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Phantacea Publications in Print

Phantacea Publications in Print

- The 'Launch 1980' story cycle - 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' Fantasy Trilogy - The '1000 Days' Mini-Novels - The phantacea Graphic Novels -

The 'Launch 1980' Story Cycle

The War of the Apocalyptics

Front cover of War Pox, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2009

Published in 2009; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here;

Nuclear Dragons

Nuclear Dragons front cover, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2013

Published in 2013; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here;

Helios on the Moon

Front cover for Helios on the Moon, artwork by Ricardo Sandoval, 2014

Published in 2014; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here;

The 'Launch 1980' story cycle comprises three complete, multi-character mosaic novels, "The War of the Apocalyptics", "Nuclear Dragons" and "Helios on the Moon", as well as parts of two others, "Janna Fangfingers" and "Goddess Gambit". Together they represent creator/writer Jim McPherson's now concluded project to novelize the Phantacea comic book series.

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'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' Epic Fantasy

Feeling Theocidal

Front Cover for Feel Theo, artwork by Verne Andru, 2008

Published in 2008; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here

The 1000 Days of Disbelief

Front cover of The Thousand Days of Disbelief, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

Published as three mini-novels, 2010/11; main webpage is here

Goddess Gambit

Front cover for Goddess Gambit by Verne Andru, 2012

Published in 2012; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here

Circa the Year of Dome 2000, Anvil the Artificer, a then otherwise unnamed, highborn Lazaremist later called Tvasitar Smithmonger, dedicated the first three devic talismans, or power foci, that he forged out of molten Brainrock to the Trigregos Sisters.

The long lost, possibly even dead, simultaneous mothers of devakind hated their offspring for abandoning them on the far-off planetary Utopia of New Weir. Not surprisingly, their fearsome talismans could be used to kill Master Devas (devils).

For most of twenty-five hundred years, they belonged to the recurring deviant, Chrysaor Attis, time after time proven a devaslayer. On Thrygragon, Mithramas Day 4376 YD, he turned them over to his Great God of a half-father, Thrygragos Varuna Mithras, to use against his two brothers, Unmoving Byron and Little Star Lazareme, in hopes of usurping their adherents and claiming them as his own.

Hundreds of years later, these selfsame thrice-cursed Godly Glories helped turn the devil-worshippers of Sedon's Head against their seemingly immortal, if not necessarily undying gods. Now, five hundred years after the 1000 Days of Disbelief, they've been relocated.

The highest born, surviving devic goddesses want them for themselves; want to thereby become incarnations of the Trigregos Sisters on the Hidden Continent. An Outer Earthling, one who has literally fallen out of the sky after the launching of the Cosmic Express, gets to them first ...

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The '1000 Days' Mini-Novels

The Death's Head Hellion

- Sedonplay -

Front cover for The Death's Head Hellion, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

Published in 2010; main web presence is here; Character Companion starts here; ordering lynx are here;

Contagion Collectors

- Sedon Plague -

Front cover for Contagion Collectors, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

Published in 2010; main web presence is here; Character Companion starts here; ordering lynx are here;

Janna Fangfingers

- Sedon Purge -

Front cover for Janna Fangfingers, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2011

Published in 2011; two storylines recounted side-by-side, the titular one narrated by the Legendarian in 5980, the other indirectly leading into the 'Launch 1980' story cycle; main web presence is here; Character Companion starts here; ordering lynx are here;

In the Year of the Dome 4825, Morgan Abyss, the Melusine Master of the Utopian Weirdom of Cabalarkon, seizes control of Primeval Lilith, the ageless, seemingly unkillable Demon Queen of the Night. The eldritch earthborn is the real half-mother of the invariably mortal Sed-sons but, once she has hold of her, aka Lethal Lily, Master Morgan proceeds to trap the Moloch Sedon Himself.

In the midst of the bitter, century-long expansion of the Lathakran Empire, the Hidden Headworld's three tribes of devil-gods are forced to unite in an effort to release their All-Father. Unfortunately for them, they're initially unaware Master Morg, the Death's Head Hellion herself, has also got hold of the Trigregos Talismans, devic power foci that can actually kill devils, and Sedon's thought-father Cabalarkon, the Undying Utopian she'll happily slay if they dare attack her Weirdom.

