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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Jim McPherson writes:


Many moons ago I made mention as to how an inscribing, if that’s the right word, at the bottom of a beer mug that I drained many a time, throughout the early-to-mid Seventies, inspired not so much the creating as the naming of one of Phantacea’s strongest and most unique characters.

That would be Raven’s Head. (She’s the D-Brig member who isn’t even remotely human; at least she isn’t according to the back cover text for War-Pox.)

The posting is here, the specific link is here and the commercial logo referred to therein is also right here:

Ravenhead Logo, image taken from website

As per the posting, Jim McPherson’s beer mug in the early to mid 70s had the Ravenhead logo inscribed on its base

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So, did the inspiration for “Nuclear Dragons” come from a beer can?

Kelowna Dragon Pils, picture of beer can taken from web

Beer can often found on table after editing “Nuclear Dragons”

The answer to that is a resolute ‘no’. For one thing, Dragon Pils (as opposed to ‘dragon pills’) didn’t even exist when I first came up with the notion of Crystallion, Hell’s Horsemen, and their atomic firedrakes in the by then mid-to-late Seventies.

Besides, I only imbibe after the work day’s over and, anyways, the Kelowna brand Pilsener or Pilsner is only one of my one-a-day beer treats.

Note as well, contrary to speculation rampant in certain quarters, Jordan Q for Quill Tethys, an equally unique  character, one who featured throughout ‘The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories’ epic fantasy trilogy, is not my alter ego.

I might be a Legendarian but I’m no more 30-Beers than I am a legendary 30-Year Man. Not even in my own mind.

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Nuclear Non-Dragons

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 No, it wasn’t either a bad dream or a false memory; it happened

On 23 January 1961 an American “B-52 plane went into an uncontrolled spin over North Carolina” and dropped not one, but two Hydrogen Bombs!

Image taken from BBC article online re the North Carolina dropped H-Bomb

Image taken from BBC article online re the North Carolina dropped H-Bomb

Evidently, “one fell to the ground unarmed. But the second “assumed it was being deliberately released over an enemy target – and went through all its arming mechanisms save one, and very nearly detonated over North Carolina … Only the failure of a single low-voltage switch prevented disaster.”

Webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24183879

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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”, art by Ian Bateson, 2013, text and ad preparation by Jim McPherson, 2013

An H-Bomb that went off 8 years earlier on Salvation Island in the South Pacific figures in the back-story of both Launch 1980 full length novels: “The War of the Apocalyptics” and, as one might expect, “Nuclear Dragons“.

Here’s one such reference:

A Summoning Child like so many eventual supranormals, he was killed on Christmas Day 1953, during an unannounced explosion of a hydro­gen bomb on a South Sea lump of land howsoever presciently named Salvation Island by grateful, 16th Century, Portuguese missionaries to Micronesia (presumably because the natives never tried to eat them). Being thus vapourized was, to be put it mildly, a hell of way to celebrate one’s 33rd birthday.

This particular Summoning Child was one of number born on Christmas Day 1920. His name was Jesus Mandam. He’s definitely dead but there is some suggestion that his Callion-Clone is still with us in 1980.

Significantly the designs Jess or Jesse, as everyone except his even longer gone mother (Mary Magdalene born Ryne, Abe Ryne’s hence equally born-with-the-century twin sister), called him on a daily basis, made while he was still alive were left in the Soviet Supracity after his death.

They formed the basis for, among many other things, a good percentage of the technology that went into the Cosmic Express. And, as per the book’s back cover text here, its launch and subsequent (apparent) destruction are finally, if as yet perhaps not fully, described in the latest Phantacea Mythos entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle as released by Phantacea Publications.

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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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Do we know who was born with Nergal Vetala, the once again Vampire Queen of the Dead in Tantalar 5980, inside her on Christmas Day 1920?

In pHantacea-pHact, we do as of “Goddess Gambit“.  (Truth told, those who followed the Phantacea Web Serials knew that a long time ago.) It’s

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Last Week’s Rant

Jim McPherson advises that in the early ’60s the Clancy Brothers put out a song called “McPherson’s Lament”. When Chopper (Ray Cooper), the bass and cello player for Oysterband, put out a solo record a few years ago he called much the same song: “McPherson’s Rant”.

