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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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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New Flesk books: Two New Titles, Two Titles Back in Stock!

Hi, everyone,

I’m pleased to announce that we have two new titles out, and two titles back in stock.

Nexus-Chronicles-cover-webNow Available: The Nexus Chronicles by Steve Rude

The Nexus Chronicles focuses on Steve Rude’s role as artist and co-creator of this award-winning series. Three dedicated years have gone into assembling the original art for eight of The Dude’s favorite creations, including Nexus: Wages of Sin #1 and Next Nexus #1, both of which are shown with their pencil and finished inked forms facing one another to highlight the process. Nexus #50 and the rarely seen eight-page “All in Sundra” are reproduced from their inked originals. Also featured is the previously unpublished Nexus #99 in pencil form and the fully painted Sundra story “When She Was Young,” and more. Each issue has been meticulously scanned directly from The Dude’s personal archives.

Every chapter opens with a spotlight on Steve Rude’s painted covers and supplemental drawings taken from his sketchbooks. These openings highlight concept drawings, preparatory thumbnails and cover-color compositions, following an introduction by the artist. An expanded interview offers insight into his craft, and photographs by Greg Preston show Rude working in his studio.

Every order placed through Flesk comes with a free full size 17 x 22″, 6 page newspaper of Nexus, The Comic Strip!

Order here: http://fleskpublications.com/flesksite/index.php?route=product/product&path=18_46&product_id=151

Terry-Dodson-Bombshells-collection-two-spread-webTerry Dodson’s Bombshells Vol. 2

Terry Dodson’s Bombshells Sketchbook Collection Two brings together hand-picked drawings and sketches from 2008 to 2013 into a beautiful 48 page hardbound collection. While the collection gathers the now out of print Bombshells Sketchbooks #4-7 it also showcases new material including a step-by-step look into the creation of the exquisite cover art. Additionally, all the artwork has been rescanned and is presented in a gorgeous 7.75 x 10.25 inch format! Larger images and enhanced colors make this the best Terry Dodson Sketchbook collection to date!

This collection is available direct from Terry Dodson at the shows where he appears and from Flesk Publications.

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Order here: http://fleskpublications.com/flesksite/index.php?route=product/product&path=18_68&product_id=180

Notes-from-the-shadowed-city-webBack in Stock: Notes from the Shadowed City and Arthur Adams Monsters Attack!!!

From the imagination of award-winning artist Jeffrey Alan Love comes this illustrated tale of swords and magic, memory and loss, and the overwhelming desire to find a way home no matter the cost. His first book detailing this fantastic journey, Notes From the Shadowed City is told through small moments that create a larger narrative. Love employs his renowned artistry to create a heavily visual narrative boasting more than seventy illustrations, and every spread features his art along with handwritten text—a captivating journal entry that expands into a visual symphony. As you follow in the footsteps of this young man, you’ll be intrigued to seek out the Shadowed City.

Every order comes with a signed 5 x 7 inch print.

http://fleskpublications.com/flesksite/index.php?route=product/product&path=18_98&product_id=177

Arthur-Adams-Monsters-Attack-cover-webArthur Adams Monsters Attack!!!

After selling out its first printing Monsters Attack!!! by Arthur Adams is back in stock.
Arthur Adams pulls together an assortment of his favorite monster art completed over the last 10 years. You will find awesome creatures, epic beasts, and Adams luscious and adventuresome femmes in fantasy scenes done in his richly rendered pen and ink technique.

This 48-page paperback (8.5 x 11 in.) book contains over 50 images and is available exclusively from Flesk.

http://fleskpublications.com/flesksite/index.php?route=product/product&path=18_94&product_id=160

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk at Comic-Con in San Diego. New Books and Signings. Booth #5019

Hi, everyone,

It’s Comic-Con time! Here’s a selection of goodies and signings that will be happening at our Flesk booth #5019.

