Offsite: Chicago Zine Fest Valentine’s Day Karaoke Fundraiser at Beauty Bar Chicago 2/14

8:00 pm

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Show your love through song this Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14th as you help raise funds for the independent literary event Chicago Zine Festat Beauty Bar, 1444 W Chicago Ave. (NOT AT QUIMBY’S.)

For their fifth annual karaoke fundraiser, Zine Fest partners with Shameless Karaoke with a songbook of karaoke favorites from Blondie, the Smiths, James Brown, Madonna, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Prince, The Clash, Elvis Costello, the Kinks, Kiss, Britney Spears, Roxy Music, the Sex Pistols, classic punk and new wave and more. You can voice your feelings about Valentine’s Day with your song selection, whether it’s “Addicted to Love” or “Love Will Tear Us Apart.”

Bring some extra dollars as Beauty Bar offers unique drink specials all night long, including a signature martini and manicure to make sure you look your best this holiday.  Plus Zine Fest will hold a 50/50 raffle, splitting the pot that night with one lucky winner. Purchase raffle tickets for a chance to take home a nice holiday gift.

There is a $5 admission which will benefit the 2016 Chicago Zine Fest. The event beings at 8pm and is 21+.

About Chicago Zine Fest: Chicago Zine Fest (CZF) is a celebration of small press and independent publishers. 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. Chicago Zine Fest 2016 takes place on April 29th and 30th, 2016. Visit for more information.

Join the event on Facebook and invite your friends:

About Shameless Karaoke: Visit

See the Shameless Karaoke list here to think about what song(s) you want to do!

Artwork by the lovely and talented Chicago artist Gina Wynbrandt (Big Pussy).

Quimby’s is proud to co-sponsor Chicago Zine Fest, which is April 29th-30th, 2016.

New Stuff This Week

#FieldNotes back in stock. Plus, a Chicago edition! #quimbys #quimbysbookstore

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Field Notes: Chicago Edition, Set of Three 48 page Memo Books $10.95
Field Notes: Dot Graph Paper, Pitch Black, Set of Three 48 page Memo Books $9.95


Abortion Services Offered $10.00 – A photo zine documenting Google Maps documenting the spectral anti-abortionists haunting Planned Parenthoods across the country. This is the New Photozine Movement’s sweet spot. Gaze upon our works, ye ‘mericans, and despair! ~GS

Good Morning vol 4 #2 $6.00

Dear Mr Lost by Emilia Equino $4.00

Travel On #7 Nine Months in Missouri by David Solomon $2.00

Artists vs. Charlatans: Drawings by Rick McKee Hock $15.00


Complete Beautifully Banal by Danny Travis & Alexander Culler $15.00

2 zines from Lizzee Solomon, $8.00 each:
Mutual Paradise #5 – This mini-comic is jam packed with hilarious and grotesque drawings. Solomon explores  TFW your turd is too big to flush, two boys are staring at one badonkadonk and when working at an art gallery gets old fast. -CH
¡A la Orden! – Prepare for pages of poop, puke, putas y playas (both types) when Mutual Paradise jefe Lizzee Solomon applies her grody graphics to the travelogue genre in this carnet de voyeur of a drunken beach vaycay in rural Colombia. Realness intermingles with feelsness, and it’s actually pretty educational. Cheaper than airfare! ~GS

OC #1 Fuck Hope Heres Hate Soup Narco Trash by Edwin Sandoval (Perfectly Acceptable) $10.00

Hi Ways by Daniel Wayne Olsen $5.00 – “Time leaked at a shitty speed. I didn’t have a clue what was going on anymore.” Probably drawn high; probably read high. P much like smoking a melting Grateful Dead lp. Crack the egg of oblivion on the face of reality & let your mind wünder thru the eyesockets of the sun into a mushroom cloud of hippy hellscapes & peyote parties in a sprayed-brain wormhole of… burg… what… what was i talking about ~GS

Panoptic Presents #2 by Steven Arenius $4.99


Beverly by Nick Drnaso (D+Q) $21.95 – The modern lost souls of Beverly struggle with sexual anxieties that are just barely repressed and social insecurities that undermine every word they speak. Time passes, bodies change sizes, realities blur with fantasies, truths disintegrate, childhood comforts turn uncomfortable. Again and again, the civilized facades of Nick Drnaso’s pitch – perfect suburban landscapes crack in the face of violence and quiet brutality. ***DON’T MISS NICK DRNASO AT QUIMBY’S ON FEB 20TH WITH BRIAN CHIPPENDALE!***

Uptight #5 by Jordan Crane (Fantagraphics) $10.00 – 112-page volume from the artist of (among other things) The Clouds Above. Includes the stories “Keeping Two” and “Discovering the Dark.”


