The Art of The Dam Keeper Book Premier!

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We know that the folks at Tonko House are amazing, but we are still floored by the incredible response during The Art of The Dam Keeper book premier today at the Tonko House booth during the opening at CTN. We sold all of the advance copies in less than three hours. We had the privileged to meet nearly 200 enthusiastic people who share our passion for what Tonko House is creating. Thanks to everyone who visited. The Dam Keeper fans are the greatest!

You can pre-order the book at our website.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum Book Signing Event Pictures. Hosted by the Academy of Art University

s22-aau-bannerThank you Academy of Art University!

I would like to express my gratitude to everyone at the Academy of Art University and to those at the Atelier Gallery for making the Spectrum book signing event possible. I would also like to thank the caterers, the artists, Academy of Art University students and to the fans who all took part in making this event a wonderful and fun evening.

The Spectrum book signing event which was held on Friday, November 13th resulted in a thrilling evening. Two dozen artists arrived and hundreds of fans and Academy of Art University students arrived to partake in the festivities. The signing is open to the public and was hosted by the Academy of Art University.

This special event was held at the Atelier Gallery located at 79 New Montgomery in San Francisco, California from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.

In attendance was Spectrum 21 Grand Master Iain McCaig, Spectrum Muse Award creators Colin and Kristine Poole, Spectrum Founders Arnie & Cathy Fenner, and Spectrum Director John Fleskes, plus Spectrum artists Steven Russell Black, Alina Chau, Craig Elliott, Te Hu, Kellan Jett, Randy Gallegos, Jean Ji In Kim, Stephanie Law, Michael Manomivibul, Brynn Metheney, Sho Murase, Mark Newman, Karla Ortiz, Paolo Rivera, Dug Stanat, Josh Viers, Allen Williams and Alyssa Winans! Original Spectrum publisher Tim Underwood also made an appearance.

Enjoy the following pictures from the evening!

S22-signing-event-01From left to right: Spectrum founders, Cathy and Arnie Fenner, and the publisher of the first twenty Spectrum annuals, Tim Underwood, along with current Spectrum director, John Flesk.

S22-signing-event-02The initial group of Spectrum fans and Academy of Art University students begin to arrive at the Atelier gallery.

S22-signing-event-03A visitor flips through a copy of Spectrum 21.

S22-signing-event-04From left to right: Sculptor Mark Newman talks with Arnie & Cathy Fenner (Spectrum founders) and Tim Underwood (Underwood Books).

S22-signing-event-05Craig Elliott signs a copy of Spectrum 22.

S22-signing-event-06This is how happy people are after meeting Iain McCaig.

S22-signing-event-07The queue to meet the twenty plus Spectrum artists remained dense throughout the evening.

S22-signing-event-08The line extended beyond the main entrance of the Atelier Gallery at the Academy of Art University for the first hour due to the large crowds that arrived.

S22-signing-event-09The view of the Atelier Gallery from across the street.

S22-signing-event-10Brynn Metheney posing with a copy of Spectrum 22 that she signed.

S22-signing-event-11Artist, Paolo Rivera

S22-signing-event-12Artist, Alina Chau

S22-signing-event-13Artist, Te Hu (at right)

S22-signing-event-14A group of visitors enjoy their signed copies of Spectrum.

S22-signing-event-15Sculptors, Mark Newman (at left) and Dug Stanat

S22-signing-event-16Artists, Steven Russell Black (left) and Randy Gallegos (signing Spectrum)

S22-signing-event-17Artist, Kellan Jett

S22-signing-event-18Artists, Alyssa Winans (foreground) and Kellan Jett (background)

S22-signing-event-19Artist, Craig Elliott

S22-signing-event-20The Atelier Gallery remained busy throughout the evening.

S22-signing-event-21The Spectrum book signing event crowd was a delight all evening.

S22-signing-event-22Iain McCaig was surrounded by people all evening.

S22-signing-event-23Iain McCaig, always smiling.

S22-signing-event-24Artist, Stephanie Law

S22-signing-event-25All smiles throughout the evening.

S22-signing-event-26Left to right: Artists, Te Hu and Sho Murase and Spectrum director, John Flesk.

