Wendy Pini’s Line of Beauty Schedule Update, Plus Bonus Item Added For Kickstarter Supporters!

line-of-beauty-art-of-wendy-pini-cover-webHi, everyone,

I’ve posted an update for our Wendy Pini Kickstarter campaign supporters who pledged for Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini. It reads as follows!

We initially proposed that we would have Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini shipped to you all in August with a December street date for its appearance in the book and comic stores. We are missing these dates and I wanted to take the time to explain to you the reasons why.

Here’s the short and sweet answer:

It is because we are making a better book than we originally envisioned and that it will be worth the wait.

Here’s the long answer:

We are proud that we met the schedule for The Art of Elfquest and Elfquest: The Art of the Story. The best part about this pair of books is that they came out exactly how we wanted them to. We spared no efforts in their production. We did no compromising. We discovered that if we released Line of Beauty on the promised date the book would be rushed. It would not be the book we want it to be. It needs more time. The amount of artwork available to us to choose for inclusion is staggering. It has taken months to sort through the material. At this stage the art has been placed into what I like to call a book map where the art is ordered and grouped on all of the 304 interior pages.

At this point Richard is writing and editing the text for the final 100 pages. He has spent uncountable hours unearthing extended memories, stories and/or captions for each piece of art featured in the book. From Richard: “Very simply, I could not let Line of Beauty get rushed to press, with so much amazing material still being discovered. I asked Flesk Publications for more time, and to his everlasting credit, John Fleskes chose ‘done right’ over ‘done by the clock.’” Our revised schedule delivers the book into our warehouse in March 2017 with your copies getting to you in April.

Bonus Item Added for Line of Beauty Kickstarter supporters!

Since we’re late, I want to do something to make it up to you. In 2013 we made an Art of Elfquest and Line of Beauty Teaser that is signed by Wendy Pini and limited to 1000 numbered copies. This saddle-stiched paperback is 16 pages at 5.5 x 8.5 inches. I checked our stock and see that we have enough copies to include a complimentary copy with every pledge through Kickstarter for Line of Beauty. This is our way of saying thank you for waiting and for the trust that you have in us.

Line of Beauty will be a gorgeous collection and something that I will look back upon in the years ahead with pride knowing that we did it right.

Enjoy,

John

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Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love Release Date Today!

jeffrey-alan-love-notes-from-the-shadowed-city-blurb-promoHi, all!

Today is the official street release date for Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love! It’s now available at your favorite book store or online retailer.

Congratulations to Jeff on his first book! (Of many we hope!)

We have copies that come with a signed deluxe print if ordered direct from us at our Flesk online store here.

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk Discounted Books! 50-80% off of the Cover Price!

flesk-discounted-booksHi, everyone!

Over the last 14 years I have taken any book with a light scuff mark or corner bump and set it aside. Well, we have gone through all of the boxes that have accumulated over the years and posted these books on our Flesk website at heavy discounts. It’s time for these books to get some love!

We have listed a bunch of individual titles and comb packs for screaming deals–50 to 80% off of the cover price! You can see everything on our website at the new Discounted Books section. Some sets have just a few available, while others have a bunch.

For example, we have a set of seven Mark Schultz Books which includes the following for only $75! (Cover price is $254.70)

Portfolio Deluxe Hardcover
Xenozoic Paperback
Storms at Sea Hardcover
Various Drawings 3 Paperback
Various Drawings 5 Paperback
Carbon 1 Paperback
Flesk Prime Hardcover
schultz-combo-pack4Our discounted books are those that have minor bumps, or scratches on the front or back cover, or small dings to the corners. All are great reading copies with some exterior wear. We called these our “bumped books” or “loved books” since they are perfect for those who are looking to score a batch of Flesk titles for 50-80% off the cover price to enjoy. If you are looking for perfect “new” copies please see the individual listings for the titles elsewhere on this website. Thank you!
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Enjoy,

John

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Mark Schultz Kickstarter Update!

Hi, everyone,

I would like to update you all on Carbon 2, the Storms at Sea deluxe and the bonus prints for our Kickstarter campaign supporters. Also, Mark and I will be at the Baltimore Comic-Con with our pal Frank Cho. I’ll have a Flesk booth there. The show runs on September 2-4.

Also, a big thanks and a farewell to Keith!

Mark-Schultz-prints-kickstarter-carbonBonus Prints

The artwork for the fourth print was wrapped up two weeks ago. When I sent the bid request to the printer that I’ve been using for years for our prints they responded with a price that I could no longer justify paying. I decided to find a new printer that could give me the service, quality and price that I expected. I found one! I picked up the four prints for our Schultz Kickstarter campaign supporters this morning and they look beautiful! I’m so happy with them. Best prints that we’ve ever had made.

Kathy and Keith have boxed up the two prints that Mark will be signing and shipped them to his studio. I should have them back in two weeks with Schultz’s signature.

Carbon-2-Mark-Schultz-webCarbon 2

As I mentioned before, this book is done and here in our warehouse. Mark and I are delighted with how it turned out!

SAS-DLX-Case-webStorms at Sea Deluxe Edition

After weeks of work sourcing materials and finalizing the design and specifications, the book is off to the printer and the proofs have been approved. It’s in the printers hands for production. As soon as I learn its schedule, I’ll post an update. Once these arrive we can ship everything out!

