I read a comment from Vanessa Lemon regarding her art making it into Spectrum 26 that inspired this post.
In brief, she let me know that when she thanks us it is while using the broadest brush in her studio. Vanessa’s sentiment really stuck with me as a huge heartfelt thank you. I’m not fishing for compliments here, but it really does feel good when people share their appreciation for our efforts. What we do here is hard, and a lot of work. I also know what all of you artists do is hard, and a lot of work. I feel we are all on this together to support and nurture one another so that we can push through and make good things happen.
I hope Vanessa doesn’t mind, because I would like to borrow her broad big brush and extend the largest most heartfelt congratulations to everyone who made it into Spectrum 26. I also want to use this same brush to give an equal thank you to everyone who submitted.
I’ve been posting a lot of “thank you” and “congratulations” comments over these last 3-4 days when people share their enthusiasm for getting in. I do this because, I really want everyone to know just how much it means to me when they participate in Spectrum.
Kathy is amazing while emailing everyone and following up with the artists who are in Spectrum 26. She spends about 6 full days dedicated to emails once the artist list has been posted. Spectrum is a massive undertaking that requires an unbelievable amount of time and dedication. I’m so lucky to have Kathy here to help with Spectrum. There’s no way I could do this alone. I need her and I need all of you, because nothing good can happen without the help of others.
My main point to this post is that I feel grateful to you all. And I hope that when I write a “Thank you” or “Congratulations” on your thread, that it comes with as large of a broad brush stroke as can be made.
The jury for Spectrum 26: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art has nominated the top five artworks in eight categories for consideration for either a silver and gold award. Judges Kei Acedera, Wesley Burt, Bobby Chiu, Edward Kinsella III, and Colin and Kristine Poole debated the merits of hundreds of pieces of art before finalizing this list on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Flesk Publications offices in Santa Cruz, California.
Established in 1993 by Cathy and Arnie Fenner, the first Spectrum annual appeared in 1994 from Underwood Books; for over a quarter of a century it has attracted participants from around the world and has set the standards for excellence in fantasy and science fiction art. John Fleskes became the Director and Publisher of Spectrum in 2014 with volume 21.
The recipients will be announced at the Spectrum 26 Awards Ceremony that will be held at the historic Folly Theater in Kansas City, MO on Saturday, March 30, 2019 . The 2019 Spectrum Grand Master Award honoree will also be announced during the ceremony.
Congratulations to all of the artists who have been nominated!
Text only list is followed by the list showing the art.
Justin Gerard – Lair of the Firebreather
Donato Giancola – Reach
Valentin Kopetzki – After the Flood
Victo Ngai – Earth Species Project
Greg Ruth – Annihilation variant
Jaime Jones – Winter Road
Vanessa Lemen – I am the Light
Yuko Shimizu – Japanese Tales 1: The Invisible Man
Chase Stone – Dragon Lords: Bad Faith
Francis Vallejo – Charlie Florida
Alex Alice – Castle in the Stars: Book 4, page 1
Thomas Campi – Joe Shuster: The Artist Behind Superman cover
Paul Davidson – Blue Vortex 1
Kang Minjung – Kang Hearts Out 1
Jeffrey Alan Love – The Thousand Demon Tree
CONCEPT ART CATEGORY
Te Hu – Golden Temple Through Time we Converge: End
Carlyn Lim – Dwarf
Danny Moll – The Banner Saga 3: Juno in the Black Sun
Abe Taraky – Submerged Statue of Tyr
Zhengyi Wang – Big Hunt
Matthew Corcoran – Vivicus
Paul Komoda – SwampThing
Patrick Masson – Reflection
Mark Newman – Gallevarbe
Dug Stanat – Justice
Chris Buzelli – Structure
Qiuxin Mao – The Remains
Victo Ngai – Human: Opener
Tim O’Brien – Stormy
Leonardo Santamaria – How to Collect Customer Feedback the Right Way
Ed Binkley – Mantis
Bastien Lecouffe Deharme – Etrata
Jesper Ejsing – Slippery Bogle
Tyler Jacobson – Opt
John Jude Palencar – The Nights Watch
Julien Delval – The Stranger
Konstantin Marinov Kostadinov – A Walk in the Woods
Ronan LE FUR – Sent by the Gods
Eric Pfeiffer – Racing Season in Empire City
Annie Stegg Gerard – The Serpent
CONCEPT ART CATEGORY
Congratulations again to all of the Spectrum 26 nominations!
