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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Flesk Booth #5019 at Comic-Con International in San Diego

Hi, everyone,

Come and visit us at our Flesk/Spectrum booth #5019 at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Here’s a quick list of the new titles that you can find at out booth.

BOG-cover-webThe Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija

We will have copies of the trade hardcover and deluxe edition at the show! (Order here.)

Storms-at-Sea-by-Mark-Schultz-webStorms at Sea by Mark Schultz

We will have copies of the trade edition with us at the show. Or, order online. (Order here.)

Mark Schultz will be at our booth signing each day!

Mark-Schultz-Portfolio-Complete-webPortfolio by Mark Schultz

The deluxe limited edition and the trade edition are here! We will have them at the show and Mark Schultz can personalize your copy! (Order here.)

TOK-cover-webThe Tribes of Kai by Lance HaunRogue and Daren Bader

We will have a very small number of advance copies at our booth for the show. Stop by and meet Daren and Lance each day! (Order here.)

Pridelands Cover.inddPridelands by Lance HaunRogue and Daren Bader

A small batch of advance copies will arrive just in time for the show. Plus, Daren and Lance will be signing at our booth each day! (Order here.)

Arthur-Adams-Monsters-Attack-cover-webArthur Adams Monster’s Attack!!!

We will get a few cases of these just in time for the show. You can get them from us at our Flesk booth #5019. Arthur is sitting near us at his booth where he can sign these for you. Now available for pre-order on our website. (Order here.)

Surrender-my-sweet-Bruce-timm-cover-webSurrender, My Sweet by Bruce Timm

This all-new 64 page digest sized paperback collection will premiere at our Flesk booth #5019 at Comic-Con! Bruce has created a full range of new stunning and beautiful nudes. Only 1000 copies have been made and this will only be available direct from Flesk. This $25.00 collection is available on our website now. (Order here.)

Flesk-SB-all-coverBlank Sketchbooks

We have produced a set of blank sketchbooks with covers by your favorite artists. We have these available on our Flesk website and they have arrived in time for us to bring to the show with us. (Order here.)

See you all soon!

Enjoy,

John

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The Flesk Books June 2015 Update

Hi, everyone,

Here’s the latest scoop on all of our Flesk 2015 books that have just arrived, are coming soon, or are nearly finished.

BOG-cover-webThe Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija

We received our copies of The Book of Giants by Petar Meseldzija at our Flesk warehouse. We’ve been working hard to pack all of our Kickstarter pledges and pre-orders. Over 200 packages have been shipped so far with many more going out soon. We’re doing our best to get the books delivered to everyone as fast as possible.

The book turned out amazingly well. The printing and the extra production details that were made available by our Kickstarter supporters, such as the extra gold spot color on the trade edition dustjacket and the improved binding and slipcase for the deluxe, have allowed us to make the premium book that we wanted to see.

The trade edition and deluxe editions are available now direct from our Flesk online store. The trade edition will be available through the book trade toward the end of July. The deluxe can only be purchased direct from us. (Order here.)

We will bring copies along to the San Diego Comic-Con International. Our Flesk booth number is 5019. We hope to see you there where you can peruse the book in person and see how terrific it came out!

Storms-at-Sea-by-Mark-Schultz-webStorms at Sea by Mark Schultz

The trade edition has arrived with us! We are thrilled to have Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz. At only $24.95, this hardcover collection features 32 full page Wolf pencil pieces with 32 pages of accompanying story pages. New spot drawings were also completed by Schultz. (Order here.)

You can purchase this book now through our Flesk website or pick it up from our Flesk booth #5019 at Comic-Con International next month, or wait to get it from your favorite retailer through the book trade on August 1st. Mark Schultz will be making an appearance each day at our Comic-Con booth. He will have many of his Storms at Sea originals at the show for purchase, too. This is a rare opportunity to obtain a unique piece from this beautiful book.

We are planning on a premium oversized deluxe edition that will be signed and limited to 500 copies. This will be available in late 2015. Why the delay? It’s simple, we are busy wrapping up five new titles that need to completed in the next month. After the summer we can concentrate on this special edition.
Mark-Schultz-Portfolio-Complete-webPortfolio by Mark Schultz

Portfolio is done and in transit to our Flesk warehouse. The deluxe edition is a stunner! Housed within a slipcase with cloth quarter-binding, with a bonus signature page, this book is limited to only 500 copies. Much larger than the original volumes, this collection has had all of the artwork prepared from scratch for a brilliant new collection. The deluxe is $100.00 and the trade edition only $50.00. Order now from our Flesk website and get a pre-order price. As soon as they arrive in our warehouse the pre-order price will go away. (Order here.)

