Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini Heading to the Printer!

Hi, everyone,

Today is our last day to review Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini. Kathy and I are reading over the text sections, checking the captions and looking over the design one last time before I bundle it up for the printer. I’ve also sent Richard Pini a PDF of the book so that he can also give it one final review. We’re almost there!

The book is scheduled to arrive with us in April. The first thing we will do once they are here is to ship them out to our Kickstarter supporters.

Its arrival will coincide with our Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event in Kansas City, MO (running on April 21-23) where Richard and Wendy will be featured guests of the show. You better believe that we will have copies there for you to get signed!


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Gary Gianni and Flesk Teaming up for Three New Books


Picture, from left to right: Mark Schultz, Gary Gianni and John Fleskes.

Hi, everyone,

I got caught up with Gary Gianni over the phone today. We went over his three books that will be coming out from Flesk between 2017 and 2018. (The titles, subject matter and street dates will all be revealed in due time.)

We’ve been working on one of Gary’s projects on and off for the last three years. Another we have been talking about for a couple of years and the third book idea presented itself when we saw each other at Comic-Con in San Diego last July.
It’s not uncommon for books to take years to go from an initial discussion, to brainstorming ideas about how the book can work, to hitting the “go” button to produce and make the book to getting it out and into your hands.

I don’t know how other publishers work. I started the business with absolutely zero experience in this field. But here at Flesk, it takes time to make books. We get it nearly done, and then announce a release date.

I’m always looking for new ways to make books. The concept, layout and design are all things that I have to reimagine once in a while. I dislike the idea of a house style, templates or formulas. I need a fresh spark of newly tapped creativity to get me motivated.
The ideas we have for Gary’s books are something I’m very excited about. There’s got to be about 800 pages of book pages to sort out!

I think we did something exceptional with Wendy Pini‘s Art of Elfquest and Elfquest: The Art of the Story books. The execution behind these is unique and something I’m very proud to have been a part of. The new Flesk books will pick right up from Wendy’s books as we see just how far we can push the art of bookmaking.

I’m not done yet. As long as we’ve got your support, we’ll keep being different.

Text copyright © 2016 John Fleskes. Photos © 2016 John Fleskes. Artwork © 2016 its respective artists. All Rights reserved.

Flesk at Comic-Con in San Diego. New Books and Signings. Booth #5019

Hi, everyone,

It’s Comic-Con time! Here’s a selection of goodies and signings that will be happening at our Flesk booth #5019.

Carbon-2-Mark-Schultz-webNew books that you can find at our booth are Carbon 2 by Mark Schultz, Elfquest: The Art of the Story by Richard and Wendy Pini, Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love and The Nexus Chronicles by Steve Rude.

dam-keeper-flesk-print-sdccWe will also have fresh copies of Arthur Adams Monsters Attacks!!! and copies of The Art of The Dam Keeper with an exclusive 5 x 7 inch print signed by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi!

A batch of new free promotional postcards for Spectrum 23, Notes From the Shadowed City and more will be at our booth. Stop on by and they are yours!

Which artists will be at Comic-Con in San Diego that I work with? A bunch! You can meet Arthur Adams, Daren Bader, Frank Cho, Terry Dodson, Craig Elliott, Gary Gianni, Richard and Wendy Pini, Mark Schultz, Jim Silke, William Stout and Bruce Timm! Please feel free to stop by our Flesk booth #5019 to check on signing times and to ask for directions to meet all of these wonderful people. They all sit nearby us and we can direct you right to them.

I’ll be moderating a panel on Thursday. After its popularity last year we are continuing our discussion about what it’s like to work independently on creator owned properties. Here’s the official description. Take a look at the lineup of creators that will be speaking with me! Here’s the location, time and description.

Making the Leap to Creator Owned Properties: Tales from the IP Jungle, Thursday, 7/21/16, 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m., Room: 28DE

Moderator John Fleskes (Flesk publications) leads a rousing discussion with Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows, World of Payne, Savage Wolverine), Terry Dodson (Princess Leia, Red One, Uncanny X-Men), Wendy and Richard Pini (Elfquest) and Mark Schultz (Storms at Sea, Xenozoic) about the differences between working for major publishers and shepherding through their personal projects. The pros, the cons, the triumphs, the tears! Plus, panelists share the latest news of upcoming projects.

See you at the show!



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