For better news: I attended several workshops for starting artists at YES Montreal and visited a lawyer to help me get organized financially to take this on. I started 2 grant applications through the CALQ website and am going to 2 more information sessions for 2 other project-specific grant programs next week.
I also went to the Chapters/Indigo and checked out the graphic novel section for some inspiration on technique and format and discovered the most fantastic publishing house called First Second: it seemed as if every book that caught my attention and inspired me the most came from this place! AND... I just discovered a step by step of Anya's Ghost- my favorite book from First Second!