Okay, ladies and gentlemen, I have an announcement:
Basic Web Comic Page Design is a Solved Problem.
There's really no excuse other than gross incompetence to have (A) more than 100 pixels of title banner height, (B) a navigation bar that is anything other than a sleek line of five buttons, or (C) a comic image that is not a link to the next comic.
I stumble across comics with hugely flawed page designs - several in which even the top edge of the comic is not visible from the top of the page - and I have to wonder... Do I dislike these comics because they are bad, or do I dislike them because they're hard to read? Maybe they're good comics, and the continuous distraction of trying to navigate the page diminishes them?
Why take the chance? The issue is SOLVED. It's SOLVED.