That’s Europa Heliopolis, not the continent or Jupiter’s moon, at least not entirely

Graphic reads "Annuling Nihila", prepared by Jim McPherson

2012 composite graphic prepared by Jim McPherson utilizing artwork for Verne Andru and Pacheco, as spotted and shot in Merida ca 2010. Nihila will be reappearing in “Hidden Headgames” this year (2017)

Lower insert taken from pHantacea on pHacebook using the embed feature. Something of an announcement to note herein. More once “Hidden Headgames” gets nearer to its release date.

In the meantime have another graphic ==> and a different set of lynx connecting the one below.

Freespirit Nihila appears in the sequence promised below, which marks the return of Europa Heliopolis to the Phantacea Mythos after a fifteen to twenty year absence.

Hit here for a couple of mentions of Europa during the “Aspects of Amoebaman” web-serial and here for a 5980 spoiler that may or may not have made it to “Decimation Damnation“.

Something like it will certainly make it to “Hidden Headgames”, however.

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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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Set your calendar for Van Con … after you set your clocks back

Comicon announcement for November 2016

Comicon announcement for November 2016

Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, drags Dec-Dam (http://www.phantacea.com/#greetings) out of its boxes, no doubt kicking and screaming, in order to expose it for sale at the next Vancouver Comicon, 11-5 pm, Sunday 6 November 2016, at Heritage Hall in Vancouver (http://www.vancouvercomiccon.com/).

Final cover for print edition of "Decimation Damnation", collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2016

Final cover for print edition of “Decimation Damnation”

 

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Holy Hola Hoops — Y blog’s been offline for awhile

“Holy Hola Hoops, Harry lad!” Young Death almost spoke those words of greeting to Harry “Ringleader” Zeross during Pregame Gambit (http://www.phantacea.com/#pdfDec). Seems an appropriate hola from down here in Touristic Dentistry land. Got one last appointment b4 heading home next Sunday so have been mostly offline for a while.

Been rereading the Weirdness of Cabalarkon” (http://www.phantacea.info/synop5.htm#limbo1) and, boyo el toyo, is it different from “Decimation Damnation” (http://www.phantacea.com/#comingSoon). So, feel free to cheat howsoever slightly and read Weirdness’s synopses (http://www.phantacea.info/synop5.htm#month1) before ordering the latest mini-novel (http://www.phantacea.com/#pdfDec).

You’ll be very surprised just how wrong I got a very nearly canonical storyline originally scripted for the Phantacea Phase Two series of 1980s comic books (that never were) back in the early 20-Zeros,

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Phantacea Phase Two — starts in prose and probably only ever will be in prose

Variation of an online promo prepared by Jim McPherson, 2016

Variation of an online promo prepared by Jim McPherson, 2016

Labour Day’s come and gone, which means “Decimation Damnation“, the first mini-novel extracted from the open-ended saga of Wilderwitch’s Babies, is finally available for ordering.

Here’s the opening sentence in Dec-Dam’s Auctorial Preamble: “Thus begins Phantacea Phase Two.” Here’s final sentence in same: “Better make it: Thus begins the open-ended saga of “Wilderwitch’s Babies”.

As for the rest of it, well, you don’t have to buy the book, in any of its editions (print, digital PDF or e-pub), in order to read it, but it would be appreciated.

Phantacea Publications logo utilizing a Sun-Moon wooden Carving spotted and shot by Jim McPherson, 2014

Phantacea Publications logo utilizing a Sun-Moon wood carving spotted and shot by Jim McPherson, 2014; taken to represent the Dual Entities during happy times

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Wilderwitch goes into labour on Labour Day

In print, in an interactive PDF and as an e-pub.

Wilderwitch goes into labour on … when else? Labour Day. And it’s got nothing to do with Phantast Thanatos … at least we don’t think it does. Yet!

In the meantime, for those of you with Adobe Reader or plain old Acrobat — and an extra $10.00 — there’s a website special on the digital edition of “Decimation Damnation” here: http://www.phantacea.com/#pdfDec

 Digital Version — online collage covers enlarge here

  • Digital cover, one of two, for “Decimation Damnation — Wilderwitch’s Babies 1”

     Print Version — full cover print edition enlarges here

  • Cover collage by Jiim McPherson, 2016

    Front cover for the print edition of “Decimation Damnation — Wilderwitch’s Babies 1”

     Back cover — enlarges here

  • text and collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2016

    Back cover for print version of “Decimation Damnation — Wilderwitch’s Babies 1”, text and collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2016

    Carrying on from where the PHANTACEA comic book series and the three-part Launch 1980 fantasy epic left off

  • Promotional Collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2014, utilizing the covers for the two Phantacea Revisited graphic novels: The Damnation Brigade & Cataclysm Catalyst

    Promotional Collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2014, utilizing the covers for the two Phantacea Revisited graphic novels: The Damnation Brigade & Cataclysm Catalyst

