Free to View — Warren Chang Portrait Demonstration on Monday

Warren-Chang-demo-Nov-03-2012-04Warren Chang will be doing a portrait demonstration this coming Monday.

It is open to the public and attendance is free!

When: Monday, June 23, 2014, 7pm-9pm

Where: Monterey Youth Center 777 Pearl Street Monterey, CA 93940

Warren will demonstrate his use of light and shadow to create form and likeness, from a live model. Utilizing a limited palette of colors with an emphasis on values and capturing the spirit and character of his model.

A Master Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America and Signature member of the California Art Club, Warren has been profiled in many publications, including the covers of American and International Artist magazines.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3 Highlight Video #2

Helpful Bear Productions has produced a second video highlighting the artists who appeared at the third Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event last May. Over 200 artists exhibited on the show room floor. This is a celebration that puts the artists in the forefront and provides an intimate and friendly environment for people to meet and greet the creators. Enjoy this small taste of SFAL.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2014 Pictures — Part Two

Hi, all,

Here’s a treat for you: Thirty-five pictures from the third Spectrum Fantastic Art Live held on May 9-11, 2014. Captions by Carl Anderson and Jeff Smith. There’s a few captions missing. If you know the artist names, please let us know so that we can add them.

All photos by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic16In the heart of Kansas City lies the venue for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2014; Kansas City Convention Center’s 46,400 square foot Grand Ballroom.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic20Artists Christina Hess and Dominick Saponaro hard at work putting the final touches on their booth before the show opens. Christina was selling a Spectrum exclusive teaser booklet for her upcoming “Animals From History” book.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic19Artist Edward Howard wowed attendees with numerous new originals in addition to offering affordable prints, like the one shown above, which you may recognize from the opening pages of Spectrum 20.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic183-day ticket holders and exhibitors were treated to free hors d’oeuvres during the opening night party and Art Director Meet & Greet before viewing the film premiere of the documentary “Making It” on Friday evening.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic17The Kansas City Conventions & Visitors Bureau welcomed Spectrum attendees and exhibitors all over downtown.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic52Donato Giancola spies our camera at the opening night 3-day ticket holder and exhibitor party.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic49Jackson Robinson catches us taking pictures at the opening night party. Spectrum Fantastic Art Live marked Jackson’s convention debut. His playing card art work and decks were a big hit, particularly his Sherlock Holmes themed decks.

 

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic48Steve Rude and Donato Giancola at the opening night party. Mr. Rude held a cosplay model contest leading up to the show. He painted the winner, donning a Supergirl costume, live during a demonstration on Saturday morning.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic47Greg Manchess enjoying himself at the opening night party.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic46Craig Elliott at the opening night party.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic45Eric Deschamps enjoying the opening night party.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic44Is that Johnny Depp? No, that’s Nigel Sade! Nigel is one of the nicest artists you could meet. (Side note: In the background of this photo on the left hand side you will see two of the hardest working ladies on the Spectrum committee: Event Organizer Shena Wolf and Volunteer Coordinator Amanda Banion.)

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic43Steve Rude listening to John Fleskes’ vision on the show floor.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic42Adrian Johnson of Sidebar Nation interviews Special Guest Tim Bruckner. Mr. Bruckner shared how he got into sculpting, discussed challenging pieces, explained techniques and fielded questions from the crowd.  A great interview to kick off the weekend’s scheduled programming.

 

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Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic40Jackson Robinson signing one of his Sherlock Holmes playing card decks for a fan. Jackson not only created all the artwork on the cards he also created unique packaging.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic39The Shiflett Brothers (Brandon and Jarrod) at their exhibit booth.  They participated in live sculpting demos throughout the weekend and were available for 3D portfolio reviews. Look for an award winning piece from them in Spectrum 21 this fall.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic38Forest Rogers admiring one of Virginie Ropars’ incredible sculptures, with the artist herself! Words can’t express how incredible it was to see, study, and be able to purchase original sculptures directly from the artists.

 

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Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic36Greg Manchess points out details on original paintings he brought to the show to sell. As part of the weekend’s activities,  Greg participated in a live painting demonstration with artist Gary Kelley on Saturday afternoon that drew the attention of fellow artists as well as attendees.

 

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Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic34 Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic33John Fleskes, Special Guest Frank Cho, and Mark Schultz talking at the Flesk Publications booth. Frank Cho put on a live drawing demo during his special guest interview on Saturday and Mark Schultz conducted a dry brush demo on Sunday.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic32Craig Elliot organizing his originals and prints for sale at the Flesk Publications booth.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic31Anthony Kosar’s “Boaris Frankenswine”

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic30 Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic29 Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic28 Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic27 Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic26 Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic25One of Dan Chudzinski’s signature pieces.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic24Red Riding Hood, a sculpture by artist Forest Rogers.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic23“Vertical Man-Tank, 1892”, a piece from The Shiflett Brothers which took home the Gold Award in the Dimensional category.

 

Spectrum-Fantastic-Art-Live-2014-pic22Just Colcord – Luke Burrage’s sculptures.

 

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More pictures and Q&A coming soon!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3 Event Video!

The third Spectrum Fantastic Art Live was held on May 9-11 in Kansas City, MO. Enjoy this two minute video which shows you a few highlights from the three day event! Thanks to everyone who exhibited and attended!

About Spectrum Fantastic Art Live

SFAL is a high-energy showcase for the best and brightest in the fantasy and science fiction art community. It brings together artists, industry professionals and fans.

It’s a show for everyone. For artists, both established and aspiring, and fans of art. For people who love movies, video games, tabletop gaming, RPGs, card games and more. For fans of comics, science fiction, fantasy and any genre that has ever had an art component.

The third event featured over 200 booths full of the finest artists working today. Multiple disciplines were represented. Exquisite dolls, grotesque mannequins, oil paintings, prints, bronzes, pencil sketches, sculptures … all forms of art are celebrated at SFAL.

There were multiple programming tracks, from topics that affect artists and their creative process to discussions of practical industry concerns, as well as panels on how to start collecting art.
There were portfolio reviews by the leading art directors in multiple industries.

If you make art, you should come to SFAL 4. If you love art, you should come. If you’re wondering if this is for you, it is. You’ll love it. See you next time!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2014 Pictures and Q&A With John Flesk

Greetings, all,

During our road trip back to California from Kansas City, Mark Schultz and Jim Reid asked me a few questions about the recent Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event. I decided to type up my responses while we were traveling through Arizona along Highway 40. I’ve also added a series of fifteen pictures from the show with captions.

