Flesk at Comic-Con in San Diego. New Books and Signings. Booth #5019

Hi, everyone,

It’s Comic-Con time! Here’s a selection of goodies and signings that will be happening at our Flesk booth #5019.

Carbon-2-Mark-Schultz-webNew books that you can find at our booth are Carbon 2 by Mark Schultz, Elfquest: The Art of the Story by Richard and Wendy Pini, Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love and The Nexus Chronicles by Steve Rude.

dam-keeper-flesk-print-sdccWe will also have fresh copies of Arthur Adams Monsters Attacks!!! and copies of The Art of The Dam Keeper with an exclusive 5 x 7 inch print signed by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi!

A batch of new free promotional postcards for Spectrum 23, Notes From the Shadowed City and more will be at our booth. Stop on by and they are yours!

Which artists will be at Comic-Con in San Diego that I work with? A bunch! You can meet Arthur Adams, Daren Bader, Frank Cho, Terry Dodson, Craig Elliott, Gary Gianni, Richard and Wendy Pini, Mark Schultz, Jim Silke, William Stout and Bruce Timm! Please feel free to stop by our Flesk booth #5019 to check on signing times and to ask for directions to meet all of these wonderful people. They all sit nearby us and we can direct you right to them.

I’ll be moderating a panel on Thursday. After its popularity last year we are continuing our discussion about what it’s like to work independently on creator owned properties. Here’s the official description. Take a look at the lineup of creators that will be speaking with me! Here’s the location, time and description.

Making the Leap to Creator Owned Properties: Tales from the IP Jungle, Thursday, 7/21/16, 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m., Room: 28DE

Moderator John Fleskes (Flesk publications) leads a rousing discussion with Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows, World of Payne, Savage Wolverine), Terry Dodson (Princess Leia, Red One, Uncanny X-Men), Wendy and Richard Pini (Elfquest) and Mark Schultz (Storms at Sea, Xenozoic) about the differences between working for major publishers and shepherding through their personal projects. The pros, the cons, the triumphs, the tears! Plus, panelists share the latest news of upcoming projects.

See you at the show!

Enjoy,

John

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Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love Now Available!

jeffrey-alan-love-signing-notes-shadowsNotes-blurbsNow available from Flesk! Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love. Jeff was at our office last week signing all of the prints.

We are shipping all of the pre-orders now. All hardcovers ordered through Flesk comes with a unique signed print.

Notes From the Shadowed City is the travelogue of a young man who sets off on a journey to research magical swords. He finds himself stranded in a land he does not know and enters a city with no name over which looms an ominous floating citadel. As he seeks a way home, he fills his notebook with drawings and observations of his life in this strange place. It is full of masked swordsmen, cities that walk, ancient gods, swords made from petrified trees and dragons that move mountains. There’s also a mysterious woman who captures his heart.

From the imagination of award-winning artist Jeffrey Alan Love comes this illustrated tale of swords and magic, memory and loss, and the overwhelming desire to find a way home no matter the cost. His first book detailing this fantastic journey, Notes From the Shadowed City is told through small moments that create a larger narrative. Love employs his renowned artistry to create a heavily visual narrative boasting more than seventy illustrations, and every spread features his art along with handwritten text—a captivating journal entry that expands into a visual symphony. As you follow in the footsteps of this young man, you’ll be intrigued to seek out the Shadowed City.

You can order the book at the Flesk website here.

Enjoy,

John

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Warren Chang Figure Painting Demonstration Pictures

Greetings, everyone,

Warren Chang conducted a figure painting demonstration on Sunday, April 17th held at Carmel Visual Arts. I was there and took a series of pictures to capture the evening. The Carmel Visual Arts offers weekly painting and drawing classes.

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Warren Chang paints from start to finish from the model over the course of two hours. Cameras project his canvas and pallete onto large screens for the audience to have an unobstructed view.

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You can follow Warren Chang on Facebook to learn about his next painting demonstration.

