Monthly Archive for February, 2011

New Stuff This Week

Tonight we’re getting ready for the Mildred Pierce release party! It starts at 7pm. Join us as we celebrate Mildred Pierce‘s fourth issue, the theme of which is “Comedy and the Grotesque.” Rumor on the street is that there will be refrshments. All the more reason to come.

And oh! As if you didn’t notice from the HUGE IMAGE on Quimbys.com of the Chris Ware print we’re selling, just to let you know, we are now selling an exclusive Quimby’s only print, designed and authorized by Chris Ware and printed by The Bird Machine. The print is of Chris’ original blueprint for our Quimby’s sign that hangs outside the shop. Click here for more details!

So! New Stuff!

ZINES & ZINE-RELATED BOOKS!
Filling the Void: Interviews About Quitting Drinking and Using (Doris Press) $4.00 – This zine is so solid it’s like it’s made out of rocks. Cindy from Doris Zine has collected seven interviews here that discuss sobering up from DIY and non-religious perspectives. A great and resourceful thing to have if you or someone you know is trying to clean up their act and is maybe feeling frustrated with traditional modes of support and process. Just a great and resourceful zine to have in general. -EF
Thai Comic Horrors vol 1 by Khun So and Krit $3.00 – Esteemed Quimby’s alumni/expat Logan just sent us this double-header of Thai pulp comics translated to English for the first time! This issue is comprised of two stories, “The Ghost That Comes to Steal Your Heart” and “Hunt For the Hell Drugs”. Hell yes, those titles are great- and would you believe the actual comics are EVEN BETTER? They are! Classic carnage with visual flair, packed full of jungle ghouls, beautiful babes and poor moral judgement. -EF
Mildred Pierce #4 $8.00
East Village Inky #46 by Ayun Halliday $3.00
Grime Time #4 $12.00
Without Words and Without Kneeling #5 – A Serialized Zine Novella by Tomas Moniz $3.00 – By the editor of Rad Dad zine.
Fisting and Roses #1 $2.00
Toucan #10 by Liz Baudler and Laura Rynberg $3.00
Class Struggle #69 by Spark $3.00

COMICS & MINI COMIX!
City Hunter Magazine #1 by CF, Featuring Main Dice (Picturbox) $8.00
Passion Du Bois by Frederic Fleury (Picturebox) $8.00
Nine Gallons #2 by Susie Cagle $4.00
Canadian Haircut by James Kirkpatrick and Peter Thompson $7.00
Thyme Balm Live at the Forest City Gallery With Special Guest Gym Sahib $3.00
Do You Know How Bad I Want to Use the Force by James Kirkpatrick $3.00
Dog Named Dracula by James Kirkpatrick $7.00
How to Survive Working in Retail #5 by Ronnie Gorham, Lisandro Di Pasquale and Markell Wilson (Three Guys Making Comics) $2.00

ART & DESIGN BOOKS!
Viande de Chevet – Owl Monster Woman Lady French France (Picturebox) $25.00 – Massive new collection from Stephane Blanquet’s UDA press. New work by artists including: Pascal Doury (tons of amazing unseen drawings), Captain Cavern, Ichiba Daisuke, BlexBolex (full length story!), Takashi Nemoto (full length story!), Savage Pencil, Xavier Robel, Helge Reuman, Yoshikazu Ebisu (full length story!), David Sandlin (full length story!), Isabelle Boinot, Namio Harukawa, Isabelle Boinot, Bruno Richard, Julie Doucet, Blanquet, MS Bastian, Frédéric Fleury (full length story!), Jonathon Rosen, and many more.
GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS!
Hellblazer – Pandemonium TPB by Delano and Jock (Vertigo) $17.99
Poe and Phillips TPB by Collado and Cedillo (Arcana) $14.95
Scalped vol 7 Rez Blues TPB (Vertigo) $17.99
Freakangels vol 5 TPB by Ellis and Duffield (Avatar) $19.99
Extreme Perspective For Artists by David Chelsea (Watson) $21.99

DIY/FOOD/DRUG STUFF!
Marijuana 101: Professor Lee’s Introduction to Growing Grade A Bud by Professor Lee (Green Candy Press) $18.00

FICTION!
Remembering Gage Park by William P. Shunas $20.00

MAGAZINES!
Purple Fashion vol 3 #15 $45.00

LITERARY JOURNALS, CHAP BOOKS & POETRY!

