Dean Yeagle Fake Artwork For Sale On Ebay

Dean Yeagle brought to our attention a fake original drawing of his art for sale on Ebay. Here’s the link:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DEAN-YEAGLE-Original-PENCIL-signed-SEXY-GIRL-/170742195067?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27c107237b

It’s an obvious crude copy of his art and not done by Dean. Looking at the other auctions this same seller has for sale, the pieces on offer look highly suspect to me. Whether this dealer is knowingly selling fake original art or has no clue what he is actually offering is not for me to say. This is a good example of why it is important to be careful when purchasing originals and to familiarize yourself with the artist before buying artwork so you don’t get duped.

Dean Yeagle has already filed a complaint with Ebay about this fake representation of himself being available. As of this writing it looks to have been pulled down, but as possibly sold to someone who unknowingly thought it to be genuine, unfortunately.

If you notice more fake artwork by this dealer or at any other time, I encourage you to notify Ebay.

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

Mark Schultz Original Art Benefit Auction

If you are in the market for Mark Schultz original art, Mark urges you to check out these two items he has posted on eBay. The auctions are for a worthy cause: all proceeds go to the Benefit for Carrie Smurkowski. Carrie is a good friend of Mark and Denise’s who is battling cancer and facing horrendous medical bills.

You can access the auctions by going to eBay and “Mark Schultz benefit art,” or go directly to:


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mark-Schultz-ORIGINAL-ART-BENEFIT-Auction-FEMALE-WARRIOR-AMAZON-w-SERPENT-/270867426460

and:


http://www.ebay.com:80/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290642021281

The auctions conclude Sunday, December 11.

12/12/2011 Update: Thanks to all those who placed a bid. These auctions raised over $3000.00 to help Carrie with her medical bills.

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
Artwork © 2011 Mark Schultz

Mark Schultz Interview and Xenozoic Book Review at Comics Bulletin

The Comics Bulletin website has posted both and interview with Mark Schultz by Jason Sacks, and a book review of Xenozoic.

I’m not sure that “Book review” is the appropriate term since Danny Djeljosevic and Jason Sacks do so much more than simply review the book. They use a unique discussion approach of sharing their thoughts about Schultz and his epic story.  Danny and Jason offer a very detailed and clear understanding of the art and story within, as well as share interesting opinions about the collection, all the while bouncing thoughts off of each other. Whether you are familiar with Schultz or new to Xenozoic, this discussion review will grab your attention and be worth your while to read. They obviously invested a lot of time into this review.

Secondly is the Schultz interview by Jason Sacks. Jason met up with Mark and me at my Flesk booth at Comic-Con in San Diego on the Friday afternoon of the show. I sat next to them as the interview was being conducted. I was very impressed with Jason’s knowledge of Schultz and the comic field as a whole. He asked great follow-up questions without skipping a beat. He questions were clear without hesitation. Jason is good at what he does.

Links can be found below.

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
Text © 2011 John Fleskes

Links:
Danny Djeljosevic and Jason Sacks book review of Xenozoic at Comics Bulletin
Mark Schultz interview by Jason Sacks at Comics Bulletin
Xenozoic by Mark Schultz

Spectrum 19 Call For Entries Now Open

The Spectrum Fantastic Art website has recently announced that the Spectrum 19 Call For Entries is now open. This year’s poster is by Rebecca Guay, who in my opinion produced an stunning and beautiful work of art.

Spectrum Fantastic Art co-director Arnie Fenner posted a blog about the back story and creative process of this latest poster on the Muddy Colors blog. You will find some variations and thumbnails showing alternate versions.

Interesting enough I was at the Spectrum 17 dinner Arnie mentions when Bill Carman, Rebecca Guay and Iain McCaig all volunteered to do the Spectrum 18, 19 and 20 posters, respectively. I’ve enjoyed seeing how that evening of good conversation has led to the two posters so far, with still a third to come.

The Spectrum 19 jury consists of Scott Gustafson, Peter de Sève, Jeremy Cranford, Jon Schindehette, and Dawn Rivera-Ernster. Visit the links below to learn more about Spectrum and for entry information.

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
Text © 2011 John Fleskes

Links:
Muddy Colors blog with back story by Arnie Fenner
Spectrum 19 Call For Entries details
Spectrum Fantastic Art website

Petar Meseldžija at Illuxcon 4 This Weekend

Petar Meseldžija will be at Illuxcon 4 running from November 3-6, 2011. Petar will have original paintings and drawings on display and for sale, as well as copies of The Legend of Steel Bashaw and Flesk Prime. Petar is a good friend and phenomenal artist. He is a delight to converse with. If you are fortunate enough to make the show you’ll definitely want to make a point to meet him.

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publicaitons
Text © 2011 John Fleskes. Artwork © 2011 Petar Meseldžija

Links:
Illuxcon website
Petar Meseldžija blog
The Legend of Steel Bashaw
Flesk Prime

Spectrum 18 and Spectrum Live News

 

The Spectrum Fantastic Art website has announced that Spectrum 18 will be available very soon from your favorite bookseller. Arnie and Cathy Fenner have posted a video flip-through of the book giving us a glimpse of who is included in this latest collection of the best in contemporary fantastic art.

 

In addition, Spectrum has announced that advance registration for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live is available on their website. Three day passes are only $40.00 and single day passes will be available at the door for $20.00. Spectrum Live will be held in Kansas City, Missouri with special guests Brom, Mike Mignola, Iain McCaig, Phil Hale and Andrew Jones.

I’ll have a Flesk booth at the show. Joining me will be Gary Gianni, Petar Meseldzija, Mark Schultz, William Stout. Craig Elliott will be there as well with his own booth. (That’s the entire Flesk Prime group!) I’m excited about being a part of this inaugural new event that focuses on the artists. As the show nears I will have some surprises to share.

