A Night of Cartoonists: Keiler Roberts, Gina Wynbrandt, and Special guest Nicole J. Georges 3/26

7:00 pm

Nicole J Georges 2015Nicole Georges will reading from her book, Calling Dr. Laura and discuss the process of making it, and will talk about her senior citizen zine project, Tell It Like It Tiz.

Keiler Roberts (Powdered Milk) and Gina Wynbrandt (Big Pussy) will read from their comics.


Info about Keiler Roberts here and Gina Wynbrandt here.

Nicole J. Georges is a writer and illustrator from Portland, Oregon. Her Lambda Award winning graphic memoir, Calling Dr. Laura, was called “engrossing, lovable, smart and ultimately poignant” by Rachel Maddow, and “disarming and haunting, hip and sweet, all at one” by Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home. She has been publishing her own zines and comics for almost twenty years; and has toured the country extensively, including two appearances on Michelle Tea’s Sister Spit tour. Nicole’s diary comic zine, Invincible Summer, has been collected into two anthology books. Nicole was the 2013 Fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies, where she was also on faculty. She won the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Arts Education in 2012, and currently teaches at California College for the Art’s MFA in Comics Program.
In her spare time, Nicole writes an advice column for Bitch Magazine, publishes a yearly animal calendar, and volunteers with senior citizens at Portland’s Marie Smith Center (she publishes a zine about these seniors, called Tell It Like It Tiz). She is currently at work on a graphic memoir called Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home. It will be out with Mariner books in 2017.? More info:  nicolejgeorges.tumblr.com.


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New Stuff This Week

New stuff from Issue Press on the new wall #QuimbysBookstore

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Do Plants Feel by Cortney Cassidy $6.00 – Non-linear story about plants told through an archive of photographs. /  Cars with Stuff on Top by Paul Windle $10.00

Zines & Zine-Related

Straight To Hell #68 $8.00 – Now in it’s 5th decade of publication, this issue of Straight to Hell  (aka The Manhattan Review of Unnatural Acts) features true sex histories/research from STH readers as well as raunchy photos/artwork from contributors. We know what you’re doing tonight!

After vol 1 #1 Van Dyck by MES $5.00

Justice Under God #1 Mar 15 by Justice Undergood $2.00

Serio #2 Social Justice Zine Based In Chicago by Luz Magdaleno and Alvaro Zavala $3.00

Comics & Minis

Escape Plan by Willard Herman $1.00

True Adventures of Jep Comix #4 $2.00

Acknowledgements #4 Mary Shelley by Robert Kelsey $3.50

Graphic Novels & Trade Paperbacks

Y The Last Man Book Two by Brian K. Vaughan and friends $19.99

Bone Out from Boneville – Tribute Edition by Jeff Smith $14.99

Other Side of the Wall by Simon Schwartz $9.99

Adventure Time vol 6 by Pendleton Ward and Ryan North $14.99

Art & Design

Banksy in New York $29.95

Camper and RV Humor: The Illustrated Story of Camping Comedy $24.99


Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link $15.00

Librarian by Mikhail Elizarov $18.95

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Was Trapped in an IKEA Wardrobe by Romain Puertolas $22.95

Satin Island by Tom McCarthy $24.00

The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins by Irvine Welsh $26.00

Five Hundred Sirens by Jay Shearer $15.00

Know Your Beholder by Adam Rapp $26.00

The Sellout by Paul Beatty $26.00

Act of God by Jill Ciment $24.00

Outer Limits

Encounter in Rendlesham Forest: The Inside Story of the World’s Best-Documented UFO Incident by Nick Pope & friends $16.99

Music Books

Beats to the Rhyme: A Collection of Instrumental Hip-Hop Records for the Beat Connoisseur by Albert D. Patterson $24.95


The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Age by Myra MacPherson $16.00

Paddle Against the Flow: Lessons on Life from Doers, Creators, and Cultural Rebels by HUCK Magazine and Douglas Coupland $14.95