Logan Square Literary Review #5 Win 11 $5.00
Literary Review vol 54 #2 Win 11 $8.00
Indigo Rising Magazine #7 $5.00

CHILDRENS BOOKS!
Slog’s Dad by by David Almond and Dave McKean (Candlewick) $15.99 – Part story, part graphic novel – a tender slice of life and death from the creators of “The Savage.” Do you believe there’s life after death? Slog does. He reckons that the scruffy bloke sitting outside the pork shop is his dad come back to visit him for one last time – just like he’d said he would, just before he died. Slog’s mate Davie isn’t convinced. But how does this man know everything Slog’s dad would know? Because Slog says it really is his dad, that’s how.

MUCKRACKING, MEMOIRS, MAYHEM, MISCREANTS & MISCELLENOUSNESSESESNESS!
Nothing to Envy SC Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick (Spiegel) $16.00

SEX & SEXY & SEX CULTURE!

I <3 Boy by J. Yatrofsky (PowerHouse) $24.95 – With an erotic softness and quiet confidence, the young, fully-nude subjects in this book exhibit a willingness to be celebrated by all for their beauty and openness. Posing in the intimacy of their own homes, often in studio apartments in Manhattan’s East Village and Lower East Side, lanky, hairless bodies are posed sensually against the minimalist backgrounds of naturally lit rooms with sparse furnishings.

Burn Collector #15 Zine Release Event with Al Burian, Anne Elizabeth Moore and Liam Warfield on 3/22

Mar ’11
22
7:30 pm

Celebrating fifteen years of publication as well as the appearance of issue number 15, Al Burian returns to Quimby’s to present a new installment of his long-running personal zine Burn Collector. Burian began distributing his work through the tight-knit network of the DIY punk music scene in the mid-nineties. Burn Collector caught on because of its unusual content—in a scene rife with dogmatic diatribes and bland record reviews, Burian presented his readers with humorous anecdotes, philosophical musings, nuanced descriptions of odd locales and curious characters. Burn Collector #15 is the “Berlin vs. Chicago” issue: contents include an essay on the Berlin Wall by Chicago’s Anne Elizabeth Moore, and an interview with Chicago zine hero Liam Warfield, who debunks the myth of the endless techno party.

Al Burian was a Chicago resident from 2000-2008. His book, Burn Collector: Collected Stories from One through Nine has just been republished by PM Press. He currently lives in Berlin.

“Al Burian is one of our generation’s great storytellers, a wily and insightful observer of the human condition.”      -Davy Rothbart, Found Magazine and This American Life

“Al Burian has become one of the most cultishly adored figures in the American punk underground. Burn Collector pairs existential dread with rapacious wit.” -Jessica Hopper, Chicago Reader

“Al Burian produces zines with a stubborn refusal to write dumbly.” -Sam McPheeters

Also joining the bill will be BC#15 contributors Liam Warfield (War Against the Idiots, The Skeleton, Secret Beach) and Anne Elizabeth Moore (Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity, former editor of now-defunct Punk Planet)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 7:30 pm

Weekly Top 10

Jacqueline Bovit used our photobooth to make a cute valentine’s card with her little Sadie. And we couldn’t resist begging her to scan them and send them to post on our blog.  Have you taken pictures of yourself in our store? Or used our photobooth? Send them as digital images and we’ll post ‘em here on our blog.

1. Cometbus #54 In China With Green Day by Aaron Cometbus $4.00 – Okay, mister, so you’re old friends with Green Day and they ask you to join them on their bonkers tour of China. Of course you’re going to do that. Don’t tell me you’re too punk for your old friends, cause that sounds pretty fucking pretentious. Just join them for a little piece of their crazy-ass ride and see what happens, ‘kay? Oh, wait….you’re not old friends with Green Day? Well, Aaron-Fucking-Cometbus is and was in this very situation and not only did he go on tour with Green Day, he also wrote this huge, funny, frought and generally terrific issue of his zine about corporate tour mayhem and sorting it all out. It’s awesome, in case you needed me to tell you that. -EF
2. Bust Feb Mar 11 $4.99
3. Guide to Picking Locks #2 by CrimethInc $4.50
4. Juxtapoz #122 Mar 11 $5.99
5. Johnny America #8 $3.00
6. Muse the News the Noose #7 Endless Escalators Megabus Split – Gets Megabusted Hell Bus by John Wawrzaszek and Monica Anderson $1.00 – What do you mean I can get a Megabus bus ticket from Chicago to Detroit for two dollars on the internet? Is there some kinda catch – like enduring 10 hours of sleepless septic hell bus leaky bathroom fast food breakdown with 50 other drunks, thieves and collicky babies? Ah well, at least people aren’t being beheaded, like if I was riding Greyhound or something. -EF
7. Paper Spr 11 $4.00
8. Slingshot 2011 Large Organizer $12.00
9. Squid Pro Quo by Jason Duarte $2.00
10. Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Life #2 by Kisha $2.00 – Ai! If issue one wasn’t enough AWKWARD for you, here’s the next THNGVBL that takes us from 3rd-7th grade, encompassing puberty, fatness, misunderstood DIY fashions, queer crushes and early exposure to punk rock.