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

Links:
Spectrum Fantastic Art website
Spectrum 18 sneak peak
Spectrum Fantastic Art Live website
Flesk Prime

Remembering Minck Oosterveer

I received the devastating news from Mark Theloson and Paul Renaud yesterday morning that Minck Oosterveer passed away, the result of a motorcycle accident. We are all in shock and numb from the news. Just over a week ago Minck, Gianni, Stout, Schultz Petar Meseldzija and I were sitting in the Apollo Hotel lobby in Breda, The Netherlands having breakfast and enjoying each other’s company as we relaxed before the start of the Strip Festival. That Saturday evening was also a pleasant dinner with Minck in attendance. I consider myself fortunate to have met him and had a brief look into how kind and wonderful this great man was.

You can search the web to learn more about Minck the artist: www.minckoosterveer.com. For the time being, I would like to focus instead on the man–his pleasant demeanor and kind spirit and let it be known there are scores of friends out there that are saddened deeply by Minck’s passing. He will be sorely missed.

Beyond this tragedy, I find a peace knowing he was surrounded by friends, colleagues, peers and fans just a few days before his untimely death where people could celebrate him and his work and spend time with him one last time.

My most sincere condolences go out to his family.

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
photos provided by Mark Thelson

Randall Dahlk Wins 2011 Best Publication Design Eisner Award!

Over the next few weeks I will be posting a series of blogs about my exhibiting at Comic-Con International in San Diego for 2011.

I want to start off by highlighting one of the most exciting moments of the show to me. This was when my friend, Randall Dahlk received the Eisner award for Best Publication Design for the book Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition (IDW). I believe his Eisner is well-deserved and I am very happy for him. Randy was up against some steep competition, including 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking (Taschen).

Throughout the day leading to the awards ceremony I was informing people of his nomination which embarrassed him and he countered by downplayed it. Later that evening I spent time with Randy just before he went to the awards ceremony. I took some video commentary of him in his hotel room. (No, it’s not for public consumption—hilarious, but we’ll keep it to ourselves.) He was a little nervous and anxious, yet modest and felt that his chances of winning were slim.

At 11:30PM on Friday night I called Randy to see what was going on, but no one answered. He told me the Best Publication Design category was the final award of the evening and I knew the event ended around 11:00PM. I asked him to call me as soon as he had a chance. Finally, my restless sleep was appeased at 12:43AM when I received a text message from Randy, “win.” I was elated.

A big congratulations goes out to Randy!

You can learn about Randy and view his latest designs at his Retro Randy blog.

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

Petar Meseldžija nominated for 2011 Chesley Award!

Unk! by Petar Meseldžija

Unk! by Petar Meseldžija

Congratulations to Petar Meseldžija for being nominated for a 2011 Chesley Award. His work titled “Unk!” is among the six pieces being considered in the Unpublished Monochrome category. A posting on the Muddy Colors blog shows a list of all nominees and their art being considered.

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
text © 2011 John Fleskes

Links:
Muddy Colors post showing Chesley Awards nominations by Dan Dos Santos
Petar Meseldzija blog

Congratulations to Wesley St. Claire Recipient of the Inaugural Al Williamson Memorial Scholarship Award! Plus All 2011 Kubert School Scholarship Winners!

Wesley St. Clair and Victor Williamson. Photo courtesy The Kubert School.

Wesley St. Clair and Victor Williamson. Photo courtesy The Kubert School.

Congratulations to Wesley St. Claire who is the recipient of the inaugural Al Williamson Memorial Scholarship $1000 Award for a worthy second year student going into the third year at The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon & Graphic Art. The scholarship is sponsored by the family & friends of Al Williamson. The award was presented by Al Williamson’s son, Victor, on Friday May 13th, 2011.

The following press release regarding the Al Williamson Memorial Scholarship was provided by Mike Chen from The Kubert School. You will find full details about the scholarship and information on how you can contribute for next year. Also be sure to read the scholarship winners for all categories further down.

Wesley St. Clair, Joe Kubert and Victor Williamson. Photo courtesy The Kubert School.

Wesley St. Clair, Joe Kubert and Victor Williamson. Photo courtesy The Kubert School.

Al Williamson Memorial Scholarship Details

Dover, NJ (May 13, 2011) – The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon & Graphic Art, Inc., announces a new art scholarship for its students.

The friends and family of Al Williamson have established the scholarship in the famed illustrator’s name in 2010. They made this decision due to Al’s longstanding friendship with various Kubert School alumni as well with the school’s founder, Joe Kubert.

This $1000 scholarship award is offered only to a current 2nd Year student going into his or her 3rd Year at the Kubert School. Funding for the ongoing scholarship is based on contributions from the many admirers of Al’s artwork. Contributions can be sent directly to the Kubert School. Please make out checks to “The Joe Kubert School”, but add the notation that it is intended for the “Al Williamson Scholarship Fund”.

The scholarship joins several others offered at the Kubert School including the DC Comics Scholarship and those set up to honor artists such as Norman Maurer, Dave Simons and Dave Cockrum.

The winner must be in good standing with the Kubert School, show exceptional promise, be committed to a career in illustration and/or comic book art, and prove financial need. It is open to American citizens as well as foreign students. There can only be one winner of this award per school year.

Applicants must submit three (3) pieces of artwork. The choice of subject matter and media are left to the applicant’s discretion.

Originals for submission will not be accepted. Hardcopies or photocopies only are acceptable. They must be 11” x 17” each. CD-ROMs are unacceptable. Artwork will not be returned to the applicants.

