Offsite: Quimby’s Night at LiveWire Lounge: 3 Songs, 3 Writers Reading About Those Songs 6/28

6:00 pm

3Songs June 2015

The LiveWire Lounge (3394 N Milwaukee) asked Quimby’s to curate a night at their lounge. So this is what we’re bringing, a themed mix of reading and music with a very specific focus.

Ben Tanzer, reading about The World’s a Mess by X

Shay DeGrandis, reading about Ever Fallen In Love by the Buzzcocks

Paul Durica, reading about Children of the Revolution by T. Rex

All 3 songs performed by The Blue Ribbon Glee Club

Original Readings by:

Ben Tanzer is the author of the books 99 Problems, My Father’s House, You Can Make Him Like You, Orphans, which won the 24th Annual Midwest Book Award in Fantasy/SciFi/Horror/Paranormal and a Bronze medal in the Science Fiction category at the 2015 IPPY Awards, and Lost in Space, which received an Honorable Mention in the Chicago Writers Association 2014 Book Awards Traditional Non-Fiction category, among others. He has also contributed to Punk Planet, Clamor, and Men’s Health, serves as Senior Director, Acquisitions for Curbside Splendor and can be found online at This Blog Will Change Your Life.

Shay DeGrandis is an artist, writer, producer, administrator, well-meaning amateur therapist, and accidental comedian. She produces and hosts the Chicago edition of Mortified, a comedy show of “personal redemption through public humiliation.” Helping performers bring to light their most awkward adolescent writing, she persuades them to share their shame with strangers. Shay also likes to share her own shame both on stage and off and has, in fact, fallen in love with someone she shouldn’t have fallen in love with . . . multiple times. You can see what the results look like at

Paul Durica is a teacher, writer, and public historian. Since 2008 he has been producing a series of free and interactive public history programs under the name Pocket Guide to Hell. These talks, walks, and reenactments use costumes, props, music, and audience participation to make the past feel present. Paul has collaborated on programs with a range of cultural institutions from across Chicago including the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Chicago History Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Gallery 400, Smart Museum, and Sullivan Galleries among others. Paul’s writing on Chicago history and culture has appeared in Poetry, The Chicagoan, Mash Tun, Lumpen, and elsewhere and, with Bill Savage, he is the editor of Chicago By Day and Night: The Pleasure Seeker’s Guide to the Paris of America (Northwestern UP, 2013).

The Blue Ribbon Glee Club is Chicago’s punk rock a capella glee club, and regularly performs songs by Fugazi, Gang of Four, the Dead Kennedys, the Buzzcocks and more.

Please note: This event is NOT at Quimby’s. It is at the LIVEWIRE LOUNGE | 3394 N MILWAUKEE AVE, CHICAGO, IL

Facebook event invite here.

Sun, June 28th, 6pm
LiveWire Lounge

New Stuff This Week



Scene History Series vol 1: Punk In NYCs Lower East Side 1981-1991 by Ben Nadler (Microcosm) $4.95

How to Talk to Your Cat About Abstinence presented by The American Association of Patriots $2.00 – The third in the red, white & blue Cat Talk trilogy has arrived, in virginal white, to instruct Concerned Patriots in how to properly steer their growing cats away from the path of sin and licentuousness and into the loving hands of American Jesus. Because no one wants a slatternly cat. Let a promise ring be your flea collar! -GS

I Dont Know How To Help You by Jessie Duke (Pioneers) $5.00

Margin Creep #4 $6.00

Every Day Failures #1 a Punk Stuck In Suburbia by Sarah B. $4.00

Buffy the Anarcho Syndicalist by Tom Sutton $2.00

Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty Second Edition by Adam Gnade (Pioneers Press) $5.00

Country Grind Quarterly #5 Win 15 $2.00

Wittgenstein Is by Abigail Ham $2.00

And I Am the Angriest Girl by Yewon Kwon $5.00

Deep Breathing by Julianna Green $5.00

Speak Out: A Zine Exploring Gendered Violence, by Julia Fogelson and Mary Mykhaylova, courtesy of Speak Out Santa Cruz $3.00

Spectacle, issues #1-#4 by Marta Chudolinska $4.00 each

New CrimethInc zines! $4.00 each: Self as Other Reflections on Self Care, Accounting For Ourselves Breaking the Impasse Around Assault and Abuse in Anarchist Scenes

Comics & Minis

Ink For Beginners a Comic Guide To Getting Tattooed by Kate Leth $4.00
Quite the Drop by Christopher Green

