeffrey Alan Love -- Skyrim

Jeffrey Alan Love — Skyrim

Jessica Shirley -- The Child Sleeps

Jessica Shirley — The Child Sleeps

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Paul Bonner -- Beowulf: Mother

Paul Bonner — Beowulf: Mother

Donato Giancola -- Descent from Caradhras

Donato Giancola — Descent from Caradhras

Rebecca Leveille Guay -- Time and Chance

Rebecca Leveille Guay — Time and Chance

Omar Rayyan - A Night at the Races

Omar Rayyan – A Night at the Races

Cynthia Sheppard -- Momentum

Cynthia Sheppard — Momentum

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 22 Judging Event Pictures and Videos, Saturday February 28, 2015!

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The Spectrum 22 jury is reviewing the call for entries submissions today! Justin Gerard, Virginie Ropars, Greg Ruth, Annie Stegg Gerard and Dice Tsutsumi are casting their votes for the works that will be included in Spectrum 22. Check back here throughout the day for photographs and videos!

Interview with Dice Tsutsumi during the Spectrum 22 judging event. This was filmed at the Flesk offices on February 28, 2015 in Santa Cruz, California.

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Greg Ruth.

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Justin Gerard and Annie Stegg Gerard.

S22-judging-event-005Virginie Ropars.

S22-judging-event-006Dice Tsutsumi.

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Enjoy,

John

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Flesk and Spectrum February 2015 New Titles Update

“Do people still buy books?”

“That’s got to be a tough business to be in.”

These are variations on the type of responses that I receive when I tell people that I am art book publisher. My usual reply is that this is the best time ever to be a publisher. I believe this to be true. We are here in this moment, making books that we are passionate about and eager to share. We get to celebrate individuals and the community. We are fortunate indeed.

Here’s a list of future Flesk books with the latest update on each.

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1. The Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija: This book is at the printer and moving along well. As soon as we have a shipping schedule I’ll announce the estimated arrival date.

Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz!

Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz!

2. Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz: The trade edition is with the printer. We are awaiting the proofs to review and approve prior to going on the press. The deluxe edition will be sent to the printer soon. This limited edition will come in a larger deluxe format. More details on the special version coming soon.

Mark-Schultz-Portfolio-Complete3. Portfolio: The Complete Various Drawings by Mark Schultz: Schultz is writing many new captions and a new introduction. The book is designed, with the exception of the text needing to be placed. It will go to the printer next month sometime.

TOK-cover-web4. The Tribes of Kai by Lance Haunrogue and Daren Bader: Daren has finished the artwork and Lance has finalized the story. We are in the design stages now and plan on sending this to the printer on April 1st. A Kickstarter campaign for pre-orders with bonus items is planned for a March 9th launch date.

5. Harvey Dunn: Where Your Heart Is…: A modern reprint of the definitive biography on Dunn. I am packaging this book for the South Dakota Art Museum. It features all new scanned art and photographs for a premier collection. This has turned into a huge task, however the book will be amazing once complete.

6. Bruce Timm: New! We are working on a new Bruce Timm collection for this summer! You’ll have to wait until next month for more news on this one. I can assure you that you’ll love it.

Nexus-Chronicles-cover-web7. The Nexus Chronicles by Steve Rude: Steve Rude visited us last week for three days as we wrapped up the book design. We have a few pages of writing to finish and we are looking for a few missing pieces of art. Once these final elements are in place we can send it to the printer. We hand-picked our favorite Nexus stories which are reproduced from the original pencils or inks, or both!

Art-of-Elfquest-web8. The Art of Elfquest with text by Richard and Wendy Pini: We had a wonderful time having Richard and Wendy here with us for two days recently as we reviewed and expanded the book. I can’t wait to get this book out this fall.

carman-cover-web9. Imagery from the Bird’s Home: The Art of Bill Carman. Bill is designing the book using his typical flair and unique approach. The designed spreads so far have been gorgeous. Another book I’m proud to publish this fall.

10. Spectrum 22: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art: The judging event is this Saturday! Soon after we will tally the votes and present the list of those artists who have been selected for inclusion into this year’s “best of the best” collection. We will also be announcing the five nominees for consideration for a silver and gold award. The winners will be announced at the Spectrum 22 Awards Ceremony at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live in Kansas City, MO on May 23, 2015.

