Top 10 Flesk Books Sold in 2023!

Top 10 Flesk Books Sold in 2023!

2023 was one of the best years ever for us. As you will see when looking at this top ten list there are a variety of titles that span multiple genres. The common denominator is that these are all exceptional people who make lovely works of art.  

Ever since I started this publishing company in 2002 my goal has been to focus on the artist and the relationship. To serve others is what drives me, and I have maintained my passion for making books for all these years. Thanks to you, these artists and I can continue to live this dream.

For this top 10 list I have calculated the total sales by combining our direct Flesk website orders, event sales, Kickstarter pledges, and the sales made through our distributor.

1. The Art of Arthur Adams

The success of this book proved how eager people were for a proper overview of Arthur’s career. Arthur and I were surprised by the massive support during our Kickstarter campaign for this book. We’re still humbled by its popularity. I’ve been a fan of Arthur’s work ever since Longshot #1 came out. This has been a dream project, and Arthur is a joy to work with.  

2. Carbon 5 by Mark Schultz

Considering this is the tenth collection we have published on Mark, it’s exciting to see the enthusiasm for his latest book. The prior collections were Various Drawings Volumes 1-5, followed by Carbon 1-4. We have published more books on Schultz than on any other artist. Mark uses these collections to showcase his latest drawings. Much of the art he produces these days is done for himself. He feels lucky to be able to draw what he likes, while having a forum to share these pieces with others.

3. Gilt by J.A.W. Cooper

Gilt and Carbon 5 are very close in sales. Carbon 5 had the benefit of coming out six months prior to Gilt. This is the latest collection that pulls together the most recent works by J.A.W. Cooper. We worked closely together to make an art object with this book. I feel this is one of the most unique and beautiful books we have published to date. It’s a thrill to work with Cooper and I marvel at their creativity and spirit. They are one of the most unique voices I have ever seen.  

4. Barren Lands by Brynn Metheney

I’ve been wanting to work with Brynn for years. I’m thrilled that we had this opportunity to publish Barren Lands. Brynn wrote and illustrated this collection of stories that borders between reality and the bizarre. The whole process of working with Brynn was fun and enjoyable. The chance to work with an artist early in her career is very satisfying.

5. Franklin Booth: Silent Symphony

Released in 2022, this large collection that highlights Booth’s life and art is still going strong. This is the artist who originally inspired me to start publishing. What a thrill to be able to pull out the initial 2002 book, Franklin Booth: Painter with a Pen, and then completely remake it from scratch with the help of Alice Carter. This served as our 20th anniversary book where we could celebrate Booth further.

6. Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm

The first edition of this collection on Bruce Timm came out in 2012. It was a best seller then and continues to be on our top 10 list over a decade later. People can’t seem to get enough of B.T. and I don’t blame them! Bruce is an absolute legend and wonderful to work with.  

7. Al Williamson: Strange World Adventures

Thanks to the Cartoonist Kayfabe YouTube channel highlight, this book got a big boost. The initial sales when the book first came out were strong, then when this book review dropped it was seen by a new audience. This makes me happy, especially since this is one of the books that I am most proud of. Al remains one of my all-time favorite artists and I hope this collection does his career justice.

8. The Art of Brom

We released this book back in 2013 and it is still going strong! I feel like I am repeating myself, but when it gets down to it, all the artists who I work with are great people who are extraordinary. Brom’s accomplishments are remarkable. The sales for this book received a boost thanks to some deluxe edition copies that I found in our warehouse. We are officially sold out of all editions at this point.

9. Xenozoic by Mark Schultz

This book, collecting all of the Xenozoic stories written and illustrated by Mark Schultz, has had a variety of editions in print since 2010. This may be our most consistent and steady seller over our entire publishing history. Mark is also the only artist who has two books on our top ten list for this year. I recently re-read this collection and enjoyed it just as much as the first time I read the comics in the early nineties. The most common question we receive is when new Xenozoic stories will be coming? Whenever this happens, I’ll be the most excited fanboy out there.

