I was wearing out my copies of Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics, Reinventing Comics, and Making Comics, so I decided to make an all-encompassing, visual, cheat sheet.
Thanks go out to Scott McCloud for the material on which this is based!!
Got a good question from Skeleton-boy: "Can you explain why you have Form and Idiom reflect each other (on the left and right sides)? Is the idea that the lefthand versions are done for the author's sake and the righthand versions for the audience/industry's sake? Or what?"
My answer: "Yes, that is precisely why Idiom and Form are reflected. The creator has their take on everything involved in those steps (concerning the creation process), while the audience has another (concerning the consumption process). Further, fans will have a completely different take than non-fans. The audience and industry are not necessarily interchangeable though. The medium can be pigeonholed by an industry that thinks it knows for certain what the audience wants, but the industry may be drastically wrong, which, I believe, is the case today. To a great degree in the current industry, preferences and ignorances of fan/non-fans are dictated by the major publishers, hence, the brick wall that prevents fans/non-fans from living in the world desired by Scott in Reinventing Comics, where comics on the surface are treated as literature, art, etc. without even delving into the Idiom or Form.