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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Enjoy,

John

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Tran Nguyen Interview from Flesk Publications

The Mauve Girl by Tran Nguyen

Tran Nguyen is an award-winning illustrator & fine artist. Born in Can Tho, Vietnam, she currently resides in the peachy state of Georgia. Nguyen’s paintings are created with a soft, delicate quality using colored pencil and acrylic on paper. She’s most known for her paintings of whimsical women and their melancholic landscapes, which often possess an air of fantasy and surrealism. She creates illustrations for published media such as magazines, books, wine & beer packaging, animation, advertising, and mural work. Her clients include VH1, Tiger Beer, World Wildlife Fund, and she has showcased with galleries across the world.

FLESK: What experience do you hope viewers have while looking at your art?

NGUYEN: I’d like viewers to feel some form of re-assurance that everything will be okay no matter what they’re going through in life. Or simply getting a tinge of creative inspiration from it would make the illustration a success.

FLESK: Much of your art features an array of more-than-human imagery. What is it about human reality combined with metaphysical elements that speaks to you?

NGUYEN: There are layers beneath human reality that isn’t visually apparent, but exists, so I like to give these layers physical form and showcase the two together in the same image plane to create a sense of surrealism. Reality is so much more extraordinary than it appears.

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FLESK: What emotion tends to guide your creativity the most?

NGUYEN: Most probably melancholy and its near opposite, contentment.

FLESK: What is your favorite fantasy subject to illustrate?

NGUYEN: My favorites are fluffy, feline beasts such as massive tigers or shield maiden-esque characters with an Asian twist.

FLESK: How has your artistic style changed over the years and where do you see it heading?

NGUYEN: My artistic style started out far more bizarre and surreal, but these days, it’s toned itself down. As my personal narrative has become grounded, my execution of the subject has gotten more realistic. In the near future, I plan on revisiting those weird and whimsical subject matters as well as scaling back the tightly rendered forms.

FLESK: Do you have any upcoming projects you would like to share some information about?

NGUYEN: I have a ton of personal projects that’s been on back burner for years and one of it is creating a luxe silk scarf featuring one of my illustrations. I finally have the time to bring it to life and I’m excited launch the project on Kickstarter in early October 2020.

Ambedo by Tran Nguyen. Art book retrospective published by Flesk.

Website: mynameistran.com
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Twitter: @my_name_is_tran

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Spectrum 27 is Now Available from Flesk!

Hi, all,

I’m proud to announce that Spectrum 27: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art arrived at our Flesk warehouse!

We have shipped all of the artist complimentary copies along with the pre-orders received direct from our Flesk website.

The bulk copies are on route to our distributor who will be stocking up our favorite comic and book stores soon.

We hope you enjoy the book. Kathy and I poured a ton of energy into this volume. We’re very proud to see how amazing it came out.

Order Spectrum 27 direct from our Flesk online store and get it at a special price:
https://www.fleskpublications.com/spectrum-books

The Spectrum 27 cover is by Tommy Arnold.

Enjoy,

John

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Al Williamson and Mark Schultz Books Update!

Hello, all,

We’ve been incredibly busy here since the campaign ended last month. I’d like to give you an update on each of the four books.

1. The Al Williamson and Mark Schultz Astounding Sketchbook

This bonus item is done and at the printer! We filled up this 16 page sketchbook with never before published sketches and preliminaries by Al and Mark. It sure was a lot of fun to dig through material to use for this.

2. Carbon 4 by Mark Schultz

This book is done and at the printer! I worked closely with Mark over the last few months to select art for this collection. As always, Mark is a joy to work with and we are very proud with how this new collection came out. Mark decided at the last minute to draw a few new pieces that will be revealed once the book is shipped to you.

3. Xenozoic by Mark Schultz

This book is done and at the printer. We’re very excited to bring the classic Xenozoic Tales collection back in print in this new format. We poured over every detail and are happy to have this coming out soon.

