Thanks, Nexuun, that does look like a hugely useful thread. Will go read through it later today after work. Even just scanning through the illustrations I see the guy already turns some commonly accepted notions on their head, e.g. he seems to be opposed to the Loomis way of constructing a head, or at least using that way right in the beginning. I have noticed this: whenever I try such construction techniques they seem to completely kill the idea I had in the first place. But let me go read through there first before making further comments.
In the meantime borrowed a simple cartoon book from the library: "Cartooning for beginners," by one Peter Maddox. It is so simple I suspect it may actually have been written with children in mind. Good! Just what I need to regain my sense of fun. I have already made some progress into it and will post some of the silly nonsense here in due course. :-)