And what are you doing to create the embossed effect? Is it just a Photoshop-type effect?
Yep. It's one of Photoshop 6+'s layer effects (the inside bevel one) available straight from the layers palette. You can apply it to the whole layer prior to drawing/painting the elements. Those panels, btw, have about 20 layers each.
Of course I'm only using it for the current strip. God only know what the next one will look like!
I'm also using the "Story Machine" for these, if anyone's curious (I have some details on the Story Machine in my "Inventions" section.)
I've also put up a form for people to suggest titles for future M.I. strips.