Applicants must include their name and contact info on each piece. This information must be legible.

The Williamson family will select the winner. At least one runner-up will also be selected by the Williamson’s in case the 1st place winner is unable to accept the award.

The name of the winner will be announced at a private ceremony for its students and staff held at the Kubert School on May 13. Victor Williamson, Al’s son, will present the award.

Legendary cartoonist Joe Kubert (Hawkman, Sgt. Rock) founded the Kubert School in 1976 with his wife, Muriel. Since then he and his faculty of professional artists have trained hundreds of cartoonists, illustrators, animators and graphic designers. Joe continues to run the school to this day with his sons Adam (Wolverine, Spider-Man) and Andy (Batman, Green Lantern), also respected artists in the comic book industry.

Alfonso “Al” Williamson was an American cartoonist, comic book artist and illustrator specializing in adventure, Western and science-fiction/fantasy. His most notable works include his science-fiction/heroic fantasy art for EC Comics in the 1950s, on titles including Weird Science and Weird Fantasy.

In the 1960s, he gained recognition for the Flash Gordon comic-book series, based on the original comic strip created and illustrated by his idol Alex Raymond. Al spent most of the 1970s working on Raymond’s Secret Agent X-9 strip. The following decade, he became known for his work adapting Star Wars films to comic books and newspaper strips. From the mid-1980s to 2003, he was primarily active as an inker on such superhero titles such as Superman, Daredevil, and Spider-Man.

Al Williamson was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2000.

For further info, please contact Mike Chen at the Kubert School, 37 Myrtle Avenue, Dover, NJ 07801. The phone number is 973-361-1327 and the e-mail address is mchen@kubertschool.edu. The school’s website is www.kubertschool.edu.

2011 KUBERT SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Axiologix Scholarship for Artistic Excellence
One (1) $500 Award for a worthy 1st Year Student going into the 2nd Year at JKS and…
One (1) $500 Award for a worthy 2nd Year Student going into the 3rd Year at JKS.
Sponsored by Axiologix Education™ of Egg Harbor, NJ.
Presenting the award for Axiologix Education is their CEO/President/Chairman, John Daglas.
And the winners are… Carly Frank for the 1st Year, and Mike Morrocco for the 2nd Year

Dave Cockrum Memorial Scholarship
One (1) $1000 Award for a worthy 2nd Year Student going into the 3rd Year at JKS.
Sponsored by the family & friends of Dave Cockrum.
Presenting the award for the Cockrum family is Clifford Meth, writer and editor.
And the winner is… Brigid Allanson

A Wave Blue World Scholarships
Two (2) $1000 Awards for worthy 1st Year Students going into the 2nd Year at JKS.
Sponsored by A Wave Blue World™ of NYC.
Presenting the awards is Tyler Chin-Tanner, JKS alumnus and publisher of A Wave Blue World.
And the winners are… Kristoffer Sorensen and Max Fuchs

Dave Simons Memorial Scholarship
One (1) $1000 Award for a worthy 2nd Year Student going into the 3rd Year at JKS
Sponsored by the Inkwell Awards.
And the winner is… Angela Fernot

Al Williamson Memorial Scholarship
One (1) $1000 Award for a worthy 2nd Year Student going into the 3rd Year at JKS
Sponsored by the family & friends of Al Williamson.
Presenting the award for the Williamson family is Victor Williamson, Al’s son.
And the winner is… Wesley St. Claire

Dave Monahan Memorial Scholarship
One (1) $2000 Award for a worthy 2nd Year Student going into the 3rd Year at JKS.
Sponsored by the family and friends of Kubert School alumnus, Dave Monahan.
Presenting the award for the Monahan family is Mark Monahan, Dave’s brother.
And the winner is… Nathan Chaffin

Norman Maurer Memorial Scholarship
One (1) $2000 Award for a worthy 1st Year Student going into the 2nd Year at JKS.
Sponsored by the family & friends of Norman Maurer.
And the winner is… Fred Lupus

DC Comics Scholarship
One (1) $5000 Award for a worthy 2nd Year Student going into the 3rd Year at JKS; sponsored by DC Entertainment
And the winner is… Henrik Jonsson

Congratulations to all of the scholarship winners! These scholarships go a long way to helping these students. I encourage you to donate to one of them.

Best,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

Links:
The Kubert School

New Petar Meseldžija Interview! Also Petar Sketchbook Available From Stuart Ng Books!

There’s a new interview with Petar Meseldžija on the Drawn Today podcast. Aaron Miller and Mark Harchar speak with Petar in a conversational manner regarding a range of subjects. Follow the link below to listen.

On another topic, I’ve had a number of people ask me if I know how to get a copy of Petar’s 364-page Dutch sketchbook titled Source of Imagination. Stuart Ng books was recently able to acquire some from the Dutch publisher. You can order it direct from the Stuart Ng Books website.

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

Links:

Drawn Today podcast interview with Petar Meseldžija
Stuart Ng Books website to order Petar Meseldžija sketchbook

Introducing Nate Furman!

The Three Fates by Nate Furman. Selected for Inclusion Into Spectrum 18.

The Three Fates by Nate Furman. Selected for Inclusion Into Spectrum 18.

I read a comment on a recent blog post of mine by artist Nate Furman. He praised the likes of Gary Gianni, Franklin Booth and Joseph Clement Coll as inspirations. This was followed by an email to me from Nate. He shared his art, technique and idols with me as well as told me a little about himself. I was impressed by both his creativity and passion, especially after reading his guest blog on the Muddy Colors site. I had not been familiar with Nate before, but I was moved by his energy and glad he introduced himself. (And it helped that he stroked my ego by praising our books.)

