I've been working in comix since 1985, and had my first creator-owned comic published in 1987. I've been doing this for almost 20-years and I'm still struggling. I was never a hot dog in the field and my ideas teetered between too bizarre for the mainstream yet too genre oriented for the alternative press. I sacrificed a normal life for dogma and stuck to my guns. What little career I've carved has allowed me to eke by and get some notice, but not the kind that lets me coast on my laurels. I fear I'll be living hand-to-mouth/month-to-month until the day I die. BUT, I was lucky enough to secure the attention of a few publishers and editors and the best advice I can give is to keep doing what you do only do it better every time you do it again.