The biggest problem is that the comic industry is flooded with people that are happy to work for free, hoping for exposure. I've done it myself in the past hoping for a foot in the door and half the time the work doesn't get published and even when it does the exposure is not that great anyway. The second biggest problem is that so many artist who have great talent will churn out commissions or sell art on ebay for next to nothing. Way less than minimum wage. It drives the cost down for everyone. It seems like it's impossible to make any real money out of comics unless you work for one of the biggest publishers, but that'll never happen without plenty of exposure... and that wont happen unless you're happy to work for free or almost nothing. To be honest I'm fucking sick of it! I've been learning and improving my skills for years... have built a portfolio I'm proud of and still decent paying gigs are so few and far between it's ridiculous. I'd rather stick to fan art for myself and do it for my own enjoyment than bust my ass working for free on someone elses stuff for no reward.
Wow, that feels better! sorry for the rant