I count Peter Kuper’s comics as a huge influence. In 2006, Kuper moved with his wife and daughter to Oaxaca City, Mexico for a year’s stay. You can see some of his wonderful Oaxaca sketcbook work online.
Look out in July for his new semi-autobiographical comic book, Stop Forgetting to Remember.
(And of course he’s coming to Mac’s Backs in Cleveland THE DAY WE’RE MOVING TO TEXAS. July 31st. Arrgh!)