Flesk 2021 Book Updates!

This is a brief overview of our year and what you can expect to see from us.

I’ll start with the photo. It was taken during a visit to the Al Williamson studio a few years back. Being able to see the “Savage World!” original art was a special moment. Especially while the pages were resting on Al’s drawing table.

Here’s a shipping update on the Williamson and Mark Schultz books.

If all goes well, we will have Al Williamson: Strange World Adventures, Carbon 4 by Mark Schultz, Xenozoic by Mark Schultz and the Al Williamson and Mark Schultz Astounding Sketchbook next week. The books are still at the port waiting to be offloaded from the shipping vessel. We will begin shipping our Kickstarter pledges and Flesk online pre-orders just as soon as they arrive.

As for our next wave of Flesk books, we have five other books at the printer. These include The Drawings of Edwin Austin Abbey, Covenant: The Art of Allen Williams, new books with Frank Cho and Gary Gianni, and a new printing of the Bruce Timm Naughty and Nice collection. Once the books have been printed and are being shipped to us I’ll reveal more and open them all up for pre-orders. We would like to see how the shipping transit times are looking before we announce the release dates.

In the meantime, we are working on the new Franklin Booth book, two new Arthur Adams books, three new William Stout books, plus we are wrapping up two books by a pair of new artists. Then we have the J.A.W. Cooper book to start in June, plus two other new artists who we will start working with in the summer. Then we will have more books featuring Mark Schultz and Al Williamson to work on for 2022. There’s more, but this is what we can share to date.

For the rest of 2021 we do not have any plans to exhibit at any shows. This includes the San Diego November show that we will skip. We will start fresh with events in 2022. Until that time we will continue to make the best books that we can.

You have our thanks for supporting us.

All my best!

–John

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Covenant: The Art of Allen Williams is at the Printer!

Hi, all,

We sent Covenant to the printer last week! We are about 2 weeks behind schedule, but it is for a good reason. Allen decided that he wanted to create a handful of new drawings just for this book. The extra two weeks gave him the time to make two new drawings that we are featuring in the bonus section of the hardcover edition. The book really looks amazing and we can’t wait for you to see it.

At the moment the printer is making the proofs that I will review next week. Once they are approved the book will be ready for the press. I’ll keep you updated throughout the various stages. Thanks again for supporting us with this book.

Learn more and pre-order online here:

https://www.fleskpublications.com/allen-williams

Enjoy,

John

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The Big Tease by Bruce Timm–Low Stock Alert

Hi, everyone,

The Big Tease by Bruce Timm is sold out from our distributor. We still have some copies of the paperback and the exclusive Flesk direct hardcover on our online store.

Here’s the link with more information:

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

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 21, 23 and 24 Low Stock Alert!

Greetings!

These three volumes of Spectrum will sell out this year.

Spectrum 21–Our distributor is down to the last 11 copies of the paperback and we have a few cases available on our Flesk online store. The hardcover is totally sold out. Cover by Rebecca Guay.

Spectrum 23–Our distributor is down to the final cases of the paperback and hardcover editions and we have a few cases available on our Flesk online store. Cover by Android Jones.

Spectrum 24–Our distributor is totally sold out of the hardcover and paperback editions and we have a few cases of both bindings available on our Flesk online store. Cover by Iain McCaig.

Also, our distributor is sold out of the paperback and hardcover of Spectrum 27. We have limited copies of the hardcover on our Flesk online store.

Learn more and order at a special price on our Flesk website:

https://www.fleskpublications.com/spectrum-books

Enjoy,

John

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Franklin Booth: Painter With a Pen Revised Edition in the Works!

Hi, everyone,

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!

Enjoy,

John

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New Al Williamson and Mark Schultz Book Updates!

Hi everyone,

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.

https://www.fleskpublications.com/al-williamson

https://www.fleskpublications.com/mark-schultz

Enjoy,

John

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2021 Action Items!

Hi everyone,

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!

Enjoy,

John

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New Frank Cho Book Coming from Flesk in Spring 2021!

Hi everyone,

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.

https://www.fleskpublications.com/frank-cho

Enjoy,

John

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Jeffrey Alan Love Flesk Books Update!

Hi everyone,

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!

https://www.fleskpublications.com/jeffrey-alan-love

Enjoy,

Enjoy,

John

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John Fleskes interview by Arley Sorg for Clarkesworld!

I’ve been interviewed by Arley Sorg for Clarkesworld! Determined To Publish: A Conversation with John Fleskes covers a wide range of topics from how I’ve been working since I was 8, to how tough it was to start a publishing business, to what truly drives me and what I am most passionate about. I also talk about my time working on Spectrum, and beyond!

A big thanks to Arley and Clarkesworld for the opportunity.

Here’s the link:
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/fleskes_interview/

Enjoy,

John

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