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This art book reveals Frank Cho’s ballpoint pen technique with step-by-step breakdowns and commentary.
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"Because you demanded it. By popular demand, here's my very first art book collecting all my major ballpoint pen art. Not only will this book  contain my unique ballpoint pen drawings, but I'll reveal all my  step-by-step ballpoint pen techniques as well. I hope you enjoy this  book as much as I enjoyed making it. And as always, thank you for your  support. You fans are the greatest." --Frank Cho

Frank Cho and Flesk have partnered again to create his latest art book Ballpoint Beauties! This book is available as an affordable paperback and hardcover, and as a premium signed deluxe edition. Luxurious signed prints are also available. Enjoy the samples and details below. Thank you for visiting!

Mature Warning: Ballpoint Beauties contains a lot of nudity. We think the book is tasteful, but nevertheless you may want to use your discretion if you are gifting this book to anybody under 18.

All pledges of $20 or more come with a free exclusive postcard set!

Stretch Goal #1 Unlocked! We are adding two gatefolds to the book. The page count has increased to 104 pages!

Stretch Goal #2 Unlocked! We are adding 5" french flaps to the paperback edition. (See update #2 for details.)

Stretch Goal #3 Unlocked!  We are adding an additional 16 pages to the book! Frank is drawing more new material to fill its pages. This has increased the page count to 120 pages!

Stretch goal #4 Unlocked! We are upgrading the bonus postcard set to 7 and increasing the size to 5 x 7"! This is free for everyone who pledges $20 or more.

Stretch goal #5 Unlocked! We will add a slipcase to the Ballpoint Beauties deluxe signed book ($45 tier book)!

Stretch goal #6 Unlocked! We will add a specially designed envelope to house the postcard set that Frank will sign!

See stretch goal section for more details. 

Ballpoint Beauties Book

Ballpoint Beauties is 120 pages at 9 x 12 inches and includes two gatefolds. Paperback, hardcover, and deluxe signed hardcover edition is on offer. More pages were added when stretch goals #1 and #3 were unlocked!

Ballpoint Beauties has been Frank Cho’s most requested book on social media over the past year. He has been making his personal ballpoint pen drawings purely for himself for over two decades. This is the first time that these rarely seen works have been captured into a dedicated volume. Compiled here are his favorites, many which are done recently specially for this book. Many pieces are shown in four stages that are accompanied by Frank's commentary to reveal his process. He is completely self-taught which makes for a unique and educational experience.

Included within the book are visual guides for anatomy and body parts, plus a short interview where Frank discusses his working methods and answers the most common questions that he receives online. Also shown are comic covers for his creator owned property Skybourne, where he has incorporated ballpoint pen in a mixed media format to show you how to incorporate the ballpoint pen into commercial assignments.

Premium Signed Giclée Prints

Only available to our Kickstarter supporters during this campaign! These four signed luxurious 13 x 19" museum quality giclée prints feature Frank Cho's favorite and most popular works. Prints for the cover to Ballpoint Beauties, the artwork “End,” along with his Liberty Meadows "Cow Standing," and “Lost World” are offered. These prints utilize 290 gsm acid free matte paper that is water resistant and they are printed with archival and fade resistant inks. The "End" print will be uncensored.

Kickstarter Bonus Item

Upgraded! All pledges of $20 or more come with a free postcard set! These seven 5 x 7" postcards highlight Frank's classic ballpoint pen pieces. This art will not be included within the Ballpoint Beauties book. All postcard art will be uncensored.

Stretch goal #6 has been unlocked and we will add a specially designed envelope to house the postcard set that Frank will sign!

This item will be available nowhere else and is exclusive to this campaign. This is just one way we would like to thank you for supporting us!

All Kickstarter bonus items are limited to one per backer.

Original Art Tiers--Only Eight Available!  

Frank is making eight of his super rare ballpoint pen originals available to help fund this project. All of these pieces will be included in the book. These are done on 300 series Strathmore bristol board using ballpoint pen. "Brandy Float Pen Art" is done on 14 x 21" paper. "Kneeling Woman" is done on 11 x 17" paper. "Rose" is done on 12 x 19" paper. "Study of Michelangelo’s Libyan Sibyl" is done on 11 x 17" paper. "Vamp" is done on 12 x 19" paper. "Woman With Blanket" is done on 14 x 21" paper. "Woman With Drapery" is done on 11 x 18" paper. "Zeus Head" is done on 11 x 17" paper. Uncensored versions can be provided for serious potential buyers. These originals are sensitive to light and should be stored appropriately. Like watercolor, the ballpoint pen can fade if placed in prolonged direct light. These original art tiers include the signed deluxe edition book, all four premium signed prints, and all of the Kickstarter bonus items.

