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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Ends Thursday–DeVITO ARTWORKS KING KONG OF SKULL ISLAND KICKSTARTER

There’s just two days left to be a part of Joe DeVito’s Kickstarter event. His King Kong of Skull Island book will be published by DeVito ArtWorks.

King Kong of Skull Island contains the long awaited expansion of Joe’s original 1992 creation, Skull Island. King Kong of Skull Island will open with The Denham Diaries, which will be followed by a novel in two parts: Part 1: Exodus and Part 2: The Wall, all co-written by Joe DeVito and Brad Strickland. The book will feature lush, full color interior art and an extensive sketchbook section written and lavishly illustrated by DeVito.

Link to Kickstarter campaign.

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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Ends March 30th–DeVITO ARTWORKS KING KONG OF SKULL ISLAND KICKSTARTER

There’s just over a week left to be a part of Joe DeVito’s Kickstarter event. His King Kong of Skull Island book will be published by DeVito ArtWorks.

King Kong of Skull Island contains the long awaited expansion of Joe’s original 1992 creation, Skull Island. King Kong of Skull Island will open with The Denham Diaries, which will be followed by a novel in two parts: Part 1: Exodus and Part 2: The Wall, all co-written by Joe DeVito and Brad Strickland. The book will feature lush, full color interior art and an extensive sketchbook section written and lavishly illustrated by DeVito.

Link to Kickstarter campaign.

There’s an early bird option of the book that can be purchased at a reduced price along with many other pledge options. Full details can be seen by following the link below.

Spectrum Book Signing at Sketchpad Gallery Today!

Today is the big day! See you all at the Spectrum book signing at the Sketchpad Gallery in San Francisco.

I’ve loaded up the truck with books and included a free gift to give away to whoever shows up (100 available). To find out what it is you’ll need to show up.

The Spectrum book signing event at Sketchpad Gallery will be held at Sketchpad Gallery in San Francisco, today from 4:00 to 7:00p.m.

Please visit our Facebook event page for more details.

We hope to see you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/371980273195045/
http://sketchpadgallery.com/
http://spectrumfantasticart.com/

Enjoy,

John

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Only Two Weeks Left: DeVITO ARTWORKS KING KONG OF SKULL ISLAND KICKSTARTER

There’s just two weeks left to be a part of Joe DeVito’s Kickstarter event his King Kong of Skull Island book published by DeVito ArtWorks.

King Kong of Skull Island contains the long awaited expansion of Joe’s original 1992 creation, Skull Island. King Kong of Skull Island will open with The Denham Diaries, which will be followed by a novel in two parts: Part 1: Exodus and Part 2: The Wall, all co-written by Joe DeVito and Brad Strickland. The book will feature lush, full color interior art and an extensive sketchbook section written and lavishly illustrated by DeVito.

Link to Kickstarter campaign.

There’s an early bird option of the book that can be purchased at a reduced price along with many other pledge options. Full details can be seen by following the link below.

 

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 Book Signing Event at Sketchpad Gallery in San Francisco, California!

Hi, everyone,
We’re just over one week away from the Spectrum Book Signing Event at Sketchpad Gallery in San Francisco, California!
 
We will be having a Spectrum book signing event held at Sketchpad Gallery in San Francisco, CA on Saturday, March 18th from 4:00 to 7:00p.m. So far we have a dozen confirmed artists who will be appearing to sign your book including Steven Russell Black, Te Hu, Kellan Jett, Randy Gallegos, Michael Manomivibul, Paolo Rivera, Dug Stanat, Josh Viers, Chris Koehler, Jonathan Wayshak, Tiffany Turrill and Alyssa Winans.
 
We hope you can come join 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. Meet the exceptional and talented artists whose works are featured in the books.
Refreshments will be provided.

Enjoy,

John

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The Spectrum 24 Artist List!

Hi everyone,

The official Spectrum 24 Artist List has been posted!

The complete list of artist names selected for inclusion into the twenty-fourth volume of Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art is now available!

The five member jury selected nearly 500 works by 297 artists that will make up Spectrum 24. These creators that work in every style and medium–both traditional and digital–represent the finest in the fantasy, horror, science fiction and the surreal genres from around the world. You will find top industry names who serve as the current definition of excellence and discover the rising stars who are being published for the first time.

