Al Williamson and Mark Schultz Flesk Kickstarter Campaign is Now Live!

Two artists! Three Books! Four Prints! The Schultz and Williamson variety fun pack presented by Flesk is now live on Kickstarter!

Our latest Flesk Kickstarter campaign offers three new books! The first is the latest art book by Mark Schultz, Carbon 4. The second book, Xenozoic by Mark Schultz, is a handy to hold and affordably priced new printing of his classic Xenozoic Tales comic series. The third book focuses purely on the legendary Al Williamson, titled Strange World Adventures! Plus, we have four premium prints on offer: one by Williamson, and three by Schultz. Please read the details on our Kickstarter campaign page. Thanks so much for all of your support!

Enjoy,

John

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The Art of Cho Books Shipping Has Started!

Hi, everyone,

We sincerely hope that you are all doing well and that you are safe and healthy.

The Art of Frank Cho books arrived at our Flesk warehouse! We entered phase 3 in Santa Cruz County, just in time, making it open for  tourism and for Frank to visit.

All of the Art of Frank Cho books, the prints associated with our  Kickstarter campaign and all of the Kickstarter bonus items have been  signed. Frank ended up doing just over 7000 signatures.

Kathy, Vicky and I have started packing. Due to Covid-19 we are still being very cautious. We normally bring in a crew of helpers to pack books, but we decided to limit the operations to just the three of us. What this means is greater safety for us, but that means it will take us a little longer to get you your goodies that  normal. We hope you all understand.

As of yesterday, 600 domestic packages of the signed deluxe edition have been shipped. We are concentrating on mailing out all of the books first, then we will mail the prints immediately afterward.  

I’ll post weekly updates to inform you on what has shipped to date.

Thank you all for your patience.

Enjoy,

John

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Stepping Down From Spectrum Fantastic Art

Hi, all,

Big News! I’ve stepped down from Spectrum to focus on some new projects and visions. It has been an absolute joy to work with the Cathy and Arnie Fenner and to be a part of Spectrum. The friendships formed over the years has been incredible. Thank you all for your support and help!

Here’s the official press release with the details.

John

Changes for Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art

For Immediate Release

(06/08/2020) Overland Park, KS John Fleskes, the current Director of the Spectrum Fantastic Art competition and editor of the resulting book, has announced he will be stepping down from both positions following the publication of Spectrum #27 in October, 2020. Spectrum Fantastic Art founders Cathy Fenner and Arnie Fenner will return as Directors and editors beginning with the 28th annual competition in the Fall.

“Spectrum is an extremely time-consuming, labor-intensive project” says Cathy Fenner, “and John has many books for his Flesk Publications line that he is very passionate about but has been unable to pursue because of the energy and focus Spectrum demands. He also has some deeply personal projects outside of publishing that he needs time and attention to bring to fruition—and there are only so many hours in the day. Arnie and I greatly appreciate all of the excellent work John and his staff have put into Spectrum, SFAL, and the fantastic art community for the past seven-plus years and sincerely wish him the best of luck with all of his future endeavors.”

“It has been an absolute joy to be a part of Spectrum,” shares John. “I still have the same enthusiasm and care for Spectrum and the art community that I have always had. Both Arnie and Cathy Fenner have been wonderful to work with as mentors and friends. I can’t thank them enough for their trust in me and for their support over the years. I consider myself very fortunate to have had this experience. Being able to work with so many creative and amazing people is something that I will forever be grateful for. I’ll continue to be very active in the art world as I focus on a new line of books that I am eager to publish and I’ll be setting the foundation for a new vision that is close to my heart.”

John’s final volume, Spectrum #27 (as well as all previous in-print volumes), will be available through Flesk Publications and to the book trade via distributor Publishers Group West as usual.

The addresses for the Spectrum website and social media pages will remain the same; Spectrum 28 will open for entries in October, 2020 and the book will be available in October, 2021. Further announcements regarding the new Spectrum advisory board, additions to the Spectrum staff, the poster artist and jurors for #28 will be made at a future date.

Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art was founded by Cathy and Arnie Fenner in 1994 and is the renowned international symbol of excellence for the field of fantastic art. John Fleskes became Director/Editor/Publisher of the series in 2013.


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Spectrum 27 Awards Recipients! Congratulations to all!

For 27 years Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art has been celebrating imaginative works by creators from around the world.

