Recent Flesk Book Reviews

I would like to point out two recent online reviews on our books James Bama: American Realist and William Stout: Prehistoric Life Murals.

The Bama review is written by Jason Ridler. It can be found at the website. Jason will be following up next month with a review on Mark Schultz’s Various Drawings Volume Three.

The William Stout Murals book review is by Charley Parker on his Lines and Colors website. You can read it by clicking here. I encourage you to view Lines and Colors on a daily basis. I do, and it’s well worth the time. Charley posts a new blog every day. The description from his website reads, “lines and colors is a blog about drawing, sketching, painting, comics, cartoons, webcomics, illustration, digital art, concept art, gallery art, artist tools and techniques, motion graphics, animation, sci-fi and fantasy illustration, paleo art, storyboards, matte painting, 3d graphics and anything else I find visually interesting.”


John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

William Stout Signing at the LA Festival of Books at the Hi De Ho Books Booth #318!

William Stout will be appearing at the LA Festival of Books on Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26. He will be signing his new book, Prehistoric Life Murals at the Hi De Ho Comics and Books With Pictures booth #318. He will begin signing at 11:00AM on Saturday and at 2:00PM on Sunday. The LA Festival of Books attracts more than 130,000 book lovers each year. For more information on the event and directions, click here.

I will be attending the show as a patron. If you are an exhibitor or attending the show and would like to pick up some Flesk books, please email me at or call at 408-206-2346. I will be happy to drop off books at the show.

If you are in Santa Monica, be sure to check out Hi De Ho Comics and Books. They keep all of our titles in stock. They are located at 525 Santa Monica Boulevard and can be reached at 310-394-2820. Or, visit their website for more information.


John Fleskes
Flesk Publications

New Steve Rude Collections!

The following new Nexus collection and Nexus comics have just been announced from RudeDude Productions. Steve Rude and his wife, Jaynelle, founded Rude Dude Productions, LLC in 2006 to revive his award-winning character, Nexus, and continue his new series, The Moth. These are available through Diamond Comic Distributors, along with our very own Steve Rude: Artist in Motion book.

PEORIA, ARIZONA- April 9, 2009 – Rude Dude Productions announced today that Nexus As it Happened V1 is now available for presale through Diamond.  Though the company started off rocky with late and cancelled titles, their new policy of having books completed before they are solicited is guaranteed to get books out on time or early and is sure to please retailers and fans alike.

Nexus: As it Happened Volume 1 is a reprint of the Nexus Archives currently on sale through Dark Horse comics in an affordable black and white paperback version.

On the distant moon of Ylum, an enigmatic man is plagued by nightmares. He is forced to dream of the past. He dreams of real-life butchers and tyrants, and what they have done.

And then he finds them, and kills them.

The year is 2841, and this man is Nexus, a godlike figure who acts as judge, jury, and executioner for the vile criminals who appear in his dreams. He claims to kill in self-defense, but why? Where do the visions come from, and where did he get his powers? Though a hero to many, does he have any real moral code? These are but some of the questions that reporter Sundra Peale hopes to have answered. Collecting Nexus #1-3 (Vol. 1., black and white) and Nexus #1-4 (Vol. 2, full color), from Capital Comics.

A multiple Eisner Award-winning series that defined the careers of acclaimed creators Steve Rude and Mike Baron, Nexus is a modern classic not to be missed!

216 pages, B&W, 6″ X 8.5″
Retail Price:  $9.99
Street Date: June 16, 2009
DCD Code: APR09 0982

Nexus: The Origin Remastered

Nexus: The Origin received three Eisners, including best single issue, and dozens of four-star write-ups and reviews. This double-sized, definitive issue remains as cutting edge and relevant as the day of it’s original release in 1991.  This new release includes 8 exclusive bonus pages and was done in prestige format!

It’s all here–from the beginning! See why Nexus the Origin has become a fan classic to span the decades!

56 pages, COLOR, Prestige Format, Standard Comic Size, Reprint
DCD Code: MAR09 4410
List Price: $4.99

Nexus: Space Opera Concluded

Combined into one, double-sized colossal issue, Nexus 101 and 102 will together bring our series “Soap Opera” to its final conclusion.  Publisher Steve Rude says, “Considering the inordinate expanse of time that has passed since the release of our last issue, fans expectations will be singularly high.  Let’s see if Baron and Rude can deliver the final goods.”

Both issues are done through color so the release is on schedule and on time!!

Nexus 101: “The Past Swung Up and Hit Me Like a Rake” will leave you breathless.  Can it really be Kreed, the most lethal Quatro of all time?  But how?  He killed himself!  The answer will blow your mind.  The situation with the Elvonics is at boiling point.  Elvon Supreme leads the greatest fleet ever launched on Ylum.  Nexus travels to Earth to address the United Planets.  His speech is not well received.  Ylum will be embargoed, if it survives Elvon’s assault force.  Old friends return, and old enemies, in the most shocking climax of any comic this year.

Nexus 102: “A Death in the Family” Ylum stand isolated and condemned by the United Web as the greatest invasion force in history draws near.  In one of the most shocking episode in Nexus’ long history, Sundra defends her child from a merciless foe – a foe who was once Sundra’s best friend.  Nexus must choose between saving his planet and suffering universal condemnation or obeying the will of the web.  Nexus 102 will pummel you with anxiety fits, too weak to even call 911!

56 pages, COLOR, Prestige Format, Standard Comic Size
DCD Code: TBD – May Previews
Street Date: July 15
List Price: $4.99

Randall Dahlk Gallery Show at Mill District Arts Gallery, April 17th!

Randall Dahlk

Randall Dahlk will be having his inaugural gallery show on April 17th at the Mill District Arts Gallery in downtown Minneapolis.

For those of you who do not know Randy, he’s the guy who designed William Stout: Prehistoric Life Murals, Al Williamson’s Flash Gordon: A Lifelong Vision of the Heroic, and the Mark Schultz Various Drawings series for us. He also does all of those great miniatures and promotional items you can find at our Flesk booth at WonderCon and Comic-Con International in San Diego. Besides being a designer, Randy is an artist, does sculpture, and enjoys attending church on Sunday’s.

Below is Randy’s official press release.

Howdy Pardner,

I’m having my first ever gallery art show. The big opening will take place on Friday, April 17th, from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the Mill District Arts Gallery. This will be a collection of over 30 pieces of my cowboy (& cowgirl) artwork. I’ll have paintings, sculptures, collage, furniture, wooden boxes, journals, pull toys, etc. For you folks who can’t make it to the opening, the show will stay up until May 23rd. The gallery is located in downtown Minneapolis, at 1023 Washington Ave So. The regular hours, are Thursday – Saturday, 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Why not make an evening of it, and enjoy a meal before or after, at Old Spaghetti Factory, Wasabi, Sawatdee, or Grumpy’s? I’ll have some Ritz crackers and beef jerky available, but I’m sure most of you are more sophisticated than that, and would prefer to dine elsewhere.

I’m so looking forward to seeing you there, western attire is optional!

Yer pal,

Also, you can learn more about Randy at his blog, Retro Randy.



John Fleskes
Flesk Publications