Greetings again from John Flesk and Mark Schultz! We’ve got two new volumes here that we think you’ll enjoy. First—and a big thank you for all those who have been waiting so patiently—we offer the oversized Storms at Sea signed deluxe edition, featuring all of Mark’s illustrations displayed exactly as the uncropped, full-board originals, and at a much larger size than the trade edition.
And then we have something completely new—the deluxe edition of Mark’s Carbon2, a collection of his latest works, most of them published here for the first time, in the grand tradition of 2013’s Carbon.
This is John’s fifth Kickstarter campaign, and his second with Mark. You know by now the excellent quality you can expect from these two old campaigners, but please take a look below for examples of what you can expect within the covers, and for awards.
As always, we appreciate your consideration!
Mark Schultz: Carbon, New Art Book:
Carbon 2 Book Details:
56 pages for the paperback and 58 pages for the deluxe, 9 x 12 inches. Comes in a paperback trade edition, as well as a Flesk exclusive: a deluxe signed edition, hardcover with jacket, limited to 600 copies.
The first thing you can count on in any collection from Mark Schultz is a kind of subject matter, featuring outré situations involving daring men and women, and, often, fearsome beasts. The second thing you can count on is his allegiance to certain graphic medium—generally brush and ink, and graphite and charcoal, but sometimes watercolor too. The third thing you can count on is that, although the subject matter and media stay consistent, his design, draftsmanship and control of his presentation are always evolving and growing, Here, in Carbon 2, his work has become noticeably bolder—more viscerally engaging.
Carbon 2 follows its predecessor by three years, and in those years Mark’s work has become something more solid, and at times almost sculptural, as he continues to refine his attempts to put to paper the visions he sees in his head. Featuring conceptual studies as well as finishes, Carbon 2 gives us a look into that process.
Of course there are plenty of lovely warrior women, including more in the Pulpette series, as well as portraits of his Xenozoic characters, Hannah Dundee and Jack Tenrec, negotiating dire straits. There is also sword and sorcery, ancient mythic tableaus, and otherworldly science fiction to satisfy the most diverse tastes. And there are preliminaries and rejected pieces from Storms at Sea, and, (spoiler alert) design work and character studies from Mark’s new in-progress Xenozoic graphic novel. Qua hoon!
The large-format Carbon 2 features over fifty of Mark’s newest works across its pages.
The hardbound deluxe edition is limited to 600 copies. Exclusive to this edition is a bound in signature page reproducing an unpublished illustration. Each copy is numbered and signed. This is a Flesk exclusive and not available in stores. And it will only happen with the support of you and Kickstarter!
Please scroll down to the bottom area to see sample images.
Storms at Sea as a magnificent oversized deluxe signed edition:
Storms at Sea Deluxe Book Details:
82 pages, 12 inches wide x 10.5 inches tall. Update: The book will now be 13.5 x 10.5 inches thanks to our supporters unlocking the stretch goal! Comes in a Flesk exclusive oversized deluxe signed hardcover edition, limited to 600 copies.
“History as you think you understand it does not exist, Griff. The world you think you know is actually a construct fashioned from the fears of the human race.”
The contours of her eyes were soft and inviting, but, if you looked straight into them, they got sharp and feral.
“I don’t lie, Griff. Ever. In my world, if you need to lie, it’s already too late.”
A scientist working to develop a new source of limitless energy is dead, and the man who was hired to protect him needs to know why.
The dead man’s niece and a mysterious manuscript from his laboratory safe may hold all the answers, or they may lead down an endless rabbit hole ending in madness and cataclysm.
Now the man named Griff must decide how far he can trust the girl--and how much he is willing to risk--as he stumbles blindly toward the powers that control our fates.
Storms at Sea is Mark Schultz’s new, heavily illustrated novella that explores the border between what we want to believe is true and the reality that we'd prefer to keep concealed. From a crime-fiction framework, it opens up into a breathtaking journey through cryptic history, cautionary science-fiction and a speculative vision of the deep future The story is told through 31 pages of prose and 31 full-page illustrations.
