Friday, December 23, 2005


Wow! Exhibitor tables for STAPLE! 2006 have sold out! Check back here for a full list of exhibitors to be posted soon! Update: The full exhibitor list is now online.

Monday, November 14, 2005

November Update! Tony Millionaire!

Tony Millionaire at STAPLE!

STAPLE! The Independent Media Expo is pleased to announce the appearance of Mr. Tony Millionaire at our second annual expo to be held March 4th, 2006 in Austin, Texas. Mr. Millionaire is the creator of Maakies, Sock Monkey, the new Billy Hazelnuts, and other fine comical adventures. We are proud and excited to have Tony Millionaire at STAPLE!


Our list of exhibitors is growing and includes the folks mentioned above plus Chris Moreno, Silent Devil Productions, Rafael Navarro, Viper Comics, Drew Edwards, Danielle Corsetto, Jeffery Stevenson, John Thornton, Justin Humphries, Nate Southard, Dylan Edwards, Jason Degroot, Toby Craig, and more!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Paige Braddock

Today we are starting a new series of quick questions posed to artists about working in comics. The first one up is Paige Braddock, creator of Jane's World. Go read it now in the articles section.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Xeric Grant Panel at STAPLE!

What is the Xeric Grant, and why should you know about it if you're a self-publisher? Five creators who have successfully lobbied for and been awarded a grant for self-publishing talk about the rewards, potential pitfalls and process of signing up for comics' best known self-publishing grant! Panelists include Alex Cahill & Jad Ziade Something So Familiar, Emily Benz & Summer McClinton Thread, and Michael LaRiccia Black Mane.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

New articles up

We've just republished a how-to article on book binding by Toby Craig to the new articles section of the STAPLE web site. While you are there, also check out our interview with Scott Kurtz.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Date and location set for STAPLE 2006

Details are starting to come together for our 2006 show. STAPLE will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2006 in Austin at the Red Oak Ballroom. Hope to see you there!

Registration for exhibitors is now open. Please download the PDF and mail it in to reserve your table.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

STAPLE! 2006 is coming!

STAPLE! 2006 is in the works! Stay tuned to this website for exciting updates about next year's show!

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Friday, July 15, 2005

STAPLE! DVD now available

The STAPLE! DVD is finished and ready to order! You can hear excerpts from the interviews on the audio page, or head over to the Rethunk Media web site for more information and to order your copy.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

STAPLE! donates $1,000 to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

STAPLE! The Independent Media Expo, Texas' first independent and small-press comics, zines and arts convention, recently donated $1,000 to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The check was delivered by Nate Southard, one of the show's organizers, during the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco to Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of the CBLDF.

Brownstein said, 'Starting a convention from scratch is a daunting enough task, but making it fun for everyone in the room, profitable for the exhibitors, and successful for the organizers is nearly impossible. But STAPLE! pulled all of it off, and the organizers are such nice and generous guys that rather than taking the proceeds as a much deserved reward, they passed it on to help the Fund defend the First Amendment rights of cartoonists and retailers. We're very grateful for their generous support and look forward to working with the show as it continues to grow in the years to come.'

According to STAPLE! lead organizer Chris Nicholas, the donated funds came from the door receipts of the Texas show. 'I'm very happy we're able to give this money to the CBLDF,' said Nicholas 'and that our first show was successful and well-attended enough that we had it to give. The Fund does an important job and it has been a real pleasure working with them. We definitely want to have the CBLDF involved in STAPLE! again next year.'

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CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein (L) receives a check from STAPLE! organizer Nate Southard.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Audio now online

Audio excerpts from the upcoming Staple 2005 DVD are now available. The DVD is currently in production and will include video of the Staple panels, interviews with artists, and original artwork. Check back for details, or sign-up on the mailing list to be notified when it is available.

Sunday, March 6, 2005


It's late and I'm tired, but it's that good kind of tired.

Real good.

Just want to add to Manton's comments below my own personal thanks to our sponsor, the vendors, guests, panelists, volunteers and attendees of the very first STAPLE! The show was a roaring success, with over 300 people through the door - in spite of the damp weather - lively and interesting panel discussions, super fun pre and after parties, and, of course, tons of fantastic comics, art and zines.

Look here in the upcoming weeks for reports, pics, and announcements about reviews of comics exhibited at the show by Randy Lander, the upcoming STAPLE! dvd, and next year's show. This one went so well and was so much fun that we pretty much HAVE to do it again.

Thanks again to everyone who helped make STAPLE! completely awesome! See ya again soon.

Chris "Staple-Head" Nicholas

It's over!

We hope you made it to the show! Thanks to all the exhibitors and attendees for making the show a success! We'll be posting a report soon, including pictures from the floor and more announcements.

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Saturday, February 26, 2005

One week to go!

The first ever STAPLE! is right around the corner, and it's set to be a bang up show!