New Stuff This Week at Quimby’s

ZINES!
Politics of Penetration $1.00 – This zine was #4 in last week’s Top 10, as we post on our blog on (mostly) Tuesdays. We hadn’t even gotten around to posting it in this new stuff post, and already it was a topseller.
Put a Egg On It #3 Win Spr 11 $7.00
Dont Tread On Me #9 by Ratso, Johnny Misanthropy, Penny Lane and more $1.00
Feel Here by Davis Confused $5.00
Cowans Gap #3 Feb 11 by Nate East and J. Macqueen $4.00
Broken Pencil #50 $5.95
Train Stories #1 by Dre CTA $2.00
Survivor Encomium by Anna Moore $.25
KerBloom #88 by Artnoose $2.00
Poop Scoop vol 1 by Stephanie Kichler $2.00
Rad Dad #19 by Tomas Moniz $3.00
Drop Target #1 by Jon Chad and Alec Longstreth $5.50
Comedians Jan Feb 11 $4.50
Serial Killers Unite #6 $2.00 – One of the most interesting issues of one of the most interesting zines we carry. Serial Killers Unite is hinged on reprints of actual written correspondence with serial killers. This issue is a double feature and has some pretty sick sauce. First, a letter from Ian Brady (who, with Myra Hindley, committed the pretty ghastly Moors Murders over in England) about the BP oil spill and the elastic morality of the ruling class. Then we really plunge to the depths of the human soul with a totally fucked up letter from sex killer Jeremy Jones. Creepy and Fucked and then followed by a drawing he did of Winnie the Pooh toting around a massive dildo. What? -EF
Parking Block Publishing zines, established here in Chicago in 2009, which creates small batch artist books and zines focusing on work by self-educated pen technicians, inspired photographic specialists and devoutly imaginative wordsmiths. The first PBlock zine is Inland Architect by Christopher Smith $3.00 – A killer mad-science drawing zine, including a pair of mirror-vision bad-vibe-deflecting self-reflection glasses, some Teddy Ruxbin reverse engineering and new ingenuities for sippy straw technology to catch up with. Like the sign sez “Don’t feel up to making one you can buy one from me for 15 dollars.” With free homemade shades. -EF
The second PBlock zine is Over and Out #1 by Brad Westcott $5.00 – Yeah! O&O #1 splits its time between skate photo and hobo tag and train graf. Interview with Stackabones. -EF

ZINE-RELATED BOOKS!
Dream Whip Issues 1 through 10 by Bill Brown (Microcosm) $12.00 – About time! Spanning 1994 to 1999, this 352-page pocketsize anthology collects issues 1 through 10 of the long-running Dream Whip zine. Inside, Bill Brown hits the road and finds adventure far and wide. Each page is lovingly handwritten or typed and illustrations and photographs abound. It’s tornadoes and pet cemeteries, Alaskan highways and the lonely ruins of government missile sites. Bill Brown’s America is seen with the big, dreaming heart of a romantic, everything recorded in sweet, smart, funny, beautifully-simple prose.
COMICS & MINI COMIX!
Pretty Little Book by Lucy Knisley $15.00 – Hip hip hooray for awesome local female artists!
Hot Topik by Sam Gaskin and Matt Furie (Needles & Pens) $5.00 – A winning combo of skilled snark and dextrously drawn kindy douchey animal hipsters, guarenteed to please your cynical side. Indeed, MC Lars, Hot Topic(k) is not punk rock. -LM
Who Is Amy Amoeba by Jason Viola $3.00
Great Lakes Comic Publication #1 Toucher by Erik Schneider $2.00
Goat Girl #1 by Ramon Ernest, Zawacki Leda & Crelencia Archangelo $5.00
Happy Hour in America #1 – Belligerent Piano by Tim Lane $3.95
Mineshaft #26 $9.00
Mini Comix by Nick Rohr: Asylum Lake #1 Dec 10 $7.00, and other $2.00 titles: Murmur #0001, Paper Thin Walls vol 1, Monsoon #3
Desmond Reed titles: Dexter Park, Neighbor $1.25 each
Nine Gallons #2 by Susie Cagle (Microcosm) $4.00
911 Heartbreaker by Craig Staufenberg $5.00
Okay Okay  – A Love Story From Two Different Perspectives by Aaron Whitaker and Melinda Boyce $4.00 – “This beautiful book tells a love story from two different perspectives. The rules were they each wrote out the story of their romance independently, as honest as possible, and neither one got to see the other’s story until they both were done. The result is one of the best comics I’ve read in ages. Both Melinda and Aaron’s artwork is excellent, and the story is engrossing, funny, and down to earth.” -John Porcellino, (King-Cat Comics), on spitandahalf.blogspot.com

