Robert McGinnis film by Paul Jilbert!

Coming this summer is a new film on Robert McGinnis by Paul Jilbert. Paul is the filmmaker who made the James Bama documentary, which, to date is only available with the James Bama: American Realist limited edition book (of which we have a few copies left here).

Jilbert is producing this new documentary titled, Robert McGinnis: Painting the Last Rose of Summer. I’ve seen a preview that is absolutely amazing. There’s footage of McGinnis painting and discussing his work. I highly recommend it. It will be available for approximately $24.95 on DVD in July. For more information on this film, please visit Paul’s website here. While you’re there, check out the cool Shag clip.

Gary Gianni’s Super Deluxe The Prince Valiant Page with Original Art

For those of you lucky enough to get on the reservation list for a copy of Gary Gianni’s The Prince Valiant Page containing an original piece of art, here are the details. We will have the books ready in early July. Please pardon the delay, as I initially announced we would have them available in mid-June.

As you know, there will be only 50 copies made. They will be book numbers 1-50 of the limited edition. Each comes with an original Prince Valiant pencil preliminary by Gary Gianni. The art will be tipped in on a special page bound into the book. Also, the slipcases are made using a fancy fabric exclusive to these fifty copies. Only 40 copies will be made available to the public. Our reservation list already exceeds 50 people, so only the first 40 people in line are guaranteed a copy. For those who decide they do not want a copy, you will make someone else very happy.

Each individual will have the opportunity to select the artwork they would like. I will do this in groups of ten, based on when you signed up. For example, the first ten people on my list will get first pick, then the second group of ten will get to choose, then the third, and finally fourth. If anyone chooses to decline on their reserved copy, I will work one by one through the reservation list at the end. I will have the artwork posted on our website to select from, once the books are available.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

Flesk’s BEA Experience

This years Book Expo America was held at the Los Angeles convention center. It ran from May 30 to June 1, 2008. This was my second year as an exhibitor and my third time at the show. I was set up again with my distributor, SCB Distributors. I liked the proximity of the show to my distributor and our place of business, although I missed the public transportation and restaurants in NYC. I would like to cover a few topics in my write-up of the show. As I spent ninety-five percent of my time behind my booth, my thoughts will revolve around my experience as an exhibitor, and not that of an attendee.

Friday was exceptionally busy. The day flew by, as I rarely had a break. William Stout was at our booth for a few hours. He brought the original art for his quarter scale Mastodon painting, which will be featured in his upcoming William Stout: Prehistoric Life Murals book, coming this fall. The art must have been close to four feet tall. The piece was incredible to see in person.

Saturday was slower, but still a steady stream of people came by. Sunday was very slow (not just our booth, but the entire show in general) and gave me a chance to visit my neighbors and see what they are offering. This seemed to be the first chance exhibitors had the time to enjoy the show as patrons, as it seemed many people walking around had exhibitor badges.

One of my favorite things to do at the BEA is to pick up catalogs from publishers who inspire me. I started with Chronicle Books who were right behind us, and wow, they have some great titles coming out. Their entire book line has some of the best cover designs and aesthetically are very attractive, in my opinion. I found myself picking up titles I had no interest in purchasing, like books on cooking, knitting, and babies just because of the cover. Someone’s doing their job right. With my being an avid surfer, the new Kelly Slater book with an introduction by Jack Johnson will be a must buy for me.

The four publisher’s, who I believe are putting out the most amazing visual books are National Geographic, Insight Editions, Rizolli (the Pirelli Calendar book is stunning), and Abrams. All four of them produce absolutely beautiful art and photography books. I was thrilled to discover that Abrams is coming out with a new book on J.C. Leyendecker. It’s about time Leyendecker gets the attention he deserves, and knowing Abrams quality, this will be a true treasure in my collection. Also, the new Jack Kirby book looks amazing. More and more mainstream publishers are putting out books on artists previously relegated to fanzines. Good times!

