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.



John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
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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!



John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
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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!



John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
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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!



John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
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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.



John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
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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!



John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
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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.



John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
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Naughty and Nice 2013 Teaser by Bruce Timm


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.



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

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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.



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

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.



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

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!



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


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

Flesk Publications LLC
Attn: John Fleskes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2013 Grand Master award:

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



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!



John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
text copyright © 2013 John Fleskes.


Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2 — Pictures and Stories Part 2 — The Show Book Group Signing

The six guests of Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2, and a few contributors, joined us at the Flesk booth on Saturday from 2:00-3:15 for a big group commemorative book signing. I want to thank everyone who took part: Charles Vess, Jon Foster, Terryl Whitlatch, Peter de Sève, Michael Whelan, Tara McPherson, Greg Spalenka, George Pratt and Cathy & Arnie Fenner–and for being so giving of your time!

I took some pictures during the event. The captions fall under each picture.

Spectrum-FAL2-Flesk-book-signing-01Spectrum founders and show organizers, Cathy and Arnie Fenner, who wrote the introduction to the book, were able to take part.

Spectrum-FAL2-Flesk-book-signing-02Here’s George Pratt, who wrote the introduction to Jon Foster’s section. He’s an incredible painter and a pleasure to talk with.

Spectrum-FAL2-Flesk-book-signing-03Special guest, Tara McPherson, signing a copy of the book.

Spectrum-FAL2-Flesk-book-signing-04Michael Whelan–always in a good mood.

Spectrum-FAL2-Flesk-book-signing-05Peter de Sève was doing little drawings in the books.

Spectrum-FAL2-Flesk-book-signing-06Terryl Whitlatch, signing a copy of her book Animals: Real and Imagined. Fans were welcome to bring books from their personal collections to get signed, too.

Spectrum-FAL2-Flesk-book-signing-07Greg Spalenka, who wrote the introduction to Tara McPherson’s section, was kind enough to join in–to our delight.

Spectrum-FAL2-Flesk-book-signing-08Jon Foster, in good spirits whenever I saw him.

Spectrum-FAL2-Flesk-book-signing-09The legendary artist, Charles Vess.

Spectrum-FAL2-Flesk-book-signing-10This is a group shot from the vantage point of standing in line as you would round the corner to start getting your signatures and meeting the artists and writers.

Spectrum-FAL2-Flesk-book-signing-11Charles Vess was signing and doing quick drawings in the books.

Spectrum-FAL2-Flesk-book-signing-12Jon Foster adding a drawing for a lucky fan.

Spectrum-FAL2-Flesk-book-signing-13Terryl Whitlatch signing a show book.

Spectrum-FAL2-Flesk-book-signing-14Peter de Sève seemed to do a different drawing in each book. His creativity appears to be endless.

Spectrum-FAL2-Flesk-book-signing-15Michael Whelan signing the commemorative book. How would you like for this to be your copy!

Spectrum-FAL2-Flesk-book-signing-16Tara McPherson signing a copy in her section. Her paintings are amazing. What a treat to have her in the book and as a guest.

Spectrum-FAL2-Flesk-book-signing-17Here’s a picture from the position as you are exiting the signing area.

Spectrum-FAL2-Flesk-book-signing-18And another picture as you are walking back and away from the Flesk booth.

Spectrum-FAL2-Flesk-book-signing-19This is a partial group shot form the middle of the line.

Spectrum-FAL2-Flesk-book-signing-20Charles Vess was drawing on the table plastic cover in-between signing books. I cut out and saved the drawing once the show was over. Charles let me know it would be OK to give it away to a lucky fan. We’re going to come up with some sort of a method to do so as a prize at the San Diego Comic-Con show.

Spectrum-FAL2-Flesk-book-signing-21Jonathan Leveck grabbed the camera as the signing was wrapping up and snapped this shot of Jon Foster and myself.

Thanks again to all of the artists, writers and to Cathy and Arnie Fenner for joining us for the group signing. I hope those that attended and those that participated had a great time!



John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
text and pictures copyright © 2013 John Fleskes.

