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HAVE WE GOT NEWS for you, folks: In addition to the already-overcompensating lineup for our final show, we’ve just added two names to June 12’s bill that we couldn’t be more thrilled about.

PAUL TOBIN is the writer of the Eisner-winning Bandette, with artist Colleen Coover; his newest book just so happens to be a collaboration with another Comics Underground guest, Ben Dewey. It’s called I Was the Cat, out in June from Oni Press. It’s about a cat. I LOVE CATS. SOLD.

CAT FARRIS is a Portland-based illustrator, web cartoonist, and artist on Dark Horse Comics’ upcoming Emily and the Strangers miniseries; she’ll be presenting her adorable minicomic Flaccid Badger. It’s about a badger. I am… badger neutral, but I LOVE THE WAY CAT DRAWS BADGERS. SOLD. I also love the way she draws tiny Wolverines.


All the details about the VERY FINAL FOR ALL TIME Comics Underground—including who the guests are who aren’t Paul and Cat—can be found right here. It all goes down soon—Thursday, June 12—and we’ll see you there.

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Announcing March’s Comics Underground: Douglas Wolk, Zack Soto, and Jeannette Langmead!

Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two by Douglas Wolk, Ulises Farinas, and Ryan Hill.

Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two by Douglas Wolk, Ulises Farinas, and Ryan Hill.


Sorry about the longer-than-usual hiatus between shows—Erik hates the holidays, Alison’s cat got sick, and with one thing and another it took us a while to get this thing off the ground. But we did! And we’re so excited to announce the guests for the March 13 installment of Comics Underground: Douglas Wolk, Zack Soto, and Jeannette Langmead!

As always, Comics Underground takes place at the Jack London Bar underneath the Rialto Pool Room (529 SW 4th) at 8 pm; admission is a $3-5 sliding scale. The next show is on Thursday, March 13.

DOUGLAS WOLK reviews comics and music for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Believer, and other fancy places. He recently penned the miniseries Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two (pictured above), which he’ll be presenting at Comics Underground along with the rest of the book’s creative team, artist Ulises Farinas and colorist Ryan Hill.


ZACK SOTO is the creator of The Secret Voice, publisher of Study Group Comics, and co-founder of Portland’s newest comics festival, Linework NW.

JEANNETTE LANGMEAD makes “kid stuff for growns” at her website, where in addition to customizable paper dolls and science workbooks, you’ll find autobiographical comics about dating, living abroad, and more.

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November’s Comics Underground Lineup: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Scott Allie, and Frank Beaton!

From Pretty Deadly #1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios

From Pretty Deadly #1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Ríos

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN! We’re happy to announce the lineup for the November 14, 2013 installment of Comics Underground—featuring one of our all-time Comics Underground favorites, Kelly Sue DeConnick, alongside Dark Horse editor-in-chief Scott Allie and writer Frank Beaton! (And this time, we’re doing a western theme! Why? Because it’s our show! We can do whatever we want!)

KELLY SUE DECONNICK is a writer for Marvel Comics and Dark Horse Comics and an all-around badass. Her credits include Captain MarvelAvengers AssembleGhost, and the new western Pretty Deadly. (She was recently profiled in The Atlantic! Fancy!)

SCOTT ALLIE is editor-in-chief at Dark Horse Comics. Scott has worked with Joss Whedon, Mike Mignola, Gerard Way, and other hotshots on titles like Buffy the Vampire SlayerHellboy, and The Umbrella Academy, and has also written everything from Abe Sapien to Solomon Kane. He’ll be sharing the first issue of Dark Horse’s new (and eagerly-anticipated) Serenity series.

FRANK BEATON is a contributor to the Outlaw Territory and 24Seven anthologies, and writer of the Monkeybrain Comics sci-fi/horror series Rebecca, Nevada (coming in 2014). He’ll be presenting his latest western story from Outlaw Territory.

Seriously, look at that lineup. LOOK AT IT AGAIN.


Details: Thursday November 14,at the Jack London Bar (529 SW 4th, underneath the Rialto Pool Room), doors at 7:30 pm, $3-5 , show runs about an hour. See you there!


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August’s Comics Underground Lineup: Greg Rucka! Terry Blas! Kory Bing!

From Lazarus #1 by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark

From Lazarus #1 by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark

WE’RE THRILLED to announce the lineup for the August 8, 2013 installment of Comics Underground—featuring returning champion GREG RUCKA alongside first-timers KORY BING and TERRY BLAS!

GREG RUCKA, novelist and Eisner-winning comics writer best known for his work on Queen & Country, Whiteout, and Stumptown.

KORY BING, artist and creator of the charming, long-running webcomic Skin Deep, about the mythical beasts who walk among us.

TERRY BLAS, podcast host and creator of Briar Hollow, a webcomic aimed at nerdy LGBT teens.