Utopians from Weir have never given up seeking to wipe devils off not just the face of the Inner Earth, but off the planet itself. Their techno and biomages, under the direction of the Weirdom of Cabalarkon's extremely long-lived High Illuminary, Quoits Tethys, have determined there is only one sure way to do that -- namely, to infect the devils' Inner Earth worshippers with fatal plagues brought in from the Outer Earth.

Come All-Death Day there are more Dead Things Walking than Living Beings Talking. Believe it or not, that's the good news.

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phantacea Graphic Novels

Forever and Forty Days

- The Genesis of Phantacea -

Front cover of Forever and Forty Days; artwork by Ian Fry and Ian Bateson, ca 1990

Published in 1990; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here

 

The Damnation Brigade

- Phantacea Revisited 1 -

Front cover of The Damnation Brigade, artwork by Ian Bateson, retouching by Chris Chuckry 2012

Published in 2013; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here

Cataclysm Catalyst

- Phantacea Revisited 2 -

Front cover for Cataclysm Catalyst, artwork by Verne Andru, 2013

Published in 2014, main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here

Kadmon Heliopolis had one life. It ended in October 1968. The Male Entity has had many lives. In his fifth, he and his female counterpart, often known as Miracle Memory, engendered more so than created the Moloch Sedon. They believe him to be the Devil Incarnate. They've been attempting to kill him ever since. Too bad it's invariably he, Heliosophos (Helios called Sophos the Wise), who gets killed instead.

On the then still Whole Earth circa the Year 4000 BCE, one of their descendants, Xuthros Hor, the tenth patriarch of Golden Age Humanity, puts into action a thought-foolproof, albeit mass murderous, plan to succeed where the Dual Entities have always failed. He unleashes the Genesea. The Devil takes a bath.

Fifty-nine hundred and eighty years later, New Century Enterprises launches the Cosmic Express from Centauri Island. It never reaches Outer Space; not all of it anyhow. As a stunning consequence of its apparent destruction, ten extraordinary supranormals are reunited, bodies, souls and minds, after a quarter century in what they've come to consider Limbo. They name themselves the Damnation Brigade. And so it appears they are -- if perhaps not so much damned as doomed.

At least one person survives the launching of the Cosmic Express. He literally falls out of the sky -- on the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head. An old lady saves him. Except this old lady lives in a golden pagoda, rides vultures and has a third eye. She also doesn't stay old long. He becomes her willing soldier, acquires the three Sacred Objects and goes on a rampage, against his own people, those that live.

Meanwhile, Centauri Island, the launch site of the Cosmic Express, comes under attack from Hell's Horsemen. Only it's not horses they ride. It's Atomic Firedrakes!

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A Quick-Read Timeline of PHANTACEA Mythos Print Publications

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PHANTACEA – A Very Brief History

PHANTACEA, and with it Phantacea Publications, began as a 6-issue comic book series written and published by Jim McPherson between the years 1977 and 1980. A large number of artists, most of them Canadian and/or based in Vancouver Canada at the time, contributed to PHANTACEA. They included Dave Sim, Gordon Parker, Sean Newton, Ian Bateson, Peter Lynde, Richard Sandoval, Carl Muecke, Verne Andrusiek (later Verne Andru), Gene Day, Vince Marchesano, Tim Hammell, Reg Klassen and George Freeman.

In 1986, Jim McPherson wrote and published PHANTACEA Phase One. Although parts of subsequent issues were prepared, only one issue was printed. The cover art was by Ian Bateson, who also redrew some of the Dave Sim artwork from PHANTACEA One. A backup feature was drawn by Ian Fry, in his first work as a comic book artist. All of the backup material Ian Fry prepared for this project was collected and print-published here.

In 1990, Jim McPherson (operating as James H McPherson, Publisher, for the first time) published "Forever & 40 Days - The Genesis of PHANTACEA". The graphic novel aspect of this PHANTACEA Mythos print publication was written by Jim McPherson and drawn by Ian Fry. The cover was by Ian Bateson, in part working from a design by Jim McPherson and Ian Fry.

