Apparently, this thing’s been around for awhile, but I just now found it, so forgive me.
The New York Times has a cool interactive page titled Graphc Novels: A Visual Language. It features slideshows and audio comments from 5 of the the coolest guys in comics, Seth, Art Spiegelman, Chris Ware, Joe Sacco, and Chester Brown.
It’s Seth who calls it a “Visual Language”, saying that comics are a combination of poetry and graphic design. Ware has a great moment when he calls comics “a third language” something like “words that can be read”.
While you’re on the site, be sure to check out The Funny Pages, published in the NY Times Sunday Magazine, for work from Seth, Daniel Clowes, and Megan Kelso. (They also published one by Jaime Hernandez, but it doesn’t seem to be on the site. Huh.