Forget the Fantasy Photo, Meet Phantacea’s creator/writer on Sunday, 18 June, in Vancouver

Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, will be at the Creators Table on Sunday, 18 June 2017, selling and signing Phantacea Publications comics, graphic novels, novels and mini-novels. $8.00 admission

Poster for Biannual Comics Show, June 2019

Poster for Biannual Comics Show, June 2019

Biannual Comics Show, Croatian Hall, Vancouver: http://www.canadiancomics.net/

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Welcome in the May-O … with Jim McPherson at the Vancouver Comicon, May 14, 2017

Winter’s Gone Away

Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, will be behind the Phantacea Publications table at the Vancouver Comicon on Sunday the 14th of May 2017.

Welcome in the May-O. Song courtesy of Oysterband

Copies of the latest mini-novel, “Decimation Damnation” available for $10.00. Books and graphic novels: $10.00. Phantacea Four (1979): $5.00

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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Bravura Makeup Worth Revisiting

Not about the Phantacea Revisited graphic novels (“The Damnation Brigade” & “Cataclysm Catalyst“) though they’re always worth revisiting. Once you purchase them of course.

No, this Vancouver talent is worth revisiting just to see again. Nifty work. Great photography.

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Long ago here, so no longer Coming Soon. Still like the graphic, though, so happy to revisit it too. Many more here, here and here

Promo prepared for upcoming release of Helios on the Moon by Jim McPherson, 2014

Double-click to enlarge; the better to read if you do. Artwork is from the two Phantacea Revisited graphic novels.

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Orgasmatron — Bad Rhad’s Theme Song

Don’t know if Motorhead’s Lemmy (Ian Kilmister, 1945-2015) and band mates were writing about Bad Rhad when they wrote, and he sang, ‘Orgasmatron‘ for their 1986 album of the same name but one here-familiar writer reckoned he was: http://www.phantacea.info/summer05.htm#BadRhadWantsAll .

Phantacea Publications's photo.

“Orgasmatron”

I am the one, Orgasmatron, the outstretched grasping hand
My image is of agony, my servants rape the land
Obsequious and arrogant, clandestine and vain
Two thousand years of misery, of torture in my name
Hypocrisy made paramount, paranoia the law
My name is called religion, sadistic, sacred whore.

I twist the truth, I rule the world, my crown is called deceit
I am the emperor of lies, you grovel at my feet
I rob you and I slaughter you, your downfall is my gain
And still you play the sycophant and revel in you pain
And all my promises are lies, all my love is hate
I am the politician, and I decide your fate

I march before a martyred world, an army for the fight
I speak of great heroic days, of victory and might
I hold a banner drenched in blood, I urge you to be brave
I lead you to your destiny, I lead you to your grave
Your bones will build my palaces, your eyes will stud my crown
For I am Mars, the god of war, and I will cut you down.

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Bad Rhad was known as Rhadamanthys as well as Smiler during the initial PHANTACEA comic book series of the late Seventies, appearing on the cover for pH-6.

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

Nearly thirty-five years later, Verne Andru took his original and improved on it, in almost every respect, for the cover of “Cataclysm Catalyst.”

Bad Rhad appears as a pivotal character in “Feeling Theocidal” and “Goddess Gambit“. (Verne Andru did both of those covers as well.) Therein he’s often called the Judge but, as per here, doesn’t object when he’s equated with Ahriman.

A character called Bad Rhad actually shows up in Feel Theo. He’s a panpipes-playing ne’er-do-well whom George Tethys’s mother, Master Helena Somata, she of the ages’ old Weirdom of Kanin City (after Cain, Slayer of Abel), considers a bad influence on her precious son.
(If you have to know, Georgie’s the Emperor Constantine’s half-brother in the Phantacea Mythos. He’s also an incarnation of Jordan Tethys.)
However, since Smiler can’t be remembered unless he’s standing right in front of you and wills you to see him, who’s to say if that Bad Rhad and PHANTACEA‘s Rhadamanthys are one and the same. Well, a certain here-familiar writer might be able to tell you but he probably wouldn’t.
Business card used by Jim McPherson when in Phantacea mode

