“It’s just a cartoon…”

Village Voice asks Why don’t comics and cartoons pay?

“If a … nerd from, say, 1961 were suddenly whisked … to the present day, he’d think comics had taken over the world.” … “The total value [ of commercial comics in the USA in 2009 ] came to $428 million” [ so why do… ] Even longtime comics pros with the most impeccable credentials find themselves obliged to do non-comics work”?