Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 4 Dates!
We are excited to officially announce that Spectrum Fantastic Art Live will be returning to Kansas City Memorial Day weekend, May 22-24, 2015. SFAL 4 will take place in the gorgeous ballrooms of the historic Muehlebach Marriott hotel in the heart of downtown KC (just one block away from our former location). The convention hall, artists' alley and programming will all be returning, as well as the fourth annual Spectrum Awards, which will be held at the historic Folly Theater. We'll be announcing special guests, events and sign-up deadlines in the coming weeks. Thank you for being a part of Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, and we'll see you in 2015!
We are proud to announce the next addition to the Spectrum 22 jury: Greg Ruth!
Greg has been published in many comics, books and magazines for over twenty years with clients such as DC comics, Dark Horse and Macmillan. In addition he wrote and illustrated "The Lost Boy" and illustrated President Obama's "Our Enduring Spirit" among many other publications. A long time Spectrum contributor, Greg has been a selected artist for the last eleven years, winning a Gold award for Spectrum 12.
His amazing work can be viewed here here.
It is our pleasure to announce Virginie Ropars as a jury member for Spectrum 22!
Formerly a designer for the video game industry, Virginie is a multifaceted artist of international renown who is as talented in 2D as she is in 3D. Her gorgeous and unique one-of-a-kind Art Dolls reside in many prestigious collections and she has been profiled in numerous magazines, websites, and books throughout Europe, Russia and the US. In addition, she is a Spectrum alumnus who, over the last seven years, has been honored with a Silver Award in Spectrum 17, a Gold Award in Spectrum 19, and a Gold Award in Spectrum 20. You can learn much more about Virginie here.
We are very pleased to announce Annie Stegg as a juror for Spectrum 22!
Annie is a veteran of Spectrum as she has been a selected artist for the last three years in addition to receiving numerous industry awards for her imaginative work. Her clientele include Apple, Android, and Ballistic Publishing as well as others in the gaming industry.
Her paintings and illustrations can be viewed here.
The jury for Spectrum 22 will convene in San Jose, CA in early 2015. Stay tuned for more jury announcements! The Spectrum 22 call for entries opens on October 15th, 2014
We are very excited to announce Justin Gerard as a jury member for Spectrum 22!
Justin is an incredible painter and illustrator whose client list includes DreamWorks, Warner Brothers, and Disney, among many others. He is also no stranger to Spectrum, having been a selected artist for the last seven years and receiving a Silver Award in the unpublished category for Spectrum 19.
His work can be seen here here.The jury for Spectrum 22 will convene in San Jose, CA in early 2015. Stay tuned for more jury announcements! The Spectrum 22 call for entries opens on October 15th, 2014
Comic-Con 2014: The Return of Spectrum! Booth #5017
After its hiatus, Spectrum Fantastic Art is coming once again to Comic-Con International in San Diego this July 23-27!
What is Spectrum? Our informed crew will be there to answer any and all questions you have. We’ll have free postcards and handouts explaining the submission process, and the call for entries. Learn about the yearly event Spectrum Fantastic Art Live and how to get involved with “The art fair with a sense of wonder.”
Find out about the upcoming Spectrum magazine and pick up a copy of one of the Spectrum annual books; we’ll have copies of many past volumes for sale!
We will be having a Spectrum signing at our booth #5017 on Friday from 2:00 to 3:00pm. Donato Giancola, Daren Bader, Allen Williams and Matthew Levin will all be with us. Bring your Spectrum books along to get signed!
Flesk Panel - Thursday, July 24 at 11:00am, Room 28DE. With a lineup including Frank Cho, Terry Dodson and William Stout talking new projects-and publisher John Fleskes frankly discussing future Flesk titles and the latest on the renowned Spectrum Fantastic Art series-you can expect an entertaining hour! So come hang out with us!
Spectrum 22 Call for Entries poster to be created by Victo Ngai!
Victo was featured in Forbes “30 under 30” this year and has received multiple Ozzie awards and awards from the Society of Illustrators among many others.
Spectrum Director John Fleskes has given Victo no parameters for the execution of the poster, “I wanted to give Victo full freedom to express herself. I’ve left the theme, style, and subject matter entirely up to Victo, knowing that she'll do an amazing job and create a true work of beauty.” So we’re excited to see what the artist creates!
