Monthly Archive for October, 2012

Off-Site event: Quimby’s Co-Sponsors Karaoke Idol at the Beauty Bar Chicago 10/18

Oct ’12
12:00 am

The next installment of Chicago’s favorite live karaoke battle KARAOKE IDOL cheeses up the stage at Beauty Bar Chicago on Thursday, Oct 18th at 8PM! This is a bi-monthly series benefitting different cool Chicago-based companies and organizations. One singer from each the following organizations will battle it out to determine who will benefit.

This month, competitors representing these fine organizations will compete:
Chicago Zine Fest
One Tail at a Time
Young Chicago Authors
Reversible Eye
& Graze

Celebrity Judges Mason Johnson, Amy Guth, & Jacob Knabb, and KJ Gods “Shameless Karaoke” will preside.

Show up at 8PM to compete in an epic hour-and-a-half long karaoke free-for-all! Sign up to sing your ass off for a chance to be chosen as the 6th contestant by our celebrity judges!

Tune in at 10PM as 2 FINALISTS are chosen from the field of 6 to compete in Chicago’s ultimate karaoke death-match.

YOU DECIDE THE WINNER! Ultimately CHICAGO DECIDES who wins based upon audience applause so come ready to cheer for your favorite performer!

Be sure to stick around afterward for OPEN KARAOKE. Just come early or stay late so you can sign up & belt out your favorite songs when your turn arrives.

KARAOKE IDOL is brought to you every other month at Beauty Bar Chicago by Curbside Splendor Publishing, Another Chicago Magazine, & Quimby’s Bookstore.
$5 cover

Please note: this event is NOT at Quimby’s. It is at the Beauty Bar at 1444 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622

More info:
Click here for the FB page for the event.
Click here for the Karaoke Idol Chicago FB page.
Click here for the Beauty Bar site.

Dame Darcy Reads Handbook for Hot Witches: Dame Darcy’s Illustrated Guide to Magic, Love, and Creativity

Oct ’12
7:00 pm

Just in time for Halloween! Quimby’s is excited to welcome Dame “Meat Cake” Darcy for her new book Handbook for Hot Witches.

Plenty of artwork to satisfy her comics and illustration fans both young and old, Dame Darcy combines a graphic novel with a dash of crafts, a sprinkle of feminist fairy tales, and a whole cauldron of spells and voilà! Handbook for Hot Witches: Dame Darcy’s Illustrated Guide to Magic, Love, and Creativity is the guide for girls who want cool things to do and great friends to do them with, who aren’t afraid to be their different, awesome selves. It’s a celebration of powerful, creative girls—the sort of girls who may have been called “witches” once, but who, as this book proclaims, are “hot,” because of their talent and their uniqueness. With sections on banjo playing, beauty spells, palm reading, and much more, this fully illustrated handbook will send girls of any age on their way to independence, creativity, and magic DIY-style.

“Part graphic novel, part New Age primer, with dashes of astrology and crafts and pinches of beauty hints, the book packs a lot into its 200 pages.” —School Library Journal

What others have said about Dame Darcy:

“Darcy’s comics are aesthetic manifestos. . . . Darcy is a star.” —The New York Times

“I think she’s exquisite, let’s put it that way. I wish I knew her in high school.” —Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth

Praise for Meat Cake:

“[Darcy] has created a childlike, otherworldly realm, a land that hovers in the twilight space between the whimsical and the macabre. Ghosts and goblins, foul-tempered stepmothers, lovesick mermaids and charmed forest are all rendered in Darcy’s distinctive hand, loose and flowing lines reminiscent of the work of Edward Gorey.” —The Los Angeles Times

 Dame Darcy currently resides in New York City and Savannah, Georgia. She is known worldwide as an illustrator, writer, fine artist, musician, filmmaker, animator, environmentalist, and Cabaret Mermaid. Her illustrated titles include The Illustrated Jane Eyre, and she has been publishing her comic book series, Meat Cake, for twenty years. More info about her at

Scott Campbell Discusses Great Showdowns

Oct ’12
7:00 pm

Since the beginning of time, there has been struggle. The epic clash of being against being. Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Triceratops. Giant Squid vs. the Sperm Whale. The Circle vs. the Square.  The struggle is forever. It makes the world turn around. These are the struggles that make us stop what we are doing and sort of check things out… wondering what the eff. Scott C. chronicles some of the greatest confrontations in FILM HISTORY. The greatest moments of melee. These are the GREAT SHOWDOWNS. And they sort of enjoy that they are the great showdowns.

With equal parts style, humor, and insight, Scott C. has delighted an international fanbase with his unique watercolor paintings, illustrations, and drawings. Amazing Everything: The Art of Scott C. is his first monograph, the best and most imaginative works of art in his emerging career.

Admirers and collectors seek out Scott C.’s appearances at such diverse venues as Comic-Con in San Diego and Galerie Arludik in Paris to see his unusual depictions of pop-culture subjects and original creations: Victorian-era dinosaurs at high tea; lumberjacks and their sometimes-awkward relationship with trees; and ninjas lounging in their living room at home. These and other reflections of Scott C.’s artistic vision have kept him on the radar of such pop-culture trend outlets as Flavorpill and Hi-Fructose.

Jobie Hughes Celebrates Release of At Dawn

Oct ’12
7:00 pm

Based on Jobie Hughes’ own life journey, Jobie Hughes’ new novel, At Dawn, presents a raw and gritty coming of age tale that powerfully captures the angst and big questions of today’s generation. Set against the background of the recent American recession, former high school wrestling champion Stratton Brown, escapes a dark past in his small Ohio hometown for a new beginning in the Windy City. Beneath the gruff labor of building a new life, he eventually discovers a way past the ghosts of his past and a new path to the American dream.

“Hughes combines coming-of-age tale, portrait of the artist as a young man, and father-son saga in a well-crafted novel…[with] pathos, wit and insight into the relationships that define our lives.” ––Publishers Weekly

Jobie Hughes is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He made national headlines as “Pittacus Lore,” the mysterious co-author of the # 1 New York Times science-fiction bestsellers I Am Number Four (co-written with James Frey) and The Power of Six  which have sold over a million copies worldwide. His work has been translated into twenty-six languages and published in forty-eight countries.

For more information on Jobie Hughes, visit

Thurs, Oct 25, 7pm

Thomas Frank Reads From Pity the Billionaire 10/23

Oct ’12
7:00 pm

From the bestselling author of What’s the Matter with Kansas?, this witty and highly provocative book asks a simple question: How is it possible that the disastrous collapse of the free market economy in 2008 could have heralded a popular revival—of the right?

In Pity the Billionaire, a brilliant, funny, and disturbing tour de force, Thomas Frank analyzes the sleight of hand involved in the right’s resurgence—all the upside-down grievances that have transformed economic suffering into valentines for the rich and powerful. This great chronicler of American paradox dissects the contradictions at the heart of the country’s politics, and in this “dazzling” book once again shows himself as “one of the best left-wing writers America has produced” (The Guardian).

Founding editor of The Baffler, Thomas Frank is the author of One Market Under God, The Conquest of Cool and other titles. He is also a contributor to Harpers, The Nation, and the New York Times op-ed pages.

Tues, Oct 23rd, 7pm