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Comics Underground Guests: Ben Dewey, Suzette Smith, Sara Ryan, and Matt Fraction!

FINALLY. The next installment of Comics Underground will take place on Thursday, August 2! And who, you ask, will be that evening’s special guests? Possibly because you didn’t read the above headline? Regardless, I’M SO GLAD YOU ASKED:

BEN DEWEY, artist and creator of the hilarious The Tragedy Series, which provides inspirational reminders that things could always be worse. (Art via.)

SUZETTE SMITH, cartoonist and all-around fetching gal whose work appears weekly in the Portland Mercury. (Art via.)

SARA RYAN, young adult novelist (Empress of the World), librarian, and comics writer. Her first graphic novel, Bad Houses, with art by Carla Speed McNeil, is forthcoming from Dark Horse Comics.
(Art via.)

MATT FRACTION, Architect of the Marvel Universe, writer of The Invincible Iron Man, and creator of the beloved high-concept spy comic Casanova. (Art via.)

YES. This is a lineup we are ridiculously stoked about. Be there: Thursday, August 2 at 8 pm at the Jack London Bar (529 SW 4th, Portland, Oregon). Admission is $3. Everything will be great.

P.S.! Comics Underground is now sponsored by Bridge City Comics and DC Vegetarian! Bridge City’s one of our favorite bookstores in town—visit ’em at 3725 N Mississippi, or online at DC Vegetarian is where we eat. A lot. They’re on SW 3rd between Stark and Washington, and online at


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Previews of Coming Attractions!

OH, WHAT?! Comics Underground is only two days away?! Here’s what we have in store for you this time:





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SO. Comics Underground. This Thursday, April 26, 8 pm. The Jack London Bar, in the basement of the Rialto (529 SW 4th, Portland, Oregon). Free. Be there.

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Comics Underground Guests: Mike Allred, Jen Van Meter, Jonathan Case, and Joe Keatinge!

THE NEXT COMICS UNDERGROUND is going down Thursday, April 26, and the lineup is, if I say so myself, pretty damn great:

• Writer and artist MICHAEL ALLRED is the Eisner-nominated creator of the iconic Madman, not to mention The Atomics and Red Rocket 7. He’s also the lead singer and guitarist for the Gear, and he might—just might—be performing some music at Comics Underground.

• Writer JEN VAN METER is the creator of the much-loved series Hopeless Savages, published by Portland’s Oni Press. She’s also written for Dark Horse, Marvel, and DC. Van Meter will be presenting—wait for it—new Hopeless Savages material.

• Writer and artist JONATHAN CASE recently drew the Eisner-nominated graphic novel Green River Killer. He’ll be presenting material from his first graphic novel, Dear Creature, which Kirkus Reviews called “a funny, bizarre, unexpected pleasure.”

• Writer JOE KEATINGE used to be known as the co-editor of the Eisner-winning anthology Popgun. More recently he’s made a name for himself as a writer, thanks to his work on Glory and Hell Yeah from Image Comics. It’s still up in the air what Joe’s going to do at Comics Underground—but rest assured, it will be legendary.

Yeah. So this thing is gonna be pretty excellent.

Alison and I  worked with the folks at the Stumptown Comics Fest to make this edition of Comics Underground coincide with Stumptown this year; if you like Comics Underground, you’ll like Stumptown, and vice versa. I can’t think of a better way to kick off a weekend full of comics than by watching Allred, Van Meter, Case, and Keatinge all doing their respective things, onstage, in the close proximity of booze, but that’s just me.

I’m excited. See you there.

OH, AND POST-SCRIPT: If you’re so inclined, the Facebook event page for this event is here, and the Facebook group for Comics Underground is here.

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Save the Date!

AT LONG LAST, the date of the next Comics Underground can finally be revealed:

Thursday, April 26, 2012. 8 pm.

Huh. That was kind of underwhelming, wasn’t it.

BUT THE EVENT WON’T BE! Very soon, we’ll be announcing the guests for this edition of Comics Underground, and if all goes to plan—which of course it will—it’ll be one of our best line-ups yet. Seriously. (And, for those of you paying attention, no: It’s not a coincidence that the date of our event coincides nicely with that of the beloved Stumptown Comics Fest.)

Stay tuned for details, and don’t make any other plans for the evening of April 26. You won’t want to miss this one.

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November’s Comics Underground in the Portland Examiner

I WAS GOING to (belatedly) write up a thing about how well November’s Comics Underground went, but Christian Lipski at the Portland Examiner went ahead and did it for me. Thanks Christian!

Comics Underground is something that should always have existed. It brings to mind the salons of the 17th and 18th centuries, with artists gathering to present their work to a patron, but also to one another. Standup comics, too, frequent out-of-the-way clubs where they can showcase their latest material among colleagues.

The Portland comics community is unlike any other, and close interaction of its members (and fans) can only enhance the goodwill towards the art form.

That makes it sound so fancy!

Stay tuned for details on the next Comics Underground.

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Comics Underground: SUCCESS.

So I’m going to go ahead and call last night a rousing success. Huge thanks to everybody who came out and to everybody who read/performed.

We’ll do it again. Say, Thursday, November 17? Put it in your iCals. Stay tuned for details.


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So, yesterday? Not comics’ finest hour. And yet, as Adam Rosko tweeted yesterday afternoon:

Yeah. That. And I should know: For the past few hours, I’ve been putting the final touches on this edition of Comics Underground, and I’m excited—these creators are highlighting some fantastic work, from Tally’s charming-as-hell real-life stories to Jamie, Joëlle, and Nico’s ridiculous teen-witch shenanigans, to Greg’s surprisingly affecting Captain America short, to Kelly Sue’s sweet, funny look at youth and parenthood. I can’t wait to see how each of these creators are going to present their stories onstage, and I can’t wait to experience these stories with a crowd, and in other words? I’m already feeling pretty great about comics, and Comics Underground is still like 17 hours away.

Tonight will be fun. See you there.


*Not actually sold out.**


***Fine. It can’t even sell out. It’s free.

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