From the foreplay robot 4-Playo to Jesus’ evil half-brother, Pagus, to the money-loving boy band Boybank, cartoonist Michael Kupperman has the kind of wicked sense of humor that attracts such loyal fans as Conan O’Brien and Robert Smigel. Tonight, meet his many characters at the release party for his hilarious new book, Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 1, published by Fantagraphics. Kupperman, whose work has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, and McSweeney’s, will give a PowerPoint presentation in which he will perform his way through several of his comics, doing all the voices himself. The show includes an adventure with the absurd duo Snake’N’Bacon (about a hissing snake and a talking strip of bacon, obviously) and his 3-D comic from Nickelodeon Magazine “Hercules vs. Zeus”; 3-D glasses will be provided.

Tue., Aug. 18, 7 p.m., 2009