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Comicpalooza Founder John Simons Returns As An Author

Comicpalooza Founder John Simons Returns As An Author

John Simons is the man who put Houston back on the comic convention map with Comicpalooza until he stepped away in 2018. Now, he’s back as an honored guest thanks to his new career as a fantasy and horror novelist. He’ll appear at Comicpalooza this weekend, hosting a

By Jef Rouner
Christy Stratton Is Now Ready To Soar

Christy Stratton Is Now Ready To Soar

To say that the last few weeks for Christy Stratton have been overwhelming is likely an understatement. When I simply asked the longtime television writer, and Fort Worth native, how she was doing, she sounded almost philosophical as she pondered her answer. That’s not surprising because it’s only

By Jessica Montoya Coggins
STAPLE! Returns After Five-Year Hiatus

STAPLE! Returns After Five-Year Hiatus

Texas’s premiere gathering of indie comic and tabletop creators, STAPLE!, is returning to Austin after a five-year hiatus brought on by the pandemic. It will be open April 13 and 14 at the Malbee Ballroom of St. Edward’s University. Tickets and more information can be found at their

By Jef Rouner
Artists in Arms Help Houston Veterans Find Their Creative Side

Artists in Arms Help Houston Veterans Find Their Creative Side

Throughout the interview, Earl “Chan” Smith dodges calling himself an artist like it’s a rattlesnake in the bluebonnets, sounding almost afraid to name himself that. However, there’s no other word that captures what he does. Smith repurposes dollar store dollhouses and other items to create intricate, gothic mix-media

By Jef Rouner
Miss Medusa: A Twisted Texas Comic

Miss Medusa: A Twisted Texas Comic

Even in the world of underground Texas comics, Paul Hanley and Matt Frank stand out. Their creation, Miss Medusa’s Monstrous Menagerie has been a runaway hit on Kickstarter thanks to its inventive and edgy premise, as well Hanley’s incredible art style. Now, it’s finally on sale for

By Jef Rouner
Houston Comic Artist Takes Orson Welles On Interstellar Adventure

Houston Comic Artist Takes Orson Welles On Interstellar Adventure

The 1938 radio production of H.G. Wells’s novel The War of the Worlds, directed and narrated by Orson Welles, remains one of the most legendary moments in 20th century storytelling. The reported widespread belief that Welles was describing an actual alien attack is false, though some listeners did

By Jef Rouner
The Black-owned Bookstores Changing The Houston Landscape

The Black-owned Bookstores Changing The Houston Landscape

When walking into Class, one can be forgiven for initially believing it’s a hot new art gallery or fashion house… at least before setting eyes on the shelves upon shelves of books along the walls. It’s airy and bright, including a single gold Nike (ask about its origin

By Meredith Nudo
New Documentary Shows Power In Fighting For Change

New Documentary Shows Power In Fighting For Change

“An Army of Women” is a documentary premiering in competition at South by Southwest that follows in real-time a groundbreaking class action lawsuit against the Austin District Attorney’s office and the Austin Police Department over their failure to prosecute rape and sexual assault cases. But the documentary, which is

By Jessica Montoya Coggins
Anna Meriano’s YA Series Centers An Untypical Texas

Anna Meriano’s YA Series Centers An Untypical Texas

By Meredith Nudo  Anna Meriano can make pigs fly.  OK, so maybe not literally. But miniature marranitos do factor into Leonora “Leo” Logroño’s first explorations into her family’s brujaría heritage in Meriano’s Love Sugar Magic series of middle grade fantasy novels, flitting and floating about with careless

By Meredith Nudo
On Our Bookshelf - February

On Our Bookshelf - February

Every month, The Texas Signal Media Foundation will be spotlighting books we have read to share with our audience. If you would like to make a recommendation for us, drop us a line at editor@texassignal.com  Devil Makes Three by Ben Fountain  Taking place in Haiti just days after

By Jessica Montoya Coggins