40th Anniversary McPhersonals for Nov 2017

Advisement for Nov 5, 2017 Comicon

Advisement for Nov 5, 2017 Comicon. Note the 4th name in red. He’ll be there manning the Phantacea Publications table

Side blurb for VanExpo 2017

Jim McPherson will be there manning the Phantacea Publications table next to Captain Cannabis in Artists Alley

To help mark the 40th Anniversary of the Phantacea Mythos in print, its creator/writer, Jim McPherson, will be manning the Phantacea Publications tables at the November 5th Vancouver Comicon and the long weekend Nov 10-12 Van Expo.

He’ll have with him copies of 1977’s Phantacea One at both cons. It features 32-pages of pre-Cerebus Dave Sim artwork, complete with a wraparound cover and an easily removed plastic bag. Cost for the complete packet is $25.00. Copies of pH-2, 3, & 4 will also be available for a cons special price of $5.00 each. Plastic bags optional.

pH-1 back cover, 1977, artwork by Dave Sim, created, written and published by Jim McPherson, September 1977

Characters include Doc Defiance, the Emperor Mammalian, Devil Wind, Mik Starrus and Dr Nightingale, artwork by Dave Sim, 1977

Front cover for pH-1, artwork by Dave Sim, 2017; created, written and published by Jim McPherson, 1977

Artwork by Dave Sim, more on pH-1 here: http://www.phantacea.com/#1cov and here: http://www.phantacea.com/one2six1.htm#pH1

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Merry Mithramas Bonus … Boxed on Boxing Day

Perhaps not surprisingly the Mithramas update of Serendipity and … isn’t so much about devils and their devilments in the Phantacea Mythos, though it is that. Its main purpose is to show off some nifty optical diableries from the 1870s and tell pHantaJIm‘s true story re receiving an email from Mephistopheles in the mid to late 1990s.

Also contains reiterations of a couple of Dave Sim pages from pH-1 (1977) and a cut-out of a Frank Frazetta so obscure it didn’t google up online. Ended up having to scan it in from a picture book that precedes Phantacea.

Oh yes, entry contains some actual diablerie stereoscope shots as well. Have some sample artwork

1870s diablerie scanned in from Fortean Times #346

Uncoloured diablerie from 1870s entitled Les Cuisines de Satan, used to illustrate Baaloch Hellblob’s gourmand tastes

Fat potentate and his executioner, Frank Frazetta artwork, undated

Scanned in from “The Fantastic Art of Frank Frazetta”, Bantam Books, US Edition August 1975

Stereoscopic diablerie from 1870s entitled, in English, ‘Entrance to Hell

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Modern mythology meshed with the ancient

Recall this fellow (http://phantacea.com/blog/?p=695) from the Louvre museum in Paris? It’s most of two thousand years old.

Mithras slays the bull, image taken from web

Mithras slays the bull, image taken from web

Unfortunately it may not be in the Louvre anymore — at least Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, couldn’t find it when he was there in June 2014. (Plenty of his shots from Paris are on pHanta-pHlickr starting here, with commentary from your faithful blog-meister.)

However, aka Generic, as opposed to geriatric, Sol and Generic Luna live on here …

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

and here …

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

The two fellows in opposite corners at the top of both collages are, yes, Helios the Sun God and Mnemosyne the Moon Goddess as they looked all those centuries ago in Imperial Roman times.

(Generic Luna is sometimes erroneously called Selene. She’s not to be confused with the Silver Signaller who uses Selene as her code name, though that’s the latter day Greek goddess where she got it from.)

In terms of the Phantacea Mythos, Helios and Mnemosyne are two of its cornerstone characters, without whom there would be no such a thing. (pH-Webworld = Modern Age Mythology.) They’re the the time-tumbling Dual Entities; of whom much, much more can be found here, with even more lynx.

As for the six internal collages themselves, more on them currently links from here; double click to enlarge in a separate window. Just bye the bye, both collages have been added to the ever-growing heading banners of, you guessed it, pHantaBlog.

You can also buy the buy “Helios on the Moon“, the climactic entry of the ‘Launch 1980’ story cycle and, indeed, of Phantacea Phase One itself. Order online, with credit card, here or direct from the publisher here.

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Back Blurb Flag-Poled

Back Cover Text for “Helios on the Moon”

Don’t expect any salutes but reckon tentative-it deserves a run-up anyhow.

Text will override Ricardo Sandoval’s bas-relief figures on Helios as Sol, All of Incain, Moon Memory as Luna, the Unity of Order, Doc Defiance, Cosmicaptain Starrus, the Indescribable Mr No Name and Mnemosyne as Strife.

Comments welcome at bottom.

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 Dual Entities return to their own timeline determined to make life for everyone not just vastly better but perfect.

Heads are sure to roll.

