Spectrum 23 Book Signing at Gallery Nucleus on December 3rd!
Come join us in the celebration of Spectrum's 23rd year of releasing the premier showcase for imaginative fantastic arts in the book, comic, entertainment film, horror, illustration, sculpture, conceptual art, fine art and videogame genres. Meet the exceptional and talented artists whose works are featured in the book. The event will be held at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA on December 3rd from 7:00 to 10:00 P.M.
The twenty-four confirmed artists to date include: Chris Ayers, Julia Blattman, Tuna Bora, J.A.W. Cooper, Alina Chau, Waiji Choo, Craig Elliott, Geirrod Van Dyke, Chuck Grieb, Brian Haberlin, Fred Jordan, Erik Ly, Victor Maury, Iain McCaig, Bruce Mitchell, Brynn Metheny, Richard and Wendy Pini, Esben Rasmussen, Tooba Rezaei, Joseph Sanabria, William Stout, Shane Stover and Vin Teng.
Gallery Nucleus website event page.
Spectrum 23 book signing Facebook event page.
Flesk Fundraiser for Stoke Out Santa Cruz is Live!
Spectrum director John Fleskes has launched 13 charity auctions on Ebay today.
These are all Flesk books that have original drawings inside by an outstanding group of artists including Brom, Frank Cho, Mark Schultz, Sho Murase, Terryl Whitlatch, Bill Carman, Gary Gianni, Jim Silke, Daren Bader, Craig Elliott, Terry Dodson and Jeffrey Alan Love!
You can see them all here by clicking here.
100% of the proceeds from this series of Flesk auctions will benefit our local youth in need here in Santa Cruz, California. This money will provide shoes, sweatshirts, food, and hope to these kids who can use a helping hand. The amazing people at Santa Cruz Hope are making this happen and we proud to play a small part in the fundraising efforts. Learn how you can help at the Santa Cruz Hope website.
The Call for Entries for Spectrum 24 is now open!
This is an invitation to all professional and student artists, art directors, publishers and artists' representatives to submit entries to the 24th Annual Spectrum International Competition for Fantastic Art. All artworks in all media embracing the themes of science fiction, fantasy, horror and the surreal are eligible for this show. Fantastic art can be subtle or obvious, traditional or off-the-wall, painted, sculpted, done digitally or photographed: There is no unacceptable way to create art, and there are no set rules that say one piece qualifies while another does not. Imagination and skill are what matters. Work chosen by the jury will be printed in full color in the Spectrum annual, the peer-selected "best of the year" collection for the fantastic arts. Click here to submit.
Spectrum 23 Artist Complimentary Copies Mail This Week!
We have received our Spectrum 23 books at the Flesk Publications warehouse. We have begun to mail out the artist complimentary copies. Every artist whose work has been selected for inclusion into the book receives a free copy of the hardbound edition. Thanks to everyone who submitted and for being a part of Spectrum!
Spectrum 23: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Coming Soon!
Spectrum 23 is being delivered to our trade distributor early next week when they will immediately begin shipping this title to the stores. Spectrum 23 is on schedule for its official mid-November street release date!
Announcing the Spectrum 24 Jury!
The Spectrum 24 jury is comprised of a five member panel of some of the most exceptional artists working in the industry today consisting of Christian Alzmann, Laurie Lee Brom, Mark Newman, Victo Ngai and John Picacio. "I'm absolutely thrilled with the jury we have brought together for Spectrum 24," shares Spectrum director, John Fleskes. "I invited this quintet based on their outstanding work in the field. Furthermore, each has a shared passion for digital and traditional methods and they are well-versed on a wide range of contemporary fantastic art. Also of importance is that they all give back to the community through sharing online, teaching or in other ways. These five are extraordinary people in the industry who will do a superb job making the selections for inclusion into Spectrum 24."
Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2017 Accepting Exhibitor Applications!
Exhibitor registration for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live which will be held in Kansas City, MO on April 21-23, 2017 is now being accepted. For more details, please visit the SFAL website here.
Spectrum 24 Call for Entries Poster Artwork by Justin Gerard!
Preeminent painter Justin Gerard was selected by John Fleskes to provide a new illustration for the Spectrum 24 Call for Entries poster. Gerard captured the steps when making the painting which he has shared in an informative post on Muddy Colors. You can read it here.
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In October of 2013 John Fleskes traveled to Breda, The Netherlands to exhibit at the Strip Festival event. We had a thirty foot long Flesk booth where Terry Dodson, Petar Meseldzija, Mark Schultz, Jim Silke and Thomas Yeates signed during the 26th and 27th weekend dates.
Prior to John's arrival in the country he came up with an idea for four of the artists to work on a comic strip collaboration together. It started with a large illustration board that contained four empty panels. Each artist was responsible for drawing the contents to one of them. The idea was that no one knew where the story would start, or how it would end. The story and script was not pre-planned in advance. Instead, a narrative would form organically through the process. Petar Meseldzija went first, followed by Mark Schultz, then Thomas Yeates, with the finish by Terry Dodson. Terry had the toughest job by coming up with an ending, however Rachel Dodson stepped in to offer the perfect idea to give the strip a proper bookend.
This joint-work was completed during our group travels that ran from October 24-27. It was worked on in a restaurant by Petar, a hotel lobby by Thomas and at the Strip Festival show itself by Schultz and Dodson. All along John filmed the process. Now, after three years of sitting in our Flesk film vaults, Kathy Chu and John dug the material out and made this video.
We hope you will enjoy it.
From the imagination of award-winning artist Jeffrey Alan Love comes this illustrated tale of swords and magic, memory and loss, and the overwhelming desire to find a way home no matter the cost. His first book detailing this fantastic journey, Notes From the Shadowed City is told through small moments that create a larger narrative. Love employs his renowned artistry to create a heavily visual narrative boasting more than seventy illustrations, and every spread features his art along with handwritten text--a captivating journal entry that expands into a visual symphony. As you follow in the footsteps of this young man, you’ll be intrigued to seek out the Shadowed City. Available here from Flesk Publications.
Terryl Whitlatch interviewed by John Fleskes during the Spectrum 23 judging event on February 27, 2016 in Santa Cruz, California.
David Palumbo interviewed by John Fleskes during the Spectrum 23 judging event on February 27, 2016 in Santa Cruz, California.
The Spectrum 23 judging event was held at the Flesk Publications offices on February 27, 2016 in Santa Cruz, California. Watch highlights as the five member jury--comprising of David Palumbo, Cynthia Sheppard, Kirk Thatcher, Charlie Wen and Terryl Whitlatch--reviewed the Spectrum entries during the daylong event.
Kirk Thatcher interviewed by John Fleskes during the Spectrum 23 judging event on February 27, 2016 in Santa Cruz, California.
Cynthia Sheppard interviewed by John Fleskes during the Spectrum 23 judging event on February 27, 2016 in Santa Cruz, California.