Enjoy,

John

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Art-of-the-Dam-Keeper-webHi, everyone,

If you are lucky enough to be at the Emerald City Comic Con this weekend there are a number of artists exhibiting who I am privileged to have published: Rachel and Terry Dodson, Terryl Whitlatch, Brom and as Tonko House, Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi. The Tonko House booth has “The Art of the Dam Keeper” where Robert and Dice are signing copies.

I skipped the show this weekend to focus on new books and the upcoming Spectrum Awards Ceremony next month, but we’ll be back with a Flesk/Spectrum booth in Seattle in the future!

Enjoy,

John

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Frank Cho, Arthur Adams and William Stout Appearances this Weekend

Arthur-Adams-Monsters-Attack-cover-webA pair of cases of Arthur Adams Monsters Attacks!!! just arrived in Chicago. Just in time for Arthur to have at his booth P18 in Artists Alley during C2E2. Joyce Chin is also there. We are getting low on stock on this book. Stop by and grab your copy before they are all gone!!!

Frank-Cho-Drawing-Beautiful-WomenOur pal Frank Cho will also be at the C2E2 Chicago event this weekend. I sent him a few cases of Drawing Beautiful Women books to have at his booth. Frank posted that he will do a head sketch in the oversized Studio Edition if you pick one up from him there. He’ll only have 5 copies.

Stout-InspirationsWilliam Stout will be at the Toronto Comicon. He will have original artwork and Flesk books including Hallucinations, Inspirations, Dinosaur Discoveries and more.

Enjoy,

John

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Iain McCaig Sketching and SFAL Spectrum Panel New Videos

Greetings, all,

I was digging through our video archives and have pulled and posted these two new videos.

Here I host the Spectrum panel during Spectrum Fantastic Art Live held in Kansas City, MO on May 23, 2015. Colin and Kristine Poole discuss the creation of the new Spectrum Muse awards for the Spectrum Awards ceremony; Annie Stegg Gerard and Justin Gerard talk about their time as part of the jury for Spectrum 22; Iain McCaig and Brom share insights into being on the Spectrum Advisory Board; and I discuss the Spectrum annual.

This video gives you a lot of insight into how Spectrum works.

Iain McCaig sketches in a Flesk blank sketchbook at the Flesk booth during Comic-Con International in San Diego. The sketchbook/journal features a durable and flexible protective cover with a wraparound illustration by Iain McCaig. Available now at the Flesk website.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 22 Book Signing Event Videos

Hi, all,

Here are a pair of videos highlighting the Spectrum 22 book signing event which was held on Friday, November 13th at the Atelier Gallery in San Francisco, California from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. The signing was hosted by the Academy of Art University.

Thanks again to all of the artists who took time out of their busy schedules to make an appearance. The artists include Iain McCaig, Colin and Kristine Poole, Steven Russell Black, Alina Chau, Craig Elliott, Te Hu, Kellan Jett, Randy Gallegos, Jean Ji In Kim, Stephanie Law, Michael Manomivibul, Brynn Metheney, Sho Murase, Mark Newman, Karla Ortiz, Paolo Rivera, Dug Stanat, Josh Viers, Allen Williams and Alyssa Winans! Spectrum Founders Arnie & Cathy Fenner, plus the original Spectrum publisher Tim Underwood also made an appearance. I had an amazing time as well!

Enjoy,

John

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The Art of The Dam Keeper Book Premier!

tonko-house-dam-keeper-signing-01 tonko-house-dam-keeper-signing-02 tonko-house-dam-keeper-signing-03Hi, all,

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

You can pre-order the book at our website.

Enjoy,

John

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

s22-aau-bannerThank you Academy of Art University!

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

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

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

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

Enjoy the following pictures from the evening!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

S22-signing-event-11Artist, Paolo Rivera

S22-signing-event-12Artist, Alina Chau

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

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

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

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

S22-signing-event-17Artist, Kellan Jett

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

S22-signing-event-19Artist, Craig Elliott

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

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

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

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

S22-signing-event-24Artist, Stephanie Law

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy,

John

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

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

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

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

Enjoy,

John

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Frank Cho, Terry Dodson and Mark Schultz Sketching Videos

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Frank Cho, Terry Dodson and Mark Schultz sketch in our Flesk blank sketchbooks at our Flesk booth during Comic-Con International in San Diego. The sketchbook/journal features a durable and flexible protective cover with individual wraparound illustrations by all three.