I invited Nate to share some samples of his art and some insight about himself for my blog. Without further ado, I turn this over to Nate Furman:

As a tiny child I discovered Al Williamson’s Star Wars strip. I could not put into words the genius of his gestural drawing, weight placement, masterful line work or his black spotting but… I knew he was good! It made me pick up a ball point pen and start making my own creations.

Much later I found Wrightson’s Frankenstein, a worn and road weary copy in a small comics shop, the white cover glowed amongst a sea of four-color covers. That book burned into my brain and I understood the word ‘Illustrator’ for what it should and could be.

When I began my career working on Conan the rpg I met artist Chris Quillams, I told him what a big fan I was of Bernie’s work, how much I Ioved doing pen-and-ink, he mentioned two names to me, Joseph Clement Coll and Franklin Booth. Those particular artists changed the way I saw line work forever. And then I discovered Flesk Publications, This fellow John was bringing all my heroes (and introducing me to new ones) to life in high quality installments! Life comes full circle sometimes.

I wanted (and hope I am) part of this illustrative legacy. After years of studying the artists of “Flesk” I was sitting around one day and all the info in my brain became something… An idea. No one I knew of in the digital field was following the complexity of line work that was the trademark of these artists (proudly carried down from the distant Demi-gods Dore and Durer), what if someone decided to tackle this style in a digital format? Would it work? And how much effort would be needed to pull it off? And if you upped the resolution and dropped your brush size to almost nothing, how many lines could you work with and cause to interact with each other? Could this be a new thing created from the old techniques that I so love?

All these questions went through my mind. So far the reaction from other artists has been amazing and the reaction from the public has been slow but positive.

Please view some samples and judge for yourself if I am on the right track.

To view my process just goto www.muddycolors.blogspot.com and do a search for “Nate Furman tutorial.” To see a bunch more of my works please check out my blog (updated several times a week) www.furmanportfolio.blogspot.com.

A big thanks to John Flesk.

Cheers all,

Nate Furman

Thanks, Nate! See below for a direct link to Nate’s blog and his posting on Muddy Colors. You can see much larger versions of his art to better see the details on his blog.

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

Links:
Nate Furman’s blog
Nate Furman’s post on Muddy Colors

Illustration Magazine #33 Now Available! See Our Flesk Ad!

Issue number 33 of Illustration magazine is now available. This is one of my favorite magazines. I enjoy it so much that I continue to place Flesk advertisements in most issues to offer my support and to reach out to an audience that I believe might be interested in our books.

Flesk Ad in Illustration #33

Flesk Ad in Illustration #33

Articles include an overview of the lives of Jack Gaughan, Charles Copeland, Edward Shenton and more. At 96-pages on premium paper it’s well worth your $15.00. You can order a copy direct form the Illustration magazine website or through Bud’s Art Books.

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

Links:
Illustration Magazine website
Bud’s Art Books

Spectrum 18 Judging Complete! Gold and Silver Awards Announced!

The Spectrum 18 judging was held on Saturday, March 12, 2011. Pictures and news of the day has been posted on the Spectrum Fantastic Art website. They even have a few video interviews with the judges during the selection process and a video showing the recipients of the silver and gold awards for each category.

Enjoy,

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

Links:
Spectrum website with event pictures and video

Announcing Al Williamson Archives Volume Two! Coming From Flesk Publications in July 2011!

It is with great pleasure that I share the news of Al Williamson Archives Volume Two coming from Flesk Publications in July 2011. This second volume of an ongoing series features sketches and personal works by this master artist whose career spanned over fifty years through all aspects of the comic field.

This series of books wouldn’t happen without the generosity and support of Al Williamson’s wife, Cori, and his son, Victor. Their devotion to Al is truly inspiring. This pushes me to be even more adamant in making sure these books are as good as they can be and respectful to Al’s legacy.

Victor wrote the introduction for this second Archives volume. This is among the best introduction I have ever read. It is powerful, emotional and personal. It is the heartfelt and genuine feelings of a son regarding his father. All of us here at Flesk who have read it have been exceptionally moved.

Archives Volume Two will be available in July 2011. Visit the links below for full details and interior sample art.

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
Text © 2011 John Fleskes

Links:
Al Williamson Archives Volume Two book details and sample art
Al Williamson Archives Volume One book details and sample art
Al Williamson’s Flash Gordon book details and sample art
John Fleskes Interview Regarding Al Williamson Archives

Announcing Mark Schultz Various Drawings Volume Five Coming From Flesk Publications in July 2010!

I am pleased to announce that Mark Schultz Various Drawings Volume Five will available in July 2011.

If you are curious as to the reason why the fifth volume did not come out in 2010, here it is. Filling up the 48-page book with Schultz art is not the issue. The problem lies in Mark Schultz being very particular as to what goes into the book, and his insistence that the art be new works that have been completed since the last volume. In this case, this would be since the summer of 2009. Older work, as splendid as they are, is not considered at the moment. Showcasing only Schultz’s latest and best works is the goal of Various Drawings.

You can view the details and sample art on the book information page on the Flesk website.

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
Text © 2011 John Fleskes

Links:
Mark Schultz Various Drawings Volume Five details and sample art
Mark Schultz Various Drawings Volume Five – The Creation of the Cover!
Other Mark Schultz books from Flesk Publications

Flesk Weekend Adventure. Visiting Craig Elliott, Jim Silke, William Stout and the Nucleus Gallery Pin-Up Show!

Last Friday I drove down to Southern California to visit with some friends and attend few events.