We are told that Portfolio should arrive just in time for Comic-Con International where we will have it available at our Flesk booth #5019. The best part is that Mark Schultz will be with us during the duration of the show to sign copies.

The deluxe edition will only be available to purchase direct form Flesk. The trade edition will also be available through the book trade and can be found at your favorite book or comic store in August.

carman-cover-webImagery From the Bird’s Home: The Art of Bill Carman

This is nearly done! This book should only take another few days of design work to finalize the few pages still needing to be completed. Bill Carman designed this book himself and he has done a stunning job. There is a fun balance between his sketches, preliminaries and finished pieces. We will send it to the printer soon and keep you updated. (Order here.)

Nexus-Chronicles-cover-webThe Nexus Chronicles by Steve Rude

As with the Bill Carman book, this collection is nearly done. Only a few pages are left to design prior to being sent to the printer. Many of our favorite Nexus stories appear here direct from the original art. This has taken years to put together. Tracking down all of the artwork was a lot of work, but well worth the time. I’ll give a full report on this title once it has been completed. (Order here.)

TOK-cover-webThe Tribes of Kai by Lance HaunRogue and Daren Bader

Done and at the printer! With the proofs being approved and with Lance and Daren having signed the signature page, this collection is currently being printed and bound. It should be off the press by the end of this month and on schedule to be shipped to our warehouse in early July. It’s looking terrific. Thanks to our Kickstarter supporters there have been many production additions making this a handsome collection. Both editions are available for pre-order on the Flesk website. (Order here.)

Pridelands Cover.inddPridelands by Lance HaunRogue and Daren Bader

Limited to only 500 copies, this was made possible by our Kickstarter supporters. This collects the original art boards by Daren Bader and the original script by Lance HaunRogue from the original 1990s version into a unique behind the scenes look. It’s the perfect supplement to Tribes of Kai and serves as a standalone book that is enjoyable in itself. This is available for pre-order now on the Flesk website. (Order here.)

Art-of-Elfquest-webThe Art of Elfquest by Wendy and Richard Pini

I love this book! This collection is 304 pages of material taken direct from the Pini original art archives. From covers to holiday cards, you will find every bit of rare and special work with many captions and annotations by Wendy and Richard.

At this time, the artwork has been finalized and positioned on the pages. The captions are being written. Once the writing is done, the designing stage will progress and should be wrapped up by August 1st. (Order here.)

Spectrum-22-cover_webSpectrum 22: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art

This book is written and in the final design stages. I’m working around the clock to have this delivered to the printer prior to leaving for the San Diego Comic-Con. This book is a lot of fun to put together. It’s right on schedule for its fall release. (Order here.)

Arthur-Adams-Monsters-Attack-cover-webArthur Adams Monster’s Attack!!!

Surprise! This is the first time that I’ve mentioned this book. It is done and at the printer. We will debut it at our Flesk booth #5019 at Comic-Con. This 48 page paperback collection will be only $20.00 and is filled with the type of monsters themes that Arthur Adams excels at. We will have them available for purchase from our Flesk site soon! Only 1000 copies will be available and can only be purchased direct from us. This will not be found in stores.

Surrender-my-sweet-Bruce-timm-cover-webSurrender, My Sweet by Bruce Timm

This all-new 64 page digest sized paperback collection will premiere at our Flesk booth #5019 at Comic-Con! Bruce has created a full range of new stunning and beautiful nudes. Only 1000 copies have been made and this will only be available direct from Flesk. We will have this $25.00 collection available on our website soon.

Flesk-SB-all-coverBlank Sketchbooks

We have produced a set of blank sketchbooks with covers by your favorite artists. These are done and shipping to our warehouse now. They are supposed to arrive with us just in time to take to Comic-Con to have available at our Flesk booth #5019. We have these available on our Flesk website for pre-order. (Order here.)

Thanks, everyone. As you can tell, it’s time to get back to work to wrap up more books!

Enjoy,

John

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Tribes of Kai and Pridelands by Daren Bader and Lance HaunRogue at the Printer!