S22-signing-event-27Artists, Stephanie Law (background) and Karla Ortiz (foreground)

S22-signing-event-28Artists and sculptors, Colin and Kristine Poole. The team behind the new Spectrum Muse and Rising Star awards.

S22-signing-event-29Rachel Silva, who is one of the Flesk and Spectrum team members who helped keep the evening running smoothly.

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S22-signing-event-31 S22-signing-event-32From left to right: Artists, Colin Poole, Te Hu and Kristine Poole.

S22-signing-event-33From left to right: John Flesk, Te Hu and Allen Williams

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S22-signing-event-35 S22-signing-event-36 S22-signing-event-37From front to back, Artists, Michael Manomivibul, Brynn Metheney, Randy Gallegos, Steven Russell Black and Paolo Rivera.

Thanks again to the Academy of Art University, all of the artists and to those who visited and took part in this amazing evening!

Enjoy,

John

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The Art of The Dam Keeper Book Premieres at CTN This Weekend!

The-Art-of-The-Dam-KeeperThe printer shipped us advance copies of The Art of The Dam Keeper just in time to premier at the Tonko House booth at CTN Animation Expo! I’ll be there with Dice Tsutsumi and the Tonko House crew to share the book with people for the first time. We hope to see you there.

Robert-KondoI met with The Dam Keeper co-director Robert Kondo last night who signed the copies for the show. Dice can sign copies at the event to make your book complete.

You can pre-order the book direct from our website here.

Enjoy,

John

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“Spectrum Fantastic Art Live” Moves to San Francisco

The official press release regarding the “Spectrum Fantastic Art Live” Move to San Francisco, California. The show dates are October 28-30, 2016. New event website and exhibitor details coming soon.

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“Spectrum Fantastic Art Live” Moves to San Francisco

Santa Cruz, California, September 23, 2015—Spectrum Director John Fleskes has announced that “Spectrum Fantastic Art Live,” the artist-focused convention that has been held for the last four years in Kansas City, will be moving to San Francisco in 2016 in partnership with the esteemed Academy of Art University. The convention will continue its tradition of growing the public’s awareness and appreciation of all manner of fantasy-themed art while bringing creators from around the world to exhibit and sell their works to collectors and fans in a welcoming atmosphere. The event will be held at the academy’s Jerrold building facility on October 28-30, 2016.

“Spectrum Fantastic Art Live” (SFAL) is an extension of the Spectrum annual, the internationally renowned and award-winning book devoted to the year’s best fantastic (i.e., fantasy, science fiction, horror and surreal) art, and the convention provides educational, networking and retail opportunities. At previous shows, two hundred artists from around the world have exhibited their work; art directors from DC Comics, Blizzard Entertainment and Orbit Books have conducted workshops and reviewed portfolios; painters and sculptors have given live demonstrations and shared insights and techniques with eager students; and speakers from Marvel Studios, The New Yorker and Tor Books have entertained and energized audiences. “We’re incredibly excited by the move to San Francisco and the partnership with the Academy of Art University,” say Spectrum founders Cathy and Arnie Fenner. “Though we’re extremely grateful for the support the convention has received in the Midwest, it’s logical that it moves to the West Coast now that John Fleskes, a native Californian, is Spectrum’s director. Spectrum has always been about raising the profile for the fantastic-arts community and increasing opportunities for artists of all sensibilities. The move to San Francisco and the partnership with the Academy of Art University will help that mission continue.”

Beyond the art exhibition, workshops, panels and demonstrations, the long-term plan is for SFAL to expand to serve also as a trade show and job fair. “Whether it’s for film and television, publishing, comics, gaming, advertising or the theater, Spectrum has always been the home for the best and brightest creators of every type of fantastic art,” notes Cathy Fenner. “The show, like the Spectrum annual, makes it easier for art directors to connect directly with both new and established talent. Similarly, gallery owners and patrons are able to meet and form relationships with artists they might not otherwise know about. ‘More eyes equals more opportunities’ has always been our mantra, and the move to California will help that continue.”

