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Dan Gleason and Friends Read from Pieces of Paper, Amongst the Words That Rest Upon Them, at Quimby’s

May ’09
7:00 pm

Chicago-based weirdo Dan Gleason once again graces us with his presence and brings some friends to entertain us. Like who else? These fine folks:
Marc Arcuri: poet/advocate
Thax Douglas: author/scholar
Dan Gleason: journalist/hair pie
Greg Jacobsen: painter/songstress
Meg McCarville: autobiographer/leading lady
Mike McPadden: writer/musician
Dave Tortuga: artist/mover

Well, what will happen at this event? Here is what Dan told us:

“Chewing tobacco will be provided.
(Chewing tobacco will not be provided.)
Large chunk of melba toast accidentally placed in ear.
Together we transform into one being that possesses a lot of the same power as that recently cancelled Michel Gondry.
People should drink.
Ingrown hair in my left nostril.”

You don’t want to miss that, do you?

Handmade Electronic Music – The Art of Hardware Hacking Release Party with Nic Collins at Quimby’s!

May ’09
3:00 pm


Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking provides a long-needed, practical, and engaging introduction to the craft of making – as well as creatively cannibalizing – electronic circuits for artistic purposes. With a sense of adventure but no need for prior knowledge, the reader can subvert the intentions designed into devices such as radios and toys to discover a new sonic world. At a time when computers dominate music production, this book offers a rare glimpse into the core technology of early live electronic music, as well as more recent developments at the hands of emerging artists. In addition to advice on hacking found electronics, the reader learns how to make contact microphones, pickups for electromagnetic fields, oscillators, distortion boxes, and unusual signal processors cheaply and quickly.

This revised and expanded second edition is extensively illustrated and includes a DVD featuring 87 video clips and 20 audio tracks by over 100 hackers, benders, musicians, artists and inventors from around the world, as well as 13 video tutorials demonstrating projects in the book. Further enhancements include additional projects, photographs, diagrams, and illustrations.

What might happen at this event? Maybe some and/or all of the following: an anarchic hacking orchestra composed of multiple uncoordinated performances distributed around the store, each performer using individual small sound systems? Speakers amplifying bent toys, battery-operated mini-amps, video, and demos of a few projects? Who knows?

Nicolas Collins, an active composer and performer of electronic music, and has worked with John Cage, Alvin Lucier, David Tudor, and many other masters of modern music. Dr. Collins is Professor of Sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has led hacking workshops around the world. Since 1997 he has been editor-in-chief of Leonardo Music Journal. For more info: http://www.NicolasCollins.com

Lloyd Dangle at Quimby’s!

Aug ’08
7:00 pm

Lloyd Dangle will perform his 20 Years of Troubletown humorous slide show floor show and sign copies of his book Troubletown Told You So, Comics that Could’ve Saved Us From This Mess.

Troubletown, by Lloyd Dangle, was first published in the San Francisco Bay Guardian in 1988 and has since grown to become a widely syndicated cartoon feature in alternative newsweeklies and lefty political magazines.

Lloyd’s cartoons and illustrations have appeared in over 100 magazines and newspapers of every type from the crusty corporate mainstream to the bleeding, subcommercial edge. Lloyd’s work has been featured in publications including American Lawyer, Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, Shape, Sierra, Mother Jones, The Nation, The New York Times, Outside, Time Magazine, Utne Reader, Village Voice and Wired. His drawings also adorn the packaging of Airborne effervescent cold remedy, which the company claims has been one fastest-selling products in retail history.

Lloyd was also the first cartoonist assigned to cover the Republican National Convention in New York City armed with nothing but a pen and a blank sketchbook, the resulting cartoon was selected for Houghton-Mifflin’s series, The Best American Comics. When not on the road covering bizarre and dangerous political events, he works out of his converted garage in Oakland, California.

