Midwinter Meanderings Minus Maximon … also Minus Zero

In case you missed it yesterday on pHantaJim‘s pHacebook page …

January 12, 2017

Cold Snap-Shots – January 2017

Photo of Maximon Mask bought in 2003 probably in Guatemals

1. Photo of Maximon on pHantaJIm‘s mask wall, shot in early January 2017

Shot of person emerging from English Bay at Jericho Beach, photo by Jim McPherson, 170101

2. Jericho Beach Vancouver New Years Day 2017 Polar Person emerging from English Bay, RVYC, West End and North Shore mountains in background

Maximon Mask (1) thought it was too cold outside to come off the wall and go for a walk to Jericho Beach on New Years Day, so went bare-faced by myself. He was right about the cold, and the road-ice made for treacherous footing, but I made it down there in the early afternoon.

I don’t do polar bear swims but someone else did (2).

Shot of Jericho Beach's scary tree, taken by Jim McPherson, 170101

3. Shot of Herb Mire, Jericho Beach’s scary tree, taken 170101

Was old pal Herb Mire (3) shivering under his blanket of snow.

Kits Point arch, taken by Jim McPherson on 170112

4. Arch at Kits Point, with skaters, taken on 170112; arch is reminiscent of Poseidon’s Gate on Naxos in the Cycladic Islands of Greece

Might have been; still looked like he was stalking someone. Or was it something? Ducks on the frozen pond? A coyote in the underbrush trough, perhaps?

A week later a one-day rainstorm washed away a lot of the snow and melted most of the ice. The cold came back the next day, though, and shows no sign of leaving any time soon.

5, Vancouver's frozen over Kits Pool, shot by Jim McPherson on 170112

5, Vancouver’s frozen over Kits Pool, shot on 170112

So I went down to Kits Point to see if the teleportal (4) to Naxos, in the Cyclades, was working yet. It wasn’t. Weird how it never is whenever I try it.

Vancouver's Grouse Mountain shot across English Bay from Kits Point by Jim McPherson on 170101

6. Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain shot across English Bay from Kits Point on 170101

No one was swimming in Kits Pool (5). Mind you, no one was skating on it, either. Mountains looked nice (6).

Mexico, here I come!

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NOTE 1: More on Maximon can be found on Jim McPherson’s Travels page: El Retorno del Maximon;

Mock up for Helmoon Back Cover, 2013, prepared by Jim McPherson in 2013 using the Delphi Spinx

Mock up for Helmoon Back Cover, 2013, prepared by Jim McPherson in 2013 using the Delphi Sphinx

NOTE 2: Herb Mire, unnamed at the time, has appeared on pHantaBlog previously. Serendipitously it was posted on January 13, 2015, two years ago today: Marauding Mire Monster Shot.

Sphinx shot in the Delphi Museum, taken in 2012 by Jim McPherson

Sphinx shot in the Delphi Museum turns out to have been from the island of Naxos originally

NOTE 3: According to Wikipedia, what I was told was called Poseidon’s Gate, when I went to Naxos in 2004, is actually what’s left of the entrance to Apollo’s Temple.

Finally, since this is pHantaBlog, not pHantaJim‘s blog, I was surprised to discover that the Delphi Sphinx I used in one of my mock-ups for the back cover of “Helios on the Moon” is actually a Naxian sphinx.

Nothing on Wikipedia page as to why it ended up in the Delphi museum in time for me to get a shot of it in 2012.

Poseidon Gate on Naxos, shot by Jim McPherson, 2004, on island of Naxos in the Cyclades

Poseidon Gate shot on island of Naxos in 2004 turns out to be what’s left of the entrance to the Apollo Temple according to Wikipedia

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Catastrophic Comedy Break

Headless man with headless monkey walk into a room, unaccredited comic panel taken from Facebook

Unattributed comic book panel taken from Facebook feed in late 2016

The above, unaccredited panel from a comic book showed up recently on a Facebook feed. Reminded instantly of this sequence from “The War of the Apocalyptics“.