Baltimore Comic-Con

Early next month Flesk will be at Baltimore Comic Con, Sept. 2-4, in Baltimore, Maryland, along with the indelible Mark Schultz! We will be bringing all of our latest tiles including Storms at Sea, Carbon, Portfolio, Xenozoic, and Various Drawings 5. Drop by and say hello, meet Mark Schultz in person, and spruce up your Schultz collections! Mark Schultz will be at the Flesk/Spectrum booth all three days.

Keith Moving On, Welcome Kathy!

For over three years Keith has served as the Flesk office manager and my executive assistant here at Flesk. He’s moving on to bigger things. I’ve brought in our new office manager, Kathy Chu. Please welcome me in thanking Keith for his amazing help over the years and welcome Kathy for joining us. You’ll be hearing more from Kathy in future posts.

As always, thank you so much for your support and appreciation for what we do.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum and Flesk Updates!

Greetings, all,

It’s been a busy few weeks here! I have a bunch of updates for you.

Bombshells-Two-displayTerry Dodson’s Bombshell’s Sketchbook Collection Two has just arrived! This 48 pages collection gathers the out of print Bombshells Sketchbooks #4-7 and new material–all rescanned and in a gorgeous 7.75 x 10.25 inch hardcover format!

We have shipped out the pre-orders already!

You can order it here.

Spectrum-23-cover-webSpectrum 23. Cover art by Android Jones.

I’ve approved the printer advance copy samples of Spectrum 23! The colors came out the best ever since I took over the book. I spent many extra days and hours proofing the colors with the printer to get it just right. Not too dark, not too red–it’s vibrant and beautiful. I’m very happy with how the book looks.

The books are being prepared for transport from overseas and will be arriving with the distributor in time for its official November release date.

I wouldn’t mind doing another Spectrum release party and book signing. I’ll start looking around for a venue that can host it. Let me know if you know of any stores or galleries that would be willing!

I have a batch of Spectrum 23 coming straight to our Santa Cruz, California office that should arrive in October. We will start mailing all of the artist complimentary and pre-order copies at that time so that you should receive them before they hit the stores.

Thank you to everyone who is part of this art community!

Order here at a special pre-order price.

SAS-DLX-Case-webStorms-at-Sea-Deluxe-proofsThe printer proofs for the deluxe edition of Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz have been approved! I spent the day reviewing the details of the book and pages to check the colors and to review it for any last minute changes. It’s looking sweet!

The book will be going on the press soon. I’ll share the delivery schedule just as soon as it has been made available to me.

Copies can be ordered here.

Spectrum-24-banner-webSpectrum 24 Call for Entries poster by Justin Gerard.

Each year I have the great honor to assemble the Spectrum jury. For Spectrum 24 I have all five judges confirmed. I will be sending out a press release next month announcing who they are.

Some of the things that I look for in a judge are positivity, service to the community, works well within a group, a stellar artist and revered by his or her peers and fans. The five should represent different areas within the field and favor diversity in styles and methods. That’s a lot of checkmarks! But fortunately the Spectrum community is one where we have a lot of these types of people. The problem isn’t finding people with these qualities, it’s narrowing it down to just five.

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk Publications 2002-2016. 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 through December 2016. The total comes to 75 books and 4 prints.

2016 Flesk Titles

1. Terry Dodson’s Bombshell’s Sketchbook Collection Two
July 2016
Hardcover. $25.00 cover price, 7.75 x 10.25 inches, 48 pages.
2. The Nexus Chronicles by Steve Rude
July 2016
Hardcover with jacket. $50.00 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 304 pages.
3. Arthur Adams Monsters Attack!!! (second printing)
July 2016
Paperback. $20.00 cover price. 8.5 x 11 inches, 48 pages.
4. Carbon 2 by Mark Schultz
July 2016
Paperback. $24.95 cover price. 9 x 12 inches, 56 pages.
Deluxe signed and limited edition to 600 numbered copies. $40.00 cover price,  9 x 12 inches, 58 pages.
5. Elfquest: The Art of the Story. Art by Wendy Pini. Words by Richard and Wendy Pini.
August 2016
Hardcover with jacket. $50.00 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 304 pages
Deluxe signed and limited edition to 500 numbered copies in slipcase. Includes 16 bonus pages. $100.00 cover price,  9 x 12 inches, 320 pages.
6. Notes from the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love
September 2016
Hardcover. $24.95 cover price, 6 x 9 inches, 160 pages.
7. Storms at Sea Deluxe Edition by Mark Schultz
October 2016
Deluxe signed and limited edition to 500 numbered copies in slipcase. $100.00 cover price,  13.5 x 10.5 inches, 82 pages.
8. Spectrum 23: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art
November 2016
Paperback. $34.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 304 pages.
Hardcover with jacket. $44.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 304 pages.
9. Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini. Words by Richard and Wendy Pini.
December 2016
Hardcover with jacket. $50.00 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 304 pages
Deluxe signed and limited edition to 500 numbered copies in slipcase. Includes 16 bonus pages. $100.00 cover price,  9 x 12 inches, 320 pages.

