Victor de la Fuente 1927-2010

The Spanish artist Victor de la Fuente passed away in June 2010. While I never had the honor of meeting him, I have long marveled at his art. I have heard many kind things about Victor from my friend Manuel Auad, who had a four-decade friendship with Victor. Manuel has written a long tribute with biographical notes supplemented by samples of Victor’s art on his Auad Publishing blog. You can read it by clicking here.

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

New Mark Schultz Art For Xenozoic! Plus, The Spirit #2 Now Available from DC!

Mark Schultz Xenozoic Chapter Header Preliminary © 2010 Schultz

Mark Schultz "Xenozoic" Chapter Header Preliminary © 2010 Schultz

Mark Schultz Xenozoic Chapter Header © 2010 Schultz

Mark Schultz "Xenozoic" Chapter Header © 2010 Schultz

Mark Schultz is working on over twenty new spot illustrations for inclusion in our upcoming Xenozoic collection coming fall 2010. (Click here for full details about the book.) Mark recently sent me the preliminary and finished artwork above, which will be used as the chapter header for the story “Another Swarm.”

Mark Schultz Xenozoic Cover

Mark Schultz Xenozoic Cover

At the moment Mark is hand coloring the artwork for the cover to Xenozoic. The cover you see on the website, and shown here, is a digitally colored placeholder done by Randall Dahlk until Mark completes his coloring. I’m particularly excited by Mark’s willingness to use a traditional method of coloring instead of a computer. While I enjoy both computer and traditional art, I have the opinion that there is a certain “feel” that can only be obtained by using traditional tools. I’ll post the finished piece once it is ready.

The Spirit #2 written by Mark Schultz

The Spirit #2 written by Mark Schultz

On another Schultz topic, the new issue of The Spirit is out. You can get this second issue at your local comic book shop. Mark has written the first three issues of this new series.

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

Spirit #1 Written by Mark Schultz Hits Shops This Week—April 21, 2010!

The Spirit #1 cover art by Mark Schultz

The Spirit #1 cover art by Mark Schultz

The new Spirit series hits the stores this week. Mark Schultz writes the first three issues, with art by Moritat. As a treat, Mark sent me this scan of the black and white art for his 1:10 variant cover to the book to share on my blog. Thanks Mark!

Jeffrey Renaud conducted an informative interview with Mark about his writing The Spirit at the Comic Book Resources website, which you can read by clicking here. You can also see an online preview of the comic at the following DC Comics link here.

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

New Bud’s Art Books Catalog Features Al Williamson’s Flash Gordon on the Cover!


I was thrilled to receive the new Bud’s Art Books catalog in the mail featuring our Al Williamson’s Flash Gordon book on the cover. I was a nice surprise. This is the first time one of our books has been on the cover of their main catalog.

I consider Bud’s Art Books to be the best resource for obtaining art books that meet my interests. You can view their entire stock online, or request a catalog by visiting their website here.

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

New Comics Revue Features New Mark Schultz Cover Art!


For all those Mark Schultz fans out there, he drew a new cover for the October 2009 issue of Comics Revue. The greatest strips of yesteryear are collected and celebrated in this great magazine devoted to the early days of sequential art. This issue features a complete Flash Gordon story by Dan Barry and Harry Harrison, and begins the serial of the first Mandrake the Magician story, “the Cobra”, reprinted for the first time since 1934 in English along with color strips featuring the Phantom, Casey Ruggles and more.

You can pick up a copy at Bud’s Art Books by clicking here.

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

Terry Dodson Spotlight

I’ve been following the work of Terry Dodson for over ten years now. During that time, I’ve watched him grow, and become more of his own, into a confidant and inspirational artist.

He has drawn a string of consistently well-embellished comics, including a Storm mini-series (1996), and Pryde and Wisdom (1996), then a run on Generation X (1998-2000). Harley Quinn (2000-02), Spider-Man and the Black Cat: The Evil that Men Do, Trouble (2003), Marvel Knights Spider-Man (2004), and Wonder Woman (2006), all followed. Currently, he is doing terrific work on Uncanny X-Men, as well as many covers for Marvel. Most of these are available in easy to find trade collections. His wife, Rachel, beautifully inks his work.

My favorite work of Dodson’s is his Songes: Caroline. The first volume was published in 2006, along with a sketchbook with related material in 2007, by the French publisher Les Humanoides Associes. This material is absolutely stunning. You can see a preview of the interior pages, and purchase copies from Stuart Ng Books here.

Dodson had a gallery show at the Galerie du 9eme art in Paris that ran from June 4-10, 2009. They have many of the pieces that were on display at the exhibit on their website here. Take a look at the great watercolor drawings!

