Justin O’Brien Reads From Chicago Yippie! ’68

7:00 pm

Justin O’Brien’s new book Chicago Yippie! ’68 (Garret Room Books) is a true chronicle of his experiences during the week of the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention. What promised to be a music festival and protest against the war in Vietnam turned into a “police riot,” as deemed by the official investigation report, Rights in Conflict. This historic event, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, has relevant echoes in the protests of today. Even other participants have been amazed by this detailed description of events. O’Brien’s gripping narrative is interwoven with additional eyewitness accounts and includes more than 150 color and black and white photos—most of them never before published, and three original maps help the reader pinpoint the action. Handbills, posters, newspapers, political buttons, and other paraphernalia—all from the author’s collection—provide fascinating visual references and offer graphic evidence of this historic Chicago moment.

“Justin O’Brien seemingly was ever-present during 1968’s Chicago Convention Week. His lively recollections from the streets and the parks resurrect a polarized time of counterculture protest and potential.”
—Abe Peck, Professor Emeritus in Service, Northwestern University;
Author, Uncovering the Sixties: The Life and Times of the Underground Press

“There is no book more loyal to the events that occurred over four August days in Chicago in 1968 than Justin O’Brien’s riveting Chicago Yippie! ’68. With his lucid, engaging prose, O’Brien effortlessly unwinds the various discordant threads that were so tightly woven into the fabric of the anti-war movements that defined the 1960s. Chicago Yippie! ’68 will take you back to a place that time may have muted, but that Mr. O’Brien has never forgotten.”
—Pat Owens


With more than 400 by-lines on a variety of subjects, Justin O’Brien has written extensively about blues music over a forty-year period, and for several decades has been associated with Living Blues magazine of the University of Mississippi. His work has also appeared in Juke Blues, Sing Out!, UIC Alumni News, Chicago Parent, Digital Chicago, Southern Graphics, and other publications. He has contributed to the Encyclopedia of the Blues (Routledge Press, 2005), Armitage Avenue Transcendentalists (Charles Kerr, 2009), and Base Paths: The Best of the Minneapolis Review of Baseball (Wm. Brown, 1991), to which, coincidentally, former Senator Eugene McCarthy, the “peace candidate” of 1968, wrote a foreword.

Friday, March 23, 7 p.m. – Free Event

For more info: garretroom.com

Facebook invite for this event here!


Off-Site: Chicago Zine Fest 2018

12:00 pm



Watch this space for more info about Chicago Zine Fest 2018!

Quimby’s is proud to co-sponsor The Chicago Zine Fest, a celebration of small press and independent publishers, with free workshops, events, and an annual festival. CZF 2018 will be held May 18-19. The tabling exhibition will be on Saturday, May 19th at Plumbers Union Hall at 1340 W Washington Blvd in Chicago.

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Interested in volunteering? Contact CZF here!

Nick Drnaso launches Sabrina on Thurs, May 24th

7:00 pm

When Sabrina disappears, an airman in the U.S. Air Force is drawn into a web of suppositions, wild theories, and outright lies. He reports to work every night in a bare, sterile fortress that serves as no protection from a situation that threatens the sanity of Teddy, his childhood friend and boyfriend of the missing woman. Sabrina’s grieving sister Sandra struggles to fill her days waiting in purgatory. After a videotape surfaces, we see devastation through a cinematic lens, as true tragedy is distorted when fringe thinkers and conspiracy theorists begin to interpret events to fit their own narratives.

The follow-up to Nick Drnaso’s LA Times Book Prize winning Beverly, Sabrina depicts a modern world devoid of personal interaction and responsibility, where relationships are stripped of intimacy through glowing computer screens. An indictment of our modern state, Sabrina contemplates the dangers of a fake news climate. Timely and articulate, Drnaso’s graphic novel leaves you gutted, searching for meaning in the aftermath of disaster.

“Nick Drnaso’s Sabrina is the best book—in any medium—I have read about our current moment. It is a masterpiece, beautifully written and drawn, possessing all the political power of polemic and yet simultaneously all the delicacy of truly great art. It scared me. I loved it.”—Zadie Smith

Nick Drnaso was born in 1989 in Palos Hills, Illinois. His debut graphic novel, Beverly, received the LA Times Book prize for Best Graphic Novel. He has contributed to several comics anthologies, self-published a handful of comics, been nominated for three Ignatz Awards, and co-edited the second and third issue of Linework, Columbia College’s annual comic anthology. Drnaso lives in Chicago, where he works as a cartoonist and illustrator. 

For more info:


Julia Pohl-Miranda and Sruti Islam at publicity@drawnandquarterly.com

Thurs, May 24th, 7pm – Free Event

Quimby’s Bookstore, Chicago, IL quimbys.com

Here’s the Facebook Event Invite for this!