Ergo, he’s just carrying on the family tradition with this sort of thing, which began with a correspondent asking him for comments on a business card he was working for none other than Captain C:

Potential Business Card for  "Captain Cannabis", art by Verne Andru

Potential Business Card for “Captain Cannabis” sent to Jim McPherson for comment

Jim McPherson writes:

I assume they go back-to-back in standard wallet size. Captain C colours good, background brown very earthy, not sure about the shining front of panties. Recall also men have bulges down there, especially stoners looking for a date.

The shield’s good. Will tap into Josh Whelan’s Agents of SHIELD, which is hyped to be the TV hit of the season. (Haven’t seen it yet but programmed PVR to copy.)

From a writer’s perspective, the text on backside needs either an ‘and’ or a gerund to read right. Unless, that is, my English is too Twentieth Century for today’s (lack of) readers (teens, twenty and thirty-somethings, what used to be Generation Pick-A-Letter but now seem to be called Millennials in MSM (mainstream media).

Backside of potential Captain Cannabis Business Card

Backside of potential Captain Cannabis Business Card

Ordinarily ‘godlike’ or ‘godly’ are preferred to God, especially when capitalized. Never forget they’re out there. Not the aliens, the Evangelicals. And they’d like nothing better than to bring the Apocalypse crashing down upon your pagan headstone.

Gerund = “using“; the ‘and‘ between date & is. A ‘whereupon’ instead of an ‘and’ would work except, um, you know, it’s got three syllables. (Always wanted to put a warning on my books: “Millennials beware: Contains words with more than two syllables.” Then again millennials has 4 syllables.)

Maybe *“Love-obsessed stoner finds alien marijuana; gains godlike powers only to be sucked into battle from hell. Yawn! But does he get a date?”*

Here’s a recommendation from one of those Book Baby blurbs (more here & here):

“You must be able to explain your book and its main benefit in a single sentence.”

I think that’s nonsense but it is the prevailing wisdom — the elevator pitch preposterously pint-sized (‘reductio ad absurdum’). As near as I can make out no one has time to read, let alone buy a book, in the Twittering Twerp age, unless it’s the Twerking Twit age. Hell, they hardly ever buy CDs anymore.

Still, graphic novels are big – don’t need to read when you can look at pretty pictures – and movie makers love them if only because they’re self-contained storyboards.

End rant.

That said, should point out that there is an elevator pitch on the backside of many business cards and handouts produced for Phantacea Publications. Some of them are here. The same thing is here.

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

It reads:

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.

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D-Print(s) of D-Brig now available via D-Thru

It’s D-Truth.

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: http://www.phantacea.com/one2six1.htm#logo

After something like 6 months of unavailability for ordering online (with credit cards), print copies  of the graphic novel “Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade” are once again just a click and a few days’ wait away from your residence or mail box.

Here’s the link: http://comics.drivethrustuff.com/product/114985/Phantacea-Revisited-1-The-Damnation-Brigade. Comments welcome either here or there.

Good reading. And viewing.

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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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DIY Publishing — Collecting Aphorisms

Quick lynx:

Where have you heard this before? Only you can answer that. Where can you hear this again? Ah, well, as to that … How about starting here?

