W. Todd Kaneko Reads From The Dead Wrestler Elegies on 3/5

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W. Todd Kaneko reads from The Dead Wrestler Elegies at #QuimbysBookstore on 3/5. More info at quimbys.com

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The elegies and illustrations in Asian American poet W. Todd Kaneko’s collection The Dead Wrestler Elegies (Curbside Splendor, November 2014) cover themes of loss, love, regret, redemption, and remorse. Kaneko’s poems and illustrations blend Charles Bukowski’s raw-boned verse and Randy “Macho Man” Savage’s devastating elbow drop to mine the history of professional wrestling and examine complex relationships between fathers and sons.

“Kaneko’s poems leap from the top turnbuckle and make the heart pirouette like the choreographed turn of the ropes. When the lights in the arenas go out, these poems, in conjunction with Kaneko’s stunning visual work, honor both these wrestlers and an era. Through Todd Kaneko’s fierce but tender elegies, we come to understand that the gods are mortal after all.”
—Oliver de la Paz, author of Post Subject: A Fable and Requiem for the Orchard

W. Todd Kaneko’s poetry, fiction and non-fiction can be seen in Bellingham Review, Los Angeles Review, Southeast Review, Lantern Review, NANO Fiction, The Collagist, Blackbird, The Huffington Post, Song of the Owashtanong: Grand Rapids Poetry in the 21st Century, Bring the Noise: The Best Pop Culture Essays from Barrelhouse Magazineand elsewhere. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University and has received fellowships from the Kenyon ReviewWriters Workshop and Kundiman. He is an associate editor for DMQ Review. Currently, he teaches in the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with the writer Caitlin Horrocks.

For more info: Visit curbsidesplendor.com or email Catherine(at)curbsidesplendor(dot).com

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Thursday, March 5th, 7pm – Free Event


Chicago Zine Fest Announces 2015 Dates, Exhibition Location and Artwork!

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Quimby’s is proud to co-sponsor Chicago Zine Fest! As per their most recent press release:


CHICAGO- Chicago Zine Fest is thrilled to announce that the dates for our 6th annual festival will be Friday May 8th and Saturday May 9th!

The exhibition will be Saturday May 9th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Plumbers Union Hall on the near West Side. This is a new location for the fest’s exhibition. This venue will allow us to add more participants, organization and programming to the expo. Friday May 8th will host our opening panel, as well as a youth reading, and exhibitor reading (information, location and times TBA).

Registration for the exhibition will be open on Sunday, February 22nd at 12PM CST. The festival welcomes self-publishers who release independent zines and comics. Registration occurs through our website.

The artwork for the 2015 festival was designed by Chicago based cartoonist, illustrator, and teaching artist Corinne Mucha (maidenhousefly.com). Final artwork to be released.

Look for future press releases closer to the festival date to include programming information, festival workshop schedule, invited guest panelists and announced festival exhibitors.

For more information on the Chicago Zine Fest, visit our website at chicagozinefest.org.


More info as developments are announced!

New Stuff This Week

Yes, #QuimbysBookstore has #CardsAgainstHumanity now! $25.

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Cards Against Humanity: A Party Game for Horrible People $25.00

Comics & Minis

Bikeman #1 by Jon Chad $5.00

Assassin’s Elan Four Presidents Their Assassins and the Hair Styles that Brought

Them Together by Marnie Galloway $3.00

Graphic Novels & Trade Paperbacks

Beyond the Surface by Nicolas Andre (Nobrow) $16.00

Lenore: Pink Bellies by Roman Dirge $17.99

Invisibles Book 3 Deluxe Edition by Grant Morrison (Vertigo) $29.99

No Magic Bullets by Rachel Branham $20.00


Jillian by Halle Butler (Curbside Splendor) $14.95

Turtle Face and Beyond by Arthur Bradford $25.00

Hangover by Benjamin Lipman $5.00

Swan and the Gondola by Timothy Schaffert $16.00

Titles by Clayton Smith: Pants on Fire: A Collection of Lies, Apocalypticon (Dapper Press)$9.99, $12.99

Tyrannia and Other Renditions by Alan DeNiro $16.00

Food & Drugs

Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails: 52 Rediscovered Recipes by Ted Haigh aka Dr. Cocktail (Quarry) $9.99

Magic Mushroom Explorer: Psilocybin and the Awakening Earth by Simon G Powell (Park Street Press) $18.95

Film & Music Books

Wrapped In Plastic: Twin Peaks Pop Classics Series vol 3 (ECW) $12.95

Waiting For the Man: The Life and Music Of Lou Reed by Jeremy Reed (Overlook) $27.95