Carbon-2-Mark-Schultz-webNew books that you can find at our booth are Carbon 2 by Mark Schultz, Elfquest: The Art of the Story by Richard and Wendy Pini, Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love and The Nexus Chronicles by Steve Rude.

dam-keeper-flesk-print-sdccWe will also have fresh copies of Arthur Adams Monsters Attacks!!! and copies of The Art of The Dam Keeper with an exclusive 5 x 7 inch print signed by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi!

A batch of new free promotional postcards for Spectrum 23, Notes From the Shadowed City and more will be at our booth. Stop on by and they are yours!

Which artists will be at Comic-Con in San Diego that I work with? A bunch! You can meet Arthur Adams, Daren Bader, Frank Cho, Terry Dodson, Craig Elliott, Gary Gianni, Richard and Wendy Pini, Mark Schultz, Jim Silke, William Stout and Bruce Timm! Please feel free to stop by our Flesk booth #5019 to check on signing times and to ask for directions to meet all of these wonderful people. They all sit nearby us and we can direct you right to them.

I’ll be moderating a panel on Thursday. After its popularity last year we are continuing our discussion about what it’s like to work independently on creator owned properties. Here’s the official description. Take a look at the lineup of creators that will be speaking with me! Here’s the location, time and description.

Making the Leap to Creator Owned Properties: Tales from the IP Jungle, Thursday, 7/21/16, 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m., Room: 28DE

Moderator John Fleskes (Flesk publications) leads a rousing discussion with Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows, World of Payne, Savage Wolverine), Terry Dodson (Princess Leia, Red One, Uncanny X-Men), Wendy and Richard Pini (Elfquest) and Mark Schultz (Storms at Sea, Xenozoic) about the differences between working for major publishers and shepherding through their personal projects. The pros, the cons, the triumphs, the tears! Plus, panelists share the latest news of upcoming projects.

See you at the show!

Enjoy,

John

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The Nexus Chronicles by Steve Rude with Free Bonus Nexus Strip!

Nexus-chronicles-steve-rude-fleskHi, everyone,

I talked with Steve Rude this morning about what type of bonus item we can include with Flesk direct orders of The Nexus Chronicles. Steve graciously offered his Nexus strip!

Every order of The Nexus Chronicles placed through Flesk comes with a free Nexus full size 17 x 22″ newspaper strip! It’s 10 pages including the covers.

We will receive our copies of the book any day now when we will immediately begin shipping the orders. We’re very proud of this book and look forward to hearing your feedback.

Order on the Flesk website here!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 23 Done! Sent to the Printer!

Hi, everyone,

Spectrum 23 is wrapped up and has been sent to the printer. In the past I had finished the book by July 1st, but this year took me ten extra days to complete due to some extra design work and new ideas I implemented. I want the book to continually evolve and grow with each year. I’m very happy with how it turned out!

Spectrum-23-HB-jacket-FleskHere’s the hardcover jacket design for Spectrum 23. This is last part of the book that I worked on, which is one of my favorite things to design.

On the front cover we have “The Year of the Ram” by Android Jones.
The back cover features “Behind the Veil” by Julie Bell.
The back flap highlights “Cathy’s Ghost” by Laurie Lee Brom.
The front flap showcases “What Lies Beneath” by Miranda Meeks.

There are also a number of fresh quotes that I would like to thank the following artists for providing: Marc Scheff, Terryl Whitlatch, Virginie Ropars, John Picacio, Jeffrey Alan Love, Victo Ngai, and The Shifflet Brothers.

Spectrum 23 comes out this fall. It can be pre-ordered at a special price direct from the Flesk website here.

Enjoy,

John

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Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love Now Available!

jeffrey-alan-love-signing-notes-shadowsNotes-blurbsNow available from Flesk! Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love. Jeff was at our office last week signing all of the prints.

We are shipping all of the pre-orders now. All hardcovers ordered through Flesk comes with a unique signed print.

