Keeping an eye out for networking opertunities is always a wise thing to do in this. Whilst searching around I came across Hi-Ex! A comic convention taking place in inverness, scotland.
Amoungst guests is super start artist Charlie Adlard known for drawing the acclaimed comic "The Walking Dead". Whats most important is that the convention has many guests from the comic industry along with a portfolio veiwing, this makes for a great oppertunity to meet established artists and revcieve some great advice.
Unfortunately this year the convention has already passed but it maybe good to keep track of this convention aswell as others.