Iain McCaig enjoys giving workshops just as much as drawing. Here, he entertains a crowd at SFAL while teaching. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Iain McCaig enjoys giving workshops just as much as drawing. Here, he entertains a crowd at SFAL while teaching. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Android Jones joined us at the Flesk / Spectrum booth on Saturday and Sunday. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Android Jones joined us at the Flesk / Spectrum booth on Saturday and Sunday. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Special SFAL guest Camilla d'Erricco brought originals with her to the show. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Special SFAL guest Camilla d’Erricco brought originals with her to the show. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Question: This is the third year of the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live show. Tell us about the growth this year.

Answer: The growth can be measured and discussed in a few ways.

First, the pre-sales for tickets were more than double what they were last year. That’s a big deal and worth celebrating. There was a noticeable increase of people on the floor compared to last year.

Second, three of us joined the Spectrum show committee; Carl Anderson, Jeff Smith and myself. We took on roles to help add new features, which I’ll get into in a second, and to help spread out the existing duties to allow for a better individual focus of responsibilities both before and during the show. There seems to be the misconception that I am in charge of the show. But really, the show is the result of a team of dedicated and hard-working people put together by Cathy and Arnie Fenner. It is the initiative and efforts of the Fenner’s, and also Shena Wolf who plays an integral role in its operations, that makes the show a success.

Third, there were a number of new features added to the show. I’ll run down the list.

A) We added an “Artist Tables” section, which gave our future stars an opportunity to exhibit at a show for a modest price. This was intended to attract more local, young, first time and / or artists that have a smaller show budget to the event as exhibitors. We could have continued to fill the whole show with booths, but I think by reserving a portion of the exhibit hall space for artist tables, it allows more opportunities to the artists, and gives us more of a diverse range of artists attending, which attracts more people to the show. I think it’s better for everyone.

Wayne Barlowe discusses his experiences while working in film at SFAL. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Wayne Barlowe discusses his experiences while working in film at SFAL. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Left to right: Allen Williams, Wayne Barlowe, Justin Sweet and Vance Kovacs (and Iain McCaig out of frame); The artists that designed The Phantom Menace, John Carter, Avatar, The Avengers, Pacific Rim, and 300: Rise of an Empire provide some insight about working in the film industry. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Left to right: Allen Williams, Wayne Barlowe, Justin Sweet and Vance Kovacs (and Iain McCaig out of frame); The artists that designed The Phantom Menace, John Carter, Avatar, The Avengers, Pacific Rim, and 300: Rise of an Empire provide some insight about working in the film industry. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Left to right: Allen Williams, Wayne Barlowe, Justin Sweet and Vance Kovacs and Iain McCaig continue their discussion about working in the film industry at SFAL. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Left to right: Allen Williams, Wayne Barlowe, Justin Sweet and Vance Kovacs and Iain McCaig continue their discussion about working in the film industry at SFAL. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

One of modern times most popular film designer, Iain McCaig, who received the Spectrum 21 Grand Master Award during the awards ceremony later that day. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

One of modern times most popular film designer, Iain McCaig, who received the Spectrum 21 Grand Master Award during the awards ceremony later that day. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

B) We improved our panels and workshops by adding more of an educational focus. We had artist panels by top industry professionals and art directors. For instance, Iain McCaig, Mark Schultz and Steve Rude all conducted artwork demonstrations. Justin Sweet and Vance Kovacs talked about working in film. Art Directors Irene Gallo, Lauren Pinepento, Marc Scheff and Jon Schindenhette did portfolio reviews. Comics professionals Terry Dodson, Frank Cho and Mark Chiarello offered advice on working within the industry. There was a live sculpting event happening all weekend on the show room floor. We covered quite a bit of core industry essentials that were geared toward professionals in the field, for those just breaking, for students, and even for fans who want to see how things are run. I also want there to be opportunities for young artists rub elbows with the established pros.

Mark Schultz during his inking with a brush demonstration at SFAL. All workshops were free to attendees. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Mark Schultz during his inking with a brush demonstration at SFAL. All workshops were free to attendees. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Working with traditional tools is something that continues to gather the crowds to watch. Artists and fans young and old surrounded Mark Schultz. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Working with traditional tools is something that continues to gather the crowds to watch. Artists and fans young and old surrounded Mark Schultz. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Then to get back to the main areas of growth, fourth, there were more artists at the show. Besides the five special show guests, plus the ten additional artists who joined us at our Flesk / Spectrum booth, if you add the artist exhibitors to the list, there were over 200 artists there to meet, learn from, get autographs and purchase original artwork from.

I’ll add too, that we continued to make sure we kept the daily ticket prices at only $20, or all three days for $40, since we want to make sure the show is easily accessible. If you took all of the workshops that were available to all of the attendees at no additional price, it’s an incredible bargain.

Left to right, Cory Godbey (out of frame), Allen Williams, J. Anthony Kosar, George Pratt (behind Anthony) and John Flesk during the Spectrum 21 panel where they reminisced about the judging event and answered questions about the process of how the judging works. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Left to right, Cory Godbey (out of frame), Allen Williams, J. Anthony Kosar, George Pratt (behind Anthony) and John Flesk during the Spectrum 21 panel where they reminisced about the judging event and answered questions about the process of how the judging works. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Left to right, four of the Spectrum 21 jury members: Cory Godbey, Allen Williams, J. Anthony Kosar, George Pratt and Spectrum director John Flesk spoke for nearly an hour about the Spectrum 21 judging weekend, including their tour of San Francisco once the judging was complete. Shelly Wan makes up the fifth jury member, who was unable to make the show. We missed not having her there! Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Left to right, four of the Spectrum 21 jury members: Cory Godbey, Allen Williams, J. Anthony Kosar, George Pratt and Spectrum director John Flesk spoke for nearly an hour about the Spectrum 21 judging weekend, including their tour of San Francisco once the judging was complete. Shelly Wan makes up the fifth jury member, who was unable to make the show. We missed not having her there! Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Cory Godbey speaking at the Spectrum 21 panel at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Cory Godbey speaking at the Spectrum 21 panel at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Question: Why have the show in Kansas City?

Answer: The main reason why I like having the show in Kansas City is its central position within the country. This allows SFAL to attract artists from the west and east coasts, as well as everywhere in-between to make for an exceptionally diverse group. The city is just a one to three hour flight from most states making it easy to travel to. Also, Kansas City offers inexpensive hotels, a wide variety of restaurants from quick meals to fine dining, all of which are within a short walking distance to the convention center. The local community and city itself have been very supportive as well.

Question: What type of artists do you want to see at SFAL?

