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…

Advertising

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

Spectrum 21 Judging Starts Saturday Morning!

We are thrilled to have the following five respected professionals on the Spectrum 21 jury.
Illustrator, animator and educator, Cory Godbey; Fine artist, illustrator, sculpture and special effects artist, J. Anthony Kosar; Painter, writer, photographer and educator, George Pratt; Fine artist, film conceptual artist and illustrator, Shelly Wan; Film conceptual artist and illustrator, Allen Williams. You can learn more about these individuals by visiting the “Meet the Judges” section on our Spectrum website.
Each judge will vote independently and anonymously to maintain the integrity of the Spectrum call for entries submissions selection process. The artists whose works are selected for inclusion into Spectrum 21 will be notified by April 1st.

In addition, the Gold and Silver award nominations for the eight categories will be determined.  The Spectrum 21 award recipients will be revealed at the live ceremony held on May 10 at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. This evening celebration will run in conjunction with the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live art fair which runs from May 9-11.

Watch the Spectrum Fantastic Art and Flesk Publications websites and Facebook pages on March 1st for photographs and updates throughout the Spectrum 21 judging event day. Expanded videos and photographs will be shared throughout the following week.

We would like to express our thanks to those who submitted. Good luck!

Enjoy,

Meet the Spectrum 21 Judges: Juror #5, J. Anthony Kosar!

The Spectrum 21 judging event is this Saturday! Five jury members will convene in San Jose, California to cast their votes to decide which call for entries submissions are included in Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. Good luck to everyone who participated!

Meet our fifth jury member: J. Anthony Kosar.

JAnthonyKosar_Spectrum21-posterAward-winning artist and FACE OFF Season 4 Champion J. Anthony Kosar specializes in Fine Art, Illustration, Sculpture, and Special Effects through his company Kosart Effects Studios, LLC. In 2007, he interned at legendary Stan Winston Studio creating effects for INDIANA JONES 4 and James Cameron’s AVATAR. Kosar designs and sculpts Halloween masks, creates special effects for theater, film, and commercials, and teaches the Art of FX through his studio in Westmont, IL. Besides FX, Kosar designs and sculpts prototypes for toys, collectibles and medical anatomical models, illustrates for novels and comic books, curates art gallery exhibitions, and creates his own fine art paintings and sculptures. His paintings have appeared in Watercolor Artist Magazine and SPLASH: Best of Watercolor, and his sculptures have appeared in SPECTRUM: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. (Artwork photo by Bear McGivney.)

To learn more about Anthony, visit his website here.

Enjoy,

John

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Meet the Spectrum 21 Judges: Juror #4, Allen Williams!

The Spectrum 21 judging event is this Saturday! Five jury members will convene in San Jose, California to cast their votes to decide which call for entries submissions are included in Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. Good luck to everyone who participated!

Meet our fourth jury member: Allen Williams.

AllenWilliams_Spectrum21-posterIn his own words: I’ve always loved drawing for as long as I can remember. I have pictures of monsters that I did at the age of three and I feel most at home with a pencil in my hand. I also work in acrylics, oils and occasionally digital… but everything always starts with drawing. I went to college for a few years but left when I started doing more illustration than actual homework assignments. I became a professional freelance artist in 1988 and have worked on many publications, games and projects since then. Beginning with TSR, Dragon magazine and later progressing into ccg’s such as Magic The Gathering and Rage. Most recently I have worked for Paramount(Aronosky’s Noah), Lionsgate and Legendary(Pacific Rim).

To learn more about Allen, visit his website here.

Enjoy,

John

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Meet the Spectrum 21 Judges: Juror #3, George Pratt!

The Spectrum 21 judging event is this Saturday! Five jury members will convene in San Jose, California to cast their votes to decide which call for entries submissions are included in Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. Good luck to everyone who participated!

Meet our third jury member: George Pratt.

GeorgePratt_Spectrum21-posterGeorge Pratt is an award-winning painter, writer and photographer. His work is in numerous private collections world-wide. Among the many awards he has received he is also a recipient of the Eisner Award for his graphic novels, a Spectrum Gold Medal and Best Feature Documentary at the New York International Independent Film Festival for the documentary film “See You In Hell, Blind Boy.” He teaches full-time at the Ringling College of Art and Design, and summers with the Illustration Academy in Kansas City.

To learn more about George, visit his website here.

