Does your kid love art, comic books, cartoons, or making their own books or zines? Then STAPLE! should be on your list of Austin events. The 11th annual STAPLE! Independent Media Expo is March 7th and 8th and it’s not to be missed!
Instead of focusing on celebrity guests and charging high prices like some fan conventions, STAPLE! is a con with a family-friendly atmosphere spotlighting the actual creators of comics and graphic novels as well as art, and other fun stuff.
What I’m most excited about is the focus of this year’s show: female creators in comics and indie media! The STAPLE! crew has gone out of their way to load up a guest lists and panels with all kinds of awesome women in the comics industry, including some of the gals behind Lumberjanes, the smash hit all-ages comic about a girls’ summer camp.
Side note: If you haven’t heard about Lumberjanes, now’s a great time to get interested, because the first collected edition comes out in April. (More about Lumberjanes here!)
What you need to know about attending STAPLE!:
- The show is held Saturday (11am-6pm) and Sunday (12-6pm) March 7-8, 2015 in Austin at the Marchesa Hall and Theater.
- For an event of this type, it’s wicked cheap! (But bring cash.) Just $10 for a one-day pass, or $15 for a two-day pass, available at the door. Kids 12 and under get in free. (Yep, free.) On Saturday, you can get $5 off the 2-day ticket with your student ID, for you parents who are also in school!
- Rosarito will be on hand so folks can get tacos.
- STAPLE! has a no-nonsense anti-harassment policy linked from their home page, putting them ahead of many large commercial cons.
The STAPLE! panels and discussions would be great for teens who want to pursue careers or passions in art, comics, or publishing. You can view the full schedule of events here.
For younger kiddos, such as my art-loving, comics-loving seven year old son, the chance to talk directly with various artists and other creators about their work will be fantastic.
Also, there will be lots of people in costumes. I promise. So if your kiddo’s been itching to break out that Halloween costume again, now’s the time.
Beyond the Lumberjanes team, here are the kid-appeal creators (and creations) that caught our geeky family’s eyes:
- Evan Dahm did a Kickstarter to produce an illustrated Wizard of Oz (gorgeous!)
- Eric Colossal’s Rutabaga: The Adventure Chef is eagerly awaited in our house
- Rachel Dukes has worked on Garfield comics (and has her own web comic called Intentionally Left Blank)
- David Lamplugh’s outrageous animal paintings
- J. Michael Stovall’s Monsters and Madmen
- Chris Ruggia’s web comic about the animals in and around Big Bend National Park
- Valerie Gudell’s unique handmade critters and toys
- Chet Phillips’ steampunk animal playing cards and poetry for dogs
- Nikki Ward’s geekalicious drawings
- Jamie Sichel’s stickers and buttons (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!)
- Kathryn Crenshaw’s chibi watercolors
- Robby Cook’s Disney/Avatar crossovers, among other projects
You can check out the STAPLE! Tumblr for more peeks at work by various exhibitors.