Flesk Book Sale Going On Until October 24! Early-Bird Price on Spectrum 21

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Hi, all,

We’ve got a generous book sale going on at the Flesk website. Limited quantities of the discounted titles are available at these greatly reduced prices. These prices are good until October 24th!

1. The Prince Valiant Page by Gary Gianni only $9.95 (cover price $29.95)

2. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea adapted by Gary Gianni only $9.95 (cover price is $24.95)

3. Flesk Prime with art by Elliott, Gianni, Meseldzija, Schultz and Stout, only $9.95 (cover price $24.95)

4. James Bama: American Realist only $14.95 (cover price $34.95)

5. James Bama Sketchbook only $9.95 (cover price $24.95)

6. James Bama: Personal Works $14.95 (cover price $45.00)

Plus, take advantage of the new Spectrum 21 book that is arriving with us at the same time as the Frank Cho book. For a limited time, order direct from us for a special early bird price.

7. Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art paperback only $29.95 (cover price $34.95)

8. Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art hardcover only $36.95 (cover price $44.95)

Plus, there many more books on our Flesk site that you can add to your pledge.

Let us know if you have any questions!

Enjoy,

John

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Frank Cho Video: Storytelling

 

Here’s a new video of Frank Cho working on one of his sequential pages included in the storytelling chapter of Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method. The book is shipping from the printer and will be here soon!

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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Craig Elliott Painting Demonstration Video


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

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

Enjoy,

John

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World of Payne by Frank Cho and Thomas Sniegoski Coming Spring 2015 From Flesk!

ghost-dog-world-of-payneWith Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method printed and now shipping to our warehouse we can turn our attention to our next project with Frank Cho and with the addition of Thomas Sniegoski!

Frank Cho and Thomas Sniegoski are happy to announce their next creator owned project, World of Payne.

World of Payne is an urban fantasy graphic novel hybrid told in a unique narrative prose and sequential art style; part novel and part comic book. It’s a story of psychic private investigator, Lockwood Payne, who is actually a modern day sorcerer from an ancient society of witches and wizards and his strange misadventures in the world of the occult and unrealities. Along the way, he’s helped by his ever-loyal and unflappable friend, Doctor Hurt, an urgent care doctor in the strip mall next door to Payne’s office, and the beautiful Michelle, a witch-in-training.

The introductory book, World of Payne: Book 0 – Ghost Dog, will be published by Flesk Publications in spring 2015. It will introduce all the major characters of this world and set up the upcoming horror adventure book series.

Enjoy,

John

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New Video! Frank Cho’s “Drawing Beautiful Women.”


 

This week’s video features Frank Cho in his studio working on a piece that is featured in his new book, Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method. This title will be coming out this fall from Flesk Publications. You can learn more and pre-order the book here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy,

John

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy,

John

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Masquerade by Terry Dodson: 2014 Sketchbook

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

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

Visit here to pick up a copy.

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

Enjoy,

John

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Frank Cho’s “Drawing Beautiful Women Studio Edition” at the Printer!

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Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method Studio Edition front and back cover, and spine.

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Hi, everyone,

Frank Cho and I wrapped up the Studio Edition of his new book Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method late last night. It’s been turned into the printer!

Since this version is huge (12 inches wide x 17 inches tall) we were left with some extra space when we “upsized” the regular 9 x 12 inch edition template. Frank wanted to make sure that people will get their money’s worth and so he painting a double page spread new watercolor and two new basic anatomy pages to fill in four new pages. We also added an extra 1600 words to the interview (that comes with the Publisher’s and Limited edition with slipcase edition) in the back that is a bonus for this edition only. And I was able to fit in a few more pictures of Frank in his studio, plus one of his personal landscape paintings. All of this is exclusive to this Studio Edition. It’s an amazing look edition! At 140 pages for $150, or 142 pages for the signed $200 version, it’s one cool looking book.

If you are wondering why we are now calling this the Studio Edition and not the previously advertised Gallery Edition, it turns out that Dark Horse and DC also liked the Gallery Edition name and recently advertised new lines of books using the same title. To avoid confusion, and to be unique, Frank and I decided to switch the name to Studio Edition.

Please visit our website if you would like to pre-order the book for November 1st shipping.

Enjoy,

John

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“Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method” Filming A Wrap

The film crew has wrapped up the shooting of the footage for our Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method companion video for our Kickstarter supporters. It’s off to the editing and effects team now. It’s right on schedule for an October release.

Cho-Video-filmingHere’s a picture that I took of Frank while he was prepping for his introductory talk. We also did a photo shoot for a series of pictures that will be included in the book. Frank is easy to photograph. He’s photogenic, comfortable in front of the camera and he likes to perform, which made for great shots.

