WHERE: Marchesa Hall & Theater at 6406 North IH-35 Suite 3100
, 78752
  Pre-STAPLE! Meet & Greet at Austin Books on March 1 at 8 - 11 pm 
                  After-Party and KOOP Benefit for ticket-holders March 2 at 9 pm at Shangri La.
WHEN:    Saturday, March 2 from 11 am – 6 pm
                  Sunday, March 3 from noon – 6 pm
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2013 Design by Robert Wilson IV www.robertwilsoniv.com
Friends of STAPLE!

We are beside ourselves with giddiness to announce details of the 9th annual "STAPLE! The Independant Media Expo", during which we invite you to join us at the Marchesa Hall & Theater during the first weekend of March. We will showcases all manners of independent media, featuring  dozens of DIY darlings as panelists, nerdy/cool performers, and wide-ranging exhibitors along with aspiring artists and fans of comics, art, animation, self-published literature—with an emphasis this year on indie table-top gaming, webtv, animation, pop culture podcasting, and—as always—lots of autonomous comics.

Today, we're revealing panelists including comic artists James O’Barr, Steve Niles, and Bernie Wrightson; veteran game designers Jason Morningstar, Jeff Dee, and Marc Majcher; webtv icons Danni Danger, Sara Reihani, and Jessica Mills; cult-favorite animators Dax Norman, Kyle Sullivan, Bill Byrne, and Mongrel Studio Productions; and rising-star podcasters Geek Bombast, Chris Cox, Martin Thomas, The League of Extremely Ordinary Gentlemen, and The Random Access Web TV Podcast.

The event will also feature performances at STAPLE! and at the official “Live Art Show” after-party from macabre musical troupe After Midnight, “nerdcore” hip hop artist Bad Barry, DJ LD, and “Chiptune” artist Run/DMG. A list of nearly 150 exhibitors below is also released today—exhibitor spaces are now sold out.

Book your room:  Holiday Inn Midtown (across the street from STAPLE!) is holding a block of rooms at our special rate of $94/night until 2/15—after which the deal is still good, but no guarantee of availability. BOOK NOW

Also, thanks to Robert Wilson IV for his design of this year's t-shirt (seen to the right) and limited edition silkscreed poster.  This year, we will have screen printing live on-site by Mindzai Creative.

We'll see you in March starting with the Pre-STAPLE! Meet & Greet at Austin Books on March 1—a great way to talk to your favorite artist in a casual atmosphere, and a great warm-up for STAPLE! weekend.
Until then... keep creating!
— The STAPLE! Team
Early Coverage:

STAPLE! Comics Guests
STAPLE! Indie Gaming Panelists 
STAPLE! Webtv Panelists STAPLE! Animation panelists
STAPLE! Pop Culture Podcasting Panelists
STAPLE! Performers
Tickets go on sale today here - $15 for a 2-day pass.


STAPLE! Exhibitors (Tables sold out):
Tickets go on sale today here - $15 for a 2-day pass.