Please click here to view the list, then click on the “Artist” tab:

http://spectrumfantasticart.com/spectrum-24.php

Individual emails to those artists accepted will begin to go out this week. Full details regarding the next steps will be provided.

From everyone here at the Spectrum and Flesk offices, we would like to thank all of the artists who submitted to Spectrum 24. We couldn’t do what we do without your support. This includes putting out the Spectrum annual each year, organizing and running the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event, putting on the Spectrum Awards Ceremony where we hand out the Spectrum awards, and making the artist feature videos that we post online.

You have our most sincere gratitude. Thank you!

http://spectrumfantasticart.com/spectrum-24.php

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 24 Award Nominations

The jury for Spectrum 24: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art has nominated the top five artworks in eight categories for consideration for either a silver and gold award. Judges Christian Alzmann, Laurie Lee Brom, Mark Newman, Victo Ngai and John Picacio debated the merits of hundreds of pieces of art before finalizing this list on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Flesk Publications offices in Santa Cruz, California.

Established in 1993 by Cathy and Arnie Fenner, the first Spectrum annual appeared in 1994 from Underwood Books; for nearly a quarter of a century it has attracted participants from around the world and has set the standards for excellence in fantasy and science fiction art. John Fleskes became the Director and Publisher of Spectrum in 2014 with volume 21.

The recipients will be announced at the Spectrum 24 Awards Ceremony that will be held at the historic Folly Theater in Kansas City, MO on Saturday, April 22 as part of the art-focused convention, Spectrum Fantastic Art Live. The 2017 Spectrum Grand Master Award honoree will also be announced during the ceremony.

For more information about Spectrum visit: http://www.spectrumfantasticart.com

Congratulations to all of the artists who have been nominated!

ADVERTISING CATEGORY

Kellan Jett

Kellan Jett
Hell (detail)

Edward Kinsella III

Edward Kinsella III
Carnival of Souls

Bill Mayer

Bill Mayer
Savages

Greg Ruth

Greg Ruth
Daredevil

Bayard Wu

Bayard Wu
Hunting

BOOK CATEGORY

Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson
Red Tide

Tommy Arnold

Tommy Arnold
On the Wheel

Brom

Brom
Lamia

Edward Kinsella III

Edward Kinsella III
Danneee

Goni Montes

Goni Montes
Tamiel

COMIC CATEGORY

Arthur Adams

Arthur Adams
Guardians of the Galaxy #19 (cover)

Nic Klein

Nic Klein
Drifter #13, pages 8 and 9

Dave McKean

Dave McKean
Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash

David Palumbo

David Palumbo
Swallowed Whole

Jeremy Wilson

Jeremy Wilson
Chimera Brigade #5

CONCEPT ART CATEGORY

Te Hu

Te Hu
Secret of Seda

Tyler Jacobson

Tyler Jacobson
Hill Giant Queen

Ronan Le Fur

Ronan Le Fur
Fortress Africa

Iain McCaig

Iain McCaig
Minion 5

Sean Murray

Sean Murray
Court of the Dead: Voxxingard

DIMENSIONAL CATEGORY

Akihito

Akihito
Nephila

Amilcar Fong

Amilcar Fong
Oglavaeil The Executioner

Virginie Ropars

Virginie Ropars
Yevabog

Dug Stanat

Dug Stanat
The Corruption of Father O’Malley

Jesse Thompson

Jesse Thompson
Dress-Up Frog Legs

EDITORIAL CATEGORY

Clint Cearley

Clint Cearley
Broken Concentration

Galen Dara

Galen Dara
Seven Salt Tears

Tran Nguyen

Tran Nguyen
La Beaute Sans Vertu

Tim O’Brien

Tim O’Brien
Beyonce “Lemonade”

Armando Veve

Armando Veve
War Music

INSTITUTIONAL CATEGORY

Ed Binkley

Ed Binkley
William Finds Some Flowers and a Giant

Wesley Burt

Wesley Burt
Accursed Witch

Bill Carman

Bill Carman
Ms. Hatter and a Smile

Travis Louie

Travis Louie
Mojo Jojo Circa 1897

Stephan Martiniere

Stephan Martiniere
Tie Fighter Down

UNPUBLISHED CATEGORY

J.A.W. Cooper

J.A.W. Cooper
Stealth

Diego Fernandez

Diego Fernandez
375

Jeffrey Alan Love

Jeffrey Alan Love
Orange Skies

Karla Ortiz

Karla Ortiz
The Death I Bring

Greg Ruth

Greg Ruth
Lagoon

 

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!