4. Al Williamson Strange World Adventures

The artwork selection, the writing, and the preliminary designs are all done. At this time, I am focused full time on tightening up the designs, then will focus on the finished designs, followed by the final proofing. We were able to pull together a beautiful selection of Al’s artwork that spans his entire career. I expect to have it done in the next couple of weeks. I ended up doing far more writing for the book than I initially intended, which added a few weeks to the production time, but I feel it was well worth the effort.

I’ll let you all know right when the Al Williamson book is done!

Thank you so much for your support to make these books a reality.

Enjoy,

John

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Jeffrey Alan Love Signed Books!

Hi, all,

We had a driveway visit with Jeffrey Alan Love earlier this week. Jeff was kind enough to sign more copies of his Notes From the Shadowed City and The Thousand Demon Tree books. We have them available on our Flesk website.

It was nice to catch up with Jeff and to hear about a pair of book ideas that he has. He’s a great guy and wonderful to work with. I look forward to publishing more books with Jeff in the future.

The Jeffrey Alan Love books from Flesk:
https://www.fleskpublications.com/jeffrey-alan-love

Enjoy

John

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Terryl Whitlatch Interview!

This Flesk interview with Terryl Whitlatch is the first in a new series that can be found here, along with on our Flesk website. You can read all of the artist interviews here: https://www.fleskpublications.com/artist-interviews

Terryl Whitlatch is a professional Creature designer specializing in Animal Anatomy, Paleontological Reconstruction, and the creation of Imaginary Creatures for the Animation, Publishing, Institutional, Academic, and other Transmedia/Entertainment Industries.

FLESK: What experience do you hope viewers have while looking at your art?

WHITLATCH: Since the majority of my artwork consists of animals–usually real animals, or imaginary creatures inspired by real animals–my greatest hope is that viewers will be able to experience my artwork on a number of different levels, by considering: what is the primary idea that I’m trying to communicate, that is, what story am I trying to tell–and more subtly, why is it a particular animal species telling the story, and not another type of animal? Why is it that animals are so often better able to communicate paradigms than human portrayals can? On another level, I am inviting the viewer to appreciate the animal form purely for its own sake, both in anatomy and soul.

FLESK: Much of your art features an array of more-than-human imagery. What is it about human reality combined with metaphysical elements that speaks to you?

WHITLATCH: Increasingly, my work is highly symbolic, decorative, often humorous, and at times, iconoclastic. In depicting animals in both natural, and unnatural or fanciful contexts, I find that I can express universal ideas that can be understood by people globally, regardless of country or ethnicity. Animal iconography cuts to the core, without getting caught in human controversies, be they political or otherwise. Animals point to reality, not constructs.

FLESK: What emotion tends to guide your creativity the most?

WHITLATCH: The love of animals, and what makes them tick, on their own terms.

FLESK: What is your favorite fantasy subject to illustrate?

WHITLATCH: That is a very hard one. My favorite subjects are equines, or anything resembling a horse. Currently, I’d have to say that Hippogriffs are my fanciful favorites–mine tend to look not so much like half eagle, half horses, but rather like terrifying, carnivorous pegasuses. As far as story subjects go, I tend to favor real animals in a fantasy setting, which is why I did my book, The Katurran Odyssey.

FLESK: How has your artistic style changed over the years and where do you see it heading?

WHITLATCH: As I’ve gotten older, I think I try to say more with less, that is, leave out extra detail in favor of pencil or brush strokes that say just enough, and no more. While I still do a lot of necessarily detailed paleontological, anatomy based work, I find my personal work becoming more streamlined in terms of aesthetic and graphic design. When I was much younger, my work was highly detailed as a rule–but, I was learning all I could, and at that time, I was focused on becoming a natural history illustrator. I never intended to become a designer for the entertainment industry, but life takes us on unexpected paths. Now, I ask myself, what can I leave out, while still maintaining the integrity of the animal form? How can I best edit? My work remains very linear, but I am mentally striving to sculpt linearly, in two dimensions, in order to give the illusion of form and space, and to use my linework strategically, and with intention, rather than as a filler.

FLESK: Do you have any upcoming projects you would like to share some information about?

