Off-Site: Chicago Zine Fest Karaoke Fundraiser Thursday Dec 8th at Beauty Bar

8:00 pm


Calling all Karaoke Idols, you can stop singing to yourself while driving to work and join Chicago Zine Fest at our annual karaoke fundraiser, Thursday, December 8th at Beauty Bar, 1444 W Chicago Ave. NOT at QUIMBY’S.

Hosted by Joe and Liz Mason of Shameless Karaoke, dig deep into their songbook of over 3000 songs (w/ 100 new ones just added for you to try out!). They’ve got tons of artists from classics to contemporary from the like of David Bowie, Neil Diamond, Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, No Doubt, Madonna, Prince, Rolling Stones, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears and “more more more” (yes Billy Idol too).

There is a $5 admission which will benefit the 2017 Chicago Zine Fest. Beauty Bar offers their signature martini and a manicure drink special! Plus walk away with some extra cash by entering the CZF Split the Pot raffle. 

Now all that’s left is you and some friends (can’t sing duets alone). The event beings at 8pm and is 21+.

Get on stage and rock out! 

About Chicago Zine Fest: The Chicago Zine Fest is an independent event creating an outlet for small press and independent publishers to showcase their work. CZF’s mission is to showcase the culture and accessibility of zine-making through workshops, events, and an annual festival that welcomes artists and creators to share their stories, knowledge, and love of zines. The 2017 Chicago Zine Fest is Friday May 5 with the 8th Annual Zine Exhibition on Saturday May 6 at Plumber’s Union Hall. For more information visit

Quimby’s Bookstore is proud to be a sponsor for Chicago Zine Fest.

Flyer artwork by Chicago illustrator Chema Skandal.

Here’s the Facebook invite for this event. Tell yr friends!

Chicago Zine Fest 2017 Announced!

May ’17
3:00 pm



Quimby’s is proud to be a co-sponsor of the Chicago Zine Fest, a celebration of small press and independent publishers, with free workshops, events, and an annual festival. The next CZF will be held May 5-6, 2017.

More info TBA!

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You can support the Chicago Zine Fest by donating through Paypal, contacting them about an in-kind donation, or volunteering!

Art by Quimby’s employee Mike Centeno!

Quimby’s Bookstore NYC ALMOST OPEN!

qbnycIt’s true! It’s true! Quimby’s Bookstore in New York is almost open!!!!! And your zines are wanted there!!! Here are words from Steven Svymbersky, who wants them from you to sell there!! Words form him below, as well as the consignment form. Yeah!!!


Quimby’s Bookstore NYC is ready to start receiving your zines and books on consignment. There are two important things you need to know before sending me your publications:

1. The trademark “Quimby’s” and the trademarked logo are used with the permission of the  mark’s owner, Chicago Comics Inc., which owns and operates Quimby’s. Neither the Chicago-based Quimby’s Bookstore or Chicago Comics are in any way responsible for transactions made with Quimby’s Bookstore NYC, a wholly independent company and sole proprietorship of Steven Svymbersky.

2. Quimby’s Bookstore NYC will not accept/sell graphic novels, comic books, comic-related art, zines,books or novelties. Quimby’s Bookstore NYC is located next door to Desert Island Comics, a retailer of all the finest comics and graphic art publications. To sell your comics/graphic arts we encourage you to contact Gabe Fowler at for more information on how to consign your comics and graphic arts publications.

For any comics publishers that may be disappointed that there is not a new store to sell their wares, you need to know that there was no way I was going to be able to afford enough space in New York to carry all the publications that the much larger store in Chicago can handle. Had I moved somewhere farther from Desert Island and carried comics I would have had to make very hard decisions about what publications I could take and I would have had to turn a lot of publishers away. Finding this space next door to the best comic book store in New York is a huge blessing. Now fans can find all the great alternative publications they want in one easy to reach location. And between the two stores we can be all-inclusive. Gabe Fowler has been completely supportive and encouraging to my opening next door and in the spirit of true collaboration I do not want to compete with Desert Island in any way.