2015 Flesk Titles

1. Arthur Adams Monsters Attack!!!
July 2015
Paperback. $20.00 cover price. 8.5 x 11 inches, 48 pages.
2. Surrender, My Sweet by Bruce Timm
Paperback. $25.00 cover price. 5.5 x 7 inches, 64 pages.
3. Flesk Blank Sketchbooks
July 2015
Features five different variant covers by Frank Cho, Terry Dodson, Iain McCaig, Mark Schultz and Bruce Timm.
Paperback. $7.00 cover price. 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 48 pages.
4. Pridelands by Daren Bader and Lance HaunRogue.
Paperback. $20 cover price, 8.5 x 11 inches, 48 pages.
August 2015
5. Tribes of Kai by Daren Bader and Lance HaunRogue.
August 2015
Hardcover. $24.95 cover price, 8 x 12 inches, 80 pages
Deluxe signed and limited edition to 500 numbered copies in slipcase. Extra 16 bonus pages. $50.00 cover price,  9 x 12 inches, 306 pages.
6. The Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija
August 2015
Hardcover with jacket. $34.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 160 pages
Deluxe signed and limited edition to 500 numbered copies in slipcase. Includes 16 bonus pages. $60.00 cover price,  9 x 12 inches, 176 pages.
7. Portfolio by Mark Schultz
August 2015
Hardcover. $50.00 cover price, 11.5 x 12 inches, 272 pages.
Deluxe signed and limited edition to 1000 numbered copies in slipcase. $100.00 cover price, 11.5 x 12 inches, 274 pages.
8. Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz
August 2015
Hardcover. $24.95 cover price, 8 x 11.5 inches, 80 pages
9. Imagery From the Bird’s Home: The Art of Bill Carman
October 2015
Hardcover. $40 cover price, 9.5 x 11 inches, 192 pages
Publisher edition with 16 extra bonus pages, $50 cover price, 9.5 x 11 inches, 208 pages.
10. Spectrum 22: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art
November 2015
Paperback. $34.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 304 pages.
Hardcover with jacket. $44.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 304 pages.
11. The Art of Elfquest. Art by Wendy Pini. Words by Richard and Wendy Pini.
December 2015
Hardcover with jacket. $50.00 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 304 pages
Deluxe signed and limited edition to 500 numbered copies in slipcase. $100.00 cover price,  9 x 12 inches, 306 pages.
12. Elfquest Coloring Book. Art by Wendy Pini
December 2015
Paperback. Free exclusive for Kickstarter supporters. 9 x 12 inches, 32 pages.
13. The Art of The Dam Keeper
December 2015
Hardcover with jacket. 7.5 x 9 inches, 168 pages.

2014 Flesk Titles
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.
2. Masquerade by Terry Dodson
July 2014
Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 16 pages.
3. Monterey Now: Warren Chang
October 2014
Paperback, 8.5 x 9 inches, 32 pages.
4. Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art
November 2014
Paperback. $34.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 304 pages.
Hardcover with jacket. $44.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 304 pages.
5. Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method
November 2014
Paperback. $19.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 120 pages.
Hardcover. $29.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 120 pages.
Hardcover Publisher Edition with jacket. $34.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 136 pages.
Studio Edition. $150 cover price, 12 x 17 inches, 140 pages.
Studio Edition Signed and Numbered to 500 copies. $200.00 cover price, 12 x 17 inches, 142 pages.

2013 Flesk Titles

1. Illustrating Modern Life: The Golden Age of Illustration from the Kelly Collection
January, 2013
Packaged and designed for the Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University.
Hardcover with jacket. $40.00, 9 x 12 inches, 112 pages.
2. Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2
May 2013
Hardcover with jacket. $29.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 80 pages.
3. Bombshells 7 by Terry Dodson
July 2013
Packaged and designed for Terry Dodson.
Paperback. $15.00, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 16 pages.
4. 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.
5. The Art of Brom Sketchbook
August 2013
Paperback. $15.00, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 16-pages.
6. 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.)
7. 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.)
8. Beyond the Known Forest, She Talks with Birds by Mark Schultz, July 2013, signed print
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.)

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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New Flesk books: Two New Titles, Two Titles Back in Stock!

Hi, everyone,

I’m pleased to announce that we have two new titles out, and two titles back in stock.

Nexus-Chronicles-cover-webNow Available: The Nexus Chronicles by Steve Rude

The Nexus Chronicles focuses on Steve Rude’s role as artist and co-creator of this award-winning series. Three dedicated years have gone into assembling the original art for eight of The Dude’s favorite creations, including Nexus: Wages of Sin #1 and Next Nexus #1, both of which are shown with their pencil and finished inked forms facing one another to highlight the process. Nexus #50 and the rarely seen eight-page “All in Sundra” are reproduced from their inked originals. Also featured is the previously unpublished Nexus #99 in pencil form and the fully painted Sundra story “When She Was Young,” and more. Each issue has been meticulously scanned directly from The Dude’s personal archives.

Every chapter opens with a spotlight on Steve Rude’s painted covers and supplemental drawings taken from his sketchbooks. These openings highlight concept drawings, preparatory thumbnails and cover-color compositions, following an introduction by the artist. An expanded interview offers insight into his craft, and photographs by Greg Preston show Rude working in his studio.

Every order placed through Flesk comes with a free full size 17 x 22″, 6 page newspaper of Nexus, The Comic Strip!

Order here: http://fleskpublications.com/flesksite/index.php?route=product/product&path=18_46&product_id=151

Terry-Dodson-Bombshells-collection-two-spread-webTerry Dodson’s Bombshells Vol. 2

Terry Dodson’s Bombshells Sketchbook Collection Two brings together hand-picked drawings and sketches from 2008 to 2013 into a beautiful 48 page hardbound collection. While the collection gathers the now out of print Bombshells Sketchbooks #4-7 it also showcases new material including a step-by-step look into the creation of the exquisite cover art. Additionally, all the artwork has been rescanned and is presented in a gorgeous 7.75 x 10.25 inch format! Larger images and enhanced colors make this the best Terry Dodson Sketchbook collection to date!