In the two short years I have been an exhibitor at this show, one topic of discussion is always in the air. Is the BEA worth the time and expense to set up at? It’s not cheap, then add traveling expenses, and lost time at the office. It’s really hard to get an immediate sense of how it helps the business. Unlike the shows open to the public where you actually sell the product as well as promote your company, you can count your money after the show and immediately have a sense if the whole thing was worth it or not. With BEA, for me, it’s about promoting the company, artists, and product line, making business deals, gaining contacts, and scoping out the competition for inspiration. These are all great and fun things to do, and necessary to have a successful company. But, is the BEA a viable expense that is justified through increased sales directly related to the show? Can the expenses for BEA be redirected to other marketing ideas and be just as, or more successful?

I left the show feeling good about the experience. I received much positive feedback and excitement about all of our current and upcoming books. Ultimately, I’m glad I was there. I do hope to eventually find out if it was worth the costs involved. Only time will tell. And, being patient will help.

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

The Prince Valiant Page by Gary Gianni — Now Available!

Flesk Publications is pleased to announce The Prince Valiant Page by Gary Gianni. Foreword by Mike Mignola. Introduction by Robert Wagner. Books ship June 15. Pre-orders direct from Flesk receive free shipping and The Prince Valiant Page promotional poster. This offer is only good until June 20.

The Prince Valiant Page gives an informative look at Gary Gianni’s rendition of the Prince Valiant Sunday strip. Entertaining and insightful text accompany Gianni’s artwork to reveal his creative process from script to finish.

Full details on the book and sample images can be found on our website.

112 pages, 9″x12″, black and white, hardcover. Color cover with dust jacket. Three gatefolds in color. Available June 15, 2008. $29.95 hardbound trade edition, ISBN: 978-1-933865-04-1. $39.95 hardbound limited signed edition in slipcase, ISBN: 978-1-933865-05-8. The deluxe edition is limited to 1000 signed and numbered copies in slipcase.

For your convenience Gary Gianni’s The Prince Valiant Page is easy to pre-order direct from Flesk. For phone orders please call 408-206-2346. Paypal orders can be accepted using our email address: Please visit our website for additional payment methods. While you are there, see what else we have to offer.

Book trade orders: our titles are distributed to the book trade by SCB Distributors. You can order The Prince Valiant Page direct from your local bookstore. Or, give SCB Distributors a call to order the books for your store at 1-800-729-6423.

Comic book store retailers can order The Prince Valiant Page through Diamond Comic Distributors.

As always, feel free to call us with any questions. Thanks for your support!


John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

Super-Con Report

I was set up at Super-Con in San Jose, Ca last month, running from May 17-18. I heard a few complaints from people about the attendance being small, and from it being too warm inside the tent. I cannot deny both of these were true. Sure, it would have been nice to have it a bit cooler, and from a dealer standpoint a few more people in attendance, but this did not stop me from enjoying the show.

Super-Con had an amazing list of comic artists in attendance. Dan Brereton, Dean Yeagle, Jim Silke, Stephen Silver, Russ Heath, Frank Cho, to name a few. The amazing thing to me was the appearance of the Spanish artists. Esteban Maroto, Alfonso Azpiri, Juan Gimenez, and Sanjulian were all there. These guy’s are phenomenal, and a few of them were visiting the US for the first time. The chance to meet each of them at a mellow show was a highlight for me. If you go to San Diego or WonderCon, it can take a long time waiting in line to talk to an artist, or even to try and get on a sketch list. I saw Adam Hughes with only five guys around him. Usually you can’t even see Hughes behind a the typically thick crowd of fans. At Super-Con, as a fan, I was enjoying the show and the easy access to talk to and get some art from these guy’s. I’m way too busy to ever get this opportunity at San Diego or WonderCon these days, since I am stuck behind my booth the whole time.

As a dealer, the show was slow and hard to justify setting up. As a fan, it was incredible. I should mention that the guy’s running the show were great. They would check in and see if I needed anything and it was easy getting in and out of the show. They really worked hard and despite the attendance, put on a good show. I’m certainly looking forward to next year, especially since Mark Schultz will be a guest!

John Fleskes
Flesk Publications