Conjuring Covers – Very Early Daze

  • Naughties or Noughts
  • “Nuclear Dragons” update
  • Publisher’s back cover mock-up for “Nuclear Dragons”
  • “Nuclear Dragons” back cover text
  • “Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst” update
  • “Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst” – cover in progress

Consider this something of an update re ‘works in progress’. As per inevitably when it comes to Phantacea Publications, there are shipload-stacks of them.

(Hello, publishers, agents: Jim McPherson’s ready to sell out. Got an offer? Make it large as he spent most of the 19-Nineties and 20-Naughties (Noughts?) being a weekend writer and online serial publisher.)

Nearest to fruition is “Nuclear Dragons”, which is still on target for release in 2013. It’s been excised from the ‘Launch 1980’ 1000-pager, re-edited, chunks chopped (some of which got placed here), re-edited again, moved into printable PDF format and awaits only the much-anticipated completion of Ian Bateson’s wraparound cover.

There are lynx to excerpts that actually made the (currently) final cut here as well as aforementioned here. The publisher’s, what?, ‘suggestion’ for its front cover is (currently) here. (Artwork by Ian Bateson, albeit circa 1980.)

Its ditto for the back cover debuts right here on pHantaBlog:

The text and an image suggestion-slash-layout for the back cover of "Nuclear Dragons",  prepared by Jim McPherson, 2013

The text and an image suggestion-slash-layout for the back cover of “Nuclear Dragons”, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2013

Hell’s Horseman image is by Ian Bateson, 1980. The tentative text reads:

 “The Launching of the Cosmic Express took place on Centauri Island at the end of November 1980. It was destroyed … Or was it?

“No matter. Its destroyers thought it was.  And they’re not done yet.

“Who or what can stop them? The Menace on the Moon? Silver-armoured Signal System? Supra-Clones? Loxus Abraham Ryne, the eighty year old head of SPACE  (‘The Society for the Prevention of Alien Control of Earth’)? A couple of middle-aged, newly-minted supranormals named Doc Defiance and Mr. No Name?

“A twenty-seven year old who neither knows who his parents were nor what an Amoeba Man was? An obesity who knows far more than he should but is disinclined to share that knowledge with anyone, not even his own son? Or maybe, just maybe, a notorious little trickster who has been seven years old for something like sixty years!

“Truth told: How can anyone stop Nuclear Dragons!”

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The next graphic novel is entitled: “Cataclysm Catalyst”. The title first appeared in pH-4.

Title page for "The Soldier's Trilogy, Part II: Cataclysm Catalyst" taken from Phantacea Four; artwork by Verne Andrusiek, 1979

Title page for “The Soldier’s Trilogy, Part II: Cataclysm Catalyst” taken from Phantacea Four; artwork by Verne Andrusiek, 1979

The artwork is listed as by Verne Andrusiek. It was done in 1978/9 and saw print in Phantacea Four, 1979.

Not so coincidentally, a fellow by the name of Verne Andru is currently at work bending pixels for the upcoming graphic novel’s cover.

Here’s a very early on taste of things to come:

Preview of a work in progress, artwork for the wraparound cover for "Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst",  Verne Andru, 2013

Preview of a work in progress, artwork for the wraparound cover for “Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst”, Verne Andru, 2013

And if it looks somewhat non-witch’s-familiar, be a Bast-cat and have another me-wow (and a double-click) here.

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