Answer: One of the main aspects that I want to retain about the show is the heart. We want SFAL to grow while maintaining the essence of bringing the community together to a welcoming environment. With this said, I would like to continue to see artists come to the show who are supportive of one another and who enjoy the collaborative process of growing together. Anyone who has something to communicate through art, artists who are enthusiastic–even those who may feel unwelcome elsewhere–we want them here.

Question: Beyond community and workshop opportunities from the show, what practical aspects can the artists expect to gain from exhibiting at the show.

Answer: As someone who has exhibited at over 100 shows, I’m well aware of the time and cost considerations that go into exhibiting at a show. For me personally, the show has to make sense and be practical beyond just having a fun time to justify going in the first place, let alone signing up to go again the next year. The Spectrum committee is well aware of the need for fans and patrons to attend the show who are willing to buy artwork to allow the artist to continue to create their artwork. We had placed advertisements in newspapers, magazines, online and even run TV commercials, as well as social networking to inform, educate and encourage people to come to the show. It’s all well and good to say we will have a good time, but we need this to make sense for everyone. None of the Spectrum committee has taken a salary and we’ve turned all of the money right back into next year’s show, so we are committed to making this happen.

Question: What type of atmosphere do you hope to create for SFAL?

Answer: Our goal is for this show to be an event that is something in-between the comic shows and fine art shows. We want the sophistication and focus on the art that the fine art shows have, yet the accessibility and fun that can be found at a comic show. And again, we want people to have the opportunity to grow and to be inspired upon leaving that combined will benefit their art and careers.

Question: Are there any after-hours activities?

Answer: Yes. Every night. There was the Spectrum Awards, a life-drawing event and social gatherings. After-hours activities are important, not just for the attendees who want to keep enjoying their time in Kansas City, but also for the exhibitors who have been at their booths all day and want to enjoy the company of their fellow professionals. Starting on Thursday evening, planned evening hot-spots are promoted where everyone can all get together. These are public places and welcome to all. This year was exciting in that by Sunday there were three main locations that were packed with people from the show, compared to just the one spot the following two years. One of my favorite comments this year was that our previous quiet spot was now packed with people from the show late into each night. I hope to hear this complaint more and more.

Question: What was the life-drawing event?

Answer: On Friday night, a large room and models were secured in the Aladdin hotel where artists were able to draw direct from life. Roughly 150 artists were there. It’s proven to be very popular these last three years.

A backstage view during the Spectrum 21 Awards ceremony at the Midland Theatre on May 10th. Quixotic Fusion dancers illuminate the evening. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

A backstage view during the Spectrum 21 Awards ceremony at the Midland Theatre on May 10th. Quixotic Fusion dancers illuminate the evening. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Quixotic Fusion continues to entertain the SFAL crowd. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Quixotic Fusion continues to entertain the SFAL crowd. Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

Question: And can you give me some more details about the Spectrum Awards?

Answer: The Spectrum 21 Awards ceremony was held on May 10th at the historic Midland Theater. The gold and silver Spectrum 21 awards were handed out to sixteen artists within eight categories. This is the time to shine the spotlight on the artists and make them the stars, while celebrating their hard work and achievements. We also announce the 2014 Spectrum Grand Master Award, the recipient of which has to have had over 20 years in the field, given freely to the community, inspired a new generation and whose art is exceptional in every way. This year the award was given to Iain McCaig. There was live entertainment, amazing heartwarming acceptance speeches and a lively after-party.

The Spectrum 21 Awards support team. It takes a big crew to run the awards ceremony. This picture was taken just after the evening came to an end. Time to celebrate! Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

The Spectrum 21 Awards support team. It takes a big crew to run the awards ceremony. This picture was taken just after the evening came to an end. Time to celebrate! Photo by Vidur Gupta / Helpful Bear Productions for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live © 2014. All Rights reserved.

More pictures and Q&A coming soon.

Enjoy,

John

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The Spectrum 21 Award Winners Announced

Arnie and Cathy Fenner, Iain McCaig and John Flesk celebrate Iain joining the ranks of the Spectrum Grand Master Award recipients.

Arnie and Cathy Fenner, Iain McCaig and John Flesk celebrate Iain joining the ranks of the Spectrum Grand Master Award recipients.

The Spectrum 21 Awards were presented May 10, 2014 at a gala ceremony held in Kansas City’s historic Midland Theater. This was the first awards presentation under the guidance of Spectrum’s new Director John Fleskes. Jurors who determined the Gold and Silver Award winners this year were Cory Godbey, J. Anthony Kosar, George Pratt, Shelly Wan, and Allen Williams. All of the work will be included in Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, which will be published by Flesk Publications and distributed to the trade by Publishers Group West in October.

Advertising

GOLD AWARD: Kent Williams -- The Criterion Collection Lord of the Flies

GOLD AWARD: Kent Williams — The Criterion Collection Lord of the Flies

Victo Ngai -- A Tiger Beer Chinese New Year

SILVER AWARD: Victo Ngai — A Tiger Beer Chinese New Year

Advertising
Gold Award: Kent Williams — The Criterion Collection Lord of the Flies
Silver Award: Victo Ngai — A Tiger Beer Chinese New Year

Book

Nicolas Delort -- The End of the Road

GOLD AWARD: Nicolas Delort — The End of the Road

Scott Gustafson -- Little Sambha and the Tiger with the Beautiful Purple Shoes with Crimson Soles

SILVER AWARD: Scott Gustafson — Little Sambha and the Tiger with the Beautiful Purple Shoes with Crimson Soles

Book
Gold Award: Nicolas Delort — The End of the Road
Silver Award: Scott Gustafson — Little Sambha and the Tiger with the Beautiful Purple Shoes with Crimson Soles

Comics

Thomas Campi -- The Red Door

GOLD AWARD: Thomas Campi — The Red Door

Mark A. Nelson -- Seasons, page 1

SILVER AWARD: Mark A. Nelson — Seasons, page 1

Comics
Gold Award: Thomas Campi — The Red Door
Silver Award: Mark A. Nelson — Seasons, page 1

Concept Art

Theo Prins -- Refugees

GOLD AWARD: Theo Prins — Refugees

Vance Kovacs -- John Carter Punches a Thark

SILVER AWARD: Vance Kovacs — John Carter Punches a Thark

Concept Art
Gold Award: Theo Prins — Refugees
Silver Award: Vance Kovacs — John Carter Punches a Thark

Dimensional

The Shiflett Bros. -- Vertical Man-Tank, 1892

GOLD AWARD: The Shiflett Bros. — Vertical Man-Tank, 1892

Colin and Kristine Poole -- Hot Diggety Dog

SILVER AWARD: Colin and Kristine Poole — Hot Diggety Dog

Dimensional
Gold Award: The Shiflett Bros. — Vertical Man-Tank, 1892
Silver Award: Colin and Kristine Poole — Hot Diggety Dog

