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STAPLE! Programming and Parties!

25 Feb

Hey everybody!

STAPLE! is almost here!

The first ever two-day show is right around the corner on March 5th and 6th, and BOY, have we got TONS of great programming lined up for your entertainment and edification!

Join us on Saturday as Austin underground comics legends Mack White and Al Frank participate in a panel discussion entitled ‘Rangers: Austin Underground Comix’ moderated by Dylan Williams of Sparkplug Comics and Tim Fish!

Also on Saturday, Adam Blatner tell us ‘Why My Mother Threw Out My Comic Books’, in an informative and richly-illustrated presentation about the crisis at end of the “golden age” of comics (mid 1950s) involving their perceived negative influence on the morality of America’s youth.

Sunday’s events kick off in grand style with the premier of the The Intergalactic Nemesis! Volume 2. The amazing live action graphic novel is back with new stories, new characters, some new cast members and all-new artwork by David Hutchison! Can’t wait to see it!

And don’t forget there’ll be Q&A sessions with all our awesome guests — Jill Thompson, Alex Robinson, Brian Clevinger & Scott Wegener; as well as the Comic Book Literacy Documentary (feat. James O’Barr), and an Indie Animation Panel!

Full event schedule and guest list here:

And of course, that is not all!

Friday night before the show, drop by Austin Books & Comics for the FREE Pre-Party Meet & Greet! It is an awesome way to talk to your favorite creators in a casual setting.

Saturday night after STAPLE! come on down to Club Deville for the Live Art Show and KOOP Radio Benefit! A STAPLE! tradition not to be missed. Deets on the FB event page here:

Then Sunday night, also at Club Deville, come to the Block Party Comedy Showcase, hosted by The New Movement! Got something funny you want to do on stage? Bring it! RSVP at the FB event page:

All Pre and After parties are FREE to attend!

Admission to STAPLE! is $10 for a one-day pass, or $15 for a two-day pass and includes a badge, lanyard and 48-page souvenir program (while supplies last). Hours are Saturday, 11-6 and Sunday noon-6. Box office opens a half hour before the show.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Chris “Uncle Staple” Nicholas


Animated STAPLE! trailer!

11 Feb

by Yehudi Mercado:

Did you know we have a Facebook page?

Guests added! Podcasts up!

22 Jan

Hey Everyone! We are very excited to announce some new guests added to the STAPLE! 2011 lineup!

Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener, the writer artist duo behind the awesome Eisner nominated Atomic Robo from Red 5 Comics, will be joining us to meet the fans. If you haven’t been reading Robo, I highly recommend you check it out here In addition to Robo, both Brian and Scott have worked on several Marvel comics, webcomics and a variety of other excellent projects, and will be doing a Q&A session on Saturday at STAPLE! to talk about all that and more!

We are also very pleased to be screening the documentary film Comic Book Literacy! This award winning film showcases the utilization of the comic book medium in the promotion of literacy and education, and highlights the positive ways it can be used by teachers, librarians and all lovers of reading and art. Filmmaker Todd Kent will be on hand for Q&A after the screening. You can learn more about the film and view a trailer here:

James O’Barr is coming to STAPLE! Best know as the creator of the Crow, on which four movies, several comics, a television show, and several novels were based, James is currently working on a motion comic called Sundown with MotionWorks Entertainment. He is also featured in the Comic Book Literacy documentary, and will be participating in the Q&A session after the screening. See more of James’ work here and come meet him at STAPLE!

You can see all of the currently scheduled STAPLE! guests at

If you missed any of our guest speakers last year, don’t fret! We have posted recordings of the Guy Davis and Chris Schweizer panel sessions on our podcast page

In some non-STAPLE! news, our good friends at ARTSLAM! Are celebrating their 5th anniversary! ARTSLAM! is a Live art and Live music event that happens bi-monthly in San Antonio, TX, and for their big birthday show on Saturday, January 29 (at the White Rabbit in S.A.) they will be featuring long-time STAPLE! friends Jim Mahfood and Dave Crosland on the boards! Congrats on five great years, y’all here’s to many more! More info at

That’s it for now ‘ stay tuned for more big news coming soon!

Chris “Uncle Staple” Nicholas

19 tables left!

17 Nov

Austin Comic Con was great and super-busy! We sold several STAPLE! tables to people at the show and now there are only 19 left!

here is a FB note i posted with more info about tables

November Update!