Terry will be exhibiting at the Comic-Con International in San Diego this July 23-26 at booth 4706. He will have copies of his latest sketchbook, Bombshells Volume 4, and original artwork for sale.

Terry has a blog chronicling his work on Uncanny X-men and other various projects, here. There is new artwork, step-by-step sections, and prelims, all with accompanying commentary.

There is also a comprehensive gallery of his art online at the Comic Art Fans website here.

Check out all of these links. They are worth the time. Enjoy!

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

Flesk Ebay Auctions! Original Art!

I have a few Ebay auctions going right now. There are originals by John Byrne, Bernie Wrightson, Jeff Smith, Sheldon Moldoff, Dave McKean, Shane Glines, Arthur Adams, Gray Morrow, and more. My Ebay ID is “fleskpublications.” You can click here to see everything I have available at the moment. I will be posting some fresh auctions next week.

Best,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

New Steve Rude Collections!

The following new Nexus collection and Nexus comics have just been announced from RudeDude Productions. Steve Rude and his wife, Jaynelle, founded Rude Dude Productions, LLC in 2006 to revive his award-winning character, Nexus, and continue his new series, The Moth. These are available through Diamond Comic Distributors, along with our very own Steve Rude: Artist in Motion book.

PEORIA, ARIZONA- April 9, 2009 – Rude Dude Productions announced today that Nexus As it Happened V1 is now available for presale through Diamond.  Though the company started off rocky with late and cancelled titles, their new policy of having books completed before they are solicited is guaranteed to get books out on time or early and is sure to please retailers and fans alike.

Nexus: As it Happened Volume 1 is a reprint of the Nexus Archives currently on sale through Dark Horse comics in an affordable black and white paperback version.

On the distant moon of Ylum, an enigmatic man is plagued by nightmares. He is forced to dream of the past. He dreams of real-life butchers and tyrants, and what they have done.

And then he finds them, and kills them.

The year is 2841, and this man is Nexus, a godlike figure who acts as judge, jury, and executioner for the vile criminals who appear in his dreams. He claims to kill in self-defense, but why? Where do the visions come from, and where did he get his powers? Though a hero to many, does he have any real moral code? These are but some of the questions that reporter Sundra Peale hopes to have answered. Collecting Nexus #1-3 (Vol. 1., black and white) and Nexus #1-4 (Vol. 2, full color), from Capital Comics.

A multiple Eisner Award-winning series that defined the careers of acclaimed creators Steve Rude and Mike Baron, Nexus is a modern classic not to be missed!

216 pages, B&W, 6″ X 8.5″
Retail Price:  $9.99
Street Date: June 16, 2009
DCD Code: APR09 0982

Nexus: The Origin Remastered

Nexus: The Origin received three Eisners, including best single issue, and dozens of four-star write-ups and reviews. This double-sized, definitive issue remains as cutting edge and relevant as the day of it’s original release in 1991.  This new release includes 8 exclusive bonus pages and was done in prestige format!

It’s all here–from the beginning! See why Nexus the Origin has become a fan classic to span the decades!

56 pages, COLOR, Prestige Format, Standard Comic Size, Reprint
DCD Code: MAR09 4410
List Price: $4.99

Nexus: Space Opera Concluded

Combined into one, double-sized colossal issue, Nexus 101 and 102 will together bring our series “Soap Opera” to its final conclusion.  Publisher Steve Rude says, “Considering the inordinate expanse of time that has passed since the release of our last issue, fans expectations will be singularly high.  Let’s see if Baron and Rude can deliver the final goods.”

Both issues are done through color so the release is on schedule and on time!!

Synopsis:
Nexus 101: “The Past Swung Up and Hit Me Like a Rake” will leave you breathless.  Can it really be Kreed, the most lethal Quatro of all time?  But how?  He killed himself!  The answer will blow your mind.  The situation with the Elvonics is at boiling point.  Elvon Supreme leads the greatest fleet ever launched on Ylum.  Nexus travels to Earth to address the United Planets.  His speech is not well received.  Ylum will be embargoed, if it survives Elvon’s assault force.  Old friends return, and old enemies, in the most shocking climax of any comic this year.

Nexus 102: “A Death in the Family” Ylum stand isolated and condemned by the United Web as the greatest invasion force in history draws near.  In one of the most shocking episode in Nexus’ long history, Sundra defends her child from a merciless foe – a foe who was once Sundra’s best friend.  Nexus must choose between saving his planet and suffering universal condemnation or obeying the will of the web.  Nexus 102 will pummel you with anxiety fits, too weak to even call 911!

56 pages, COLOR, Prestige Format, Standard Comic Size
DCD Code: TBD – May Previews
Street Date: July 15
List Price: $4.99

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Mark Schultz interview by Dwight and Swain at Sidebar!

There’s a new Mark Schultz interview available online at Sidebar. The cool thing about this talk is it is a sound file, so you can download and listen to it. I spoke with Mark about his experience being interviewed by Sidebar hosts Dwight Clark and Swain Hunt, and he told me they instantly made him feel comfortable, and asked smart atypical questions. He really enjoyed the experience. As a result, Mark feels this is his best interview to date.

Part one is online at their site and runs about one hour. This covers much of Mark’s influences. Part 2 will be posted in the near future, going into his upcoming projects, such as Storms at Sea, and Various Drawings Volume Four, both being published by Flesk.

Besides Mark’s interview, Dwight and Swain post informative and fun to read news on upcoming and new books, movies, comics, animation topics, and more interviews, such as one with Jim Starlin.

Sidebar: Four Color Conversations on Comics, Art & Pop Culture is definitely worth checking out on a regular basis.

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

Gene Colan Event at Lee’s Comics a Success!

Gene Colan and Lee Hester

I was happy to make it to Lee’s Comics signing event with Gene Colan. Gene and Lee posed for the picture above. Lee has a solid reputation for organizing a fun day. Two last minute guest additions were Steve Leialoha and Joe Rubinstein.

Gene Colan, and his wife Adrienne, were friendly and a pleasure to meet. Colan is one of the few living legends of comics, spanning nearly 60 years in the field. Gene’s career at Marvel Comics alone is legendary. His artwork for Daredevil and Tomb of Dracula are personal favorites of mine. I was thrilled to get a few comics signed. I’m amazed at how good his art continues to be, despite his well-publicized health issues. You can help support Gene Colan by visiting the Lee’s Comics website for special signed items in which the proceeds go to directly to Gene.

You can read more about the event at Lee’s blog.
Gene Colan Retrospective

Also, the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco has a retrospective of Colan’s work going on from November 15, 2008 to March 15, 2009. On hand are an amazing gathering of some of Colan’s key original artwork, including his cover for Iron Man #1 and Iron Man Sub-Mariner #1, and over forty other examples spanning his career. I picked up their exhibit catalog of the show during the signing at Lee’s comics, Gene Colan: Visions of a Man Without Fear. You can order copy from the museum bookstore at their website. It’s worth picking up. The design and reproduction are both very attractive.

Be on the lookout for news about a future signing at Lee’s Comics with William Stout. This will be in conjunction with the release of our upcoming book, Williams Stout: Prehistoric Life Murals. In the meantime, you can visit Lee’s store to see the entire line of Flesk Publications books.

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

Meet Gene Colan At Lee’s Comics!

I received an email from Lee Hester of Lee’s Comics who wrote:
I’m very happy to announce our next big signing!

Meet Gene Colan at our Mountain View store on Saturday December 6th from Noon to 2:00.

Gene’s legendary career has included definitive runs on Iron Man, Daredevil, Howard the Duck, and Tomb of Dracula.

Gene Colan is one of Marvel’s finest artists.  Mark your calendar and plan to attend!

Lee’s Comics
1020 N. Rengstorff Avenue, Suite F
(by Costco)
Mountain View, CA 94043
650.965.1800

Gene Colan

This will be a rare chance to meet one of the premier Silver Age Marvel artists. You won’t want to miss this opportunity. Lee’s Comics is the most organized comic book stores in the Bay Area, with the best selection of books and graphic novels, new comics, plus many rare old comics on hand. Lee’s will also have plenty of comics with art by Gene Colan available in case you would like to buy that special comic to get signed. See you there.

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

Super-Con Report

I was set up at Super-Con in San Jose, Ca last month, running from May 17-18. I heard a few complaints from people about the attendance being small, and from it being too warm inside the tent. I cannot deny both of these were true. Sure, it would have been nice to have it a bit cooler, and from a dealer standpoint a few more people in attendance, but this did not stop me from enjoying the show.

Super-Con had an amazing list of comic artists in attendance. Dan Brereton, Dean Yeagle, Jim Silke, Stephen Silver, Russ Heath, Frank Cho, to name a few. The amazing thing to me was the appearance of the Spanish artists. Esteban Maroto, Alfonso Azpiri, Juan Gimenez, and Sanjulian were all there. These guy’s are phenomenal, and a few of them were visiting the US for the first time. The chance to meet each of them at a mellow show was a highlight for me. If you go to San Diego or WonderCon, it can take a long time waiting in line to talk to an artist, or even to try and get on a sketch list. I saw Adam Hughes with only five guys around him. Usually you can’t even see Hughes behind a the typically thick crowd of fans. At Super-Con, as a fan, I was enjoying the show and the easy access to talk to and get some art from these guy’s. I’m way too busy to ever get this opportunity at San Diego or WonderCon these days, since I am stuck behind my booth the whole time.

As a dealer, the show was slow and hard to justify setting up. As a fan, it was incredible. I should mention that the guy’s running the show were great. They would check in and see if I needed anything and it was easy getting in and out of the show. They really worked hard and despite the attendance, put on a good show. I’m certainly looking forward to next year, especially since Mark Schultz will be a guest!

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

Looking For Al Williamson Flash Gordon Originals

Mark Schultz, Randy Dahlk, and myself are working on a Flash Gordon book that will collect all of Al Williamson’s work on the character. The Williamson family is providing their support on the project, too.

We have been fortunate to find almost all of the original art, but are still missing a few items. We have some good leads on a few pages, but could use some help obtaining more. The artwork we require are original pages from the King Comics Flash Gordon #1, and pages from the King Comics Flash Gordon #5 for the story “Gods of the Beastmen.”

If you have any of these originals, or can help obtain scans from a friends or acquaintances collection, we would appreciate hearing from you. I will be certain to include you in the acknowledgments section and provide you with a free copy of the book once it is complete.

Please contact John Fleskes at 408-206-2346 or at info@fleskpublications.com. Thanks!

Franklin Booth and Jordi Bernet books from Auad Publishing

There’s a new book on Franklin Booth available from my good friend Manuel Auad at Auad Publishing. The title of the book is Franklin Booth: American Illustrator. This book has no overlap with my book Franklin Booth: Painter with a Pen. Together, they compliment one another.

Manuel also has a terrific book on Jordi Bernet. Jordi is just now starting to get some attention in the US. He’s an amazing artist who is popular in Spain for his Torpedo and Clara works, to name a few. I’ve always loved his mix of gritty and tongue-in-check illustrations.

Lately, Jordi Bernet has been doing work for DC Comics Jonah Hex comic series where he illustrated the first origin of Hex. He also did a nice fill-in story for a recent Spirit comic. I suspect Bernet’s popularity will continue to grow in this country.

If you are just learning about Bernet’s work, Auad’s collection of his art, much of it translated for the first time, will serve as a wonderful collection to any comic library. The book is 240 pages and contains 11 complete stories and many pin-ups.

How we approach reproducing Mark Schultz’s artwork

Have you ever wondered how Mark Schultz and I approach the artwork reproduction for the Various Drawings series? It’s fairly simple. He has a specific way he would like his work showcased. This makes my job easy. I know the exact look he wants, and it follows my tastes as well.

You’ll notice the brush and ink pieces are printed without the paper showing and are very clean. The stock Mark uses for these finished works has little or no texture. The pencil pieces, drawn on a stock with character to them, are shown with the paper. This is a conscience decision on our part. We both like to see the grit of the paper. This technique, we feel, allows an individual to view the artwork as if they are holding the original.

Both Schultz and myself are excited to be wrapping up Various Drawings Volume Three at the moment. New to this volume are a handful of color works. Many incredible preliminaries are included as well. It will offer a whole new perspective to Schultz’s work, not seen in the previous two volumes. You can view sample images and the full book description on the Flesk Publications website. It will be available August 1, 2007.

WonderCon 2007 and Mark Schultz

This year was my second time exhibiting at WonderCon as Flesk Publications. I have attended the show each year since 1994. During that time, I spent roughly a decade helping my good friend Jim Vadeboncoeur set up his Bud Plant Illustrated Books booth. With Jim’s retirement, I found myself longing to work a booth again, hence the fruition of the Flesk booth at WonderCon.

Not only do I enjoy attending the show, but also promoting and selling art books. I consider myself lucky to be in a position to share artist’s works that I admire. I also relish visiting with the creators in artist’s alley. The WonderCon guest list was impressive, with Gene Colan, Nick Cardy, Al Feldstein, Sergio Aragones, and Thomas Yeates all present. These are all some of my personal favorite comic artists.

Mark Schultz shared the booth with us again. He brought a stunning array of new artwork, with many pieces for sale. Schultz had a handful of finished graphite and carbon drawings that show a serious growth using these mediums. I can honestly say they are among his best works. Schultz really has grown comfortable with graphite over the last three years. This is a medium in which he usually reserved for loose prelims prior, but now explores as full finished graphite drawings. A handful of them were created just for Various Drawings Volume Three, which is slated for July 2007. We plan on debuting this latest collection at the San Diego Comic-Con.