John Fleskes, publisher of Flesk Publications and director of Spectrum, has been meeting with Academy of Art University representatives since 2014 in preparation for the move. “San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and sorely lacking of a show dedicated to the arts,” explains Fleskes. “I’ve had a great relationship with a handful of teachers and directors at the Academy of Art University for the past four years, so I decided to broach the idea of moving SFAL here by asking my contacts how we could team up. From my first meeting with the Academy of Art University directors, their passion for the arts and their students was obvious. The Executive Director of Animation & Visual Effects, Chris Armstrong, the Undergraduate Director of the School of Illustration, Chuck Pyle, the Executive Director of School of Game Development, David Goodwine and the pre-production lead for the School of Animation & Visual Effects, Gil Banducci, played a major role in crafting the proposal for President Dr. Elisa Stephens and Vice President Serita Sangimino to review before they ultimately approved the move to the Academy of Art University facilities.”

“The Fenners and I are thrilled to have the support of the Academy of Art University and grateful to Vice President Sangimino and Dr. Stephens for recognizing the value of Spectrum,” adds Fleskes. “We all share the desire to make a positive and fun environment where the doors are open to all and where artists can connect with the each other and the industry for growth. We now have an even-greater vehicle to create job opportunities for students and to raise the recognition for the arts communities as a whole. Furthermore, we are able to expand SFAL to include animation and visual effects, visual development and game development to our already strong focus on comics, dimensional, fantasy, illustration and the science-fiction genres. What we have planned for 2016 is going to be amazing.”

“This event is the perfect collaboration between Spectrum and the university,” shares Pyle. “So many of our alumni are working across the entertainment arts. The incredible talents that Spectrum gathers are an educational industry showcase. This show will help shape our students progress towards becoming the next generation of entertainment artists while sharing with the public the current ‘state of the arts’ in some of the most vital arenas of artistic expression.”

Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art was the first competition and annual book devoted exclusively to “fantastic art.” In the twenty-three years since its inception, it has become a symbol of quality and an invaluable talent resource for the publishing field, the film and entertainment industries, and for art collectors the world over. The series has been honored with eleven Locus Awards and has been nominated for the Hugo Award multiple times. The prestigious Society of Illustrators has hosted three acclaimed Spectrum exhibitions in New York City, and more are in the planning stages. John Fleskes assumed the responsibilities of director and editor in 2013 following the retirement of founders Cathy and Arnie Fenner.

Founded in 1929 in San Francisco, the Academy of Art University is one of the country’s most innovative and creative institutions for higher learning. With nearly 18,000 students, it is the largest privately owned art and design school in the United States.

Guests and further details about the 2016 convention will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information about Spectrum visit: http://www.spectrumfantasticart.com
For more information about the Academy of Art University visit: http://www.academyart.edu
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Flesk/Spectrum Booth #5019 at Comic-Con! Seven New Titles! Meet 14 Flesk Artists!

Surrender-my-sweet-Bruce-timm-cover-webHi, all.

We’re at Comic-Con in San Diego! The Flesk booth #5019 is set up and we are rocking our seven new titles, all of which are premiering now! We’ve got Storms at Sea and Portfolio by Mark Schultz, a small number of advance copies of Tribes of Kai and Pridelands by Daren Bader and Lance HaunRogue, Surrender, My Sweet by Bruce Timm, Monsters Attack!!! by Arthur Adams, and our new series of Flesk blank sketchbooks by the following artist hot dogs: Frank Cho, Terry Dodson, Petar Meseldzija, Iain McCaig, Mark Schultz and Bruce Timm!

Adams, Bader, Cho, Dodson, HaunRogue, Schultz, Timm and also, Gary, Gianni, David Palumbo, Richard and Wendy Pini, Jim Silke, William Stout and Craig Elliott are all here! It is a Flesk bonanza. Come and see us!

And for those who can’t make the show, all of these books can be had from our Flesk online store!

See you all soon!

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk Booth #5019 at Comic-Con International in San Diego

Hi, everyone,

Come and visit us at our Flesk/Spectrum booth #5019 at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Here’s a quick list of the new titles that you can find at out booth.