The rest of this week will be spent wrapping up Spectrum 21 and Frank’s book. I’ll have a lot of pictures and updates for you after the books are sent to the printer.

Enjoy,

John

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Wrapping Up Frank Cho’s “Drawing Beautiful Women” Book

Frank-Cho-PaintingHi, all,

I’m here with Frank Cho while we are finalizing his Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method book. We have been designing pages, scanning art, shooting photography and filming. Frank is currently working on his painting for the cover of the oversized edition of the book. Plus, he is working on basic anatomy pages, storytelling pages and more. We can’t wait to have this book ready for everyone to see!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 21 Artists Notified and Book Designs Started

Spectrum-21-coverHi, all,

I’ve just wrapped up sending out all of the notification emails to the artists who were selected for inclusion into Spectrum 21. There are over 200 artists and nearly 500 works included in Spectrum 21. I took my time to match up the names, art and specifications since I want to verify these details with the artists to make sure they are right. It’s incredibly important to me get the information accurate in the printed book and so, I chose not rush the process.

If you are on the Spectrum 21 artist list and did not receive an email from us, please shoot us an email at info@spectrumfantasticart.com and we will help you out.

With this step done, I have begun working on the actual Spectrum 21 book designs. My goal is to have the book ninety-percent mapped out before I leave for the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event in early May.

Also this week, Frank Cho and I did the rough designs for 25 pages of his Drawing Beautiful Women book. Between now and early July I expect to have Frank’s book, Spectrum 21 and The Art of Nexus by Steve Rude wrapped up, plus maybe one more book. Then we will be off to Comic-Con International in San Diego!

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk Titles Coming in 2014 and 2015

Hi, all,

I’d like to fill you in on our Flesk releases for 2014 and what books we have in development for 2015.

These last seven months have been a thrilling experience. Transitioning Spectrum over to Flesk has given me the same excited feeling that I had when I first started Flesk Publications back in 2002. The internal restructuring here has been a tremendous amount of work, but the benefit today is that I have 12 years of publishing business experience to make far better decisions than when I started in 2002. The opportunity to work on Spectrum not only allowed me the fun of completely rethinking the process of how the annual is run and produced, but it also made me look at the processes here at Flesk. I placed my high standards on myself, asked many tough questions, and as a result I made a series of improvements here. The result will be a continuation of our high quality books, with many new faces as part of the Flesk team to help out. The improvements have been so great, that it feels as if I am walking into the business for the first time.

Spectrum-21-cover2014 Flesk Titles

1. Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Art
Spectrum is more than just a book. It is a community, a brand and an event which requires nurturing and focus all year long. A few friends of mine expressed their concern that by my taking on Spectrum that it would interrupt the Flesk line of books. “It would be disastrous if Spectrum affected the Flesk line,” said one artist who I publish. I agree, which is why this is the only year where you will see this reduction of releases while we restructure and grow. Spectrum 21 will be released in November 2014.

2. Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method
This is another fun book. Frank Cho and I have known each other for over a decade, but never worked together before. I’m finding the experience to be a blast. This book is right on schedule for an October 2014 release date.

In Development for 2015

1. The Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini
This book will focus on Wendy’s 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.

2. The Art of Elfquest
This collection will highlight key covers, story pages, portfolio plates and rarely seen images from its earliest days to today.

3. The Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija
A story highlighted with dozens of new drawings and paintings. Petar is working intensely on this book and I’ll have more information to share in the next few months.

4. The Art of Nexus by Steve Rude
We have spent over two years collecting scans of full Nexus stories from the original art and we are now ready to design the book. This one is very close to being ready and we expect to run a Kickstarter campaign on this during the summer.

5. The Moth by Steve Rude, Gary Martin and Glenn Whitmore
The Moth is coming back! New stories are in the works. The next four issues are mapped out and this is an exciting opportunity for me to publish a comic that I am extremely passionate about.

6. The Comic Art of William Stout
This is another book that has been in development for a few years. Tracking down and scanning the art to include in the book has been a pleasure. We’re getting closer to being ready to start designing the book. I’m confident that this will be ready by the fall of 2015.

7. Sessions: Spectrum Fantastic Art Live Portraits by Greg Preston
A new book featuring the photography of Greg Preston highlighting fifty creators behind todays best contemporary fantastic art. I’ll share the link to the Kickstarter campaign for this later this week.

8. Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz
Yes, it’s true. Not a hoax; not a dream! Schultz is threatening that the art is nearly done. After five years in development, we are looking at a 2015 release date.

