Little Tales (http://www.little-tales.com/index.php?Strip=1) has been on my mind for a while and fits #2 well.
And for number 3...hard choice, but I think I'll go with Chirault (http://sevensmith.net/chirault/pages/00_01.html). Can't pass up that artwork.
MHPayne: ooo...good choices, I don't recognize any of those. Time to read.