You don’t have to write every comic as if it’s the first comic someone’s ever read, but you do have to write as though you would like new people to read your comic.
We are definitely living in a visual culture and comics offer a key to becoming literate in a mode of communication that combines the verbal and the visual into a (more or less) seamless whole.
Graphic novel is a red herring name — something that was come up with to provide a more respectable term for comic book.
The Clark Kentish Jewish male can be seen in many spots of Yiddish literature from the late 19th century onward, in Vaudeville, silent films and so on.
Once, I’d written a Western story, and one of the panels was just a hand holding a six-shooter, and there was a puff of smoke coming out of the barrel, and a straight horizontal line, indicating the trajectory of the bullet.