The Art of Elfquest and Line of Beauty by Wendy Pini Kickstarter Campaign

 

Three booksHi, all,

Today we have launched The Art of Wendy Pini Kickstarter campaign. (Click here to view the campaign page.) We are making available three different and amazing books that showcase the career of Wendy Pini. These three titles combined contain over 900 pages of material that comes direct from the Pini archives. Almost every piece has been scanned from the original artwork, meticulously preserved by the Pini’s since the 1970s.

The Art of Elfquest, Elfquest: The Art of the Story, and Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini together present an unprecedented look at a career that has spanned over 40 years and has warmed the hearts of generations of fans.

Hardcover trade editions and special deluxe limited editions are being offered. This Kickstarter campaign, if successful, will guarantee the creation of three gorgeous premium editions, plus give you terrific rewards.

Our goal is simple: to give you great value for your support. Please visit our campaign page to learn about the details of each book, the Kickstarter exclusive bonus prints, our stretch goals, the release schedule, and a bit about Wendy and Richard Pini. (There’s much more from and about them in the books!) Plus, we have plenty of sample art for you to view. We appreciate you visiting.

You can visit the campaign page by clicking here.

Enjoy,

John

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New Tribes of Kai Videos. Daren Bader Sketching!

Hi, all,

We had a great time at the Flesk booth during the Tribes of Kai book release signing at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Artist Daren Bader and writer Lance HaunRogue were there to celebrate the event. We’ve put together two new videos for you to enjoy.

Daren Bader and Lance HaunRogue book signing at the Flesk Publications booth during Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Daren Bader draws one of his characters found in Tribes of Kai inside a Flesk blank sketchbook.

Tribes of Kai is comes in a trade hardcover and special deluxe hardcover versions. This book is available now at the Flesk website, where we also have a third video which includes interview and process footage. View it here.

Enjoy,

John

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The Art of Elfquest by Richard and Wendy Pini, Kickstarter Campaign Starts Next Week

Hi, all,

Next week we will be launching a new Kickstarter campaign for a trio of stunning hardcover deluxe limited edition books that will focus on Wendy Pini’s entire career. The Art of Elfquest, The Art of the Story: Elfquest and Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini combined make up over 900 pages of her works reproduced direct from the Pini archives.

We are working on building the campaign page and making the promotional video right now. You’re going to love the bonus goodies that we have in store for our supporters.

More details coming soon.

Three booksEnjoy,

John

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Petar Meseldzija Interview Video!

During my most recent trip to The Netherlands I had the opportunity to film Petar Meseldzija in his studio. Over the course of a few days I filmed him painting and was able to capture a series of interview segments. The core of this material has been turned into a painting demonstration that has been made available for free to our The Book of Giants Kickstarter supporters. There was enough extra footage to create this second video highlighting bonus interview footage that showcases some of Petar’s works. This we have made available for your viewing pleasure here and on the Spectrum Fantastic Art website.

To view our books on Petar and to watch another video, please visit here.

Enjoy,

John

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Imagery from the Bird’s Home: The Art of Bill Carman Special Edition Announced!

Bill-Carman-Special-coverBill Carman’s new art book Imagery from the Bird’s Home is on the press! This is a terrific book in which I am proud to be the publisher. Bill designed this book himself and it looks stunning. We’re currently putting together a video with interview footage with Bill and it will include some sample spreads. I’ll get it posted here once ready.

Just before going to press, we decided to make a small special publisher’s edition for Bill’s book. It is limited to just 300 copies and includes an alternate cover with an extra 16 pages of art. It is only available direct from Flesk. This edition will not be available through the book trade.

For more information or to pre-order the book, please follow this link to the Flesk website. The book ships in mid-October.

Enjoy,

John

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

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

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

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

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

See you all soon!

Enjoy,

John

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

Hi, everyone,

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

BOG-cover-webThe Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija

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

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

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

Mark Schultz will be at our booth signing each day!

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

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

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

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

Pridelands Cover.inddPridelands by Lance HaunRogue and Daren Bader

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

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

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

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

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

Flesk-SB-all-coverBlank Sketchbooks

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

See you all soon!

Enjoy,

John

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The Flesk Books June 2015 Update

Hi, everyone,

Here’s the latest scoop on all of our Flesk 2015 books that have just arrived, are coming soon, or are nearly finished.

BOG-cover-webThe Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija

We received our copies of The Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija at our Flesk warehouse. We’ve been working hard to pack all of our Kickstarter pledges and pre-orders. Over 200 packages have been shipped so far with many more going out soon. We’re doing our best to get the books delivered to everyone as fast as possible.

The book turned out amazingly well. The printing and the extra production details that were made available by our Kickstarter supporters, such as the extra gold spot color on the trade edition dustjacket and the improved binding and slipcase for the deluxe, have allowed us to make the premium book that we wanted to see.

The trade edition and deluxe editions are available now direct from our Flesk online store. The trade edition will be available through the book trade toward the end of July. The deluxe can only be purchased direct from us. (Order here.)

We will bring copies along to the San Diego Comic-Con International. Our Flesk booth number is 5019. We hope to see you there where you can peruse the book in person and see how terrific it came out!

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

The trade edition has arrived with us! We are thrilled to have Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz. At only $24.95, this hardcover collection features 32 full page Wolf pencil pieces with 32 pages of accompanying story pages. New spot drawings were also completed by Schultz. (Order here.)

