I've attended a lot of corporate conferences, and places like GM and EDS (if Perot's old place still exists) spend a lot of money training their employees with team-building exercises.
I'd be willing to bet that part of the expense was paying their employees to engage in those team-building exercises.
Even if I paid these goddam Americans the up-front page rates they keep crying for, I already know that's not going to guarantee a single thing. It really is not the be-all and the end-all of putting together a successful team.
It really is the be-all and the end-all of getting the work you want done. Expecting anyone besides yourself to risk or sacrifice anything to the success of your
project is ridiculous at best. Everybody who works on failed TV pilots still get paid. Hell, there are people who make their living writing things that never get made (Sam Hamm, for one example).
I'm also puzzled by the "goddam Americans" line, as foreigners generally also expect to be paid. Usually far less than Americans, though, which is why there are so many of them being employed to draw comics these days, even at the indy level.
I blame the Internet. Just like Classmates and Facebook have ruined so many marriages, trolling for free work sites like DW have ruined the indy comics market. My suggestion would be to watch the American Splendor
movie and get some idea of how to make real world acquaintances who can help you achieve what you can't alone.