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

Hello, everyone,

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

Book Update

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

Enamel Pins Update

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy,

John

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy,

John

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J.A.W. Cooper Online Interviews

Hi, everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

We hope you enjoy these interviews!

Thanks again for all of your support!

Enjoy,

John

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

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Hi, everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy,

John

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J.A.W. Cooper Kickstarter Campaign Launched!

Hello, everyone,

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

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

Enjoy,

John

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

Hi everyone,

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

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

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

Enjoy,

John

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The Marvel Art of Arthur Adams Signed Copies Now Available!

Hi everyone,

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

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

Enjoy,

John

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

We have three new titles are arriving this week!

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

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

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

Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method

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

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

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

Enjoy,

John

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

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

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

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

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 24 Awards Recipients!

Spectrum 24 cover by Iain McCaig

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

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

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

Spectrum 24 Awards Recipients

2017 GRAND MASTER HONOREE
Bill Sienkiewicz

ADVERTISING

Silver Award
Greg Ruth / “Daredevil”

Gold Award
Bayard Wu / “Hunting”

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

BOOK

Silver Award
Edward Kinsella III / “Danneee”

Gold Award
Brom / “Lamia”

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

COMIC

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

Gold Award
Jeremy Wilson / “Chimera Brigade #5”

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

CONCEPT ART

Silver Award
Iain McCaig / “King Ape Minion”

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

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

DIMENSIONAL

Silver Award
Akihito / “Nephila”

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

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

EDITORIAL

Silver Award
Galen Dara / “Seven Salt Tears”

Gold Award
Tim O’Brien / Beyonce “Lemonade”

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

INSTITUTIONAL

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

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

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

UNPUBLISHED

Silver Award
Jeffrey Alan Love / “Orange Skies”

Gold Award
Karla Ortiz / “The Death I Bring”

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

RISING STAR AWARD

Alessandra Pisano

2016 GRAND MASTER HONOREE

Bill Sienkiewicz

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2017 Special Guests!

Hi, everyone,

It’s happening!

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

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

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

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

Tribes of Kai by Daren Bader

The Art of Brom by Brom

Imagery From the Bird’s Home by Bill Carman

Iain McCaig featured on the cover of Spectrum 24

Terry Dodson’s Bombshell’s Collection Volume 2

Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method

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

Gary Gianni’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Android Jones’ cover for Spectrum 24

Jeffrey Alan Love’s Notes from the Shadowed City

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

We’re looking forward to seeing you all!

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

Only $5 at the door per day. Kids 12 and under are free.
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Enjoy,

John

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John Fleskes Video Update #8

Hi, everyone,

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

Enjoy,

John

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

Hi, everyone,

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

Here’s the book description.

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

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

Enjoy,

John

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Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini Update

Hi, everyone,

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

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

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

Enjoy,

John

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A Note of Thanks

Hi, everyone,

Over these last few weeks I’ve been grateful to hear the excitement and to see the thank you posts from the artists who were selected for inclusion into Spectrum. This has come in the form of Instagram and Facebook posts, through email, and in a few cases directly in person.

When someone takes the time to write and thank us it goes a long way. It gives us a boost and encourages us to keep working hard for this community.

Kathy and I work throughout the day in relative seclusion in our office where we are interacting with 300 artist’s for the book and an additional 150 or so more for the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event. It is a monumental task that can be tough at times due to the shear amount of work that we need to accomplish within a given time frame.

But, this would be much harder if not for the support, the good vibes, the thank you messages and help you all give us. Even the slightest praise goes a long way.

Between now and Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, Kathy and I will be in the trenches of preparations for the show. Along with our Spectrum founders Cathy and Arnie Fenner, and the core SFAL helpers and many volunteers, we aim to make this the best event we have ever held the honor of hosting. Nothing of any true value is done alone. This is all the result of all of us working together and helping one another.

I just wanted to give everyone a high five, a fist bump, pat on the back and a giant group hug of thanks!

Enjoy,

John

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John Fleskes Video Update #7

Hi everyone,

My latest video update is here! Kathy asked me questions about the Spectrum book signing event this weekend, what books we are working on, Spectrum Fantastic Art Live and the Spectrum Awards ceremony, as well as details about the Stoke Out charity event for fall 2017.

One cut, one take, totally unscripted. Kathy sits me down and gets me talking!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 24 Update!

Spectrum 24 Update!

I’ll be posting the artist list and the awards nominees on the Spectrum Fantastic Art website this Monday, March 6th. Here’s a more official news item that has been posted on the spectrumfantasticart.com website.

This picture shows Mark Newman during the print voting process. Not too many people submit prints these days, but the beans and cups has been a tradition for 24 years now.

The Spectrum 24 Judging Event is a Wrap! Artist List and Awards Nominees Will Post on Monday, March 6th!

The Spectrum 24 judging event was held on February 25, 2017 at the Flesk Publications offices in Santa Cruz, CA. We were joined by the exceptional industry talents consisting of Christian Andrea Alzmann, Laurie Lee Brom, Mark Newman, Victo Ngai and John Picacio who spent the full day reviewing the Spectrum Call for Entries submissions. Lifelong friends were made as the group engaged with one another in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. “The day couldn’t have gone better,” shares Spectrum director John Fleskes. “This group was an absolute joy to host for the day. The vibe was great during the course of the long day and the jury worked exceptionally well together as they made their anonymous picks for the book, then as they worked as a team to finalize the nominations and eventual award recipients for each category. The day was a blast!”

The Spectrum team is currently compiling the artist’s names and works that were selected for inclusion into Spectrum 24. The list will be posted on the Spectrum Fantastic Art website this Monday, March 6th. In addition, the award nominees will also be posted on this same day. Thank you to everyone who submitted to Spectrum 24! And thank you to Christian Alzmann, Laurie Lee Brom, Mark Newman, Victo Ngai and John Picacio for being so giving of their time to maintain the high standards of excellence that makes Spectrum the premier art annual in the fantastic arts!

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John

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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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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.
www.kongskullisland.com
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To obtain additional information, graphics, or to arrange interviews, contact:
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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.

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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,

Text copyright © 2016 John Fleskes. Photos © 2016 John Fleskes. Artwork © 2016 its respective artists. All Rights reserved.

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,

Text copyright © 2016 John Fleskes. Photos © 2016 John Fleskes. Artwork © 2016 its respective artists. All Rights reserved.

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,

Text copyright © 2016 John Fleskes. Photos © 2016 John Fleskes. Artwork © 2016 its respective artists. All Rights reserved.