Monday, December 10, 2007

Halfway there!

Hey folks!

Happy to report that over half of the available exhibitor tables for STAPLE! 2008 have been sold!

What that means is that if you want one and haven't gotten it, well, you need to get yer butt in gear!

To register for a table go to the registration page, download the registration form and send it in (along with your payment, natch) to secure your spot today!

I dropped by the venue yesterday ( to check out the Blue Genie Art Bazaar that is going on there all month till Christmas. The place looks really great! I'm getting more and more excited about this new spot and I think it's going to work fantastically for next year's STAPLE!

If you're in the area and want to get a preview of the new place, drop by the Art Bazaar and do a little Christmas shopping while you're there. Tell'em Uncle Staple sent ya!

Chris "Uncle Staple" Nicholas

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

STAPLE! 2008 with Brian Wood!

Hey everybody!

STAPLE! The Independent Media Expo is back for its fourth annual show! Come out Saturday March 1st, 2008 to a new location ' the Monarch Event Center next to Highland Mall. This exciting new venue occupies the site of the former Lincoln Village Theater in the Lincoln Village shopping center in north central Austin. It's been completely remodeled and refurbished into a lovely new spot just perfect for a bigger and better STAPLE!

We are very pleased to announce a very special guest for STAPLE! 2008 - BRIAN WOOD! Author of Channel Zero, Couriers, DMZ, Demo, Local, Supermarket, and the forthcoming Northlanders (available December 5th), Brian has made his mark as an influential and eclectic pioneer of independent comics creation. We are very honored and excited to have him appear at STAPLE!

And if you'd like to start making your own mark, you can be an exhibitor at STAPLE! Exhibitor registration is now open and tables are available at $65 for an eight footer and $35 for a half ' cheap! They always sell out fast so to get yours now hit the Registration page and download the form.

STAPLE! The Independent Media Expo is the Southwest's only convention for independently produced comics, zines, graphic arts and animation. The fourth annual Expo is Saturday, March 1st, 2008, 11am-7pm at the Monarch Event Center in Austin, Texas. Admission is STILL only $5 at the door!

Stay tuned here for more exciting announcements, articles, podcasts and more!

Chris "Uncle Staple" Nicholas

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Monday, October 15, 2007

2008 Pre-announcement Announcement!

Hello faithful STAPLE! fans!

Uncle Staple here to announce that very shortly we will be making some big, exciting announcements about our 2008 show! Yes, that's right, I'm announcing announcements. Say that over and over in your head until it starts to sound weird.

Just want you all to know, that even though we may've seemed a little quiet lately, we're still back here behind the scenes working as hard as ever to make this the biggest, bestest STAPLE! yet. So stay tuned and keep your eyes peeled for the big news that's coming soon!

Looking forward to seeing you all again next year!

Chris "Uncle Staple" Nicholas

ps: In case you're trying to make travel plans to be here mark down March 1st on your calendar with a big ol' STAPLE!

Thursday, March 8, 2007


STAPLE! is so awesome it apparently inspired Wondermark cretor David Malki ! to burst spontaneously into song! Just like in a Bollywood movie!

Con Reports are comin' in!

Dean Haspiel wrote up a great report of STAPLE! that you can read here.

Styx Taxi driver Steve Goldman just posted his as well. Click.

Lots more pics and reports on the message board.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Uncle Staple's Thanks!

Hey Folks!

Well, it's taken me a few days to get around to it, but I didn't want to just dash something off so here goes.

STAPLE! '07 was our biggest and best show yet, which is saying a lot since we are always awesome, and I've got a lot of people to thank for helping to make that happen.

First of all I'd like to thank our terrific guests, Dean Haspiel and Brian Keene, for coming down to Austin, lending their considerable talents to the proceedings and just being all-around cool guys.

Thanks to Evan Cagle, Lance Meyer, Aaron Romo and David Liu for participating in the first ever (but not last) STAPLE! Independent Animation Panel.

Thanks to the Fiction Circus for waking us up with a hot cup o' lies, and their always...interesting...table sculptures.

Thanks to Jim Mahfood and Dave Crosland for coming back from Cali to rock the live art with all the local and San Antonio cats at the after-party, and thanks to 3-Deep for supplying the jams.

Huge thanks to our awesome sponsors: Austin Books for the party and bringing Dean; Frequency Press for bringing Brian; and ECPrinting for bringing the great looking programs!

Thanks to everyone on the STAPLE! Planning Commission for all the help putting this stuff together in general, and specifically:

Comics expert Randy Lander for interviews, advice and artist wrangling.

