I won't be at AA this year, but depending on prices / if you could post/email it, I would definitely be up for a paid commission.
In terms of the inks onto card, I'd suggest going digital with something like Manga Studio EX4 for your mass-produced stuff. That way you could draw on paper as normal and then get really clean lines onto card/print onto glossy card without risk of smudging. Manga Studio EX4's a bit like photoshop in terms of using layers, but it's much better suited to drawing/emulates traditional pen strokes much better. - A good example would be Nick Roche's MTMTE #1.
Cheers for the advice felas! Sadly anything like Manga Pro is a little beyond my means at the mo, as is a lightbox, but I shall certainly be bearing them in mind. Etsy I've had a poke around seems interesting, assuming you can get the interest...
Mean time, I thought it might be interesting to show you what my work actually looks like before I make it all pretty with inks and photoshop magic.
Doubt I'll actually bother cleaning this one up, but there you go. It's odd how sometimes you can lose a lot of the personality of a picture when you reign it in with inks, isn't it?
Those of you whom have added me on Facebook, Deviantart or Tumblr will have seen this already...
Redrawn page 16 of the MTMTE issue "The Gloaming", as a practice for my storytelling abilities. All the respective dialogues should still be in the same panels as originally. I quite like it, and the Roche panel homage that was my starting point.