Monthly Archive for May, 2011

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Ivan Brunetti, Lilli Carré, Paul Hornschemeier, Paul Nudd and Onsmith Sign “BLACK EYE 1” on 6/24/11

Jun ’11
7:00 pm

This signing is occasioned by the publication of “BLACK EYE 1: Graphic Transmissions to Cause Ocular Hypertension,” a new anthology that collects original narrative comics, art and essays by 41 international artists and writers, all focused on the expression of black, dark or absurdist humor. With comics and art by Stéphane Blanquet, Ivan Brunetti, Lilli Carré, Max Clotfelter, Al Columbia, Ludovic Debeurme, Olivier Deprez, Nikki DeSautelle, Brecht Evens, Andy Gabrysiak, Robert Goodin, Dav Guedin, Gnot Guedin, Glenn Head, Danny Hellman, Paul Hornschemeier, Ian Huebert, Kaz, Michael Kupperman, Mats!?, Fanny Michaëlis, James Moore, Tom Neely, Mark Newgarden, Paul Nudd, Onsmith, Emelie Östergren, Paul Paetzel, David Paleo, Martin Rowson, Olivier Schrauwen, Stephen Schudlich, Robert Sikoryak, Ryan Standfest, Brecht Vandenbroucke, Wouter Vanhaelemeesch and Jon Vermilyea. Original essays by Jeet Heer (on S. Clay Wilson), Bob Levin (on “The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist”), Ken Parille (on Steve Ditko) and Ryan Standfest (on Al Feldstein and EC). Also includes the text “100 Good Reasons to Kill Myself Right Now,” by Roland Topor, translated into English for the first time by Edward Gauvin. Edited by Ryan Standfest.

This event is an opportunity to bring together five of the contributing artists who are based in Chicago:

IVAN BRUNETTI edited An Anthology of Graphic Fiction: Cartoon and True Stories, Vols. 1 & 2, and is the author of Misery Loves Comedy (2007), and Schizo #4 (2006), Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice (2011, Yale University Press).

LILLI CARRÉ is the author of Nine Ways to Disappear (2009, Little Otsu), The Fir Tree (2009, HarperCollins), and The Lagoon (2008, Fantagraphics Books).

PAUL HORNSCHEMEIER’s books include Forlorn Funnies Volume 1 (2011, Fantagraphics), Life With Mr. Dangerous (2011, Villard), The Three Paradoxes (2006, Fantagraphics Books), Mother, Come Home (2004, Dark Horse), and the collections All and Sundry (2009, Fantagraphics) and Let Us Be Perfectly Clear (2006, Fantagraphics).

PAUL NUDD has exhibited at Western Exhibitions and Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, Jack the Pelican Presents, NYC, and in Seeing is a Kind of Thinking: A Jim Nutt Companion, at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. He edits and publishes the art zine Corpus Corpus.

ONSMITH has contributed to An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons & Stories Volumes 1 and 2 (edited by Ivan Brunetti), Corpus Corpus (edited by Paul Nudd), and Hotwire Comics (edited by Glenn Head)

Copies of “BLACK EYE 1” will be available for purchase, as well as a limited edition letterpress print by Onsmith + Nudd.

For more information on “BLACK EYE” visit


Friday, June 24th, 7pm

Zap Retrospective Book Now Available

We just got this really awesome book Zap: Masters of Psychedelic Art 1965-1974. It’s pretty awesome. It’s totally worth making a trip to our store to see it.

This gorgeous oversized book is an exhibition catalog for a Zap retrospective show at Andrew Edlin Gallery curated by Gary Panter. Included are complete stories by Robert Williams, Gilbert Shelton, and R. Crumb, and enormous images by Spain, Moscoso, Rick Griffin and S. Clay Wilson, some never-before printed. Everything was scanned from the original art and printed in luminous black and silver.

