Spectrum 23 Call for Entries Submissions Deadline is Next Monday!

Dice Tsutsumi voting on a print entry for inclusion into Spectrum 22.

Dice Tsutsumi voting on a print entry for inclusion into Spectrum 22.

Hi, all,

I would like to provide a reminder that the Spectrum 23 Call for Entries ends next Monday, January 25th. We don’t accept any works after the deadline. Don’t wait until the last minute!

If you are mailing in your entries, as long as the package is postmarked by the 25th you are all set. (There is no need to pay for expedited or overnight shipping.)

Keith, Josh and I will be here all week to answer questions. Any issues? Just let us know. We are here to help.

We will be busy reviewing all of the submission forms and artwork entries to make sure everything has been done properly to give you the best chance to be seen by the judges. We’re sending email confirmations all this week. This can take us a while since we are easily distracted looking at all of the beautiful works that are coming in!

I’m also arranging the travel plans for our Spectrum 23 jury David Palumbo, Cynthia Sheppard, Kirk Thatcher, Charlie Wen and Terryl Whitlatch to visit our Flesk/Spectrum office in February to review all of the submissions. As with years past, we will be sharing photos and videos during the judging day to keep you updated on the day.

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Enjoy,

John

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New Mark Schultz Books for 2016

MS-artMark Schultz and I have been talking on the phone over these last few weeks about his new books for 2016. In the works is Carbon 2, the latest home for his collected works to bring us up to date since his last Carbon collection that came out three years ago.

The second collection will be a deluxe edition for Storms at Sea. This will be a very limited oversized edition that will come signed by Mark. I wanted to release it last year, but time was an issue as I was juggling other projects.

Our plan is to offer the Carbon 2 and Storms at Sea deluxe editions as a set through a Kickstarter campaign. I’d like to have the books available in July for our summer season.

At the moment I’m focused on Spectrum 23 submissions and the judging event which will be held on February 27th. The Kickstarter campaign for Schultz’s books will commence at some point to be determined in the near future.

Click here to see all books available on Mark Schultz from Flesk.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 23 Call for Entries Submissions Tips

Spectrum 23 Call for Entries Poster Artwork by Claire Wendling.

Spectrum 23 Call for Entries Poster Artwork by Claire Wendling.

Hi, all,

With the Call for Entries for Spectrum 23 ending on Monday, January 25th I have written a series of submission tips. You can submit by mail or online! All artworks in all media embracing the themes of science fiction, fantasy, horror and the surreal are eligible. There is no unacceptable way to create art. Imagination and skill are what matters. Work chosen by the jury, including David Palumbo, Cynthia Sheppard, Kirk Thatcher, Charlie Wen and Terryl Whitlatch, will be printed in full color in the Spectrum 23 annual, the peer-selected “best of the year” collection for the fantastic arts.

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Spectrum 23 Call for Entries Submissions Tip #1

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

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

For Spectrum 21 and 22, eighty percent of the submissions came in online. Out of curiosity I paid attention to the percentage of art that was selected in both the digital and print areas to see if one had an advantage over the other. They were both right in line with one another. One method did not visibly outweigh the other.

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

Spectrum 23 Call for Entries Submissions Tip #2

Give Yourself the Best Chance to be Seen!

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

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

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

Spectrum 23 Call for Entries Submissions Tip #3

Dimensional Category Allows Three Views!

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

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

Spectrum 23 Call for Entries Submissions Tip #4

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

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

Spectrum 23 Call for Entries Submissions Tip #5

How do I know that my submission arrived?

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

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

Spectrum 23 Call for Entries Submissions Tip #6

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

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

Spectrum 23 Call for Entries Submissions Tip #7

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

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

Spectrum 23 Call for Entries Submissions Tip #8

Don’t wait until the last minute!

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

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

Click here for more details and to submit.

Enjoy,

John

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Elfquest Coloring Book Has Arrived

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Elfquest Coloring Book cover by Wendy Pini with colors by Laura Martin.

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The Art of Elfquest deluxe edition with slipcase.

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The Art of Elfquest trade and deluxe editions with its Kickstarter bonus rewards.

Hi, everyone,

The Elfquest coloring books have arrived! This was the last item that we needed to begin shipping the Art of Elfquest books to our Kickstarter supporters. The coloring books, three bookmarks, five postcards and two prints are all free bonus items to those who pledged for the book through our Kickstarter campaign. I love it when we can include so many free goodies! The Flesk crew and I will be packing and shipping books all week! I still like boxing books once in a while. We have about 700 packages to put together. I expect they should all be in the mail by early next week.

Those who pre-ordered the book through our website will also have their books shipped this week.

Enjoy,

John

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In the Spirit of the Season, Being Grateful

In the spirit of the season, and a bit of a forced break which is not too common for me, I felt the urge to sit down and write about those people who I am grateful for. After all, if I’m not doing something I get a little stir crazy.

This is in no means written in any particular order, but instead just as the names come to mind.

