Monthly Archive for February, 2013

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“Mitch O’Connell: The World’s Best Artist” Book Signing & Slideshow With Book Designer Joseph Allen Black at 3/21

Mar ’13
7:00 pm


Humorous and masterful, Mitch O’Connell: the World’s Best Artist by Mitch O’Connell, (Last Gasp Publishing) is a career-spanning retrospective of work from the king of kitsch, Mitch O’Connell. This full-color, 284 page tome—resplendent with a foam-filled, vinyl, glitter-enhanced cover—collects all the good stuff (the crappy art is under lock and key) from this prolific pop artist. If you appreciate the finer things in life, such as beehives, boobs, and big-eyed kittens, you will not want to miss this book.

 “I am stunned by how remarkably talented he is … I’ve been jealous of him for over 30 years!”-Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing

“What David Lynch might read to his kids at night! Great!” – Boston Globe

Mitch O’Connell’s work has been featured in such places as: Playboy, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, and Juggs. He has made campaign art for Coke, McDonalds, KFC, Kelloggs, and more. His tattoo designs can be found on bodies belonging to people with impeccable taste the worldwide. His previous books include Mitch O’Connell Tattoos, Pwease Wuv Me, and Good Taste Gone Bad.

Mr. O’Connell will  be joined by the book’s designer Jospeh Allen Black.

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Thursday, March 21st, 7pm – Free Event

Zine, Lose, or Draw!: A Chicago Zine Fest Game Show Hosted by Neil Brideau, at Quimby’s 3/8

Mar ’13
9:30 pm


“Zine, Lose, or Draw!” is CZF’s own take on beloved gameshow “Win, Lose, or Draw!” Teams will compete in this Pictionary-style game with a self-publishing theme. Be a part of the action by joining a team or cheer from the audience. Fun for everyone!


“Zine, Lose, or Draw!” will be hosted by Quimby’s very own Neil Brideau, co-organizr of Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) and creator of Oh Boy! Comics.


“Zine, Lose, or Draw!” is a part of Chicago Zine Fest 2013 taking place March 8-9 at various Chicago locations. CZF is an independent event creating an outlet for small press and independent publishers to showcase their work.


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Poet Carrie McGath Reads From Ohio Lonely 3/2

Mar ’13
7:00 pm

Ohio Lonely

In Carrie McGath’s new book, Ohio Lonely, a self-published chapbook of poems and accompanying photo-collge works. “This book is my version of a genealogy including photographs I have collaged to express my memories and impressions of family members I have met or never got to meet.”

Poet Alexander Long, author of Still Life, writes of Ohio Lonely:

“Don’t mistake Carrie McGath’s project in Ohio Lonely as nostalgic in a pejoratively clichéd way, a naïve and dishonest looking back where every lost family member is steeped in sugary sepia.  No.  McGath doesn’t just understand what nostalgia, literally, means: the ache for that which is ours.  Her nostalgia is marrow-deep.  “I look for the woman inside of me through photos…”, she writes in one poem.  Nothing more indelible than that manic stasis of the elegiac gaze.  Yes, indeed.  McGath’s poems fade not away.  Thank God.”

Saturday, March 2nd, 7pm – Free Event

Peter Sotos & Publisher Chip Smith Discuss Controversy in Publishing 3/23

Mar ’13
7:00 pm


Marking the roughly simultaneous re-release of Peter Sotos’ Tool  and Mine, Sotos will appear at Quimby’s Bookstore with his publisher Nine-Banded Books founder, Chip Smith, to discuss the continuing role of independent publishers in curating controversial and overlooked literature.

“Peter Sotos is one of those rare writers who can say, ‘The words I write are me,’ or at least as close as anyone can come to communicating who they are in words.” –Thomas Ligotti, author of The Conspiracy against the Human Race

“For this latter-day homo sacer, wounds are not to be healed but poked and worried until they bleed. Sotos is literature’s outcast, carrying stigma like a rat carries plague.” –Mikita Brottman, author of Thirteen Girls

“…among the most important writing being done today.”
–Dennis Cooper, author of The Marbled Swarm

Peter Sotos is a Chicago-born writer whose work focuses on criminal psychology, sexual abjection, and the myriad aspects of pornography. (He was also an early member of the noise group Whitehouse.) Noted his unique literary style and his frank and insightful engagement with deeply disturbing subjects, Sotos’ writings are considered by many to stand as oblique social criticism. Sotos is the author of 11 published novels, including Index, Tick, Lordotics, Comfort and Critique, and Selfish, Little: The Annotated Lesley Ann Downey. He is also the editor of the Pure Filth, an annotated collection transcripts culled from the underground pornography of the late Jamie Gillis. Sotos’ writing has appeared in ANSWER Me!, Apocalypse Culture II, Funeral Party, and Ritual Sex.

And oh yeah, he often comes in to Quimby’s (always wearing a long coat) with records he bought around the corner at Reckless Records. One time it was a greatest hits from The Smiths, prompting us to fun of him.

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Sat, March 23rd, 7pm – Free Event