Designer Original by Sean Christensen $3.00

Chase Scenes Gridlords Anthology $10.00 – Entirely comprised of moments within the chase. Work by  Yumi Sakugawa,  Andrice Arp, Theo Ellsworth & more.
Eggshell Sword Raymond Ray by M. Pearson $3.00

What I Have Been Doing by Andrice Arp $5.00

Sex Magic by Hawkins $5.00
Anchored by Ariel Chan $3.50

Persistence by Yewon Kwon $5.00

Super Hero Kim #1 by Richard Larios $3.00

Running Habit by R. Burns $3.00

S #21 Baltic Comics Magazine $12.00

Mini Kus #33 BFF by Marie Jacotey $5.00

Graphic Novels & Trade Paperbacks

Drawn & Quarterly: Twenty?five Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels by Tom Devlin (D&Q) $49.95 – 800 page baby featuring new work by Kate Beaton, Chester Brown, Michael DeForge, Tom Gauld, Miriam Katin, Rutu Modan, James Sturm, Jillian Tamaki, Yoshihiro Tatsumi alongside rare and never-before-seen work from Guy Delisle, Debbie Drechsler, Julie Doucet, John Porcellino, Art Spiegelman, and Adrian Tomine, and a cover by Tom Gauld. Editor Tom Devlin digs into the company archives for rare photographs, correspondence, and comics; assembles biographies, personal reminiscences, and interviews with key D+Q staff; and curates essays by Margaret Atwood, Sheila Heti, Jonathan Lethem, Deb Olin Unferth, Heather O’Neill, Lemony Snicket, Chris Ware, and noted comics scholars.
The Oven by Sophie Goldstein (Adhouse) $12.95 – The story of a young couple getting more than they bargained for looking for an anti-government paradise. Don’t miss Sophie Goldstein here at Quimby’s on 7/10!

The League of Regrettable Superheroes: Half-Baked Heroes from Comic Book History by Jon Morris $24.95

An Entity Observes All Things by Box Brown (Retrofit Comics) $12.00

Sea Urchin by Laura Knetzger (Retrofit Comics) $8.00

Advice Comics #1 $20.00 – Risographed anthology.

Art & Design

The Ghosts of Ellis Island (Damiani) $39.95 – Maus Artist Art Spiegelman collaborates with photographer JR, illustrating on photographs of the Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital.

What’s Your Story? True Experiences From Complete Strangers by Brandon Doman $29.99

One Thing Leads To Another: The Posters and Art of Dan Stiles (PowerHouse) $24.95

Snake Eyes: A Nicolas Cage Activity Book by Haunt Me Studio (Belly Kids) $12.00

BA. KU. Kult Skating Dark Rituals by by Anthony Tafuro, Deer Man of Dark Woods; Deep Leviathon Dweller (PowerHouse) $40.00 – Barrier Kult. They’re an assembly of incognito professional skateboarders that ritualize their skill on concrete barriers in Vancouver. The team is promoted by and has worked with countless bands in the black metal/noise community and feels that the genre has been able to loan the group its face and image.


Strange Bodies: A Novel by Marcel Theroux $16.00 – From the author of Far North.

Only Words That Are Worth Remembering by Jeffrey Rotter $26.00

Music & Entertainment Media Books

Making a Scene: New York Hardcore in Photos, Lyrics & Commentary Revisited by Bri Hurley and Chris Daily (Buttergoose Press) $18.00

Take the Manic Ride: The Photography and Artwork of Fred Hammer (Rev Records) $14.00 – Over 200 photographs by Nardcore legend and hardcore/punk photographer Fred Hammer. Bands include Bl’ast!, Bad Religion, Gorilla Biscuits, The Rival Mob, Ceremony, Youth Of Today, Bold, Negative Approach, 7 Seconds, Agnostic Front, Terror, RKL, Strife, Floorpunch, Underdog, Sick Of It All, Converge, Cro-Mags, Youth Brigade, Adolescents, Good Riddance, Dr. Know, Stalag 13, Ill Repute, Agression, Nails, Danzig and more. Includes free 18″ x 24″ poster and sticker.

Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records by Amanda Petrusich $16.00

Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation by Blake J. Harris $15.99

Funny on Purpose: The Definitive Guide to an Unpredictable Career in Comedy: Standup + Improv + Sketch + TV + Writing + Directing + YouTube by Joe Randazzo (Chronicle) $18.95



Geek Knits: Over 30 Projects for Fantasy Fanatics, Science Fiction Fiends, and Knitting Nerds JOAN OF DARK aka Toni Carr $21.99


Soy Not Oi vol 2 With Over 200 Original Vegan Recipes by the Hippycore Krew (Culture At All Costs Publishing) $20.00 – Cast off the chains of corporate food dependency! Twenty-five years after the publication of the original Soy Not Oi, the Hippycore Krew returns with a second volume featuring a worldwide cast of contributors! Over two hundred original vegan recipes, and suggested musical accompaniments.