The Spectrum Awards Ceremony was held live online on Saturday night, April 4, 2019.

The celebration included the presentation of the Gold and Silver Awards for exemplary art from the previous year in eight categories: Advertising, Book, Comics, Concept Art, Dimensional, Editorial, Institutional, and Unpublished.

The ceremony was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 450 people from all over the world connected to bring the community closer than ever. Recipients from Australia, Canada, China, Japan, and in Europe were able to participate. For the first time all of the recipients were able to provide winning speeches.

The ceremony introduction was by Spectrum founders and directors, Arnie and Cathy Fenner. Lauren Panepinto and Dan dos Santos served as the hosts during the ceremony. Between Lauren, Dan, along with Marc Scheff who ran tech support, the three of them made it possible to bring the awards ceremony live.

The in memoriam introduction was presented by John English. He gave a touching tribute about his father, Mark English, and spoke about how each artist who passed away in 2019 served as mentors and changed people’s lives for the better.

Presenters included such luminaries of the art community as Ed Binkley (Unpublished category), Dan dos Santos (Advertising category), Christine Foltzer (Book category), Karla Ortiz (Concept Art category), George Pratt (Comic category), Cynthia Sheppard (Institutional category), Yuko Shimizu (Editorial category), and Chris Sickles/Red Nose Studios (Dimensional category).

The five finalists and award-recipients in each category were selected by the jury consisting of Alice Carter, Craig Elliott, Anthony Francisco, Courtney Granner, Forest Rogers, and Chie Yoshii from over 4000 artworks submitted to the twenty-seventh annual competition.

Also presented at the ceremony was the Muse award, created and presented by sculptors Colin and Kristine Poole and intended to encourage a young artist. This year’s Muse award recipient was Alex Dos Diaz. Muse award finalists included Alex Dos Diaz, Irina Nordsol Kuzmina, and Erin Vest. The Spectrum Grand Master Award was presented by Iain McCaig which honors the career accomplishments of a living artist. This year’s Grand Master recipient was Terryl Whitlatach.

Time lapse art demos were featured in-between each category by Rovina Cai, Donato, Scott Fischer, Justin Gerard, Ron Lemon, Travis Lewis, Rebecca Leveille-Guay, Iain McCaig, Allen Williams, and James Zapata.

The Spectrum 27 awards were designed and made by J. Anthony Kosar and his team at Kosart Effects Studio.

The award-winning art will appear with over 300 other pieces selected by the judges in the Spectrum 27 book, which will be published by Flesk Publications in November 2020.

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated and to the recipients!

The Spectrum 27 Awards Ceremony was sponsored by Drawn and Drafted, Flesk Publications, Muddy Colors, and Spectrum Fantastic Art.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for an unforgettable evening.  

Spectrum 27 Awards Recipients

2017 GRAND MASTER HONOREE
Terryl Whitlatch

RISING STAR AWARD
Alex Dos Diaz

ADVERTISING CATEGORY

GOLD
Bartosz Kosowski – The Shining

SILVER
Brom – Lilith

BOOK CATEGORY

GOLD
Rovina Cai – Ivywood

SILVER
Sija Hong – The Three Lords of Shambhala

COMIC CATEGORY

GOLD
Tim Probert – Lightfall 1: Walk in the Woods

SILVER
Claudya Schmidt – Myre: Flora

CONCEPT ART CATEGORY

GOLD
Tooth Wu – Devourer of Ghosts

SILVER
Ian Jun Wei Chiew – Island Woodblock

DIMENSIONAL CATEGORY

GOLD
Dug Stanat – Space Madness

SILVER
Michihiro Matsuoka – Philosopher From The Past Coelacanth

EDITORIAL CATEGORY

GOLD
Red Nose Studio – Truth, Lies & Uncertainty: Truth

SILVER
Sam Araya – The Forest Yell

INSTITUTIONAL CATEGORY

GOLD
John Jude Palencar – The Stranger: The Seventh Faith

SILVER
Iain McCaig – Claim the Firstborn

UNPUBLISHED CATEGORY

GOLD
Diego Fernandez – 492

SILVER
Daniel Zrom – The Spoon Thief

Congratulations to all of the awards winners!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 27 Awards Ceremony!

You’re Invited to the Spectrum 27 Awards Ceremony!

Live online this Saturday, April 4th at 8pm. Please join us in toasting our community and the Fantastic Arts. It’s absolutely free and it will absolutely be fun.

