Frank Cho and I have partnered again to create his latest art book Ballpoint Beauties! This book is available as an affordable paperback and hardcover, and as a premium signed deluxe edition. Luxurious signed prints are also available. Enjoy the samples and details below.
We have a Kickstarter campaign running where you can pre-order the book. Everyone who makes a book or print pledge will receive an exclusive free postcard set.
The campaign ends on Thursday, November 15th at 8:00pm PST.
Ballpoint Beauties is 120 pages at 9 x 12 inches and includes two gatefolds. This book has been Frank Cho’s most requested collection on social media over the past year. He has been making his personal ballpoint pen drawings purely for himself for over two decades. This is the first time that these rarely seen works have been captured into a dedicated volume. Compiled here are his favorites, many which are done recently specially for this book. Many pieces are shown in four stages that are accompanied by Frank’s commentary to reveal his process. He is completely self-taught which makes for a unique and educational experience.
Included within the book are visual guides for anatomy and body parts, plus a short interview where Frank discusses his working methods and answers the most common questions that he receives online. Also shown are comic covers for his creator owned property Skybourne, where he has incorporated ballpoint pen in a mixed media format to show you how to incorporate the ballpoint pen into commercial assignments.
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I’m back in the office after a productive week spent in Baltimore, Maryland. I was on the east coast for two reasons; I was there to exhibit at Baltimore Comic-Con and to meet with Frank Cho to go over his next two books that I will be publishing.
(Apologies for these poor quality photos. I only had my phone with me on this trip.)
I arrived on Wednesday evening (September 26th) at Frank Cho’s house when we immediately began working on his books. The first book is his Ballpoint Beauties title that collects his ballpoint drawings. We’re including step-by-step sections and he is writing some text for the book so that people can see how he works. The second book on Cho will be announced next year sometime. Frank is such a busy guy who is oftentimes stretched in multiple directions. Because of this I typically prefer to keep our projects together quiet until they are about 80% completed to make sure I am not introducing any stress into Frank’s schedule. At the moment, our full focus is on Ballpoint Beauties. However, I did get a large chunk of work done on the unannounced book during my visits to Frank’s house. I spent hours pouring through his originals and scanning material.
We will launch a Kickstarter campaign for his Ballpoint Beauties book on Tuesday, October 16th.
The Baltimore Comic Con was terrific this year. It generally is every year, but this one was especially successful. Richard and Wendy Pini had a booth directly across from us. Frank Cho was next to us and Mark Schultz was with us. Arthur Adams and Joyce Chin were just a few aisles away. Having all these artists present who I work with fueled the interest in their books. As a result, we sold almost all the books that we brought to the show.
Since this was only the second show where I exhibited this year, and the first where I sat behind the booth and worked, I found that it took me a full day to find my voice. I didn’t realize how out of practice I was when it comes to talking to different people all throughout the day. On Saturday we were totally slammed with people stopping by, and by Sunday I finally got into a pretty good groove when chatting with people who stopped by.
Each day I enjoyed interacting with Richard and Wendy. Having dinners with various artists and con friends was also nice. I had lost my voice by Saturday evening and hardly spoke during dinner, but found it again for Sunday morning, fortunately.
I managed to walk the floor on Sunday. Baltimore Comic Con is a great show for me, primarily because the show organizers and volunteers treat us well, plus the attendees are well informed and sophisticated collectors who know their artists and writers. Additionally, they bring in legendary artists as guests who are a joy to meet. It’s truly a “comic” show and not one of those events that appropriates the name for alternative pop culture purposes.
I was amazed at how many people stopped by who knew who we were and who visited simply to express how much they enjoy our books. I also appreciated the feedback about how much people like our Kickstarter campaigns. I had several people comment on how our cover prices are affordable. This is intentional on my part since I didn’t grow up with money and I’m sensitive to keeping the books as affordable as possible for the students and for the working man and woman.
It was a productive week. I’m back to working on books and I look forward to continuing to bring you more titles for as long as you will support us. Thanks, as always.
I’m excited to share the news that I am working with Tran Nguyen on her first art book. This collection will contain her gallery work along with Tran’s book and editorial illustrations. Much of her decade-long career will be captured in this oversized hardcover.
I first learned about Tran’s work when she submitted her entries to Spectrum 21. Her paintings made an immediate impression on me. I noted how the Spectrum judges had the same reaction, especially when you note the amount of Spectrum nominations and awards she has received.
Later, when I first met Tran I was impressed during her acceptance speech during the Spectrum 21 Awards ceremony when receiving her gold award in the Editorial category. She spoke of her gratitude toward her parents and provided insight into the struggle that her family faced when coming to the U.S. from Vietnam. It was a touching acceptance speech that in just a few minutes showed how humble she is while also revealing the aesthetics behind her art. Arnie and Cathy Fenner and I felt that it was the most heartfelt speech of the evening.
