Ooooh yes, the textures! I was fooling around with some Photoshop brushes I downloaded a while back. It came out more or less the way I wanted so I'm glad you like it. XD
I'm a huge fan of the series, obviously. It got me drawing again after a pretty bad year of zero progress. I recommend it, of course... but the first six volumes are pretty hard to read. But that first major arc is worth it. I love the characters to bits.