The sketchbooks contain 48 plain pages waiting to receive your illuminations and creations. It is comprised of 140 GSM woodfree stock acid free paper which works well with pen and pencil. Available now at the Flesk website.

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk/Spectrum Booth #5019 at Comic-Con! Seven New Titles! Meet 14 Flesk Artists!

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

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

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

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

See you all soon!

Enjoy,

John

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

Hi, everyone,

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

BOG-cover-webThe Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija

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

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

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

Mark Schultz will be at our booth signing each day!

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

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

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

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

Pridelands Cover.inddPridelands by Lance HaunRogue and Daren Bader

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

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

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

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

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

Flesk-SB-all-coverBlank Sketchbooks

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

See you all soon!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live This Weekend–Artists at the Flesk Booth

It’s time for some Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 4 news!

The show will be in Kansas City, MO in the Bartle Hall Grand Ballroom running May 22-24, 2015. The five special guests of the show are Karla Ortiz, Tim Kirk, Scott Gustafson, Donato Giancola and Julie Dillon.

In addition, the Flesk/Spectrum booth will be hosting a group of thirteen more artists: Daren Bader, Brom, Bill Carman, Frank Cho, Craig Elliott, Gary Gianni, Jim and Ruth Keegan, Aaron Lopresti, Iain McCaig, Victo Ngai, Steve Rude, Mark Schultz, plus SFAL guest Karla Ortiz.

Furthermore, there will be over 200 artists exhibiting at the show. We’re also organizing far more workshops than before. We want everyone to have the opportunity to grow, learn and to be inspired. We have top artists in the industry giving extended live presentations. These are at no additional cost to the already affordable entry cost.

You can learn more about how to attend and exhibit at “The Art Fair With a Sense of Wonder” at the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live website.

Here is a map showing where the artists can be found a the show and some information and sample art by those artists who will be at the Flesk booth. (The five special show guests are already highlighted on the SFAL site.)

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TOK-cover-webDaren Bader. For the past 20 years, Daren Bader has been an art director for the video game and entertainment industry, working with a large variety of companies, including Disney, Nintendo, and Capcom. Currently he is the Senior Art Director for Rockstar San Diego and is best known for his work on the critically acclaimed Red Dead Redemption, which won over 150 Game of the Year awards in 2010. On the weekends, Daren is a freelance illustrator for various trading card games such as Magic: The Gathering and World of Warcraft, amassing well over 200 cards in the field. He has also done the occasional book cover, including a series of covers for fan-favorite R.A. Salvatore. Daren’s work can also be seen in 14 of the 21 Spectrum Annuals, as well as in his monographs “The Art of Daren Bader” and “one hundred drawings.”

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Bill Carman

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Art by Bill Carman

Bill Carman has worked as a designer, illustrator, and art director at universities, ad agencies, publishing houses and for large corporations. Since graduating with a BFA in visual communication/illustration and an MFA in painting he has always free-lanced and exhibited. Bill is currently a professor teaching illustration at Boise State University. He has been featured in many exhibits and publications including Society of Illustrators New York Annuals (gold medal, silver medal), 3×3 Magazine professional annual, American Illustration and Spectrum (silver medal). He is the recipient of the bronze, silver and gold medals from CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education). Bill authored and illustrated a children’s book, What’s That Noise?, published in 2002 by Random House Books. Painting for exhibitions and commissions continues to be where most of Bill’s time is spent when he is not fishing.

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Frank Cho never had any formal training in art but taught himself to write and draw by reading art books and comics. He launched the comic strip Liberty Meadows on March 31, 1997, distributed worldwide by Creators Syndicate. From day one, the strip was a critical success, hailed for its hilarious writing and superb art. In 2002, Cho moved the hugely successful strip to Image Comics.