You can purchase this book now through our Flesk website or pick it up from our Flesk booth #5019 at Comic-Con International next month, or wait to get it from your favorite retailer through the book trade on August 1st. Mark Schultz will be making an appearance each day at our Comic-Con booth. He will have many of his Storms at Sea originals at the show for purchase, too. This is a rare opportunity to obtain a unique piece from this beautiful book.

We are planning on a premium oversized deluxe edition that will be signed and limited to 500 copies. This will be available in late 2015. Why the delay? It’s simple, we are busy wrapping up five new titles that need to completed in the next month. After the summer we can concentrate on this special edition.
Mark-Schultz-Portfolio-Complete-webPortfolio by Mark Schultz

Portfolio is done and in transit to our Flesk warehouse. The deluxe edition is a stunner! Housed within a slipcase with cloth quarter-binding, with a bonus signature page, this book is limited to only 500 copies. Much larger than the original volumes, this collection has had all of the artwork prepared from scratch for a brilliant new collection. The deluxe is $100.00 and the trade edition only $50.00. Order now from our Flesk website and get a pre-order price. As soon as they arrive in our warehouse the pre-order price will go away. (Order here.)

We are told that Portfolio should arrive just in time for Comic-Con International where we will have it available at our Flesk booth #5019. The best part is that Mark Schultz will be with us during the duration of the show to sign copies.

The deluxe edition will only be available to purchase direct form Flesk. The trade edition will also be available through the book trade and can be found at your favorite book or comic store in August.

carman-cover-webImagery From the Bird’s Home: The Art of Bill Carman

This is nearly done! This book should only take another few days of design work to finalize the few pages still needing to be completed. Bill Carman designed this book himself and he has done a stunning job. There is a fun balance between his sketches, preliminaries and finished pieces. We will send it to the printer soon and keep you updated. (Order here.)

Nexus-Chronicles-cover-webThe Nexus Chronicles by Steve Rude

As with the Bill Carman book, this collection is nearly done. Only a few pages are left to design prior to being sent to the printer. Many of our favorite Nexus stories appear here direct from the original art. This has taken years to put together. Tracking down all of the artwork was a lot of work, but well worth the time. I’ll give a full report on this title once it has been completed. (Order here.)

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

Done and at the printer! With the proofs being approved and with Lance and Daren having signed the signature page, this collection is currently being printed and bound. It should be off the press by the end of this month and on schedule to be shipped to our warehouse in early July. It’s looking terrific. Thanks to our Kickstarter supporters there have been many production additions making this a handsome collection. Both editions are available for pre-order on the Flesk website. (Order here.)

Pridelands Cover.inddPridelands by Lance HaunRogue and Daren Bader

Limited to only 500 copies, this was made possible by our Kickstarter supporters. This collects the original art boards by Daren Bader and the original script by Lance HaunRogue from the original 1990s version into a unique behind the scenes look. It’s the perfect supplement to Tribes of Kai and serves as a standalone book that is enjoyable in itself. This is available for pre-order now on the Flesk website. (Order here.)

Art-of-Elfquest-webThe Art of Elfquest by Wendy and Richard Pini

I love this book! This collection is 304 pages of material taken direct from the Pini original art archives. From covers to holiday cards, you will find every bit of rare and special work with many captions and annotations by Wendy and Richard.

At this time, the artwork has been finalized and positioned on the pages. The captions are being written. Once the writing is done, the designing stage will progress and should be wrapped up by August 1st. (Order here.)

Spectrum-22-cover_webSpectrum 22: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art

This book is written and in the final design stages. I’m working around the clock to have this delivered to the printer prior to leaving for the San Diego Comic-Con. This book is a lot of fun to put together. It’s right on schedule for its fall release. (Order here.)

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

Surprise! This is the first time that I’ve mentioned this book. It is done and at the printer. We will debut it at our Flesk booth #5019 at Comic-Con. This 48 page paperback collection will be only $20.00 and is filled with the type of monsters themes that Arthur Adams excels at. We will have them available for purchase from our Flesk site soon! Only 1000 copies will be available and can only be purchased direct from us. This will not be found in stores.

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

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

Flesk-SB-all-coverBlank Sketchbooks

We have produced a set of blank sketchbooks with covers by your favorite artists. These are done and shipping to our warehouse now. They are supposed to arrive with us just in time to take to Comic-Con to have available at our Flesk booth #5019. We have these available on our Flesk website for pre-order. (Order here.)

Thanks, everyone. As you can tell, it’s time to get back to work to wrap up more books!

Enjoy,

John

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Tribes of Kai and Pridelands by Daren Bader and Lance HaunRogue at the Printer!

Pridelands Cover.indd TOK-cover-webHello, all,

We’ve sent  Tribes of Kai and Pridelands off to the printer. We continue to be on schedule with the book for its August release date.

I’d like to provide some insight into just how busy we have been while working on these two books. What went from a simple story collection, both Tribes of Kai and Pridelands kept growing and expanding. Bonus art was added, sketches and new paintings by Daren were created, Lance added to and improved the text, original artwork was rescanned, Daren went in and color corrected the art further, the book designs kept improving, the Flesk team jumped in to help, and we had three people go through and proof the book and run final checks before packaging up the books and sending them to the printer. Then I went in and worked with the printer to explore various types of packaging and settled on the papers, binding and slipcase materials–all while consulting with Daren and Lance. These two collections were far and away much more elaborate than we had predicted.