A short story entitled "Sister Grandmother", written by Jim McPherson, was included in the package. It spotlighted some of the members of PHANTACEA's Damnation Brigade, notably Wilderwitch and Dervish Furie. Also included in the package were additional text features and a table detailing the proper names, birth years, correctly calculated longevity, and the death years of the 10 patriarchs of post-Eden, Golden Age Humankind (according to the PHANTACEA Mythos).

From 1996 until the present day, Jim McPherson has been writing, designing and publishing pH-Webworld (PHANTACEA on the Web). Among the many attractions of this website are photo essays and illustrations prepared by Jim McPherson. Many of these are collages incorporating photographs he has taken on his various travels.

Since 2007, Jim McPherson has had a separate website dedicated to these travels. Its former title, Jim McPherson's Travels in my Pants, was intended as a joke, as in 'Travels with my Aunt'. (Which, I believe, was a series of travelogues put out in the Sixties, though I could wrong about that.) It was not, repeat not, a porn site. Suchlike insidious allegations would not go away, however, so I retitled it Jim McPherson's Travels. You can get to it from here.

In 2008, Jim McPherson finally gave up shopping it around and decided to self-publish "Feeling Theocidal - Book One of The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories". The first release from Phantacea Publications in 18 years, Feel Theo was also the first-ever, all-prose mosaic novel featuring the PHANTACEA Mythos. Its cover was by long-time Phantacea artist Verne Andru.

Feel Theo was followed a year later, in the Fall of 2009, by "The War of the Apocalyptics". As the first entry in the Launch 1980 story sequence, War-Pox is based on the PHANTACEA comic books as well as the web-serial of the same name, which was published online from 1996-1998. The cover art was by another long-time Phantacea stalwart Ian Bateson.

Due to communication difficulties with an artist who (howsoever arguably) had agreed to do the cover, "The 1000 Days of Disbelief - Book Two of The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories" did not come out as scheduled in 2010. Instead, Jim McPherson released digest versions of the first two mini-novels comprising 1000-Daze.

Subtitled Sedon Play and Sedon Plague respectively, these were followed in the Spring of 2011 by augmented trade paperbacks of essentially the same mini-novels: "The Death's Head Hellion" and "Contagion Collectors". (Said augmentation came in the form of Character Companions that are now online, starting here.)

As he had with Feel Theo and War-Pox, Jim McPherson had previously prepared collages intended as tentative covers for both of these mini-novels. Came time for releasing the trade paperbacks, tentative became definite. Later on that same year he released the concluding mini-novel comprising 1000-Daze.

Entitled "Janna Fangfingers", and subtitled Sedon Purge, it too featured a collage prepared by Jim McPherson for its cover. In addition to its own unique Character Companion, Fangers presented a framing story that acts as a prequel to the Launch 1980 story cycle War-Pox began in 2009.

"Goddess Gambit" came out early in 2012. The concluding entry in The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories trilogy, it carries on directly from where Fangers' framing story ended. Eventually, perhaps even surprisingly given War-Pox's, um, apocalyptic ending, it also picks up the Launch 1980 story cycle from where the 2009 novel left off. The cover, by Verne Andru, continues his long association with Phantacea.

After an extended gestation period, "Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade", a 120-page graphic novel collecting D-Brig storylines from Phantacea 1-5 plus PHANTACEA Phase One #1 (1987) and PHANTACEA Phase One #2 (unpublished), finally came out in mid-2013. The cover is by Phantacea stalwart Ian Bateson (Ian Bateson's Studio), whose artwork makes up the bulk of the book. Early material from Dave Sim ('Cerebus the Aardvark') and Verne Andru ('420') also features. Chris Chuckry ('Frogrocket') provided some timely assistance on the front cover.

That autumn marked the release of 'Nuclear Dragons', a full-length mosaic novel set almost exclusively on the Outer Earth. It continues the Launch 1980 story cycle, which began five years earlier with War-Pox and, even though the endgame was much different than in pH-6, sort of continued with Gambit. The final entry in Jim McPherson's seemingly never-ending project to novelize the comic book series will be "Helios on the Moon".