My first stop was a visit with my book distributor to the trade stores, SCB Distributors. It’s always good to meet with them to discuss how our books are selling, what the market is looking like, and brainstorm ideas about improving and growing. Ideas on the future of digital books is of great interest to me. The owner at SCB, Aaron Silverman, gave me some good tips that I will be applying in the near future. I’ll share those plans here in this blog once they are concrete and implemented.

Craig Elliott: Artist and Master Craftsman. Photo © 2011 John Fleskes

Craig Elliott: Artist and Master Craftsman. Photo © 2011 John Fleskes

Then I was off to meet up with Craig Elliott who, I had the pleasure of spending a few days with. For those that aren’t aware of Craig, I have some links at the end of this blog that will inform you of his art and person. He is a truly skilled craftsman. Craig works in film, is an accomplished fine artist, has a line of jewelry, and can build a home if needed. He’s one of those rare all around guys who can do it all. He has worked on Bee Movie, Monsters vs. Aliens, Mulan, The Princess and the Frog, Treasure Planet and many more films.

Craig and I went to the Pasadena Book Fair on Saturday. Bud Plant and Anne Hutchinson, plus Stuart Ng Books both had a booth at the show. I enjoyed getting the chance to talk to all of them. I also had the opportunity to meet the astounding artist Dean Yeagle. Craig was kind enough to introduce us. Then, I was surprised to bump into my friend Tom Peak, son of Bob Peak, along with Tom’s daughter. Tom filled me in on the new Bob Peak exhibit running at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which runs until April 17, 2011. Tom also shared the progress of the Bob Peak book he is spearheading. The collection is still in development. The Bob Peak website will have details once it becomes available.

Craig Elliott at Nucleus Gallery with his painting Music. Photo © 2011 John Fleskes

Craig Elliott at Nucleus Gallery with his painting "Music." Photo © 2011 John Fleskes

That evening, Craig and I went to the Nucleus Gallery for the opening reception of “Poster Peepshow: The Art of the Pin Up.” The showroom was packed with people and beautiful art. Besides Craig Elliott, other artists featured and in attendance were Olivia De Berardinis, Jim Silke and Dean Yeagle. Silke was signing his new book that I published, Jungle Girls, along with his previous titles from Dark Horse. William Stout even showed up, but we completely missed each other in the large crowd. You can see pictures of the event on the Nucleus Gallery website. Our pal Mary from Stuart Ng Books even showed up. Nucleus has a terrific bookstore. They carry our Flesk Silke and Stout books. Plus, to top off a fine evening, Nucleus served cheesecake.

Mary from Stuart Ng Books with Julie Newmar at Nucleus Gallery. Photo © 2011 John Fleskes

Mary from Stuart Ng Books with Julie Newmar at Nucleus Gallery. Photo © 2011 John Fleskes

Jim and Kurtesa Silke and John Fleskes at Nucleus Gallery. Photo © 2011 John Fleskes

Jim and Kurtesa Silke and John Fleskes at Nucleus Gallery. Photo © 2011 John Fleskes

Jim Silkes Jungle Girls at Nucleus Gallery. Photo © 2011 John Fleskes

Jim Silke's Jungle Girls at Nucleus Gallery. Photo © 2011 John Fleskes

It’s been too long since I have attended an event that I was not a part of. I liked the relaxed feeling of not being responsible for anything. I had a great time.

Sunday I had the opportunity to spend some time with William Stout. Besides seeing how many different projects he is currently involved with, (second zombie calendar, CD covers for the Smithereens and Rob Zombie, and film design) we had the chance to go over a few future projects we will be working on together. (You will have to wait to hear about those later!)

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
text and photographs © 2011 John Fleskes

Links:
Poster Peepshow exhibit information and reception pictures
Gallery Nucleus
Jungle Girls by Jim Silke book details
Jim Silke website
Craig Elliott website
Craig Elliott Fine Jewelry website
William Stout website
Bob Peak website
Bob Peak Exhibit at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
SCB Distributors
Flesk Publications

Poster Peepshow: The Art of the Pin-Up at Nucleus Gallery! Jim Silke and Craig Elliott Art Included!

Jim Silke Original Artwork on Display at Reception © 2011 Jim Silke

Jim Silke Original Artwork on Display at Reception © 2011 Jim Silke

The Nucleus Gallery will have their opening reception for Poster Peepshow: The Art of the Pin-Up this Saturday, February 5, 2011. The exhibit will run until February 28. They will have a wide assortment of pin-up themed original artwork on display, including pieces from our recently published Jungle Girls book by Jim Silke. Also included is art by Craig Elliott. I am currently working with Craig on a new book collection of his artwork. Both Silke and Elliott will be at the reception on Friday evening. A book signing with Olivia De Berardinis will run from 6pm to 7pm that evening.

I’ll be there for the reception as well. See you at the show!

Links:
Poster Peepshow exhibit information
Gallery Nucleus
Jungle Girls by Jim Silke book details
Craig Elliott website

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
text © 2011 John Fleskes

Spectrum 18 Call For Entries – Art Submissions Due January 28, 2011!

The Call For Entries is still open for Spectrum 18, but not for much longer. You still have time to submit your art in the Advertising, Book, Comics/Graphic Novels, Concept Art, Dimensional, Editorial, Institutional and Unpublished categories. Any published or unpublished art must have been finished or first published between January 1, 2010 and January 1, 2011.

For more details visit the Spectrum website here, or jump to the entry form in a PDF format here.

The annual Spectrum collection is dedicated to promoting the fantastic arts for contemporary artists. Submissions for Spectrum 18 will be voted on by Julie Bell, Nathan Fox, Gregory Manchess, Brandon Shiflett, Jarrod Shiflett, Boris Vallejo, and Shena Wolf.

