Crows, Frankensteins and Danger at Staple! 2013

Local indie media con mixes webTV innovators with comic legends

Crows, Frankensteins and Danger at Staple! 2013

Gather the pitchfork-carrying mob and light the torches, it's almost time for Staple! 2013. The local indie comic and media convention just announced the team behind the new Frankenstein Alive, Alive! – writer Steve Niles and industry legend Bernie Wrightson – plus The Crow creator James O'Barr as their headline guests.

The creator of 30 Days of Night, Niles has become a regular collaborator with the veteran Wrightson, culminating in their astonishing new take on Mary Shelley's Promethean myth. As for O'Barr, he's currently taking his unquiet spirit of revenge to the Nazi concentration camps with the brutal and soulful The Crow: Skinning the Wolves.

But Staple! isn't just about comics. Headlining the indie gaming panel will be award-winning game designer and games-as-education innovator Jason Morningstar of Bully Pulpit Games; Ultima VI art director Jeff Dee, whose roots in gaming go right back to the Dieties & Demigods supplement for Dungeons & Dragons; And board and card game self-publisher Marc Majcher will be keeping the table top tradition alive.

There'll also be an animation panel featuring local artist Dax Norman and Newgrounds veteran Kyle Sullivan of White Lightning HQ, and podcasters from Geek Bombast and's League of Extremely Ordinary Gentlemen.

Then there'll be a plethora of talent talking about podcasting's new big sister, webTV, including Danni Danger (also known as Austin Books and Comics' Sidekick Girl) from; Sara Reihani of video collective Slobs, and Jessica Mills, part of the team behind gloriously uncomfortable web comedy Awkward Embraces (Imagine a seriously nerdy Girls in six-minute slabs: "He had me at 'bat'leth'").

Staple! 2013, March 2-3, Marchessa Hall and Theatre, 6406 N. IH-35 Suite 3100. Single and two-day tickets available now. More info at

More Staple!
Staple! Lives!
Staple! Lives!
Indie media expo adds three big names to guest list

Richard Whittaker, Dec. 3, 2013

Staple! Storms Austin
Staple! Storms Austin
Flicking through the pages of indie media

Richard Whittaker, March 10, 2010

More Comics
Rise of the Valkyrie
Rise of the Valkyrie
Kate Leth talks women in comics and fake geek girl phobia

May 26, 2014

Donny Cates Is No 'Buzzkill'
Donny Cates Is No 'Buzzkill'
Local writer collaborates with Toadies drummer for new comic

Richard Whittaker, Sept. 18, 2013

More by Richard Whittaker
Can New Republic Studios Be a Game Changer for Austin?
Can New Republic Studios Be a Game Changer for Austin?
Massive makeover could make Austin the new Atlanta for film

Nov. 21, 2017

Rooster Teeth Beams Out <i>Lazer Team 2</i>
Rooster Teeth Beams Out Lazer Team 2
Sci-fi comedy sequel lands on YouTube Red

Nov. 24, 2017


Staple!, Comics, Staple! 2013, Podcasting, WebTV, Steve Niles, Bernie Wrightson, James O'Barr,, Weird Girls, Danni Danger, Sidekick Girl, Awkward Embraces, Jessica Mills, The League of Extremely Ordinary Gentlemen

AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)