To watch online:
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For more about the upcoming awards ceremony:
http://www.muddycolors.com/2020/03/youre-invited-to-the-spectrum-27-awards-ceremony/

Enjoy,

John

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The Big Tease by Bruce Timm! Now Available to Pre-Order

A big note of thanks to everyone who has pre-ordered our upcoming Bruce Timm book so far! We’ve had a tremendous response. It is very helpful when people pre-order since not only does it help us to pay our initial printer bill, but it also helps me to determine the print run. I enjoy how many books that we sell direct since we like the relationship that we have with all of you. Thank you!

The Big Tease collects his three Teaser collections—released from 2011 to 2013 and long sold out—plus Surrender, My Sweet from 2015. In addition, Timm has created new material especially for this collection and delved into his personal archives to share pieces not shown before. These culminate in more than 75 additional pages of material not reproduced in any of his previous Naughty and Nice collections. In all, over 260 women drawn in pencil, ink or color fill these pages. Timm’s art is reproduced at an impressive size and showcased in this oversized format.

The hardcover edition is only available direct from us at Flesk. Save $10 by pre-ordering your book at this special price. This collection ships in mid-June 2020. The book is done and at the printer. All hardcover pre-orders come with 2 free bonus 8 x 10” mini-prints that feature B.T. art found within the book.

I was curious about how long we have been working on this collection. I went through my emails and found the following message that I sent to Bruce on November 5th, 2018. (This is just a small portion of the email.

“I have a little itch to work on something else in the background.

“What do you think of making a new collection of your nudes that would collect the 3 Teaser’s and Surrender My Sweet into a 9 x 12″ collection? We’d be looking at 112 pages of material.”

Bruce’s reply was, “Consider me interested.” (Also, a small portion of his response.)

Since I know how busy Bruce always is I had suggested that this book was something that we could do without him needing to produce any new work, except for a cover piece. Well, here we are 1 year and 4 months later with a 208 page book that has an additional 75 pages of material not reproduced in any of his previous Naughty and Nice collections.

Bruce is a joy to collaborate with. I always work around his schedule knowing that in time we will have a beautiful new collection. For this reason we are grateful for your patience and truly hope you will enjoy this book.

We’ve had a lot of inquiries asking if Bruce can sign the books. His schedule is too tight and busy to allow him to. However, we hope some of you can meet him in person at the San Diego Comic Con where he can sign it for you in person. That’s the one show where he makes an appearance each year.

Here’s the link to pre-order if you are interested.

https://www.fleskpublications.com/bruce-timm

Enjoy,

John

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Wishing You all Well!

Hi everyone,

With everything that is going on right now, I wanted to reach out to you and wish you all well. I hope that you and your family and friends are safe and healthy. 

We’re all doing good here. Kathy, Vicky and I are working from our respective homes while we are sheltered in place.

What does this mean for us at Flesk Publications? We can run the business from home with the one exception of mailing packages on a daily basis. For the time being we have limited our shipping to once per week until we are given permission by the city to resume our office operations. Only essential businesses are allowed to continue to operate at the moment. Health services, grocery stores and gas stations are examples of essential businesses. Thank you for your patience as our online orders ship slower than usual until the city gives us the safety clearance.

The health of our community, our friends, and our families takes precedence during this time. We’re doing our part by staying at home to respect the ordinance and to refrain from inadvertently adding to the problem.

During our shelter in place we will use this time to pour all our energy into being creative and to working with our artist friends. It’s our goal to use this time of sheltering to make some beautiful new books, including Spectrum 27, a new Arthur Adams collection, and our first big book that highlights Rachel and Terry Dodson. We look forward to sharing these new titles with you once we get through this unprecedented situation.

The Art of Frank Cho is at the printer. It’s too early to tell if there will be any delays with the book, but we will get through this incredibly challenging time and everything will be ok.

From Kathy, Vicky, Lauren and myself here at Flesk, and from Frank, we wish for you and your family to be safe and secure and hope that you all come out of this situation healthy. We’re grateful to all of you for your support over the years. You have given us this gift of being able to publish art books. We can’t thank you enough.

With our best wishes.

John

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Spectrum 27 Artist List!

Spectrum 27 Call for Entries poster by Paul Sullivan

The complete list of artist names selected for inclusion into the twenty-seventh volume of Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art is now available!