I’m putting my package together right now. I’ll be submitting various works on the artist’s behalf that I have published. If the art is selected, I consider it a great advertising tool, a good way to promote the artist through increased exposure, and a possible opportunity to grab the attention of an art director or client, or a fan wanting a personal commission, to get them more work.

Good luck to those who submit their work!

Best,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

Flesk Publications is pleased to announce Jungle Girls by Jim Silke!

The latest Flesk email newsletter was sent out today. I’ve posted it in this blog entry as well. If you would like to join our newsletter for future notifications, you can click here to add your email address. Jungle Girls and our other Flesk books can be purchased at our online store.

Enjoy!

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

Jungle Girls is a celebration of that impossible, loony, glorious nonsense that Jim Silke somehow finds essential!

Jungle Girls unleashes over fifty never-before-seen images of the fabulous and provocative female inhabitants of the fictional world’s steamier climes, all created by that renowned modern master of the pinup, Jim Silke.

This sumptuous volume celebrates literature’s original “natural woman” in all of her varied and glorious incarnations. From earthy jungle goddesses and sensual jungle queens to bedazzling slave girls and haughty harem damsels; from resplendent tropical tramps and beguiling dragon ladies to brazen, semi-clad barbarian babes to Silke’s versions of the modern, bold, daring and dangerous beauties that prowl his imagination. They’re all here—including H. Rider Haggard’s She, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Jane and Hedy Lamarr’s Tondelayo. Each and every one of these delectable and decidedly dangerous beauties has been wholly captured— heart, body and soul—by Silke’s lush lines and brush strokes.

Jungle Girls showcases 52 all-new, simply stunning Silke illustrations, supplemented by an extensive selection of movie stills and other rare images from private collections, all of them carefully chosen to further heighten the reader’s enjoyment. As with all Flesk Publications, each and every page of this book will be reproduced, presented and printed on the best-quality paper to meet the highest, most exacting of standards, all to ensure that Silke’s “Jungle Girls” are presented to their best advantage.

In a playful tone Silke often refers to his fascination with jungle girls as “nonsense.” “Nonsense has been with us since the first bad joke was told, so the Jungle Girl nonsense that charmed my life in the early 1940s might just appeal to today’s young people, after all the video games and movies they enjoy today are almost all absolute nonsense," jokes Silke.

In reference to the gorgeous models that inspire his art, Silke shares, “Thank God for beautiful women, particularly those that pose for me."

When confronted by the possibility of distributors and retailers finding the cover artwork for Jungle Girls a bit too revealing Silke explains, "Looking at the book, now that it’s printed, it occurs to me that I spent an awful lot of time placing strings of beads on my gorgeous brown skinned girls in precisely the right place so the book could get past the censors."

Jungle Girls is 84-pages with two gatefolds at 8.5 x 11”. The softbound edition is $24.95, ISBN: 978-1-933865-32-4.

The hardbound deluxe edition is limited to 500 copies with jacket. Exclusive to this edition is a bound in plate reproducing an unpublished illustration. Each copy is numbered and signed. The cover price is $44.95, ISBN: 978-1-933865-33-1. Only 100 copies of this edition are left for sale.

About Jim Silke

Jim Silke served as the Executive Art Director at Capitol Records. He is the creator and editor of the magazines Cinema and Movies International, novelist (the Death Dealer series), and screenwriter (Sahara, King Solomon’s Mines, Revenge of the Ninja, etc.). His books include, Bettie Page: Queen of the Nile, Bettie Page: Queen of Hearts, Bettie Page Rules and Pin-Up: The Illegitimate Art. Silke has won many awards, including a Grammy for the cover of Judy at Carnegie Hall, an Emmy citation for AFI’s James Cagney Life Achievement Award, and citations from The Society of Illustrators, and the Los Angeles Art Directors’ Club.

Full details and sample pages for Jungle Girls and all Flesk Publications titles and our most recent news can be found on our website, and on publisher John Fleskes’ blog. Jungle Girls and our other Flesk books can be purchased on our online store. Thank you for your support! Feel free to contact us with any questions and interview requests.

Unk! by Petar Meseldžija! Petar Now Taking Commissions!

I just received the original art for a commission from Petar Meseldžija titled “Unk!” Needless to say, I’m a satisfied customer. I laughed for quite some time when I first saw the piece. Petar told me he experimented with this drawing in using more tones than he normally has in the past. I love what he did.

My only direction to Petar was the elements I wanted in the piece. I asked for a tree (he does amazing trees), a giant, noble hero type and a woman. As far as the composition and direction I gave him no feedback. I’m not an artist, so why limit him with my imagination.

I’ve seen people give artists lengthy instructions and even stick figure sketches showing what they want for a commission. I would never do this. To me, when you commission and artist to do a drawing or painting you are not only getting an artists original work, but their creativity and imagination. I do everything possible to keep myself out of it. I’ve heard the argument that if you are going to pay money for a personal commission (and at times this can be a substantial amount) that they want to get exactly what they want. I understand this, but it isn’t my style. Outside of the subject matter, I don’t want exactly what I want, I want exactly what the artist envisions. (Art for publication is a different matter, as there are certain factors and goals in mind that an art director will want met. That’s another topic.)

Another thing is I want to make sure the subject matter is something the artist will get excited about, pushing them to do their best work, with creative freedom.

Petar has posted some notes, the initial sketch and big views of the art on his latest blog, which you can read here.

Thanks to Petar for doing this beautiful drawing for me! Oh, and by the way, Petar is taking on commissions. You can contact at petarmeseldzija@planet.nl for inquiries and pricing.

Enjoy!

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

New Publisher “Picture This Press” Releases Three New Titles in Thier “Lost Art Books” Series!

