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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Phantacea Phree Reads

As per my ever-so-mysterious correspondent blog_me, I did miss listing a few pHree-Bees here.

At the bottom of every Phantacea Publications web page (, as well as at the bottom of most of the web pages making up pH-Webworld (, there are lynx to web pages where from you can buy the books or download the e-books on the Kindle format.

You can now click on those lynx and, once you reach where you’re going, you can look inside any of the books that say you can. (For example, here and here.)

As of today you also google up most of the Phantacea Publications books by title on, yes, Google Books and do the same. For example, the link for “The War of the Apocalyptics” is here.

Coming as soon as I get to it, I’ll put lynx to the read-for-free Google Books page for each of the Phantacea Mythos print publications currently available from Phantacea Publications on their dedicated web pages.

Of course you could go ahead and order them directly from the publisher as per here. (Certified cheques and/or money orders only, please include shipping cost listed on order form.)

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Tick-tock doc for DB’s TOC — Cover and Table of Contents listing all of Phantacea Revisited’s artistic contributors

Rather than type them out, I thought I’d just supply another PDF. Front cover on one side, TOC on reverse. Downloadable, too, though ask me nowhere near as interesting as Mythos Mag, which I’ve added to page just in case you missed it back in November.

For some reason the front cover half of the Tick-TOC Doc (as in document) would rather open with Acrobat than with a regular browser. Of course that might just be my regular browser.

D-Brig’s Cover & Interior Contributors

Mythos Mag 1996/2012

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2013 Price List from Phantacea Publications

Here’s what available from Phantacea Publications as of mid May 2013.

Phantacea Publications Price List 2013

The ordering page is here: Still no Pay Pal so certified cheques or money orders only please. McPhersonal Appearances are strictly cash and carry. Bring your own bad.

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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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1/16th Mi’kmaq to 1/2 Ojibway

Here’s an exchange taken from “Helios on the Moon“, a full-length mosaic novel Phantacea Publications will probably release in early 2014. (Most of the covers for the Phantacea Comic Books can be found here.)

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

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

It’s between the Dual Entities, re whom many more links can be found starting here.

“Her!” Memory indicated Nidaba Starrus, lying immobile on a table. “And them.” She motioned to her five fellow cosmicompani­ons. “They’ve something to do with us, her in particular.”

“What do you mean something? Access your data banks. You’re supposed to know everything that has happened to us in all of our previous lifetimes. Hell’s Teeth, lady, you won’t even let me wake up after another death before draining memories of my last life into your storage system.”

“Maybe I’m malfunctioning …”

Evidently Helios’s Machine-Memory isn’t the only one.

JIm McPherson writes:

So here I am at Van Expo (Vancouver Fan Expo 2013) at the Vancouver Convention Centre (the joint with the pseudo-sails on the waterfront downtown). I’m in front of the Phantacea booth straightening out the mess when a likely looking fellow comes by.

I buttonhole him, start yapping about Phantacea Publications and give him my card. He retaliates by giving me his card. Name’s Dan Daulby, of fame, no doubt among many another place.

Somewhere in back of my mind I know the name so we get to talking. Turns out he’s a half-Ojibway graphic artist from Manitoba. (I’m a 1/16th Mi’kmaq from the Nova Scotia branch of the McPherson clan; hence the entry’s title.)

I ask him if he knows George Freeman, a Winnipeg-based  pH-artist who worked on pH-5 with Verne Andrusiek (Verne Andru). Yep, they went to college together.

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

I pull out a (rejected) proof of Damnation Brigade graphic novel and show him Freeman’s stuff. He puts on his glasses and flips through it. I did, too, not that I wear glasses.

Good stuff, he says (or words to that effect). Don’t make a sale and still haven’t figured out why his name is so familiar.

This is what I showed him. (Double-click to enlarge.) Note the letterer’s name.

credits page from Apocalyptic Nucleus, pH-5 1980

Page taken from Damnation Brigade graphic novel; original artwork by George Freeman and Verne Andrusiek, 1979/80; note the letterer’s name; pH-5 came out in 1980

Didn’t make the connection until that night. Could there be two Dan Daulbys of Winnipeg, Manitoba circa 1979, when lettering must have been done?

Next day we exchanged emails. Answer was not to the best of his knowledge.

We have now exchanged lynx. Have a boo:

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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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