If you want to sell your graphic novels, comics and graphic arts publications and novelties you can write to Gabe Fowler at

If you have non-comics or graphic arts zines, books or novelties, you can write to me, Steven Svymbersky at

We are excited to provide a one-stop location for every amazing publication out there. Send us yours and if you’re in New York be sure to come and visit us at:

Desert island Comics540 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Quimby’s Bookstore NYC, 
536 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Consignment form for zines below!)

Steven Svymbersky






New Stuff This Week

#shopsmall? Nay! #ShopTiny.

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Hall Pass #1 by Joseph Wilcox $5.00 – The hall pass in Mr. Wilcox’s high school is a camera! And you are required to take a picture if you have it. Here’s the results!

LDOC $20.00

Soda Killers #12 by Nathan $5.00

Do It Anyway #1 & Do It Anyway #2 Halloween Edition photo zines by Annie Rose Murphy $2.00 each


Ugly by Chloe Perkis (Bred Press) $10.00 – Saturated with electric colors, eye popping graphic illustrations and a hilariously twisted sentiment about the absurdity of beauty standards, this little comic really packs one hell of a punch. -CH

You Don’t Get There From Here #40 by Carrie McNinch $3.00

New Baltic comics!
Mini Kus, $5.00 each: #43 Meat Locker by Michael DeForge, #44 PFE FRAF by Ville Kallio, #45 Music of Changes by Daria Tessler, #46 Everyone Is Hungry by Anna Sailamaa
š! Baltic Comics Magazine #26 Oct 16 dAda $12.00 – 2016 marks the centenary of the Dada movement. To celebrate this fittingly, twenty-one international artists created their very own absurdist comics inspired by Dada. Work from Andy Burkholder (USA), Marc Bell, Roman Muradov, Maija Kurševa and more!

Out In These Woods by Monica Gallagher (Lipstick Press) $5.00

Minor Leagues #2 by Simon Moreton $6.00


Lovers In the Garden by Anya Davidson (Retrofit) $10.00An art-dealing dope pusher and his deadly drug mule, two Vietnam veterans turned hit-men, an optimistic undercover cop and a renegade reporter with a nasty drinking problem all collide in the naked city. But who will come out on top after everyone’s hit rock bottom?


Robert Crumb Sketchbook vol 1 June 1964-Sept 1968 by Dian Hanson and Robert Crumb (Taschen) $39.99 – This book contains hundreds of sketches, including early color drawings from the master of underground comic art, cover roughs for the legendary Zap and Head comics, the original Keep On Truckin’ sketches, the first appearance of Mr. Natural, plus his evolution and refinement, Fritz The Cat, the Old Pooperoo, and many, many voluptuous Crumb girls.


The Realist Cartoons by Paul Krassner and Ethan Persoff (Fantagraphics) $44.99 – The Realist was the legendary satirical magazine published from 1958 to 2001. Founded and edited by the brash provocateur, radical, and prankster Paul Krassner, humor and ridicule were the magazine’s weapons of choice. This book collects for the first time the best, the wittiest, and the most provocative drawings that appeared throughout the magazine’s history, including work by R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, S. Clay Wilson, Jay Lynch, Trina Robbins, Mort Gerberg, Jay Kinney, Richard Guindon, Nicole Hollander, Skip Williamson, and many others.


Seth’s Dominion by Seth Chamberland & Luc Chamberland (D&Q) $29.95 – An extravagantly designed portrait–in comics, photos, and a DVD documentary–of the world-building artist.

Wuvable Oaf: Blood and Metal by Ed Luce (Fantagraphics) $19.99

Jacob Bladders and the State of the Art by Roman Muradov (Uncivilized) $16.99

After Land by Chris Taylor (Floating World) $19.99

The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood ed. by Bhob Stewart (Fantagraphics) $39.99 – Incisive look back at the life and career of one of the most mythic figures of cartooning, the man behind Daredevil, Mad mag artist, self-publishing pioneer of Witzend? etc.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl vol 4 I Kissed a Squirrel and I Liked It by North and Henderson $15.99

The Palace of Champions by Henriette Valium (Conundrum) $25.00 – Collection of work translated into Ennglish from one of the greatest French-Canadian cartoonists of all time, one of underground comic’s elder statesmen. His style is like the bastard love child of S. Clay Wilson and Derf Backderf as raised by French avant-garde collective Le Dernier Cri.

