Vancouver Fan Expo 20-21 April 2013

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Van Expo much bigger than last year. Much better attended on Sunday, too. Met some interesting folks and got all sorts of promises along lines of ‘let me go get some cash’ or ‘see you Sunday’ or, ‘hey, I’ve got a small apartment so I’ll buy the e-books online’ etc.

Unfortunately, books are a hard sell. (Saw only two other tables selling novels but may have missed some.) Guess that isn’t particularly surprising as Fan Expo is (nominally) more about comics and worshipping at the shrine of celebrity than anything else.

Did get tired of folks telling me that ‘no one reads anymore anyhow’, as if they’re proud of it or ‘reading just isn’t cool’ (presumably when compared to video games or watching TV or U-Tube). Did mention that the Phantacea Publications e-books on the Kindle format talk. No need to read anything, just listen.

Too bad I didn’t have the pHRev1-DB graphic novel to sell since I probably sold more comics than books, at least numerically. Have to load up more of same next time. Put it down to self-promotion and book me a table for next year as it’s apparently going to three days. JMcP

picture of Jim McPherson, taken at Van Expo 2013 by Ed Healy

Somebody likes the Mighty Eye-Mouth in the Sky; photo by Ed Healy of

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The Damnation Brigade graphic novel is now available from Phantacea Publications

PRESS RELEASE                                                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The entire Damnation Brigade storyline compiled at long last

VANCOUVER, BC: Phantacea Publications is delighted to announce the release of its second full-length graphic novel: “Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade”.

A rip-roaring outburst of creativity featuring Jim McPherson’s taut storytelling and spectacular artwork gleaned from the pages of Phantacea 1-5 (1977-1980), Phantacea Phase One #1 (1987) and #2 (unpublished), it presents the stirring saga of extraterrestrial Shining Ones and the doomed but unyielding Damnation Brigade.

Anheroic Fantasy Illustrated, with a wraparound cover by Phantacea’s master colourist Ian Bateson and 120 pages of interior artwork in glorious black and white by a wide variety of exceptional artists often at the very beginning of their careers, the two-part Phantacea Revisited series reveals how Jim McPherson’s ongoing Phantacea Mythos really got underway.

Artists featured in the graphic novel include Dave Sim (from just before he began to publish Cerebus the Aardvark), the aforementioned Ian Bateson, Verne Andru (creator of ‘420’), Vince Marchesano, various Day brothers and George Freeman (‘Captain Canuck’). Ordering information is here.

Covers for Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade

Graphic novel compiles the complete Damnation Brigade story sequence from pH 1-5 as well as pHz1 #s 1 & 2; for more on the Phantacea comics hit here:

For more information contact:

Phantacea Publications
James H McPherson, Publisher
74689 Kitsilano RPO,
2768 West Broadway, Vancouver BC, V6K 4P4

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