Enjoy,

John

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DeVITO ARTWORKS LLC LAUNCHES EXCITING KING KONG OF SKULL ISLAND KICKSTARTER

Joe DeVito has launched his Kickstarter event today for his King Kong of Skull Island book published by DeVito ArtWorks.

King Kong of Skull Island contains the long awaited expansion of Joe’s original 1992 creation, Skull Island. King Kong of Skull Island will open with The Denham Diaries, which will be followed by a novel in two parts: Part 1: Exodus and Part 2: The Wall, all co-written by Joe DeVito and Brad Strickland. The book will feature lush, full color interior art and an extensive sketchbook section written and lavishly illustrated by DeVito.

Link to Kickstarter campaign.

There’s an early bird option of the book that can be purchased at a reduced price along with many other pledge options. Full details can be seen by following the link below.

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 21st of 2017. Please join us in launching this exciting program, found at:

Link to Kickstarter campaign.

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
www.jdevito.com

To obtain additional information, graphics, or to arrange interviews, contact:
Dannie Festa/Festa Entertainment  PH: 310-820-0922
E: info@festaent.com

Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini Update!

Hi, everyone,

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

John

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Spectrum 24 Judging Event This Saturday!

Hi, everyone,
Preparations for the Spectrum 24 judging event this weekend continues! The Flesk office is now officially ready.
 
The judges will be arriving throughout the day tomorrow as we spend some quality time together prior to the day of judging on Saturday. I’ll be posting updates all throughout the day. This is going to be fun!
Here’s a selection of banners that we will using as background props during the filming and photography.
The camera gear is ready and waiting for the Spectrum 24 jury to arrive. We’ll be capturing the day to share with you all.

Enjoy,

John

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DeVITO ARTWORKS LLC ANNOUNCES EXCITING KING KONG OF SKULL ISLAND KICKSTARTER

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


DeVITO ARTWORKS LLC ANNOUNCES EXCITING
KING KONG OF SKULL ISLAND  KICKSTARTER

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

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

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

Insert KS Link

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
www.jdevito.com

To obtain additional information, graphics, or to arrange interviews, contact:
Dannie Festa/Festa Entertainment  PH: 310-820-0922
E: info@festaent.com

Spectrum 24 Judging Event!

The Spectrum 24 judging event will be held at the Flesk offices in Santa Cruz, CA on February 25, 2017. We will be the hosts to industry luminaries Christian Alzmann, Laurie Lee Brom, Mark Newman, Victo Ngai and John Picacio who will be reviewing the Spectrum Call for Entries submissions.

The first phase of the day consists of the judges voting anonymously on the works they feel have achieved a standard of excellence for inclusion into the book. Discussion among the jury regarding individual entries is discouraged during this time. A majority consisting of three of more votes from the five member panel guarantees the art for inclusion into Spectrum 24.

Phase two of the day brings the jury together for a group discussion to determine the silver and gold awards for each of the eight categories.

It is instrumental that if we are working for the community that we bring members of the community together when such important decisions are made. Nothing compares to or can beat what a jury group can accomplish when unified and working together in person. This is why year after year those who serve on the Spectrum panel end up becoming life-long friends after sharing the experience.

This is just one example of how Spectrum’s mission to serve others is maintained. Because this is what Spectrum is all about. It’s about all of you, bringing us together, building upon the community and sharing our accomplishments with the widest audience possible. We look forward to sharing videos, pictures and stories from the judging event. Thanks again to all of those who submitted to Spectrum 24. Good luck!

Enjoy,

John

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New Jacket for Frank Cho’s Drawing Beautiful Women Book!

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

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

The pre-order discounted price is just $29.95.

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

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 23 Book Signing Event at Gallery Nucleus Videos!

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

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

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

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum Book Signing Event at Sketchpad Gallery in San Francisco, California!

Spectrum Book Signing Event at Sketchpad Gallery in San Francisco, California!
 
We will be having a Spectrum book signing event held at Sketchpad Gallery in San Francisco, CA on Saturday, March 18th from 4:00 to 7:00p.m. So far we have a dozen confirmed artists who will be appearing to sign your book!
 