I received the following press release from Joe Procopio announcing his foray into the publishing world. His company Picture This Press has debuted three new titles as a part of their Lost Art Books series.

Joe’s efforts are a welcome addition to any collector of early 20th century illustration and cartoons, as well as an important part of preserving artists of the past for recognition and rediscovery. I am excited by this news of a new company dedicated to preserving this field I am so passionate about. Good luck Joe! — John Fleskes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 28 2010
Contact: Joe Procopio, joseph.procopio@lostartbooks.com, (240) 643-8714
To download a PDF of this press release: http://tiny.cc/w9tma

New publisher Picture This Press debuts with three titles on forgotten masters of graphic art
Lost Art Books series devoted to preserving early 20th century illustration and cartoons

SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND–Picture This Press, a new publishing house devoted to the graphic arts, has simultaneously released its first three volumes in its Lost Art Books series, an imprint that focuses on the illustrators and cartoonists who were nationally known figures in their day but have since slipped into obscurity. After several years of laying the groundwork for the press’ launch, gathering a vast library of material and developing a significant network of outside resources, The Lost Art Books imprint made its public debut last month at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland, joining the ranks of independent publishers passionate about these past masters of illustration and cartoon art.

The Lost Art of Zim–Cartoons and Caricatures revives for modern audiences the hard won wisdom of a founding father of American cartooning, Eugene ‘Zim’ Zimmerman. This centennial edition collects material from America’s earliest correspondence course on how to be a cartoonist. More than a simple collection of “how to” lessons, Zim outlines an entire philosophy of life for would-be cartoonists, sage advice from decades of experience. The book is rounded out with an introduction by Zim scholar Walter Brasch and a rare biography on the artist’s life.

The father of caveman-and-dinosaur comics gets the deluxe treatment in The Lost Art of E.T. Reed–Prehistoric Peeps with a comprehensive introduction by artist/writer Stephen Bissette (Swamp Thing). This strip, which first appeared in Punch magazine, was the first to stumble upon the comic goldmine of throwing prehistoric men and dinosaurs into anachronistic situations. It became hugely influential, and a clear line can easily be drawn from Reed’s Prehistoric Peeps straight through the decades to television’s The Flintstones. Reed deserves further celebration for the remarkable draftsmanship he brought not only to Prehistoric Peeps but also to the cartoons he produced as a parliamentary caricaturist and social satirist, all of which are examined in this volume, the first of its kind ever devoted to Reed and his work.

A neglected master draftsman finally receives the attention he deserves in The Lost Art of Frederick Richardson. This volume presents over a hundred illustrations from his prolific final years as a newspaper artist for the Chicago Daily News. All that is known about Richardson’s life can be found in the introduction by fantasy writer Ruth Berman and well-known mathematics and science writer Martin Gardner. This collection-the first of its kind in well over a century-will leave modern readers wondering what today’s newspapers might be like if they aspired to this level of enchantment and artistry.

Picture This Press founder Joseph Procopio along with his co-publisher Ellen Levy have a combined 35 years of publishing experience, having worked as editors and writers and directed publications departments for a variety of organizations. Matching this level of expertise with their passion for the material will result in many more books aimed at introducing modern readers to these great artists of the “golden age” of cartooning and illustration.

About Picture This Press is dedicated to broadening the appreciation and awareness of the artists who work in the fields of illustration, cartooning, graphic arts, photography, and poster design.

Lost Art Books, the flagship series from Picture This Press, collects and preserves the works of illustrators and cartoonists from the first half of the 20th century. Too many of these artists have gone under appreciated for too long, with much of their work uncollected or unexamined for decades, if at all. The Lost Art series of books aims to preserve this cultural heritage by re-introducing these artists to new generations of working artists, historians, and admirers of things beautiful.

Spectrum 17 Edited by Arnie and Cathy Fenner Now Available from Underwood Books! (With A Little Insight from a Jury Member!)

Before I gush about Spectrum 17 edited by Arnie and Cathy Fenner [Underwood Books], I would like to share some of my experiences being involved as a jury member for this edition.

During the 2008 Comic-Con International in San Diego I had the opportunity to have dinner for the first time with Arnie and Cathy Fenner on the Saturday evening of the show. William Stout was present too, for a lively discussion and enjoyable evening. At one point, Bill stepped away for ten minutes. While he was gone, Arnie and Cathy asked me if I would be interested in being one of the five jury members for Spectrum 17? I was both surprised and elated. I consider Spectrum to be an invaluable resource to the field, and something I have enjoyed since its first volume. To be among the jury is an honor I could never have imagined as I first picked up Spectrum 1, or even Spectrum 15 for that matter.

Fast forward to February 27, 2010 when the jury convened in Kansas City to view and make our selections for Spectrum 17. I wrote a blog in March detailing my adventures as a jury member, which can be read here.

I received my copy of Spectrum 17 a few days ago. It’s exciting and interesting to see how the combined private choices of five individuals formed this collection. I was the only jury member who was not an artist. During our debates when selecting the pieces for awards, I found it interesting to see how artists looked at the art compared to my own viewpoint.

Flipping through the book, I notice there are many artists I was completely unaware of prior to our viewing the submissions in February, but now find them to be among my favorite contemporary artists. The two standouts for me are Eric Fortune and Sam Weber. These two do absolutely phenomenal work. I can’t praise both of them enough. If there was a Best of Show selection for the book, my vote would have been for Sam Weber’s “Absinthe Drinker.”

Other artists I was previously unaware of who stood out to me are Victo Ngai, Yuta Onoda, Chris Buzelli, Android Jones, Joe Quinones, Steven Tabbutt, Heather Theurer, and there are many more. Artists I am familiar with that I was happy to see new works from are Gregory Manches, Donato, Justin Sweet, Michael Kaluta, Craig Elliott, Frank Cho, Peter de Seve, Claire Wendling, Charles Vess, Scott Gustafson, Art Adams, James Gurney and plenty others.