After yet another frustrating development period, "Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst" came out in mid-Spring 2014. It's a 96-page graphic novel collecting the complete 'Soldier's Saga' as well as some of the 'Centauri Island' storylines from Phantacea 1-6 and PHANTACEA Seven (unpublished); also contains the origin of the Moloch Sedon sequence from PHANTACEA Phase One #1 (1987), as first reprinted in 'Forever & 40 Days -- the Genesis of PHANTACEA'(1990). Like pHRv1 Jim McPherson dusted off his Adobe Photoshop and In Design skills, such as they are, in order to scan in, re-proof, lay out and basically package the entire collection singlehandedly.

Individual copies of the novels and mini-novels are available through via a wide variety of online booksellers including amazon.com and affiliates such as amazon.ca and amazon.co.uk, as well as Coutts Information (and Library) Services in Canada, Barnes & Noble in the US and Bertrams in the UK.

The list prices for Feel Theo and War-Pox are the same: $23.00 CAD in Canada and $22.00 USD in the States. (I've seen Feel Theo advertised for lots less, though, so have a google, as the saying goes.)

Gambit and Nuck-Drags are much longer than the earlier two full-length novels. Consequently they go for $25.00 CAD or USD. The first two mini-novels cost $10.00 each whereas Fangers goes for $12.00 in either currency. As per below, Feel Theo, Hellion, Contagion and Fangers are also available on the Kindle format from amazon.com.

Bookstores and bookseller collectives can order bulk copies of the novels from Amazon, Drive Thru Fiction, the Ingram Book Company, Ingram International and Baker & Taylor, among many other places. In this regard, I note Bertrams|THE in the UK supports the Independent Booksellers Group (IBG), which makes it possible for many bricks and mortar bookstores to place bulk orders at a sensible savings. And that, to editorialize for a brief moment, strikes me as an eminently worthwhile innovation; something booksellers over here should emulate.

pH-Webworld (once, as already noted, PHANTACEA on the Web, but as often nowadays generally called Jim McPherson PHANTACEA Mythos Online) has been serializing mini-novels and short stories featuring Jim McPherson's PHANTACEA Mythos throughout its existence. A companion website, www.phantacea.com, is dedicated entirely to PHANTACEA Mythos print and now digital publications.

Phantacea Publications – Anheroic Fantasy since 1977 – are still nominally put out by James H McPherson, Publisher. That’d be me.

Jim McPherson
Creator/Writer/Publisher
jmcp@phantacea.com


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Anheroic Fantasy Novels, Graphic Novels and Mini-Novels

Phantacea Publications

- Since 1977 -

- Forever & 40 Days - Feeling Theocidal - The War of the Apocalyptics - The Death's Head Hellion - Contagion Collectors - Janna Fangfingers - Goddess Gambit - The Damnation Brigade - Nuclear Dragons - Cataclysm Catalyst - Launch 1980 - Helios on the Moon -

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Forever & 40 Days

1990 Graphic Novel

Front Cover of pH4-Ever, artwork by Ian Fry

Genesis of the PHANTACEA Mythos; dedicated webpage is here

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Feeling Theocidal

2008 Full Length Novel

Front Cover for "Feeling Theocidal", a PHANTACEA Mythos Print Publication, Artwork by Verne Andru, 2008

Book One in the Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories trilogy; also available in a variety of e-book formats; dedicated webpage is here

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The War of the Apocalyptics

2009 Full Length Novel

Front Cover for War of the Apocalyptics, artwork by Ian Bateson 2009

Opening entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle; also available in a variety of e-book formats; dedicated webpage is here

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The Death's Head Hellion

2010 Mini-Novel

Front cover for The Death's Head Hellion, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

Commences "The 1000 Days of Disbelief", Book Two in the Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories trilogy; also available in a variety of e-book formats; dedicated website is here

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Contagion Collectors

2010 Mini-Novel

Front cover for Contagion Collectors, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

Continues "The 1000 Days of Disbelief", Book Two in the Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories trilogy; also available in a variety of e-book formats; dedicated website is here

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Janna Fangfingers

2011 Mini-Novel

Front cover for Janna Fangfingers, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2011

Concludes "The 1000 Days of Disbelief", Book Two in the Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories trilogy; doubles as the prequel to the Launch 1980 story cycle; also available in a variety of e-book formats; dedicated website is here

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Goddess Gambit

2012 Full Length Novel

Front Cover for Goddess Gambit, artwork by Verne Andru, 2011/12

Book Three in the Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories trilogy; eventually meshes with the Launch 1980 story cycle; also available in a variety of e-book formats; dedicated webpage is here

