I was wondering how many international artists, especially comic artists, we have here and the obstacles they've faced, i.e. work visas, travel expenses, getting approved for a passport to go to a convention, airport security, etc.
I have a friend who has focused upon sequential art -- call it manga if you wish, although my friend doesn't like that label much anymore as it tends to bring up images of CLAMP and Sailor Moon in most peoples' minds -- and lives in an country where the the opportunities are, or seem, fewer and far between. The major publishers there tend to focus upon translated manga/comics while the pay for original works is rather poor. So for my friend the best opportunities seem to be elsewhere. Where she can, she enters competitions and submits her work, but it can be frustrating when so many of the opportunities that do come up are limited to residents of the US and Canada or the UK. Ah, fine print. How I love thee.