Monthly Archive for April, 2012

Novelist and Musician Dylan Hicks Reads from Boarded Windows and Performs from Companion Album

May ’12
7:00 pm

Dylan Hicks’s debut novel Boarded Windows (May 2012, Coffee House Press), follows a record store clerk in 90s Minneapolis as he searches for his origins and confronts his con-man father figure. A postmodern orphan story that explores the fallibility of memory and the weight of our social and cultural inheritance, Dylan Hicks’s debut novel captures the music and mood of the fading embers of America’s boomer counterculture.

Join Dylan for a reading from the book as well as a musical performance of some of the songs from the soundtrack, Dylan Hicks Sings Bolling Greene.

“As a work of American iconography, Boarded Windows is a continually hilarious, hopes-dashed account of an indelible American character: the con man.”

—Greil Marcus

“Boarded Windows is a shrewd and soulful novel.” —Dana Spiotta, author of Stone Arabia

Dylan Hicks is a songwriter, musician, and writer. His work has appeared in the Village VoiceNew York TimesStar TribuneCity Pages, and Rain Taxi, and he has released three albums under his own name. A fourth, Sings Bolling Greene, is a companion album to Boarded Windows. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Nina Hale, and his son, Jackson.

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Thursday, May 24th, 7 pm

Offsite: Quimby’s Opens Pop Up Shop In Bridgeport on May 11th & 12th as Part of Version 12: Bridgeport: The Community of the Future

May ’12
11:00 am

Version Festival
is an annual arts festival produced by the Public Media Institute, makers of Lumpen magazine, Proximity magazine and producers of the MDW Fair and other events and festivals. This year Version festival is opening or remixing twelve different Pop Up enterprises in the neighborhood of Bridgeport throughout the month of May. Quimby’s Bridgeport pops up along side cultural workers ,community developers, urban entrepreneurs, artists, designers, foodies, public space hackers, urban planners, cultural geographers, and dreamers.

Quimby’s was part of the first pop up experiments that the Public Media Institute introduced to the neighborhood back in 2006. This year Quimby’s return to bring the denizens of the neighborhood a taste of Quimbys Bookstore. A selection of the finest independent zines, periodicals and books will be available.

Quimby’s Bridgeport pop-up will be open May 11th and 12th, from 11AM to 6PM. The shop is located at  755 W 32nd Street, right behind the Blue City Bike shop on Halsted Street.

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Quimbys Bridgeport temporary pop up shop
At  755 W 32nd St, Chicago, IL 60616
May 11th and 12th, from 11AM to 6PM

Please note this event is NOT at Quimby’s in Wicker Park.

Australian Cartoonists’ Caravan of Comics 5/9

May ’12
7:00 pm

Australia’s premier independent  comic creators are hitting the road for three weeks in three small cars, stopping at Quimby’s on May 9th! Join us in welcoming:

Pat  Grant - artist-writer­surfer  whose debut  graphic novel  Blue (published by Top Shelf, scroll down to see a picture of it resting on his the coffee table near his bed) about localism and  racism  may  turn  out  to  be  the Great  Australian   Graphic  Novel  Ben Hutchings - a  cartoonist  whose  softly  spoken  manner  belies  a  surprisingly  cheeky streak  that   informs  some  of  the funniest comics in the world Andrew Fulton – a quiet and  unassuming  cartoonist  whose  wordless  action  comics  are breathtaking  in  their  inventiveness  and  sense  of  play  with  the  form Mandy Ord – whose   autobiographical  comics  about  life  in  suburban  Melbourne  (including the  recent  “Sensitive  Creatures”)  are consistently  some  of  Australia’s most   accomplished sequential storytelling Douglas Holgate  – part  Viking,  all  cartoonist – is  the  Caravan’s  most  established  member having   published  numerous  children’s  titles both  in  Australia  and overseas.  His  lively style  speaks  to  an   enormous  enthusiasm  for  comics. Sarah Howell – best  known  as  2009-2010  Co-Director  of  the  National  Young  Writers’ Festival, is an accomplished  illustrator whose  style  is  sometimes  whimsical, sometimes grounded, and always stunning. David Blumenstein – the  cartoonist  behind  the  long-running comedy series  The  Bret Braddock  Adventures  a  comic  that  mines  humor  from  the  guts-­tearing feeling  you  get when  you’re  being  taken   advantage  of  by  a  boss  who  hasn’t  paid  you  in two  months. Gregory Mackay – makes  award-­winning  comics  about  a  strange  kind  of everyday­ness that  are   both  quietly  desperate  and  charmingly  beautiful.  His  long running  Francis  Bear is  published  in   French  through  The  Hoochie  Coochie. Michael Hawkins – tells  stories  of  teen  dramas  and  suburban  explorers  told  in  a  visual style  that  drips  and  bleeds  from  one  panel  into  the  next  through  Hawkin’s  amazing  ink and  watercolours.  Hawkin’s  style  is  completely  unique. Jen Breach - a  short,  bespectacled Australian based  in  New  York  City,  writes  comics about  ordinary   children  in extraordinary circumstances,  collaborating  with  a  number  of talented  cartoonists  (including  some  on the Caravan).and special  guest star  Roadie,  the  Caravan  is  delighted  to  include  John Retallick,  presenter  of  3CR   radio’s  long-running  “The  Comic  Spot.”