Frank in the 3rd Dimension by Jim Woodring (Fantagraphics) $22.99 – Frank as you’ve never seen him before! 32 anecdotal visual vignettes with more than 150 layers per drawing! Comes with 3D glasses!


Horror by Heck! by Don Heck (IDW) $24.99 – He co-created Iron Man but in the 50s Don Heck did horror comics! From The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics.


The Envelope Manufacturer by Chris Oliveros (D&Q) $16.95

Religion: A Discovery in Comics by Margreet de Heer (NBM) $17.99 – A fresh look from different perspectives on the phenomenon of religion; the backgrounds and history of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism; and makes the point that religion is something that should unite us, not drive us apart.


Mythology: An Illustrated Journey Into Our Imagined Worlds by Christopher Dell $29.95


Big Venerable: Stories by Matt Rowan $14.99

The Sleep Garden by Jim Krusoe (Tin House) $15.95 – In an underground apartment building called “the Burrow”–essentially purgatory?“twilight souls” inhabit the space between life and death. Interwoven with their stories are those of inhabitants of the living world: a retired sea captain, a psychotic former child actor (possibly the sea captain’s illegitimate son?), and the technicians who monitor the Burrow, making sure its occupants have a constant supply of oxygen and food. Through all of their stories, and the ways in which their lives, past and present, intertwine, Krusoe creates a poignant story about what constitutes a life, what remains when we die, and what we possibly carry with us into the next world.

The Unfinished World: And Other Stories by Amber Sparks $15.95 – Sculptors, librarians, astronauts, and warriors, orphans translate their grief into taxidermy and more.


Missing Connections: Challenging the Consensus the Search for Hidden Truths, Obscured Patterns, and Unseen Realities by J. Douglas Kenyon (Atlantis Rising) $16.95

Freaks of Sideshow and Film by Mary Brett & Stevan Gould (Schiffer) $34.99 – Explore the lives of over 150 of the top sideshow performers of by-gone days, as well as the history of the circus and sideshow. Take a look behind the scenes at the banner artists, gaff artists, photographers, and showmen who made the freak show as American as apple pie.





Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields, and the New Politics of Latin America by Ioan Grillo $28.00


Hashish The Lost Legend: The First English Translation of a Great Oriental Romance by Ronald R. Siegal (Process) $29.95


How to Talk About Places You’ve Never Been: On the Importance of Armchair Travel by Pierre Bayard $25.00


The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson $15.00 – Now in soft cover.


Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism by Cindy Milstein (AK Press) $12.00

Dead Presidents: An American Adventure Into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation’s Leaders by Cindy Carlson $26.95


We Are All Stardust: Scientists Who Shaped Our World Talk about Their Work, Their Lives, and What They Still Want to Know by Stefan Klein (Experiment) $14.95

Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities by Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart, illustrated by Briony Morrow-Cribbs $18.95



Harpers Magazine Feb 16 $6.99

Tape Op #111 Jan Feb 16 $4.95


Meet the Major Arcana by Erika Mikkalo $10.00


Scarlet Women: The Scandalous Lives of Courtesans, Concubines and Royal Mistresses by Ian Graham $26.99

DNA #191 $14.95


Bon, Appetit Bitches! Tea Towels by Calligraphuck $16.95

Steven Krakow, author of My Kind of Sound: The Secret History of Chicago Music, in conversation with the Reader’s Philip Montoro on 2/18

7:00 pm


Steven Krakow’s My Kind of Sound (Curbside Splendor) compiles more than a decade worth of “The Secret History of Chicago Music,” the illustrated column by Steve Krakow (“Plastic Crimewave”) that has been printed bi-weekly in the Chicago Reader since 2005. There is much to discover in these stories; amidst the slighted fame, botched contracts, overdoses, and break-ups, Krakow spotlights the glory that exists in making music.

Some of these musicians made considerable contributions to Chicago’s music culture, rivaling those of the legends we all know and collect. And some of them didn’t, but Krakow insists that you know about them. Each of the more than 200 columns included in My Kind of Sound were painstakingly constructed by Krakow in his signature scissor-and-glue process, the same he employs in his long-running psychedelic zine, Galactic Zoo Dossier. Charmed though his process may be, Krakow’s gigantic love for music and the people who make it is serious and staggering and the resulting collection is as fun as it is important. 

