You’re forgetting that comics are a business. And for that, you should be ashamed.
Understand these simple fundamentals: you are not going to get a gig writing for Marvel, DC, or Dark Horse. You’re not going to get a gig where someone is going to pay your way. You can try Kickstarter, but unless you have things thought out well in advance, you may not be successful.
You are going to spend a lot of money creating comics. You could take that money you spend on creating a single issue of a comic and buy a cheap used car. That’s just creating the issue. That doesn’t take into account having a print run.
Just figure that you have to pay for everything: creating, printing, distribution. That all comes directly out of your pocket. What you have to do now is you have to find a way to recoup that money. Of course you want to make a profit, but the very least you want to do is break even. Understand that the more money you spend, the harder breaking even will be.
The fact that you have to sell your book gets lost 9 times out of 10, because getting the book (well) made is a daunting task. There’s a myriad of things to do and remember and accomplish, and that all has to get done before you can even think about trying to sell the book.
But selling the book is the ultimate goal. You need to be able to sell the book so you can do it all over again. And it’s expensive and difficult, and if you don’t recoup, then you’re operating at a loss.
Simple truth time.
Don’t create comics if you can’t afford to never see the money again.
There are lots of ways to try to save money: have the penciler do their own inks, no colorist, do your own letters, don’t hire an editor…and these will often kill the quality of your book. It can be done, but having a high quality book may not be the outcome you get.
Study. Study the business of comics, not just how to make them. This will prepare you in ways your contemporaries don’t yet understand. This will give you a leg up on them.
Keep your eye on the prize. You’re trying to sell comics, not just make them.