Ragtime has about the same amount of respect as comics. And in a way they're similar art forms. Ragtime is highly compositional and the emotion in the music is built in whereas in jazz a lot of that emotion comes from the way it's performed.
I don't think there's any independent cartoonist whose stuff I don't like or respect in at least some way or another. We're all marginal laborers - we're practically medical oddities - so I don't see why we can't all be nice to each other.
As children as we learn what things are we are slowly learning to dismiss them visually. As adults entirely submerged in words and concepts we spend almost all of our time thinking and worrying about the past and the future hardly ever looking at or engaging with the world visually.