STAPLE! The Independent Media Expo is a two-day lineup of events, workshops and family-friendly activities taking place Saturday, Sep. 8 and Sunday, Sep. 9 at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex in East Austin. Programming highlights include a live art show benefit, seven educational panels and an on-site Kid’s Zone presented by the Pflugerville Public Library.
The annual event, now in its 14th year, features more than 200 exhibitors showcasing independently made comics, zines, art and games. Visitors can interact with artists and attend panels on topics including “Paying Your Bills with Comics,” featuring Ngozi Ukazu, Madeline Rupert and Gaby Epstein; “You Can Draw in 30 Minutes,” a family-friendly workshop led by Mark Kistler; and “The Secret History of Marvel’s Underground Comix” with comic book historian Kevin Garcia.
This year, 15 students from the Mexican American Cultural Center’s Caminos program–an immersive paid fellowship empowering Austin-area teens to carve their own path in the creative arts–will be exhibitors with an artist table at the expo. These young artists have been creating a 24-page zine which focuses on issues surrounding inclusion, identity, family, tradition and belonging, and Latino youth experiences in a design workshop mentored by NAVA, the editor of Latino Toons.
Among the guest artists are Colleen Coover, Eisner Award-winning comic book artist; Jen Wang, Los Angeles-based cartoonist and illustrator, co-founder of the annual festival Comic Arts Los Angeles; Vanesa R. Del Ray, Cuban-born, Miami-based animation artist who has illustrated for Marvel Comics; and Ngozi Ukazu, creator of the graphic novel “Check, Please!,” which remains the most funded webcomics Kickstarter in history;
Hours for the two-day expo are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sep. 8 and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sep. 9. Tickets are available at the door; one-day passes are $10 and two-day passes are $15. Students and military personnel are eligible for a discounted $10 two-day pass with a valid ID. The event is free for kids 12 and younger.
Please visit staple-austin.org for a complete list of exhibitors and updates.