Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea Studio Edition Kickstarter Campaign Ends Thursday

Call of Cthulhu sample art by Gary Gianni.

MonsterMen Sample art by Gary Gianni.

Hi, everyone,

We’re in the final stretch of our Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea Studio Edition Kickstarter campaign! It ends tomorrow!

There has been five stretch goals unlocked since we launched the campaign a month ago. Lots of bonus material and free goodies are now included.

This book, which is written by Mike Mignola and Gary Gianni, and with art by Gary includes the Hellboy story with it’s thumbnails and preliminary art. Now, it also includes additional pages including a MonsterMen story, plus a bonus The Call of Cthulhu book illustrated by Gary. There are prints also!

You can visit the campaign page for full details.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this campaign! Click here to visit the Kickstarter page.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 24 Artist Copies Shipping!

Spectrum 24 artists! Here’s a nice surprise for you.

We’ve mailed out 300 packages today with your complimentary copies. Another big batch of books goes out tomorrow. Last year I gave away over 500 hardcover copies to artists, students, and professionals, all with the incentive to get your work in front of as many industry people as possible to get you recognized for the fine work that you do. In addition, it’s my hope that you get commissions and/or work out of being in Spectrum as well.

You all should start to receive them soon. I look forward to your comments when you do!

Thank you all so much for being a part of Spectrum. Whether you are an artist featured in the book, someone who has submitted, or a fan who purchases the book, you have my utmost gratitude for supporting us so that we can highlight and build upon this amazing positive community each year.

Enjoy,

John

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John Fleskes Interview on Multiversitycomics.com

A big thanks to Mark Tweedale at multiversitycomics.com for interviewing me about the new Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea Studio Edition by Mike Mignola and Gary Gianni.

Mark asked me excellent questions that gave me the opportunity to talk about how the book was conceived and how we work together here at Flesk.

Here’s the link.

Enjoy,

John

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Free Bonus Book For Supporting Our Hellboy by Mike Mignola and Gary Gianni Kickstarter Campaign!

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Hi, everyone,

Free bonus book for supporting our Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea by Mike Mignola and Gary Gianni Kickstarter campaign! How’s this for the best stretch goal ever? A free Gianni signed book with 100 pencil drawings.

Free fully illustrated The Call of Cthulhu book by Gianni to all Kickstarter supporters who pledge $50 or more if we reach our Stretch Goal #4, 80K goal! The Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft comes illustrated with over one hundred pencil drawings by Gary Gianni. This 96 page paperback book will be 6 x 9.125 inches. All copies come signed by Gianni.

A few years ago, Gary Gianni began to work on a personal project; a fully illustrated edition of one of Lovecraft’s most highly regarded texts, The Call of Cthulhu. Gary Completed a full mock-up of the book by heavily designing the story with approximately 100 pencil drawings in preparation for the pen and ink finishes. Despite his intentions to complete the book, (George R.R. Martin wanted Gary to work on a small project of his!) and in spite of all the pencil work, it was set aside and never came to fruition. Now we have a unique opportunity to see this version in a beautifully produced book.

In addition, Gary is refining the design and many of the drawings to make this bonus book even more special. With your help we can give you this version as a free bonus for supporting the Kickstarter campaign with a pledge of $50.00 or more!

Thanks everyone for your ongoing support! Here’s the Kickstarter link.

Enjoy,

John

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Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea Studio Edition by Mike Mignola and Gary Gianni! Kickstarter Now Live!

Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea Studio Edition by Mike Mignola and Gary Gianni is now live on Kickstarter!

Full details can be found on our campaign page by clicking here.

We’re very excited to have this opportunity to offer you this special edition!

Enjoy,

John

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Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea Studio Edition! Kickstarter Launch on Sep. 12th!

Launching on Kickstarter next Tuesday, September 12th! Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea Studio Edition! This book showcases Gary Gianni’s thumbnails, pencil preliminaries, and the final art–all reproduced from the original art.

The book will also include notes throughout by Gary that give you an intimate look into the making of the book. Additionally Gary writes about working with Mike Mignola to make this graphic novel come to life.

More details will be revealed on launch day!

Enjoy,

John

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J.A.W. Cooper’s solo show “Impermanence” at the Spoke Art gallery in NYC.

Hi, all,

This is the last weekend to see J.A.W. Cooper‘s solo show “Impermanence” at the Spoke Art gallery in NYC.

There are still some originals available for purchase, including these two exquisite gouache works titled Raspberries and Snowdrops.

Here’s the link to see the online gallery!

Enjoy,

John

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Mark Schultz and Steve Rude Discounted Book Sale!