Here Nakba Ramazar, the headless Apocalyptic of Sudden Disaster, is speaking to his cousin, Dand Tariqartha, Devalord of Subcranial Temporis. It’s early Tantalar 5980 (December 1980):

Ramazar pulled a flip pad out of the breast pocket of his highwayman-style overcoat. He also pulled out a pair of spectacles. After a second’s hesitation he returned the glasses to his pocket.
“Don’t know why I keep those things around.” he mumbled, flipping open the notebook. “Haven’t got a nose to perch them on nor the eyes to see through, have I?”
“So it would appear, yet you speak and have no mouth. How do manage that?”
“Promise not tell anyone, Dand the Dandy Deadbeat Dad, and I’ll let you in on our scintilla of a secret.”
“Upon my inviolable oath as a highborn son of Lazareme, mightiest of the Great Gods.”
“Two-be-headed Vultyrie’s a ventriloquist.”
“And here I thought she was just a mindless schlemiel.”
“That too.”

Sundown and Raven's Head confront Ramazar and the Vultyrie in Temporis

Artwork from pH-5, 1980, by Vince Marchesano

His fellow devils call Ramazar Catastrophe. Shown here with the Vultyrie fighting Blind Sundown and Raven’s head in a blog-familiar sequence from Phantacea 5, artwork by Vince Marchesano, 1990, he often comes up with some good lines.

In this scrap of dialogue, also from War-Pox, he’s back in the Sedon’s Sphere and railing against his fate to said sphere’s Sedon:

“It’s not fair, grandfather. Nobody told me I’d be up against cathonitizers. All I wanted was for things to get back to normal; create the occasional disaster whenever I grew low on ammunition; go to parties; make more azuras and the occasional deviant when I feel up to it; basically just have some fun.
“But, no, Murder had to have her unspeakable children and I had to protect her. Now here I am back in your dumb, depressing Dome again. I tell you, it’s just not right.”
“Don ’t fret so, Disaster. You might cause a meteor shower. Wait a mini-minute ! I’ve just had a thought.”
“Better than having a baby, I suppose.”
“Tell you what, come spring maybe we will have a party. Just for you. Shooting stars, how ’s that for a theme? Play your cards right and you might have the distinction of being the first one shot.”
“I’d rather be on the firing squad, if you don’t mind.”

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Merry Mithramas Bonus … Boxed on Boxing Day

Perhaps not surprisingly the Mithramas update of Serendipity and … isn’t so much about devils and their devilments in the Phantacea Mythos, though it is that. Its main purpose is to show off some nifty optical diableries from the 1870s and tell pHantaJIm‘s true story re receiving an email from Mephistopheles in the mid to late 1990s.

Also contains reiterations of a couple of Dave Sim pages from pH-1 (1977) and a cut-out of a Frank Frazetta so obscure it didn’t google up online. Ended up having to scan it in from a picture book that precedes Phantacea.

Oh yes, entry contains some actual diablerie stereoscope shots as well. Have some sample artwork

1870s diablerie scanned in from Fortean Times #346

Uncoloured diablerie from 1870s entitled Les Cuisines de Satan, used to illustrate Baaloch Hellblob’s gourmand tastes

Fat potentate and his executioner, Frank Frazetta artwork, undated

Scanned in from “The Fantastic Art of Frank Frazetta”, Bantam Books, US Edition August 1975

Stereoscopic diablerie from 1870s entitled, in English, ‘Entrance to Hell

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Happy Xmas – Top of the Solstice Season

It being 8 December 2016, must be time to recall the tragedy of 36 years ago. Around here that generally means pulling out one of my three favourite seasonal songs. It’s called ‘Happy Xmas (War is over)’.

It also must be time to start prefacing my greetings with ‘Top of the Solstice Season’. Which of course might also be Merry Mithramas.

