It’s true. We have for you this week’s top 10 but also, the first episode of the Quimby’s podcast that you can download from podbean.com. Eventually it will be on I-Tunes; we’re in the application stage where they listen to it and then (hopefully) approve it. So for now, you can listen to it at podbean and/or download it in some form to listen to it on some device or machine. The first episode features an interview with Margaret Hicks who wrote Chicago Comedy: A Fairly Serious History. We think you will agree that she was extremely charming, if we don’t say so ourselves.
In other news, you will see that two artists featured in the first volume of the comics anthology Black Eye have made the top 10 bestsellers this week with their books, both Paul Hornschemeier and Lilli Carré. They will be here to celebrate the release of Black Eye on 6/24 with other contributors Ivan Brunetti, Paul Nudd and Onsmith.
Top 10 This Week
1. Life With Mr Dangerous by Paul Hornschemeier (Villard) $22.00 – Life with Mr.Dangerous is a study of modern emotional understanding as tethered to pop culture fandom. Amy Breis, the book’s protagonist, does an awkward job of navigating a life full of seeming dead ends. Her response to reality is constantly informed by her love of a television show, and the show acts as a filter to make the mundane situations more dramatic and interesting.
2. Roctober #49 $4.00
3. Haymarket 1886-2011 by AREA Chicago $5.00 – As part of the 125th commemoration/reenactment of the Haymarket Riots, AREA Chicago has put out Haymarket 1886-2011 a look at the broad and still resonating impact of Haymarket today. Smartly laid out and broad in scope with contributions from: Penelope Rosemont, David Roediger, Alma Washington, the history of Haymarket walking tours, Euan Hague, Paul Buhle, Peter Chanthasena and Anh Nguyen, the Haymarket Historic Landmark District, Paul Durica, the South Chicago ABC Zine Distro, reflections on Haymarket from the shadow of September 11, Holly Nelson, May Day, the Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company, Josefa Mellor and Nick Naber, 134 years of social struggle in Pilsen, Teko Sãso, Anthony Rayson, Josh Otte and Jordon Olson, Jerry Mead-Lucero, Sam Mitrani, alternative Haymarket monument proposals, Samuel Barnett, Lucy Parsons, teaching and learning about Haymarket, Bucky Halker and Nicolas Lampert.
4. Animal Sex – You Might Not Want To Know by Isabella Rotman $3.00 – This mini is so good! It’s a sly and pervy funny-as-shit guide to kinky sex in the animal kingdom. From ungodly long schlongs of Argentine lake ducks to pheromone-fueled Garter Snake fuckballs, Rotman’s bestiary culls the cream of the crop from what sounds like some pretty extensive -uh- “internet research”. -EF
5. Little Otsu Living Things vol 4 Lilli Carre (Little Otsu) $6.95
6. East Village Inky #47 $3.00 – Ayun gives us a Mermaid Parade 101 and plenty of scrapper parent scene reportage. Topped with tales of a sourdough starter (you know how New Yorkers like to brag about how cultured they are). -EF
7. Root Rot by Anne Koyama and Michael DeForge, eds. (Koyama Press) $12.00 – Koyama calls the 5-second rule on everything that falls to the forest floor. Root Rot’s an impressive comics-centric Nobrow-like look book of stunners. Moldy mushrooms and tossed moss from t edward bak, JFISH, Mickey Zacchilli, Bob Flynn, Lizz Hickey, Dan Zettwoch, Chris Eliopoulos, Joseph Lambert, Jon Vermilyea, Derek M Ballard, Angie Wang, Greg Pizzoli, Hellen Jo and Ines Estrada with special show-stoppin’ contributions from Robin Nishio and Jesse Jacobs. Let’s go camping, yes? -EF
8. Maximumrocknroll #337 Jun 11 $4.00
9. Boys Club #4 by Matt Furie (Pigeon Press) $6.00 – More boners, more pizza, more roommates, more stoney-baloney plus also some barfing. I’m not going to tell you twice: zit’s awesome. -EF
10. Burn Collector #15 by Al Burian $3.00 – Al Burian takes on his new home town, Berlin with a little help from a Chicago All-Star team of Anne Elizabeth “Unmarketable” Moore and Liam “Secret Beach” Warfield.