Critically acclaimed comics creators: They're just like us! Take Kevin Huizenga, for example. Sure, his work in his series Or Else and Ganges has gotten him labeled the best cartoonist of his generation. But he geeks out over other people's comics just like you and me -- and even draws their characters as a tip o' the fanboy cap.
Check out the STL Drawing Club blog for Huizenga's renditions of characters by Osamu Tezuka, Richard Scarry, Alain Saint-Ogan, Jim Woodring, Kiyohiko Azuma (see Yotsuba Koiwai at right) and probably even more I'm not recognizing. (There's a pretty badass Dan Zettwoch drawing of the biker gang from Pee-Wee's Big Adventure in there, too.)
And don't forget the killer fan art drawings he posted on his own blog, including characters from Johnny Ryan's Prison Pit, CF's Powr Mastrs, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. Fandom can be fun!