Hi, all,

We’ve added a few new books to our Flesk online store!

Mark Schultz’s Portfolio deluxe signed edition–just $50!

I’ve found a few boxes of Schultz’s deluxe Portfolio edition that we set aside due to the slipcases having a minor mark or slight bump to them. I’ve added these to our Flesk website for just $50. (That’s the same price as the regular edition.) The book comes signed, is limited to just 500 copies, and has a special binding and slipcase. A great deal!

You can order it here.

Steve Rude: Artist in Motion deluxe signed edition added to our Flesk online store discounted section. Originally $59.95, now only $15!

These copies have an imperfect slipcase (wavy pattern to slipcase spine–book is good!) is limited to 1000 signed and numbered copies.

Order your copy here.

You can view all of our discounted specials here.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 24 Printer Sample Copy Arrived!

Hi, all,

Look what arrived today! Sample copies of Spectrum 24 from the printer. It printed beautifully! I’ve given the printer the approval to ship the books to our warehouse and to our book distributor. They are scheduled to arrive earlier than usual this year. I can’t wait to get them into your hands!

Pre-order now at a special price on our Flesk website here.

Enjoy,

John

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Xenozoic by Mark Schultz Update!

Hi, all,

I had the chance to visit Mark Schultz in his studio on August 8th. Here’s proof that Mark has been working on his new Xenozoic story. The release date will be determined once he has finished the art and story. I’m guessing the book will come out in sometime in 2019.

See all Mark Schultz’s line of books on our Flesk website here.

Enjoy,

John

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J.A.W. Cooper Enamel Pins!

Hi, everyone,

We have some exciting news for you!

The J.A.W. Cooper enamel pins for our Kickstarter supporters are in production! We are now eagerly waiting for them to be manufactured and shipped to our warehouse! We’re sure you’re all as excited as we are for their arrival. If you aren’t, that’s udderly ridiculous.

We can’t wait to get these awesome goodies out to you in October!

We will be sending the shipping address surveys out closer to the shipping date, so keep your eyes peeled for those late September/early October.

More information regarding J.A.W. Cooper’s books can be found on our Flesk website here.

Enjoy,

John

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J.A.W. Cooper Books Being Printed and Spoke Art Gallery Event in NYC!

Hello, everyone,

We have an exciting update for you all! The books are being printed, the enamel pins are being designed, and the solo show featuring new works by J.A.W. Cooper is this Saturday! The event is an opportunity to purchase an original J.A.W. Cooper painting or drawing.

Book Update

The three J.A.W. Cooper books Familiars, Flora & Fauna, and Viscera are on the press! I had the chance to review the proofs with Cooper, when we gave the book a final pass before giving the approval to the printer to begin printing. The tentative schedule for when the books will arrive at our Flesk warehouse in Santa Cruz, California is slated for October 2. I’ll keep you posted.

Enamel Pins Update

While the printer is busy with the production of the book, Cooper and I have turned our attention on the enamel pins. We’ve been fine tuning the designs to perfection to take the best advantage of the capabilities on offer by the pin manufacturer. We’ll keep you updated on their progress.

J.A.W. Cooper Solo Show at Spoke Art Gallery is This Saturday!

To those in the New York City area, this coming Saturday, August 5th will be the opening of J.A.W. Cooper’s solo show with Spoke Art Gallery titled “Impermanence.” The advance collectors preview is now live. You can email (nyc@spoke-art.com) to receive the link or to inquire about purchasing one of the originals. Or, visit their website for more information about the show:

https://spoke-art.com/blogs/news/j-a-w-cooper

Thank you all! We’re looking forward to shipping these goodies out to you in early October!

Enjoy,

John

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The J.A.W. Cooper Kickstarter Campaign Ends Thursday, June 8th!

The J.A.W. Cooper and Flesk Publications Kickstarter campaign ends this Thursday. Just two days left!

We have an amazing selection of items that highlight the artwork of J.A.W. Cooper, including:

Three books titled Familiars, Flora & Fauna, and Viscera; A premium 18 x 24 inch signed and numbered print; A postcard set featuring Cooper’s travel gouache works; Plus, three exquisite enamel pins to complement the three books.

Four exclusive bonus Kickstarter prints and an enamel pin “Fig Frog” will be included with any tier selected of $25 or more. Four stretch goals have been unlocked to add value to every book and premium print pre-order.

Enjoy,

John

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J.A.W. Cooper Online Interviews

Hi, everyone,

Over this last week there have been two interviews posted online that feature J.A.W. Cooper. I thought that I would share the details about each with you in case you were interested in learning more about Cooper.