BOG-cover-webThe Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija

We will have copies of the trade hardcover and deluxe edition at the show! (Order here.)

Storms-at-Sea-by-Mark-Schultz-webStorms at Sea by Mark Schultz

We will have copies of the trade edition with us at the show. Or, order online. (Order here.)

Mark Schultz will be at our booth signing each day!

Mark-Schultz-Portfolio-Complete-webPortfolio by Mark Schultz

The deluxe limited edition and the trade edition are here! We will have them at the show and Mark Schultz can personalize your copy! (Order here.)

TOK-cover-webThe Tribes of Kai by Lance HaunRogue and Daren Bader

We will have a very small number of advance copies at our booth for the show. Stop by and meet Daren and Lance each day! (Order here.)

Pridelands Cover.inddPridelands by Lance HaunRogue and Daren Bader

A small batch of advance copies will arrive just in time for the show. Plus, Daren and Lance will be signing at our booth each day! (Order here.)

Arthur-Adams-Monsters-Attack-cover-webArthur Adams Monster’s Attack!!!

We will get a few cases of these just in time for the show. You can get them from us at our Flesk booth #5019. Arthur is sitting near us at his booth where he can sign these for you. Now available for pre-order on our website. (Order here.)

Surrender-my-sweet-Bruce-timm-cover-webSurrender, My Sweet by Bruce Timm

This all-new 64 page digest sized paperback collection will premiere at our Flesk booth #5019 at Comic-Con! Bruce has created a full range of new stunning and beautiful nudes. Only 1000 copies have been made and this will only be available direct from Flesk. This $25.00 collection is available on our website now. (Order here.)

Flesk-SB-all-coverBlank Sketchbooks

We have produced a set of blank sketchbooks with covers by your favorite artists. We have these available on our Flesk website and they have arrived in time for us to bring to the show with us. (Order here.)

See you all soon!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 22 Nominations Videos

Watch the Spectrum 22 nominations for the eight categories. The Gold and Silver award winners will be announced during the Spectrum 22 Awards Ceremony held at the Folly Theater in Kansas City, Missouri on May 23, 2015. Visit spectrumfantasticartlive.com for more details.

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John

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Meet the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live Event Crew

Flesk-home-banner-29Each year, after we wrap up Spectrum Fantastic Art Live (SFAL), we like to send out a well-deserved thanks to all of the attendees, exhibitors, Spectrum 22 nominees and awards winners, speakers and special guests for making the show a success. But who is “we?” I’d like to fill you in on who the hardworking individuals are that make up the SFAL team. With the show just three weeks away I think it’s a good time to highlight the special people who are currently active in bringing you this amazing art show.

I’d like to start with Shena Wolf, who seems to be exactly where she is most needed at all times. We haven’t been able to figure out how she does this yet. As Event Organizer, Shena is in charge of guest relations, the tiny emails that keep us all up to date (yes, even all of us here), and logistics relating to a variety of important matters. She even plays a large role in organizing the panels and workshops. Shena makes sure we all show up where we need to be. She generally makes us look good. That’s not all that she does, but it gives you an idea.

Amanda Banion runs registration and makes sure everyone is armed with an SFAL badge. This guarantees that everyone who is a guest or attendee has access to all places that matter most. She also coordinates and manages the volunteers for the show. Amanda’s background in film has made her our go-to person for AV advice and an invaluable asset behind-the-scenes during the awards ceremony.

Lazuras Potter manages the show website, works on regional event promotion with galleries, radio, and TV stations, and runs the infrastructure for the Spectrum 22 awards ceremony at the Folly Theater. The awards involve weeks of preparation and is no small task; it requires meticulous planning and close work with the theater staff, the presenters, Arlo Burnett (who creates the videos for the memorials and Grand Masters), and Helpful Bear Productions (who puts together the videos of the award finalists and winners). Most people don’t see Laz, but we are all grateful to have him.

Carl Anderson and Jeff Smith are grouped together since they make quite the team in assisting with panels. Whatever the speakers need to during their panel, Carl and Jeff make sure they have it. They also write and post news items on the SFAL website and elsewhere, visit with regional schools and colleges, and network with booksellers, comic shops, and RPG retailers, all in an effort to help spread the word about the show. They are always enthusiastic and have a ready smile to great and help anyone who asks.

