Absent-minded fool that I am, I never mentioned this: Tom Gauld (the artist behind the RSB-Robot) was recently interviewed over at 3:AM:
I like anyone like [Tim Burton] and Gorey who can do atmosphere. Hopefully one day I'll get good at plots but my books at the moment have rather weird plots. The thing that really interests me at the moment is atmosphere. I think everything I've done has been about atmosphere and Burton's like that too I think. I suppose he has writers who do the story and he does the atmosphere. I do like people who when you read their books you feel as if you are going into that world. Jimmy Corrigan had that - it was a horrible world but it draws you in there. There's another one I really like - by a guy in New York called Ben Catshore who does a comic strip called Juliet Nipple Real Estate Photographer which is about a man shuffling around New York. It has a perfect New York atmosphere - drab, Jewish humour atmosphere and it's things like that that I am inspired by. Tim Burton is excellent.