    See much more at www.phantacea.com
    Phantacea Publications logo utilizing a Sun-Moon wooden Carving spotted and shot by Jim McPherson, 2014

    Phantacea Publications logo utilizing a Sun-Moon wood carving spotted and shot by Jim McPherson, 2014; taken to represent the Dual Entities during happy times

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Good Cover, Bad Cover, Final Cover(s)

Final cover collage for the print edition of “Decimation Damnation”

Final cover for print edition of "Decimation Damnation", collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2016

Final cover for print edition of “Decimation Damnation”

Made mention of cover controversy surrounding the various collages prepared for “Decimation Damnation — Wilderwitch’s Babies 1” a number of times out here in Cyberia. (See also here and here.)

Lately it’s got so bad I’ve had to eject an entire row from the graphics section on the Witch Babs page.

It had to go somewhere so …

Source of Viennese Photo Montage

Front cover picture of Sharbat Gula as it appeared on National Geographic cover in June 1985

Though shot in 2010 at a public gallery in Vienna, Austria, it turns out that the otherwise unidentified photo montage used in the cover collage in this row began as a photo taken for the National Geographic’s June 1984 issue and as such can’t be pHanta-used as is.

The subject’s name is Sharbat Gula, at the time (1984) age 12. More on pH-Webworld‘s Summer 2016 entry of Serendipity and …

Rejected full cover for "Decimation Damnation" mini-novel

Full tentative cover for Decimation Damnation mini-novel, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2016

Background image is a sunset taken at Jericho Beach in Vancouver, July 2015; Easter Island Moai taken from the Web then solarized

Rejected front cover for DecDam

Main shot taken in Vienna, Austria, gallery, uncredited art, photo by Jim McPherson, 2010; used on tentative front cover for 2016 mini-novel, prepared by Jim McPherson

Wilderwitch representative spotted and shot in a Vienna, Austria, city gallery in 2010; Moai used to represent between-space stone gnomes reputed to exist in the Weirdom of Cabalarkon

Did manage to retain the darker version of the cover for use on one or the other of the mini-novel’s digital editions (PDF or e-pub). So hardly a wasted effort.

Tentative full cover for "Decimation Damnation"

Took out the face, save for the hair and eyes, of the Afghan Girl and filled in space with Daemonic Desperation graphics. Like result a lot … but may not use it for print to blackness issues. Should be okay for digital editions, though.

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Vexatious Nonentities?

Wash that birdbrain’s mouth out with soapstone

Was going to use the word ‘nebbishes’ but online dictionary objected (wrongly, as it happens) but even when it’s defined as “a pitifully ineffectual, inept, and timid person” it still implies they exist.
As this telltale sequence from “Decimation Damnation” reveals, that’s not necessarily so in the case of Stone Gnomes:
The girls had been terrified of Dervish Furie, with his horns and fangs, but had taken an immediate liking to Jervis Murray, he with his darkish, though not altogether jet-black skin and still thick but now trimmed beard. They were in charm mode; were competing with each other trying to tell him how matter transducers kept working despite the fact no one in Cabalarkon knew how to make, let alone service, one anymore. He was distracted, was forever looking around for Wilderwitch, who had yet to show up, and missed most of what Harry’s youngest, Athena, was saying.
“What was that again, Tina? What’re stone gnomes?”
“Gnomes made of stone, silly,” the 6-year old repeated.
“They’re what keeps everything going, Uncle Monster,” elaborated 12-year old Helen, who liked to sound superior and could be quite rude. “Tinny thinks she saw one this morning in the old palace.”
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Which, since she thought she saw it in a refrigerator while ‘stealing’ ice cream as well as for those of you don’t follow Phantacea Publications on Facebook (pHantacea on pHacebook), brings us to this, a variation of which also appeared recently on Serendipity and …:

A mite nippy out there, eh? And not just in the dying days of what’s been passing for summer in Vancouver. Great start, though … in May.

Phantacea Publications's photo.
Phantacea Publications's photo.
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 And this, also from (pHantacea on pHacebook):

Is that a stone gnome on the cover of JLA 15?