The Spectrum 21 Winners Announced
The Spectrum 21 Awards were presented May 10 at a gala ceremony held in Kansas City’s historic Midland Theater. This was the first awards presentation under the guidance of Spectrum’s new Director John Fleskes. Jurors who determined the Gold and Silver Award winners this year were Cory Godbey, J. Anthony Kosar, George Pratt, Shelly Wan, and Allen Williams. All of the work will be included in Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, which will be published by Flesk Publications and distributed to the trade by Publishers Group West in October.
You can view the honorees in the eight categories and the 2014 Grand Master recipient here.
The Spectrum 21 Artist List
The complete list of artist names selected for inclusion into Spectrum 21 is now available. The five member jury, comprising of Cory Godbey, J. Anthony Kosar, George Pratt, Shelly Wan and Allen Williams, reviewed over 5000 entries during a daylong event held on March 1, 2014 at the San Jose State University’s Animation/Illustration Program department building. Special thanks to the A/I faculty and students, to those at Helpful Bear Productions and to the Flesk staff who helped to make the day run smoothly.
From everyone here at Spectrum, we would like to thank all of the artists who submitted to Spectrum 21! Please click here to view the list.
Spectrum and Flesk Exhibiting at Emerald City Comic Con
Flesk and Spectrum will be exhibiting at Emerald City Comic-Con in Seattle, WA this March 28—30. We have an excellent spot located right at the entrance when walking into the show off of the sky bridge. Our booth number is 1702.
There are a number of artists who have books published by Flesk that are special guests of the show. Brom will be signing at our Flesk / Spectrum booth for the full three days. Frank Cho, who we are working with on his Drawing Beautiful Women: The Frank Cho Method that will be available this fall, can be found at his guest table MM-07. Terry & Rachel Dodson are at table II-01. And Richard & Wendy Pini, who we have two books in development with, can be found at table E-09. We look forward to welcoming you at our respective locations where you can learn more about our future projects with these exceptional artists. Plus, the artists will have original artwork and prints for sale.
We will have our full line of Flesk books on hand, as well as information regarding the Spectrum annual and the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event. Free catalogs and promotional postcards will be available.
Full details about Emerald City Comic Con can be found here.
Announcing the Spectrum 21 Award Nominees
The Spectrum 21 jury has nominated the top five artist works in each of the eight categories for a silver and gold award. The winners will be announced at the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event in Kansas City, MO on May 10th. Congratulations to all of the artists who have been considered! The full list of artist names and the artwork can be viewed here.
Spectrum 21 Judging Event
The Spectrum 21 jury will convene in San Jose, California on March 1st.
The call for entries submissions will be reviewed and voted upon over the course of the day. Each judge votes independently and anonymously allowing for a fair process. A simple majority of three out of five votes will guarantee a work of art for inclusion in Spectrum 21. Those whose works are selected will be announced by April 1st.
The Gold and Silver award recipients for each category will also be determined with the top five pieces being announced soon after the judging event. The recipients will be revealed at the live awards ceremony held on May 10 at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City. Admission is free to all Spectrum Fantastic Art Live three-day ticket holders and exhibitors, which runs from May 9-11.
Watch the Spectrum Fantastic Art website on March 1st for photographs and video throughout the Spectrum 21 judging event day. Expanded videos, more photographs and news about the day will be shared throughout the following week.
Spectrum 21 Call for Entries Submission Update
We continue to be energetic as we process the Spectrum 21 call for entries submissions! We expect to be done in one more week. Given the large variety of images available for jury consideration it’s apparent that the 21st annual book will be an incredible one. As always, we do not pre-screen any art. We make sure every piece submitted gets an equal opportunity to be viewed. The judging will be held in San Jose, California on the first Saturday of March. Helpful Bear Productions will be joining us to post pictures and videos on our Spectrum website throughout that day! We would like to take another opportunity to thank everyone who submitted!
Spectrum Fantastic Art Live Exhibitor Registration
We wanted to remind everyone that this Friday, January 31, the cost for exhibiting space at Spectrum Live will rise. 10'x10' premium booths are current $350 and 6' Artist Alley tables are $100; prices increase to $450 and $200 respectively at midnight 1/31/14.
This is the opportunity to reach both well-known collectors and new patrons with your work at a friendly and focused event where the artists are the stars. Spectrum Live continues to grow in popularity and we anticipate yet another substantial increase in attendance: We are promoting the show regionally and nationally and will be advertising on television, the radio, and in print. With an area population of 2.5 million and another 50 million within a day’s drive, we intend to make sure everyone in the region knows exhibitors are in Kansas City. The convention center, hotels, theaters, clubs, and restaurants are all within short walks of each other and we’ve negotiated special room rates at the Aladdin and Marriott. Visitors have discovered that Kansas City is both welcoming and affordable: Spectrum is a show that won’t break the bank to exhibit at or attend. If you’re interested, please click here to book your space.