These creators that work in every style and medium–both traditional and digital–represent the finest in the fantasy, horror, science fiction and the surreal genres from around the world. You will find top industry names who serve as the current definition of excellence and discover the rising stars who are being published for the first time.

Individual emails to those artists accepted will begin to go out this week. Full details regarding the next steps will be provided.

From everyone here at the Spectrum and Flesk offices, we would like to thank all of the artists who submitted to Spectrum 27. We couldn’t do what we do without your support. This includes putting out the Spectrum annual each year, organizing and running the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event, putting on the Spectrum Awards Ceremony where we hand out the Spectrum awards, and making the artist feature videos that we post online. You have our most sincere gratitude. Thank you!

Spectrum 27 will be available from Flesk Publications in the fall of 2020 at your favorite comic and book store.

A

Mattias Adolfsson
Alex Alice
Marie Alice
Sam Araya
Steve Argyle
Tommy Arnold

B

Daren Bader
Anna and Elena Balbusso
Wylie Beckert
Ed Binkley
Steven Russell Black
Michael Blank
Paul Bonner
Zoltan Boros
Bruce Brenneise
Brom
Laurie Brom
Alan Brown
Thomas Buchanan
Dmitry Burmak
Wesley Burt
Chris Buzelli

C

DJ Cacouault
Rovina Cai
James Cain
Thomas Campi
Bill Carman
Milivoj Ceran
Lynn Chen
Zhiying Chen
Ian Jun Wei Chiew
Frank Cho
Heonhwa Choe
Yongjae Choi
Jehan Choo
Waiji Choo
Dan Chudzinski
Hilary Clarcq
J.A.W. Cooper

D

Daarken
Jessica Dalva
Galen Dara
Bastien Lecouffe Deharme
Julien Delval
Jie Deng
Eric Deschamps
Peter de Seve
Laura Diehl
Daxue Ding
Anna Dittmann
Daniel Dociu
Terry Dodson
Hope Doe
Dan dos Santos
Allen Douglas
Adam S. Doyle
Chris Dunn

E

Jesper Ejsing
Micah Epstein

F

Diego Fernandez
Thomas Fluharty
Owen Freeman

G

Shaun Gentry
Justin Gerard
Annie Stegg Gerard
Donato Giancola
Gary Gianni
Cory Godbey
Nicholas Gregory
Chuck Grieb
Oleg Gritsak
James Gurney
Scott Gustafson
Breanna Guthrie
Arturo Gutierrez

H

Brian Haberlin
Leesha Hannigan
Wang Hao
Alex Herrerias
Ben Hill
Sija Hong
Alex Horley
John Howe
Te Hu
Steven Hughes
Risa Hulett
Robert Hunt

I

Alina Ivanchenko

J

Tyler Jacobson
He Jie (Mona)
Romain Jouandeau

K

Jim and Ruth Keegan
Edward Kinsella
Tatsuro Kiuchi
Ki Kline
Bartosz Kosowski
Sebastian Kowoll
Maxim Kozhevnikov
Thomas Kuebler
Tami Kuo

L

Mathieu Lauffray
Elizabeth Leggett
Vanessa Lemen
Shuxing Li
Yangtian Li
Kan Liu
Jonah Lobe
John Loren
Travis Louie
Ashly Lovett
Howard Lyon

M

Felipe Machado
Greg Manchess
Finnian MacManus
Michael MacRae
Michael Manomivibul
Patrick Masson
Michihiro Matsuoka
Ben Mauro
Iain McCaig
Chris McGrath
Seb McKinnon
Tara McPherson
Miranda Meeks
Petar Meseldzija
Brynn Metheney
Brett Mich
Aaron Miller
Mike Miller
Christel Morvan
Jason Mowry
Reiko Murakami
Sean Murray

N

John Nadeau
Mark A. Nelson
Daniel Newman
Cliff Nielsen
Tran Nguyen

O

Tim O’Brien
Michael Avon Oeming
James Ortega
Pernille Orum

P

John Jude Palencar
David Palumbo
Dustin Panzino
Andy Park
Amirah Patel
Angi Pauly
Liam Peters
John Picacio
Lucas Pina
Alessandra Pisano
Colin Poole
Kristine Poole
Marc Potts
April Prime
Tim Probert
Vincent Proce
Magdalena Proszowska

