Have you read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon? The storyline centers around two young comic book makers. It's about a lot else, but I've never had literature describe such a visual activity so goddamned well. It's seriously one of my top ten favorite books ever. You might enjoy it.
I haven't yet but it's on my list, which is very real, but not tied to any time frame. Case in point, I'm just now watching Avatar. I've heard pretty much universally good things about it though, so it definitely strikes me as a "need to read."