9. Mark Schultz Various Drawings Premium Hardcover Collection
All five volumes of Various Drawings combined into a deluxe oversized collection. Mark and I have some big ideas to make this far more than a simple collection.

10. Plus, I’m working with Terry Dodson, Gary Gianni, Gregory Manchess, Iain McCaig, Jackson Robinson and Jim Silke on new ideas. Their titles will be announced once we have the books fleshed out further.

11. I’m also packaging three books for various institutions. I’ll announce who the books focus on once I have permission to share the details.

12. Spectrum 22
The annual collection arrives in stores in the fall of each year.

This will carry us through the end of 2015!

Thanks to everyone again for your interest. These books and projects in no way could be possible without your support.

Now it’s time to get back to work!

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk Publications 2002-2014. The Complete Library.

I’ve updated my master Flesk Publications list detailing every book and print I have published, as well as a few other projects I played a role in. This covers everything up until January 2014. The total comes to 44 books, 4 prints and 6 specialty produced book collections.

2014 Flesk Titles (More coming this year.)

Production assistance provided for the following:
1. Wayne Thiebaud: Works on Paper 1948-2004 by Michael Zakian
January, 2014.
Packaged and designed for the Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University.
Hardcover with jacket. $40.00 cover price, 11.75 x 10 inches, 80 pages.

flesk-2013-covers-banner2013 Flesk Titles

1. Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2
May 2013
Hardcover with jacket. $29.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 80 pages.
2. The Art of Brom
August 2013
Trade Edition – Hardcover with jacket. $44.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 208 pages.
Publisher Edition: Fantasy cover – Hardcover with jacket. $49.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 224 pages.
Publisher Edition: Nude cover – Hardcover with jacket. $49.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 224 pages.
Deluxe Edition in Slipcase – Signed and numbered to 500 copies. Hardcover. $250.00 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 225 pages.
3. The Art of Brom Sketchbook
August 2013
Paperback. $15.00, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 16-pages.
4. Carbon by Mark Schultz
July 2013
Paperback. $24.95, 9 x 12 inches, 56 pages.
Hardcover with jacket. $40.00 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 57 pages. (Signed and limited to 600 copies.)
5. Xenozoic by Mark Schultz (New printing with new cover.)
August 2013
Paperback. $39.95, 8.5 x 11 inches, 352 pages.
Hardcover with jacket. $75.00 cover price, 8.5 x 11 inches, 353 pages. (Signed and limited to 500 copies.)
6. Beyond the Known Forest, She Talks with Birds by Mark Schultz, July 2013, signed print
7. Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm 2013 Teaser
July 2013
Paperback. $15.00, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 16 pages.
Signed and limited to 1000 copies.
8. The Art of Elfquest & Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini Teaser
July 2013
Paperback. $15.00, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 16 pages.
Signed and limited to 1000 copies.
9. Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm Big Pocket Edition (Reprint.)
September 2013
Paperback. $29.95, 8.5 x 11 inches, 256 pages.
10. An Evening with Flesk Prime print, October 2013, 1-page (Signed by Terry Dodson, Petar Meseldzija, Mark Schultz, Jim Silke and Thomas Yeates, limited to 50 prints.)

Production assistance provided for the following:
1. Illustrating Modern Life: The Golden Age of Illustration from the Kelly Collection
January, 2013
Hardcover with jacket. $40.00, 9 x 12 inches, 112 pages.
2. Bombshells 7 by Terry Dodson
July 2013
Paperback. $15.00, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 16 pages.

2012 Flesk Titles

1. The Art of Craig Elliott, January 2012, 68-pages, HC
2. Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm, January 2012, 304-pages, HC (Signed deluxe limited to 1000 numbered copies) and PB
3. Warren Chang: Narrative Paintings, January 2012, 112-pages, HC
4. Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! 2012 commemorative show book, May 2012, 64-pages, HC
5. Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm 2012 Teaser, July 2012, 16-pages, PB (Signed limited to 1000 numbered copies)
6. James Bama: Personal Works, December 2012, 144-pages, HC
7. Jim Silke Sketchbook Volume One, December 2012, 64-pages, PB
8. Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm Big Pocket Edition, December 2012, 256-pages, PB

Production assistance provided for the following sketchbook for Terry Dodson
1. Bombshells 6 by Terry Dodson, July 2012, 16-pages, PB

Total 2012 page count is 976 pages.