In total, seven individuals had a hand in getting key aspects of the book taken care of. And we aren’t forgetting our Kickstarter supporters, since without their early support, these bonus features and upgrades would not have been possible.

At the moment the book is out of our hands as the printer has taken on their role in printing and binding the book. This should continue over the course of this month, then we expect to see our sample copy around July 1st. Then they ship the bulk shipment with our copies expected in late July. We will begin shipping our Kickstarter pre-orders immediately upon their arrival.

The deluxe edition and Pridelands, both limited to only 500 copies, will only be available direct from Flesk for the time being.

We’ll have another update by early July. For those making Comic-Con International in San Diego, Flesk will have a booth with Daren and Lance making signing appearances. We hope to meet some of you there.

Thanks again everyone!

Enjoy,

John

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Claire Wendling Sketching Videos

Hi, everyone,

I had the opportunity to meet and film Claire Wendling on April 19, 2015. In these two videos she completes four sketches in these two videos in her new book Iguana Bay 2.0 at the Big Wow ComicFest in San Jose, California. Stuart Ng Books sponsored her appearance at the show and published this new edition of her popular art book. Visit Stuart Ng Books to order signing copies.

Enjoy,

John

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April 2015 New Flesk Titles Update

Hi, everyone,

I don’t recall there ever being a time when I felt more passionate about making art books than right now. There’s a good reason for this. A culmination of two years of focus on redeveloping the internal structure here at Flesk, followed by moving into our new office space in the fall of 2014, the addition of more help in the office, while gaining a new book trade distribution partner (Publishers Group West) has put us in an exceptional position for growth. We are equipped with the resources, support and goodwill to make books that we can be proud of, while knowing our partners will get them into the stores worldwide. 2015 is the beginning of a whole new chapter for Flesk. And we have you, our supporters, to thank.

I would like to give you an update on the latest Flesk books that are coming out soon.

BOG-cover-webThe Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija. This book is being bound and finalized at the printer. Due to the complexity of the deluxe edition the production time is taking a little longer than usual. However, it will be worth the wait. We are still on track for a summer release.

Storms-at-Sea-by-Mark-Schultz-webStorms at Sea by Mark Schultz. The trade edition is on the press now. The proofs looked beautiful and I gave an enthusiastic approval to the printer. We will have copies in the summer.

Something to note about Storms at Sea is that we will be producing a deluxe edition in a larger format. Mark and I have already determined all of the extra components that we wish to include.  I am currently checking with various printers to find one who can do the specialized work I’m looking for. I have no schedule for this yet, although I’m aiming for the end of this year.

TOK-cover-webTribes of Kai by Daren Bader and Lance HaunRogue. All of the art and writing is complete. We are currently in the design stages. Thanks to the generosity of our backers who supported our pre-order campaign using Kickstarter we are adding a number of upgrades to the deluxe edition. We plan on turning these in to the printer in early May. We also have a second complementary book Pridelands that will be limited to 500 copies. I’ll have these listed on the Flesk website soon with the full details. These will be available in late summer.

Art-of-Elfquest-webThe Art of Elfquest with art by Wendy Pini and text by Richard and Wendy Pini. This is in of the most exciting books that I’ve worked on. Elfquest is one of the first comics that I read in the mid-eighties and helped set the stage for my passion for great independent storytelling. I absolutely adore Richard and Wendy and have put a lot of pressure on myself to get this book right. It’s scheduled for this fall.

Mark-Schultz-Portfolio-Complete-webPortfolio by Mark Schultz. This large format book is at the printer. It’s a complete collection of the five Various Drawings books, along with some new art. Mark wrote many new captions throughout as well. We ended up reviewing all of the originals and bringing them up to our current standards by doing slight adjustments to all of the art. I’ll be reviewing the proofs on Monday. This is also slated for summer.

Bruce Timm. We are working on a new show book with an increased page count and size compared to the previous three show books. It’s a whole new look that we are having a blast putting together. I’ll show off the cover, title name and details next month.

carman-cover-webImagery from the Bird’s Home: The Art of Bill Carman. I’ve been wanted to work with Bill ever since I first met him when we were both judges for Spectrum 17. Bill is designing this book himself and it looks gorgeous. Our new distributor, PGW, informed us that they love the cover and sample pages so much that they are highlighting it on their catalog cover. Bill is wrapping up the final spreads. We are aiming for a delivery date to the printer in early May.

Spectrum-22-cover_webSpectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art 22. With Spectrum 21 under my belt I fully realize how much work this is to design and write. (A ton!) July 1st is my due date to have it to the printer. Fortunately, I’ve already written most of the 2014 year in review. (I’ve even written part of the year in review for Spectrum 23.) I’ve learned to write portions each month, rather than write it all at once at the end of the year. I have some news ideas that I will be implementing to the chapter headers.

Nexus-Chronicles-cover-webThe Nexus Chronicles by Steve Rude. This book is a hair width away from being done. Steve is providing some commentary and once this goes in the book we will send it off to the printer. We’ve collected a batch of our favorite stories direct from the original art.

Beyond these titles, we are working on the new Harvey Dunn book for the South Dakota Art Museum and I’m already building our list for 2016-2018. (There are roughly 30 books that I have my hands in.)

Thanks for reading.

Enjoy,

John

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Tribes of Kai Pre-Order Event Ends Friday

Hi, all,

We are down to our final week of the Tribes of Kai pre-order event on Kickstarter. We’ve just added a fifth stretch goal: We will include a second bonus print if we reach our goal. This 8 x 10 inch print will feature a new Tribes of Kai painting by Daren Bader with every Kickstarter pledge. Visit our campaign page to see all of the bonus items and upgrades that have been added thanks to our supporters. Ends this Friday!