New Stuff This Week

Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 to 1980 by Iain McIntyre and Andrew Nette (PM Press) $29.95 – From the juvenile delinquent gangs of the early 1950s through the beats and hippies, on to bikers, skinheads, and punks, pulp fiction left no trend untouched. 400 full-colour covers, 70 in-depth author interviews, illustrated biographies, and previously unpublished articles from more than 20 popular culture critics and scholars from the US, UK, and Australia, the book goes behind the scenes to look at the authors and publishers, how they worked, where they drew their inspiration and—often overlooked—the actual words they wrote.


Works In Progress Draft #1 by LZRDbrain $10

Intentionally Left Blank by Popla $5

Ear Plugs and Ticket Stubs by Kathy Moseley $3

Grey Zine $5

Comics & Minis

Issues of Mini kuš! $5 each:
#59 Share the Love by Paula Bulling and Nina Hoffman,
#60 His Last Comic by Noah Van Sciver
#61 Jonah 2017 by Tomasz Niewiadomski
#62 Daughter by Aidan Koch
#63 Nausea by Abraham Diaz
#64 Collection by Pedro Franz
#65 Master Song by Francisco Sousa Lobo
#66 Resident Lover by Roman Muradov

Issues of š! Baltic Comics Magazine, $12 each:
#30 Oct 17 – Special Brooklyn edition, guest edited by the owner of Desert Island Comics, Gabe Fowler!
#31 Feb 18 Visitors

So Buttons #8 $5 – With Noah Van Sciver, Rachel Dukes, T.J. Kirsch, Corinne Mucha & Rick Parker.

Graphic Novels

Ghost Stories by Whit Taylor $17.95

Rice Boy by Evan Dahm (Iron Circus) $30

I Love This Part: Hardcover Edition by Tillie Walden $16.99 – Two girls in a small town in the USA kill time together as they try to get through their days at school, watching videos and sharing earbuds, exchanging songs and stories.

Red Colored Elegy by Seiichi Hayashi (D&Q) $21.95 – Artists in a stormy relationship, from acclaimed Japanese underground comics artist. Now in soft cover.

Fenix by Zane Zlemesa $16

Fearless Colors by Samplerman $19

Compulsive Comics by Eric Haven (Fantagraphics) $19.99 – Existential Terror! Global Warming! A Vengeful God!

TRUMPTRUMP Vol. 1: nomination to inauguration by Warren Craghead, III (Retrofit) $25

Art Books

Guess I Just Never Felt the Spirit Matt Christy & R.D. King $20

Questionable Taste Levels by Elanor Aldrich & R.D. King $24

Outer Limits

Liquid Conspiracy 2: The CIA, MI5 and Big Pharma’s War on Psychedelics by Xaviant Haze $19.95

Big Brother Technology: PRISM, XKeyscore, and other Spy Tools of the Global Surveillance State by Axel Balthazar $19.95 – An exposé of the software programs and techniques used by the agencies to spy on the planet. Big Brother is watching. It’s time to watch back.

The Three Barons: The Organizational Chart of the Kennedy Assassination by James W Lateer $24.95


Suffering Ends When Awakening Begins by Robert Crown $13.99

Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith $28

Guy Debord by Anselm Jappe (PM Press) $21.95 – First intellectual biography of Guy Debord, prime mover of the Situationist International (1957–1972) and author of The Society of the Spectacle.


She Shreds #14 $10
Wire #408 $10.99
Mojo #292 $11.25
Street Trash Mag #2 & #3 $5 each

Lit Journals & Chap Books

The Lantern #2 Feb 18 (Entropic Press) $4 – Local fiction lit journal in zine style!

12 Street Haiku by Shelly Smith $8

New Stuff This Week

Shitty Printers by JP Garrigues and Bo Fahs (Blue Star Press) $13.99 – From the first consumer inkjet to more modern monstrosities, Shitty Printers breaks down the worst offenders of our home offices. Featuring popular and exasperating home staples such as the HP Thinkjet 2225A, the Lexmark Z22, the long forgotten Canon BJC-85, and many more.

Dot matrix printout in the house.

Print yr zines out on this, word.



Butch Nor Femme #12 $2

KerBloom #130 by Artnoose $2

Razorblades and Aspirin #3 by M. Thorn $8

Face Value 2012 Understanding and Combating Face-ism by Alice W. $2

Smudge vol 2 #2 by Clay Hickson $5 – Tan & Loose’s monthly newspaper offering articles, interviews, comics, and advice from a range of unique thinkers and creators, in the spirit of the underground and alternative presses of the 60’s and 70’s.