Since then I continued to watch her growth. I’m amazed by her recent “The Flooded Hour II” series of paintings. I had the pleasure of getting to know Tran better during her visit to the Flesk offices during the Spectrum 25 judging event. Shortly afterward I inquired with Tran about the possibility of working with her to capture her career in a new book. I’m thrilled that she was interested and delighted to be able to publish and share her works in 2019. The release date will be announced in the coming months.
The Thousand Demon Tree by Jeffrey Alan Love is now available! I’m especially proud to have the opportunity to publish Jeff’s second book. Jeff is doing things with art and story that no one else is doing. I feel he is one of those true original creators—someone who can share a narrative in a way unseen before. What is striking about his story is how well it is told without the use of words. The Thousand Demon Tree is strong and bold with a lesson in design that any student can learn from.
Jeff and I have a simple method of working with one another. I leave him alone to do his art and story. He leaves me alone to package the book and handle the marketing and promotion, while getting the book out there into the world. At the same time we communicate often to keep each other updated and to offer our support to one another. Our process comes from a mutual trust in our respective abilities along with an admiration for what our respective strengths are. It’s easy. It’s the same while working with Mark Schultz, Gary Gianni, J.A.W. Cooper and the others who I have a long-term relationship with. I like easy. I like a natural flow of going back and forth without any issues or miscommunications distracting us from the work. I appreciate working with Jeff.
Are we already planning another project together? Yes. I’ll announce it in the spring or summer of 2019.
Thanks again everyone. Both Jeff and I are grateful to you all for supporting his books.
Here’s the link to learn more about the book and to order.
I’ve been working regularly with Mark Schultz since 2004. His first book that I published was Various DrawingsVolume One in 2005. This book was the fourth that I published and the first on a living artist. Since then we have kept in contact weekly and managed to put out quite a library on Mark’s work. There has been Various Drawings Volume 1-5, Blue Book, Storms at Sea, Xenozoic, and the Carbon series. This month we are releasing Carbon 3. Somehow, we’ve managed to publish eleven books in the last 13 years. I’m not quite sure how we’ve done it. Especially considering how slow Mark works.
Each collection of Various Drawings and Carbon has collected the previous year and a half to two years’ worth of art that Mark has made for private commissions and illustration assignments. This latest volume of Carbon follows the same trend. Carbon 3 has a forward by Mark where he touches upon his preparatory stages of creating the new Xenozoic story. Inside you will find several personal works of Jack and Hannah, the main characters from Xenozoic, along with other noteworthy pieces.
It’s always a pleasure to work with Mark. It’s no secret that he’s a great guy. We bounce ideas back and forth and quickly ease into a design, theme or layout with each book. There is nothing difficult about the process. We typically talk on the phone for 2-3 hour sessions while working. It never seems like work, and I’m always surprised at how quickly the book comes together. I suppose we have been working together for so long that I intuitively know what Mark likes, yet I also appreciate that he lets me experiment. We usually end up doing something that neither of us thought of alone. And we’re pretty darn happy with the outcome.
I felt the cover painting came out especially well. Mark put a lot of effort into trying a new approach. It’s a method that he will be revisiting at some point in the future.
The hardcover signed edition is already sold out. But, the Carbon 3 paperback is here and in stock for immediate shipping.
Here’s the link to learn more about the book and to order.
Look what arrived today! Our printer sample copies of The Thousand Demon Tree by Jeffrey Alan Love. The version with the red spine is the signed edition that is already sold out. The regular hardcover edition can be pre-ordered on our Flesk website. The books are slated to arrive at our Flesk warehouse on August 25th. We’ll start shipping the Kickstarter pledges and pre-orders at that time.
I had the chance to show these to Mark before he flew back home after San Diego Comic-Con. We’re both thrilled with how well they turned out!
The extra bit of good news is that the printer was able to get these done in time to ship with Jeffrey Alan Love’s The Thousand Demon Tree book. Both are scheduled to arrive at our Flesk warehouse on August 25th. We’ll ship the Kickstarter orders and the Flesk online store pre-orders as soon as they arrive. If you pledged for both Jeff and Mark’s books we will ship them together.
Around August 14th we will send out an update that will give you a chance to include more Schultz books with your order.
Thank you for a successful J.A.W. Cooper Kickstarter campaign!
I’m feeling grateful and appreciate everyone who supported the campaign. I never take your support for granted. What excites me the most is that I have the opportunity to work with Cooper, to package and publish and then share her work, and that we have this chance to mail out packages to 878 backers. Wow! That’s what drives me every day. I absolutely love being a publisher. Having this chance to connect directly with our supporters is incredibly fulfilling.