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Here’s a list of everything that has been upgraded and offered thanks to our supporters so far!

1. All books shipped to an address in the U.S.A. receive free shipping by USPS Postal Service Media Mail with tracking.

2. Bonus print. We will include an 8 x 10 inch print featuring a painting by Daren Bader with every Kickstarter pledge.

Stretch Goal #1 Unlocked: We will add a slipcase to the Tribes of Kai deluxe edition!

Stretch Goal #2 Unlocked: We will increase the dimensions of the Pridelands collection from 5.5 x 8.5 in. to 8.5 x 11 in.! The cover price will remain the same at only $10.00.

Stretch Goal #3 Unlocked: We will upgrade the binding of the Tribes of Kai deluxe edition to a fancy fabric material, and have an onlaid art plate set onto the center of the cover, as well as special title stamping!

Stretch Goal #4 Unlocked: We will upgrade Pridelands from a saddle-stich (staple) binding to a sewn perfect binding (paperback book with a spine) and add an additional 16 pages with the script and additional notes written by Lance HaunRogue. That makes it a 48-page, 8.5 x 11 inch book for only $10.00!

Thanks, everyone!

John

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New Videos: Justin Gerard, Steve Rude, Tribes of Kai and SFAL!

Hi, all,

We’ve been hard at work on a series of new books. I will post a fresh update on all Flesk fall releases soon. In the meantime, please enjoy our latest videos.

Interview with Justin Gerard during the Spectrum 22 judging event. Justin talks about his latest book projects and gallery events, working with his wife Annie Stegg Gerard, his influences and about Spectrum. This was filmed at the Flesk offices on February 28, 2015 in Santa Cruz, California.

Steve Rude visited our Flesk offices in Santa Cruz, California on February 19th to work with us on his new book, The Nexus Chronicles. This new collection assembles eight of Steve’s favorite Nexus creations scanned direct from the original art. This 304 page book comes out this fall. For now, you can watch Steve provide a drawing demonstration of Nexus in his sketchbook.

A simple spark sets in motion a power struggle ablaze in conflict. Fully painted by Daren Bader and written by Lance HaunRogue! Tribes of Kai is an oversized, full-color hardbound book boasting sixty exciting pages of story and pinups by top creators including Frank Cho, Dave Palumbo, plus Julie Bell and Boris Vallejo. Trade and Deluxe Limited editions will be available in August, 2015 from Flesk Publications. Pre-order through the Flesk Kickstarter campaign and get free bonus items.

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live runs May 22-24th, 2015 at the Kansas City Convention Center, Kansas City, MO. For full details and to purchase tickets visit: spectrumfantasticartlive.com

Be a part of Spectrum Fantastic Art Live by attending this event that celebrates the fantastic art and its creators. SFAL is a fantasy-focused art fair, in which creators can display, share and sell originals, prints, sculpture, crafts, toys and more to an audience of fans and peers. There is something for everything, including presentations, panels, displays, portfolio reviews, workshops, educational opportunities and the Spectrum 22 awards ceremony. In short, our goal is to honor the artists and put on a fantasy art convention that anyone is welcome to attend.

John

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“Tribes of Kai” by Daren Bader and Lance HaunRogue Kickstarter Pre-Order Event Now Live!

TOK-cover-webYou can always count on us being deep into a new project. This time around it’s the fully painted new graphic novel Tribes of Kai by Daren Bader and Lance HaunRogue. We are using Kickstarter to take pre-orders for Tribes of Kai. On offer are some sweet bonus items for ordering in advance. For instance, there will be a limited number of copies available that Daren will be doing drawings in.

Here’s the live link: Click here to visit the Tribes of Kai Kickstarter pre-order event website.

About Tribes of Kai

The Mantakai prepare for a ritualistic rite of passage in which a new lord is to be chosen to rule over their five united tribes. The Tribes of Kai is a multi-layered graphic novel about honor, integrity and the trappings of war in which extreme circumstances call for unbridled decisions and finding the strength to cope with them. This is a barbaric and primitive world where the survival of the fittest is put to the test.

Artist Daren Bader and writer Lance HaunRogue bring this world to life with lush detail and an incredible sense of pace, color and lighting. They introduce the Mantakai (Man of Kai), a race of six-limbed, feline/humanoid, anthropomorphic creatures. The dominance of the five individual tribes of Mantakai are threatened by a highly evolved race of reptilian creatures called the Tobognai.

Tribes of Kai is an oversized, full-color hardbound book boasting sixty exciting pages of story and pinups by top creators.

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk and Spectrum February 2015 New Titles Update

“Do people still buy books?”

“That’s got to be a tough business to be in.”

These are variations on the type of responses that I receive when I tell people that I am art book publisher. My usual reply is that this is the best time ever to be a publisher. I believe this to be true. We are here in this moment, making books that we are passionate about and eager to share. We get to celebrate individuals and the community. We are fortunate indeed.

Here’s a list of future Flesk books with the latest update on each.

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1. The Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija: This book is at the printer and moving along well. As soon as we have a shipping schedule I’ll announce the estimated arrival date.

Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz!

Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz!

2. Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz: The trade edition is with the printer. We are awaiting the proofs to review and approve prior to going on the press. The deluxe edition will be sent to the printer soon. This limited edition will come in a larger deluxe format. More details on the special version coming soon.

