Many cartoonists overlook the importance of story but I contend that even the most miserable art work will be accepted by the reader, as long as the visual clutter doesn’t distract from the narrative. Since becoming a cartoonist, my main pre-occupation has been to create layouts that are smooth enough as to not trip up the reader.
The following sketchbook page reminds us of some universal story basics, and some storytelling masters.
Images from the CCS ’12 Golden Age project. Although it was some time ago, this is still a great comic with three complete stories in the “jungle genre.” It was edited by Steve Bissette and includes art from some fantastic cartoonist/people; Jan Burger, Jai Granofsky, Kate Larson, Katie Moody, Rio Aubry Taylor and yours truly.