I've been a huge fan from the beginning, love this book! Mark Oakley used to attend the Motor City comic con with a bunch of other Canadian creators years ago, they used to all come down together.
Such a cool guy! He would bring an extra chair with him and ask people to have a seat who stopped by his table, that way you could be comfortable while talking to him. He'd do really involved free sketches for everyone who stopped by. One year I sat with him for about a half hour while he talked about the inspiration for the book (Nausicaa is the main influence btw) and his desire to do absolutely everything he could himself. He was very proud of self publishing.
It's a genuine labor of love book, he poured everything he had into it. It is a fantastic story.