This collection is available direct from Terry Dodson at the shows where he appears and from Flesk Publications.

www.terrydodsonart.com

Order here: http://fleskpublications.com/flesksite/index.php?route=product/product&path=18_68&product_id=180

Notes-from-the-shadowed-city-webBack in Stock: Notes from the Shadowed City and Arthur Adams Monsters Attack!!!

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.

Every order comes with a signed 5 x 7 inch print.

http://fleskpublications.com/flesksite/index.php?route=product/product&path=18_98&product_id=177

Arthur-Adams-Monsters-Attack-cover-webArthur Adams Monsters Attack!!!

After selling out its first printing Monsters Attack!!! by Arthur Adams is back in stock.
Arthur Adams pulls together an assortment of his favorite monster art completed over the last 10 years. You will find awesome creatures, epic beasts, and Adams luscious and adventuresome femmes in fantasy scenes done in his richly rendered pen and ink technique.

This 48-page paperback (8.5 x 11 in.) book contains over 50 images and is available exclusively from Flesk.

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Enjoy,

John

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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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The Nexus Chronicles by Steve Rude with Free Bonus Nexus Strip!

Nexus-chronicles-steve-rude-fleskHi, everyone,

I talked with Steve Rude this morning about what type of bonus item we can include with Flesk direct orders of The Nexus Chronicles. Steve graciously offered his Nexus strip!

Every order of The Nexus Chronicles placed through Flesk comes with a free Nexus full size 17 x 22″ newspaper strip! It’s 10 pages including the covers.

We will receive our copies of the book any day now when we will immediately begin shipping the orders. We’re very proud of this book and look forward to hearing your feedback.

Order on the Flesk website here!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 23 Done! Sent to the Printer!

Hi, everyone,

Spectrum 23 is wrapped up and has been sent to the printer. In the past I had finished the book by July 1st, but this year took me ten extra days to complete due to some extra design work and new ideas I implemented. I want the book to continually evolve and grow with each year. I’m very happy with how it turned out!

Spectrum-23-HB-jacket-FleskHere’s the hardcover jacket design for Spectrum 23. This is last part of the book that I worked on, which is one of my favorite things to design.

On the front cover we have “The Year of the Ram” by Android Jones.
The back cover features “Behind the Veil” by Julie Bell.
The back flap highlights “Cathy’s Ghost” by Laurie Lee Brom.
The front flap showcases “What Lies Beneath” by Miranda Meeks.

There are also a number of fresh quotes that I would like to thank the following artists for providing: Marc Scheff, Terryl Whitlatch, Virginie Ropars, John Picacio, Jeffrey Alan Love, Victo Ngai, and The Shifflet Brothers.

Spectrum 23 comes out this fall. It can be pre-ordered at a special price direct from the Flesk website here.

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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Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love: Original Art Edition!

Notes-blurbsHi, everyone,

Update: Trade edition now available for pre-order.

I’ve posted the $24.95 hardcover trade edition of Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love on the Flesk website for pre-order. I talked to Jeff today and he has agreed to include a unique signed 5 x 7 inch print with this edition.

You can learn more here.

http://fleskpublications.com/flesksite/index.php?route=product/product&path=18_98&product_id=177

Update: Sold Out in 11 hours. Thank you!

We have a special treat for you today. Jeffrey Alan Love has produced 100 original paintings that come with his Notes From the Shadowed City Original Art Edition!

There are only 100 copies available. Each copy includes an original piece of art by Love. The paintings were completed using acrylic and ink on 5 x 6 inch stonehenge paper. Each painting is unique and different at approximately 4 x 5 inches.

In addition, the book comes with a 5 x 7 inch print. Both the print and book will be signed and numbered. Watch the video to see the 100 originals.

Order at the Flesk website here:

http://fleskpublications.com/flesksite/index.php?route=product/product&path=18_98&product_id=175

Enjoy,

John

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New Mark Schultz Kickstarter Campaign Launched

Hi, everyone,

Our latest Kickstarter campaign is now live. This one features two books by Mark Schultz. The first is his latest art book Carbon 2, which collects his most recent work into a single volume. The second book is for an oversized limited edition of his Storms at Sea book. Both titles can be pre-ordered using our Kickstarter campaign. We have free bonus items, free shipping in the U.S. and stretch goals in place for more upgrades and bonus items as the campaign grows.

Here’s the Kickstarter link:

Carbon 2 is done, while we will be designing the deluxe Storms at Sea this month.

Thanks for taking a look.

Enjoy,

John

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Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love Book Proofs Approved

Flesk-Shadows-proofs shadow-proofsHi, everyone,

I’ve just wrapped up reviewing and approving the proofs for Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love. It is scheduled to go on the press early next week.

We will be making the 100 copy special edition that comes with an original piece of art by Jeff available on Monday, May 16 at 10:00AM PST. You will want one! We will be giving ample notice before it is available on the Flesk website so that you have every opportunity to get one before they sell out.

I’ll make an announcement on our blog once it is available.

Enjoy,

John

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Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love

Notes-blurbsHi, everyone,

I’ve sent our latest book off to the printer! Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love is coming this summer from Flesk!

The first time I saw a piece by Jeff I knew I was looking at an artist who was unique, different and special. Then when I met him in person for the first time I understood why his art is as sophisticated and captivating as it is. Jeff has an inner driven force of creativity and vision that rarely manifests and matures in an artist without having experienced, conquered and triumphed over life’s harshest challenges. I knew at that moment that I wanted to work with him at some point.

This brings us to Notes From the Shadowed City. From the imagination of 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.

Stay tuned for the full details about the book and our special edition that will be available with an original piece of artwork this summer. You won’t want to miss it!

