Flesk and Spectrum Booth Video at APE!


Here’s a three minute video of the action at our Flesk / Spectrum booth at the Alternate Press Expo in San Francisco on October 12 and 13. This footage includes our special guests Terryl Whitlatch, Shelly Wan, Iain McCaig and Craig Elliott! Thanks to the Helpful Bear Productions crew for putting this together for us!

Enjoy,

John

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Pictures at our Flesk and Spectrum Booth at the Alternate Press Expo in San Francisco

Hi, all,

We had a fun time at the Alternate Press Expo on October 12 and 13. I’m on the road in the Netherlands for two events, which will keep my writing brief, but I will say this is one show I would not want to miss. APE is all about the artists and it attracts a sophisticated and highly enjoyable audience.

Terryl Whitlatch was with us all weekend. Everyone who bought a copy of her book Real and Imagined received a free unique drawing in the book. This kept Terryl’s line steady throughout the show. Pixar Sketch Artist and Spectrum 21 jury member, Shelly Wan, joined us on Saturday. Shelly proved popular and her good spirits was welcome at the booth. Craig Elliott was with us throughout the weekend. Craig gave much of his time by providing a live painting demonstration from a live model for four hours on Saturday and Sunday. We’re pleased at how popular these were and the visitors that hung out to learn and observe. Iain McCaig, legendary artist and Spectrum Advisory Board member, stopped by Saturday for a surprise visit and signing. Even with his presence being unannounced, a line quickly formed and kept Iain engaged during his entire stay with us. My friends James and Josh managed the book sales and answering questions. We had a fun time. APE is much like showing up to a good friend’s house and hanging out for a few days. None of the experience feels like work.

Enjoy the following pictures that were provided by our friends at Helpful Bear Productions. (Thanks guys!)

Flesk-APE-2013-pic-01Our full line of books were on offer, plus a sample copy of Spectrum 20 that was viewed with much delight.

Flesk-APE-2013-pic-01BTerryl Whitlatch talking with an attendee.

Flesk-APE-2013-pic-03From left to right, there’s Terryl, Shelly Wan, Craig Elliott and me, John Flesk.

Flesk-APE-2013-pic-04Here, Terryl includes a drawing into a copy of her book. She never drew the same creature twice.

Flesk-APE-2013-pic-05This is Terryl again, from the aisle outside of our booth. Our booth was oftentimes obscured by attendees.

Flesk-APE-2013-pic-07This picture shows Terryl, Shelly and Craig, with my buddy James in the background.

Flesk-APE-2013-pic-08Terryl draws in the foreground while Craig is painting his model for the day, Kelly.

Flesk-APE-2013-pic-09Craig focuses on his oil demonstration.

Flesk-APE-2013-pic-10From left to right we have Iain McCaig, Gil Banducci of Helpful Bear Productions, myself and Terryl.

Flesk-APE-2013-pic-11Shelly talks with a fan.

Flesk-APE-2013-pic-12Group shot! From left to right: Shelly, Gil, Terryl, Iain, Craig and Flesk.

Flesk-APE-2013-pic-13Here’s another perspective on Craig’s oil demonstration.

Flesk-APE-2013-pic-14The final portrait, with Kelly and Craig.

Thanks to Vidur Gupta for taking these pictures and to the entire Helpful Bear crew for their support!

See you next year!

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk Student Outreach at the Academy of Art University Time-Lapse Video

We had our annual student outreach at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco on October 15, 2013. We gave students access to our entire Flesk catalog at a reduced rate. I enjoy the opportunity to get our books into the hands of our future stars at a special student discount. Thanks to Vidur Gupta and Helpful Bear Productions for providing this time lapse video of the event. See you next year!

Enjoy,

Enjoy,

John

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A Quick Flesk October Action Overview

John-Flesk-AAUC-blogWith the APE show over (pictures coming soon), it’s time for our Student Outreach at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. I’ll be there on Tuesday at 5:00 at the 540 Powell location. And then I’m off to the Netherlands to film a painting demonstration by Petar Mesledzija this weekend, followed by our “An Evening with Flesk Prime” on October 24th and the Strip Festival Breda on the 26th and 27th. Oh, and the Spectrum 21 Call for Entries will open tomorrow, October 15th!

I’ll be posting blog and Facebook entries with pictures throughout the next two weeks as I am able.

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk, Spectrum and Artist Guests Exhibiting at the Alternate Press Expo This Weekend

Greetings, all,

The Alternate Press Expo in San Francisco is this weekend. We will have three tables representing Flesk Publications and Spectrum Fantastic Art in our usual spot near the front entrance. Our space number is 212-214. We will be joined by artists, Craig Elliott, Shelly Wan and Terryl Whitlatch. And we are pleased to have Helpful Bear Productions with us and filming our adventures to share online after the show.

I always look forward to APE. It focuses heavily on the individual artists and independent creators. The show is packed with a diverse sophisticated group. It’s like a giant artist’s alley and small press area, without all of the fancy pop culture and non-arts related booths. What’s not to like?

Flesk

We will have our entire line of Flesk books and prints with us, including the new Mark Schultz Carbon art book. Also available will be our exclusive publisher edition books by Brom, Terry Dodson, Wendy Pini and Bruce Timm.

Spectrum Fantastic Art

We have secured an advance copy of Spectrum 20 to have on display. Previous volumes will also be on hand to peruse. Free Spectrum Call for Entries postcards and Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event postcards will be available.

CFE-21-Flesk-Spectrum-APEThose who are interested in submitting to the Spectrum 21 Call for Entries can turn them in at our booth. We will have submission forms available and we can answer your Spectrum questions. Additionally, you can ask us about the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event happening in Kansas City next May. And you can pick up an exhibitor registration form for those who would like to join us there.

Artist Signings and Demonstrations

Terryl-Whitlatch-Helpful-Bear-FleskTerryl Whitlatch, the artist known for her creature designs for Lucasfilm and who provides workshops through her Tales of Amalthea master class, will be joining us both days. She will be doing drawing demonstrations throughout the weekend and she is happy to sign for her fans. She will also have her book, Animals Real and Imagined available.

Terryl-Whitlatch-Helpful-Bear-Flesk-2Craig Elliott will be doing a three hour oil painting demonstration from a live model on Saturday and Sunday starting at 2:00 each day. Craig will be answering questions during this time. This is an excellent opportunity to learn from Craig, who is a successful visual development artist who works for Disney, Blue Sky and other top companies.

Shelly-Wan-Flesk-APE-show-signingArtist and Spectrum 21 judge, Shelly Wan, will be making a signing appearance at our booth on Saturday from 1:00-2:00. Shelly worked as a visual development artist on Astro Boy; she has done art for Magic: The Gathering; and currently she works for Pixar, having done sketch and color work on Monster’s University.

Helpful Bear Productions

Helpful-Bear-Flesk-FriendsThe crew from Helpful Bear Productions will be joining us and filming our exploits at the booth. A short video will be shared on our Spectrum Fantastic Art website within a week after the show. We have partnered up with Helpful Bear Productions to document and share our events online so you can feel a part of the experience even if you cannot make it. Helpful Bear is the production company that produced the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2 book promotional video. They are at work on a second book feature video, this one focusing on The Art of Brom. We have much more planned with Helpful Bear and I look forward to this new relationship growing.