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Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade

120 page Graphic Novel

Front cover for Damnation Brigade graphic novel, art by Ian Bateson, touch up by Chris Chuckry, 2012

Published in 2013; artwork from pH 1-5 (1977-1980), pHz1 #1 (1987) and pHz1 #2 (unpublished), of which more is here; dedicated webpage is here

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Nuclear Dragons

2013 Full Length Novel

Final front cover for Nuclear Dragons

The for sure second, full length entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle, cover art by Ian Bateson; recounts, in four parts, the actual launch of the Cosmic Express and the immediate ramifications of its apparent destruction particularly on its launch site, the Outer Earth's Centauri Island; dedicated webpage is here

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Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst

96 page Graphic Novel

Ad incorporating the front cover for the Cataclysm Catalyst graphic novel, art by Verne Andru, ad prepared by Jim McPherson, 2014

Published in 2014; artwork from pH 1-7 (1977-1980) and pHz1 #1 (1987), dedicated webpage is here

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Launch 1980

Promo for The War of the Apocalyptics entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle

Promo for the Nuclear Dragons entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle

Promo for the Helios on the Moon entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle

Trilogy completed in 2014; Phantacea Mythos story cycle novelizing the Phantacea comic book series

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Helios on the Moon

2014 Full Length Novel

Final front cover for Helios on the Moon

The climactic, full length entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle, cover art by Ricardo Sandoval; the Dual Entities have been back in their own timeline for a few years now; they're trying to change things for the better; how often does that work out; dedicated webpage is here

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The Original Six + a Few Afters

Anheroic Fantasy Illustrated

Fabulous Phantacea Covers

| 1977 (pH-1) | 1978 (pH-2) | 1978 (pH-3 - Front) | 1978 (pH-3 - Back) | 1979 (pH-4) | 1980 (pH-5) | 1980 (pH-6) | 1980 Unfinished (pH-7) | 1986/7 (pHz1-1) | 1990 (pH-4Ever) | 2012/3 (pH-Rv1) | 2013/4 (pH-Rv2) |

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Phantacea One

pH1 cover by Dave Sim, 1977

Artwork by Dave Sim, 1977

Original web-presence preserved here

Note: Most of Dave Sim's Launching of the Cosmic Express sequence reappeared in "Phantacea Revisited: The Damnation Brigade" (Rv1:DB). Four pages also appeared in "Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst" (Rv2:CC).

The Launch sequence was included as a bonus chapter in the Phantacea Mythos mosaic novel "Goddess Gambit". The complete sequence features in "Nuclear Dragons".

Phantacea Two

pH2 cover by Gordon Parker, 1978

Artwork by Gordon Parker, 1978

Original web-presence preserved here

Note: A couple of pages of Gordon Parker's depiction of the encounter between Rom Kinesis (pre Doc Defiance) and Devil Wind were reprinted in "Phantacea Revisited: The Damnation Brigade" (Rv1:DB). That entire sequence was novelized in "Nuclear Dragons".

Sean Newton's impressive opening installment of the Soldier's Saga reappears in "Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst" (Rv2:CC). The Uncle Universe sequence is retold in the Phantacea Mythos mosaic novel "Helios on the Moon".

Phantacea Three Obverse

pH3 front cover, artwork by Richard Sandoval, 1978

Artwork by Richard Sandoval, 1978

Original web-presence preserved here

Note: None of the Helios on the Moon sequences in this issue were reproduced in either "Phantacea Revisited: The Damnation Brigade" (Rv1:DB) or in "Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst" (Rv2:CC) due to the pHantacea-pHact it's a different storyline.

It is, however, retold in the Phantacea Mythos mosaic novel "Helios on the Moon". Its cover was also done by (nowadays) Ricardo Sandoval, albeit in 2014

Phantacea Three Verso

Back cover for pH3 by Ian Bateson, 1978

Artwork by Ian Bateson, 1978

Original web-presence preserved here

Note: Reproductions of virtually all of the sequences drawn by Verne Andrusiek, Carl Muecke and Ian Bateson for the flip side of this issue appear in "Phantacea Revisited: The Damnation Brigade" (Rv1:DB).

