Monthly Archive for March, 2010

Chicago Zine Fest Zine Reading

Mar ’10
7:00 pm

Quimby’s Bookstore will help kick off the Chicago Zine Fest by hosting a zine reading, Friday, March 12 at 7pm. Reading will be authors who span the range of self-publishing, from minicomics, to fiction, to cultural criticism. Three of the Zine Fest’s special guests, John Porcellino, Anne Elizabeth Moore and Jeffrey Brown will read alongside five zinesters who were selected by random lottery among exhibitors.
John Porcellino draws the minicomic, King Cat, which he has been self-publishing since 1989.

Anne Elizabeth Moore is the author of Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing and the Erosion of Integrity. She is the former editor of Punk Planet, and teaches at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

Jeffrey Brown is the award-winning comics artist behind the graphic novels Clumsy, Funny Misshapen Body, and the Incredible Changebots.

Amber Forrester, a long time feminist zinester, writes about small town revolutions and queer (in)visibility.

Monica Anderson writes and draws comics in her personal zine Endless Escalators.

Michelle Aiello is a Chicago-based writer, stationary designer and organizer of the Ephemera Festival.

Anthony Marvullo is a Boston-based poet, author of Various Segments of Industry, a chapbook about power tools.

Sarala Bee is a Montreal-based writer whose zines dealing with depression, love, and sex.

Quimby’s staff will start the event with an opening ceremony, which will include the presentation of the inaugural Quimby’s Long Arm Stapler Award. The award is designed to recognize and encourage an individual or group’s enthusiasm, inspiration, and commitment to self-publishing and the self- publishing community. The award’s recipient has yet to be announced.

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Nancy Stohlman Reads From Searching for Suzi

Mar ’10
7:00 pm

What happens when an ex-stripper in her mid-thirties, married with children, awakens one day questioning what brought her to a current life of complicated domesticity? Compelled to return to Omaha after seventeen years, the narrator we only know as Natalie begins a quest into her past, an adventure that takes the reader from childhood beauty pageants to the sex and glamour industries. Natalie’s search becomes an intrepid journey through her own sexuality, a woman not only claiming herself but also accepting her contradictions. With inquisitive perception and agile use of perspective, Searching for Suzi (Monkey Puzzle Press) is an investigation into the tragic shadows of a past preferred to be forgotten.

“Sexy, gutsy, raw and mature. A literary strip tease, Nancy Stohlman lures us through the layers of her dark world with the promise of exposing the ultimate sparkle…and ends up revealing something profound.”  -Raymond Federman, Author of Double or Nothing

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Penny Arcade Reads From BAD REPUTATION

Mar ’10
7:00 pm

PArcade_BookCoverWhen asked about her influences, Penny Arcade points to three enduring sources: growing up Southern Italian, immigrant, peasant ,working class in New Britain, Connecticut, the New England factory town that was a center of working class intellectualism, her debut at 17 with the glitter, glam, rock and roll, political, seminal queer, NY theatre, The Playhouse of the Ridiculous which influenced everyone from Bob Fosse and Fellini to Iggy Pop and David Bowie, while a teenage superstar for Andy Warhol’s Factory. No mean feat, they were the two opposing artistic camps that fueled the late 60′s downtown NY art scene and her innate and rampant curiosity, which she claims as her most prominent personality trait. A trait that led the reform school graduate to maintain her oppositional outsiderness without losing her humanity or stunting her intellectual growth.

Arcade will be reading from her new hard cover book BAD REPUTATION, Semiotext(e) a partial collection of her work, replete with essays on her large body of writing that has earned her the title Queen of Performance around the world. Don’t be surprised you have never heard of her. Arcade is widely thought of as America’s best-kept secret, a unique and stellar voice you won’t soon forget. Long considered the queen of the New York Underground, Arcade is one a handful of 1980′s artists who invented Performance Art (for which she apologizes profusely to everyone) and has performed in venues that don’t normally host underground or performance artists, from Royal Festival Hall to Sydney Opera House to Casa Ruiy in Rio de Janerio. A highly acclaimed writer, poet and performer. “The silver tongued Penny Arcade is a writer of scorching comedic candor with a mind like a steel trap”” raved critic Michael Billington of UK’s Guardian, usually a tough man to please. Her writing is for everyone; direct, poetic with a honed, unique, philosophical point of view, filled with hard won wisdom. You can dine out for a month on her one liner’s alone. Did we mention that Arcade “is a wonder to behold, and manages to entertain, absorb, and broaden the audience simultaneously” and that she is “Provocative, intellectually stimulating, perceptive and hilariously funny and combines the anarchy of Lenny Bruce with the pathos of Judy Garland.” Or as The Scotsman wrote “If Penny Arcade was a cult, I would join!”

Penny Arcade may well be the most prolific, intelligent performance artist you’ve never seen. Penny Arcade (born Susanna Ventura) is clearly a force to be reckoned with. Her tough, street-wise persona was crafted by junkies, whores, criminals, and “deviants,” and infused with the discipline of the Italian-American working class. Arcade incorporates all of it in her work, and does so with amazing intelligence and a sense of humor. Penny Arcade has never sought the agreement of anyone, nor has she toned down the hard edge of her performances to facilitate mass consumption. Yet she may still have the last laugh. –Bay Area Reporter January 2010

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Nik Jajic and Mike Czerniawski sign The Big Bad Book

Mar ’10
7:00 pm
The Big Bad Book

The Big Bad Book

Nik Jajic (co-creator/writer) and Mike Czernaiwski (co-creator/additional art/letterer) present to you—the extremely attractive, and exceptionally brilliant reader—a twisted comedy that insists on blending genres, inducing panic attacks, and occasionally causing motion sickness, all in the form of their deliciously perverse new graphic novel The Big Bad Book from Alterna Comics. It’s been described as Clash of the Titans meets Office Space with a clown and a monkey… yeah, pretty sweet. What’s that?! Still not convinced?! Well then, listen to what a couple of extremely prestigious and very well endowed reviewers had to say:

“The Big Bad Book is a fun and breezy read, there are a lot of good ideas, and Jajic’s handle on dialogue is top notch” -aintitcool

“The Big Bad Book is a locker room humored trip through the absurd and bizarre… with devious clowns and thunder powered monkeys. Gotta’ love that!” -geekinthecity

Yes, it will be awesome, and yes you can get a signed copy, just mark it on your calendar, already! And don’t forget to wear something provocative! Purr!

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Jim Goad Reads From Criminal Class Press

Mar ’10
8:00 pm

Jim Goad is the world’s bravest man or so says his wildly hilarious politically extreme website With an obscenity trial, a prison sentence and an emergency life-saving brain surgery to his credit he may not be too far off with that claim. Goad is the author of the Red Neck Manifesto a book which is extremely anti-PC became a New York Times Best Seller in a time when PC was the thing to be. Jim got his start as a writer publisher and editor of the ANSWER Me! magazine. The magazine would land him an obscenity trial for the Rape Issue. Jim has also written Gigantic Book of Sex.

Chuck Palahniuk had this to say about Jim Goad’s writing, “brutally honest without worrying about being correct.”

Vice Magazine had this to say about Jim Goad’s Gigantic Book of Sex, “This entire book is gross and hilarious.”

Jim’s memoir titled Shit Magnet chronicles a wild spiral of love, lust, death, and his imprisonment after a violent altercation with a lover whom he had a restraining order on at the time.

Also joining the bill is Chicago Criminal Class Press Editor and Chief Kevin Wheatley and Staff Writer Bill Hillmann both will be reading from the newest edition of Criminal Class Press, that which Goad has contributed to.

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