Impressed by his comic’s writing and art, Cho was recruited by Axel Alonso, editor-in-chief at Marvel Entertainment. Since then, he has worked on many top-tier books at Marvel, including Spider-Man, The Mighty Avengers, Hulk, X-Men, Shanna the She-Devil and Savage Wolverine.

In his spare time, Frank Cho works on video-game designs, movies and oil paintings for various art-gallery shows. He also works on his creator-owned projects, such as Guns & Dinos, Zombie King, Skyborne and the upcoming World of Payne with famed novelist Thomas Sniegoski.

Frank Cho has won many awards, including the prestigious Emmy, the National Cartoonists Society’s awards for Best Comic Book and Best Book Illustration, the Eagle Award, the Charles M. Schulz Award for Excellence in Cartooning, the Scripps-Howard Award for Best College Cartoonist, the College Media Association award for cartooning, Spain’s Haxtur Award for Best Artist, and the Max & Moritz Prize, Germany’s highest award for an international comic strip. He also was nominated for the coveted Harvey and Eisner awards.

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Craig Elliott

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Art by Craig Elliott

Craig Elliott has worked primarily for Disney and Dreamworks, designing their animated films such as Hercules, Mulan, The Emperor’s New Groove, Treasure Planet, Enchanted, Monsters vs. Aliens, The Princess and the Frog, Rio and The Lorax. Craig has also done fully painted comic book and cover artwork. A multi-faceted artist, he is also an accomplished landscape architect, fine artist, sculptor and most recently, jewelry designer.

Flesk-Publications-Comic-Con-San-Diego-2012-101ggGary Gianni has adapted and illustrated a wide variety of books, including John Henry, Kidnapped, Moby Dick, The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane, The Complete Conan of Cimmeria, and more recently, Michael Chabon’s Gentlemen of the Road. His comic’s work includes Classics Illustrated, The Shadow, and The MonsterMen. He won an Eisner Award for his illustration of Heroes, a tale included in Batman: Black and White. Gianni served as the illustrator of the Prince Valiant Sunday comic strip for nearly a decade, an endeavor which also served as the subject of his, The Prince Valiant Page.

Keegan,_Jim_and_RuthEl_BorakJim and Ruth Keegan are the creators of The Adventures of Two-Gun Bob, which appears in every issue of Conan, Solomon Kane, or Kull from Dark Horse Comics. They’ve also illustrated several books for Del Rey including Crimson Shadows and Grim LandsThe Best of Robert E. Howard, Volumes One & Two. Their work has appeared in the Spectrum annual, and has been exhibited at The Society of Illustrators in New York. al-picAaron Lopresti’s first big break came in 1993 when Publisher Dave Olbrich and Editor-in-Chief Chris Ulm hired Aaron to draw Sludge for Malibu’s new Ultraverse comic line. One thing led to another and soon Aaron had a full blown career in comics. Aaron’s career in commercial and comic art has continued on for more than 12 years. In that time Aaron has worked on a wide variety of characters including: Spiderman The X-men, The Hulk, The Avengers, Batman, Plastic Man, Green Lantern, Superboy, Xena, Star Trek, Gen 13, Mystic, and the self published Atomic Toybox (just to name a few). In 1995 he founded the successful comic art studio, Studiosaurus that lasted until 1998. Aaron lists his art influences in two categories, comic and illustration. His comic fluences are: Frazetta, Berni Wrightson, Neal Adams, Michael Golden, Steranko, Brian Bolland, and anyone else who is good. Illustrators who have influenced Aaron over the years are: Frazetta(again), James Bama, William Stout, JC Leyendecker, Brian Froud, Robert McGinnis and Chuck Jones.