The volunteers! Running an event requires the help of dozens of people who can handle the many tasks to make SFAL run smoothly. No matter how small the task that they assist with, each pair of extra hands is greatly appreciated. They play a large part in making sure we all have fun!

Arnie and Cathy Fenner do everything else! The countless details needed to run a show are identified and handled by our Spectrum founders. A three day show takes months of preparation as they manage hotel and convention hall arrangements, coordinate and arrange the exhibitor booths, outline the core tasks that need to be assigned and managed, select locations, arrange for after-event happenings, secure event guests and speakers, set schedules and implement their forty years of experience in the industry to inspire and motivate us all. It would take a few thousand words to touch upon the full range of details that they coordinate. Trust me when I say it is impressive what Cathy and Arnie continue to accomplish. We learn and are inspired by them with each new day. Also, they write a lot of checks!

This brings me to myself. I spend much of my time planning out the next year for Flesk, Spectrum and SFAL. For example, the task that happens today is oftentimes something that I initially conceived of anywhere from one to three years ago, or maybe more. I plan far into the future and have more patience than most when it comes to achieving the goals that I most want to hit. I place great importance on the creative side, future growth, team and business dynamics, core infrastructure for a sound and sustainable future, working toward an improved workplace for our employees with a mindful eye on how to incorporate better pay and benefits, a sound environment to help artists and the community, plus communicating with the artists, our crew and associates on a daily basis–these are some of the areas where much of my attention goes. Oh, and I want to make sure we have a new book or two and some bonus goodies to premiere at SFAL. I also like to invite artists to fill up our booth at the show. I don’t write as many checks as the Fenner’s, but the stripe on my credit card gets a little worn out.

No single individual runs SFAL. It’s a cumulative team effort by a dynamic, passionate and energetic group who understands that what we do here is not for praise, but for the benefit of the art community. We focus on our mission of being inclusive, welcoming of all and focusing on a positive experience where people can grow and leave knowing that they have created fresh connections that will result in new lifelong friends in the industry and beyond. We take great pride in what we do. We trust that our fourth SFAL will be as enjoyable for you as we know it will be for us.

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live runs from May 22-24, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. Click here for details.

John

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

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Hi, everyone,

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

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

We hope to see you there!

Enjoy,

John

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New Video: J. Anthony Kosar Interview!

Hi, everyone,

This week we have an interview with J. Anthony Kosar which was filmed during the Spectrum 21 judging event.

We are currently packing all of the Spectrum 21 orders, complimentary copies for the artists and the Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method books. We are shipping hundreds of packages each day and will not stop working around the clock until all of the packages have been sent!

Enjoy,

John

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Frank Cho at Lee’s Comics on Tuesday, October 28th!

Hi, everyone,

Frank Cho will be at Lee’s Comics in Mountain View, CA this Tuesday, October 28th from 5:00 to 7:00pm. We hope you can stop by and meet Frank!

Frank-Cho-KS-printsThe Spectrum 21 and Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method books will be showing up any minute now. We have the Frank Cho special prints for our Kickstarter supporters. We also just received the Spectrum 22 Call for Entries posters. We will include one poster in each of the Spectrum 21 books shipped direct from Flesk.

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Enjoy,

John

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New Video: Pierre Alary Sketching Part Two


 

The first video we posted of Pierre Alary turned out to be quite popular. We’ve gone ahead and put together this second video of Pierre during his signing at our Flesk booth at Comic-Con International in San Diego in 2011. Pierre’s appearance was sponsored by Stuart Ng Books while he was there to promote his new titles. Watch as Pierre creates a lovely drawing for a lucky fan.

Be sure to visit Pierre’s website to see his latest work.

And remember, we post a new video every Tuesday. All of them can be found here: Spectrum Fantastic Art website video area.

Enjoy,

John

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Frank Cho at New York Comic Con This Weekend

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Hi, all,

Frank Cho will be at the New York Comic Con this weekend! He can be found at his artist alley table number Z2. Frank is bringing some books and prints with him, as well as some art and sketch covers like the sample shown here.