We hope to see you at the show!

See you soon.

John

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Rose City Comic Con — Flesk Pictures and Stories

John Flesk, Brom, Terry & Rachel Dodson at the Flesk booth.

John Flesk, Brom, Terry & Rachel Dodson at the Flesk booth.

I miss the rain already. I’ve been to Portland a half dozen times, but it’s been over a decade since my last visit there. No matter if one of my past excursions to the downtown area coincided with winter, when I skated across the downtown icy sidewalks to slide into Powell’s, or passing a Frisbee at the open grass area along the Williamette River near the Steel Bridge with a friend in summer, each moment has been memorable. As I neared the city limits last week I embraced the cloudy skies, cool weather, and the smell and touch of the moist air.

I decided to exhibit at the Rose City Comic Con based on the professionalism and likability of those who organize the show. They are the same people who run the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, where we exhibited at for the first time earlier this year. (And will again in 2014!)

The Batmobile!

The Batmobile!

The Rose City event staff and volunteers were exceptionally friendly. Also, it was obvious that their promotional efforts were successful. The proof of this was the broad mix of people and heavy foot traffic that filled the aisles. The attendees we met were a delight and supported our being there. Plus, our neighbors were fun, which made for an all-around pleasurable experience. I had no hesitation in signing up and prepaying for the third Rose City show in 2014. It is an event that I feel confidant will continue to grow and gain momentum.

I want to thank Brom, Terry and Rachel Dodson for joining me at the Flesk Publications / Spectrum Fantastic Art Live booth.

Brom

Brom

From spending the week with Brom at Comic-Con, it came as no surprise at Rose City when I observed women approach Brom while giggling quietly to a friend or, shook a little as if they were trembling from a slight chill and, at times, gently bounced in place with excitement at the opportunity to meet him. I saw one girl get a signature in one of his books for her friend who was standing about 30 feet away but who was too nervous to get it herself. “Brave girl” eventually went and grabbed her shy friend by the arm and pulled her over to meet Brom. And I get why. Brom was all smiles and constantly adorable to the girls, and cool and super-chill to the guys. He’s extremely likable. It appears to be all in a day’s work for the Dark Lord.

Terry Dodson talks with a fan.

Terry Dodson talks with a fan.

Speaking of likeability, in the opposite corner of the booth, Terry and Rachel Dodson joined us for extended signings during both days. Terry creates a new piece of art for a unique print for each show where they attend. His new Rose City themed print debuted on Saturday and it turned out beautifully. Terry posted a blog entry to show his sketches and process which you can view here. Terry is amazingly patient and giving of his time. I observed art students who presented his or her portfolio for a critique and who would ask Terry art or industry related questions. Terry spent extended periods offering advice and ways in which they could improve, as well as offering tips on how he worked. I think he has a natural gift for sharing and helping others.

Terry Dodson working on a sketch for a show attendee.

Terry Dodson working on a sketch for a show attendee.

Brom and the Dodson’s helped me by manning the booth for a little bit so I could do a quick walk-around artist alley on Sunday. I make a point to always stroll through this section of every show I attend. It’s my number one destination point that I would hate to miss. It was well represented by a young group, most of who were new to me. I enjoy shows with large artist alley sections that have tables available to them at an affordable price. This makes for a wide variety of artists that may not otherwise have the opportunity to express themselves in a large public venue. These are our future stars. You can see the hunger and positive energy of these brave people who get out there and share their works. It is not easy to have the courage to exhibit at a show for the first time, or even the second or the third. These are the people who take their dreams and put themselves out there on public platform. They have my respect.

Echo Chernik had the best looking booth at the show. And her and her booth helpers turned out to be ever positive and fun neighbors.

Echo Chernik had the best looking booth at the show. And her and her booth helpers turned out to be ever positive and fun neighbors.

Artists are the coolest people to hang out with. They fight that normalcy of a 9-5 lifestyle that many people fall into. Most of the artists I meet and work with do whatever they need to do to share their creativity with others. There are some who might be broke half the time–and all too often struggling–but they are fun to socialize with. I can’t help but think they are happier than a lot of people who give up their lives to work for a paycheck doing a job they have no passion for. This is one of the many reasons why I enjoy publishing.

The Heceta Head Lighthouse in Oregon. It wasn't all cloudy skies!

The Heceta Head Lighthouse in Oregon. It wasn’t all cloudy skies!

We’ll see you in Portland again next year. Here’s hoping it rains again!

Enjoy,

John

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Reserve your Ticket to the Second Flesk Prime Event, The Netherlands

Two years ago we hosted the first “An Evening with Flesk Prime” in the Netherlands. We are currently organizing the second event which will be held on October 24, 2013 in Breda, the Netherlands. This is a perfect opportunity for those traveling to the area for the Strip Festival Breda being held on October 26-27 to expand upon their weekend for a unique and spectacular experience. “Flesk Prime” is limited to only 15 guests to guarantee an intimate and personal experience. We’ve come up with some new ideas and surprises to make this second event even better than the first.

 

An Evening with Flesk Prime  

Participate with Flesk Publications and five of the brightest stars in the industry for an evening of food, drink, conversation and illumination.

Publisher John Fleskes cordially invites you to join Terry Dodson, Petar Meseldzija, Mark Schultz, Jim Silke and Thomas Yeates in a dinner prior to Strip Festival Breda 2013 which will afford the appreciator of fine illustration a chance for relaxed one-on-one repartee in an atmosphere of convivial wining and dining. The evening is strictly limited to 15 guests to ensure a quality experience and is situated in a private room at a highly regarded restaurant in the lovely and historic city of Breda, The Netherlands. All the amenities of fine dining and spirits will be included.

Guests will receive special gifts honoring the evening and opportunities to have their items personalized. Original artwork will be available for discussion and viewing pleasure.

Additional support has been given by De Stripspecialist, Breda’s premier comic store.

Those interested in participating can contact evening organizer Mark Thelosen for pricing and availability at hoffmansmark@yahoo.com

 

The idea for “An Evening with Flesk Prime” came to me while thinking of the private dinners I feel fortunate to have with these artists. I always consider them to be special occasions that leave me with wonderful memories. I wanted to make this intimate experience available to a small group of people in the hope that they can share in this same rich experience. Eight of the fifteen tickets are already reserved. There will be many surprises and it will truly be a fun and relaxing evening.

Please let me or Mark T. know if you have any questions.

Enjoy,

John

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Links:
2011 “An Evening with Flesk Prime” event with pictures
Strip Festival Breda website

Flesk, Spectrum Fantastic Art, Terry Dodson and Brom to Exhibit at Rose City Comic Con

Flesk-home-banner-13I’m packing up for our trip to Portland, Oregon next week to exhibit at Rose City Comic Con on September 21-22. I’ll be there representing Flesk Publications and Spectrum Fantastic Art. Brom and Terry Dodson will be signing at our booth #733 each day. Books, prints, drawings and original art will be available to peruse or purchase. We look forward to setting up in Portland for our first time and meeting lots of new people.

