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International Zine Month Day 2: Re-read Your Faves!


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

More about International Zine Month at stolensharpierevolution.org.

Learnapalooza Make a Zine Workshop, with Edie Fake 6/28 4pm

Jun ’14
4:00 pm


Learnapalooza is an annual day of free workshops taught across your neighborhood and open to the public. Classes are taught by community members and local businesses, hosted in 10-20 businesses and community centers across the neighborhood. This will be Learnapalooza’s 5th year in Wicker Park, and there are more than 15 participating hosts, more than 50 classes, and will be between 350-500 attendees.

This year, artist Edie Fake (Gaylord Phoenix, Memory Palaces) will teach you how to make a zine!

Register, volunteer, more info:

Learnapaloozachi.com or at facebook.com/Learnapalooza

Off-Site: Chicago Zine Fest 5th Anniversary, March 14th-15th

Mar ’14
1:00 pm


Chicago Zine Fest, an annual celebration of self-publishing efforts, celebrates its 5th anniversary! It’s an independent event creating an outlet for small press and independent publishers to showcase their work with the aim to make DIY zine-making accessible, highlight the talents of self-published artists, and give independent artists a chance to interact and swap skills. Quimby’s is happy to be one of the sponsors!

Friday, March 14th

Zine Panel, Columbia College’s Conaway Center (1104 S. Wabash), 1-3pm
In it for the Long Haul: A Discussion on Longevity in Zines with Cindy Crabb, Tomas Moniz, and Alex Wrekk, moderated by Quimby’s Bookstore manager Liz Mason.

Youth Zine Reading and an Exhibitor Zine Reading, Hairpin Arts Center (2800 N. Milwaukee), 6-9pm

Kickoff Celebration Dance Party, Hairpin Arts Center (2800 N. Milwaukee) 9-11:30pm
Music provided by CHIRP Radio.

Saturday, March 15th

Tabling Exhibition, Columbia College’s Conaway Center (1104 S. Wabash), 11am-6pm
Over 200 zinesters will exhibit their publications, host workshops, and lead panel discussions in the spirit of self-publishing. Saturday’s exhibition will be supported with programming throughout the day. There are workshops on various self-publishing topics, hands-on kid’s zine-making area, button making presented by Busy Beaver Buttons, photo booth by Glitter Guts, an exclusive Brain Frame comics reading, plus demonstrations presented by staff and students from Columbia’s Center for Book and Paper Arts. Come to the Quimby’s table and say hi!

“We are so excited that enthusiasm has grown for the fest in these first 5 years, and hope it continues to grow!” says Leslie Perrine, an original festival organizer. She adds, “I’m honored to be the only 5th year organizer still involved with the zine fest. I’ve seen it from our very first fundraiser to now an event people tell me they love…It’s really exciting to see the evolution of the fest. Remembering where we have come from has always been important to us as well.”

An organizing goal for the 2014 fest was to welcome new exhibitors. Over 1/3 of all registered tables are first time festival exhibitors. Registration for the fest sold out in a record two hours, trumping 2013 which took 15 hours to close. “The support that CZF has gotten from zine writers and comic artists throughout the country has been astounding,” said Jaclyn Miller, in her second year as organizer.

The Chicago Zine Fest is sponsored by the Book and Paper Center at Columbia College Chicago, Quimby’s Bookstore, Chicago Publishers Resource Center, the Hairpin Arts Center, CHIRP Radio and 826CHI. All 2014 artwork is by Chicago artist and illustrator Marnie Galloway.

For more info and specifics, see chicagozinefest.org.


Quimby’s Zlumber Party 1/11/14 – 1/12/14

Jan ’14
9:00 pm


Hey zinesters and mini-comics artists! Come to our Zine Slumber Party (Zlumber Party, geddit? Gosh we’re clever.) This is the third year in a row we’re inviting you to come in and spend the night with us working on your zine, because we had so much fun doing it in the past. The store closes at 10pm on Sat the 11th and then you’re invited to spend the night here. So bring yer jammies and a sleeping bag, then leave in the morning with the zine you worked on. Interested in attending? Just so we can have a head count, be sure to shoot a regular ol’ e-mail our way at info(at)quimbys(dot)com, call us at 773-342-0910 or respond that you’re coming at our Facebook event posting here.

Sat, Jan 11th 9pm – Sun Jan 12th, 9am

International Zine Month Roundup!


In honor of the end of International Zine Month, we wanted to share some of our favorite zines and such from around the globe. Take a gander at some of the imports you can score on the shelves at Quimby’s.

