Summer 2014 update of pH-Webworld now online

Promo prepared for upcoming release of Helios on the Moon by Jim McPherson, 2014

Double-click to enlarge; the better to read if you do. Artwork is from the two Phantacea Revisited graphic novels.

Did you note the html-coded headline? Somewhat surprised that it worked but just responded to some pHanta-spam that probably should have deleted and felt the need to try it out up top instead of just in blog-body.

That done … onwards.

No, this not another McPhersonal Rant (though one on that topic is here). It’s an announcement; that and a link to the pH-Webworld Welcoming Page. Quite pleased with the colour scheme. Webmeister Oz should be, too. And he is, I can assure you.

That’s not the real announcement, however. That is that Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, has finally completed his noodling on Helmoon (see cover mockups here). He now hopes to get down to a final edit of the last entry in the ‘Launch 1980’ story cycle any day now.

Or once it starts raining again. Which he further hopes won’t happen until September.

What do you think about the promo at top of page?

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Portents of Phantacea Yet to Be

Jim McPherson writes:

Here are a couple of mock-ups prepared by Ricardo Sandoval for the front and back covers for the upcoming, full length Phantacea Mythos novel entitled “Helios on the Moon“.

Potential Cover for "Helios on the Moon", artwork by Ricardo Sandoval, 2014

Potential Cover for “Helios on the Moon”, artwork by Ricardo Sandoval, 2014; based on front cover for pH-3; that’s All of Incain (Ginny the Gynosphinx) beside Helios and Lord Order sneaking up on him from behind

For those unfamiliar with the PHANTACEA comic book series, Ricardo did the front cover for pH-3. And, yep, they look somewhat similar. That’s because I liked it then and, with the addition of All of Incain instead of the cowering woman (who was supposed to be Miracle Memory), I like it even better now.

As for the back cover, with the exception of Mik Starrus (based on the back cover of pH-1), the figures will spread out onto the edges. Text and the usual pasted boxes at bottom of cover will override Starrus a la the back  cover of “Janna Fangfingers“.

Back cover, minus text, for "Helios on the Moon"; artwork by Ricardo Sandoval, 2014s

Background images for back cover of “Helios on the Moon”; text and obligatory boxes at bottom to be added; artwork by Ricardo Sandoval, 2014

The other inspiration for the back cover is the double-sided Mithraic slab that used to be in the Louvre. I was there in June 2014 but it wasn’t, at least not that I could find.

Which reminds me. A third installment of my Character Likeness shots from that trip, and blogmeister pHantaJim‘s commentary, are now on pHanta-pHlickr. More to come, I’m sure.

There’s also a rather strong suggestion as to where PHANTACEA might be headed here. Rather, since the novel concludes the ‘Launch 1980’ story cycle (my prolonged effort to novelize the comic book series), where the comic book series would have gone had I been able to keep it going all those years ago.

Business card used by Jim McPherson when in Phantacea mode

Business card used by Jim McPherson when in Phantacea mode; the Pharaoh’s head on right is actually a parking shot on Giza Plateau as shot by Egyptian air force circa 1929/30; Sedon’s Head on left by Jim McPherson and Tim Hammell, ca 1978

Comprehensible comments appreciated.

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Mixed Swag

1. Now that his early summer travels and the World Cup are over, Jim McPherson, creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, is supposedly back at his work desk after a six-week hiatus. The weather’s wonderful in Vancouver, though, and the Folk Fest is this weekend, so don’t expect much more than a weekly update for pHantaBlog, at least in the near future.

2. Reports supranormal storytelling has added a couple of new raconteurs. Joining McPherson (PHANTACEA) and a fellow by the name of George RR Martin (Wild Cards), are Ian Tregillis (The Milkweed Triptych) and Lavie Tidhar (The Violent Century). Of the two, and after reading a couple of offerings by each, Tregillis seems worthy of recommendation, this despite his use of — drumbeat of dread, please — time travel.  Quel horreur!

3. Got a link forwarded from NY Times re, well, have a boo yourself. It’s long but fairly unbiased and impacts on self-publishing, a subject near and dear to not just McPherson and his bank balance:  “Amazon, a Friendly Giant as Long as It’s Fed“.

Feel free to register, if you aren’t one of the (literally) hundreds who already have, and leave a comment on article or issue in box at bottom of today’s entry. pHantaJim loves comments, so long as they contribute to the conversation. Spam gets rejected forthwith, so no more lynx to handbag websites or suchlike, por favor.

4. Character Likenesses 2 is now up on pHanta-pHlickr.  Commentary by blog-meister, yours truly.

5. Also check out the latest entry in Serendipity and PHANTACEA: “Tell-Talos Talaria”  for yet another oddball connection to “Helios on the Moon“, the upcoming final entry in the Launch 1980 epic trilogy.


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pHirst pHant on pHlickr

pHantaJim pHinally delivers.

Phantacea Character Likenesses now on flickr.

Might have to register to comment — pHantaJim did — but you can look (but not take) for free.

They’re in no particular order and make no pretence to excellence, or even scenery, but they do have comments, some of which are actually informative, and additional lynx aplenty. There are 18 shots, with many to more to come, should pHantaJim ever get around to commenting on them.

It starts here:

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