Kickstart the new PRISM Index

If you haven’t gotten a chance to stop by the store and scope out the beautiful PRISM Index multi-media art anthology, by all means, come take a gander

Now, editor Jeffrey Bowers has put together an epic Kickstarter campaign to print up the second issue, featuring a wild hot shot mix:
*Art by Chris Johanson, Mel Kadel, Amy Lockhart, Lola Dupre, Michael DeForge, Matt Furie and others.
*Writing and poetry from Aimee Bender, Bill Cotter, Stephanie Barber, Andrew Leland, Brian Evenson, Patrick DeWitt, Trinie Dalton.
*Movies by Sam Green, Su Friedrich, Abigail Child, the Safdie brothers, Amy Lockhart, Seoungho Cho, and others.
*The CD houses Real Estate, Phosphorescent, Ted Lucas, Julian Lynch, Mountain Man, David Grubbs, Guitar Slim, Big Blood, Dragging An Ox Through Water, Radio People, MV & EE and many more.
I mean, seriously, this thing is going to be amazing and their fundraising rewards give you the opportunity to get your paws on some rad original art as well. With a little over two weeks to go and a little more than $2000 to raise, you know what to do….go make this great project happen!

Weekly Top 10

Once again, the Chester Brown book tops the list for bestsellers here. Dan Gleason’s new best of book is next, and would you believe, he’s on a greatest hits volume 3! Thanks to everybody that came out for his release event here at Quimby’s this past weekend.

1. Paying For It: A Comic Strip Memoir About Being a John by Chester Brown (D&Q) $24.95

2. Dear Sweetness – Dan Gleason’s Greatest Hits vol 3 $8.95 – It is once again time to bathe in the Living Light that is Dan Gleason. His generosity, wit, craftsmanship and sexual potency know no boundaries. His greatest hits are perhaps best likened to the secret treasures of the Vatican. Where there was one set of footsteps, my child, that is where Dan Gleason carried you. -EF

3. Seasonal #1 by Bobbi Parry and Sarah Morton $7.00

4. Boys Club #1 by Matt Furie (Buenaventura Press) $5.00 – A collection of Matt Furie’s latest mini-comics featuring teenage monsters Andy, Brett, Landwolf and Pepe: drinkin;, stinkin; and never thinkin’.

5. Diamond Comics #6 $4.00

6. AdBusters #95 vol 19 #3 May Jun 11 $8.95

7. Ready Made #53 Jun Jul 11 $4.95

8. Big Hands #8 by Aaron Smith $3.00 – How can you love a zine that’s tackling just about basically everything mediocre and obnoxious? In Big Hands #8 Aaron picks apart cubicle jobs, prowling around on Facebook, couples, dropping dollars at the club, the movie Juno, cliche party drama, and lord have mercy, that Black Eyed Peas song “I Gotta Feeling”, offering up a cultural critique that’s flexible and relevant without being bitchy or pre-determined. It’s like that phenomena where you hate the movie but love the Anthony Lane film review.

9. New Adventures of Beastlord #1 by Chris Kuzma $4.00 – Beastlord tackles social anxiety disorder leaving friends, syntax and party planning decimated in his wake. Also a nice little Wog comic too. Drawings that leave you wishing you had lotsa weird muscles or at least more lovely lady lumps. -EF

10. Famous Hairdos of Popular Music #5 Prince $3.00 – That’s right, you heard me right: Prince. Sixteen artists take that iconic ‘do and turn it into a symbol. -EF

New Stuff This Week

So far the world hasn’t ended. So guess that means you’ll have to come in to look at new stuff and then in about an hour Dan Gleason will be here to celebrate the release of ‘Dear Sweetness – Dan Gleason’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 3’ and will feature the Great Mike McPadden (aka El McBeardo), noted diarist Grace LaPeruto, Gabriel Wallace, author of the Great Sheboygan Panty Raid of 18977, Gregory Jacobsen – he of the long flowing locks- and the late Marc Arcuri. See you at 7pm!

