QuimBrew Available For Pre-order!!!


Pre-order QuimBrew by Marz Community Brewing & Quimby’s Bookstore with an awesome label by the amazing Chicago artist Laura Park. Order it from The Beer Temple, and your shipment will come with the Quimby’s oral history zine!

It’s the 25th anniversary of Quimby’s Bookstore, and Marz Community Brewing Co made a beer to celebrate this milestone. Quimbrew is a pale wheat ale with rooibos tea packaged in 500 ML bottle with label art work designed by Laura Park.

This special edition beer is available for pre-purchase at The Beer Temple and comes with the 132 page zine: Ever Evolving Bastion of Freakdom: A Quimby’s Bookstore History in Words and Pictures.

Ever Evolving…is an oral history of the notorious and glorious Quimby’s Bookstore, in the tradition of Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil’s Please Kill Me. The story of the early days of Quimby’s up through today. Pictures, graphics, juice, from employees, shoppers, consignors and artists that have frequented the store’s hallowed doors. This special “ashcan edition” is a limited print run zine to celebrate the store’s silver jubilee, and was created to accompany the Marz Community Brewing Quimbrew beer pre-purchase.

Please note! This pre-order needs to be done at the Beer Temple website here, not at Quimby’s.


New Stuff This Week

Signal 05 a Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture ed. by Josh MacPhee (PM Press) $14.95 – Dedicated to documenting and sharing compelling graphics, art projects, and cultural movements of international resistance and liberation struggles.


My Damage: The Story of A Punk Rock Survivor by Keith Morris with Jim Ruland (Da Capo Press) $24.99 – Over the course of his forty-year career with Black Flag, the Circle Jerks, and OFF!, vocalist Keith Morris battled diabetes, drug and alcohol addiction, and the record industry…and he’s still going strong.


Library Excavations #3 Periodical Business by Marc Fischer (Half Letter Press) $6.00 – From the publisher’s website, written by Marc Fischer: “The Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center is home to a vast collection of bound business periodicals. The many shelves are filled with titles­ that will be foreign to industry outsiders. Some date back to the late 1800s. These are primarily publications sent directly to business executives and their company offices, or to institutional libraries, rather than newsstands. The beauty of a public library is that visitors with zero credentials can enjoy decades’ worth of these insider publications, without ever improving our work wardrobes or falsifying our credentials. This booklet is also an appreciation of the binderies that collate and sew these magazines into indestructible bound volumes. The foil stamped titles on the hard covers have a leveling effect, allowing us to consider Modern Power Systems alongside Quick Frozen Foods, as though power plants and pizza are equally important. These photos were taken in July and August 2016. I hope that they will entice others to explore these periodicals, and interrogate the value systems, ideologies, and visual pleasures they contain.”

2 Atomic Elbow thingies:
Atomic Elbow #18 by Robert Newsome $5.00
Atomic Elbow Professional Wrestling Fanzine, The Second Four Issues $10.00 – Collects issues #5-#8!

Kimchi #1 by Seth Ginsburg $2.00

Pill Bottles Make Terrible Roller Skates photo zine by Clarisse Casalino $8.00

This Cook Book is Made for Jesus by Susan Cianciolo $10.00

Power Profiles vol #1 by Klon J. Waldrip $5.00

I Don’t Give A Shit About Your Star Sign by Franky Mariachi $8.00

Nightcore by Matthew Moen $6.00

Arty zines from Draw Down Books!
Lady Parts by Kristen Liu-Wong $14.00 – A zine of fierce females and sci-fi warrior women by American artist Kristen Liu-Wong.
Face Only A Mother Could Love by Will Bryant $10.00
Working It Out by Justyna Szczepankiewicz $14.00
Dead Ringer by Daniel Zender $14.00
Who Claims by Tim Lahan $14.00

2 zines by Nichole:
A Visitor In Myself #5 Win 16 $2.00
Pieces #13 On Being A Romantic Asexual $3.00 – Goes into Nichole’s experience of living as a romantic asexual. A little asexuality 101, mostly focuses on growing up as a gray-a in a sexual world, navigating relationships, dating site ignorance, desexualizing touch, common phrases of invalidation, and using self-transformative psychodrama to process it all. Recommended.


