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Friday. Comic books may not be fighting for respect the way they were a few decades ago, but it's easy to overlook how most of them haven't benefited from the success of Hollywood's superhero adaptations. Indie and alternative comics are better and more plentiful than ever, though, and Colorado boasts some of the most talented artists in the nation. On Jan. 3 they'll present their work at "Off Panel," part of the First Friday artwalk at the 38,000-square-foot Wazee Union studio/exhibition hall. Featured artists include T.K. Miller, Stan Yan, Zak Kinsella, Robert Elrod, Kristina BadHand, Lonnie M'F' Allen, Daniel Crosier, Vincent Charles, Chad Blakely, Ted Intorcio, Alex J. Meyer, Mike Geiger, Gerhard Kaaihue and many more. Dress as your favorite comic character, and check out the food trucks and burlesque models posing for life drawing. 7-11 p.m. 3501 Wazee St. Free. wazeeunion.net.