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Collating the Underexposed
Chris Nicholas and Austin's STAPLE! Independent Media Expo
Books Story  March 4, 2005, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Tell it to Chris Nicholas, the man behind STAPLE!:The Independent Media Expo, the event that's providing a meeting place, a marketplace, a showcase for the folks who publish comics and zines and possible literary masterworks out of their own apartments...."

American Pie
What hath Porky's wrought? This new, faster version of the semi-classic teen sex farce is a howler, bawdy yet constrained within its gross gridlock. It's as if the final...
Film Review  July 16, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz. Starring: Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Seann William Scott, Alyson Hannigon, Eugene Levy, Mena Suvari, Thomas Ian Nicholas and Tara Reid...."

Giant-Sized Annual
Staple!: The Independent Media Expo returns for its second year
Books Story  March 3, 2006, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...If you're familiar with superhero comics, you might think, especially with the thick gray muttonchops bracketing his thin face, that he looks like a cross between Wolverine and, say, the Vulture's less buff younger brother. His real name, his not-so-secret identity, is Chris Nicholas, and he's the originator and driving force behind Staple!: The Independent Media Expo, now gearing up for its second annual incarnation this Saturday in the Northcross Mall...."

The Five-Year Engagement
This romcom starring Emily Blunt and Jason Segel possesses something rare: rational, relatable adults.
Film Review  April 27, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...Directed by: Nicholas Stoller. Starring: Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Rhys Ifans, Mindy Kaling, Brian Posehn, David Paymer, Mimi Kennedy and Jacki Weaver...."

Comics? Zines? People who MAKE them?
Like, that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles guy, even?
DAILY Books  March 1, 2012, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"... Well, if you consider the likes of Master Pancake Theatre and the Intergalactic Nemesis's Jason Neulander and Monica Gallagher of Bonnie N. Collide to be ordinary folks, anyway. Or Chris Nicholas (AKA Uncle Staple) – he's ordinary, right? Even though he seems, with the increasing success of this yearly expo, to have organizational and promotional skills beyond the ken of mortals. (He'd probably tell you that those skills are beyond the Barbie of mortals, too.) (Actually, what he told us is much less corny, yes, so let's get to that – right after these parentheses close.) Austin Chronicle: Uncle Staple, what are you looking forward to at the expo this year? Chris Nicholas: Well, we've got a got of fantastic things together..."

American Wedding
Jesse Dylan’s first feature was the ganja-infused comedy How High, which, while not exactly a high-bongwater mark in the annals of stoner merriment, managed to keep my dog fixated on...
Film Review  August 1, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: Jesse Dylan. Starring: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, January Jones, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Seann William Scott, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Fred Willard, Eugene Levy and Jennifer Coolidge..."

Staple! The Independent Media Expo Returns
Year 12 brings diverse delights and DIY creativity all weekend long
DAILY Arts  February 24, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Note that the “sideburned provocateur” we mentioned? When he’s not called Uncle Staple, he’s known as Chris Nicholas – we’ve been following his industrious trajectory from the beginning – and he’s pretty stoked about Staple! 2016...."

Fred Claus
Awash with amazingly talented actors – Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Miranda Richardson, Rachel Weisz, Kathy Bates, Kevin Spacey, to name a few – Fred Claus is sadly just an early lump of coal under the tree.
Film Review  November 9, 2007, by Toddy Burton
"...And in this case, they’re not. Vaughn plays Fred, the embittered older brother of the sainted (literally) Nicholas “Santa” Claus (Giamatti)..."

Graphic Diversity
This year's Staple! expo spotlights women in comics, and local creator E.K. Weaver explains why
Arts Story  March 5, 2015, by Jessi Cape
"...Founded by Chris Nicholas, the homegrown two-day convention highlights independently produced comics, zines, toys, animation, and more. This year, it's all about the ladies..."

The Informers
Bret Easton Ellis' collection of linked short stories are translated for the screen, but the result is less than zero.

