About this project
Greetings from John Flesk and Mark Schultz! Mark’s slow rate of production doesn’t often allow this much material to show up at once, so we’re excited. We’re offering his new collection of recent works, Carbon, in both trade and Flesk exclusive hardcover editions! We’re offering brand-spanking-new prints! We’re offering a Flesk exclusive hardcover edition collecting all the Xenozoic stories Mark has drawn! And we’re offering something truly unique: a video inking demonstration by Mark! Never before attempted—never before seen!
If you enjoy Mark’s work, this is your chance to support the quality projects he loves producing. Please take a look below. And thank you—we appreciate your consideration!
Mark Schultz: Carbon, New Art Book:
Carbon Book Details:
57 pages, 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.
Following Mark Schultz's acclaimed Various Drawings art book series, Carbon serves as the first of a new series assembling Mark's best recent graphic works.
The element carbon, common yet versatile, is the binder at the base of life on Earth as well as the source of the rich blacks that run through Mark Schultz’s drawings. Similarly, the book Carbon binds an astonishing array of illustrative art rendered in brush and ink, graphite and carbon pencil, and it also introduces more color than ever before through the artist’s increased experimentation with watercolor as an atmospheric element.
This 57 page compilation showcases many new depictions of Schultz’s lovely Pulpette heroines and scenes of grand adventure in otherworldly settings, as well as an assortment of the preliminary drawings that develop into his finished works. The large 9 x 12 inch format features four epic gatefold images, including a look at how Mark applies color over his black-line ink work. The vast majority of the art was completed over the last two years, with most of the sixty-plus pieces being published here for the first time.
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 Exclusive to this edition is a bound in signature page reproducing an unpublished illustration.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.
New Printing of Xenozoic with a New Cover and in Hardcover:
Xenozoic Book Details:
352 pages, 8.5 x 11 inches, comes in a paperback edition and a hardcover with jacket. This book collects all of the Xenozoic stories written and drawn by Mark. In addition, he has produced a new cover for this fresh printing.
Since we have had requests for a hardcover edition of this collection, we've decided to put this up on Kickstarter, along with Carbon. If we reach our goal, (we have!) we will produce a very small run of only 500 hardcover copies with jacket. This edition will not be available in the stores and will serve as a Flesk exclusive Publisher Edition. The cover price will be $75, but it is only $60 when ordering through Kickstarter.
If you are new to Xenozoic, here is our official promotional text:
Forced into hiding by a global ecological cataclysm, humans emerge from their underground warrens half a millennium later to discover that the Earth has been totally transformed. All of the familiar flora and fauna are gone, replaced by a radically altered natural order populated by rampaging dinosaurs and strange, new creatures. It takes guts, grim determination, ingenuity and a whole lot of old-fashioned luck just to survive, much less thrive, in this alien wilderness—all qualities that ace mechanic Jack Tenrec, lovely scientist Hannah Dundee and their friends possess in abundance.
But even the worthiest of these
hardy souls are hard-pressed to surmount the obstacles presented by
their new homeland. And when those trials are further compounded by the
underhanded and selfish actions of the cutthroat human scavengers they
encounter, even the best equipped and bravest among them might not
Xenozoic combines lush and richly realized ink-and-brush artwork with a pulp-fueled narrative to create an action-packed fantasy—an unrelenting adventure that also serves as a subtle cautionary fable concerning the unforeseen consequences that shortsighted present-day decisions might have upon future generations.
Please scroll down to see sample images at the bottom.
New Mark Schultz Print:
"Beyond the Known Forest, She Talks with Birds" Print Details:
This will measure at an oversized 24 x 18 inches, and will be printed on premium acid free thick stock and it will utilize archival inks. Each print will come signed. At a full two feet wide, this print will showcase Mark Schultz's artwork at its original size. In addition, the piece is currently being colored using Mark's traditional transparent watercolor technique for a brilliant unique look. It's going to be gorgeous and with your support we will make this happen should we reach our Kickstarter funding goal!
Free Kickstarter Exclusive Bonus for Book and/or Print Purchase Pledges:
Everyone who makes a book and/or print purchase pledge ($20.00 or more) will receive a Kickstarter exclusive signed 8 x 10 inch print, featuring a new Xenozoic image. And you will have access to Mark's brush and ink online demonstration 40 minute video free to our Kickstarter supporters. (The online access point and password will become available by by August 1.) This was filmed by John Flesk during a visit to Mark's studio in November 2012. This is the first time Mark has been filmed working on a large finished piece. He provides narration with tips and techniques, which are invaluable to students and to those who appreciate the process. Plus, all books and prints receive free shipping in the U.S.A.!
Kickstarter Exclusive Signed Print
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. The completed original art will be finished in india ink with an image area no smaller than 10 x 15 inches and is available with the Black Diamond Special pledge option. The art will be colored separately for the print.
If you like giant, stinging insects (and who doesn't?)--If you've ever wondered what it would be like to wander through your backyard at a fraction of an inch tall---if you just want to see Jack and Hannah in another impossibly hopeless predicament... Then this is the print for you!
Mark Schultz Bonus Brush and Ink Demonstration Video
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 print or book purchase pledge ($20.00 or more).
45K Stretch Goal -- Unlocked! Thank you!
Additional footage added to the brush and ink demonstration.
We were discussing Mark's demonstration video and came up with an idea to make it even better. We will film and add an additional 15 minute segment with Mark discussing the tools he uses as well as his influences. This will expand the 40 minute video to 55 minutes.
50K Stretch Goal -- Unlocked! Thank you!
A 2nd free exclusive signed 8 x 10 inch print!
We have now added a second 8 x 10 inch signed print featuring the cover art to Carbon.
55K Stretch Goal -- Unlocked! Thank you!
Upgrade binding and
bound in signature page for the Xenozoic hardcover edition.
We are seeing a lot of interest for this Xenozoic hardcover edition. We want to upgrade the binding from the current printed boards with jacket option to a fancy quarter-binding with an onlaid plate featuring the cover art set in the front center boards. The board design will finish off with a stamp of the title and Mark Schultz's name on the front boards. The jacket will also be included. In addition, we will add a bound in signature page to the book, featuring a new Xenozoic preliminary drawing, which will be signed by Mark Schultz. This is on top of the already promised signed bookplate. This will be an exquisite production and unique to this 500 copy edition you have made possible through Kickstarter.
61K Stretch Goal -- Unlocked! Thank you!
A third free exclusive signed 8 x 10 inch print
We have added a third 8 x 10 inch signed print featuring Mark Schultz's artwork titled No. 1. (See update 9 to view the image)
This book will ship to Kickstarter supporters on August 1, 2013 for delivery in early August. The Carbon Deluxe Edition and Xenozoic special hardcover will not be available through the stores—just from us! As of this launch, the books are already 95% completed.
All pledge amounts include USPS Media Mail shipping within the U.S. Shipping for International orders needs to be entered manually. Please add the amount shown on each pledge option. (The actual international shipping costs are a little higher but we've decided to pitch in and help to keep the costs lower.) International orders ship by FedEx. This is the most affordable option available. 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's thoughts on Flesk Publications:
It is not a common thing to find a publisher with whom you can develop a long-standing relationship based on mutually held values. I know—I’ve been around the block a few times. I count myself extraordinarily lucky to have partnered with Flesk Publications early in its life and to have been a part of its growth. John Flesk and I share the same core tenant: Quality guarantees a future for works in print, no matter what changes and transformations occur in the publishing world in general. It is no accident that John has remained my principle publisher for eight years now—he is committed to excellence. I appreciate that beyond words.
John Flesk's thoughts on Mark:
I have had the extraordinary opportunity of working with Mark Schultz since 2004, with his Various Drawings Volume One being the first book of his I published in 2005. All in all, I've published seven of his books to date, and I am honored to know and work with him. I work very closely with Mark to make sure his vision and artwork are properly showcased in the books. Besides being one of my favorite artists, he's also one of my favorite human beings! I'm very excited about Carbon and to play an ongoing part in collecting and sharing his art with his fans.
"Let’s be honest: It’s no secret to anyone who has followed my career that I am, in mind-set and execution, totally Old School," shares Mark Schultz. "I’m still learning the most basic possibilities of this internet thing. But—in the three years since I first heard about Kickstarter I’ve talked with enough cognoscenti to completely understand the rush, the excitement, of being part of something bigger—something that might not happen otherwise—something unique and aimed right at one’s passions. I’ve felt it myself, having contributed and received the payoff. Now I get to be on the other side and I am just as excited.
"Kickstarter gives us the unique opportunity to customize and provide special books to collectors that wouldn't otherwise be possible," continues John Flesk. "With our Art of Brom Kickstarter event, I learned just how fun and rewarding it can be to have our supporters included as part of the process from the beginning. Kickstarter and the interactions with our supporters is not only fun, but it also pushes us harder to keep our our focus of making these books for 'us,' instead of a 'market.'"
A final message from Mark:
Thanks to all of you for taking the time to check out our project. If you’ve come this far, I assume you are considering contributing. So, thanks for your consideration, as well.
My rate of production tends to verge on the glacial. It often takes me forever to feel that I’ve got a piece of work close enough to where it needs to be to release it to the world. I have nothing but the deepest appreciation for all of you who have chosen to accept my peculiarities and stick with me all these years. Your support has allowed me to produce my independent works up to this point and will allow me to continue to produce self-generated art and stories into the future. You make what I do possible.
About Mark Schultz:
Mark Schultz is a storyteller by nature as well as by profession. He could always draw and his storytelling tends to lean toward the visual, although he can cobble his ideas into words as necessary. His interests in adventure fiction and the sciences led him to create his awarding-winning Xenozoic Tales comics series. He has illustrated a collection of Robert E. Howard’s Conan of Cimmeria and written the science primer graphic novel The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA. Between scripting the weekly newspaper adventures of Prince Valiant and producing images for such collections as Carbon, he continues to chip away at the illustrations for his novella Storms at Sea. Long-time followers of his career may now roll their eyes.
Mark Schultz: Carbon Sample Artwork:
Xenozoic Sample Artwork:
Risks and challenges
Why you should trust Flesk Publications? John answers:
"I pride myself on having a ten year record of delivering over forty 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 forty books, 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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