Q

Wu Qinghao
Queen Studios

R

Andrea Radeck
Chris Rahn
Henrique Rainha
Omar Rayyan
Red Nose Studio
Rob Rey
Wayne Reynolds
Tooba Rezaei
Olena Richards
Paolo Rivera
Virginie Ropars
Feifei Ruan
Steve Rude
Greg Ruth
Grzegorz Rutkowski
James Ryman
Entei Ryu

S

Karl Deen Sanders
Leonardo Santamaria
Mauro Santini
Axel Sauerwald
Steven Saunders
Chris Seaman
Arantza Sestayo
Claudya Schmidt
Cynthia Sheppard
Allen Song
Baiheng Song
Dug Stanat
Chase Stone
William Stout
Yuko Shimizu

T

Shaun Tan
John Tedrick
Thom Tenery
Agnieszka Trojanowska

V

Olivier Villoingt
Thomas von Kummant
Timothy Von Rueden
Johannes Voss

W

Sam Weber
Jan Wessbecher
Sam White
Allen Williams
Erica Williams
Jeremy Wilson
Bayard Wu
Esther Wu

Y
Lixin Yin
Leif Yu

Z

Amir Zand
James Zaraam
Enzhe Zhao
Fan Zhang
David Zhou
Daniel Zrom

Thanks again everyone!

With our very best,

John and Kathy

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Spectrum 27 Awards Nominations

The jury for Spectrum 27: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art has nominated the top five artworks in eight categories for consideration for either a silver and gold award. Judges Alice A. Carter, Craig Elliott, Anthony Francisco, Courtney Granner, Forest Rogers and Chie Yoshii debated the merits of hundreds of pieces of art before finalizing this list on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the Flesk Publications offices in Santa Cruz, California.

Established in 1993 by Cathy and Arnie Fenner, the first Spectrum annual appeared in 1994 from Underwood Books; for over a quarter of a century it has attracted participants from around the world and has set the standards for excellence in fantasy and science fiction art. John Fleskes became the Director and Publisher of Spectrum in 2014 with volume 21.

The recipients will be announced at the Spectrum 27 Awards Ceremony that will be held at the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, MO on Friday evening, March 20, 2020. The 2020 Spectrum Grand Master Award honoree will also be announced during the ceremony.

For more information about Spectrum visit: www.spectrumfantasticart.com
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Congratulations to all of the artists who have been nominated!

This text only list is followed by the list that includes the art.

ADVERTISING CATEGORY

Anna and Elena Balbusso Twins – The Magic Flute Backstage
Brom – Lilith
Bartosz Kosowski – The Shining
Alessandra Pisano – The Part You Throw Away
Bayard Wu – Fighting in the Harpy Nest

BOOK CATEGORY

Sam Araya – Arthur Jermyn
Rovina Cai – Ivywood
Dan dos Santos – Penric’s Progress
Sija Hong – The Three Lords of Shambhala
Yuko Shimizu – The Wind Up Bird Chronicle

COMIC CATEGORY

Thomas Campi – L’éveil, page 25
Jessica Dalva – The Dollhouse Family #1
Tim Probert – Lightfall 1: Walk in the Woods
Claudya Schmidt – Myre: Flora
Leif Yu – Rainforest

CONCEPT ART CATEGORY

Ian Jun Wei Chiew – Island Woodblock
Te Hu – la Marcarena
Finnian MacManus – Xulith
Andy Park – Captain Marvel Binary Powers Concept Design
Tooth Wu – Devourer of Ghosts

DIMENSIONAL CATEGORY

Michihiro Matsuoka – Philosopher From The Past Coelacanth
Lucas Pina – Guardian of the Forest
Colin and Kristine Poole – Spinner of Dreams
Dug Stanat – Space Madness
David Zhou – Harpy

EDITORIAL CATEGORY

Sam Araya – The Forest Yell
Galen Dara – Many Hearted Dog
Angi Pauly – Blue Moon Harvest
Red Nose Studio – Truth, Lies & Uncertainty: Truth
Tooba Rezaei – Blue Hope

INSTITUTIONAL CATEGORY

Tyler Jacobson – The Broken Sword/Throne of Eldraine
Iain McCaig – Claim the Firstborn
Mike Miller – Quest
John Jude Palencar – The Stranger: The Seventh Faith
Chase Stone – Tymaret Chosen From Death

UNPUBLISHED CATEGORY

Diego Fernandez – 492
Axel Sauerwald – Ascent
Jan Wessbecher – Celsius 13: Junkyard Crew
Allen Williams – Armaros
Daniel Zrom – The Spoon Thief