Mark-Schultz-Portfolio-Complete3. Portfolio: The Complete Various Drawings by Mark Schultz: Schultz is writing many new captions and a new introduction. The book is designed, with the exception of the text needing to be placed. It will go to the printer next month sometime.

TOK-cover-web4. The Tribes of Kai by Lance Haunrogue and Daren Bader: Daren has finished the artwork and Lance has finalized the story. We are in the design stages now and plan on sending this to the printer on April 1st. A Kickstarter campaign for pre-orders with bonus items is planned for a March 9th launch date.

5. Harvey Dunn: Where Your Heart Is…: A modern reprint of the definitive biography on Dunn. I am packaging this book for the South Dakota Art Museum. It features all new scanned art and photographs for a premier collection. This has turned into a huge task, however the book will be amazing once complete.

6. Bruce Timm: New! We are working on a new Bruce Timm collection for this summer! You’ll have to wait until next month for more news on this one. I can assure you that you’ll love it.

Nexus-Chronicles-cover-web7. The Nexus Chronicles by Steve Rude: Steve Rude visited us last week for three days as we wrapped up the book design. We have a few pages of writing to finish and we are looking for a few missing pieces of art. Once these final elements are in place we can send it to the printer. We hand-picked our favorite Nexus stories which are reproduced from the original pencils or inks, or both!

Art-of-Elfquest-web8. The Art of Elfquest with text by Richard and Wendy Pini: We had a wonderful time having Richard and Wendy here with us for two days recently as we reviewed and expanded the book. I can’t wait to get this book out this fall.

carman-cover-web9. Imagery from the Bird’s Home: The Art of Bill Carman. Bill is designing the book using his typical flair and unique approach. The designed spreads so far have been gorgeous. Another book I’m proud to publish this fall.

10. Spectrum 22: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art: The judging event is this Saturday! Soon after we will tally the votes and present the list of those artists who have been selected for inclusion into this year’s “best of the best” collection. We will also be announcing the five nominees for consideration for a silver and gold award. The winners will be announced at the Spectrum 22 Awards Ceremony at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live in Kansas City, MO on May 23, 2015.

Watch for new videos and pictures this Saturday relating the Spectrum 22 judging event!

Enjoy,

John

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Wendy and Richard Pini Visit Flesk! The Art of Elfquest Coming This Fall!

Flesk-wendy-richard-piniI had a great time with Wendy and Richard Pini for two days last week! They honored us by visiting our Flesk offices in Santa Cruz where we enjoyed a series of extended working sessions reviewing The Art of Elfquest together. This picture shows myself talking with Wendy and Richard about some book ideas. After a few years of research and planning the book is on track for a fall 2015 release! I’ll post the cover soon!

Enjoy,

John

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New Frank Cho Drawing Video!

Hi, all,

Here is a pair of new videos. As a reminder, we get a new video posted every Tuesday on our Spectrum Fantastic Art website.

The first video is a time-lapse of Frank Cho working on a section of a large battle drawing that was used as a gatefold in Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method. I filmed this while visiting Frank in his studio in June of 2015. We were wrapping up the book at the time. While Frank was drawing I was scanning art and designing portions of the book for Frank to review. It was a fun week. (Order the book here.)

This second video is our online promotional video for The Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija. Petar spent a year writing and drawing this book. It came out amazing. We’re working with the printer now to get this book printed. (Pre-order it here.)


Enjoy,

John

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Bill Carman Painting Video and Candid Interview!

In July 2011 I took a stroll around our neighbors booths at Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA and came across Bill Carman painting at his booth. I had my camera with me, and started filming over Bill’s shoulder while asking him some questions. This video and candid interview is the result. Enjoy!

Bill:  One of the hardest things to do is get food while you’re at the convention y’know?

Flesk:  I do know.

Bill: I can’t go for too long because I don’t want to leave you watching my painting forever.

Flesk: I’ve not quite seen someone use their hand that way before.

B: One of the reasons I stopped using oil paint as much as I used to is because I would start to do the same thing to oil paint and that’s a bad thing.

F: What are you using there?

B: Acrylic.

F: I see.

B: I picked up this habit from James Christensen.

F: Oh, alright.

B: Do you know his work?

F: Yes.

B: He was my teacher. Teacher, mentor, now friend. He would tap it with his finger. I do it a lot with my hand like this because my fingerprints tend to show up too much. But he got me into that habit. I love this part of finding the texture. It’s like a game, finding and building up texture in the right places, dancing around. It’s very fun for me. I do very random things and then get focused in areas.

F: What are you painting on?

B: This is alder.

F: Do you buy those and cut them yourself?

B: I usually work pretty small so I can find a lot of it for free. Alder is a really nice wood. It’s soft enough and pliable with a tight enough grain so there’s really not a problem with excessive grain texture.

F: You really move around when you’re painting

B: Yeah, I do. There are a couple reasons for it: One, it’s just a habit I’ve gotten into. The other is the balance; seeing value so I can sort of step back, see what I’ve done then balance value out in other areas. For me it’s more exciting that way. There are people who can just focus on one thing for so long. Donato seems to have a very systematic approach when he paints. It’s really hard for me to work that way. He’s adapted over the years though. Early on his demos were different, the things that he would show on his site, the steps and stuff. It almost seemed that he would start in one corner and work all the way out methodically. Now he seems to move around a little more.