Thanks again to everyone who submitted to Spectrum 21!
Due to the record number of Spectrum 21 submissions I expect it to take us at least two weeks to fully review all of the submissions. I’ll be posting updates here all this week to keep you informed on the latest details. You can also join our Spectrum email newsletter and I’ll bring you up to speed every few weeks.
Spectrum 21 submissions are now closed!
John Flesk and the Spectrum crew would like to express their utmost gratitude to everyone who sent in their call for entries submissions to Spectrum 21. We are thrilled to have your support and goodwill. This has been an exciting experience so far. We are enjoying preparing your entries for the judges to review in early March. We would like to assure you that we do not pre-screen any art. The integrity of Spectrum and making sure each of your submissions has an equal opportunity to be viewed by the jury is important to us. Those who are selected for inclusion into Spectrum 21 will be notified in April 2014. Good luck, everyone! Please visit this news page each week to learn more about the process.
Today is the last day to submit to Spectrum 21!
Print entries should be postmarked today and digital entries need to be made on-line by midnight tonight. Good luck everyone! We are here all day to answer your questions. Please see the contact details at the bottom of this home page.
Call for Entries Submissions to Spectrum 21 Ends Tomorrow!
Tip #5: How do I know that my Spectrum 21 submission(s) arrived?
-For print submissions sent through the mail you can check your tracking or delivery confirmation to make sure it arrived. Additionally, once your credit card has been charged or your check has been deposited you can trust that we received everything and that you are all set.
-For online submissions you will receive an email receipt from Flesk once your payment has been made. (Think of this as a delivery confirmation.) You will receive a follow up email that changes your payment status to “Entry Accepted” once we review your entry to make sure everything matches up. This may take a week or two depending on how many entries we end up receiving.
-Note that we review and check every submission carefully to make sure your art and submission forms were received properly. If we have any questions or notice anything missing we will send you an email for additional information. We want you all to have the best opportunity possible for presenting your art to the judges!
The Final Countdown for the Spectrum 21 Call for Entries Submissions
Saturday the 25th is the last day to submit your artwork before the Spectrum 21 call for entries comes to a close. All artworks in all media embracing the themes of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and the surreal are eligible for this competition. Any published or unpublished art that has been finished or first published between January 1, 2013, and January 1, 2014 is eligible.
You can fill out your forms, submit your art and make payment online in three easy steps. We still welcome hard copy prints sent in through the mail, too. If you are mailing in your entry, as long as the postmarked date is January 25th you can still mail it that day. There’s no need to use costly expedited or overnight mail services. Online submissions are accepted until midnight that day!
There are just a few days left to submit your Call for Entries Submissions to Spectrum 21
Tip #4: The deadline is this Saturday the 25th, but what time on the 25th!? If you are submitting prints, be sure to note that the postal centers close early on Saturday.
For online submissions, we will keep the website open until a few hours past midnight that Saturday evening PST time. There are no plans to extend the deadline.
The countdown continues to this Saturday’s deadline to submit your call for entries to Spectrum 21
Tip #3: Have a quick question? The Flesk team is available to answer your Spectrum submission questions. We’re starting early and working late each day. Our phone hours have increased to 9am to 9pm until this Saturday. Shoot us an email or pick up the phone and call. If we are on another line or at the Post Office, leave a message with your phone number and name and we'll get back to you. If you email, please give us your full name. Visit the Spectrum website for the contact information at the bottom of the home page.
The countdown continues to this Saturday’s deadline to submit your call for entries to Spectrum 21
Tip #2: For those submitting print entries, give yourself the best chance to be seen by the judges. We recommend an 8.5 x 11" print as the smallest size. Avoid printing from low resolution files that look murky, blurry or pixelated. For those submitting online, take advantage of the file sizes we accept and let your art fill the computer screen. The judges will view the digital submissions on a 24" screen on their own independent workstation.
The Spectrum 21 call for entries deadline is next Saturday, January 25th
Both print and online submissions details can be found on the Entry Info link.
Tip #1: If you are mailing in your entry, as long as the postmarked date is the 25th you can still mail it that day. There's no need to use costly expedited or overnight mail services.