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Collage of ths Sphinx and Camel Riders

Shot of the sphinx and a foolish donkey rider, prepared by Jim McPherson circa 2000 for Web-meister Oz’s pre-2010 Travels Site

There are many sphinxes not just in the Phantacea Mythos. This is Andy the Androsphinx. When he was still mobile, he made  a notably excremental appearance in “Feeling Theocidal“. He thereby rather aptly introduced us to Demon King Daemonicus, ever after a major league boo-hiss blight on Phantacea.

Ginny the Gynosphinx still is mobile more than 4700 years after her introduction in Feel Theo’s earliest-set segments. She even made it to the front cover of “Helios on the Moon“, the climactic entry in the ‘Launch 1980’ story cycle, in 2014.

A nifty graphic utilizing it is here. Much more on the pHanta-spHinxes is here. Some of eventual blog-meister Oz’s experiences in Egypt are recorded here.
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ngorongo_at1000.pngThe Serengeti Plains of Tanzania as spotted and shot in 2012; one of the randomly rotating images used as headers for pHantaBlog. It was intended to be the header for entries tagged ‘travels’ but nowadays shows up on any page it feels like.
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redCliffs.jpgAnother of the randomly rotating headers for pHantaBlog; this one’s a collage of Red Centre cliffheads spotted and shot in Australia, 2011. More cliffheads appear backing up some of pH-Webworld‘s FAQ entries here and here.
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Five covers from Phantacea comics or graphic novels, artwork by Ian Bateson except for pH-5 which Ian finished over Verne Andru's original black and white cover

Plenty more on the Phantacea Comic Book series and graphic novels can be found here: http://www.phantacea.com/one2six1.htm#logo

A selection of covers Ian Bateson did or helped to do for various incarnations of Phantacea over the years.

Hit the highlighted lynx to go for more info on each cover: Phantacea Phase One #1 (and only), the Damnation Brigade graphic novel (Phantacea Revisited 1), flip cover for pH-3 featuring Sea Goddess, Mars Bellona and Carcinogen the Leper, front cover for pH-4 featuring Unmoving Byron’s Primary Nucleoids (Vayu Maelstrom, Chimaera Glimmenmare and Sedona Spellbinder) threatening Gloriel D’Angelo (Radiant Rainbow Rider) and the front cover pH-5, which he coloured over Verne Andrusiek’s original black & white inks.
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Feeling Theocidal, The War of the Apocalyptics, The 1000 Days of Disbelief, Goddess Gambit and Nuclear Dragons

Book covers for five Phantacea Mythos novels; note: “The Thousand Days of Disbelief” came out as three mini-novels

Feeling Theocidal“, “The Thousand Days of Disbelief” and “Goddess Gambit” make up ‘The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories’ epic trilogy; “The War of the Apocalyptics” and “Nuclear Dragons” are the first two entries in the ‘Launch 1980’ story cycle, Jim McPherson’s long term project to novelize the entire Phantacea comic book series. Feel Theo and Gambit covers are by Verne Andru; War-Pox and Nuck-Drag covers are by Ian Bateson; Jim McPherson prepared the 1000-Daze cover collage.
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5 collages prepared for the Goddess Gambit web page

A variety of collages prepared by Jim McPherson for the Goddess Gambit web page

Most of the original art used in these collages was prepared by Verne Andru over the years for various Phantacea projects. An exception is the Vetala figure in the second Gambit mock-up, which was drawn by Ian Fry in the late 80s. The Pictish warrior featured in the two mock-ups is by John White, ca 1590.

The graphic novel “Cataclysm Catalyst” (Phantacea Revisited 2) collects the entirety of the Soldier’s Saga, which was initially recounted in parts of pH-2 through pH-6. The Phantacea Mythos novel  “Goddess Gambit” provides a much more complete, as well as accurate, retelling of much the same storyline.
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Character likeness promo for phanta-phlickr prepared by Jim McPherson, 2014

Amoebaman shot in Carcassonne, France; Wilderwitch’s fearsome soul self shot in London, England; Thrygragos Everyman shot in Versailles, France; Ghast shot in Narbonne Museum, France; Chimaera Glimmenmare as Centaur Mare, shot in Lyon, France; all photos by Jim McPherson, 2014

There are dozens of character likenesses on pHanta-pHlickr; gallery commentary provided by pHantaJim, blog-meister.