Pridelands Cover.indd TOK-cover-webHello, all,

We’ve sent  Tribes of Kai and Pridelands off to the printer. We continue to be on schedule with the book for its August release date.

I’d like to provide some insight into just how busy we have been while working on these two books. What went from a simple story collection, both Tribes of Kai and Pridelands kept growing and expanding. Bonus art was added, sketches and new paintings by Daren were created, Lance added to and improved the text, original artwork was rescanned, Daren went in and color corrected the art further, the book designs kept improving, the Flesk team jumped in to help, and we had three people go through and proof the book and run final checks before packaging up the books and sending them to the printer. Then I went in and worked with the printer to explore various types of packaging and settled on the papers, binding and slipcase materials–all while consulting with Daren and Lance. These two collections were far and away much more elaborate than we had predicted.

In total, seven individuals had a hand in getting key aspects of the book taken care of. And we aren’t forgetting our Kickstarter supporters, since without their early support, these bonus features and upgrades would not have been possible.

At the moment the book is out of our hands as the printer has taken on their role in printing and binding the book. This should continue over the course of this month, then we expect to see our sample copy around July 1st. Then they ship the bulk shipment with our copies expected in late July. We will begin shipping our Kickstarter pre-orders immediately upon their arrival.

The deluxe edition and Pridelands, both limited to only 500 copies, will only be available direct from Flesk for the time being.

We’ll have another update by early July. For those making Comic-Con International in San Diego, Flesk will have a booth with Daren and Lance making signing appearances. We hope to meet some of you there.

Thanks again everyone!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 4 Pictures!

Hi, everyone,

We had an amazing time at the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event in Kansas City, Missouri from May 22-24, 2015. I’ll be writing about the show soon, but for now enjoy these pictures from the show. Thanks to everyone who came!

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Enjoy,

John

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The Spectrum Muse–Pictures and Story Behind The New Redesigned Spectrum Award

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The new Spectrum gold (left), grand master (center) and silver (right) awards are made of bronze and 15 inches tall on a marble base.

 

Spectrum Fantast Art announces the new redesigned Spectrum award unveiled at the Spectrum 22 awards ceremony on March 23, 2015 at the historic Folly theater in Kansas City, Missouri. The new awards are designed by Colin and Kristine Poole.

Spectrum-Awards-003The Silver Awards are bronze with a silver nitrate patina. This creates the luster of silver while still being decidedly a bronze. The flame of creation is cast in sterling silver.

The Gold Awards are bronze with a golden patina. The flame of creation is sterling silver gilded in 24K gold.

Around the base of the sculpture, inscribed text alludes to ancient cuneiform writing pressed into clay tablets and features the artists’ invocation to the Muse: ‘Sing within me Muse, Dwell in my imagination, Inspire me to bring forth my creations.’

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Spectrum Grand Master Award

 

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Spectrum Grand Master Award

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Spectrum Grand Master Award

The Grand Master Award has to be distinctive, so the sculpture has additional embellishments that are iconic to the body of the work of this year’s recipient–a nod to their unique brilliance.

All of the bronzes have a polished black marble base.

When the new director, John Fleskes, assumed his role with Spectrum 21, he began to lay the foundation to create an entirely redesigned award to further serve as an encouragement through the form of respect and support to the artists whose work is selected by the Spectrum jury for special recognition.

There is significance in both being nominated and in winning a Spectrum award. It serves as a recognition of achievement that is made even more significant when it comes from a jury of their peers. When it comes to peer awards—artists to artists—there’s a purity that adds meaning to the honor. The Spectrum award is not something that can be won; they’re earned.

“The Spectrum awards have always been about providing the artists with an award that they could call their own,” explains John Fleskes. “I wanted to hand out an award that people would hold and say, ‘this is too nice to be an award!'” With that goal in mind, Fleskes was on a secret quest during the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event in 2013 to find the perfect person to make the award. “I walked the floor and spent a significant amount of time at each of the sculptures booth to get to know the creators and get a close look at their beautiful works. Once the show was over I had seven people in mind who I knew would do an amazing job–and they had no idea! A month later, after consulting with Arnie and Cathy Fenner, we made our choice.

“The work of Colin and Kristine Poole immediately made an impression on me. The combination of sophistication, elegance, with a fine art flavor and touch upon the fantasy element made me feel confident that they would create something of a timeless and graceful nature. Plus, we had a few conversations during the show which gave me the assurance that they would be fun to work with. I wrote Colin and Kristine to inquire if they had the interest in taking on this monumental task. To my delight they were enthusiastic. They ended up pouring a tremendous amount of energy into every facet of the task for almost a year.”