The complete list of artist names selected for inclusion into the twenty-sixth volume of Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art is now available!
The five member jury selected over 600 works works by 335 artists that will make up Spectrum
26. These creators that work in every style and medium–both traditional
and digital–represent the finest in the fantasy, horror, science
fiction and the surreal genres from around the world. You will find top
industry names who serve as the current definition of excellence and
discover the rising stars who are being published for the first time.
Individual emails to those artists accepted will begin to go out this
week. Full details regarding the next steps will be provided.
From everyone here at the Spectrum and Flesk offices, we would like to thank all of the artists who submitted to Spectrum 26. We couldn’t do what we do without your support. This includes putting out the Spectrum
annual each year, organizing and running the Spectrum Fantastic Art
Live event, putting on the Spectrum Awards Ceremony where we hand out
the Spectrum awards, and making the artist feature videos that we post
online. You have our most sincere gratitude. Thank you!
Steven Russell Black
Thomas Haller Buchanan
Matthew J. Corcoran
Olivia De Berardinis
Andrea De Dominicis
Peter de Steve
Bastien Lecouffe Deharme
Dan dos Santos
Axel Rangel Garcia
Annie Stegg Gerard
E. M. Gist
Kevin Zamir Goeke
Michael C. Hayes
Limei Z. Hshieh
Tyler Jacobson Mate Jako He Jie (Mona) Jaime Jones Romain Jouandeau
KARAKTER Design Studio
Edward Kinsella III
Fernanders Koak Chan Sam
Konstantin Marinov Kostadinov
Ronan LE FUR a.k.a DOFRESH
Jeffrey Alan Love
Juan Pablo Corredor Martinez
Victor Adame Minguez
Sean Andrew Murray
David Auden Nash
Yin Shian Ng
Roberto Ribeiro Padula
Lucas Pina Penichet
Luisa J. Preissler
S. W. Rand
Tim Von Rueden
Shawn E. Russell
Audre Schutte ‘Charamath’
David R. Seeley
Gavin Gray Valentine
Beatriz Martin Vidal
Owen William Weber
David Thorn Wenzel
Chieh Ying Yu
Mark Zahaczewsky Eytan Zana Amir Zand Luye Zhang Aaron Zonka
Thank you again to everyone who submitted artwork this year! We are excited to present your work to the judges this upcoming Saturday, February 9th at our Flesk offices in Santa Cruz. We will be hosting this year’s panel of judges consisting of Kei Acedera, Wesley Burt, Bobby Chiu, Edward Kinsella III, and Colin and Kristine Poole who will be reviewing the Spectrum Call for Entries submissions.
The first phase of the day consists of the judges voting
anonymously on the works they feel have achieved a standard of excellence for
inclusion into the book. A majority consisting of three of more votes from the
five member panel guarantees the art for inclusion into Spectrum 26. This year,
Colin and Kristine will be voting as a pair.
Phase two of the day brings the jury together for a group
discussion to determine the silver and gold awards nominations for each of the
We feel that it is essential to have a group of diverse and
exceptional artists working together to select the art for Spectrum. Together,
they represent all aspects of the art industry and community. This is important
because the jury is an example of what Spectrum stands for: a community working
together to help create a collection of art to inspire others.
We have spent the last few days cleaning our office and
turning into a studio space for our judges. We will have everything set up in
time to welcome the judges and will be excited to share the day’s activities
with everyone during the event as well.
The Spectrum 25 judging event was held on February 24, 2018 at the Flesk Publications offices in Santa Cruz, CA. We were joined by the exceptional industry talents consisting of Terry Dodson, Tyler Jacobson, Tran Nguyen, Karla Ortiz and Chuck Pyle who spent the full day reviewing the Spectrum Call for Entries submissions. The group got along exceptional well as they made their anonymous votes followed by the group discussion to select the nominations for special recognition.
I had the pleasure of interviewing four of the judges. I hope you enjoy them along with a video highlight from the day.
This is an invitation to all professional and student artists, art directors, publishers and artists’ representatives to submit entries to the 26th 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. 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.
The Spectrum26 Call for Entries Poster was created by the renowned artist, Tyler Jacobson.
To join our mailing list to receive your complimentary poster, please click here.