Death by Cannibal: Minds with an Appetite for Murder by Peter Davidson (Berkley Books) $16.00

Crap Taxidermy by Kat Su $12.99

American Murder Houses: A Coast to Coast Tour of the Most Notorious Houses of

Homicide (Berkley Books) $16.00

Great Work of the Flesh: Sexual Magic, East and West by Sarane Alexandrian (Destiny Books) $16.95

Cannibal Killers, From the Case Files of Sunday People and Mirror (Haynes) $14.95


Ham: Slices of Life, True Life Tales by Sam Harris $16.00

Politics & Revolution

#Newsfail by Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny $22.00 – By the founders of Citizen Radio.

Underground Passages: Anarchist Resistance Culture by Jesse Cohn (AK Press) $22.95

Storm in My Heart: Memories from the Widow of Johann Most by Helene Minkin, edited by Tom Goyens (AK Press) $17.95


Charlie Hebdo #1178 14 Jan 15 $9.99

True Crime Jan 15 Dectective Monthly $8.99

Tattoo Collection #66 $7.75

Off-site Event: Zine Book Club at CHIPRC “Is It the Future Yet” With Corinne Mucha 2/11

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Zine Book club at the #CHIPRC with #CorinneMucha 2/11. “Is It the Future Yet?” sold here. More info at chiprc.org

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CHIPRC’s Zine Book Club returns in 2015 on Wednesday, February 11th at 7pm at The Chicago Publishers Resource Center (CHIPRC) at 858 N. Ashland Avenue (not Quimby’s). The discussion will feature local comic artist Corinne Mucha’s work, Is It the Future Yet?, which was commissioned exclusively by Quimby’s! Corrine Mucha will be present to join the discussion, sign work and will have other titles available for sale.

Also, bring in your favorite zine/comic from 2014 to discuss and share. Pick up this month’s comic here at Quimby’s bookstore, located at 1854 West North Avenue (while supplies last).

There will be a $3 donation asked at the door. Meet other zinesters, read new work, bring in your favs, be part of the discussion and have a good time. Chicago Publishers Resource Center is located at 858 N Ashland Ave.

ABOUT: CHIPRC’s Zine Book Club gets together periodically to discuss and support zine culture. At each event, new self published zine and comic titles will be selected to read and discussed. CHIPRC works with community partners and local self-publishers to select the titles read for the month.

Go to chiprc.org for more information.

This event is NOT AT QUIMBY’S. It is at CHIPRC at 858 N. Ashland Avenue.

New Stuff This Week

New Cometbus. #55.3/4 & #56. Just rolled in.

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2 New things from Aaron Cometbus: Cometbus #55 3/4 East Bay Mostly (Pegasus Books Special Edition) $4.00 & Cometbus #56 A Bestiary of Booksellers $5.00


Swarm #3 by Jonathan Stutz $2.00

Serio #1 Social Justice Zine Made In Chicago by Luz Magdaleno $3.00

Nature Zine #3 Reconnecting With the Natural World by Vanessa Rojas $3.00

Comics & Minis
(pictured above) Trepanation: Elective Surgery You Need Like a Hole in Your Head by Emi Gennis $4.00 – Don’t try this at home!

Mr. Natural #3 by R. Crumb (Crumb Comics) $4.95

Coming of Age in Samil #1 & #2 by Teresa Ferreiro $9.00 each

Devils Slice of Life by Patrick Crotty $13.00

Pyramid Scheme by Josh Burggraf & Victor Kerlow $6.00

Three Blades Swordfight #2 by Elliot Alfredius $10.00

Nava Part 1 Ruins of a Dream Tree of Life/Nava Part 2 Mythopoeia by Mikael Lopez & Olle Forsslof $11.00 each

Mutant Punks Fuck Off #1 Sep 14 by Kevin Panetta and Jared Morgan $4.00

Nothing Whatsoever: All Out in the Open by Akino Kondoh $6.00

Harold by Antoine Cosse $6.00

Multiversity Guidebook by Grant Morrison and friends $7.99

Itchy Trigger #1 $2.00

Ostrich Hippo and Jesus #1- #3 by Ryan Wells and friends $6.00 each

Comics by Lydia Fu: Chitown is Hip $2.50, Date with Death $2.00, CS Companion $2.00, Sukiyaki Sunday $2.00, Good Bad Sister Sister A Comic about Two Sisters and Others $5.00

Comics by Ben Passmore: Look Whos Fuckin Miserable #1, Pantomime Horse #3 $3.00 each

