Recording of a panel from the recently concluded San Diego Comic-Con called “Understanding, Making and Teaching Comics” with Scott McCloud & James Sturm. Definitely the two best people to talk about this topic. McCloud is the medium’s eminent theorist and literally wrote/drew the books on the topic, and Sturm founded the Center for Cartoon Studies.
A graphic novel without graphic design is like a building without girders. Everything hangs on it. It’s essential to construction. Whether it’s visible or not, it allows you to move through space instead of a pile of debris.”
- James Sturm
Taken from this article on comics artists and graphic design. Sturm’s excellent books include James Sturm’s America and Market Day. He also wrote the excellent Fantastic Four book Unstable Molecules with art by Guy Davis.