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Iain McCaig

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Art by Iain McCaig

Iain McCaig divides his energies between a lifelong love of storytelling, and a passionate belief that everyone in the world can learn to draw. McCaig is best known for his cover art for Jethro Tull’s Broadsword and the Beast and his Star Wars designs for Queen Amidala and Darth Maul. His other films include Interview with a Vampire, Dracula, Terminator 2, Hook, Peter Pan, Charlotte’s Web, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and Disney’s John Carter. He is also a Chesley nominated illustrator, having illustrated books ranging from Fighting Fantasy to J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit. Shadowline: The Art of Iain McCaig, a 28 year retrospective of his film and publishing work came out in 2008. Currently, McCaig is developing an original live-action feature film, Book of Secrets.

Spectrum-22-Call-for-Entries-FleskVicto Ngai: Forbes 30 Under (Art and Style) honoree and Society of Illustrators NY Gold Medalist Victo Ngai is a NY based illustrator from Hong Kong, graduated from Rhode Island School of Design. “Victo” is not a boy nor a typo, but a nickname derived from Victoria – a leftover from the British colonization.

 Victo creates art for newspaper and magazines such as the New York Times and the New Yorker; makes books for publishers such as the Folio Society, Abrams and Tor Forge; and works on advertisement campaigns with companies like the McDonald’s, IMAX, MTA Art for Transit (New York subway), Lufthansa Airline and General Electric.
Apart from drawing, Victo’s biggest passions are traveling and eating. She’s hoping that one day she will save up enough to travel around the world and sample all kinds of cuisine.
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Art by Steve Rude

Art by Steve Rude

Steve Rude’s career began in 1981 with his and co-creator Mike Baron’s groundbreaking Nexus comic series. This space saga catapulted Rude into the field of comics, where he became highly sought after by major publishers. During his first few years in the industry, Rude’s efforts led to numerous awards, such as the 1984 Russ Manning Newcomer Award, the Kirby Award for best artist in 1986, and numerous Eisner’s for artistic achievement. For over two decades, Rude has drawn hundreds of comic’s greatest iconic heroes, and has galvanized the art world as a comic magazine artist and illustrator.

Mark Schultz

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Art by Mark Schultz

Art by Mark Schultz

Mark Schultz is a storyteller by nature as well as by profession. He could always draw and his storytelling tends to lean toward the visual, although he can cobble his ideas into words as necessary. His interests in adventure fiction and the sciences led him to create his award-winning Xenozoic Tales comic series. He has illustrated a collection of Robert E. Howard’s Conan of Cimmeria and written the science primer graphic novel The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA. Between scripting the weekly newspaper adventures of Prince Valiant and producing images for his art series collection, Carbon, he continues to chip away at the illustrations for his novella Storms at Sea.

I’ll have a few more artists announced who will be appearing at our booth as we get closer to the show date.

Enjoy,

John

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Frank Cho at New York Comic Con This Weekend

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Hi, all,

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

Information about the show can be found here.

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk Exhibiting at the Alternate Press Expo This Weekend!

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

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

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

We hope to see you there!

Learn more about APE here.

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk Pictures From Rose City Comic Con in Portland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy,

John

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you at the show!

Enjoy,

John

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New Video of Pierre Alary Sketching!

During the 2011 Comic-Con International in San Diego our friends at Stuart Ng Books asked if we could provide some space for Pierre Alary to sign and sketch in his latest books. I think his work is amazing and quickly cleared some table space at our Flesk booth and invited Pierre to sit with us. While digging through our film archives I discovered some footage that I took of him. Here, Pierre sketches in his Sinbad, Belladone and Alary Sketchbook titles.

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

Enjoy,

John

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Flashback! New Videos from SFAL1 and the Strip Festival in Breda, The Netherlands

Hi, all,

We’re busy digging through the archives and putting together videos of our trips and events and time spent with the artists for you to watch for free! Watch our Spectrum Fantastic Art website for a new video posted each week. Here are the latest two!

Flashback to Saturday May 16, 2012 from 2:30-4:00. Flesk hosted the first Spectrum Fantastic Art Live commemorative art book signing with the five special guests of the show. Shown in this video from left to right, is Mike Mignola, Iain McCaig, Brom, Phil Hale and Android Jones!