Notes From the Shadowed City is the travelogue of a young man who sets off on a journey to research magical swords. He finds himself stranded in a land he does not know and enters a city with no name over which looms an ominous floating citadel. As he seeks a way home, he fills his notebook with drawings and observations of his life in this strange place. It is full of masked swordsmen, cities that walk, ancient gods, swords made from petrified trees and dragons that move mountains. There’s also a mysterious woman who captures his heart.

From the imagination of award-winning artist Jeffrey Alan Love comes this illustrated tale of swords and magic, memory and loss, and the overwhelming desire to find a way home no matter the cost. His first book detailing this fantastic journey, Notes From the Shadowed City is told through small moments that create a larger narrative. Love employs his renowned artistry to create a heavily visual narrative boasting more than seventy illustrations, and every spread features his art along with handwritten text—a captivating journal entry that expands into a visual symphony. As you follow in the footsteps of this young man, you’ll be intrigued to seek out the Shadowed City.

You can order the book at the Flesk website here.

Enjoy,

John

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Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love: Original Art Edition!

Notes-blurbsHi, everyone,

Update: Trade edition now available for pre-order.

I’ve posted the $24.95 hardcover trade edition of Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love on the Flesk website for pre-order. I talked to Jeff today and he has agreed to include a unique signed 5 x 7 inch print with this edition.

You can learn more here.

http://fleskpublications.com/flesksite/index.php?route=product/product&path=18_98&product_id=177

Update: Sold Out in 11 hours. Thank you!

We have a special treat for you today. Jeffrey Alan Love has produced 100 original paintings that come with his Notes From the Shadowed City Original Art Edition!

There are only 100 copies available. Each copy includes an original piece of art by Love. The paintings were completed using acrylic and ink on 5 x 6 inch stonehenge paper. Each painting is unique and different at approximately 4 x 5 inches.

In addition, the book comes with a 5 x 7 inch print. Both the print and book will be signed and numbered. Watch the video to see the 100 originals.

Order at the Flesk website here:

http://fleskpublications.com/flesksite/index.php?route=product/product&path=18_98&product_id=175

Enjoy,

John

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New Mark Schultz Kickstarter Campaign Launched

Hi, everyone,

Our latest Kickstarter campaign is now live. This one features two books by Mark Schultz. The first is his latest art book Carbon 2, which collects his most recent work into a single volume. The second book is for an oversized limited edition of his Storms at Sea book. Both titles can be pre-ordered using our Kickstarter campaign. We have free bonus items, free shipping in the U.S. and stretch goals in place for more upgrades and bonus items as the campaign grows.

Here’s the Kickstarter link:

Carbon 2 is done, while we will be designing the deluxe Storms at Sea this month.

Thanks for taking a look.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 23 Awards Ceremony Pictures and Story

Hello, everyone,

The Spectrum 23 Awards Ceremony was held on May 7, 2016 at the Society of Illustrators in New York City. The following thirty pictures with captions represent a visual journal of the evening.

A special thank you to the presenters, everyone at the Society of illustrators who assisted with the event and to everyone who joined us during the evening.

Also, our utmost gratitude goes to Colin and Kristine Poole for once again making the original bronze Spectrum Muse awards. They are stunning to see in person!

Unless otherwise noted, most of these photographs were taken by our volunteer for the evening, Brian Britigan, who was recommended by Dan dos Santos and Sam Weber. Thank you so much gentlemen!

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The legendary artists Vincent di Fate (at left) and Michael Whelan talk prior to the event starting.

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Cathy Fenner with Arnie Fenner (center) and Dave Palumbo (right). Dave was the single representative from the Spectrum 23 jury present that evening.

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One of my favorite illustrators and Spectrum 21 Call for Entries poster artist, Victo Ngai talks with Donato Giancola.

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Arnie Fenner (left) and Cathy Fenner with me, John Fleskes, prior to the event starting.

