I have received the samples for my latest book Flesk Prime. I am extremely pleased to see how this book has turned out. Links can be found at the base of this blog entry for full details, samples pages and pictures on the Flesk Publications website, and to pre-order the book at the Flesk online store. This 64-page, 8.5 x 11 in. hardbound book is not available through the book trade or comic stores. It is a Flesk exclusive with a cover price of $24.95.
Flesk Prime came from the simple idea of collecting in one comprehensive volume creations from five artists I have previously published. The working name was the Flesk Primer. Eventually the last letter was dropped to reflect the more apt name of Prime, as it would be hard to disagree that those featured within are producing the best works of their careers.
Each artist represented in this collection—Craig Elliott, Petar Meseldžija, Gary Gianni, Mark Schultz and William Stout—painstakingly works at his craft to achieve a greater understanding of the process and methods that lead to the creation of their images. They all have a common yearning to grow, a fire within that drives them to new heights, a passion that continually needs to be fed and a humbleness that grants them the admiration of their peers.
Flesk Prime will make its debut at our Flesk booth #5019 at Comic-Con International in San Diego in late-July 2011. All pre-orders will ship immediately upon our return during the last week of July.
As an exhibitor at Comic-Con I begin preparing for the show more than a month prior to the opening day on July 20, 2011. I begin by securing helpers at the Flesk Publications booth (#5019), then produce promotional material and make sure any titles that I want to debut at Comic-Con are done in time. Another task is arranging for artist signings. I’ll touch upon many of these items to give you an idea of what you can expect from Flesk if you make the show.
The first bit of news is that Mark Schultz has given up his spot that he has shared with Gary Gianni and Jim Keegan for the last ten years and has moved over to our Flesk booth. Mark will be signing books and selling his original artwork each day of the show. Gary Gianni will also be doing a signing. You can also find him at his booth #4902 during the course of the show. Jim Silke will be present at his booth #4901 where you can get your copy of Jungle Girls signed and personalized. William Stout will have a broad range of books, original art, sketchbooks and prints at his booth #4803. Finally, Craig Elliott, the subject of an upcoming book from Flesk, will be at his booth #4812. Craig will have prints, books and original art for sale.
Pierre Alary will be signing at our Flesk booth on Thursday and Friday. Stuart Ng of Stuart Ng Books asked if we could provide some space for Pierre. I am all too happy to help. Stuart Ng Books will have all three volumes of both of Alary’s titles Belladone and Sinbad available at their booth #5012 which is right across from us. Pierre will also be bringing along some original art.
I’m also making up a new Flesk catalog and new promotional material that will be free at the show.
Now for the cool new product we will have premiering at Comic-Con. The first is Flesk Prime, a new 64-page hardbound collection featuring the art of Craig Elliott, Petar Meseldzija, Gary Gianni, Mark Schultz and William Stout. The cover price is $24.95. Pick it up and get four of the artists to sign it at the show. Also, Mysterious Islands by Gary Gianni, a 16-page signed and limited to 1000 copies chapbook will be on hand. In addition, a 16-page Bruce Timm chapbook teaser featuring exclusive art that you can’t find in the main book of Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm. This teaser is signed and limited to 1000 copies and runs $15.00. All three of these items can only be purchased direct from Flesk Publications and the artists. They are not available to the book or comic trade. If you want them, you have to get them from us. I will have copies of each for sale on the Flesk online store right after Comic-Con in late July.
I will have more updates as we approach the show! There’s more!
We are down to our final copies of the deluxe signed edition of The Prince Valiant Page by Gary Gianni. The price has been reduced from the $39.95 cover price to $24.95 due to a slipcase imperfection. The material on the slipcase spine is partially separated and wavy. The book is in new shape and comes shrink-wrapped in the slipcase. The price has been reduced from the $39.95 cover price to $24.95. The book is 9 x 12 in. at 112 pages in black and white with three color gatefolds. The introduction is by Robert Wagner and foreword by Mike Mignola.
You can visit our Flesk Publications online store for more details and to pick one up!
I am thrilled to pass along the news about a fantastic artist focused event, Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! This show is organized by Arnie and Cathy Fenner, the same two individuals who bring you the highly popular Spectrum annual. It will run May 18-20, 2012 in Kansas City, MO.
A partial description regarding the show from their website reads:
“We envision Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! as a fantasy-focused art fair, one in which creators will be able to sell originals and prints while promoting their work to patrons, collectors, and potential clients. Presentations, panels and displays will help broaden the public’s awareness of and appreciation for our field; art directors will be invited to meet new talent and conduct portfolio reviews; workshops and educational opportunities will be offered; and there will be the chance to network, socialize, and share.”
Special guests include Brom, Mike Mignola, Iain McCaig, Phil Hale and Andrew Jones.
I have personally invited Gary Gianni, Mark Schultz and William Stout and they will appear at the Flesk Publications booth each day.
According to a recent post on the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live website the booths are going quick. If you are an artist looking to gain greater exposure and mix within a three day show with your peers I highly recommend you reserve a spot soon.
I’m really looking forward to this accessible show that focuses on the creative individuals that drive this industry I enjoy so much.
And while I am on the topic of Spectrum, here’s the recently unveiled cover for Spectrum 18 coming fall 2011. The art is by J.S. Rossbach.
I exhibited at The Big Wow Comic-Fest on May 21-22. The event had been called Super-Con in the past. Besides the name change the show itself had a facelift. The move into the main hall of the San Jose Convention Center is the most notable. More space and an improved ambiance gave it a fresh look.
Mark Schultz was a guest of the show. I had a great time getting to spend some time with him as well as Jim Silke. We ended up having three dinner three nights in a row with pleasant company. Downtown San Jose is a terrific place to find great food.
We had a steady flow of people stopping by to visit the Flesk booth. Our two new books, Mark Schultz Various Drawings Volume 5 and Al Williamson Archives Volume 2, did very well. I shared a corner booth with Stuart Ng of Stuart Ng Books. It’s always a pleasure to spend time with him.
The Big Wow ComicFest had an all-star line-up of artists. They make a point to focus heavily on the guest artists. Sergio Aragones, Daniel Brereton, Frank Cho, Adam Hughes, Alex Nino, Sanjulian, Dean Yeagle, and Thomas Yeates were a few of the stellar individuals who were able to make it.
I highly recommend making the Big Wow ComicFest in 2012. You can’t beat the intimacy and lack of crowds. At some point the attendance will increase. It’s best to take advantage of being able to talk to the artists without a long wait and to actually be able to get sketches while the event is still building momentum.
We’ll be there again next year!
It has been a busy couple of weeks here at Flesk. With the arrival of Mark Schultz Various Drawings Volume 5 and Al Williamson Archives Volume 2 at our warehouse we have been steadily packing orders. These two titles, along with the new printing of Mark Schultz’s Xenozoic should begin appearing in stores in the next week or so.
I’ll be back writing a more regular flow of blog postings soon. I have much to share!
Congratulations to Petar Meseldžija for being nominated for a 2011 Chesley Award. His work titled “Unk!” is among the six pieces being considered in the Unpublished Monochrome category. A posting on the Muddy Colors blog shows a list of all nominees and their art being considered.