Just this afternoon I put the last bit of color on the last page of Old Ghosts, twelve years after I wrote the first draft of the story.
It probably should not take anyone twelve years to produce a 36-page comic (and, to be fair, I did a few hundred pages of other comics in the interim), but day jobs will do that to ya.
First draft was written in 2002, when I was still living in Boston and still working a normal-person desk job, then extensively revised in 2006 after I’d moved to Austin. The scene playing out in the handwritten draft in the photo up there was cut completely, I’m guessing because it was very boring and unnecessary (I actually didn’t remember it at all until I fished out the draft).
Pages 1-12 were penciled and inked in 2006-2007. In 2008 the deal came through to work on Transposes, so I set Old Ghosts aside to focus on that. Took me four years to finish Transposes. I was a bit burned out after that and didn’t work on comics much for awhile.
I picked up Old Ghosts again in late 2013 (in Aurora, CO now), and put it down only to work on my story for Beyond. So pages 13-36 were penciled and inked in 2013-2014, and all 36 pages were colored in 2014.
I’ll continue to release the pages once a week, which will have this thing wrapping up around mid-October. Pretty appropriate timing for a ghost story, I think.