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2 — Pictures and Stories Part One

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2 wrapped up Sunday evening. My video and still camera gear SD and CF cards are full of imagery, and my head is packed with stories to share. I’m making the long drive back home and will post short blog entries as I find moments at rest stops along the way. Once I’m settled back in the office I look forward to writing about the Spectrum transition and answering a batch of questions that I have found to be the most commonly asked.

I’ll start with an experience I had when meeting Dave Palumbo for the first time, which was last Friday. I was walking by his booth when a striking painting of his grabbed my attention. It was the original for Fed, which ended up receiving the Spectrum Gold Award the following evening. I was admiring the composition, uniqueness and execution of the piece, and then proceeded to view his other works. I let my eyes slowly migrate across the walls, then drift down to the table top. I saw a little gem of a personal painting that gave me pause–a lengthy one at that. I let Dave know it was my favorite piece of his on display. I was completely mesmerized by his use of negative space and brushwork.

Cut to Sunday evening when I was stopping by Jonathan Leveck’s hotel room. (The “Jonathan” who works for me, in case you didn’t know.) I looked over on his nightstand and guess what was sitting there? Dave’s little gem! After allowing my jealousy to subside, I complimented Jonathan on his fine taste and knew I had hired the right guy. (I knew before, but now I really knew.) I find these little moments, especially when piled on top of other memorable experiences, the core to what makes a show like Spectrum Fantastic Art Live so special.

Here are a few pictures that I took at the Flesk booth on Saturday.

Bill Carman

Bill Carman

Bill Carman utilized his time in-between talking with fans and fellow artists to finish a new commission. I first met Bill when we were both jury members for Spectrum 17. During our dinner after a long day of casting votes and debating awards, Arnie Fenner mentioned that he and Cathy were in the early stages of grooming a new director to eventually take over Spectrum. Bill pointed at me and said, “What about this guy?” And I quickly and casually replied, “I should be so lucky.” Bill gave me a wry look and I returned my best poker face expression. He never asked me about it again, but I sensed that he read right through me. We had a good laugh about it after the announcement was made last Friday.

Peter de Sève and Terryl Whitlatch

Peter de Sève and Terryl Whitlatch

Peter de Sève and Terryl Whitlatch, two of the guests of the show, used our Flesk booth as a home base for signings. They both were very giving with their time, not just with the fans at the booth, but also during the many panels that they were a part of.

More pictures soon!



John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
text and pictures copyright © 2013 John Fleskes.

New and Final Stretch Goal for the Mark Schultz Kickstarter Campaign.

Hi, all,
Our Mark Schultz Kickstarter Campaign ends this Saturday. Mark and I posted a fresh update just now. Here are the details. (Or click here to go directly to our Kickstarter page.)


This is it—we are coming down the Final Stretch of the Mark Schultz Kickstarter Campaign. We’re down to the final five days.

We would like to once again express our ongoing gratitude for all of your support in making the special upgrades, video, hardbound books and prints happen. We feel we just can’t say this enough.

It’s been our ongoing objective to bring you value at a reasonable price, but in the end it is up to you to tell us whether or not you agree that you are getting good value. Your contributions have spoken loud and clear and we appreciate your faith in us.

Now, before we get to that last goal, let’s recap what you have already made possible:

1. Two 8 x 10 inch signed prints exclusive and free to all print and book supporters. The first print features a new Xenozoic image of Hannah and Jack battling stinging, crawly things. The second print is of the painting used for the Carbon cover.

2. The 55 minute brush and ink demonstration video by Mark Schultz comes as a bonus, at no additional cost, to all of our Kickstarter print and book supporters. This will be available for streaming from our website at the same time as the prints and books become available by August.

3. Xenozoic hardcover edition, with signature page and upgraded binging. This unique edition will be limited to only 500 copies. The Kickstarter price is $60.00. The cover price will be $75.00 after this campaign is over, and this book will not be available through the bookstores.