Zine World A Readers Guide to the Underground #30 $4.00
Deutschland 77 by Kaitlin Kostus $4.00
Resist Rebel Defy by Hybachi LeMar $1.00
Manifesto to the Industrial Workers of the World by Hybachi LeMar $1.00
Manifesto de los Trabajadores Industriales del Mundo Trabajadores Las Prisiones by Hybachi LeMar $1.00
Death Posture by Terrence Hannum and Scott Treleaven $20.00
Ablation by Terrence Hannum $15.00
Hilltown Experiment by Dr. Sarah Ingersoll $4.00
Spuzzed Out Bastard Son of the Sun by Jack Mulkern $4.00

Masked Owls by Marian Runk $2.00
Leanne composition norcom by Marian Runk $5.00
New Adventures of Beastlord #1 by Chris Kuzma $4.00
From Light to Light #1 by Alan D. Caear $6.00
Tales From the Salmon #1 by Aland D. Caesar $6.00
Class Reunion #4 by Charlie Newton $2.50
Gang Bang Bong #2 by Ginette Lapalme and Ines Estrada $10.00 – Want a tremendous 100% solid anthology of experimental comics? GANG BANG BONG!!!! It’s like if Gary Panter raised 33 feral children, each one with a different diet of psychotropic drugs and B vitamins. Standout moments in a pile of great are Ana Albero’s cafeteria blues, Johnny Negron’s horny porny kool squirts, Abraham Díaz’s rat face dumpty chaos, and Aisha Franz’s fryin’ lion. There’s more too, like new work from house favorites Mickey Zacchilli. Michael DeForge, Lizz Hickey, Aidan Koch and Austin English. I’m more than happy to vouch for this one. -EF

Black Mass #5 by Kyle Patrick $5.00 – The build up to The Big Punk Off continues in furious dripper dropper style as Patrick Kyle’s Black Mass rages on. This issue is full of unsane ramble-ly tangents, which is the bloody beating spaghetti sauce heart of the series. The punks bicker over toilet lager, Bizarro Turdswallo sux a soul, Dingball flashes back to the charmed 40 that changed his game and Turdswallo Junior sorta undorks. Meanwhile, Turdswallo Proper gets his mojo back and thee punx swarm. There’s secrets, mutiny, goofy murder, shapes with no scientific name, fucked up drawings of the Crass logo, and maybe someone has some weed, too. On top of that, the plot is both funny and cohesive and the dialogue is so clowny, its fresh again. It’s tops, get all of theeze. -EF

Roots #1 by Alison Vellas $3.50
Stranger Two Stranger #1 May 11 by R. Hendricks $1.25
Layers #1 by Paul Walker $3.00
Tiny Bangs #1 by Olivia Horvath $5.00
Writing For Change May 11 $3.00
Alien Invasion #1 by Lauren Albert $5.00
Hattie et Millie #1 by Calvin Wong $2.00
Magus Pi #1 Root Ritual of the Goman by Randall Wayne Parker $2.50
Pick Me Up #1 by SWSS $3.00
Morning Song by Laura Terry $3.00
Heartbreak for Beginners by Laura Terry $4.00
Cat Came Back by Tim Stout and Laura Terry $2.00
BFF Best Friends Forever Ever Comic by Laura Terry $4.00
Impulse Sack $2.00
Poseur #5 by Nat Hoonsan $4.00

Bay Area Graffiti 80s-90s Early Bombing by Sfaustina and Jocelyn Superstar (MBP) $50.00
Letter Fountain: The Anatomy of Type – Ultimate Typeface Reference Guide (Taschen) $69.99

Take a Joke vol 3 of The Collected Angry Youth Comix by Johnny Ryan (Fantagraphics) $18.99
Forget Sorrow an Ancestral Tale by Belle Yang (Norton) – With a lilting voice and a strongly etched fairy tale hand, writer/artist Yang weaves a riveting true-life tale of ancestral jealousies and familial woes from her father’s recollections of growing up in China.
Approximate Continuum Comics by Lewis Trondheim (Fantagraphics) $18.99
Liars Kiss by Eric Skillman and Jhomar Soriano (Top Shelf) $14.95
Yeah TPB by Peter Bagge and Gilbert Hernandez (Norton) $19.99
Comics Comics Cartoons Drawn by Your Favorite Comedians, ed. by Erich Beasley (MBP) $14.95 – With original illustrations from the likes of Jeff Garlin, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Andy Dick, Robert Smigel, Molly Shannon, Eugene Mirman, Jim Breuer, Max Brooks, Rob Cantrell, Julia Sweeney, Monty Pythons Terry Jones, and many, many more, this book is sure to appeal to fans of comedy and celebrity alike.

