Comics artist Frank Santoro has a really in-depth series of posts on the Comics Journal about constructing the geometric proportions of your pages. Check them out! http://www.tcj.com/author/frank-santoro/
Critic Sean Witzke takes a look at cinematic influences in comics as they apply to page layouts: http://supervillain.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/emma-peel-sessions-39-cinema/
Lackadaisy creator Tracy J Butler tackles the power of facial expressions in cartooning: http://www.lackadaisycats.com/exhibit.php?exhibitid=333
From the Comics Comics blog, Frank Santoro riffs on style in comics – naturalism and mannerism: http://comicscomicsmag.com/2010/08/franks-soapbox-4.html#more-5291
Here is a list of local art supply stores where you can get pretty much anything on your materials list. Prizm is maybe the most recommended, having one of the larger selections and cheaper prices.
5690 Mayfield Road Lyndhurst, OH 44124 440-605-9434
2768 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106 216-371-3500
BONUS: Here is an indepth tutorial from MAD Magazine Artist Tom Richmond about inking. He’s got a very traditional/craft-based approach to it, but it can be pretty useful for learning the nuts and bolts – check them out
Bill Griffith, of Zippy the Pinhead fame, offers some words of advice: http://cartoonsnap.blogspot.com/2010/04/cartooning-advice-zippy-bill-griffith.html
Here are the slides I showed for my visit with the Akron Museum of Art’s Teen Council.
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Denise Hardman – “Simply Buggy”
Thomas Whitney – “Melecheran: City of Guardian Angels”