Editorial

Tran Nguyen -- The Insects of Love

GOLD AWARD: Tran Nguyen — The Insects of Love

Yuko Shimizu -- Hair Tree

SILVER AWARD: Yuko Shimizu — Hair Tree

Editorial
Gold Award: Tran Nguyen — The Insects of Love
Silver Award: Yuko Shimizu — Hair Tree

Institutional

Bill Carman -- Shared Eyewear

GOLD AWARD: Bill Carman — Shared Eyewear

Justin Sweet -- Blacksea

SILVER AWARD: Justin Sweet — Blacksea

Institutional
Gold Award: Bill Carman — Shared Eyewear
Silver Award: Justin Sweet — Blacksea

Unpublished

Omar Rayyan -- The Long Walk Home

GOLD AWARD: Omar Rayyan — The Long Walk Home

Yukari Masuike -- Riding Horse on the Freezing Day

SILVER AWARD: Yukari Masuike — Riding Horse on the Freezing Day

Unpublished
Gold Award: Omar Rayyan — The Long Walk Home
Silver Award: Yukari Masuike — Riding Horse on the Freezing Day

Pictures from the Spectrum 21 awards will be posted in the coming weeks.

Enjoy,

John

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Attention San Jose Shoppers. Flesk, Spectrum, Cho, Silke and Schultz hit the Big Wow Time.

An update from John Flesk, Mark Schultz, and business consultant and long-haul driver Jim Reid–From the Painted Desert, AZ: On the road to Big Wow ComicFest.

We had hoped to ditch Frank Cho in Kansas City after the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event, but due to poor planning, he will continue to terrorize us at the Big Wow ComicFest in San Jose, CA this weekend. We will have free Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method promotional postcards at our Flesk booth, which you can have signed by Cho. He will be signing at his table and offering a free oil painting demonstration, the results of which will be auctioned at the shows end.

Mark Schultz will be at our Flesk table, and will be happy to give his frank opinion of Frank. You can hear Mark’s often incoherent ramblings while viewing his originals and perusing his Flesk books, of which we will have plenty. New Storms at Sea postcards are complimentary, as well as his his same old autograph.

Completing our triad of booth appearances, Jim “Smooth As” Silke will have originals of tastefully rendered women in various states of undress and fit for any gentleman’s parlor or lady’s sitting room. Come by and see what he has in the works with Flesk.

The complete Flesk book and print catalog will be available at our Flesk / Spectrum booth, #418. And for the thrifty shopper, fill in your bookshelf with selections from our bargain basement, where we will be offering dinged and scuffed books at deep, deep discount prices.

Big Wow ComicFest has become the Bay Area’s best and biggest comic convention. Meet scores of comic artists from the around the world! Visit the many panels and workshops! Visit the website for ticket and location information.

We hope to see you at the show!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2014 A Success!

Flesk-group-picture2Hi, everyone,

We had an amazing time at the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live show in Kansas City! We will be sharing pictures and stories as soon as we get back to the office.

For now, enjoy this group picture taken by Vidur Gupta from Helpful Bear Productions at our Flesk / Spectrum booth. From left to right: J. Anthony Kosar, Justin Sweet, Cory Godbey, Vance Kovacs, Camilla d’Erricco, Jackson Robinson, Steve Rude, Allen Williams, Mark Schultz, Frank Cho, Bill Carman, David Palumbo, Annie Stegg, Justin Gerard, Arnie Fenner, John Flesk, Android Jones, Craig Elliott and Terry Dodson.

Enjoy,

John

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The Flesk Early May 2014 Update

After untold hours of preparation and planning, I look at the beginning of this month with much anticipation. We have the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event fast approaching, I am writing the “Year in Review” and designing Spectrum 21, plus I’m working with Frank Cho to keep his Drawing Beautiful Women book on schedule. The magnitude of these three projects, along with the day-to-day necessities of running Flesk, has consumed my 60 hour work week. Once July 1st comes, the show will have passed, the books completed and turned in to the printer, and then I will immediately focus on a new batch of books for 2015. Downtime does not exist here.

SFAL3-posterHere’s a print that will be available at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live. It is 11 x 17 inches and will be free at our Flesk / Spectrum booth (#501) during the SFAL special guest signing on Saturday from 11:15am to 12PM. Wayne Barlowe, Tim Bruckner, Frank Cho, Camilla d’Errico and Justin Sweet will be on hand to sign your prints! The prints are limited to 250 units with a limit of 1 per person to make sure that as many attendees have an opportunity to get one.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 21 Award Nominations Videos

In preparation for the Spectrum 21 awards ceremony in Kansas City, MO on May 10th, we have produced a series of videos highlighting the five artist works that have been nominated in each of the eight categories. For more details about the gala, and the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event, please visit the official website here.

I hope you enjoy the videos. Congratulations and good luck to the nominated artists!

Spectrum 21 Advertising Category Nominations

Spectrum 21 Book Category Nominations

Spectrum 21 Comics Category Nominations

Spectrum 21 Concept Art Category Nominations

Spectrum 21 Dimensional Category Nominations

Spectrum 21 Editorial Category Nominations

Spectrum 21 Institutional Category Nominations

Spectrum 21 Unpublished Category Nominations

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live Promotional Video

We’ve just finalized the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live promotional video.

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live runs May 9-11th, 2014 at the Kansas City Convention Center, Grand Ballroom of Bartle Hall, 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 21 awards ceremony. In short, our goal is to honor the artists and put on a fantasy art convention that anyone is welcome to attend and enjoy.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3 Show and Flesk Guests — Updated

It’s time for some Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3 news! (Updated on April 15th to include David Palumbo to the Flesk special guests list.)

The show will be in Kansas City, MO in the Bartle Hall Grand Ballroom running May 9-11, 2014. There are five special guests who you can meet at the show. They are Wayne Barlowe, Tim Bruckner, Frank Cho, Camilla d’Errico and Justin Sweet.

In addition, Flesk is sponsoring eight more artists who will be hosted at the Flesk / Spectrum booth: Bill Carman, Terry Dodson, Craig Elliott, Android Jones, Iain McCaig, Jackson Robinson, Steve Rude, Mark Schultz.

Furthermore, there will be over 200 artists exhibiting at the show. We’re also organizing far more workshops than before. We want everyone to have the opportunity to grow, learn and to be inspired. We have top artists in the industry giving extended live presentations. These are at no additional cost to the already affordable entry cost.

