I found myself in an interesting conversation (well, argument) last night in a writers chat room I hang out in. I mentioned my interest in creating a Web comic version of one of my serial short story ideas, and was told "Hey, that's not writing at all, it's just pictures."
Needless to say, this incited the chat room version of a free-for-all. It seems a lot of writers (well, it's a self-selecting sample in this chat room) think that writing for comics of any kind isn't really writing at all! It's like some kind of a lesser art, almost like the poor cousin of screenwriting, to them. I (and a pretty vocal minority) believe that writing for comics is just as difficult, and fulfilling, as writing any other form of fiction.
I suspect that being associated with a "graphic ovel", writing for Web comics and such is considered somehow easier. After all, the focus is on the visuals, right? Well, try reading a comic book or graphic novel of any kind without the words.. and get back to me on how well it went. Every single manga/graphic novel/comic I've read would be pretty hard to follow without the text. You can get away with it for simple concepts, but anything that involves character interaction, a plot, and development will fail miserably if the medium is purely visual. I'm not saying it's impossible, but.. I can't see how you'd get a complex series of personal and emotional interactions across with any meaning in a text-free format.
Definitely the art is important - critical, even - but you need BOTH to tell the story. And writing for a comic is the same, in my opinion, as writing a short story or novella.
Any way, that's my Opinion Of The Day. I am considering working on a Web comic, a steampunk/horror one, since I feel the visual aspect would help story impact.
Until later, write on!