Monthly Archive for August, 2013

Laydeez Do Comics August edition 8/29 With Joyce Rice and Kat Leyh of Symbolia Magazine.

Aug ’13
7:00 pm


Guests will be Joyce Rice and Kat Leyh of Symbolia Magazine.


Symbolia is a tablet magazine of illustrated journalism that pairs incendiary reporting with thoughtful illustration and comics, the first digital journal solely dedicated to the form. Symbolia was founded by Erin Polgreen  Joyce Rice. Deanna Zandt wrote for Forbes that, “Symbolia has accomplished two major feats: elevated the status of illustrated, sequential art as a form in a neglected space, and created a new space for us to reimagine what journalism can look – and feel – like.”

Speaker Bios:

Joyce Rice collaborates with artists to craft intriguing narratives that merge audio, animation, and hand illustration with high-quality journalism. A seasoned illustrator and interactive designer – and a specialist in sequential storytelling, interactive content and publication design – she’s cofounder and creative director of the digital magazine Symbolia.  Joyce publishes comics and drawings in a variety of independent magazines and comics anthologies, and has been self-publishing an ongoing diary comic – Bird Wizards! – since 2008. Her work has appeared in Columbia Journalism Review, has been written about in FastCo., Poynter, and other outlets, and she has spoken about the intersection of comics and journalism at the Michigan State University Comics Forum.
leyhKat Leyh is a Chicago-based illustrator who somehow manages to draw for a living. When she’s not doing that, she creates comics for fun. A few of Leyh’s comics have been published by Yeti Press Comics, and you can view more of her work at

Laydeez do Comics is a unique salon with a focus on graphic works based on life narrative, the drama of the domestic, and the everyday. Invited guest speakers have 10-20 minute slots to present works/ideas followed by a Q&A. Launched in London in July 2009, the group has now expanded to other cities, including Chicago. Quimby’s hosts the Chicago chapter and it is usually the last Thursday of every month. For August the meeting is on Thurs, Aug 29th at 7pm.

Offsite: On The Wall: Zine Art Meets Gallery Art at Strange Beauty Show

Aug ’13
7:00 pm

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Come to Strange Beauty Show on Thursday, August 15th for this very special event co-sponsored by Quimby’s Bookstore!

On The Wall: Zine Art Meets Gallery Art
at Strange Beauty Show
1118 N. Ashland Ave.

This very special event is the first collaboration between Quimby’s Bookstore and the salon/art space Strange Beauty Show. Curated by staff from both businesses, this group show features zine and comics artists, who will be showcasing pieces from their publications on the wall for display, and they will also have their periodicals avaiable for perusal and purchase.

Featuring work by Jami Sailor, Danielle Chenette, Lyra Hill and more!

Karaoke provided by Shameless Karaoke! (Click here for the song list.) Cocktails and nibbles!

Click here to find the event on Facebook.

*Please note this event is NOT at Quimby’s. It is at at Strange Beauty Show at 1118 N. Ashland Ave.

Strange Beauty Show is a place to experience artistic beauty in an upbeat yet laid-back environment. Come in and get a new creative haircut or color, view the work of local visual artists, and listen to a favorite song on vinyl; these elements all converge in one creative space at SBS. Also, see their Facebook page for updates of creative hair endeavors at SBS.

Elwin Cotman Reads From Hard Times Blues With Patty Templeton 8/23

Aug ’13
7:00 pm


In Elwin Cotman’s new book Hard Times Blues (Six Gallery Press), zombies, elves, hobos, Martians, dragons; musical ghosts and sorcerous retail managers wreak havoc. These five lyrical and satirical fables look at the lives of the alienated and dispossessed through a fabulist lens. Drawing inspiration from the Gothic, pulp fiction, rock’n’roll, the Bible, and anime (to name a few), Cotman writes American fairy tales for a 21st century audience. For more info:


“Elwin Cotman writes like a brilliant maniac, as if he’s afraid someone will take his pen away too soon.”–Timothy Schaffert, author of The Coffins of Little Hope

Patty Templeton (below, right) writes hellpunk in a handbasket full of ghosts, freaks and fools. Her work has appeared in PseudopodPodCastleSteam Powered II and Criminal Class Review. She won the first ever Naked Girls Reading Literary Honors Award and has been a runner-up for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. For more info:


Queer Literary Showcase All The Writers I Know with Michael Garabedian, ellie navidson, Sam Lowry, and H Melt 8/10

Aug ’13
7:00 pm

ATWIKQueer literary salon All The Writers I Know returns Sat, August 10th for their newest showcase, “More Than Alive.” Readers include Michael Garabedian, ellie navidson, Sam Lowry, and H Melt. Based around the idea of storytelling as a community-building act, producer Mar Curran wanted the event to continue ATWIK’s efforts to foster queer-positive space to share written work around the idea of not only surviving obstacles in life but overcoming them to thrive. This topic is something Curran and guest co-producer poet H. Melt felt was important to highlight and celebrate at an event described as “part grown-up story time, part poetry cipher, part cocktail party.”

“Many people in our community face huge challenges, both related to and independent of their queer identities,” says Curran. “Coming together in a safe space to read work about rising above these challenges is hopefully a way to encourage others in the audience to do so themselves.”

Created in 2011 by Patrick Gill and Rosy Phinick in Gill’s living room, ATWIK was started with the hopes of creating a safe space for Chicago queer writers to share their work with one another. Two co-producers aimed to create a space that “lets you feel as comfortable as you would in your own living room.”

For more info: Contact Mar Curran at mcurr7(at)gmail(dot)com or like the All The Writers I Know Facebook page

Saturday, August 10th, 7pm – Free Event