"One thing I've noticed over the last couple of years is that the creators doing portfolio reviews at the 2000AD table [at the Bristol Comics festival] at least are very encouraging to new people probably because a lot of them were on the other side of the table until quite recently. In other words, the younger generation of pros know exactly what you're going through hawking your portfolio around so they are often sympathetic and willing to give advice."
Pete Ashton from bugpowder.com,
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