The first one was conducted by Bobby Chiu from Schoolism. A portion of this interview is her philosophy regarding freedom vs. income and maintaining a proper balance in life. This hour-long video can be viewed on the Schoolism website, or on YouTube.

https://www.schoolism.com/interviews.php
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUDNRk1mneI

The second interview with Cooper was conducted by Walt Morton and is titled “Drawing the Inner Animal With J.A.W. Cooper. It’s an enjoyable read where you can gain much insight into her influences, working methods, and additional details regarding her philosophies.

https://www.poetsandartists.com/magazine/2017/5/14/jawcooper

We hope you enjoy these interviews!

Thanks again for all of your support!

Enjoy,

John

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J.A.W. Cooper Kickstarter Campaign Update! New Stretch Goal Announced!

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Hi, everyone,

A lot has happened over the last week with J.A.W. Cooper’s Kickstarter campaign. Stretch goal after stretch goal has been unlocked as we continue to add more goodies for those who have pledged $25 or more.

Our supporters have all helped to make this campaign go far beyond what we could have ever imagined. We are unbelievably grateful for all of the enthusiastic comments, and the help in sharing the news on social media.

There have been three previous stretch goals that were shattered within days; An extra 16 pages of art for Familiars, a slipcase for the hardcover set, and four bonus prints for all pledges of $25 or more. Now, it’s time for another extra special item that will only be available to those who are a part of this campaign.

If we are fortunate to reach the $175K mark we will add a 1 inch enamel pin to every pledge of $25 or more! This new design of “Fig Frog” was made over the weekend by Cooper. This pin will only be available through this Kickstarter campaign. (Note that the design and colors are in progress and may change.)

Thanks again to all of our supporters! We certainly look forward to the possibility of extending this gift to those who pledged.

Enjoy,

John

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J.A.W. Cooper Kickstarter Campaign Launched!

Hello, everyone,

We launched our J.A.W. Cooper Kickstarter campaign today! I’ve been working with Cooper over the last year to bring these books and prints to life. We’re delighted to finally be able to make them on offer to you all.

The big news is that the book is actually a three book set! Here’s the link the campaign page where you can watch the video and see all of the details.

Enjoy,

John

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Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini Kickstarter Orders Being Packed!

Hi everyone,

Kathy and I (well, mostly Kathy) have been preparing all of our Kickstarter backers individual orders for Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini.

Yes! This means that the shipment finally made it to us. The packing starts today and ends once they are all in the mail.

To learn more about the Wendy Pini books from Flesk Publications you can visit her page on our website here.

Enjoy,

John

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The Marvel Art of Arthur Adams Signed Copies Now Available!

Hi everyone,

The Marvel Art of Arthur Adams is freshly signed and being sent to everyone who places an order from us. This is published by Flesk Publications. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to make it available to you all!

You can learn more about the book and order it here.

Enjoy,

John

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New Books by Arthur Adams and Wendy Pini. Plus, New Jacket for Frank Cho’s Drawing Beautiful Women!

We have three new titles are arriving this week!

The Marvel Art of Arthur Adams highlights fifty finished comic-book covers completed over the last decade for Avengers Classic, Guardians of the Galaxy and Secret Avengers, plus an assortment of X-Men and other standout titles. Many of the covers are accompanied by preliminary compositions or the penciled underdrawings made prior to inking. Every work has been scanned directly from the original and appears in its native form prior to coloring to showcase Arthur’s exquisite ink lines. Each also is accompanied by the artist’s commentary, as he takes the unique approach of walking the reader through the creative process for every image.

Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini edited by Richard Pini

Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini provides a comprehensive look at rare material from Wendy’s two Beauty and the Beast graphic novels, her Galaxy and If magazine covers and interior art, and preproduction art from the animated The Lord of the Rings film. It highlights ambitious projects such as Masque of the Red Death and Law and Chaos, includes exquisite art from the Land of Myth series of prints, and much more. The highest quality of reproduction is made possible through direct access to the original art or the best original source material, which has been made available from the Pini archives.

Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method

Frank Cho, the acclaimed creator of Liberty Meadows, shares his secrets to drawing the lovely women he is renowned for with his Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method. His exquisite line and masterful brushstrokes are explored to give the beginning artist, along with the most advanced professional, all the tools and knowledge needed to draw beautiful women.

This publisher’s edition hardcover includes a new revised jacket and an extra 16 pages, and is only available from Flesk and Cho. You get the extra content which includes bonus artwork and an exclusive Frank Cho interview, plus an alternate designed jacket and book boards for only $5 more than the hardcover trade! This edition will not be available through the book trade.