Watch for new videos and pictures this Saturday relating the Spectrum 22 judging event!

Enjoy,

John

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Jeffrey Alan Love Overview and Biography Videos

Jeffrey Alan Love visited the Flesk offices on January 21, 2015 in Santa Cruz, CA. He brought a few dozen of his latest originals to share with us including assignments done for Tor, pages from his personal unpublished graphic novel and more. This video captures Jeff as he gives us an overview of his latest works.

In this second video, Jeff opens up about his past and how he went from an unknown new artist to becoming someone who is constantly in demand by clients such as Tor. Jeff shares his philosophy about art while giving us insight into his unique and highly individualized work.

Thanks to Jeff for visiting and we hope you enjoy these videos!

Enjoy,

John

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Thank You!

Hi, all,

Monday was a long and exciting day. I want to thank all of the artists who have submitted their artwork to Spectrum 22. We can’t wait to show these submissions to the jury. Spectrum 22 is already shaping up to be spectacular. I’ll be keeping everyone up to date on the process here on my blog and on our various websites. Thanks again. More details are coming soon.

John

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The Deadline for entries to Spectrum 22 is Today!

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Today is the deadline to submit to Spectrum 22! Each volume is only as good—as representative of our field & community—as the artists who take part. Show everyone that the class of 22 is the best yet! Join in!

Enter here!

Reminder: If you have any questions or if you need help with anything feel free to email us at info@fleskpublications.com or call at 408-206-2346 and we can help! We are here most of the day on Sunday and all day and night on Monday.

All mail entries need to be postmarked by the 26th. All digital entries need to be posted prior to midnight on Monday night. (Pacific Standard Time). The online portal will be turned off once Tuesday hits.

Thanks everyone!

John

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Wendy and Richard Pini Visit Flesk! The Art of Elfquest Coming This Fall!

Flesk-wendy-richard-piniI had a great time with Wendy and Richard Pini for two days last week! They honored us by visiting our Flesk offices in Santa Cruz where we enjoyed a series of extended working sessions reviewing The Art of Elfquest together. This picture shows myself talking with Wendy and Richard about some book ideas. After a few years of research and planning the book is on track for a fall 2015 release! I’ll post the cover soon!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 22 Submission Tips. The Call for Entries Deadline is Monday, January 26th!

Flesk-home-banner-27Hi, all,

With the Call for Entries for Spectrum 22 ending on Monday, January 26th I have written a series of submission tips. You can submit by mail or online! All artworks in all media embracing the themes of science fiction, fantasy, horror and the surreal are eligible. There is no unacceptable way to create art. 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.

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Spectrum 22 Call for Entries Submissions Tip #1

Is there an advantage to entering my art online or by mail as a print?

The important thing to know right off the bat is that one option does not give you an edge over the other option. Both digital and print submissions get equal attention from the judges and you have an equal chance of getting selected regardless of how you enter.

For Spectrum 21, eighty percent of the submissions came in online. Out of curiosity I paid attention to the percentage of art that was selected in both the digital and print areas to see if one had an advantage over the other. They were both right in line with one another. One method did not visibly outweigh the other.

The jury views the digitally submitted art on individual 24″ screens (not projected to the group) and the prints are presented on tables. Each jury member votes anonymously and at his or her own pace. Discussion and grouping is discouraged (with the exception of the awards selections) to keep the selection process fair and truthful. To get into Spectrum you need three or more of the five jury member’s votes. It’s not easy to get in. Historically around eight to nine percent of the submissions make it into the yearly annual.

Spectrum 22 Call for Entries Submissions Tip #2

Give Yourself the Best Chance to be Seen!

Take advantage of the artwork submission guidelines by submitting good quality prints or digital files. We can’t stress this enough. We want everyone to have the best chance to be seen by the jury.

If you are submitting online take advantage of our maximum size at 2000 pixels wide and/or 2000 pixels tall. (JPG file no larger than 10MB.) Each jury member uses his or her own large screen when viewing the artwork. Make sure your art fills the screen so they can take a good look at it! Don’t send in a small postcard sized thumbnail. Take the time to prepare a proper presentation.

For submissions by mail, I recommend sending in a print out of your art no smaller than 8.5″ x 11″ and no larger than 18″ x 24″. I think the best sizes range from 9″ x 12″ to 11″ x 17″. Yes, some people send in massive poster sized images. It’s just too big. Just like art displayed too small can make it hard for the jury members to view, art too big doesn’t necessarily mean you have a better chance. The print submissions are placed out on tables for the jury members to view and vote for individually.

