Thanks to Everyone Who Submitted to Spectrum 21!

Spectrum-21-Call-for-EntriesI would like to express my utmost gratitude to everyone who sent in their call for entries submissions to Spectrum 21. We are thrilled to have your support and goodwill. This has been an exciting experience so far. We are enjoying preparing your entries for the judges to review in early March. We would like to assure you that we do not pre-screen any art. The integrity of Spectrum and making sure each of your submissions has an equal opportunity to be viewed by the jury is important to us. Those who are selected for inclusion into Spectrum 21 will be notified in April 2014. Good luck, everyone!

Please visit the Spectrum website news page each week to learn more about the process. We will be providing updates to keep you informed!

Thank you!

John

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Spectrum 21 Call for Entries Submissions Deadline is Today!

Hi, everyone,

Today is the last day to submit your artwork before the Spectrum 21 call for entries comes to a close. All artworks in all media embracing the themes of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and the surreal are eligible for this competition. Any published or unpublished art that has been finished or first published between January 1, 2013, and January 1, 2014 is eligible.

You can fill out your forms, submit your art and make payment online in three easy steps. We still welcome hard copy prints sent in through the mail, too. If you are mailing in your entry, as long as the postmarked date is January 25th you can still mail it that day. There’s no need to use costly expedited or overnight mail services.

Please visit the Spectrum Fantastic Art website submissions section for the full details.

Enjoy,

John

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The Art of Brom Promotional Banners

Our friends at Helpful Bear Productions put together these The Art of Brom promotional banners for us to use.  I wanted to share them here for the first time.

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Enjoy,

John

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The Importance of Exhibiting at Shows & Why Exhibit at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live?

Over 200 artists will be exhibiting at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3. Here, Justin Sweet paints at his booth at SFAL2.

Over 200 artists will be exhibiting at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3. Here, Justin Sweet paints at his booth at SFAL2.

The early-bird price break for the exhibitor registration for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3 has been extended to January 31, 2014. Prices go up $100 starting on February 1. You can download an exhibitor application here, or go straight to the online registration here.

But why is it important to exhibit at shows? Here are my five top reasons why I exhibit at shows; and how Spectrum Fantastic Art Live meets my criteria.

Short answer:
1. For promotion
2. To meet the artists / industry colleagues
3. To get inspired
4. To grow
5. To sell books, prints and original art.

Long answer:
Last summer I wrote a blog detailing the five main reasons why I exhibit at shows. I’m going to share them again, but this time I will add some additional information and include how Spectrum Fantastic Art Live meets my own requirements, and by extension I hope to those who decide to exhibit with us as well.

But first, a little bit of history: I’ve attended and exhibited at over one hundred comic, book and art shows combined over the last 20 years. I’ve helped friends run their comic and rare book booths before I was a publisher and my own booths as Flesk Publications since 2005. Now recently I exhibit with Flesk and Spectrum booths side-by-side at shows

I’ve been to terribly mismanaged shows and others that were exceptionally well run. I’ve taken mental notes over the years and aim to put the positive aspects into practice with SFAL. I’m in a unique position in that starting in 2014 I am part of the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live organization. This group consists of me and five other key, smart and incredibly hard working individuals who I am honored to work with. I can have a say in a range of topics including those ideas that I like the most, caution about the things I see as being negative, and suggest new directions and ideas. SFAL is organized by the Spectrum founders, Cathy & Arnie Fenner.

Let’s get started:

1. Promotion.
It’s essential that I create a presence for Flesk Publications, Spectrum Fantastic Art and for the artists that I publish regularly. I look for opportunities to meet people and share with them what we do. Shows are, in my opinion the best and most cost effective way to do this.

I oftentimes have artists at my booth to give attendees an opportunity to meet with them. It is not a requirement for an artist to have been published by myself or for them to have been in Spectrum to join me. At times I do this simply because I like the artist and their art and it’s good to have their company at the booth. Another key reason is that I want the fan to have a pleasant experience. I also want to help the show where I exhibit at succeed. I promote every show where I attend since I want the organizers to succeed as well. The more popular the show is the better it is for us too.

This is a little off topic–falling more in how to conduct yourself at shows, but do you ever notice that I only write about positive things on my blog? If I have an issue, I offer a constructive break down and work toward a better goal. I do not use the internet to vent or use as a sounding board. Being negative gets you nowhere and causes a lapse in focus. Staying positive before, during and after a show will take you far–if you are patient and work smart. Back to the main topic…

For an artist, promotion at events builds a growing awareness of who you are. It can take years to build a following; plan on committing yourself for 3-5 years at various shows before expecting things to benefit you on a large scale. It doesn’t matter how good you are, if no one knows you or your work you will not succeed. Shows will help make you better known. For me, there is no better way to make an impact with another person than a face to face encounter.

How does SFAL help with promotion?
The booths at this show are reserved for artists, with very few exceptions being made to non-artists who fall within the art community and therefore benefit the show and add to the ambiance. We advertise and reach out to art collectors and fans that have a specific interest in the arts. The people who come to SFAL have a keen interest for our field. The attendees are knowledgeable and sophisticated and have a deep appreciation for what we do. And we welcome all artists, art directors and industry people to help bring you all together for greater opportunities and networking possibilities. I also want to note that it is not a requirement to have been in the Spectrum annual to exhibit or attend. We keep the entry ticket affordable and even have very reasonably priced artist tables to encourage new artists to exhibit at a show for the first time. We take a great interest in cultivating new and young artists.

2. Meet your fellow colleagues in person.
I met Gary Gianni, Steve Rude, Mark Schultz, Jim Silke, William Stout, Bruce Timm and a host of other people I work with at events where I have exhibiting at in the past. Shows provide a rare accessibility to artists and many opportunities arise there that can pay off three or five years from now.

Having a booth makes you accessible. It is a location where fans and industry people can find you and solicit commissions and work. I know many artists who either pick up jobs at shows, or receive calls a few months later from someone who met them at a show and who are following up regarding a request. You may not make money at a show, but you may make it down the line.

How does SFAL help with meeting the artists?
We do this by keeping our focus on the artists, and an affordable entry for the general public. We cultivate those in the industry and those who appreciate the arts to gather in one convenient and central location with easy access from the East and West coasts and everywhere in-between. My notes regarding how SFAL helps with promotion applies here as well.