We hope you can come join 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. Meet the exceptional and talented artists whose works are featured in the books.
Refreshments will be provided.
 
Confirmed artists to date include Steven Russell Black, Te Hu, Kellan Jett, Randy Gallegos, Michael Manomivibul, Paolo Rivera, Dug Stanat, Josh Viers, Chris Koehler, Jonathan Wayshak, Tiffany Turrill and Alyssa Winans.
 
If you are an artist who has been featured in past volumes of Spectrum and are willing to attend, please let us know! We would enjoy seeing you as part of the event.
 

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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Thank You For Submitting to Spectrum 24!

Hi, everyone,

Thank you to everyone who submitted to Spectrum 24! We are eternally grateful to the artists, art directors, artist representatives and all of those in this amazing community who support us. We never take what we do for granted and understand that without your trust and support none of this would be possible. Thank you!

Kathy and I are currently reviewing all of the submissions, and labeling and sorting them in preparation for the Spectrum judging event which will be held on February 25, 2017 in Santa Cruz, California at our Flesk Publications offices. Everyone who submitted will receive an email confirmation once we have verified your art and database entry. It will take us at least one full week to go over everything. Additionally, we will be in touch if we have any questions. We want you to have the best opportunity to be seen by the jury and we look forward to working on your behalf.

I’ll keep you updated during this process as I share news and stories along the way.

We wish everyone the best of luck and thank you again for your support!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 24 Call For Entries Submissions Deadline is Wednesday, January 25th!

Hi, all,

The purpose of Spectrum has always been to showcase the brightest creators working today while embracing diversity. As a result Spectrum has the highest profile and circulation of any art annual or sourcebook currently being published, either in the United States or abroad: more eyes means not only a greater appreciation and respect for our field, but also more opportunities for everyone. It is the active participation of the art community that makes Spectrum possible without you it can’t succeed. We need you. As the deadline for entries nears please help us spread the word to your fellow artists via your websites, blogs, and social media pages; share the link to the entry form and help us meet the challenge of keeping Spectrum fresh, vibrant, and truly representative of the fantastic art field. The harder the jury has to work while casting their votes this year, the more significant having work selected for inclusion is. Life is a competition and the arts are no different; Spectrum is a symbol of individual accomplishment, but it’s also celebrating the accomplishments of our entire community. Click here to submit.

Read the press release with quotes by the jury by clicking here.

Thank you!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 24 Call for Entries Deadline Jan. 25th! Plus Submission Tips!

Hi, all,

With the Call for Entries for Spectrum 24 ending on Wednesday, January 25th I have written a series of submission tips. You can submit by mail or online! All artworks in all media embracing the themes of science fiction, fantasy, horror and the surreal are eligible. There is no unacceptable way to create art. Imagination and skill are what matters. Work chosen by the jury, including Christian Alzmann, Laurie Lee Brom, Mark Newman, Victo Ngai and John Picacio, will be printed in full color in the Spectrum 24 annual, the peer-selected “best of the year” collection for the fantastic arts.

(Spectrum submission link)

Spectrum Call for Entries Submissions Tip #1

Is there an advantage to entering my art online or by mail as a print?

The important thing to know right off the bat is that one option does not give you an edge over the other option. Both digital and print submissions get equal attention from the judges and you have an equal chance of getting selected regardless of how you enter.

For Spectrum 21-23, eighty-five percent of the submissions came in online. Out of curiosity I paid attention to the percentage of art that was selected in both the digital and print areas to see if one had an advantage over the other. They were both right in line with one another. One method did not visibly outweigh the other.

The jury views the digitally submitted art on individual 24″ screens (not projected to the group) and the prints are presented on tables. Each jury member votes anonymously and at his or her own pace. Discussion and grouping is discouraged (with the exception of the awards selections) to keep the selection process fair and truthful. To get into Spectrum you need three or more of the five jury member’s votes. It’s not easy to get in. Historically around eight to nine percent of the submissions make it into the yearly annual.

Spectrum Call for Entries Submissions Tip #2

Give Yourself the Best Chance to be Seen!

Take advantage of the artwork submission guidelines by submitting good quality prints or digital files. We can’t stress this enough. We want everyone to have the best chance to be seen by the jury.