Information about the show can be found here.

Enjoy,

John

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New Videos! Warren Chang and James Gurney

Hi, all,

There’s two new videos to share this week.

Warren Chang discusses his upcoming exhibit at the Monterey Museum of Art. Over a dozen paintings will be on display including a series of preliminary studies and drawings at the Monterey Museum of Art La Mirada running from October 23, 2014 to April 6, 2015. The opening reception is on October 23, 2014, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Warren Chang is nationally recognized for his realist paintings of biographical interiors and local fieldworkers of the Monterey County area. Chang creates subtle narratives that celebrate the human spirit. A native of Monterey, his work is also inspired by the novels of John Steinbeck and the magnetic beauty of the region. An exhibit catalog produced by Flesk Publications, the Monterey Museum of Art and the Winfield Gallery will be available direct at the museum during the exhibit and from the Flesk website and at the Winfield Gallery.

Did you see the Australian postage stamps illustrated by James Gurney that was released in late 2013? The stamp issue is called “Australia’s Age of Dinosaurs,” and it includes six stamp subjects against a scenic backdrop. Watch the following video made by Helpful Bear Productions to see the imagery created by this Spectrum Grand Master and member of the Spectrum Advisory Board.

And remember, we post a new video every Tuesday. All of them can be found here: Spectrum Fantastic Art website video area.

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk Exhibiting at the Alternate Press Expo This Weekend!

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Craig Elliott painting demonstration at APE in 2012. See him paint this weekend!

We’ll be exhibiting at the Alternative Press Expo (APE) in San Francisco, California this weekend. Come by our tables #222 and 223 to see what’s new and flip through sample copies of the books coming out this Fall: Spectrum 21 and Drawing Beautiful Women by Frank Cho! We’ll have copies of all of our books that are in print, plus some dinged copies at reduced prices.

We have secured our models for Craig Elliot who will doing painting demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday.

We hope to see you there!

Learn more about APE here.

Enjoy,

John

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Craig Elliott Painting Demonstration Video


It’s Tuesday! That means we have a new video to share. This new video is a 9 minute time lapse of Craig Elliott painting a portrait from the live model. This was done in 2013 at our Flesk booth during the Alternate Press Expo. Craig will be joining us again on October 4-5 at our booth at APE to do painting demos both days. We hope you can join us!

And remember, we post a new video every Tuesday. All of them can be found here: Spectrum Fantastic Art website video area.

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk Pictures From Rose City Comic Con in Portland

The Rose City Comic Con wrapped up today. We had a Flesk booth there with special guest signings by Brom and Terry Dodson on Saturday afternoon and Steve Rude on Sunday afternoon. The show was well attended. The event staff was helpful and well organized, and the Portland area a beautiful area to visit. I even managed to squeeze in a visit to Powell’s Books on Friday. I picked up a nice assortment of new titles and took many notes that will find its way into the 2014 Spectrum 22 Year in Review.

Flesk-RCCC-01-flesk-boothHere’s a two part picture showing the view from our Flesk booth. Brom is on the left signing books, while Terry Dodson is on the right.

Flesk-RCCC-01-steve-rudeSteve Rude doing a drawing for a fan who requested a “pretty woman.”

Flesk-RCCC-01-steve-rude-2Steve Rude was a guest of Rose City Comic Con. He completed a new painting the day before the show, which he unveiled at the show.

Flesk-RCCC-01-steve-rude-3Steve shows off the finished sketch.

Flesk-RCCC-01-terry-dodsonEven though Terry had just the afternoon available to sign and sketch, he still managed to squeeze out about four drawings and an untold amount of autographs for people.

Flesk-RCCC-01-terry-dodson-2Terry Dodson adds a drawing to the sketch cover to X-Men #1 for a fan.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth! We had a great time!

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk, Brom, Terry Dodson and Steve Rude at Rose City Comic Con This Weekend!

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Come hang out at the Flesk Booth (#1202) this weekend at the Rose City Comic Comic Con in Portland, Oregon!