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Marc Scheff entertains as the awards ceremony is about to begin.

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Here, I open the Spectrum Awards ceremony by talking about the importance of the Spectrum community and its open door policy, why artists are my heroes, paying compliments to the Spectrum 23 jury and introduce Colin and Kristine Poole to present the Rising Star Award.

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Kristine and Colin Poole present the Spectrum Rising Star Award to new emerging artist who has shown an exceptional ability. Colin and Kristine conceived this award and I gave them my blessing to incorporate it into the Spectrum awards. This year the recognition went to Victor Maury.

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Victo Ngai presenting the Advertising category and revealing the silver and gold recipients.

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Nico Delort at the podium giving his acceptance speech for receiving the Spectrum Gold Award in the Advertising category.

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Art director for Orbit Books, Lauren Panepinto presenting the Book Awards category.

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Senior editor at Abrams ComicArts and Spectrum Advisory Board member, Charles Kochman presents the Comic category awards.

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Dan dos Santos accepting on behalf of Nic Klein for his Silver Award in the Comics category for “Drifter.”

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The science fiction illustrator, Vincent di Fate presents the awards for the Concept Art category.

Spectrum23-awards-pic-14Cathy and Arnie Fenner pause to reflect on those we lost in 2015 as well as to pay tribute to Kim Kincaid who passed away recently. This was a very touching part of the ceremony which included a short video.

In the lower middle is the technician Steve Compton who helped immensely by running the videos throughout the evening. Thanks Steve!

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Nine time Spectrum award winner, Donato Giancola continued the ceremony by presenting the Dimensional category awards.

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The art director for Asset International, SooJin Buzelli was our presenter for the Editorial category awards.

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Artist and entrepreneur, Marc Scheff lent his excellent speaking skills to presenting the Institutional category awards.

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Dave Palumbo was in attendance to present the Institutional Silver Award to his mother, Julie Bell. A highlight of the evening, especially with mother’s day being the next day.

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The amazing Julie Bell during her acceptance speech.

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The publisher of Baby Tattoo Books and long time friend of Spectrum, Bob Self offered his exceptional stage presence while presenting the Unpublished category awards.

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Artist Rob Rey during his acceptance speech for receiving the Gold award in the Unpublished category.

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Rebecca Guay, who is one of the most respected artists in the industry, honored us by presenting the Spectrum Grand Master Award to Mike Mignola.

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Rebecca Guay as she invited Mike Mignola up on the stage.

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Mike Mignola giving his acceptance speech for joining the ranks of a Spectrum Grand Master.

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As the awards ceremony came to a close, a group of us gathered for a picture on stage. From left to right: Bob Self, Julie Bell, Donato Giancola, Arnie Fenner, Cathy Fenner, Nico Delort, Mike Mignola, Charles Kochman, Richard Pini and John Fleskes.

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Mike Mignola during the after party showing off his custom made one of a kind bronze Grand Master Award made by Colin and Kristine Poole. Everyone wanted to talk with Mike and get a picture with him. Mike hasn’t quite figured out what an inspiration he is to the community at large. He’s humble that way.

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Overview shot of the after party on the third floor of the Society of Illustrators. In the far back you can see the original Normal Rockwell painting hanging above the bar.

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My dear friend and mentor (along with Cathy) and Spectrum co-founder, Arnie Fenner during the after party. Picture by John Fleskes.

Spectrum23-awards-pic-29Micheal Whelan, Donato Giancola and Arnie Fenner enjoying the after party. Picture by John Fleskes.

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Colin Poole with Dimensional category nominee Patrick Masson. Patrick flew in from France and brought his original work “The Blind Death” that was nominated for everyone to view. Amazing! Picture by John Fleskes.

Thanks again to everyone who came. This event takes weeks to prepare, but it is one of the best moments of the year. I’ll see you at the awards ceremony in Kansas City next year!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 23 Awards Recipients!

