Quimby’s Welcomes Jean-Christophe Menu & Dominique Goblet 8/11

7:00 pm

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For the first time in Chicago, French cartoonist and publisher J-C Menu, and Belgian artist Dominique Goblet will be at Quimby’s August 11th, talking and signing in an exceptional meeting.

Jean-Christophe Menu founded the seminal French alternative publishing house L’Association in 1990. He published many books at various publishers and a PhD in comics. More about Menu in The Comics Journal # 277 & #300.

Dominique Goblet is a former member of Belgian well-known publishing group Fremok since 1994. She’s publishing graphic novels as well than making fine-art exhibitions.

Both have been active members of the European alternative comics scene since the 90s and would be happy to discuss either upon this topic or upon their own personal works.  Books and comics from both artists will also be available.

Mon dieu! Don’t miss the occasion!

Tues, Aug 11th, 7pm – Free Event

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8/1: Caseen Gaines presents We Don’t Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy!

12:00 am


Great Scott! Come celebrate the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future along with award-winning author Caseen Gaines. He is returning to   Quimby’s Bookstore to discuss and sign copies of his brand-new book, We Don’t Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy, which has been featured in Vanity Fair, The Hollywood Reporter, People Magazine, Vulture, and positively reviewed by NPR and Library Journal.

We Don’t Need Roads includes original interviews with Zemeckis, Gale, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Huey Lewis, and over fifty others who contributed to one of the most popular and profitable film trilogies of all time. It’s the ultimate read for anyone who has ever wanted to ride a hoverboard, hang from the top of a clock tower, travel through the space-time continuum, or find out what really happened to Eric Stoltz after the first six weeks of filming.

Complete with rare and previously unreleased photographs, fans of the timeless can learn all they didn’t know about Back to the Future – by those who caught lightning 30 years ago.

“Caseen Gaines has written a very compelling and enjoyable history of our trilogy. Reading it was like going back in time. And – Great Scott – there were even a few anecdotes that I’d never heard!” – Bob Gale, co-creator, co-producer, and co-writer of the Back to the Future trilogy

“The most enlightening and informative book I’ve read since Grays Sports Almanac. Every true fan of the Holy Trilogy should own a copy. It’s your density.” – Ernest Cline, bestselling author of Ready Player One

Invite your friends with the Facebook post for this event!

For press inquiries, contact Mary Pomponio, mpomponio(at)penguinrandomhouse(dot)com

Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 7:00pm


Revel in PRIDE and MARRIAGE EQUALITY with Some Rad GLBTQ Reading Material


With the pantheon of parades, marches, BBQs, pool parties and seasonal events summer can be exhausting – especially during Pride and ESPECIALLY now that we’re celebrating the SCOTUS marriage equality ruling. But don’t forget – there’s still much work to be done. Stimulate your mind and get your chill time on with a little GLTBTQ-centric sustained silent (or not so silent) reading. Pop a squat on your favorite recliner and kick the dogs up on the ottoman with these beautiful babies.


 Meat #16: No need to bust out the briquets for this meat. These hunky dudes are flammable enough on their own. And well done, if I might add. Browse themed pictorials and go gaga for smokin’ dudelies of all stripes and facial hair patterns. This meat sure does sizzle. Ow ow.


Original Plumbing #12: Break out the glow sticks and the punchbowl! Party party partytime is what it’s all about in the nightlife issue of OP. Take a trip back with a retrospective of party pics from OP parties past. Even more fun awaits! OP #12 has DJ set photo spreads, showbiz legend Murray Hill and cute as a button husbands Spencer and Kelly. All kinds of interviews with dynamic trans male folks plus NEON.


SSLM vol 19: This issue of Same Sex Life Magazine is going to the chapel and you better believe it’s gonna get married, hunty. Love indeed is in the air. Worried about when to book that venue, do a tasting with a fancy caterer or where to get your décor and paper goods? Fret not, future spouse for SSLM has a handy dandy wedding planning timeline for you in this issue. Single? Take a gander at some newly married cuties in adorbs wedding announcements and try not to roll your eyes at their unending happiness.