Scientists first detected signals coming from somewhere out in space in early 1978. Their excitement was palpable. Finally they had proof humanity wasn’t alone in the cosmos. Then, about a month after their initial detection, the source was pinpointed. Elation immediately gave way to near-panic. The beams were coming from the Earth’s moon!

In an extraordinary session of the Security Coun­cil, the United Nations agreed to meet this off-worldly intrusion aggress­ively. The result, the UNES Liberty, is already in moon orbit when, on the Thirtieth of November 1980, the launching of the Cosmic Express takes place on Centauri Island.

At the same time, on the far off Utopia of New Weir, three Great Goddess preside over the latest session of the Courtroom of the Visionary. Meanwhile, on the Hidden Continent of Sedon’s Head, the Death Gods of the Frozen Lathakra prepare to welcome home the entirety of their fragmented family, devils almost to a one.

From the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos comes the culmination of the ‘Launch 1980’ story cycle, plus a surprising addendum to “Goddess Gambit”, the final book in ‘The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories’ fantasy masterpiece.

Covers and/or splash panels reflecting action recounted in "Helios on the Moon"

Front covers for pH-2 and pH- 4Ever&40 graphic novel bracketing splash panel from pH3; artwork by Gordon Parker, 1978; Peter Lynde, 1978; and the two Ians, Fry and Bateson, 1990

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E5 for Vancaf this weekend

Phantacea Publications only has half a table at Vancaf this weekend (May 24th and 25th at the Roundhouse in Yale Town). Nevertheless, Jim McPherson plans to bring all the Phantacea Mythos novels and mini-novels with him as well as the three graphic novels and a few of the original comic books.

Who knows where he’ll put them all, maybe under the table, though probably not in brown bags. It’s table #E5.

Logo for Vancouver's Roundhouse in Yale Town.

Logo for Vancouver’s Roundhouse in Yale Town. Website is here: http://roundhouse.ca/

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Davie & Pacific | VIEW MAP
Vancouver V6Z 2W3
Telephone: 604.713.1800 

Skytrain:
The Yaletown – Roundhouse Canada Line Station is 200 metres from us.

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Vancaf — the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival is back for its third year.

From comics to novels, artwork by Ian Bateson and Verne Andru

It’s free to get in so it’ll be packed. And, for the first time ever, Phantacea Publications joins its list of exhibitors.

Phantacea Publications price list specific for this year's Vancouver Fan Expo, 18-20 April 2014

That means Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, will be in attendance. As per usual, he’ll have tales to tell and books to sell — at 2014 Convention Prices to boot.

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Cataclysm Catalyst now available worldwide

PRESS RELEASE                                               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Full colour,  wraparound cover for Cataclysm Catalyst by Verne Andru, 2014;

Wraparound cover by Verne Andru, 2014; dedicated webpage is here: http://www.phantacea.com/pHrev2_kittyClysm.html

The entire Soldier’s Saga compiled at long last

VANCOUVER, BC: Phantacea Publications is delighted to announce the release of its third full-length graphic novel: “Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst”.

Flyer prepared for April 2014 launch of "Cataclysm Catalyst", the second Phantacea Revisited graphic novel

Flyer prepared for April 2014 launch of “Cataclysm Catalyst”, the second Phantacea Revisited graphic novel

A rip-roaring outburst of creativity featuring Jim McPherson’s taut storytelling and spectacular artwork gleaned from the pages of Phantacea 1-6 (1977-1980), Phantacea Seven (unpublished) and the Phantacea Phase One project (1990), it also carries on the stirring story of what’s left of the doomed but unyielding Damnation Brigade from the first Phantacea Revisited graphic novel.

Anheroic Fantasy Illustrated, with a wraparound cover by Verne Andru and 90 pages of interior artwork in glorious black and white by a variety of exceptional artists often at the very beginning of their careers, the two-part Phantacea Revisited series reveals how Jim McPherson’s ongoing Phantacea Mythos really got underway.

Page by page list of illustrators whose work appears in the second Phantacea Revisited graphic novel

Page by page list of illustrators whose work appears in the second Phantacea Revisited graphic novel

In addition to cover artist Verne Andru (creator of ‘420’), who also provided a much of the interior graphics, illustrators include Dave Sim (from just before he began to publish Cerebus the Aardvark), Ian Fry and Phantacea stalwart Ian Bateson, whose artwork intended for Phantacea Seven has never seen print until now.

For more information contact:

Phantacea Publications

(James H McPherson, Publisher)

74689 Kitsilano RPO,

2768 West Broadway,

Vancouver BC, V6K 4P4

Email: jmcp@phantacea.com

Primary website: http://www.phantacea.com

Lynx to ordering online: http://www.phantacea.com/#ordering-lynx

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D-Brig gets five stars and an asterisk on Goodreads

Phantacea  Revisited 1:  The Damnation Brigade (Phantacea Revisited, #1)Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade by Jim McPherson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Damnation Brigade is the first Phantacea Revisited graphic novel.

