pHRv1:DB on the way

Finally got the word I’ve been waiting for. After more frustrations (I noted some of the earlier ones here), the promised graphic novel, “Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade”, has not only found a format and a probable printer, I’m expecting a proof waiting in my mail slot when I return from holidays in mid-February.

All goes well it will be available from Phantacea Publications come end-February. Price will be around $16.00 CAD but it’ll be worth it. Tell you more as the release date approaches. In the meantime, one thing I can promise is that this won’t be the cover.

Tentative Front and Back Covers for "Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade"

Tentative Front and Back Covers for “Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade”

As per usual, keep an eye on the Phantacea Publications’ website for updates: www.phantacea.com

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More Mother Machine comes to Earth

Not too long ago I put up lynx to a story I saw in the Vancouver Sun that I entitled: “Not just extraterrestrial technology anymore”. The original posting’s here:  http://phantacea.com/blog/?p=115.

The entry was posted in Phantacea and Travels, which might have been a mistake. I tagged it: ,.

Well, here we go again: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20972018. This time scientists are at least printing food, not guns. The article’s entitled: ‘Modern Meadow aims to print raw meat using bioprinter.’

It brings to mind Jordan Tethys’s complaint from “Goddess Gambit” to the effect that the beer produced in the Weirdom of Cabalarkon was undrinkable:

“Even if Golgotha Nauroz and his wife, Gethsemane, made a passable homebrew, they couldn’t get it quite right. As for the frothy fakery the processors produced, it tasted more like the swill you regurgitated after you’ve had way, way, too much real beer.”

You have been warned.

E-book cover for Goddess Gambit, artwork by Verne Andru

E-book cover for “Goddess Gambit” — ISBN 978-0-9878683-3-6

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Raven in Roman Mithraism

Should draw your attention to this article on the raven in mythology: http://www.ravenfamily.org/nascakiyetl/obs/rav1.html.

It mentions all sorts of characters and concepts that come up in the Phantacea Mythos including the Morrigan and Badb (Battle Baby) who feature in “Goddess Gambit“.

E-book cover for Goddess Gambit, artwork by Verne Andru

E-book cover for “Goddess Gambit” — ISBN 978-0-9878683-3-6

Unfortunately I didn’t realize that ravens were the choughs of the Valkyries” when I wrote “Feeling Theocidal” (but that’s only because I’d never heard the word before). As per here I did know they were connected to them, though.

E-book cover for "Feeling Theocidal", artwork by Verne Andru, 2008

E-book cover for “Feeling Theocidal”, artwork by Verne Andru, 2008

One thing the article doesn’t mention is that Corax (Raven) is the first step for initiates in Roman Mithraism. (Seen the stonework in Ostia Antica haven’t I.) More re Roman Mithraism is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mithraic_mysteries#Degrees_of_initiation

While I knew that the collective noun for crows was murder I didn’t realize it was unkindness for ravens. Then again, other than ravens are much bigger, I’m still not sure how to tell the difference.

I’d like to tell you that Phantacea’s Raven’s Head was deliberately created to connect to all these mythologies, and perhaps she was, but the name came from a Yates & Jackson, Lancaster beer mug that I still have.

Collage of images  prepared by Jim McPherson entitled Raven's Head

Raven’s Head collage prepared by Jim McPherson mostly using his own shots

Remind me to take a picture of it sometime for pHantaBlog. Ravenhead Glass may actually still exist, too. More on Raven is here: http://www.phantacea.com/deviants1.htm#secondRow.

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