This hardbound deluxe edition is limited to 600 copies. Exclusive to this edition is a bound in signature page reproducing an unpublished illustration. Each copy is numbered and signed. This is a Flesk exclusive and not available in stores. And it will only happen with the support of you and Kickstarter!
Free Kickstarter Exclusive Bonus Prints for Book Pledges:
Everyone who makes a book purchase pledge ($25.00 or more) will receive a Kickstarter exclusive 8 x 10 inch print for each book. Plus, all books receive free shipping in the U.S.A.!
That's three free prints when pledging for both books!
1. Storms at Sea book comes with an 8 x 10 inch print of the cover art.
2. Carbon 2 comes with an 8 x 10 inch print of the cover art.
3. Each book pledge of $25 or more comes with the exclusive 8 x 10 inch print featuring a new piece by Mark Schultz.
The art shown above is the preliminary artwork for the Kickstarter exclusive free 8 x 10 inch signed print. The art is currently in progress and we will post updates during its creation.
As we continue to receive your support we would like to add more value to our goodies, and include new bonuses, as an ongoing expression of our gratitude. These will be free and exclusive to our Kickstarter supporters who have made a book purchase pledge ($25.00 or more).
STRETCH GOAL #1 UNLOCKED!
The dimensions of the Storms at Sea book has been increased from 12 x 10.5 inches to 13.5 x 10.5 inches!
STRETCH GOAL #2 UNLOCKED!
A 2nd free exclusive signed 8 x 10 inch print! We will add a second 8 x 10 inch print for every book pledge of $25 or more.
STRETCH GOAL #3 -- UNLOCKED
Full book binding upgrade and slipcase added for Storms at Sea! We will add a quarter binding to the hardcover boards with cloth around the spine. We are also including a slipcase using premium materials. This will be a spectacular collection!
This book will ship to Kickstarter supporters on September 1, 2016 for delivery that month. The Carbon 2 Deluxe Edition and Storms at Sea special hardcover will not be available through the stores—just from us! As of this launch, Carbon 2 is done and Storms at Sea is being designed.
All pledge amounts include USPS Media Mail shipping within the U.S. Shipping for International orders vary by location. Taxes and fees vary by country. Please be aware International orders may be required to pay a duty tax by your local postal station.
Mark Schultz: It’s very exciting to be back with a new Kickstarter campaign. What a perfect opportunity to produce the special projects that would never have seen the light of day in the world of traditional publication and distribution. This is all about the hardcore readers and collectors who want an extraordinary experience. With Kickstarter we have the proven path for getting that experience produced and in their hands.
John Fleskes: It's the community aspect that I enjoy the most. Your support allows us to improve upon the quality of the books as we receive more pledges. We conceive of our grandest ideas and with our supporters have a chance to achieve them through stretch goals. It's all a very exciting process.
Mark's thoughts on working with John and Flesk Publications
What more can I say about working with Flesk Publications that hasn’t already been said? I’ll let my 12-year association with them as my primary publisher stand as my testament. They are, simply put, the best at what they do—which is to produce the highest-quality publications in concert with the goals of the artist. It comes down to integrity and the willingness to share a vision. I’m smart enough to know that I’m not going to find better.
John's thoughts on Mark:
With Mark, it's like working with family. Here's a guy who I've had the good fortune to become friends with and whose artwork completely captivates me. As I make and publish his books it's my goal to create a lasting quality art object to share with others and to make Mark feel proud.
Risks and challenges
Why you should trust Flesk Publications? John answers:
"I pride myself on having a 14 year record of delivering over seventy books on time and of the highest quality. Of course, things don't always go exactly as planned in the publishing world. Much of the time they do, but sometimes an unexpected problem or delay arises. In the rare case that this happens, simply put, I deal with it and find a way to get the job done. I am very open about any challenges and like to share in the process so people know what's going on. I don't like surprises, and don't feel anyone else should either. I respect the artist, and our supporters too much to let them down. The good thing is that I've published over seventy books, filled thousands of Kickstarter orders and I know how to manage a schedule and keep projects on track, and I will stay motivated and energized to get the books into your hands when I said I would. Bottom line, I would not have been around this long without an excellent track record."
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