Spectrum 22 Call for Entries Submissions Tip #3

Dimensional Category Allows Three Views!

Anyone submitting to the Dimensional category is allowed to submit up to three views. If you are submitting a sculpture we recommend a full shot from the front, a side view and a back view or detail. We want the jury to see these multiple angles of your work so that they have adequate visual information to base their decisions. This is especially important if your art is considered for an award.

Another tip for this category is our recommendation to get a clear, in focus, quality photographs. Don’t take simple, quick snaps with your phone. If you do not have a good camera then take the extra time to find someone who does, light your piece well and make sure the details are visible in the pictures that you send us.

Spectrum 22 Call for Entries Submissions Tip #4

Does my artwork have to be fantasy related to submit to Spectrum?

Yes: Spectrum’s focus is on “Fantastic Art.” HOWEVER keep in mind that focus covers a sweeping range of possibilities. Fantastic Art can be subtle or obvious, traditional or off-the-wall, painted, sculpted, done digitally or photographed: Fantastic Art chronicles places and peoples and creatures and events that aren’t or never were. Just as there is no unacceptable way to create art, there are no set rules that say one piece qualifies while another does not. Spectrum doesn’t define Fantastic Art: what YOU do and what the JURY selects does. We do not pre-screen submissions and we do not arbitrarily restrict the type of art that is submitted. We make sure every submission is viewed with fairness and an open mind by the jury. We embrace all art works in all mediums embracing the themes of science fiction, fantasy, horror, the surreal, fine art and more. Each type (and types that we may not have even thought of) is eligible for this show.

Spectrum 22 Call for Entries Submissions Tip #5

How do I know that my submission arrived?

We take great care in reviewing the details of every submission that arrives. For online entries we check your online form and artwork to make sure your name, the art title and all other relevant details match. Once this is done we send an official email confirmation to notify you that your submission has been accepted. For submissions that arrive as prints in the mail, once you see that your payment has been processed you can rest assured that we have processed your submissions.

If we have any questions or if any art is missing we will contact you by email or by phone. We take great care in making sure all submissions look their best for the jury.

Spectrum 22 Call for Entries Submissions Tip #6

What is the #1 mistake people make when submitting online?

Not labeling their art when posting it. A small percentage of people do not include their name or art title when uploading their art. In this case we send an email asking for clarification or new art files properly labeled. Please label your art by first and last name followed by the art title!

Click here for more details and to submit.

Enjoy,

John

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New Frank Cho Drawing Video!

Hi, all,

Here is a pair of new videos. As a reminder, we get a new video posted every Tuesday on our Spectrum Fantastic Art website.

The first video is a time-lapse of Frank Cho working on a section of a large battle drawing that was used as a gatefold in Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method. I filmed this while visiting Frank in his studio in June of 2015. We were wrapping up the book at the time. While Frank was drawing I was scanning art and designing portions of the book for Frank to review. It was a fun week. (Order the book here.)

This second video is our online promotional video for The Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija. Petar spent a year writing and drawing this book. It came out amazing. We’re working with the printer now to get this book printed. (Pre-order it here.)


Enjoy,

John

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Bill Carman Painting Video and Candid Interview!

In July 2011 I took a stroll around our neighbors booths at Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA and came across Bill Carman painting at his booth. I had my camera with me, and started filming over Bill’s shoulder while asking him some questions. This video and candid interview is the result. Enjoy!

Bill:  One of the hardest things to do is get food while you’re at the convention y’know?

Flesk:  I do know.

Bill: I can’t go for too long because I don’t want to leave you watching my painting forever.

Flesk: I’ve not quite seen someone use their hand that way before.

B: One of the reasons I stopped using oil paint as much as I used to is because I would start to do the same thing to oil paint and that’s a bad thing.

F: What are you using there?

B: Acrylic.

F: I see.

B: I picked up this habit from James Christensen.

F: Oh, alright.

B: Do you know his work?

F: Yes.

B: He was my teacher. Teacher, mentor, now friend. He would tap it with his finger. I do it a lot with my hand like this because my fingerprints tend to show up too much. But he got me into that habit. I love this part of finding the texture. It’s like a game, finding and building up texture in the right places, dancing around. It’s very fun for me. I do very random things and then get focused in areas.

