SFAL and Planet Comicon Kansas City Announce an Exciting New Collaboration!

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.


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:

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Spectrum 25 Awards Recipients!

The Spectrum 25 awards. Backstage, moments before the ceremony began. Designed by J. Anthony Kosar, and made by him and the Kosart Effects team.

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
Claire Wendling

Spectrum 2018 Rising Star
Miranda Meeks


Gold Award
Greg Ruth

Silver Award
Laurel Blechman
ComicBase 2018


Gold Award
Victo Ngai
Serving Fish

Silver Award
Petar Meseldžija
The Old Man and the Forest


Gold Award
Alex Alice
Castle in the Stars book 2 pages 60-61

Silver Award
Gary Gianni
Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea page 11

Concept Art

Gold Award
Wangjie Li
Battlefield Scene

Silver Award
Anthony Francisco
Okoye and Nakia the Dora Milaje


Gold Award
Forest Rogers
Octopoid Descending

Silver Award
Jessica Dalva
I’ll Need Entire Cities to Replace You


Gold Award
Edward Kinsella III
My Whereabouts

Silver Award
Tim O’Brien
“Nothing to See Here”


Gold Award
Seb McKinnon

Silver Award
Piotr Jabłoński
Moaning Wall


Gold Award
Andrew Hem

Silver Award
Michael MacRae
Tip of the Spear

Congratulations again to all of the recipients!


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Spectrum 25 Awards Ceremony at the Brookledge Theater, May 5, 2018!

The awards for Spectrum 25 are designed by J. Anthony Kosar and made by Kosart Studios. The awards for Spectrum 24 are shown here.

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
Memorial—Arnie Fenner
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!

Spectrum 25 Awards Ceremony at the Brookledge Theater!

The Spectrum 25 Awards Ceremony will be held on May 5th at the historic Brookledge Theater in Los Angeles. The Brookledge is a magical landmark that is home to the Brookledge Follies. A special thanks to Erika Larson for allowing us to use the theater, and to Bob Self for making this a possibility.

Seat are limited to 70 people. A reservation is required to attend. There is no cost, however, you will need to contact Kathy at orders@fleskpublications.com to get your name on the list. Seats will be held for Spectrum 25 award nominees and their guests, presenters, and those who are included in the book. We wish we could invite everyone, but we can’t go beyond the 70 person capacity.

It’s going to be a magical evening. We look forward to seeing you there!


Spectrum 25 Artists High Rez Art Due April 1st!


Reminder for those artists who have been selected for inclusion into Spectrum 25!

The deadline to provide us with your high resolution artwork is on April 1st. Thanks to everyone who has uploaded your art so far. Kathy is sending out email reminders today to those who we are still waiting on art from. We appreciate you getting us the art this week. It helps us greatly. Thank you!



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Spectrum 25 Artist List!

The complete list of artist names selected for inclusion into the twenty-fifth volume of Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art is now available!

The five member jury selected over 450 works works by 270 artists that will make up Spectrum 25. 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 25. 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!


Samuel Alexander
Alex Alice
Even Amundsen
Kaare Andrews
Samuel Araya
Tommy Arnold

Daren Bader
Scott Bakal
Anna and Elena Balbusso
John Barry Ballaran
Jeremy Bastian
Eric Belisle
Julie Bell
Jamie Beswarick
Ed Binkley
Steven Russell Black
Laurel Blechman
Paul Bonner
Zoltan Boros
Noah Bradley
Alix Branwyn
Andy Brase
Kaitlin Brasfield
David Brasgalla
Laurie Lee Brom
Thomas Buchanan
William Bullas
Kirt Burdick
Mike Burns
Wesley Burt

Rovina Cai
Julian Callos
Antonio Caparo
Bill Carman
Kai Carpenter
Sidharth Chaturvedi
Lynn Chen
Jedd Chevrier
Ian Jun Wei Chiew
Bobby Chiu
Frank Cho
Dan Chudzinski
Chris Cold
Iris Compiet
J.A.W. Cooper

Maryam Dadkhah
Jessica Dalva
Alayna Danner
Galen Dara
Xaviere Daumarie
Cameron Scott Davis
Olivia De Berardinis
Bastien Lecouffe Deharme
Nicolas Delort
Camilla d’Errico
Eric Deschamps
Peter de Sève
Peter Diamond
Allan Diego Carrasco
John Anthony DiGiovanni
Daxue Ding
Anna Dittmann
Daniel Dociu
Terry Dodson
Simon Dominic
Alex Dos Diaz
Dan dos Santos
Lee Dotson
Allen Douglas
Chris Dunn

Ejiwa Ebenebe
Jesper Ejsing
Ahmed Eljohani
Craig Elliott
Micah Epstein

Lisa Falkenstern
Patrick Faricy
Jared Fiorino
Scott Fischer
Torgeir Fjereide
Cam Floyd
Thomas Fluharty
Anthony Francisco

Randy Gallegos
Annie Stegg Gerard
Justin Gerard
Donato Giancola
Gary Gianni
Erik Gist
Cory Godbey
Aad Goudappel
Lucas Graciano
David Greco
Johan Grenier
Shreya Gupta
James Gurney
Scott Gustafson

Wayne Haag
Sheri Hansen
Emily Hare
Joel Harlow
Jie He(Mona)
Andrew Hem
Alex Herrerias
Tom Herzberg
Cleonique Hilsaca
Chris Hong
Sijia Hong
Ralph Horsley
John Howe
Te Hu

Piotr Jabłoński
Tomasz Jedruszek
Bruce Jensen
Kellan Jett
Android Jones

Sina Pakzad Kasra
Nick Keller
MJ Kim
Edward Kinsella III
Ki “Gawki” Kline
Djamila Knopf
Julian Kok Joon Wen
Alex Konstad
J. Anthony Kosar
Bartosz Kosowski
Sebastian Kowoll
Maxim Kozhevnikov
Thomas Kuebler
Isabella Kung
Anita Kunz