 

Flesk artist group signing at the Strip Festival show in Breda, The Netherlands on October 26 and 27, 2013. Terry Dodson, Petar Meseldzija, Mark Schultz, Jim Silke and Thomas Yeates joined us for signings during the duration of the weekend. I would like to express a special thanks to our hosts, Mark Thelosen and Guido de Bue, plus sponsorship from De Stripspecialist. And to the Strip Festival Breda organization and volunteers, plus all of those at Eppo for their help and support and for making our visit a pleasant one. We had a wonderful time!

Enjoy,

John

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New Videos!

Hi, everyone,

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

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

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

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

Visit the Spectrum Fantastic Art website for more videos here!

Enjoy,

John

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

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

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

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Matthew Levin signing a copy of Spectrum.

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Travis Lewis was a welcome addition to the group.

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Todd Lockwood talking with Daren Bader.

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

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Allen Williams jokes with David Palumbo.

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

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

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

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

Enjoy,

John

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Terry Dodson Sketching Video

Last October I visited Scheidam, The Netherlands with Terry and Rachel Dodson, Mark Schultz and Jim Reid. Scheidam is known for having the tallest windmills in the world. This particular one grabbed Terry’s attention as he pulled out his sketchbook and pens, and started drawing it. I grabbed my camera and filmed over his shoulder while watching for cars. Here’s a time lapse showing his process.

This sketch appears in Terry’s new sketchbook which will premiere at his booth at Comic-Con next week. I had the good fortune to help Terry put it together. It’s currently at the printer and I’ll be picking it up on my way to San Diego. Watch Terry’s blog for the cover, title and details when he announces them next week. I’ll have copies available on the Flesk website after the show.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 21 at the Printer

Spectrum 21: the Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art has been sent to the printer. Here’s the front and back cover and spine to the paperback edition.

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Back cover art by Gabriel Verdon. Front cover art by Rebecca Léveillé-Guay.

I want to thank the artists for turning in their art on time and for their help in making this book a smooth process. I’m happy to report that every artist that was accepted into Spectrum 21 turned in their art. Spectrum is a massive undertaking, one of which I am overjoyed to be a part of. I’ll post some pictures of the printer proofs once they arrive, plus show off advance copies when I get them. The book will be available in early November.

You can pre-order the book direct from us on our online store here.

Enjoy,

John

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Attention San Jose Shoppers. Flesk, Spectrum, Cho, Silke and Schultz hit the Big Wow Time.

An update from John Flesk, Mark Schultz, and business consultant and long-haul driver Jim Reid–From the Painted Desert, AZ: On the road to Big Wow ComicFest.

We had hoped to ditch Frank Cho in Kansas City after the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event, but due to poor planning, he will continue to terrorize us at the Big Wow ComicFest in San Jose, CA this weekend. We will have free Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method promotional postcards at our Flesk booth, which you can have signed by Cho. He will be signing at his table and offering a free oil painting demonstration, the results of which will be auctioned at the shows end.

Mark Schultz will be at our Flesk table, and will be happy to give his frank opinion of Frank. You can hear Mark’s often incoherent ramblings while viewing his originals and perusing his Flesk books, of which we will have plenty. New Storms at Sea postcards are complimentary, as well as his his same old autograph.

Completing our triad of booth appearances, Jim “Smooth As” Silke will have originals of tastefully rendered women in various states of undress and fit for any gentleman’s parlor or lady’s sitting room. Come by and see what he has in the works with Flesk.

The complete Flesk book and print catalog will be available at our Flesk / Spectrum booth, #418. And for the thrifty shopper, fill in your bookshelf with selections from our bargain basement, where we will be offering dinged and scuffed books at deep, deep discount prices.

Big Wow ComicFest has become the Bay Area’s best and biggest comic convention. Meet scores of comic artists from the around the world! Visit the many panels and workshops! Visit the website for ticket and location information.

We hope to see you at the show!

Enjoy,

John

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