F: Do you use rough sketches and work things up, or is it all in your head?

B: It depends. This one, I sketched for the composition, finding where the shapes would go.

It started as a very rough sketch and changed tremendously from start to finish. It’s one of the things I enjoy talking to Rick Berry about. He works in a very similar way, just sort of responds, makes marks, responds and builds. I relate to that. For me it’s just more exciting working that way than having to plan it and sketch it out. Of course I plan and sketch for illustration and specific projects, working with an art director, but this way can be more exciting, the unknown. There is a fear that things can go wrong and I’ll never be able to dig myself out of the hole. Exciting.

F: Do you ever think about how different a piece would look, say if you were drawing now, and if you stopped for ten minutes and you talk to someone and you start it up again. Could that change the whole look of a certain area of a piece?

B: Oh yeah, I could certainly focus in a different way. It would be great to have several different realities working, changing as they progress. Distracting myself then seeing what happens when I return. These are still the stages where I’m building and responding to texture. And I love these stages, but once I’ve sort of established what the look will be, the texture and everything, then I … I’ve got to show you the brush I work with. [bends down to search for brush. It’s not as small as you’d think but it’s pretty small.] So when I get to a point like this I start to do the massaging. It’s this wonderful hypnotic process of building up mark, marks that start to blend together because of so many layers. I smooth things according to my dialog with the piece.. but I make the smallest marks with this, so I can fill in and get it perfectly smooth or I can leave textured areas. I go in to these darker spots between the white I wipe them out if I want an area really smooth. I’ve developed to the point where I can feel those, and get a perfectly smooth area if I want to. I guess I’ve done it enough that I can work pretty fast at it too.

F: You’re obviously comfortable working around people and with noise.

B: I’ve got a house full of people at home. I’m used to hearing somebody yell “Dad!”,
“Bill!” Breaking up the fighting dogs or any number of other things [laughs].

F: Do you think it helps in some way? If it was perfectly quiet do you think it would change things?

B:  Oh, I don’t know. I can work when it’s quiet too. I think it can help. But I think we have to learn to focus and adapt to our environment. I love being able to work at home, even with the distractions.

F: What tools do you use?

B: A bristle or watercolor brush like this to make texture and mix color. I have to add just the right amount of water to it and it’s sort of this bubbling affect, you see that?

F: Oh, yeah.

B: So I can just sort of scrub like that and it’ll leave, depending on what I do with the brush, different kinds of texture.

F: With my not being and artist, I look at that and it looks like you just messed it up. It looks scary. You painted right over your fish!

B: Oh yeah, risk is a big key. No discovery without it. See, all this stuff here will be painted over again with color.

F: Ah, ok.

B: That’s how I get color, by glazing the color into the value work. And yeah, people are horrified because I’ll work hours and hours to get all this built up with value and I’ll take one color and I’ll just wash over the whole thing. My students go ‘Ahhh!’ when I do that, and it just sort of freaks them out. But it ties things together and makes sense when I work on it more and start pulling things out again. It’s a pretty amazing process.

Maybe it’s less a painting process. There were a lot of true painters throughout history but there are also contemporary artists who are true painters. Guys like Phil Hale, Greg Manchess, they’re real painters. They have a feel for paint, a relationship with it. They put down a mark, they mix color, put colors next to each other. And for me this is all about… It’s almost like I draw with paint. It’s all about exploration with color and I never know quite what I’ll get. I can control it to the point of getting exactly what I want, but that can be really boring to me. So I push things, I wreck things and I bring them back out again. That’s exciting to me, I love that! I’ve never considered myself a true painter. Guys like Petar Meseldzija, he’s just a true painter, just has this, this mystical, almost, relationship with paint. His brush strokes and the way he puts paint down. I’m telling you, he’s got a spiritual relationship, built up from experience, with paint. I’m looking forward to meeting him. I feel like we’ve got this kindred spirit thing going. We work very differently but I think he’s a great painter. So I draw with paint, he paints with paint. That’s fine with me. I love drawing.
[He leans back to view his piece.]

F: I want to see what you’re going to do with this!

B: You see, at different stages, I can let this dry and the dark areas will stay dark or when it’s almost dry I can do this watch. [presses palm to surface]

F: Oh yeah!

B: See how it lifts it out and it causes a different kind of texture? The bubbling thing? And then comes the stage where I refine texture. I’ll show people techniques to make textures and they leave it at that. It usually looks a mess. But here is where I’ll come in and start to dance around the texture. Give it a peak like this and edge like that, so it looks like the light is coming from the top. When I don’t like some of it I cover it up. If it’s too much texture I’ll paint over it, but it’ll still show through you see? So there are all these decisions I’m making on the fly without really thinking about it. This is what I call “The Dance”, the discovering texture dance. It’s one of the most satisfying parts of what I do. Acrylic is so much about getting the right consistency of paint. If there’s too much water it gets watery like this and puddles around. Too little water it’s too thick. So getting it to the right consistency for the right stage is really important. This is where many people won’t have the patience. They say, “That’s what you do? Ok, I’ll work another way.”

F: So you’re doing this building effect, when there’s a perception that you’re doing it all in one layer.

B: Right, it’s layer after layer giving me the edges and sort of a deep quality to the flatness. I’ve had people call it ‘flatround.’ Not sure how many people are working this way.

F: I’ve never seen anything like it. James Christensen, he taught you the approach of using the hand, was it also the layering that he taught you?