The cover is by Ian Bateson, who also contributed a good percentage of the interior illustrations. Until now Ian’s Damnation Island sequence has never seen print.

Flyer for Phantacea books, 2012

Giveaway flyer prepared by Jim McPherson, 2012; artwork by Ian Bateson for Phantacea Phase 1 #1, 1986, derived from Dave Sim for Phantacea One, 1977

Of additional interest to aficionados of independent comic books, Dave Sim drew most of the Launching of the Cosmic Express sequence shortly before he began Cerebus the Aardvark in late ’77/early ’78.

Other featured illustrators include Gordon Parker, Verne Andrusiek (later Verne Andru), Carl Muecke, Vince Marchesano, Tim Hammell and George Freeman (Captain Canuck).

The book, whose dedicated webpage is here, begins with the launch sequence from Phantacea One (1977), as redone for Phantacea Phase One #1 (1987).

Flyer prepared by Jim McPherson, 2912

Giveaway flyer prepared by Jim McPherson, 2012; artwork by Ian Bateson for Phantacea Phase 1 #1, 1986, derived from Dave Sim for Phantacea One, 1977

It carries on with the titular struggles of an ultimately ill-named, 10-member band of supranormals from their re-embodiment on Damnation Island (the original version appeared in Phantacea Two, 1978), through their battles with the Byronic Nucleus, the Primary Apocalyptics and their allies, on both sides of the Whole Earth.

It ends with their inevitable reckoning as it first appeared in Phantacea Five (1980), which has been out-of-print since the very early 1980s.

Ian Bateson's full colour, wraparound cover for The War of the Apocalyptics, 2009

Ian Bateson’s full colour, wraparound cover for The War of the Apocalyptics, 2009

Jim McPherson adapted and expanded on the material presented in this ambitious graphic novel with 2009’s “The War of the Apocalyptics“, a full-length Phantacea Mythos mosaic novel that commences the ‘Launch 1980’ epic trilogy.

Front and back cover mockups for "Helios on the Moon", prepared by Jim McPherson, 2013

Mockup sent to potential cover illustrators for “Helios on the Moon”, the next scheduled Phantacea Mythos mosaic novel

It also includes parts of the Centauri Island and UNES Liberty storylines that  continue (“Nuclear Dragons“, 2013) and will conclude (“Helios on the Moon”, 2014) the latest blockbuster fantasy from Phantacea Publications.

Overall this a delightful complement to the ongoing Phantacea Mythos catalogue of novels, mini-novels, comics and graphic novels; highly recommended.

BTW, it gets an asterisk because Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, wrote the review.

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Kitty Clsym hits Goodreads

Cataclysm Catalyst (Phantacea Revisited 2)Cataclysm Catalyst by Jim McPherson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Cataclysm Catalyst” collects the entire Soldier’s Saga storyline, which began in Phantacea Two (1978) and concluded in Phantacea Six (1980). Most of the artwork in this sequence was by Verne Andrusiek (later Verne Andru). Last year (2013) Verne redid and completely coloured a black and white drawing of a proposed cover for an issue of Phantacea Phase One specifically for this publication. It’s quite splendid.

Flyer prepared for April 2014 launch of "Cataclysm Catalyst",  the second Phantacea Revisited graphic novel

Flyer prepared for April 2014 launch of “Cataclysm Catalyst”, the second Phantacea Revisited graphic novel

Much of the Soldier’s Saga formed the basis for Jim McPherson’s “Goddess Gambit“, a full-length Phantacea Mythos mosaic novel released in 2012 that concluded the epic “Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories” fantasy trilogy. The graphic novel also includes parts of the Centauri Island storyline that Jim McPherson novelized for his full-length 2013 Phantacea Mythos mosaic novel entitled “Nuclear Dragons“.

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 in October 2013. It features b/w versions of front covers for Nuclear Dragons and the Damnation Brigade graphic novel. Covers artwork for both publications by Ian Bateson; text by Jim McPherson

Of particular interest to Indy comics collectors in general and Phantacea aficionados in particular are the final six pages of the graphic novel. They were done by Phantacea stalwart Ian Bateson in 1980 for inclusion in Phantacea Seven, which was never published. Digitally re-lettered by Jim McPherson in the past year, this is the first time they have seen print. Also included is a reprint of “Tail Teller”, a short piece drawn by Ian Fry in the mid-1980s for the Phantacea Phase One project.

Page by page list of illustrators whose work appears in the second Phantacea Revisited graphic novel

Page by page list of illustrators whose work appears in the second Phantacea Revisited graphic novel

Overall this a highly pleasing addition to the ongoing Phantacea Mythos catalogue of novels, mini-novels, comics and graphic novels; highly recommended.