3. Get inspired!
Walking the show and seeing what others are doing is fuel that can last for months.

How SFAL will help get you inspired?
This is a fun topic for me. I keep mentioning this because it is so important to the SFAL organizers; almost all of the booths are artists. The show is a network of booth after booth of artists who paint, draw, sculpt, hand-craft and use technology to create a near overload of imagery. Making your way through the isles is an opportunity to be stimulated and interact with others passions. The wide-range of arts to be found will guarantee you will meet someone with like-minded views. You will leave inspired.

4. Grow.
Panels, business meetings and talking with our Flesk and Spectrum supporters helps me make decisions for the future and it provides me with the knowledge to keep me on track.

How SFAL will help you grow?
Besides the topics mentioned already, an important goal of ours is to have the best panels by artists for artists, and for the fans who want insight into how things work in the studios. We are setting up painting workshops, industry panels conducted by top named editors, panels for the fans to interact with the artists, and more. We want people leaving the show with valuable new knowledge that can enlighten, and benefit a growing career.

5. Sell art, books, prints, sculptures and more.  
I love selling books, packing books, shipping books and getting them into the hands of those that support Flesk and Spectrum. I’m not selling a product that I bought for resale. I am selling books that we made, oftentimes that took months or years to create that I was heavily involved with and that I am passionate about. When someone buys one of our books I am especially grateful since it allows me to continue making more books, and pay royalties to the artists that goes toward the creation of new works.

How does SFAL help to sell your art?
I imagine that some artists feel the same way about selling their art as I do about selling books. Regardless of your motives or what you get out of it, the SFAL organizers work hard to attract buyers who are looking to purchase art direct from you and not from a dealer. What I enjoy most about buying from an artist is that in a small way I have contributed to the artist to produce more work. We welcome and encourage fans and other artists to help one another to succeed.

That wraps up my top five reasons for attending a show and how as one of the SFAL organizers I am working to make Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3 a fun and rewarding experience for all involved.

There is one more topic to discuss, and that is important to consider. That would be making money at a show. I’ve never looked at exhibiting at a show as an immediate financial reward. I’m always happy if I break even. I’ve exhibited at plenty of shows where I lost money, sometimes thousands of dollars, but that never was reason enough for me to quit or to stop exhibiting. For me, embracing my top five is far more rewarding and always pays off in long run.

I’m looking forward to SFAL3 and hope to see you there.

Let me know if you have questions about the show!

Enjoy,

John

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Frank Cho Kickstarter Campaign Ends This Week

Hi, everyone,

Our Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method Kickstarter campaign ends this Friday. This is the book where Frank Cho, the acclaimed creator of Liberty Meadows, shares his secrets to drawing the lovely women he is renowned for.

Gallery Edition cover

Gallery Edition cover

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1226561929/drawing-beautiful-women-the-frank-cho-method?ref=live

We offer a variety of editions from an affordably priced trade paperback all the way up to a fancy oversized limited edition. Eight stretch goals have been unlocked so far. Here is a rundown on the current free bonus items you will receive for those who make a book pledge of $20 or more.

-Free shipping by USPS Media Mail with tracking in the U.S.A. -Free 8 x 10″ print featuring a drawing the head construction guide with various angles shown -Two gatefolds added to the trade and publisher’s editions. -French flaps added to the trade paperback edition. -Free second 8 x 10″ print showing the full body construction of a woman from the front, side and rear. -Upgrade binding for the $35 Hardcover Publisher’s edition with jacket. -Free digital PDF version of the book for your computers and tablets. -Adding two gatefolds to the Gallery Edition. -Upgrade binding for the $50 hardcover Deluxe Limited and Signed Publisher’s Edition.

Our next two stretch goals are:

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Preliminary sketch for Ivy Doomkitty print.

-A third free print, this one featuring the lovely Ivy Doomkitty! -A Frank Cho online art demonstration video (Again Frank will be fully clothed, we promise.)

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1226561929/drawing-beautiful-women-the-frank-cho-method?ref=live

Lots of giving all around! Act soon if you want to get in on all of the bonus Kickstarter goodies!

Happy New Year and with our thanks,

John Flesk (and Frank Cho)

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“An Evening with Flesk Prime” Pictures

Flesk Prime patron, Strip Festival organizer and friend, Fons van Erp.

Flesk Prime patron, Strip Festival organizer and friend, Fons van Erp.

We had our second “An Evening With Flesk Prime” on October 24, 2013 in Breda, The Netherlands. This private dinner was held at a luxurious restaurant in a secluded area of the city. A natural barrier of native trees sheltered us from the sounds and sights of modern day civilization. It was the perfect setting for our intimate dinner with the artists and patrons. The evening was arranged by our stalwart friend, Mark Thelosen. Thanks to Mark for his excellent restaurant selection and for making the evening run so smoothly.

I came up with the idea of An Evening with Flesk Prime a few months prior to our 2011 visit to the Strip Festival in Breda. I oftentimes have the opportunity to have small group dinners with the artists and thought it would be fun to make a special dinner available to a small group of fans. With the 2011 inaugural evening a success, we decided to hold a follow-up dinner two nights prior to the 2013 Breda event.

I would like to thank our local patrons who partook in Flesk Prime. We all thoroughly enjoyed your company, conversation and laughs. We were pleased to see the many repeat attendees and to have the opportunity to meet the new gentlemen who joined us.

I also want to pass along my gratitude to our special guests: Terry & Rachel Dodson, Petar Meseldzija, Mark Schultz, Jim Silke and Thomas Yeates. The following are pictures from the dinner.

Jim and Kurtesa Silke.

Jim and Kurtesa Silke.

Thomas Yeates in the center. All smiles.

Thomas Yeates in the center. All smiles.

Terry Dodson (middle) is an excellent storyteller, both in comics and in person.

Terry Dodson (middle) is an excellent storyteller, both in comics and in person.

Mark Schultz (in the foreground) discussing his German roots.

Mark Schultz (in the foreground) discussing his German roots.

The view from the head of the table.

The view from the head of the table.

Another shot at Terry's zone.

Another shot at Terry’s zone.

Sorry, Petar! The pictures of you from the night didn’t come out good. But, for our Petar Meseldzija fans, I have plenty of unseen pictures of Petar that I’ll be sharing on my blog soon.

Enjoy,

John

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New Goodies Announced on Our Frank Cho Kickstarter Campaign

Greetings, all,

I just sent out a new update on our Frank Cho Kickstarter campaign. Here’s the details.

We are pleased to announce a new exciting batch of stretch goals and a new digital tier. And they’re a doozy, folks. Drum roll, please:

Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method Kickstarter Campaign Link

*An exclusive print of the renowned model Ivy Doomkitty. (Whoa Nellie!)

