Eric Powell at STAPLE!

24 Jan

Hey Folks!

Big news here in a little press release composed by STAPLE! Press Secretary, horror novelist, and rakish man-about-town Nate Southard ( Add’l comments by Uncle Staple at the bottom:


Comic creators Eric Powell (The Goon) and Brian Wood (DMZ, Demo) will be the Guests of Honor at the fourth annual independent comics, animation, and literature convention STAPLE! on March 1st at the Monarch Event Center.

‘I’m really excited about the 2008 show,’ said STAPLE! founder Chris Nicholas.
‘Having Brian Wood and Goon creator Eric Powell is not only great for STAPLE!, but for me personally. I’m a huge fan of both these cats.’

Eric Powell has won three Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards and an International
Horror Guild award for his horror/comedy series The Goon. Published by Dark Horse Comics, The Goon tells the story of a punch-happy palooka with a penchant for swigging booze and busting monster craniums.

Brian Wood released his first series, Channel Zero, in 1997 to considerable critical acclaim and has continued to produce comics and graphic novels
at a brisk pace ever since. Buzz book DMZ is Wood’s story of a demilitarized New York City in the wake of a second Civil War. Currently under exclusive contract for DC/Vertigo, Wood has received several Will Eisner nominations as both a writer and a cover artist.

Now in its fourth year, STAPLE! is a celebration of the independent artistic spirit,
drawing creators from all over the United States. ‘I’m looking forward to getting
together with the great friends and indie creators who are coming back this year,
and meeting all the new folks who are making this their very first STAPLE!’ says

In fact, the growth of STAPLE! has necessitated a change in venue from the Red Oak Ballroom to the recently completed Monarch Event Center. The former movie theater will give STAPLE! the room it needs to grow for years to come.

STAPLE! will take place at the Monarch Event Center, 6406 North IH-35, Suite 3100, Austin, TX, on March 1st, 2008 from 11AM until 7PM. Admission is $5 at the door. All ages welcome. For more information, visit or email


Staple founder Chris Nicholas is available for interviews. To request one, please
email with the words ‘interview Request’ in the subject

Nice job, Nate! Some newspaper should totally hire you. Also worthy of note at this year’s show is the Webcomics panel discussion with Scott Kurtz (PvP), David Malki ! (Wondermark!), Daniealle Corsetto (Girls With Slingshots), and Kris Straub (Starslip Crisis)!

Like to help promote the show? Webmaster Manton Reece has designed handy web buttons you can use to link to STAPLE! Grab’em at:

And don’t forget to check out the new STAPLE! Community Blog for all the latest
scuttle-butt on this year’s show and what you can expect to see!

I say it often but it bears repeating – STAPLE! The Independent Media Expo is the Southwest’s only convention for independently produced comics, zines, graphic arts and animation. If you don’t go you will be sad! Forever!

See you soon!

Chris “Uncle Staple” Nicholas