Rose City Comic Con is put on by the people who run Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle. With ECCC being such an exceptional show to exhibit at and attend, I have no doubt that Rose City will be just as fun for us.

Portland is one of my favorite cities to travel to. It’s been a number of years since I’ve been there and I looking forward to seeing the downtown and neighboring sights again.

See you soon!

John

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Comic-Con International in San Diego 2013–The Flesk Report with Pictures

Comic-Con 2013 turned out to be our best show ever in terms of book sales and meeting new people. The crowd size was the same as previous years–since the ticket sales are limited to the hall size, fire and safety codes–yet it felt four times busier at our booth. It made me feel good that the awareness and interest for our books has grown.

Many of our titles sold strong and steady. These included all of our new books: Bruce Timm Naughty and Nice 2013 Teaser, Mark Schultz: Carbon, The Art of Brom, Xenozoic new cover edition by Mark Schultz and the Wendy Pini Teaser that includes material representative of the two books that are in development, The Art of Elfquest and Line of Beauty. Also, all of our previous titles sold steadily throughout the show.

One thing I’ll admit to is that I sometimes flip my badge around so people don’t automatically know who I am. This gives me an opportunity to ask people a lot of questions to find out why they like our books, what they don’t like and what they want to see in the future. I have a clear vision of what I want to do, yet it is important to hear raw feedback from people and to not get lost in my own ego. Keeping an open mind, and exhibiting at shows gives me a direct line of communication to those who support us.

And now this same listening approach applies to Spectrum Fantastic Art, too. As the new director I have been asking artists a lot of questions. A handful of responses that I heard when the Spectrum name came up was, “Oh, yeah. I’ve seen that magazine.” This lets me know that I’ve got some work to do to. It’s my job to help better define what Spectrum is to the general public.

After having such a terrific year, I can look back on Comic-Con in 2011 to see how some decisions made back then helped for 2013. While driving home after the 2011 convention, I realized my attitude toward the show was on the decline. I was debating if the event was still worthwhile to exhibit at. I considered the costs, time preparing for the show, a week spent in San Diego instead of the office and the effort placed in catching up after my return. It amounts to about three weeks of energy that could be used to make a new book.  I was burnt out on Comic-Con and I needed to do something about it.

I wanted to get excited about going again. So, for 2012 I hired extra staff and left the booth to my friend James to run. I spent 90% of the time away from the booth. I went to panels, walked the show, bought a few things for myself and had a really great time. I hear a lot of complaints that the show is not about comics anymore. I’ve been guilty of thinking that way as well. I grew up reading and enjoying comics. Without comics, I would not have formed my passion for art and books and would never have started Flesk Publications. The thought of Comic-Con moving away from comics bothered me. But as I walked around the show, out of my isolated booth where I typically spend 95% of my time, I found there to be a lot of things going on about comics. And the show promotes them heavily in the souvenir catalog, program guide and panels. I discovered for myself that it is still a comic show after all. And I couldn’t dismiss that three artists I work with, Gary Gianni, Mark Schultz and Jim Silke were guests and properly recognized for their contributions to the comic field.

It turned out that our 2012 booth sales were a below average year for us. We did better at the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live show earlier that year with 2% of the crowd. But, finances are not the main reason why I exhibit at this show. (More on this later.) However, I was reinvigorated with Comic-Con and eager to sign up for the next year. My passion was renewed and I felt great all this year.

There are five main reasons why I exhibit at shows.

1. Promotion. It’s essential to create a presence for Flesk and for the artists I publish, and that I have an opportunity to meet people and share what we do with them.
2. Meet the artists in person. I met Gary Gianni, Steve Rude, Mark Schultz, Jim Silke, William Stout and a host of other people I work with at Comic-Con. Shows provide a rare accessibility to artists and many opportunities arise there that can pay off three or five years from now.
3. Get inspired! Walking the show and seeing what others are doing is fuel that can last for months.
4. Grow. Panels, business meetings and talking with our supporters helps me make decisions for the future and it provides me with the knowledge to keep me on track.
5. Sell books. I love selling books, packing books, shipping books and getting them into the hands of those that support us. I’m not selling product that I bought for resale. I am selling books that we made, oftentimes that took months or years to create that I was heavily involved with and am passionate about. When someone buys one of our books I am especially grateful since it allows me to continue making more books, and pay royalties to the artists that goes toward the creation of new works.

At Comic-Con, my show costs run between $8-9K and I don’t always break even. But, considering the benefits of 1-5 above, the costs are well worth it. Anyone in this business who looks at just the money at the end of the day isn’t thinking long term.

Not all shows are worth setting up at. I do my homework before considering any show. I can’t afford to spend time away from the office that does not add the majority of benefits 1-5 that I stated above. I talk to fellow exhibiters who have set up at certain shows to gauge whether or not I will exhibit. The shows where we exhibit on a regular basis are those that I have found give us the maximum benefits.

And Comic-Con has consistently been a show that I consider to be of the utmost importance that I be a part of it. I mentioned earlier that at one point I was not eager to attend Comic-Con. Getting out of the booth and having fun again last year was a big help. Another was that I realized if I wanted to see change that I had to be the change that I wanted to see. I recognized what it was that was bothering me and I addressed it. It paid off for this year, since being positive kept me invigorated and energetic throughout the show. (Well, most of the time at least.) I was at the booth 90% of the time and enjoyed being there.

This is an excellent time to shift gears to talk about the show this year.

As I mentioned before, the Flesk booth was rocking this year. We have never been so busy at a show–ever. I brought three guys with me to help full time, and we had Brom and Mark Schultz there each day. Jim Silke was with us for half the day on Thursday. Usually the crowds come in waves and we might get brief moments to talk among ourselves. This year there were no still periods. I brought twice the number of books that I normally do. I had a “feeling” about this year. The two successful Kickstarter campaigns, one with Brom and the other with Mark Schultz, the popularity of the Bruce Timm books, the recent Spectrum transition news, combined with all of the artists I work with gave me the gut feeling that this would be our year. And it was. If I brought my usual stock we would have been sold out by Friday at noon. I always listen to my gut.

During my few moments away from the booth I managed to squeeze off a few pictures of my neighbors. Let’s take a walk together.

Flesk-2013-SDCC-picture-01Here is Gary Gianni and George R.R. Martin signing the 2014 Games of Thrones calendar at the Madefire booth. This was one of two signings for Martin and the fans came in droves.

Flesk-2013-SDCC-picture-02Richard and Wendy Pini, with the managing editor at boingboing.net, Rod Beschizza, during the 35 Years of Elfquest panel. Richard announced a range of new Elfquest projects, including The Final Quest which will be published by Dark Horse. Plus, our Art of Elfquest and Wendy Pini: Line of Beauty collections that are in development.

Flesk-2013-SDCC-picture-03Richard and Wendy Pini with a group of fans after the Elfquest panel. One thing that impressed me during the panel was when they opened the floor to questions; it wasn’t questions that they received. Instead, fans expressed their heartfelt passion for Elfquest and how the series and characters have impacted their lives. It was quite moving.