Solstice Season celebrations, image found on web, 2016

Image found on web re various Solstice Season celebrations

John Lennon’s song actually is called Happy Xmas. Which, in turn, bring to mind the attached graphic and this comment, as made on pHantacea on pHacebook a couple of days ago:

“To which might be added: You don’t need to be a Xuthrodite to like swimming on Xmas Day in warmer climes. (Xuthros Hor = the Biblical Noah in the Phantacea Mythos. He looks Japanese and rides a Raven’s Head according to cover of “Forever & Forty Days — the Genesis of Phantacea” — wraparound cover double-clicks there

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Likeable pHanta-posts pHrom pHacebook

Have to remind myself that nowhere near everyone has Fb and that therefore those that don’t can’t access pHantacea on pHacebook as readily as those that do can. Here are four copy and pastes from the last little while.

Comments appreciated at bottom of entry.

After a lengthy absence, finally got around to adding some more entries to Serendipity and Phantacea. Got three monstrous newcomers to start with; more work budgeted for tomorrow, wherein lynx shall be thoroughly vetted.

Alabaster Leadface, a new entry on Serendipity and …, quotes extensively from a Fortean Times article entitled “Fashion Victims” (FT 345, October 2016) that’s not online yet.
Queen Elizabeth I of England (aka Leadface, pictured) caught smallpox when she was 29 in 1562. Because it left her scarred, “after her illness, she resorted to applying thicker layers of makeup. … Lead and mercury lotions caused [her skin] to react: breakouts and impurities were covered by increasingly thicker layers … and eventually [her] skin was corroded by the chemicals at work.”

May not be pHant-applicable but it is hard to resist

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And you didn’t even need rainbow hair back then

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Day of the Deadhead

The Day of the Dead was last week. Except in what will henceforth be known as the United States of Am-idiocy. Actually, thinking about it this morning, yesterday was more like the Day of the Deadhead down there.

Have some sugar skulls shot at a local Vancouver restaurant on October 27, 2016.

Note that (presumably) the same Katrina (second one down) found its way into the Wilderwitch’s Babies promotional collage currently found on www.phantacea.com. Evidently she does not need to be kept in a refrigerator to last from year to year.

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Jim McPherson Phantacea Publications has this year’s pick of the pumpkin prowl. Even though Jacks are by default orange, no comment meant re last night’s conclusion to smear campaign in Am-idiocy.
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Dragon’s can get eaten, too

And, as far as we know, Hiyati Samarand (the humanized form of Yati, Byron’s Dragon) is still being digested on Incain

Byron has a dragon. Last seen in Helios on the Moon (http://www.phantacea.com/hel-moon_mainpage.html) eating Sharkczar then getting swallowed whole by All of Incain, who featured predominantly in Feeling Theocidal (http://www.phantacea.com/FeelTheoPage.htm) and showed up again in Contagion Collectors (http://www.phantacea.com/1000DazePage.htm#10SecondSyn)

Stories about dragons have always taken their inspiration from real-world animals. Does this mean dragons could feasibly exist?
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Phantacea Publications Some images of All can be found here (http://www.phantacea.info/term.htm#sphnxs1) and here (http://www.phantacea.info/sum14.htm#promoRow). She also appears on the cover of Helios on the Moon to Helios’s left. She’s how Freespirit Nihila escapes Sedon’s Head, howsoever temporarily. Will return as Wilderwitch’s Babies (http://www.phantacea.com/witchBabsPage.htm#logo) continues.

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Don’t be a stranger, Mephistopheles

Actually, now that I think about it, please continue to be a stranger. Oh, and kindly keep your crows to yourself.

Published by CBC News · 27 September at 08:40 ·

Some twenty odd years ago, when Phantacea on the Web (pH-Webworld — http://www.phantacea.info/) began someone calling himself (or herself) Mephistopheles e-mailed to warn against publishing any more stories making fun of devils. He (or she) got the standard reply: ‘Hey, it’s only make-believe.” Whereupon he/or unleashed the crows.