Donald Trump is the Antichrist by CJ & Troy Davis $3.50 – Jack Chick style! Perhaps the best way to describe this is the review of it on the publisher’s website from um, cultural critic spectral_ev who comments: “I have read many a Chick Tract but none so great as this.” You don’t need to know much more than that, that it’s awesome. -LM

New Flyer by Tim Brown $9.00

Island #10 $7.99


Koyama Press graphic novels!:
Hot or Not: 20th-Century Male Artists by Jessica Campbell $10.00 – The history of twentieth-century art is filled with men, but one key component has always been missing: which of these men are boneable, and which are not. Local comics artist Jessica Campbell has created the definitive resource on the subject in this hilarious rundown of male artist hotness and notness. With scratchy-off stuff on the cover!
The Collected Cat Rackham by Steve Wolfhard $19.95
Exits by Daryl Seitchik $15.00

March (Trilogy Slipcase Set) by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell (Top Shelf) $49.99 – By and about congressman John Lewis, a leader in the American Civil Rights Movement.

Sprawling Heart by Sab Meynert (2D Cloud) $9.95


Cleon Peterson by Christopher Sleboda and Kathleen Sleboda (Draw Down Books) $24.95 – Compellingly gory beheading and riots in this first monograph from this artist.

Avies Dream: An Afro Femenist Coloring Book by Makeda Lewis (Feminist Press) $13.95


Don’t Suck Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt by Kristin Hersh (U of Texas Press) $14.95 – A quadriplegic who could play only simple chords on his guitar, Chesnutt recorded seventeen critically acclaimed albums before his death in 2009. Everybody from Madonna to Fugazi have covered his songs. Kristin Hersh from Throwing Muses writes about being friends with him. Now in soft cover.

David Bowie and Philosophy: Rebel, Rebel by Theodore Ammon (Open Court) $19.95 – Among the topics explored in David Bowie and Philosophy are the nature of Bowie as an institution and a cult; Bowie’s work in many platforms, including movies and TV; Bowie’s spanning of low and high art; his relation to Andy Warhol; the influence of Buddhism and Kabuki theater; the recurring theme of Bowie as a space alien; the dystopian element in Bowie’s thinking; the role of fashion in Bowie’s creativity; the aesthetics of theatrical rock and glam rock; and Bowie’s public identification with bisexuality and his influence within the LGBTQ community.


Black Wave by Michelle Tea (Feminist Press) $18.95 – It’s the end of the world! In a bookstore!

Jason Stevans and the Mayan Apocalypse by Matt Goralka $10.99


Dreaming Wide Awake: Lucid Dreaming, Shamanic Healing, and Psychedelics by David Jay Brown $19.95


Boneshaker #43-500 A Bicycling Almanac $8.00 – Not based in Chicago, but there are Chicago-specific things in here! All old-timey and penny-farthingy. Tally ho!

School #3 Women and Japanese Culture $10.00


The Point #12 Sum 16 $12.00 – This issue: What is poetry for?

Black Fox Literary Magazine #14 Five Year Anniversary Issue $14.00

Parody vol 5 #1 $5.00 – The Weird Al of lit journals!


Burts Way Home by John Martz (Koyama Press) $17.95

Ape and Armadillo Take Over the World by James Sturm (Toon Books) $12.95

Wicker Park & West Town Lit Fest – On & Off Site!

7:00 pm


Quimby’s is proud to be participating in the Wicker Park and West Town Lit Fest! This year it runs September 15th-18th. And it kicks off at Quimby’s on Thurs, September 15th, which is our 25th anniversary! Founder Steven Svymbersky will be here with slides and video to talk about the mayhem that was the beginning of Quimby’s two and a half decades ago. And we’ve got surprise commemorative swag we’re rolling out! More details about the Quimby’s event here.

Lit Fest last year was only one day. Perhaps you recall that we celebrated it by giving people a free mini-comic and Chicago-based food puns then served them shots of Chicago-based Malort, demanding we post pictures on our Instagram of their face afterwards?:


Well guess what? Now Lit Fest is FOUR DAYS!

So now…

Wicker Park & West Town Lit Fest’s Second Year Celebrates Neighborhoods’ Literary Past and Present

Join partners from the West Town and Wicker Park neighborhoods for a weekend of programming that will entertain and educate all ages. The weekend has a full calendar of activities planned. Highlights of the weekend include our celebration to kick it off…

…and there’s stuff elsewhere too, besides Quimby’s! Check out this stuff elsewhere (see www.wwlitfest.com for the details of when and where): 

*a tribute to Chicago literary legend Nelson Algren

*a community book swap at the Wicker Park farmer’s market

*a special edition of Chicago Story Slam at Subterranean music hall

*workshops, author readings, comic book signings, children’s story time and much more!

