Monthly Archive for May, 2013

Off-Site: Quimby’s Co-sponsors the EX. MONEY. RACE. GENDER Ladydrawers Exhibition

Jun ’13
5:00 pm
Quimby’s Bookstore (and our sister store, Chicago Comics) are proud to be a sponsor of the Ladydrawers Comics Collective exhibition entitled SEX. MONEY. RACE. GENDER, curated by Anne Elizabeth Moore, at Columbia College Chicago’s A+D Gallery, opening June 27th.  S.M.R.G. will also feature a series of workshops that explores hot button topics with everything from site-specific murals to performance to empirical conversations to yes, comics.
Beginning with the opening night spectacle, the gallery (Columbia’s A+D Gallery, not Quimby’s) will be activated through fun, radicalthinking, and art making, a space to observe and reflect on ideas of SEX, MONEY, RACE, and GENDER.  Instead of creating a catalog for the show, Quimby’s is proud to co-sponsor a comics anthology including work by Robyn Chapman, Danielle Chenette, Clay Harris, Lyra Hill, MariNaomi, Corinne Mucha, Laura Szumowski, Lauren Weinstein.

SEX. MONEY. RACE. GENDER.  The Ladydrawers (of Chicago, IL)

Exhibition & Workshop Schedule


Opening Reception: June 27, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Exhibit closes on July 27th

Curated by Anne Elizabeth Moore


Featuring comedy, art making, readings, performance, and much more. Come explore issues of SEX, MONEY, RACE, and GENDER with a sprinkling of humor and pathos through stand up comedy, femcore anthems, live mural making, and interpretations of texts, personal readings (in the bathroom!), and even hula hooping. Join us, won’t you?

Opening Night Performers

Sarah Bell, Blizzard Babies, Gretchen Hasse, Lyra Hill, Elliott Junkyard, Francis Kang, Ever Mainard, Carolina Mayorga, Katie McVay, Yasmin Nair, Polly Yates

Exhibition Participants

Nicole Boyett, Jacinta Bunnel, Danielle Chenette, Gretchen Hasse, Elliott Junkyard, Francis Kang, Carolina Mayorga, Melissa Gira Grant, Lyra Hill, Franny Howes, Nia King, Viet Le, Nicole Marroquin, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Sarah Morton, Liz Rush, Rachel Swanson, Laura Szumowski, Bonsovathary Uoeung, Lauren Weinstein, Sarah Welch, Elizabeth White, Mara Williams, Polly Yates

S.M.R.G Workshops

These workshops are collaborative and exploratory projects lead by outstanding cultural producers and thinkers—all amazing, smart people that you will like very much.

Radical Noticing: Riot Grrrl Press and Contemporary Comics

May Summer Farnsworth and Jamie Davida Lee

Saturday, June 29, 2013 2:00-4:00 p.m.

May Summer Farnsworth will discuss her experiences working on the formation of Riot Grrrl Press in 1993. Cartoonist Jamie Davida Lee will simultaneously lead a silent workshop on making comics and zines.

Lexicon of Sexicana

Esther Pearl Watson and Terri Kapsalis

Thursday, July 11, 2013, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Speech balloons! Giant boons! Big muscles! The hundred-year-old lexicon of comics was developed by its most prominent practitioners, mostly straight white dudes. It’s time to re-think the language of comics. Esther Pearl Watson and Terri Kapsalis will create a work exploring sexual health based on Mort Walker’s satirical look at comics devices for cartoonists, The Lexicon of Comicana.

Life and Labor

Delia Jean Hickey and Sarah Jaffe

Thursday, July 18, 2013, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

We all know what it means to work, but what extra effort do certain forms of labor extract from us? This workshop explores what it takes to make an honest living, with a particular focus on the service industry.

Boi Band Poser Poster Workshop

Viet Le and Morgan Claire

Thursday, July 25, 2013, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

This workshop challenges identities and identifications through pop and props. Thinking through gender, race, and (inner and outer) space, participants will form and “perform” their own pop bands and solo acts. Fun FOBulous times!

Please note: these events are at the A+D Gallery at 619 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago, Il 60605, NOT QUIMBY’S BOOKSTORE.