Flesk-2013-SDCC-picture-04Stan Lee with J. Scott Campbell. I was rounding a corner when I saw this scene. I took one picture, and then was quickly asked to move along by security to prevent a mass blockage of bystanders in the isle. There was a long line wrapping around the booths going in my opposite direction. It was just a random ten second situation for me. I happened to have my camera in hand with my manual settings ready. It’s part of the fun of Comic-Con. You never know what you might see and when you will see it.

Flesk-2013-SDCC-picture-05Christopher Paolini stopped by and interviewed Brom at our Flesk booth. What did they discuss? I was too busy taking pictures and helping customers to hear. I’ll post a link to the video if it becomes available online.

Flesk-2013-SDCC-picture-06This is Craig Elliott with one of his muses at his Craig Elliott Gallery booth. Craig always has three or four beautiful women assisting him during the course of the show. I need to learn his secret. Or, maybe I should have been an artist instead of a publisher?

Flesk-2013-SDCC-picture-07Craig Elliott redesigned his booth this year. He had books, prints, originals and he had erected high walls with a fancy backdrop to make for a gallery like setting. Craig was also doing live paintings from the model. Here is Craig during a rare idle moment.

Flesk-2013-SDCC-picture-08Across the aisle from Craig was the Baby Tattoo booth headed by the ever personable Bob Self. Brian Kesinger was there signing a copy of his Walking Your Octopus book at the Baby Tattoo booth. We got our copy at the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live show!

Flesk-2013-SDCC-picture-09And here is Terry Dodson at his booth, which he shares with Aaron Lopresti. Terry unveiled his new Bombshells 7 collection, and had plenty of gorgeous original art to view.

Flesk-2013-SDCC-picture-10I got to meet Mark Winters and John Stanko at their shared booth. It turns out they were not too far from our Flesk booth, proving the importance of getting out to see the wonderful art and people that are all around us.

Flesk-2013-SDCC-picture-11Donato Giancola was busy working on a new piece in his sketchbook when I walked up. He has one of the more impressive displays of originals hanging.

Flesk-2013-SDCC-picture-12Steve Argyle introduced himself to me. I’m glad he did. Nice guy and how does that backdrop of his work look?!

Flesk-2013-SDCC-picture-13Here, Brom talks with a fan at the Flesk booth, with someone in the background bearing an uncanny resemblance to the cover model on The Art of Craig Elliott.

Flesk-2013-SDCC-picture-14Zander Cannon in Artist’s Alley. His latest book “Heck” from Top Shelf is a new book worth picking up.

Flesk-2013-SDCC-picture-15Brom’s creations from The Plucker come to life.

Flesk-2013-SDCC-picture-16The ever positive and talented, Mr. Daren Bader.

Flesk-2013-SDCC-picture-17What do you get when Mark Schultz stands you up for lunch? Answer: Mark draws a Hannah sketch in Daren’s Xenozoic Artist’s Edition book.

Flesk-2013-SDCC-picture-18Christian Alzmann, a VFX Art Director at ILM, premiered his art book “Tales” at the show.

Flesk-2013-SDCC-picture-19Here’s a grab shot of David Palumbo. His art keeps growing more and more on me despite how much I liked it before.

See you all next year!

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
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The Spectrum Interviews — Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2 Artist Interviews Film Part Four!

This is part four of the artist interviews filmed during the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2 event in Kansas City, Missouri last May. It features Paul Bonner, Dan dos Santos, Tara McPherson, Mark Schultz and Greg Spalenka.

We are working on the new websites for Spectrum Fantastic Art (slated to go live on October 1) and Spectrum Fantastic Art Live (this fall). Once they are ready I will start posting individual extended length interview features on the artists shown in parts 1 through 4 of this interview series. There’s plenty of good footage to look forward to!

Thanks again to the artists who participated!

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
Text copyright © 2013 John Fleskes. All Rights Reserved.

Links:
The Spectrum Interviews – Part One from Flesk Films
The Spectrum Interviews – Part Two from Flesk Films
The Spectrum Interviews – Part Three from Flesk Films

 

Back From Comic-Con, Packing Mark Schultz Kickstarter and Store Orders

Hi, everyone,

We arrived back from Comic-Con last Tuesday. We had our best show ever! Thanks to everyone who stopped by.

I took some pictures and have stories to share, but first we are focusing on shipping out the Flesk store orders that came in while we were away, and the Mark Schultz Kickstarter campaign orders. We’ve processed about 700 of the 900 orders so far. We’ll be wrapping things up by the end of this week. At that time I look forward to sharing words and pictures.

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
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The Spectrum Interviews — Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2 Artist Interviews Film Part Three!

This third part of the Flesk Films artist interviews produced during the second Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event in Kansas City, Missouri in May 2013 features Brom, Greg Manchess, Jean-Baptiste Monge, David Palumbo, John Picacio and Terryl Whitlatch.

Part four will be posted toward the end of this month.

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
Text copyright © 2013 John Fleskes. All Rights Reserved.

Links:
The Spectrum Interviews – Session One, Part One from Flesk Films
The Spectrum Interviews – Session One, Part Two from Flesk Films

Jim Silke Signing at the Flesk Publications Booth at Comic-Con on Thursday

Jim Silke Sketchbook

Jim Silke Sketchbook

Jim Silke will be at our Flesk booth #5019 on Thursday (July 18th) morning to the early afternoon during Comic-Con International. He will be sitting with his friends Mike Mignola and Geof Darrow at their booth #4901 on the Wednesday preview night. (There’s a pair you won’t want to miss either.)

Jim will have original art to view and purchase. These are the only two days he will be at the show, so you will want to be sure to bump him up to the front of your list of people to see. We will have copies of Jim’s Jungle Girls and Jim Silke Sketchbook on hand.

See you soon!

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
Text copyright © 2013 John Fleskes. All Rights Reserved.

Links:
Order Jim Silke books from Flesk Publications

New Mark Schultz Books and Prints Premiering, Signing Times at the Flesk Booth and Panel Appearances at Comic-Con International

Carbon-samplesThere’s lots of cool Mark Schultz things going on at Comic-Con next week (to distract you from asking or wondering where Storms and Sea is). His new art book, Mark Schultz: Carbon and new printing of the complete Xenozoic collection that prints all the stories written and drawn by Mark to date, and a new print, “Beyond the Known Forest, She Talks with Birds” (visit my July 7 post to learn more about the print) will debut at the show.

Xenozoic-samplesThanks to our Kickstarter supporters and pre-orders from our Flesk website we will have less than 100 copies of the deluxe hardcover of Carbon (limited to 600 copies) at the show and only about 30 copies of the Xenozoic deluxe hardcover (limited to 500 copies). After these are gone, they will be sold out. We’ll have plenty of paperback editions of both at Comic-Con which Mark will be pleased to sign for you.

8 x 10" Mark Schultz print, free with any Flesk purchase at Comic-Con

“On the Dawn Patrol” 8 x 10″ Mark Schultz print, free with any Flesk purchase at Comic-Con

And I have a bonus item to announce for Comic-Con. We have a Mark Schultz 8 x 10″ print that we will be giving away for free with any purchase at the Flesk booth, or $5.00 by itself. Mark will sign it if he is at the booth when you pick it up. There’s a good chance we will go through them all at the show.