Calling Dr. Laura: A personal, well-drawn graphic novel all about writer and artist Nicole George’s life. Karaoke hosting, queer identity, body issues and the struggle for love all mingle in a healthy thematic soup to create a moving, compelling narrative. Nicole’s storytelling is witty, snug and relatable with plenty of heartstring-tugging childhood flashbacks.


Gaylord Phoenix: Accomplished cartoonist and former Quimby’s staff member Edie Fake constructs a narrative of monsters, rivers of geometry, magical transformation and the possession of raw carnal lust. The verbage is sparse and occasional horror vacu is massive and transcendent. Black and white and red all over.


 New Lesbian Sex Book: The third edition of Wendy Caster’s seminal primer on all things lady love gets downright dirty. Fun activity ideas and tutorials abound. In its dictionary-style pages, learn the lesbian ABCs including everything from armpit stimulation, (yes armpits need love too) to the more well-trodden subjects of gender and genitals. The letter of the day is V for victory with this sultry guide.


 Berlin Gay Mates: Bom-chicka-wow-wow. Paris may be for lovers but Berlin is for sex-ers, amirite? Photographer Karim Konrad peppers his spreads of full frontal dude hotness with whimsy and fun. Kind of like if a bin of Happy Meal toys exploded into your favorite after hours gay club. Colorful and ecstatic. Who knew naked guys could be so fun?


Pinocchio: Chicago’s own Elliott Junkyard’s fun and fresh story serves as a primer for a trans journey. Elliott tackles everything from mis-gendering, to pronoun politics to personal identity beyond the binary. Readable, relatable and super adorable.

-Nicki Yowell

Please Excuse Our Mess: Quimby’s is Upgrading!


Hello dear lovers of all things printed. The staff at Quimby’s wants to give you an update about the goings on at the store.

DID YOU KNOW that we’ve used the same computer operating system since 1999? Wow, yeah, I know.

But things are quickly changing here at Quimby’s. We have brand new computers and a brand new system to ring people up, check in merchandise, monitor sales and all the other Quimbly things we do here at the store.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? It means we have a lot of files to move over and a lot of work to do, as the entire staff needs to be trained to use the new system.

For you, dear customer, it means it may take us a bit longer to ring you up, answer your questions or fulfill your mail order.

And, dear consigner, it means it’s going to take us a while to get your new items out into the store and to pay you out for titles sold. BUT FEAR NOT. We have all your info on hand. It’s just going to take us a hot minute to transition.

PLEASE BE PATIENT with us as we weather this exciting new phase of Quimby’s. Think of it as Quimby’s 2.0. New and improved.

SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER: If you’re a consigner looking to check in,  get back in touch with us in July, maybe even mid-month. Have new stuff to send to the store? You’re more than welcome to still snail mail and bring stuff by in-person. But, hey, if you’re able to sit on it for a bit and give us a chance to get caught up, we’d sure appreciate it.

We’ll still be the same Quimby’s you remembered, just a bit faster, at least once all of this is through. No, no, we don’t have a self checkout now and we don’t accept bitcoin or anything. Let’s be real, OK?

All of these changes will help us serve you better as you shop, give you a better experience with consignment and, ultimately, make the store even more weirdly awesome, just as you like it.

Thanks for being gentle with us. We appreciate it!

<3 Your Favorite Quimbsters

New Stuff This Week

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Cometbus #56 1/2 by Aaron Cometbus $3.00 – This issue is devoted to Aaron’s friend Sue who he knew thorugh the punk scene, a tattoo artist with a terminal illness, who writes about it in her own words. Thoughtful and succinct. -LM


Zine Club #2 by Alyson $6.00
Natural Basic Guide to Working With Self Herbs and Crystals 2014 by Itshanapa $3.00

Science or Something $5.00

Crazy awesome activity zines of paper figures you cut-out and assemble by artist Gary Kachadourian (Is this guy an engineer?!): Motorcycle Action Set Like the Ones in Akira $2.00, Middle Earthian Action Set $3.00, 1/48th Scale Forest $5.00, Field of Dandelions $3.00

Comics &  Minis

zines by Marian Runk: Thaw $4.00, Plastic Feathers, Porcelain Fur $12.00 – Portraits of animals SO CUTE I CAN’T HANDLE HOW CUTE IT IS. -LM

