I’ve been working regularly with Mark Schultz since 2004. His first book that I published was Various Drawings Volume 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.
Text and photos copyright © 2018 John Fleskes. Videos © 2018 Flesk Publications. Artwork © 2018 its respective artists. All Rights reserved.
Mark Schultz’s Carbon 3 printer book samples have arrived! Shown here is the hardcover limited signed edition which is sold out thanks to you all!
The paperback edition is still available on our Flesk website:
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.
More updates coming soon.
I have a shipping update for you. We were originally told that the Storms at Sea deluxe edition books would arrive with us here in the Flesk warehouse on Monday, November 21st. I’ve been informed that the books have arrived at the port in Southern California; however they have been selected for a random customs inspection. Between this two day delay and the Thanksgiving holiday coming up the books will not be delivered to us until the following week. Rest assured that we are ready to pack and ship all of the books the moment they arrive with us. I’ll send you another update once we have them here. Thank you again for your patience.
If you are not on Facebook I’d like to share what was posted on Mark’s official Facebook page recently. “Mark just received his advance copy of the Storms at Sea Deluxe Sea Foam edition, and it’s everything he’d hoped. It feels “classic”–textures galore, beautiful detailing, and big! Here’s a detail of the endpapers, and the slipcase against the ratty old drawing board that was scanned for the slipcase design. Meta, baby.”
As you can see in these pictures the texture and tonal patterns on the slipcase were scanned direct from Mark’s drawing board.
I hope everyone has an amazing Thanksgiving!
Text copyright © 2016 John Fleskes. Photos © 2016 John Fleskes. Artwork © 2016 its respective artists. All Rights reserved.