These are the guaranteed times Mark Schultz will be at our Flesk Publications / Spectrum fantastic Art Live booth #5019.

-Wednesday 7/17, Preview Night: 6-8
-Thursday 7/18: 11:30-12:45 and 4:30-6:30
-Friday 7/19: 11-1 and 4-6
-Saturday 7/20: 2-4
-Sunday 7/21: 10:30-12:30

In addition, Mark will be appearing at our Flesk panel. Here are the details and time:

Flesk Publications Exposed! The Artists Spill Their Guts! The Truth Behind the Spectrum Transition!
Thursday July 18, 2013 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 32AB
Sure, 10:00 is early but, OMG, with a lineup including Brom (The Art of Brom, Krampus), Terry Dodson (Red One, Uncanny X-Men), Mark Schultz (Xenozoic), and William Stout (Hallucinations, Legends of the Blues) talking new projects-and publisher John Fleskes frankly discussing the future of the renowned Spectrum Fantastic Art series-you really should get your butt out of bed!

See you soon!

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
Text copyright © 2013 John Fleskes. All Rights Reserved.

Links:
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Brom Signing Times at the Flesk Booth and Panel Appearances at Comic-Con International

The Art of Brom Deluxe Edition. Exclusive from Flesk and available at Comic-Con.

“The Art of Brom” Deluxe Edition. Exclusive from Flesk and available at Comic-Con.

Brom will be signing at our Flesk Publications / Spectrum Fantastic Art booth #5019 all five days at Comic-Con International in San Diego. We will have his new The Art of Brom book (Flesk Exclusive Publisher Edition with bonus 16-pages and Deluxe Edition) and Brom Sketchbook (Another Flesk exclusive) at the show. His official times on duty are:

Wed: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Thurs: 12:00pm-3:00pm, 4:00pm-7:00pm
Fri: 10:00am to 1:00pm, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Sat: 10:00am to 1:00pm, 2:30pm-6:00pm
Sun: 10:00am-1:00pm, 3:00pm-5:00pm.

In addition, Brom will be appearing at the following panels:

Flesk Publications Exposed! The Artists Spill Their Guts! The Truth Behind the Spectrum Transition!
Thursday July 18, 2013 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 32AB
Sure, 10:00 is early but, OMG, with a lineup including Brom (The Art of Brom, Krampus), Terry Dodson (Red One, Uncanny X-Men), Mark Schultz (Xenozoic), and William Stout (Hallucinations, Legends of the Blues) talking new projects-and publisher John Fleskes frankly discussing the future of the renowned Spectrum Fantastic Art series-you really should get your butt out of bed!

Witches and Fey, Monsters and Mortals
Sunday July 21, 2013 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 24ABC
That vamp’s a tramp; this witch is a real bitch. Pixies will pinch, and the fey go beyond fairly frightening. The ghouls are ghastly, and we mere mortals are growing testy. Oh, and that creepy-looking fella is sprouting fur from his feet, and who knows “were” else! Jeanne Stein (the Anna Strong series) encourages S. M. Wheeler (Sea Change), Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy), Brom (Krampus), Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms), Amber Benson (The Calliope Reaper-Jones series), Seanan McGuire (The October Daye series), Rachel Caine (the Morganville Vampires series), and C. Robert Cargill (Dreams and Shadows) to provide perspective on the monsters of myth.

See you soon!

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
Text copyright © 2013 John Fleskes. All Rights Reserved.

Links:
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New Mark Schultz signed print — “Beyond the Known Forest, She Talks with Birds”

Flesk-Mark-Schutz-18x24-printThanks to our Kickstarter supporters, we have a new Mark Schultz signed print on offer titled, “Beyond the Known Forest, She Talks with Birds.”

This oversized print measures 18 (H) x 24 (W) inches. It is printed on premium acid free 95 lb. cover stock with a matte finish and it utilizes archival inks. Each print will come signed. At a full two feet wide, this print will showcase Mark Schultz’s artwork at its original size. In addition, the piece has been colored by the original Xenozoic Tales series cover colorist, Denise Prowell–supervised and with touch-ups by Schultz. Mark’s traditional transparent watercolor technique has been used for a brilliant unique look.

We are taking pre-orders on our website now. They will begin shipping at the end of July. The printer informed us that they will be ready just in time to pick up on our way to Comic-Con. I’ll have Mark sign them before the doors open and we will debut them at the show.

We will ship out the prints to our Kickstarter supporters immediately after we return from the convention.

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
Text copyright © 2013 John Fleskes. All Rights Reserved.

Links:
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Bombshells 7 by Terry Dodson premieres at Comic-Con

Bombshells-7-cover-Terry-DodsonTerry Dodson will be premiering his Bombshells 7 collection at Comic-Con International. His booth number is 4706. This collection showcases his most recent commissions, preliminary work for personal projects and material from his private sketchbooks. All artwork has been hand-picked by Terry and designed to meet the standards of his critical eye. I helped Terry package this book. You can pre-order it now and we’ll ship the copies right after the show, around July 25th.

Terry will also have original art for sale at the show!

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
Text copyright © 2013 John Fleskes. All Rights Reserved.

Links:
Order Bombshells 7
Official Terry Dodson website

Wendy Pini Teaser for “The Art of ElfQuest” and “Line of Beauty” Premiering at Comic-Con

Front and back cover to the Wendy Pini Teaser.

Front and back cover to the Wendy Pini Teaser.

I am working with Richard and Wendy Pini on two new art books collecting the best of Wendy’s art over the course of her 35 year career. The Art of Elfquest will highlight key covers, story pages, portfolio plates and rarely seen images from its earliest days to today. Wendy Pini: The Line of Beauty will focus on her stellar work outside of ElfQuest including comics, illustration and private art with a detailed biography exploring every facet of Wendy’s passion for telling stories. All traditional artwork is being reproduced from the original art.

We put together a Wendy Pini Teaser providing a glimpse into the subject matter covered in The Art of ElfQuest and Line of Beauty. The art included will not be reproduced in the two volume book set.

This 2013 Teaser is limited to 1000 signed and numbered copies. We will premier it at our Flesk booth #5019 at Comic-Con and it is available exclusively from Flesk and from Richard and Wendy Pini at the show. You can also order it on our website.

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
Text copyright © 2013 John Fleskes. All Rights Reserved.

Links:
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Naughty and Nice 2013 Teaser by Bruce Timm

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Front and Back cover to “Naughty and Nice 2013 Teaser” by Bruce Timm

Bruce Timm is a special guest at Comic-Con International this July 18-21. We have a new Bruce Timm 2013 Teaser that will premiere at the show. It features all new B.T. art and comes signed, numbered and limited to 1000 copies. It will only be available direct from Flesk.

You can find Timm at the NFR booth #4700 and the Teaser at the Flesk booth #5019.

