Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini Update!

Hi, everyone,

A lightning fast update on Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini.
 
The bonus page for the limited edition, which Richard Pini and Wendy Pini manage to sign amid a very hectic week, have arrived with the printer. At this point the printer has everything that they need and they are printing and binding the book. It’s on track for delivery just in time for our Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event where Richard and Wendy will be special guests. Kickstarter orders will ship at the same time. It will be a busy April!
 
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John

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Spectrum 24 Judging Event This Saturday!

Hi, everyone,
Preparations for the Spectrum 24 judging event this weekend continues! The Flesk office is now officially ready.
 
The judges will be arriving throughout the day tomorrow as we spend some quality time together prior to the day of judging on Saturday. I’ll be posting updates all throughout the day. This is going to be fun!
Here’s a selection of banners that we will using as background props during the filming and photography.
The camera gear is ready and waiting for the Spectrum 24 jury to arrive. We’ll be capturing the day to share with you all.

Enjoy,

John

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DeVITO ARTWORKS LLC ANNOUNCES EXCITING KING KONG OF SKULL ISLAND KICKSTARTER

A new book published by DeVito ArtWorks will be coming to Kickstarter next Tuesday. I’ll provide the link once it goes live.


DeVITO ARTWORKS LLC ANNOUNCES EXCITING
KING KONG OF SKULL ISLAND  KICKSTARTER

Bucks County, PA-based artist/author Joe DeVito is at the heart of some of the biggest pop-culture stories happening today.  DeVito is known for his many inspired paintings and sculptures of Fantasy and Science Fiction subjects, icons such as Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Spider-Man, The Shadow, MAD Magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman, Tarzan, Doc Savage, and most importantly, King Kong. DeVito is the creator/illustrator of Skull Island, the first prequel/sequel expansion of King Kong creator Merian C Cooper’s mythology and exclusively authorized by Cooper’s estate, and has illustrated and co-written, with author Brad Strickland, two previous Kong books: Kong: King of Skull Island and Merian C. Cooper’s King Kong.

DeVito ArtWorks will be releasing a new book titled KING KONG of SKULL ISLAND. A 9”x12” hard cover of over 300 pages features the 30,000 word Denham Diaries and a 95,000 word novel that covers the origin stories of both the Kongs and Skull Island’s human civilization and goes on to chronicle the building of the iconic Wall that played such a major role in the original King Kong story, both co-authored by DeVito and Strickland. KING KONG of SKULL ISLAND will also contain extensive sketchbook drawings and an additional 25,000 words of text that delve deeply into the fascinating history of the Kongs, the mysterious human civilization on the island, and the enigmatic Skull Island itself. KING KONG of SKULL ISLAND also contains a Gallery section of at least a dozen original oil paintings.

King Kong of Skull Island is being crowd-funded by a Kickstarter Campaign launching February 21rst of 2017. Please join us in launching this exciting program, found at:

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For additional information: www.kongskullisland.com and on FB at Kong of Skull Island

OPTIONAL: ABOUT DeVITO ARTWORKS LLC
DeVito ArtWorks, LLC owns all copyright rights in KONG OF SKULL ISLAND, its associated Skull Island property, and all its derivative works. Richard M. Cooper LLC owns all copyright rights in the novel MERIAN C. COOPER’S KING KONG. The DeVito and Cooper properties work in concert to create, through fully copyrighted words and pictures, the complete King Kong – Skull Island origin property, uniquely endorsed with the name of Kong’s creator, Merian C. Cooper, and exclusively authorized both by his family’s estate and that of Skull Island creator, Joe DeVito. DeVito ArtWorks, LLC and its representatives have the exclusive right to develop and market both properties in all media formats.
www.kongskullisland.com
www.jdevito.com

To obtain additional information, graphics, or to arrange interviews, contact:
Dannie Festa/Festa Entertainment  PH: 310-820-0922
E: info@festaent.com

Spectrum 24 Judging Event!

The Spectrum 24 judging event will be held at the Flesk offices in Santa Cruz, CA on February 25, 2017. We will be the hosts to industry luminaries Christian Alzmann, Laurie Lee Brom, Mark Newman, Victo Ngai and John Picacio who will be reviewing the Spectrum Call for Entries submissions.

The first phase of the day consists of the judges voting anonymously on the works they feel have achieved a standard of excellence for inclusion into the book. Discussion among the jury regarding individual entries is discouraged during this time. A majority consisting of three of more votes from the five member panel guarantees the art for inclusion into Spectrum 24.