4. The Carbon deluxe signed hardcover edition limited to only 600 copies and only available direct from Flesk.

5. The “Beyond the Known Forest” 18 x 24 inch signed deluxe print.

6. Xenozoic signed bookplate included with all pledges for the paperback or hardcover Xenozoic book.

7. Free shipping for all orders in the U.S.A.

So, with the final few days left, we’re adding one final stretch goal to our campaign: If we hit the $61K mark, we will add a third 8 x 10 inch signed print featuring Mark’s watercolor and carbon pencil illustration, No. 1 (as seen in Various Drawings Vol. 5, page 11).

mark-schultz-no-1No. 1 print image

And, as a reminder, Carbon and Xenozoic are both wrapped and on the press. All continues as scheduled. All goes according to plan. Cue mad laughter.

Thanks, everyone. More updates coming later this week.

John Flesk and Mark Schultz




John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
text copyright © 2013 John Fleskes and Mark Schultz. Art copyright © 2013 Mark Schultz

Mark Schultz Kickstarter Campaign
Mark Schultz books from Flesk Publications

Flesk Exhibiting at Big Wow ComicFest

Big-wow-logoWe’ll be exhibiting at the Big Wow ComicFest at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA this May 18-19. If that date sounds familiar, you’re right. It just so happens to be the same weekend as the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2 event we are also exhibiting at. I’ll be at the Spectrum show, while I have my friends James Walker and Josh Ford running the booth at Big Wow. James and Josh have plenty of experience doing shows and are familiar with Flesk and what’s going on. There will be a full line up of our books, some very reasonably priced dinged books for you to sample our titles and free brochures for your perusal. The Flesk corner booth is #432.

The show has an impressive group of comic book artist guests. Rachel and Terry Dodson (Songes, Bombshells and Reveries) and Jim Silke (Jungle Girls and Jim Silke Sketchbook), who I have had the pleasure of working with, will be there. There’s also Frank Cho, Frank Cirocco, Lela Dowling, Geof Darrow, Aaron Lopresti, Alex Nino, Kevin Nowlan, Sanjulian, and many more. Even Stan Lee will be making an appearance on Sunday.

If you are in the Bay Area it’s well worth going. Tickets are only $20 for the day or $30 for both.

Be sure to let me know how the show goes.



John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
Text copyright © 2013 John Fleskes. All rights reserved.

Big Wow ComicFest

Flesk Exhibiting at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2, Schultz Kickstarter Update

Greetings, all,

Last week I sent out the following email newsletter. If you are interested in joining the newsletter list, you can add your email address here. I send one or two out a month.

April 25, 2013 Flesk Newsletter

sfal2This is John Flesk and I have a lot of great information to share. I’ll cover our exhibiting at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2, the artists that will be at our booth, the new SFAL2 commemorative book, details about Mark Schultz’s new book Carbon and new printing of Xenozoic (including deluxe signed hardcovers), plus a Schultz Kickstarter update, and provide a link to a new Schultz interview conducted by myself. Let’s start with my favorite event of the year, Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2!

Flesk Publications will be exhibiting at the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2 event in Kansas City, Missouri on May 17-19. I wrote details about the show and what will be happening at the Flesk booth on my blog. You can read it here.

In brief, we will have Brom, Bill Carman, Peter de Sève, Craig Elliott, Gary Gianni and Mark Schultz at our booth (#500). We have some other guest appearances which I will announce as we get closer to the show.

“Easy Being Green it is Not” by Peter de Sève. Artwork used with special permission and © Disney.

“Easy Being Green it is Not” by Peter de Sève. Artwork used with special permission and © Disney.

I’m honored to have had the opportunity to produce the SFAL2 book. Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, Volume Two commemorates the second annual Spectrum event by celebrating the work of the exhibition’s six special guests: Jon Foster, Peter de Sève, Tara McPherson, Charles Vess, Michael Whelan and Terryl Whitlatch. This 80 page, 9 x 12 inch hardbound collection will premiere at the show. All pre-orders will ship immediately after. Click for full details and to pre-order.

Mark-Schultz-Carbon-coverThe new art book, Mark Schultz: Carbon, collecting Schultz’s most recent works and the new printing with a new cover of Xenozoic is off to the printer. Our advertised release date is August 1st, but we are hoping to have copies at our Flesk booth at Comic Con International in San Diego. (I’ll keep you updated.)

