Josh Simmons Reads From Black River 5/7

7:00 pm


Josh Simmons returns with his first full-length graphic novel since 2007’s acclaimed House. A group of women, one man, and two dogs are making their way through a post-apocalyptic world in search of a city that supposedly still has electricity and some sort of civilization. Along the way, they go to a comedy club, take a drug called Gumdrop, and encounter gangs of men who are fools, lunatics, or murderous sadists. In other words, all manner of terrors.

Simmons is one of the field’s most distinctive voices in the genre of horror, (The Furry Trap, House) and this full-length graphic novel is his best work yet – echoing director John Carpenter’s perfect tick-tock pacing, as well as Shirley Jackson’s ability to transcend genre and turn it into literature.

“Josh Simmons has concocted a hellish world in which madwomen roam a post-apocalyptic landscape – but its battlescars are nothing compared to the self-obliterating hell of their own minds. A horrifying, unforgettable vision.”

– Kier-La Janisse (House of Psychotic Women)


Josh Simmons was born in Connecticut in 1977. He is the creator of the graphic novels House, Jessica Farm Volume One, and The Furry Trap. He currently lives in New Haven, CT.

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Facebook event invite for the event.

Thursday, May 7th, 7pm – Free Event

Zine Reading Club Wed, April 8th at the CHIPRC

Screen shot 2015-04-07 at 11.43.54 AMOff-site Event: Zine Reading Club at CHIPRC Discussing Shotgun Seamstress #7
Wed, April 8th, 7pm
The Chicago Publishers Resource Center (CHIPRC)
858 N. Ashland Avenue (not Quimby’s)

$3 donation asked at the door

CHIPRC’s Zine Reading Club gets together periodically to discuss and support zine culture. At each event, new self published zine and comic titles will be selected to read and discussed. This month’s community partner, Stranger Danger Zine Distro select this month’s work to read: Shotgun Seamstress #7 by Osa Atoe. In this issue, Osa shares her experience with booking woman-positive, queer-positive, all-ages DIY shows in New Orleans, detailing the joy and struggle found in organizing such a project. Don’t forget, you can also bring in your favorite titles and come join the discussion! Pick up this month’s comic here at Quimby’s, with Stranger Danger Zine Distro or at CHIPRC  (while supplies last). Go to for more information. This event is NOT AT QUIMBY’S. It is at CHIPRC at 858 N. Ashland Avenue.

New Stuff This Week

cake14digestCAKE Digest 2014 $8.00 – Anthology featuring tons of folks from the 2014 (yeah, you read that right) Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, including Ben Bertin, Nate Beaty, Bred Rohloff, Brett Manning, Ian McDuffie, Bernie McGovern, Corinne Mucha, Jeremy Tinder Gina Wynbrandt, Keiler & Scott Roberts, Sara Drake and more!


Shotgun Seamstress #7 $5.00 – This month’s pick for the CHIPRC Zine Reading Club on Wed, Apr 8th at the CHIPRC. More info at

Fixer Eraser #1 by Jonas $3.00- New thingy from local zine celeb Jonas of Cheer the Eff Up.

De-li-cious #1 by Oorn $15.00 – Cooking zine-book thing.

Everything Is Fine #2 by Nyxia Grey $2.00 – Thoughts on eating disorder issues, mental healing, and other personal meditations. Very intriguing perzine.

New Morality Zine #2 by Nick Acosta $5.00 – Punk music zine.

Comics & Minis

Clorofilia #1 Magazine of Plant Related Comics by Kira Mardikes & frinds $6.00

Lost Property by Andy Poyiadgi (Nobrow) $5.95

Super Dating Blitz #1 by Anthony Meloro $6.00

Draw By Four #2 the Craft by Rachel Ang $6.00

Deep Blue by Ace Wagstaff and Rachel Ang $6.00 – Asks some real big existential questions about reality with some nice line drawings. Is it a comics? Is it a zine? Who cares what it is? It’s interesting. -LM

Dumpling King #6 by Alex Kim (Oily Comics) $1.00

Piggy by Bavarsky Niv (Retrofit) $4.00

Drawn Onward by Matt Madden (Retrofit) $5.00

Unmentionables by Jack Teagle (Retrofit) $6.00

Mowgli’s Mirror by Olivier Schrauwen (Retrofit) $8.00

Graphc Novels & Trade Paperbacks

Copra Round 2 by Michael Fiffe (Bergen Street Comics) $19.95 – Genocide ain’t a pretty thing to see. But there’s no time to mourn when your face is at the edge of the gun. Scared, desperate, and alone, Copra’s gonna clear their name in a brutal reckoning with the forces that screwed them over and sold them out. Will hate be enough?

Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle, illustrated by Hope Larson $14.99 – Now in soft cover.

