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.

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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taut storytelling and spectacular artwork gleaned from the pages of Phantacea 1-6 (1977-1980), Phantacea Seven (unpublished) and the Phantacea Phase One project (1990), it also carries on the stirring story of what’s left of the doomed but unyielding Damnation Brigade from the first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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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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Lower Prices for Van Expo 2014

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

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

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

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

Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, will be tending the Phantacea Publications table throughout this year’s Vancouver Fan Expo Easter Weekend (18-20 April 2014).

In addition to debuting “Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst“, he’ll have with him all the usual suspects for sale, most of them at reduced prices.

See you there.

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 Black and white preview of cover intended for “Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst”

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Bad bogie derails Kitty Clysm

Yep, as reported on pHantacea on pHacebook a couple of weeks ago the release date for “Cataclysm Catalyst”, the second graphic novel under the Phantacea Revisited byline, has been pushed back rather rudely.

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”; artwork by Verne Andru, 2013

It isn’t a total train wreck. It just looks like one.

Output Prieview of failed tiff

PDF of cover tiff showing Output Preview on Acrobat; green indicates unacceptable colour saturation

Screen shot showing levels

Tiff supplied for Cataclysm Catalyst with text and logos removed; levels read fine on Photoshop

Problem seems to be high density colour. And if anyone knows how to correct it, please advise forthwith.

I’m still hopeful it’ll be ready by Beltane Day 2014 (the morning after Walpurgisnacht, the start of Witch Week). That would make it Mayday — the First of May 2014 for those not up on howsoever pagan celebrations.

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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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Super Fecundity — Make that pHecundity

Helios on the Moon - comic book cover; art by Richard Sandoval 1978

Helios on the Moon – comic book cover; art by Richard Sandoval 1978

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

Jesus Mandam gets mentioned a few times in “Nuclear Dragons” and probably will again in “Helios on the Moon“. His supposed twin Barsine appears in both “Goddess Gambit” and “Cataclysm Catalyst“, albeit not so much so by daddy-given-name.

So does her son Thartarre Holgatson, which should give you a hint as to who she appears as. Hint 2: Who she appears as was around in “Feeling Theocidal“, which is set in (4)376 AD, but Barsine wasn’t born until December 25, 1920.

E-book cover for "Feeling Theocidal", artwork by Verne Andru, 2008

E-book cover for “Feeling Theocidal”, artwork by Verne Andru, 2008;

E-book cover for Goddess Gambit, artwork by Verne Andru

E-book cover for “Goddess Gambit”

Jesse and aka Bar-Stool (or Bat-Bait, in the pH-Webworld serials of a decade past now) didn’t look at all alike. The explanation in the Web Wheaties (serials = cereals, not surreal) is that, as soon as they were born, Witches of Weir deliberately mixed up girls procreated during the Simultaneous Summonings of 19/5920.

But could they have actually come out of the same womb? Apparently it is possible, though not very likely: See super-fecundation and/or hetero-paternal fecundation here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superfecundation.

Oh, and guess who was often called Fecundity in “Feeling Theocidal“?

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Fat-eared Helios time-tumbles to Glauberg for 101st

The latest Serendipity entry on pH-Webworld (http://www.phantacea.info/seren.htm#glauberg1) finds Helios off the moon and, having typically time-tumbled postmortem, ending up in Celtic Glauberg ca 500 BC.

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

We now believe this the case because, while he would have time-tumbled elsewhere (else-when) after his 101st death, his friends or followers in that era apparently left behind a wooden statue of him.

It wasn’t dug up until 1990s and, evidently missing its feet, is now on public display at the Glaubergmuseum. (Click here for what appears to be an in situ blowup of Fat-Eared Helios.)

That’s around 15 years after his 1980 exploits, which have been (and will be anew) thoroughly documented in Phantacea comics and web-serials as well as, latterly, full-length novels and (so far) solitary mini-novel (“Janna Fangfingers“).

