Chicago Alternative Comics (CAKE) Kick-off with Gabrielle Bell, Emil Ferris, Lucy Knisley and C. Spike Trotman on 6/9

7:00 pm

Quimby’s welcomes Gabrielle Bell, Lucy Knisley, Emil Ferris and C. Spike Trotman as read their recent work as a kick-off for the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE). This event is at Quimby’s on June 9th at 7pm, but the tabling exhibition happens June 10th & 11th at the Center on Halsted.

CAKE is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alter- native comics’ most talented artists– past, present and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers.

Gabrielle Bell was born in London, England and raised in California. She is the author of six books, including The Voyeurs, Truth is Fragmentary and most recently, Everything is Flammable. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Emil Ferris is the author of My Favorite Thing Is Monsters – Part 1 (Fantagraphics). She is also a painter, writer, illustrator and sculptor for the toy industry.

Lucy Knisley is an award-winning comic artist and author who specializes in personal, confessional comics that deal with memory, travel, family and traditions. Her latest graphic novel, Something New; Tales from a Makeshift Bride, deals with her struggle to modernize and equalize her wedding, and the meaning behind many matrimonial traditions.

Spike was born in DC, grew up in MD, and lives in IL, with a dog and a man. She’s the founder of Iron Circus Comics, responsible for strange and amazing books such Poorcraft, the Smut Peddler series and more.

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Invite your friends with the Facebook Event Invite for this event here!

New Stuff This Week

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Prism Pop by Alicia Obermeyer and Miriam Dubinsky $20.00

For Everard vol 6 $5.00


Crickets #6 by Sammy Harkham $8.00

Minor Leagues #3 by Simon Moreton $4.00

Shit I’ve Cried About #1 Trends Emerge & #2 Trends Remain by S. Meyer $4.00 each

Weird Magazine #6 by Noel Freibert $12.00


Hostage by Guy Delisle (D&Q) $29.95

Her Bark and Her Bite by James Albon (Top Shelf) $9.99


The Dirtyland: The Art of Brian M. Viveros (Gingko) $40.00

Retro Graphics (Gingko) $40.00


Josh Was Raised by Igor Guk $12.00

Everything is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person by Daniel Zomparelli (Arsenal Pulp Press) $15.95


Democracy Now: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America by Amy Goodman $16.00


I Know What I’m Doing and Other Lies I Tell Myself: Dispatches from a Life Under Construction by Jen Kirkman $15.99 – Now in soft cover.


The Baristas Bible by Olga Carryer (Gingko) $19.95


Maximumrocknroll #408 May 17 $4.99

Wax Poetics #66 Spr 17 Reconstructing DJ Shadow #11.99

Videoscope #102 Spr 17 $6.95

Neural #56 Win 16 $7.99

Mojo #282 May 17 $10.99

Cannabis Now #25 Mar Apr May 17 $7.99

Ugly Things #44 Things to Come $9.95

Shindig #65 Traffic $12.99

Dissent Spr 17 $10.00


N+1 Deep End #28 Spr 17 $14.95


Small Favors: The Definitive Collection by Colleen Coover (Limerence Press) $29.99

Elska #11 Providence Rhode Island $18.50

Reflekt Style Anthology #14 Sex $12.00


Wordplay by Ivan Brunetti (Toon) $12.00 – Yup. You read it right. Ivan Brunetti did a kids book!

Nurse-cartoonist MK Czerwiec Reads From Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 5/25

7:00 pm

MK Czerwiec’s (pronounced sir-wick) new book Taking Turns (Penn State University Press) shares the story of Unit 371, a shining example of excellence in the treatment and care of patients. Unit 371 was a community for thousands of patients and families affected by HIV and AIDS and the people who cared for them. This graphic novel combines Czerwiec’s memories with the oral histories of patients, family members, and staff. It depicts life and death in the ward, the ways the unit affected and informed those who passed through it, and how many look back on their time there today. 

Deeply personal yet made up of many voices, this history of daily life in a unique AIDS care unit is an open, honest look at suffering, grief, and hope among a community of medical professionals and patients at the heart of the epidemic

“MK Czerwiec’s tales of her nursing work on an AIDS unit chart a remarkable episode in the history of medicine. Through the lives and deaths of individual patients, written and drawn in documentary detail, we see the power dynamic between doctor and patient begin to shift. When cure is not an option, care takes on a new meaning.”         Alison Bechdel

Czerwiec is a leader in the field of Graphic Medicine, which examines the intersection of comics and health, illness, and care giving.  Czerwiec is a co-author of the Graphic Medicine Manifesto (Penn State University Press, 2015), which was nominated for an Eisner Award. She has also self-published three collections of comics, Comic Nurse, Comic Nurse Delivers Another Dose, and Scars, Stories, and Other Adventures.

For more info: 

Here’s the Event Post for this on Facebook to tell everybody you’re coming!

