Monthly Archive for September, 2013

Laydeez Do Comics October Edition: Beth Hetland and Jaclyn Miller 10/31

Oct ’13
31
7:00 pm

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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.

October’s edition features artists Beth Hetland (cartoonist, teacher, lover of sharks) & Jaclyn Miller (cartoonist, Chicago Zine Fest organizer).

Beth Hetland was raised in the rolling hills of Wisconsin.  After earning her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009, where she started making comics, she packed up and moved to White River Junction, VT to attend a graduate program at The Center for Cartoon Studies.  She graduated with an MFA in 2011 and accepted a position teaching comics at her alma mater, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  She has been teaching there ever since, bringing comics and cheer to eager young minds.  She has been self-publishing since 2006 with over 50 titles to her name. She has been the recipient of the both the Best Small Press Stumptown Award and Nerdlinger. Her longest auto-bio work, “Fugue,” is a three part story that traces the generational repetitions and relationship of her family utilizing music as a metephor. She frequently collaborates with her best friend, Kyle O’Connell, on fiction work–the current ideration of which is the first volume of their new series titled “Half Asleep.”  For more about Beth and her work, visit her blog: beth-hetland.com.

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Jaclyn Miller is a cartoonist living and working in Chicago. Her work deals primarily in autobiography, daydream, and memory. Her current project, “Rememberies,” is a minicomic series centered around childhood folly and reflection. When she’s not working her day job or surrounding herself with good people and good comics, she spends her time as an organizer for the Chicago Zine Fest. More info at fortfootcomix.tumblr.com.

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Off-Site Book Release Event for Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey at the Hungry Brain 10/16

Oct ’13
16
6:00 pm

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Join us at the Hungry Brain on Oct 16th for the release of Fred Minnick’s book Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey (and yes, the book will be available for purchase, courtesy of Quimby’s). Special discussion panel guests will be Monique Huston, whisky specialist at Stoller Wine & Spirits, “Still Stoker” Karen Sisulak Binder of Southern Sisters Spirits, Meg Bell – brand ambassador for Death’s Door Spirits and one of Chicago premier female distillers Sonat Hart from Koval Distillery.

About the book:
Shortly after graduating from University of Glasgow in 1934, Elizabeth “Bessie” Williamson began working as a temporary secretary at the Laphroaig Distillery on the Scottish island Islay. Williamson quickly found herself joining the boys in the tasting room, studying the distillation process, and winning them over with her knowledge of Scottish whisky. After the owner of Laphroaig passed away, Williamson took over the prestigious company and became the American spokesperson for the entire Scotch whisky industry. Impressing clients and showing her passion as the Scotch Whisky Association’s trade ambassador, she soon gained fame within the industry, becoming known as the greatest female distiller. Whiskey Women tells the tales of women who have created this industry, from Mesopotamia’s first beer brewers and distillers to America’s rough-and-tough bootleggers during Prohibition. Women have long distilled, marketed, and owned significant shares in spirits companies. Williamson’s story is one of many among the influential women who changed the Scotch whisky industry as well as influenced the American bourbon whiskey and Irish whiskey markets. Until now their stories have remained untold.

Please note: This event it NOT at Quimby’s. It is at The Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont Ave  Chicago, IL 60618 (773) 709-1401.

The Hungry Brain on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thehungrybrain

The Facebook Post for this event.

Wednesday, Oct. 16th

ellie june navidson Reads From Spider Teeth With AJ Durand and KOKOMO

Oct ’13
10
7:00 pm

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In ellie june navidson’s new zine Spider Teeth, she attempts to encompass the complicated emotionality surrounding her recent surgery, “the surgery.” It’s a messy and gorgeous work that she couldn’t be more excited to share. The opening will feature performances by several trans women/goddesses. Face it, she says, we’re absolutely everything, come celebrate with us.

ellie june navidson is your everyday subversive tranny faggot. She is a blogger, poet, workshop facilitator, dressmaker, and all around crafty radical. Much of her work explores gender, normativity, radical visibility, and self-awareness. She works to incorporate vulnerability and non-violence into her life while striving for social justice. She’s all about empowerment, brave honesty, and growth. She is perparing to release her fabulous new zine, Spider Teeth, that encapsulates all the complicated emotionality surrounding “The Surgery.” Some essays and contact information can be found at her personal blog can be found at invisiblyqueer.tumblr.com.

