Covenant: The Art of Allen Williams Kickstarter Campaign Launches on December 8th from Flesk!

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Covenant: The Art of Allen Williams Kickstarter campaign launches on December 8th from Flesk!

We’re thrilled to reveal that we are working with Allen Williams to bring you his first art book collection. We will share the full details about the project when we launch the Kickstarter campaign on Tuesday, December 8th at 9:00AM PST.

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John

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Edwin Austin Abbey Book Update.

The Edwin Austin Abbey book is now 400 pages! It will be available in the spring of 2021 direct from Flesk.

I started this book over 10 years ago with the intent to publish it in 2011. Life got in the way as I put it on a virtual shelf while I focused on other books.

Early this year, with the help of Kathy and Alice “Bunny” Carter, we pulled out the book to give it a fresh look. It has gone from my initial 176 page collection, to our 400 page collection. Bunny has written a 10,000 word Abbey essay. In addition, Bunny shared some rare Abbey books with us. This allowed us to add over 100 more drawings to the book.

We’ve turned the book over to Kathy who is putting the final touches on it. It’s neat to see her wrapping up the Abbey book. Coincidentally, she is the same age that I was when I was working on the Franklin Booth book and when I started this company. She’s really doing great.

We’ll be sending this book to the printer along with the recently announced Allen Williams book. This will be in early 2021, for a release sometime around the spring of next year. We’ll start to take pre-orders once it is at the printer.

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John

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New printing of Naughty and Nice by Bruce Timm is coming!

Back in 2012 we released Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm. The original printing is shown at left. The revised Big Pocket edition is shown at right. Both sold out quickly.

People have been asking for years if we would reprint this book. Well, good news, we will bring this book back back in print in the fall of 2021. We’re currently wrapping up 5 other books before we can turn our attention to Naughty and Nice.

We’ll be using the Big Pocket cover, which is our favorite image of the two options. The new printing will be 9 x 12″ and we will have a hardcover and paperback edition. More news about this coming in the spring of 2021!

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John

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Bruce Timm Prints are Now Available!

Bruce Timm Prints are Now Available!

We worked with Bruce Timm to select three of our favorite images found within the pages of The Big Tease to offer as 13 x 19″ prints.

Each print utilizes 300 gsm acid free matte paper and comes with an embossed “B.T.” on the lower right hand corner.

The best part is that the leaves do not appear on the actual print!

Here’s the link to learn more and to place your order.https://www.fleskpublications.com/bruce-timm

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John

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Al Williamson’s Strange World Adventures Book Update!

Al Williamson’s Strange World Adventures book update!

While working on the book we realized that the previously advertised book dimensions of 9 x 12 inches was too small. We increased the size to 9.75 x 13 inches to give the book some more breathing room for the art and text.

In addition, we are fortunate to have a new foreword by William Stout and an introduction by Rick Veitch. Both of these gentlemen were friends with Al and wrote heartfelt tributes about Al.

The book is completely done and available for pre-order at a special price. You can learn more here:https://www.fleskpublications.com/al-williamson

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John

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Revised Franklin Booth Book In-Development!

Back in the spring of 2002 I published my first book, Franklin Booth: Painter with a Pen. Early next year I will begin working on a revised edition to have available in the spring of 2022. What better way to celebrate our 20th anniversary than to revisit the book that started it all!

I came across a box recently that is filled with additional Booth material that I have gathered over the years. For instance, I have a fascinating unpublished article that was written by one of Booth’s students. I spoke on the phone with him about 15 years ago when he was well into his nineties. Soon after our call he mailed me his essay with his permission to publish it one day.

By taking my time throughout 2021, I feel this will make for a special new edition that will be enjoyable to work on at a leisurely pace.

If you have any neat obscure Booth material that you would like to share with me to use in the revised book,please let me know. I may already have it, but maybe not?

At the moment, we’re wrapping up 5 new books on other artists. I’ll be making many new announcements as the months go by.

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John

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Carbon 4 and Xenozoic by Mark Schultz Printer Proofs–Approved!

The Carbon 4 and Xenozoic books by Mark Schultz! We received our printer proofs. Both titles are approved for the press!

We look forward to bringing you these titles in early 2021.

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John

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Flesk Goals

I was talking with the Flesk crew here today and went over what we will be concentrating on during these next two weeks. I’m not sure how other businesses run, but what I do know is that I run a business very differently than most.

For instance, I am very open with Vicky, Kathy, and Lauren about what is going on now, and how what we do today will help us to achieve our 5 year goal. I think you have everything to gain by being open and sharing the current and future plans so that we can all see where we are heading together.

During this two week period we will focus on two new books that are very far along. One is the Edwin Austin Abbey book, the other I will announce in mid-November. We actually have two other books that are at midpoint stages to work on as well. Then there is accounting and bookkeeping to get caught up on, along with wrapping up some long overdue items for our wonderful book distributor, PGW.

Little by little, we get all sorts of neat things done. Never as quickly as I may want to, but it all gets done when the time is right.

I currently have the best team that I have ever had. It makes it pretty hard to fail with Vicky, Kathy and Lauren here helping. Also, with all of those who buy our books, I wake up grateful every day that we are getting through this really tough year thanks to you all.

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John

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Spectrum 27 News!

Spectrum 27 with the Spectrum award prototypes by J. Anthony Kosar and his team at Kosart Studios.

The 16 silver and gold award recipients for Spectrum 27 will have their awards mailed to them in December. There was a delay in making the awards due to a combination of the pandemic and 2020 challenges, but rest assured they are in production at Kosart Studios and will be ready soon.

Spectrum 27 will be available at your local book and comic store on November 10th! Or, order direct from Flesk. https://www.fleskpublications.com/spectrum-books

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John

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Spectrum 27 in Bookstores on November 10th!

Spectrum 27 will be arriving at your favorite book and comic stores on November 10th!

With the absence of shows this year Kathy and I channeled all of our energy into editing and designing the best Spectrum that we could possibly make. This is a book that we are exceptionally proud of. We can’t wait for you to get your copies and to hear what you think.

Thanks again to all of the artists who submitted to Spectrum 27 and for making this such a wonderful collection. We’re honored that we could have played a role in Spectrum during these last 7 years.

Kathy and I almost forgot what one another looked like. We took off our masks for all of 30 seconds to take some pictures of us with Spectrum 27. We’ve had masks on each day at the office since the pandemic started. We look forward to being able to see you all again once the shows can safely resume again.

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John

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