2011 Flesk Titles

1. Mysterious Islands by Gary Gianni, July 2011, 16-pages, PB (Signed limited to 1000 numbered copies)
2. Al Williamson Archives Volume Two, July 2011, 48-pages, PB
3. Mark Schultz: Various Drawings Volume Five, July 2011, 48-pages, HC (Signed deluxe limited to 800 numbered copies) and PB
4. Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm Teaser, July 2011, 16-pages, PB (Signed limited to 1000 numbered copies)
5. Flesk Prime, August 2011, 64-pages, HC
6. Flesk Prime Print, September 2011, 1-page (Signed by Elliott, Gianni, Meseldzija, Schultz and Stout, limited to 50 numbered prints)

Production assistance provided for the following two sketchbooks for Terry Dodson
1. Reveries by Terry Dodson, July 2011, 16-pages, PB (Signed limited to 500 numbered copies)
2. Bombshells 5 by Terry Dodson, July 2011, 16-pages, PB

Total 2011 page count is 225 pages.

2010 Flesk Titles

1. Blue Book by Mark Schultz, March 2010, 16-pages, PB (Signed limited to 1000 numbered copies)
2. James Bama Sketchbook, May 2010, 144-pages, PB
3. Hallucinations by William Stout, July 2010, 48-pages, HC (Signed limited to 500 numbered copies) and PB
4. Al Williamson Archives, July 2010, 64-pages, PB
5. The Legend of Steel Bashaw by Petar Meseldžija, October 2010, 64-pages, PB
6. Inspirations by William Stout, November 2010, 48-pages, HC (Signed limited to 650 numbered copies) and PB
7. Xenozoic by Mark Schultz, November 2010, 352-pages, PB
8. Harvey Dunn: Illustrator and Painter of the Pioneer West by Walt Reed, November 2010, 304-pages, HC deluxe (Signed limited to 350 numbered copies in special upgrade book binding, with slipcase, and bonus art and photo of Harvey Dunn bound in on special signature double page. Signed by Walt Reed) and HC
9. Jungle Girls by Jim Silke, December 2010, 84-pages, HC (Signed limited to 500 numbered copies) and PB

Total 2010 page count is 1124 pages.

2009 Flesk Titles

January 23, 2009 marked my first full time date running Flesk Publications. Prior to this, I held a full-time position at a tech company for a decade. This explains the growth in the number of titles released from this year forward.

1. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne adapted by Gary Gianni, January 2009, 64-pages, HC super deluxe with original art, HC deluxe (Limited to 600 signed and numbered copies) and HC
2. Prehistoric Life Murals by William Stout, February 2009 (indicia states January 2009, but it arrived in stores in February), 144-pages, HC super deluxe with original art in slipcase, HC (Signed deluxe limited to 600 numbered copies) and HC
3. Major Thrill’s Adventure Book by Gary Gianni, July 2009, 32-pages, PB
4. Mark Schultz Various Drawings Volume Four, August 2009, 48-pages, HC (Signed deluxe limited to 800 numbered copies) and PB
5. Al Williamson’s Flash Gordon: A Lifelong Vision of the Heroic by Mark Schultz, June 2009, 256-pages, HC and PB
6. New Dinosaur Discoveries A-Z by William Stout, December 2009, 64-pages, HC
7. Dinosaur Discoveries by William Stout, December 2009, 144-pages, HC (Signed deluxe limited to 500 numbered copies) and PB

Total 2009 page count is 752 pages.

2008 Flesk Titles

1. The Prince Valiant Page by Gary Gianni, June 2008, 112-pages, HC super-deluxe (40 signed and numbered copies containing a tipped in Prince Valiant strip preliminary in pencil by Gianni), HC (Signed deluxe limited to 1000 numbered copies in slipcase) and HC
2. Xenozoic Tales Print by Mark Schultz, July 2008, 1-page, Deluxe (Limited to 100 signed and numbered prints on special thick archival paper) and regular edtion

Total 2008 page count is 113 pages.

2007 Flesk Titles

1. Mark Schultz: Various Drawings Volume Three, August 2007, 48-pages, HC (Signed deluxe limited to 1000 numbered copies) and PB
2. Steve Rude: Artist in Motion by Steve Rude and John Fleskes, December 2007, 208-pages, HC super-deluxe (Limited to 13 roman numeral copies with bound in original artwork in a unique clam shell tray case), HC (Signed deluxe limited to 800 numbered copies in slipcase) and HC

Total 2007 page count is 256 pages.

2006 Flesk Titles

1. Mark Schultz: Various Drawings Volume Two, July 2006, 48-pages, HC (Signed deluxe limited to 1000 numbered copies) and PB
2. James Bama: American Realist by Brian Kane, October 2006, 160-pages, HC (Signed deluxe limited to 1000 numbered copies in slipcase) and HC

Total 2006 page count is 208 pages.

