DawnPaladin, I fully agree that "Understanding Comics" is a fantastic title, and required reading for anyone who wants to understand the structure and effects of clear storytelling (and many basic concepts about art) in any medium. I had heard of this book, but did not know that it was a must read. I had a workshop with Ian Noble (RIP) not too long ago, and he told me that I should read it. After a few hours at the library with this book I was hooked, and a phrase that Noble told me helped me unlock my project the next day. "Space does for comics what time does for film."
I would like to add Will Eisner's book "Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative" as another must read. It's spot on with many levels of analysis of visual storytelling. Be well! Congrats on the success of your Periodic Table of Storytelling, I have included in in my MA thesis.