Phase two of the day brings the jury together for a group discussion to determine the silver and gold awards for each of the eight categories.

It is instrumental that if we are working for the community that we bring members of the community together when such important decisions are made. Nothing compares to or can beat what a jury group can accomplish when unified and working together in person. This is why year after year those who serve on the Spectrum panel end up becoming life-long friends after sharing the experience.

This is just one example of how Spectrum’s mission to serve others is maintained. Because this is what Spectrum is all about. It’s about all of you, bringing us together, building upon the community and sharing our accomplishments with the widest audience possible. We look forward to sharing videos, pictures and stories from the judging event. Thanks again to all of those who submitted to Spectrum 24. Good luck!

Enjoy,

John

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New Jacket for Frank Cho’s Drawing Beautiful Women Book!

The Publisher edition of Frank Cho‘s Drawing Beautiful Women book is getting a new jacket! Isn’t it gorgeous! The colors are by Brandon Peterson.

This is the book version that has the extra 16 pages of bonus material and is not available in the book trade.

The pre-order discounted price is just $29.95.

These will be available on May 1st and can be pre-ordered from our Flesk website now.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 23 Book Signing Event at Gallery Nucleus Videos!

The Spectrum 23 launch party and book signing event was at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA on December 3rd, 2017.Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate Spectrum’s 23rd year of releasing the premier showcase for imaginative fantastic arts in the book, comic, film, horror, illustration, sculpture, conceptual art, fine art and videogame genres.

The artist’s in attendance included Chris Ayers, Julia Blattman, Tuna Bora, J.A.W. Cooper, Alina Chau, Waiji Choo, Craig Elliott, Geirrod Van Dyke, Chuck Grieb, Brian Haberlin, Fred Jordan, Erik Ly, Victor Maury, Iain McCaig, Bruce Mitchell, Brynn Metheny, Richard and Wendy Pini, Esben Rasmussen, Tooba Rezaei, Joseph Sanabria, William Stout, Shane Stover and Vin Teng.

We hope you enjoy these five videos that captured the evening.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum Book Signing Event at Sketchpad Gallery in San Francisco, California!

Spectrum Book Signing Event at Sketchpad Gallery in San Francisco, California!
 
We will be having a Spectrum book signing event held at Sketchpad Gallery in San Francisco, CA on Saturday, March 18th from 4:00 to 7:00p.m. So far we have a dozen confirmed artists who will be appearing to sign your book!
 
We hope you can come join us to celebrate Spectrum’s 23rd year of releasing the premier showcase for imaginative fantastic arts in the book, comic, film, horror, illustration, sculpture, conceptual art, fine art and videogame genres. Meet the exceptional and talented artists whose works are featured in the books.
Refreshments will be provided.
 
Confirmed artists to date include Steven Russell Black, Te Hu, Kellan Jett, Randy Gallegos, Michael Manomivibul, Paolo Rivera, Dug Stanat, Josh Viers, Chris Koehler, Jonathan Wayshak, Tiffany Turrill and Alyssa Winans.
 
If you are an artist who has been featured in past volumes of Spectrum and are willing to attend, please let us know! We would enjoy seeing you as part of the event.
 

Enjoy,

John

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Checking Myself for 2017 and Beyond!

Time to Check Myself!

Early in the New Year I make a point to spend a day to myself and focus on my goals. I’ve been doing this each year since I started my business 15 years ago. I reflect on my biggest failures and best strengths during the previous year.  I examine and learn from them before looking at what I want to accomplish this year, while setting myself up for 2018 and beyond.

I look at everything that I’ve done during this last year as objectively as possible to see how I can better serve my businesses, those in the community, my son and those who are close to me in a better way. It’s absolutely necessary for me to take this time before the year settles in.