I am grateful to the artists who I work with and publish. Frank Cho, Mark Schultz, Jim Silke, William Stout, Craig Elliott, Gary Gianni, Richard and Wendy Pini, Arthur Adams and Joyce Chin, James Bama, Terry and Rachel Dodson, Bruce Timm, Bill Carman, Warren Chang, Daren Bader and Lance HaunRogue, Petar Meseldzija, Steve Rude, Brom, Dice Tsutsumi, Robert Kondo, and Al Williamson’s wife, Cori. Many of them I have been fortunate enough to become friends as we share a bond bound in passion while in life’s journey.

I am grateful to the Spectrum Advisory Board. These are exceptional people who serve as mentors and help guide the future of Spectrum and advise me in business and in life: Brom, Alice “Bunny” Carter, Mark Chiarello, Rebecca Guay, James Gurney, Charles Kochman, Iain McCaig, Virginie Ropars, Harlan Ellison, Tim Underwood as well as Cathy and Arnie Fenner.

I am grateful to the Spectrum community. All of the artists who take part in the Spectrum annual each year, those who attend the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event and Spectrum Awards Ceremony and to its many fans. This is a beautiful community that I feel lucky each and every day to be a part of. I will continue to work toward a better community where we can share and grow together and keep the door open to all to enter.

I am grateful to Arnie and Cathy Fenner who saw something in me, opened their hearts and brought me into the Spectrum community as its current caretaker. The have all my love for being so good to me.

I am grateful to the dedicated and wonderful crew who helps run Flesk and Spectrum. This includes Keith and Rachel Silva, Josh Ford and James Walker who are the core regulars.

I am grateful to the many supporters of Flesk and Spectrum who buy our books which allows us to continue doing what we love. None of this could happen without you.

I am grateful to Colin and Kristine Poole who are far more to me than just the pair that creates the Spectrum Awards each year.

I am grateful to Greg Preston for his friendship and for helping to capture the Spectrum community through his brilliant and gorgeous photography.

I am grateful to my close knit group of friends who have stood by me for an eternity, offered their help when needed, and who have kept me grounded and balanced. This includes friends and mentors Jim Vadeboncour, Jr., Manuel Auad, Dick Swan, Art Lim and Jim Reid. And I have a few dozen old school friends in my private life that I grew up with that I can mention–you know who you are.

I am grateful to my coach Monica Carson who keeps me mentally and physically fit to take on all of life’s daily challenges while feeling great.

And most importantly, I am grateful for being blessed with having a terrific son, Ocean, who keeps me happy and full of youth by helping me to see all of the splendors of life that adults sometimes have a tendency to become blind to. Being a dad is something I am very grateful for.

It feels good to write this down as a reminder at how good the people in my life are and how much I appreciate them. Thank you all!

Enjoy,

John

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Iain McCaig Sketching and SFAL Spectrum Panel New Videos

Greetings, all,

I was digging through our video archives and have pulled and posted these two new videos.

Here I host the Spectrum panel during Spectrum Fantastic Art Live held in Kansas City, MO on May 23, 2015. Colin and Kristine Poole discuss the creation of the new Spectrum Muse awards for the Spectrum Awards ceremony; Annie Stegg Gerard and Justin Gerard talk about their time as part of the jury for Spectrum 22; Iain McCaig and Brom share insights into being on the Spectrum Advisory Board; and I discuss the Spectrum annual.

This video gives you a lot of insight into how Spectrum works.

Iain McCaig sketches in a Flesk blank sketchbook at the Flesk booth during Comic-Con International in San Diego. The sketchbook/journal features a durable and flexible protective cover with a wraparound illustration by Iain McCaig. Available now at the Flesk website.

Enjoy,

John

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Announcing New Members To The Spectrum Advisory Board

Hi, everyone,

I am thrilled to make the announcement that Rebecca Guay and Virginie Ropars have joined the Spectrum Advisory Board. I also want to thank Cathy Fenner for stepping into a more active role in the Advisory Board 2016 session. Between these three, I am honored to have their help, guidance and support while serving as the director of Spectrum.

Please read the official press release for the full details.

Enjoy,

John

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ANNOUNCING NEW MEMBERS TO THE SPECTRUM ADVISORY BOARD

Santa Cruz, CA, December 16, 2015. Director John Fleskes has announced changes to the Spectrum Advisory Board, including the addition of two new members. “One of the qualities that makes Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Art the preeminent annual for the creative community is the desire to continuously improve and look to those who I admire for their advice and guidance,” John says. “With that goal in mind I would like to welcome our new Advisory Board members Rebecca Guay and Virginie Ropars, who will help keep the enthusiasm, focus, and love for the artwork championed by Spectrum moving forward in the years ahead.”

Rebecca Guay is an award-winning illustrator, gallery artist, and educator; as the founder of the annual workshop The IMC and the online mentoring program SmArt School, Rebecca has had a profound impact on today’s fantastic art community.

