Monthly Archive for February, 2013

Laydeez Do Comics Chicago February Edition 2/28

Feb ’13
7:00 pm

Laydeez Chicago
Laydeez Do Comics, London’s monthly comics salon founded by Nicola Streeten (Billy, Me, and You) and Sarah Lightman (The Book of Sarah, Graphic Details) has added to branches in Leeds and San Francisco by starting a branch in Chicago.

The first meeting was a smashing success and this one hopes to be as amazing!

Come hear comics creators speak about their work, their process, their plans, and whatever else they want to share with us.

February speakers will be:

Laura Szumowski (
David Mitchell (
and MK Czerwiec (

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comicnurse (at) mac (dot) com
As always, this event at Quimby’s is free.

Justin Maurer Reads From Seventeen Television with Cassandra Troyan and Dave Roche 2/19

Feb ’13
7:00 pm

In Justin Maurer’s new book Seventeen Television (Vol 1 Brooklyn), these mostly true stories ebb, flow and burn through heart breaking and illuminating moments in his life. Seven humor-filled tales delve into family crisis, dead-end jobs and international exploits. Through these lucid stories and their incendiary cast of characters, we follow him into equally dangerous and touching territory.

The work of Justin Maurer has been featured in such places as: The L.A. Record, Color Magazine, The Rumpus, Faster Times, Vice Spain, Maximumrocknroll, Razorcake and Vol 1. Brooklyn. He has been featured on podcasts and radio shows such as Life Before Wartime (KBOO), Cherry Blossom Clinic (WFMU) and Skid Row Radio. His first book, Don’t Take Your Life (Future Tense Books) received much critical acclaim. He has recorded and toured extensively with his punk bands Clorox Girls, Suspect Parts, LA Drugz and Maniac. He works and lives in Los Angeles.

Cassandra Troyan is an artist, writer, and filmmaker who is interested in getting blunted. She is the author of THRONE OF BLOOD (Solar Luxuriance 2013), and forthcoming in Fall 2013, The Things We Embody Are The Things We Destroy (Tiny Hardcore Press 2013). She curates the reading and performance series EAR EATER in Chicago, IL where she currently lives and works.

Dave Roche is the author of On Subbing and the zine About My Disappearance (among other things).

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Tues, Feb 19th, 7pm – Free Event

Geneviève Castrée Presents & Signs Susceptible 2/16

Feb ’13
7:00 pm

Goglu is a daydreamer with a young working mother, a disengaged stepfather, and a father who lives five thousand miles away. Drawing, punk rock, and the promise of true independence guide Goglu to adulthood while her home’s daily chaos inevitably shapes her identity. Susceptible is a devastating graphic novel debut by Geneviève Castrée about the heartbreaking loss of innocence when a child is forced to be the adult among grownups

Praise for Geneviève Castrée:

“With mesmerizing honesty Castrée resurrects the obscenely disorienting turning points of a childhood, the ones that haunt a person for a lifetime. After reading the last page I closed the book and wept a little bit about its simple, perfect ending.” –Miranda July,authorofitchoosesyouand noonebelongsheremorethanyou

“[Castrée] offers three connected minimalist fables dreamily portraying a young woman’s reactions to depression, domesticity, and mother hood in delicate watercolors that, thanks largely to her keen graphic skills, made them whimsical without being cloying.” –Booklist

“[Castrée’s work], illustrated in a delicately watercolored style that suggests Richard Scarry in the throes of an Edward Gorey obsession, is an episodic

meditation on love, belonging, and personal identity. The visual metaphors for depression and home will break your heart; the care taken with their rendering will join the broken pieces back together on every page.” —The Austin Chronicle

GENEVIÈVE CASTRÉE was born in Quebec. She has been drawing since the age of two. Castrée lives and works in the Pacific Northwest, where she makes visual art, and records and plays music under the name Ô PAON.

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Sat Feb 16th, 7pm – Free Event

Briefly Knocked Unconscious By A Low-Flying Duck Event 2/22

Feb ’13
7:00 pm


Quimby’s welcomes Patricia Ann McNair, J.C. Aevaliotis, and Eric May, reading from Briefly Knocked Unconscious By A Low-Flying Duck

In 2nd Story’s new essay anthology Briefly Knocked Unconscious By A Low-Flying Duck (Elephant Rock Books), the twenty-three contributors unveil a wide range of topics through their personal narratives. We’ve got race relations in Roger’s Park, teaching kids about Dr. King, a gay man falling in love with a high school girl in Godspell, sex clubs in Amsterdam, murder in Rockford, death at Sea World Ohio, shower dances with drag queens, Xena Warrior princess, kiss-off letter to major universities, Sam Weller getting propositioned by a porn star two weeks after his wedding, fairies appearing in backyards, a guy trying to replicate Thoreau’s Walden cabin, chaos at The United Skates of America, slaying the great dragon of addiction, a Korean girl realizing her identity as she puts on eye shadow for the first time, and the life and death nature of teaching creative writing. The uniqueness of this anthology lies within the fact that each story was once performed upon a stage before an audience.

 “…what a treat, the genre, the writers, and the Chicagoness of it all. As we said, sometimes things come to you, and they’re like a gift, and this collection is a gift, and it will linger, so please do take a look, because it just might change your life.” -Ben Tanzer, This Blog Will Change Your Life

PATRICIA ANN McNAIR is the author of The Temple of Air, a finalist for the Society of Midland Authors Best Book Award and Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award. She’s received four Illinois Arts Council Awards and was nominated for the Carnegie Foundation US Professor of the Year. McNair teaches in Columbia College Chicago’s Fiction Writing Department.

JC AEVALIOTIS is a Chicago-based writer and performer who holds a master’s degree in religion and theater from Yale Divinity School. He has performed with various Second City-affiliated ensembles and several live-lit outfits in Chicago, and his writing has been seen in Playboy and heard on Chicago NPR affiliate WBEZ.

ERIC CHARLES MAY is an associate professor in the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago and a former reporter for The Washington Post. His fiction has appeared in Fish Stories and F Magazine. In addition to Post reporting, his nonfiction has appeared in Sport Literate and the Chicago Tribune.

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Friday, February 22, 7pm – Free Event

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