*A Frank Cho illustration process video. (He’ll draw a hottie from start to finish.)

*Upgraded bindings for our books.

*Digital PDF version that can all be yours at no additional cost for those who make a book pledge of $20 or more.

*Plus, we’re throwing in a digital PDF tier for just $10. No, we’re not going nuts (we checked), we just like giving more goodies as your support grows. You deserve it!

Here’s a full breakdown of the new offerings.

Gallery Edition

This massive edition will be 12 inches wide by 17 inches tall. The Gallery Edition will feature a new oil painting of a reclining nude woman on the printed boards cover. (The cover sample shows the painting and rough design, both of which are in progress.)

New Digital Tier

We’ve added a $10 tier for a digital version of the 112-page trade edition book in PDF form. You will also be eligible to have free access to the online Frank Cho art demonstration video if we hit our stretch goal to make the film happen. This is an incredible deal and also an excellent option for our international friends. Please note that all other stretch goals and exclusives are only available to book pledges of $20 or more

Stretch Goals to Unlock

$95K Stretch Goal
Upgrade binding for the $35 Hardcover Publisher’s Edition.
We will upgrade the binding from the current paper printed boards to an Arlin boards wrap with custom stamp on the front boards. This version includes a jacket too.

$100K Stretch Goal
We will add a digital PDF version
for everyone who makes a book pledge of $20 or more. This is a great way to have your hard copy book and a digital copy for when you are on the go.

$110K Stretch Goal
Adding two gatefolds to our Gallery Editions. This goal is for two gatefolds, each measuring a whopping 24 inches wide by 17 inches tall! (That’s how tall Frank Cho is in real life.)

$115K Stretch Goal
Upgrade binding of the $50 Hardcover Deluxe Limited & Signed Publisher’s Edition to a fancy quarter-binding with an onlaid plate featuring the cover art set in the front center boards. The board design will finish off with a stamp of the title and Frank Cho’s name on the front boards. The jacket will also be included.

$125K Stretch Goal
We will add a third free print Featuring Ivy Doomkitty.
An 8 x 10 inch print featuring a classy nude watercolor pinup of internationally known cosplayer and model, the great Ivy Doomkitty, ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN!

$140K Stretch Goal
A Frank Cho Drawing Demonstration Video.
John Fleskes will fly out to Frank’s studio and film him drawing a few pieces included in the book. (John will make sure Frank wears his pants throughout the demonstration.) This 40 minute online video with narration will be available for free to all of our Kickstarter supporters who make a book pledge of $20 or more, and to those who pledge for the digital $10 tier.

If we get over the $140K mark we’ll have another big stretch goal to announce.

KickstarterBrandyArt sample for the Deluxe Gallery Edition Sketch Tier available on Kickstarter.

Thanks again for all of your help and support. We greatly appreciate it!

Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method Kickstarter Campaign Link

Enjoy,

John

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The Art of Brom Promotional Video

Here’s a treat! The Art of Brom from Flesk Publications promotional video. A special thanks to Helpful Bear Productions for putting this together. I love how this turned out!

Visit our Flesk website here to purchase the book. We have special Deluxe and Publisher’s editions available only direct from us.

Enjoy,

John

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Visiting the Belgium Comic Strip Center and Other Stories

Here are a few stories and pictures during my travels to The Netherlands in late October.

As my flight prepared for departure from the San Francisco airport for Amsterdam the announcement was made to turn off all electronic devices. I gladly shut down and packed away my phones and didn’t turn them back on until my arrival back home in the states. I quickly and easily defaulted back to my days of no phones and no online access. I always feel good when I can temporarily disconnect from the grid, even if just for a day. I survived just fine without a phone, internet access or online maps. A little bit of pre-planning, local help, physical maps and asking people for directions on the streets kept us going in the right direction. It was quite liberating to be free of gadgets.
Flesk-Netherlands-2013-events-05One of my favorite things about traveling is how I tend to look up and around when walking, rather than looking straight ahead and thinking about where I am going when I am moving about on my home turf. This picture (above) is looking straight up into the canopy of a tree that looked remarkably similar to our California Sycamore native trees. It was located on the edge of a walking path that ran along a channel of flowing water that bounced a reflective light along the large broad green and yellow leaves, with the blue sky peering through in the background. It was like seeing a rich pallet of animated oil paint constantly undulating on the leaves and branches. I sat and watched this light show for a while, completely lost in its beauty.
Flesk-Netherlands-2013-events-04Coming from California, the nice weather experienced during our visit, which we were told was exceptional during our stay, was not that unusual for me to experience. But what was impressive was the clarity and lighting of objects during our stay. The days are shorter than where I live, and not just that, they sun travels lower across the Dutch sky making for morning to mid-morning light that blends right into a late afternoon and then evening light. The harsh and bright lighting that washes out color during the middle of the day that I am used to in California was non-existent. This made for perfect photography lighting during much of our stay in the Netherlands. It was like having a Hollywood film crew control the lighting to my advantage everywhere we went. Also, I didn’t have to get up early to catch the morning light.

Flesk-Netherlands-2013-events-03Terry and Rachel Dodson, Mark Schultz, our pal Jim Reid and I spent the afternoon walking in Schiedam. Terry stopped a few times, pulled out his sketchbook and start drawing a scene that interested him. In this case, Terry was standing in the road to get the angle he wanted. I was watching for cars and bikes, while watching him work. He quickly blocked in the large masses and then continued to ease into the finer details. Twelve minutes later he got down what he wanted and we continued our leisurely walk through the city.

Mark Schultz, Mark Theloson and Thomas Yeates

Mark Schultz, Mark Theloson and Thomas Yeates viewing the Will Eisner Exhibit.

We had the good fortune to visit the Belgium Comic Strip Center. Unbeknown to us, a stellar special exhibit on the life and work of Will Eisner was on display. What was originally planned for an hour long visit, extended into a full afternoon of pure enlightenment. Our group this day consisted of Thomas Yeates and his daughter, Mark Schultz, Mark Thelosen, Terry and Rachel Dodson and myself. I would guess all, if not most of us had met Will Eisner at least once, if not multiple times. I would also bet most of us have seen numerous examples of his originals before. Even with those experiences, this homage to Eisner was staggering in scope, detail and display. There are hundreds of originals to view. The care and attention that the Center put into celebrating Eisner is a work of art unto itself. They did a remarkable job. I was impressed by every nuance and corner of the Comic Strip Center. Never have I seen comics and creators so well presented to the public in a museum format. I was delighted that here we were, in the middle of the week, and the place was busy with visitors. The respect and appreciation of the comic arts by the general public throughout Europe is far greater than here in the U.S. And here’s another interesting aside–there was practically no superhero art on display, a genre of which dominates the American comics culture.