You can learn more about how to attend and exhibit at “The Art Fair With a Sense of Wonder” at the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live website.

Here is some information and sample art by those artists who I will be hosting. (The five special show guests are already highlighted on the SFAL site.)

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Bill Carman

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Art by Bill Carman

Bill Carman has worked as a designer, illustrator, and art director at universities, ad agencies, publishing houses and for large corporations. Since graduating with a BFA in visual communication/illustration and an MFA in painting he has always free-lanced and exhibited. Bill is currently a professor teaching illustration at Boise State University. He has been featured in many exhibits and publications including Society of Illustrators New York Annuals (gold medal, silver medal), 3×3 Magazine professional annual, American Illustration and Spectrum (silver medal). He is the recipient of the bronze, silver and gold medals from CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education). Bill authored and illustrated a children’s book, What’s That Noise?, published in 2002 by Random House Books.  Painting for exhibitions and commissions continues to be where most of Bill’s time is spent when he is not fishing.

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Terry Dodson

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Art by Terry Dodson

Terry Dodson has been a professional artist since 1993. He has worked on such comic books and characters as Harley Quinn, Spider-Man, Star Wars, Superman, Wonder Woman, the X-Men, Harry Potter, the Defenders, the Avengers. He has worked for Hasbro, Mattel, DC Entertainment, Warner Brothers, ESPN, Electronic Arts, Hanna-Barbera, Marvel Entertainment, Sideshow Collectibles and many other clients.

Terry is now working on creator owned comics as well, currently the new graphic novel series “Red One” with writer Xavier Dorison, scheduled for a September 2014 release.

Terry has also worked in toy and statue design, animation and video games and has had gallery exhibitions featuring his paintings. He remains a popular artist in the industry –a status he attributes in large part to the contributions of his wife, Rachel, who adds her talented inking to his work.

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Craig Elliott

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Art by Craig Elliott

Craig Elliott has worked primarily for Disney and Dreamworks, designing their animated films such as Hercules, Mulan, The Emperor’s New Groove, Treasure Planet, Enchanted, Monsters vs. Aliens, The Princess and the Frog, Rio and The Lorax. Craig has also done fully painted comic book and cover artwork. A multi-faceted artist, he is also an accomplished landscape architect, fine artist, sculptor and most recently, jewelry designer.

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Android Jones

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Art by Android Jones

Android Jones is the cutting-edge creator renowned for his concept art for movies and video games, fashion design, body painting, illustration and digital performances. He started his career with George Lucas at Industrial Light & Magic, worked as the only North American concept artist for the Japanese gaming company Nintendo and became creative director for the entertainment development company Massive Black Inc., of which he is founder.

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Iain McCaig

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Art by Iain McCaig

Iain McCaig divides his energies between a lifelong love of storytelling, and a passionate belief that everyone in the world can learn to draw. McCaig is best known for his cover art for Jethro Tull’s Broadsword and the Beast and his Star Wars designs for Queen Amidala and Darth Maul. His other films include Interview with a Vampire, Dracula, Terminator 2, Hook, Peter Pan, Charlotte’s Web, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and Disney’s John Carter. He is also a Chesley nominated illustrator, having illustrated books ranging from Fighting Fantasy to J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit. Shadowline: The Art of Iain McCaig, a 28 year retrospective of his film and publishing work came out in 2008. Currently, McCaig is developing an original live-action feature film, Book of Secrets.

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David Palumbo

Art by David Palumbo

Art by David Palumbo

As a freelance illustrator, David Palumbo’s work has been featured prominently in the F/SF market on book covers, comics (Dark Horse), and collectable card games (Magic: The Gathering), as well as such mainstream publications as Scientific American and The New Yorker.   His emphasis on moody and dramatic genre scenes have received multiple honors including several Spectrum medals and a Chesley award as well as having been shown in galleries and exhibitions from New York to Paris.

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Jackson Robinson

Art by Jackson Robinson

Art by Jackson Robinson

Jackson Robinson is the owner and artist behind King’s Wild Project, a luxury playing card company.  With roots from the crowd-funding website, Kickstarter, Jackson burst into the deck design scene in early 2013.  Drawing inspiration from currency and banknotes of the late 1800’s, Jackson’s most popular series has been The Federal 52, including 10 different decks that highlight the art of American money and intaglio printing throughout history.

Jackson has also worked in the video game industry, 2-D print illustrations, as well as a teacher at the Gnomon School of Visual Arts in Hollywood, CA.  When Jackson isn’t working on pushing the envelop of card design, he loves hanging out with his wife and two sweet daughters.

Steve Rude

Steve Rude

Art by Steve Rude

Art by Steve Rude

Steve Rude’s career began in 1981 with his and co-creator Mike Baron’s groundbreaking Nexus comic series. This space saga catapulted Rude into the field of comics, where he became highly sought after by major publishers. During his first few years in the industry, Rude’s efforts led to numerous awards, such as the 1984 Russ Manning Newcomer Award, the Kirby Award for best artist in 1986, and numerous Eisner’s for artistic achievement. For over two decades, Rude has drawn hundreds of comic’s greatest iconic heroes, and has galvanized the art world as a comic magazine artist and illustrator.

Mark Schultz

Mark Schultz

Art by Mark Schultz

Art by Mark Schultz

Mark Schultz is a storyteller by nature as well as by profession. He could always draw and his storytelling tends to lean toward the visual, although he can cobble his ideas into words as necessary. His interests in adventure fiction and the sciences led him to create his award-winning Xenozoic Tales comic series. He has illustrated a collection of Robert E. Howard’s Conan of Cimmeria and written the science primer graphic novel The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA. Between scripting the weekly newspaper adventures of Prince Valiant and producing images for his art series collection, Carbon, he continues to chip away at the illustrations for his novella Storms at Sea.

I’ll have a few more artists announced who will be appearing at our booth as we get closer to the show date.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 21 Artists Notified and Book Designs Started

Spectrum-21-coverHi, all,

I’ve just wrapped up sending out all of the notification emails to the artists who were selected for inclusion into Spectrum 21. There are over 200 artists and nearly 500 works included in Spectrum 21. I took my time to match up the names, art and specifications since I want to verify these details with the artists to make sure they are right. It’s incredibly important to me get the information accurate in the printed book and so, I chose not rush the process.

If you are on the Spectrum 21 artist list and did not receive an email from us, please shoot us an email at info@spectrumfantasticart.com and we will help you out.

With this step done, I have begun working on the actual Spectrum 21 book designs. My goal is to have the book ninety-percent mapped out before I leave for the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event in early May.