Clearly he met the Moon Bunny (http://www.phantacea.info/seren.htm#helrabbit1) in his 100th lifetime and, in an effort to win her favour, had his Milady Memory craft him some fat, rabbit ears strangely reminiscent of mistletoe leaves.

Why mistletoe leaves? Well, amorous sort that he is, Helios might have figured that was the best way to get the Moon Bunny to kiss him.

A golden neck torc fashioned ca 500 BC, unearthed in 1990s near Glauberg, Germany; image taken from Web

A golden neck torc fashioned ca 500 BC; unearthed in 1990s near Glauberg, Germany; image taken from Web (http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Glauberg)

As for how the Crimson Corona ended up in Glauberg, either in 500 BC or when it was dug up, more than likely it’s only a golden facsimile. Still, neither its fate nor that of Harmony’s necklace were detailed explicitly at the end of “Goddess Gambit” were they.

Could be they will be come “Helios on the Moon“. Just a matter of patience now until the latter’s released circa Beltane Day 2014.

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Conjuring Covers – Very Early Daze

  • Naughties or Noughts
  • “Nuclear Dragons” update
  • Publisher’s back cover mock-up for “Nuclear Dragons”
  • “Nuclear Dragons” back cover text
  • “Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst” update
  • “Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst” – cover in progress

Consider this something of an update re ‘works in progress’. As per inevitably when it comes to Phantacea Publications, there are shipload-stacks of them.

(Hello, publishers, agents: Jim McPherson’s ready to sell out. Got an offer? Make it large as he spent most of the 19-Nineties and 20-Naughties (Noughts?) being a weekend writer and online serial publisher.)

Nearest to fruition is “Nuclear Dragons”, which is still on target for release in 2013. It’s been excised from the ‘Launch 1980’ 1000-pager, re-edited, chunks chopped (some of which got placed here), re-edited again, moved into printable PDF format and awaits only the much-anticipated completion of Ian Bateson’s wraparound cover.

There are lynx to excerpts that actually made the (currently) final cut here as well as aforementioned here. The publisher’s, what?, ‘suggestion’ for its front cover is (currently) here. (Artwork by Ian Bateson, albeit circa 1980.)

Its ditto for the back cover debuts right here on pHantaBlog:

The text and an image suggestion-slash-layout for the back cover of "Nuclear Dragons",  prepared by Jim McPherson, 2013

The text and an image suggestion-slash-layout for the back cover of “Nuclear Dragons”, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2013

Hell’s Horseman image is by Ian Bateson, 1980. The tentative text reads:

 “The Launching of the Cosmic Express took place on Centauri Island at the end of November 1980. It was destroyed … Or was it?

“No matter. Its destroyers thought it was.  And they’re not done yet.

“Who or what can stop them? The Menace on the Moon? Silver-armoured Signal System? Supra-Clones? Loxus Abraham Ryne, the eighty year old head of SPACE  (‘The Society for the Prevention of Alien Control of Earth’)? A couple of middle-aged, newly-minted supranormals named Doc Defiance and Mr. No Name?

“A twenty-seven year old who neither knows who his parents were nor what an Amoeba Man was? An obesity who knows far more than he should but is disinclined to share that knowledge with anyone, not even his own son? Or maybe, just maybe, a notorious little trickster who has been seven years old for something like sixty years!

“Truth told: How can anyone stop Nuclear Dragons!”

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The next graphic novel is entitled: “Cataclysm Catalyst”. The title first appeared in pH-4.

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

The artwork is listed as by Verne Andrusiek. It was done in 1978/9 and saw print in Phantacea Four, 1979.

Not so coincidentally, a fellow by the name of Verne Andru is currently at work bending pixels for the upcoming graphic novel’s cover.

Here’s a very early on taste of things to come:

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

And if it looks somewhat non-witch’s-familiar, be a Bast-cat and have another me-wow (and a double-click) here.

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