The new coffee table book Heroes & Villains features portraits of more than 100 of the most innovative underground artists working today, many of them Los Angeles residents. Six years in the making by photographers Tatiana Wills and Roman Cho, the book will be celebrated tonight at LAUNCH LA in Miracle Mile.

Local talents featured in the book include Robert Williams, founder of Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine, graphic novelist Tom Neely, sculptor and animator Liz McGrath, the controversial Shepard Fairey, Sylvia Ji, Natalia Fabia, Mark Ryden, and Camille Rose Garcia. Worth going just to eyeball the talent.

The LA Weekly has a nice write-up of the book, and a slideshow of some of the portraits.

Event starts at 7, more details at the LAUNCH LA website.