WHITLATCH: I’m currently working on an NDA project, which I can’t discuss at present, and also wrapping up the final illustrations for a new book, authored by paleontologist Dr. Michael Habib. It’s called Flying Monsters: Illustrating Flying Vertebrates, which will be published by Design Studio Press in 2021. It’s chock full of illustrations depicting all kinds of actual and imaginary flying animals, and how to draw and animate them believably–from a scientific perspective. Pterosaurs, ancient birds, modern birds, bats, dragons, angelic beings, hippogriffs, and much, much more. I also teach an online course in Creature Anatomy for Schoolism.com.

Instagram: @terrylwhitlatch
Twitter: @TerrylWhitlatch

Enjoy

John

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New William Stout Book In Development From Flesk!

Hi, all,

It has been far too long since we last published a book on William Stout. We have a new collection in the works that will bring his comics work together. We’ll share the full details once the book is closer to completion.

Prehistoric Life Murals remains one of our favorite books. It contains all of Stout’s stunning murals for The Houston Museum of Natural Science, Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, and the San Diego Natural History Museum. We still have some signed copies available.

Sample pages and more details can be found here:
https://www.fleskpublications.com/william-stout

Enjoy

John

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Flesk Books–Looking Toward 2021 and Beyond

Hi, all,

Kathy and I spent a few hours going over all of the Flesk books we are working on over the next year. Thanks to Vicky and Lauren helping us now we are in a position were we can take on another book by an artist who we have not worked with before.

It didn’t take us very long to come up with a list of 15 names. Now, we will take our time to narrow down the list to one name before reaching out to the artist to see if he or she is interested.

There are two that stand out the most to me, but my goal is to hand over more decisions to Kathy and Vicky to see who they are the most interested in contacting. I don’t want this company to reflect only my tastes.

I never expect that anyone would want to work with us. I’ve been turned down a few times, and that is perfectly OK. I never feel rejected since people may have their own plans and goals that take them in a different direction.

Working with a new artist goes far beyond what they do. It is also who they are and how they treat others. For instance, in few rare cases, there have been artists who are friendly to me, but not necessarily kind to James or Kathy. If someone talks to anyone here like they are a servant I will not work with that person. I won’t share the stories, but you’d be surprised.

But, my aim is for this to be a positive note while so much weird stuff is happening all around us. Thanks to people who supported us this year we could bring in Lauren and Vicky and we can look to the future. You have our thanks.

Enjoy,

John

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Al Williamson and Mark Schultz Flesk Kickstarter Campaign is Now Live!

Two artists! Three Books! Four Prints! The Schultz and Williamson variety fun pack presented by Flesk is now live on Kickstarter!

Our latest Flesk Kickstarter campaign offers three new books! The first is the latest art book by Mark Schultz, Carbon 4. The second book, Xenozoic by Mark Schultz, is a handy to hold and affordably priced new printing of his classic Xenozoic Tales comic series. The third book focuses purely on the legendary Al Williamson, titled Strange World Adventures! Plus, we have four premium prints on offer: one by Williamson, and three by Schultz. Please read the details on our Kickstarter campaign page. Thanks so much for all of your support!

Enjoy,

John

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The Art of Cho Books Shipping Has Started!

Hi, everyone,

We sincerely hope that you are all doing well and that you are safe and healthy.

The Art of Frank Cho books arrived at our Flesk warehouse! We entered phase 3 in Santa Cruz County, just in time, making it open for  tourism and for Frank to visit.

All of the Art of Frank Cho books, the prints associated with our  Kickstarter campaign and all of the Kickstarter bonus items have been  signed. Frank ended up doing just over 7000 signatures.

Kathy, Vicky and I have started packing. Due to Covid-19 we are still being very cautious. We normally bring in a crew of helpers to pack books, but we decided to limit the operations to just the three of us. What this means is greater safety for us, but that means it will take us a little longer to get you your goodies that  normal. We hope you all understand.

As of yesterday, 600 domestic packages of the signed deluxe edition have been shipped. We are concentrating on mailing out all of the books first, then we will mail the prints immediately afterward.  

I’ll post weekly updates to inform you on what has shipped to date.

Thank you all for your patience.

Enjoy,

John

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