June 2024 Flesk Book Updates

Hi, everyone,

We had a nice time visiting with William Stout, Bruce Timm, and Allen and Vicki Williams recently in Southern California. We met with all of them to say hello and to go over upcoming projects. Updates on each artist can be found below, along with some details on more upcoming titles.

William Stout

We have numerous books in the works with Bill. We are getting close to finishing his massive three volume William Stout Comics set. The three books come to over 750 pages combined. Volume one and two are designed. Volume three is mapped out and just needs to have the design finalized. We don’t have a release date set yet. We’ll be sure to make a big announcement when we are ready to start taking pre-orders. We also have The Playing Card Art of William Stout two volume set completely done. This set will be released sometime in the future.

Bruce Timm

We also have numerous new books in the works with Bruce Timm. We’re not ready to announce what any of them are yet. But trust us, you will be happy to hear what we will be releasing. The Big Tease and Naughty and Nice books will be reprinted in the future as well. A lot of B.T. is coming!

Allen Williams

What a joy it was to see Allen and Vicki. It was a delightful experience to work with the pair when we published Covenant: The Art of Allen Williams. We will have more books featuring Allen’s art in the future. Allen shared an idea with us that we are eager to support him with and publish.

Jeffrey Allen Love

Jeff’s new book, The Last Battle at the End of the World, is in the final stages of its design. Our goal is to launch a Kickstarter for this new graphic novel in August. We will also reprint Notes From the Shadowed City and The Thousand Demon Tree at that time. We’re very excited to release this new book along with his previous titles.

Tran Nguyen

We have a new book of Tran’s studies that is close to being done. We will release this collection along with a new printing of her previous art book collection, Ambedo.

Gary Gianni

The updated trade edition of Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea art book by Mike Mignola (plot and script) and Gary Gianni (art and script) is coming! This collection goes into great detail about how this 49-page comic was made. We’ve introduced new insight and details that didn’t make it into the original edition. It has been a lot of fun retooling this book to hit a new audience. We’ll share more details in the coming months.

Mark Schultz

The all new edition of Portfolio by Mark Schultz is coming this August. We will begin to take pre-orders in July. The original printing back in 2015 was 272 pages. This new version is 432 pages at 7.5 x 10″!

Portfolio compiles the drawings found in the original five Various Drawings volumes as well as the cover illustrations and special bookplates. Plus, an additional 160 pages worth of material adds dozens of works not previously collected in the Various Drawings or Carbon books. Found within are nearly 450 fully rendered drawings executed in brush-and-ink, carbon or graphite pencil.

Enjoy,

John

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ElfQuest: The Complete Covers Kickstarter Campaign Coming on May 21, 2024 from Flesk!

Hi, everyone,

The countdown begins!

In just two weeks we will launch the ElfQuest Covers Kickstarter campaign from Flesk. Set your alarms to go off at 9:00AM PDT on May 21, 2024 to join the event.

This art book will come in two formats and compile every single ElfQuest comic-book cover created. All 300-plus covers are collected in an elegant design, each of which will include behind-the-scenes commentary or story insight.

We’ve put the same passion and care into these books that you can see in our previous ElfQuest and Wendy Pini collections from Flesk. These include The Art of ElfQuest, ElfQuest: The Art of the Story, and Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini.

We’re excited to share the full details about this book on launch day. We’re thrilled to celebrate this pioneering and epic fantasy series that has captured the minds of generations since 1978 with this new collection.

More details coming on the 21st!

Enjoy,

John

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All of the Rachel and Terry Dodson Art Book and Print Packages Have Shipped!

Hi, everyone,

We are all caught up! 

Vicky and I met up with Rachel and Terry Dodson over the weekend. The Dodsons signed all of the remaining items that we needed to wrap things up. We dropped off this last batch of books and prints at the US Post Office today. We’re happy to have all of your pledges out the door. We want to make sure all of your get your packages. We’re here and available for questions if you need anything.

We sincerely hope you are all happy with your goodies. We appreciate you all so much for making this book a success. 