Comics for Nothing by Noel Freibert $6.00

Cartozia Tales issues #1-#6 $6.00 each

Eschew #4 by Robert Sergel $6.00

Sequential Vacation #2 by Sar Shahar $6.00

Drawing Board #2 by CHIPRC (Chicago Publishers Resource Cetner) & friends $2.00

Boring Comics by Emily Hutchings (Bred Press) $5.00

Man of Few Worms by Jacob Sluka (Grossbus Comics) $2.00

Kevin Budnik comics: Hand Book issues #1 & #2 $5.00 each, Keep Circulating the Tapes: A Mystery Science Theater 3000 Zine $4.00 – In a not too distant past, Kevin did a self-imposed experiment where he watched every episode of MST3K while drawing at least one iconic character a day, including B movie monsters, Joel and Mike’s friends on the Satellite of Love, robots and more. Plus: Servo end papers! Cambot, give me rocket number nine! -LM

Graphic Novels & Trade Paperback

Stroppy by Marc Bell (D&Q) $21.95 – The first full-length graphic novel from the author of Shrimpy and Paul: Who will win the All-Star Schnauzer Band song contest?
Adventure Time Banana Guard Academy by Pendleton Ward $19.99

Clover Honey (Artists Cut, 20th Anniversary Edition) by Rich Tomasso (Alterna Comcis) $14.95

Fragments of Horror by Junji Ito (Viz) $17.99

Brain Camp by Susan Kim, Laurence Klaven & Faith Erin Hicks (Squarefish) $9.99


Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari $28.95 – Comedian Aziz Ansari teamed up with a sociologist to study how people hook up. Unsurprisingly, it’s really funny while being informative as well. With pie charts too!

Music Books

Crate Digger: An Obsession With Punk Records by Bob Suren (Microcosm) $14.95 – Don’t miss Bob Suren here at Quimby’s August 17th at 7pm, reading from his memoir of thirty years in the D.I.Y. punk scene. There are stories about touring, recording studios and record stores. There are stories about success, failure, disappointment, self-actualization and heartbreak. There are 60,000+ words, 192 pages and 39 photos. The story takes place over three decades in nine countries on four continents. There are nine deaths, two basset hounds and one love poem. There are special appearances by Jello Biafra, Ron Reyes (possibly), Tesco Vee, Joey Shithead, Cheetah Chrome and one very serious FBI agent.

Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!: My Adventures in The Alice Cooper Group by Dennis Dunaway & Chris Hodenfield $26.99

DIY Books

Hot Pants: Do It Yourself Gynecology by Isabelle Gauthier and Lisa Vinebaum (Microcosm) $9.95
Urban Homesteader: How To Create Sustainable Life in the City Box Set (Microcosm) $29.95 – Live your own revolution! Books included in this set: Make It Last by Raleigh Briggs, Make Your Place by Raleigh Briggs Homesweet Homegrown by Robyn Jasko.

Politics & Revolution Books

Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-jamal, ed. by Edited by Johanna Fernández (City Lights) $17.95 – Mumia Abu-Jamal’s essential perspectives on black experience, race relations, freedom, justice, social change, and the future of American society.

Teenage Rebels: Stories of Successful High School Activists, From the Little Rock 9 to the Class of Tomorrow by Dawson Barrett (Microcosm) $11.95


Cabinet #56 Win 14 15 Sports $12.00

Shots #128 Sum 15 $7.25

Kinfolk vol 16 Essentials Issue $18.00

Frankie #65 $14.95

Drift vol 2 $24.00 – A mag about coffee in different cities! This issue: Tokyo!

Bad Day #19 $12.00

Harpers Magazine Jul 15 $6.99

Lit Journals & Chap Books

Taddle Creek #35 $5.95

After Hours #31 Sum 15 Journal of Chicago Writing and Art Afterhours $10.00

Stuff Of Song by Richard Wehrenberg Jr. (Monster House Press) $3.00

Deadpan by Alex Mussawir (Monster House Press) $4.00

Kids Books

Edmond the Moonlit Party by Astrid Desbordes & Marc Boutavant (Enchanted Lion) $17.95
Other Stuff

Beautiful Creatures Tarot by JR Rivera and Jasmine Becket-Griffith $34.99