Maybe she/or should have had Phantacea Publications charged under: ‘Section 296 of the Criminal Code of Canada states, “Everyone who publishes a blasphemous libel is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.”‘

Did you know blasphemy is still an offence in Canada? It’s true, and that’s why the B.C. Humanist Association asked Victoria City Council to declare Sept. 30…
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Holy Hola Hoops — Y blog’s been offline for awhile

“Holy Hola Hoops, Harry lad!” Young Death almost spoke those words of greeting to Harry “Ringleader” Zeross during Pregame Gambit (http://www.phantacea.com/#pdfDec). Seems an appropriate hola from down here in Touristic Dentistry land. Got one last appointment b4 heading home next Sunday so have been mostly offline for a while.

Been rereading the Weirdness of Cabalarkon” (http://www.phantacea.info/synop5.htm#limbo1) and, boyo el toyo, is it different from “Decimation Damnation” (http://www.phantacea.com/#comingSoon). So, feel free to cheat howsoever slightly and read Weirdness’s synopses (http://www.phantacea.info/synop5.htm#month1) before ordering the latest mini-novel (http://www.phantacea.com/#pdfDec).

You’ll be very surprised just how wrong I got a very nearly canonical storyline originally scripted for the Phantacea Phase Two series of 1980s comic books (that never were) back in the early 20-Zeros,

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Vexatious Nonentities?

Wash that birdbrain’s mouth out with soapstone

Was going to use the word ‘nebbishes’ but online dictionary objected (wrongly, as it happens) but even when it’s defined as “a pitifully ineffectual, inept, and timid person” it still implies they exist.
As this telltale sequence from “Decimation Damnation” reveals, that’s not necessarily so in the case of Stone Gnomes:
The girls had been terrified of Dervish Furie, with his horns and fangs, but had taken an immediate liking to Jervis Murray, he with his darkish, though not altogether jet-black skin and still thick but now trimmed beard. They were in charm mode; were competing with each other trying to tell him how matter transducers kept working despite the fact no one in Cabalarkon knew how to make, let alone service, one anymore. He was distracted, was forever looking around for Wilderwitch, who had yet to show up, and missed most of what Harry’s youngest, Athena, was saying.
“What was that again, Tina? What’re stone gnomes?”
“Gnomes made of stone, silly,” the 6-year old repeated.
“They’re what keeps everything going, Uncle Monster,” elaborated 12-year old Helen, who liked to sound superior and could be quite rude. “Tinny thinks she saw one this morning in the old palace.”
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Which, since she thought she saw it in a refrigerator while ‘stealing’ ice cream as well as for those of you don’t follow Phantacea Publications on Facebook (pHantacea on pHacebook), brings us to this, a variation of which also appeared recently on Serendipity and …:

A mite nippy out there, eh? And not just in the dying days of what’s been passing for summer in Vancouver. Great start, though … in May.

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 And this, also from (pHantacea on pHacebook):

Is that a stone gnome on the cover of JLA 15?

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Neither of which tells us that stone gnomes actually exist. Something does, though, hence — hopefully without giving too much away — this sequence, also from DecDam:
Wilderwitch was still silently cogitating … when they arrived at Raven’s digs. She wasn’t as swift as Johnny or Raven were to realize the walls were no longer the mess she and Furie had made of them; were in fact back to being as good as new. Was barely swift enough to pick up on the significance of Raven’s exclamatory squawks. Wash that birdbrain’s mouth out with soapstone she was thinking when Sundown made another observation.
“And if they’re demons, they’re shape-shifters.”
“Wait a minute there,” the Witch protested. “You’re suggesting I’m a demon?”
“Not at all,” said Sundown, regarding her querulously, through Raven’s eyes and with her perspective. “Should we have been?”
“Of course not. What were you saying then? I must have missed it.”
“Only that stone gnomes must have fixed the walls and stone gnomes have to be demons. Demons are shape-shifters.”
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Much more on Stone Gnomes can be found by using the search engines on www.phantacea.com and pH-Webworld
Screen shot from the Welcoming Page of phantacea.com as of Saturday, August 4, 2016

Wilderwitch goes into labour with “Decimation Damnation”, the first mini-novel extracted from the open-ended saga

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