We have some extra copies of the Adventureman hardcover collections (Volumes One and Two) that are signed by Terry and Rachel. We’ll get these listed on our Flesk website next week so people can place an order if interested.

We’re getting started on a new book that collects Terry’s personal sketches. We hope to get it out in about a year from now. We have a Flesk newsletter that can keep you up to date on all of our future books. Here’s the link to join.

Enjoy,

John

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New Editions of Pastoral and The Genesis Collection by J.A.W. Cooper Are Here!

Hi, everyone,

We’re thrilled to offer updated editions of Pastoral and The Genesis Collection by J.A.W. Cooper. Both art books are here at our Flesk warehouse and ready for immediate shipping.

These Cooper collections have long been out of print. Due to the ongoing requests we decided to bring these two books back! Cooper created new covers, we redesigned some pages, and also sprinkled in some new pieces. There are only 500 copies of the hardcover editions available. Over 400 images can be found between these two volumes.

Pastoral is a romp through subject matter that makes Cooper supremely happy. Expect humor, expect sensuality, expect chickens, expect all three in one image. If that sounds like a damn good time to you we think you will get along famously with Cooper. Pastoral is filled with their energetic, expressive pencil and ink drawings of wildlife and their stewards. Gouache works from Cooper’s travels and gallery paintings also appear.

The J.A.W. Cooper Genesis Collection compiles the drawings and paintings from the sold-out 2017 releases of Familiars, Flora and Fauna, and Viscera with a few extras thrown in.

This collection leads us on a journey into the violent, steaming innards of making art—raw, spontaneous and unfettered. Drawing on themes of the occult, the artist explores animals as allegories for the human condition—a physical projection of that which is clandestine. Cooper explores instinct and intuition as the spark of artistic creation, to delight the feral child at our core.

You can learn all about the books and place your order direct on our Flesk website.

Enjoy,

John

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Portfolio by Mark Schultz. Pre-orders open in July on our Flesk website. Ships in August 2024

Hi, everyone,

An all new edition of Portfolio by Mark Schultz is coming soon. The original printing back in 2015 was 272 pages. This new version is 432 pages at 7.5 x 10 inches!

Portfolio compiles the drawings found in the original five Various Drawings volumes as well as the cover illustrations and special bookplates. Plus, an additional 160 pages worth of material adds dozens of works not previously collected in the Various Drawings or Carbon books. Found within are nearly 450 fully rendered drawings executed in brush-and-ink, carbon or graphite pencil.

Paperback edition cover price: $49.95 (yellow title)
Hardcover edition cover price: $59.95 (orange title)
Hardcover signed deluxe edition, limited to 1000 copies, cloth quarter-binding, title in copper foil, bonus signature page, variant cover, cover price: $74.95
7.5 x 10”
432 pages

We’ll begin to take pre-orders on our Flesk website in July. Shipping begins in August.

View the Mark Schultz library of books on our website.

Enjoy,

John

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Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea Art Book–Mike Mignola and Gary Gianni. Coming This Fall From Flesk!

Hi, everyone,

The updated trade edition of Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea art book by Mike Mignola (plot and script) and Gary Gianni (art and script) is coming this fall from Flesk. This collection goes into great detail about how this 49-page comic was made. We’ve introduced new insight and details that didn’t make it into the original edition. It has been a lot of fun retooling this book to hit a new audience. We’ll share more details in the coming months.

View the Gary Gianni library of books on our website.

Enjoy,

John

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The Art of Rachel and Terry Dodson Kickstarter Campaign is Now Live!

Hi, everyone,

We are thrilled to offer The Art of Rachel and Terry Dodson! This book is loaded with a variety of covers, personal works, and sketches–all of which were photographed direct from their personal archives. Please visit our campaign page to see sample pages and the full details about this exciting new title. Here’s the Kickstarter link to learn more and to pledge.

