Remember this: we’re the ones who are trying to tell our stories to the public. Yes, the public wants to be entertained, but there’s nothing that says they want to be entertained by us in particular. Sobering thought, isn’t it?
Getting work in comics isn’t a right. Neither is self-publishing. Just because you’re here, just because you’ve built it, does not automatically mean they will come. You can do everything “right,” and you can still lose your shirt in total obscurity. Nice, right?
Let me say it again: comics doesn’t owe you anything. Not a decent artist, not a published story, not a single sale, not a cent. For creators, comics will always be the prom queen, the pretty girl, the one just out of reach, and we’ll always chase her. Even if it seems like we’re going steady or better yet, married, it’s nothing more than illusion. We’re still chasing it.