Here are some of my personal guidelines that I hold myself to:

  1. Be honest with yourself. Don’t inflate your ego and put yourself on a pedestal where you believe everything good that is going on is due to your actions alone. There are a lot of people who helped get you are you are today. Let them know. Be gracious and humble.
  1. Own up to your failures. Whether it’s with others or a business loss, take credit for it, acknowledge it to those involved and be humble about it. Then learn from it, pick up the pieces, and get going again.
  1. Don’t limit your vision to what you accomplished in your past. Think of some amazing things that you have always wanted to do and make happen–then get to work. Keep yourself energetic and excited by introducing new challenges and goals to your year.
  1. Don’t forget those who you are already responsible to. Don’t stretch yourself so thin that you neglect those who depend on you or who are loyal to you.
  1. Don’t be scared. Never get in the way of your own success.
  1. Trust the judgment of your close friends, advisors and mentors that you have chosen for this role. Pick those who are more experienced, and those who know you inside and out, and who you respect. Share your plans with them, be open, then listen and take their advice. Let them guide you. Let them be proud of you. Do not allow yourself to think it is all about you and your efforts. It never is.
  1. Make sure everything you do serves a greater purpose. It’s never about money or materialism. It’s about relationships and the people.
  1. People are watching. Whether you realize it or not, there are those who you’ve never met who are inspired by you and pay attention.You can do more than you have ever imagined or done to date. Think bigger.

I accomplished a lot today and feel confident that the direction that I will be going in will benefit more people than ever before.

I am grateful to my mentors, friends and advisors who took the time for extended phone conversations during these last two days to give me feedback, encouragement and further guidance on where we are headed. A lot of people out there have my back. It’s an incredible feeling.

I couldn’t have had a better office than sitting at 26th Ave. in Santa Cruz today while accomplishing this goal. I never get tired of the sunsets here.

Enjoy,

John

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Thank You For Submitting to Spectrum 24!

Hi, everyone,

Thank you to everyone who submitted to Spectrum 24! We are eternally grateful to the artists, art directors, artist representatives and all of those in this amazing community who support us. We never take what we do for granted and understand that without your trust and support none of this would be possible. Thank you!

Kathy and I are currently reviewing all of the submissions, and labeling and sorting them in preparation for the Spectrum judging event which will be held on February 25, 2017 in Santa Cruz, California at our Flesk Publications offices. Everyone who submitted will receive an email confirmation once we have verified your art and database entry. It will take us at least one full week to go over everything. Additionally, we will be in touch if we have any questions. We want you to have the best opportunity to be seen by the jury and we look forward to working on your behalf.

I’ll keep you updated during this process as I share news and stories along the way.

We wish everyone the best of luck and thank you again for your support!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 24 Call For Entries Submissions Deadline is Wednesday, January 25th!

Hi, all,

The purpose of Spectrum has always been to showcase the brightest creators working today while embracing diversity. As a result Spectrum has the highest profile and circulation of any art annual or sourcebook currently being published, either in the United States or abroad: more eyes means not only a greater appreciation and respect for our field, but also more opportunities for everyone. It is the active participation of the art community that makes Spectrum possible without you it can’t succeed. We need you. As the deadline for entries nears please help us spread the word to your fellow artists via your websites, blogs, and social media pages; share the link to the entry form and help us meet the challenge of keeping Spectrum fresh, vibrant, and truly representative of the fantastic art field. The harder the jury has to work while casting their votes this year, the more significant having work selected for inclusion is. Life is a competition and the arts are no different; Spectrum is a symbol of individual accomplishment, but it’s also celebrating the accomplishments of our entire community. Click here to submit.

Read the press release with quotes by the jury by clicking here.

Thank you!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 24 Call for Entries Deadline Jan. 25th! Plus Submission Tips!

Hi, all,

With the Call for Entries for Spectrum 24 ending on Wednesday, 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 Christian Alzmann, Laurie Lee Brom, Mark Newman, Victo Ngai and John Picacio, will be printed in full color in the Spectrum 24 annual, the peer-selected “best of the year” collection for the fantastic arts.

(Spectrum submission link)

Spectrum 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 21-23, eighty-five 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Wednesday, January 25th at 11:59 PM PST.

Click here for more details and to submit.

Enjoy,

John

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Flesk Gratitude Video

Hi, everyone,

Stepping into the New Year is always the perfect time to sit back and reflect on some of the people who I am grateful for. I could never be where I am today without the trust and help of others.

In this video I highlight a number of the people who I work with who have made a positive impact on me. I’m looking forward to doing more for others and having a great 2017. Thanks everyone!

I’m especially grateful to my office manager Kathy Chu for making me do these videos. She knows how much I dislike being in front of the camera, yet she knows just how to get me to sit down and get me talking.

Enjoy,

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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!

Enjoy,

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New Spectrum Fantastic Art Live Website!

Hi, all,

We’ve made a new Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event website. We will be providing additional updates and details about the show weekly.

