Monthly Archive for March, 2013

Laydeez Do Comics Chicago March Edition with John Porcellino (King-Cat) and Riva Lehrer 3/28

Mar ’13
7:00 pm

Laydeez Chicago


The Laydeez Do Comics March Edition will feature John Porcellino (King-Cat) and Riva Lehrer.
The monthly focus on lady comics and friends of lady comics artists returns. The first two meetings were smashing successes 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.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) is adding to branches in Leeds and San Francisco, and has started a branch in Chicago.

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Off-Site Event: Chicago Zine Fest

Mar ’13
12:00 pm

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Quimby’s is proud to co-sponsor Chicago Zine Fest is an independent event creating an outlet for small press and independent publishers to showcase their work. Their goal is to make DIY zine-making accessible, highlight the talents of self-published artists, and give independent artists a chance to interact, and swap skills through tabling, community events, and workshops. The 2013 Chicago Zine Fest will take place on March 8th and 9th at various places around the city.

Friday, March 8, 2013:

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Writing about Health, Disability, and Accessibility in Zines: A Panel with Kerri Radley, Maranda Elizabeth, and Dave Roche at the Conaway Center, Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60605

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Youth Reading at 826 CHI

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Exhibitor Reading at 826 CHI

9:00 pm: Quimby’s will be the site to unveil the recipient of this year’s Long Arm Stapler Award for Awesomeness in Zineness, as well as Zine Win Lose or Draw, hosted by our own Neil Brideau (editor of The Plan).

Saturday, March 9, 2013

11:00 am – 6:00 pm: Zine Exhibition featuring over 200 tablers, workshops, and panels at the Conaway Center, Columbia College. Quimby’s will be tabling there. Stop by and say hi!

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Hair Lit, Vol. 1 Anthology Event 3/15

Mar ’13
7:00 pm


Hair Lit, Vol. 1 is an anthology of short fiction inspired by hair metal songs of the 1980′s, and it is the latest release from Chicago-based independent publisher Orange Alert Press. A collection of original short fiction based on hair metal songs of the 1980′s and 1990′s, Hair Lit, Vol. 1 is edited by Nick Ostdick and features contributions from today’s hottest purveyors of short fiction, including Sherrie Flick, Ryan W. Bradley, Roxane Gay, Chip Cheek, Matt Rowan, Aubrey Hirsch, Adam Schuitema, Megan Stielstra, Shawn Andrew Mitchell, Lindsay Hunter, Michael Czyzniejewski, Susannah Felts, BJ Hollars, Leni Zumas, Ben Tanzer, Steve Himmer, Nick Ostdick, Sam Weller, Kyle Beachy, and Tobias Carroll.

That’s right: the songs you craved from the bands you loved are paid tribute in this collection that rocks as hard as the music from which it’s inspired. These are stories of love and heartache. Stories of sex and drugs. Stories of misspent youth. Stories of tumultuous adulthood. Stories set to a killer soundtrack consisting of bands like Warrant, Poison, Twisted Sister, Judas Priest, Vixen, KISS, and more. It’s a best-of-album-in-stories that shines a spotlight on an often overlooked period of popular music from an eclectic group of young writers who honor the source material in superb fashion, big hair and all.

Readers for the evening include Hair Lit contributors: Matt Rowan (editor of Untoward Magazine), Lindsay Hunter (author Daddy’s and the forthcoming Don’t Kiss Me) and Mike Joyce (editor of The Literary Orphans)

Nick Ostdick, the anthology’s editor, is a husband, runner, and writer currently residing in Rockford, Illinois. He holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from Southern Illinois University and is the co-editor of the forthcoming anthology The Man Date: 15 Bromances (Prime Mincer, 2013). He’s the winner of the Viola Wendt Award for Fiction and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Annalemma Quarterly, Exit 7, The Emerson Review, Main Street Rag, Fiction Writers Review and elsewhere.

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Friday, March 15th, 7pm – Free Event

Jay Wexler Reads from The Adventures of Ed Tuttle, Associate Justice, and Other Stories 3/30

Mar ’13
7:00 pm


A zoo with only black and white animals. A camp where children are forced to gather clams or face a trip to the “hot box.” A Supreme Court Justice’s confirmation hearing presided over by the 1977 Kansas City Royals. The Adventures of Ed Tuttle, Associate Justice, and Other Stories transports the reader to these hilarious places and beyond. This is a world, according to Dan Kennedy, host of The Moth Storytelling Podcast, “where corporate cafeteria lunch servers blurt out Kierkegaard quotes to soften the hard luck of a low supply of the ‘lunch beans’ that two raging alcoholic white collar workers crave daily; a world where an HMO in-network dentist hovers over patients and instead of asking about their flossing habits or aches, asks what it is that they like best about him; a world where television sitcoms are set on death row. That’s nothing—that’s the tip of the iceberg.” These stories, illustrations, and other errata are as funny as they are strange, as wonderful as they are wacky.

“This is funny stuff, and I hope that Jay Wexler will donate his brain to neuroscience so we can see what’s up with it.” –Steven Pinker, author of How the Mind Works and The Blank Slate.

JAY WEXLER is a law professor at Boston University and a former law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. His stories, humor pieces, essays, and reviews have appeared in places like Barrelhouse, The Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Mental Floss, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Monkeybicycle, Opium, and Spy. His first two books are ‘Holy Hullabaloos’ and ‘The Odd Clauses.’

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Saturday, March 30, 7pm – Free Event

Also by Jay Wexler:

The Odd Clauses Understanding Constitution Through 10 of Its Most Curious Provisions


“For a variety of reasons, many of the Constitution’s more obscure passages never make it to any court and therefore never make headlines or even law school classrooms, which teach from judicial decisions. In this captivating and witty book, Jay Wexler draws on his extensive professional and educational backgrounds in constitutional law to demonstrate how these “odd clauses” have incredible relevance to our lives, our government’s structure, and the integrity of our democracy.”

Off-Site Event: Special Screening of Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines and Superhero Expo

Mar ’13
2:00 pm



2:00-4:00 PM
2nd Floor Claudia Cassidy Theatre
With a discussion featuring comics artists Jill Thompson, Lyra Hill and Jenny Frison.
Host: Allison Cuddy of WBEZ/Chicago Public Radio.

(NOT AT QUIMBY’S; AT THE CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER, 78 E Washington St  Chicago, IL 60602)

Superhero Expo
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
in the 1st Floor Garland Room
with Brain Frame, Girls in the Game, Quimby’s Bookstore and more.
Featuring the Superhero art show (see details below), Photo Booth (with costumes),
and the Superhero Portrait Slam with Project Onward artists (11am – 4pm)!

Envision Superheroines for the Modern Age!
Renditions will be displayed at the Wonder Women Expo at the Cultural Center on March 16th during and following the screening of the documentary Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, this documentary looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.

Bring your drawings/paintings/art to the Expo.  Any format for the art is fine.

To consider:
What is her mission?
What does she look like? What is her costume?
What powers does she possess?
What issues does she tackle? Whom is she going to save?
Does she have an everyday alter-ego/cover?  If so, what is her occupation?
What are her personal challenges?
Does she have a sidekick?
What is her mode of transportation?
Special gadgets she employs in her feats?
What is her “kryptonite”?

Presented by WTTW Channel 11 and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in partnership with Chicago Foundation For Women, Eileen Fisher Foundation, Project Onward and Quimby’s Bookstore.

Community Cinema is a national civic engagement initiative featuring free monthly screenings of films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. Every month in 100+ cities, community members come together to learn, discuss, and get involved in key social issues of our time.