Off-Site: Quimby’s sells Marijuanamerica by Alfred Ryan Nerz at Jerry’s Sandwiches

Jun ’13
7:00 pm


Quimby’s will journey down the street to Jerry’s (the Wicker Park location, at 1938 W. Division) to welcome Alfred Ryan Nerz and sell his book Marijuanamerica: One Man’s Quest to Understand America’s Dysfunctional Love Affair with Weed. What BoingBoing called “a fascinating and entertaining snapshot…it reads something Hunter S. Thompson might have written in his Hell’s Angels days, had he laid off the hard stuff and graduated from Yale.”

Alfred Ryan Nerz is a Yale-educated author, journalist, and TV producer. He’s also a longtime marijuana enthusiast who has made it his mission to better understand America’s long-standing love-hate relationship with our favorite (sometimes) illegal drug. His cross-country investigation started out sensibly enough: taking classes at a cannabis college, hanging out with a man who gets three hundred pre-rolled joints per month from the federal government, and visiting the world’s largest medical marijuana dispensary.

However, after connecting with a mysterious friend of a friend, his journey took an unexpected turn and he found himself embedded with one of the largest growers and dealers on the West Coast. He quickly transformed from respectable journalist into an underworld apprentice — surrounded by pit bulls, exotic drugs, beanbags full of cash, and trunks full of weed.

While struggling to navigate the eccentric characters and rampant paranoia of the black market, he maintained enough equanimity to explore a number of vital questions: Is marijuana hurting or helping us? How is it affecting our lungs, our brains, and our ambitions? Is it truly addictive, and if so, are too many of us dependent on it? Should we legalize it? Does he need to quit?

As entertaining as it is illuminating, Marijuanamerica is one man’s attempt to humanize the myriad hot-button topics surrounding the nation’s worst-kept secret—our obsession with weed—while learning something about himself along the way.

Alfred Ryan Nerz is a freelance journalist whose pieces have appeared in Esquire, the Village Voice, and Time Out New York. In addition, he has written for NPR and produced television shows on Spike TV and the Biography channel. He lives in Brooklyn. He is also the author of Eat This Book: A Year on the Competitive Eating Circut.

Marijuanamerica: One Man’s Quest to Understand America’s Dysfunctional Love Affair with Weed
By Alfred Ryan Nerz
Abrams Image / April 2013
U.S. $19.95
ISBN 978-1-4197-0408-6
272 pages

Please note this event IS NOT at Quimby’s. It’s at Jerrys Sandwiches (the Wicker Park location) at 1938 W. Division, 773.235.1006.

Michael DeForge, Lisa Hanawalt & Patrick Kyle sign at Quimby’s 6/14

Jun ’13
9:00 pm

Come to Quimby’s the night before the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo to meet three of the most exciting alternative comics makers working today. Michael DeForge (Very Casual, Koyama Press), Lisa Hanawalt (My Dirty Dumb Eyes, Drawn & Quarterly), and Patrick Kyle (Black Mass) will be signing their graphic novels and minicomics as part of the official festivities surrounding CAKE. This event will be followed by Ezra Claytan Daniels’ Comic Art Battle.


Michael DeForge lives in Toronto and works as a cartoonist and illustrator. His series Lose is published annually by Koyama Press. His web strip Ant Comic is serialized weekly and will be collected into a graphic novel by Drawn and Quarterly upon its completion. Michael DeForge is a Special Guest at CAKE this year.


Lisa Hanawalt is a renowned self-publisher and illustrator living in Brooklyn, New York. Her comics work has won several awards, and she was recently nominated for a James Beard Award for Humor for her piece, “The Secret Lives of Chefs.” Hanawalt’s illustration and comics clients include The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Hairpin, McSweeneys, Chronicle Books, and Vanity Fair. She lives in Brooklyn with a dog and a comedian. MY DIRTY DUMB EYES (May 2013) is her first book with Drawn & Quarterly.newcomics1_patrickkyle

Patrick Kyle is an artist and illustrator from Toronto, Canada. He is the author of Black Mass and the monthly science fiction series Distance Mover. Patrick was nominated for a Doug Wright Award and an Ignatz award in 2012 for his work in Black Mass. Patrick’s newest work New Comics #1 was published in May 2013 by Mother Books.

