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Weekly Top 10

Thanks to everybody who planned, attended, ran and supported Chicago Zine Fest last weekend. It was super fun! Tonight Josh Alan Friedman will be here at 7pm to celebrate the release of his book Black Cracker.

1. OK OK You Smote Me Stories by Al Burian $3.00 – Quimby’s alum and international zine curmudgeon Al Burian has crafted a new zine exclusively for the store, the second in our “Quimby’s Exclusive” line of periodicals. In OK OK You Smote Me, Al takes us around the corner to his mayhem-prone stint on Wicker Park’s Dean Street, unhexing his way-too-hexed apartment and watching the tumult as Old Chicago takes a scraggly, low-level “stand” against encroaching yuppie “neighborhood improvement”. Compelling, humorous and wistful, with that trademark Burn Collector balance of heart and snark. -EF

2. Burn Collector #15 by Al Burian (Microcosm) $3.00 – With contributions from Anne Elizabeth Moore and Liam Warfield.

3. Cometbus #54 In China With Green Day by Aaron Cometbus $4.00

4. Bitch #50 $5.95

5. Cinema Sewer #24 by Robin Bougie $4.00 – Robin Bougie once again goes in and digs up the dirt behind the sleaze. This issue has a lot of interviews taking on the history and legalization of porn, muderous scandals, scandalous scoundrels and a review of Hausu, perhaps the best Japanese film ever made. Cinema Sewer is pure smut in the butt, the sort of zine that somehow delivers on all of it’s craziest promises. -EF

6. Filling the Void: Interviews About Quitting Drinking and Using (Doris Press) $4.00 – This zine is so solid it’s like it’s made out of rocks. Cindy from Doris Zine has collected seven interviews here that discuss sobering up from DIY and non-religious perspectives. A great and resourceful thing to have if you or someone you know is trying to clean up their act and is maybe feeling frustrated with traditional modes of support and process. Just a great and resourceful zine to have in general. -EF

7. Too Far (mini comic) $6.00

8. Boobs by Sam Sharpe $3.00

9. Cartooning Philosophy and Practice by Ivan Brunetti (Yale University Press) $13.00 – Don’t miss Ivan Brunetti at our sister store, Chicago Comics, on 4/1.

10. Juxtapoz #123 Apr 11 $5.99

Weekly Top 10

1. OK OK You Smote Me Stories by Al Burian (Quimby’s Exclusive) $3.00 – Quimby’s alum and international zine curmudgeon Al Burian has crafted a new zine exclusively for the store, the second in our Quimby’s Exclusive line of periodicals, AVAILABLE ONLY AT QUIMBY’S. In OK OK You Smote Me, Al takes us around the corner to his mayhem-prone stint on Wicker Park’s Dean Street, unhexing his way-too-hexed apartment and watching the tumult as Old Chicago takes a scraggly, low-level “stand” against encroaching yuppie “neighborhood improvement”. Compelling, humorous and wistful, with that trademark Burn Collector balance of heart and snark. -EF

And don’t miss Al here at Quimby’s on Tues, March 22nd! He’ll be celebrating the release of Burn Collector #15 and this Quimby’s Exclusive edition. In attendance will also be BC #15 contributors Anne Elizabeth Moore and Liam Warfield. Al will also be at the Chicago Zine Fest starting March 25th.

2. Your Wildest Dreams Within Reason by Mike Sacks (Tin House) $13.95 – “Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason collects Mike Sacks’s unique humor pieces into one handsome, convenient volume. Originally published in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and McSweeney’s, among other venerable publications, Sacks’s writing is original and sharp, yet broadly funny. Whether it’s a groom tweeting his wedding and honeymoon in real time, or a publisher offering editorial suggestions for The Diary of Anne Frank, Sacks’s work tangles contemporary social satire with his absurdist sensibilities.”

3. Juxtapoz #123 Apr 11 $5.99

4. Is It the Future Yet by Corinne Mucha (Quimby’s Exclusive) $3.00 – Who said print is dead? Well they are wrong, wrong, wrong. Another Quimby’s exclusive topping our bestseller list this week, made ‘specially for us by the lovely and talented Ms. Mucha! The future of print looks very bright indeed!

