Spectrum director John Fleskes pages through a copy of Spectrum 23: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art while including commentary behind the making of the book. Spectrum 23 jury members, Dave Palumbo, Cynthia Sheppard, Kirk Thatcher and Terryl Whitlatch offer additional insight into what makes Spectrum the premiere fantasy art collection.
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.