Business card used by Jim McPherson when in Phantacea mode; the Pharaoh’s head is actually a parking shot on Giza Plateau as shot by Egyptian air force circa 1929/30; Sedon’s Head by Jim McPherson and Tim Hammell, ca 1978

(Or, as far as that goes, Tomcat Tattletail during the three mini-novels comprising ‘The 1000 Days of Disbelief‘. Like Bad Rhad the panpipe player, Tomcat only has two standard human eyes. Devils are of course shape-shifters.)
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NOTE 1: The Cretan Rhadamanthys was a son of Europa and Zeus. Along with brother Minos he became a Judge of the Dead. As interesting as that may be, that isn’t why Smiler’s called the Judge. It’s because it rhymes with Druj (meaning ‘The Lie’ in Zoroastrianism.)

Demonic train cover for Motorhead Orgasmatrom 1986

Cover for 1986 album by Motorhead. No art credit given; taken from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Orgasmatron.jpg

NOTE 2: The third brother was named Sarpedon. The Sarpedon Underclass of Cabalarkon’s Weirdom played minor roles in “The Death’s Head Hellion“. As pure blood Utopians, the Summoning Child twins Demios, who’s black, and Melina Sarpedon, who’s white, are members of that selfsame underclass.

NOTE 3: A coyote character named Squirrelly Tethys smiles suspiciously throughout the D-Head mini-novel. Could be he’s the then latest stolen identity of the aforementioned Tomcat Tattletail, who plays on the incomparable Harmony’s heartstrings throughout ‘The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories’ epic fantasy trilogy as released by Phantacea Publications from 2008-2010.
NOTE 4: Motorhead’s album was produced by Bill Laswell. Its front cover (above right)  features a demonic train. It’s only got two eyes, though, so probably not inspired by the never-remembered Smiling Fiend.
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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First Winter, Last Fall — A Final McPhersonal for Year

picture of Jim McPherson, taken at Van Expo 2013 by Ed Healy

Somebody likes the Mighty Eye-Mouth in the Sky; photo by Ed Healy of gamerati.com

Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, is returning to Heritage Hall on Sunday the 8th of November to do another Vancouver Comicon. More information here, eventually.

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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Nuclear Dragons doing a Reverse China Syndrome? Can’t be, not on 28 Sept 2015

Am struck by this shot of what … fancy fireworks?; St Elmo’s Fire? Looks like something out of Cataclysm Catalyst, albeit in colour.

(http://www.bbc.com/…/20150928-ten-strange-lights-that-appea…).

From St Elmo’s fire to sprites and blue jets, discover the peculiar glowing balls and streaks that form in Earth’s atmosphere
bbc.com|By Martha Henriques

Mention of astronomical sprites and ring-like ELVES is also kind of interesting from a peculiarly PHANTACEA perspective.

Both the ball lightning (“The Death’s Head Hellion” and the aurora borealis have long been associated with Datong Harmonia, the Unity of Balance, as well as her far less savoury alter egos, Nemesis (from “Contagion Collectors”) and Freespirit Nihila (“Goddess Gambit”, “The War of the Apocalyptics” and “Helios on the Moon”, all of which can still be ordered online or directly from the publisher.

 Hit the next blue highlight for lynx to all the Phantacea Mythos publications in print

Here’s the shot of Nuclear Dragons doing a China Syndrome away from Centauri Island as it appeared on the Phantacea Publications Facebook Site. The artwork’s by Ian Bateson, 1979 or 1980. It was intended for Phantacea Seven (unpublished).

NOTE: This is the re-lettered version that first saw light of print in “Cataclysm Catalyst”, webpage shot is here: http://www.phantacea.info/phpubs.htm#horsMn

Phantacea Publications's photo.
And, just in case the shot at the top of the page degrades over time, here’s a reiteration of the same image suggestive of Nuclear Dragons doing a Reverse China Syndrome away from Centauri Island in early December 1980.
Shot taken from BBC Online

Image of five shapes rocketing skyward into some sort of circular wormhole reminiscent of a scene from Nuclear Dragons, image taken from the BBC Online (http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150928-ten-strange-lights-that-appear-in-the-sky)

PS, Web-meister Oz, who insists he doesn’t exist despite having 30+ Recommendations on Linked-In, used the same image for an entry on Phantacea Publications here.

