I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. Only beginning to improve recently, by going outside of my comfort zone (to an extent).
Mad Magazine probably had more of an influence with respect to my love of drawing.
I haven't always wanted to draw comic characters. I've always wanted to do cartooning.
Probably Don Martin, Picasso, and Basil Wolverton have had more of an impact on the way that I draw now than comics do.
Bone, is a fantastic story, and very solid art. I particularly enjoyed the Peter David and Larry Stroman run of X-Factor back in the 90s. I loved how they took off-shoots and also rans, and made them into characters that I deeply cared about, in a humorous way that did not in any way take itself seriously.
It was such a nice change of pace from the X-men angst.