Our comics need to be more “Visually engaging,” right? Cute, horrific, epic, bizarre are like spices that hold your reader page after page. Color helps but plenty of engaging comics are holding their viewers without it. For example:
1) I am not a big fan of “cute” but Robin Dassen’s Twin Dragons, is holding my interest with school-age antics of a pair of young anthro Dragons. Robin does ‘cute’ so well that she mocks it in this 9/9/19 strip: http://www.twindragonscomic.com/comic/pretty-please/ . Robin makes use of standard engaging techniques (big expressive eyes, young protagonists, brother-sister partnership), but moves the expressions, bodies and plot around in such an energetic and delightful fashion that I feel hooked by a storyline that I normally wouldn’t care about. Nice!
2) Take a look at the ongoing webcomic Whitetail by Deviant artist Sleepy Sundae. https://www.deviantart.com/sleepysundae/art/White-Tail-Pg-56-757535786 . Sleepy knows how to use the standard techniques (big expressive eyes, young protagonists, friend partnerships); but what’s visually unusual is that the protagonist suffers from a sickness that will eventually kill her soul: a color-draining sickness called “the Bad.” During the progression of the story, the viewer and characters can watch the whiteness advance from her tail toward her head. As of page 209, 9-12-19, the whiteness has advanced up most of her neck and the tension is palpable in an unspoken way that couldn’t be achieved with good writing. Clever!