Here’s a very simple question: what kind of connections are you making?
Even though the making of a comic can mean a lot of time alone at the computer or drawing board, unless you’re able to make a comic by yourself (and there are some of you who can), you’re going to need to make connections with other creators.
Making connections is very important to your career. It’s crucial, because you’re generally not going to get far without it.
Everyone wants to be friends with editors. If you aren’t, if you don’t know any, then start. Editors can get you jobs. They don’t even have to be with a particular company. Editors have a client list, and when those clients are in need of work, they can go to their mental rolodex and see who’s the best fit for what project.
Everyone wants to be friends with artists, too. Artists are the drummers or guitar players of comics (if the writer is the lead singer). They’re the ones making the music (literally), and people are drawn to them. There aren’t many very good ones around, which is why they’re always getting asked out on dates.
Writers are a dime a dozen, and they generally smell of desperation. It isn’t a sexy smell. They want to get their writing out there, want to see their words turned into pictures, and they will do nearly anything for that to happen. Good writers, though, are hard to come by.
Inkers, colorists, and letterers aren’t often wooed. While their jobs can be integral to the success of the book, these creators still don’t get the recognition they deserve. (This is also true for editors. Generally, editors are often forgotten about until the last minute.)
As you get further along in your career, getting more work, you’re going to need a network of creators in order to continue to get work. The stronger your personal network, the better your chances of having steady work.
You just have to work on your personal network first.