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Neither of which tells us that stone gnomes actually exist. Something does, though, hence — hopefully without giving too much away — this sequence, also from DecDam:
Wilderwitch was still silently cogitating … when they arrived at Raven’s digs. She wasn’t as swift as Johnny or Raven were to realize the walls were no longer the mess she and Furie had made of them; were in fact back to being as good as new. Was barely swift enough to pick up on the significance of Raven’s exclamatory squawks. Wash that birdbrain’s mouth out with soapstone she was thinking when Sundown made another observation.
“And if they’re demons, they’re shape-shifters.”
“Wait a minute there,” the Witch protested. “You’re suggesting I’m a demon?”
“Not at all,” said Sundown, regarding her querulously, through Raven’s eyes and with her perspective. “Should we have been?”
“Of course not. What were you saying then? I must have missed it.”
“Only that stone gnomes must have fixed the walls and stone gnomes have to be demons. Demons are shape-shifters.”
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Much more on Stone Gnomes can be found by using the search engines on www.phantacea.com and pH-Webworld
Screen shot from the Welcoming Page of phantacea.com as of Saturday, August 4, 2016

Wilderwitch goes into labour with “Decimation Damnation”, the first mini-novel extracted from the open-ended saga

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These greens aren’t edible; hopefully, they’re editable

It’s happened again. Caught it in time, this time, but still …

Artwork by Ricardo Sandoval, 2014

Helios on Moon tested at 300%. Note lack of green. That means it passed 2014 Acrobat test.

Artwork by Ricardo Sandoval, 2014

Helios on Moon cover tested at 240%. Note the green. That means it failed. Yet it’s still available from same POD printer. Go figure.

In case you were wondering why “Decimation Damnation” didn’t come out on or about Midsummer’s Day 2016, check this out.

<<==  A year and a half ago Ricardo Sandoval produced a print cover for Helios on the Moon. It passed the 300% overall coverage test on Acrobat.

==>> Times change. It wouldn’t today because the POD company I use now requires covers must first pass a 240% overall coverage test.

Collage by Jim McPherson, 2016

Note the green. First choice cover tested at 240% failed.

Cover collage by Jim McPherson, 2016

Again, note the green. Would have failed in 2014, so back to square one.

Cover collage Jim McPherson, 2016

Cover collage initially prepared for second entry in Wilderwitch’s Babies saga “Destination Damnation”

As per here, I had to abandon my first choice print cover for DecDam. Then my craftily reworked second choice <<== did not pass the Acrobat test at 240% total overall coverage.

Small conciliation, it would not have passed the 2014 test either. ==>>

<<== So I tried out the cover I initially intended for the follow-up entry in the as yet open-ended saga of Wilderwitch’s Babies.

Cover collage originally prepared for "Destination Damnation" by Jim McPherson, 2016

Even at 300% the DestDam cover was only a borderline pass.

(Likely title, in case you were wondering, “Destination Damnation”)

It was only marginally better. ==>>

Here’s the requirement:

“When the Output Preview window is open you can move your cursor over the PDF and view the CMYK values in your file.

“This is a good time to verify that the barcode used is 100% black only and that your cover does not have large areas of color that exceed 240% Total Area Coverage.

“If concerned about excessive color density you can select the box at the bottom of the window labeled “Total Area Coverage”, select a maximum limit and all offending areas will be highlighted.”

Concerned I was; concerned I still am. But I’m submitting Revision 4 anyhow. Stay tuned. If gasket blows, well, at least I’ve got comparatively affordable medical insurance.

Cover collage prepared by Jim McPherson, July 2016

The fourth revision of the cover collage for “Decimation Damnation”. Collage prepared by Jim McPherson, July 2016

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Duelling coverage

Collage entitled Daemonic Desperation, prepared by Jim McPherson, June 2016

Right centre: colourized version of Dancing Witch from the Legend of Tam O’Shanter, artwork by John Faed, 1819-1902; Ancient Night by Henry Fuseli, 1741-1825; revenant between them by Pieter Pourbus, 1523-1584, shot in Bruges 201`2; cameo Sedon shot in Bruges, 2012, same as statue of hooded woman in middle of image; other images taken from Web

As per Serendipity and … here, finally learned where the girlish face featured in the otherwise unidentified photo montage on the last post came from. It’s purloined from a National Geographic cover from June 1985. The girl photographed by Steve McCurry in 1984 was Sharbut Gula, then 12. More on that here.

Tentative cover for "Decimation Damnation", graphic prepared by Jim McPherson, June 2016

Daemonic Desperation graphics transposed to tentative cover for “Decimation Damnation” mini-novel

The photo montage used was shot in a public gallery in Vienna, Austria, in 2010 but didn’t shoot the information plaque. Result? Had to rework the tentative cover and poster at bottom of page painstakingly prepared for DecDam over a month ago. Hence delay.

Still like the eyes, as per immediately, but  can’t decide if cover collage is usable. Maybe make up mind tomorrow.

Tentative full cover for "Decimation Damnation"

Took out the face, save for the hair and eyes, of the Afghan Girl and filled in space with Daemonic Desperation graphics. Like result a lot … but may not use it.

So what do you think? Comments appreciated below.

Black & white version of revised poster for Wilderwitch's Babies, prepared by Jim McPherson mostly using his own images, 2016

Black & white version of revised poster for “Wilderwitch’s Babies” as used on the print version of “Decimation Damnation”, the first mini-novel taken from that as yet open-ended saga. More notes here: http://www.phantacea.com/witchBabsPage.htm#graphics

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