For me, without appeal a cartoon is not worth watching or reading. It's the appeal that first grabs your attention and draws you in to the story, to see if there is anything else that's worth your time. I know that's very old-fashioned thinking. When I was a kid, it went without saying. You read the comics and read the cartoons first because they were fun to look at. If they were ugly, you wouldn't get far enough in to find out if they had other attributes.
Howie Post has tons of appeal. Real eye candy.
Howie's stories have some really magical characters and designs.
CartooninessHis characters are very cartoony. It's rare to see strong style and cartooniness working so seamlessly together.
I'm going to do some posts on each of these aspects of Howie's work.