2005 Flesk Titles

1. Mark Schultz: Various Drawings Volume One, July 2005, 48-pages, HC (Signed deluxe limited to 500 numbered copies) and PB

Total 2005 page count is 48 pages.

2004 Flesk Title

1. Joseph Clement Coll: A Legacy in Line, July 2004, 208-pages, HC (Deluxe limited to 300 numbered copies and signed by Fleskes, Gianni and Meglin), HC and PB

Total 2004 page count is 208 pages.

2003 Flesk Title

1. Joseph Clement Coll: The Art of Adventure, July 2003, 168-pages, HC (Limited to 800 copies) and PB

Total 2003 page count is 168 pages.

2002 Flesk Title

1. Franklin Booth: Painter with a Pen by John Fleskes, March 2002, 112-pages, HC (Limited to 500 copies) and PB

Total 2002 page count is 112 pages. My first book!

Scanning assistance: After the release of the Franklin Booth book, Gary Gianni asked me if I could scan his art for use in an upcoming self-published book of his. I scanned the original artwork for the 40 story pages for Corpus Monstrum by Gary Gianni, published by Hieronymus Press in 2002. Jim Keegan designed the book.

Many more to come!

Enjoy,

John

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The Art of Brom Promotional Banners

Our friends at Helpful Bear Productions put together these The Art of Brom promotional banners for us to use.  I wanted to share them here for the first time.

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Enjoy,

John

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Frank Cho Kickstarter Campaign Ends This Week

Hi, everyone,

Our Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method Kickstarter campaign ends this Friday. This is the book where Frank Cho, the acclaimed creator of Liberty Meadows, shares his secrets to drawing the lovely women he is renowned for.

Gallery Edition cover

Gallery Edition cover

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1226561929/drawing-beautiful-women-the-frank-cho-method?ref=live

We offer a variety of editions from an affordably priced trade paperback all the way up to a fancy oversized limited edition. Eight stretch goals have been unlocked so far. Here is a rundown on the current free bonus items you will receive for those who make a book pledge of $20 or more.

-Free shipping by USPS Media Mail with tracking in the U.S.A. -Free 8 x 10″ print featuring a drawing the head construction guide with various angles shown -Two gatefolds added to the trade and publisher’s editions. -French flaps added to the trade paperback edition. -Free second 8 x 10″ print showing the full body construction of a woman from the front, side and rear. -Upgrade binding for the $35 Hardcover Publisher’s edition with jacket. -Free digital PDF version of the book for your computers and tablets. -Adding two gatefolds to the Gallery Edition. -Upgrade binding for the $50 hardcover Deluxe Limited and Signed Publisher’s Edition.

Our next two stretch goals are:

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Preliminary sketch for Ivy Doomkitty print.

-A third free print, this one featuring the lovely Ivy Doomkitty! -A Frank Cho online art demonstration video (Again Frank will be fully clothed, we promise.)

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1226561929/drawing-beautiful-women-the-frank-cho-method?ref=live

Lots of giving all around! Act soon if you want to get in on all of the bonus Kickstarter goodies!

Happy New Year and with our thanks,

John Flesk (and Frank Cho)

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“An Evening with Flesk Prime” Pictures

Flesk Prime patron, Strip Festival organizer and friend, Fons van Erp.

Flesk Prime patron, Strip Festival organizer and friend, Fons van Erp.

We had our second “An Evening With Flesk Prime” on October 24, 2013 in Breda, The Netherlands. This private dinner was held at a luxurious restaurant in a secluded area of the city. A natural barrier of native trees sheltered us from the sounds and sights of modern day civilization. It was the perfect setting for our intimate dinner with the artists and patrons. The evening was arranged by our stalwart friend, Mark Thelosen. Thanks to Mark for his excellent restaurant selection and for making the evening run so smoothly.

I came up with the idea of An Evening with Flesk Prime a few months prior to our 2011 visit to the Strip Festival in Breda. I oftentimes have the opportunity to have small group dinners with the artists and thought it would be fun to make a special dinner available to a small group of fans. With the 2011 inaugural evening a success, we decided to hold a follow-up dinner two nights prior to the 2013 Breda event.

I would like to thank our local patrons who partook in Flesk Prime. We all thoroughly enjoyed your company, conversation and laughs. We were pleased to see the many repeat attendees and to have the opportunity to meet the new gentlemen who joined us.

