With the new generation of software available now, it is now possible to create vector images of high quality in virtually no time. Just search for comic strips in Google and you will realize that lots of cartoonists are choosing to draw their characters and backgrounds using a vector software.
But what about the good old comic strip made with a pencil and ink? Is it out? Will it disappear? I don't think so. Let's compare both method to see the pros and cons of each one.
The benefits of using a vector software are numerous. The first that comes to mind is the ability to scale your vector images at any size without quality loss. Even if you want to create a 12 meter by 16 meter artwork, you can do it. You also have to possibility to use that same image, or part of it, to start other vector designs.
You can use the same picture to create numerous artwork in no time!
You don't need to sketch it over and over again. Once the character is drawn, you can manipulate it as you wish. On the other hand, if your hero needs to change position (from a side view to a front view, for example), you will have to start all over.
Another advantage is that you can change the position of the camera. If the framing is not the one you wish to obtain, just move the whole thing! You want a close up? Just do it!
You can change the view instantly!
Once again, no need to start all over. And, once your creation is finished, even if you're not a vector drawing expert, the result will look more clean, more professional.
Using a pencil to draw is more demanding but more rewarding too! Unlike using the mouse and the keyboard, you are in complete control! Your creation will look more spontaneous and warm.
Drawing the same character from strip to strip is, however, more difficult. But if you are making a comic strip with the camera changing position constantly, then this technique is a winner.
You can change your character's position easily!
The downside is that you will have to prepare yourself a little more because you can't really change the view of your image once it's finished (unless you use a software)!
Drawing with a pencil might be a little longer overall but creating more complex scenes will be easier. Your artwork will look warmer and more diversified.
Your characters will look more spontaneous, more warm.
Of course, combining both method is also a great idea. That's how I proceed. I sketch my character and then use the result to draw the final image. Just remember that creating vector images can be a good idea to save time if your characters are always posing in the same view and/or position.