I’m Very into You: Correspondence 1995-1996 by Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark (Semiotext[e]) $13.95

Food Books

FUDS: A Complete Encyclofoodia from Tickling Shrimp to Not Dying in a Restaurant by Kelly Hudson, Mizretti Brothers and friends $20.00


Kinfolk vol 15 Entrepreneurs Issue $18.00

Bizarre #224 Feb 15 $10.50

Wire #372 Feb 15 Mica Levi $9.99

Lit Journals

After Hours #30 Win 15 Journal of Chicago Writing and Art Afterhours $10.00

Kids Stuff

In by Nikki McClure $16.95

Plus, out on March 10th!:

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson $28.00 – New book from the author of The Devil in the White City.

Songs Only You Know: A Memoir by Sean Madigan Hoen $16.00

Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to Slutwalk by Melinda Chateauvert $20.00

I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son by Kent Russell $24.95

Kristy Bowen reads from Major Characters in Minor Films 4/3

7:00 pm

“Get ready: Kristy Bowen’s major characters in minor films casts our favorite muse du jour in a ‘white-hot, white dress.’ Through poems that are lyrical, irreverent, and a little bit naughty, we discover the swanky, labyrinthine interior of her straight-to-DVD universe: remember, she tells us in ‘movie of the week,’ ‘Everybody loves a victim, especially the blonde, pretty kind.’ Through scathing missives to James Franco and sensual harangues directed at the moon, our wine-stained diva tempts us through vivacious non sequiturs to the ‘poem within a movie within a girl-shaped world’ in all of us.” -Sara Henning, author of A Sweeter Water

“I want to be best friends with the ‘I’ of this book. She’s hilarious. She’s heartbreaking. She’s more than a little bit dangerous. Whether she’s writing about crying on the bus or hiding a knife under the sink, she deals out her words like a card shark—fast, sure, sly. What’s not to love about such a deft performance of wit, skill, and heart?” -Sara Biggs Chaney, author of Ann Coulter’s Letter to the Young Poets

“In Kristy Bowen’s major characters in minor films, language moves like a camera, cutting from image to image, leaving impressions that form intriguing fragmented narratives of love, intrigue, mystery and damage. Populated with both the familiar and the strange, with rabbits and birds as well as whiskey and fire, the journey through the scenes these poems create is a wild and rich ride.” -Donna Vorreyer, author of A House of Many Windows

A writer and visual artist, Kristy Bowen is the author of several book, chapbook, and zine projects including the shared properties of water and stars (Noctary Press, 2013) and girl show (Black Lawrence Press, 2014).  Her work has appeared most recently in Birdfeast, Diode, and Eratio.  She  lives in Chicago, where she runs dancing girl press & studio. For  more  info:  kristybowen.net

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Fri, April 3rd, 7pm, Free Event

Offsite: Quimby’s Night at LiveWire Lounge: 3 Songs, 3 Writers Reading About Those Songs 3/22

7:00 pm

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

Quimby’s Night at LiveWire Lounge: 3 Songs, 3 Writers Reading About Those Songs

Original Readings by:

Mike “McBeardo” McPadden, reading about Kiss Me Deadly by Generation X
Celia Forrest, reading about Black and White by the DBs
Dan Kelly, reading about X Offender by Blondie

All 3 songs performed by The Blue Ribbon Glee Club

Celia Forrest is a writer, director, teacher and actress who was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. She is a new mother and couldn’t shut up about it if she tried. She is well-known in Minnesota for her work teaching theater to kids and her award-winning turn in Neil Labute’s Fat Pig. In Chicago she is mostly known for her sketch comedy writing and directing, as well for her work on The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden. Celia is also famous in a subset of radical activists as a co-host of Morning Damnit, the morning news and talk show on Q4 Radio, and the weekly program The Celia and Erik Show, which features comedy, commentary and interviews with local artists. Find her on Twitter at twitter.com/thatcelia

Mike “McBeardo” McPadden is the author of Heavy Metal Movies: Guitar Barbarians, Mutant Bimbos, and Cult Zombies Amok in the 666 Most Ear- and Eye-Ripping Big Scream Films Ever! (Bazillion Points, 2014) and the upcoming Going All the Way: The Ultimate Guide to Teen Sex Comedy Films of the VHS Era (Bazillion Points, 2016). You will love him. More info at mcbeardo.com.

