From the Shameless Self-Promotion Dept.: Mercury Arts Editor Alison and I are putting on an event tonight! You should come! It's Comics Underground, and it takes place at a magical location where comic books, booze, and performance collide! By which I mean the Jack London Bar in the basement of the Rialto.

Here's the deal: We have a big projector, we have an excellent bar, and we have some of the best and biggest names in comics. Comics creators—and sometimes others—perform their work onstage and everybody has a great time. It's basically like a reading, except if readings weren't super-boring 99 percent of the time.

Tonight's guests include Hell Yeah and Glory writer Joe Keatinge (who'll be talking about one of his favorite comics, Captain Marvel, an excellent panel of which you can see above); beloved Hopeless Savages creator Jen Van Meter (who'll be debuting new Hopeless Savages material!); Jonathan Case, the artist of the Eisner-nominated Green River Killer, who'll be showing off his hilarious and delightful graphic novel Dear Creature; and Madman writer/artist/musician/charmer Michael Allred, who'll be playing live music! It's going to be a fantastic night—I am just about entirely 100 percent certain of this—and it's the perfect way to kick off the weekend of the Stumptown Comics Fest. So we'll see you there.

Comics Underground, the Jack London Bar, 529 SW 4th, 8 pm FREE, 21+