We may as well begin our suggested reading section here with one of the classics. Windsor McCay’s Little Nemo comics (running from 1905-26) set the gold standard for how the unique visual language of comics operates differently from film. In terms of formal page design and simplicity of draughtsmanship his work here really can’t be beat.
The stories, the fashions and the characters are pretty archaic, sure, and these features can be hard for some new readers to get around. But some of the greatest innovations in visual storytelling that have ever happened were done in this one strip, made by one man, over a hundred years ago.
Cartoonists will never stop learning from Winsor McCay.