ART & DESIGN BOOKS!
Struwwelpeter by Sanya Glisic (Spudnik Press) $425.00 – Oh My…this is, perhaps, the loveliest book in our shop. Sanya Glisic’s Struwwelpeter, done in conjunction with her residency at Chicago’s Spudnik Press is a fully-silkscreened clothbound collection of warped German cautionary tales for children. Glisic’s printed her exquisite illustrations in gorgeous warm autumnal colors, and they reflect classic victorian children’s engravings while harboring a subtle modern wit. An artists’ book in every sense of the word, a thing of beauty is a joy forever. 36p, color silkscreen, handbound, signed and numbered in an edition of 58, 9″x11″ -EF
Field Integration by Nadine Nakanishi and Nick Butcher (Sonnenzimmer) $30.00 – Field Integrations is an elegant formal exercise about bringing 3-dimensional design lessons from ikebana into 2-dimensional design. Through a process of sketching from object installation, new approaches get discovered and tight parameters open themselves up to the infinite possibilities of spacial movement. The inquisitive and experimental approach Nakanishi and Butcher take towards the project then works as meditation on organic and creative ways to re-examine and re-balance systems. 28p, duotone, 7″x10″ -EF
Gigposters Coloring Book vol 1-vol 3 $10.00 each – Coloring books published by artists featured on Gigposters.com. Can you say “train your child early to make show posters”?
Happy Meat #1 Drawing Anthology 2009 by Tricky Walsh $12.00, Happy Meat #2 $15.00
LEPOS Bible – Hello My Name Is LEPOS by Diego Bergia (Koyama Press) $10.00
Creative Space: Urban Homes of Artists and Innovators by Francesca Gavin (Laurence King) $19.95 – Mugs with faces arranged in an aesthetically pleasing manner? Street signs that look better than they did in my teenage bedroom? Intentionally dilapitated bookshelves? When can I move in? -LM
See Saw: Connections Between Japanese Art Then and Now by Ivan Vartanian and Kyoko Wada (Chronicle) $27.50
Stay Tuned 30 Postcards by Nathan Fox (Chronicle) $9.95

GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS!
Buz Sawyer vol 1 War in the Pacific by Roy Crane (Fantagraphics) $35.00
Lewis and Clark by Nick Bertozzi (First Second) $16.99
DMZ vol 9 MIA TPB by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli (Vertigo) $14.99
Steampunk Modeller From Those Awfully Nice Chaps at Sci Fi and Fantasy Modeller by Andy Pearson (Vertigo) $28.95

DIY STUFF!
How and Why: A Do It Yourself Guide by Matte Resist (Microcosm) $14.00 – Like what? Bicycles, home, garage, gardening, home, schooling, musical instruments…Why pay someone else to do it when you can do it yourself? We believed in this book so much that we pledged money on kickstarter.com to help Microcosm publish it. Now it’s your turn to support DIY and independent publishing culture. -LM
Edible Secrets: A Food Tour of Classified U.S. History by Michael Hoerger, Mia Partlow & Nate Powell (Microcosm) $10.00 – Jello conspiracy theory! Castro milkshake poisoning! Coca-Cola Middle East conflict! Why do these all sound like band names?! All true stories. Illustrated by the whimsical Nate Powell of Swallow Me Whole fame. -LM