The Complete Voodoo Volume 2 by various (IDW/Top Shelf) $29.99 – Pre-Code classics from the Chilling Archives of Horror Comics!

I’m Bored by Jess Rotter (Hat & Beard Press) $25.00

Love in Vain Robert Johnson 1911-1938 by JM Dupont $29.95


No One Told Me Not to Do This: Selected Screenprints, 2009-2015 by Jay Ryan (Akashic) $22.95 – Newest collection of Ryan’s screen-printed work, including posters for bands such as Andrew Bird, Shellac, My Morning Jacket, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Hum, St. Vincent, and others, as well as posters featuring Lil BUB, Cards Against Humanity, various bicycle races, film screenings, and pictures of sloths, walruses, and other mammals in states of troubled sleep.


Iggy Pop Life Class by various (Brooklyn Museum) $24.95 – Iggy Pop was the nude model for a life drawing class at the Brooklyn Museum back in February. This book includes drawings by all participating artists, ranging from five-minute sketches to studies to presentation drawings-107 works in all.Also included are candid photos of the process alongside comparative works from the Brooklyn Museum’s collections.The book features an introduction by Deller, an interview with Pop about his rationale for participating in this project, and an essay on the practice of life drawing in art history and the studio.


Searching for John Hughes, Or Everything I thought I Needed to Know About Life I learned From Watching 80’s Movies by Jason Diamond $15.99

Whographica: An Infographic Guide to Space and Time by Steve O’Brien, Simon Guerrier & Ben Morris $19.99


The Bassoon King: My Life in Art Faith and Idiocy by Rainn Wilson $16.00 – Now in soft cover!

The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests $30.00


The Muhammad Code: How a Desert Prophet Brought You ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Boko Haram by Howard Bloom (Feral House) $23.95

United States of Fear by Tom Engelhardt (Haymarket) $16.95 – by the writer of the TomDispatch website, a project of The Nation Institute.

How Will Capitalism End? by Wolfgang Streeck $26.95

The Complete Works of Malatesta vol. III: A Long and Patient Work: The Anarchist Socialism of L’Agitazione, 1897–1898 ed. by Davide Turcato (AK Press) $24.95 – The work of principal figure of Italian and international anarchism.

Reproductive Rights and Wrongs: The Global Politics of Population Control by Betsy Hartmann (Haymarket) $19.95

Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair by Sarah Schulman (Arsenal Pulp) $19.95

Howard Zinn Speaks: Collected Speeches 1963-2009 ed. by Anthony Arnove (Haymarket) $18.95


Everything We Dont Know: Essays by Aaron Gilbreath (Curbside Splendor) $16.95

The Brothers Vonnegut: Science and Fiction in the House of Magic by Ginger Strand $16.00 – Now in soft cover! Worlds collide in this true story of weather control in the Cold War era and the making of Kurt Vonnegut and reveals how science’s ability to influence the natural world also influenced one of our most inventive novelists.


Moonglow: A Novel by Michael Chabon $28.99


Bust #102 Dec Jan 16 $6.99

Mojo #277 $10.99

Tape Op #116 Nov Dec 16 $4.95

Make vol 54 Dec 16 Jan 17 $9.99

Wire #393 Nov 16 $9.99

Harpers Magazine Dec 16 $6.99

Kinfolk vol 22 Work Special $18.00


The Abridged History of Rainfall by Jay Hopler (McSweeney’s) $22.00

Waters Of by Billie Chernicoff $12.00

Uncreated Mirror by Tamas Panitz $10.00


Professor Astro Cat’s Intergalactic Activity Book by Zelda Turner and Ben Newman (Flying Eye) $13.95

101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed U.S. History by Michele Bollinger and Dao X. Tran $19.95

New Stuff This Week

New stuff this week #quimbys

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Riso & shine! New Pegacorn Press stuff including the 2017 Caroline Paquita calendar!

