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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: https://www.facebook.com/events/106144166435422/

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

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.

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

Aug ’15
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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Lane Milburn Talks About Twelve Gems 8/30

Aug ’14
7:00 pm

TwelveGemsQuimbyPosterThe sci-fi epic Twelve Gems by Lane Milburn takes place somewhere in the outer cosmos, beyond reckoning or observation. The mysterious Dr. Z has enlisted three space heroes to search the galaxy for the fabled Twelve Gems of Power: the hulking alien-brawn Furz; the beautiful and deadly sabre-wielding Venus; and the soft-spoken canine technician, Dogstar. They meet many strange and storied characters on their journey, but none so strange or sinister as their dear benefactor himself. With a heavy dose of humor and wall-to-wall action, this is one of the most action-packed and funny books of the year.

“It’s ’80s-indie black-and-white space-opera action as you like it!” – Robot 6

Lane Milburn was born and raised in Lexington, KY. He graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008 with a degree in Painting. While living in Baltimore, Milburn self published several minicomics with the underground art collective, Closed Caption Comics. The Xeric Foundation awarded him a grant in 2009 for his book Death Trap which he self published in 2010. Milburn currently lives and works in Chicago, IL where he is an active member of the alternative comics community.


International Zine Month Day 4: Read a Zine From a Country Other Than Your Own

Have you heard the good news? July is International Zine Month! Celebrate every day with a fun zine-centric activity.


gangbangbong_lgGang Bang Bong #1 by Ines Estradas and Ginette Lapalme, is a bilingual comic anthology.