Quimby’s is a proud sponsor of the CAKE which will take place Saturday and Sunday, June 15 & 16th, 11am – 6pm at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted.

This event previously featured a presentation by Derf Backderf. Unfortunately, Derf had to cancel his trip to Chicago, and will no longer be involved in this event. We hope to host him again soon.

Jason Robert Bell Brings The White Feathered Octopus to Quimby’s 6/11

Jun ’13
7:00 pm


Jason Robert Bell, Mystical Rebel Outlaw Baddasss, whose Advance Thothic Practice in Theatomix will one day rule the world, is releasing a limited paperback first edition of his new book The White Feathered Octopus (Tetragrammatron Press, 2012). This book talks about the gritty hard realties of growing up a blinded street beggar in Cairo, 1937, as if a mutant midwifed counterclockwise to the distant Jauntpads of Rocketcityutopia. It is a science fiction novel, written from one giant cryptographic anagram of Herman Melville’s Moby DIck. Not for the faint of heart! Read it if you dare. An erotic sexperiment in Philikdicking ones own mind back from the brink of madness and disability  a biography of lowdown heights, back alley knife fights, and cold uptown delights, the whole while you have the sinking feeling that this all might not actually be happen, as if you are a chess piece on a scrabble board.

In other words, prepared to have your MindPenis Blown!

Mr. Bell will have a limited edition of 12 artist proof unedited copied of his 365 page unreadable sci fi sex, steampimp, one giant anagram of moby dick novel. They will be for sale for $17.766 cents Lumarian, $20 usd. The books come with a digital portfolio of images and the text in complete iPad friendly PDF.

Robin Dluzen, editor in chief of Chicago Art Magazine is having nightmares about:

The White Feathered Octopus - The cornerstone of Jason Robert Bell‘s “One Man Army Corpse” exhibition at Thomas Robertello Gallery is The White Feathered Octopus, a 300-page book written by the artist during a three-month, pharmaceutically laden, bedridden recovery from a medical injury, available for viewers to peruse on a shelf in the gallery.

Not since my adolescent discovery of William S. Burroughs’s Naked Lunch have I felt the same heavy, sinking feeling in my stomach from a work of art, visual, written, or otherwise. The artist is the author, protagonist, and narrator of this digitally composed, fragmented, stream-of-consciousness piece, fluctuating between seemingly autobiographical reality and fantastical nightmares.

Like Naked LunchThe White Feathered Octopus is difficult to read in both structure and the nature of its content, and it is capable of giving a reader actual nightmares (as it did for me). But also like Burroughs’s masterpiece, it absolutely must be read for its courageous and frightening sincerity.

Jason Robert Bell is a Brooklyn-based experimental artist and mystic, who produces paintings, drawings, comics, sculpture, experimental films, outdoor installations, performances, and now text, that are the by-products of a mystical journey, conjuring a highly charged, alternative reality. His work has been exhibited at Postmasters Gallery, New York and Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago. Bell received a BFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute Chicago and an MFA from the Yale School of fArt.

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June 11th, 2013, 7pm – Free Event


Graham Kolbeins Presents The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame 6/7

Jun ’13
7:00 pm


Celebrate the release of legendary Japanese gay erotic artist Gengoroh Tagame’s first English-language collection of manga at Quimby’s! The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga features seven of Tagame’s dazzlingly brutal and sumptuously sexy S&M-influenced tales, exclusive sketches, author commentary and essays by Chip Kidd and Edmund White. Come explore Tagame’s oeuvre, background and artistic impact with the book’s editor, Graham Kolbeins. Plus, take part in an audience-facilitated performance of one of the book’s stories!

“The reader can’t help but feel they’ve been granted a delectable sneak peek into the debauched world of impossibly virile, nasty-as-hell alpha males.” – Ed Luce, creator of Wuvable Oaf

Gengoroh Tagame (born 1964) is a legend in gay comics throughout the world and in the American underground, where loyal fans have quietly shared foreign-language editions of his groundbreaking work in the outermost edges of bondage and pornography. Beyond the comic book format, Tagame’s original artwork has been exhibited internationally and paired with the works of Tom of Finland. Tagame was also the founding Editor and Art Director of Japan’s most widely circulated gay journal, G-Men.

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Friday, June 7th, 7pm – Free Event