ADVERTISING CATEGORY

Anna and Elena Balbusso Twins – The Magic Flute Backstage
Brom – Lilith
Bartosz Kosowski – The Shining
Alessandra Pisano – The Part You Throw Away
Bayard Wu – Fighting in the Harpy Nest

BOOK CATEGORY

Sam Araya – Arthur Jermyn
Rovina Cai – Ivywood
Dan dos Santos – Penric’s Progress
Sija Hong – The Three Lords of Shambhala
Yuko Shimizu – The Wind Up Bird Chronicle

COMIC CATEGORY

Thomas Campi – L’éveil, Page 25
Jessica Dalva – The Dollhouse Family #1
Tim Probert – Lightfall 1: Walk in the Woods
Claudya Schmidt – Myre: Flora
Leif Yu – Rainforest

CONCEPT ART CATEGORY

Ian Jun Wei Chiew – Island Woodblock
Te Hu – la Marcarena
Finnian MacManus – Xulith
Andy Park – Captain Marvel Binary Powers Concept Design
Tooth Wu – Devourer of Ghosts

DIMENSIONAL CATEGORY

Michihiro Matsuoka – Philosopher From The Past Coelacanth
Lucas Pina – Guardian of the Forest
Colin and Kristine Poole – Spinner of Dreams
Dug Stanat – Space Madness
David Zhou – Harpy


EDITORIAL CATEGORY

Sam Araya – The Forest Yell
Galen Dara – Many Hearted Dog
Angi Pauly – Blue Moon Harvest
Red Nose Studio – Truth, Lies & Uncertainty: Truth
Tooba Rezaei – Blue Hope

INSTITUTIONAL CATEGORY

Tyler Jacobson – The Broken Sword/Throne of Eldraine
Iain McCaig – Claim the Firstborn
Mike Miller – Quest
John Jude Palencar – The Stranger: The Seventh Faith
Chase Stone – Tymaret Chosen From Death

UNPUBLISHED CATEGORY

Diego Fernandez – 492
Axel Sauerwald – Ascent
Jan Wessbecher – Celsius 13: Junkyard Crew
Allen Williams – Armaros
Daniel Zrom – The Spoon Thief

Congratulations again to all of the Spectrum 27 nominations!

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 27 Call for Entries is Now Open!

Spectrum 27 Call for Entries poster art by Paul Sullivan

This is an invitation to all professional and student artists, art directors, publishers and artists’ representatives to submit entries to the 27th 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. 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 Spectrum 27 Call for Entries Poster was created by the renowned artist, Paul Sullivan.

To join our mailing list to receive your complimentary poster, please click here.

The Spectrum 27 jury is comprised of a six member panel of some of the most exceptional artists and educators working in the industry today consisting of Alice A. Carter, Craig Elliott, Anthony Francisco, Courtney Granner, Forest Rogers, and Chie Yoshii. Find out more about the Spectrum 27 jury here.

Clockwise from upper left: Alice A. Carter, Courtney Granner, Craig Elliott, Chie Yoshii, Forest Rogers, and Anthony Francisco.

“I’m delighted to bring such an esteemed group together,” shares John Fleskes. “Alice Carter and Courtney Granner have mentored and guided thousands of students through the San Jose State University’s award-winning Animation/Illustration program that they co-founded. Craig Elliott has had a hand in designing many of the most popular animated films from the last 20 years for companies such as Disney and DreamWorks, as well as being a remarkably well-rounded artist and craftsman. His teaching credentials are equally impressive. Then, we are pleased to have Anthony Francisco join us, who is the Senior Visual Development Concept Illustrator at Marvel Studios. Anthony created Baby Groot and the costumes for the Dora Milaje (Okoye and Nakia) for Black Panther. We are honored to have Forest Rogers, who is one of the most admired sculptures in the surreal and fantastic arts genres. Finally, we are fortunate to have Chie Yoshii join the jury, who’s gorgeous paintings have long been featured within the pages of Spectrum. We’re are grateful to have this admired group of artists to select the works for inclusion into Spectrum 27.”

For over twenty-six 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. 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.

Thanks to everyone for your continued support of Spectrum! Please let us know if you have any questions.

For more information on Spectrum please visit spectrumfantasticart.com.

Enjoy,

John

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