Also this week, Frank Cho and I did the rough designs for 25 pages of his Drawing Beautiful Women book. Between now and early July I expect to have Frank’s book, Spectrum 21 and The Art of Nexus by Steve Rude wrapped up, plus maybe one more book. Then we will be off to Comic-Con International in San Diego!

Enjoy,

John

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New Flesk Kickstarter Campaign “Sessions: Spectrum Fantastic Art Portraits” Is Now Live!

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(Jump straight to the Kickstarter campaign by clicking here.)

John Fleskes, president and publisher of Flesk Publications, teams up with renowned portrait photographer Greg Preston to produce a special book created on the showroom floor of the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event, held May 9-11th in Kansas City, Missouri.  Sessions: Spectrum Fantastic Art Portraits will feature the art, a brief bio, and a portrait created by Greg Preston of at least 50 of the creators behind today’s best contemporary fantastic art.

This project is a singular opportunity that YOU can make happen, and as an added bonus you are invited to witness its creation.  John Fleskes is sponsoring the project through Kickstarter, and the chance to be a part of this unique art book begins NOW.  The amount needed to make Sessions a reality is $9,000 and this Kickstarter project offers several pledge levels to choose from, each with special items attached to thank you for being a backer.

Publisher John Fleskes explains: “I have invited noted portrait photographer Greg Preston and his crew to SFAL to set up a photo studio right on the show floor to take artist portraits throughout the event. With the permission of the artists, Greg and I will choose our favorite portraits and make a high-end, fine art style book collection. I really want to show the people behind the pictures; those who give us so much beauty, who entertain us and who fill our lives with wonder. Let’s celebrate the artists and who they are, which goes right along with the mission of the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event: The artists are the stars and let’s showcase them in the best possible light.”

Artists to be included in the project include:  Allen Williams, Annie Stegg, Bill Carman, Camilla d’Errico, Cory Godbey, Craig Elliott, Dan dos Santos, Daren Bader, David Palumbo, Donato Giancola, Edward Howard, Frank Cho, George Pratt, Greg Spalenka, Iain McCaig, Jackson Robinson, J. Anthony Kosar, John Picacio, Justin Gerard, Justin Sweet, Mark Chiarello, Mark Schultz, Omar Rayyan, Paul Bonner, Rebecca Yanovskaya, Steve Rude, Terry Dodson, The Shiflett Brothers, Tim Bruckner, Virginie Ropars and Wayne Barlow.

If stretch goals are met, even more artists may be included in the book.

In addition to the opportunity to bring this project to fruition, you can attend Spectrum Fantastic Art Live and witness Greg Preston work directly with the artists.  It is open to the public.  This is an amazing opportunity for you to see your book being created, and meet the artists who will grace its pages.

In the event that you need more incentive to come on board, Flesk Publications is noted for the quality and craftsmanship of the art books they have created in their twelve years of business.  The book you are helping make will itself be a work of art, created by a publisher with a passion for fantastic art and the artists who create it.

(Visit the Kickstarter campaign by clicking here.)

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk Titles Coming in 2014 and 2015

Hi, all,

I’d like to fill you in on our Flesk releases for 2014 and what books we have in development for 2015.

These last seven months have been a thrilling experience. Transitioning Spectrum over to Flesk has given me the same excited feeling that I had when I first started Flesk Publications back in 2002. The internal restructuring here has been a tremendous amount of work, but the benefit today is that I have 12 years of publishing business experience to make far better decisions than when I started in 2002. The opportunity to work on Spectrum not only allowed me the fun of completely rethinking the process of how the annual is run and produced, but it also made me look at the processes here at Flesk. I placed my high standards on myself, asked many tough questions, and as a result I made a series of improvements here. The result will be a continuation of our high quality books, with many new faces as part of the Flesk team to help out. The improvements have been so great, that it feels as if I am walking into the business for the first time.

Spectrum-21-cover2014 Flesk Titles

1. Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Art
Spectrum is more than just a book. It is a community, a brand and an event which requires nurturing and focus all year long. A few friends of mine expressed their concern that by my taking on Spectrum that it would interrupt the Flesk line of books. “It would be disastrous if Spectrum affected the Flesk line,” said one artist who I publish. I agree, which is why this is the only year where you will see this reduction of releases while we restructure and grow. Spectrum 21 will be released in November 2014.

2. Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method
This is another fun book. Frank Cho and I have known each other for over a decade, but never worked together before. I’m finding the experience to be a blast. This book is right on schedule for an October 2014 release date.

In Development for 2015

1. The Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini
This book will focus on Wendy’s stellar work outside of ElfQuest including comics, illustration and private art with a detailed biography exploring every facet of Wendy’s passion for telling stories. All traditional artwork is being reproduced from the original art.

2. The Art of Elfquest
This collection will highlight key covers, story pages, portfolio plates and rarely seen images from its earliest days to today.

3. The Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija
A story highlighted with dozens of new drawings and paintings. Petar is working intensely on this book and I’ll have more information to share in the next few months.

4. The Art of Nexus by Steve Rude
We have spent over two years collecting scans of full Nexus stories from the original art and we are now ready to design the book. This one is very close to being ready and we expect to run a Kickstarter campaign on this during the summer.

5. The Moth by Steve Rude, Gary Martin and Glenn Whitmore
The Moth is coming back! New stories are in the works. The next four issues are mapped out and this is an exciting opportunity for me to publish a comic that I am extremely passionate about.

6. The Comic Art of William Stout
This is another book that has been in development for a few years. Tracking down and scanning the art to include in the book has been a pleasure. We’re getting closer to being ready to start designing the book. I’m confident that this will be ready by the fall of 2015.

7. Sessions: Spectrum Fantastic Art Live Portraits by Greg Preston
A new book featuring the photography of Greg Preston highlighting fifty creators behind todays best contemporary fantastic art. I’ll share the link to the Kickstarter campaign for this later this week.

8. Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz
Yes, it’s true. Not a hoax; not a dream! Schultz is threatening that the art is nearly done. After five years in development, we are looking at a 2015 release date.

9. Mark Schultz Various Drawings Premium Hardcover Collection
All five volumes of Various Drawings combined into a deluxe oversized collection. Mark and I have some big ideas to make this far more than a simple collection.

10. Plus, I’m working with Terry Dodson, Gary Gianni, Gregory Manchess, Iain McCaig, Jackson Robinson and Jim Silke on new ideas. Their titles will be announced once we have the books fleshed out further.

11. I’m also packaging three books for various institutions. I’ll announce who the books focus on once I have permission to share the details.

12. Spectrum 22
The annual collection arrives in stores in the fall of each year.

This will carry us through the end of 2015!