Learn more at: http://www.jeffreyalanlove.com/

Enjoy,

John

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The Making of Steve Rude’s “The Nexus Chronicles”

Nexus-Chronicles-cover-webMany of the projects that I work on are sparked during a simple dialogue. The Nexus Chronicles was initiated in this way. I was talking with Steve Rude over the phone in 2013, probably about some new illustration book that came out or his giving me a motivational talk, or going back and forth about projects we are working on–all of which are regular conversational themes–when one of these sparks caught my eye.

To put this spark in its proper perspective it’s necessary to talk about how I’m inspired by the packaging of certain French Albums. In particular Soleil published a special edition of Belladone in 2004 that showcases the art of Pierre Alary. Included are the preliminary penciled pages and rough layouts alongside the finished inks for the entire story. It was done in an elegant design and still remains a favorite book of mine.

Going back to the phone call with The Dude, the topic of the preserved copies of his pencil work came up, as did the possibility of the inks being accessible to some of our favorite stories that he inked. That’s when I initially brought up the idea of The Nexus Chronicles.

This book also coincided with the decision by Steve and his wife Jaynelle to sell the originals for the four issue Next Nexus story. This comes to about 100 pages inked by Steve. Issue #1 was sold as a set, while the rest were broken up and sold as individual pages. While the pages were still accessible, they were scanned for archival purposes. It was natural for me to propose the idea that we reproduce Next Nexus in its entirety with its pencils side-by-side the inked pages.

After discovering the other Nexus stories that were accessible in its original form we decided to focus on a more overreaching look at Nexus by including Nexus: Wages of Sin #1 and Next Nexus #1, both of which are shown with their pencil and finished inked forms facing one another to highlight the process. Nexus #50 and the rarely seen eight-page “All in Sundra” are reproduced from their inked originals. Also featured is the previously unpublished Nexus #99 in pencil form and the fully painted Sundra story “When She Was Young,” and more. The book comes to 304 pages. It’s a mighty fine collection.

A few stories showcase a story in pencils and inks to show the process, some as just pencils and others solely in its final form. This was Steve’s idea to allow a contrast and variability to the presentation to make the book more interesting. I have to agree, it was a good call.

My favorite story reproduced is the unpublished Nexus #99 story that was abandoned after Steve completed the pencils. This was intended to be the first of a four issue series that would be published by Dark Horse Comics. Unfortunately, the series was cancelled due to low overall sales of Nexus. Steve was informed prior to finishing issue #1, yet he decided to finish it on his own accord. I first saw these originals when I was working with Steve on Artist in Motion. I made a vow to myself to find a vehicle to get this in print one day. If Next Nexus was the catalyst for a collection, “The Root of Evil” was the foundation.

The Nexus Chronicles represents a promise to myself, a format I’ve been longing to design and featuring an artist whose work I am passionate about. I’m very pleased with this combination and the outcome of the book.

As with most artists that I know there is no clear date for how long I’ve known them. For instance, I was first introduced to Steve Rude in 1985 through the early Capital published comic book Nexus. I met him for the first time in person when he made an appearance at Wondercon in San Francisco in 1997. Then I have known him since 2004 which is when we first talked about working together during the San Diego Comic Con. This led to our first book Artist in Motion, which was published in 2007.

Regardless of how long we’ve known each other, this book has been in the works since 1985. I just didn’t know it at the time.

The Nexus Chronicles is off the press and is shipping to our distributor. I expect our copies to arrive in June. Everyone who buys a copy direct from Flesk will receive a free signed print. More details on this coming soon! Pre-order the book here.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 23 Judging Event Pictures!

Hi, everyone,

The Spectrum 23 jury is reviewing the submissions right now! Here are pictures of the esteemed group in action at this moment. Thanks to David Palumbo, Cynthia Sheppard, Kirk Thatcher, Charlie Wen and Terryl Whitlatch for spending the day here at the Flesk offices during this beautiful day in Santa Cruz, CA. More photos will be posted here throughout the day.

Spectrum23-judging-event-001 Spectrum23-judging-event-002 Spectrum23-judging-event-003 Spectrum23-judging-event-004 Spectrum23-judging-event-005The Spectrum 23 jury consisting of David Palumbo, Cynthia Sheppard, Kirk Thatcher, Charlie Wen and Terryl Whitlatch are currently selecting the five nominees for each of the eight categories! The nominees for the Advertising, Book, Comic and Concept Art categories are wrapped up. The full list will be posted on Monday.

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John

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Elfquest: The Art of the Story–The Backstory

Art-of-the-Story-Elfquest-cover-webIn early January 2015 I was working on the basic template for The Art of Elfquest. Richard and Wendy Pini were visiting on the 14th and 15th. I wanted to make sure the book map was in a presentable form to review with the Pini’s once they arrived. Richard had sent me a hundreds of scans to process, consider and utilize for The Art of Elfquest, yet something was just not working. I had 304 pages to work with–a hefty amount –although far more art than I could use. Normally I would trim the art down by selecting the best of the best and condense the book down to the essentials. But, what is normally a process that I am good at was proving difficult.

With about four days to go before the Pini’s arrived I began to layout a second book. It included the Hidden Years 9 1/2 pencil pages by Wendy and a few other self-contained Elfquest stories that I am fond of. I now had the 304 page Art of Elfquest roughly laid out and a second title that came to about 176 pages.