Virginie Ropars is a highly respected and influential sculptor and educator based in Brittany, France who has been profiled by The Huffington Post and Art Doll Collector magazine among many others. Her work appears in galleries around the world and resides in major collections in the U.S., Europe, and Russia.

Rebecca and Virginie join the current board consisting of Brom, Alice Carter, Mark Chiarello, James Gurney, Charles Kochman and Iain McCaig. Spectrum co-founder and Honorary Lifelong Board Member Cathy Fenner has also agreed to step into a more active role for the 2016 session. Other lifelong members are Harlan Ellison, Tim Underwood, and Spectrum co-founder Arnie Fenner.

In conjunction with the new, we would also like to give our heartfelt thanks to our outgoing Advisory Board member, Irene Gallo, for her many years of hard work and assistance to Spectrum and her passion to our art and artists.

The Advisory Board assists the Director of Spectrum Fantastic Art in answering questions relating to growth, staying current in the genres Spectrum represents, identifying areas of neglect that require attention, encouraging discussion within the group to think outside of Spectrum’s area of experience when selecting jury members, aid in connecting Spectrum with schools or institutions, advising on how Spectrum can better serve the community and individual artists, and in general how to improve the annual, the competition, and its other outreach activities. The Advisory Board also nominates candidates and votes to determine the Grand Master Award recipient each year. Spectrum Advisory Board members are rotated on occasion to help keep the Spectrum’s outlook vibrant, fresh, diverse, and inclusive; any previous Advisory Board member can be re-invited for another term after a one year break at the Director’s discretion.

Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art is the award-winning and internationally renowned art book series established in 1993 by Cathy and Arnie Fenner. The contents of each book is determined by a competition that is open to all artists; a jury of peers—different each year—selects the best works from those entered for inclusion in the book and presents awards in eight categories. The deadline for entries to Spectrum 23 is January 25, 2016.

The prestigious Museum of American Illustration in New York City has hosted three exhibitions dedicated to Spectrum, shattering museum special-event attendance records. It is the sponsor of Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, a yearly convention devoted to creators of all disciplines and sensibilities. Spectrum is published annually by Santa Cruz-based Flesk Publications and is distributed globally by Publishers Group West.

To learn more about Rebecca Guay: www.rebeccaguay.com and http://www.artimc.org
To learn more about Virginie Ropars: http://vropars.free.fr/
To learn more about Spectrum: www.spectrumfantasticart.com

For more information, contact:
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Spectrum Fantastic Art, 2871 Mission St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Spectrum 22 Book Signing Event Videos

Hi, all,

Here are a pair of videos highlighting the Spectrum 22 book signing event which was held on Friday, November 13th at the Atelier Gallery in San Francisco, California from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. The signing was hosted by the Academy of Art University.

Thanks again to all of the artists who took time out of their busy schedules to make an appearance. The artists include Iain McCaig, Colin and Kristine Poole, Steven Russell Black, Alina Chau, Craig Elliott, Te Hu, Kellan Jett, Randy Gallegos, Jean Ji In Kim, Stephanie Law, Michael Manomivibul, Brynn Metheney, Sho Murase, Mark Newman, Karla Ortiz, Paolo Rivera, Dug Stanat, Josh Viers, Allen Williams and Alyssa Winans! Spectrum Founders Arnie & Cathy Fenner, plus the original Spectrum publisher Tim Underwood also made an appearance. I had an amazing time as well!

Enjoy,

John

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The Art of The Dam Keeper Shipping Update

Art-of-the-Dam-Keeper-webThe-Art-of-the-Dam-Keeper-2Hi, all,

I have an update regarding the shipping dates for The Art of The Dam Keeper.

December 9th Update:

Over 100 boxes have been packed and will be shipped today. All 200 advance copies will be shipped by this Friday.

December 7th Update:

Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo have signed the advance copies and print for the special pre-order edition.  We are numbering the books and prints today and will immediately begin to pack them on Tuesday.

December 1st Update:

I dropped off the books and prints for the special early-bird signed and numbered version at Tonko House on Tuesday. Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo will have them signed by this weekend when we will immediately begin to pack them. The first set of books will go in the mail next Monday.

For those who ordered the regular book, these will be arriving with us around the third week of December. We will start to pack and ship those immediately upon their arrival.

Thanks to everyone who has pre-ordered the book. It’s proving to be quite popular. I’ll post more news as I learn more.

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk Books Update for December 2015

Greetings, everyone,

This year has proven to be our most ambitious and versatile to date. It’s also been one of the most challenging years to balance as I juggled my Spectrum and Flesk Publications duties.

Running a business is not easy. It involves hours upon hours of action, effort, decision making and the help of many to be successful. Every morning I wake up excited thinking about all of the things we can create during the day. Fortunately, I absolutely love my “job,” this art community and the books that we make. I’ve surrounded myself with smart, positive and wonderful people who share my passion for having fun and for making beautiful books.