Lloyd Dangle grew up in Michigan and, after getting a BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art, tossed it all out the window to draw cartoons for Michael Moore’s (much praised and reviled) muckraking newspaper, the Michigan Voice. He moved to New York City during the go-go 80’s and worked for several magazines and newspapers, including the Village Voice when it was still at the height of its powers. He landed a cartoon feature at upscale Manhattan, Inc. Magazine, lampooning the high-living antics of Wall Street’s youthful elite (some things are timeless). After landlord larceny caused Dangle’s apartment building to collapse (literally), he moved to San Francisco and secured his well-earned underground hipster cred, roaming the Mission District, and befriending Robert and Aline Crumb, appearing in their classic depressive übercomic, Weirdo.

He lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, Hae Yuon Kim, and their son, Oscar.

DR. REVOLT and Gary Panter

Aug ’08
4:00 pm

DR. REVOLT and Gary Panter Appearance and signing of The Lost Ones

Steve Niles teams up with four visual artists to bring you a graphic novel that will challenge what you think about time and space travel. DR. REVOLT, an original member of the historic New York City graffiti crew The Rolling Thunder Writers, Gary Panter, an illustrator known for his surreal and raw style, Morning Breath, Brooklyn-based art and design duo, and emerging painter/fashion designer Kime Buzzelli – each bring a remarkable and unique drawing style to the project.

“The Lost Ones” tells the story of Duncan, Roxy, Rasheed and Cynthia, who leave their Earth and get swept up in an epic intergalactic adventure. What starts out as a harmless day of extreme planet jumping turns into a mind-blowing, white-knuckle race for their lives to get back home. Collector’s and paperback editions of “The Lost Ones” will be available for free in early July 2008 at select comic book stores nationwide.

Jessica Abel and Matt Madden

Jun ’08
7:00 pm

Join Jessica Abel and Matt Madden, authors of DRAWING WORDS & WRITING PICTURES as they talk about their new book and Jessica’s new books Life Sucks and the paper back edition of La Perdida.

Drawing Words & Writing Pictures is a systematic course on that teaches the alchemical art of combining words and pictures to make comics. In it, Jessica and Matt have laid out a complete, structured syllabus that guides students from creating narrative within a single drawing to orchestrating all the skills involved in creating a multi-page, complex story.

Life Sucks is the story of Dave Marshall. The girl he’s in love with doesn’t know he exists, he hates his job, and ever since his boss turned him into a vampire, he can’t go out in daylight without starting to charbroil. Undead life in its uncoolest incarnation yet is on display in this cinematic, supernatural drama told with gallons of humor and hemoglobin.  In striking, colorful, B-movie style artwork and light-hearted, intelligent writing by Jessica Abel, Gabe Soria, and Warren Pleece, Dave Marshall’s story comes alive – in a vampiric kind of way.

La Perdida is the story of Carla, an American estranged from her Mexican father, who heads to Mexico City to “find herself.” Her intense desire to make a connection with Mexico and her unwillingness to see the impact of her own history on her understanding combine to turn an innocent journey down a dark path. A story about the youthful desire to live an authentic life and the consequences of trusting easy answers, La Perdida is a story about finding yourself by getting lost.

Jessica Abel is a cartoonist and writer. Born and raised in Chicagoland, she moved in 2000 to Brooklyn, New York, after a two-year pit stop in Mexico City. In her “free” time, she likes to build things, garden, and cook, and hopes that doesn’t make her sound like the biggest dork ever. Along with La Perdida she is also responsible for the popular comic Artbabe.

Matt Madden started self-publishing minicomics in the early 1990s. He published his first graphic novel, Black Candy in 1998, and in 2001 published Odds Off. Madden lives in Brooklyn with his wife, author and cartoonist Jessica Abel. He works in comics and illustration, and teaches at the School of Visual Arts and Yale University.  His latest works appear in A Fine Mess, his bi-annual series published by Alternative Comics.

More info at www.jessicaabel.com
Wednesday, June 25th, 7:00 PM