5. Make Your Place – Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills by Raleigh Briggs (Microcosm) $7.00

6. Mojo #209 Apr 11 $9.00

7. Brainscan #26 by Alex Wrekk $2.00 – Alex writes about “what the deal is” with her and Joe Biel of Microcosm. This zine takes it to the point – talking about some serious issues wrapped up in unresolved emotional abuse and failed mediation. -EF

8. Pinups #13 Chuck by Christopher Schulz $14.00 – This issue delivers 56 tantalizing pages of hanging out (nude) in a backwoods cabin, fiddling with the transistor radio (nude), crunching some granola (nude) and “frolicing” in the forest (nude). Featuring Chuck (who, in my humble opinion, is Pinups hottest model yet), these quiet moments with this strapping young (nude) woodsman ooze superhottt rustic autonomy not to be missed. Be sure to take the staples out and assemble your giant wall-size Chuck poster from the backside of the pages.

9. Believer #79 Mar Apr 11 2011 Film Issue $10.00

10. Cometbus #54 In China With Green Day by Aaron Cometbus $4.00

Weekly Top 10

Look at the awesome photos from Saturday’s Mildred Pierce #4 release event.

1. Mildred Pierce #4 by Megan Milks and John Bylander, eds $8.00 – This issue is endless, like a bottomless well of great things. I’ve been reading it for days, and I’m nowhere close to being done with it. MP always features a great and unconventional range of art essays, this issue by Megan Milks (on bulemic writing), Vicky Lim (on Hothead Paisan), Leeyanne Moore (on Sean Samoheyl), John Bylander (on Jimmy Joe Roche) and Joyce Kuechler (on Wangechi Mutu). As if that weren’t enough, there’s also wild prose by Jake Hoestetter, Ellen Nielsen, James Tadd Adcox and Jim Joyce, an interview with Pippi Zornoza on the opulent charmed terror of her drawing and performance work, tons of comics by the likes of Eamon Espey, Zach Hazard, Ed Choy Moorman, Noel Firebert, Jason T Miles. There’s more too. That’s not even hardly everything that’s here. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, that’s the point, forever. -EF

2. Cometbus #54 In China With Green Day by Aaron Cometbus $4.00

3. Boys Club #3 by Matt Furie $4.95

4. Who Is Amy Amoeba by Jason Viola $3.00

5. Filling the Void: Interviews About Quitting Drinking and Using (Doris Press) $4.00 – This zine is so solid it’s like it’s made out of rocks. Cindy from Doris Zine has collected seven interviews here that discuss sobering up from DIY and non-religious perspectives. A great and resourceful thing to have if you or someone you know is trying to clean up their act and is maybe feeling frustrated with traditional modes of support and process. Just a great and resourceful zine to have in general. -EF

6. Crap Hound #5: Hands, Hearts and Eyes by Sean Tejaratchi, ed.(Show & Tell Press) $12.00 – BACK IN PRINT! 12 New Pages to seduce you! After the longest wait ever, THE BEST CLIP ART ZINE EVER HAS RETURNED. This picture book for discussion and activity features hands, hearts, and eyes. Get those tattoo guns ready, because you and your loved ones are going to need one once you get through looking through this issue. Amazing.

7. Boys Club #4 by Matt Furie (Pigeon Press) $6.00 – More boners, more pizza, more roommates, more stoney-baloney plus also some barfing. I’m not going to tell you twice: zit’s awesome. -EF

8. AdBusters #94 vol 19 #2 Mar Apr 11 $8.95

9. Thai Comic Horrors vol 1 by by Khun So and Krit $3.00 – Esteemed Quimby’s alumni/expat Logan just sent us this double-header of Thai pulp comics translated to English for the first time! This issue is comprised of two stories, “The Ghost That Comes to Steal Your Heart” and “Hunt For the Hell Drugs”. Hell yes, those titles are great- and would you believe the actual comics are EVEN BETTER? They are! Classic carnage with visual flair, packed full of jungle ghouls, beautiful babes and poor moral judgement. -EF

10. Your Guide to the Patron Saints of Regret by Michael Whittier and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler $5.00 – Saint Elspeth of the Remnant: Patroness of Ill-Chosen Relationships? Saint Bob the Reluctant: Patron of Introverts? Saint Tammy of Memphis: Patron of Unfortunate Hair Appointments? I tell you, it’s saints like these that really make me question papal infallibility. -EF
With magnifying glass and embossed ink cover.