The Spectrum 26 jury is comprised of a five member panel of some of the most exceptional artists working in the industry today consisting of Kei Acedera, Wesley Burt, Bobby Chiu, Edward Kinsella III, and Colin and Kristine Poole. Find out more about the Spectrum 26 jury here
“It is an honor to assemble such a prestigious group of artists for the Spectrum 26 jury,” shares John Fleskes. “I greatly admire the art that these six individuals have created during their careers. I also have a high regard for the educational opportunities that they have provided to others while giving back to the community. I look forward to bringing them together to view the call for entries submissions in February 2019.”
For over twenty-five years the Spectrum annual has been a showcase for the best and brightest creators of fantastic art from around the globe: it serves as an invaluable resource book for art directors, art buyers, publishers and agents world-wide. Our purpose and singular agenda is the promotion of the art and artists. We believe that Spectrum functions as a cost-efficient promotional forum and provides a bridge between creator, client, and aficionado as well. Spectrum is all about facilitating opportunities for creators, about growing the audience for imaginative work in all its forms, without pretension and without prejudice.
Thanks to everyone for your continued support of Spectrum! Please let us know if you have any questions.
The Spectrum 26 Call for Entries opens on October 15th! Join our mailing list to receive a poster.
Over the next two weeks we will be sharing Spectrum news daily on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. We will reveal who the Spectrum 26 jury is and the artist who made the latest call for entries poster. We will share videos that include a Spectrum 25 book flip through and interviews with the jury. The Spectrum 25 artist copies will arrive at our warehouse in the middle of October. More news will be coming about Spectrum Fantastic Art Live and the Spectrum 26 award ceremony that is happening next spring.
There are a few ways to stay updated. You can follow us on social media and join our email newsletter. Additionally, you can provide us with your mailing address and we will mail you a complimentary Spectrum Call for Entries poster (U.S. addresses only). If you are already on our list, but have moved, you can use this link to provide us with your most current address.
Here’s the link to sign up:
SFAL and Planet Comicon Kansas City Announce an Exciting New Collaboration!
In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Planet Comicon Kansas City (PCKC), one of the country’s most popular and largest pop culture and comic book conventions, is joining forces with Spectrum Fantastic Art Live (SFAL), the region’s preeminent fantasy art show, to create an unforgettable event. Christopher Jackson, CEO of Planet Promotions LLC, which owns and promotes PCKC, and SFAL’s directors John Fleskes, Arnie and Cathy Fenner, are collaborating to bring the best of SFAL to PCKC 2019! This collaborative event will take place March 29-31, 2019 at the Kansas City Convention Center.
Planet Comicon Kansas City, is the largest annual public event in downtown Kansas City, MO, attracting more than 50,000 enthusiastic and passionate fans from the entire region for three days each spring. PCKC brings a wide range of talented comics creators, television and film actors, cosplayers, and pop culture vendors to the heartland. SFAL is known for the amazing variety of stellar artists who journey from around the world to Kansas City to showcase their work and meet their fans.
In 2019, the PCKC exhibit floor will feature an SFAL Pavilion centered around the SFAL directors and support team and showcasing attending SFAL creators. The goal is to bring attention to the unique creators joining PCKC and allow for a significantly larger retail venue for exhibitors. As with previous Spectrum shows there will be educational, social, and networking opportunities for creators that are so valued by the SFAL community.
One of the weekend’s many highlights will be the Spectrum 26 Awards ceremony, which will be held on Saturday evening, March 30. The gala will be held at the historic Folly Theatre, adjacent to the Kansas City Convention Center and will be open to all PCKC exhibitors, creators, guests and attendees.
PCKC will handle all table, booth, and ticket sales. Any questions should be directed to the Planet event manager via the official website or social media platform.
SPECIAL EXHIBITOR DISCOUNT OFFER TO SFAL MEMBERS
As part of the 20th anniversary celebration and this new collaboration, creators and vendors who have exhibited at prior SFAL events or been featured in Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, are invited to purchase exhibit space for PCKC 2019 at a very special rate. Exhibitor space, both artists alley tables and vendor booths, will be available to the SFAL/Spectrum community at a 20% discount over standard PCKC rates will be valid only until September 30, 2018.
The discount will not be available past the reservation deadline and there will be no guarantee that late sign-ups will be seated in the SFAL area: PCKC’s 400,000 square foot exhibit floor sells out each year and the amount of space allotted SFAL’s exhibitors will depend on how many booths and table are spoken for by the 9/30/2018 deadline.
