McPhersonal Appearance at Van Expo 2014

Phantacea Publications is pleased to confirm that Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, will be tending the Phantacea Publications table at this year’s Van Expo. It’s at the Vancouver Convention Centre, April 18-20, 2014.

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VCON Attendees — Remember Russia

As per also per here, Jim McPherson will be signing copies of "Nuclear Dragons" at this year’s VCON. Its theme is …

Pirates and Piracy:  Sea, Space and Web

Swashbuckling rogues, desperate space battles, the future of intellectual property rights, grizzled old seamen following ancient treasure maps, the basics of Ferengi business practices, peer to peer file sharing, and maybe even a little Captain Morgan…

I’ve been advised that cosplay is a word; a portmanteau, no less. Apparently it also has a drawback. Folks get caught up in character so random acts of piracy may be expected.

What’s scary is what happened to Greenpeace activists this week in RussiaRussia levels piracy charges at whole Greenpeace crew. Evidently Vladimir Putin is not a costume-player.

Two pirate women, artwork by Melissa Mary Duncan, 2013

Image Courtesy of Melissa Mary Duncan www.melissaduncan.ca. Melissa is one of VCON38’s attending artists. We invite you to join her in the art gallery on Saturday (5 October 2013) to watch her at work and enjoy her process.

The big event takes place on Friday, 4 October 2013, starting at 7 p.m. Free entry for the book signing event Friday evening. Vendor’s Room is open to the public all weekend, 4-6 Oct. Website is here.

Event address: Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel, 3500 Cessna Drive, Richmond, BC. Important information follows.

TRANSIT AND WALKING DIRECTIONS FOR VCON 38

DIRECT BUS SERVICE AT HOTEL – LIMITED AND UNUSUAL HOURS,
about every 20 to 30 minutes.  The “unusual” part is because the hotel is directly on a Night Bus route.

Friday:  c. 1:30 am to c. 4:30 am, N10 Downtown/ Richmond – Brighouse Stn
c. 6:25 am to c. 7:25 pm, C92 Bridgeport/Airport South

Saturday c. 1:30 am to c. 4:30 am, N10 Downtown/ Richmond – Brighouse Stn
c. 8:10 am to c. 7:05 pm, C92 Bridgeport/Airport South

Sunday c. 1:30 am to c. 4:30 am, N10 Downtown/ Richmond – Brighouse Stn

Monday  c. 1:30 am to c. 4:30 am, N10 Downtown/ Richmond – Brighouse Stn
c. 6:25 am to 7:25 pm, C92 Bridgeport/Airport South

The C92 stops by the hotel on its way out (Stop #58061, on Russ Baker Way) from Bridgeport (Canada Line) Skytrain station to Airport South, and again on its way back (Stop #58058, on Miller Road). Contact Transit at 604-953-3333 and reference these stop #s to get precise service details.
The N10 Night Bus between downtown Vancouver and Richmond center also stops right by the hotel, at the same stops It makes 6 trips each way, half-hourly, late every night. The first 3 trips each way make a side run to the Vancouver Airport and Bridgeport Skytrain station. The bus winds up stopping by the hotel at least twice each way on these trips.

More travel info to VCON here

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Routes not to take to VCON

As per also here and here, Jim McPherson will be signing copies of "Nuclear Dragons" at this year’s VCON. The big event takes place on Friday, 4 October 2013, starting at 7 p.m.

Free entry for the book signing event Friday evening. Vendor’s Room is open to the public all weekend, 4-6 Oct. Website is here.

Two pirate women, artwork by Melissa Mary Duncan, 2013

Image Courtesy of Melissa Mary Duncan www.melissaduncan.ca. Melissa is one of VCON38’s attending artists. We invite you to join her in the art gallery on Saturday (5 October 2013) to watch her at work and enjoy her process.

Event address: Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel, 3500 Cessna Drive, Richmond, BC. Important information follows.

Note #5 in particular. Evidently cosplay (which apparently is a word; a portmanteau, no less) has a drawback. Folks get caught up in character so random acts of piracy may be expected.

ROUTES to NOT TAKE:

1) DO NOT ATTEMPT to walk to Templeton Skytrain station.  It is a very dangerous route across marshy land and strangely looped roads, the nearest station side is blocked off, and Skytrain service does not run past 1:00 a.m.

2) DO NOT CROSS Sea Island Way or Bridgeport Road, except at the lighted intersections at No. 3 Road.  There is a very tempting disused railway crossing at the east (Richmond) end of each bridge. However, traffic is very fast, very frequent, and knows it has the right of way. Sea Island Way is extremely bad: the one-way traffic is coming fast over the hump of the Moray Channel Bridge, and WILL NOT SEE YOU IN TIME.  Traffic on Bridgeport Road is one-way toward Airport Connector Bridge, and has long clear sightlines, but the crossing is still not legal and still not recommenced.

