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Jim McPherson writes:


Many moons ago I made mention as to how an inscribing, if that’s the right word, at the bottom of a beer mug that I drained many a time, throughout the early-to-mid Seventies, inspired not so much the creating as the naming of one of Phantacea’s strongest and most unique characters.

That would be Raven’s Head. (She’s the D-Brig member who isn’t even remotely human; at least she isn’t according to the back cover text for War-Pox.)

The posting is here, the specific link is here and the commercial logo referred to therein is also right here:

Ravenhead Logo, image taken from website

As per the posting, Jim McPherson’s beer mug in the early to mid 70s had the Ravenhead logo inscribed on its base

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So, did the inspiration for “Nuclear Dragons” come from a beer can?

Kelowna Dragon Pils, picture of beer can taken from web

Beer can often found on table after editing “Nuclear Dragons”

The answer to that is a resolute ‘no’. For one thing, Dragon Pils (as opposed to ‘dragon pills’) didn’t even exist when I first came up with the notion of Crystallion, Hell’s Horsemen, and their atomic firedrakes in the by then mid-to-late Seventies.

Besides, I only imbibe after the work day’s over and, anyways, the Kelowna brand Pilsener or Pilsner is only one of my one-a-day beer treats.

Note as well, contrary to speculation rampant in certain quarters, Jordan Q for Quill Tethys, an equally unique  character, one who featured throughout ‘The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories’ epic fantasy trilogy, is not my alter ego.

I might be a Legendarian but I’m no more 30-Beers than I am a legendary 30-Year Man. Not even in my own mind.

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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and spectacular artwork gleaned from the pages of Phantacea 1-5 (1977-1980), Phantacea Phase One #1 (1987) and #2 (unpublished), it presents the stirring saga of extraterrestrial Shining Ones and the doomed but unyielding Damnation Brigade.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: http://www.phantacea.com/one2six1.htm#logo

For more information contact:

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

Primary website: http://www.phantacea.com
Order directly from the publisher: http://www.phantacea.info/phorder1.htm#dbrigGN

 

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Not just extraterrestrial technology anymore

For those of you pHaithful pHans of Phantacea, ones who followed pHant serials years ago on what’s now www.phantacea.info but was Phantacea on the Web (pH-Webworld then as now), here’s a link to a story entitled “3D Printers make guns”. I spotted it the other day on p B4 of the Vancouver Sun, December 22, 2012: http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Click+print+shoot+Guns+made+printers+will+reality+sooner+than+think+says+politician/7736912/story.html

Scary stuff, I grant you. However, does this or does this not remind you of the ending to “The Weirdness of Cabalarkon”? Does me, hence why it qualifies as a Serendipitous Sighting. (For many more, click here.)

BTW, Weird’s ending is not revealed in its synopses (http://www.phantacea.info/synop5.htm#limbo1) but I might as well remind (or tell) you that it involves efforts made by 5980’s Master of Weir to replicate, um, something using the Weirdom’s 6000 year old reconstruction of Old Weir’s Mother Machine.

Painting of a Mayan warrior reminiscent of John Sundown, shot by Jim McPherson in Merida Mexico ca 1999

Mayan Warrior, with Spear,

I’ve used this shot to represent Blind Sundown for years. The artist is Fernando Castro Pacheco (January 26, 1918 – ). The artwork is in the Governor’s Palace in Merida, Mexico. The hall where I shot it is open to the public.  It should be a must-see for anyone who visits Merida. (Uxmal is kind of neat as well.)

I believe Pacheco himself still lives in Merida. Google him up; impressive stuff. One link is here: http://yucatantoday.com/en/topics/castro-pacheco-murals. But there are better ones.

 

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