One of my favorite parts of STAPLE! is of course the parties! As has become tradition the STAPLE! Pre-party will be held Friday night at Austin Books and Comics at 5002 North Lamar Boulevard. Festivities begin at 8pm and run till 11, but feel free to come in early and browse!
This year’s after-party will be held at Red’s Scoot Inn at 1308 E. 4th Street (4th and Navasota), just a few blocks east of I-35. Once again there will be a Live Art Show, another staple of STAPLE!, and the whole thing is a benefit for KOOP Radio!
Drive safe! Take a cab if you have to!
Lot’s of amazing stuff happening throughout the day at this year’s STAPLE! We’ll be kicking everything off with a last minute addition:
1:00-1:30pm Lord Vile Rally – Come see who Lord Vile is and what he and his Henchmen are up to.
2:00-3:00pm Q&A with Brian Wood – Hear from the award winning creator of DMZ, Northlanders, Local and Demo. Moderated by Scott Hinze of Fanboy Radio.
3:30-4:30pm Webcomics Discussion Panel – Hot webcomics stars Scott Kurtz (PvP), Danielle Corsetto (Girls With Slingshots), David Malki ! (Wondermark!), and Kris Straub (Starslip Crisis) discuss the art and business of the webcomics revolution. Moderated by Randy Lander of Rogue’s Gallery Comics & Games
5:00-6:00pm Q&A with Eric Powell – Madcap antics with award winning creator of The Goon! Ask him questions if you dare! Moderated by Scott Hinze of Fanboy Radio.
Representatives from the Austin office of The Onion, America’s Finest News Source, will be…well, representing…at this year’s STAPLE! I’ve been a loyal reader for years so I’m personally pretty stoked to see them come out to the show.
For those sub-mineral dwellers not familiar with it, The Onion is a national publication and website with millions of readers, offering award-winning news and views that can’t be found anywhere else. Every week, their attention grabbing headlines and photojournalism paint a unique and hilarious picture of the world. The New Yorker calls it “The Funniest Publication in the United States”.
A print version of the paper that includes local entertainment news and reviews is distributed at over 1000 locations in Austin, so pick one up – it’s free! Several members of their super-hip and attractive staff will be on hand at STAPLE! for you to ogle and admire. Become their BFF at http://www.myspace.com/theonionaustin
I’ve had about a dozen emails in the last couple weeks from people asking about exhibitor tables at this year’s show. As of January 17 all tables were sold out (scroll down to see the news item below that I posted at that time). There’s currently a waiting list with about 10 people on it and there have been no cancellations.
Demand for tables was really high this year. If you wanted to exhibit this year and couldn’t get in I hope that you will still consider attending the show. With the 80+ exhibitors who DO have a table, and all our fantastic guests, 2008 is is a STAPLE! not to miss. Not that anyone should EVER miss a STAPLE!
Again, very sorry but there are NO tables available for STAPLE! 2008. Some folks may be willing to share their space but it’s up to you to contact them – check the Blog and the Exhibitor List to see who you can persuade, otherwise, better luck next year, kid.
Chris “Uncle Staple” Nicholas
The second episode of the STAPLE! Podcast is now available. Randy Lander interviews Danielle Corsetto, creator of the popular web comic Girls With Slingshots. Danielle is a featured guest on our web comics panel at STAPLE! 2008, along with Scott Kurtz, David Malki, and Kris Straub.
For download and subscription links, check out the podcast section. And watch for the third episode next week!
Very excited to announce a brand spanking new feature of the STAPLE! website – STAPLE! Podcasts!
In this first episode Randy Lander of Comic Pants and Rogue’s Gallery Comics talks to Fred Van Lente, author of Action Philosophers and a brand new work Comic Book Comics, a comic book history of comics, which will be making its world premiere at STAPLE!
We’ll be posting a new podcast every week, so be sure to keep checking back. Upcoming episodes include Danielle Corsetto (Girls With Slingshots) and featured guest Brian Wood!
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