Over the last year I've been pushing my personal creative envelope a bit by focusing less on the quality of my cartooning, and focusing on trying to get a gag across in the form of comic strips once a week (so far, I've learned some of my limits, but am glad to reach my goal getting to one year of once weekly strips done). Its been quite a paradigm shift to go from trying to focus heavily on doing higher quality work to just simple cartoons where the art is more in gag delivery than the quality of the pictures.
Contrast this with comic book mentality where the story and image quality have be absolutely on par with each other!
Is there any example of the 'art of the gag' mixing with the 'art of quality' in comic strips these days? I know there are loads of great comic book out there as examples with great gags combined with the high quality of art that more lenient deadlines allow for...
Any cartoonist out there with any advice or opinions for furthering artistic quality while simultaneously increasing output? Also, any advice for keeping creative output going on a consistant weekly basis for comic strips (beyond watching politics...)?