Monthly Archive for March, 2013

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Off-Site: OUTSIDERS: Zines, Samizdat, and Alternative Publishing

Apr ’13

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Off-Site Event:

Caxton Club/Newberry Library Symposium presents
OUTSIDERS: Zines, Samizdat, and Alternative Publishing
Sat, April 6th (various times)
The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This symposium explores the world of the alternative press with experts from around the country, featuring speakers such as Jenna Freedman (Lower East Side Librarian Winter Solstice Shout Out zine), Davida Breier (Xerography Debt) Anne Elizabeth Moore (independent publisher, activist, writer and teacher). And Quimby’s will be there selling zines! For more info:

Please note, this event is NOT at Quimby’s. It’s at the Newberry Library at 60 West Walton St.

Oyez Review Celebrates 40th Anniversary 4/12

Apr ’13
7:00 pm


Don’t miss The Oyez Review celebrating its fortieth issue with Katherine May Copenhaver and other Contributors.

Oyez Review, Roosevelt University’s award-winning literary magazine, is edited and produced by MFA candidates in the Literary Magazine Internship course. Each issue includes poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction from the best writers across the nation. Oyez Review’s most recent issue marks forty years of continuous publication. Oyez Review has featured work by such writers as Charles Bukowski, James McManus, Carla Panciera, Michael Onofrey, Tim Foley, John N. Miller, Gary Fincke, and Barry Silesky, and visual artists Thomas C. Jackson, Steve Harp, Vivian Nunley, C. Taylor, Jennifer Troyer, and Frank Spidale.

Oyez Review’s fortieth anniversary issue includes for the first time ever color artwork by acclaimed Chicago artist Chuck Jones.

Katherine May Copenhaver has lived in the Chicago area most of her life. She holds a BA in English from University of Iowa and an MFA in creative writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She makes a living as a writer, editor, and teacher of writing.

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Friday, April 12th, 7pm – Free Event

Gilbert Hernandez Talks About Marble Season 4/18

Apr ’13
7:00 pm beloved cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez (LOVE & ROCKETS) as he launches his new D+Q graphic novel MARBLE SEASON, his first semiautobiographical story of his childhood. Hernandez will present a fascinating slide show “From Funnybooks to Graphic Novels” featuring the comics of his childhood, in addition to a Q+A and signing.  These silver age comics not only influenced MARBLE SEASON, but also set the course for Gilbert, as well as his brothers Jaime and Mario, to become the legendary comics creator they are today.

MARBLE SEASON is the first ever semi-autobiographical novel by  acclaimed cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez of Love & Rockets, and is also his first graphic novel for Drawn & Quarterly. Meet Huey. He’s the middle child of a big family, growing up in a California suburb in the 1960s. He stages Captain America plays in the backyard and treasures his older brother’s comic-book collection almost as much as his approval. Set against the golden age of the American dream and the silver age of comics, MARBLE SEASON is a subtle and deft rumination on the redemptive and timeless power of storytelling and worldbuilding in childhood.

“Perhaps no other current creators of comics recognize (or vividly remember) the ways actual kids think, talk, or even stand and walk as accurately as the Hernandez brothers, and no other comics artists so delicately intertwine moments of childhood trauma with the goofy logic that otherwise sustains kids when they begin to sense that they live in an irrational world.”
—from the afterword by Corey Creekmur

“Gilbert Hernandez is one of the great craftsmen of modern comics.”—New York Times

Praise for Palomar: “These deeply influential tales, a sort of Archie-comics-meets-Marquez melange of complicated pan-American inter-relationships, are a comix epic.”—Time

Praise for Gilbert Hernandez: “He…[should]…be considered one of the greatest American storytellers. It’s so hard to do funny, tragic, local and epic, and he does all simultaneously, and with great aplomb.”
—Junot Diaz, Los Angeles TIMES

Need some help getting up to speed on the rich history of Los Hernandez Bros? Need a quick “How to Read Love & Rockets” 101 of sorts? There’s a helpful Love and Rockets Guide at the Fantagraphics website!