You can pre-order copies of Carbon and Xenozoic at our Mark Schultz Kickstarter campaign, which gets you a special early-bird price and bonus goodies such as a signed print and access to watch a brush and ink demonstration video for free. (Click here to visit.) Afterward, the books will be available for pre-order from our website, although without the Kickstarter bonus items. Thanks so much to all of our supporters who have made the special signed editions possible through Kickstarter funding. You have our gratitude.

I have conducted an interview with Mark about his new art book, Carbon, and what you can expect to see inside. I have posted it on my blog for your enjoyment. You can read it here.

Another newsletter will be coming in two weeks. It will fill you in on all of the last minute details for SFAL2 and the Schultz Kickstarter campaign.

Thanks, everyone!



John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
Text copyright © 2013 John Fleskes. All rights reserved.

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2 is Next Month!

We are just one month away from Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2! It runs on May 17-19 in Kansas City, Missouri in the Grand Ballroom of Bartle Hall. There is no other show this year that I am looking forward to more than this one. SFAL2 is all about the artists. It’s about real people and the art that they create, all of who are accessible in an inviting atmosphere. SFAL2 is open to the public. Anyone can go! Plus, there is original artwork to view and purchase.

The ticket prices are very reasonable. It’s only $40 for a 3-day pass and $20 for a single day entry. I like how the organizers have made the show welcoming to a diverse group by keeping the entry price low. I have always felt that it is important to make events accessible to young people, students and to those that don’t have a lot of money. It’s the best way to share our passion with others, and to introduce the arts to new people.

The 3-day ticket is an exceptional deal. It gets you into the show on the Friday Preview Night and Opening Night Party, plus a guaranteed seat at the Spectrum Awards Ceremony at the Midland Theatre on Saturday, May 18th. You can’t get the 3-day pass onsite–only in advance through the website. (A link to purchase tickets and for full show information is at the bottom of this post.)

I’m thrilled to be in a position to exhibit at SFAL2. It’s always a privilege to meet new people and those who have supported us. We hope we can give back a little by leaving you with a memorable visit, and properly show our appreciation in person.

I’m excited by the opportunity to host a terrific group of artists at our Flesk Publications booth (#500). Much of how I run Flesk is by focusing on the relationships and the artists. This show, I feel, falls very much in line with what I feel is the most important part of this industry–the people. With this in mind, I’ve asked some really great individuals to join us at the Flesk booth.

To start with, Gary Gianni and Mark Schultz, two gentlemen I came to know when I began publishing in 2002, and who have been wonderful to work with, will be available for autographs and to talk to.

Brom will be with us on Friday and Saturday. And things are looking good for us to have an advance copy of The Art of Brom book to preview.

Bill Carman will be doing a painting demonstration throughout the show. He has an uncanny ability to talk and paint at the same time. We encourage you to ask questions and take advantage of this opportunity to learn from this master painter.

Craig Elliott will be signing and sketching, plus he can fill you in on the latest paintings and films he is working on. Craig has completed a few stunning recent fine art works. He will have prints of them available.

Special guest to the show, Peter de Sève, can be found at our booth as well. Peter is well known for his covers for The New Yorker and his character development work for the Ice Age films. His imagination is among the highest level that I’ve seen.

These six artists will have original art, prints and books available. In addition, we will have a full line of all of our Flesk titles for you to peruse.

You can pick up the special event commemorative book celebrating the work of the six show guests from us. These artists are: Jon Foster, Peter de Sève, Tara McPherson, Charles Vess, Michael Whelan and Terryl Whitlatch. I’m working on a group signing at our booth on Saturday. The Details will follow soon.

Mike Mignola, who was previously announced as being at our booth, had a personal matter arise and will not be able to attend.

As we get closer to the show I will continue to provide updates and fill you in on the events that we will run.

See you soon!




John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
Text copyright © 2013 John Fleskes. All rights reserved.

SFAL2 website
SFAL2 tickets
Gary Gianni website
Mark Schultz Facebook page
Brom wesbite
Bill Carman blog
Craig Elliott Gallery website
Peter de Sève website

Mark Schultz Kickstarter Stretch Goals Announced

Hi, everyone,

Mark Schultz and I added a few bonus items to our Kickstarter campaign. Should we reach the goal outlined below we will include these options at no extra charge. What is Kickstarter and what are stretch goals? Please follow the link at the bottom for details.

