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Quimby’s Holiday Sketch Gift-ravaganza 12/15

Dec ’13
12:30 pm

Find the perfect hand-drawn, gift at this year’s Quimby’s Holiday Sketch-ravaganza! On Sunday, December 15 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. we’ll be hosting six talented, local comic artists who will doodle away on the image of your choice. It’s all part of our seasonal celebration, 12 Weeks of Quimbas. That’s right. Christmas with a Quimb’.

How about a Santa riding a mongoose? No problem. Perhaps a festive owl peering out from a bottle of scotch? Got you covered. Come in and one of our Quimbas comics elves will scrawl away on any image of your creation.

Here is a list of participating artists so you can haggle with your favorite Chicago drawing star:

12:30-1:30: Ben Bertin – Ben Bertin’s comics appear in anthologies, his own self-published work and as part of the Chicago-based jam comic collective, Trubble Club. Among his projects: the alien-centric “Oofo Komsk Booka Oon” and “Losing Sight”, a “minicomic about a caveman who is bitten by a snake.” benbertin.blogspot.com


1:30-2:30: Lyra Hill – Lyra Hill is the mastermind behind the pioneering performative comics series Brain Frame, now in its fifteenth iteration. She uses sequential art to examine everything from personal anecdotes to sci-fi alternate realities. Her work often juxtaposes live action elements within the static, illustrated panels of her comics. iamanartstudentwhatamidoing.blogspot.com/

2:30-3:30: Krystal Difronzio – Krystal Difronzo is a comic artist whose whimsical, humorous and sometimes dark depictions pepper the pages of her mini-comics. Her subject matter ranges from collections honoring Canadian singer Kate Bush to narrative coat tales. In addition to her illustrations, she is part of the puppetry collective Pup House. http://krystaldifronzo.com/

Krystal Difronzio
3:30-4:30: Grant Reynolds – Grant Reynolds’ work delves into the dark realms of horror all while exploring gender, feminist politics and the abstract world of mysticism and the unseen.  Reynolds, aside from being a nearly lifelong illustrator, also has recently begun exploring written narratives and has embarked on several musical projects. http://grantreynolds.com/

4:30-5:30 Kevin Budnik – Kevin Budnik is a lifelong Chicago area resident who “spends most of his time drawing noodle armed characters.” When not scrawling the pasta-limbed, he creates paintings, illustrations and comics that have been featured in the pages of Saveur, MAKE Magazine, Wild Honey and Sexfist, just to name a few.  http://kevinbudnik.com/

Kevin Budnik
5:30-6:30: Jenna Caravello – Jenna Caravello is an LA native, Chicago-based comics artist and videographer. When not creating animations and drawings, she directs music videos and is the videographer-in-residence for Brain Frame. She’s also illustrated awesome coloring place mats! http://www.jennacaravello.com

Jenna Caravello

Facebook event post here.

12 Weeks of Quimbas!


It’s almost that time of year again, when all the good little girls and boys anxiously wait to find their stockings filled the brim with zines, books and oddities. In honor of all things bright and cheery, this year Quimby’s is giving a special gift to you: Quimbas. Yes, that’s right, Christmas with a Quimb’.


And what could possibly be in store for you and your’s? Each week all November  and December we’re giving a special gift to our little Quimblings. After all, you’ve been so very good this year!


On Friday, November 8, Gene Gregoritis reads from Fishhook, a “literary anthology comprised entirely of status updates.” In honor of Gregoritis’ love for Facebook, we’ll be giving away FREE GRAB BAGS to any customer who can prove that they shared that day’s event and tagged Quimby’s Bookstore. Social media: truly the gift that keeps on giving. Please note: customers must be in the store to pick up their grab bags.


Come back on Tuesday, November 12 for Anya Davidson’s reading and signing of School Spirits. If you don’t feel “spirited” enough afterward, take a nibble of a free Krampus Candy Cane.  But don’t gobble too quickly, little fellow. There’s a special Krampus mystery missive wrapped on that sweet treat.


Got a jam-packed schedule of eating, drinking and merriment? Well, fine friend, you’ll surely want to take advantage of our sale on 2014 planners from November 25 through December 1! Take 14% off any planner to help kick your 14th year of the new millennium. Oh yeah! *Note: Customer must be in the store for this discount, and mail orders are not eligible for discount.

Dec 6th Fri, 6-10pm – Celebrate Krampusnacht with GlitterGuts (arty Chicago photographers) here at Quimby’s. Get your picture taken with the Krampus, known to punish children during the Yule season for their misbehavior. Creep out friends and family with photos of you getting reprimanded by this traditional Germanic holiday beast. We’re here to help!

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Stay tuned for more merry making in December.

12 Weeks of Quimbas: Caseen Gaines Presents A Christmas Story at Quimby’s – with Special Guest Ralphie’s Little Brother, Ian Petrella! 10/12

Oct ’13
7:00 pm


Calling all A Christmas Story fans! Award-winning author Caseen Gaines (Inside Pee Wees Playhouse) is returning to Quimby’s Bookstore to discuss and sign copies of his brand-new book, A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic with special guest Ian Petrella, who played Ralphie’s little brother Randy Parker in the film!

This definitive guide to everything fans want to know about A Christmas Story shares the inside story behind the film’s production, release, and unlikely ascent to the top of popular culture. In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of its theatrical release, this is the untold story of the making of the film, and what happened afterwards. Complete with rare and previously unreleased photographs, now fans of the movie and film buffs alike can learn all they didn’t know about the timeless classic.

“Fans of the film — and film fans in general — will love this book. Extremely detailed and immensely fun to read, Caseen Gaines’ book only adds to the magic that is A Christmas Story. Expertly told in a style and tone that would make Jean Shepherd and Bob Clark proud.” — Michael Ambers, producer of the TV Guide’s The Cast of A Christmas Story: Where Are They Now
For more information about A Christmas Story, visit www.facebook.com/AChristmasStoryBook

For press inquiries, contact Jenna Illies, jenna(at)ecwpress(dot)com

*Celebrate National Doughnut Month with Quimby’s that day too with coffee (from Big Shoulders Coffee!) and doughnutty treats! This event kicks off The 12 Weeks of Quimbas, and this is our first gift to you!

Saturday, October 12, 7:00pm