Brom and Terry Dodson will be signing at our booth on Saturday afternoon. Steve Rude will be signing on Sunday.

In addition to the many titles in stock, including Terry’s new Masquerade sketchbook, we will have sample copies of Spectrum 21 and Frank Cho’s Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method available to flip through. I can’t wait to show of these titles to the public for the first time. Currently the books are shipping from the printer. We’ll start mailing out the pre-orders and Kickstarter orders just as soon as they arrive, which should be in late October.

While I am at the Rose City show I’ll be talking with Terry about some upcoming title ideas that he has and also finalizing some details with Steve Rude regarding his new book The Nexus Chronicles.

I’ll also be walking around to see the various sketchbooks and new items that can be found at the artists tables. I want to get a jump start on the Spectrum 22 Year in Review for 2014. If you have something new and cool to show me at the show, please be sure to bring it to my attention so I can considerate it for a mention in Spectrum.

See you at the show!

Enjoy,

John

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New Video: Spectrum Group Signing at Comic-Con in San Diego.

Hi, all,

We’ve just posted our latest video up on the Spectrum Fantastic Art website video area. Visit often for new videos posted weekly.

Watch the Spectrum artist group signing at the Flesk/Spectrum booth which took place on Friday, July 25th at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Eight artists took part including Daren Bader, Donato Giancola, Gary Gianni, Matthew Levin, Travis Lewis, Todd Lockwood, David Palumbo and Allen Williams. This was the beginning of a yearly signing event that we will have at both Comic-Con and Spectrum Fantastic Art Live each year. You can bring your own Spectrum books or pick up copies at our booth to get signed. Thanks to the artists for participating!

Enjoy,

John

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New Videos!

Hi, everyone,

We’ve posted three all new videos on the Spectrum Fantastic Art website celebrating the Spectrum 21 Awards Ceremony and Spectrum Fantastic Art Live. I’m sharing them here as well.

Watch three hours of the Spectrum 21 Awards Ceremony in one minute through a series of time lapse photography. Follow the evening from the audience arrival at the Midland Theater to the closing curtain. The ceremony was held in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, May 10, 2014 in conjunction with Spectrum Fantastic Art Live.

Watch the full Spectrum 21 Awards ceremony held on May 10, 2014 at Kansas City’s historic Midland Theater. The silver and gold Spectrum awards for the eight categories were announced as was the 2014 Grand Master award recipient. Enjoy this one hour and ten minute event.

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live was held on May 9-11th, 2014 at the Kansas City Convention Center, Grand Ballroom of Bartle Hall, Kansas City, MO. We offered a free 11 x 17 inch print at our Flesk / Spectrum booth during the SFAL special guest signing on Saturday from 11:15am to 12PM. Wayne Barlowe, Tim Bruckner, Frank Cho, Camilla d’Errico and Justin Sweet were on hand! This video takes you around the Flesk booth and wraps up showing the guest signing.

Visit the Spectrum Fantastic Art website for more videos here!

Enjoy,

John

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The Spectrum Artist Group Signing at Comic-Con International in San Diego

We had an hour long Spectrum artist group signing at our Flesk/Spectrum booth on Friday, July 25th. Eight artists took part including Daren Bader, Donato Giancola, Gary Gianni, Matthew Levin, Travis Lewis, Todd Lockwood, David Palumbo and Allen Williams. This was the beginning of a yearly signing event that we will have at both Comic-Con and Spectrum Fantastic Art Live each year. You can bring your own Spectrum books or pick up copies at our booth to get signed.

Many thanks to these eight artists for taking part this year!

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Matthew Levin signing a copy of Spectrum.

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Travis Lewis was a welcome addition to the group.

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Todd Lockwood talking with Daren Bader.

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Top row, from left to right: John Fleskes, Gary Gianni, Allen Williams, David Palumbo, Travis Lewis and Matthew Levin. Bottom row, from left to right: Donato Giancola, Todd Lockwood and Daren Bader.

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Allen Williams jokes with David Palumbo.

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Donato Giancola looks on as Gary Gianni adds his signature to a book for a lucky fan.