The Booths are now sold out. After talking with Arnie and Cathy Fenner we decided to keep the Artist Tables at the low price of only $250.00. We still have some of those left. It’s an inexpensive way to get you and your art in front of a core audience who supports the fantastic art community.

We have brought our exhibitor list up to date on the new Spectrum Fantastic Art Live website.

Thanks to all of those who have signed up to take part in the show. There would be no event without these exhibitors and we want them to know how much we appreciate all of them!

Here’s a video showing some of those who exhibited at SFAL4.

Here’s the link to see who will be there.

Enjoy,

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A Holiday Message from John Fleskes, Cathy & Arnie Fenner

fenner-fleskA Holiday Message from John Fleskes, Cathy & Arnie Fenner. The picture is of Greg Preston taking our group picture at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live.

We wanted to take the briefest of moments today to express our sincere appreciation to all that have supported Spectrum, Flesk Publications, and Spectrum Fantastic Art Live over the past twelve months. Even as there were great things—highlights—in 2016, there were just as certainly heartbreaks as well; we know it was a challenging year for everyone for any number of reasons. The prolonged and negative election season—and the results—caused anger and division, creating a toxic atmosphere that has affected everything: the arts and artists weren’t immune. In talking with creators since the last SFAL we know that the pessimism and uncertainty translated into sporadic work for some and softer sales for many, whether via the internet, through gallery shows, or at conventions.

In the search for understanding it can be painfully easy to point fingers and blame others who don’t share the same opinions or beliefs, easy to splinter off into like-minded groups to jeer or despair, easy to get locked into a cycle of acrimony, resentment, or prejudice.

The only sure way to break that cycle is to push forward. To channel our feelings into who and what we are: artists. We have the ability to express ourselves through our creativity when others around us feel frustrated and mute—and our positive progress forward can inspire others. The arts and artists help to give a voice to the voiceless. As Alex Gray once said, “When artists give form to revelation, their art can advance, deepen and potentially transform the consciousness of their community.”

With Spectrum we’ve always believed that there is strength in our unity, strength in our diversity, strength in our inclusiveness, strength in our community: our respect for each other and willingness to work for a common good allows us to stand when sometimes standing is hardest. Our strength as a community, as a family, is tempered by our compassion, not just for those with whom we share tastes, outlooks, and opinions, but for all. Together we can make things better for ourselves and for those around us in 2017 and beyond.

After the holidays we’ll start to push SFAL and the Spectrum 24 competition and the various titles forthcoming from Flesk; we have some exciting projects in the works that we’ll be announcing soon (and a number of you will be involved, whether you know it yet or not). But until then we simply wanted to say thanks to everyone for allowing us to be a part of this wonderful and vibrant community. Together, the best is yet to come.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays, everyone!

Enjoy,

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

Spectrum 23 Book Preview Video

Hi, all,

Kathy and I made a new video that focuses on Spectrum 23: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. We flip through the new book while I included commentary highlighting some of the behind the scenes details. Spectrum 23 jury members, Dave Palumbo, Cynthia Sheppard, Kirk Thatcher and Terryl Whitlatch offer additional insight into what makes Spectrum the premiere fantasy art collection.

Enjoy,

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

Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz Deluxe Edition in Stock!

sas-c2-shippedHi, everyone,

After what has been the longest period of time between the delivery of a book to the printer to its arrival here at our warehouse (4.5 months! Typically it takes 2.5-3 months max) we finally received the Storms at Sea deluxe edition last Tuesday. Kathy and I worked 12 hour days to pack every Storms at Sea and SAS/Carbon 2 deluxe tier pledge and we mailed them all out yesterday. The domestic packages will start arriving soon. The international orders take 2-4 weeks depending on which country you reside in.

Thank you again for your patience. While the long process of manufacturing this Storms of Sea book is something I want to apologize for, the finish product is exactly what we wanted. It’s unlike anything we have published before and contains all of the bells and whistles that we wanted. I pushed the printer beyond their limits, while I insisted on a certain quality, as I raised them to meet my high expectations.

There are a few people who we are waiting for addresses to mail their pledges. I’ll get those mailed just as soon as they respond to the survey.

Our office is closed all next week for a well-deserved yearly Christmas break. I’ll be checking emails and popping in for a few hours each day to check your comments and to assist as needed. We’ll be back to full time here in the office on the 26th.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Enjoy,

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

 

Stoke Out Fundraiser a Success!

Hi all,

I want to thank everyone who placed a bid on one of our Flesk fundraiser auctions on Ebay over this last week that benefits Stoke Out Santa Cruz!