3) DO NOT ATTEMPT to use the north side of Sea Island Way AT ALL, unless you work in the hut at the west end.of the Moray Channel Bridge.  There is a crosswalk on the north side of the bridge, but it is marked “closed”, and strongly fenced off at both ends..Only bridge service staff are allowed to use it, and only when they’re actually turning aside the center of the bridge to let tall river traffic through.

4) DO NOT use the bridge at Bridgeport Road (Airport Connector Bridge) to get to the hotel,. Cars must go this way, but it is a longer route among the tangled roads.  If you use this bridge by mistake, there is a bicycle path, west of the bridge, that leads back under the bridges’ ends and connects up right across from the hotel..  It has “subject to flooding” warning signage on it..  Hope it is not a very high tide!.

5) (For over-enthusiastic pirates) If the Moray Channel Bridge crossing is held up for a passing tall ship, DO NOT ATTEMPT to board said ship.  It will not let you off anywhere you actually want to go, and your outfit and gear will be ruined in the process.

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McPhersonal APE

Advertisement appearing the convention brochure for APE - Alternative Press Expo, features b/w versions of front covers for Nuclear Dragons and the Damnation Brigade graphic novel

Advertisement appearing in the convention brochure for APE – Alternative Press Expo, features b/w versions of front covers for Nuclear Dragons and the Damnation Brigade graphic novel, covers artwork by Ian Bateson, text by Jim McPherson

In case you missed posts on pHantacea on pHacebook (https://www.facebook.com/phantacea) or the Google +  page (https://plus.google.com/107672488573718702210/posts) for Phantacea Publications, Jim McPherson will be attending APE – The Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco a couple of weeks from now.

The dates are October 12 & 13. The place is The Concourse Exhibition Center, 835 8th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. The website is here

And yes, it’s beginning to look like comic and cover artist Verne Andru will be joining him there for at least part of the time.

5 collages prepared for the Goddess Gambit web page

A variety of collages prepared by Jim McPherson for the Goddess Gambit web page

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McPhersonal Appearance at Vcon Book Launch Confirmed

Jim McPherson writes:

It’s a go. Was worried about it for awhile but just went to White Dwarf Book on 10th. They confirmed the list is online (http://www.vcon.ca/vcon-38/special-events/book-launch),  I’m on it and that it’s free to the public. (So it the Vender’s Room.)

Got a recent email from Vcon and reckon it’d be okay if I shared the image that came with it here:

Two pirate women, artwork by Melissa Mary Duncan, 2013

Image Courtesy of Melissa Mary Duncan www.melissaduncan.ca. Melissa is one of VCON38’s attending artists. We invite you to join her in the art gallery on Saturday (5 October 2013) to watch her at work and enjoy her process.

Might be a reading involved as well. Which would be a first for me. Slap me if I open with: “Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking …”

As for having copies of “Nuclear Dragons” on hand, well, if they’re not here by then I’ll do the launch as if “Goddess Gambit” is the new book instead.

Front Cover Ad for "Nuclear Dragons", art by Ian Bateson, 2013, text and ad preparation by Jim McPherson, 2013

Front Cover Ad for “Nuclear Dragons”; design and finished art by Ian Bateson, 2013; text and ad preparation by Jim McPherson, 2013

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No Nucks at Van Comicon – Sept 8

It’s true. Unless you count Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos.

Jim McPherson will be there, true as well. But he won’t have “Nuclear Dragons” with him. Will have hard copies of this, though.

Nuclear Dragons Interactive PDF

Ask and ye shall receive (while supplies last).

Potential b/w ad for Nuclear Dragons, prepared by Jim McPherson, artwork by Ian Bateson 2013

Potential b/w ad for “Nuclear Dragons”, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2013, rendered grey for b/w reproductions

Both covers are reproduced here. More on “Nuclear Dragons” can be found here, here and here. It’s auctorial preamble is here and here.

The first entry in the ‘Launch 1980’ story cycle was 2009’s “The War of the Apocalyptics“. A note re the dreaded letter ‘D’ and the spoiler alert that goes with it are here and here. Both apply to “Nuclear Dragons” and both were taken from 2011’s “Janna Fangfingers“.

 

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McPhersonal Appearances at VCON in early October

It’s almost official:

Jim McPherson, creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, will be attending the Book Launch event opening night at Vcon 2013

Book Launch

VCON’s annual multi-author Book Launch event will be held the evening of Friday October 4, starting at 7p.

Attendees will be able to mingle and chat with a variety of science fiction and fantasy authors, editors and publishers from throughout BC, Canada and the US who have released new publications since the previous year’s VCON or who will be releasing new publications before the end of the calendar year. In addition to the opportunity to schmooze with these authors and publishers there will be a period of readings from some of the attending authors.

VCON’s Book Launch event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! So please feel free to bring out your convention-shy friends and give them a brief taste of what we’re about.

That’s of course always assuming there is one: http://www.vcon.ca/vcon-38/special-events/book-launch.