Rachel and Terry’s art book is available in three editions: An affordable paperback, a deluxe signed hardcover edition, and a very limited signed hardcover with a variant black and white cover. Each book pledge comes with a bonus signed print. Also, we have signed copies of Adventureman #1, the Adventureman vol. 1 collection, and Bomb’s Away sketchbook that you can add-on when checking out on our Kickstarter campaign. Visit here to learn more.

Thanks to you all for helping to make these books possible!

Enjoy,

John

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Our Flesk Holiday Sale is Now Live!

Our Flesk Holiday Sale is Now Live! Ends This Friday

Hi, everyone,

Our Holiday Sale books are discounted Flesk titles that have bumps, or light scratches on the front or back cover, or small dings to the corners. This is a great way to get Flesk books for 50% to 70% off of the cover price. Limited quantities are available. This sale runs until Friday, January 19, 2024.

We normally run this event at the beginning of December, but due to how busy we were packing and shipping the Arthur Adams and Brynn Metheney books, we just managed to find the time to dig out a batch of bumped books to offer at a discount.

Click here to view our Holiday Sale goodies.

Warehouse Finds

Also, be sure to take a look at our updated Warehouse Finds. These are long out of print Flesk books that are available in limited quantities. I found a handful of copies of The Art of Frank Cho, the original printing of Naughty and Nice and The Big Tease by Bruce Timm, the Franklin Booth: Silent Symphony hardcover, The Art of Tyler Jacobson with a sketch, and more!

Personal Stock

I’m slowly adding more books to the personal stock page. These books on offer include a variety of non-Flesk books from our personal library. Another 100 books will be added between now and the end of this month.

Upcoming Events

We will be exhibiting at these two Bay Area events. We will bring a full assortment of Flesk books to each show.

East Bay Comic-Con: February 4, 2024
Concord, California

SHM Con: February 10, 2024
San Jose State University, California
SJSU Student Union Ballroom A,B,C from 10am to 4pm

The Art of Rachel and Terry Dodson Kickstarter Campaign!

We are launching a new Flesk Kickstarter campaign on February 6th. We will reveal all of the details about the new Rachel and Terry Dodson art collection on that day. We’re thrilled to bring you this new book soon!

Enjoy,

John

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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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Flesk October 2023 Update! Brynn Metheney, J.A.W. Cooper, and Arthur Adams Books

Hi, everyone,

The Art of Arthur Adams, GILT by J.A.W. Cooper, and Barren Lands by Brynn Metheney are all shipping between now and December!

GILT by J.A.W. Cooper arrived at our Flesk warehouse a week ago. For those who placed a pre-order we are almost done packing and shipping all of your books and prints. You will receive an email notification along with a tracking number once your copy is in the mail.

As a reminder, we have made a detailed promotional page on our Flesk website that shows a video, along with interior book spread samples, and details about the editions available. Please visit here to learn more and to place your order. Thanks to everyone who supported this title. We look forward to your packages arriving safely in your hands.

Our Barren Lands by Brynn Metheney Kickstarter Campaign is Now Live!

Brynn Metheney’s illustrated book, Barren Lands, is a collection of personal stories and artworks that strives to document the natural phenomena of the American southwest. This title has over 80 drawings and paintings, and is 9 x 12″ with 112 pages. Metheney’s words and pictures will spark the imagination with secret revelations that blur the lines between fantasy and reality and are sure to entertain anyone with a curious mind.

This book is completely done and will ship in December 2023.

Brynn is an artist inspired by tall tales and the natural world. Her work focuses on the nuances of evolution and story-telling and where nature and humans fall in-between. Please visit our Kickstarter campaign page to learn more.

The Art of Arthur Adams is in transit from the printer to our Flesk warehouse. The shipper notified us that the books will arrive with us on or around October 25th. We will keep you updated and begin mailing immediately once we receive the pallets. We can’t wait to get these books into your hands!

Once we have shipped all of the orders for these three titles, we will announce the pre-order date for The Art of Rachel and Terry Dodson! This will be our first book coming out in 2024. We look forward to sharing more details about this exciting new collection later this year.

Enjoy,

John

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