Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini Update!

Hi, everyone,

A lightning fast update on Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini.
 
The bonus page for the limited edition, which Richard Pini and Wendy Pini manage to sign amid a very hectic week, have arrived with the printer. At this point the printer has everything that they need and they are printing and binding the book. It’s on track for delivery just in time for our Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event where Richard and Wendy will be special guests. Kickstarter orders will ship at the same time. It will be a busy April!
 
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Enjoy,

John

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DeVITO ARTWORKS LLC ANNOUNCES EXCITING KING KONG OF SKULL ISLAND KICKSTARTER

A new book published by DeVito ArtWorks will be coming to Kickstarter next Tuesday. I’ll provide the link once it goes live.


DeVITO ARTWORKS LLC ANNOUNCES EXCITING
KING KONG OF SKULL ISLAND  KICKSTARTER

Bucks County, PA-based artist/author Joe DeVito is at the heart of some of the biggest pop-culture stories happening today.  DeVito is known for his many inspired paintings and sculptures of Fantasy and Science Fiction subjects, icons such as Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Spider-Man, The Shadow, MAD Magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman, Tarzan, Doc Savage, and most importantly, King Kong. DeVito is the creator/illustrator of Skull Island, the first prequel/sequel expansion of King Kong creator Merian C Cooper’s mythology and exclusively authorized by Cooper’s estate, and has illustrated and co-written, with author Brad Strickland, two previous Kong books: Kong: King of Skull Island and Merian C. Cooper’s King Kong.

DeVito ArtWorks will be releasing a new book titled KING KONG of SKULL ISLAND. A 9”x12” hard cover of over 300 pages features the 30,000 word Denham Diaries and a 95,000 word novel that covers the origin stories of both the Kongs and Skull Island’s human civilization and goes on to chronicle the building of the iconic Wall that played such a major role in the original King Kong story, both co-authored by DeVito and Strickland. KING KONG of SKULL ISLAND will also contain extensive sketchbook drawings and an additional 25,000 words of text that delve deeply into the fascinating history of the Kongs, the mysterious human civilization on the island, and the enigmatic Skull Island itself. KING KONG of SKULL ISLAND also contains a Gallery section of at least a dozen original oil paintings.

King Kong of Skull Island is being crowd-funded by a Kickstarter Campaign launching February 21rst of 2017. Please join us in launching this exciting program, found at:

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For additional information: www.kongskullisland.com and on FB at Kong of Skull Island

OPTIONAL: ABOUT DeVITO ARTWORKS LLC
DeVito ArtWorks, LLC owns all copyright rights in KONG OF SKULL ISLAND, its associated Skull Island property, and all its derivative works. Richard M. Cooper LLC owns all copyright rights in the novel MERIAN C. COOPER’S KING KONG. The DeVito and Cooper properties work in concert to create, through fully copyrighted words and pictures, the complete King Kong – Skull Island origin property, uniquely endorsed with the name of Kong’s creator, Merian C. Cooper, and exclusively authorized both by his family’s estate and that of Skull Island creator, Joe DeVito. DeVito ArtWorks, LLC and its representatives have the exclusive right to develop and market both properties in all media formats.
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To obtain additional information, graphics, or to arrange interviews, contact:
Dannie Festa/Festa Entertainment  PH: 310-820-0922
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New Jacket for Frank Cho’s Drawing Beautiful Women Book!

The Publisher edition of Frank Cho‘s Drawing Beautiful Women book is getting a new jacket! Isn’t it gorgeous! The colors are by Brandon Peterson.

This is the book version that has the extra 16 pages of bonus material and is not available in the book trade.

The pre-order discounted price is just $29.95.

These will be available on May 1st and can be pre-ordered from our Flesk website now.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 23 Book Signing Event at Gallery Nucleus Videos!

The Spectrum 23 launch party and book signing event was at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA on December 3rd, 2017.Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate Spectrum’s 23rd year of releasing the premier showcase for imaginative fantastic arts in the book, comic, film, horror, illustration, sculpture, conceptual art, fine art and videogame genres.