Film Review  April 24, 2009, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...It’s not as though they are converging toward any plot or storyline. (Stick around until the end, and you’ll get to verify this movie’s total absence of plot.) Based on Bret Easton Ellis’ 1994 collection of linked short stories, The Informers (which is co-scripted by Ellis and Nicholas Jarecki) seems to be going for something like Robert Altman’s Short Cuts, a feature film derived from Raymond Carver’s writings..."

The Horse Whisperer
I detect the scent of a golden statuette wafting in the breeze. Redford's adaptation of Nicholas Evans' bestselling novel is a countrified, monolithic thing of beauty -- gorgeous to behold...
Film Review  May 15, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...I detect the scent of a golden statuette wafting in the breeze. Redford's adaptation of Nicholas Evans' bestselling novel is a countrified, monolithic thing of beauty -- gorgeous to behold despite the fact that its overlong two-hour-and-45-minute running time plays off Redford's weather-beaten golden boy good looks far too often for its own good..."

The Funeral
Nobody spins a good morality yarn like Abel Ferrara. With The Funeral, the notorious director delivers his most straight-ahead movie, having reined in some of his more extreme narrative impulses...
Film Review  November 22, 1997, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The performances in The Funeral are all electrifying. Ferrara also aligns himself with many of his longtime associates in the creation of The Funeral, most notably screenwriter Nicholas St..."

Buffalo Jump
Independent first feature from writer-director Chris Johnstone boasts good notices, including a strong review in Variety that notes: “Plot deals with two 30ish wanderers, Nick (Backlund) and Leigh (Fogarty) who...
Film Review  March 19, 1993, by Louis Black
"...Directed by: Chris Johnstone. Starring: Nicholas Backlund, Catherine Fogarty, Mary Elizabeth Keller and Tobias Baker..."

The Ninth Annual Staple! Independent Media Expo
It's waiting for you … not so silently … this weekend
DAILY Arts  February 27, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...But, you know, the reductio ad absurdum thing affords no more glory than giving someone's brain a wedgie, does it? So let's move on, shall we? Let's get a soundbite from Staple! founder and director Chris Nicholas. What does Uncle Staple himself think of this year's Staple!?..."

White Noise
That droning sound you hear is White Noise.
Film Review  January 7, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: Geoffrey Sax. Starring: Michael Keaton, Deborah Kara Unger, Ian McNeice, Chandra West, Sarah Strange, Nicholas Elia, Keegan Connor Tracy and Amber Rothwell..."

Uncle Staple and Austin’s 13th Annual Independent Media Expo
The weekend of fannish revelry and indie-comics celebration returns
DAILY Arts  September 4, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...His name is Chris Nicholas, actually...."

The Q&A Hole: Which Restaurant for the Rest of Your Life?
With Ben Snakepit, Regina Allen, Patty Leidy, Miracle Jones, and more.
DAILY Chronolog  November 1, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Chris Nicholas of Staple! Independent Media Expo: Ugh, what an awful scenario! I guess I'd have to say Luby's, because then at least there'd be some variety (although I'd probably always have some coconut pie). Alternately, I'd pick wherever my friend Michael Barnes works, because I know it would be good – and I could probably talk him into occasionally making a coconut pie...."

Scott McCloud in Austin with The Sculptor this Weekend
The affable theorist of Understanding Comics waxes all fictional.
DAILY Books  February 4, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Not so's to spoil your appetite for Sunday's appearance … but right now we've got a transcript of a recent interview with the man, during which we peppered him with questions cribbed from the likes of Chris Nicholas of Staple!, Tim Doyle of Nakatomi Inc., Kelly Phillips of Dirty Diamonds, Kristin Hogan of Squid Friends, and a certain Angelica Brenner:..."

Do We Really Need More Superhero Movies?
We asked local artists if we're approaching Peak Cape anytime soon
DAILY Arts  April 25, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Chris Nicholas of Staple! The Independent Media Expo: Maybe "need" is a rather strong word, but maybe not. What does one need? We need air to breathe, food to eat, shelter from the elements, and, arguably, clothing..."

The Q&A Hole: Why Are So Many People Unhappy With President Trump?
Can’t American citizens cut that orange shitgibbon a little slack?
DAILY Chronolog  June 12, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Chris Nicholas of Staple! The Independent Media Expo: Why aren’t more?..."

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