If you are submitting online take advantage of our maximum size at 2000 pixels wide and/or 2000 pixels tall. (JPG file no larger than 10MB.) Each jury member uses his or her own large screen when viewing the artwork. Make sure your art fills the screen so they can take a good look at it! Don’t send in a small postcard sized thumbnail. Take the time to prepare a proper presentation.

For submissions by mail, I recommend sending in a print out of your art no smaller than 8.5″ x 11″ and no larger than 18″ x 24″. I think the best sizes range from 9″ x 12″ to 11″ x 17″. Yes, some people send in massive poster sized images. It’s just too big. Just like art displayed too small can make it hard for the jury members to view, art too big doesn’t necessarily mean you have a better chance. The print submissions are placed out on tables for the jury members to view and vote for individually.

Spectrum Call for Entries Submissions Tip #3

Dimensional Category Allows Three Views!

Anyone submitting to the Dimensional category is allowed to submit up to three views. If you are submitting a sculpture we recommend a full shot from the front, a side view and a back view or detail. We want the jury to see these multiple angles of your work so that they have adequate visual information to base their decisions. This is especially important if your art is considered for an award.

Another tip for this category is our recommendation to get a clear, in focus, quality photographs. Don’t take simple, quick snaps with your phone. If you do not have a good camera then take the extra time to find someone who does, light your piece well and make sure the details are visible in the pictures that you send us.

Spectrum Call for Entries Submissions Tip #4

Does my artwork have to be fantasy related to submit to Spectrum?

Yes: Spectrum’s focus is on “Fantastic Art.” HOWEVER keep in mind that focus covers a sweeping range of possibilities. Fantastic Art can be subtle or obvious, traditional or off-the-wall, painted, sculpted, done digitally or photographed: Fantastic Art chronicles places and peoples and creatures and events that aren’t or never were. Just as there is no unacceptable way to create art, there are no set rules that say one piece qualifies while another does not. Spectrum doesn’t define Fantastic Art: what YOU do and what the JURY selects does. We do not pre-screen submissions and we do not arbitrarily restrict the type of art that is submitted. We make sure every submission is viewed with fairness and an open mind by the jury. We embrace all art works in all mediums embracing the themes of science fiction, fantasy, horror, the surreal, fine art and more. Each type (and types that we may not have even thought of) is eligible for this show.

Spectrum Call for Entries Submissions Tip #5

How do I know that my submission arrived?

We take great care in reviewing the details of every submission that arrives. For online entries we check your online form and artwork to make sure your name, the art title and all other relevant details match. Once this is done we send an official email confirmation to notify you that your submission has been accepted. For submissions that arrive as prints in the mail, once you see that your payment has been processed you can rest assured that we have processed your submissions.

If we have any questions or if any art is missing we will contact you by email or by phone. We take great care in making sure all submissions look their best for the jury.

Spectrum Call for Entries Submissions Tip #6

What is the #1 mistake people make when submitting online?

Not labeling their art when posting it. A small percentage of people do not include their name or art title when uploading their art. In this case we send an email asking for clarification or new art files properly labeled. Please label your art by first and last name followed by the art title!

Spectrum Call for Entries Submissions Tip #7

Can I submit fan art relating to Star Wars, Marvel or DC characters or my favorite super-hero or pop culture character?

Not unless you have the express permission from the copyright or license holder. We respect the artists copyrights and the companies copyrights. You can not submit works of art that infringe on the rights of someone else.

Spectrum Call for Entries Submissions Tip #8

Don’t wait until the last minute!

Each year we get people contacting us the day after the deadline who had some sort of an issue or question that prevented them from submitting late in the night in the final hours. Don’t wait until the last day to submit, just to be safe, and to have an extra day built in if you have an issue.

We do not accept submissions after the deadline. There are no exceptions. The submissions deadline is Wednesday, January 25th at 11:59 PM PST.

Click here for more details and to submit.

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk Gratitude Video

Hi, everyone,

Stepping into the New Year is always the perfect time to sit back and reflect on some of the people who I am grateful for. I could never be where I am today without the trust and help of others.

In this video I highlight a number of the people who I work with who have made a positive impact on me. I’m looking forward to doing more for others and having a great 2017. Thanks everyone!

I’m especially grateful to my office manager Kathy Chu for making me do these videos. She knows how much I dislike being in front of the camera, yet she knows just how to get me to sit down and get me talking.

Enjoy,

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

Hi, everyone,

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

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

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

Enjoy,

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