Enjoy,

John

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Meet the Spectrum 21 Judges: Juror #2, Shelly Wan!

The Spectrum 21 judging event is this Saturday! Five jury members will convene in San Jose, California to cast their votes to decide which call for entries submissions are included in Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. Good luck to everyone who participated!

Meet our second jury member: Shelly Wan.

ShellyWan_S21-posterShelly Wan is originally from Guangzhou, a city in southern China. After graduating from the attached school of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, she came to Los Angeles, California to attend Pasadena Art Center College of Design. An illustration major, it wasn’t until the last school year that she began painting digitally. She interned at Walt Disney Imagineering during school, and went to work for Rockstar Games as a Concept Artist after graduating in December of 2004, on titles “Bully” and “Red Dead Redemption.” In 2007 she went to work at Imagi Animation Studio, as a Visual Development artist on “Astroboy.” Shelly started at Pixar Animation Studio as a sketch/color artist in 2010 to begin work on “Monsters University.” She has also done art for multiple book/comic covers and “Magic: the gathering.” Shelly was awarded “Best In Show” at the Beverly Hills Summer Art Show 2008, and was also awarded The Jack Gaughan Award for Best Emerging Artist in the same year. She has been featured in multiple exhibits at the American Museum of Illustration.

To learn more about Shelly, visit her website here.

Enjoy,

John

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Meet the Spectrum 21 Judges: Juror #1, Cory Godbey!

The Spectrum 21 judging event is this Saturday! Five jury members will convene in San Jose, California to cast their votes to decide which call for entries submissions are included in Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. Good luck to everyone who participated!

Meet our first jury member: Cory Godbey.

CoryGodbey_01Cory Godbey lives in South Carolina with his wife Erin and their many cats. He creates fanciful illustrations for picture books, covers, comics, advertising, animated shorts, and films. Cory’s work has been featured in a variety of esteemed annuals, publications, and galleries. Some of his favorite past projects include working with The Jim Henson Co. and Archaia on Fraggle Rock and Labryinth comics, as well as creating the art and animation for the award winning documentary film The Last Flight of Petr Ginz. He shares his creative process and experience with emerging artists through online classes, workshops, and mentorships.

To learn more about Cory, visit his website here.

Enjoy,

John

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Visiting the LA Art Show

I visited the LA Art Show for my first time on January 18th. The thought of viewing original paintings by contemporary and past masters was strong enough to lure me to L.A. for the weekend. Here is a batch of pictures that I took at the booths that showcased the artworks that appealed to me the most.
Flesk-LA-fine-art-show-2013-08 The Maxwell Alexander Gallery had a handful of paintings by Joseph Todorovitch (left) and Jeremy Mann (right) on display.

Flesk-LA-fine-art-show-2013-09This is another picture of the Maxwell Alexander Gallery booth, this time from the outer aisle. There’s another painting by Jeremy Mann, sixth from the left.

Craig-LA-fine-art-show-2013Look who I found at the event; none other than Mr. Craig Elliott, who is shown here admiring a fine art painting.

Flesk-LA-fine-art-show-2013-05Zhang Xinquan titled Fishes Play in Heyuan Pool. The sculptures are by Lu Zhenyuan. The work in front of the painting is titled Kisses. This booth represented artists from the Phoenix Art Center from China.

Flesk-LA-fine-art-show-2013-01The Museo Maya de America featured an exquisite display titled Guatemala: Treasures of the Maya Spirit.

Flesk-LA-fine-art-show-2013-02Another ancient object at the Museo Maya de America booth.

Flesk-LA-fine-art-show-2013-03More from the Guatemala: Treasures of the Maya Spirit exhibit.

Flesk-LA-fine-art-show-2013-04This is a detail from a painting for the Sacred Palace Series by Li Guan Lin.

Flesk-LA-fine-art-show-2013-10Paintings by Jean-Leone Gerome, Norman Rockwell and Camilla d’Erricco are but a small example of the wide-range of artists featured at the LA Art show. This one by Morgan gave me pause.

Flesk-LA-fine-art-show-2013-06These are two recent paintings by Brad Kunkle at the Arcadia Contemporary booth.

Flesk-LA-fine-art-show-2013-07Another painting by Brad Kunkle. Brad is currently working on fifteen new pieces that will premiere at his third one man show at Arcadia Contemporary in New York City in December.

And then my camera stopped working…

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk Publications 2002-2014. The Complete Library.