Not too long after Richard and Wendy arrived I let them know of my dilemma: I wanted to see more art that could fit into The Art of Elfquest and came to the conclusion that we had to have two books. I presented them with what would later become Elfquest: The Art of the Story. It was Richard who came up with this title. To my delight they signed off on the book.

Most of our time during the reminder of their visit focused on The Art of Elfquest. We gathered the quotes through interviews, received feedback about art placement and grouping, and got much of the core layout completed during those two days.

Once The Art of Elfquest went to the printer, we pulled out The Art of the Story and got to work. Our goals were to not treat it as a simple reprint book. We didn’t want it to compete or overlap with any of the Dark Horse collections. We also wanted a unique art book approach to it. It was during this time that I suggested that we show the original artwork on the right hand side and the printed page with the type and commentary on the left hand side. Richard ran with it. He scanned all of the originals, plus the printed pages and worked with Wendy to provide the commentary. This book came out far greater than I could ever have imagined a year ago. It is simply gorgeous. The narrative alone between Richard and Wendy for every page of story alone is impressive. As you turn the book pages it’s as if they are sitting and reading the story with you and offering every backstory and note about each nuance of the story and art. There are a few areas where Wendy gets emotional while reminiscing about certain story situations. It will make your eyes water.

The stories within this collection include Heart’s Way, Little Patch, Rogue’s Curse, The Jury and Wolfwood and “Rogue’s Challenge” from Hidden Years 9 1/2. Richard was even able to obtain an afterword by John Byrne whose inked pages for “Rogue’s Challenge” are included in the book.

I’ve got to add one more thing, which is that this book was not going to be published unless our Kickstarter campaign was successful. This is truly a book that was born out of passion and appreciation for Wendy, Richard and Elfquest. Thank you, everyone!

I sent the book to the printer over the weekend. I ended up spending four full days reviewing every aspect of the book and color adjusting the artwork. The book has been beautifully designed by Arpad Terek. The next step is to review the printer proofs. Once approved, the book will go to press.

I want to thank Wendy and Richard for allowing me the honor to publish this book. It’s going to be a pleasure to deliver the book to our Kickstarter supporters and to those who pre-ordered.

Enjoy,

John

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The Spectrum Judges

spectrum-22-judgingHi, all,

I’m taking a short break from processing Spectrum 23 submissions to reflect on the judging event held last year. From left to right, we have Justin Gerard, Greg Ruth, Annie Stegg Gerard and Virginie Ropars (plus Dice Tsutsumi) as they narrow in on the nominations for the silver and gold awards for the eight categories for Spectrum 22. They went well into the evening as they shared passionate discussions regarding the merits of each piece. It was a blast to sit in and observe the lively discussion.

Spectrum-23-juryI’m looking forward to bringing the jury for Spectrum 23 together on February 27th to review the submissions for the latest annual here in our office located in Santa Cruz, CA. This includes David Palumbo, Cynthia Sheppard, Kirk Thatcher, Charlie Wen and Terryl Whitlatch! You can read more about them by following this link.

Enjoy,

John

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New Mark Schultz Books for 2016

MS-artMark Schultz and I have been talking on the phone over these last few weeks about his new books for 2016. In the works is Carbon 2, the latest home for his collected works to bring us up to date since his last Carbon collection that came out three years ago.

The second collection will be a deluxe edition for Storms at Sea. This will be a very limited oversized edition that will come signed by Mark. I wanted to release it last year, but time was an issue as I was juggling other projects.

Our plan is to offer the Carbon 2 and Storms at Sea deluxe editions as a set through a Kickstarter campaign. I’d like to have the books available in July for our summer season.

At the moment I’m focused on Spectrum 23 submissions and the judging event which will be held on February 27th. The Kickstarter campaign for Schultz’s books will commence at some point to be determined in the near future.

Click here to see all books available on Mark Schultz from Flesk.

Enjoy,

John

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Elfquest Coloring Book Has Arrived

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Elfquest Coloring Book cover by Wendy Pini with colors by Laura Martin.

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The Art of Elfquest deluxe edition with slipcase.

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The Art of Elfquest trade and deluxe editions with its Kickstarter bonus rewards.

Hi, everyone,

The Elfquest coloring books have arrived! This was the last item that we needed to begin shipping the Art of Elfquest books to our Kickstarter supporters. The coloring books, three bookmarks, five postcards and two prints are all free bonus items to those who pledged for the book through our Kickstarter campaign. I love it when we can include so many free goodies! The Flesk crew and I will be packing and shipping books all week! I still like boxing books once in a while. We have about 700 packages to put together. I expect they should all be in the mail by early next week.

Those who pre-ordered the book through our website will also have their books shipped this week.

Enjoy,

John

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In the Spirit of the Season, Being Grateful

In the spirit of the season, and a bit of a forced break which is not too common for me, I felt the urge to sit down and write about those people who I am grateful for. After all, if I’m not doing something I get a little stir crazy.

This is in no means written in any particular order, but instead just as the names come to mind.

I am grateful to the artists who I work with and publish. Frank Cho, Mark Schultz, Jim Silke, William Stout, Craig Elliott, Gary Gianni, Richard and Wendy Pini, Arthur Adams and Joyce Chin, James Bama, Terry and Rachel Dodson, Bruce Timm, Bill Carman, Warren Chang, Daren Bader and Lance HaunRogue, Petar Meseldzija, Steve Rude, Brom, Dice Tsutsumi, Robert Kondo, and Al Williamson’s wife, Cori. Many of them I have been fortunate enough to become friends as we share a bond bound in passion while in life’s journey.

