Monthly Archive for September, 2007

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Ladyfest Chicago 2007 Reading at Quimby’s!

Oct ’07
21
2:30 pm

 Ladyfest

Ladyfest Chicago 2007 Reading at Quimby’s! Sunday, October 21st, 2:30 PM – free event!

Ladyfest (October 18th-21st) is an arts festival, started in Olympia, Washington in 2000, that which has spread to various cities around the world.  It celebrates achievements of women in music, film, visual arts, and spoken word. Ladyfest also showcases the work of female filmmakers, artists, writers and activists, in addition to hosting lively music and club nights featuring live bands and female djs and organized workshops and speakers to encourage activism, education, and discussion over apathy. This event at Quimby’s is one of multiple events during Ladyfest Chicago 2007.

This event will feature readings by these awesome lady zinesters:

*Christy C. Road: Creator of Greenzine and the illustrated storybook INDESTRUCTABLE (Microcosm). As artist, illustrator and writer, her repertoire consists of ten years of independent publishing, two graphic novels, and countless illustrations for multiple magazines, record album art, concert posters and political organizations. Her most recent release is Distance Makes the Heart Grow Sick (Microcosm), a collection of postcards featuring her drawings, some of which she created for Bitch Magazine, Jane, Green Day, The Queers, and various other bands, books, and publications. Currently, she is working on Bad Habits, an illustrated love story.
*Jami Thompson: Of No Better Voice zine. Formally, she ran Stranger Danger Distro and has been publishing zines since the age of fourteen.
*Angelina Schmalzried: Publisher of Odd Number, Extreme Unction, Dirty Past/City Troubles zines
*Liz Mason: Publisher of Caboose and The Bad Lyrics Project zines. Karaoke, gum and gossip extraordinaire
*Raechel Tiffe: Raise the Fist zine (editor/contributor), Girlistic webzine (contributor), Darling & Discontent zine. Anti-imperialist, pro-cat.

For more info: http://www.ladyfestchicago.com , http://www.croadcore.org or contact Raechel Tiffe at raecheltiffe@gmail.com .

Free Range Poetry at Quimby’s!

Oct ’07
19
7:00 pm

Free Range Poetry at Quimby’s!

Friday, October 19th, 7:00 PM
FREE
Join slam poets Big Poppa E and Erin Livingston as the stop in at Quimby’s as part of their national tour. A tour that began this summer when Big Poppa E and Erin quit their jobs, packed up their lives, and left Austin to travel and perform poetry indefinitely.

Big Poppa E is a spoken word artist and three-time HBO Def Poet who melds rhythmic verse, stand-up comedy, and dramatic monologue into a crowd-pleasing display of verbal fireworks fueled by the energy of hip-hop, punk rock, and Emo. His hilarious skewering of pop culture and painfully beautiful explorations of relationships have led to appearances on BET, NPR, and CBS’s 60 Minutes and have made him one of the most recognized names in the National Poetry Slam community.

Big Poppa E is based in Austin, TX, and tours the country performing his work in universities, high schools, coffeehouses, bars, and art spaces. BPE dedicates all his live performances to every kid in America who’s ever slammed poetry or competed in a speech tournament using poetry or simply written their own words down in a tattered notebook for only themselves to see. For more info visit www.brokenword.org

Erin Livingston holds bare the world as she sees it through eyes that never close and a heart that doesn’t know when to shut up. A passionate optimist & budding feminist Erin’s performance examines The Big Issues propelling audiences though forceful character driven storytelling set in gut wrenching & hilariously impossible everyday situations.

Erin is a two time Austin Ego’s Slam team finalist in as many years on the scene. Her fresh voice and unapologetic presence make for dynamic & unpredictable performances as she continues to grow as a writer, performer, and believer in leaving things better than she found them.

Visit the tour page for at http://www.myspace.com/freerangepoetry

Works Cited Photo Funnies at Quimby’s!

Oct ’07
18
7:00 pm

Works Cited Photo Funnies at Quimby’s!
Thursday, October 18th, 7:00 PM
FREE

Come visit the Works Cited Photo Studio. Have your photo taken, and then defaced, middle school-style by the creators of Works Cited. During the hour, your photo, along with all your friends’ photos, will be arranged and compiled in a mini-yearbook of all the Quimby’s faithful. The end result will be a portrait of yourself for you to take home, fully defaced in thick ink lines and moderately inappropriate captions. Every entry will be compied into an online yearbook posted on the Eye Rocket website.

Artist zine WORKS CITED #1 By Zach Huelsing and Matt Kessler is limited to 300 copies. Each issue features a hand-drawn cover. Inside the zine, you’ll find a collection of classroom items you might find at an actual school. Witness the antagonism of a 3rd grade rad dude. Peek into a young girl’s diary. Check out a blue book from exam day, test questions included. And learn about your masculinity in the accomplished essay, The Importance of Memory in the Appreciation of Culture and History and the Necessity of this Tie to the Past as a Bridge to the Future .Each copy is numbered.

Eye Rocket is an independent publishing house that operates out of Champaign, Illinois. With a focus on zines, comics, books and everything inbetween, Check out the website for more info: www.eyerocketbooks.com

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John Porcellino at Quimby’s!

Oct ’07
12
7:00 pm

John Porcellino at Quimby’s!

Friday, October 12th, 7:00 PM
FREE

Join John Porcellino for a multimedia presentation about strips from the from his book “King-Cat Classix.” John will also read from King-Cat comics, Debut the brand new King-Cat Comics #68, and be glad to sign any books or comics people might have.

John Porcellino was born in Chicago, in 1968. He began writing and drawing at an early age, compiling his work into small, handmade booklets. His first photocopied “zine” was produced in 1982, at the age of 14, and he began his current series, King-Cat Comics and Stories, in 1989. Since then, King-Cat has been his predominant means of expression.  Book collections of John’s work include: “Diary of A Mosquito Abatement Man”, “Perfect Example” and “King-Cat Classix”.

Porcellino currently lives in Denver, CO with his wife Misun.
Check out his web site at www.king-cat.net

Nick Abadzis signing LAIKA at Quimby’s!

Oct ’07
4
7:00 pm

laika

Nick Abadzis signing LAIKA at Quimby’s!

Thursday, October 4th, 7:00 PM
FREE

This fall marks the 50th anniversary of Sputnik 2 and the landmark voyage of Laika, an abandoned mixed breed puppy who became Earth’s first space traveler. LAIKA by Nick Abadzis retells the unforgettable true story of this special dog’s place in history in a powerful graphic novel that earns a place next to Lassie and Old Yeller as a timeless animal story.

On October 4, 1957 the Soviet Union stunned the world with the launch of Sputnik 1, the world’s first artificial satellite. At the height of the Cold War, the historical implications of such an accomplishment were great, as the U.S. and the Soviet Union jockeyed for political domination five years before the Cuban missile crisis brought the world its closest to nuclear war. A month later, by command of the Soviet premier, a second satellite was to be launched—with a loftier goal in mind: launching a living being into space—a stray dog named Laika.

The timing was too tight to adequately prepare for such a mission, and, as is well-documented, Laika met her demise in space. The scientific value of Sputnik 2 was minimal, and the public outcry over the dog’s death overrode the mission’s success. The official story at the time was that Laika had survived four days in orbit; the truth is that stress and overheating in the capsule killed her in less than 5 hours.

Abadzis weaves together the stories of Sputnik’s Chief Designer, Korolev—a former prisoner in a gulag; Oleg Gazenko—the leading scientist behind the Soviet animals in space program who selected and trained Laika; Yelena Dubrovsky—a nurse with veterinarian training and the niece of Major General Pokrovky whose compassion for animals was overridden by her allegiance to communism; and Laika, whose heartbreaking journey takes her from the streets of Russia to the laboratories of the space program, and ultimately into space.

A British comics creator whose work has been published in the U.S., Europe, and Japan, Abadzis researched the Russian state archives in Moscow, and unearthed a multitude of facts about the space program that were unavailable to the public prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Through interviews with scientific and historical experts and visits to the Sputnik 2 archives, Abadzis masterfully recreates the timeline that resulted in Laika’s launch into space.

Nick Abadzis will be doing a powerpoint presentation about the book and will also be on hand to sign copies.