Spectrum-23-cover-webFor 23 years Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art has been celebrating imaginative works by creators from around the world. During a ceremony in New York City Saturday night, May 7th, the celebration continued with the presentation of Gold and Silver Awards for exemplary art from the previous year in eight categories: Advertising, Book, Comics, Concept Art, Dimensional, Editorial, Institutional, and Unpublished. The ceremony was held in the historic Society of Illustrators carriage house in midtown Manhattan and presided over by Spectrum’s Director and publisher, John Fleskes. Presenters included such luminaries of the art community as Soojin Buzelli, Vincent Di Fate, Donato Giancola, Rebecca Guay, Charlie Kochman, Lauren Panepinto, Victo  Ngaio, Marc Scheff, and Bob Self. Spectrum co-founders Cathy and Arnie Fenner introduced a memorial video devoted to the creatives who had passed away in the previous year.

The 5 finalists and award-recipients in each category were selected by a blue-ribbon jury consisting of David Palumbo [artist], Cynthia Sheppard [artist/art director], Kirk Thatcher [director/producer/SFX artist], Charlie Wen [game designer], and Terryl Whitlatch [concept artist/film designer] from over 5000 artworks submitted to the twenty-third annual competition. Also presented at the ceremony were the Rising Star Award, created and presented by sculptors Kristine and Colin Poole and intended to encourage a young artist, and the Spectrum Grand Master Award which honors the career accomplishments of a living artist. This year’s recipient was legendary comics creator Mike Mignola, who was present to accept his award and say a few words to the audience.

The award-winning art will appear with nearly 500 other pieces selected by the judges in the Spectrum 23 book, which will be published by Flesk Publications in November.

Spectrum 23 Awards Recipients

2016 GRAND MASTER HONOREE
Mike Mignola

ADVERTISING

Silver Award
Joseph Qiu / “24 Hour Movie Marathon”

Gold Award
Nico Delort / “The Blessing of Athena”

Other nominees:
Bartosz Kosowski / “Discworld”
Colin Poole / “Vishnu’s Third Avatar”
Andrew Thompson / “Glitch”

BOOK

Silver Award
Karla Ortiz / “Sorcerer of the Wildeeps”

Gold Award
Rovina Cai / “Tom, Thom”

Other nominees:
Chris Ayers  /”Munchasaurus Rex”
Annie Stegg Gerard / “Renard and the Strawberries”
Donato Giancola / “Vesuvius”

COMIC

Silver Award
Nic Klein / “Drifter”

Gold Award
Daren Bader / “Tribes of Kai, page 41”

Other nominees:
Gael Bertrand / “Island #4 cover”
Tyler Crook / “Harrow County #1 cover”
Paolo Rivera / “Hellboy 1953”

CONCEPT ART

Silver Award
Te Hu / “Journey to West”

Gold Award
Vance Kovacs / “King Louie’s Court”

Other nominees:
Mirko Failoni / “The Mushroom Forest”
Seth Rutledge / “Window View”
Bayard Wu / “Dragon Island”

DIMENSIONAL

Silver Award
Thomas Kuebler / “Adelpha and Her Sister”

Gold Award
Forest Rogers / “The Morrigan”

Other nominees:
Akihito / “Death Wings”
Patrick Masson / “The Blind Death”
Dug Stanat / “Meeting Master Jones”

EDITORIAL

Silver Award
Chris Seaman / “Family Portraithausen: A Tribute to Ray Harryhausen”

Gold Award
Tran Nguyen/”Traveling To a Distant Day”

Other nominees:
Donato Giancola / “Empathy”
Greg Ruth / “Finnegan’s Field”
Sam Weber / “The Language of Knives”

INSTITUTIONAL

Silver Award
Julie Bell / “Behind the Veil”

Gold Award
Tyler Jacobson / “Exalted Angel”

Other nominees:
Wesley Burt / “Natural Connection”
Bill Carman / “Medieval Batman”
Te Hu / “Offering”

UNPUBLISHED

Silver Award
Wayne Haag / “Dust Devil”

Gold Award
Rob Rey / “Bioluminescence”

Other nominees:
Dragan Bibin / “Pull”
Jaemin Kim / “King Under the Mountain”
Greg Opalinski / “Initiate”

RISING STAR AWARD

Victor Maury

Other nominees:
J.A.W. Cooper
Yoann Lossel

2016 GRAND MASTER HONOREE

Mike Mignola

Enjoy,

John

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The Spectrum Awards Ceremony is this Saturday!

