One of my best buds in the business and an amazing talent, Paul Gilligan, does the sublime comic strip Pooch Cafe.
To my admittedly biased perspective, Pooch represents everything that a comic is supposed to be, engaging characters, clever situations and LOL writing. But that's not it, Paul's art and his mastery of nailing the correct facial expression often takes a good strip and makes it great.
I can look at Poncho sometimes and laugh ... just by the sight of him. That's not easy. You have to be emotional connected to a character to get that kind of response. In my case, I haven't been this attached to a fictional character since Rosie O'Donnell was on The View.
Look at Poncho's face in the last panel of yesterday's strip (above and here): http://www.gocomics.com/po
Amazing. Understated. Perfectly in character. Perfect in the situation.
Pooch has done incredibly well for us and if I'm not mistaken will eclipse the 300 client mark in the next few weeks. Don't hold me to that though ... but that's amazing in this market.
Check out Paul's blog at www.poochcafe.com.