Thurs, May 25th, 7pm – Free Event

New Stuff This Week

ANSWER Me! All Four Issues by Jim Goad and Debbie Goad (Nine-Banded Books) $30.00 – For the first time ever, all four issues (including THAT one, yes). Billed as “The Only Magazine Worth Hating,” this version comes with extras, including previously unpublished material!


Judas Goat Quarterly #73 Spr 17 by Grant Schreiber $1.50

The Match #116 Sum 17 $3.00

Chrome Shop Next Exit by Nick Capozzoli $6.66

Lot of Options by David Pregerson $10.00

Communicating Vessels #28 Spr Sum 17 $3.50

Revolutionary Women #1 Patsy T. Mink, #2 Dolores Huerta & #3 Ida B Wells $5.00 each

Sick Muse #7 Apr 17 $5.00


Berlin #20 by Jason Lutes (D+Q) $5.95 – With its twentieth issue, one of the biggest graphic novel events of the early 21st century is fast-approaching—the completion of Jason Lutes’ epic Berlin series. Here, the inevitable antagonist of the tale of pre-WWII Germany begins to take center stage. Marthe and Kurt find their way back to each other—he, from the bottom of the bottle and she, from a one-sided relationship. Fascism creeps into every corner of society, but some can see it better than others.

Gaylord Phoenix #7 by Edie Fake (Perfectly Acceptable Press) $15.00 – Edie Fake returns to his award-winning, abstract-o queer comic series after a seven year hiatus.

I Cant Help It and I Cant Stop It by Matt Haas $5.00

No One is Born Complete by Jarad Solomon $8.00

Fiends #2 Spr 17 by Tim Tyler $10.00


Hypothetical Love Triangle by Henna Rasanen (Cats Who Cater Comics) $20.00

The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains: Oddball Criminals from Comic Book History by Jon Morris $24.95

Imagine Wanting Only This by Kristin Radtke $29.95

Roughneck by Jeff Lemire $29.99

Animals of a Bygone Era: An Illustrated Compendium by Maja Säfström $14.99

Stripburger #68 $8.00 – Comics from artists all over the world: Bruno Borges (Portugal), Erik Svetoft (Sweden), Izar Luna?ek, (Slovenia) and more!


Junk Type: Typography – Lettering – Badges – Logos by Bill Rose and Mike Essl $35.00 – A graphic compendium of vintage American design and typography.

Talk About Street Art edited by Jerome Catz and Elisabeth Couturier $9.98 – Anthology about this underappreciated, ephemeral, and illegal art form.


Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism by Camille Paglia $26.95 – Fiery intellectual provocateur Paglia’s essays about sex, gender and feminism collected in one concise volume.

The Age of Inequality: Corporate America’s War on Working People edited by Jeremy Gantz (Verso) $24.95 – The stories behind the inequality crisis—a forty-year investigation by In These Times. Featuring contributions from Chomsky, Žižek, Bernie Sanders, Arundhati Roy & more.

Trouble in Paradise: From the End of History to the End of Capitalism by Slavoj Žižek (Melville House) $17.99 – Draws insights from phenomena as diverse as “Gangnam Style” to Marx, The Dark Knight to Thatcher.

Enemies of Society: An Anthology of Individualist and Egoist Thought by various (Nine-Banded Books) $20.00

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World by Kelly Jensen $16.95


Bit Rot: stories + essays by Douglas Coupland $27.00


Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany by Norman Ohler $28.00

A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life by Ayelet Waldman $25.95

Murder in Plain English: From Manifestos to Memes–Looking at Murder through the Words of Killers by Michael Arntfield & Marcel Danesi $24.00

Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year by Michael Farquhar $14.99 – Now in soft cover!

The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death, and the Search for the Meaning of the World’s Strangest Syndromes by Frank Bures $16.99 – Now in soft cover!

Party Like a President: True Tales of Inebriation, Lechery, and Mischief From the Oval Office by Brian Abrams, illustrated by John Mathias $14.95


The Familiar, Volume 4: Hades by Mark Z. Danielewski $26.95 – Fourth book in the acclaimed series from the author of House of Leaves.

A Decent Ride by Irvine Welsh $16.95 – Adventures of ‘Juice’ Terry Lawson: top shagger, drug dealer, gonzo pornstar, and taxi driver.

The Erstwhile: The Vorrh (2) by Brian Catling $16.95 – Sequel to The Vorrh. The angels that failed to protect the Tree of Knowledge are reanimating themselves, and their reawakening will have major consequences.

Mountainhead by New Juche (Nine-Banded Books) $15.00


Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff by Michael Nesmith $28.00 – Put on your knit cap and journey from the the set of The Monkees to the heart of swinging London and beyond!


Make Trouble by John Waters, illustrated by Eric Hanson $14.95 – Based on the graduation speech Waters gave to RISD grads. Eavesdrop, he tells them, and listen to your enemies, and horrify with new ideas! The perfect advice for artists of any age.

Splatter Capital: A Guide for Surviving the Horror We Collectively Inhabit by Mark Steven (Repeater Books) $14.95 – A discussion about splatter horror films as a metaphor for the nightmare of systematized bloodshed caused by capitalist accumulation.