B: Yeah. I mean this is sort of a bastardization of the old masters’ way of working, artists like Van Eyck. Northern renaissance artists would build up a grisaille, a value painting, monochromatic or grey. Colors would then be glazed over the value study. So technically it’s manipulation of the old masters’ way of working. James learned that from the old masters while combining it with Robert Vickery’s egg tempera techniques. He taught it to me and I’ve gone my own way with it. The funny thing is I learned how to paint with acrylic paints to a certain degree, and then for years I never used them. I went to oil paint. Then I discovered these Golden fluid paints. The pigment content is high, making colors vibrant and rich. I can do a lot more immediate textural things with acrylics too.

See, in my warped mind I see a really great little section of texture there that I’m going to build on. Then I do some “sculpting”, digging in with whites causing an area to pop out like that you see? Oh man I love that stuff.

F: And when you use your hand to blot, are you also feeling that too, does the touch of it help you?

B: It helps me feel how wet it is. I make contact with my board, or whatever I work on, a lot. I love doing this kind of a thing and experiencing it tactilely too. That’s another reason I love working with acrylics. I couldn’t do that with oil. Sometimes when I work with oil paint I forget and pat with my hand. “Oh god, I worked on that for an hour and just smeared it!”

But I love being able to feel it as part of my whole process. The tactile quality. And these are still really the beginning stages. I’ll shape this with value so it’s darker at the bottom and has areas of highlight. So as I massage some of the texture will be lost but some remains. Then when I glaze in warm and cool colors, edges turn more and more. That whole combination of things hopefully creates some magic.

 

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The Flesk January 2015 Update–New Books and More!

Up until a few years ago we used to have short periods of downtime that I used to catch up on personal projects. Those slower times became briefer, while the distance between them became more distant. Mid-January to mid-February was one of those slower times. Now–especially since taking on Spectrum–January through March are just as busy as the summer months. Now it’s all out action all year round. You won’t hear any complaints from me about this.

As we enter this bright and fresh new year, I would like to thank all of our supporters and the artists who have helped with our continual growth that we have been so very fortunate to have.

Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz!

Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz!

It is my pleasure to bring you up to speed on some of our projects.

1. The Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija. We are putting the final touches on this book. The interiors are done. At the moment we are added some binding and material upgrades to make the deluxe edition extra special. This book will go to the printer in one or two weeks.

2. Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz. The art and story is complete. We are wrapping up the interior design now. I expect to send it to the printer by the end of January.

3. Portfolio:  The Complete Various Drawings by Mark Schultz. This oversized version is going to be amazing. We’ve put a lot of work into overhauling the design and format. Mark is writing new captions which should be done and placed in the book by the end of the month. I expect to have it ready for the printer in early February.

4. The Tribes of Kai by Lance Haunrogue and Daren Bader. Lance is putting the final touches on the story and Daren is working on painting the last few pages. The design stage will start very soon. This will be ready in the summer.

5. Harvey Dunn: Where Your Heart Is…: A modern reprint of the definitive biography on Dunn. I am packaging this book for the South Dakota Art Museum. It features all new scanned art and photographs for a premier collection.

6. Spectrum 22: The Call for Entries deadline is January 26th. Then we will prepare the art for the jury who will convene on February 28th. I’ll post an individual blog about this soon.

7. The Nexus Chronicles by Steve Rude: The design is nearly complete. This book will include some of your favorite Nexus stories shown in the original art and/or pencil form with a sampling of sketches from Rude’s sketchbooks. This is on schedule for a fall release date.

8. The Art of Elfquest with text by Richard and Wendy Pini: This has been a massive and rewarding project that has been in the works for a few years. It will be a big collection showing a complete visual overview of Elfquest. This has been a lot of fun. We will have this wrapped up by summer for a fall release.

9. Imagery from the Bird’s Home: The Art of Bill Carman: Bill’s art is some of the most weird, intriguing and genuine art that I’ve ever seen. Purely extracted from his brain without outside influences he embodies what being an artist is. Surreal and like nothing else you have ever seen. This collection will have a batch of sketches, drawings and a large section on his paintings. It is coming this fall.

10. The Spectrum 22 Awards Ceremony. We are having new Spectrum awards made by Colin and Kristine Poole! We’re not ready to show the early designs yet, but they will be stunning. We will unveil them during the awards ceremony on May 23rd at the Folly Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri.

11. Spectrum Fantastic Art Live will run on May 22-24th. I will be bringing in a group of Flesk guests to the show again this year. I’ll have a separate post on this topic coming soon, too.

There’s more going on here, but this should tide you all over for the moment.

Enjoy,

John

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The Book of Giants Final Day for Bonus Goodies

BookofGiants-promo-graphicHi, all,

Today is the last day to receive an assortment of bonus goodies when pre-ordering The Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija through our Kickstarter campaign! Here’s the link for you to learn more!

Enjoy,

John

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New Video: Career-Spanning Interview with Petar Meseldzija!



In October, 2013 I was visiting The Netherlands while exhibiting as Flesk at the Strip Festival in Breda. The day after the show I visited Petar Meseldzja in his studio where we discussed a series of topics that spanned his entire career. In celebration of Petar’s The Book of Giants being available for pre-order we spent the last few weeks reviewing the footage and producing a two-part feature. I have posted the first part today which covers his career from his earliest days up till how he became the artist that he is today. The running time is 19 minutes. Next week I will post the second part where Petar offers his thoughts on “technique.”