Our Kicksarter stretch goal announcement:

As we continue to receive your support we would like to add more value to our goodies, and include new bonuses, as an ongoing expression of our gratitude.

45K Stretch Goal
Additional footage added to the brush and ink demonstration.
We were discussing Mark’s demonstration video and came up with an idea to make it even better. We will film and add an additional 15 minute segment with Mark discussing the tools he uses as well as his influences. This will expand the 40 minute video to 55 minutes.

55K Stretch Goal
Upgrade binding and bound in signature page for the Xenozoic hardcover edition.
We are seeing a lot of interest for this Xenozoic hardcover edition. We want to upgrade the binding from the current printed boards with jacket option to a fancy quarter-binding with an onlaid plate featuring the cover art set in the front center boards. The board design will finish off with a stamp of the title and Mark Schultz’s name on the front boards. (I’ll work on putting together a visual graphic to share soon. –John) The jacket will also be included. In addition, we will add a bound in signature page to the book, featuring a new Xenozoic preliminary drawing, which will be signed by Mark Schultz. This is on top of the already promised signed bookplate. This will be an exquisite production and unique to this 500 copy edition you have made possible through Kickstarter.

We will announce more stretch goals once the 55K goal has been unlocked.

In other news, we see that the Combo Pack #2 has been the most popular choice and that the availability has almost run out. We discovered that Kickstarter lets you adjust the numbers available for the different rewards. With only a finite number of hardcover books being available, we took away 75 copies from the individual Carbon and Xenozoic hardcover book options and then added 75 paired units to the Combo Pack #2, which gets you both of the hardcover books with one pledge.

With our thanks,

John Flesk and Mark Schultz

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
Text copyright © 2013 John Fleskes. Art copyright © 2013 Mark Schultz. All rights reserved.

Our Kickstarter Link:

Mark Schultz / Flesk Publications Kickstarter Campaign Goes Live Today

Greetings, everyone! We launched our Schultz / Flesk Kickstarter campaign today. Here is a link and a copy of our email newsletter going out today.Thanks for looking.


Flesk Newsletter:
The Flesk and Mark Schultz Kickstarter Campaign is now live! We’re offering Mark’s new art book collection, Mark Schultz: Carbon, in both trade and Flesk exclusive hardcover editions.  We’re offering brand-spanking-new prints! We’re offering a Flesk exclusive hardcover edition collecting all the Xenozoic stories Mark has drawn! And we’re offering something truly unique: a video inking demonstration by Mark! Never before attempted — never before seen!

The full details and a video about our book and print offerings, exclusive Kickstarter goodies and a pair of pledges that will get you original artwork are provided at our Kickstarter campaign page here:

Here’s a breakdown of what you will find:
1. Mark Schultz: Carbon — new art book in paperback and Flesk exclusive hardcover
2. Xenozoic new printing with new cover — paperback and Flesk exclusive hardcover
3. “Beyond the Known Forest, She Talks with Birds” — signed color print
4. Exclusive Kickstarter 8 x 10” signed print — free to KS supporters
5. Exclusive brush and ink demonstration video by Mark Schultz — free to KS supporters
6. Two Special combination packs that offer original art from Mark Schultz.
Note: The hardcovers, prints and video will only happen if we reach our Kickstarter goal.

If you enjoy Mark’s work, this is your chance to support the quality projects he loves producing. Please take a look. And thank you — we appreciate your consideration!



John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
Text copyright © 2013 John Fleskes. Art copyright © 2013 Mark Schultz



Mark Schultz Kickstarter Campaign Goes Live on Thursday!

This Thursday, April 11, at 10:00AM PST / 1:00PM EST, the Flesk and Mark Schultz Kickstarter Campaign will go live! We’re offering his new art book collection, Mark Schultz: Carbon, in both trade and Flesk exclusive hardcover editions.  We’re offering brand-spanking-new prints! We’re offering a Flesk exclusive hardcover edition collecting all the Xenozoic stories Mark has drawn! And we’re offering something truly unique: a video inking demonstration by Mark! Never before attempted—never before seen! We will share the live link here on Facebook, on our Flesk website homepage and on John Flesk’s blog at go time this Thursday!



