Now, now. My question was only half-rhetorical. Talismen did have a good story and fine art from the beginning (and it sounds like a chunk of the work was already done, since it's been out in book form for... what? Years?).
But now I can viably add "Why did the artist drop one project to pick up another with so many of the same themes?" It's not exactly a common genre or story, but no one can deny there are similarities. We're just getting answers a heck of a lot sooner this time around.
And if you don't want a forum to be haunted, you might as well lock or delete it. It could have been abandoned on far less dignified hubs, you know.