I am grateful to the Spectrum Advisory Board. These are exceptional people who serve as mentors and help guide the future of Spectrum and advise me in business and in life: Brom, Alice “Bunny” Carter, Mark Chiarello, Rebecca Guay, James Gurney, Charles Kochman, Iain McCaig, Virginie Ropars, Harlan Ellison, Tim Underwood as well as Cathy and Arnie Fenner.

I am grateful to the Spectrum community. All of the artists who take part in the Spectrum annual each year, those who attend the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event and Spectrum Awards Ceremony and to its many fans. This is a beautiful community that I feel lucky each and every day to be a part of. I will continue to work toward a better community where we can share and grow together and keep the door open to all to enter.

I am grateful to Arnie and Cathy Fenner who saw something in me, opened their hearts and brought me into the Spectrum community as its current caretaker. The have all my love for being so good to me.

I am grateful to the dedicated and wonderful crew who helps run Flesk and Spectrum. This includes Keith and Rachel Silva, Josh Ford and James Walker who are the core regulars.

I am grateful to the many supporters of Flesk and Spectrum who buy our books which allows us to continue doing what we love. None of this could happen without you.

I am grateful to Colin and Kristine Poole who are far more to me than just the pair that creates the Spectrum Awards each year.

I am grateful to Greg Preston for his friendship and for helping to capture the Spectrum community through his brilliant and gorgeous photography.

I am grateful to my close knit group of friends who have stood by me for an eternity, offered their help when needed, and who have kept me grounded and balanced. This includes friends and mentors Jim Vadeboncour, Jr., Manuel Auad, Dick Swan, Art Lim and Jim Reid. And I have a few dozen old school friends in my private life that I grew up with that I can mention–you know who you are.

I am grateful to my coach Monica Carson who keeps me mentally and physically fit to take on all of life’s daily challenges while feeling great.

And most importantly, I am grateful for being blessed with having a terrific son, Ocean, who keeps me happy and full of youth by helping me to see all of the splendors of life that adults sometimes have a tendency to become blind to. Being a dad is something I am very grateful for.

It feels good to write this down as a reminder at how good the people in my life are and how much I appreciate them. Thank you all!

Enjoy,

John

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The Art of The Dam Keeper Shipping Update

Art-of-the-Dam-Keeper-webThe-Art-of-the-Dam-Keeper-2Hi, all,

I have an update regarding the shipping dates for The Art of The Dam Keeper.

December 9th Update:

Over 100 boxes have been packed and will be shipped today. All 200 advance copies will be shipped by this Friday.

December 7th Update:

Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo have signed the advance copies and print for the special pre-order edition.  We are numbering the books and prints today and will immediately begin to pack them on Tuesday.

December 1st Update:

I dropped off the books and prints for the special early-bird signed and numbered version at Tonko House on Tuesday. Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo will have them signed by this weekend when we will immediately begin to pack them. The first set of books will go in the mail next Monday.

For those who ordered the regular book, these will be arriving with us around the third week of December. We will start to pack and ship those immediately upon their arrival.

Thanks to everyone who has pre-ordered the book. It’s proving to be quite popular. I’ll post more news as I learn more.

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk Books Update for December 2015

Greetings, everyone,

This year has proven to be our most ambitious and versatile to date. It’s also been one of the most challenging years to balance as I juggled my Spectrum and Flesk Publications duties.

Running a business is not easy. It involves hours upon hours of action, effort, decision making and the help of many to be successful. Every morning I wake up excited thinking about all of the things we can create during the day. Fortunately, I absolutely love my “job,” this art community and the books that we make. I’ve surrounded myself with smart, positive and wonderful people who share my passion for having fun and for making beautiful books.

Storms-at-Sea-by-Mark-Schultz-webWe started off the 2015 by publishing two illustrated books with new stories. This includes Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz and The Book of Giants by Peter Meseldzija. Shortly after, Tribes of Kai and the supplemental collection Pridelands: Rival Tribes, an all-new graphic novel written by Lance HaunRogue and painted by Daren Bader, was released. These books are the result of years of work by these creators. It’s my pleasure to serve as the publishing vehicle to make these stories a reality to share with you all.

Mark-Schultz-Portfolio-Complete-webSoon after, Portfolio: The Complete Various Drawings by Mark Schultz debuted. I started thinking about this book a few years back. I knew that if we were going to recollect the five book Various Drawings series that we had to start from scratch and rethink everything about it. We updated all of the scans, printed everything bigger, added a handful of new pieces to fill in pages and completely redesigned the book in its new oversized format.

Arthur-Adams-Monsters-Attack-cover-webMonsters Attack!!! By Arthur Adams and Surrender, My Sweet by Bruce Timm were both big summer hits. Getting the chance to work with Arthur and his wife Joyce Chin to get Monsters Attacks!!! done in time for the San Diego Comic-Con show was a mad dash, but worth the effort. Mark Schultz offered the title suggestion. Mark said that it’s very important to add the three exclamation points in the title, which we made sure to do. I asked the designer, Arpad Terek, to give it a Japanese monster packaging feel, then Laura Martin colored the cover to give the book it’s final packaging.

Surrender-my-sweet-Bruce-timm-cover-webWith Surrender, My Sweet, Bruce Timm sent me his latest batch of new works and some layout guides, design ideas and copy notes to give this title a fresh look. I suggested to Bruce that we create a whole new series title and format for this year. We came up with the digest sized collection that proved suitable for the dimensions of the originals and offered a throwback to the paperbacks from the fifties and sixties. I’ve learned more about how to design from Bruce than from anyone else.