The artist’s in attendance included Chris Ayers, Julia Blattman, Tuna Bora, J.A.W. Cooper, Alina Chau, Waiji Choo, Craig Elliott, Geirrod Van Dyke, Chuck Grieb, Brian Haberlin, Fred Jordan, Erik Ly, Victor Maury, Iain McCaig, Bruce Mitchell, Brynn Metheny, Richard and Wendy Pini, Esben Rasmussen, Tooba Rezaei, Joseph Sanabria, William Stout, Shane Stover and Vin Teng.

We hope you enjoy these five videos that captured the evening.

Enjoy,

John

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Checking Myself for 2017 and Beyond!

Time to Check Myself!

Early in the New Year I make a point to spend a day to myself and focus on my goals. I’ve been doing this each year since I started my business 15 years ago. I reflect on my biggest failures and best strengths during the previous year.  I examine and learn from them before looking at what I want to accomplish this year, while setting myself up for 2018 and beyond.

I look at everything that I’ve done during this last year as objectively as possible to see how I can better serve my businesses, those in the community, my son and those who are close to me in a better way. It’s absolutely necessary for me to take this time before the year settles in.

Here are some of my personal guidelines that I hold myself to:

  1. Be honest with yourself. Don’t inflate your ego and put yourself on a pedestal where you believe everything good that is going on is due to your actions alone. There are a lot of people who helped get you are you are today. Let them know. Be gracious and humble.
  1. Own up to your failures. Whether it’s with others or a business loss, take credit for it, acknowledge it to those involved and be humble about it. Then learn from it, pick up the pieces, and get going again.
  1. Don’t limit your vision to what you accomplished in your past. Think of some amazing things that you have always wanted to do and make happen–then get to work. Keep yourself energetic and excited by introducing new challenges and goals to your year.
  1. Don’t forget those who you are already responsible to. Don’t stretch yourself so thin that you neglect those who depend on you or who are loyal to you.
  1. Don’t be scared. Never get in the way of your own success.
  1. Trust the judgment of your close friends, advisors and mentors that you have chosen for this role. Pick those who are more experienced, and those who know you inside and out, and who you respect. Share your plans with them, be open, then listen and take their advice. Let them guide you. Let them be proud of you. Do not allow yourself to think it is all about you and your efforts. It never is.
  1. Make sure everything you do serves a greater purpose. It’s never about money or materialism. It’s about relationships and the people.
  1. People are watching. Whether you realize it or not, there are those who you’ve never met who are inspired by you and pay attention.You can do more than you have ever imagined or done to date. Think bigger.

I accomplished a lot today and feel confident that the direction that I will be going in will benefit more people than ever before.

I am grateful to my mentors, friends and advisors who took the time for extended phone conversations during these last two days to give me feedback, encouragement and further guidance on where we are headed. A lot of people out there have my back. It’s an incredible feeling.

I couldn’t have had a better office than sitting at 26th Ave. in Santa Cruz today while accomplishing this goal. I never get tired of the sunsets here.

Enjoy,

John

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Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini Heading to the Printer!

Hi, everyone,

Today is our last day to review Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini. Kathy and I are reading over the text sections, checking the captions and looking over the design one last time before I bundle it up for the printer. I’ve also sent Richard Pini a PDF of the book so that he can also give it one final review. We’re almost there!

The book is scheduled to arrive with us in April. The first thing we will do once they are here is to ship them out to our Kickstarter supporters.

Its arrival will coincide with our Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event in Kansas City, MO (running on April 21-23) where Richard and Wendy will be featured guests of the show. You better believe that we will have copies there for you to get signed!

Enjoy,

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A Holiday Message from John Fleskes, Cathy & Arnie Fenner

fenner-fleskA Holiday Message from John Fleskes, Cathy & Arnie Fenner. The picture is of Greg Preston taking our group picture at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live.

We wanted to take the briefest of moments today to express our sincere appreciation to all that have supported Spectrum, Flesk Publications, and Spectrum Fantastic Art Live over the past twelve months. Even as there were great things—highlights—in 2016, there were just as certainly heartbreaks as well; we know it was a challenging year for everyone for any number of reasons. The prolonged and negative election season—and the results—caused anger and division, creating a toxic atmosphere that has affected everything: the arts and artists weren’t immune. In talking with creators since the last SFAL we know that the pessimism and uncertainty translated into sporadic work for some and softer sales for many, whether via the internet, through gallery shows, or at conventions.

