Lennie, I have two comments.
First, it is hard to make a living as either an artist, a cartoonist, or even a musician. There is a lot of work that must be done just to make a living at any of these professions. I grew up in the home of an artist. If my mother did not have the love and support of my father, she would not of have a career in art. The only pure independent artist I knew had a job as a caretaker of a tourist plantation home in order to take care of his family.Second, unless someone has undergone the loss of a close family member, they don’t know how crippling that event can be. I lost my first wife to a car wreck over twenty years ago. I returned to work a week later so I could keep my mind off of the emptiness that had crashed into my life.