I’ve updated my master Flesk Publications list detailing every book and print I have published, as well as a few other projects I played a role in. This covers everything up until January 2014. The total comes to 44 books, 4 prints and 6 specialty produced book collections.

2014 Flesk Titles (More coming this year.)

Production assistance provided for the following:
1. Wayne Thiebaud: Works on Paper 1948-2004 by Michael Zakian
January, 2014.
Packaged and designed for the Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University.
Hardcover with jacket. $40.00 cover price, 11.75 x 10 inches, 80 pages.

flesk-2013-covers-banner2013 Flesk Titles

1. Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2
May 2013
Hardcover with jacket. $29.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 80 pages.
2. The Art of Brom
August 2013
Trade Edition – Hardcover with jacket. $44.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 208 pages.
Publisher Edition: Fantasy cover – Hardcover with jacket. $49.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 224 pages.
Publisher Edition: Nude cover – Hardcover with jacket. $49.95 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 224 pages.
Deluxe Edition in Slipcase – Signed and numbered to 500 copies. Hardcover. $250.00 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 225 pages.
3. The Art of Brom Sketchbook
August 2013
Paperback. $15.00, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 16-pages.
4. Carbon by Mark Schultz
July 2013
Paperback. $24.95, 9 x 12 inches, 56 pages.
Hardcover with jacket. $40.00 cover price, 9 x 12 inches, 57 pages. (Signed and limited to 600 copies.)
5. Xenozoic by Mark Schultz (New printing with new cover.)
August 2013
Paperback. $39.95, 8.5 x 11 inches, 352 pages.
Hardcover with jacket. $75.00 cover price, 8.5 x 11 inches, 353 pages. (Signed and limited to 500 copies.)
6. Beyond the Known Forest, She Talks with Birds by Mark Schultz, July 2013, signed print
7. Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm 2013 Teaser
July 2013
Paperback. $15.00, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 16 pages.
Signed and limited to 1000 copies.
8. The Art of Elfquest & Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini Teaser
July 2013
Paperback. $15.00, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 16 pages.
Signed and limited to 1000 copies.
9. Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm Big Pocket Edition (Reprint.)
September 2013
Paperback. $29.95, 8.5 x 11 inches, 256 pages.
10. An Evening with Flesk Prime print, October 2013, 1-page (Signed by Terry Dodson, Petar Meseldzija, Mark Schultz, Jim Silke and Thomas Yeates, limited to 50 prints.)

Production assistance provided for the following:
1. Illustrating Modern Life: The Golden Age of Illustration from the Kelly Collection
January, 2013
Hardcover with jacket. $40.00, 9 x 12 inches, 112 pages.
2. Bombshells 7 by Terry Dodson
July 2013
Paperback. $15.00, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 16 pages.

2012 Flesk Titles

1. The Art of Craig Elliott, January 2012, 68-pages, HC
2. Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm, January 2012, 304-pages, HC (Signed deluxe limited to 1000 numbered copies) and PB
3. Warren Chang: Narrative Paintings, January 2012, 112-pages, HC
4. Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! 2012 commemorative show book, May 2012, 64-pages, HC
5. Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm 2012 Teaser, July 2012, 16-pages, PB (Signed limited to 1000 numbered copies)
6. James Bama: Personal Works, December 2012, 144-pages, HC
7. Jim Silke Sketchbook Volume One, December 2012, 64-pages, PB
8. Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm Big Pocket Edition, December 2012, 256-pages, PB

Production assistance provided for the following sketchbook for Terry Dodson
1. Bombshells 6 by Terry Dodson, July 2012, 16-pages, PB

Total 2012 page count is 976 pages.

2011 Flesk Titles

1. Mysterious Islands by Gary Gianni, July 2011, 16-pages, PB (Signed limited to 1000 numbered copies)
2. Al Williamson Archives Volume Two, July 2011, 48-pages, PB
3. Mark Schultz: Various Drawings Volume Five, July 2011, 48-pages, HC (Signed deluxe limited to 800 numbered copies) and PB
4. Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm Teaser, July 2011, 16-pages, PB (Signed limited to 1000 numbered copies)
5. Flesk Prime, August 2011, 64-pages, HC
6. Flesk Prime Print, September 2011, 1-page (Signed by Elliott, Gianni, Meseldzija, Schultz and Stout, limited to 50 numbered prints)

Production assistance provided for the following two sketchbooks for Terry Dodson
1. Reveries by Terry Dodson, July 2011, 16-pages, PB (Signed limited to 500 numbered copies)
2. Bombshells 5 by Terry Dodson, July 2011, 16-pages, PB

Total 2011 page count is 225 pages.