Adventure Time vol 5 Graybles Schmaybles by Danielle Corsetto and Bridget Underwood $12.99

Lumberjanes vol 1 Beware the Kitten Holy TPB by Noelle Stevenson & friends $14.99

Goon vol 14 Occasion of Revenge by Eric Powell (Dark Horse) $16.99

Room For Love by Ilya (Self Made Hero) $22.95


Worst Person Ever by Douglas Coupland $16.00

Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis $16.00

Bend of the World by Jacob Bacharach $14.95

Sundogz by  Mark Von Schlegell (Semiotexte) $17.95

Goldfinch by Donna Tartt $20.00 – Now in soft cover.

Politics & Revolution

La Lucha: The Story of Lucha Castro and Human Rights in Mexico (Front Line Defenders Book Series ) by Jon Sack etc. $16.95

Poetry & Chap Books

Detritus of Tongues and Cheeks by Brett Mayfield $2.00

Major Characters In Minor Films by Kristy Bowen (Dancing Girl Press) $14.00


Gene Simmons Is a Powerful and Attractive Man (and Other Irrefutable Facts) by Christina Vitagliano $16.00

F In Exams – Pop Quiz All New Awesomely Wrong Test Answers by Richard Benson $9.95


Keeping Ourselves in the Dark by Colin Fetlham (Nine-Banded Books) $19.00

Music Books

I Found My Friends: The Oral History of Nirvana by Nick Soulsby $15.99


Unabrow: Misadventures Of a Late Bloomer by Una Lamarche $16.00

So Youve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson $27.95


AdBusters May Jun 15 $12.95

Hi Fructose #35 $7.95

True Crime Mar 15 $8.99

Little White Lies #58 Truth and Movies $12.99

Mojo #256 Apr 15 $10.50

Tom Tom Magazine #21 $6.00

International Review #154 International Communist Current Win 15 $3.00

Upping The Anti  #16 Journal of Theory and Action $10.00

Other Stuff

Limited Edition Alice in Wonderland-themed Moleskine notebooks, various sizes. Curiouser and Curiouser! Come in to see themmmmmmmmmm.

Field Notes Two Rivers, Set of Three Notebooks $11.00

There Will Be Popcorn: Celebrate Free Comic Book Day and Independent Bookstore Day

11:00 am


Have you heard the good news? This year both Free Comic Book Day and Independent Bookstore Day fall on the same awesome Saturday (May 2)! Come to Quimby’s for free comics PLUS popcorn and Quimby’s-centric movies playing all day long. Pop a squat with some corn and be awed by the rad collision of a mega-bookstore event.

Click here for Facebook invite.

*** Awesome concession stand artwork by Neil Brideau ***


New Stuff This Week

#Unflattening, a graphic novel experiment to help combat flat thinking at #QuimbysBookstore

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Unflattening by Nick Sousanis (Harvard U Press) $22.95 – An experiment in thinking that takes cues from Edwin A. Abbott’s Flatland and with chapter titles like “Fifth Dimension” and “Awakening,” there is no way you’d want to pass up Unflattening, especially if you have time to kill while you’re waiting for your weed dealer. Sousanis counteracts the “flatness” of rigid thinking by suggesting that when we make meaning we incorporate and reevaluate different vantage points. He uses comics to weave together our diverse ways of seeing, drawn from science, philosophy, art, literature, and mythology to discuss human perception. Humanities in da house.-LM


Visitor In Myself #4 Winter 2015 by Nichole Baiel $2.00

Judas Goat Quarterly #65 Spr 15 $1.50

The Library Project (Temporary Services) $5.00

Suburban Blight #11 Spr 15 by Stephanie B. $2.00

Comics & Minis


New “You Can’t Get There From Here” by Carrie McNinch, issue #32 in stock.

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You Don’t Get There From Here #32 by Carrie McNinch $3.00

Jumping Comic #1 by Michael DeFroge, Mickey Zacchilli and Patrick Kyle $5.00

Aloof #2 by Alex Nall $5.00

Doug Hates Ghostbusters by Max Bare and Melissa Sue Stanley $4.00

Flower Grow Collected Stories by Kevin Budnik $10.00

Revenger #1 Children of the Damned by Charles Forsman (Oily Comics) $5.00

Streetwalker Book 1 by Dominic Warr $5.00

Morality by RA Burns $2.00

Hacksler #1 by Michael Hacker $9.00

Hacienda by Dave Ortega $5.00

Graphic Novels & Trade Paperbacks
Angry Youth Comix Collected by Johnny Ryan (Fantagraphics) $49.99

Old Gum Wrappers and Grocery Lists Book by Kevin Budnik $15.00

Nemo: River of Ghosts (from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill (Top Shelf) $14.95

Mighty Star and the Castle Of the Cancatervater by A. Degen (Koyama Press) $15.00

The Age of Selfishness: Ayn Rand, Morality, and the Financial Crisis by Darryl Cunningham (Abrams) $17.95

The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Tower of Babel in the “Art” World by Jonah Kingstein (Fantagraphics) $30.00 – 80 page oversized landscape-format softcover collecting Kinigstein’s political cartoons.