Juxtapoz #174 Jul 15 $6.99

Apartamento #15 $19.95

The Great Discontent #3 Possibility Issue $25.00

Kenzine vol 3 $35.00

Offscreen #11 $22.00

Highsnobiety #10 Spr Sum 15 $19.99

High Times Jul Aug 15 $5.99

Gather #7 Sum 15 Spectrum $19.99

Smith Journal #14 $20.50

AdBusters Jul Aug 15 $12.95

Lit Journals & Chap Books

Lady Churchills Rosebud Wristlet #32 Jun 15 $5.00

Overtime #36 Along the Water Line by Tom Wayman $2.00

CAKE Chicago Alternative Comics Expo & CAKE Satellite Events Thurs-Sun, 6/4-6/7

6:00 pm

If you haven’t been living under a rock then you know CAKE is this weekend. Quimby’s is proud to co-sponsor. The tabling exhibition is at The Center on Halsted (3656 N. Halsted Ave) 6/6 & 6/7, but did you know there are other CAKE-related events going on around town? Here was a most recent missive from the folks at CAKE HQ that we thought it helpful to repost here!

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo is this Saturday and Sunday, June 6 & 7! We can’t wait! Before the weekend get’s started, we wanted to share some more information about the exciting weekend ahead.


For information about signings for Special Guests, Publishers, and CAKE poster artist Ivan Brunetti, visit


Satellite Events

Thursday, June 4:

Visiting Artist Lecture: Dash Shaw at the DePaul School of Cinematic Arts, 14 E Jackson Blvd #LL105 at 6pm

How to Draw Comics The Ladydrawers’ Way featuring Femicomix Finland at Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N Clark St at 6pm

Comic Reading at the Archer Ballroom 3012 S. Archer Ave 3rd floor at 7PM featuring readings by Lale Westvind, Blaise Larmee, Anna Haifisch, Andy Burkholder, Sarah Ferrick, Lane Milburn, Gina Wynbrandt, Krystal DiFronzo, Paul Nudd, and David Alvarado. Hosted by Nick Jackson.


Friday, June 5:

Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez Signing at Graham Crackers Comics, 77 E Madison St from 6-8pm

CAKE Presents: Eleanor Davis, John Porcellino & Keiler Roberts panel moderated by Hillary Chute at Quimby’s Bookstore, 1854 W North Ave at 7pm

Andy Burkholder’s Qviet Book Release/Exhibition at Learning Machine Gallery, 3145 Morgan at 7pm

CAKE Weekend Kickoff Concert, featuring CAKE exhibitors sound projects, 3012 S. Archer Ave 3rd floor at 8PM

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Saturday, June 6:

CAKE is hosting two Saturday after parties in the same building!

Enter through the 4th floor entrance for both parties, a $5 donation supports the bands & the Observatory, an independently run music space.

8pm – late The Observatory, 3036 N. Lincoln, 4th floor. CAKE will be hosting a night of musical performances after the first day of exhibition. Bring some cash, there will be a bar. Performers include: Ambergris featuring Matt Thurber, Traducer featuring Lane Milburn, Pet Theories featuring Brian Cremins, and Naff Whiff featuring Eddy Rivera.

8pm – midnight: 3036 N Lincoln, 3rd floor. For exhibitors looking for a quiet place to meet up, join us on the 3rd floor (below The Observatory) for a Drink & Draw sponsored by Print Ninja. Snacks will be provided by CAKE; BYOB, or purchase drinks at The Observatory and bring them downstairs to the drink & draw. To get to the Drink & Draw space, go to the 4th floor after party and go down the back stairwell to the 3rd floor (the same stairwell that allows rooftop access).

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CAKE Minicomic Incentive Punchcard

We are so excited to have our punchcard incentive back this year- As if buying mini comics wasn’t reward enough!

When you buy a mini-comic you support a fantastic self-publishing artist! We will be handing out incentive punchcards to all of our exhibitors at the beginning of the day Saturday.

Spend $8- $15- Get a free CAKE 2015 poster!

Spend $15- $25- Get a free CAKE 2015 poster, and an assortment of 5 1-inch CAKE buttons, provided by CAKE sponsor Busy Beaver Buttons!

Spend over $25- Get an assortment of 5 1-inch CAKE buttons, and a CAKE 2015 screenprinted poster printed by Steve Walters of Screwball Press!

