I managed to get free access thanks to Spark CG Society, and had a friend working in the VR Pavillion who took me into a lot of the amazing demos and immersion experiences that exist in the sprawling convention. Seriously amazing experience I highly recommend for anyone here who is in the Tech or Arts Industry to go check out! Anyway, I have too many stories and awesome experiences to share here, but the most relevant to the forums here perhaps was when I stopped by both Wacom and HP Pavillions and asked about the current state of sales in Canada and US, etc. So here's as condensed as I can be: HP: Saw they had a ZBook Studio x360 there and the ZBook X2. Got to try both but they only had the pen for the Canvas, not the 360 sadly, which was the pen I was most interested in giving a whirl since I still have never tried a Wacom AES system yet. Both of these machines are a real treat to hold and look at. They felt truly premium, so solid in construction and 360 especially is a real eye catcher in my opinion. So sharp. I was a little surprised how large the 360 was in contrast to the X2. The 360 feels like a much bigger screen despite it being only an inch or so larger I think? The ZBook X2 is a BEAUTIFUL beast to draw on. I only got to try out Sketchbook since that was already loaded on their demo unit, but this marks the first time a tabletPC drawing experience matches the feeling of drawing on my T902. I pressed HP about their pricing and availability to Canadian creators who aren't backed by large studios with tons of cash, and they said they would get in touch with me about potential consumer promotions or small business promotions for these machines, so I guess we'll see if that was BS or not, but they seemed genuinely proud of their products and wanted to see them in creator's hands. Would love to see big sales on the X2 like States have had in the past. Wacom: So I stopped by the Wacom booth and was happy to see a friend who animated on a feature I was on. She was demonstrating ToonBoom character animation on a new 24". There was an official Wacom rep there though and he felt a bit defensive when answering my questions about the slow roll out and seemingly impossible to purchase 24" and 32" cintiqs months after "release". Here's the abbreviated answer: 'We are a tiny company whom the LCD manufacturer's don't prioritize. We are always waiting on panels. Dell and HP order magnitudes more than we could ever do, we don't order 50,000 units we are a small niche company.' I was genuinely shocked that they DON'T order 50,000 LCD panels at a time. Don't you push at least that many units to studios across the world alone in pre-orders?? He said, nope. It seemed like a cop out answer from a slightly arrogant rep honestly and I wasn't impressed by their "we the ****, no criticism is valid" attitude. I asked about the slipping standard for Quality Control and customer service that many have been experiencing and he said they learned their lessons on the Companion (admitted it had some issues with power adapter pin) and that the Mobile Studio Pro had no such issues since they switched to USB-C, I felt like he was getting a little rigid in the realm of uncomfortable questions so I backed off and told them they were still the gold standard in pen performance and we all just want to see them grow as a company and remember the artists who got them to where they are now, not just the largest companies with the biggest pockets. Then I enjoyed talking with my extremely talented colleague. What a day though! Siggraph is a seriously inspirational convention and if you ever get a chance to go I highly recommend it!!