Storms-at-Sea-by-Mark-Schultz-webWe started off the 2015 by publishing two illustrated books with new stories. This includes Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz and The Book of Giants by Peter Meseldzija. Shortly after, Tribes of Kai and the supplemental collection Pridelands: Rival Tribes, an all-new graphic novel written by Lance HaunRogue and painted by Daren Bader, was released. These books are the result of years of work by these creators. It’s my pleasure to serve as the publishing vehicle to make these stories a reality to share with you all.

Mark-Schultz-Portfolio-Complete-webSoon after, Portfolio: The Complete Various Drawings by Mark Schultz debuted. I started thinking about this book a few years back. I knew that if we were going to recollect the five book Various Drawings series that we had to start from scratch and rethink everything about it. We updated all of the scans, printed everything bigger, added a handful of new pieces to fill in pages and completely redesigned the book in its new oversized format.

Arthur-Adams-Monsters-Attack-cover-webMonsters Attack!!! By Arthur Adams and Surrender, My Sweet by Bruce Timm were both big summer hits. Getting the chance to work with Arthur and his wife Joyce Chin to get Monsters Attacks!!! done in time for the San Diego Comic-Con show was a mad dash, but worth the effort. Mark Schultz offered the title suggestion. Mark said that it’s very important to add the three exclamation points in the title, which we made sure to do. I asked the designer, Arpad Terek, to give it a Japanese monster packaging feel, then Laura Martin colored the cover to give the book it’s final packaging.

Surrender-my-sweet-Bruce-timm-cover-webWith Surrender, My Sweet, Bruce Timm sent me his latest batch of new works and some layout guides, design ideas and copy notes to give this title a fresh look. I suggested to Bruce that we create a whole new series title and format for this year. We came up with the digest sized collection that proved suitable for the dimensions of the originals and offered a throwback to the paperbacks from the fifties and sixties. I’ve learned more about how to design from Bruce than from anyone else.

The Flesk blank sketchbooks were a bit of an experiment. I buy journals and sketchbooks often for writing. I thought, why am I buying these things–I’m a publisher, I’m going to make my own! I asked Frank Cho, Terry Dodson, Petar Meseldzija, Iain McCaig, Mark Schultz and Bruce Timm to provide some art and I got them made in the handy format that I like most.

Art-of-Elfquest-webThe Art of Elfquest is our first of three books to celebrate the art and career of Wendy Pini. We should get our copies of the book anytime now. We will immediately begin to ship the books to our Kickstarter supporters and to those who pre-ordered the book direct from us when they arrive.

We’re hard at work on Elquest: The Art of The Story and Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini for next year. Did I mention how great it is to work with Richard and Wendy Pini? I can’t say it enough. I think it is safe to say that Richard is Wendy’s biggest fan.

Nexus-Chronicles-cover-webThe Nexus Chronicles is running behind schedule. It is almost done and we plan to send it to the printer soon. Just a few small details left to do. It’ll be worth the wait. The new release date is set for spring 2016.

Spectrum-22-cover_webSpectrum 22: The Best in Contemporary Art is available. We’ve shipped out the artist copies and pre-orders. We received our copies at the Flesk warehouse about a week before our distributor, which gave us a jump on our direct orders. Every artist that is included in Spectrum receives a free copy of the hardcover.

As Spectrum 22 makes its way into your hands, I’m already well into the planning stages for Spectrum 23 and working on the rough draft for the 2015 Year in Review. Spectrum is a tremendous amount of work, yet incredibly satisfying to be a part of. I’m already playing with some new design variations, too.

I hung out with Frank Cho for a few days recently. We got caught up on the next two projects that we will be working on together. We both have big things that we will do in the next 4 to 10 years. I’ve always been able to think we’ll into the future, as has Frank. I think he’s just getting started and can’t wait to see the future projects that he will be presenting to us.

Mark Schultz is currently working on an all-new 60 page Xenozoic story to re-introduce the series to new readers while setting the stage to finish the last storyline cliffhanger from 20 years ago. I’m not joking–I’ve seen the first five pages. It’s happening! We are not making any promises or setting any schedules. It will come out when Mark is done. This initial new story could take anywhere from 2 years (that’s when Mark thinks he will be done) to 4 years (that’s when I think it will be done) for Mark to complete. He’s finished the thumbnail drawings for the entire story and done a series of new character and environment designs. I’ve seen these, too. I ain’t kidding!