In the search for understanding it can be painfully easy to point fingers and blame others who don’t share the same opinions or beliefs, easy to splinter off into like-minded groups to jeer or despair, easy to get locked into a cycle of acrimony, resentment, or prejudice.

The only sure way to break that cycle is to push forward. To channel our feelings into who and what we are: artists. We have the ability to express ourselves through our creativity when others around us feel frustrated and mute—and our positive progress forward can inspire others. The arts and artists help to give a voice to the voiceless. As Alex Gray once said, “When artists give form to revelation, their art can advance, deepen and potentially transform the consciousness of their community.”

With Spectrum we’ve always believed that there is strength in our unity, strength in our diversity, strength in our inclusiveness, strength in our community: our respect for each other and willingness to work for a common good allows us to stand when sometimes standing is hardest. Our strength as a community, as a family, is tempered by our compassion, not just for those with whom we share tastes, outlooks, and opinions, but for all. Together we can make things better for ourselves and for those around us in 2017 and beyond.

After the holidays we’ll start to push SFAL and the Spectrum 24 competition and the various titles forthcoming from Flesk; we have some exciting projects in the works that we’ll be announcing soon (and a number of you will be involved, whether you know it yet or not). But until then we simply wanted to say thanks to everyone for allowing us to be a part of this wonderful and vibrant community. Together, the best is yet to come.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays, everyone!

Enjoy,

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Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz Deluxe Edition in Stock!

sas-c2-shippedHi, everyone,

After what has been the longest period of time between the delivery of a book to the printer to its arrival here at our warehouse (4.5 months! Typically it takes 2.5-3 months max) we finally received the Storms at Sea deluxe edition last Tuesday. Kathy and I worked 12 hour days to pack every Storms at Sea and SAS/Carbon 2 deluxe tier pledge and we mailed them all out yesterday. The domestic packages will start arriving soon. The international orders take 2-4 weeks depending on which country you reside in.

Thank you again for your patience. While the long process of manufacturing this Storms of Sea book is something I want to apologize for, the finish product is exactly what we wanted. It’s unlike anything we have published before and contains all of the bells and whistles that we wanted. I pushed the printer beyond their limits, while I insisted on a certain quality, as I raised them to meet my high expectations.

There are a few people who we are waiting for addresses to mail their pledges. I’ll get those mailed just as soon as they respond to the survey.

Our office is closed all next week for a well-deserved yearly Christmas break. I’ll be checking emails and popping in for a few hours each day to check your comments and to assist as needed. We’ll be back to full time here in the office on the 26th.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Enjoy,

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Spectrum 24 Call for Entries is Open!

spectrum-24-call-for-entries-posterHi, everyone,

Reminder time! The Spectrum 24 Call for Entries is open! We’ve already received many beautiful works. The entry deadline is January 25th. We look forward to presenting these works to the all-star jury at the end of February. Thanks to everyone who has submitted so far!

Entry details:

Thanks,

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Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz Deluxe Edition Shipping Update

Hi everyone,

Finally! The Storms at Sea deluxe edition books by Mark Schultz have been released by customs. We were supposed to have these books a month ago. I admit that it is very frustrating when our books are just sitting at a dock waiting for a random mandatory screening and there is nothing any of us can do about it. The shipper is picking them up today to get them to us.

boxes-sasKathy, ever the pre-planner and super efficient, has all of the boxes and packing material prepared and ready for their arrival. We are going to crank these out the door around the clock just as soon as they arrive! I want these in your hands before Christmas time.

Enjoy,

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John Fleskes Weekly Video Update 2

Hi, everyone,

Week 2 of the Flesk office manager Kathy Chu sitting me down and asking me some questions and to share what we are up to in the office this week.

Enjoy,

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Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini Book Update!

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

I’d like to share the latest news regarding Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini.

Two major stages have been completed since our last update, which takes us into a third big stage that will start very shortly. Let me share what each stage consisted of.

In late October Richard posted the following in a Facebook post that perfectly sums up the first stage.

“Today I have turned in to Flesk Publications the first ‘final’ text and book map files for Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini. This means the book is essentially written and roughly designed–and now begins the process of fine tuning nearly 43,000 words and 500 art images. (Which means, by many definitions, this qualifies as a novel-length work. Egad!) Now, the publisher, the designer (who provided the wonderful look of both Art of Elfquest and Art of the Story), and I shuttle this baby back and forth until we are all as satisfied as we can be. (I’m lucky; I have a head start in that department.) There has never been a ‘The Art of…’ book like this, not even its two predecessors.”