“When John approached us about creating a new award for Spectrum, our answer was an unhesitating ‘not only yes, but hell yes!'” share Colin and Kristine Poole. “We’d be honored, delighted, thrilled and flat-out tickled pink!” For the Poole’s, having the opportunity to create an award that acknowledges the talent, imagination and creativity of the best of the best in fantastic art is nothing short of a dream.

“Within moments, a myriad of concepts raced around in our minds,” recalls the Poole’s. “One thing was certain, we knew from the start that we were going to go all-out with this. It had to be a bronze sculpture – after all, this is Spectrum! We’re sure if adamantium had been an option, we would’ve pushed for that!”

Fleskes gave the Poole’s carte-blanche to come up with a concept and design. “My style of art direction is very hands off,” explains Fleskes. “We began with extended discussions as we brainstorm topics and ideas to get the ‘feel’ of what we wanted. Then I turned them loose knowing that the outcome will be superior. It’s an exciting and invigorating process. I had no idea what the Poole’s would come up with, but I knew that the award would be superior. I was never concerned.”

After a series of emails and phone calls with Fleskes, the Poole’s had enough information and freedom to focus on the task at hand. A concept was born within a few weeks. “We often hear of the ‘Artist’s Muse,'” begins the Poole’s. “Of the nine muses in ancient Greek mythology, there actually wasn’t a muse for the visual arts–in those times, painters and sculptors were considered merely technicians who copied nature. Given the incredible range of imagination and creativity demonstrated by artists in this field, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to create the Muse of Creation to reward their achievements.

“We submitted three mockups showing the evolution of ideas we had for the Spectrum Award. From these three different possible directions, the final choice was unanimous between John, Cathy and Arnie.

Spectrum-Awards-002“In this version, the Muse is portrayed as a classic, French-style sculpture, an elegant presence you might find on a monument in Paris – quiet, simple and direct.  She is wearing an elaborate horned headdress which can be seen either as ornamentation or as part of her being. In this rendering, the Muse is enchanted by the artist’s creation and is herself presenting an award to the artist. In her outstretched hand is the ‘flame of creation’–a three-dimensional adaptation of the Flesk Publications logo.

“Creating 17 bronzes on this scale for much less than the typical foundry bid provided us with a bit of a challenge from the beginning. The uniqueness of these awards with the combination of materials would have been cost prohibitive to hire out, but we felt it was important to have these awards be different from all others. We began problem-solving with our typical ‘jump and then figure out how to sprout wings’ approach.

“We have both worked in bronze foundries and have cast our own work start to finish–including molding, wax pouring and chasing, investing with ceramic shell, pouring the actual bronze, de-vesting and chasing the bronze and patination. Kristine’s experience with silver casting also came into play as the Muse progressed. This background in bronze and silver casting processes proved critical as we were able to take on parts of the production that were too expensive to hire others to do, parceling out the mold making and the welding/patinas to the best in their fields in Santa Fe.

“This has been an adventure–not the Bilbo Baggins type (although at times it has seemed like Orks were at the door), but more akin to Iain McCaig’s ‘Shadowline’ creatures flooding our lives and keeping us awake through the night juggling persistent and inflexible deadlines, to allow the other participants in the process the time they required to complete their parts.

“As we write this, our studio is a beehive of activity as we are in the final all-out push with the award ceremony just around the corner–our excitement grows day by day.

“One of the great things about the entire process was experiencing people’s enthusiasm to be part of the project. More often than not, when we told people about Spectrum and the award, they were more than generous with their time, expertise and facilities. An example of the typical scenario we encountered was when we approached an engraver to produce the nameplates on a tight schedule, he responded with ‘there is no way I’m not going to be part of this! Whatever you need, I’ll make it work.’ He, like so many others, was ready to dive into a challenging time frame and work with us to make all the parts come together. Throughout the entire process, John has been exceptionally supportive and encouraging–and frankly a delight to work with. We would like to express our immense gratitude to all of these people who jumped in to help and in particular, special thanks to Brad Neighbor, Chris Gugelman, Mike Massey, and Diane Tintor.”