So! See you there: Thursday, August 8 at the Jack London Bar (529 SW 4th, Portland). 8 pm (doors 7:30ish). Cover charge is $3-5.

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Comics Underground and Dark Horse Team Up for Will Eisner Week!

vietnamON THURSDAY, MARCH 7, Comics Underground is teaming up with Dark Horse Comics for a Very Special Episode of our comics reading series.

In honor of Will Eisner Week, Dark Horse Editor Diana Schutz hand-picked a lineup of some of the best comics creators in the country to share stories from Will Eisner’s Last Day in Vietnam.

Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Michael Avon Oeming, Dylan Meconis, and Kelly Sue DeConnick will be reading, and Erik Nebel will be accompanying a wordless story on violin. Basically, it’s a lineup that shouldn’t be allowed to get on an airplane together, because if that plane crashed, so would like 80 percent of the comics industry.

Here’s a bit more info on the participants. LIKE YOU NEED MORE INFO, C’MON.

MATT FRACTION, architect of the Marvel Universe, writer of The Invincible Iron Man, and creator of the beloved high-concept spy comic Casanova.

BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, yet another architect of the Marvel Universe, writer of Ultimate Spider Man and creator of the beloved superhero noir comic Alias.

MICHAEL AVON OEMING, a creator and artist on numerous projects including the Eisner-winning series Powers.

DYLAN MECONIS, creator of the brainy historical graphic novel Family Man and the vampire-themed spoof Bite Me.

KELLY SUE DECONNICK, writer of a number of Marvel Comics titles, including the well-received Osborn miniseries and Avengers Assemble.

ERIK NEBEL, creator of War and Peace: The Comic, which is just what it says it is.

It all goes down at 8 pm on Thursday, March 7, at the Jack London (529 SW 4th, Portland, Oregon). Admission’s $3-5. Yes, it’s going to be as good as it sounds. See you there.


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January’s Comics Underground Lineup: Colleen Coover, Jake Richmond, and Jen Vaughn!

Oh, the holidays. How you sabotaged our every intention of getting this valuable information disseminated a timely fashion. So here we are, a mere day before Christmas, announcing the all-star lineup for the next Comics Underground, taking place Thursday, January 10 at 8 pm at the Jack London Bar.


COLLEEN COOVER, illustrator for Marvel Comics and co-creator of the Nancy Drew-esque Bandette and the charming, Portland-set existential mystery Gingerbread Girl.


JEN VAUGHN, Seattle-based librarian, Fantagraphics staffer, and creator of the hilarious (and informative!) Menstruation Station.

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JAKE RICHMONDcreator of the beloved and adorable web comic Modest Medusa, about a tiny Medusa who came from the toilet and loooooves Chocodiles.
(Yes, only three creators instead of four this time—we’re gonna try eliminating intermission, to make more time at the end for the networking y’all love to do so much.
(So! See you there: Thursday, January 10 at the Jack London Bar (529 SW 4th, Portland). 8 pm (doors 7:30ish). Cover charge is $3, which will be waived for menstruating women and tiny medusas.


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Announcing November’s Comics Underground Lineup!

WE’RE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE the lineup for the November 17 installment of our curated comics reading series Comics Underground. With zero ado:

• Artist and writer Dylan Meconis is known for Bite Me! and Family Man, two books that take place in ye olden times but also feature vampires and werewolves!

• Artists and pals Ron Chan and Sean Kelley’s webcomic, Roy’s Boys, is about Roy Kwong and Shane Conway, two pals who lead suspiciously similar lives to Mssrs. Chan and Kelley. When they aren’t making Roy’s Boys, Chan and Kelley do other comics and videogame-related work.

• Artist and writer Mike Russell is best known for his comic Sabertooth Vampire, about a saber-toothed vampire who can’t catch a break. He’s also written and drawn Mr. Do & Mr. Don’t, written the Star Wars spoof Jaxxon’s 11, and created decidedly un-family friendly holiday fable Santa’s Little Gimp.

Ryan Alexander-Tanner teaches kids how to make comics! (Also, you know that picture of Dave on Dave’s Killer Bread? He drew that.) He’ll be bringing some of his students’ best work to show off, and if you think it’s going to be merely “adorable,” you have no idea.

Relevant details in soundbite form:
WHAT: Comics Underground, a live comics reading
WHERE: Jack London Bar, 529 SW 4th (located in the basement of the Rialto—21+)
WHEN: Thursday, November 17, 8 pm (venue opens at 5 pm for food and booze)
WHO: Guests include artist and writer Dylan Meconis; artists and writers Ron Chan and Sean Kelley; artist and writer Mike Russell; and artist and comics teacher Ryan Alexander-Tanner
COST: free

See you there.



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