I also want to pass along my gratitude to our special guests: Terry & Rachel Dodson, Petar Meseldzija, Mark Schultz, Jim Silke and Thomas Yeates. The following are pictures from the dinner.

Jim and Kurtesa Silke.

Jim and Kurtesa Silke.

Thomas Yeates in the center. All smiles.

Thomas Yeates in the center. All smiles.

Terry Dodson (middle) is an excellent storyteller, both in comics and in person.

Terry Dodson (middle) is an excellent storyteller, both in comics and in person.

Mark Schultz (in the foreground) discussing his German roots.

Mark Schultz (in the foreground) discussing his German roots.

The view from the head of the table.

The view from the head of the table.

Another shot at Terry's zone.

Another shot at Terry’s zone.

Sorry, Petar! The pictures of you from the night didn’t come out good. But, for our Petar Meseldzija fans, I have plenty of unseen pictures of Petar that I’ll be sharing on my blog soon.

Enjoy,

John

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New Goodies Announced on Our Frank Cho Kickstarter Campaign

Greetings, all,

I just sent out a new update on our Frank Cho Kickstarter campaign. Here’s the details.

We are pleased to announce a new exciting batch of stretch goals and a new digital tier. And they’re a doozy, folks. Drum roll, please:

Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method Kickstarter Campaign Link

*An exclusive print of the renowned model Ivy Doomkitty. (Whoa Nellie!)

*A Frank Cho illustration process video. (He’ll draw a hottie from start to finish.)

*Upgraded bindings for our books.

*Digital PDF version that can all be yours at no additional cost for those who make a book pledge of $20 or more.

*Plus, we’re throwing in a digital PDF tier for just $10. No, we’re not going nuts (we checked), we just like giving more goodies as your support grows. You deserve it!

Here’s a full breakdown of the new offerings.

Gallery Edition

This massive edition will be 12 inches wide by 17 inches tall. The Gallery Edition will feature a new oil painting of a reclining nude woman on the printed boards cover. (The cover sample shows the painting and rough design, both of which are in progress.)

New Digital Tier

We’ve added a $10 tier for a digital version of the 112-page trade edition book in PDF form. You will also be eligible to have free access to the online Frank Cho art demonstration video if we hit our stretch goal to make the film happen. This is an incredible deal and also an excellent option for our international friends. Please note that all other stretch goals and exclusives are only available to book pledges of $20 or more

Stretch Goals to Unlock

$95K Stretch Goal
Upgrade binding for the $35 Hardcover Publisher’s Edition.
We will upgrade the binding from the current paper printed boards to an Arlin boards wrap with custom stamp on the front boards. This version includes a jacket too.

$100K Stretch Goal
We will add a digital PDF version
for everyone who makes a book pledge of $20 or more. This is a great way to have your hard copy book and a digital copy for when you are on the go.

$110K Stretch Goal
Adding two gatefolds to our Gallery Editions. This goal is for two gatefolds, each measuring a whopping 24 inches wide by 17 inches tall! (That’s how tall Frank Cho is in real life.)

$115K Stretch Goal
Upgrade binding of the $50 Hardcover Deluxe Limited & Signed Publisher’s Edition 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 Frank Cho’s name on the front boards. The jacket will also be included.

$125K Stretch Goal
We will add a third free print Featuring Ivy Doomkitty.
An 8 x 10 inch print featuring a classy nude watercolor pinup of internationally known cosplayer and model, the great Ivy Doomkitty, ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN!

$140K Stretch Goal
A Frank Cho Drawing Demonstration Video.
John Fleskes will fly out to Frank’s studio and film him drawing a few pieces included in the book. (John will make sure Frank wears his pants throughout the demonstration.) This 40 minute online video with narration will be available for free to all of our Kickstarter supporters who make a book pledge of $20 or more, and to those who pledge for the digital $10 tier.

If we get over the $140K mark we’ll have another big stretch goal to announce.

KickstarterBrandyArt sample for the Deluxe Gallery Edition Sketch Tier available on Kickstarter.

Thanks again for all of your help and support. We greatly appreciate it!

Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method Kickstarter Campaign Link

Enjoy,

John

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The Art of Brom Promotional Video

Here’s a treat! The Art of Brom from Flesk Publications promotional video. A special thanks to Helpful Bear Productions for putting this together. I love how this turned out!

Visit our Flesk website here to purchase the book. We have special Deluxe and Publisher’s editions available only direct from us.

Enjoy,

John

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Announcing the Gallery Edition of Frank Cho’s “Drawing Beautiful Women”

Frank Cho came up a big idea. So big in fact that we decided to add five additional tiers to our Frank Cho Kickstarter campaign.

(Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method Kickstarter link)

DBW-Gallery-Edition-cover-KSWe are pleased to announce the Gallery Edition of Frank Cho’s “Drawing Beautiful Women.” This massive edition will be 12 inches wide by 17 inches tall. The Gallery Edition will feature a new oil painting of a reclining nude woman on the printed boards cover. (The cover sample shows the painting and rough design, both of which are in progress.)

This oversized version will meet the high standards of the discerning collector, plus benefit the student by showcasing the artwork at a large scale, many in its original size. This format will allow for a close and personal study of Cho’s line and brush strokes. Plus it makes a nifty tray to serve various beverages of your choice.

There are three offerings for this book.

Gallery Edition
The Gallery Edition hardcover with an extra 16 pages is 128 pages, 12×17 inches. At $150, you get the extra 16-page section which includes bonus artwork and an exclusive Frank Cho interview, plus an alternate designed cover featuring a new painting of a nude woman. This is only available from Flesk and Cho. This edition will not be available through the book trade.

Deluxe Gallery Edition
The Deluxe Gallery Edition hardcover is 130 pages, 12×17 inches. Each copy comes signed on a special bound-in signature page which features a new piece of art. The book is hand numbered with only 500 being available. At $200, you get the extra 16-page section which includes bonus artwork and an exclusive Frank Cho interview, plus an alternate designed cover featuring a new painting of a nude woman. This is only available from Flesk and Cho. This edition will not be available through the book trade.

Deluxe Gallery Edition with Original Art
This copy of the Deluxe Gallery Edition includes an original ballpoint-pen drawing by Frank Cho of a woman on a blank page inside the book. Only three copies are available with the price of $5000 apiece.

Adding an entire new edition to our campaign adds a whole new risk factor for us since the printing for this new edition will be quite expensive. But, it’s a dream edition for us, and one in which we hope will have your support.

Thanks again to everyone who has supported us!

(Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method Kickstarter link)

John

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“Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method” Kickstarter Campaign is Now Live!

Our “Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method” Kickstarter campaign is now live

Here’s the link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1226561929/drawing-beautiful-women-the-frank-cho-method

We’ve come up with some cool publisher’s editions that we will make available should we reach our goal. If that happens, we’ll continue to add value to the book and bonus items through stretch goals. You can see the full book details by visiting our Kickstarter campaign.

Frank-Cho-DBW-CoverEnjoy,

John

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November 2013 News from Flesk and Spectrum

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Schiedam, The Netherlands. More pictures will be featured in my next blog post.

I arrived back to the office from two successful events that were held in Breda, The Netherlands at the end of October. The first event was our An Evening with Flesk Prime, and the second was the Strip Festival. I will write about these and share some pictures in a series of blogs over the next few weeks. For now, I want to provide an update on what is coming next from Flesk and Spectrum.

With 2013 coming to a close, I can positively reflect upon our two Kickstarter projects being finalized, our ten book titles that were released, and the eight events where we exhibited at, plus my working on the Spectrum transition and pushing the new Spectrum website live. It’s the most that we’ve accomplished in a single year and I’m proud of all that we’ve accomplished. I’m looking forward to the next series of projects and shows that will take us into 2014.

Currently, I am working on the Wayne Thiebaud: Works on Paper 1948-2004 exhibition catalog for the Weisman Museum of Art located at the Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. Last year we packaged their Illustrating Modern Life book that focused on the golden age of American illustration. I’m delighted that the museum director and book editor, Michael Zakian, has asked me to take part in the book production for this important American painter. The show will run from January 11 to March 30, 2014. I’m planning on having this done and off to the printer in the next two weeks.

Frank Cho and I will be launching a Kickstarter campaign for his new book, Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method. I’m going to save the details for closer to when we launch, which is scheduled for Black Friday!

Also, a new Steve Rude Nexus art book is in development. Over the last couple of years I have been working with Steve and his wife, Jaynelle, to locate and obtain quality scans of Nexus original art pages that were inked by Steve. We’ve acquired a large group of complete stories. One of the major highlights that will be featured is a selection of pencil pages before they were inked. This is a book I am extremely happy to be working on. I have a 300 page book mapped out already! Hopefully with Kickstarter supporters we can make this even more unique and larger. Our Kickstarter campaign will start early next year sometime.

I had a chance to meet with Richard and Wendy Pini last weekend to talk more about their two books that we have in production, The Art of Elfquest and Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini. The one issue we are facing is having too much art to sort through! I expect it will take one more year to wrap these up.