Comics & Minis

Treasure Island #3 by Connor Willumsen (Breakdown Press) $12.50

comics by Melissa Dettloff:
Hot Dog Confessional $5 – A zine that answers some of life’s important questions: do hot dogs like email? can a hot dog be a priest? what are hot dogs made of?
Dogs and Stools $3 – A zine featuring dogs and stools…but what kind of stools? Read to find out. This zine is a “one sheet book” and folds out to a poster printed on the back. This zine is a “one sheet book” and folds out to a poster printed on the back.
Arms Must Be Akimbo $15 – Delightful hand screen printed mini-comic about arm posture. This little comic made me laugh and smile with excellent line work, eye popping color and hilarious quips. ~CH
How to Achieve Sheer Dreamy Happiness: A Guide For Better Living $5

Hades #1 by Tim Tyler $10

New Wave Comics Presents #1-#3 by David Soileau $1.50 each

Fifty Flip Experiment #22 by Dan Hill $5

Graphic Novels

Out of Nothing by David Blandy & Daniel Lopcke (Nobrow) $22.99

Tim’rous Beastie: An Anthology of Small Adventures In a Big and Dangerous World by Amanda Lafrenais (Iron Circus) $30 – Proof that we’re not headed for destruction in 75 graphs from a cognitive scientist.

Good News Bible: The Complete Deadline Strips of Shaky Kane (Breakdown Press) $34.99

Picnoleptic Inertia by Tsemberlidis (Breakdown Press) $19.99

Total Jazz by Blutch (Fantagraphics) $19.99

Lovecraft: The Myth of Cthulhu by Esteban Maroto $19.99 – Illustrated in haunting black and white over 30 years ago, these comics are re-presented in a new edition, adapting three of H.P. Lovecraft’s most famous stories involving the Cthulhu Mythos.

Vacation by Blexbolex (Enchaned Lion) $24.95 – Adventures in bringing an elephant home by this French artist.

Politics & Revolution

Post-Truth by Lee McIntyre (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series) $15.95

Bikequity: Money, Class, and Bicycling by Elly Blue (Elly Blue Publishing) $9.95 – The contributors to this book?in the Taking the Lane series?tackle present a thoughtful, multiperspective take on the sociopolitical effects of bicycling.


Thirty-Seven: A Novel by Peter Stenson (Dzanc) $26.95 – Fight Club meets Heaven’s Gate in this story of an 18 year old that escapes a death cult and is encouraged to restart it by his enigmatic boss.

Music & Film Books

Psychiatric Tissue: The History of the Iconic Noise Rock Band Arab on Radar by Jeff Schneider $18

It Came From the Video Aisle!: Inside Charles Band’s Full Moon Entertainment Studio by David Jay & friends (Schiffer) $34.99 – From Puppetmaster to Trancers and beyond, Full Moon transformed the VHS experience for fans worldwide. Featuring rare artwork, behind-the-scenes photos, and over 50 exclusive interviews with the cast and crew who helped to create the legendary B-movie studio!

The Ultimate Guide to Strange Cinema by Michael Vaughn (Schiffer) $34.99 – Organized by genre, including comedy, horror, action, drama, fantasy, and sci-fi, this title offers 300 reviews of genre films from all over the world, 160 photos, and exclusive interviews and quotes from the people behind some of the most offbeat films ever made.

Art & Design

Eye See You: The Art of Oliver Hibert by Angelo Madrigale and Oliver Hibert (Schiffer) $34.99 – First monograph of this neo-psychedelic artist who has been featured in places like Juxtapoz & Hi-Fructose, and who has done many a poster and album cover for artists like the Flaming Lips. Over 200+ images of things like paintings, sculpture, drawings, tarot deck recreation and more!

Modern Gothic: The Photographic Art of Jamie Mahon by Jamie Mahon (Schiffer) $34.99 – Whether it’s the ethereal otherworldliness of his Gothic heroines and villainesses, the provocative postures of his fetish performers, or the adrenalin-charged action of his fantasy characters, each image leaps from its page to shock and awe you.

Robotic Existentialism: The Art of Eric Joyner (Dark Horse) $29.99 – Pastries mixed with vintage toys! A juxtaposition of joy.

Screenprinting: The Ultimate Studio Guide from Sketchbook to Squeegee by Print Club London (Princeton Architectural Press) $40


TL;DR: The Best of Odd Things Considered by Anita Dalton (Nine-Banded Books) $29 – Dalton reads the type of weirdo books we sell and has been writing conversationally thoughtful counter-criticism for years, with insightful discussions of serial killer memoirs, outsider manifestos, and conspiracy theories (among many other outré subjects). Don’t miss this!

Sexxxy Stuff

Starfucker, various issues $12


AdBusters #136 $14.95
Smith Journal #25 $17.99
Frankie #81 $19.95
Purple Fashion vol 3 #29 $30

Poetry & Chap Books

Chap Books from M. Wright: Boy Named Jane $10 & Dear Dementia $7

Other Stuff

New Field Notes:
Field Notes for Left Handed Folks! $9.95
Signature 2Pack, Plain or Ruled, cream/yellow or muted green cover, 4¼”× 6½” $15.00 each