A partial list of excerpts from the graphic novel can be found by clicking here.

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SFC chimes in on D-Brig

This just in. (Just got permission to print it as is as well):

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

Subject: Re: SFCrowsnest ignores the weather when there’s February reviews to announce

Here’s the review we’re running on the SFCrowsnest.org.uk website this month.
Actually, the way the new website links in to Facebook and Twitter, I now have to put them in over a longer period, so it actually starts about the middle of the month. If you want to know precisely when, hook into our newsletter which gets triggered every time there is something new on the site.

Many thanks
Geoff Willmetts
editor: SFCrowsnest.co.uk

covers for Damnation Brigade graphic novel

Front and back covers for the upcoming Damnation Brigade graphic novel; artwork by Ian Bateson, 2012; touch-up by Chris Chuckry, 2012; prepared by Jim McPherson, 2013

The Damnation Brigade by Jim McPherson & various artists
(pub: Phantacea Publications. 116 pages graphic novel paperback. Price: $15.00 (US). ISBN: 978-0-98786-834-3)
check out website: www.phantacea.com
Tired of the same old tights and capes in your comicbooks? Looking to get your teeth into a series that is a bit different? Then ‘The Damnation Brigade’ might be the book for you.
Spanning issues one to five of the ‘Phantacea’ series that were initially published in the late seventies and early eighties, this collection deals with the adventures of the eponymous group. Starting out as an Avengers-type group who fought the Nazis in the Second World War, they were betrayed by the very people they had sworn to protect and decided to exile themselves rather than fight back.
The group is awoken during a battle between the Whirling Dervish Vayu Maelstrom and some of the Deadly Devas. Back in corporeal form after 25 years, the group seeks to do what they do best, fight evil, no matter what form it comes in.
The story is written by Jim McPherson, who created the ‘Phantacea’ universe, blending ‘Eagle’ comic-style pacing and words with some godly notions. There’s quite a bit going on in this book and simply skimming the pages just won’t do. Characters are introduced early on with already determined histories that don’t forgive anyone who isn’t giving it full attention. For anyone willing to give this collection a go, I personally would suggest a couple of reads to take in everything that happens. Although I would question if today’s reader has the patience to do that.
The origin story of the Damnation Brigade group does give the book a nice grounding and the reader finds themselves seeing through the three eyes of Maelstrom as he first meets the group, which certainly helped me enjoy and accept the character more. McPherson works with around eight different artists across the 116 pages of the volume, mostly Ian Bateson, who is a regular contributor to the series. Bateson has some interesting illustration styles that are a little different on every page he works on that challenge more later on, as if he gains in confidence as the book progresses. Other noteworthy artists included in this volume are Verne Andrusiek and Vincent Marchesano who offer up some crisp seventies-style comic art as part of their contribution.
This collection is certainly very different to most graphic novels out there and while the years may not have been kind to it, it’s worth a read to at least try something new.
Aidan Fortune

Tad disappointed Aidan felt need to add this at the end: “the years may not have been kind to it”,

Also wondered about this statement(s): “Although I would question if today’s reader has the patience to … [give this collection a] couple of reads to take in everything that happens.’

Guess he knows something I don’t about today’s readers. I used to read my comics two or three times back in the day.

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The Glitch that stole Mithramas

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

Collage featuring the Glaubert torc and three panels from pH-4, artwork by Verne Andrusiek, 1979

Unearthed in early to mid 1990s; in Phantacea terms, could be confused with either Harmony’s necklace or the Crimson Corona; artwork from pH-4, Verne Andrusiek, 1979

Mithramas came and went with Kitty Clysm neither under the tree nor in the can (read ‘computer’).

New Years did too, though at least the cover got finished a few days before the Big Ball Descending wherever and whenever, local time.

Then the Glitch stole the last hope Jim McPherson had of writing “The Proof is Out There” before March.

It’s not … because of the dastardly Glitch.

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

At 144 mb, the PDF for Kitty Clysm’s innards proved simply too large for designated POD-printer’s upload system. Plus, the promised 48-hour response time to the Publisher’s plea for help has come and gone without so much as an acknowledgement of receipt.

As is commonly said in Pirate Movies: Arggh!

As slight compensation here’s a copy of the finished cover, albeit in greyscale (also seen here, here and here).

Black and white rendition of Kitty Clysm cover, art by Verne Andru, 2013

Bad Rhad’s at it again in this black and white rendition of the wraparound cover intended for “Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst”

RSS pHantaBlog for next update re Kitty Clysm’s fate. Earlier blog entries containing sample artwork from Kitty Clysm can be found on “Fat-eared Helios time-tumbles to Glauberg for 101st“, which is here, and “Super Fecundity — Make that pHecundity“, which is here.

 

 

 

 

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