Thank you Mike Freiheit for the wonderful punchcard design!

The Fourth Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will take place on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave.For more info:

New Stuff This Week

Signal: 04: A Journal of International Political Graphics & Culture
by Alec Dunn and Josh MacPhee (PM Press) $14.95 – The 4th volume of the ongoing book series dedicated to documenting and sharing compelling graphics, art projects, and cultural movements of international resistance and liberation struggles. Readers will be inspired by not only fine and graphic arts but also political posters, comics, zines, murals, street art, art collectives, documentation of performances, and articles on the often-overlooked but essential roles all of these have played in struggles around the world. Highlights of the fourth volume of Signal include Lincoln Cushing’s discussion of the Bay Area Peace Navy’s large-scale visual interventions; Tennessee Watson’s project made in response to the violence in Juárez; New Zealand’s Kotare Trust Poster Archive; the early years of West Germany’s militant counterculture; an interview with Max Karl Winkler, book cover designer for Three Continents Press; and the history of Toronto’s Punchclock Print Collective.


Pieces #12 On Travel by Nichole Baiel $4.00
Such a Happy Mess #2 by Elliott Junkyard $2.00

Put a Egg On It #10 Sum 15 $10.00

Zines by Sarah McNeil $2-$3: Make an 8 Page Zine, Sleep, Using Gocco, Pasta Maker Printing Press, Summer Goals List

Comics & Minis

Frontier #7 Jillian Tamaki $8.00

Sandman Overture #5 of 6 by Neiil Gaiman $3.99

Deep Space House Plant by Ashley Ronning $10.00

It’s Always Tea Time with Vampire Kitty and Space Bat $4.00

Heavy Soda by Harley Jones (Caldera Press) $12.00

Graphic Novels & Trade Paperbacks

Dodd Skalle Investigations vol 1 The Simian Case by John Ingle $16.00

Exquisite Corpse by Penelope Bagieu $19.99

Louise Brooks Detective by Rick Geary $15.99

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson $17.99

Infinite Bowman by Pat Auslisio (Hic and Hoc) $15.00

Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War by Ari Y. Kelman & Jonathan Fetter-Vorm $26.00

Lady Justice vol 1 TPB Complete Comics by Neil Gaiman & friends $14.99

Art & Design

Big Gay Alphabet Coloring Book by Jacinta Bunnell & Leela Cornman (PM Press) $12.95


Sisters Of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology, ed. by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (PM Press) $15.95 – Including stories from the 1970s to the present day, the collection seeks to expand the conversation about feminism while engaging the reader in a wealth of imaginative ideas. Work by writers such as Carol Emshwiller, Ursula K. Le Guin, Angela Carter, Octavia Butler, Eileen Gunn, James Tiptree Jr. & more.

The Making of Zombie Wars by Aleksandar Hemon $26.00 – The story of a screenwriter stuck in a rut until a series of events propel him to write a screenplay, Zombie Wars, about a zombie apocalypse.

New World by Eli Horowitz & Chris Adrian $24.00 – A story of love, decapitation, cryogenics, and memory.

American Innovations: Stories by Rivka Galchen $15.00 – In one of the intensely imaginative stories in Rivka Galchen’s American Innovations, a young woman’s furniture walks out on her. In another, the narrator feels compelled to promise to deliver a takeout order that has incorrectly been phoned in to her. Whether exploring the tensions in a mother-daughter relationship or the finer points of time travel, Galchen is a writer like none other today.

My Struggle Book One by Karl Ove Knausgaard $16.00 – The American public has spoken, and what they want is six volumes of a diary written by a Norwegian man born in 1968. This is the first volume.


Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers by Nick Offerman $26.95 – The star of Parks and Rec highlights twenty-one figures from our nation’s history.

Mayhem, Outer Limits & Essays

Drugs as Weapons Against Us: The CIA’s Murderous Targeting of SDS, Panthers, Hendrix, Lennon, Cobain, Tupac, and Other Leftists Paperback by John L. Potash (PM Press) $24.95

The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti (Treasury of XXth Century Murder) by Rick Geary (NBM) $9.99

Monster Hunters: On the Trail with Ghost Hunters, Bigfooters, Ufologists, and Other Paranormal Investigators by Tea Krulos (Chicago Review Press) $16.95

Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America by John Waters $15.00 – Now in soft cover.

Yeah Science, Bitch!