Regular admission tickets will go on sale at the PCKC website in early Fall.
How do I reserve a booth or table?
Please reply to this email indicating your interest in exhibiting under the SFAL umbrella at Planet Comic Kansas City. The staff at Flesk Publications will begin responding on Monday, August 13 with a hotlink and discount code. With the link and code in hand exhibitors will be able to view the rates and reserve space. The process will be similar to previous SFALs; please review all information regarding space and payment options. When prompted at check-out, simply enter the special code to receive your discount. As mentioned above, the discount code will be valid through September 30, 2018
We look forward to working together to make this a memorable event for everyone!
More details—including guest announcements, exhibitor information, and deadlines—will be forthcoming in the days and weeks ahead via direct emails. Up-to-the-minute news will be available via the official websites of SFAL and PCKC and the PCKC social media pages:
For 25 years Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art has been celebrating imaginative works by creators from around the world. During a ceremony in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, May 5, 2018, the celebration continued with the presentation of Gold and Silver Awards for exemplary art in eight categories: Advertising, Book, Comics, Concept Art, Dimensional, Editorial, Institutional, and Unpublished. The ceremony was held in the historic Brookledge Theater and presided over by Spectrum’s Director and publisher, John Fleskes. Presenters included such luminaries of the art community as Alina Chau, Craig Elliott, Te Hu, Tim O’Brien, Iain McCaig, Brynn Metheney, Karla Ortiz, Colin and Kristine Poole, William Stout, Paul Sullivan. Spectrum co-founder Arnie Fenner introduced a memorial video devoted to the creatives who had passed away in the previous year. Bob Self served as the master of ceremonies during the evening.
Congratulations to all of the awards recipients!
Spectrum 2018 Grand Master
Spectrum 2018 Rising Star
Greg Ruth Moonrise
Laurel Blechman ComicBase 2018
Gold Award Victo Ngai Serving Fish
Petar Meseldžija The Old Man and the Forest
Alex Alice Castle in the Stars book 2 pages 60-61
Gary Gianni Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea page 11
Wangjie Li Battlefield Scene
Anthony Francisco Okoye and Nakia the Dora Milaje
Forest Rogers Octopoid Descending
Jessica Dalva I’ll Need Entire Cities to Replace You
As part of its 25th Anniversary celebration, the awards for Spectrum 25 will be presented at a gala ceremony at the historic Brookledge Theater in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, May 5th. Both exclusive and intimate, the Brookledge is a unique venue operated by the owners of LA’s legendary private club for professional magicians, The Magic Castle.
Because the Brookledge’s size is intimate this is an invitation-only event; seating for the ceremony is strictly limited to 70 and is completely booked. The doors will open at 6:30pm for those who are on the reservation list; the ceremony will begin promptly at 8:00pm.
The award finalists for Spectrum 25 were selected by a blue-ribbon jury consisting of Terry Dodson, Tyler Jacobson, Tran Nguyen, Karla Ortiz, and Charles S. Pyle. During the ceremony the 2018 Rising Star recipient, the silver and gold winners for Spectrum’s eight categories, and this year’s Grand Master Award honoree will all be announced.
The evening schedule will include the following esteemed speakers and presenters:
Master of Ceremonies—Bob Self
Rising Star Award—Colin and Kristine Poole
Advertising Category—Te Hu
Book Category—Tim O’Brien
Comic Category—William Stout
Concept Art Category—Craig Elliott
Dimensional Category—Brynn Metheney
Editorial Category—Paul Sullivan
Institutional Category—Karla Ortiz
Unpublished Category—Alina Chau
Grand Master Award—Iain McCaig
Spectrum Appreciation—John Fleskes and Arnie Fenner
For those attending the event, the Brookledge Theater is located in a residential neighborhood at 929 S. Longwood Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90019. Please check in at the left side entrance of the property to be escorted to the theater. Street parking is limited. Uber, Lyft, or carpooling is encouraged.
The nominated works, along with the complete selections of the jury, will be featured in Spectrum 25: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art published by Flesk Publications in the fall of 2018.
Flesk Publications is distributed to the trade by Publishers Group West. You can learn more about Spectrum at the official website: spectrumfantasticart.com
We look forward to seeing everyone on this magical evening!