Haunted 1-14

Haunted 1-14

Let’s briefly go into this guy’s name, 刘希愿 (Liú Xīyuàn). 刘 (Liú): Destroy or kill—archaic meaning, nowadays it’s used only as a last name. (To pronounce, try to say ‘Leo’ as one syllable with a rising tone.) 希 (Xī): First

Haunted 1-13

Haunted 1-13

**NINA FACTS** Nina Chu’s name is written 朱妮娜. Nina went to business school in Windenburg. Nina doesn’t want to be here right now. She’d rather sleep in. She went through 10 masturbation jokes and “The Magical Fruit” before naming the

Haunted 1-12

Haunted 1-12

I trust you all to have figured this out on your own already, it’s just worth saying that some pages don’t  enhance characterization or drive the story forward, and are there mainly because the author wants to make super-niche jokes

Haunted 1-11

Haunted 1-11

You, ’90s NYC expert: Uh, Metrocards in the late ’90s had a much smaller white band, and the “INSERT THIS WAY” strip was a duller gold. Me: Arrggh, I know, I merged layers like an idiot and had to move

Haunted 1-10

Haunted 1-10

You, cool and savvy person who knows a thing or two about digital art: Dolly, this is pretty busy. You want to avoid visual clutter so the reader doesn’t get overstimulated. It’s hard to know what to focus on this

Haunted 1-9

Haunted 1-9

Dolly placing Landgraab Apartments: Ok, so Spice Market is Jackson Heights, obviously, which would suggest the Casbah Gallery is in Brooklyn—likely Bushwick or Williamsburg—but when I think galleries I think Chelsea, especially in the late nineties when gentrification just started

Haunted 1-8

Haunted 1-8

Right, this is a romance and we have to allude to a love interest somewhere. (If this is late, it’s because I’m trying to draw Bernard but also cracking up and repeating “soOOoo… who’s the gUUuuuyyYYYYYY” to myself in the

Haunted 1-7

Haunted 1-7

GAYYYYYNGST To clarify the character-introduction rule, I’m not counting Yuan’s third-eye dream ghosts as character introductions. Let’s pretend for a while longer that everyone reading this doesn’t know exactly who these are and exactly what happened. (And if you’re used

Haunted 1-6

Haunted 1-6

I’ve noticed in some webcomics that characters’ names appear more frequently in the accompanying text than in the main work, and as a result find myself forgetting everyone’s name. So that’s why Xiyuan’s parents called him by his full name

Haunted 1-5

Haunted 1-5

(Got kind of overwhelmed this week, so I’m dipping into my Haunted buffer instead of releasing a new chapter. Honestly, I should have split the last chapter into two parts.)   Me: That makes absolutely no sense. Myself: No, there’s