Exceptions are pages that have been digitally re-lettered by Jim McPherson.

Phantacea Four

pH4 front cover, artwork by Ian Bateson, 1979

Artwork by Ian Bateson, 1979

Original web-presence preserved here

Note: Only reproductions of the Byronic Nucleus sequences drawn by Ian Bateson appear in "Phantacea Revisited: The Damnation Brigade" (Rv1:DB).

Tim Hammell's map of Sedon's Head from pH-3 reappears after the Bateson sequence in the graphic novel. A couple of Verne Andrusiek's pages from this issue also appear in context. Like parts of the map page, Jim McPherson digitally re-lettered aspects of these pages for purposes of clarity.

Phantacea Five

pH5 cover by Ian Bateson over Verne Andrusiek's inks, 1979/80, 19

Inks largely by Verne Andrusiek, 1979/80; Cover coloured, typeset and partially redrawn by Ian Bateson, 1980

Original web-presence preserved here

Note: Reproductions of virtually all the sequences drawn by Ian Bateson, Vince Marchesano, various Day Brothers & unaccredited friends, Tim Hammell and George Freeman (with Verne Andrusiek) appear in "Phantacea Revisited: The Damnation Brigade" (Rv1:DB).

Phantacea Six

pH6 cover by Verne Andrusiek, 1980

Artwork by Verne Andrusiek, 1980

Original web-presence preserved here

Note: Verne Andrusiek drew this entire 32-page issue. It concludes the Soldier's Saga begun in pH-2 by Sean Newton and carried on in issues #4 & #5 by Verne Andrusiek.

Most of the material prepared for the Soldier's Saga reappear in "Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst" (Rv2:CC). This time, though, Jim McPherson has painstakingly corrected myriad typos as well as added some judicious updates digitally.

Phantacea Seven (unfinished)

Unfinished cover for pH7, artwork by Ian Bateson ca 1980

Artwork by Ian Bateson, 1980

Original web-presence preserved here

Note: This issue was supposed to conclude both the Launching of Cosmic Express and the Helios on the Moon story cycles. Unfortunately producing it proved a logistical nightmare and it was abandoned.

Only Ian Bateson's Hell's Horsemen sequence was drawn and lettered. Those pages as they were initially submitted can be seen here. The same pages, digitally re-lettered by Jim McPherson in 2014, have finally seen print in "Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst" (Rv2:CC).

Phantacea Phase One #1

Phase One cover by Ian Bateson, 1986

Artwork by Ian Bateson, 1987

Original web-presence preserved here

Note: Some the material Ian Bateson redid over Dave Sim's original appears in "Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade" (Rv1:DB).

All of the Devil Wind v/s Demon Land material that Ian Bateson drew for pHz1 #2 also finally sees print in Rv1:DB.

For a sneak preview, go to here and here.

Forever & 40 Days

Front Cover of pH4-Ever, artwork by Ian Fry

Artwork by Ian Bateson over Ian Fry, circa 1989

The first graphic novel from Phantacea Publications came out in 1990.

Drawn entirely by Ian Fry, it was made up of backup sequences intended for the pHz1 project.

Artwork for the cover was finished by Ian Bateson over Ian Fry's original.

The pH-4Ever webpage is here.

Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade

Front cover for pHRev1, artwork by Ian Bateson, touch-up by Chris Chuckry, 2012

Artwork by Ian Bateson, 1987/2012

Collects the entire Damnation Brigade storyline from pH 1-5 (1977-1980), pHz1 #1 (1987) and pHz1 #2 (unpublished).

Earlier reproductions of Ian Bateson's until now unpublished artwork for the pHz1 project can be found here and here.

The graphic novel's webpage is here.

Chris Chuckry did some facial touch-up work on the Untouchable Diver, the Elemental Twins, Gloriel and the Witch

Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst

Front of flyer for Cataclysm Catalyst, art by Verne Andru, 2013

Artwork by Verne Andru, 1982-87/2013

Corrects and collects the entire Soldier's Saga from pH 2-6; starts with the Launching of the Cosmic Express as drawn by Dave Sim, 1977; continues with Phantacea's origin of the Devil Sedon as drawn by Ian Fry, ca 1986/7; and concludes with Ian Bateson's 6-page, Hell's Horsemen sequence intended for Phantacea Seven, 1980, as digitally re-lettered by Jim McPherson, 2014.