Atoms Under the Floorboards: The Surprising Science Hidden in Your Home by Chris Woodford $27.00

Politics & Revolution

No Gods, No Masters, No Peripheries: Global Anarchisms ed. by Barry Maxwell & Raymond Craib (PM Press/Institute for Comparative Modernities) $27.95 – Looks at geographical and political peripheries on anarchism. Includes contributions by Gavin Arnall, Mohammed Bamyeh, Bruno Bosteels, Raymond Craib, Silvia Rivera & more.

Playing as if the World Mattered: An Illustrated History of Activism in Sports by Gabriel Kuhn (PM Press) $14.95

Kids Books

Beautiful Birds by E Walker and J Roussen (Flying Eye) $19.95


Make vol 45 $9.99

Freshly Inked Jul 15 $6.99

Grand Circus #1 Spr Sum Launch Issue $14.99

Frank 151 #59 $10.00

Cinema Retro vol 11 #32 $11.99

Horror Hound #53 May Jun 15 $6.99

Relix Jun 15 $6.99

Mojo #257 Jun 15 $10.50

Raw Vision #85 $14.00

Tattoo Black and Grey Special #13 $9.99

Psychic News May 15 $10.99

Other Stuff

“Eleanor and Claude” Print by Emily Winfield Martin $18.00

Out on June 2nd!

Intimacy Idiot by Isaac Oliver $24.00

Judge This by Chip Kidd $16.99 – From the design of your morning paper to the subway ticket machine to the books you browse to the smartphone you use to the packaging for the chocolate bar you buy as an afternoon treat, Kidd reveals the hidden secrets behind each of the design choices, with a healthy dose of humor, expertise, and of course, judgment as he goes.

Thank You, Goodnight by Andy Abramowitz $26.00 – Nick Hornby meets Almost Famous in this side-splittingly funny coming-of-middle-age debut novel about the lead singer of a one-hit wonder 90s band who tries for one more swing at the fences.


CAKE Announces Programming Lineup

632f19d5-df40-4ba1-8731-07d0edd3f490The Fourth Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will take place on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. The programming that will accompany the tabling has been announced. All panels take place at the Hoover-Leppen Theatre on the third floor of the Center on Halsted. All workshops take place in the board room on the second floor of the Center on Halsted.

For detailed information about our programming, please visit and



11:30am – 12:30pm The Golden Age(s) of Comics- Jillian Tamaki, Dash Shaw, and Sam Sharpe, moderated by Gene Kannenberg, Jr. This panel and Jillian Tamaki’s appearance are sponsored by Print Ninja. Dash Shaw appears courtesy of the DePaul School of Cinematic Arts.
1:00 – 2:00pm What I Do Is Secret- Zak Sally and Mickey Zacchilli, moderated by Jake Austen. This panel is sponsored by The Center for Cartoon Studies.

3:00 – 4:00pm Comic Books and Speculative Fiction- Eleanor Davis, Lale Westvind, and Tom Kaczynski moderated by Ytasha Womack. Lale Westvind appears courtesy of Busy Beaver Button Company.


11:30am – 12:00pm Where Do You (Yes,You) Get Your Ideas From?- with ChiPRC/Transit Residency Artist Roman Muradov

12:30 – 1:30pm From Panels to Pixels: Making Comics Look Great on Digital Devices- with Beck Kramer

2:00 – 3:00pm Jaime Hernandez Inks Live! in conversation with Tom Spurgeon

3:15 – 4:00pm ChiPRC presents:The Doodle Dash- drawing competion with judges Johnny Misfit, Zak Sally and  Corinne Mucha.



11:30am – 12:30pm A Conversation with the Hernandez Brothers- with Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez, moderated by Caitlin McGurk. This panel is sponsored by Comix Revolution. The Hernandez Brothers appear courtesy of Graham Crackers Comics and Fantagraphics Books.

1:00 – 2:00pm The Honest Truth- Derf Backderf, Sarah Becan, and Keiler Roberts, moderated by Amy Peltz. Keiler Roberts appears courtesy of First Aid Comics.

2:30 – 4:00pm Eyeworks- curated by Lilli Carré and Alexander Stewart, Q&A after the screening with Dash Shaw, Lale Westvind, Scott Roberts, and Jenna Caravello. This panel is sponsored by the DePaul School of Cinematic Arts.


11:30am – 12:30pm Printmaking for All Ages- with Anya Davidson This workshop is sponsored by Spudnik Press.

1:00 – 2:00pm Infinite Corpse Jam Comics- with Jeremy Tinder and Aaron Renier. This workshop is sponsored by Rotofugi.

2:30 – 3:45pm The Regionalism Experiment with Ben Passmore, Leigh Luna, Isabella Rotman, Anuj Shrestha, and Mickey Zacchilli, moderated by Brian Cremins and Amara Leipzig.