A calendar of events for each day is available on the official fest website www.wwlitfest.com.
Weekend updates and photos will be available on the official Facebook Page facebook.com/wpwtlitfest
Follow the fest with the hashtag #wwlitfest

Participating member’s locations:
826CHI, 1276 N Milwaukee Ave 826chi.org
BookClub, 1211 N. Wood St bookclubchicago.net
Chicago Publishers Resource Center, 858 N. Ashland Ave chiprc.org
Guild Literary Complex, guildcomplex.org
Impossible Industries, 1750 W North Ave impossibleInd.com
Myopic Books, 1564 N Milwaukee Ave myopicbookstore.com
Quimby’s Bookstore, 1854 W. North Ave quimbys.com
Volumes Bookcafe, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave www.volumesbooks.com
Young Chicago Authors, 1180 N Milwaukee Ave youngchicagoauthors.org

Lit Fest planning partners include: Quimby’s Bookstore, Volumes Bookcafe, Chicago Publishers Resource Center, Young Chicago Authors, BookClub, 826CHI, Impossible Industries, Myopic Books, and Guild Literary Complex.  Other neighborhood partners include Reckless Records, Subterranean, Wicker Park Farmer’s Market, and Chicago Public Library.

Read Local & Shop Small! Help us fight the big box on-line stores!

Event flyer designed by Susie Kirkwood

New Stuff This Week

Thanks, Joe Lachut! Happy you finally sent us Seven Inches to Freedom Fanzine! #zines #quimbys

A photo posted by Quimbys Bookstore (@quimbysbookstore) on

Seven Inches to Freedom #13 by Joe Lachut $3.00


Cometbus #57 by Aaron Cometbus $5.00 – This issue: Comics in New York. In this special 35 year Cometbus anniversary issue Aaron talks with a bunch of cartoonists, comics scholars, publishers, shopkeepers (Gabe Fowler at Desert Island!), and librarians. Check out that list of artists and authors tagged on this, yo! He asks nitty gritty questions about process, personal philosophy, longevity, personal history and quirks — all the juicy stuff. Awesome artist portraits by Nate Powell and a rockin’ Jeffrey Lewis cover. -LM

Veneers: A Book of Short Stories by Dan Gleason, with illustrations by Luke Smarto $3.00 – Oh Dan Gleason, you dirty, dirty boy, we love you. One of our favorite local weirdos is back with the 58th book of his short stories, with awesome hilarious drawings by the great Luke Smarto. He knows life wasn’t going to be one big, long, wacky roller-skating video game pizza party (he even says so). He declares his shortcomings to his own flawless crush with such sentiments as “I’m a man of low character – a morally bankrupt soul. That underhanded chap who taught tai chi classes to folks who weren’t smart enough to know that he was faking tai chi.” He declares his dislike for those moving to the City of Angels: “No, I’m not going to trip with you…snorting cocaine in the bathroom…You know, there is an age when drug abuse is no longer fashionable. I believe that age to be eleven.” Sidenote: If you’re lucky enough to be at Quimby’s at the right time, you will see Mr. Gleason drop off his zines and you’ll think to yourself, “That man has a golden voice and should at all times be on all radio stations.” -LM

Summer Skin Comics and Poems by Rosie Accola $6.00

Restroom by Mosser $5.00

Mood Board #1 A Zine by Lise Freitas $6.00

Heaven in the Palm of Your Hand: A Crystal Users Guide by Luke Simon $10.00


Road of Serpents by Luis Colindres $11.00

Tales from the Mart #1 Cross Pollinated Chlorokill $2.99

Superfuckers Forever #1 by James Kochalka and Jake Lawrence $3.99

Cowboy by Gabe Howell $4.00

Pill Popper Sneak Peek by Mosser $1.00

Line and Hook by Ben Nadler and Alyssa Berg $10.00


Friends is Friends by Greg Cook (First Second) $19.99

Kelly: The Cartoonist America Turns To, From the Pages of The Onion by Stan Kelly, ed. by Ward Sutton (IDW/Top Shelf) $19.99

Western Voyeur #1 by Nathan Cowdry $5.00


Darin Mickey: Death Takes a Holiday (JandL) ed. by Jason Fulford $40.00 – Photos of independent record shops that opened in the 1960s-80s in NY, NJ and Pennsylvania, many of which are now on their last legs, or have recently been shuttered, showing a community of beautiful recluses brought together by obsession and compulsion.

Russian Alphabet Colouring Book, Illustrated by “Amanita” Alexander Erashov., ed. by Damon Murray & Stephen Sorrell (Fuel) $18.95



Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh $16.00 – A lonely young woman working in a boys’ prison outside Boston in the early 60s is pulled into a very strange crime.