More on the central Everyman image can be found under Helio-Humour here; a daemonic Ghast showed up most drastically in one of pH-Webworld‘s web-serials. The actual chapter is preserved here. Wilderwitch’s fearsome soul-self was badly damaged in a different web-serial, a much expanded version of which became “The War of the Apocalyptics“.
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8 collages against the back drop of the Louvre's Dual Entities

The Dual Entities are two thousand years old. The ‘Launch 1980’ collages were prepared in 2014.

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Three collages prepared by Jim McPherson using images taken from the Phantacea comic books and covers for full length Phantacea Mythos novels; various artists

Three collages prepared by Jim McPherson using images taken from the Phantacea comic books and Mythos covers

Three collages prepared by Jim McPherson using images taken from the Phantacea comic books and Mythos covers

Two headers use three of the Collage Collective’s images. There’s much more on every one of them here.

Some were specifically prepared for the three-part, ‘Launch 1980’ story cycle, Jim McPherson’s long term project to novelize the Phantacea  comic book series in its entirety.

The backdrop of all these headers features Sol (Helios) and Luna (Mnemosyne). They are indeed two thousand years old, or thereabouts. The double-sided Mithraic relief they’re taken from is (or was) in Paris’s Louvre museum; more here.
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Screen of pH-Webworld's banner

The Spring 2015 banner atop pH-WebworldJim McPherson’s Phantacea Mythos Online: www.phantacea.info

Google Analytics emailed Webmeister Oz (Ozymandias McPherson) out of the blue one day. The email stated that both pH-Webworld and the Phantacea Publications websites were non-compliant with Google standards. It suggested a simple add-on to the Meta Tags of both websites. This he  did — webpage by painstaking webpage, something like 200 in all. Whereupon he resigned his position.

Too bad, so sad. But at least both sites are now phone friendly. (Of course Oz always claimed they were — but he didn’t have a phone. In fact, other than on Linked-In he didn’t really exist.)

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Photograph by Tom Mackie in Iceland, 2014, scanned in from the May 2015 issue of Fortean Times; Nihila artwork by Verne Andru, 2012; banner prepared by Jim McPherson, 2015

Photograph by Tom Mackie in Iceland, 2014, scanned in from the May 2015 issue of Fortean Times; Nihila artwork by Verne Andru, 2012; banner prepared by Jim McPherson, 2015

Freespirit Nihila leaps out of the Northern Lights. Reminiscent of a significant sequence at the end of “Goddess Gambit“, one that’s picked up on during “Helios on the Moon“, wherein Nihila, fused with Fisherwoman, raises her Borealis brolly over Diminished Dustmound.

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Banner suggestive of Destination Damnation

Banner prepared as a promo for Wilderwitch’s Babies, Phantacea Phase Two (prose)

All sorts of images went into this collage. Most started out as photographs taken by Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, during his various travels both at home (the Jericho Beach sunset) and abroad.

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Banner suggestive of Destination Damnation, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2016, using images mostly taken from the Web

Banner suggestive of Destination Damnation, the title of a mini-novel that may eventually continue the saga of the Damnation Brigade

Another Jericho Beach sunset provides the background for this banner. A couple of the other images were taken by Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos. The falling woman and the bear are by an Italian comic book artist by the name of Walter Molino (1915-1997). The witch with cauldron is by John William Waterhouse (1849-1917). It’s called the Magic Circle. The fire witch in the lower right hand corner was taken off the web but unaccredited.

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Collage featuring a shot Phantacea table taken at Croatian Hall, June 18, 2017, with a background of standalone banner

Collage featuring a shot Phantacea table taken at Croatian Hall, June 18, 2017, with a background of the Phantacea banner

A couple of cutouts of the standalone banner for Phantacea Publications provides the background for this shot of the Phantacea table at the Croatian Hall comics and toy show on Fathers’ Day 2017. It was the first time “Decimation Damnation” has joined the remaining Phantacea Mythos Print Publications of the same table.

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A Photoshop collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017, using graphics mostly taken from Web

A Photoshop collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017, using graphics mostly taken from Web

All the images that went into the Hidden Headgames banner are described on the pHantaBlog entry for July 19, 2017

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