Flesk-Netherlands-2013-events-09Mark Schultz standing in front of the Spirit display. Mark has written a few Spirit stories and drawn a couple of covers.

Flesk-Netherlands-2013-events-10The Eisner original art displays were designed like a city outline, perfectly complimenting a theme that runs through Eisner’s works.

Flesk-Netherlands-2013-events-11The Marks’ looking at one of the many displays of comics perephenilia.

Flesk-Netherlands-2013-events-06Walking back to the train station in Brussels, we came across The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula. The lighting crew continued to do their job.

Flesk-Netherlands-2013-events-07Another picture of the Cathedral with our friend and guide, Mr. Mark Theloson.

Flesk-Netherlands-2013-events-12Mark Schultz takes a picture of Terry Dodson during our walk through Brussels.

Two days later, the Prince Valiant team of Mark Schultz (writer) and Thomas Yeates (artist) were asked to give a lecture and workshop at the art department of a high school in Breda, The Netherlands. This was done during the early afternoon on the day before the Strip Festival show. These guys are always willing to share some of their knowledge with future professionals. I left for a few hours, but found out later that Mark and Thomas came up with a Prince Valiant story concept and sketched out the strip in front of the class. That’ll teach me to go goof off.

Flesk-Netherlands-2013-events-02We were pleasantly surprised to see a large Dan Brereton drawing on the door leading into the art lecture room.

Flesk-Netherlands-2013-events-01Later on, we found another drawing by Dan inside an art supply cabinet. Thomas added his own drawing on the interior door. Even Mark drew a small dinosaur right before we left. I suppose I won’t be surprised if that door ends up missing one day. The justification being that it would make it easier to get to the art supplies.

I have more pictures which I’ll share once I find a spare moment.

Enjoy,

John

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Announcing the Gallery Edition of Frank Cho’s “Drawing Beautiful Women”

Frank Cho came up a big idea. So big in fact that we decided to add five additional tiers to our Frank Cho Kickstarter campaign.

(Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method Kickstarter link)

DBW-Gallery-Edition-cover-KSWe are pleased to announce the Gallery Edition of Frank Cho’s “Drawing Beautiful Women.” This massive edition will be 12 inches wide by 17 inches tall. The Gallery Edition will feature a new oil painting of a reclining nude woman on the printed boards cover. (The cover sample shows the painting and rough design, both of which are in progress.)

This oversized version will meet the high standards of the discerning collector, plus benefit the student by showcasing the artwork at a large scale, many in its original size. This format will allow for a close and personal study of Cho’s line and brush strokes. Plus it makes a nifty tray to serve various beverages of your choice.

There are three offerings for this book.

Gallery Edition
The Gallery Edition hardcover with an extra 16 pages is 128 pages, 12×17 inches. At $150, you get the extra 16-page section which includes bonus artwork and an exclusive Frank Cho interview, plus an alternate designed cover featuring a new painting of a nude woman. This is only available from Flesk and Cho. This edition will not be available through the book trade.

Deluxe Gallery Edition
The Deluxe Gallery Edition hardcover is 130 pages, 12×17 inches. Each copy comes signed on a special bound-in signature page which features a new piece of art. The book is hand numbered with only 500 being available. At $200, you get the extra 16-page section which includes bonus artwork and an exclusive Frank Cho interview, plus an alternate designed cover featuring a new painting of a nude woman. This is only available from Flesk and Cho. This edition will not be available through the book trade.

Deluxe Gallery Edition with Original Art
This copy of the Deluxe Gallery Edition includes an original ballpoint-pen drawing by Frank Cho of a woman on a blank page inside the book. Only three copies are available with the price of $5000 apiece.

Adding an entire new edition to our campaign adds a whole new risk factor for us since the printing for this new edition will be quite expensive. But, it’s a dream edition for us, and one in which we hope will have your support.

Thanks again to everyone who has supported us!

(Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method Kickstarter link)

John

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“Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method” Kickstarter Campaign is Now Live!

Our “Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method” Kickstarter campaign is now live

Here’s the link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1226561929/drawing-beautiful-women-the-frank-cho-method

We’ve come up with some cool publisher’s editions that we will make available should we reach our goal. If that happens, we’ll continue to add value to the book and bonus items through stretch goals. You can see the full book details by visiting our Kickstarter campaign.

Frank-Cho-DBW-CoverEnjoy,

John

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Flesk Booth Pictures at the 2013 Strip Festival in Breda, The Netherlands

We had a solid thirty-foot long booth at the Strip Festival show in Breda, The Netherlands on October 26 and 27. Terry Dodson, Petar Meseldzija, Mark Schultz, Jim Silke and Thomas Yeates joined us for signings during the duration of the weekend. I would like to express a special thanks to our hosts, Mark Thelosen and Guido de Bue, plus De Stripspecialist. And to the Strip Festival Breda organization and volunteers, plus all of those at Eppo for their help and support and for making our visit a pleasant one. We had a wonderful time!

Here’s a batch of pictures that I took at our booth. Captions fall under each picture.

Strip-Festival-Breda-2013-Flesk-pic-02Starting from the front, here is Terry Dodson signing a collection of his art on Spider-Man, Mark Schultz doing a drawing in his Xenozoic Artist’s Edition, Thomas Yeates pulling out some of his Prince Valiant original art, Petar Meseldzija adding a sketch to his art book, with Petar’s wife, Anita, keeping us boys in line.

Strip-Festival-Breda-2013-Flesk-pic-01Mark Schultz, who writes the weekly Prince Valiant Sunday strip, was discussing an upcoming storyline with Thomas, who happens to be the artist. Throughout the weekend you could overhear them working out the details for the coming months. In this case, Mark decided to sketch out what he was thinking for one particular segment.

Strip-Festival-Breda-2013-Flesk-pic-03Petar Meseldzija does the best sketches in books! All are different and they serve as a necessary challenge to keep him sharp. Petar does not compromise. I respect that trait.

Strip-Festival-Breda-2013-Flesk-pic-04Terry Dodson adding a quick headshot into one of his books. Terry had the largest lines each day. Fortunately this Dutch show has short hours and is only two days so none of us got worn out. It was quick relaxing, actually.

Strip-Festival-Breda-2013-Flesk-pic-05Thomas Yeates talking with a fan. Thomas is a delight and has an infectious laughter.