“Beyond the recognition of individual achievement, the awards—the iconic trophy, the ceremonies, the traditions—are a celebration of us all, of the art community as a whole,” adds Spectrum founders Cathy and Arnie Fenner. “The more attention that is attained for what we do the better it is for everyone and awards—and the electricity and excitement of presentation ceremonies—are invaluable ways to grow the public’s awareness and (hopefully) appreciation of who we are. They’re educational moments.

“That was the motivation behind the Spectrum Awards ceremony as part of Spectrum Fantastic Art Live. It would have been infinitely easier—and cheaper—to give the awards out in a hotel ballroom or in the convention center, but…where’s the fun in that? Artists and their works affect our lives every day in an infinite number of ways so it only seems right that for at least one night of the year there’s a spotlight on the art community with a gala in a real theater with all the trappings.”

The Spectrum 22 awards were presented on May 23 at the historic Folly Theater in Kansas City during Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 4. You can see all of the award winners for each category here.

 

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Spectrum 22 Award Winners Announced!

The Spectrum 22 Awards Ceremony was held in conjunction with the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Congratulations to all of the gold and silver award winners and to the Rising Star and Grand Master Award recipients!

Wylie Beckert's Colder Wind. Wylie is the recipient of the Spectrum 2015 Rising Star Award.

Wylie Beckert’s Colder Wind. Wylie is the recipient of the Spectrum 2015 Rising Star Award.

Rising Star Award — Wylie Beckert

Spectrum Fantastic Art is proud to announce the recipient of the inaugural Rising Star Award to the Spectrum 22 Awards Ceremony. This award recognizes and acknowledges an emerging artist who demonstrates exceptional abilities and dedication in the fantastic art arena.

Scott Gustafson -- Spectrum 2015 Grand Master

Scott Gustafson — Spectrum 2015 Grand Master

Grand Master Award — Scott Gustafson

Over the nearly thirty-five years that span Scott Gustafson’s career, he has had the opportunity to fulfill commissions for a number of varied clients and publishers such as Celestial Seasonings, Playboy magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, The Bradford Exchange, Dreamworks and The Greenwich Workshop.

Some of Scott’s illustrated books include The Night Before Christmas, Peter Pan, Nutcracker, as well as two original titles, Animal Orchestra and Alphabet Soup. His book of Classic Fairy Tales, released in the fall of 2003 by The Greenwich Workshop Press, was awarded a Chesley award for best interior book illustrations from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.

Scott is among only two artists who have appeared in all twenty-two volumes of Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art.

The Grand Master Award is decided upon by the Spectrum Fantastic Art Advisory Board each year. To be considered, an artist must (1) have a career spanning at least twenty years, (2) have achieved a level of excellence in their work that they’ve maintained throughout the course of their career, (3) have inspired other artists with their attitudes and accomplishments, and (4) still be living.

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Yuko Shimizu -- Tokyo Night Show

Silver Award: Yuko Shimizu — Tokyo Night Show

Taylor Wessling -- Barbarians: Faust

Gold Award: Taylor Wessling — Barbarians: Faust

 

  • Nominated: Johnny Dombrowski — Murder on the Orient Express
  • Nominated: Edward Kinsella III — Vernacchio
  • Nominated: Victo Ngai — The Cloisters

 

Book

Scott Gustafson -- Jack and the Sleeping Giant

Silver Award: Scott Gustafson — Jack and the Sleeping Giant

Dan dos Santos -- Taking Flight

Gold Award: Dan dos Santos — Taking Flight

 

  • Nominated: Jeffrey Alan Love — Radiant State
  • Nominated: Petar Meseldzija — The Giants are Coming
  • Nominated: Sam Weber — cover for Dune by Frank Herbert

 

Comics

Alex Alice  -- Castle in the Stars

Silver Award: Alex Alice — Castle in the Stars

Audrey Benjaminsen -- Bernadette, page 1

Gold Award: Audrey Benjaminsen — Bernadette, page 1

 

  • Nominated: Tula Lotay — Rebels
  • Nominated: David Palumbo — The Beast
  • Nominated: James Turner — Rebel Angels

 

Concept Art

Audrey Benjaminsen -- Fairy 3

Silver Award: Audrey Benjaminsen — Fairy 3

Sung Choi -- The Parade

Gold Award: Sung Choi — The Parade

 

  • Nominated: Te Hu — Wonders: Gate of Luxor
  • Nominated: Kellan Jett — Meeting
  • Nominated: Allen Williams — The Good Dog