If there is, then he’ll have with him copies of some of his earlier novels as published by Phantacea Publications:

B/w covers of all the novels, mini-novels and graphic novels to date released by Phantacea Publications,  prepared by Jim McPherson, 2013

B/w covers of all the novels, mini-novels and graphic novels to date released by Phantacea Publications

Notwithstanding in-house floods and slow-to-deliver POD producers in the States (why aren’t there any here in Vancouver?), he should also have with him copies of the latest Phantacea Mythos full-length novel “Nuclear Dragons“, the second entry of the ‘Launch 1980’ story cycle.

Front and Back Covers for "Nuclear Dragons"; artwork by Ian Bateson, 1980/2013; text by Jim McPherson

Front and Back Covers for “Nuclear Dragons”; artwork by Ian Bateson, 1980/2013; text by Jim McPherson

And if the newest novel hasn’t arrived up here in backwards Canada by then, well, he’ll happily read from and/or sign some of earlier books; assuming Vcon will let him.

More on “Nuclear Dragons” can be found here, here and here. It’s auctorial preamble is here and here.

The first entry in the ‘Launch 1980’ story cycle was 2009’s “The War of the Apocalyptics“. A note re the dreaded letter ‘D’ and the spoiler alert that goes with it are here and here. Both apply to “Nuclear Dragons” and both were taken from 2011’s “Janna Fangfingers“.

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McPhersonal Appearance — Vancouver Comicon Sunday 8 Sept 13

Jim McPherson, creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, will be back at the Heritage Hall (15th & Main, Vancouver) on Sunday, 8 September 2013. Starts at 11 a.m.

Hopefully it’ll be raining by then as last one was sparsely attended in large measure due to what eventually registered as the first rainless July in Vancouver’s history: http://www.vancouvercomiccon.com/

Exact address is as on poster, just a different date:

Poster for the July 7, 2013 Vancouver Comic Con

Poster for the July 7, 2013 Vancouver Comic Con. Website is here: http://www.vancouvercomiccon.com/

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McPhersonal Appearance — July 2013

Jim McPherson, the creator and writer of the  PHANTACEA Mythos will be attending the Vancouver Comic Con: Sunday, July 7th. It’s at Heritage Hall, 15th and Main in, as one might expect, Vancouver.

Poster for the July 7, 2013 Vancouver Comic Con

Poster for the July 7, 2013 Vancouver Comic Con. Website is here: http://www.vancouvercomiccon.com/

He’ll be one-manning the Phantacea Publications table. Since it’s a comic con he’ll have copies of the two graphic novels, "Phantacea Revisited #1: The Damnation Brigade" and "Forever & 40 Days — The Genesis of PHANTACEA", as well as copies of Phantacea 1-4, the last remaining  Phantacea comic books. Their covers are here.

He’ll have the books with him, too. Prices are as per here, minus the postage, and here Phantacea Publications Price List 2013.

Giveaways include postcards for D-Brig, Gambit and, back by popular request, the 35th anniversary of Phantacea, featuring Ian Bateson’s big Eye-Mouth in the Sky.

Autographing books sold could be construed as a giveaway. The ink used to make them, too, though not the pen itself. As per here, he’s a Nova Scotia Scotsman. Their generosity only goes so far.

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Sandoval Sighting

It happened again, this time at the Vancouver Comicon on Sunday 19 May. (See McPhersonal Appearances for May here.)

Helios on the Moon, front cover of Phantacea Three, art by Richard Sandoval, 1978

Artwork from the Helios on the Moon side of pH-3, which was a flip book; Richard Sandoval, 1978

Jim McPherson writes:

 

So here I am behind the Phantacea Publications table watching attendees at the latest comicon flip through all the big white boxes full of Marvels and DC comics instead stopping by to have a boo and a spiel from eminently more interesting me.

 

This fellow comes by, along with a couple of friends. Might be about my age, maybe younger, certainly slimmer. Says something to the effect of “I once worked for a ‘Fantastica’ or some such.”

 

I look at him. He’s staring hard at the Damnation Brigade flip cover for pH-3, which is here. I say something like: “Could it have been Phantacea?” and flip it over. He gasps: “Yep, that’s me!”

Helios on the Moon - comic book cover; art by Richard Sandoval 1978

Helios on the Moon – comic book cover; art by Richard Sandoval 1978

It was Richard (Ricardo) Sandoval. Thirty-five years ago (gasp!) he did half of the Helios on the Moon sequence and the front cover for the comic.

 

And, yes, he did sign a page in the comic he was looking at for me. Gave him a different copy as keepsake. (Still got some left, as per here.)

 

I recollect looking for him years and years ago when I was considering putting out pH-7 despite losing the anticipated artist to that aforementioned Marvel of a devil, unless it’s devil of a Marvel. No luck. Still no pH-7 either.

 

So where’s he been, back to Chile maybe? Moving around, he tells me, working in the movie business, which is big in BC.

 

More to the point, where’s his website? I’ll leave that to him to detail as he pleases.

 

Does make me wonder who I’ll run into next.

Maybe it’ll be you!

 

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