Strip-Festival-Breda-2013-Flesk-pic-06Thomas poses for Mark Thelosen, the new owner of this particular Prince Valiant original. And, I’ll add that Mark shuttled us all around the city and back and forth to the airport. For this, and many other reasons, Mark is an official lifetime member of the Flesk team.

Strip-Festival-Breda-2013-Flesk-pic-07The legendary Jim Silke signs a recently sold original.

Strip-Festival-Breda-2013-Flesk-pic-08Petar is all smiles, except when he is focused on drawing.

Strip-Festival-Breda-2013-Flesk-pic-09Jim signs his Jungle Girls book.

Strip-Festival-Breda-2013-Flesk-pic-10Petar snuck behind our booth wall to focus on this drawing commission that he wanted to make extraordinary. It’s quite the experience to watch Petar work.

Strip-Festival-Breda-2013-Flesk-pic-11A pulled back shot of Petar working on the same piece. See, no smiles. He’s creating.

Strip-Festival-Breda-2013-Flesk-pic-12This is a shot of Mark Schultz from the perspective of being in front of the booth. Mark was adding a Hannah bust drawing to his Xenozoic Artist’s Edition.

Strip-Festival-Breda-2013-Flesk-pic-13Mark, who very rarely sketches at shows, adds a Hannah sketch to his new art book, Carbon.

Strip-Festival-Breda-2013-Flesk-pic-14Thomas finished up four convention sketches that were ready to be picked up by his fans.

Strip-Festival-Breda-2013-Flesk-pic-15Remember when I mentioned how steady Terry’s line was? Well, here’s proof.

Strip-Festival-Breda-2013-Flesk-pic-16Terry was only able to finish one or two art commissions at the show. Here’s Terry working on the first one.

Strip-Festival-Breda-2013-Flesk-pic-17This is an alternate angle of Terry working on his commission.

Thanks for looking. I’ll be sharing more pictures soon. Check on back here next week to see them.

Enjoy,

John

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November 2013 News from Flesk and Spectrum

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Schiedam, The Netherlands. More pictures will be featured in my next blog post.

I arrived back to the office from two successful events that were held in Breda, The Netherlands at the end of October. The first event was our An Evening with Flesk Prime, and the second was the Strip Festival. I will write about these and share some pictures in a series of blogs over the next few weeks. For now, I want to provide an update on what is coming next from Flesk and Spectrum.

With 2013 coming to a close, I can positively reflect upon our two Kickstarter projects being finalized, our ten book titles that were released, and the eight events where we exhibited at, plus my working on the Spectrum transition and pushing the new Spectrum website live. It’s the most that we’ve accomplished in a single year and I’m proud of all that we’ve accomplished. I’m looking forward to the next series of projects and shows that will take us into 2014.

Currently, I am working on the Wayne Thiebaud: Works on Paper 1948-2004 exhibition catalog for the Weisman Museum of Art located at the Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. Last year we packaged their Illustrating Modern Life book that focused on the golden age of American illustration. I’m delighted that the museum director and book editor, Michael Zakian, has asked me to take part in the book production for this important American painter. The show will run from January 11 to March 30, 2014. I’m planning on having this done and off to the printer in the next two weeks.

Frank Cho and I will be launching a Kickstarter campaign for his new book, Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method. I’m going to save the details for closer to when we launch, which is scheduled for Black Friday!

Also, a new Steve Rude Nexus art book is in development. Over the last couple of years I have been working with Steve and his wife, Jaynelle, to locate and obtain quality scans of Nexus original art pages that were inked by Steve. We’ve acquired a large group of complete stories. One of the major highlights that will be featured is a selection of pencil pages before they were inked. This is a book I am extremely happy to be working on. I have a 300 page book mapped out already! Hopefully with Kickstarter supporters we can make this even more unique and larger. Our Kickstarter campaign will start early next year sometime.

I had a chance to meet with Richard and Wendy Pini last weekend to talk more about their two books that we have in production, The Art of Elfquest and Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini. The one issue we are facing is having too much art to sort through! I expect it will take one more year to wrap these up.

In Spectrum news, the Call for Entries for Spectrum 21 is going smoothly. The online submission option, which is new for this year, is proving popular with the majority of submissions arriving in this fashion. Remember, we still accept print submissions through the mail. The jury will view the print submissions in the traditional format of viewing them in person and voting, and the online submissions will be viewed and voted upon on the computer. This allows the artists to choose their desired format.

SFAL3-bannerSpectrum Fantastic Art Live is on for next May 9-11 in Kansas City, MO! Exhibitor applications are being accepted now and you can receive a cool $100 discount by reserving your booth by December 31. Until that time, booths are only $350 and artist tables (new for 2014) are only $100. The special guests so far are Wayne Barlowe, Tim Bruckner, Frank Cho, Camilla d’Errico and Justin Sweet. Sponsored by Flesk, I’ll be bringing in Terry Dodson, Steve Rude and Mark Schultz, with more to come! You can download an exhibitor application form here.

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk and Spectrum Booth Video at APE!


Here’s a three minute video of the action at our Flesk / Spectrum booth at the Alternate Press Expo in San Francisco on October 12 and 13. This footage includes our special guests Terryl Whitlatch, Shelly Wan, Iain McCaig and Craig Elliott! Thanks to the Helpful Bear Productions crew for putting this together for us!

Enjoy,

John

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Pictures at our Flesk and Spectrum Booth at the Alternate Press Expo in San Francisco

Hi, all,

We had a fun time at the Alternate Press Expo on October 12 and 13. I’m on the road in the Netherlands for two events, which will keep my writing brief, but I will say this is one show I would not want to miss. APE is all about the artists and it attracts a sophisticated and highly enjoyable audience.

Terryl Whitlatch was with us all weekend. Everyone who bought a copy of her book Real and Imagined received a free unique drawing in the book. This kept Terryl’s line steady throughout the show. Pixar Sketch Artist and Spectrum 21 jury member, Shelly Wan, joined us on Saturday. Shelly proved popular and her good spirits was welcome at the booth. Craig Elliott was with us throughout the weekend. Craig gave much of his time by providing a live painting demonstration from a live model for four hours on Saturday and Sunday. We’re pleased at how popular these were and the visitors that hung out to learn and observe. Iain McCaig, legendary artist and Spectrum Advisory Board member, stopped by Saturday for a surprise visit and signing. Even with his presence being unannounced, a line quickly formed and kept Iain engaged during his entire stay with us. My friends James and Josh managed the book sales and answering questions. We had a fun time. APE is much like showing up to a good friend’s house and hanging out for a few days. None of the experience feels like work.