 

Dimensional

David Silva -- Dragon vs. Raptors

Silver Award: David Silva — Dragon vs. Raptors

Forest Rogers -- Venetian Harpy

Gold Award: Forest Rogers — Venetian Harpy

 

  • Nominated: Dan Chudzinski — The Mudpuppy
  • Nominated: Mark Newman — Gallevarbe: Death’s Siren
  • Nominated: Dug Stanat — A Bird From His Brim Will Guide Your Last Breath

 

Editorial

Sam Bosma -- Critical Education

Silver Award: Sam Bosma — Critical Education

Tran Nguyen -- A Distressed Damsel

Gold Award: Tran Nguyen — A Distressed Damsel

 

  • Nominated: Jensine Eckwall — This Circle: Walking Into The Wind
  • Nominated: Edward Kinsella III — Gland Monster
  • Nominated: Victo Ngai — Cocoon

 

Institutional

Laurie Brom -- Bad Seed

Silver Award: Laurie Brom — Bad Seed

Rovina Cai -- Fake It

Gold Award: Rovina Cai — Fake It

  • Nominated: Ed Binkley — Rikshaw Pass
  • Nominated: Jeffrey Alan Love — Skyrim
  • Nominated: Jessica Shirley — The Child Sleeps

 

Unpublished

Paul Bonner -- Beowulf: Mother

Silver Award: Paul Bonner — Beowulf: Mother

Cynthia Sheppard -- Momentum

Gold Award: Cynthia Sheppard — Momentum

 

  • Nominated: Donato Giancola — Descent from Caradhras
  • Nominated: Rebecca Leveille Guay — Time and Chance
  • Nominated: Omar Rayyan — A Night at the Races

 

 

Enjoy,

John

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Claire Wendling Sketching Videos

Hi, everyone,

I had the opportunity to meet and film Claire Wendling on April 19, 2015. In these two videos she completes four sketches in these two videos in her new book Iguana Bay 2.0 at the Big Wow ComicFest in San Jose, California. Stuart Ng Books sponsored her appearance at the show and published this new edition of her popular art book. Visit Stuart Ng Books to order signing copies.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 22 Nominations Videos

Watch the Spectrum 22 nominations for the eight categories. The Gold and Silver award winners will be announced during the Spectrum 22 Awards Ceremony held at the Folly Theater in Kansas City, Missouri on May 23, 2015. Visit spectrumfantasticartlive.com for more details.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live This Weekend–Artists at the Flesk Booth

It’s time for some Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 4 news!

The show will be in Kansas City, MO in the Bartle Hall Grand Ballroom running May 22-24, 2015. The five special guests of the show are Karla Ortiz, Tim Kirk, Scott Gustafson, Donato Giancola and Julie Dillon.

In addition, the Flesk/Spectrum booth will be hosting a group of thirteen more artists: Daren Bader, Brom, Bill Carman, Frank Cho, Craig Elliott, Gary Gianni, Jim and Ruth Keegan, Aaron Lopresti, Iain McCaig, Victo Ngai, Steve Rude, Mark Schultz, plus SFAL guest Karla Ortiz.

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

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

Here is a map showing where the artists can be found a the show and some information and sample art by those artists who will be at the Flesk booth. (The five special show guests are already highlighted on the SFAL site.)

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TOK-cover-webDaren Bader. For the past 20 years, Daren Bader has been an art director for the video game and entertainment industry, working with a large variety of companies, including Disney, Nintendo, and Capcom. Currently he is the Senior Art Director for Rockstar San Diego and is best known for his work on the critically acclaimed Red Dead Redemption, which won over 150 Game of the Year awards in 2010. On the weekends, Daren is a freelance illustrator for various trading card games such as Magic: The Gathering and World of Warcraft, amassing well over 200 cards in the field. He has also done the occasional book cover, including a series of covers for fan-favorite R.A. Salvatore. Daren’s work can also be seen in 14 of the 21 Spectrum Annuals, as well as in his monographs “The Art of Daren Bader” and “one hundred drawings.”

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Bill Carman

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Art by Bill Carman

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

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Frank Cho never had any formal training in art but taught himself to write and draw by reading art books and comics. He launched the comic strip Liberty Meadows on March 31, 1997, distributed worldwide by Creators Syndicate. From day one, the strip was a critical success, hailed for its hilarious writing and superb art. In 2002, Cho moved the hugely successful strip to Image Comics.