Spectrum-23-CFE-posterMoving on to a new topic, each year, one of the benefits of being the Spectrum director involves choosing who to contact to create the Spectrum Call For Entries poster art. I’ve been lucky so far in that my first artist choices for Spectrum 21-23 have said yes. Generally, I start thinking about a few names early in the year, then let their art percolate in my head for a while and then narrow the list down to one person. Contacting Android for Spectrum 21 and Victo Ngai for Spectrum 22 were clear and quick choices. For the Spectrum 23 poster I wanted to look outside of the typical Spectrum field and find a fresh voice. I asked someone who is a contemporary legend and who is highly regarded by professionals and fans alike, while being a constant source of inspiration. I got the chance to meet Claire Wending during a rare U.S. appearance at the Big Wow Comic fest in San Jose, CA. It was the highlight of the show when I had the chance to meet her in person and ask her if she could produce the art. The poster was mailed to the 5000 people on our mailing list in early October. All you have to do is sign up on our website to receive one for free in the U.S. For our international friends we have an online PDF that you can download.

carman-cover-webImagery From the Bird’s Home: The Art of Bill Carman is one of those special dream projects. Bill and I served on the jury of Spectrum 17 together and we got along well and have kept in touch ever since. This book was designed by Bill and perfectly captures his art. I could say this about all of the books that I’ve published, but this is one of my favorite books.

Art-of-the-Dam-Keeper-webOur latest book is The Art of the Dam Keeper. It is a behind the scenes collection that serves as a time capsule to the Academy Award nominated short animated film directed by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi. Chapter introductions and interview material with Robert, Dice and the essential crew who worked on the film, plus a wide assortment of drawings and art are gift wrapped together in this charming and unique collection. Furthermore the formation of Tonko House and a glimpse into future projects are covered.

The history behind this book began when I inquired with Dice Tsutsumi if he would be willing to be a part of the jury for Spectrum 22 in July 2014. A few months later, in October 2014 I met Dice for the first time in San Francisco during the APE event at Fort Mason. I knew that Dice had left Pixar earlier that year, that he and Robert had completed their first film together and were touring the film circuit, and that they had formed Tonko House. I asked Dice if they had thought of making an art book for The Dam Keeper and if they would be willing to work together on one? He and Robert agreed, and production begin in earnest during the summer of 2015. We are all very pleased to offer this book. It’s a personal one that captures the heart of Tonko House and gives the viewer a genuine look into the beginnings of this new journey for Tonko House.

For 2016, I’ll be working just as hard as in 2015. We have the pair of Wendy Pini books to finish. I’ll also be intensely involved in the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live show in San Francisco. As Arnie Fenner always tells me, it’s all about details, details and more details!

I’ll have some new books to announce next year. I’m turning down all book proposals, and putting new projects on hold until I get caught up on my current obligations. I prefer to letting the books take their own time and not setting schedules. Personally, with the exception of Spectrum, I prefer to not set schedules. I think this is one of the reasons why I get along with the artists who I work with so well. None of us like deadlines. But somehow we still manage to get books out. Go figure?

Enjoy,

John

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The Art of The Dam Keeper Book Premier!

tonko-house-dam-keeper-signing-01 tonko-house-dam-keeper-signing-02 tonko-house-dam-keeper-signing-03Hi, all,

We know that the folks at Tonko House are amazing, but we are still floored by the incredible response during The Art of The Dam Keeper book premier today at the Tonko House booth during the opening at CTN. We sold all of the advance copies in less than three hours. We had the privileged to meet nearly 200 enthusiastic people who share our passion for what Tonko House is creating. Thanks to everyone who visited. The Dam Keeper fans are the greatest!

You can pre-order the book at our website.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum Book Signing Event Pictures. Hosted by the Academy of Art University

s22-aau-bannerThank you Academy of Art University!

I would like to express my gratitude to everyone at the Academy of Art University and to those at the Atelier Gallery for making the Spectrum book signing event possible. I would also like to thank the caterers, the artists, Academy of Art University students and to the fans who all took part in making this event a wonderful and fun evening.

The Spectrum book signing event which was held on Friday, November 13th resulted in a thrilling evening. Two dozen artists arrived and hundreds of fans and Academy of Art University students arrived to partake in the festivities. The signing is open to the public and was hosted by the Academy of Art University.

This special event was held at the Atelier Gallery located at 79 New Montgomery in San Francisco, California from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.

In attendance was Spectrum 21 Grand Master Iain McCaig, Spectrum Muse Award creators Colin and Kristine Poole, Spectrum Founders Arnie & Cathy Fenner, and Spectrum Director John Fleskes, plus Spectrum artists Steven Russell Black, Alina Chau, Craig Elliott, Te Hu, Kellan Jett, Randy Gallegos, Jean Ji In Kim, Stephanie Law, Michael Manomivibul, Brynn Metheney, Sho Murase, Mark Newman, Karla Ortiz, Paolo Rivera, Dug Stanat, Josh Viers, Allen Williams and Alyssa Winans! Original Spectrum publisher Tim Underwood also made an appearance.

Enjoy the following pictures from the evening!

S22-signing-event-01From left to right: Spectrum founders, Cathy and Arnie Fenner, and the publisher of the first twenty Spectrum annuals, Tim Underwood, along with current Spectrum director, John Flesk.

S22-signing-event-02The initial group of Spectrum fans and Academy of Art University students begin to arrive at the Atelier gallery.

S22-signing-event-03A visitor flips through a copy of Spectrum 21.

S22-signing-event-04From left to right: Sculptor Mark Newman talks with Arnie & Cathy Fenner (Spectrum founders) and Tim Underwood (Underwood Books).

S22-signing-event-05Craig Elliott signs a copy of Spectrum 22.

S22-signing-event-06This is how happy people are after meeting Iain McCaig.

S22-signing-event-07The queue to meet the twenty plus Spectrum artists remained dense throughout the evening.

S22-signing-event-08The line extended beyond the main entrance of the Atelier Gallery at the Academy of Art University for the first hour due to the large crowds that arrived.

S22-signing-event-09The view of the Atelier Gallery from across the street.

S22-signing-event-10Brynn Metheney posing with a copy of Spectrum 22 that she signed.

S22-signing-event-11Artist, Paolo Rivera

S22-signing-event-12Artist, Alina Chau

S22-signing-event-13Artist, Te Hu (at right)

S22-signing-event-14A group of visitors enjoy their signed copies of Spectrum.

S22-signing-event-15Sculptors, Mark Newman (at left) and Dug Stanat

S22-signing-event-16Artists, Steven Russell Black (left) and Randy Gallegos (signing Spectrum)

S22-signing-event-17Artist, Kellan Jett

S22-signing-event-18Artists, Alyssa Winans (foreground) and Kellan Jett (background)

S22-signing-event-19Artist, Craig Elliott

S22-signing-event-20The Atelier Gallery remained busy throughout the evening.

S22-signing-event-21The Spectrum book signing event crowd was a delight all evening.

S22-signing-event-22Iain McCaig was surrounded by people all evening.

S22-signing-event-23Iain McCaig, always smiling.

S22-signing-event-24Artist, Stephanie Law

S22-signing-event-25All smiles throughout the evening.

S22-signing-event-26Left to right: Artists, Te Hu and Sho Murase and Spectrum director, John Flesk.

S22-signing-event-27Artists, Stephanie Law (background) and Karla Ortiz (foreground)

S22-signing-event-28Artists and sculptors, Colin and Kristine Poole. The team behind the new Spectrum Muse and Rising Star awards.

S22-signing-event-29Rachel Silva, who is one of the Flesk and Spectrum team members who helped keep the evening running smoothly.

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S22-signing-event-31 S22-signing-event-32From left to right: Artists, Colin Poole, Te Hu and Kristine Poole.

S22-signing-event-33From left to right: John Flesk, Te Hu and Allen Williams

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S22-signing-event-35 S22-signing-event-36 S22-signing-event-37From front to back, Artists, Michael Manomivibul, Brynn Metheney, Randy Gallegos, Steven Russell Black and Paolo Rivera.

Thanks again to the Academy of Art University, all of the artists and to those who visited and took part in this amazing evening!

Enjoy,

John

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The Art of The Dam Keeper Book Premieres at CTN This Weekend!

The-Art-of-The-Dam-KeeperThe printer shipped us advance copies of The Art of The Dam Keeper just in time to premier at the Tonko House booth at CTN Animation Expo! I’ll be there with Dice Tsutsumi and the Tonko House crew to share the book with people for the first time. We hope to see you there.

Robert-KondoI met with The Dam Keeper co-director Robert Kondo last night who signed the copies for the show. Dice can sign copies at the event to make your book complete.

You can pre-order the book direct from our website here.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 22 Book Signing in San Francisco on November 13th. Over Twenty people Signing! Hosted by the Academy of Art University.

Spectrum-22-cover_web79NMHi, everyone,

Spectrum Fantastic Art and Flesk Publications will be holding a book signing on Friday, November 13th to celebrate the release of Spectrum 22!

The signing is open to the public and will be hosted by the Academy of Art University.

This special event will be held at the Atelier Gallery located at 79 New Montgomery in San Francisco, California from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.

In attendance will be Spectrum 21 Grand Master Iain McCaig, Spectrum Muse Award creators Colin and Kristine Poole, Spectrum Founders Arnie & Cathy Fenner, and Spectrum Director John Fleskes, plus Spectrum artists Steven Russell Black, Alina Chau, Craig Elliott, Te Hu, Kellan Jett, Randy Gallegos, Chamisa Kellogg, Jean Ji In Kim, Stephanie Law, Michael Manomivibul, Brynn Metheney, Sho Murase, Mark Newman, Karla Ortiz, Paolo Rivera, Dug Stanat, Josh Viers, Allen Williams, Alyssa Winans, and more!

Artists accepted into either Spectrum 21 or Spectrum 22 who would like to participate in the signing can contact us at spectrum@fleskpublications.com. We would enjoy having you take part in this celebration.

Refreshments will be provided and Spectrum 21 & Spectrum 22 books will be available for purchase. We hope you can make it!

For more information about the location, visit: http://www.aaugalleries.com/atelier-2-2/

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 23 Call for Entries is Now Open!

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Spectrum 23 Call for Entries Poster by Claire Wendling

The Call for Entries for Spectrum 23 is now open! This is an invitation to all professional and student artists, art directors, publishers and artists’ representatives to submit entries to the 23rd Annual Spectrum International Competition for Fantastic Art. All artworks in all media embracing the themes of science fiction, fantasy, horror and the surreal are eligible for this show. Fantastic art can be subtle or obvious, traditional or off-the-wall, painted, sculpted, done digitally or photographed: There is no unacceptable way to create art, and there are no set rules that say one piece qualifies while another does not. Imagination and skill are what matters. Work chosen by the jury will be printed in full color in the Spectrum annual, the peer-selected “best of the year” collection for the fantastic arts. Click here to submit.

The Call for Entries poster is by the legendary Claire Wendling. This poster mails for free in the U.S.A to our Spectrum mailing list. If you would like to receive a poster you can fill out the online form here.

For over twenty-two years the Spectrum annual has been a showcase for the best and brightest creators of fantastic art from around the globe: it serves as an invaluable resource book for art directors, art buyers, publishers and agents world-wide. Hundreds of copies are sent out gratis with the intent of generating additional work and exposure for the artists selected for inclusion in the annual. The circulation of Spectrum far exceeds those of other annuals and resource books; we deliberately maintain a price that makes it affordable for every budget. Our purpose and singular agenda is the promotion of the art and artists. We believe that Spectrum functions as a cost-efficient promotional forum and provides a bridge between creator, client, and aficionado as well. Spectrum is all about facilitating opportunities for creators, about growing the audience for imaginative work in all its forms, without pretension and without prejudice.

The largest of this field’s competitions is also the toughest to make; the act of entering art does not guarantee inclusion in the book. Not everyone gets in. The “excellence bar” is raised every year: the job of the jury to make selections gets increasingly difficult. Not being selected is not a personal criticism of the artist, but having your work chosen by the judges is of significance. Join with us to help celebrate twenty-three years by making this volume the best yet: considering the excellence of the work in the previous twenty-two books, it will be no small task, but we’re confident you all can do it.

Enjoy,

John

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The Art of Elfquest/Wendy Pini Kickstarter Campaign Ends This Thursday

Three-booksHi, Everyone,

We’ve had an amazing run with our Art of Elfquest/Wendy Pini Kickstarter campaign over this last month. We are down to our final two days of the campaign. It comes to a close this Thursday at 8:00pm PST.

We’ve decided to offer one more stretch goal. I love giving stuff away and creating more goodies to excite and thank people for participating.

If we reach $100K, every pledge of $50 or more will receive a Kickstarter exclusive bonus pack of five postcards and three custom designed bookmarks. In addition, Wendy will produce a brand new black and white drawing that will be included in the coloring book.

Please see update #8 for the full details.

As always, thanks so much for all of your support.

Best,

John

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New Wendy Pini Drawing Cutter Demonstration Video

Hi, everyone,

I have a special treat for you today. During a visit with Wendy Pini she was gracious enough to walk me through the process of drawing and coloring Cutter from Elfquest using her Cintiq tablet. I filmed the process and am making it available for all of you to watch.

Relating to her upcoming books from Flesk, we hit our second stretch goal on The Art of Elfquest & Line of Beauty Kickstarter campaign adding 16 additional pages to the deluxe editions of the Wendy Pini art book trilogy. These extra pages will not be included in the trade editions. More elves! More art! More Wendy!

The next stretch goal will be a free Elfquest coloring book for each backer contributing $50 or more to the campaign. Furthermore, one coloring book will be included with every book purchased from the Kickstarter campaign. Wendy planned to release a coloring book many years ago, but it was never realized. Let’s make it happen!

Enjoy,

John

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Frank Cho, Terry Dodson and Mark Schultz Sketching Videos

Hi, all,

Frank Cho, Terry Dodson and Mark Schultz sketch in our Flesk blank sketchbooks at our Flesk booth during Comic-Con International in San Diego. The sketchbook/journal features a durable and flexible protective cover with individual wraparound illustrations by all three.

The sketchbooks contain 48 plain pages waiting to receive your illuminations and creations. It is comprised of 140 GSM woodfree stock acid free paper which works well with pen and pencil. Available now at the Flesk website.

Enjoy,

John

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The Art of Elfquest and Line of Beauty by Wendy Pini Kickstarter Campaign

 

Three booksHi, all,

Today we have launched The Art of Wendy Pini Kickstarter campaign. (Click here to view the campaign page.) We are making available three different and amazing books that showcase the career of Wendy Pini. These three titles combined contain over 900 pages of material that comes direct from the Pini archives. Almost every piece has been scanned from the original artwork, meticulously preserved by the Pini’s since the 1970s.

The Art of Elfquest, Elfquest: The Art of the Story, and Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini together present an unprecedented look at a career that has spanned over 40 years and has warmed the hearts of generations of fans.