The illustrious Robyn Anderson for awesome designing and coolness.

Hucksters Justin Humphries and John Thornton for pimpage and radio entertainment.

Shiny-pate-Nate Southard for guest acquisition and personal inspiration.

Extra special thanks to Commissioner Manton Reece for keeping the website updated, the handsome redesign, and all the work coordinating Animation Panel. Nicely done, sir.

Big thanks to all our fantastic volunteers ' Shauna, Alyssa, Irene, Louisa, Jason, Randy, Mercedes and Brother Mike for the bang-up job working the door and shirt shilling.

Incalculable thanks to all our super-talented exhibitors, especially those of you who made the trek from faraway places. Said it before and I'll say it again: STAPLE! is all about you and what you do. It is why we are here. Keep on keepin' on, my brothers and sisters!

And of course, colossal thanks to everyone who came out to attend and support the show. We need and love you all and we will see you next year!

And I'm out!

Chris 'Uncle Staple' Nicholas

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Another successful year

STAPLE! was yesterday! If you missed it, check back next year because we'll be doing it all again. To our exhibitors, sponsors, panelists, and featured guest speakers -- thank you! We had a great time and hope you did too. Keep an eye on the disussion forums for photos from attendees.

Uncle Staple will post again later with additional wrap-up. In the meantime, don't forget The Animation Show tonight at the Paramount theater. Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt will be there and it's a great way to round out the weekend. Enjoy!

Friday, March 2, 2007


STAPLE! is today! Doors open at 10am and we have sessions at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 4pm, with over 60 exhibitors on hand all day long to sell their comics, art, zines, and more. See the guests section for details on our featured guests plus a full day schedule and after-party.

Austin Books party tonight

The pre-party at Austin Books is tonight, Friday from 7pm until 11pm. Stop by and hang with artists and other attendees while enjoying discounts on your favorite comic books. Austin Books is located at 5002 North Lamar.

STAPLE! is tomorrow. Doors open at 10am.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

More prizes

The comics and other good stuff we plan to give away all day on Saturday just got better. I just received a stack of vouchers for The Animation Show! We'll be giving pairs of these away a few times throughout the day, and a bunch during the Independent Animation panel at 1pm. See the guests section for more details on all our featured speakers.

Animation Show vouchers

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Party details

We are officially announcing the pre-party at Austin Books and after-party live art show at Club Deville! Check out the sidebar on the guests page for details on these events as well as the full day schedule.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Interview with Brian Keene

Our interview with Brian Keene is up in the articles section. The questions provide a great preview for his upcoming STAPLE! session next week.

Yes, that's right. STAPLE! 2007 is a mere 9 days away. Block out the morning or afternoon next Saturday and plan to be at The Red Oak at Northcross Mall. Or stay all day and don't forget the live art show after-party at Club de Ville. (Details soon.)

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Dean Haspiel questions

The Quick Questions interview with Dean Haspiel is now online in the articles section of this site. Dean is a special guest at STAPLE! 2007 and will be speaking Saturday afternoon (March 3rd) with Scott Hinze of Fanboy Radio.

Notice anything else new? We've redesigned the web site and updated the guests page with the STAPLE! schedule and new information about our Independent Animation panel.

Friday, February 9, 2007

STAPLE! 2007 flyer

Help promote STAPLE! with these convenient print-out-and-cut flyers for 2007. The show is less than a month away! You can download a PDF here (3.4 MB).

Also check back soon for some new interviews and the final guest and panel schedule.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The Animation Show

The first weekend in March is shaping up to be a great two days for fans of comics and animation. First, Staple runs all day Saturday, with the usual Friday night pre-party and Saturday night live art shows. Then Sunday evening, March 4th, is The Animation Show at the Paramount Theater! This is a one day stop in Austin, so it's not to be missed.

If you are coming into town for Staple and love animated short films, plan to take off work Monday and stay an extra night in Austin. You won't regret it. Visit the Animation Show web site for more details, including the film list and their guests Don Hertzfeldt and Austin's very own Mike Judge.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Alex Cahill Interview

Our interview with Alex Cahill is now online. Alex discusses the process of character development, self-publishing, and working with Jad Ziade on the upcoming Poison the Cure. The 400-page sci-fi comic will make its debut at STAPLE! this year.

More exhibitors up

We have updated the exhibitor list with even more companies and artists showing off their work at STAPLE! The show is less than 2 months away: March 3rd in Austin TX.