Clara Cakes: Delicious and Simple Vegan Desserts for Everyone! by Clara Polito (PowerHouse) $24.95 – She sold her cakes at punk shows. Now get her recipes!

Tiki Cocktails: 200 Super Summery Drinks by David Adams, illustrated by Heather Menzies $19.95 – Alongside quintessential tiki recipes, Tiki Cocktails also includes some more modern takes on tiki concoctions.


From The London Library’s “Found on the Shelves” series:
*Cycling: The Craze of the Hour by Charles Spencer & friends $9.95 – From that velocipede craze of the 1890s!
*On Corpulence: Feeding the Body and Feeding the Mind by Lewis Carroll and William Banting $10.95 – Tweedledum and Tweedledee — fat seemed to be getting fatter under Queen Victoria! Lewis Carroll and overweight undertaker William Banting elaborate on the vices of consuming too much “fatty” food and culture. Oddly prescient for our contemporary culture full of crappy media overload.
*The Gentlewoman’s Book of Sports by Lady Greville and Lady Colin Campbell $10.95 – It wasn’t easy being a sportswoman at the end of the nineteenth century!

CraftFail: When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong by Heather Mann $12.95 – From the files of!


Lamia Enamel Pin by Corinne Halbert $10.00

Yellow Owl Workshop Risograph Print Blank Cards! $4.50 each.

Take the #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge on Independent Bookstore Day 4/29

11:00 am

On Saturday, April 29th Quimby’s Bookstore, along with two dozen independent bookstores all over the Chicago area, are collaborating to make this year’s Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) an event that celebrates the vibrancy of Chicagoland as a dream destination for book lovers. Each store creates its own unique events and Quimby’s is no exception.

Quimby’s is celebrating IBD in two ways. First, we welcome co-authors Steven Nodine and Eric Beaumont will celebrate the release of Brick Through the Window: An Oral History of Punk Rock, New Wave & Noise in Milwaukee, 1964-1984, celebrating our midwest sister city Milwaukee (because hey, let’s show some major metropolises the love on this one-day party). More info on that event at 7pm here.

Secondly, Quimby’s will collaborate with at least 24 stores, jointly sponsoring the #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge, which encourages book lovers to indulge in bookstore tourism by visiting 10 or more stores on that one day.

To begin their trip, readers can pick up a #MyChicagoBookstore carabiner and their first “luggage tag” from the store of their choice (from any of the independent bookstores listed below) with an initial purchase of $25 or more. Get it? “Luggage Tag,” as in Chicago being a dream destination for book lovers? As in, where books take you, somewhere?! SO CLEVER.

Bookstore visits throughout the day (no purchase required) enable them to collect an additional tag at each subsequent bookstore. The payoff comes for visits at the following levels:

  • Visit TEN stores and get 10% off at all bookstores listed below for the ENTIRE YEAR!
  • Visit FIFTEEN stores and get 15% off at all bookstores listed below for the ENTIRE YEAR!  

Also, readers are encouraged to post a snapshot of themselves and their Independent Bookstore Day haul, and enter to win more prizes!

On Instagram Use #CHIBD17

On Twitter: Use #CHIBD17 or @chibookstore

The #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge is being sponsored by the Chicagoland Independent Bookstore Allliance (ChIBA), an association formed last year to raise awareness about the vitality of the area’s indie stores. ChIBA also maintains a Facebook page–#MyChicagoBookstore—where all member stores can post readings and other literary events to create one central “billboard” for literary culture in the greater Chicago area.

#MyChicagoBookstore Luggage Tag Challenge Participating Stores:

Quimby’s Bookstore 1854 W. North Ave, Chicago

57th Street Books 1301 E. 57th St., Chicago

Anderson’s Bookshop (three stores): 5112 Main St., Downers Grove, 26 S. La Grange Rd., La Grange, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville

The Book Bin 151 Church St., Northbrook

The Book Cellar 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

The Book Stall Chestnut Court, 811 Elm St., Winnetka

The Book Table 1045 Lake St., Oak Park

Bookends & Beginnings 1712 Sherman Ave., Alley #1, Evanston

Bookie’s 2419 W. 103rd St., Chicago

Centuries and Sleuths 7419 Madison St., Forest Park

Magic Tree Bookstore 141 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park

Newberry Library Bookshop 60 W. Walton St., Chicago

Open Books (two stores): 905 W. 19th St., Chicago (Pilsen), 651 W. Lake St., Chicago (West Loop)

Powell’s Books Chicago 1501 E. 57th St., Chicago

Read It & Eat 2142 N. Halsted St., Chicago

RoscoeBooks 2142 W. Roscoe St., Chicago

Sandmeyer’s Bookstore 714 S. Dearborn St., Chicago

Seminary Co-op Bookstore 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago

Volumes Bookcafe 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co./826CHI 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

Women & Children First 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago