If you're a freelancer, as Jerry Ordway was in the 80s, you are self-employed. He just happened to have a regular client.
There's a reason Neal Adams wanted to unionize cartoonists back in the day. A steady paycheck is good; a steady paycheck and job security and health care and retirement benefits are what you're supposed to get from a long-term employer. If they're only offering you a steady paycheck on an eternally at-will freelance basis, and that's the best offer you can hope to get, the industry you work in is fucked.
"When one says 'Africa,' it refers to Africa in the Euro-colonized sense, not the damn bush country or whatever."
- Ed Gauthier, DCP