There are a lot of “either/or” views in comics.
You should know what you’re going to be before you begin. The sad truth is this: not many creators know what they’re going to be when they first start out. This is sad because they jump in, thinking it’s easy, without understanding the consequences of what they’re attempting.
Simply put, when it comes to creating comics, you’re either a creator or a hobbyist.
The hobbyist often says that making comics full time (or anything close to it) is too expensive, time consuming, and difficult. So they create comics when they can, but don’t get too deep into it. They’ve given it a good try, but saw they didn’t have the fortitude to make a real go of it. There are a lot of those who come through the revolving door that is comics.
The creator is much different. The creator has risen to the challenge that producing a comic presents, and continues to do so. They find a way to get their stories told, either by hook or by crook. These are the people you find on the shelves for months at a time. It isn’t just an occasional thing—they keep plugging along, getting their comics on the shelves as often as possible.
Very often, you don’t know what you’re going to be when you start out. You don’t know what you’re made of until you go through it. Some hobbyists thought they were going to be full-time creators, and some full-time creators thought they only had a single story to tell, then found out they enjoyed it too much to give it up.
It wouldn’t be correct to call the hobbyist a failure. They’ve at least given it a try, which is a lot more than the bulk of newbies can say. They’ve tried, found they didn’t like it, but still had a story they wanted to tell in the medium, and are toiling on it as they can. They’re doing it for them, so they can look on their bookcase and see a comic with their name on it. It happens more often than you may think.
Think about what you want to be. Put in a lot of studying. This will help you a lot before starting down this particular road.