The graphic novel's webpage is here.


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A Preserved Bundle of Phantacea Promotional Blurbs

| "Cataclysm Catalyst" announcement | "Nuclear Dragons" announcement | "The Damnation Brigade" announcement | "Goddess Gambit" announcement | "The Thousand Days of Disbelief" announcement | Support phantacea | Order Today | Bulk of Page Contents | Ordering Online Lynx |

From Comics to Novels

Rollover with 2014 convention price list

Phantacea Revisited graphic novels morph into full length Phantacea Mythos mosaic novels; only the beginnings, middles and endings have changed to protect what really happened

Cataclysm Catalyst

The second Phantacea Revisited Graphic Novel

Full cover for Cataclysm Catalyst, artwork by Verne Andru, 1980-2013

Dedicated webpage is here

Full cover by Verne Andru, 1980-2013

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Internal Artwork Credits

Rollover with Catalyst's artwork credits

Artwork from pH 1-7 as well as Phantacea Phase One #1; samples link from here;

Images in this row double-click here and here; notes on panel background are here

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Phantacea Seven

- Comic Book to Web-Serial -

Unpublished Phase One cover by Ian Bateson, circa 1988

Ian Bateson's unpublished artwork from Phantacea Seven provides the basis for the first full-length phantacea Mythos Mosaic Novel since "Goddess Gambit".

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Full covers for Nuclear Dragons, art by Ian Bateson, 2013; text by Jim McPherson

Nuclear Dragons are here

- A phantacea Mythos Mosaic Novel -

The second entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle is now available for ordering online

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Dedicated webpage is here; back cover text can be found here and here; lynx to excerpts from the book start here and here; check out material that didn't make it here and related excerpts from its scheduled follow-up, 2014's "Helios on the Moon", here; its Auctorial Preamble is reprinted here, here and here

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Mockup for Nuclear Dragons cover adapted from cover originally intended for Phantacea Seven comic book, artwork by Ian Bateson circa 1980

At long last, the second entry in the Launch 1980 epic fantasy has arrived.

Ian Bateson's breathtaking wraparound cover for the novel utilizes his own dragons from pH-7. Those from the unfinished cover for the Phantacea Phase One project can be seen here and here.

 

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Phantacea Revisited #1

B/w first and last pages from DB graphic novel

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NEW: Read most of the mini-novels making up "The Thousand Days of Disbelief" today on Google Books

Look inside great swaths of 'Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade' here

Guess what's once again available for ordering in print?

Front and back covers for D-Brig graphic novel, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2012; facial touch-up by Chris Chuckry

"Phantacea Revisited #1: The Damnation Brigade"

Print and PDF copies of "Phantacea Revisited #1: The Damnation Brigade" can be ordered by credit card from Drive Thru Comics.

To order from the publisher, click here.

Postage is extra. Please be aware that as yet Phantacea Publications can only accept certified cheques or money orders.

The Damnation Brigade Graphic Novel

artwork by Ian Bateson and Vince Marchesano

Artwork never seen before in print; almost all of pH-5 available for the first time since 1980

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The entirety of Ian Bateson's until-now-unpublished contribution to "Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade" can be seen here then here

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Goddess Gambit

Samples of Verne Andru's art, applicable to Goddess Gambit

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Phantacea Publications is pleased to announce "Goddess Gambit", the third and final book in 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' trilogy, is available for ordering both online and directly from the publisher

(Please note: Phantacea Publications can only accept cheques and money orders.)

"Janna Fangfingers - Sedon's Purge", can now be ordered as both a trade paperback and as the 4th Phantacea e-book.

With its publication, "The 1000 Days of Disbelief", Book Two of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories', concludes and, in some respects, the 'Launch 1980' story cycle begins.

Hit here for nearly instant ordering gratification

The Mighty Eye-Mouth in the Sky

Sedonic Eye, image by Ian Bateson, 1986; text and manipulation by Jim McPherson, 2011 by Jim

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Covers prepared by Jim McPherson, 20104 covers for 1000 DazeThe Thousand Days of Disbelief

Phantacea Publications is pleased to announce the three mini-novels constituting "The 1000 Days of Disbelief", Book Two of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories', are available for ordering online by credit card.