John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
Text copyright © 2013 John Fleskes. Art copyright © 2013 Mark Schultz. All rights reserved.

“Xenozoic” new cover by Mark Schultz
“Xenozoic” first cover by Mark Schultz


Flesk and Emerald City Comicon by Guest Blogger Jonathan Leveck

I wasn’t able to make the Emerald City Comicon one month ago, but we were able to have a Flesk Publications booth presence thanks to Jonathan Leveck. I asked Jonathan if he could write a recap about exhibiting at the show. I’ll turn you over to Jonathan:

Jonathan Leveck writes about the Flesk Booth and time spent at Emerald City Comicon
The lead-up to Emerald City Comicon was rife with a quirky mix of emotions. Having grown up near Portland, any travel to the Northwest provokes nostalgia–that inimitable sense of coming home. Seattle, however, would be a new destination for me: one of those places that’s always been on the list but has remained conspicuously unchecked, like never having read On the Road, or seen Willy Wonka.

So there I was preparing to go home to a place I’d never been.

Then there’s Flesk. A failure on the part of the universe at large to take into account the subtleties of the company day planner resulted in a scheduling kerfuffle. Flesk would need to be in both Seattle and Kansas City, Missouri on the same weekend. Reluctant to miss either the ECCC or the 20th Annual Spectrum Judging, John Fleskes and I decided we’d divide and conquer the two events.

For me this meant running a show on my own for the first time and putting a check next to Seattle on that list I mentioned. For John Fleskes that meant being in Kansas City while, for the first time in the history of his company, Flesk Publications was being represented by someone other than himself, and that on the other side of the country. Neither the honor nor the responsibility were lost on me.

John and I caught up on business at the airport, checking out the cover proof for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2 and chatting about where publishing should set the bar in terms of catering to vs. challenging its viewership. A few parting words of Emerald City Comicon advice and we boarded our separate flights, John leaving Seattle and his company in what he outwardly projected–but must have inwardly hoped–were my capable hands.

Seattle. Where all the neon is rosy.

Within an hour of landing I was at my hotel downtown, already loving Seattle if only for its public transit system. The hotel lobby was a cage-less zoo of comic industry professionals, Trekkies and a gaggle of what I can only assume were plain-clothes cosplayers. A pair of unarmed security guards stood wide-eyed and twitching amidst the chaos.

Set up the next morning was a breeze, the show’s staff organized and helpful. I picked up the books and took my time setting up the booth, bringing the better parts of my compulsive nature to bear upon the presentation of our books and banners.

The Flesk booth just prior to the show opening.

I looked up from my shuffling to find a gentleman looking at me with an expression that said, “One of us should know the other, but I suspect neither of us does.”

“Hello,” I said vaguely, now mirroring his expression.
“I… You’re… This is Flesk?”
“We are.”
“We’re doing a book with you.”

A stunning bout of deductive reasoning on my part (combined with asking the man outright who he was) led me to understand that I was speaking with Richard Pini. Richard and his wife Wendy are the creators of Elfquest. Their books The Art of Elfquest and Wendy Pini: The Line of Beauty are currently in development with Flesk Publications.

Well met with Mr. Pini, the Elfquest booth was the first I visited when I made the pre-show rounds. I introduced myself to Wendy and handed her the new postcards for the upcoming books. Her face lit up when she saw them, further widening Richard’s easy grin. I was struck by the dynamic between these two: Richard, gregarious and charismatic, Wendy soft spoken and warm–equal and opposite points on the charm spectrum.

Richard and Wendy Pini pre-show.

My next stop was the BromArt booth, where Brom was bustling about the booth and his wife, artist Laurie Lee Brom, was returning from a failed odyssey to find her friend’s booth in the maze of the gaming floor. I was glad to finally meet Brom in person, having only interacted with him via email during the Art of Brom Kickstarter campaign.

Infectiously lighthearted, the Broms’ personalities might have been separated at birth. Speaking with them in tandem, one gets the inexplicable sense that everyone is a sly smile away from giggling.

