This is one of my favorite drawings by Franklin Booth. We’ll be reprinting the Franklin Booth: Painter with a Pen book that I published back in 2002. I’ll release it in early 2022 to coincide with our Flesk 20th anniversary. I pulled out my disk drive from 2003 to refresh myself with the book. I discovered that I have a full folder of images that I had sorted and organized for a second booth book. I even found a correspondence that I had with one of his students (who was 93 at the time) and his niece (his brothers daughter) who both provided me with personal stories to share in a future book.
From the looks of things this will be a completely revised edition that will add an extra 100 pages with new essays and details about Booth. I handed over the book to Kathy to work on yesterday who is prepping the new images and organizing the book. I’ll completely redesign the book as well since I get bored with the idea of simply doing a reprint. I’ll keep you all updated!
Coming soon! Al Williamson: Strange World Adventures, Carbon 4 and Xenozoic by Mark Schultz! Our printer samples arrived and the books look beautiful! These three titles are at the Hong Kong port waiting for a vessel to become available. The ports are currently jammed. Just as soon as we have a confirmed booking I will post an update with the arrival time at our Flesk warehouse.
At the beginning of each year I always look at the business as if I was just hired and seeing the Flesk operations for the first time. Kathy, Vicky and I have had long talks over the last few weeks and isolated a number of areas where we can improve and how we can make it happen. I’ll write a long blog post soon with more details.
At the moment we are looking for a new bookkeeper, followed by a new part time office helper. Our needs are not immediate, but we have our eyes open for the right person who can fill this role. Once we find and have settled in with a new bookkeeper we will turn our attention toward the new part time helper. If any of my local friends have any good leads, please let me know.
Besides gaining some more help, we have put together a plan to completely reorganize how we run the business. It’s pretty exciting and I feel energized as we tackle new projects. I like change and I like pursuing new ways of doing things, and luckily for me Vicky and Kathy are excited as well.I’ll be sharing a lot all during this year!
Frank Cho: Pencil & Ink book cover preliminary. Frank revealed this beautiful sketch yesterday. Here’s what he has to say about the piece.
“This was originally a Harley Quinn cover.
“I have about half dozen drawings and sketch ideas for future Harley Quinn covers lying around in my studio. I’m hoping DC will put me back on Harley cover duties again so that I can complete these unused cover ideas.
“I decided to tweak one of these unused cover images, and use it for my upcoming art book coming out in the late spring.You can see the Mucha and Franklin Booth inspirations on this cover. Love those artists.”
This new art book is coming from Flesk this spring.
Jeffrey Alan Love’s Notes From the Shadowed City and The Thousand Demon Tree paperback books are out of print. Our distributor has ran out of copies. We’re down to less than 100 copies of each title that is available direct on our Flesk website. Each copy comes signed! The hardcover editions are sold out. Stay tuned for more books by Love coming from Flesk in the future!