F: What are you painting on?

B: This is alder.

F: Do you buy those and cut them yourself?

B: I usually work pretty small so I can find a lot of it for free. Alder is a really nice wood. It’s soft enough and pliable with a tight enough grain so there’s really not a problem with excessive grain texture.

F: You really move around when you’re painting

B: Yeah, I do. There are a couple reasons for it: One, it’s just a habit I’ve gotten into. The other is the balance; seeing value so I can sort of step back, see what I’ve done then balance value out in other areas. For me it’s more exciting that way. There are people who can just focus on one thing for so long. Donato seems to have a very systematic approach when he paints. It’s really hard for me to work that way. He’s adapted over the years though. Early on his demos were different, the things that he would show on his site, the steps and stuff. It almost seemed that he would start in one corner and work all the way out methodically. Now he seems to move around a little more.

F: Do you use rough sketches and work things up, or is it all in your head?

B: It depends. This one, I sketched for the composition, finding where the shapes would go.

It started as a very rough sketch and changed tremendously from start to finish. It’s one of the things I enjoy talking to Rick Berry about. He works in a very similar way, just sort of responds, makes marks, responds and builds. I relate to that. For me it’s just more exciting working that way than having to plan it and sketch it out. Of course I plan and sketch for illustration and specific projects, working with an art director, but this way can be more exciting, the unknown. There is a fear that things can go wrong and I’ll never be able to dig myself out of the hole. Exciting.

F: Do you ever think about how different a piece would look, say if you were drawing now, and if you stopped for ten minutes and you talk to someone and you start it up again. Could that change the whole look of a certain area of a piece?

B: Oh yeah, I could certainly focus in a different way. It would be great to have several different realities working, changing as they progress. Distracting myself then seeing what happens when I return. These are still the stages where I’m building and responding to texture. And I love these stages, but once I’ve sort of established what the look will be, the texture and everything, then I … I’ve got to show you the brush I work with. [bends down to search for brush. It’s not as small as you’d think but it’s pretty small.] So when I get to a point like this I start to do the massaging. It’s this wonderful hypnotic process of building up mark, marks that start to blend together because of so many layers. I smooth things according to my dialog with the piece.. but I make the smallest marks with this, so I can fill in and get it perfectly smooth or I can leave textured areas. I go in to these darker spots between the white I wipe them out if I want an area really smooth. I’ve developed to the point where I can feel those, and get a perfectly smooth area if I want to. I guess I’ve done it enough that I can work pretty fast at it too.

F: You’re obviously comfortable working around people and with noise.

B: I’ve got a house full of people at home. I’m used to hearing somebody yell “Dad!”,
“Bill!” Breaking up the fighting dogs or any number of other things [laughs].

F: Do you think it helps in some way? If it was perfectly quiet do you think it would change things?

B:  Oh, I don’t know. I can work when it’s quiet too. I think it can help. But I think we have to learn to focus and adapt to our environment. I love being able to work at home, even with the distractions.

F: What tools do you use?

B: A bristle or watercolor brush like this to make texture and mix color. I have to add just the right amount of water to it and it’s sort of this bubbling affect, you see that?

F: Oh, yeah.

B: So I can just sort of scrub like that and it’ll leave, depending on what I do with the brush, different kinds of texture.

F: With my not being and artist, I look at that and it looks like you just messed it up. It looks scary. You painted right over your fish!

B: Oh yeah, risk is a big key. No discovery without it. See, all this stuff here will be painted over again with color.

F: Ah, ok.

B: That’s how I get color, by glazing the color into the value work. And yeah, people are horrified because I’ll work hours and hours to get all this built up with value and I’ll take one color and I’ll just wash over the whole thing. My students go ‘Ahhh!’ when I do that, and it just sort of freaks them out. But it ties things together and makes sense when I work on it more and start pulling things out again. It’s a pretty amazing process.