Gyo: The Death Stench Creeps, Deluxe Edition by Junji Ito $22.99 – Creepy manga horror about the stench of the sea in Okinawa.

Art & Design
The World’s Best Loved Art Treasures by Click Mort (La Luz de Jesus) $18.95 – Hummel goes to hell! A porcelain menagerie of crazy kitschy pop-culture chimeras.

Starting from ‘I Dont Know': Interviews on Architecture and Craft by Samuel P Smith $12.00

Film & Music Books
Theme ’70: Tackling the Beast They Call Exploitation Cinema by Mark J. Banville (Headpress) $39.95 – An exploitation movie explosion of grindhouse movie reviews, rare posters, stills, lobby cards and original fanzine pages.

A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll Redemption and the Life of Leonard Cohen by Liel Leibovitz $15.95

The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & Style by Nelson George $15.99

The Need to Feed: Recipes for Deeply Satisfying Foods, A Hedonist’s Guide by Lydia Lunch (Black Dog) $35.00 – From Musician/performer/artist/activist Lydia Lunch. Yes, it is actually a cookbook, and it includes recipes with names like “I Said Jerk that Chicken!” and “Stuff The Bull By the Horns.” Suggestive line drawing illustrations by Johan Olander.

Narcisa, Our Lady of Ashes by Jonathan Shaw $16.99 – The first trade edition of the cult classic from the artist/author hailed by Iggy Pop as “the great nightmare anti-hero of the new age,” legendary tattoo artist Jonathan Shaw, that chronicles a scandalous, degenerative addiction between two people—a wild, brutal, passionate, and unstoppable ride into depravity and darkness through the back alleys of Rio De Janeiro and New York City.

If I Knew the Way I Would Take You Home by Dave Housley (Dzanc) $14.95


How to Stay Alive in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Food, Shelter and Self-Preservation Anywhere Survive Anywhere Under Any Conditions by Bradford Angier (Black Dog Publishing) $19.95 – Never know when you might need it!


My 1992 Diary by Dawn Luebbe (Abrams) $14.95 – 75 diary entries, organized into chapters such as Passion on the Prairie, Attempts to Be Cool, Preteen Conflict: The Art of Overreaction, and more. Now with more 90210 and Kurt Cobain!

Politics & Revolution Books

Propaganda and the Public Mind by Noam Chomsky and Daivd Barsamian (Haymarket) $18.00

Kids Books

Rad American Women A to Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History…and Our Future! by Kate Schatz and illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl (Citylights) $14.95

We Dig Worms by Kevin McCloskey $12.95


American Atheist 1st Quarter 15  $4.95

Skeptic vol 20 #1 15 $6.95

Gentlewoman #11 Spr Sum 15 $14.99

Lula #20 $19.99

High Times Best of #76 15 Special Collectors Guide $6.99

Maximumrocknroll #383 $4.99 The Comics and Art Issue!

Wire Mar 15 #373 Carter Tutti $9.99

VNA #29 $13.50

Frankie #63  $19.25

Brownbook #49 $12.95

Smith Journal #13  $20.50

Taproot #13 Song $9.00

Razorcake #85 $4.00

Monster Children #46 $11.99

Jacobin #17 Spr 15 $9.95

Delayed Gratification #17 Last To Breaking News  $20.00

Dissent Win 15 $10.00

In These Times Apr 15 $3.50

Inked Apr May 15 #68 $6.99

Tattoo Society #48 $7.99

Horror Hound #52 Mar Apr 15 $6.99 The Comedy and Tragedy Issue

Poetry & Lit Journals
The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, ed. by Kevin Coval, Nate Marshall, and Quraysh Ali Lansana (Haymarket) $19.95 – For the hip-hop generation, 78 poets, born somewhere between 1961-1999, All-City and Coast-to-Coast. Just as blues influenced the Harlem Renaissance and jazz influenced the Black Arts Movement, hip-hop’s musical and cultural force has shaped the aesthetics of and given rise to a new generation of American poets.

The Paris Review #212 $20.00

The South Loop Review # 16 Final Issue $10.00

Other Stuff:
Mickey Zacchilli Patches! $7.00 each

Current shots of the New Stuff Table & The New Stuff Wall:




Available on March 31st: Where the Bird Sings Best by Alejandro Jodorowsky $27.99 – The story of Jodorowskys’ emigration from Ukraine to Chile amidst the political and cultural upheavals of the 19th and 20th centuries.