Enjoy,

John

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Announcing “Portfolio: The Complete Various Drawings” by Mark Schultz

Mark-Schultz-Portfolio-CompleteMark Schultz and I worked together this week to create a rough layout for the interiors and to finalize the cover design for Portfolio: The Complete Various Drawings. This will be coming out in August 2015.

We have been talking over the last year about collecting all of the Various Drawings collections into a single large format book. This 272 page, 11.5 x 12 inch collection will gather all of the material from the five volumes. We are also going through and readjusting all of the scans. This is going to be stunning!

Here is the official book description.

A compelling showcase spanning seven transformative years.

During an impressive period—2005 through  2012—Mark Schultz turned his attention to producing a body of personal works and private commissions. The results, collected in the five Various Drawings volumes, focused on subjects about which Schultz feels most passionate. Among them are characters and tableaux pulled from mythology, science-fantasy and pulp adventure, featuring steely warriors and  femme fatales—his popular pulpette women included. Schultz’s Xenozoic world is profusely explored through a series of dynamic compositions with his protagonists, Jack and Hannah, placed in a variety of impossibly dangerous situations. In addition to his self-generated pieces, there are many examples of Schultz’s commercial works done for comics, film and books, as well as renderings of newly discovered dinosaurs and more.

Portfolio: The Complete Various Drawings compiles the 275 drawings found in the original five volumes as well as the cover illustrations and special bookplates. Reformatted into this oversized version, the scan for each image has been reviewed and meticulously adjusted.  All images originally reproduced in black-and-white are now presented in full color.

Found within are fully rendered drawings executed in brush-and-ink, carbon or graphite pencil. In addition, Schultz shows his process with a wealth of preliminary sketches done for a range of projects, including his upcoming Storms at Sea illustrated novella. Add to this rare sketchbook material  and Schultz’s increasing exploration of color-tinted imagery , and you have one fascinating and diverse portfolio!

Enjoy,

John

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New Videos! Steve Rude Sketching at Rose City Comic Con

Hi, all,

We have such a blast producing these new videos for every Tuesday!

We went through our footage compiled during our visit to Portland, Oregon in September 2014 when we exhibited at the Rose City Comic Con.

Steve Rude sketching at our Flesk booth!

Brom, Terry Dodson and Steve Rude signing and sketching for fans at our Flesk/Spectrum booth. Thanks to everyone who visited us!

Enjoy,

John

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The Book of Giants Stretch Goals Announced! Pre-Order and Get Special Bonus Items!

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Hi, all,

Both Petar Meseldzija and I are thrilled to have met our initial goal with The Book of Giants Kickstarter campaign through the generosity of our supporters. We will be sending the book to the printer immediately after this campaign ends in early January. Here is a summary of bonus items that people will receive if pre-ordered through Kickstarter.

1. Both the trade hardcover and deluxe edition are $10.00 off the cover price when ordered through Kickstarter!
2. Free USPS Media Mail shipping in the U.S.
3. Free exclusive print!
4. Free Book of Giants journal!

I would like to announce two stretch goals in the hope that we can offer you more bonus items.

The first is a 30 minute online streaming video of Petar creating the giant portrait that you see in the Kickstarter promotional video. I filmed Petar over the course of two days as he worked on this piece. He discusses and shows how he prepares his palette, then continues with the pencil underdrawing, followed by the underpainting, then the application of the oils.

The second stretch goal that we are adding is a full upgrade to the deluxe edition binding and slipcase. This would include quarter-binding, an inset plate on the front boards and a premium cloth on the slipcase. This would enhance the deluxe book with a much improved package. As with our previous Kickstarter campaigns we will be using all of the raised funds toward improving the production values.

These new features will come at no additional cost to those who order through Kickstarter if we meet our stretch goals.

Please note that the deluxe edition will be limited to only 500 copies and not 1000 copies as previously advertised.

Thanks again for your support!

Here’s the link to the campaign.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/448120746/the-book-of-giants

Enjoy,

John

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Pre-Order The Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija and Get Free Rewards!

BookofGiants-promo-graphicHi, all,

Today we have launched a new Kickstarter campaign to take pre-orders for The Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija. The art, text and designs are done for the book. We plan on sending it to the printer immediately after the campaign ends in early January.

Please visit this link here for the full details, to watch our promotional video, to view sample pages and to see the original art options and free rewards that are available when pledging through our campaign.

If we reach our goal we are making available some fun gifts to thank our supporters with. We also have a number of stretch goals in mind. Should we be fortunate enough, we will continue to add value and more gifts along the way.

One of the reasons why we like using Kickstarter is that it helps us to fine tune the final production components of the book. For instance, with our Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method Kickstarter campaign, its success allowed us to add all the bells and whistles and editions that we had hoped for, and let us reward our early supporters with a lot of bonus free goodies. This new Kickstarter campaign for The Book of Giants will determine if we can produce the deluxe edition and finalize the binding and extras that we can include in the book. The more advance orders we receive, the more upgrades we can include.

For instance, with the Frank Cho Kickstarter campaign funds that we received earlier this year, Frank and I poured all of the money, and more, into the book. Our goal is to have a beautiful book–something that we can be proud of. And that is the same philosophy that I have for each new project that I work on. I won’t work with people whose focus is the money. To me, that is the wrong focus and one that will blind and doom the project. Instead we focus on the work, the art, the designs, the book, the process and on our supporters. That is our definition of success and reward.

We invite you to take a look at The Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija.

Enjoy,

John

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