In Spectrum news, the Call for Entries for Spectrum 21 is going smoothly. The online submission option, which is new for this year, is proving popular with the majority of submissions arriving in this fashion. Remember, we still accept print submissions through the mail. The jury will view the print submissions in the traditional format of viewing them in person and voting, and the online submissions will be viewed and voted upon on the computer. This allows the artists to choose their desired format.

SFAL3-bannerSpectrum Fantastic Art Live is on for next May 9-11 in Kansas City, MO! Exhibitor applications are being accepted now and you can receive a cool $100 discount by reserving your booth by December 31. Until that time, booths are only $350 and artist tables (new for 2014) are only $100. The special guests so far are Wayne Barlowe, Tim Bruckner, Frank Cho, Camilla d’Errico and Justin Sweet. Sponsored by Flesk, I’ll be bringing in Terry Dodson, Steve Rude and Mark Schultz, with more to come! You can download an exhibitor application form here.

Enjoy,

John

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What’s New at Flesk Publications. The September Update.

I just realized that it has been almost a month since I last posted a blog entry. I’ve been focused on the initial stages of various new projects that will carry us through to the end of 2014. Due to this, I have neglected updating my blog as often as I would like. Let me share what I can talk about now.

Spectrum Fantastic Art

For those who are unaware of Spectrum, its goal is to promote the fantastic arts and provide an annual high quality art book that showcases the best contemporary artists for the year. Spectrum is divided into eight categories, which include Advertising, Book, Comics, Concept Art, Dimensional, Editorial, Institutional and Unpublished with a Gold and Silver Award given to the most outstanding work in each bracket. Spectrum was created and has been successfully helmed by the directors, Cathy and Arnie Fenner for the last twenty years. With Spectrum 20 coming out this fall, Arnie and Cathy will be officially retired from the annual. I will officially be the new director with Spectrum #21. All aspects of the book, from the Call for Entries, selecting the judges, organizing and running the selection process with the jury, to the design and publishing of the book, will be my responsibility.

At the moment, much of my energy is focused on the Spectrum transition. My current priority is wrapping up the new Spectrum website. (spectrumfantasticart.com). This is a complete retrofit to bring the site to a modern look, with a fresh news section, a historical area for past volumes, new videos from shows and featuring artist interviews, a “Meet the Spectrum Jury” page, a new submission upload area for taking on digital Call for Entries submissions, and a focused spot highlighting the new Spectrum Advisory Board. The Spectrum #21 judges and new Advisory Board will be announced when the new site goes live on October 1. There will also be a handful of surprises that will be rolled out over the course of this year and the next.

Stay tuned for the announcement regarding the new site and details about the Call for Entries for Spectrum #21.

New Books from Flesk Publications

We are working on four new books that will come out between the spring and summer of next year, yet it’s a little early for me to talk about them. I’ll start sharing the details come November or December, when I hope to have them fairly wrapped up. I prefer waiting as long as possible to make announcements since I don’t want to be locked in to an early template. I like to shape and tweak every book over a slow burner, plus the freedom to change direction on a project up until the moment the artist and I are fully satisfied.

Future Kickstarter Campaigns

The next Kickstarter campaign is being planned to start at the end of November. The artist and details will be unveiled by mid-November. All I can say for now is that it is a book project that I am very anxious to get going on. What I can say for now is that I have known and admired this artist for ten years and it is a pleasure to finally have the opportunity to work with him.

I hope you are all enjoying your Labor Day Holiday. I look forward to updating you on these projects, and more, in the near future.

Enjoy,

John

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The Art of Brom Kickstarter a Wrap! (Almost.)

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Brom with personalized and signed “The Art of Brom” books which are now in our Kickstarter supporters hands.

Outside of a few pending packages waiting for shipping addresses, we have wrapped up The Art of Brom Kickstarter campaign. I am still checking Kickstarter comments and messages each day, which I expect (and hope) will go on for a few months more.

Brom, still cheerful after four days of signing books.

Brom, still playful after four days of signing books.

To? Maybe this was for you? Here, Brom is about to personalize one of the deluxe editions that came with a sketch.

To? Maybe this was for you? Here, Brom is about to personalize one of the deluxe editions that came with a sketch.

I want to thank Brom for his trust in bringing a collection of his work to me, and for making me aware of Kickstarter. It’s been a privilege to work with him and with our Kickstarter supporters.

Brom-Flesk-Kickstarter-Signing-pic-3The book signing process took him four 12 hour days, and another even longer period of time to sign all of the prints. He’s a trooper and I never heard him complain. Always positive, with a self-driven hard work ethic, Brom is someone to admire.

Enjoy,

John

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