Free Comic Book Day 5/6

11:00 am


Yes, we will have some free comics at the store (while supplies last). But the real celebration that weekend is Chicago Zine Fest! Go read some fun mini-comics there! More info about CZF 2017 at

Offsite: Field Notes Zine Night 4/27 at Field Notes Midwest HQ

6:00 pm

Swing by and enjoy an evening of zines, prints, and self-published art from a selection of local vendors.

Beer from Half Acre and soft drinks will be on tap while you browse wares, try your hand at the “Make Your Own Zine Table,” and trade with other collectors.

At Field Notes Midwest HQ at 401 North Racine Avenue in Chicago (NOT AT QUIMBY’S).

Thursday, April 27th, 6pm-10pm – FREE

More info here.

Damon Krukowski Reads from The New Analog, Joined by Bob Weston and Steve Albini 5/2

7:00 pm

Having made his name in the late 1980s as a member of the indie band Galaxie 500, Damon Krukowski has watched cultural life lurch from analog to digital. And as an artist who has weathered the transition, he has challenging, urgent questions for both creators and consumers about what we have thrown away in the process: Are our devices leaving us lost in our own headspace even as they pinpoint our location? Does the long reach of digital communication come at the sacrifice of our ability to gauge social distance? Do streaming media discourage us from listening closely? Are we hearing each other fully in this new environment? Damon Krukoswksi takes this on in The New Analog: Listening and Reconnecting in a Digital World (The New Press, April 25, 2017). He is joined at this event by musician luminaries Steve Albini (Shellac, Big Black, Electrical Audio) and Bob Weston (Shellac, Volcano Suns, Chicago Mastering Service).

“Millions of music-lovers have acquiesced to the shiny juggernaut of digital-age technology without asking its economic and cultural price. Damon Krukowski is an incisive, passionate, and, above all, rational critic of this new realm. No nostalgic conservative, he offers a radical defense of analog craft in the face of the digital hard sell.”—Alex Ross, author of The Rest Is Noise and Listen to This

Damon Krukowski was in the indie rock band Galaxie 500 and is currently one half of the folk-rock duo Da­mon & Naomi. He writes for music and art journals including Pitchfork, Artforum, frieze, and The Wire. He is the recipient of an Arts Writers Grant from Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation, and a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internetand Society at Harvard University. He has also taught writing and sound (and writing about sound) at Harvard University. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. More info:, @dada_drummer on Twitter,, or for publicity brivero(at)thenewpress(dot)com.

Tuesday, May 2nd, 7pm – Free Event. Here’s the Facebook link to Share this event!

Check out that tour poster!

Off-Site: Quimby’s Freakdom Anniversary Panel at Chicago Zine Fest!

12:00 pm

Yeah! We’re really milkin’ that Quimby’s 25th anniversary thing.   offers the community a way to engage and learn through a selection of workshops held during the expo, and they asked us to do a panel that celebrates the way Quimby’s has contributed to the zine community. How could we resist? So during the tabling exhibition of CZF we’ll be doing a Quimby’s panel (from noon-1pm) called “Ever Evolving Bastion of Freakdom: A Retrospective of Quimby’s,” taking it’s name from the oral history of the same title we published last year. The panel will feature a discussion (moderated by CZF co-organizer Alex Nall) with store founder Steven Svymbersky (and owner of Quimby’s Bookstore NYC), Quimby’s Bookstore Chicago store manager and zinester Liz Mason, with special guests, Neil Brideau (former employee and founder of Radiator Comics) and artist/photographer/Quimby’s regular customer Oscar Arriola. Come for a rousing discussion of how Quimby’s Bookstore got started, how it has evolved over the years, and how each panelist played a vital role in where it is today! Here’s the Facebook event invite for this panel to share it with all your peoples.

CZF’s tabling exhibition is Sat, May 6th at Plumbers Union Hall (1340 W Washington Blvd) – NOT AT QUIMBY’S. Quimby’s will have a table, yes! Here’s the list of other exhibitors, sponsors, and guests!

Note: this is NOT at Quimby’s. It is at the Plumbers Union Hall (1340 W Washington Blvd).