She will be accompanied by AJ Durand and KOKOMO.

For more info: ellie(dot)june(dot)navidson(at)gmail(dot)com

Thursday, October 10th, 7pm – Free Event

Click here to find the Facebook event posting for this event.

Tea Krulos Reads From Heroes in the Night: Inside the Real Life Superhero Movement 10/5

Oct ’13
5
7:00 pm

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In Tea Krulos’s new book, a creative non-fiction titled Heroes in the Night: Inside the Real Life Superhero Movement (Chicago Review Press), he explores the “Real Life Superhero” movement, a sub-culture of people who adopt their own costumed personas and hit the street to battle injustice. Like in the comic books…but not really.

 

Through historical research, extensive interviews, and many long hours walking on patrol in Brooklyn, Seattle, San Diego, Minneapolis, and Vancouver, Krulos discovered what being a RLSH is all about. He shares not only their shining, triumphant moments but some of their ill-advised, terrifying disasters as well.

 

“Krulos combines solid journalism with colorful storytelling to shed light on this bizarre and utterly human subculture… Heroes in the Night is a great example of the promise of creative non-fiction.” –Matt Hlinak, Pop Mythology.com

 

The work of Tea Krulos has been featured in such places as: The Guardian, Boston Phoenix, New York Press, Shepherd Express, Milwaukee Magazine and Third Coast Digest. He’s been a featured guest several times on WUWM’s Lake Effect.

 

For his appearance at Quimby’s, Krulos will read an excerpt from the book, run through a slideshow of some of the colorful characters he’s met, and feature an appearance from a surprise guest.

 

For more info: http://heroesinthenight.blogspot.com

Click here for the Facebook event post.

Or contact Mary Kravenas, mkravenas(at)chicagoreviewpress(dot)com, 312-676-4226

 

Saturday, October 5th, 7pm – Free Event

12 Weeks of Quimbas: Caseen Gaines Presents A Christmas Story at Quimby’s – with Special Guest Ralphie’s Little Brother, Ian Petrella! 10/12

Oct ’13
12
7:00 pm

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Calling all A Christmas Story fans! Award-winning author Caseen Gaines (Inside Pee Wees Playhouse) is returning to Quimby’s Bookstore to discuss and sign copies of his brand-new book, A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic with special guest Ian Petrella, who played Ralphie’s little brother Randy Parker in the film!

This definitive guide to everything fans want to know about A Christmas Story shares the inside story behind the film’s production, release, and unlikely ascent to the top of popular culture. In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of its theatrical release, this is the untold story of the making of the film, and what happened afterwards. Complete with rare and previously unreleased photographs, now fans of the movie and film buffs alike can learn all they didn’t know about the timeless classic.

“Fans of the film — and film fans in general — will love this book. Extremely detailed and immensely fun to read, Caseen Gaines’ book only adds to the magic that is A Christmas Story. Expertly told in a style and tone that would make Jean Shepherd and Bob Clark proud.” — Michael Ambers, producer of the TV Guide’s The Cast of A Christmas Story: Where Are They Now
For more information about A Christmas Story, visit www.facebook.com/AChristmasStoryBook

For press inquiries, contact Jenna Illies, jenna(at)ecwpress(dot)com

*Celebrate National Doughnut Month with Quimby’s that day too with coffee (from Big Shoulders Coffee!) and doughnutty treats! This event kicks off The 12 Weeks of Quimbas, and this is our first gift to you!

Saturday, October 12, 7:00pm