Enjoy the following pictures that were provided by our friends at Helpful Bear Productions. (Thanks guys!)

Flesk-APE-2013-pic-01Our full line of books were on offer, plus a sample copy of Spectrum 20 that was viewed with much delight.

Flesk-APE-2013-pic-01BTerryl Whitlatch talking with an attendee.

Flesk-APE-2013-pic-03From left to right, there’s Terryl, Shelly Wan, Craig Elliott and me, John Flesk.

Flesk-APE-2013-pic-04Here, Terryl includes a drawing into a copy of her book. She never drew the same creature twice.

Flesk-APE-2013-pic-05This is Terryl again, from the aisle outside of our booth. Our booth was oftentimes obscured by attendees.

Flesk-APE-2013-pic-07This picture shows Terryl, Shelly and Craig, with my buddy James in the background.

Flesk-APE-2013-pic-08Terryl draws in the foreground while Craig is painting his model for the day, Kelly.

Flesk-APE-2013-pic-09Craig focuses on his oil demonstration.

Flesk-APE-2013-pic-10From left to right we have Iain McCaig, Gil Banducci of Helpful Bear Productions, myself and Terryl.

Flesk-APE-2013-pic-11Shelly talks with a fan.

Flesk-APE-2013-pic-12Group shot! From left to right: Shelly, Gil, Terryl, Iain, Craig and Flesk.

Flesk-APE-2013-pic-13Here’s another perspective on Craig’s oil demonstration.

Flesk-APE-2013-pic-14The final portrait, with Kelly and Craig.

Thanks to Vidur Gupta for taking these pictures and to the entire Helpful Bear crew for their support!

See you next year!

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk Student Outreach at the Academy of Art University Time-Lapse Video

We had our annual student outreach at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco on October 15, 2013. We gave students access to our entire Flesk catalog at a reduced rate. I enjoy the opportunity to get our books into the hands of our future stars at a special student discount. Thanks to Vidur Gupta and Helpful Bear Productions for providing this time lapse video of the event. See you next year!

Enjoy,

Enjoy,

John

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Now Accepting Spectrum Fantastic Art 21 Call for Entries

Spectrum-21-Call-for-EntriesHi, all,

The Spectrum 21 Call for Entries is now open! You can visit the Spectrum Fantastic Art website for details, to meet the judges, for FAQs, to download a PDF of the submission poster or to submit online. The posters have been mailed to those on our mailing list today. They should start arriving by early next week.

Here’s the link to the submissions page: Spectrum Fantastic Art Submissions

Thanks,

John

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A Quick Flesk October Action Overview

John-Flesk-AAUC-blogWith the APE show over (pictures coming soon), it’s time for our Student Outreach at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. I’ll be there on Tuesday at 5:00 at the 540 Powell location. And then I’m off to the Netherlands to film a painting demonstration by Petar Mesledzija this weekend, followed by our “An Evening with Flesk Prime” on October 24th and the Strip Festival Breda on the 26th and 27th. Oh, and the Spectrum 21 Call for Entries will open tomorrow, October 15th!

I’ll be posting blog and Facebook entries with pictures throughout the next two weeks as I am able.

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk, Spectrum and Artist Guests Exhibiting at the Alternate Press Expo This Weekend

Greetings, all,

The Alternate Press Expo in San Francisco is this weekend. We will have three tables representing Flesk Publications and Spectrum Fantastic Art in our usual spot near the front entrance. Our space number is 212-214. We will be joined by artists, Craig Elliott, Shelly Wan and Terryl Whitlatch. And we are pleased to have Helpful Bear Productions with us and filming our adventures to share online after the show.

I always look forward to APE. It focuses heavily on the individual artists and independent creators. The show is packed with a diverse sophisticated group. It’s like a giant artist’s alley and small press area, without all of the fancy pop culture and non-arts related booths. What’s not to like?

Flesk

We will have our entire line of Flesk books and prints with us, including the new Mark Schultz Carbon art book. Also available will be our exclusive publisher edition books by Brom, Terry Dodson, Wendy Pini and Bruce Timm.

Spectrum Fantastic Art

We have secured an advance copy of Spectrum 20 to have on display. Previous volumes will also be on hand to peruse. Free Spectrum Call for Entries postcards and Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event postcards will be available.

CFE-21-Flesk-Spectrum-APEThose who are interested in submitting to the Spectrum 21 Call for Entries can turn them in at our booth. We will have submission forms available and we can answer your Spectrum questions. Additionally, you can ask us about the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event happening in Kansas City next May. And you can pick up an exhibitor registration form for those who would like to join us there.

Artist Signings and Demonstrations

Terryl-Whitlatch-Helpful-Bear-FleskTerryl Whitlatch, the artist known for her creature designs for Lucasfilm and who provides workshops through her Tales of Amalthea master class, will be joining us both days. She will be doing drawing demonstrations throughout the weekend and she is happy to sign for her fans. She will also have her book, Animals Real and Imagined available.

Terryl-Whitlatch-Helpful-Bear-Flesk-2Craig Elliott will be doing a three hour oil painting demonstration from a live model on Saturday and Sunday starting at 2:00 each day. Craig will be answering questions during this time. This is an excellent opportunity to learn from Craig, who is a successful visual development artist who works for Disney, Blue Sky and other top companies.

Shelly-Wan-Flesk-APE-show-signingArtist and Spectrum 21 judge, Shelly Wan, will be making a signing appearance at our booth on Saturday from 1:00-2:00. Shelly worked as a visual development artist on Astro Boy; she has done art for Magic: The Gathering; and currently she works for Pixar, having done sketch and color work on Monster’s University.

Helpful Bear Productions

Helpful-Bear-Flesk-FriendsThe crew from Helpful Bear Productions will be joining us and filming our exploits at the booth. A short video will be shared on our Spectrum Fantastic Art website within a week after the show. We have partnered up with Helpful Bear Productions to document and share our events online so you can feel a part of the experience even if you cannot make it. Helpful Bear is the production company that produced the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2 book promotional video. They are at work on a second book feature video, this one focusing on The Art of Brom. We have much more planned with Helpful Bear and I look forward to this new relationship growing.

We hope to see you at the show!

See you soon.

John

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Announcing the New Spectrum Fantastic Art Advisory Board!