After the Ebay fees and the shipping costs to mail the books to the winners, there is over $4,000.00 going directly toward shoes, sweatshirts and food for kids in need in the Santa Cruz area. (I’ll know the exact number next week once I run the final report.) This is amazing!

I also want to thank the generosity of the artists who provided books with original drawings to go toward this cause. Thank you Gary Gianni, Mark Schultz, William Stout, Sho Murase, Jeffrey Alan Love, Jim Silke, Bill Carman, Frank Cho, Gerald Brom, Daren Bader, Terryl Whitlatch, Terry Dodson and Craig Elliott! You have my eternal gratitude.

I want to especially thank Danny Bennett, Jackie Gollbach and Joe Gruber at Santa Cruz Hope for organizing and running this charity event. These three and everyone volunteering at SCH are terrific people! I’m humbled to have the opportunity to contribute in a small role with their mission of doing for others.

Tomorrow is the big day! This is when the items will be given to the kids and families. I’ll be at the church all day volunteering and taking pictures. I’m like a kid the night before Christmas right now.

Thank you everyone!

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

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Spectrum 24 Call for Entries is Open!

spectrum-24-call-for-entries-posterHi, everyone,

Reminder time! The Spectrum 24 Call for Entries is open! We’ve already received many beautiful works. The entry deadline is January 25th. We look forward to presenting these works to the all-star jury at the end of February. Thanks to everyone who has submitted so far!

Entry details:

Thanks,

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Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz Deluxe Edition Shipping Update

Hi everyone,

Finally! The Storms at Sea deluxe edition books by Mark Schultz have been released by customs. We were supposed to have these books a month ago. I admit that it is very frustrating when our books are just sitting at a dock waiting for a random mandatory screening and there is nothing any of us can do about it. The shipper is picking them up today to get them to us.

boxes-sasKathy, ever the pre-planner and super efficient, has all of the boxes and packing material prepared and ready for their arrival. We are going to crank these out the door around the clock just as soon as they arrive! I want these in your hands before Christmas time.

Enjoy,

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John Fleskes Weekly Update 3! Spectrum 23 Signing and Flesk Charity Auctions!

My third weekly office update where I answer questions from our Flesk office manager Kathy Chu.

This week I share the news about the Spectrum 23 book signing event at Gallery Nucleus this Saturday and cover the Flesk charity auction on Ebay to benefit the Santa Cruz Hope Stoke Out.

Gallery Nucleus website event page:
http://www.gallerynucleus.com/event/583

Enjoy,

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

Flesk Fundraiser for Stoke Out Santa Cruz is Live!

Hi, everyone,

Flesk Fundraiser for Stoke Out Santa Cruz is now live!

I have launched a series of thirteen auctions that are running on Ebay that will benefit an amazing local youth center here in Santa Cruz, California. This is going to provide shoes, sweatshirts, food, and hope to local kids in need. The amazing people at #Santacruzhope are making this happen and I’m proud to play a small part in the fundraising efforts.

The Ebay link to see all of the auctions is:

http://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?item=132014690230&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&_ssn=fleskpublications&_sop=10

These Flesk books include original drawings by a number of the artists who we work with.

1. A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms hardcover book with an original drawing inside by Gary Gianni and signed by George R.R. Martin!

gianni-auction-a gianni-auction-c2. Notes From the Shadowed City by Jeffrey Alan Love with an original painting in the book. Plus, two additional paintings by Jeff.

love-auction3. Jungle Girls by Jim Silke with an original drawing included.

silke-auction4. Imagery From the Bird’s Home by Bill Carman with and original drawing on the title page by Bill.

carman-auction5. A copy of Spectrum 23 with an original drawing done in silver ink by Sho Murase, plus a series of 6 prints.

sho-auction-26. Xenozoic hardcover deluxe signed limited edition with an original drawing on the title page by Mark Schultz.

schultz-auction7. The Art of Brom deluxe edition with an original drawing on the title page.

brom-auction8. Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method Studio Edition with a full page original drawing of his Jungle Queen comic character.

cho-auction9. A copy of the deluxe edition of Tribes of Kai with this incredible painting on the front endpapers of the book by Daren Bader! This is a sweet looking original! Also included is a signed copy of Pridelands and two signed prints.

bader-auction10. A copy of his Terry Dodson’s Bombshell’s Sketchbook Collection Two hardcover with this sketch on the front endpaper of the book!

dodson-auction11. A copy of Spectrum 23 with an original drawing by Terryl Whitlatch.

terryl-s23-auction112. A copy of Spectrum Fantastic Art Live with a drawing by Terryl Whitlatch.

terryl-sfal2-auction313. A copy of The Art of Craig Elliott with an original drawing by Craig Elliott.

celliott-flesk-drawing-sc2sm-34Joyce Chin, William Stout and are also doing drawings in books.