Spectrum-23-cover-webThe Spectrum Awards Ceremony is this Saturday!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Tickets to the Spectrum 23 Awards Ceremony May 7th are now available. Tickets are FREE but are required to get a seat—and seating is limited. If you don’t need a chair or are content to hang out in the upstairs bar while the awards are presented, a ticket isn’t necessary and you are absolutely welcome to attend and help celebrate the accomplishments of our community.
Doors open at 6:00pm, ceremony begins at 7:00pm.
See you in New York!
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I’ll post the recipients here on Sunday. Good luck to everyone!

Enjoy,

John

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Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love Book Proofs Approved

Flesk-Shadows-proofs shadow-proofsHi, everyone,

I’ve just wrapped up reviewing and approving the proofs for Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love. It is scheduled to go on the press early next week.

We will be making the 100 copy special edition that comes with an original piece of art by Jeff available on Monday, May 16 at 10:00AM PST. You will want one! We will be giving ample notice before it is available on the Flesk website so that you have every opportunity to get one before they sell out.

I’ll make an announcement on our blog once it is available.

Enjoy,

John

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Warren Chang Figure Painting Demonstration Pictures

Greetings, everyone,

Warren Chang conducted a figure painting demonstration on Sunday, April 17th held at Carmel Visual Arts. I was there and took a series of pictures to capture the evening. The Carmel Visual Arts offers weekly painting and drawing classes.

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Warren Chang paints from start to finish from the model over the course of two hours. Cameras project his canvas and pallete onto large screens for the audience to have an unobstructed view.

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You can follow Warren Chang on Facebook to learn about his next painting demonstration.

Enjoy,

John

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Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love

Notes-blurbsHi, everyone,

I’ve sent our latest book off to the printer! Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love is coming this summer from Flesk!

The first time I saw a piece by Jeff I knew I was looking at an artist who was unique, different and special. Then when I met him in person for the first time I understood why his art is as sophisticated and captivating as it is. Jeff has an inner driven force of creativity and vision that rarely manifests and matures in an artist without having experienced, conquered and triumphed over life’s harshest challenges. I knew at that moment that I wanted to work with him at some point.

This brings us to Notes From the Shadowed City. From the imagination of Jeffrey Alan Love comes this illustrated tale of swords and magic, memory and loss, and the overwhelming desire to find a way home no matter the cost.

Stay tuned for the full details about the book and our special edition that will be available with an original piece of artwork this summer. You won’t want to miss it!

Learn more at: http://www.jeffreyalanlove.com/

Enjoy,

John

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The Making of Steve Rude’s “The Nexus Chronicles”

Nexus-Chronicles-cover-webMany of the projects that I work on are sparked during a simple dialogue. The Nexus Chronicles was initiated in this way. I was talking with Steve Rude over the phone in 2013, probably about some new illustration book that came out or his giving me a motivational talk, or going back and forth about projects we are working on–all of which are regular conversational themes–when one of these sparks caught my eye.

To put this spark in its proper perspective it’s necessary to talk about how I’m inspired by the packaging of certain French Albums. In particular Soleil published a special edition of Belladone in 2004 that showcases the art of Pierre Alary. Included are the preliminary penciled pages and rough layouts alongside the finished inks for the entire story. It was done in an elegant design and still remains a favorite book of mine.

