No, this Vancouver talent is worth revisiting just to see again. Nifty work. Great photography.
No, this Vancouver talent is worth revisiting just to see again. Nifty work. Great photography.
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.
Something like it will certainly make it to “Hidden Headgames”, however.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
(Introductory Note: Xmas may come from the Greek letter X, pronounced Chi, as in the first letters of Christ. However, in the Phantacea Mythos, it comes from Xuthros Hor, the Biblical Noah. Who, on account of the Noh Theatre, looks Japanese on the cover of “Forever & 40 Days — the Genesis of Phantacea”, a graphic novel that came out in 1990.)
Got this graphic off the web after it appeared somewhere on Facebook.
Quite a lot of these fellows (no goddesses on list), or variations thereof, appear during the course of the Phantacea Mythos.
For example …
Additionally seems to me Adonis was mentioned during the course of ‘Feel Theo’ as one of Attis’s aspects during the 500-year era of the Goddess Culture on the Outer Earth (ca 2000 – 1500 BC).
Certainly Krishna’s girlfriend Lakshmi, even if she wasn’t nominally considered that in ancient times due to the prevalence of avatars, contributed her name to a surviving leader of D-Brig’s boo-hiss meter in the aftermath of “The War of the Apocalyptics“.
His Cretan consort contributed her name to a character, Ariadne Atreides, who appeared during ‘The Volsung Variations‘ web-serials of the early 2000s on pH-Webworld.
Further to this and Point 2 above, being Master Devas, Tammuz and Osiraq weren’t just twins. They were two of three. Their triplet came to be called Novadev.
As per “Feeling Theocidal“, he was atomized (cathonitized, become a star in the night’s sky above the Hidden Headworld) circa 1500 BC. Did so while drinking with Phantacea versions of that Cadmus (called Kadmon) and that Harmonia (the incomparable Harmony Unity).
Just in case you missed it in “Helios on the Moon“, or way back in 1977’s Phantacea One, Colonel Avatar Sol exploded near the moon. Miracle Memory (at least partially based on that Harmony) tells Heliosophos (who may have been that Kadmon in his second lifetime) that Sol was possessed of that Novadev.
One of the first postings on pHantaBlog was entitled “Make that Merry Mithramas“. If you need any more lynx on any of the above try the search engine atop most of the pages throughout www.phantacea.com.
Oh, yes, one of the subplots in the upcoming “Wilderwitch’s Babies” storyline has to do with efforts by the aforementioned Pyrame (Providence) Silverstar seeking to entice her forever lover, the Moloch Sedon — none other than the Mighty Eye-Mouth in the Sky that was featured on the wraparound cover reprinted immediately below — into undoing the damage done by the Idiot Twins as per the aforementioned mini-novel “The Death’s Head Hellion“.
The Vancouver Collectibles Fair happens tomorrow, Saturday, the 3rd of October 2015, at the Scottish Cultural Centre, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, shall be there under-manning, not undermining, the Phantacea Publications table. More here and here:
Scottish Cultural Centre
8886 Hudson Street
– Click here for directions to Scottish Cultural Centre –
Most people can readily conjure images inside their head – known as their mind’s eye. Now scientists have described a condition named aphantasia which leaves their brain unable to visualize. Sounds like a truly horrible, if nigh on impossible, condition.
Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, is seeing faces again. He’s not alone either. The folks behind Fortean Times are, too:. Except they cheat on the cover of FT 327: http://pics.gjovaag.com/FT/large/FT327.jpg
Webmeister Oz has turned Borealis Brolly (aka Auroral Nihila) into a background image whereas McPherson himself has contributed a new entry to the Serendipity page. It’s called sereNipHity (serendipity + Nihila + pHantacea + nifty).
The Serendipity entry is here: http://www.phantacea.info/seren.htm#iceNihil, whereas the background makes it first appearance here: http://www.phantacea.info/devils-described.htm#harmy. There’s even a new banner that should show up once in a while on pHantaBlog.
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:
(ĭn′fən-tl-īz′, ĭn-făn′-)tr.v. in·fan·til·ized, in·fan·til·iz·ing, in·fan·til·iz·es1. 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.
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.
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.”
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.
“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
“… 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.”
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.
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
Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, will be a guest at this Sunday’s VANCOUVER COMIC & TOY SHOW #4: http://canadiancomics.net/.
Being a guest has its privileges so he’ll also be manning a full table containing just about everything still available for purchase from Phantacea Publications.
Some showy prices, too. $10.00 each for many of the full-length novels and all three graphic novels, $5.00 (bags included) for original comics from the 1970s (Phantacea 1-4 only), $5.00 for a couple of the mini-novels. Not to be beaten with a stick … or anything else, por favor.
It’s at Vancouver’s Croatian Cultural Centre, 16th and Commercial, from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. Admission is $5.00. Go to the Canadian comics site and scroll down for, surprise, surprise, an authorized shot of, um, the author.
In order to avoid offending the eye, and thus necessitating it having to be plucked out, it’s about the only photo he allows to be seen in public places besides the bottom of one of his sandals on his personal Facebook page.
Cover artwork for “Helios on the Moon” (the full-length, multiple character, mosaic novel that in effect marks the culmination of Phantacea Phase One) is by Ricardo Sandoval, 2014.
In the Launch 1980 promo, artwork from the cover of the graphic novel, “Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade“, is by Ian Bateson, 2012, whereas artwork from the latest graphic novel, “Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst“, is by Verne Andru, 2014.
Jim McPherson prepared the graphic, the full version of which also features cover art from “The War of the Apocalyptics” and “Nuclear Dragons” by Ian Bateson as well as a reiteration of the front cover art for “Helios on the Moon” by Ricardo Sandoval.
The graphic below was prepared by Jim McPherson from a photo he took of the Sun (Helios called Sophos the Wise) and Moon (Miracle Memory) kissing in 2012 in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. They’re two of the Cornerstone Characters in the Phantacea Mythos.