Here's a recent email I have received about gag cartoons and my response.
I need to monetize on the audience i'm building online... Just cant figure out how to do that.
I have considered submitting to print publications, would love to sell cartoons this way too... Just seem to be missing something.
MIKE'S TWO CENTS
I know that I only got better when I took the risk and quit my day job 16 years ago. But that's a heavy, personal choice.
I have had good luck (and a fun time) drawing some long-form comics with some friends of mine. (RACONTEUR, now on sale.) That brought in extra money. I have a Zazzle store at my site and blog. (And there's Kickstarter and Patreon, to name a couple more I know about but have no experience with yet.)
Is this what you mean? How to start up income streams? I guess you have to think about that. I mean, you have to actually do it!
And now is the time what with the holidays coming up!
Honestly, there are few full-time cartoonists who just draw 100% of the time. Most all of the successful ones have to be businesspeople as well.
People love cartoons. The more people who see them, the better. And a certain percentage of those eyeballs out there will buy stuff.
Not sure if this helps, but I hope so.