If you're looking to show your passion, the STAPLE! Independent Media Expo is the place to be.

"This is what I live for," comic strip author Kim Seoulios said.

Artists bring the room to life.

"Water color and acrylic," Anissa Bryant of anissaart.com said. "I don't have the patience to make comics myself."

Whatever's on the page is all independently made, meaning you're looking at the creator, marketer and salesperson.

"There's tons of creative people who just want their things to be seen," Bryant said.

What stands out about this expo is that there isn't a celebrity draw or some corporate reveal. In 10 years, STAPLE! has remained artist focused.

"That's by design," STAPLE! founder Chris Nicholas said. "We wanted to focus on that stuff and give those people a venue to get their stuff out there without competing with the celebrities and other stuff."

While Seoulios and Bryant both work a 9-to-5 in the corporate world, weekend expos like this give them a chance to make their dream a reality.

"I love making art," Bryant said. "I've put more money into my business than I've made out of it so far."

And regardless of the fiscal return, these artists will continue to fill the pages.

"It's a work of passion and a work of love for me," Bryant said.