Hardcover trade editions and special deluxe limited editions are being offered. This Kickstarter campaign, if successful, will guarantee the creation of three gorgeous premium editions, plus give you terrific rewards.

Our goal is simple: to give you great value for your support. Please visit our campaign page to learn about the details of each book, the Kickstarter exclusive bonus prints, our stretch goals, the release schedule, and a bit about Wendy and Richard Pini. (There’s much more from and about them in the books!) Plus, we have plenty of sample art for you to view. We appreciate you visiting.

You can visit the campaign page by clicking here.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 22 Printer Sample Copies Arrived!

Hi, all,

We’ve received our Spectrum 22: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art printer sample copies. They look amazing! We’ve approved the books. Spectrum 22 is on schedule for its arrival this fall at your local and online shops. We expect to receive our stock in early October when we will immediately begin to ship the artist hardcover copies.

Stay tuned for details about the Spectrum 22 book premier and signing event in San Francisco on Halloween day. We’ve already had a number of Spectrum 22 artists commit to coming. We’re going to have a blast. We’re finalizing the details now.

For now, enjoy this series of photographs as we unpacked the sample copies.

Spectrum22-unboxing-1 Spectrum22-unboxing-2 Spectrum22-unboxing-3 Spectrum22-unboxing-4 Spectrum22-unboxing-5Enjoy,

John

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New Tribes of Kai Videos. Daren Bader Sketching!

Hi, all,

We had a great time at the Flesk booth during the Tribes of Kai book release signing at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Artist Daren Bader and writer Lance HaunRogue were there to celebrate the event. We’ve put together two new videos for you to enjoy.

Daren Bader and Lance HaunRogue book signing at the Flesk Publications booth during Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Daren Bader draws one of his characters found in Tribes of Kai inside a Flesk blank sketchbook.

Tribes of Kai is comes in a trade hardcover and special deluxe hardcover versions. This book is available now at the Flesk website, where we also have a third video which includes interview and process footage. View it here.

Enjoy,

John

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The Art of Elfquest by Richard and Wendy Pini, Kickstarter Campaign Starts Next Week

Hi, all,

Next week we will be launching a new Kickstarter campaign for a trio of stunning hardcover deluxe limited edition books that will focus on Wendy Pini’s entire career. The Art of Elfquest, The Art of the Story: Elfquest and Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini combined make up over 900 pages of her works reproduced direct from the Pini archives.

We are working on building the campaign page and making the promotional video right now. You’re going to love the bonus goodies that we have in store for our supporters.

More details coming soon.

Three booksEnjoy,

John

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Petar Meseldzija Interview Video!

During my most recent trip to The Netherlands I had the opportunity to film Petar Meseldzija in his studio. Over the course of a few days I filmed him painting and was able to capture a series of interview segments. The core of this material has been turned into a painting demonstration that has been made available for free to our The Book of Giants Kickstarter supporters. There was enough extra footage to create this second video highlighting bonus interview footage that showcases some of Petar’s works. This we have made available for your viewing pleasure here and on the Spectrum Fantastic Art website.

To view our books on Petar and to watch another video, please visit here.

Enjoy,

John

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Imagery from the Bird’s Home: The Art of Bill Carman Special Edition Announced!

Bill-Carman-Special-coverBill Carman’s new art book Imagery from the Bird’s Home is on the press! This is a terrific book in which I am proud to be the publisher. Bill designed this book himself and it looks stunning. We’re currently putting together a video with interview footage with Bill and it will include some sample spreads. I’ll get it posted here once ready.

Just before going to press, we decided to make a small special publisher’s edition for Bill’s book. It is limited to just 300 copies and includes an alternate cover with an extra 16 pages of art. It is only available direct from Flesk. This edition will not be available through the book trade.

For more information or to pre-order the book, please follow this link to the Flesk website. The book ships in mid-October.

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk/Spectrum Booth #5019 at Comic-Con! Seven New Titles! Meet 14 Flesk Artists!

Surrender-my-sweet-Bruce-timm-cover-webHi, all.

We’re at Comic-Con in San Diego! The Flesk booth #5019 is set up and we are rocking our seven new titles, all of which are premiering now! We’ve got Storms at Sea and Portfolio by Mark Schultz, a small number of advance copies of Tribes of Kai and Pridelands by Daren Bader and Lance HaunRogue, Surrender, My Sweet by Bruce Timm, Monsters Attack!!! by Arthur Adams, and our new series of Flesk blank sketchbooks by the following artist hot dogs: Frank Cho, Terry Dodson, Petar Meseldzija, Iain McCaig, Mark Schultz and Bruce Timm!

Adams, Bader, Cho, Dodson, HaunRogue, Schultz, Timm and also, Gary, Gianni, David Palumbo, Richard and Wendy Pini, Jim Silke, William Stout and Craig Elliott are all here! It is a Flesk bonanza. Come and see us!

And for those who can’t make the show, all of these books can be had from our Flesk online store!

See you all soon!

Enjoy,

John

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