Ken--the color is color pencil. Many many years ago, just after I got out of high school in fact, I found out about Bill Nelson, an illustrator who works almost exclusively in color pencil, and was really inspired by the versatility he found in the medium. My later discovery of Carter Goodrich really hooked me on color pencil.
I've posted comic pages from various of my stories with my characters on this thread
These are mostly fragments which broke down because I follow the undisciplined but hugely fun system of writing a little, then drawing a little, then writing...and what happens is the whole story takes a sudden right turn out of my control. My plan is to go back to them and finish them at last, AFTER I finish a four page story due to the publisher the end of September.
Yukon--I appreciate the smurf allusion, because Euro-comics were an inspiration for these pix, especially Plessix's WIND IN THE WILLOWS adaptation, Loisel's PETER PAN, and I'd include from the states P.Craig Russell's FAIRY-TALES OF OSCAR WILDE, but for me it starts with ASTERIX and SMURFS.
My original characters, for a change: