I returned to work on “Batman” that fall, storyboarding on “The Mask of the Phantasm” feature. I quit after pre-production wrapped, moving on to illustrate “The Mark” mini-series for Dark Horse Comics. Bob Schreck was the editor, Mike Barr was the writer. I intended to freelance in animation to augment the meager earnings from working in comics, but suffered my third relapse of carpal tunnel syndrome early on. I spent the remainder of the year struggling to recover while continuing on the comic project.
“The Mark” was serialized in 1994 and sank like a stone. No advertising, no publicity, no reviews, no fan mail. To make matters worse, I was unable to get further work in comics. Image Comics was king at the time, and I was old school, passe’.