That’s right! 43,000 words and 500 art images! Richard selected the art, wrote the text and roughly placed them throughout the 304 page book. It was a staggering amount of work. Much respect goes out to Richard for pulling this off. Truly, I’m in awe at what he accomplished.

This brings us to the next stage which is a month long process where the designer, Arpad, fine tunes the art and text into a finished book. While this is a short summary of what he is doing, the work involved is intense. He’s taking the engineers blue prints, gathering the materials provided and constructing the actual building.

In the next week or so we will begin the next stage. Once Arpad turns the designed book in to us, Richard and I will begin our inspections. There may need to be a tweak here, a slight adjustment here, a shift over there, and lots and lots of reviews to look for typos or for any sort of little thing that needs to be addressed.

After this, I will review every piece of art and make sure it is color corrected and prepped properly for the printer, while packaging the book to turn in. These last two bits are done by me alone. I have done these last two stages for every book that I have every published. It’s my final stamp of approval and I take no shortcuts.

This brings you up to speed. I’ll fill you in more next month!

Enjoy,

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Mark Schultz’s Storms at Sea Deluxe Edition Shipping Update!

Hi, everyone,

I have a shipping update for you. We were originally told that the Storms at Sea deluxe edition books would arrive with us here in the Flesk warehouse on Monday, November 21st. I’ve been informed that the books have arrived at the port in Southern California; however they have been selected for a random customs inspection. Between this two day delay and the Thanksgiving holiday coming up the books will not be delivered to us until the following week. Rest assured that we are ready to pack and ship all of the books the moment they arrive with us. I’ll send you another update once we have them here. Thank you again for your patience.

ms-boardsms-boards2If you are not on Facebook I’d like to share what was posted on Mark’s official Facebook page recently. “Mark just received his advance copy of the Storms at Sea Deluxe Sea Foam edition, and it’s everything he’d hoped. It feels “classic”–textures galore, beautiful detailing, and big! Here’s a detail of the endpapers, and the slipcase against the ratty old drawing board that was scanned for the slipcase design. Meta, baby.”

As you can see in these pictures the texture and tonal patterns on the slipcase were scanned direct from Mark’s drawing board.

I hope everyone has an amazing Thanksgiving!

Enjoy,

John

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Gary Gianni and Flesk Teaming up for Three New Books

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Picture, from left to right: Mark Schultz, Gary Gianni and John Fleskes.

Hi, everyone,

I got caught up with Gary Gianni over the phone today. We went over his three books that will be coming out from Flesk between 2017 and 2018. (The titles, subject matter and street dates will all be revealed in due time.)

We’ve been working on one of Gary’s projects on and off for the last three years. Another we have been talking about for a couple of years and the third book idea presented itself when we saw each other at Comic-Con in San Diego last July.
It’s not uncommon for books to take years to go from an initial discussion, to brainstorming ideas about how the book can work, to hitting the “go” button to produce and make the book to getting it out and into your hands.

I don’t know how other publishers work. I started the business with absolutely zero experience in this field. But here at Flesk, it takes time to make books. We get it nearly done, and then announce a release date.

I’m always looking for new ways to make books. The concept, layout and design are all things that I have to reimagine once in a while. I dislike the idea of a house style, templates or formulas. I need a fresh spark of newly tapped creativity to get me motivated.
The ideas we have for Gary’s books are something I’m very excited about. There’s got to be about 800 pages of book pages to sort out!

I think we did something exceptional with Wendy Pini‘s Art of Elfquest and Elfquest: The Art of the Story books. The execution behind these is unique and something I’m very proud to have been a part of. The new Flesk books will pick right up from Wendy’s books as we see just how far we can push the art of bookmaking.

I’m not done yet. As long as we’ve got your support, we’ll keep being different.

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John Fleskes Weekly Video Update 1

My office manager Kathy Chu sat me down and asked me some questions related to how I run this business and to share what we are up to in the office this week.

Enjoy,

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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.

http://fleskpublications.com/flesksite/index.php?route=product/product&path=18_94&product_id=160

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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