Not all creator-owned comics are made for large publishers. Small-Press and Independent comics are most often created by people who have a story they want to tell, rather than something they know they will find commercially successful. The list of exhibitors at the Small Press and Alternative Comics Exposition (SPACE http://backporchcomics.com/exhibitor_info.htm) is an example of creators who are making something primarily out of the love of their creations. There you see personal projects that reflect the passions of those creating them. No matter what the comics are-adventurous, comical, personal, or whatever- they are labors of love from their creators.
Labors of love are not limited to comics and printed media. Out with Dad (http://www.outwithdad.com/) is a webseries that recently got me thinking about this topic. If you don’t know the term, a webseries is like a television series that is released on the Internet, via one or more websites. Out with Dad isn’t made for profit but rather made because the show’s creator, Jason Leaver, wants to tell the story. Out with Dad is an excellently written series about a single father raising a teenage daughter who is a lesbian. It deals with the topic of teenage homosexuality in a sometimes funny, sometimes heart-wrenching, and often thought-provoking manner. The series is produced, written and directed by Jason. Everyone else involved, including cast, crew, and owners of locations, are volunteering their time and space. When you don’t consider these factors, the series is an excellent production. After taking into account the lack of financial incentive in creating the series, it shines as a great example of a labor of love.