Dan Kelly is the author of Hilaretic. He is not to be confused with the Australian judoka and mixed martial artist Dan Kelly. He occasionally writes for The Baffler and Gapers Block. He blogs at mrdankelly.com/blog.

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

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New Stuff This Week

$pread: The Best of the Magazine that Illuminated the Sex Industry and Started a Media Revolution ed. by Audacia Ray, Eliyanna Kaiser & Rachel Aimee (The Feminist Press) $24.95 – Stories from and about $pread, published by and for sex workers, from 2005-2011.

Notorious RBG A Fanzine $2.00 – Ruth Bader Ginsburg in da house. Contains poems by Amber Nelson, illustrations by Neil Brideau, and a comic by Colleen Frakes.

Worst Breakup Ever ed. by Nicki Yowell $4.00 – A Self-Publishers of Chicago (SPOC) anthology. Featuring work from Tony Jeswald , Victoria Harley, Liz Mason, Rachael Zalutsky, Brett Manning, Alex Nall and more. Compzine all about the demise of relationships from the folks of Self-Publishers of Chicago (SPOC). Contains tales of woe ranging from post-coital fish attacks, school dance dumps, ill-timed apartment leases and the urban phenomenon of “ghosting”. If you’ve ever dropped a zero for not loving your favorite late ’90s Keanu Reaves movie, this zine is for you.  This dose of catharsis goes well with a box of chocolates and a middle finger for that ex that you just can’t shake. Comics, essays, haikus, illustrations and more all with plenty of high school notebook style scrawlings.

Pray Fuck Drive by Johnny Murdoc $8.00

Proof I Exist #19 by Billy Roberts $2.00

KerBloom #112 Jan Feb 15 by Artnoose $2.00

My Complicated Relationship With Food vol 2 Reviews of Some of the Things We Put in Our Mouths by Zach $1.00

Useless Records #1 $2.00

228 Labels #1 by Joe Cunningham $2.00

Mescaline Story by Karl Noyes & David Ball $2.00 – Form follows function down the rabbit hole in this instructional nonfiction tale about a group of young friends, a spring day in Minnesota, and some happy pink pills of artisinal synthetic mescaline. Contains many trip-tips on what to do, and what to never, ever to do, if & when you find yourself down a shady lane rolling dice with Satan & hunting down The Berzerker. Includes color collages by the author. -GS

Comics & Minis

Top of the Line (various issues) by Daniel McCloskey, various prices

Me Nut Nut Nut #0 by Jason Murphy $5.00

Stripburger #64 $8.00

Cosmic Death Trip Funnies #1 by Charlie Fogel, Plastic Crimewave and Dawn Aquarius $4.00

Graphic Novels & Trade Paperbacks

What a beautiful book! Illustrated by Allen Crawford

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Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself by Walt Whitman and Allen Crawford (Tin House) $28.95

Totally Awesome Adventures of Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship #1 $10.00 – Comics anthology.

Kick Ass vol 3 by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. $24.99

Dripping with Fear the Steve Ditko Archives vol 5 (Fantagraphics) $39.99

Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula by Andi Watson (First Second) $14.99

Walking Dead Book Eleven by Robert Kirkman and friends $34.99

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud SIGNED EDITIONS! (First Second) $29.99 – For the same price as non-signed. Comes with a bookplate!