Inside the Teaser you will find an all new collection of personal drawings highlighting the beauty of the female form. The majority of these twenty works feature nudes with a sampling of art in the fantasy and horror genres.

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
Text copyright © 2013 John Fleskes. All Rights Reserved.

Links:
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The Spectrum Interviews — Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2 Artist Interviews Film Part Two!

This second part of the Flesk Films artist interviews produced during the second Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event in Kansas City, Missouri in May 2013 features Marina Bychkova, Bill Carman, Iain McCaig, Ragnar, The Shiflett Brothers and Michael Whelan.

The third and fourth parts will be posted over the course of July. Each part runs 8 minutes and offers a rare look at the artists talking about his or her art and what Spectrum means to them.

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
Text copyright © 2013 John Fleskes. All Rights Reserved.

Links:
The Spectrum Interviews – Session One, Part One from Flesk Films

The Spectrum Interviews – Session One, Part One from Flesk Films

At this year’s Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, I had Jonathan Leveck film a series of interviews with twenty-four of the event’s participating artists and special guests. Thanks to all of the artists who participated!

This is the first of the ongoing Spectrum Interviews series. Session One, Part One features Craig Elliott, Gary Gianni, Michael Manomivibul, Mark Nelson, David Peterson and Virginie Ropars.

Check back next week for a new six minute segment. I am currently working on a new dedicated page for videos on the Flesk website. These will also be posted on the new Spectrum Fantastic Art website which I plan on going live on October 1, 2013.

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
Text copyright © 2013 John Fleskes. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

 

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2 — Pictures and Stories Part 4 — Around the Show

It seems normal that I rarely get the opportunity to walk around the events where I exhibit. Michael Whelan is a mere 10 ft. away, yet there might as well be a moat between us. I eventually manage to slip away from the Flesk booth and study a few of Michael’s originals up close; but only for a minute. A voice calls out to me from the Flesk booth and I run back over to home base to see what’s going on. I start to walk away again, get a few feet and see someone I know and have a nice chat. An hour later I realize I was trying to walk around and didn’t get too far. So then I think that maybe if I get out of eyesight of the booth I’ll be free. I dash off and make a left, right, left, left–I look behind me to make sure the booth is out of sight– I’m lost among the booths. Then I feel the vibration of my phone ringing. It’s the Flesk booth, gotta run back…

Despite the invisible chain of my booth, and my responsibilities, I do enjoy working the booth, seeing familiar faces and meeting people who have never heard of us before.

On Sunday afternoon, I snuck away and marveled at the paintings, walked around and observed the intrinsic nature of three dimensional objects and enjoyed meeting the creators behind the art. And that the people who made these works were there–that was the best part and what makes a show like Spectrum Fantastic Art Live so special.

There’s a big difference between an artist running his and her own booth, and a dealer selling art. The artists want to share, the dealer wants to sell. It’s a different vibe. Now, I know the artists want to sell art too, but I think it is safe to say that artists create works to share with the hope that as many people in the world as possible see their art. Here’s a question for artists. Would you rather have a few million people see and admire your art, or sell a piece for $5000.00? I’m curious.

And another thing I like about shows like SFAL is that when you are buying a piece the money goes straight to the artist. That is very rewarding to me. Given the option, I try and buy direct from artists before dealers.

This year Gregory Manchess and David Palumbo came with a batch of small oils. I loved them! These little paintings are easy to travel back home with, simple to find a spot to hang in a small apartment and are at an affordable price. Thanks for thinking of the little guy, guys. Now if I could have just gotten to Greg’s booth a little faster–say before his “helmets” all sold out–then I’d be a happier publisher.

I probably saw at least half of the show, if not a little more. This year we were busier than the last, and with my crew split between the Spectrum show and Big Wow ComicFest in San Jose, I was shorthanded. But, we made it work and had fun.

I managed to squeeze off a few pictures at our booth and around the show. Fortunately, my friend Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. took pictures throughout the event and is willing to share them here. Thanks, Jim! To learn more about Jim, his ImageS magazine and to see over 100 artist biographies online you can visit www.bpib.com.

I’ll start with my pictures. Captions fall under each picture.

Flesk-SFAL2-Booths-01Here’s a picture of Mark Schultz (on the right) and me. Mark created an original work for me to use as a banner on my Flesk Facebook page and for this 8 ft. banner for shows. Mark was one of the original artists to take a chance on me when I first started Flesk Publications (along with James Bama, Gary Gianni, Steve Rude and William Stout), which I am always grateful for.

Flesk-SFAL2-Booths-02Jean-Baptiste Monge, at his booth, with Paul Bonner who is the second individual from the left. It looks like there is a book that Jean-Baptiste had available that I missed. I’ll have to pick it up next time. Paul had a new sketchbook which you can pick up from Stuart Ng Books.

Flesk-SFAL2-Booths-03Justin Sweet was painting at his booth during the last few hours of the show on Sunday. Even after the show ended, as we were breaking down our booth and taking our boxes to the truck I could see Justin still working on the piece. He looked inspired and focused. I later imagined the Liberty crew pushing him out the door on a hand truck–still at work.

Flesk-SFAL2-Booths-04Jon Foster at his booth. I was fortunate to get to hang out with Jon a few times and get to know him a little. His persona is as warm, varied and enjoyable, as are his paintings.

Flesk-SFAL2-Booths-06The Fenners’ arranged for the recognition of past Grand Master recipients along one wall of the show. Featured artists had a banner, with a quote, and an original painting on display. Here’s the display for my friend, Jim Bama, with an original Doc Savage painting. Jim, at 87, is still spry and doing great.

Flesk-SFAL2-Booths-07Brom was at our booth all day on Saturday. We had an advance copy of The Art of Brom on display. I could relate to the people who, with a smile, said they didn’t want to look at the preview so that they could still be surprised when the book arrived with them next month. A big thanks to Brom for coming out to the show for the day.

Flesk-SFAL2-Booths-05Justin Sweet still focused.

Now we get to the pictures taken by Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.

Flesk-SFAL2-Booths-08This is a picture of our Flesk booth a few hours before the show opened on Friday. Craig Elliott, Iain McCaig and Mark Schultz sat on this long side, with Brom in front of his banner.

Flesk-SFAL2-Booths-09Here’s a pulled back view of the Flesk booth during set up. The large white peg board area was later filled with Gary Gianni original paintings. Gary, Terryl Whitlatch, Peter de Seve and Bill Carmam sat along this side.

Flesk-SFAL2-Booths-10 The Baby Tattoo booth. Ragnar, Coop, Gris Grimly, Brian Kesinger, Marina Bychkova and Michael Hussar all took residence here. As did the Baby Tattoo mascot. I’m wishing Bob Self a speedy recovery and that he is doing well.

Flesk-SFAL2-Booths-11The Dan Dos Santos booth front view. This was one of my favorite stops at the show.

Flesk-SFAL2-Booths-12 The Dan Dos Santos booth side view. It’s safe to say that I have an original Santos painting on my wish list.

Flesk-SFAL2-Booths-13Back to the Flesk booth, this time a view as you walk into the show, with Gary Gianni’s paintings hung and on display.

