Hi everybody! And thanks for having me here!!
And here's my first reply:
1) As a general advice, I would say "be conscient of your level and skills as an artist."
If you think there's still stuff you're not good at, inks for example, just show your pencils. If they're good enough, you'll make it, and eventually they'll find an inker that fits your style. Show only your best, what you're really good at.
Also, make sure to have everything on your samples: dialogue sequences, action sequences... And not just characters, put also nice settings, cool backgrounds. That'll show you're a well-rounded artist.
Another important thing, pretty related to point 1: spend time on those pages. Nowadays, a lot of young artists tend to be obsessed with their speed in working. There's no point, at this first stage. Right now your main concern should be QUALITY, and that's it. Doesn't matter if it takes 3 or 4 days to do a page. With time, you'll get used to draw a lot, and then you'll start to get faster eventually, but it's not something you should be worried at the beginning of your career, IMHO.
2) Yeah, Italy has a really rich comic books culture: we have our stuff, but we also read stuff from all around the world, and that is what I grew up with: italian comics (like Dylan Dog or Tex), argentinians, but also american comics, manga, and french/belgian books.
Growing up, though, I started to understand that my style and attitude couldn't fit with italian books (too many rules, and not enough action), neither french books (too many panels per page, and not enough space to go crazy energetic) or manga (too much work to do, not enough time to chill out, ehehehe), so at the age of 24 I spent all my money on a flight to San Diego and went to the Comic Con, and I started to show my work around.