Guest Blog by Mark Schultz!

Attention Flesk Publication aficionados: Flesk Publications regular Mark Schultz here, guesting for John, who was kind enough to yield the blog and allow me the opportunity to personally market myself.

As many of you are no doubt painfully aware, the Comic Con International—formally the San Diego Comics Convention—is bearing down hard upon us. As has been my privilege for many years, I will again be attending the Con, setting up shop at the Gianni, Keegan and Schultz booth (#4902), providing interested parties with original Schultz art for sale. I’ll be selling recent Schultz-related publications, as well, with the new Flesk produced Xenozoic print and poster featured. Please refer to John’s News section for the skinny on this, my first official Xenozoic merchandising in over ten years. It’s good to be back in the dinosaur-infested future.

Art for Upcoming Schultz Portfolio!

To answer a frequently asked question: no, I unfortunately will not have a new Various Drawings book out this year (we will have copies of last year’s Vol. 3 on hand). My work on the illustrations for my Storms at Sea book have precluded the assembly of a new collection this year, but I’m accumulating a lot of stuff for use in Vol. 4, which we’ll have out in 2009.

In the meantime, please check out the accompanying Storms at Sea images, proof that I am indeed plowing forward with my pet project. I’ll be offering the preliminary drawings, as well as some brand-spanking new pulp-girls-in-danger inked extravaganzas, for sale at the Con (but not before, so please don’t bother emailing John).

Storms at Sea
Storms at Sea
Preliminary Art for Upcoming Book
Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz

(Sidebar: I know from talking with many of you that I need more venues for selling my originals—not everyone who might be interested in making a purchase can make it to the handful of cons I attend. I am in the midst of constructing a website on which I should be able to offer pieces for sale. But that’s still a bit in the future—I’m getting there, but right now I’m not set-up to sell from my home.)

Storms at Sea
Artwork for Upcoming Book
Storms at Sea by Mark Schultz

Back to the Comic Con: In addition to the Xenozoic print and poster, I will also be offering a new Centrosaurus print, a colored version off the dinosaur image seen at the end of Various Drawings Vol. 1. All proceeds from the sales of this print go to financing the fieldwork of this particular species of centrosaurus’ discoverer (and SubHuman co-creator), paleontologist Dr. Michael Ryan, helping him continue to excavate the remains of Mesozoic beasts in the far-away badlands of Canada and Mongolia. A worthy cause, indeed, to anyone interested in the increase and diffusion of prehistoric knowledge.

The coloring on both the Xenozoic and the Centrosaurus prints was beautifully executed by Jim and Ruth Keegan. Unfortunately the multi-talented Keegans will not be attending the Con this year, overwhelmed as they are creating a series of new illustrations that I’m sure will stun us all at the 2009 convention. In their place, this year only, Gary Gianni and I are happy to have the astounding Mr. Geoff Darrow staking his tent at our booth. A man who needs no introduction, Geoff will bring his unique and powerful presence—as well as artwork over which we can all mutually slobber—to our matrix.

Lastly, but never leastly, the artistic symphony that is Gary Gianni will continue to anchor our booth, displaying a vast array of both mesmerizing illustrations and magnificent Prince Valiant page originals. (And, by the way, a couple of the new Val pages are collaborations between Gary and I—see if you can spot them.) Gary, of course will also be offering his new Flesk Publications book, The Prince Valiant Page, which, if you have not yet seen it, will set your jaw solidly on the floor.

As usual, our booth is a mere stone’s throw from the Flesk Publications location at #5019. Gary and I will both be doing book (and print) signings there, so if you happen to miss us at our home base, chances are we’re over with John. (He’ll have a signing schedule posted.)

If you’re attending the Con, be sure to stop by and see us. If you’re not attending, happy trails, and I hope to see you somewhere down the road.

Mark Schultz