Stretch Goals

Stretch goals allow us to thank you for  your growing support by rewarding you with exclusive bonus items just  for our Kickstarter supporters.

1. UNLOCKED! We will add two gatefolds to the book! This will increase the page count to 104 pages!

2. UNLOCKED! We are adding 5" french flaps to the paperback edition. This is an upgraded bonus to make this edition extra fancy. (See Update #2 for a visual reference about what a French flap is.)

3. UNLOCKED! We are adding an extra 16 pages of content to the book! This has increased the page count to 120 pages!

4. UNLOCKED! Postcard Set Upgrade! We will add two more postcards to the free bonus postcard set. Instead of 5 postcards you will get a set of 7. Also, we have increased the size from  4 x 5" to 5 x 7"! All pledges of $20 or more receive this bonus item.

5. UNLOCKED -- Deluxe Edition Slipcase! We are adding a slipcase to the Ballpoint Beauties deluxe signed book ($45 tier book)!

6. UNLOCKED  -- Signed Envelope for Postcard Set!  We are adding a specially designed envelope to hold the bonus  postcard set that Frank will sign. This would get everyone a Frank Cho autograph who pledges $20 or more.

All Kickstarter stretch goal bonus items are limited to one per backer.

Add-Ons

Add-on anything to anything! An Add-On lets you  pledge for more than one tier by adding the price of any additional tier  to your existing pledge. Say you want to include an extra book? Simply  add-on the additional cost of the second item to your pledge and let us know. You will also  need to increase the shipping charge, which varies by item and country. Email us for the total cost. If you have any questions we are  here to help.

About Frank Cho

Frank Cho is one of the most popular artists working in comics today. He is known for his creator owned properties Liberty Meadows and Skybourne, as well as his covers and interior artwork for Marvel Comics that include The Mighty Avengers, New Ultimates, Savage Wolverine, and Totally Awesome Hulk. For DC Frank has completed over 50 Harley Quinn covers that have proven to be wildly popular. Please note that there is no Marvel or DC artwork in this book.

Shipping Schedule

We expect to have  your pledges shipped to you in May 2019. The designs for the books and prints are nearly completed. We expect to send everything to the  printer by January 1st if we hit  our goal. It takes approximately three months for everything to be  printed, and then to be delivered to us. We will ship them to everyone  in May 2019 immediately upon their arrival at our Flesk warehouse  in Santa Cruz, CA.

All books are shipped within the U.S.A. by USPS Mail and will include tracking. Premium signed giclée prints shipped in  the U.S.A. will ship by USPS First Class mail (small prints) or  Priority Mail (larger prints or packages with multiple prints) and will include tracking.

The items shipped to our international friends usually take 3 weeks for delivery  to your local post office, but can sometimes take up to 3-6 weeks  depending on the country. Note that customs for your local country may  hold on to packages for a week or longer and incur additional charges that is the responsibility of the backer. We will not mark items as a "gift." We know that shipping  overseas is very expensive and we wish it was cheaper, too! We help by subsidizing some of the shipping cost. We make no money from the  shipping.

Ballpoint Beauties is trademark and © 2018 Frank Cho. All Rights Reserved.

Video and text used for this campaign is © 2018 Frank Cho and Flesk Publications. All Rights Reserved.

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Risks and challenges

Why you should trust Flesk Publications? John Fleskes answers:

I pride myself on having a sixteen year record of delivering over eighty books of the highest quality. I've run ten previous Kickstarter campaigns with artists such as Brom, Frank Cho, J.A.W. Cooper, Jeffrey Alan Love, Gary Gianni and Mike Mignola (Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea Studio Edition), Petar Meseldzija, Richard and Wendy Pini (Elfquest), Mark Schultz, and Daren Bader and Lance HaunRogue. Most of these have been on time. We are very open with our backers and communicate through updates often to keep you up to date.

In some cases, 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 eighty books and I know how to get them shipped and delivered, 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.

I can't thank everyone enough who has supported us before. You directly help us to make these beautiful books.

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