One of my new favorite cartoonists is Alec Longstreth. For anyone interested in making their own comics, his lecture notes Your Comics will Love you Back are the most practical resource I've ever seen. I picked up some very helpful hints from them. I also bought two issues of Phase 7 Comics, the comic he puts out a couple times a year. Issues # 10 and 11 were of particular interest to me since it's basically the story of his life with comics so far. It gives a lot of insight into his working methods and philosophy of making them.
His illustration of his self-portrait on the back of a turtle charging into battle is the perfect metaphor for making comics. So much excitement -- but the process is so painstakingly slow.
To express my appreciation for the inspiration and guidance I've found in his work I made the sketch below.