New Stuff This Week

Be Your Own Backing Band by Liz Prince (Silver Sprocket) $10.00 – A collection of comics about life through a punk-rock lens. Often humorous, sometimes poignant, and almost always embarrassing, these autobiographical stories are an essential addition to your LIZ-brary. Hilarious zines by Wizardskull, $10.00 each: Pussy, Gen Xtreme Toon Boners, Slimer Blowing Gum, SeX Files Go Fuck Myself by Mike Freiheit $6.00


Biff Boff Bam Sock #7 Stuff We Have From Cancer by Anna Jo Beck $5.00 – In the latest issue of Biff Boff Bam Sock, Anna Beck revisits her husband’s (and in many ways her own) recent battle with Cancer. Through a series of ink drawings of medical products, food supplements, and other necessary items which they accrued throughout their year long journey she touches on different aspects of what it was like to care for, and come to terms with this increasingly common struggle. -MC

Fuggles A Beer Zine #3 Win 17 by David Nilsen $3.50

Bookstores and Baseball 9th Inning $7.00 – What started out as a child planning a family vacation has now become a family tradition for David Labounty’s family. In Bookstores and Baseball, the author talks about exactly what it says on the tin. In the 9th Inning David, along with his now college-bound children, visits the renowned book providers, and diamonds of Texas and Alabama. Strap in and join this family tradition, and don’t distract the driver or he’ll turn this car around. -MC

Learn Arabic in 25 Years #1 Inshallah and Beyond Innocuous Arabic by Zora O’Neill $4.00

You Must Always Have a Secret Plan #9 $3.00


Comics from Cole Johnson, $3-$5: Of Course, Twigs and Stones, The Cartoonist, Never In a Million Years, Forgotten Melody At the Edge of Memory, Beige Floral Pattern

Sweet Spot by Amy Peltz $8.00

My Comic Life by Mark McGilberry $1.00


Loose 2016 by Michael Deforge $20.00 – A fantastic collection of sketchbook drawings from 2016.

All Dogs Are Dogs by Michael DeForge $3.00

2 books by Ron Rege Jr.!: What Parsifal Saw (Fantagraphics) $14.99, The Cartoon Utopia (Fantagraphics) $24.99

Double the goodness! Two beautiful new books in by Ron Rege Jr. #comics #ronregejr #fantagraphics #art #graphicnovel

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Audubon, On The Wings Of The World by Fabien Grolleau & Jérémie Royer (Nobrow) $22.95

Saga TPB vol 7 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples $14.99

Adventure Time vol 9 Brain Robbers $14.99

Take That, Adolf!: The Fighting Comic Books of the Second World War, edited by Mark Fertig (Fantagraphics) $29.99 – An oversized compilation of more than 500 stunningly restored comics covers published during World War II. a fascinating look at how legendary creators such as Joe Simon, Jack Kirby, Alex Schomburg, Will Eisner, and Lou Fine entertained millions of kids on the home front and buoyed the spirits of GIs fighting overseas by using Adolf Hitler as a punching bag.


Pain Center: The Novel by David G. Cookson $5.00

Hippies by Gary Gautier $10.99

Placement of Character by Brian Polk $15.00


Your Song Changed My Life: From Jimmy Page to St. Vincent, Smokey Robinson to Hozier, Thirty-Five Beloved Artists on Their Journey by Bob Boilen $16.99


Hi Fructose #43 New Contemporary Art Magazine $7.95

Tom Tom Magazine #29 Digital Issue $10.00

International Review #158 International Communist Current Spr 17 $3.00

Gentlewoman #15 Spr Sum 17 Sofia Coppola $15.99

Mojo #281 Apr 17 $10.99

Fresh Meat #8 Of The City $15.00

Tapas #11 Spr 17 Kyle McLachlan $19.99


On to the Next Dream by Paul Madonna $17.95

The First Line vol 19 #1 Spr 17 $4.00 – In the 58th issue of this literary journal, the premise remains the same: Nine Writers are given the same first line to a story, and the rest is up to them. Seeing way these stories branch out in infinitely disparate ways, even though they stem from the same 14 word sentence is always a treat. Pick a copy of today, and think of what you would do with that first line. -MC