Black and white covers of the various Phantacea comics and graphic novels

Black and white covers of the various Phantacea comics and graphic novels

(Though, just to be clear about the ear, to hear it properly you’d have to read it out loud.)
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  1. “… the publishing industry … want(s) to bet on a sure thing.”
    (here and at http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/06/4-lessons-for-independent-authors/?utm_campaign=BB1324&utm_source=BBeNews&utm_medium=Email)
  2. Re Marketing Muddle: “… maintain a daily presence on Facebook and Twitter, write a bi-weekly blog, and send out emails to (your) mailing list.” (http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/06/book-promotion-tip-write-the-book-you-want-to-read/?utm_campaign=BB1325&utm_source=BBeNews&utm_medium=Email).
    Nowhere near daily, not weekly either, let alone regularly. Bad boy. As for pHant tweets, not a chance. (Coming to your neighbourhood’s main street soon: Instead of caution signs saying “Slow to 30 kph, Children Playing”, watch out for “Slow to 30 kph, Walkers tweeting”.)
    Haven’t got a newsletter but Facebook is here:
    https://www.facebook.com/phantacea and Google+ is here: https://plus.google.com/107672488573718702210/posts. Comments appreciated both places as well as throughout most of pHantaBlog.
  3. List your books for free (http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/06/10-free-or-mostly-free-book-launch-strategies/).
    Done that. Lynx to pHant pHree Reads are here: http://phantacea.com/blog/?page_id=331.
  4. Re Marketing Muddle again: “… finding time to market books and write (them) is the biggest challenge – there just aren’t enough hours in the day.” (here and http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/aug/27/self-publishing-showcase-tasha-harrison/print)
    To which every writer would add “Here! Here!” or “Hear in the ear!”, as the case may be. Not “Flea in the ear!”, though, as that would be really annoying.
  5. KISS: “You must be able to explain your book and its main benefit in a single sentence.” (here and Rule #1 here)
    More narcissistic nonsense as far as I’m concerned. In an age when, apparently, no one has time to listen to anyone else, in an elevator or elsewhere, one wonders if it’s even worth pitching your book.
    I mean if you can’t listen because you’re so busy, how will you ever get around to reading anything? Won’t be long before we see warning signs on busy streets: “Walkers texting. Slow to 30 kph”

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DIY Publishing — No one else will

The title isn’t quite right. There are folks out there who will publish ‘unknown authors’. But …

The publishing industry has had the benefit of watching and learning from the music industry’s previous decade of missteps. While they certainly have their clumsy moments when it comes to technology, rights management, and marketing, they really have shown a willingness — and an ability — to adapt.

One of the ways in which the publishing industry seems to be modeling the music industry (for better or worse) is that they want to bet on a sure thing. So they’re keeping an eye on the indies and waiting to see what self-publishers can accomplish on their own. Once a self-published author has built up an impressive platform, the big publisher can swoop in and take them to the next level at a fraction of the cost it would require to “break” a debut novelist/writer into the mainstream.

So the lesson? Don’t wait! Write and release your books now; publish and promote today. The chances of being anointed by major publishers as a complete unknown grow slimmer by the day.But if you have proven sales, an impressive social media presence, and a growing list of fans, you might be able to get a book deal that benefits you AND your readers.

Should you be so inclined, you can read the whole article here: http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/06/4-lessons-for-independent-authors/?utm_campaign=BB1324&utm_source=BBeNews&utm_medium=Email

Phantacea Publications has been striving to attain ‘proven sales’ since 1977.

Black and white covers of the various Phantacea comics and graphic novels

Black and white covers of the various Phantacea comics and graphic novels

Lynx to Phantacea Publications in Print are here: http://www.phantacea.com/DotComMenu.htm#publications. Lynx to pHant pHree Reads are here: http://phantacea.com/blog/?page_id=331.

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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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Look out below! Nuclear Dragons are on their way

Don’t quote me, quote Tad, Dolph Dulles, his Enormity and the Great Man (Loxus Abraham Ryne):

Tadpole didn’t need thought beams coming from the moon to ignore the old man. He never had much use for authority. “Have a look at these, then tell me I was wrong.” He handed an envelope of photographs to Dulles. “One of the pilots sent them to us just before we lost contact with him.”

Dolph whistled gravely. “If this … is real, we can’t deal with it.”

Sentalli took one look at the picture then swore: “They are … dragons!”

Ryne had to grin. “And my name’s St George!”

Here, for the first time on pHantablog is its full back and front covers. It’s what you’ll get when you buy it. Which you will, right. (No question mark, also right?)

For birthday and Christmas presents, too. (Even for Xuthrodites like the patriarch (that would be Abe Ryne) who call it Xmas or Sedonites who prefer Mithramas).

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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

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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