I came back today afternoon, for a more leisurely pass. I bought a couple of good things in the Dealer's Den: the first issue of the comic book of Jack, and Heather Alexander's Uffington Horse Promotional CD (which I cannot play at the moment, since I seem to have overlooked testing the CDROM in amsu when I rebuilt the kernel).
It's interesting to see how both the "looks" and the demographics of furry fandom have evolved over the last 13 years. Some for the better, some... not so much.
A lot of the artwork has gotten technically better. There is a lot less mindless spooge. And there are getting to be more and more artists and illustrators who are not Terry Smith derived and Prismacolor dependent.
I have two "discoveries" this year. First of all is Turbine, who has formal training in sketch and ink. He uses ink and a restricted palette of watercolor washs to give a "sepia and old masters" look. The other, and one to watch if she stays in this ghetto, is Tess Garman, who has a newly minted degree in medical and technical illustration. I most strongly recommend her work to your attention.
Coming up next, a screening of Kaze: Ghost Warrior, a feature quality realistic animated piece, that is the work of one one man.