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 backĀ  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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