At the convention you'll find some of the greats like one of my personal favorites: William Messner-Loebs.
Now if you're not familiar with his name you might be familiar with his work. Just take a peak into your collection and you may be surprised what he's done. He was co-writer for the MAXX w/ Sam Keith, he wrote a highly acclaimed run on Wonder Woman, and one of my personal favorites that he wrote and illustrated... JOURNEY: The Adventures of Wolverine MacAlistaire. He's worked on many more projects than this of course but those are just to name a few.
The last project listed, JOURNEY, was just released this past summer by IDW. Volume 1 (from what I can find) collects the first 9 or so issues, Volume 2 is scheduled to be released early 2009. Click here to find out more about JOURNEY. It is a fantastic read and comes highly recommended by myself I just finished reading the last issue of the series (issue 27) the other day and truly enjoyed the story of “Old Joss”. Take a moment to read some of this book and stop on by to talk with Bill. He's always doing sketches (for a cheap price considering his skill) and usually has some products to sell. Some of the best conversations that Ive had at these events have been with Bill.
Another creator of note: Ryan Claytor of Elephant Eater Comics. Ryan's recently become one of my favorite creators, choosing his life as the subjects of his stories. Now anyone who's got the fortitude to put his life out there as the context of his work already has my respect. I just read the publication of his MFA Thesis and when I finished it felt like I just got done having a conversation with Ryan. He should have a few copies of his project “And Then One Day” on hand. These are collections of his autobiographical comics. Each of the collections are a must read, even if you're not into autobiographical comics. Ryan has chosen certain points that are destined to be enjoyed in this all ages format. As well as pushing the bounds and exploring new avenues for the comics medium.
I could go on and on about the guests at this event and make this post incredibly long (as if it's not already), here's some of note (in no particular order):
Dark Elf Designs
and Many more...
Stop by and take a moment to talk with some of these great creators and maybe purchase an item or two (because we all love it when you do that!) Also you can find a complete list of guests and dealers at the Xcape CON website: http://XcapeCON.homestead.com/
Hope to see you there!