All pre-orders begin to ship by the end of this week.

Enjoy,

John

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J.A.W. Cooper Kickstarter Campaign Launches on May 9, 2017!

J.A.W. Cooper and I will be launching a Kickstarter campaign on Tuesday, May 9th. This project is one in which we have been discussing, shaping and working on together for over a year now. I wanted to do something new with the approach to this event. After much discussion with Cooper we found what I believe to be a very unique and exciting Kickstarter launch.

There will be everything from moderately priced items that anyone can afford to higher end offerings for those collectors who like something extra special. There will also be exclusive items just available during the campaign. Everything will be revealed as we get closer to the launch date.

One thing to keep in mind is that one item will only be available during the first 3 days of the campaign. Mark your calendars. You won’t want to miss this one!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 24 Awards Recipients!

Spectrum 24 cover by Iain McCaig

For 24 years Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art has been celebrating imaginative works by creators from around the world. During a ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri Saturday night, April 22nd, the celebration continued with the presentation of Gold and Silver Awards for exemplary art from the previous year in eight categories: Advertising, Book, Comics, Concept Art, Dimensional, Editorial, Institutional, and Unpublished. The ceremony was held in the historic Folly Theater and presided over by Spectrum’s Director and publisher, John Fleskes. Presenters included such luminaries of the art community as J.A.W. Cooper, John English, James Gurney, Lauren Panepinto, John Picacio, Dan dos Santos, Bob Self, and Richard & Wendy Pini, Colin & Kristine Poole, George Pratt, Terryl Whitlatch. Spectrum co-founders Cathy and Arnie Fenner introduced a memorial video devoted to the creatives who had passed away in the previous year. Maeret Lemons served as the MC during the ceremony. Voler: Thieves of Flight, Kansas City’s Premier Aerial Academy and Aerial Performance Collective, performed during the evening.

The 5 finalists and award-recipients in each category were selected by a blue-ribbon jury consisting of Christian Alzmann [artist], Laurie Lee Brom [artist], Mark Newman[sculptor/artist], Victo Ngai [artist, instructor], and John Picacio [artist] from over 5000 artworks submitted to the twenty-fourth annual competition. Also presented at the ceremony were the Rising Star Award, created and presented by sculptors Kristine and Colin Poole and intended to encourage a young artist, and the Spectrum Grand Master Award which honors the career accomplishments of a living artist. This year’s Grand Master recipient was legendary comics creator Bill Sienkiewicz, who was present to accept his award and say a few words to the audience.

The award-winning art will appear with nearly 500 other pieces selected by the judges in the Spectrum 24 book, which will be published by Flesk Publications in November.

Spectrum 24 Awards Recipients

2017 GRAND MASTER HONOREE
Bill Sienkiewicz

ADVERTISING

Silver Award
Greg Ruth / “Daredevil”

Gold Award
Bayard Wu / “Hunting”

Other nominees:
Kellan Jett / “Hell”
Edward Kinsella III / “Carnival of Souls”
Bill Mayer / “Savages”

BOOK

Silver Award
Edward Kinsella III / “Danneee”

Gold Award
Brom / “Lamia”

Other nominees:
Richard Anderson / “Red Tide”
Tommy Arnold / “On the Wheel”
Goni Montes / “Tamiel”

COMIC

Silver Award
Dave McKean / “Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash”

Gold Award
Jeremy Wilson / “Chimera Brigade #5”

Other nominees:
Arthur Adams / “Guardians of the Galaxy #19 (cover)”
Nic Klein / “Drifter #13, pages 8 and 9”
David Palumbo / “Swallowed Whole”

CONCEPT ART

Silver Award
Iain McCaig / “King Ape Minion”

Gold Award
Sean Murray / “Court of the Dead: Voxxingard”

Other nominees:
Te Hu / “Secret of Seda”
Tyler Jacobson / “Hill Giant Queen”
Ronan Le Fur / “Fortress Africa”

DIMENSIONAL

Silver Award
Akihito / “Nephila”

Gold Award
Jesse Thompson / “Dress-Up Frog Legs”

Other nominees:
Amilcar Fong / “Oglavaeil The Executioner”
Virginie Ropars / “Yevabog”
Dug Stanat / “The Corruption of Father O’Malley”

EDITORIAL

Silver Award
Galen Dara / “Seven Salt Tears”

Gold Award
Tim O’Brien / Beyonce “Lemonade”

Other nominees:
Clint Cearley / “Broken Concentration ”
Tran Nguyen / “La Beaute Sans Vertu”
Armando Veve / “War Music”

