I started drawing 'Klaus' in or around October 2009, around the same time I found out about Philip Guston, in particular his later cartoonish work. I know that Guston is generally well known, and well known among cartoonists (I think a Guston character is among the population of Michael DeForge's cartoon-hell in Lose #1 (?)), but I'd not come across his work until late.
I also really like Shunji Sonoyama's drawings. I've been reading Frederik L. Schodt's book "Manga! Manga!" recently and I'm sure that's the first time I've seen Sonoyama's work. There's not a lot of Sonoyama on the internet, or I haven't been very good at finding it. I'd also like to see more of Yoshiko Tsuchida and Sampei Sato.