You hear people telling you how it should be done. There are websites solely dedicated to the proper procedure. There are even books telling you how to do it. But none of these people tell you that the true key to creating a financially successful webcomic is your primary source of income.
The key to living off of webcomics is twofold. First, you need to have a popular webcomic (easily done, right?). And second, you also need to forgo the American dream. This means no house, no kids and no other large expenses (ie. expensive car, large credit card debt, etc…).
I’m not telling you that you can’t be happy. You can date. Hell, you can even have a girlfriend/boyfriend or a spouse, but I don’t recommend having both. Plus, if you want your significant other to live with you they had better be paying part of the bills. And depending on how financially successful your webcomic is they should probably be paying most of them. If not, then you’re going to need either a roommate or parents to mooch off of.
You see, most webcomic artists don’t make a whole lot of money off of their creations. Sure there are those who do (ie. Penny Arcade, Questionable Content, Least I Could Do), but they’re the exception, not the rule. I personally make a decent amount from Dueling Analogs. If I was single, had a roommate and no debt I could easily live off of what I make. But being married, having two kids, a mortgage and other financial obligations it’s just not happening anytime soon. Maybe one day, just not now.
You see, I’m not trying to rain on anyone’s parade. Webcomic artists have no problems telling you how they created a successful webcomic. They tell you about their formula for writing and how they create their art. But nine times out of ten they forget to mention that they also live a very thrifty lifestyle to make ends meet. There’s definitely money to be made in webcomics, just keep a realistic perspective on how much.