Gentleman: A Novel by Forrest Leo $26.00 – In the spirit of Wodehouse and Monty Python, about a famous poet in Victorian London poet who inadvertently sells his wife to the devil (the polite “Gentleman” of the title ) — then recruits a band of adventurers to rescue her. Now with more anarchist-fearing bobbies!


Foraging and Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook by Dina Falconi with illustrations by Wendy Hollender (Botanical Arts Press) $40.00



Belladonna of Sadness: A Companion Book to the 1973 Cult Japanese Anime Film by JC Gabel and Jessica Hundley (Hat & Beard Press) $60.00 – The final film in the adult-oriented Animerama trilogy, a visual spectacle of the film, loosely inspired by La Sorcière, Jules Michelet’s 1862 history of witchcraft and the occult, this book tells the story of a young woman who makes a pact with the devil to exact revenge after being raped and driven from her home. Spectacular watercolor paintings by Kuni Fukai marry the art nouveau artifice of artists like Aubrey Beardsley to ’60s psychedelia; the film’s North American distributor, Cinelicious Pics, describes it as “equal parts J.R.R. Tolkien and gorgeous, explicit Gustav Klimt-influenced eroticism.” This first printing of the book will include a Blu-ray disc of the 4k restored version of the feature film (!), with bonus features including interviews with the director, composer and illustrator of the film, original trailer and more. Once the first printing of the book is sold out, the Blu-ray will not be included with any future printings!

Stray Cat Struts: My Life as a Rockabilly Rebel by Slim Jim Phantom $25.99

Uproot: Travels in 21st Century Music and Digital Culture by Jace Clayton $16.00


End of Tsarist Russia: The March to World War I and Revolution by Dominic Lieven $18.00


Maximumrocknroll #400 Sep 16 $4.99

Frankie #72 $14.95

Smith Journal #19 $17.99

Wire #390 Aug 16 $9.99

Cannabis Now #21 the Art Issue $7.999

Harpers Magazine Sep 16 $6.99

Raw Vision #90 Summer 16 $14.00

THC the Hemp Connoisseur Sum 16 $6.99

Shindig #57 Beach Boys Pet Sounds $12.99

Tattoo Energy #102 $.99

Weed USA 2016 Special Newsweek Edition: Is America Ready For a Cannabis Revolution?  $10.99

Archer #6 16 Australian Journal of Sexual Diversity $14.95

Mous Magazine #1 Live/Inform/Design/Create/Fornicate $22.95

Artdependence Magazine #3 $11.90


N+1 Dirty Work #26 Worst Election Year Ever $14.95

Overtime Hour 41 At the Wheel of the Western World by Dave Barrett $2.00

Birds Eye by Adina K. Burke $5.50

Quimby’s 25th Anniversary Celebration With Founder Steven Svymbersky 9/15!

7:00 pm


Don’t miss the Quimby’s Bookstore 25th Anniversary Event 9/15: Founder Steven Svymbersky Shares the Mayhem of Underground Press and the Beginnings of Quimby’s Bookstore!

Quimby’s Bookstore opened on September 15th, 1991, a tiny store at Damen and Evergreen, serving up weird, saucy and aberrant DIY zines, books and comics to a Wicker Park that was a very different place than it is now. Two and a half decades later, the store continues to offer subversive printed matter in an environment that fosters a creative artistic community that employees jokingly call, “a tourist destination for cool people” as well as events, all with an inclusive yet snarky DIY punk aesthetic.

Quimby’s is proud to welcome back founder Steven Svymbersky to the store on the occasion of the store’s 25th anniversary. Svymbersky will present a history of zines and underground comics as well as sharing memories of his years as a zine publisher and the beginnings of Quimby’s Bookstore.

Quimby’s has a variety of things planned to celebrate our silver jubilee, including: an exclusive Chris Ware print celebrating our anniversary, the release of an printed store history with stories and graphics, a commemorative t-shirt by artist Gabby Schulz, an artisanal Marz Community Brewing Quimby’s beer with a specially designed label by Chicago artist Laura Park and more surprises.

This event also kicks off Wicker Park & West Town Lit Fest’s second year, which celebrates the neighborhoods’ literary past and present. Events around Wicker Park and West Town include a story slam, book swap, workshops, author readings and signings and more.

For more info: info(at)quimbys(dot)com

Invite your friends with the Facebook invite!

Thurs, Sep 15th, 7pm Quimby’s Bookstore  Chicago, IL quimbys.com

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