Flesk-SFAL2-Booths-14The legendary Michael Whelan, and SFAL2 special guest. Michael tells tales as well as he paints.

Flesk-SFAL2-Booths-15Gary Gianni at the Flesk booth. Gary is one of the most photogenic persons that I know. I don’t know if it’s possible to get a bad picture of him.|

Flesk-SFAL2-Booths-16The Rich Klink booth. Here you could find lots of interesting “things.” The hula girl skeletons are something we can all use.

Flesk-SFAL2-Booths-17This is sweet little Papa Boogedy at the Thomas Kuebler booth. The Krampus bust by Thomas is also stunning.

Flesk-SFAL2-Booths-18A recent original painting by Gregory Manchess. It was on display at his booth. Greg is as modern as he is traditional, if that makes any sense?

Flesk-SFAL2-Booths-19Anthony Kosar had a few friends to welcome you to his booth.

Flesk-SFAL2-Booths-20Someone, please let me know who this is? Answer: Sugar Fueled – The Art of Michael Banks!

Flesk-SFAL2-Booths-21The Drew Baker booth.

Flesk-SFAL2-Booths-22Mark Wheatley had a terrific looking booth set up. Mark has been very helpful to me in the past It was great to see him again.

Flesk-SFAL2-Booths-23The entrance to Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! Welcome!

Flesk-SFAL2-Booths-24Charles Vess let me know this is Renae Taylor’s booth. This dress is exquisitely made.

Flesk-SFAL2-Booths-25An original work by Virginie Ropars. This is one of my favorite pieces that I viewed at the show.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth and to those who supported the show and artists!

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
text copyright © 2013 John Fleskes. Pictures copyright © 2013 John Fleskes, Flesk Publications and Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.

Spectrum Fantastic Art Announces the Transition to a New Director with Spectrum #21 — Press Release

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Left to right: Cathy & Arnie Fenner with John Fleskes.

Arnie and Cathy Fenner, the originators of Spectrum Fantastic Art, who for the last twenty years have spearheaded the ongoing annual publications featuring the best in contemporary fantastic art, have announced at the second Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event the transition of the book to a new director, editor and publisher. Beginning with Spectrum #21, John Fleskes of Flesk Publications will assume responsibilities.

“We never thought of Spectrum as something we ‘owned,’” offer Arnie and Cathy. “Instead we always viewed it as an ongoing project that we were a part of, with the aim of raising an appreciation for all types of fantastic art as well as for the people who create it. This field of contemporary art—and the community who creates it and the people who love it—are what matters, so there has never been any question that we would take steps to ensure Spectrum‘s future as a part of our plans.

“We had started thinking about some sort of transition nearly ten years ago, but we didn’t know exactly what we were going to do or how we were going to do it–or with whom–until we met John Fleskes. We had admired his books for quite some time, but once we got to know him personally that admiration grew into respect and friendship. About five years ago we asked John if he would consider taking the reins of Spectrum and guiding it into the future; we feel extremely fortunate that he agreed.”

“I’ve been a dedicated follower of Spectrum since its inception in 1994,” adds John Fleskes. “Here is an annual book that includes all of my favorite artists and, better yet, the artists to whom I may never have been exposed to if not for Spectrum. The book pools together a wide assortment of fantastic art making a diverse arrangement from an eclectic field. I have a tremendous passion for the genre as well as great respect for Spectrum and for the community the Fenners’ and the annual have brought together.

“The biggest questions I had to answer were why I would want to take on the responsibility of directing Spectrum when I already have a thriving art book publishing company,” continues John. “Wouldn’t it take time away from pursuing my personal projects? I took my time to explore these questions, feeling that I should be prepared to head Spectrum for the next twenty years in order to accept the offer.

“Ultimately, the answer was clear and simple. Spectrum is bigger than me. There is a beating heart that powers Spectrum–and serving as the new director is about far more than just the competition and annual. This new role is also about serving the fantastic art community–both domestic and international–and the stewardship involved. Furthermore, it’s about establishing trust and equitable treatment for the artists, as well as growing in new directions.

“When I started Flesk Publications I knew I wanted to build a company that revolved around positive relationships. Flesk is built upon my ethics and the principle of treating artists–and everybody, actually–fairly. When I met Arnie and Cathy for the first time I was delighted to meet two individuals who I admired for their integrity. I found role models who shared the same vision for conducting business and behaving toward others.

“I had no idea that as our friendship grew Cathy and Arnie were considering me as the new director of Spectrum. It’s indeed an honor to have their trust. I’m anxious to get started.”

“There were many things we wanted to do with Spectrum that we were unable to accomplish for myriad reasons,” share Arnie and Cathy. “For every success there was always something extra we wanted to explore which was prevented by time or logistics. From the very beginning we have always had the support of our friend and publisher, Tim Underwood, and will continue to work with him on projects in the future. We are confident that as the new director—as well as the publisher—John will be able to capitalize on the potential Spectrum has always had and continue to grow its influence in the years ahead.

“Change can sometimes be a little unsettling—but it can also be exciting, especially when changes are made for the right reasons. We and John share the same outlooks, the same sense of ethics, the same sense of responsibility to the artists, and the same goals. This isn’t the end of the story, just the beginning of a new chapter. John will bring a fresh outlook and vibrancy to Spectrum that will benefit everyone: we can’t wait to see what he does, beginning with volume 21 in 2014.”

“As this news of my new role is announced I understand the natural concern of fans and artists over what changes might be coming,” says John. “The arts are always evolving, as is our world, and Spectrum must constantly grow to stay contemporary. It benefits all of us for Spectrum to thrive. There will be no sudden changes, only carefully considered improvements to keep Spectrum fresh.

“The first of two immediate improvements will be a major redesign of the Spectrum Fantastic Art website which will go live by October 1, 2013 to coincide with the Spectrum #21 Call for Entries announcement. The second improvement, which I’m very excited about, is to open the Call for Entries to digital submissions. We will still accept hard copy prints for submissions, but by offering a choice of hard copy or digital submissions we hope to better cater to those who prefer the digital format. Beyond these two improvements I will be asking a lot of questions, taking a lot of notes and working hard to ensure that Spectrum will constantly evolve and grow.”

“My work begins immediately. I am putting together a list of candidates to contact as possibilities for the Spectrum #21 jury, as well as for the new advisory board. I’m taking this very seriously. I’m looking for a group of industry professionals who have open minds, serve a broad community, are respected by their peers and fans, and can work well within a group. ”

About Spectrum Fantastic Art

The mission of Spectrum is to promote the fantastic arts and provide an annual showcase for contemporary artists. Spectrum doesn’t exist to categorize or define fantastic art; rather, it exists to honor the imaginations of very special artists who delight in helping us see the world in a wonderfully different light. It’s our job to help them reach a wider appreciative audience.

About Flesk Publications

This year marks Flesk Publications’ eleventh anniversary of promoting the arts through quality collections. Flesk Publications prides itself on being different. A creative approach is pursued by exploring the aesthetics of each artist in order to design a package that serves as an extension of him or herself. The result is a unique and individual collection produced with passion. Flesk produces a full line of art books featuring the best of comics and graphic novels, fantasy, illustration, pinup and fine arts.