Lius Lasahido
Stephanie Law
Olly Lawson
Ronan Le Fur
Dong Lee
Vanessa Lemen
Matthew Lewis
Wangjie Li
Carlyn Lim
Andrzejowiczek Lipczynski
Yoann Lossel
Tula Lotay
Travis Louie
Jeffrey Alan Love
Ashly Lovett
Howard Lyon

Michael MacRae
Serena Malyon
Gregory Manchess
Slawomir Maniak
Qiuxin Mao
Patrick Masson
Gina Matarazzo
Victor Maury
Mike Mayhew
Iain McCaig
Seb McKinnon
Miranda Meeks
Gustavo Mendonca
Eddie Mendoza
Neeraj Menon
Marcel Mercado
Petar Meseldžija
Goni Montes
Sean Murray
Muhammad Mustafa

Keith Negley
Mark A. Nelson
Victo Ngai
Tran Nguyen
Cliff Nielsen
Vojislav Nikcevic
Othon Nikolaidis
Marcel Nowotny

Tim O’Brien
William O’Connor
Caitlin Ono

Roberto Padula
John Jude Palencar
Anthony Palumbo
David Palumbo
Ryan Pancoast
Lucio Parrillo
Das Pastoras
Christian Pearce
John Petersen
Alessandra Pisano
Roberto Pitturru
Stephen Player
David Plunkert
Colin and Kristine Poole
Dope Pope
George Pratt
Steve Prescott
Theo Prins

Tu Qianwen
Colleen Quint

Chris Rahn
Omar Rayyan
Rob Rey
Wayne Reynolds
Sylvia Ritter
Paolo Rivera
Forest Rogers
Virginie Ropars
Steve Rude
Greg Ruth
James Ryman

Leonardo Santamaria
Dominick Saponaro
Marc Scheff
Inka Schulz
Chris Seaman
Arantza Sestayo
Cynthia Sheppard
Hayden Sherman
Yuko Shimizu
James Shoop
Andrew Sides
Carmen Sinek
Andrew Sonea
Dug Stanat
Raymond Swanland

Bryan Mark Taylor
Marco Teixeira
Daria Theodora
Heather Theurer
Jesse Thompson
Cory Trego
Robbie Trevino
Anthony Trujillo
Josh Tufts

Jumpei Umeki
Roch Urbaniak

David Vargo
Eric Velhagen
Beatriz Martin Vidal
Olivier Villoingt
Raoul Vitale
Adam Volker
Tim Von Rueden

Jordan K. Walker
Russell Walks
Zhengyi Wang
Jason Ward
Sarah Webb
Sam Weber
David Wenzel
Taylor Wessling
Terryl Whitlatch
Joe Whyte
Allen Williams
Erica Williams
Jeremy Wilson
Rafal Wojtunik
Bayard Wu

Tianhua X

Joy Yang
Kieran Yanner
Rebecca Yanovskaya
Chie Yoshii

Valentin Zak
Amir Zand
Ruoxin Zhang
Mark Zug
Kaitlund Zupanic

Spectrum 25 Awards Nominations

The jury for Spectrum 25: 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 Terry Dodson, Tyler Jacobson, Tran Nguyen, Karla Ortiz and Chuck Pyle debated the merits of hundreds of pieces of art before finalizing this list on Saturday, February 24, 2018 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 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 25 Awards Ceremony that will be held at the historic Brookledge Theater in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, May 5, 2018. The 2018 Spectrum Grand Master Award honoree will also be announced during the ceremony.

For more information about Spectrum visit: http://www.spectrumfantasticart.com

Congratulations to all of the artists who have been nominated!


Laurel Blechman
ComicBase 2018

The Night Mare

Victo Ngai
Mixc World Launch

Greg Ruth

Yuko Shimizu
SK-II Art of Travel packaging project: CHINA


Tommy Arnold
Red Rising


Wesley Burt
A Girl & Her Friends

Gregory Manchess
Above the Timberline, page 118–Heading Home

Petar Meseldzija
The Old Man and the Forest

Victo Ngai
Serving Fish


Alex Alice
Castle in the Stars, Book 2, pages 60-61

Xaviere Daumarie
Ugly Cinderwench and the Very Angry Ghost, page 3

Gary Gianni
Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea, page 11

Erik Gist

Paolo Rivera
Shirtless Bear Fighter #4, variant cover


Wesley Burt
Transformers 5 Autobot Design – ‘Canopy’

Anthony Francisco
Okoye and Nakia the Dora Milaje

Te Hu
Ganesh Gangis

Nick Keller
Geisha Interior (Ghost in the Shell)

Wangjie Li
Battlefield Scene


Statue of Peace

Jessica Dalva
I’ll Need Entire Cities to Replace You

Patrick Masson
Life and Death

Cthulhu 22 inch tall statue

Forest Rogers
Octopoid Descending


Edward Kinsella III
My Whereabouts

Yoann Lossel
The Rise

Victo Ngai
Sports Stopwatch

Tim O’Brien
Nothing to See Here

Yuko Shimizu
Unconventional Way


Piotr Jabłoński
Moaning Wall

Seb McKinnon

Victo Ngai
Three Color Trilogy: Blue

Chris Rahn
Vraska, Relic Seeker

Tianhua X
Dinosaur Hunter


Scott Bakal
Dim Stars: Firing Back

Andrew Hem

Howard Lyon
Ella Standing Between the Earth and Sky

Michael MacRae
Tip of the Spear

Iain McCaig
Star Wars Triptych

Congratulations again to all of the Spectrum 25 nominations!



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