INSTITUTIONAL

Silver Award
Ed Binkley / “William Finds Some Flowers and a Giant”

Gold Award
Bill Carman / “Ms. Hatter and a Smile”

Other nominees:
Wesley Burt / “Accursed Witch”
Travis Louie / “Mojo Jojo Circa 1897”
Stephan Martiniere / “Tie Fighter Down”

UNPUBLISHED

Silver Award
Jeffrey Alan Love / “Orange Skies”

Gold Award
Karla Ortiz / “The Death I Bring”

Other nominees:
J.A.W. Cooper / “Stealth”
Diego Fernandez / “375”
Greg Ruth / “Lagoon”

RISING STAR AWARD

Alessandra Pisano

2016 GRAND MASTER HONOREE

Bill Sienkiewicz

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2017 Special Guests!

Hi, everyone,

It’s happening!

After months of planning, the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event is running this weekend. SFAL is the show where the artists are the stars. It is held at the Kansas City Convention Center on April 21-23. It’s only $5 at the door per day. Kids 12 and under are free. More information can be found at www.spectrumfantasticartlive.com

We will have a large Flesk/Spectrum 12 booth section where 16 artists, including our special guests and additional artists who have been published by Flesk, can be found.

Twelve of them have been published by Flesk including Daren Bader, Brom, Bill Carman, Iain McCaig, Terry Dodson, Frank Cho, Jaw Cooper, Gary Gianni, Android Jones, Jeffrey Alan Love, Richard and Wendy Pini, and Terryl Whitlatch! Also joining us are Laurie Lee Brom, James Gurney, and Aaron Lopresti.

Here’s a run down of some of the books that will be available by each artist at our booth.

Tribes of Kai by Daren Bader

The Art of Brom by Brom

Imagery From the Bird’s Home by Bill Carman

Iain McCaig featured on the cover of Spectrum 24

Terry Dodson’s Bombshell’s Collection Volume 2

Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method

J.A.W. Cooper’s Spectrum 24 nominated artwork, Stealth. Also included in her upcoming book from Flesk.

Gary Gianni’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Android Jones’ cover for Spectrum 24

Jeffrey Alan Love’s Notes from the Shadowed City

Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini edited by Richard Pini

We’re looking forward to seeing you all!

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live is the show where the artists are the stars. It is held at the Kansas City Convention Center on April 21-23.

Only $5 at the door per day. Kids 12 and under are free.
www.spectrumfantasticartlive.com

Enjoy,

John

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John Fleskes Video Update #8

Hi, everyone,

Here’s my latest video update where I talk about the upcoming Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event, the 15th year anniversary of Flesk, and where I show off a pair of our new books.

Enjoy,

John

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The Marvel Art of Arthur Adams! New Book From Flesk!

Hi, everyone,

I have the absolute pleasure of announcing that our latest book The Marvel Art of Arthur Adams is now available for pre-order on our Flesk Publications website. This 9 x 12″ book has 80 pages, and features 87 images. You can order it here.

Here’s the book description.

For over three decades, Arthur Adams has served as one of the most revered artists in the comic-book industry. Much of his career has centered on his immense and highly popular body of work for Marvel Comics. These last ten years have been no exception, as Arthur has continued to produce exceptional covers that earn praise among his fans and peers. His ability to render our favorite superheroes as emboldened single figures or in intricate group scenes has resulted in awe-inspiring works of art that captivate his audience.

The Marvel Art of Arthur Adams highlights fifty finished comic-book covers completed over the last decade for Avengers Classic, Guardians of the Galaxy and Secret Avengers, plus an assortment of X-Men and other standout titles. Many of the covers are accompanied by preliminary compositions or the penciled underdrawings made prior to inking. Every work has been scanned directly from the original and appears in its native form prior to coloring to showcase Arthur’s exquisite ink lines. Each also is accompanied by the artist’s commentary, as he takes the unique approach of walking the reader through the creative process for every image.

Enjoy,

John

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Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini Update

Hi, everyone,

The advance sample copy of Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini is here!

This is possibly the greatest gift that I have ever seen presented from a husband to a wife. I watched Richard Pini pour all of his energy into this book for months. This is the culmination of years of planning and organizing to make this book a reality. Today, Richard had the joyful moment to present a copy to Wendy.

The books will be arriving with us in a few weeks when we will begin shipping them to our supporters. Thanks to everyone for your patience while this book was finished, and to Richard and Wendy Pini for the opportunity to work with you on these three stunning and marvelous books (including Art of Elfquest and Elfquest: The Art of the Story for those out of the loop) that highlight Wendy and her art!

Enjoy,

John

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