10. Alkeme: The Art of Brad Kunkle

I’m pleased to see Brad’s book on the top 10 list again this year. This was published in 2023 and we love how it turned out. I first met Brad back in 2006 and can’t express how exciting it has been to see his career blossom and to cheer along as his success has grown.

This wraps up our top ten list. Thanks for reading and for our support over the years. As we step into 2024, we are entering our 22nd year of publishing! I’m eager to make a series of announcements all throughout the year to reveal what’s coming next.

I wish you all a fruitful, happy, and healthy 2024.

Enjoy,

John

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Mark Schultz Original Art for Sale on our Flesk Website

Hi, everyone,

We have posted new Mark Schultz original art for sale!

We have added a fresh batch of Mark Schultz original art on our Flesk website. Everything that is currently available is posted and 100% of the funds go directly to Mark.

There are published brush and ink pieces, personal carbon art, and works from Storms at Sea. These originals are gorgeous in person!

Here’s the link to view what is available:
https://www.fleskpublications.com/mark-schultz-original-art

Enjoy,

John

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Carbon 5 by Mark Schultz Kickstarter Pledges and Pre-Orders Have Shipped!

We did it!

All of the Kickstarter pledges and Flesk online store pre-orders for Carbon 5 by Mark Schultz have been shipped. Thank you so much for making Mark’s latest art book collection a success!

We have approximately 80 copies left of the hardcover signed edition that is limited to 800 copies. This fifth volume in his Carbon art-book series features new drawings and paintings, all created within the last two years.

For those who may want to pick up a copy, here is the link to learn more:

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

Enjoy,

John

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Fifteen Flesk Titles are Out of Print. The Last Copies Are Available on Our Flesk Website.

Hi, all,

All fifteen of these Flesk titles are now officially out of print and out of stock from our book trade distributor–PGW. These are no longer available to order by book or comic stores.

The last remaining copies are available on our Flesk website. We have anywhere from just a few copies to a handful of cases left of each title.

It is rewarding to see how popular all of these books have been. You have our thanks for making these art collections a success!

Al Williamson: Strange World Adventures (The paperback edition is sold out. We have hardcover copies available.)

Ballpoint Beauties by Frank Cho (Limited copies of the paperback is available.)

Carbon 2 by Mark Schultz (Limited copies of the paperback is available.)

Carbon 4 by Mark Schultz (Limited copies of the paperback and hardcover is available.)

Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method (Limited copies of the hardcover is available.)

Spectrum 21 (Paperback and hardcover is sold out.)

Spectrum 22 (Limited copies of the paperback and hardcover available.)

Spectrum 23 (Limited copies of the paperback and hardcover available.)

Spectrum 24 (Limited copies of the hardcover is available. The paperback is sold out.)

Spectrum 25 (Limited copies of the paperback and hardcover available.)

Spectrum 26 (Paperback and hardcover is sold out.)

Spectrum 27 (Limited copies of the hardcover is available. The paperback is sold out.)

Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz (Limited copies of this hardcover is available.)

The J.A.W. Cooper Genesis Collection (This book is sold out.)

The Thousand Demon Tree by Jeffrey Alan Love (Signed paperback edition available.)

We have new collections in the works with Arthur Adams, Frank Cho, J.A.W. Cooper, Rachel and Terry Dodson, Jeffrey Alan Love, Richard and Wendy Pini, Mark Schultz, and Al Williamson.

Thanks for supporting us to allow us to make more art books!

Enjoy,

John

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Xenozoic by Mark Schultz!

We’re almost sold out of the paperback edition of Xenozoic by Mark Schultz. We are printing more copies for our distributor to restock the book stores. More copies are coming later this year.

We have just a few boxes left direct from our Flesk website, including some of the hardcover signed copies.

You can learn more about the book and see sample pages here:

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

Enjoy,

–John

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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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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

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Enjoy,

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.

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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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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