2010 Flesk Titles

1. Blue Book by Mark Schultz, March 2010, 16-pages, PB (Signed limited to 1000 numbered copies)
2. James Bama Sketchbook, May 2010, 144-pages, PB
3. Hallucinations by William Stout, July 2010, 48-pages, HC (Signed limited to 500 numbered copies) and PB
4. Al Williamson Archives, July 2010, 64-pages, PB
5. The Legend of Steel Bashaw by Petar Meseldžija, October 2010, 64-pages, PB
6. Inspirations by William Stout, November 2010, 48-pages, HC (Signed limited to 650 numbered copies) and PB
7. Xenozoic by Mark Schultz, November 2010, 352-pages, PB
8. Harvey Dunn: Illustrator and Painter of the Pioneer West by Walt Reed, November 2010, 304-pages, HC deluxe (Signed limited to 350 numbered copies in special upgrade book binding, with slipcase, and bonus art and photo of Harvey Dunn bound in on special signature double page. Signed by Walt Reed) and HC
9. Jungle Girls by Jim Silke, December 2010, 84-pages, HC (Signed limited to 500 numbered copies) and PB

Total 2010 page count is 1124 pages.

2009 Flesk Titles

January 23, 2009 marked my first full time date running Flesk Publications. Prior to this, I held a full-time position at a tech company for a decade. This explains the growth in the number of titles released from this year forward.

1. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne adapted by Gary Gianni, January 2009, 64-pages, HC super deluxe with original art, HC deluxe (Limited to 600 signed and numbered copies) and HC
2. Prehistoric Life Murals by William Stout, February 2009 (indicia states January 2009, but it arrived in stores in February), 144-pages, HC super deluxe with original art in slipcase, HC (Signed deluxe limited to 600 numbered copies) and HC
3. Major Thrill’s Adventure Book by Gary Gianni, July 2009, 32-pages, PB
4. Mark Schultz Various Drawings Volume Four, August 2009, 48-pages, HC (Signed deluxe limited to 800 numbered copies) and PB
5. Al Williamson’s Flash Gordon: A Lifelong Vision of the Heroic by Mark Schultz, June 2009, 256-pages, HC and PB
6. New Dinosaur Discoveries A-Z by William Stout, December 2009, 64-pages, HC
7. Dinosaur Discoveries by William Stout, December 2009, 144-pages, HC (Signed deluxe limited to 500 numbered copies) and PB

Total 2009 page count is 752 pages.

2008 Flesk Titles

1. The Prince Valiant Page by Gary Gianni, June 2008, 112-pages, HC super-deluxe (40 signed and numbered copies containing a tipped in Prince Valiant strip preliminary in pencil by Gianni), HC (Signed deluxe limited to 1000 numbered copies in slipcase) and HC
2. Xenozoic Tales Print by Mark Schultz, July 2008, 1-page, Deluxe (Limited to 100 signed and numbered prints on special thick archival paper) and regular edtion

Total 2008 page count is 113 pages.

2007 Flesk Titles

1. Mark Schultz: Various Drawings Volume Three, August 2007, 48-pages, HC (Signed deluxe limited to 1000 numbered copies) and PB
2. Steve Rude: Artist in Motion by Steve Rude and John Fleskes, December 2007, 208-pages, HC super-deluxe (Limited to 13 roman numeral copies with bound in original artwork in a unique clam shell tray case), HC (Signed deluxe limited to 800 numbered copies in slipcase) and HC

Total 2007 page count is 256 pages.

2006 Flesk Titles

1. Mark Schultz: Various Drawings Volume Two, July 2006, 48-pages, HC (Signed deluxe limited to 1000 numbered copies) and PB
2. James Bama: American Realist by Brian Kane, October 2006, 160-pages, HC (Signed deluxe limited to 1000 numbered copies in slipcase) and HC

Total 2006 page count is 208 pages.

2005 Flesk Titles

1. Mark Schultz: Various Drawings Volume One, July 2005, 48-pages, HC (Signed deluxe limited to 500 numbered copies) and PB

Total 2005 page count is 48 pages.