I’ll share the remaining pictures of the books as they arrive!

This fundraiser is very personal to me. Life was challenging growing up and I can relate to these kids. It’s my goal to raise as much funds as possible to get these kids Stoked!

Check out the flier to see how you can donate directly–even $1 helps! Or buy one of these sweet Santa Cruz sweatshirts. For every sweatshirt that you buy for only $20, a free one is given to a kid. Double bonus! That’s a heck of a deal!

stoke-outMore details here: http://www.santacruzhope.com/stoke-out/

Thanks everyone!

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

John Fleskes Weekly Video Update 2

Hi, everyone,

Week 2 of the Flesk office manager Kathy Chu sitting me down and asking me some questions and to share what we are up to in the office this week.

Enjoy,

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

Spectrum 23 Book Signing at Gallery Nucleus on December 3rd! Twenty-Four Artists!

s23-nucleus-signingHi, everyone,

We will be having a Spectrum 23 book signing at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA on December 3rd! So far we have 24 confirmed artists who will be appearing to sign your book!

We hope you can come join us to celebrate Spectrum’s 23rd year of releasing the premier showcase for imaginative fantastic arts in the book, comic, film, horror, illustration, sculpture, conceptual art, fine art and videogame genres. Meet the exceptional and talented artists whose works are featured in the book. Event runs from 7:00 – 10:00 pm.

Gallery Nucleus website event page:
http://www.gallerynucleus.com/event/583

Spectrum 23 Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1803853469890593/

Confirmed artists to date include: Chris Ayers, Julia Blattman, Tuna Bora, J.A.W. Cooper, Alina Chau, Waiji Choo, Craig Elliott, Geirrod Van Dyke, Chuck Grieb, Brian Haberlin, Fred Jordan, Erik Ly, Victor Maury, Iain McCaig, Bruce Mitchell, Brynn Metheny, Richard and Wendy Pini, Esben Rasmussen, Tooba Rezaei, Joseph Sanabria, William Stout, Shane Stover and Vin Teng.

See you there!

Enjoy,

 

Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini Book Update!

line-of-beauty-art-of-wendy-pini-cover-webHi, everyone,

I’d like to share the latest news regarding Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini.

Two major stages have been completed since our last update, which takes us into a third big stage that will start very shortly. Let me share what each stage consisted of.

In late October Richard posted the following in a Facebook post that perfectly sums up the first stage.

“Today I have turned in to Flesk Publications the first ‘final’ text and book map files for Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini. This means the book is essentially written and roughly designed–and now begins the process of fine tuning nearly 43,000 words and 500 art images. (Which means, by many definitions, this qualifies as a novel-length work. Egad!) Now, the publisher, the designer (who provided the wonderful look of both Art of Elfquest and Art of the Story), and I shuttle this baby back and forth until we are all as satisfied as we can be. (I’m lucky; I have a head start in that department.) There has never been a ‘The Art of…’ book like this, not even its two predecessors.”

That’s right! 43,000 words and 500 art images! Richard selected the art, wrote the text and roughly placed them throughout the 304 page book. It was a staggering amount of work. Much respect goes out to Richard for pulling this off. Truly, I’m in awe at what he accomplished.

This brings us to the next stage which is a month long process where the designer, Arpad, fine tunes the art and text into a finished book. While this is a short summary of what he is doing, the work involved is intense. He’s taking the engineers blue prints, gathering the materials provided and constructing the actual building.

In the next week or so we will begin the next stage. Once Arpad turns the designed book in to us, Richard and I will begin our inspections. There may need to be a tweak here, a slight adjustment here, a shift over there, and lots and lots of reviews to look for typos or for any sort of little thing that needs to be addressed.

After this, I will review every piece of art and make sure it is color corrected and prepped properly for the printer, while packaging the book to turn in. These last two bits are done by me alone. I have done these last two stages for every book that I have every published. It’s my final stamp of approval and I take no shortcuts.

This brings you up to speed. I’ll fill you in more next month!

Enjoy,

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