Going back to the phone call with The Dude, the topic of the preserved copies of his pencil work came up, as did the possibility of the inks being accessible to some of our favorite stories that he inked. That’s when I initially brought up the idea of The Nexus Chronicles.

This book also coincided with the decision by Steve and his wife Jaynelle to sell the originals for the four issue Next Nexus story. This comes to about 100 pages inked by Steve. Issue #1 was sold as a set, while the rest were broken up and sold as individual pages. While the pages were still accessible, they were scanned for archival purposes. It was natural for me to propose the idea that we reproduce Next Nexus in its entirety with its pencils side-by-side the inked pages.

After discovering the other Nexus stories that were accessible in its original form we decided to focus on a more overreaching look at Nexus by including Nexus: Wages of Sin #1 and Next Nexus #1, both of which are shown with their pencil and finished inked forms facing one another to highlight the process. Nexus #50 and the rarely seen eight-page “All in Sundra” are reproduced from their inked originals. Also featured is the previously unpublished Nexus #99 in pencil form and the fully painted Sundra story “When She Was Young,” and more. The book comes to 304 pages. It’s a mighty fine collection.

A few stories showcase a story in pencils and inks to show the process, some as just pencils and others solely in its final form. This was Steve’s idea to allow a contrast and variability to the presentation to make the book more interesting. I have to agree, it was a good call.

My favorite story reproduced is the unpublished Nexus #99 story that was abandoned after Steve completed the pencils. This was intended to be the first of a four issue series that would be published by Dark Horse Comics. Unfortunately, the series was cancelled due to low overall sales of Nexus. Steve was informed prior to finishing issue #1, yet he decided to finish it on his own accord. I first saw these originals when I was working with Steve on Artist in Motion. I made a vow to myself to find a vehicle to get this in print one day. If Next Nexus was the catalyst for a collection, “The Root of Evil” was the foundation.

The Nexus Chronicles represents a promise to myself, a format I’ve been longing to design and featuring an artist whose work I am passionate about. I’m very pleased with this combination and the outcome of the book.

As with most artists that I know there is no clear date for how long I’ve known them. For instance, I was first introduced to Steve Rude in 1985 through the early Capital published comic book Nexus. I met him for the first time in person when he made an appearance at Wondercon in San Francisco in 1997. Then I have known him since 2004 which is when we first talked about working together during the San Diego Comic Con. This led to our first book Artist in Motion, which was published in 2007.

Regardless of how long we’ve known each other, this book has been in the works since 1985. I just didn’t know it at the time.

The Nexus Chronicles is off the press and is shipping to our distributor. I expect our copies to arrive in June. Everyone who buys a copy direct from Flesk will receive a free signed print. More details on this coming soon! Pre-order the book here.

Enjoy,

John

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Art-of-the-Dam-Keeper-webHi, everyone,

If you are lucky enough to be at the Emerald City Comic Con this weekend there are a number of artists exhibiting who I am privileged to have published: Rachel and Terry Dodson, Terryl Whitlatch, Brom and as Tonko House, Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi. The Tonko House booth has “The Art of the Dam Keeper” where Robert and Dice are signing copies.

I skipped the show this weekend to focus on new books and the upcoming Spectrum Awards Ceremony next month, but we’ll be back with a Flesk/Spectrum booth in Seattle in the future!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum Rising Star Award Nominees Announced

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J.A.W. Cooper, Yoann Lossel and Victor Maury have been selected by Colin and Kristine Poole as the Rising Star nominees for 2016. The Spectrum Rising Star Award will be presented on May 7th at the Spectrum Awards Ceremony held at the Society of Illustrators in New York City.

This award will recognize and acknowledge one of these three emerging artists. Each demonstrates exceptional abilities and a dedication in the fantastic art arena. The recipient will be presented with the award by the Poole’s at the gala on May 7th.

To learn about the history behind the Rising Star Award, follow the link.

Enjoy,

John

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