One aspect I enjoy about Spectrum is there are plenty of well-known professionals in there. But even better, a large selection of artists that don’t have the big name recognition are included in this beautiful showcase. I get just as much of a kick discovering new artists as I do seeing new works by those I am familiar with.

Also, with the amount of periodicals in the marketplace it would be very difficult to see all of the material you can find in Spectrum. I dig seeing all of the art in one place.

Shortly after the conclusion of the Spectrum 17 jury event, the announcement was made that I would be a part of the Spectrum Advisory Board. I am deeply honored by Arnie and Cathy’s invitation to join the Advisory Board. I can only hope to live up to the expectations they have for me. Since its onset, I eagerly anticipate each new collection as the definitive yearly showcase of the fantastic art genre I am so passionate about. The concept of their mission to “promote and provide exposure to fantastic artists” has turned into a worldwide phenomenon. I am privileged and humbled to play a small role in keeping Arnie and Cathy “in line.”

Other board members are: Rick Berry, Brom, Mark Chiarello, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon, Harlan Ellison, Irene Gallo, Bud Plant, Tim Underwood, and Michael Whelan.

My first role as an Advisory Board member was to place my vote for the Spectrum 17 Grand Master Award. We were each requested to provide a list of three names for consideration. The individual must have made a significant contribution to the field, and proved to inspire and influence both readers and fellow artists. As one of the artists I sought out to publish for his outstanding achievements, casting one of my votes for Al Williamson felt natural. I knew full well my association with Al and his family and my publishing two books on his works would appear as favoritism to some, but that doesn’t bother me one bit. There are ten advisory board members and two directors who took part in the voting process. If Al didn’t deserve the award, then someone else would have been selected.

Once Al was selected, Arnie then asked me to write a piece to accompany Al’s Grand Master Award section for inclusion in Spectrum 17. A week after I turned in the text, Al passed away. As much as I knew Al was in poor health, it still shocked me.

I have had a wonderful opportunity to play a small role in this year’s Spectrum of which I am grateful. I am thankful to Cathy and Arnie for allowing me the privilege.

To learn more about Spectrum and read information on the Call For Entries, you can visit the Spectrum website here.

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
© 2010 John Fleskes

The Spectrum 18 Call For Entries is Now Open!

The Call For Entries submissions for Spectrum 18 is now open! The Call For Entries posters are currently being mailed out. You can visit the entry information page on the Spectrum website for a PDF version and for further details. What is Spectrum? Find out by clicking here.

This year’s poster is designed and painted by a favorite of mine, Bill Carman.

The Spectrum 18 Jury (from top, l to r): Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Shena Wolf, Nathan Fox, Gregory Manchess, and Brandon & Jarrod Shiflett

And be on the look out for Spectrum 17 arriving in the stores any day now!

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

Al Williamson: A Tribute at Marywood University’s Mahady Gallery on Friday, October 8—A Full Report and Pictures by Mark Schultz!

Judging by the reactions of the attendees with whom I had the pleasure of talking, the opening reception for Al Williamson: A Tribute at Marywood University’s Mahady Gallery on Friday, October 8, was an unqualified success. Based on numbers alone, with over 200 coming out for the event—a mix of comics fans, appreciators of popular art, fellow professionals and old friends—it would have been hard to imagine a more fitting celebration of Al Williamson, the man and the artist.

The exhibit features over 60 pieces of Al’s original art and published material, chosen by Cori Williamson, mounted by Cori and Melissa Restuccia, and hung by curator Bob Schweitzer, who, with Marywood’s gracious permission, arranged for the exhibit by carving out a four-day period (October 8 through 11) from a previously scheduled exhibition.

Bob, who had presented work from Al’s collection at Scranton’s Everhart Museum back in 1986, noted the unfortunately limited number of days available and expressed interest in the possibility of a future exhibition featuring Al’s work with an extended showing. That would be good news for all those who could not arrange to be here this weekend.

Cori and son Victor were on hand to greet the various artists, art teachers, art students, musicians, bookbinders, merchants, Sons of the Desert lodge members and assorted bon vivants who came to celebrate the life and career of a man remembered as both a towering figure in comics and a dear friend. Many a story of Al’s fellowship, good humor and storied talent wafted through the rarified atmosphere, while those unfamiliar with his work were educated with framed examples of his mastery of graphic storytelling.

Cori chose representative pieces from all stages of Al’s 50-year career. Included were early pre-EC works, EC pages, a Classics Illustrated Prehistoric World page, many examples of Al’s Flash Gordon work from throughout his career, a representative showing of his Secret Agent Corrigan strips, Warren pages, Epic Illustrated work, Star Wars adaptations and examples of his Marvel inking over other pencilers.

A number of attendees specifically mentioned how much they enjoyed the many examples of Al’s preliminary work and sketches presented. There absolutely is something magical about the expressive freedom of line and design in the images Al created for his own use.

In addition to all the mounted artwork, Cori and Victor brought Al’s drawing table and an assortment of his working tools for display at the opening. Set in the center of the gallery with an empty chair, the simulated workspace served as the cartoonist equivalent of the aviator’s “missing man” formation—a fitting salute to a master who has moved on to the great beyond.

Mark Schultz
Text and Photographs © 2010 Mark Schultz
All photographed artwork is copyright © the estate of Al Williamson

A special thanks to Mark Schultz for sharing his experience and photographs on the Al Williamson Exhibit!

John Flesk
Flesk Publications