8 Nov

Hey folks! Hope everyone is doing well and getting ready for their Thanksgiving festivities. We’ve got a few pieces of STAPLE! news that we’re very thankful for to share with you all.

First off we are very excited to announce an Indie Animation Panel at the 2011 STAPLE! We’ll be featuring local artists and animators Yehudi Mercado (, Korey Coleman ( and Dax Norman ( giving you the low down on the ins and outs of producing their own animated films, showing some great clips, and answering your questions. Don’t miss it!

And once again we will be joined by Jason Neulander and the crew of The Intergalactic Nemesis, with a special top-secret event! Can’t reveal exactly what it is yet, but based on their appearance last year we KNOW it will be awesome!

THIS weekend, November 12-14, yours truly Uncle Staple will be at Austin Comic Con, at the Austin Convention Center, manning a booth and spreading the joy. Sharing the space with me will be Austin based creators Paul Maybury, Kennon James, Geoff Sebesta, Nate Southard and Dave Lamplugh.

Come by and say ‘HI!’ and come out that Friday night @8pm to Club Deville (900 Red River) where I will be hosting a Drink and Draw in conjunction with Wizard Entertainment, to benefit Heroes Initiative. It is open to all comers and a celebrity judge will pick pieces to be featured in Wizard Magazine! Show your Austin Comic Con badge for discounted drink specials!

There’s still a few STAPLE! tables available. Last year they sold out before Christmas, so if you want one visit the registration page to get yours today

See you soon!

Chris “Uncle Staple” Nicholas

STAPLE! 2011!

11 Oct

Hey STAPLE! Fans!

Are you ready for the seventh annual STAPLE! Independent Media Expo?

Well you better get ready, because for the first time ever, we’re expanding the show to TWO DAYS! That’s two full days of programming, special guests, and fun, fun times on March 5th and 6th, 2011, at the Marchesa Hall and Theater in Austin, Texas.

Speaking of special guests, we are excited to announce the appearance of two very awesome comics creators at STAPLE! 2011 ‘ Jill Thompson and Alex Robinson!

Jill Thompson, creator, writer and illustrator of Magic Trixie and the award winning Scary Godmother, is one of the most well-known and admired female comic book artists in the industry today, and has received multiple Eisner Awards for her work on titles as diverse as The Invisibles, Swamp Thing, Wonder Woman, Black Orchid, Sandman, and the Books of Magic.

Writer and artist Alex Robinson is one of the most truly innovative story-tellers working in the comics medium, and his many critically acclaimed books include Box Office Poison, Tricked, and Too Cool to Be Forgotten, all available from Top Shelf Productions, and A Kidnapped Santa Claus from Harper Collins.

Come meet Jill and Alex at STAPLE! and stay tuned for more awesome guests and other news TBA soon!

TABLES! Exhibitor Tables are now available! You can get yours by visiting the Registration Page at

Look forward to seeing you there!

Chris “Uncle Staple” Nicholas

STAPLE! The Independent Media Expo is the Southwest’s premier event for independently produced comics, zines, art, animation, games, crafts and more! The SEVENTH annual show will be held on Saturday and Sunday March 5th and 6th, at the Marchesa Hall and Theater, 6406 North IH-35 Suite 3100, in Austin, Texas.

Almost March

24 Feb

STAPLE! 2010 is less than 2 weeks away! Plan to be in Austin on March 6th. We just posted 2 new interviews to the podcast section, featuring special guests Guy Davis and Andy Runton. More interviews coming soon.

Tables almost gone (and Facebook)

4 Dec

STAPLE! 2010 is still 3 months away but tables are about to sell out! If you want to exhibit at the show, get over to the registration page and sign up.

And for exhibitors and guests alike, check out our new Facebook page and RSVP for the event. Thanks!

2010 date

5 Oct

We are gearing up for STAPLE! 2010. It will be held on March 6th, 2010 at the Monarch Event Center. Guests will be announced soon! Stay tuned.

We’ve also got the audio for last year’s sessions ready to go. Subscribe to the podcast to get the new episodes as soon as they are posted.

Thanks for all your support. 2010 is going to be a great year.

Last minute addition!

6 Mar

Leo McGovern, publisher of New Orleans’s Antigravity Magazine ( and author of the webcomic Firesquito ( will be joining the ‘Self-Gratification: The Joys of Independence in Multiple Mediums’ discussion panel to talk about his long and storied history as a self-publisher! 1:30pm in the Theater!