Yet another success/fail on my part. I had the right idea, just not the experience to turn it into what I envisioned in my head. Moving to a 9 X 14 size canvas made a big difference, being able to slice it up into better sized frames.  Original was pencil and watercolor and ball point pen on inkjet paper, scanned and text bubbles done with Corel Photopaint 5.  New version is done with Sketchbook Pro 6, frames with Photoshop CS5 and text bubbles with Manga Studio.