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Wed, May 9th, 7pm

Jeffrey Brown Celebrates Free Comic Book Day Here on 5/5

May ’12
3:00 pm

Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown explores, What if Darth Vader actively raised his son? What if “I am your father” was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad? In this hilarious and sweet comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other—except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith. Celebrated artist Jeffrey Brown’s delightful illustrations give classic Star Wars moments a fresh twist, showing that the trials and joys of parenting are universal, even in a galaxy far, far away. Life lessons include lightsaber battling practice, using the Force to raid a cookie jar, Take Your Child to Work Day on the Death Star, and the special bonding moments shared between any father and son. Humorous and touching, Darth Vader and Son is the perfect gift for dads of the Star Wars generation.

And guess what? For Free Comic Book Day Jeffrey Brown is debuting a free comic book specifically for folks who come to this event at Quimby’s!

Jeffrey Brown is the author of numerous graphic novels and comics, including Cat Getting Out of a Bag, Cats Are Weird, Clumsy, Unlikely and other titles. Jeffrey also co-wrote and created artwork for the film Save The Date, which was selected for Dramatic Film Competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. A lifelong Star Wars fan, he lives in Chicago with his wife and five-year-old son.

Dan Clowes Signs The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist 5/17

May ’12
7:00 pm

The First Monograph on the Celebrated Cartoonist:

The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist

 Edited by Alvin Buenaventura

Designed by Jonathan Bennett

Interview by Kristine McKenna

Introduction by George Meyer

Essays by Chip Kidd, Susan Miller, Ken Parille,

 Ray Pride, and Chris Ware

“Clowes has explored the tedium and mystery of contemporary American life with more wit and insight than most novelists or filmmakers.” —New York Times

“A master storyteller and artist. There is poetry in every panel.”—Esquire

“The country’s premier underground cartoonist.” —Newsweek

Throughout his twenty-five-year career, Daniel Clowes has always been ahead of artistic and cultural movements. In the late 1980s and 1990s his groundbreaking comic-book series Eightball defined the indie aesthetic of alternative comics, with wit, venom, and even a little sympathy. His breakthrough success, Ghost World, convinced mainstream readers of comics’ literary potential. In the new millennium, with works such as Ice Haven, Wilson, Mister Wonderful, and The Death-Ray, Clowes has redefined the graphic novel as an art form.

Now, for the first time, the award-winning, New York Times bestselling graphic novelist, cartoonist, and screenwriter opens his archives. The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist (Abrams ComicArts; April 2012; U.S. $ 40.00/Can. $45.00; ISBN 978-1-4197-0208-2), the first monograph on one of America’s most innovative cartoonists, collects Clowes’s best-known work alongside seldom-seen illustrations, personal photos and memorabilia, behind-the-scenes drawings and sketchbook pages, and unpublished comics and original art. This lavishly illustrated celebration of Clowes’s work, edited by Alvin Buenaventura, designed by Jonathan Bennett, also features essays by noted contributors such as Chip Kidd and Chris Ware.

The Art of Daniel Clowes ties in to a touring retrospective of Clowes’s work opening at the Oakland Museum of California in April 2012.

About the Author

Alvin Buenaventura recently started the publishing company Pigeon Press. He previously published artistic and insightful graphic novels, books, and prints under the imprint Buenaventura Press from 2003 to 2009. Buenaventura also edits the monthly comics section for McSweeney’s literary magazine The Believer. He lives in Oakland, California.

About the Book

The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist

Edited by Alvin Buenaventura

Designed by Jonathan Bennett

Interview by Kristine McKenna

Introduction by George Meyer

Essays by Chip Kidd, Susan Miller, Ken Parille, Ray Pride, and Chris Ware

Abrams / April 2012

U.S. $40.00 / Can. $45.00

ISBN 978-1-4197-0208-2

Hardcover with jacket

224 pages / 9 ¼” x 12″

300 color illustrations