2004 Flesk Title

1. Joseph Clement Coll: A Legacy in Line, July 2004, 208-pages, HC (Deluxe limited to 300 numbered copies and signed by Fleskes, Gianni and Meglin), HC and PB

Total 2004 page count is 208 pages.

2003 Flesk Title

1. Joseph Clement Coll: The Art of Adventure, July 2003, 168-pages, HC (Limited to 800 copies) and PB

Total 2003 page count is 168 pages.

2002 Flesk Title

1. Franklin Booth: Painter with a Pen by John Fleskes, March 2002, 112-pages, HC (Limited to 500 copies) and PB

Total 2002 page count is 112 pages. My first book!

Scanning assistance: After the release of the Franklin Booth book, Gary Gianni asked me if I could scan his art for use in an upcoming self-published book of his. I scanned the original artwork for the 40 story pages for Corpus Monstrum by Gary Gianni, published by Hieronymus Press in 2002. Jim Keegan designed the book.

Many more to come!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 21 Judging Event Set For March 1st!

Flesk-home-banner-17Greetings, everyone,

The Spectrum 21 submissions have been processed and are ready for the jury voting. The five judges: Cory Godbey, J. Anthony Kosar, George Pratt, Shelly Wan and Allen Williams, will convene in San Jose, California on March 1st.

Flesk-home-banner-16The call for entries submissions will be reviewed and voted upon over the course of the day. Each judge votes independently and anonymously allowing for a fair process. A simple majority of three out of five votes will guarantee a work of art for inclusion in Spectrum 21. Those whose works are selected will be announced on the Spectrum Fantastic Art website by April 1st.

The Gold and Silver award recipients for each category will also be determined with the top five pieces being announced soon after the judging event. The recipients will be revealed at the live awards ceremony held on May 10 at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City. Admission is free to all Spectrum Fantastic Art Live three-day ticket holders and exhibitors, which runs from May 9-11.

Watch the Spectrum Fantastic Art website on March 1st for photographs and video posted throughput the Spectrum 21 judging event day. Expanded videos, more photographs and news about the day will be shared throughout the following week.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3 Exhibitor Registration Early Discount Pricing Ends Saturday

SFAL3-headerWe wanted to remind everyone that this Friday, January 31, the cost for exhibiting space at Spectrum Live will rise. 10′x10′ premium booths are current $350 and 6′ Artist Alley tables are $100; prices increase to $450 and $200 respectively at midnight 1/31/14.

This is the opportunity to reach both well-known collectors and new patrons with your work at a friendly and focused event where the artists are the stars. Spectrum Live continues to grow in popularity and we anticipate yet another substantial increase in attendance: We are promoting the show regionally and nationally and will be advertising on television, the radio, and in print. With an area population of 2.5 million and another 50 million within a day’s drive, we intend to make sure everyone in the region knows exhibitors are in Kansas City. The convention center, hotels, theaters, clubs, and restaurants are all within short walks of each other and we’ve negotiated special room rates at the Aladdin and Marriott. Visitors have discovered that Kansas City is both welcoming and affordable: Spectrum is a show that won’t break the bank to exhibit at or attend. If you’re interested, please click on the link to book your space:

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Besides sales, SFAL is also a prime venue for networking: artistic opportunities stem from interaction and Spectrum Live has many activities that allow attendees to learn and spend time with fellow creatives. Panels and workshops share tips and insights, life drawing sessions will be hosted by The Art Department, multiple artists will be giving live paintings drawing, and sculpting demonstrations, while art directors from the publishing and entertainment industries will be on hand to talk shop and review portfolios. Plus there’s the presentation of the Spectrum 21 Awards at the beautiful Midland Theater, a national landmark that provides a red carpet showcase for fantastic artists of all sensibilities. Not only does the awards ceremony offer the opportunity to socialize with fellow creators, but it allows everyone to join in a celebration of the community as a whole.

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3 Attendee Information

Unlike any other convention or show, big or small, Spectrum Fantastic Art Live is your event: Like the Spectrum annual, the artists are what make it tick. If you believe there should be a place that all artists are welcomed without prejudice, in which the art and the artists are the purpose, where artists aren’t bumped by corporations or excluded because of style or methodology…please join us, either as an exhibitor or attendee. As Donato Giancola said, “This weekend will go down in history as one of the greatest gatherings of talent in our field…we’ll all be proclaiming in years to come ‘I was there!’”

–John Flesk/Cathy Fenner/Arnie Fenner

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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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