Maybe it’s less a painting process. There were a lot of true painters throughout history but there are also contemporary artists who are true painters. Guys like Phil Hale, Greg Manchess, they’re real painters. They have a feel for paint, a relationship with it. They put down a mark, they mix color, put colors next to each other. And for me this is all about… It’s almost like I draw with paint. It’s all about exploration with color and I never know quite what I’ll get. I can control it to the point of getting exactly what I want, but that can be really boring to me. So I push things, I wreck things and I bring them back out again. That’s exciting to me, I love that! I’ve never considered myself a true painter. Guys like Petar Meseldzija, he’s just a true painter, just has this, this mystical, almost, relationship with paint. His brush strokes and the way he puts paint down. I’m telling you, he’s got a spiritual relationship, built up from experience, with paint. I’m looking forward to meeting him. I feel like we’ve got this kindred spirit thing going. We work very differently but I think he’s a great painter. So I draw with paint, he paints with paint. That’s fine with me. I love drawing.
[He leans back to view his piece.]

F: I want to see what you’re going to do with this!

B: You see, at different stages, I can let this dry and the dark areas will stay dark or when it’s almost dry I can do this watch. [presses palm to surface]

F: Oh yeah!

B: See how it lifts it out and it causes a different kind of texture? The bubbling thing? And then comes the stage where I refine texture. I’ll show people techniques to make textures and they leave it at that. It usually looks a mess. But here is where I’ll come in and start to dance around the texture. Give it a peak like this and edge like that, so it looks like the light is coming from the top. When I don’t like some of it I cover it up. If it’s too much texture I’ll paint over it, but it’ll still show through you see? So there are all these decisions I’m making on the fly without really thinking about it. This is what I call “The Dance”, the discovering texture dance. It’s one of the most satisfying parts of what I do. Acrylic is so much about getting the right consistency of paint. If there’s too much water it gets watery like this and puddles around. Too little water it’s too thick. So getting it to the right consistency for the right stage is really important. This is where many people won’t have the patience. They say, “That’s what you do? Ok, I’ll work another way.”

F: So you’re doing this building effect, when there’s a perception that you’re doing it all in one layer.

B: Right, it’s layer after layer giving me the edges and sort of a deep quality to the flatness. I’ve had people call it ‘flatround.’ Not sure how many people are working this way.

F: I’ve never seen anything like it. James Christensen, he taught you the approach of using the hand, was it also the layering that he taught you?

B: Yeah. I mean this is sort of a bastardization of the old masters’ way of working, artists like Van Eyck. Northern renaissance artists would build up a grisaille, a value painting, monochromatic or grey. Colors would then be glazed over the value study. So technically it’s manipulation of the old masters’ way of working. James learned that from the old masters while combining it with Robert Vickery’s egg tempera techniques. He taught it to me and I’ve gone my own way with it. The funny thing is I learned how to paint with acrylic paints to a certain degree, and then for years I never used them. I went to oil paint. Then I discovered these Golden fluid paints. The pigment content is high, making colors vibrant and rich. I can do a lot more immediate textural things with acrylics too.

See, in my warped mind I see a really great little section of texture there that I’m going to build on. Then I do some “sculpting”, digging in with whites causing an area to pop out like that you see? Oh man I love that stuff.

F: And when you use your hand to blot, are you also feeling that too, does the touch of it help you?

B: It helps me feel how wet it is. I make contact with my board, or whatever I work on, a lot. I love doing this kind of a thing and experiencing it tactilely too. That’s another reason I love working with acrylics. I couldn’t do that with oil. Sometimes when I work with oil paint I forget and pat with my hand. “Oh god, I worked on that for an hour and just smeared it!”

But I love being able to feel it as part of my whole process. The tactile quality. And these are still really the beginning stages. I’ll shape this with value so it’s darker at the bottom and has areas of highlight. So as I massage some of the texture will be lost but some remains. Then when I glaze in warm and cool colors, edges turn more and more. That whole combination of things hopefully creates some magic.

 

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The Flesk January 2015 Update–New Books and More!

Up until a few years ago we used to have short periods of downtime that I used to catch up on personal projects. Those slower times became briefer, while the distance between them became more distant. Mid-January to mid-February was one of those slower times. Now–especially since taking on Spectrum–January through March are just as busy as the summer months. Now it’s all out action all year round. You won’t hear any complaints from me about this.

As we enter this bright and fresh new year, I would like to thank all of our supporters and the artists who have helped with our continual growth that we have been so very fortunate to have.

Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz!

Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz!

It is my pleasure to bring you up to speed on some of our projects.

1. The Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija. We are putting the final touches on this book. The interiors are done. At the moment we are added some binding and material upgrades to make the deluxe edition extra special. This book will go to the printer in one or two weeks.

2. Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz. The art and story is complete. We are wrapping up the interior design now. I expect to send it to the printer by the end of January.

3. Portfolio:  The Complete Various Drawings by Mark Schultz. This oversized version is going to be amazing. We’ve put a lot of work into overhauling the design and format. Mark is writing new captions which should be done and placed in the book by the end of the month. I expect to have it ready for the printer in early February.

4. The Tribes of Kai by Lance Haunrogue and Daren Bader. Lance is putting the final touches on the story and Daren is working on painting the last few pages. The design stage will start very soon. This will be ready in the summer.

5. Harvey Dunn: Where Your Heart Is…: A modern reprint of the definitive biography on Dunn. I am packaging this book for the South Dakota Art Museum. It features all new scanned art and photographs for a premier collection.

6. Spectrum 22: The Call for Entries deadline is January 26th. Then we will prepare the art for the jury who will convene on February 28th. I’ll post an individual blog about this soon.

7. The Nexus Chronicles by Steve Rude: The design is nearly complete. This book will include some of your favorite Nexus stories shown in the original art and/or pencil form with a sampling of sketches from Rude’s sketchbooks. This is on schedule for a fall release date.

8. The Art of Elfquest with text by Richard and Wendy Pini: This has been a massive and rewarding project that has been in the works for a few years. It will be a big collection showing a complete visual overview of Elfquest. This has been a lot of fun. We will have this wrapped up by summer for a fall release.

9. Imagery from the Bird’s Home: The Art of Bill Carman: Bill’s art is some of the most weird, intriguing and genuine art that I’ve ever seen. Purely extracted from his brain without outside influences he embodies what being an artist is. Surreal and like nothing else you have ever seen. This collection will have a batch of sketches, drawings and a large section on his paintings. It is coming this fall.

10. The Spectrum 22 Awards Ceremony. We are having new Spectrum awards made by Colin and Kristine Poole! We’re not ready to show the early designs yet, but they will be stunning. We will unveil them during the awards ceremony on May 23rd at the Folly Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri.

11. Spectrum Fantastic Art Live will run on May 22-24th. I will be bringing in a group of Flesk guests to the show again this year. I’ll have a separate post on this topic coming soon, too.

There’s more going on here, but this should tide you all over for the moment.

Enjoy,

John

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The Book of Giants Final Day for Bonus Goodies

BookofGiants-promo-graphicHi, all,

Today is the last day to receive an assortment of bonus goodies when pre-ordering The Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija through our Kickstarter campaign! Here’s the link for you to learn more!

Enjoy,

John

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New Video: Career-Spanning Interview with Petar Meseldzija!



In October, 2013 I was visiting The Netherlands while exhibiting as Flesk at the Strip Festival in Breda. The day after the show I visited Petar Meseldzja in his studio where we discussed a series of topics that spanned his entire career. In celebration of Petar’s The Book of Giants being available for pre-order we spent the last few weeks reviewing the footage and producing a two-part feature. I have posted the first part today which covers his career from his earliest days up till how he became the artist that he is today. The running time is 19 minutes. Next week I will post the second part where Petar offers his thoughts on “technique.”

Enjoy,

John

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Announcing “Portfolio: The Complete Various Drawings” by Mark Schultz

Mark-Schultz-Portfolio-CompleteMark Schultz and I worked together this week to create a rough layout for the interiors and to finalize the cover design for Portfolio: The Complete Various Drawings. This will be coming out in August 2015.

We have been talking over the last year about collecting all of the Various Drawings collections into a single large format book. This 272 page, 11.5 x 12 inch collection will gather all of the material from the five volumes. We are also going through and readjusting all of the scans. This is going to be stunning!

Here is the official book description.

A compelling showcase spanning seven transformative years.

During an impressive period—2005 through  2012—Mark Schultz turned his attention to producing a body of personal works and private commissions. The results, collected in the five Various Drawings volumes, focused on subjects about which Schultz feels most passionate. Among them are characters and tableaux pulled from mythology, science-fantasy and pulp adventure, featuring steely warriors and  femme fatales—his popular pulpette women included. Schultz’s Xenozoic world is profusely explored through a series of dynamic compositions with his protagonists, Jack and Hannah, placed in a variety of impossibly dangerous situations. In addition to his self-generated pieces, there are many examples of Schultz’s commercial works done for comics, film and books, as well as renderings of newly discovered dinosaurs and more.