[The Secret History of Chicago Music] is an education even for us know-it-all music obsessives, and are the only comics that have sent me directly to the record store to dig in the bins for dusty gems.”
—Jessica Hopper, Pitchfork, author of The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

Facebook invite for this event:

For more info, email Catherine Eves: catherine(at)curbsidesplendor(dot)com

New Stuff This Week


Afterparty: A Novella by Anne Elizabeth Moore (Sonnenzimmer) $15.00 – In the not-too-distant future, a full third of the US population will have autoimmune disorders—horrible, vindictive diseases that needlessly attack separate systems of the body and cause pain, disfiguration, and eventually death for many sufferers. They also presage a genetic mutation, however, that allows a segment of the world’s current inhabitants to survive the Überflu of 2017, a rapidly mutating virus now at work overcoming eradication by your soaps and detergents, antibiotics, and high-end medicines. Science calls it the bacterial apocalypse, and when the world as we know it comes to an end, only the sick will survive in a deeply flawed utopia. Written by journalist, artist and Quimby’s ally Anne Elizabeth Moore. Published by another Quimby’s ally, Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi at Chicago print studio Sonnenzimmer.

Other Nick Butcher titles from Sonnenzimmer:
Banana in Public $25.00
I’m the Only Stranger That I Know Still Lifes from the Animated Short $25.00
Simultaneous Sonnenzimmer Seripop $20.00
Chicago USA $15.00


zines by Carrie Mercer:
Bookstore Thief #3 $3.00
Migraineur $3.00

Judas Goat Quarterly #68 Win 15 $1.50

Safe Home by Sarah Rose $2.50

Completely Ridiculous by Woodie Borre $3.00

August Nation #1 by August Bernadicou $3.25

Last Slice #1 $1.00 and Last Slice #2 by Stan Zenkov $5.00 – Creepy and provocative drawings that are reminiscent of German Expressionism. When you’re stalked by naked ladies with knives, bear people and the Grim Reaper, you better enjoy that last slice of pizza before you die. -CH


Mineshaft #32 Win 16 by Everett Rand & friends $9.00 – Anthological comic with beautiful front cover by Christoph Mueller. Plus work from: R. Crumb, Bill Griffith, Mary Fleener, Laure Boin, David Collier, Christoph Mueller, J.D. Wilkes, John Broadley, Frank Stack, Fly, Robert Armstrong, Aaron Lange, Karl Stevens, Pat Moriarity, Fiona Smyth, Noah Van Sciver, Aleksandar Zograf, William Crook Jr., & Jay Lynch!


Mean Girls Club by Ryan Heshka (Nobrow) $5.95

Remarkable Wizard Flipbook by John Maggie $6.00

El Mano #1 Versus Sasquatch Bandidos by Kirt Burdick $5.00

Aliens Who Are Heros #1 by William Dekoker $6.00

You Don’t Get There From Here #35 & #36 by Carrie McNinch $3.00 each

Magma Dynamic Conflagration #10 $20.00


A Girl on the Shore by Inio Asano (Vertical) $18.95

Bernie by Ted Rall (Seven Stories) $16.95

SWORDS OF GLASS by Sylviane Corgiat &Laura Zuccheri (Humanoids Publishing) $19.95


Street Scenes by Guy Colwell (Fantagraphics Underground) $35.00 – Guy Colwell, the seminal underground cartoonist who created Inner City Romance, has been constructing social realist pen and ink drawings for nearly half a century. Street Scenes collects his most moving drawings focusing on both the vile decay and inspirational vibrancy of city life in a series of 36 stand-alone plates. Each portfolio is signed and numbered.


Enough Astronaut Blood to Last the Winter by Derek Van Gieson (Fantagraphics Underground) $30.00 – Part fine-art book, part travelogue documenting the author’s turbulent and fruitful period of time spent in New York City. Through drawings, paintings, photography, and short fiction, Van Gieson delivers an intense experience wrought with heartbreak, joy, destruction, perseverance, and whimsy. Enough Astronaut Blood to Last the Winter echoes influences of seminal artists like George Grosz and Richard Brautigan through its unique ability to entertain and engross.

Ink Nymphs Los Angeles by Nelson Blanton (Schiffer) $34.99

Bombshell: The Pin-Up Art of John Gladman (Schiffer) $34.99 – Modern flair mixed with vintage themes honoring the classic era of the mid-twentieth century.



The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins by Irvine Welsh $16.00 – Now in soft cover.