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Half-way through the autographing session it’s all smiles.

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Donato Giancola was having a good show partly due to his Game of Thrones painted calendar being released at the show.

Thanks again, everyone! See you at the next show.

Enjoy,

John

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Reviewing the “Drawing Beautiful Women” Proofs With Frank Cho at Comic-Con

In an effort to keep the Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method book on schedule I had the oversized Studio Edition book proofs shipped direct to my hotel in San Diego during Comic-Con. The other bonus to this was that Frank and I could review them together. I brought the proofs to my Flesk booth on the Sunday of the show. Soon after Frank showed up our friends Jim Reid and Jim Silke stopped by to join in. After carefully inspecting the proofs, Frank, both Jim’s and myself gave the proofs our stamp of approval. Here’s a few pictures taken during our meeting.

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Frank Cho inspecting the layouts and fine details on his way to approving the book proofs.

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Frank continues to peruse the Studio Edition proofs which is shown in these pictures at actual size.

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Frank opens one of the gatefold proofs while John Fleskes looks on.

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Jim Silke, who knows a thing or two about drawing beautiful women, inspects one of the proof pages and offers his praise.

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Here, we are discussing the tonal areas of the pictures. Since the Studio Edition is so much larger than the trade edition we were able to add more pictures of Frank in his studio to this edition.

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Flesk booth-man James Walker walks over to give his input, while Jim Silke and Jim Reid look on.

Enjoy,

John

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“Wayne Thiebaud: Works on Paper, 1948-2004” Hardcover Exhibit Catalog

Wayne-Thiebaud-Works-on-Paper-coverHi, everyone,

In the fall of 2013 I had the honor of working again with Michael Zakian who is the director of the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art. Our first experience working together was when we packaged the “Illustrating Modern Life” book for the museum.

It was a joy to design and package their latest exhibit catalog for the Wayne Thiebaud show held at the Weisman under Michael’s direction. Michael is among one of the most professional and inspiring individuals I have worked with. His kindness is exemplary, which brings out the best in others around him.

Designing the Wayne Thiebaud book was a thrill. Thiebaud’s colors and shapes intertwine in a beautiful unifying fashion that is deceptively simple, yet incredibly difficult to achieve.

Here is a brief description about the book followed by a link to read more and purchase a copy through our Flesk online store if you wish.

Wayne Thiebaud: Works on Paper, 1948-2004” is an exhibition hardcover catalog of eighty-five prints and drawings that explores his rich dialogue with the visual language of graphic art. Drawn from the holdings of the artist’s work in the collection of the University Library Gallery at California State University, Sacramento, it provides a survey of the various printmaking media he has explored through his long career and includes examples of his woodcuts, serigraphs, etchings, lithographs and monotypes. It also offers insight into his favorite subjects—everyday American food, the urban landscape of San Francisco, the majestic mountain scenery of Yosemite and the lyric, arcadian, agricultural fields of the Sacramento River Valley.

Learn more about the Wayne Thiebaud: Works on Paper, 1948-2004 book at the Flesk Publications website.

Enjoy,

John

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Masquerade by Terry Dodson: 2014 Sketchbook

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Terry Dodson debuted his latest sketchbook collection, Masquerade at Comic-Con last week. This latest sketchbook features an assortment of material including pencil sketches, ink and marker preliminaries, convention sketches, character designs and a show print drawing with the process shown in a step-by-step format.

We have copies available on our Flesk online store if you are interested. Each copy comes initialed “TD” by Terry and is only available direct from him at shows or from us.

Visit here to pick up a copy.

You can also visit Terry’s blog here to see some of the sketches that he made during Comic-Con.

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk / Spectrum Panel at Comic-Con International

Flesk-SDCC-panel-2014Hi, everyone,

The Flesk/Spectrum panel was held earlier today at Comic-Con International in San Diego. From left to right: John Fleskes, William Stout, Frank Cho, Daren Bader and Terry Dodson shared news about upcoming book projects, Spectrum news and the importance of working on creator owned projects.

I’ll post more details over the next week.

Thanks to everyone who made the panel!

Enjoy,

John

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