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.
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"When one says 'Africa,' it refers to Africa in the Euro-colonized sense, not the damn bush country or whatever."
- Ed Gauthier, DCP