Impressed by his comic’s writing and art, Cho was recruited by Axel Alonso, editor-in-chief at Marvel Entertainment. Since then, he has worked on many top-tier books at Marvel, including Spider-Man, The Mighty Avengers, Hulk, X-Men, Shanna the She-Devil and Savage Wolverine.

In his spare time, Frank Cho works on video-game designs, movies and oil paintings for various art-gallery shows. He also works on his creator-owned projects, such as Guns & Dinos, Zombie King, Skyborne and the upcoming World of Payne with famed novelist Thomas Sniegoski.

Frank Cho has won many awards, including the prestigious Emmy, the National Cartoonists Society’s awards for Best Comic Book and Best Book Illustration, the Eagle Award, the Charles M. Schulz Award for Excellence in Cartooning, the Scripps-Howard Award for Best College Cartoonist, the College Media Association award for cartooning, Spain’s Haxtur Award for Best Artist, and the Max & Moritz Prize, Germany’s highest award for an international comic strip. He also was nominated for the coveted Harvey and Eisner awards.

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Craig Elliott

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Art by Craig Elliott

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

Flesk-Publications-Comic-Con-San-Diego-2012-101ggGary Gianni has adapted and illustrated a wide variety of books, including John Henry, Kidnapped, Moby Dick, The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane, The Complete Conan of Cimmeria, and more recently, Michael Chabon’s Gentlemen of the Road. His comic’s work includes Classics Illustrated, The Shadow, and The MonsterMen. He won an Eisner Award for his illustration of Heroes, a tale included in Batman: Black and White. Gianni served as the illustrator of the Prince Valiant Sunday comic strip for nearly a decade, an endeavor which also served as the subject of his, The Prince Valiant Page.

Keegan,_Jim_and_RuthEl_BorakJim and Ruth Keegan are the creators of The Adventures of Two-Gun Bob, which appears in every issue of Conan, Solomon Kane, or Kull from Dark Horse Comics. They’ve also illustrated several books for Del Rey including Crimson Shadows and Grim LandsThe Best of Robert E. Howard, Volumes One & Two. Their work has appeared in the Spectrum annual, and has been exhibited at The Society of Illustrators in New York. al-picAaron Lopresti’s first big break came in 1993 when Publisher Dave Olbrich and Editor-in-Chief Chris Ulm hired Aaron to draw Sludge for Malibu’s new Ultraverse comic line. One thing led to another and soon Aaron had a full blown career in comics. Aaron’s career in commercial and comic art has continued on for more than 12 years. In that time Aaron has worked on a wide variety of characters including: Spiderman The X-men, The Hulk, The Avengers, Batman, Plastic Man, Green Lantern, Superboy, Xena, Star Trek, Gen 13, Mystic, and the self published Atomic Toybox (just to name a few). In 1995 he founded the successful comic art studio, Studiosaurus that lasted until 1998. Aaron lists his art influences in two categories, comic and illustration. His comic fluences are: Frazetta, Berni Wrightson, Neal Adams, Michael Golden, Steranko, Brian Bolland, and anyone else who is good. Illustrators who have influenced Aaron over the years are: Frazetta(again), James Bama, William Stout, JC Leyendecker, Brian Froud, Robert McGinnis and Chuck Jones.

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Iain McCaig

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Art by Iain McCaig

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

Spectrum-22-Call-for-Entries-FleskVicto Ngai: Forbes 30 Under (Art and Style) honoree and Society of Illustrators NY Gold Medalist Victo Ngai is a NY based illustrator from Hong Kong, graduated from Rhode Island School of Design. “Victo” is not a boy nor a typo, but a nickname derived from Victoria – a leftover from the British colonization.

 Victo creates art for newspaper and magazines such as the New York Times and the New Yorker; makes books for publishers such as the Folio Society, Abrams and Tor Forge; and works on advertisement campaigns with companies like the McDonald’s, IMAX, MTA Art for Transit (New York subway), Lufthansa Airline and General Electric.
Apart from drawing, Victo’s biggest passions are traveling and eating. She’s hoping that one day she will save up enough to travel around the world and sample all kinds of cuisine.
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Art by Steve Rude

Art by Steve Rude

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

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Art by Mark Schultz

Art by Mark Schultz

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

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

Enjoy,

John

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