Spectrum-21-Call-for-EntriesI just sent out my first official newsletter as the new Spectrum Fantastic Art director. Here it is in case you are not on the email list. You can sign up to receive future newsletters by email here. — John

A Message from the New Spectrum Fantastic Art Director, John Fleskes

Greetings, all,

I would like to welcome you to the first all-new Spectrum Fantastic Art newsletter. My name is John Flesk . You might have heard the announcement from Cathy & Arnie Fenner regarding the transition of Spectrum Fantastic Art into my hands as the new director, editor and publisher. I would like to share the latest Spectrum news with you, as well as properly introduce myself. And I would also like to formally announce the new Spectrum Advisory Board.

The first item I would like to share with you is that the revamped Spectrum Fantastic Art website is now live! There are many new features, including a video section offering a series of interviews with twenty-four of the participating artists and special guests from Spectrum Fantastic Art Live earlier this year. I invite you to take a look.

In just over a week from now I will be sending out a newsletter announcing the Spectrum 21 jury and the opening of the Call for Entries for the Spectrum 21 submissions. New for this year will be an option to submit your entries online, in addition to the traditional option of mailing hard copies. Details will be coming soon!

You can typically expect one to two Spectrum newsletters a month, depending on how much is going on at the time. If you would prefer to not receive these newsletters, or would like to fine tune what type of announcements you will receive, please follow the link provided to manage your newsletter subscription.

Let me tell you a little about myself. My name is “Fleskes,” but you’ll notice I mostly refer to myself as John “Flesk.” “Flesk” is the nickname by which my close friends call me. You can feel free to do the same. In 2002 I formed my art book company, Flesk Publications, out of a desire to create the kind of books that I wanted to see. These are books of a high quality that serve as an extension of the artist. I have had the good fortune to work with artists with wide-ranging focuses, including comics, fantasy, illustration and fine art. I also enjoy working with those from the film and animation industries. After eleven years, I still have the same passion and fire within me for publishing and working with artists. Now, with Spectrum, I am thrilled to be engaged with a much larger art community as I discover the good things we can do to raise positive awareness for the fantastic arts, to the benefit of both the community and the individual artist.

Arnie and Cathy Fenner have been preparing me for the role of director for the last five years. I’ve been working in the background during much of this time. I have seen the inner-workings of Spectrum and gained an intimate knowledge of what is required to take on this role. Will it be easy? No. Will it be challenging and fun? Absolutely.

With the transition of Spectrum Fantastic Art into my hands, I took the opportunity to assemble a new Spectrum Advisory Board: Please join me in welcoming Brom, Mark Chiarello, James Gurney, Charles Kochman and Iain McCaig to the Board. These five gentlemen are pillars in their respective fields. I am very pleased to have the combined knowledge of these seasoned professionals—whose expertise includes illustration, writing, editing, teaching, art direction, and film concept and visual development—providing advice as we move into Spectrum’s future. Full biographies can be found on the new Spectrum Fantastic Art website.

The work of building a new board is not done: There will be ten Advisory Board members total. I am in the process of selecting the other five who will help steer the direction of Spectrum for the next decade.

The Advisory Board will assist me in a range of roles. This includes answering questions regarding our relevancy within the industry, providing integral information imperative to an ongoing awareness of the current state of affairs in the many fields Spectrum represents, identifying areas of neglect that require attention, and encouraging creative discussion within the group regarding the selection of jury members and potential future categories for submission. Most importantly, they will offer advice on how Spectrum can better help both the community and individual artists. And, as always, the Advisory Board will select candidates and vote upon the Grand Master Award recipient each year.

My thanks to Brom, Mark Chiarello, James Gurney, Charles Kochman and Iain McCaig for already providing me with valuable feedback regarding Spectrum.

I look forward to building upon the high level of quality that has been established by Spectrum’s founders, Cathy & Arnie Fenner, over its first twenty years. It is a humbling experience to become the caretaker of Spectrum and the community it represents. With the assistance of the Spectrum Advisory Board, and the support of the Fenner’s, I feel confident that I have the guidance required to guarantee the success of this wonderful institution well into the future.

To learn more about Spectrum, the Spectrum Advisory Board and the Spectrum Call for Entries, please visit spectrumfantasticart.com

Best Regards,

John

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New Spectrum Fantastic Art Website Launched!

Spectrum-21-Call-for-EntriesThe new Spectrum Fantastic Art website is live! We’ve been working on this for a number of months. I’m very pleased to have it online. Take a look and poke around. You will find details about the new Advisory Board and the judges for Spectrum 21. I’ll have official press releases going out soon, but those who frequent my blog will get a sneak peek.

For the first time, here is the Spectrum 21 Call for Entries poster by Android Jones. The Call for Entries will open on October 15th.

More news is coming soon!

Enjoy,

John

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Rose City Comic Con — Flesk Pictures and Stories

John Flesk, Brom, Terry & Rachel Dodson at the Flesk booth.

John Flesk, Brom, Terry & Rachel Dodson at the Flesk booth.

I miss the rain already. I’ve been to Portland a half dozen times, but it’s been over a decade since my last visit there. No matter if one of my past excursions to the downtown area coincided with winter, when I skated across the downtown icy sidewalks to slide into Powell’s, or passing a Frisbee at the open grass area along the Williamette River near the Steel Bridge with a friend in summer, each moment has been memorable. As I neared the city limits last week I embraced the cloudy skies, cool weather, and the smell and touch of the moist air.

I decided to exhibit at the Rose City Comic Con based on the professionalism and likability of those who organize the show. They are the same people who run the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, where we exhibited at for the first time earlier this year. (And will again in 2014!)

The Batmobile!

The Batmobile!

The Rose City event staff and volunteers were exceptionally friendly. Also, it was obvious that their promotional efforts were successful. The proof of this was the broad mix of people and heavy foot traffic that filled the aisles. The attendees we met were a delight and supported our being there. Plus, our neighbors were fun, which made for an all-around pleasurable experience. I had no hesitation in signing up and prepaying for the third Rose City show in 2014. It is an event that I feel confidant will continue to grow and gain momentum.

I want to thank Brom, Terry and Rachel Dodson for joining me at the Flesk Publications / Spectrum Fantastic Art Live booth.

Brom

Brom

From spending the week with Brom at Comic-Con, it came as no surprise at Rose City when I observed women approach Brom while giggling quietly to a friend or, shook a little as if they were trembling from a slight chill and, at times, gently bounced in place with excitement at the opportunity to meet him. I saw one girl get a signature in one of his books for her friend who was standing about 30 feet away but who was too nervous to get it herself. “Brave girl” eventually went and grabbed her shy friend by the arm and pulled her over to meet Brom. And I get why. Brom was all smiles and constantly adorable to the girls, and cool and super-chill to the guys. He’s extremely likable. It appears to be all in a day’s work for the Dark Lord.