Comics by Shin Yin Khor (Sawdust Press): Field Guide to the Deathface Mushroom, Field Guide to the Common Leaf Bug, Collection Of Romantic Heartbreaks Major and Minor Imagined and Actual, Center For Otherworld Science issues #1-#3, various prices

She Always Looked Good in Hats by Matthew Melis $7.00

Cool Sports Stories for Kids (Not Suitable for Children) by Ben Miller $5.00

Legends of Baseball #1 & #2 by R. Hendricks $1.00 each

Eyelash Out by Ben Sea $4.00

Graphic Novels & Trade Paperbacks
Mimi and the Wolves Act 2 The Den by Alabaster $12.00

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud (First Second) $29.99

Saint Cole by Noah Van Scriver (Fantagraphics) $19.99

Love and Rockets New Stories vol 7 by Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez (Fantagraphics) $14.99

Inner City Romance by Guy Colwell (Fantagraphics) $24.99

Zen Pencils: Cartoon Quotes from Inspirational Folks by Gavin Aung Than $14.99 – Inspirational and famous quotations and adapted into graphic stories, From icons like Confucius, Marie Curie, Ira Glass, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Neil Gaiman and more. From the Australian website of the same name.

Zenith Phase One by Grant Morrison & Steve Yeowell $25.00

Black Science TPB vol 2 Welcome Nowhere by Rick Remender & friends $14.99

Squidder by Ben Templesmith $19.99

Outcast vol 1 A Darkness Surrounds Him by Robert Kirkman and Elizabeth Breitweiser $9.99

Walking Dead Book One: A Continuing Story Of Survival Horror by Robert Kirkman $34.99

I Saw Him by Nate McDonough $8.00

Art & Design

Kill Pretty #2 Unsuitable Periodical $10.00


Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps Hurts and Hooks Us by Murray Carpenter $16.00

The First Bad Man: A Novel by Miranda July $25.00
Funny Girl by Nick Hornby $27.95 – New novel from the author of High Fidelity, about a fictional TV show in 1960s London.

Call Me Burroughs: A Life by Barry Miles $20.00 – Are you holding? Holding 736 pages! Beat historian Barry Miles presents the first full-length biography of William S. Burroughs to be published in a quarter century-and the first one to chronicle the last decade of Burroughs’s life. Now in soft cover.

Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life From an Addiction To Film by Patton Oswalt $25.00 – A memoir of sorts from this comedian/writer/actor, about coming of age as a performer and writer in the late ’90s while obsessively watching classic films.

The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside ‘The Room': The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell $16.00 – OH HAI soft cover.

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From the Making Of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes $26.00 – Written by Cary Elwes, the dreaded Dread Pirate Roberts himself. Features never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

Music Books

Dancing with Myself by Billy Idol $28.00 – Memoir about his his early days as front man of punk band Generation X to the decadent life in rock.


How To Grow Up: A Memoir by Michelle Tea $16.00

Rasputin: A Short Life by Frances Welch $16.00 – Humorous short biography about the life of nineteenth-century Russian icon Grigory Rasputin, creepy mystic and court sage.

Traveling with Your Octopus: A Travelogue for Domesticated Cephalopods by Brian Kesinger (Baby Tattoo) $29.95

Bizarre #223 Jan 15 $10.50
Bust Feb Mar 15 vol 91 $5.99
Sagacity #1 The No Issue $6.00
Horror Hound #51 Jan Feb 15 $6.99
Cemetery Dance #72 $9.95
ArtForum Feb 15 $10.00
Lodown #94 $16.99
Dwell Mar 15 $7.50
Maximumrocknroll #381 Feb 15 $4.99
Decibel #125 Mar 15 $5.99
Wire #371 Jan 15 Rewind 2014 the Year In Underground Music  $9.99
Harpers Magazine Feb 15 $6.99
Freshly Inked vol 5 #1 March 15 $6.99
Tattoo Society #47 $7.99
Rebel Ink Apr 15 $5.99

Lit Journals

Granta #130 Win 15 India $16.99
Ninth Letter vol 11 #2 Fall Win 14 15 $14.95
Bookforum Feb Mar 15 $5.95
(The Soon to Be Pretentious Writers Club presents) Nearly Pretentious Collection #1 Stories We Wrote $5.00

Meat #15 by Adrian Lourie $20.00 – Here it is! The special fifteenth anniversary issue!  65 studs from across the pond drop their trousers to their ankles! Be sure to pick this one up…the zine I mean…the pants can stay where they are. -NB

Tonight (1/31) at 9:30pm: The annual Quimby’s Zlumber Party!