Friday, February 3, 2012

February News from Quimby's Bookstore

Quimby's Bookstore
We're excited to bring you some really awesome events this month, Don't care about any of that? Scroll past event stuff to get a listing of just a few of the new gems we have here waiting for you.

Thanks to everybody that cameo out for our first Quimby’s first 24-hour zine challenge. Some really great zines came out of it including Notes on Eric, Butch Nor Femme #5, Prizes: Things My Dad Has Had to Take Out of Animals...and more!

And before we jump into the February events at Quimby's, we wanted to give a couple shout outs!

Chicago Zine Fest is March 9th-10th is in various places around town including Columbia College, Quimby's, 826CHI and more. CZF is an independent event creating an outlet for small press and independent publishers to showcase their work. The goal of the fest is to make DIY zine-making accessible, highlight the talents of self-published artists, and give independent artists a chance to interact, and swap skills through tabling, community events, and workshops. We're excited to host the 2012 Spring Zine Olympics of the CZF, officiated by former Chicago alumnus Billy "Proof I Exist" Da Bunny, for this limited engagement. And! Don't forget about the CZF Punk Rock Karaoke fundraiser on Feb 3rd at The Beauty Bar at 1444 W. Chicago.

CAKE, Chicago Alternative Comics Fest June 16-17th at Columbia College
This celebration of independent comics is inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists– past, present and future. There will be comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions and more. It's dedicated to fostering community and dialogue amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers. There's a benefit to help fund it on Feb 11th, 8pm at Mortville, 2106 S Kedzie. Live performances by: Bomb Banks, Unmanned Ship, Violet Mice, Matchess (Whitney Johnson of Verma and E+), Feast of The Epiphany (Baltimore), and a live comic reading by Brainframe all-star Lyra Hill. With MCs Glucuous and his pal April Camlin. $5 suggested donation. Those who chip in the full amount will be entered into a raffle for excellent prizes provided by Quimby's.

Events and New Releases after the jump
February Events at Quimby'sFor more info about store events:

Martha Bayne Discusses The Soup and Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot at a Time
2/9 7pm
The Soup & Bread Cookbook, inspired by the Soup and Bread series at Chicago's Hideout, explores this social role of soup, in the midst of a collection of terrific, affordable recipes from food activists, chefs, and others, providing a quirky exploration of the cultural history of soup--and its natural ally, bread--as a tool for both building community and fostering social justice.

Vittorio Carli Reads A Passion For Apathy, with Vince Bruckert, Dave Gecic,  Lynn Fitzgerald, & Bradley Lastname
2/11, 7pm
“A book by Vito Carli is long overdue. He is an ever changing fixture on the Chicago poetry scene, and seeing his work on the page, (mostly for the first time) does not pin him down in any one genre.  He is a constant experimenter, and seeing his poetry in print gives the reader a far greater appreciation for the nuances in his work.” -Dave Gecic (publisher of Pudd’nhead Books)

Advance pre-print event: Graham Rae Reads Soundproof Future Scotland
2/17, 7pm
Soundproof Future Scotland details the lives, loves and hates of 22nd century cyberdrunk hacktivist boyz Johnny Certex and Ratsoup. They spend their weekend drinking, practicing with their band, playing digigames, skarboarding, among other things. They ponder their small-town world in the center of Satellite Town, the rubbish dump where they live, in an independent Scotland, all in defiance of their crappy jobs as holographic refuse collectors. They plan to go to see their all-time fave band live, Empty Vessels, as the inescapable gravitational pull of Wavesound drags them closer to The Best Gig Ever. This book is not in print yet, so Quimby’s will have vouchers valid for digital download  that will be on sale at the event. Welcome to the future!

Caseen Gaines Presents Inside Pee-Wee’s Playhouse
2/24, 7pm
Calling all Pee-wee Herman fans! Inside Pee-wee’s Playhouse is the first and only behind-the-scenes look behind the hit Emmy Award-winning TV show starring the pop culture icon Pee-wee Herman, complete with over 250 rare and never-before-published full color photos, marking the show’s 25th anniversary last fall. Gaines’ book is based on interviews with over a hundred cast members, writers, producers, network executives, crew members, puppeteers, and animators who contributed to the program.

Special advance notice warning, 2 May events!
Sat, 5/5 Jeffrey Brown on Free Comic Book Day
Thurs, 5/17 Dan Clowes Signs The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist

New StuffThis is just a sampling of many of the new things we've received since you last heard from us. To see weekly New Stuff updates go to
Death Ritual #2 by George DeMoura $9.00 – New Age found footage and unlocked trunknecks on the crawl.-EF
Angry Violist #4 Adventures in Alternative String Playing $2.00
Ugly #1 Jan 12 a Collection of Drawings and Ideas by Matt Soria $2.00
Black Carrot #16 by Dave $2.00
Syndicate Product #18.4 by AJ Michel $1.00 – A list of much of the media consumed by Our Lady of Zine Awesomeness, A.J. Michel. I always look forward to her concise life-lessony responses to the media she consumes, and often she gets me into new things. Even better than Nick Hornby’s “Stuff I’ve Been Reading” column in The Believer. Books, movies, TV shows, music, comics, magazines and more.
My Aim Is True #4 by Carrie $1.00 – Carrie has done it again. Another awesome zine that’s hard to put down. Wise conclusions and compelling reading about stuff like self-image, sex and more. And of course, her crafty cut and paste aesthetic is neato. -LM
Regional #4 An Examination of American Cuisine by Cassie Tompkins $8.50 – This issue: chili, chile, chilli. Comes with a cracker! The kind you eat, not the, um, forget it. Just get this zine, do the delicious sounding recipe in it and then fold it out to make a really cool piece of artwork to hang! -LM
Serial Killers Unite #9 $2.00 - Another dose of letters from incarcerated serial killers: sex rants from The Clairemont Killer, Cleophus Prince Jr, biblical advice from The Zodiac Copycat Killer, Heriberto Seda, a holiday card from The Spokane Killer, Robert Lee Yates Jr, specifics from Roy Norris, more bonkers Disney sex art from Jeremy Jones. Yes, of course it's creepy.

Comics & Comix
Monkey in the Basement and Other Delusions by Corrine Mucha $5.00
Gangsta Rap Posse #2 by by Benjamin Marra $3.00 – You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge.
Night Business #4 by Benjamin Marra $3.00 – Gritty city vigilante shit, up to your knees in the eel tank. -EF
SF Supplimentary File #2A and #2B by Ryan Cecil Smith $4.00 each – Newsprint manga adventures in SPAAAAAAAAAACe.
Free Ice Cream and Other Cartoons You Could Have Drawn by Sam Henderson (Wow Cool) $3.00 – His first comic since Magic Whistle #11 in 2008. Hurrah!
Phase 7 #009 by Alec Longstreth $5.00 - It's a little like Laura Ingalls Wilder plus dragons..

Graphic Novels & Trade Paperbacks
Kramers Ergot #8 ed. by Sammy Harkham & Dan Nadel (Picturebox) $32.95 – A brutally effective anthology as an argument about the medium in the form of new work by: Anya Davidson, Leon Sadler, Ben Jones, CF, Sammy Harkham, Tim Hensley, Kevin Huizenga, Takeshi Murata, Robert Beatty, Chris Cilla, Gabrielle Bell, Frank Santoro & Dash Shaw, Gary Panter. 40-page reprint of “Wicked Wanda”, of the 1970s. Essay by Ian Svenonius.
Chromazoid $20.00 -This in full-color underground comics chromatic explosion is a BRAND SPANKING NEW publication. It has comics  ready to vibrate your looking balls by such folks as Ben Bertin, Bill Cleveland, Ian McDuffie, Jeremy Tinder, Lale Westvind, Lisa Cline, Lyra Hill, Nick Jackson and Robert Calzone. It comes complete with a cutting edge CASSETTE MIX TAPE featuring WEIRDOS, musicians and drop outs from AROUND THE COUNTRY. We backed it on Kickstarter and now is your chance to see what we spend our money on.
Silence of Our Friends: The Civil Rights Stuggle Was Never Black and White by Long & Demonakos, art by Nate Powell (First Sec) $16.99
Lost and Found Comics 1969-2003 by Bill Griffith (Fantagraphics) $35.00
ADD Adolescent Demo Division by Douglas Rushkoff et al. (Vertigo) $24.99
Art & Design Books
Tattoo Parlour Artists From the World of Tattoo (Outre Gallery) $19.95 – With art from artists such as Angelique Houtkamp, Mike Giant & more.
Anatomy of Sorrow by Daniel Martin Diaz (La Luz) $35.00
The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus $25.95
The Catastrophone Orchestra (Combustion) $8.00 – Scrappy steampunk adventures.
Vicky Swanky is a Beauty by Diane Williams (McSweeneys) $20.00
Mayhem, Miscreants, Memoirs & Misc
More Far Out Adventures Further Strange Adventures From the Pages of World Explorer by David Hatcher Childress (Adv Unlmtd) $25.00
End of War by John Horgan (McSweeneys) $22.00
Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars by Scott Bowers & Lionel Friedberg (Grove) $25.00
Music Books
Building a Better Robot: 10 Years of the Mr Roboto Project by Mulkerin et al. $20.00 – Comes with DVD.
Murder In the Front Row: Shots from the Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter by Harald Oimoen & Brian Lew (Bazillion Points) $39.95
Bad As Me by Tom Waits (Anti Inc) $24.98
Politics & Revolution
The Femicide Machine (Semiotexte) by Sergio Gonzalez Rodriguez (Semiotexte) $12.95
Undressing the Academy (Or the Student Handjob) by The University for Strategic Optimism (Minor Compositions/Autonomedia) $8.00
Who Killed Che: How the CIA Got Away With Murder by Michael Ratner et al. (OR) $16.00
Against Equality: Dont Ask to Fight Their Wars by Ryan Conrad $10.00 – The second “Against Equality” anthology gathers together pieces by contemporary radical voices critical of the mainstream gay community’s uncritical approach to Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

Lit Journals, Chap Books & Poetry
The Point Magazine #5 Spr 12: Symposium: What is the Left for? $12.00
Six By Six #25 $5.00
Fortean Times #284 Mar 12 $11.99
Tape Op #87 Jan Feb 12 $4.95
Juxtapoz #133 Feb 12 $5.99
Bust Feb Mar 12 $5.99
Capricious #12 $17.00
True Crime Jan 12 $8.99
Make vol 29 $14.99
High Times Mar 12 $5.99
Maximumrocknroll #345 Feb 12 $4.00
Bizarre #184 Feb 12 $10.50
Sex & Sexy
Handbook vol 6 #1 2012 $6.00
Pornhounds #2 by Sharon Lintz et al. $5.00 – Horny hounds! Alternative comics artists do porn.
Other Stuff
Jello Biafra Bobble Head $19.95 – Yes, for real.
TATTOO SPECIAL 1: Goliath Wallpaper Of Fame (Prints & Poster) by Charles Gatewood (Goliath) – Nine prints plus one large poster in a portfolio. Charles Gatewood pulls out his camera and shoots his subjects, from William S. Burroughs to drunken revelers and modern blood drinkers, like a war photographer.
Chicago Comics News
Our sister store, Chicago Comics is at 3244 N. Clark Street or find them on the web at
Their T-Shirt Sale has already begun. Select t-shirts for only $5!!! And guess what else? Shortpants Press founder, comics artist and Xeric Grant recipient Sarah Becan will sign The Complete Ouija Interviews on March 3rd.

Quimby's Bookstore is located at:
1854 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
Store Hours:
Mon - Thurs: 12pm - 9pm
Fri: 12pm - 10pm
Sat: 11am - 10pm
Sun: 12pm - 7pm

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