Otso, Mari Ahokoivu, Finland, Bilingual (Finnish/English)


Finnish comic artist Mari Ahokoivu, details the existential journey of the titular bear (otso) in outer space. Things get pretty hairy, even for a bear, until the story comes to a rather beautiful celestial resolution. Ahokoivu’s drawings are infused with bright colorful swirls and a sense of fun, even with the subject matter gets dark. Most of the action takes place in the illustration. The sparsely applied written words are translated into her native Finnish from English.


Gang Bang Bong, Multiple artists, Canada/Mexico, Bilingual (Spanish/English)

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Edited by Ines Estrada in Mexico and Ginette Lapalme in Toronto, this bilingual comic anthology is in its third installment. Gang Bang Bong started out more lo-fi but has become glossy, towing the line between zine and magazine. Inside you’ll find avant garde comics that tend to eschew the traditional panel storytelling form for more fluid narratives. GBB is a publication that straddles the lines of language and breaches the disconnect of North America’s two primary linguistic modes. And, on a lighter note, it’s full of fun, sometimes silly illustrations.


The Life and Times of Butch Dykes, Eloisa Aquino, Montreal Quebec, (English)

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This series of mini-zines spotlights notable masculine lesbians around the world, including Chavela Vargas, JD Samson, Gladys Bentley, Gertrude Stein and Claude Cahun. Despite its Montreal-ness, Life and Times is written in English. Inside you’ll find a classy Spark Notes version of these women’s accomplishments, highlighting experiences of personal triumph, trauma and updates on their present day lives, (if they’re still living). Life and Times also features handsomely screen- printed covers.

School, Women and Japanese Culture, Multiple artists, Japan, (English)


Japanese journal School contains interviews, essays, photography and artwork reporting on the lives of women specifically, Japanese women generally. School examines the tension between ancient and modern cultures in Japan. Its sparse design and academic prose make for intellectually stimulating reading. Topics include relationship with sense of place, the existential implications of architecture, personal accounts of depression and an interview with singer Minako Yoshida.

Frontier, Uno Moralez, San Francisco by way of Russia


Frontier is the first analog release for Uno Moralez who works mainly in digital mediums. His haunting figure-based visions are set in the style of a pixilated video game screen. Moralez deals in visual archetypes of the Virgin Mary, sailors and femme fatales, among others. This comic is less narrative and more a dream-like stream of consciousness parade of catastrophic and sensual image associations. So far, two issues have been released.

You Won’t Find These International Zines In Our Webstore, But Rather, Our Brick and Mortar Store…Come on in to Quimby’s to check these out!

Word About Seeing Words Anything, Sergej Vutuc, San Jose, California by way of Germany

Photographer and visual artist Vutuc, who lives in Germany, made this zine as part of his show with Shawn Whisenant “Coincidence” at Seeing Things Gallery in San Jose California. Vutuc’s zine is a black-heavy collage that forms a  photographic abstraction of his travels . He deals in shadow and light, splices of celluloid and hand scrawled musings. Word About Seeing Words Anything is a mixture between an exhibition catalog, small art book and portfolio of Vutuc’s work.

Chomp, Mitsu Sucks, Japan,  Bilingual (English/Japanese)

When your cover features a dude wearing a Spurs hat and Black Flag t-shirt, you have has at least some affinity for the West, or just good taste. Chomp showcases queer street-culture from Japan with a heavy dosage of skater influence, mostly in the form of photography and illustration. Its tagline remarks “everyone is uncool!” but you’ll find plenty cool cats in this rag, not to mention penis drawings. Mitsu Sucks is the creative mastermind behind Chomp but its content features a rotating cast of artists, pals and photographers.

What Are You Collecting at the Moment Mark?, Mark Pawson, UK, (English)

Mark Pawson, British artist, writer and zine reviewer waxes whimsical on his stockpile of stuff.  Akin to Eric Bartholomew’s Junk Drawer zine here in the states, Pawson catalogs objects and trinkets. And it’s pretty straightforward. The mini-zine lets readers flip through a pantheon of figurines, novelty mugs and household objects. It would also do you well to check out Mark’s website. It is incoherent and crazy in the best possible way.

You Can’t Find These International Zines at Quimby’s But They’re Still Awesome!

Koukijin-teki-Shaku: Japan, http://koukijinteki-shaku.blogspot.com/

Spill the Zine, UK Zine Review  http://spillthezines.blogspot.com/

The Treasure Fleet, Minicomic, Germany http://www.treasure-fleet.com/

Tetanos, Abraham Diaz, Mexico http://gatosaurio.com/tetanos2.html

Did we forget anything? Share some of your picks with us.


Article by our intrepid Quimby’s reporter and SPOC founder Nicki Yowell.

Self-Publishers of Chicago (SPOC) is a community organization for zinesters, artists, writers and any who publish.