Hey! I just came back from ICON 6 yesterday. It was my first attendance, and it was AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME x 1000. I could meet tons of amazing illustrators including some of my idols, such as John Hendrix, Istvan Banyai, and Yuko Shimizu. Yes, it was expensive to go there, but I truly felt it was worth every penny. Because it is one of the events that you can build the social connection with other illustrators, art directors, publishers, who might, might not hire you.