The Flesk blank sketchbooks were a bit of an experiment. I buy journals and sketchbooks often for writing. I thought, why am I buying these things–I’m a publisher, I’m going to make my own! I asked Frank Cho, Terry Dodson, Petar Meseldzija, Iain McCaig, Mark Schultz and Bruce Timm to provide some art and I got them made in the handy format that I like most.

Art-of-Elfquest-webThe Art of Elfquest is our first of three books to celebrate the art and career of Wendy Pini. We should get our copies of the book anytime now. We will immediately begin to ship the books to our Kickstarter supporters and to those who pre-ordered the book direct from us when they arrive.

We’re hard at work on Elquest: The Art of The Story and Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini for next year. Did I mention how great it is to work with Richard and Wendy Pini? I can’t say it enough. I think it is safe to say that Richard is Wendy’s biggest fan.

Nexus-Chronicles-cover-webThe Nexus Chronicles is running behind schedule. It is almost done and we plan to send it to the printer soon. Just a few small details left to do. It’ll be worth the wait. The new release date is set for spring 2016.

Spectrum-22-cover_webSpectrum 22: The Best in Contemporary Art is available. We’ve shipped out the artist copies and pre-orders. We received our copies at the Flesk warehouse about a week before our distributor, which gave us a jump on our direct orders. Every artist that is included in Spectrum receives a free copy of the hardcover.

As Spectrum 22 makes its way into your hands, I’m already well into the planning stages for Spectrum 23 and working on the rough draft for the 2015 Year in Review. Spectrum is a tremendous amount of work, yet incredibly satisfying to be a part of. I’m already playing with some new design variations, too.

I hung out with Frank Cho for a few days recently. We got caught up on the next two projects that we will be working on together. We both have big things that we will do in the next 4 to 10 years. I’ve always been able to think we’ll into the future, as has Frank. I think he’s just getting started and can’t wait to see the future projects that he will be presenting to us.

Mark Schultz is currently working on an all-new 60 page Xenozoic story to re-introduce the series to new readers while setting the stage to finish the last storyline cliffhanger from 20 years ago. I’m not joking–I’ve seen the first five pages. It’s happening! We are not making any promises or setting any schedules. It will come out when Mark is done. This initial new story could take anywhere from 2 years (that’s when Mark thinks he will be done) to 4 years (that’s when I think it will be done) for Mark to complete. He’s finished the thumbnail drawings for the entire story and done a series of new character and environment designs. I’ve seen these, too. I ain’t kidding!

Spectrum-23-CFE-posterMoving on to a new topic, each year, one of the benefits of being the Spectrum director involves choosing who to contact to create the Spectrum Call For Entries poster art. I’ve been lucky so far in that my first artist choices for Spectrum 21-23 have said yes. Generally, I start thinking about a few names early in the year, then let their art percolate in my head for a while and then narrow the list down to one person. Contacting Android for Spectrum 21 and Victo Ngai for Spectrum 22 were clear and quick choices. For the Spectrum 23 poster I wanted to look outside of the typical Spectrum field and find a fresh voice. I asked someone who is a contemporary legend and who is highly regarded by professionals and fans alike, while being a constant source of inspiration. I got the chance to meet Claire Wending during a rare U.S. appearance at the Big Wow Comic fest in San Jose, CA. It was the highlight of the show when I had the chance to meet her in person and ask her if she could produce the art. The poster was mailed to the 5000 people on our mailing list in early October. All you have to do is sign up on our website to receive one for free in the U.S. For our international friends we have an online PDF that you can download.

carman-cover-webImagery From the Bird’s Home: The Art of Bill Carman is one of those special dream projects. Bill and I served on the jury of Spectrum 17 together and we got along well and have kept in touch ever since. This book was designed by Bill and perfectly captures his art. I could say this about all of the books that I’ve published, but this is one of my favorite books.

Art-of-the-Dam-Keeper-webOur latest book is The Art of the Dam Keeper. It is a behind the scenes collection that serves as a time capsule to the Academy Award nominated short animated film directed by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi. Chapter introductions and interview material with Robert, Dice and the essential crew who worked on the film, plus a wide assortment of drawings and art are gift wrapped together in this charming and unique collection. Furthermore the formation of Tonko House and a glimpse into future projects are covered.

The history behind this book began when I inquired with Dice Tsutsumi if he would be willing to be a part of the jury for Spectrum 22 in July 2014. A few months later, in October 2014 I met Dice for the first time in San Francisco during the APE event at Fort Mason. I knew that Dice had left Pixar earlier that year, that he and Robert had completed their first film together and were touring the film circuit, and that they had formed Tonko House. I asked Dice if they had thought of making an art book for The Dam Keeper and if they would be willing to work together on one? He and Robert agreed, and production begin in earnest during the summer of 2015. We are all very pleased to offer this book. It’s a personal one that captures the heart of Tonko House and gives the viewer a genuine look into the beginnings of this new journey for Tonko House.

For 2016, I’ll be working just as hard as in 2015. We have the pair of Wendy Pini books to finish. I’ll also be intensely involved in the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live show in San Francisco. As Arnie Fenner always tells me, it’s all about details, details and more details!

I’ll have some new books to announce next year. I’m turning down all book proposals, and putting new projects on hold until I get caught up on my current obligations. I prefer to letting the books take their own time and not setting schedules. Personally, with the exception of Spectrum, I prefer to not set schedules. I think this is one of the reasons why I get along with the artists who I work with so well. None of us like deadlines. But somehow we still manage to get books out. Go figure?

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

John Flesk

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