I thought this post might be of interest to everyone, but especially to Rick and Marty. There's an online comic book called "Girl Genius" written and illustrated by a husband and wife team, Phil and Kaja Foglio. It's won numerous awards and has been going for the past fourteen years.
At this year's Con, a woman who works as their business manager, Carol Monahan, (in the top photo on the right) gave me a sales pitch and told me all about their comic. She seemed very knowledgeable about the whole business of running a self-published comic business, and gave me some examples of her role in advising them, and how she's saved them money in cases involving printing the hard copies. She charges them by the hour for her services.
"Girl Genius" seems to be doing a thriving business in selling printed copies of the books in spite of the fact that the entire comic can be read for free at their website. The creators published it as a web comic at first to generate low cost publicity and moved on from there.
Anyway, Carol seemed very friendly and personable, going so far as to invite me to e-mail her if I had a few general questions about publishing my comic. She is based in Seattle so I thought that she might be someone worth networking with, especially if she's at this year's ECCC. Rick, maybe there's someone among your TAG North friends who knows of her? Anyway, I thought I'd throw this out there in case you get a chance to meet her and get a read on her.