Thanks to everyone again for your interest. These books and projects in no way could be possible without your support.

Now it’s time to get back to work!

Enjoy,

John

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Back From Emerald City Comicon

The view from the Flesk booth. We had a prime spot right as you walk in off of the main sky bridge.

The view from the Flesk booth. We had a prime spot right as you walk in off of the main sky bridge.

Emerald City Comicon is a wrap. The show was incredibly well organized with friendly staff and volunteers, plus easy to get in and out. The show was sold out in advance and packed with people for most of Friday and Saturday. I noticed that it was a little easier to get around on Sunday, but just a little.

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Our friend’s at Bud Plant were just a few steps away from us. This picture was taken from our booth, too.

I brought three times the amount of books that we brought last year and by closing time on Sunday I was able to fit all of the remaining books into one small box. It looks like I’ll need to bring even more next year!

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Here’s a picture of Brom at the Flesk / Spectrum booth just before opening time on Friday morning.

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Brom sketching in The Art of Brom.

Brom was with us all three days. His line was steady throughout with only the briefest of lulls. We sold out of the Art of Brom books that I had brought by early Sunday. In this picture above, Brom is adding a pair of drawings to a deluxe copy of his art book.

Brom-Tattoo-ECCCSome people talk about how big of a fan they are of Brom. Others show it. Here, Brom signs his name below the tattoo depicting his art during Emerald City Comicon last weekend. The owner requested Brom’s signature to use as a stencil for the tattoo artist to apply the final touch.

I observed that Seattle has a huge tattoo presence. I saw far more body art than cosplay at this show. Many beautiful tattoo arm sleeves had Asian influences, sea life or fantasy elements to them. I can only imagine how skilled these tattoo artists have to be as they don’t have the luxury of an eraser.

More pictures and stories from ECCC coming soon

Enjoy,

John

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Emerald City Comicon Going Strong for Flesk!

John Flesk, Frank Cho and Brom at the Flesk booth #1702 today at Emerald City Comicon.

John Flesk, Frank Cho and Brom at the Flesk booth #1702 today at Emerald City Comicon.

Hi, all,

We’re having a great time here this weekend in Seattle at the Emerald City Comicon. The show sold out in advance and the crowds have been thick. We’ve been having a lot of fun and appreciate how many people have been stopping by. I brought three times the amount of books that we brought last year and we are already down to the last 10% of stock with one more full day to go!

Camilla d'Errico's booth today at Emerald City Comicon.

Camilla d’Errico’s booth today at Emerald City Comicon.

Here’s a picture of Camilla d’Errico just before Saturday’s opening time at her booth. Camillia will be a special guest at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live this coming May!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 21 Judging Highlights Video

Here’s a video showing highlights from the Spectrum 21 judging event which was held on March 1, 2014 at the San Jose State University’s Animation/Illustration department building. The five member jury, comprising of Cory Godbey, J. Anthony Kosar, George Pratt, Shelly Wan and Allen Williams, reviewed over 5000 entries during the daylong event. A Special thanks to the SJSU faculty for making the space available and to the twenty-plus students who volunteered making the day run smoothly!

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk and Spectrum Exhibiting at Emerald City Comic Con

Brom will be signing at our booth #1702 each day.

Brom will be signing at our booth #1702 each day.

Hi, all,

If you will be attending the Emerald City Comic Con, we’ll be there and we would enjoy seeing you there. The shoe is in Seattle, WA this March 28-30. We have an excellent spot located right at the entrance when walking into the show off of the sky bridge. Our booth number is 1702.

There are a number of artists who we publish that are special guests of the show. Brom will be signing at our Flesk / Spectrum booth for the full three days. Frank Cho, who we are working with on his Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method that will be available this fall, can be found at his guest table MM-07. Terry & Rachel Dodson are at table II-01. And Richard & Wendy Pini, who we have two books in development with, can be found at table E-09. We look forward to welcoming you at our respective locations where you can learn more about our future projects with these exceptional artists. Plus, the artists will have original artwork and prints for sale.

We will have our full line of Flesk books on hand, as well as information regarding the Spectrum annual and the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event. Free catalogs and promotional postcards will be available. We will be bringing a number of books with slight scuff marks or dings at greatly reduced prices. This is an excellent way to try out a new title or artist, or to fill in your Flesk library for a deal.

Full details about Emerald City Comic Con can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 21 Cover

Hi, all,

I’ve wrapped up the cover design for Spectrum 21. The artwork featured on the cover is a fine art painting by Rebecca Léveillé-Guay titled “The Visitor.” Thanks to Rebecca for letting us use the art for the cover!

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Right now I’m working on creating the list of jury picks for inclusion into Spectrum 21. I’ll have it ready to post just after mid-March.

Enjoy,

John

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Announcing the Spectrum 21 Award Nominees

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The Spectrum 21 jury: J. Anthony Kosar, Allen Williams, Cory Godbey, George Pratt and Shelly Wan.

The Spectrum 21 jury has nominated the top five artists in each of the eight categories for a silver and gold award. The winners will be announced at the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event in Kansas City, MO on May 10th. I will post the actual images on the Spectrum website soon. A big congratulations to these artists!

The Spectrum 21 Award Nominees Are…

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Anita Kunz -- Little Monsters

Anita Kunz — Little Monsters

Victo Ngai -- A Tiger Beer Chinese New Year

Victo Ngai — A Tiger Beer Chinese New Year

Gabriel Verdon -- Hiversaires

Gabriel Verdon — Hiversaires

Kent Williams -- The Criterion Collection Lord of the Flies

Kent Williams — The Criterion Collection Lord of the Flies

Shu Yan -- Go Into the Gate

Shu Yan — Go Into the Gate

Advertising
Anita Kunz — Little Monsters
Victo Ngai — A Tiger Beer Chinese New Year
Gabriel Verdon — Hiversaires
Kent Williams — The Criterion Collection Lord of the Flies
Shu Yan — Go Into the Gate

Book

Nicolas Delort -- The End of the Road

Nicolas Delort — The End of the Road

Scott Gustafson -- Little Sambha and the Tiger with the Beautiful Purple Shoes with Crimson Soles

Scott Gustafson — Little Sambha and the Tiger with the Beautiful Purple Shoes with Crimson Soles