Portfolio: The Complete Various Drawings compiles the 275 drawings found in the original five volumes as well as the cover illustrations and special bookplates. Reformatted into this oversized version, the scan for each image has been reviewed and meticulously adjusted.  All images originally reproduced in black-and-white are now presented in full color.

Found within are fully rendered drawings executed in brush-and-ink, carbon or graphite pencil. In addition, Schultz shows his process with a wealth of preliminary sketches done for a range of projects, including his upcoming Storms at Sea illustrated novella. Add to this rare sketchbook material  and Schultz’s increasing exploration of color-tinted imagery , and you have one fascinating and diverse portfolio!

Enjoy,

John

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New Videos! Steve Rude Sketching at Rose City Comic Con

Hi, all,

We have such a blast producing these new videos for every Tuesday!

We went through our footage compiled during our visit to Portland, Oregon in September 2014 when we exhibited at the Rose City Comic Con.

Steve Rude sketching at our Flesk booth!

Brom, Terry Dodson and Steve Rude signing and sketching for fans at our Flesk/Spectrum booth. Thanks to everyone who visited us!

Enjoy,

John

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The Book of Giants Stretch Goals Announced! Pre-Order and Get Special Bonus Items!

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Hi, all,

Both Petar Meseldzija and I are thrilled to have met our initial goal with The Book of Giants Kickstarter campaign through the generosity of our supporters. We will be sending the book to the printer immediately after this campaign ends in early January. Here is a summary of bonus items that people will receive if pre-ordered through Kickstarter.

1. Both the trade hardcover and deluxe edition are $10.00 off the cover price when ordered through Kickstarter!
2. Free USPS Media Mail shipping in the U.S.
3. Free exclusive print!
4. Free Book of Giants journal!

I would like to announce two stretch goals in the hope that we can offer you more bonus items.

The first is a 30 minute online streaming video of Petar creating the giant portrait that you see in the Kickstarter promotional video. I filmed Petar over the course of two days as he worked on this piece. He discusses and shows how he prepares his palette, then continues with the pencil underdrawing, followed by the underpainting, then the application of the oils.

The second stretch goal that we are adding is a full upgrade to the deluxe edition binding and slipcase. This would include quarter-binding, an inset plate on the front boards and a premium cloth on the slipcase. This would enhance the deluxe book with a much improved package. As with our previous Kickstarter campaigns we will be using all of the raised funds toward improving the production values.

These new features will come at no additional cost to those who order through Kickstarter if we meet our stretch goals.

Please note that the deluxe edition will be limited to only 500 copies and not 1000 copies as previously advertised.

Thanks again for your support!

Here’s the link to the campaign.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/448120746/the-book-of-giants

Enjoy,

John

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Pre-Order The Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija and Get Free Rewards!

BookofGiants-promo-graphicHi, all,

Today we have launched a new Kickstarter campaign to take pre-orders for The Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija. The art, text and designs are done for the book. We plan on sending it to the printer immediately after the campaign ends in early January.

Please visit this link here for the full details, to watch our promotional video, to view sample pages and to see the original art options and free rewards that are available when pledging through our campaign.

If we reach our goal we are making available some fun gifts to thank our supporters with. We also have a number of stretch goals in mind. Should we be fortunate enough, we will continue to add value and more gifts along the way.

One of the reasons why we like using Kickstarter is that it helps us to fine tune the final production components of the book. For instance, with our Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method Kickstarter campaign, its success allowed us to add all the bells and whistles and editions that we had hoped for, and let us reward our early supporters with a lot of bonus free goodies. This new Kickstarter campaign for The Book of Giants will determine if we can produce the deluxe edition and finalize the binding and extras that we can include in the book. The more advance orders we receive, the more upgrades we can include.

For instance, with the Frank Cho Kickstarter campaign funds that we received earlier this year, Frank and I poured all of the money, and more, into the book. Our goal is to have a beautiful book–something that we can be proud of. And that is the same philosophy that I have for each new project that I work on. I won’t work with people whose focus is the money. To me, that is the wrong focus and one that will blind and doom the project. Instead we focus on the work, the art, the designs, the book, the process and on our supporters. That is our definition of success and reward.

We invite you to take a look at The Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija.

Enjoy,

John

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