This Census-Taker by China Mieville $24.00

Deep Sea Divers Syndrome by Serge Brussolo $24.95

Hall of Small Mammals by Thomas Pierce $16.00

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe by Romain Puertolas $17.00

Mistress Bunny by Michael Penkas $15.00

American Housewife: Stories by Helen Ellis $24.00


Art Of Neil Gaiman: The Story of a Writer by Haley Campbell $19.99 – With Handwritten Notes, Drawings, Manuscripts & Personal Photographs.


Heavy: A Memoir of Wyoming, Bmx, Drugs, and Heavy Fucking Music by J. J. Anselmi (Barnacle Books) $15.95 – In twenty heavy chapters, this book chronicles Anselmi’s experiences growing up as a straight edge, BMX-riding metal head in Rock Springs, Wyoming, a place with one of the highest per capita suicide rates in the United States. His grandpa was a well-known businessman and politician in the area, and was featured in a 1977 60 Minutes episode for his alleged connections to organized crime. This is only the beginning of Anselmi’s heavy saga, and it interweaves all of the social and personal history one might expect from a story like this—including Black Sabbath, Pantera, and Metallica logo tattoos, explorations in LSD, metal and BMX culture, self-loathing and sobriety, and—finally—a very unique perspective on what it means to live in a heavy fucking world.


The Mocktail Manual: Over 90 Delicious Non-Alcoholic Drinks by Fern Green $15.95


Bust #97 Feb Mar 2016 $5.99

Juxtapoz #181 Feb 2016 $6.99

Uppercase #28 For the Creative and Curious $18.00

RFD #164 Win 2015/2016 $9.95

Frankie #68 $14.95

Spaces by Frankie Magazine #3 $28.99

Moire issues #1-#3 $10.00 each

Majestic Disorder #6 $18.99

Black Flash vol 33 #1 $8.00

Dissent Win 16 $10.00

Shindig #52 Zombies $12.99

Make vol 49 $9.99

Grunge n Art #4 Out of Control Contrast Between Elegance and Grunge $21.95 – Yes, this is a thing.

Four and Sons #4 Down $19.99 – Fashion and dogs. Not as fashion FOR dogs but fashion AND dogs.

Rock A Rolla #57 Oct Nov 15 $9.95


Make #16 Archive: The Value of Whats Forgotten Win 15 16 $12.00 – Stories, poems, essays, conversations and visual art oriented around concepts of memory, preservation, photo negatives and negative hands, disappearing/reappearing faces, letters sent and never received, lost and recovered traces; in short, the archive (or its simulacrum).


Heck #1 $10.00

Notes on Young by Allison Shyer $10.00

The Iowa Review vol 45 #3 Win 2015/2016 $8.95

Midwestern Gothic #20 Win 16 $12.00


Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Davis and Frank Barat (Haymarket) $15.95


Beats Abroad: A Global Guide to the Beat Generation by Bill Morgan $16.95


Penthouse Variations on Kink by Penthouse Variations (Cleis) $15.95 – As in tales of couple-friendly kink from the magazine Penthouse Variations.

Carnal Anomaly: Transhuman Form and Flesh by Maxwell Lander (ThreeL Media) $35.00 – What if the human body were an artifice, an artifact, or a tool? With the aid of dramatic lighting, striking contrasts of color, and provocative poses, these brilliant color photographs re-envision the human body through stunning portrayals of fetish, BDSM, and body modification.


Quimby’s Welcomes Brian Chippendale and Nick Drnaso 2/20

7:00 pm

BMN.tourposter_ChicagoBrian Chippendale (Puke Force) is hitting the road with Nick Drnaso (Beverly). Cartoonist and Lightning Bolt drummer Chippendale’s debut with Drawn & Quarterly is a dark and dense social satire that comments on social media narcissism, the malice of the right, and the hypocrisies of the left. Drnaso’s Beverly delves into the barely repressed anxieties and obsessions of suburban teens. Join Brian Chippendale and Nick Drnaso for an evening of great comics and book signings!

Brian Chippendale is a musician and artist based in Providence, Rhode Island. He was one of the founding members of the Fort Thunder collective. Chippendale is the author of Maggots, If n Oof, and Ninja, and the drummer/singer half of the noise rock band Lightning Bolt. His most recent publication Puke Force comes out this Fall. More info here.



Nick Drnaso was born in 1989 in Palos Hills, Illinois. 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. His debut publication Beverly comes out this Fall. More info here.

Click here to see the event invite on Facebook!



Click the links below to download pdf press releases about these titles from Drawn & Quarterly, the publisher: