If you're in the D.C area on the weekend of January 14th, you should really stop by to check out this convention.
What is it? Here's an excerpt from the website : Gigacon is an educational based, multimedia convention sponsored by The Art Institute of Washington (Aiw). We incorporate many of the majors at the AiW, such as; Media arts and Animation, Game Art, Graphic Design, Audio Production, Fashion, and many more. And we try our best to bring in professionals from each of those fields. Students, as well as faculty members, and outside visitors gain knowledge, tips, and tricks from the professionals at Gigacon.
Some of the folks that will be attending:
...and MORE. This is the second time around for the con, which means it's still starting out, it's smaller, and it's WAY more intimate. You'll have more time to get really thorough critiques from these masters of art, and there's time to actually hold conversations with these guys, which you unfortunately don't really get at the massive conventions like SDCC, where there are a thousand distractions every 7 seconds. There's more info on the website, including a more comprehensive list of the guests that'll be attending.
WEBSITE - http://www.gigacon.aiwdepts.com