We’re having a great time here this weekend in Seattle at the Emerald City Comicon. The show sold out in advance and the crowds have been thick. We’ve been having a lot of fun and appreciate how many people have been stopping by. I brought three times the amount of books that we brought last year and we are already down to the last 10% of stock with one more full day to go!
Here’s a picture of Camilla d’Errico just before Saturday’s opening time at her booth. Camillia will be a special guest at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live this coming May!
Here’s a video showing highlights from the Spectrum 21 judging event which was held on March 1, 2014 at the San Jose State University’s Animation/Illustration department building. The five member jury, comprising of Cory Godbey, J. Anthony Kosar, George Pratt, Shelly Wan and Allen Williams, reviewed over 5000 entries during the daylong event. A Special thanks to the SJSU faculty for making the space available and to the twenty-plus students who volunteered making the day run smoothly!
If you will be attending the Emerald City Comic Con, we’ll be there and we would enjoy seeing you there. The shoe is in Seattle, WA this March 28-30. We have an excellent spot located right at the entrance when walking into the show off of the sky bridge. Our booth number is 1702.
There are a number of artists who we publish that are special guests of the show. Brom will be signing at our Flesk / Spectrum booth for the full three days. Frank Cho, who we are working with on his Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method that will be available this fall, can be found at his guest table MM-07. Terry & Rachel Dodson are at table II-01. And Richard & Wendy Pini, who we have two books in development with, can be found at table E-09. We look forward to welcoming you at our respective locations where you can learn more about our future projects with these exceptional artists. Plus, the artists will have original artwork and prints for sale.
We will have our full line of Flesk books on hand, as well as information regarding the Spectrum annual and the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event. Free catalogs and promotional postcards will be available. We will be bringing a number of books with slight scuff marks or dings at greatly reduced prices. This is an excellent way to try out a new title or artist, or to fill in your Flesk library for a deal.
Full details about Emerald City Comic Con can be found here.
I’ve wrapped up the cover design for Spectrum 21. The artwork featured on the cover is a fine art painting by Rebecca Léveillé-Guay titled “The Visitor.” Thanks to Rebecca for letting us use the art for the cover!
Right now I’m working on creating the list of jury picks for inclusion into Spectrum 21. I’ll have it ready to post just after mid-March.
The Spectrum 21 jury has nominated the top five artists in each of the eight categories for a silver and gold award. The winners will be announced at the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event in Kansas City, MO on May 10th. I will post the actual images on the Spectrum website soon. A big congratulations to these artists!
The Spectrum 21 Award Nominees Are…
Anita Kunz — Little Monsters
Victo Ngai — A Tiger Beer Chinese New Year
Gabriel Verdon — Hiversaires
Kent Williams — The Criterion Collection Lord of the Flies
Shu Yan — Go Into the Gate
Nicolas Delort — The End of the Road
Scott Gustafson — Little Sambha and the Tiger with the Beautiful Purple Shoes with Crimson Soles
John Harris — Fire: the Road Beside the Wall
Petar Meseldzija — The Golden Apple Tree 1
Kirsti Wakelin — Dreamboats, Lilies, Koi and Chang Kuo-lao
Thomas Campi — The Red Door
He Jie Mona — All Corners of the Country: The Lost Buildings #4
Goni Montes — Clive Barker’s Next Testament #6
Mark A. Nelson — Seasons, page 1
David Palumbo — No Good Deed
Concept Art Jaime Jones — Black Zero Interior
Vance Kovacs — John Carter Punches a Thark
Brian Matyas — Messenger Girl
Theo Prins — Kite City 2
Theo Prins — Refugees
Jessica Dalva — Don’t Mind Me
Colin and Kristine Poole — Hot Diggety Dog
Forest Rogers — Goblin Spider
The Shiflett Bros. — Vertical Man-Tank, 1892
Shaun Tan — Grimm Tales: Thousandfurs
Nicolas Delort — Rumor of Angels
Bill Mayer — Fragile Planet
Tran Nguyen — The Insects of Love
Yuko Shimizu — Hair Tree
Luo Xin — Recall
Ed Binkley — The Hag Griselle Pays a Visit
Bill Carman — Shared Eyewear
Donato Giancola — Huor and Hurin Approach Gondolin
Justin Sweet — Blacksea
Rebecca Yanovskaya — Ascent of Man
Audrey Benjaminsen — Lady of Light
Jean-Baptiste Monge — Ode to the Moon
Yukari Masuike — Riding Horse on the Freezing Day
Omar Rayyan — The Long Walk Home
Annie Stegg — Lilaia the Naiad
The Spectrum 21 jury has wrapped up the book and awards selections! I’ll be posting the award nominations tomorrow evening and following up in a few weeks with the list of names of those artists who made it into the book. We had a fun day! Here’s a picture looking over the shoulder of J. Anthony Kosar from just a few hours ago.
The Spectrum 21 jury has switched over to viewing the online submissions. Allen Williams likes the 24″ HD Cintiq Wacom pen displays we have available for the jury to view the art! A special thanks to the Animation/Illustration program at San Jose State University for letting us use their space and systems!