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Prior to the Total Eclipse of Sunday’s Supermoon — Jim McPherson’s doing VPL’s Word Vancouver

Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the the Phantacea Mythos, will be tending the Phantacea Publications table at VPL’s Word Vancouver this Sunday. The show lasts from 11 am until 5 pm, so plenty of time to come by (buy) before total lunar eclipse of Supermoon that we get to see starting around 7pm.

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

pHantaTable is in the Alice McKay Room on the lower level inside the main VPL branch downtown at West Georgia and Homer. Website is here: www.wordvancouver.com; program guide, which contains a map of the site on pages 34 & 35, is here: issuu.com/wordvancou…/docs/word_vancouver_2013_program_guide

Poster to accompany Helios on the Moon press release; utilizes cover from both Phantacea Revisited graphic novels and the three full-length novels making up the Launch 1980 story cycle, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2014

Poster to accompany Helios on the Moon press release; utilizes cover from both Phantacea Revisited graphic novels and the three full-length novels making up the Launch 1980 story cycle

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“Infantilize”, “infantilized” and “infantilizing” are words, apparently

How do I know that? From the National Post, Canada’s argument against freedom of the press. See, to put its title succintly: “Infantilized” nature of genre fiction

I looked up “infantilize” on the Free Dictionary and got this:

in·fan·til·ize

(ĭn′fən-tl-īz′, ĭn-făn′-)

tr.v. in·fan·til·ized, in·fan·til·iz·ing, in·fan·til·iz·es

1. To treat or condescend to as if still a young child: The Victorian physician infantilized his patient” (Judith Moore).
2. To reduce to an infantile state or condition: “It creates a crisis that infantilizes them—causes grown men to squabble like kids about trivial things” (New Yorker).

in·fan′til·i·za′tion (-ĭ-zā′shən) n.
Logo reads Phantacea Anheroic Fantasy Illustrated

Anheroic Fantasy Illustrated – Phantacea logo

The article that inspired such simply scintillating research is actually, if awkwardly, entitled:

Simon Pegg is right, geeky genre fiction usually IS childish, even when it’s also something more

While I’ll admit to having heard his name before, I’d have to resort to Google to find out what movies Pegg’s appeared in. Can’t say I’ve ever heard of the article’s author, Daniel Kaszor, though.

However, a couple of his lines struck me as apropos considering some past pHantaBlog posts, notably here, here and here.

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

One that stuck out, since it seems to apply directly to the National Post’s living saint, the Tar Party’s Chief Blue Nasty, is as follows:

“… in the superhero genre … characters are very explicitly given almost god-like powers. It’s a very simple fantasy to want to just be able to punch the world better.”
Which isn’t to say the article’s about Canada’s current and, sadly, stunningly long-serving Prime Minister. It’s (nominally) about the fantasy genre, if not explicitly the grimdark aspect of it.
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

And that derives almost entirely from the celebrity celery pandered to by today’s mainstream media, genre television, video games and society’s seemingly resultant need for instant gratification to go along with a severely reduced attention span.

Here’s the Pegg quote that tops the article:
“I’m very much a self-confessed fan of science-fiction and genre cinema. But part of me looks at society as it is now and thinks we’ve been infantilized by our own taste.” — Simon Pegg
And here’s the writer’s gravy atop the article’s meat and potatoes:

“… more modern fans of genre fiction want to read … “realistic” heroes through a childish mindset.

“And that’s part of what Simon Pegg was griping about — even when presented in an adult manner, genre has a way of being pre-chewed and regurgitated back in such a way that renders much of the nuance moot — signifiers such as brutal violence and grey morals reinterpreted as being cool instead of troubling — making the end product even more childish than the sanitized basic version.”

