McPhersonal APE

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, features b/w versions of front covers for Nuclear Dragons and the Damnation Brigade graphic novel, covers artwork by Ian Bateson, text by Jim McPherson

In case you missed posts on pHantacea on pHacebook ( or the Google +  page ( for Phantacea Publications, Jim McPherson will be attending APE – The Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco a couple of weeks from now.

The dates are October 12 & 13. The place is The Concourse Exhibition Center, 835 8th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. The website is here

And yes, it’s beginning to look like comic and cover artist Verne Andru will be joining him there for at least part of the time.

5 collages prepared for the Goddess Gambit web page

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

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McPhersonal Appearance — Vancouver Comicon Sunday 8 Sept 13

Jim McPherson, creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, will be back at the Heritage Hall (15th & Main, Vancouver) on Sunday, 8 September 2013. Starts at 11 a.m.

Hopefully it’ll be raining by then as last one was sparsely attended in large measure due to what eventually registered as the first rainless July in Vancouver’s history:

Exact address is as on poster, just a different date:

Poster for the July 7, 2013 Vancouver Comic Con

Poster for the July 7, 2013 Vancouver Comic Con. Website is here:

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As I’ve been suspecting for some time now ComiXpress, a well-known POD publisher in the States that specialized in comic books and graphic novels, is no longer around.

There’s no explanation for its Xtinction, as it were, other than its principals felt it time to move on. That being the case, more power to them. Buena fortuna.

The announcement is on its homepage ( as well as here, though I’ve no idea for how long.

As for where that leaves Phantacea Publications, more specifically its latest graphic novel, “Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade“, well, the work’s done and there are always other POD printers. Might even be ones who automatically place product online.

In the meantime, have another pHree-dee-eff:

Gambit P-card

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McPhersonal Appearances – May 2013

Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, as featured throughout pH-Webworld, will be at the Phantacea Publications table from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this coming Sunday at the Vancouver Comic Con (

It’s at Heritage Hall, 15th and Main in, as one might expect, Vancouver.

VanComicon_2013-may_flyer, taken from the Web

Jim McPherson will be at the Phantacea Publications table from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 19 May

Come by, say hello, share some stories and bring bucks. He’ll have "Phantacea Revisited #1: The Damnation Brigade", the latest graphic novel released by Phantacea Publications ( with him, along with all the usual suspects, for sale.

Should a table come available Phantacea Publications may also be at the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival the following weekend:

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The Damnation Brigade graphic novel is now available from Phantacea Publications

PRESS RELEASE                                                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The entire Damnation Brigade storyline compiled at long last

VANCOUVER, BC: Phantacea Publications is delighted to announce the release of its second full-length graphic novel: “Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade”.

A rip-roaring outburst of creativity featuring Jim McPherson’s taut storytelling and spectacular artwork gleaned from the pages of Phantacea 1-5 (1977-1980), Phantacea Phase One #1 (1987) and #2 (unpublished), it presents the stirring saga of extraterrestrial Shining Ones and the doomed but unyielding Damnation Brigade.

Anheroic Fantasy Illustrated, with a wraparound cover by Phantacea’s master colourist Ian Bateson and 120 pages of interior artwork in glorious black and white by a wide 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.

Artists featured in the graphic novel include Dave Sim (from just before he began to publish Cerebus the Aardvark), the aforementioned Ian Bateson, Verne Andru (creator of ‘420’), Vince Marchesano, various Day brothers and George Freeman (‘Captain Canuck’). Ordering information is here.

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:

For more information contact:

Phantacea Publications
James H McPherson, Publisher
74689 Kitsilano RPO,
2768 West Broadway, Vancouver BC, V6K 4P4

Primary website:
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pHRv1:DB on the way

Finally got the word I’ve been waiting for. After more frustrations (I noted some of the earlier ones here), the promised graphic novel, “Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade”, has not only found a format and a probable printer, I’m expecting a proof waiting in my mail slot when I return from holidays in mid-February.

All goes well it will be available from Phantacea Publications come end-February. Price will be around $16.00 CAD but it’ll be worth it. Tell you more as the release date approaches. In the meantime, one thing I can promise is that this won’t be the cover.

Tentative Front and Back Covers for "Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade"

Tentative Front and Back Covers for “Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade”

As per usual, keep an eye on the Phantacea Publications’ website for updates:

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pHRv1:DB Delayed

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

Sorry to say “The Damnation Brigade” graphic novel has been delayed yet again. The good news is the cover’s done, with adjustments, whereas the innards are thoroughly cleaned and ready for prime time. Unfortunately, deciding how best to print it remains conundrum-inducing,

Would prefer to release it in typical size for graphic novels, roughly 10 1/4 by 6 1/2, but cost estimates coming in at over $5.00 per book. And that doesn’t allow me to keep retail price under $12.00 a book, not if I’m to make anything myself it doesn’t.

Alternative of going the 6×9 trade paperback route (like the regular, all-prose novels and mini-novels) would lower per book price considerably but it just wouldn’t look right. Any thoughts?

Stay tuned for decision.


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