And so The Haunted Man storyline comes to an end, finally after 16 years in the making! What a way to wrap it all up! After reorganizing all the previous published and unpublished pages we had enough for 9 pages of this 4th issue, so we only had to finish up the other 23 pages! No problem if you can do it full time! But when the writer and artist also have full-time and part time jobs too boot 23 pages can be somewhat of an undertaking!
Freazie White, Jr. and Mark Poe plotted this one on the phone 16 years ago but did not have it down on paper until this year when Mark did breakdowns on letter size paper folded in half to simulate comic book pages only smaller. Once roughed out he scanned the sketches and emailed those to Freazie who started scripting. Freazie emailed the pages as he finished while Mark worked on the art. Mark had to pencil, ink and letter these. The plan was to try to stay with the Image Comics style which Christopher Torres and Mark had begun with in issue 3 and which was carried over in the opening chapters of issue 4. Those pages that were completed 16 years ago. It became apparent there was no way Mark could do 5 pages of complete art and lettering a week with his other commitments as well, so we settled on 3 a week.
Now it’s done. The art is a bit rough in places and we’ll probably touch it up some before we go to press but the story is there. Hope you all enjoyed it.
So where does Project: New Man go from here. Well, tune in Monday for our inside back cover to find out. We’ll wrap up the issue with the color back cover on Wednesday, Christmas Eve!