We are pleased to announce the following additional special guests:

Terry Moore - Terry Moore began writing and drawing his award winning comic book series, Strangers In Paradise, in 1993. Since then he has produced over seventy five issue of the larger than life saga featuring Francine, Katchoo and the amazing cast of friends and lovers in their lives. Strangers In Paradise is published under Moore's own imprint, Abstract Studio and is one of the most successful self-published books in the comics industry. Today Strangers In Paradise is available in eight languages and is near the top of the charts for trade paperback sales worldwide. Celebrating ten years of Strangers In Paradise in 2003 Moore continues to enthrall readers with the adventures of Francine and Katchoo. Terry will be signing at the CBLDF's table at STAPLE!

Michael Lark - Michael Lark is an Eisner Award nominated illustrator for his work on Gotham Central, Batman Nine Lives and Terminal City. He has also illustrated Terminal City: Aerial Graffiti, Scene of the Crime, and worked on a number of other titles for DC/Vertigo, including All-Star Comics, Superman: War of the Worlds, Sandman Mystery Theatre, The Invisibles, and Legends of the Hawkman. He is currently working with Marvel Comics as the artist of The Pulse and Captain America (along with Steve Epting). Michael will appear at STAPLE! to sign his work at the CBLDF table.

Scheduled Panels:

We have two panel discussions set to occur at STAPLE!

From 12:30 - 2:00pm there will be a Webcomics Panel featuring Lea Hernandez, Scott Kurtz, Barbara Lien-Cooper, Chris Moujaes and Aaron Romo.

Then from 3:00pm-4:30pm it's a Comics Panel with Shannon Wheeler, Jessie Garza, Chris Moreno, Rafael Navarro and Drew Edwards.

Scott Hinze of Fanboy Radio will be your Moderator for both events.


Join us on Friday, March 4, the night before the show, Brad Bankston of Austin Books will be hosting a pre-STAPLE! Meet and Greet at the Austin Books store located at 5002 North Lamar Blvd. The party starts at 8pm and refreshments will be provided. Come out and meet your favorite creators in a party atmosphere!

Well, we're all set for YOU so come on out and join us Saturday, March 5, 10am-6pm at the Elks Lodge, 700 Dawson Road, Austin, TX.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005


Exhibitor tables for STAPLE! are now sold out! We have filled all available spots and now have over 30 exhibitors signed up for the show.

If you wanted to get a table but didn't register in time, try posting on our message board to see if someone is willing to share their spot. Either way we hope you will still attend STAPLE! and join us for all the fun and festivities.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Happy New Year!

We here at STAPLE! The Independent Media Expo hope you had a safe and enjoyable Holiday Season and are ready for a great 2005! We're very excited to make the following announcements!

Early Registration Deadline:

Exhibitor tables at STAPLE! The Independent Media Expo are a reasonable $50 for a full 8' table and $30 for a half table. After the Early Registration Deadline of January 31st, those prices will increase to $70 and $50, respectively. So don't delay! If you'd like to be an exhibitor at STAPLE! go to the Registration page to download your registration form and send it in today!

More confirmed guests:

Scott Kurtz - Scott has wanted to be a cartoonist since he was 9 years old. Although he created comics all throughout elementary school, high school and college, his work first appeared on the internet in 1998. Scott's earlier strips Wedlock and Samwise earned him his first (albeit small) online audiences and gained him notice in the computer gaming industry. PvP debuted on May 4th 1998 and has run ever since. PvP is now read by over 100,000 people daily online and collected in comic books every month by Image Comics.

Scott will be joining Lea Hernandez, Barb Lien-Cooper and Aaron Romo for the STAPLE! Webcomics panel discussion.

Chris Moreno ' Chris is a rising star in the comics industry whose current project, Dracula Vs. King Arthur, makes its debut this year. Having cut his teeth on a two-year run on Tony DiGerolamo's The Travelers, Chris has provided illustrations for gaming companies like Burning Wheel, and Kenzer & Co. on their Hackmaster game products, covers for Knights of the Dinner Table magazine, interior artwork for Tony DiGerolamo's Complete Mafia for d20 (coming out later this year), and has collaborated with artists like Mike Avon Oeming and Tommy Castillo. His 5-page story 'Monkey in a Wagon Vs. Lemur on a Big Wheel' is in 2004's Comic Book Legal Defense Fund: Even More Fund Comics anthology. His creator-owned project, The Rot Pack, will be debut next year.

Rafael Navarro - By day, he's a storyboard animator on such shows as Stripperella, JL, and Xiaolin Showdown. By night, he's the creator and artist of the Xeric Award winning cult classic Sonambulo, published by Ninth Circle Studios.

Chris and Rafael will be on the STAPLE! Independent Comics Creators panel with Shannon Wheeler, Jessie Garza, and Drew Edwards.

Fanboy Radio's own Scott Hinze will be moderating the panels at STAPLE!

More exhibitors:

Leo McGovern Steven Noppenberger Christine Pointeau David Hopkins Zach Taylor Ismael Cavazos Dave Lamplugh Nate Southard, Danny Blount Chad Hopper Jessica Champion Shawn Granton

For the current full list of exhibitors go to the Exhibitor page.