FICTION!
Party Like It’s 1984 $25.00
Journal of a UFO Investigator by David Halperin (Viking) $25.95
Last Rose of Summer by Monte Schulz (Fantagraphics) $29.99
Vacation by Deb Olin Unferth (McSweeneys) $14.00 – Now in soft cover.
Revolution: The Year I Fell In Love And Went To Join The War by Deb Olin Unferth (Holt) $24.00 – Don’t miss Deb Olin Unferth here at Quimby’s with Adam Levin (The Instructions) on 3/7!
MAGAZINES!
Bizarre #172 Feb 11 $10.50
True Detective Feb 11 $4.99
Goth Loli vol 15 $21.80
Skunk vol 6 #7 $5.99
Gothic & Lolita Bible #36 $33.00
Wallpaper Mar 11 $10.00
idpure #24 $16.95
Infamous #3 $6.99
Aperture #202 Spr 11 $14.95
Raw Vision #71 $14.00
Interzone #232 $7.50
Sound Projector #19 $20.00
Wire #324 Feb 11 $10.99
Under the Radar #35 $4.99
Maximumrocknroll #334 Mar 11 $4.00
Ghetto Blaster #27 $3.95
Black Velvet #67 $6.25
Harpers Magazine Mar 11 $6.99
Class Struggle #69 $3.00
Tabu Tattoo #44 $7.99

LITERARY JOURNALS, CHAP BOOKS & POETRY
Electric Literature #5 $10.00
Artifice Magazine #3 $7.00
Golden Handcuffs Review vol 1 #14 $9.95
Fence vol 13 #2 Win 11 $10.00
After Hours #22 Win 11 $8.00
What We Miss When We Miss by Long Lim $12.00

MUSIC BOOKS!

Patti Smith 1969-1976: Photos by Judy Linn (Abrams) $24.95 – With Patti Smith being inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame and Smith’s Just Kids book a bestseller, perhaps to even out your P. Smith experience you should get this book?

CHILDRENS BOOKS!
Guerrilla Learning: How To Give Your Kids a Real Education With or Without School by Grace Llewellyn and Amy Silver (Wiley) $15.95 – From the author of Teenage Liberation Handbook.

MUCKRACKING, MEMOIRS, MAYHEM, MISCREANTS & MISCELLENOUSNESSESESNESS

Still Life SC Adventures in Taxidermy by Melissa Milgrom (Mariner) $14.95 – Beginning as a wide-eyed visitor to a third-generation stuff shop, Melissa Milgrom moves through an underworld of auctions, artisans, scientists, and the ultra competitive (albeit insular) World Taxidermy Championships, ultimately trying a queasy hand at squirrel-stuffing herself.
Your Wildest Dreams Within Reason by Mike Sacks (Tin House) $13.95 – This book collects some of Mike Sacks’ unique humor pieces, like Craigslist ads, lesser-known tantric positions, letters to famous authors, Shaft living in the suburbs, a classic-rock DJ suffering a nervous breakdown, the occasional list—into one handsome, convenient volume. Originally published in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and McSweeney’s, among other venerable publications, Sacks’s writing is original and sharp, yet broadly funny. Whether it’s a groom tweeting his wedding and honeymoon in real time, or a publisher offering editorial suggestions for The Diary of Anne Frank, Sacks’s work tangles contemporary social satire with absurdist sensibilities. Don’t miss Mike Sack’s here at Quimby’s to celebrate the release of this book on 3/10!
F In Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers by Richard Benson (Chronicle) $9.95
Feel Better, Little Buddy: Animals With Casts by Julie Segal (Chronicle) $12.95
The Last Greatest Magician In the World: Howard Thurson Versus Houdini and the Battles of the American Wizards by Jim Steinmeyer (Tarcher) $26.95 – Hey. Everybody knows about Houdini, but he was just an escape artist. Now Thurson, he was the one sawing women in half, producing rabbits from the ether and levitating cards. I’ll pick a floating princess over a man escaping from a straightjacket any day. -LM
UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities by John B. Alexander Ph.D (Thomas Dun) $25.99 – A former Green Beret commander and developer of weapons at in New Mexico, Alexander finds facts and flaws in UFO history. He claims that UFOs are beyond current comprehension and extraterrestrial hypothesis are too narrow. Is perhaps truth even stranger than UFOs? That’s awesome. Are we talking about things from other dimensions?! Please say yes. -LM
Nuclear Family Vacation: Travels In The World of Atomic Weaponry by Nathan Hodge and Sharon Weinberger (Bloomsbury) $16.00

SEX & SEXY & SEX CULTURE!

Front #151 $9.99

Connor Coyne Event Pictures

Connor Coyne read from his serial killer novel Hungry Rats here at Quimby’s on Feb 5th. And there were cookies!