Terry Dodson talks with a fan.

Terry Dodson talks with a fan.

Speaking of likeability, in the opposite corner of the booth, Terry and Rachel Dodson joined us for extended signings during both days. Terry creates a new piece of art for a unique print for each show where they attend. His new Rose City themed print debuted on Saturday and it turned out beautifully. Terry posted a blog entry to show his sketches and process which you can view here. Terry is amazingly patient and giving of his time. I observed art students who presented his or her portfolio for a critique and who would ask Terry art or industry related questions. Terry spent extended periods offering advice and ways in which they could improve, as well as offering tips on how he worked. I think he has a natural gift for sharing and helping others.

Terry Dodson working on a sketch for a show attendee.

Terry Dodson working on a sketch for a show attendee.

Brom and the Dodson’s helped me by manning the booth for a little bit so I could do a quick walk-around artist alley on Sunday. I make a point to always stroll through this section of every show I attend. It’s my number one destination point that I would hate to miss. It was well represented by a young group, most of who were new to me. I enjoy shows with large artist alley sections that have tables available to them at an affordable price. This makes for a wide variety of artists that may not otherwise have the opportunity to express themselves in a large public venue. These are our future stars. You can see the hunger and positive energy of these brave people who get out there and share their works. It is not easy to have the courage to exhibit at a show for the first time, or even the second or the third. These are the people who take their dreams and put themselves out there on public platform. They have my respect.

Echo Chernik had the best looking booth at the show. And her and her booth helpers turned out to be ever positive and fun neighbors.

Echo Chernik had the best looking booth at the show. And her and her booth helpers turned out to be ever positive and fun neighbors.

Artists are the coolest people to hang out with. They fight that normalcy of a 9-5 lifestyle that many people fall into. Most of the artists I meet and work with do whatever they need to do to share their creativity with others. There are some who might be broke half the time–and all too often struggling–but they are fun to socialize with. I can’t help but think they are happier than a lot of people who give up their lives to work for a paycheck doing a job they have no passion for. This is one of the many reasons why I enjoy publishing.

The Heceta Head Lighthouse in Oregon. It wasn't all cloudy skies!

The Heceta Head Lighthouse in Oregon. It wasn’t all cloudy skies!

We’ll see you in Portland again next year. Here’s hoping it rains again!

Enjoy,

John

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Reserve your Ticket to the Second Flesk Prime Event, The Netherlands

Two years ago we hosted the first “An Evening with Flesk Prime” in the Netherlands. We are currently organizing the second event which will be held on October 24, 2013 in Breda, the Netherlands. This is a perfect opportunity for those traveling to the area for the Strip Festival Breda being held on October 26-27 to expand upon their weekend for a unique and spectacular experience. “Flesk Prime” is limited to only 15 guests to guarantee an intimate and personal experience. We’ve come up with some new ideas and surprises to make this second event even better than the first.

 

An Evening with Flesk Prime  

Participate with Flesk Publications and five of the brightest stars in the industry for an evening of food, drink, conversation and illumination.

Publisher John Fleskes cordially invites you to join Terry Dodson, Petar Meseldzija, Mark Schultz, Jim Silke and Thomas Yeates in a dinner prior to Strip Festival Breda 2013 which will afford the appreciator of fine illustration a chance for relaxed one-on-one repartee in an atmosphere of convivial wining and dining. The evening is strictly limited to 15 guests to ensure a quality experience and is situated in a private room at a highly regarded restaurant in the lovely and historic city of Breda, The Netherlands. All the amenities of fine dining and spirits will be included.

Guests will receive special gifts honoring the evening and opportunities to have their items personalized. Original artwork will be available for discussion and viewing pleasure.

Additional support has been given by De Stripspecialist, Breda’s premier comic store.

Those interested in participating can contact evening organizer Mark Thelosen for pricing and availability at hoffmansmark@yahoo.com

 

The idea for “An Evening with Flesk Prime” came to me while thinking of the private dinners I feel fortunate to have with these artists. I always consider them to be special occasions that leave me with wonderful memories. I wanted to make this intimate experience available to a small group of people in the hope that they can share in this same rich experience. Eight of the fifteen tickets are already reserved. There will be many surprises and it will truly be a fun and relaxing evening.

Please let me or Mark T. know if you have any questions.

Enjoy,

John

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2011 “An Evening with Flesk Prime” event with pictures
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Flesk, Spectrum Fantastic Art, Terry Dodson and Brom to Exhibit at Rose City Comic Con

Flesk-home-banner-13I’m packing up for our trip to Portland, Oregon next week to exhibit at Rose City Comic Con on September 21-22. I’ll be there representing Flesk Publications and Spectrum Fantastic Art. Brom and Terry Dodson will be signing at our booth #733 each day. Books, prints, drawings and original art will be available to peruse or purchase. We look forward to setting up in Portland for our first time and meeting lots of new people.

Rose City Comic Con is put on by the people who run Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle. With ECCC being such an exceptional show to exhibit at and attend, I have no doubt that Rose City will be just as fun for us.

Portland is one of my favorite cities to travel to. It’s been a number of years since I’ve been there and I looking forward to seeing the downtown and neighboring sights again.

See you soon!

John

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More Updates on the New Spectrum Fantastic Art Website and Spectrum #21 Jury Announcement Coming October 1.

I’ve been receiving quite a bit of inquiries this week about the Call for Entries for the Spectrum #21 annual. Let me expand on my previous blog post with some dates and more information.

The all new Spectrum Fantastic Art website is on track for going live on October 1. I will unveil the Spectrum #21 jury at that time, along with the new Spectrum Advisory Board. The Call for Entries for Spectrum #21 will open up on October 15th with a final postmarked due date of January 25, 2014.

If you aren’t already on it, you can visit the current Spectrum website contact page to provide us with your email to join the Spectrum newsletter. You can also give us your address if you are interested in receiving a Call for Entries poster with submissions instructions in the mail. (spectrumfantasticart.com/contact)

As a little tease, Android Jones did the poster art! It’s a stunning piece which I will show off on the 1st!

There will be more Spectrum annual news coming soon. I’m anxious to share more in the days ahead!

In the meantime, enjoy the cover to Spectrum #20 by Donato Giancola. This is Cathy & Arnie Fenner’s twentieth anniversary edition. This book will be published by Underwood Books and will be out in November.

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Enjoy,

John

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