Comics Crit comicsandnarration Comics and Narration by Thierry Groensteen (UnivofMiss) $30.00 – Insightful reflections in comics crit about such topics as how the conventions of the medium function, narration in autobiographical comics, rhythm in comics and the relationship of comics to contemporary art. Uses examples from Chris Ware and Crumb, among others. Comics and Language: Reimagining Critical Discourse on the Form ed. by Hannah Miodrag (UnivofMiss) $30.00 – Suggestions for a more nuanced way to interpret comics. Drawing from Life: Memory and Subjectivity in Comic Art ed. by Jane Tolmie  (UnivofMiss) $30.00 – Essays that query the roles of trust, truth, and family memoirs in autobiographical comics.

Fiction originofthebrunists Origin of the Brunists by Robert Coover (Dzanc Books) $17.95 – The 1966 classic back in print! The survivor of a small twn coal-min explosion is aopted as a prophet by a cult that awaits the apocalypse atop the site of the disaster. The novel thatwon the William Faulkner Foundation Award for Best First Novel and instantly established Robert Coover’s fictional mastery. Coover went on to win fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Last-Days-of-Video_FINAL-e1424821419871 Last Days of Video by Jeremy Hawkins (Soft Skull ) $15.95 A “save the rec center” style novel about a dying video store against the big Blockbuster down the street. Like Breakin’ 2, but about a video renting instead of dancing. -LM

Something Good, Something Bad, Something Dirty: Stories by Brian Alan Ellis $10.00 – A dude jumps out of a window, drunk Harry Dean Stanton look-a-likes dressed as Santa Claus, floating Mickey Mouse T-shirts, and lawn gnomes on fire and more!

Binary Star by Sarah Gerard (Two Dollar Radio) $16.00

Lucky Alan and Other Stories by Jonathan Lethem $24.95

Music Books
A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, From Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man by Holly George-Warren $18.00

Rappers Delight: The Hip Hop Cookbook by Joseph Inniss and friends (Dokument) $15.95 – 30 recipes inspired by hip hop icons, from Wu-Tang Clam Chowder to Public Enemiso Soup, Run DM Sea Bass and Busta Key Lime Pie.

Politics & Revolution
Governing By Debt: Semiotext[e] Intervention Series by Maurizio Lazzarato $13.95

Outer Limits uncannyreader The Uncanny Reader: Stories from the Shadows, ed. by Marjorie Sandor $21.99 – Tales of doppelgangers, automatons, the supernatural, and an unstable sense of self, home and planet. Vintage Poe, Kafka, and Lovecraft but also contemporary folks like Aimee Bender, Kelly Link, Joyce Carol Oates and more.

Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange: The First English Translation of a Medieval Arab Fantasy Collection by Malcolm C. Lyons $30.00

Kids Stuff Where-Is-It-Coming-From-cover-300x296 Where is it Coming From? Stories Written by The Students of Boggs School, Detroit and illustrated by Dave Eggers (826Mich) $17.99

Books by Melissa Rohr: Aquatic Coloring Book, Woodland Coloring Book $10.00 each

Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales by Willard Mullin & friends (Fantagraphics) $9.99


#LuckyPeach issue 14 here at #QuimbysBookstore

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Lucky Peach #14 Obsession $12.00
True Crime Feb 15 Dectective Monthly $8.99
Purple Fashion vol 3 #23 Spr Sum 15 $55.00
Love Magazine #13 Kendall on Cara $17.99
Shindig #45 $12.99
Harpers Magazine Mar 15 $6.99

Lit Journals, Chap Books & Poetry
Zizobotchi Papers vol 1 Win 15 $10.00
Fields Magazine #3 Win 15 $12.00
Tijuana Book of the Dead Poems by Luis Alberto Urrea (Soft Skull) $15.95
Court Green #12 $10.00
Any Other Time #1 by Nick Kuntz $2.00

Distracting Ghosts #1 by Johnny Murdoc $8.00 – Queer smut photo zine.