Just as happily, "The Death's Head Hellion" and "Contagion Collectors" are available everywhere at $10.00 each. Being longer than its predecessors, "Janna Fangfingers" still goes for the highly reasonable price of $12.00 CAD and USD.

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"Feeling Theocidal -- Thrygragon, Year of the Dome 4376" (Book One of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' trilogy), "The War of the Apocalyptics" (the first full-length entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle), the three mini-novels making up "The 1000 Days of Disbelief" (Book Two of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories'), "Goddess Gambit" (Book Three of the trilogy and in some respects the second – unless it's the third – entry in the Launch 1980 story sequence) and "Nuclear Dragons" (the second, full-length entry in the Launch 1980 story sequence) should be available at neighbourhood bookstores and public libraries all over the world.

"Janna Fangfingers", the third and final mini-novel comprising 1000-Daze, rather cleverly doubles as a prequel to both Gambit and the Launch 1980 story cycle. In its turn, Endgame-Gambit picks up from where War-Pox leaves off. Part Three of "Nuclear Dragons" connects to both War-Pox and Gambit. Parts One, Two and Four of Nuke also nicely sets up "Helios on the Moon", the last scheduled sequence in the Launch 1980 story cycle.

E-versions of Feel Theo, Hellion, Contagion,Fangers, War-Pox and Gambit are available on the Kindle format exclusively from amazon.com, amazon.co.uk and some of amazon's other European and Asian affiliates.

Kindle e-books can be downloaded for I-Pads and I-Phones as well as a number of other devices. Many have text-to-voice capacity for the visually challenged.

Phantacea Publications e-books are also available in a variety of other formats. Please check your favourite online bookstore to download Phantacea Publications e-books to the device of your choice.

If you don't see the novels or mini-novels displayed at your local book stops, kindly direct purchasing agents and/or booksellers to www.phantacea.com in order to help them rectify such a sad situation.

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The cover for War of the Apocalyptics, Ian Bateson, 2009, with a rollover of an alternative cover for the same book prepared by Jim McPherson, 2003The front cover for Feeling Theocidal, artwork by Verne Andru, 2008, with a rollover collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2008, for the same book

Hit here to initiate orders directly from amazon.com and some its affiliates. Books from Phantacea Publications currently available include "Forever & 40 Days — The Genesis of PHANTACEA", "Feeling Theocidal", "The War of the Apocalyptics" the three mini-novels constituting "The 1000 Days of Disbelief" (namely "The Death's Head Hellion", "Contagion Collectors" and "Janna Fangfingers"), "Goddess Gambit" and "Nuclear Dragons".

Kindle versions of "Feeling Theocidal", "The Death's Head Hellion", "Contagion Collectors", "Janna Fangfingers", "The War of the Apocalyptics" and "Goddess Gambit" can be ordered exclusively from amazon.com, amazon.co.uk and four of amazon's European affiliates. Check your favourite online sites to order Phantacea Publications e-books in a variety of other formats.

Libraries, bookstores and bookseller collectives can place bulk orders through Ingram Books, Ingram International, Coutts Information (and Library) Services, Baker & Taylor, and a large network of other distributors worldwide.

Some of the Phantacea comics and graphic novels can be ordered through Drive Thru Comics.

Or, if you prefer to order directly from the publisher, email or send your order(s) via surface mail. No matter where you live or what currency you prefer to use, I'll figure out a way to fill your order(s) myself.

Please add an additional 12% to cover Canadian and provincial taxes as well as Canada Post rates for shipping. At present Phantacea Publications can only accept certified cheques or money orders.

BookFinder.com lists both of the original versions of the mosaic novels: "Feeling Theocidal" and "The War of the Apocalyptics". Also listed therein are most of the other PHANTACEA Mythos print publications.

Another interesting option for the curious is Chegg, which has a rent-a-book program. Thus far its search engine shows no results for phantacea (any style or permutation thereof) but it does recognize Jim McPherson (a variety of them) and the titles of the novels.

As for the Whole Earth (other than the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head, at least as far as I can say), this page contains a list of a few other websites where you can probably order the novels in a variety of currencies and with credit cards.


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