Weekly Top 10

Jacqueline Bovit used our photobooth to make a cute valentine’s card with her little Sadie. And we couldn’t resist begging her to scan them and send them to post on our blog.  Have you taken pictures of yourself in our store? Or used our photobooth? Send them as digital images and we’ll post ‘em here on our blog.

1. Cometbus #54 In China With Green Day by Aaron Cometbus $4.00 – Okay, mister, so you’re old friends with Green Day and they ask you to join them on their bonkers tour of China. Of course you’re going to do that. Don’t tell me you’re too punk for your old friends, cause that sounds pretty fucking pretentious. Just join them for a little piece of their crazy-ass ride and see what happens, ‘kay? Oh, wait….you’re not old friends with Green Day? Well, Aaron-Fucking-Cometbus is and was in this very situation and not only did he go on tour with Green Day, he also wrote this huge, funny, frought and generally terrific issue of his zine about corporate tour mayhem and sorting it all out. It’s awesome, in case you needed me to tell you that. -EF
2. Bust Feb Mar 11 $4.99
3. Guide to Picking Locks #2 by CrimethInc $4.50
4. Juxtapoz #122 Mar 11 $5.99
5. Johnny America #8 $3.00
6. Muse the News the Noose #7 Endless Escalators Megabus Split – Gets Megabusted Hell Bus by John Wawrzaszek and Monica Anderson $1.00 – What do you mean I can get a Megabus bus ticket from Chicago to Detroit for two dollars on the internet? Is there some kinda catch – like enduring 10 hours of sleepless septic hell bus leaky bathroom fast food breakdown with 50 other drunks, thieves and collicky babies? Ah well, at least people aren’t being beheaded, like if I was riding Greyhound or something. -EF
7. Paper Spr 11 $4.00
8. Slingshot 2011 Large Organizer $12.00
9. Squid Pro Quo by Jason Duarte $2.00
10. Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Life #2 by Kisha $2.00 – Ai! If issue one wasn’t enough AWKWARD for you, here’s the next THNGVBL that takes us from 3rd-7th grade, encompassing puberty, fatness, misunderstood DIY fashions, queer crushes and early exposure to punk rock.

Weekly Top 10

1. Cometbus #54 In China With Green Day by Aaron Cometbus $4.00 – It’s awesome, in case you needed us to tell you that.
2. Brilliant Mistake #4 Your Secretary #8 by Carrie and Jami Sailor $3.00 – Valentine’s Day special!!
3. Your Secretary #7 Playing Victim #4 by Jami Sailor $1.00
4. Politics of Penetration $1.00
5. Big Questions #15 the Sweet Taste of Victory by Anders Nilsen (D&Q) $7.95 – The most gorgeous, most finalest one… the Big Questions end times is disruptive, surreal and poetic. Nilsen’s draughtmanship is pure and stunning, where disarmingly simple forms are made perfectly right. If you’ve been keeping time with this series, you’ll certainly be excited by this chapter, and if you’re just catching up, you’ll be dazzled by this near-religious, cryptic conclusions you’ll be catching here. -EF
6. Proximity #8 Education As Art $12.00 – Writing the book on learning as art and the art of learning: Proximity #8 comes from all angles, focuses, builds, supports. Weighing in at 232 pages, this volume does an exceptional job with a wide variety of profiles, interviews and portfolios and essays, staying both solidly local and vitally connected, you’d be hard pressed to find a smarter art magazine.
7. Believer #78 Feb 11 $8.00
8. Gaylord Phoenix by Edie Fake (Secret Acres) $17.95 – All-Gaylord-All-Phoenix-All-In-One, Dr. Bronner’s Style.
9. Proof I Exist #13 by Billy Da Bunny $8.00 – This issue includes perhaps the most proof that Billy exists in zine form EVER: sewn terrycloth Chuck E Cheez photobooth covers, handmade stickers, pasted photo inserts, miscellany, true tales from the depths of New Mexico, remenicins about those good ol’ Chicago days and a dime bag of chest hair. That’s what you call pulling out all the stops, kids. Wow, for reals. -EF
10. First Line vol 12 #4 $3.00 – All submissions published have the same first line in every issue.