“A few things that separate us from other publishers are our absolute commitment to the quality of our books and the relationships formed with the artists we showcase,” shares John. “It’s not just about the books, but the positive future of the artists and that their trust, in allowing us to collect their work, is not abused.” Fleskes shares a passion for the arts and feels a responsibility in making sure he represents his artists with the best books possible while also raising the art form. “We hope to educate the public to expect a higher standard from publishers,” continues Fleskes. “We take our work very seriously yet enjoy the process. Whether it’s a 16-page chapbook or a 300-page oversized art book, we give each collection our full attention to meet our standards first. I have a self-drive that makes this approach a natural part of what Flesk Publications is all about. It isn’t a policy, it’s who we are.”

About John Fleskes

John Fleskes is the president and publisher of Flesk Publications. As a long-time admirer of a wide spectrum of artists’ works, he felt many artists had slipped into obscurity, or lacked the means to gain exposure. In answer to this dilemma, he founded Flesk Publications in 2002. He has published over forty books to date. John has contributed to numerous books as writer, editor and designer and serves as the director to Spectrum Fantastic Art beginning with Spectrum #21.

Contact Information

Spectrum Fantastic Art LLC
Attn: Arnie and Cathy Fenner
info@spectrumfantasticart.com
www.spectrumfantasticart.com

Flesk Publications LLC
Attn: John Fleskes
info@fleskpublications.com
www.fleskpublications.com

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2 — Pictures and Stories Part 3 — Spectrum #20 Awards Ceremony

The Spectrum #20 awards ceremony, in conjunction the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2 event, was held live at the Midland Theatre on May 18, 2013 in Kansas City, MO. The doors opened at 7:00 p.m., with catering by Jack Stack Barbecue. The show was a free bonus to exhibitors and three-day ticket holders of SFAL2.

The show began at 8:00 p.m. with a live dance presentation by Quixotic Fusion. The $40 three-day ticket price for SFAL2 is a steal when considering that you can see this performance within the grandeur of the historic Midland Theatre at no extra cost. Quixotic combines dance, light, fashion, art and music for the ultimate in sensory stimulation.

The Spectrum awards ceremony immediately followed. Captions fall under each photo. Thanks to Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. for providing me with the stage pictures to share. SFAL2-Awards-2013-Jim-V-02Spectrum founders and show organizers, Arnie and Cathy Fenner, opened with introductory remarks and thanked everyone for coming.

SFAL2-Awards-2013-Jim-V-01Here I am accepting the Silver Award in the Advertising category on behalf of Android Jones for “Ganeshatron.” Android was unable to make the event due to a prior engagement.

SFAL2-Awards-2013-Jim-V-03David Palumbo graciously accepts his Gold Award for “Fed” in the Book category.

SFAL2-Awards-2013-Jim-V-04Allen Williams spoke form the heart when receiving his Gold Award for “Tree of Tales” in the Concept Art category.

SFAL2-Awards-2013-Jim-V-06The Shiflett brothers announced the recipients for the Gold and Silver awards in the Dimensional category–or was that Silver and Gold? The recipient envelopes got mixed up, which provided the brothers, and later Peter de Sève, with comedy material to make the evening more fun.

The show ended with a second performance by Quiotic fusion to wrap up an extraordinary live presentation.

Congratulations to all of the award recipients, including Brom who received the Grand Master Award. The complete list of winners is listed further down.

SFAL2-Awards-2013-Jim-V-07Rewinding to earlier in the evening, here is a picture of five of the event guests, show organizers and friends just prior to their private ride to the red carpet entrance of the Midland Theatre. From left to right: Peter de Sève, Gregory Manchess, Irene Gallo, Cathy and Arnie Fenner, Jon Foster, Charles Vess, Terryl Whitlatch, Brom and Tara McPherson.

Back to the Midland Theatre, the after party lasted into the night. I asked Jonathan Leveck to run and grab my camera and take a few pictures for us to use on my blog.

Spectrum-FAL2-Awards-Flesk-01Here is Arnie Fenner talking with Gold Award recipient in the Dimensional category, Virginie Ropars.

Spectrum-FAL2-Awards-Flesk-02Arnie Fenner and myself talking about something or other, but not work. We’re having fun.

Spectrum-FAL2-Awards-Flesk-03And now we have Shena Wolf entering the mix.

Spectrum-FAL2-Awards-Flesk-04Charles Vess was happy to receive a Silver Award in the Book category for “I Didn’t Know She Was a Bottle Witch” from Tanglewood.

Spectrum-FAL2-Awards-Flesk-05 From left to right: Mark Schultz, Craig Elliott, Mark A. Nelson and me.

Spectrum-FAL2-Awards-Flesk-06Left to right: Me with Craig Elliott and Gary Gianni.

Spectrum-FAL2-Awards-Flesk-07See you next year at the Midland Theatre for another fabulous evening.

Spectrum #20 Award Winners

Advertising:
Gold: Dan Dos Santos, Dragon Empress
Silver: Android Jones, Ganeshatron

Book:
Gold: David Palumbo, Fed
Silver: Charles Vess, Tanglewood: I Didn’t Know She Was a Bottle Witch

Comics:
Gold: Paolo Rivera, Daredevil #10
Silver: David Petersen, Mouse Guard Black Axe #4, Page 19

Concept Art:
Gold: Allen Williams, Tree of Tales
Silver: Daniel Dociu, Guild Wars 2, Norn Lodge

Dimensional:
Gold: Virginie Ropars, Acanthopis III
Silver: David Meng, Sashimi

Editorial:
Gold: Sam Bosma, Stability
Silver: Sam Weber, Cancer Monster

Institutional:
Gold: Kekai Kotaki, Stampede
Silver: Lucas Graciano, Dragon Swarm

Unpublished:
Gold: Cory Godbey, The Fish Master
Silver: Andrew Mar, Tell-Tale Heart

2013 Grand Master award:
Brom

Thank you to Arnie and Cathy for putting on an amazing evening!

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
text copyright © 2013 John Fleskes. Pictures copyright © 2013 Flesk Publications and Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.

 

 

Back to the Office After Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2

SpectrumFAL2_OneSheetAfter driving 4041.6 miles through seven states (eight if you include my home state of California), I’m back from my road trip to and from the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2 event in Kansas City, Missouri.

I was able to post two blogs from the road, and have a batch partially written which I’ll be sharing over the course of this next week. Topics I’ll cover are the Spectrum Awards, around the booths, the artist interviews we filmed, my thoughts about the show, and what the future holds for Spectrum now that the annual is transitioning into my hands. And, a brief bit about my journey halfway across the country and back.

I just sat down with Jonathan Leveck, who helped me at the Spectrum show, and James Walker, who ran our booth at the Big Wow ComicFest, for a full rundown of both events to see what went well and what we can improve upon for next year. We came up with some excellent ideas for the future.

At the moment we are fully engaged in catching up on emails and book orders, including mailing out all of the SFAL2 commemorative books. All should be shipped by Tuesday.

More soon!

Enjoy,

John

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
text copyright © 2013 John Fleskes.