Far be it from me to compare myself to someone whose artistic achievements will forever immeasurably outweigh my own, but I liked this bit from an interview in the new The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist (which is excellent):
I know where I need to get in terms of the feel of the strip, and I know the resting place, and that’s just something you pick up after years of doing this. My generation watched thousands of hours of television, and after watching hundreds of episodes of Mannix you develop an innate sense of how a narrative works. I don’t think this is the case with kids anymore, because television has come to be dominated by reality shows, which are less structured.
Reminds me of what I said here, much less eloquently. For better or worse, I am of the probably the last generation to grow up having watched thousands of hours of horrible, formulaic TV.