Onstad and Podcasts and Programming at STAPLE! Oh, my!

18 Feb

In a last minute guest addition, Chris Onstad, creator of Achewood will be joining us for STAPLE! 2009! Chris came through town in December and really liked Austin and our world famous BBQ and we’re very excited to have him back for the show.


The triumphant return of the STAPLE! Podcast starts now with two brand new episodes!

Randy Lander of Rogue’s Gallery Comics and Games interviews Chris Staros of Top Shelf Productions about small press, upcoming books from Top Shelf, and exhibiting at STAPLE! then talks to special guest Jeffrey Brown about his books “Clumsy”, the “Incredible Change-Bots”, and more.

Upcoming episodes include interviews with Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); indie RPG publishers Luke Crane Paul Czege, and Danielle Lewon; and webcomics artist Mitch Clem! Listen to all these and more at the Podcast Page or subscribe in iTunes! Recording services provided by Dial-a-Stranger


We’ve got lots of great programming lined up for the 2009 show! We’ll be kicking things off with:

‘Comics and Comics: A performance by ColdTowne Theater’! The New Movement is Austin’s latest improv and sketch comedy training center. Their instructors have performed all over the country, learned from the best, and have trained hundreds of writers, actors, comedians, and filmmakers. The New Movement approach is designed to ease the performer into improv by finding the truth in comedy at the top of the scene. New classes scheduled all the time! For more information email them at thenewmove@gmail.com

‘Self-Gratification: The Joys of Independence in Multiple Mediums’ featuring Zachary Kent (Dial-A-Stranger), Paul Czege (Half Meme Press), Will Terrell (Push Button Publishing) A discussion of why we love self-publishing, what it does for us and what it adds to the consumption of media as a whole.

Q&A sessions with Guests of Honor Stan Sakai and Jeffrey Brown!


And the fun doesn’t start or stop there! Be sure to join us on Friday, March 6th at Austin Books and Comics, 5002 N. Lamar Blvd. for our pre-Expo Meet and Greet! Free refreshments and a casual atmosphere in which to meet all your favorite STAPLE! people!

And after STAPLE! come by Red7, E. 7th Street just WEST of I-35, for the After Party and Live Art Show! There’ll be killer DJ’s, a performance by nerdcore hip-hop artist Terp2it, and a chance to pick up some awesome pieces of unique and original art, while benefiting local community radio station KOOP! What more could anyone ask for?!?

STAPLE! The Independent Media Expo is the Southwest’s premier event for independently produced comics, zines, art, animation, games, crafts and more! The FIFTH annual show will be held on Saturday March 7th, 11am-7pm, at the Monarch Event Center, 6406 North IH-35 Suite 3100, in Austin, Texas. Admission is still only $5.00!

And if you’d like to help promote the show go to PROMOTE to grab a STAPLE! web button.

Hope to see you there!

Chris ‘Uncle Staple’ Nicholas