Poster to accompany Helios on the Moon press release; utilizes cover from both Phantacea Revisited graphic novels and the three full-length novels making up the Launch 1980 story cycle, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2014

Poster to accompany Helios on the Moon press release; utilizes cover from both Phantacea Revisited graphic novels and the three full-length novels making up the Launch 1980 story cycle

Which echoes Point #4 in the pre-Mithramas Mistletoe Miscellanea posting, the reference being to two of the Gun Porn TV shows made in Vancouver that have since been renewed:

“As to using arrows as implements of torture, using arrows for anything except killing and target practise, there are such things as arteries. Pierce a Captain Boomerang where Arrow hit him, evidently just because he deserved it, and, sorry Flash, it’s not a joking matter.”

So, go to any of the lynx highlighted in blue above and spend some quiet, unhurried, but satisfying time having a read or re-read.

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

Just don’t doubt for a minute that Jim McPherson is above infantilizing his characters, if hopefully not his readers:

In the midst of the mad, the dead, and the dying squatted Mars Bellona. His mentality reduced to that of a low-grade simpleton, the presumption of immortality manifestly did not preclude the onset of insanity. The once tremendously powerful Apocalyptic was playing toy samurai with an even more demented Lord Tornado.
“So sorry, Bellona‑sama. I killed your man first.”
“Seppuku-fie yourself, Tornado-san. I killed you before you killed me.”

… from “The War of the Apocalyptics“, 2009

Welcoming portal for pH-Webworld as of Spring 2015

Entry port for pH-Webworld, first appeared in the 2015 Spring update

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Helios on the Moon exposed at long last

Jim McPherson, the creator-writer of the Phantacea Mythos, shall be manning the Phantacea Publications​ half-table at Heritage Hall this Sunday, 22 March. It’s the first Vancouver Comic Con of the year, so how can you miss it?

Even more importantly, he’ll have with him fresh-off-the-press copies of “Helios on the Moon“, the culminating novel in the Launch 1980 story cycle, as well as the three Phantacea graphic novels and first four comics from the original series.

The Vancouver Comic Con’s website is here. The address for Heritage Hall is:

3102 Main Street
(Main & 15th Avenue)
Vancouver BC

Poster for March Comic Con at Heritage Hall

Jim McPherson shall be there with “Helios on the Moon”

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Helios on the Moon Press Release

Poster to accompany Helios on the Moon press release; utilizes cover from both Phantacea Revisited graphic novels and the three full-length novels making up the Launch 1980 story cycle, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2014

Poster prepared to accompany Helios on the Moon press release; utilizes covers from both Phantacea Revisited graphic novels and the three full-length novels making up the Launch 1980 story cycle

PRESS RELEASE                                                   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jim McPherson’s long term project to novelize the Phantacea comic book series culminates with “Helios on the Moon”

VANCOUVER, BC: “Helios on the Moon”, the climactic entry in the ‘Launch 1980’ story cycle, doesn’t just pick up where its predecessors, “The War of the Apocalyptics” and “Nuclear Dragons”, left off. It fills in the blanks they left behind, then blazes onto its own startling conclusion of Phantacea Phase One.

A multi-character extravaganza that’s cosmic in scope, yet very much earth-centric, it takes off with the Cosmic Express on the Thirtieth of November 1980, veers to the far-off planetary Utopia of Weir then, finally, rages back to both sides of the Whole Earth ten days and many lost lives later.

This is the rest of the stunning storyline only touched on during the two Phantacea Revisited graphic novels: “The Damnation Brigade” and “Cataclysm Catalyst”. With a surprise addendum to “Goddess Gambit”, Book Three of ‘The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories’ epic trilogy, this is the rest of the story as it happens on the Moon, beyond and, indeed, below it.

And if you think Jim McPherson’s Phantacea Mythos is only going through a phase, you’re right. But what a fantastic phase it is.

For more information contact:

Phantacea Publications
74689 Kitsilano RPO, 2768 West Broadway, Vancouver BC, V6K 4P4
Primary website: http://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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