In equal contrast to the ‘brooding rockstar artist’ persona one might project upon him to look at his art, Brom offered to watch the Flesk booth, should I need to pee at any point. Dark and angsty, indeed…

Brom and Laurie Lee Brom

By the time I left the Dodson’s booth a few minutes later, I was finding it a bit silly just how damnably charming all these couples are. Terry all warm-welcome and quick-to-laugh, Rachel quiet and amused.

Terry and Rachel Dodson: Charm and Charmerer.

Thankfully Mignola was next on the list. I hadn’t yet met his wife, but surely Mike’s dry wit and forthright demeanor would lend itself to some sort of Archie Bunker-esque repartee to help mollify my playful inner cynic.

Alas: nope. Equally lovely interactions from the Mignola camp.

Mike and Christine Mignola applying the finishing touches.

Convinced that John had some sort of hidden agenda to unite charming couples beneath the Flesk banner and take over the world at large, I headed back to the booth to prepare myself for the impending hordes.

And hordes there were. The show was stunningly busy. Our table–teeming with books on the morning of day one, with a case of overflow stowed beneath–comfortably fit all of our remaining stock by that afternoon. By the end of day two we had sold out of the large format Bruce Timm Naughty and Nice book and all but two Big Pocket editions. We were out of catalogues and the stacks of offerings from Dodson, Elliott, Gianni, Meseldžija, Schultz and Stout had been whittled down to a nub.

Booth bustle.

By the end of day three we were fairly well out of stock, and an extraordinary thing happened: We became an information booth.

“What’s the story on the Brom book?”
“When’s Mark gonna finish Xenozoic?”
“Is Bruce Timm here?”
“Are you Bruce Timm?”
“Where can I find Bruce Timm?”
“Are you the guys doing Elfquest?”
“Is Mark Schultz still alive?”
“Who’s Jim Silk-EE? This stuff is gorgeous…”
“Look honey: booties!”
“Do you have any more Gianni stuff?”

We had people stopping by to identify themselves as Art of Brom Kickstarter supporters, or to express what an influence Mark Schultz has been on their art.

With little left to sell, the crowd hadn’t diminished around the booth. For the last couple of hours the Flesk booth was a place to stop by and chat about good art.

When all was said and done, I packed a single box to send back to California, and arrived back at my hotel exhausted, voiceless and extremely pleased. John called and we downloaded our separate events and chatted about the big things upcoming from Flesk, some announced and others soon-to-be.

So: Seattle was fantastic. I didn’t burn anything to the ground, and nobody caught me sleeping at the booth. Well: nobody that couldn’t be bribed with a Naughty and Nice Teaser.


Jonathan Leveck
Director of Operations

Jonny Rocket.

A big thanks to Jonathan for running our booth!



John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
Text and photographs copyright © 2013 Flesk Publications. All rights reserved.

Emerald City ComicCon

Warren Chang Lecture and Book Signing This Wednesday

Warren Chang will be giving a lecture at the Monterey Peninsula College this Wednesday from 1:30 to 2:30 PM. I will be in attendance and there will be a book signing immediately after his talk. See a little further below for the full details.

Also, the new issue of International Artist magazine (#90) features a book review of Narrative Paintings. The writer of the article, Matthew Innis, has posted the review on his Underpaintings blog. Check out the links at bottom to learn more.

Lecture Details:


MARCH 20TH, 1:30PM-2:30PM
980 Fremont St, Monterey, Ca 93940

Warren Chang will be giving a lecture and slide presentation of his work pertaining to the Old Masters. Perhaps best known for his paintings of the field workers of Monterey County where he grew up, his lecture will focus on the influence of historical artists Bruegal, Millet all the way up to contemporary times and the influence of author John Steinbeck and others on the artist’s work.

He is the recent subject of a monograph book, titled Warren Chang: Narrative Paintings, published by Flesk Publications in 2012 and due out for worldwide release in March, 2013. Copies of the book will be available at the lecture for purchase and signing by the artist.



John Fleskes
Flesk Publications
Text copyright © 2013 John Fleskes. Art copyright © 2013 Warren Chang. All rights reserved.

International Artist magazine
Matthew Innis Underpaintings blog