John Harris -- Fire: the Road Beside the Wall

John Harris — Fire: the Road Beside the Wall

Petar Meseldzija -- The Golden Apple Tree 1

Petar Meseldzija — The Golden Apple Tree 1

Kirsti Wakelin -- Dreamboats, Lilies, Koi and Chang Kuo-lao

Kirsti Wakelin — Dreamboats, Lilies, Koi and Chang Kuo-lao

Book
Nicolas Delort — The End of the Road
Scott Gustafson — Little Sambha and the Tiger with the Beautiful Purple Shoes with Crimson Soles
John Harris — Fire: the Road Beside the Wall
Petar Meseldzija — The Golden Apple Tree 1
Kirsti Wakelin — Dreamboats, Lilies, Koi and Chang Kuo-lao

Comics

Thomas Campi -- The Red Door

Thomas Campi — The Red Door

He Jie Mona -- All Corners of the Country: The Lost Buildings  #4

He Jie Mona — All Corners of the Country: The Lost Buildings #4

Goni Montes -- Clive Barker's Next Testament #6

Goni Montes — Clive Barker’s Next Testament #6

Mark A. Nelson -- Seasons, page 1

Mark A. Nelson — Seasons, page 1

David Palumbo -- No Good Deed

David Palumbo — No Good Deed

Comics
Thomas Campi — The Red Door
He Jie Mona — All Corners of the Country: The Lost Buildings  #4
Goni Montes — Clive Barker’s Next Testament #6
Mark A. Nelson — Seasons, page 1
David Palumbo — No Good Deed

Concept Art

Jamie Jones -- Blackzero Interior

Jaime Jones — Black Zero Interior

Vance Kovacs -- John Carter Punches a Thark

Vance Kovacs — John Carter Punches a Thark

Brian Matyas -- Messenger Girl

Brian Matyas — Messenger Girl

Theo Prins -- Kite City 2

Theo Prins — Kite City 2

Theo Prins -- Refugees

Theo Prins — Refugees

Concept Art
Jaime Jones — Black Zero Interior
Vance Kovacs — John Carter Punches a Thark
Brian Matyas — Messenger Girl
Theo Prins — Kite City 2
Theo Prins — Refugees

Dimensional

Jessica Dalvo -- Don't Mind Me

Jessica Dalva — Don’t Mind Me

Colin and Kristine Poole -- Hot Diggety Dog

Colin and Kristine Poole — Hot Diggety Dog

Forest Rogers -- Goblin Spider

Forest Rogers — Goblin Spider

The Shiflett Bros. -- Vertical Man-Tank, 1892

The Shiflett Bros. — Vertical Man-Tank, 1892

Shaun Tan -- Grimm Tales: Thousandfurs

Shaun Tan — Grimm Tales: Thousandfurs

Dimensional
Jessica Dalva — Don’t Mind Me
Colin and Kristine Poole — Hot Diggety Dog
Forest Rogers — Goblin Spider
The Shiflett Bros. — Vertical Man-Tank, 1892
Shaun Tan — Grimm Tales: Thousandfurs

Editorial

Nicolas Delort -- Rumor of Angels

Nicolas Delort — Rumor of Angels

Bill Mayer -- Fragile Planet

Bill Mayer — Fragile Planet

Tran Nguyen -- The Insects of Love

Tran Nguyen — The Insects of Love

Yuko Shimizu -- Hair Tree

Yuko Shimizu — Hair Tree

Luo Xin -- Recall

Luo Xin — Recall

Editorial
Nicolas Delort — Rumor of Angels
Bill Mayer — Fragile Planet
Tran Nguyen — The Insects of Love
Yuko Shimizu — Hair Tree
Luo Xin — Recall

Institutional

Ed Binkley -- The Hag Griselle Pays a Visit

Ed Binkley — The Hag Griselle Pays a Visit

Bill Carman -- Shared Eyewear

Bill Carman — Shared Eyewear

Donato Giancola --  Huor and Hurin Approach Gondolin

Donato Giancola — Huor and Hurin Approach Gondolin

Justin Sweet -- Blacksea

Justin Sweet — Blacksea

Rebecca Yanovskaya -- Ascent of Man

Rebecca Yanovskaya — Ascent of Man

Institutional
Ed Binkley — The Hag Griselle Pays a Visit
Bill Carman — Shared Eyewear
Donato Giancola –  Huor and Hurin Approach Gondolin
Justin Sweet — Blacksea
Rebecca Yanovskaya — Ascent of Man

Unpublished

Audrey Benjaminsen -- Lady of Light

Audrey Benjaminsen — Lady of Light

Jean-Baptiste Monge -- Ode to the Moon

Jean-Baptiste Monge — Ode to the Moon

Yukari Masuike -- Riding Horse on the Freezing Day

Yukari Masuike — Riding Horse on the Freezing Day

Omar Rayyan -- The Long Walk Home

Omar Rayyan — The Long Walk Home

 

Annie Stegg -- Lilaia the Naiad

Annie Stegg — Lilaia the Naiad

Unpublished
Audrey Benjaminsen — Lady of Light
Jean-Baptiste Monge — Ode to the Moon
Yukari Masuike — Riding Horse on the Freezing Day
Omar Rayyan — The Long Walk Home
Annie Stegg — Lilaia the Naiad

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 21 Judging is a Wrap!

SpectrumJudging_07The Spectrum 21 jury has wrapped up the book and awards selections! I’ll be posting the award nominations tomorrow evening and following up in a few weeks with the list of names of those artists who made it into the book. We had a fun day! Here’s a picture looking over the shoulder of J. Anthony Kosar from just a few hours ago.

Enjoy,John

The Spectrum 21 Judging Continues

SpectrumJudging_006The Spectrum 21 jury has switched over to viewing the online submissions. Allen Williams likes the 24″ HD Cintiq Wacom pen displays we have available for the jury to view the art! A special thanks to the Animation/Illustration program at San Jose State University for letting us use their space and systems!

Enjoy,John

The Spectrum 21 Judging is Happening Right Now!

Here are some pictures of the Spectrum 21 judges during the voting process that is happening right now!

Cory Godbey is currently reviewing the Spectrum 21 submissions.

Cory Godbey is currently reviewing the Spectrum 21 submissions.

Allen Williams starts off the Spectrum 21 judging day with the first vote!

Allen Williams starts off the Spectrum 21 judging day with the first vote!

We expect the Spectrum 21 judging to continue for the next 7 hours. Here, George Pratt considers a submission for inclusion into the book.

We expect the Spectrum 21 judging to continue for the next 7 hours. Here, George Pratt considers a submission for inclusion into the book.

 

J. Anthony Kosar is with us today for the Spectrum 21 judging, too!

J. Anthony Kosar is with us today for the Spectrum 21 judging, too!

Shelly Wan rounds out our quintet of judges voting upon the Spectrum 21 submissions right now.

Shelly Wan rounds out our quintet of judges voting upon the Spectrum 21 submissions right now.

Enjoy,

John