My dramatic return to STAPLE! is nigh. (Yes, I said "nigh.") I'll have a table in the exhibit hall. It's a great show in a great city. If you live anywhere within 200 miles of greater Austin area, I'd recommend making the trip. I'm planning to have copies of ONE NIGHT STAND (a nicer 6x9 printing through Lulu). We're still fine tuning the complete ASTRONAUT DAD graphic novel. Hopefully, we should have it ready by March. Beyond that, of course, I'll have copies of ANTIGONE, KARMA INCORPORATED, and EMILY EDISON. I'd like to bring some of my other writing, but I'm not quite sure how I'd present it. I received this update from Uncle Staple, the founding father and organizer of the annual event.

Greetings from STAPLE! The Independent Media Expo!

We've been working hard to make this, our 8th annual show, the best one ever, and have lots of big announcements to make.

Once again STAPLE! will be two full days, March 3 & 4, 2012, of awesome exhibitors, programming and fantastic special guests!

Guests like:

Cullen Bunn and Bryan Hurtt, are creators of the critically acclaimed horror-western comic The Sixth Gun, from Oni Press, and their previous collaboration, The Damned, a story of prohibition-era gangsters and demons, is being developed into a television series by Showtime. Cullen's writing has been published in novels, Marvel Comics, and dozens of magazines and anthologies. Bryan got his start in comics working on Greg Rucka's Queen & Country. We're very excited to have these awesome up and coming talents joining us at STAPLE! Visit them online at and

Kagan McLeod is is a Toronto-based illustrator whose work has been published in magazines such as Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, Time, People, Glamour and GQ. His debut graphic novel Infinite Kung Fu, an epic homage to chop socky films of the '70s, was published by Top Shelf Productions last year. It has been named one of the best graphic novels of 2011 by Publishers Weekly, Heeb Magazine, io9, CNN, Comic Book Resources, Complex, USA Today, Forbidden Planet International, IFC, ComicsAlliance, 11o'clock Comics and the Graphic Novel Reporter. See Kagan's amazing work at and

This year we'll also be hosting a panel discussion entitled Women Who Do Webcomics featuring these terrific artists:

Monica Gallagher, designer, illustrator, and comicker from Baltimore, and creator of Gods & Undergrads, Boobage, Lipstick & Malice, and Bonnie N. Collide. She currently finished illustrating a full-length graphic novel for Oni Press!

Liz Prince is creator of the Ignatz Award-winning comic Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed? and Delayed Replays (Top Shelf Productions). She also draws comics about music for the website If You Make It and the magazine Razorcake, and more at

MariNaomi is the author and illustrator of the graphic memoir Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22, and self-published seven issues of Estrus Comics (1998-2009). Her work has appeared in I Saw You: Comics Inspired by Real Life Missed Connections and Action Girl Comics. She has regular columns on (Smoke In Your Eyes) and (Frisco al Fresco).

Full guest bios and more at

We've got lots more exciting stuff in the works, so stay tuned for more news coming soon and be sure to like us on Facebook