Embassytown by China Mieville (Del Ray) $26.00
Lake by Banana Yoshimoto (Melville House) $23.95
God Machine by Robert Fisher $10.00

Practical Pyromaniac: Build Fire Tornadoes One Candlepower Engines, Great Balls of Fire and More Incendiary Devices by William Gurstelle (Chicago Rev Press) $16.95
Unscrewed: Salvage and Reuse Motors, Gears, Switches and More from Your Old Electronics by Ed Sobey (Chicago Rev Press) $16.95
Herbal Remedies for Winter Wellness by Olivia Horvath $1.00

Criminal Class Review vol 4 #1 $12.00
Toucan #11 Spr 11 $3.00
Feathertale Review #7 $10.00
Hobart #12 $10.00
Let by Sarah R Louden $18.95
Perfect Distance From the Sun vol 1 #1 Spr 11 by Ryan Buell, Dan Warner, Franz Hilarius $3.00
Fjords vol 1 #1 Arts and Literary Review $10.00
Six By Six #23 We Were All Great in the Observatory $5.00
Poems By Hillary Basile $1.00
Overtime Hour 19 The List by TD Corum $2.00

Fortean Times #275 Jun 11 $11.99
3×3 vol 6 #1 #16 3X3 vol 5 #3 The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration $16.00
Skeptic vol 16 #3 $6.95
Tattoo Revue #153 $6.99
Gothic Beauty #33 $6.95
Best of Skunk vol 3 $6.99
BlackBook #84 May 11 $4.50
Ready Made #53 Jun Jul 11 $4.99
Classic Rock #158 Jun 11 $11.99
Tape Op #83 May Jun 11 $4.95
Filter #44 $5.95
Under the Radar #36 $5.99
Razorcake #62 $4.00
Hyphen #23 Spr 11 $4.95
Harpers Magazine Jun 11 $6.99
Selvedge #40 May Jun 11 $24.95
Tattoo Scout #23 $9.60

Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson (Riverhead) $25.95
Chicago Comedy: A Fairly Serious History by M. Hicks (History Press) $19.99 – This book follows the evolution of the “Chicago Style of Comedy” from nineteenth-century vaudeville, through the rebellious comics of the 50’s, and into the improvisation and sketch that ushered in a new millennium. Don’t miss author Margaret Hicks here at Quimby’s on Sat 5/28, 7pm!

Visions For Chicago: A Highly Politicized Public Art Project ed. by Dan Tucker, With Contributions From 100 Chicagoans (Green Lantern Press) $10.00

Journey To A Plugged In State Of Mind Electronic Music: 100 Years Of Experimention And Exploitation by Dave Henderson (Cherry Red) $22.95 – This book explores the long and exhaustive legacy and unearths the greatest albums, experiences and tunes from over a century of electronic sound. From anarchic sound art manifestos of the early 1900s to the three minute radio-friendly hits of the late Twentieth Century, via tape manipulations, WWII surplus gadgetry, synthetic versions of the Beat les and the development and domination of the synthesiser, the sequencer and their descendants which form the basic building blocks of much of the music we listen to today.

Comptons Cafeteria Riot San Francisco 1966 Celebrate Peoples History Poster by Andre Perez $12.00
Abracadabra vol 1 Box of Cards – A Response in Illustration of Ballards Rhymed Answers to Bellamys Century of Charades by Jay Krevens $12.00
Demongun #4 May 11 Video Edition by Bernie Mcgovern $15.00