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Desafinados: 25 Years of Punk in Pilsen Little Village by Martin Sorrondeguy $6.75

Your Highness: The Stoner Femme Etiquette Guide $10.00

Belladonna #1 $10.00

That’s Entertainment by Celeste Fichter $7.00

Raw Soul Food Map by Shaun Levin $6.99

New stuff from Pegacorn Press:
Caroline Paquita 2017 Calendar $12.00
Bar Dykes by Merril Mushroom $6.00
Encounters by Dean Sameshima $6.00
Ranchero by Mike Taylor $5.00


Cosplayers Christmas by Dash Shaw (Fantagraphics) $4.99

Autocad by Adan Luna $3.00

Second Wind #1 Pigeon & #2 Rat by Vesteban $3.00 each

Wexlers Follies Presents Goddess of the Hunt $3.00

Canned by Mike Centeno $3.00

Hamburglr by Gabe Howell $4.00

Delineate #1 $5.00

Tomb of Slime #2 by Priscilla Genet $3.00

Mindfulness Comics #2 by Jon Drawdoer $5.00


Trish Trash vol 1 Rollergirl of Mars by Jessica Abel $14.99

Super Weird Heroes vol 1 by Craig Yoe $39.99

Multiversity by Grant Morrison $29.99

She Wolf vol 1 by Rich Tommaso $9.99

Brutal Nature TPB vol 1 by Luciano Saracino and Ariel Olivetti $17.99

Creatures of the Night by Neil Gaiman & friends (Dark Horse) $12.99 – New hard cover edition.

Queer a Graphic History by Meg John Barker and Julia Scheele $17.95


Lucifer Rising: A Book of Sin, Devil Worship and Rock’n’Roll by Gavin Baddeley (Plexus) $19.95

Ancient Aliens: The Official Companion Book by Kevin Burns $29.99 – From the producers of the show. Vampires? Gods? Werewolves? Mind control? ALL ALIENS. EccaterestREALZ!

New stuff from Prof Oddfellow:
How to Be Your Own Cat Instant Results Non Surgical $13.00
Forgotten Wisdom vol 3 $16.00
Young Wizards Hexopedia $25.00
Loaded Guide: Astragalomancy Intriguing Readings of 21 Discrete Dice Throws $13.00
Heirs to Queen of Hearts Tracing Magical Genealogy $15.00

Secret Knowledge: Exploring the Boundaries of the Possible by Douglas J Kenyon $16.95

Secret Founding of America: The Real Story of Freemasons Puritans and the Battle for the New World by Nicholas Hagger $19.95

Science of the Magical: From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers by Matt Kaplan $16.00

Spooky Action at a Distance: The Phenomenon That Reimagines Space and Time–and What It Means for Black Holes, the Big Bang, and Theories of Everything by George Musser $16.00


All Over and Over Tour Diaries Fall 2006 by Tim Kinsella (Featherproof) $14.95

Set the Boy Free: The Autobiography by Johnny Marr $28.99

Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa by Haruki Murakami $27.95

Living Like a Runaway: A Memoir by Lita Ford $15.99 – Now in soft cover.

Damn Fine Cherry Pie: The Unauthorized Cookbook Inspired by the TV Show Twin Peaks by Lindsey Bowden $24.99

Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rocks Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout by Laura Jane Grace $28.00 – Formally Tom Gable, of Against Me! drummer/founder fame.

I Said That vol 1 the Dicks by Gary Floyd, ed by David Ensminger $12.00

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From the Making Of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes $16.00 – Now in soft cover, updated 2016 edition.

Forever Words: The Unknown Poems by Johnny Cash $25.00

The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 1: 1920-1963 by Ed Ward $35.00


Swing Time: by Zadie Smith $27.00

Every Kind of Wanting by Gina Frangello $26.00


Best of Harvard Lampoon: 140 Years of American Humor $26.00

Judgmental Maps: Your City Judged by Trent Gillaspie $19.99


Cocktails For Ding Dongs by Dustin Drankiewicz & Alexandra Ensign (Curbside Splendor) $24.95

Slice Harvester: A Memoir In Pizza by Colin Astriphy $15.99


Trans: A Memoir by Juliet Jacques $19.95 – Now in soft cover.


Apartamento #18 $19.95

Cleaver Quarterly #8 $17.00


Overtime Hour 42 Brick and Mortar Anna Silverstein $2.00

After You Say Whats True by Dan Tarnowski $4.00

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur $14.99


Locomotion: A History of Locomotives by Golden Cosmos (Nobrow) $16.00