Monthly Archive for May, 2009

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Bob Odenkirk Signs Here!

Jun ’09
4:00 pm

(With Possible Special Funny Guest!)

With the belief that “true creativity comes from simple formulas and the memorization of data,” COMEDY BY THE NUMBERS© BOOKON-TAPE CD! is nothing short of an indispensable audio guide on how to be funny. Prof. Eric Hoffman & Dr. Gary Rudoren first reduced comedy to an easy-to-follow manual in the McSweeney’s humor bible COMEDY BY THE NUMBERS©, and now, for the first time ever, their work has been lovingly adapted to the medium of sound with the help of the brightest stars in the comedy galaxy. Would you like to make your co-workers laugh but have zero sense of humor? No problem! Take a tour of comedy history as you discover the power of such tried-and-true humor staples such as; “#-14-Catch Phrases,” “#16-Clowns,” “#86-Novelty Items,” “#24-Cursing,” “63-Jews & Their Idiosyncracies,” “#95-Pathos,” “#144-The Double Take,” “#82-Movie Spoofs,” “#101-Pie In The Face” and much, much more!

Guest readers featured on the CD include: Sarah Silverman, Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt, Andy Kindler, Paul F. Tompkins, Matt Walsh, McSweeney’s founder Dave Eggers and many more!

The question isn’t, “Can I live without this book-on-tape CD?”
The question is, “How have I lived this long without it?”
Executive producer by Bob Odenkirk (of “Mr. Show fame) will be on hand to sign copies of the CD with a special guest!

For more info on the CD:

This event is free.


Jun ’09
7:00 pm


Multi-talented Chicago artist Archer Prewitt (The Sea and Cake, The Coctails) signs his new book, Work On Paper!

Not many people will know that the author of crazy and perverted comic, Sof’ Boy, is the same man who drew the beautiful and delicate nymph-like girl from the artists’ own music album, Wilderness. But look carefully and you will notice that the most intricately drawn fine lines and dots are mutual features of much of his work; the same organic, subtle, sophisticated and tender sensibility shine through in all of Archer Prewitt’s creations and never ceases to charm us.

This book collects 32 of selected works from a group of minimal drawings he has been working on for almost 20 years.

Foreword by Jim Harris (Courtauld Institute of Art, London).

Work On Paper (PressPop)
Hardcover, 48 pgs, color, deboss stamping on front cover
Size: 8 inches x 8 inches
For more info:


Top Ten Best Sellers For the Week of May 10th-May 16th, 2009


1.    Handmade Electronic Music The Art of Hardware Hacking Second Edition by Nic Collins (Routledge) $34.95
2.    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame Smith (Quirk) $12.95
3.    Plenty Enough Suck To Go Around by Cheryl Wagner (Citadel) $14.95
4.    Proximity #4 $12.00
5.    Butt #26 Fantastic Magazine for Homosexuals $9.90
6.    Cometbus #51 by Aaron Cometbus $3.00
7.    Juxtapoz #100 May 09 $5.99
8.    League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vol 3 Century #1 1910 by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill (Top Shelf) $7.95
9.    The Great Perhaps by Joe Meno (W.W. Norton) $24.95
10.  The Timewaster Letters by Robin Cooper (Chicago Review Press) $11.95

New Stuff!


Butt #26 Fantastic Magazine for Homosexuals $9.90

Luba by Gilbert Hernandez (Fantagraphics) $39.99 – Compiles various pieces of Luba’s comics in a handy tomb.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vol 3 Century #1 1910  by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill (Top Shelf) $7.95

Cabinet #33 Deception $12.00

Comics Journal #297 Apr 09 $11.99

Connective Tissue by Bob Fingerman (Fantagraphics) $22.99

Make vol 18 $14.99

Gothic Beauty #28 $5.95

Maximumrocknroll #313 $4.00

Hoboking A Hobo Odyssey by Peter Hillstrom $3.50 – new mini comic

For Lonely Adults Only #4 Spr 09 $5.00 – Lo-fi sexy mag

Spread vol 4 #4 $5.95

Smut Vol 2 from (Chronicle) $14.95

Proximity #4 $12.00 – Don’t miss this one!

Overqualified by Joey Comeau (ECW) $14.95 – Cooler than letters to a nut. Reading here June 27th

Perverts Guide To Cinema Parts 1, 2, 3 with Slavog Zizek DVD $29.99

Army of Lovers Will Be Beaten Collection 1-3 by Bernie McGovern $20.00 – Beuatifully bound comics

32 Stories Complete Optic Nerve Mini-Comics by Adrian Tomine (D+Q) $19.95 – He’ll be here with comics artist Seth on June 10th!

Handy Book of Artistic Printing: A Collection of Letterpress Examples by Doug Clouse and Angela Voulangas (Chronicle) $40.00

Paper Tiger Television Presents: Infiltrating the Underground The Corporatization of Radical Culture DVD with Anne Elizabeth Moore $25.00

Buffy The Vampire Slayer season 8 vol 4 Time of Your Life by Joss Whedon and friends (Dark Horse) $15.95 – Buffy lives, yo.

Free Range Chicken by Simon Rich (Random) $13.00 – Hilarious stories from the author of Ant Farm.

Bizarre #149 $10.50

Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music by Greg Kot (Scribner) $25.00

Please Step Back by Ben Greenman (melville) $16.95

Kilobyte Couture: Geek Chic Jewelry to Make From Easy to Find Computer Components (Watson) $18.95

The Match #107 $3.00 – Still keepin’ strong in 3 digits.

Cloud & Ashes Three Winters Tales by Greer Gilman (Small Beer) $26.00

Captive Audience by Dave Reidy (Ig) $14.95 – Short stories from a Chicago local. And he’ll be reading here at Quimby’s July 15th. Stay tuned for more info!

Green Zone by Barry Sanders (AK) $14.95

Young Peoples History of the United States by Howard Zinn and Rebecca Stefoff (Seven) $19.95

The Believer #62 $8.00

High Times Jul 09 $5.99

Nexus vol 16 #3 May Jun 09 $5.9

In Praise of Indecency by Paul Krassner (Cleis) $12.95

Zombie Holocaust: How The Living Dead Devoured Pop Culture by David Flint (Plexus) $19.95

Dissection by John Harley Warner and James M Edmonson (Blast) $50.00 – Photos of what else? Dead bodies! Buy with the Zo,bie Holocaust book for a delicious experience!

Osama Van Halen by Michael Muhammad Knight (Ulysses) $14.95

Quimby’s Top Ten Best Sellers For the Week of May 3rd – May 9th, 2009


1.    The Great Perhaps by Joe Meno (W.W. Norton) $24.95
2.    Handmade Electronic Music The Art of Hardware Hacking Second Edition by Nic Collins (Routledge) $34.95
3.    The Chair by Peter Simeti, Kevin Christianson and Erin Korut (Alterna Co) $13.95
4.    Wholphin #8 (McSweeney’s) $19.95
5.    Nine Ways to Disappear by Lilli Carre (Little Otsu) $12.95
6.    Try State #1 Spr 09 $12.95
7.    Make Your Place: Affordable Sustainable Nesting Skills by Raleigh Briggs (Microcosm) $7.00
8.    Cinema Sewer #22 $7.00
9.    Stolen Sharpie Revolution vol 2 A DIY Resource For Zines and Zine Culture by Alex Wrekk
10.  Pygmy by Chuch Palahniuk (Doubleday) $24.95