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:

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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Except they might use lightning bolts

As per here, recently made note of a BBC entry in its online Magazine:

“The Greeks who worship the ancient gods” by Matthew Brunwasser PRI’s The World, Mount Olympus —

Here’s a different excerpt from the same article:

 ,,, These groups are idealizing an ancient religion that had little to do with ethics or morality.

“The whole point of it is that you keep the gods sweet – you scratch their back, they will scratch yours,” says Peter Jones, co-founder of Friends of Classics.

“You establish a quid pro quo relationship… It is simply an acknowledgement of the gods, in the hope that the gods will help you,” he says. “Values and virtues are entirely meaningless in ancient terms.”

Which might not be a good idea considering some gods have lightning bolt fingertips whereas others toss it around like you or I might a Frisbee.

Collage prepared by Jim McPherson for Phantacea Publications, ca 2007

Collage prepared by Jim McPherson for Phantacea Publications, ca 2007; for more hit here:

Here’s yet another quote from the article. The fellow being quoted is the same Peter Jones, co-founder ‘Friends of Classics’, who’s quoted above.

“Ancient religion embraces every feature of the natural world. The original deities are earth and sky. Sky comes down to earth and copulates … [the gods] are made by the world, they are internal to the world.

You never know when you might stumble across a god. Greek myths are just stories about the gods, they are not sacred texts in any way – there was no such thing as a Greek bible.”

As per here, Mr Myth would probably agree. And he’s one of Phantacea’s Cornerstone Characters.

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Wimpy Worshippers

Here’s a long-serving business card used by Jim McPherson when he appears on behalf Phantacea Publications:

McPherson’s Phantacea B-Card

And if only to save time here’s a ping of its message side:

The message side of a business card used by Jim McPherson when out and about on behalf of Phantacea Publications

The message side of a business card used by Jim McPherson when out and about on behalf of Phantacea Publications

The pertinent section being this:

The gods and goddesses, the demons and monsters, of ancient mythologies have been trivialized, their worship proscribed and the entities themselves mostly confined to another realm.

Jim McPherson’s PHANTACEA Mythos chronicles their ongoing striving for a return to paramountcy.

Seems some people have already picked up on what the Phantacea Mythos purports to chronicle. Maybe I should start writing in Greek instead of English.

Come to think about it I sort of do already. As in its all Greek to most people anyways.

Plus, ‘phantacea’ does mean imagination in, you guessed it.

Have a boo here:

The Greeks who worship the ancient gods:

Do nymphs and satyrs flock to their celebrations? Can’t say for sure, having never attended one, but my guess is only if they were allowed to get the sacrifices right.

I mean, what self-respecting maenad would go on a ripping and rending spree after honey and milk, especially if the latter wasn’t fermented with the former.

Animal sacrifice was by far the most important part of any ancient Greek religious ritual, with the throat of a live bull slit with a knife at the altar outside the temple.

But most of the revivalists make simple offerings of flowers, fruit, milk and honey.

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Someone else in that contraption

It’s true. It’s also horrifying in its implications. However, it does beg the question: Why has it taken so long?

Then again Phantacea has, quite rightly, been accused of what might called retro-dating — meaning: assigning to the past what we can’t or can barely do today. To suchlike Nabobs of Negativity, check this out:

Highlighted panel, art by Ian Bateson, 1979

Sea Goddess says to Cyborg Cerebrus: “Good to see you out of that contraption …”; artwork by Ian Bateson from Phantacea Four (pH-4), 1979; original re-lettered by Jim McPherson, 2012, for the graphic novel “Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade”

Yes, Cerebrus is detaching himself from a huge computer in pHantacea-pHact built in the early 1950s but pH-4, whence this Ian Bateson panel, came out in 1979.

Now consider this. It’s from Technology — the BBC online dated April 23, 2013. The article’s entitled: “Samsung works on mind-control tablet”. It’s here.

Who does the fellow in the contraption remind you of?

Shot ascribed fo Samsung, taken from BBC Technology online 23 April 2013

Shot ascribed to Samsung, taken from BBC Technology online 23 April 2013

Among the interesting points raised in the article, how about this: “[A designer] also envisages a future where mind-control headsets are used to gauge moods – so a focus group may use it to get a sense of how a crowd is responding to a politician, for example.”

Forget the old whimsy: “If thoughts could kill”. How much longer before they do?

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