I was able to make into Awesome Con's main floor before it closed for the day, and tried to say hello to local cartoonists.
In no particular order:
Evan Keeling represented the Smithsonian.
National Geographic's booth, with my wife's colleagues.
Joe Carabeo of Curls Studio.
A token Canadian, Ryan North (aka writer of Dinosaur Comics and Squirrel Girl).
Cuddles & Rage with their new picture book.
Dawn Griffin of Baltimore.
Vanessa Bettencourt and novelist Jacob Falling.
The Frazetta family's booth (they've got some originals for sale!)
Jamie Noguchi in motion.
Marc Hempel of Baltimore.
The Red Skull with a cosmic cube cosplayer.