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Zine & Comix Distros
Here are some distributors of self-made publications, zines and comics from around the world. Take heed because many distros tend to burn brightly and brilliantly for a short time. They’re always comin’ and goin’ like the wind.

Mend My Dress

Valerie Park Distro

Doris Distro

Pioneers

Microcosm Publishing

AK Press

Spit and a Half

Birdcage Bottom books

Sparkplug

Stranger Danger

 

Quimby’s-like stores
Unique as Quimby’s may be, we have other brethren across this great nation. Take a trip to these other noteworthy bookshops when you’re in their respective cities, towns, villages, or municipalities. And, don’t forget, most of them consign zines and comics!

Atomic Books (Baltimore, MD)

Reading Frenzy (Portland, OR)

Desert Island (Brooklyn, NY)

Needles & Pens (San Francisco, CA)

Red Emma’s (Baltimore, MD)

Chicago Comics

Printed Matter (New York City, NY)

Powell’s Books (Portland, OR)

PolyEster Books (Fitzroy, Victoria AUS)

Sticky (Australia)

Skylight (LA)

Secret Headquarters (LA)

Family (LA)

The Escapist (Berkeley, CA)

Drawn and Quarterly Store (Montreal, Quebec)

Last Gasp Books

826 Chicago/The Boring Store

Kilgore Books & Comics: (Denver)

Women & Children First (Chicago)

 

Zine Resources
For more information about what in the world a zine is, how to make one, how to get self-published work into the world and all of the other great facets of zine culture, refer to these awesome books, websites and such.  Some of these things also have companion zines or books. Also, check many of your favorite zines for zine reviews and what have you. Since many zines also do zine reviews, one suggestion is to check with them about sending your zine or comic for review.

Stolen Sharpie Revolution

Whatcha Mean, What’s a Zine?

We Make Zines

Zine World

Denver Zine Library

ZineWiki

Broken Pencil

Xerography Debt


Zine-Friendly Organizations & Places
These non-profits, libraries, community centers and work spaces offer self-publishers of all stripes all kinds of resources for little to no cost. 

Chicago Independent Publisher’s Resource Center (CHI PRC)

Independent Publishing Resource Center

Read/Write Library Chicago

The Center for Cartoon Studies

The Alternative Press Center

Spudnik Press Cooperative

Cyberpunk Apocalypse

Self-Publishers of Chicago (SPOC)

Roberts Street Social Centre

 

Zine Archives and Special Zine Collections
Librarians love their zines. These institutions and display self-made works for public consumption.

University of Chicago Special Collections 

POC Zine Project

DePaul University Zine Library

The Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP)

Read/Write Library Chicago

Long Haul Zine Archive

Multnomah County Library Zine Collection

Zine and Amateur Press Collections at the University of Iowa

Octapod Zine Library

Schultz Library at Center for Cartoon Studies

The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Fly Away Zine Mobile

The Alternative Press Center

 

Small Press Expos
This is where the zinesters and mini-comics-ers gather. Most zine fests and expos offer open registration for little to no cost. However, take heed. Some more specialized conferences cost a pretty penny. 

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)

Chicago Zine Fest

Small Press Expo (SPX)

Portland Zine Symposium

Stumptown Comics Fest

Midwest Zine Fest

Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art(MoCCA) Fest NYC

Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE)

Maine Comics Arts Festival (MECAF)

Grand Comics Festival

FLUKE Minicomics Festival

Staple! Independent Media Expo

S.P.A.C.E

Alternative Press Expo (APE)

NY Art Book Fair

LA Art Book Fair

Toronto Comics Art Festival

Short Run Small Press Fest

Grand Rapids Zine Fest

Milwaukee Zine Fest

Madison Zine Fest

Richmond Zine Fest

Philly Zine Fest

DC Zine Fest

Allied Media Conference

San Francisco Zine Fest

Vancouver Comics Arts Festival (VanCAF)

Fargo-Moorhead Zine Fest (FMZF) at on tumblr and facebook

LA Zine Fest

Lexington Ephemera Fest

New Orleans Anarchist Bookfair

Tampa Zine Fest

ABQ Zine Fest

Houston Zine Fest

 

Chicago-based Reading Series and Performances
Live lit is alive and kicking in Chicago!

LaydeezDoComics

Brain Frame

Write Club

Two Cookie Minimum

Salonathon

Pungent Parlour

Guts and Glory

Essay Fiesta

Here’s the Story

The Encyclopedia Show

Paper Machete

Naked Girls Reading

College of Complexes

Kill Yr Idols Reading Series

SPOC Clancy's Reading Series


Printers
For large press runs or more specialized services.

Copy Max at 1321 N. Milwaukee at Paulina,  5¢ basic white paper copies (white paper)

Salsedo Press

Mission Press  

1984 Printing

The Ink Well

Minute Man Press

Newsweb

Spudnik Press

Black Cat Providence

Issue Press

River View Printing

Docucopies

Got Print

Print Ninja

Linco Printing


Publishers
Print is dead? Are you high? Here are just some of the MANY small press, comics, activist lit, and so on. In no particular order (mostly).

Akashic Books

Creation Books

Drawn & Quarterly

Fantagraphics

Feral House

Last Gasp

Sara Ranchouse Publishing

Valancourt Books

Process Media

Eros Books

Temporary Services

Autonomedia

Bazillion Points Books

Believer Books

Microcosm Publishing

Pioneers Press

Birdcage Bottom Books

Bongout

Buenaventura Press

Cantankerous Titles

Carpet Bombing Culture

Charles H. Kerr Publishing

Chicago Center for Literature & Photography

City Lights Books

Cleis Press

Continuum Books

Conundrum Press

Counterpoint Press

CrimethInc.

Curbside Splendor

Denis Kitchen Publishing Company

Doris Press

Drag City

Drippy Bone Books

Featherproof Press

Feminist Press at CUNY

Floating World Comics

Gingko Press

Green Candy Press

Haymarket Books

Headpress

Hic & Hoc Publications

Lake Claremont Press

Last Gasp Books

Little Otsu Publishing

Manic D Press

McSweeney's

Minor Compositions

AK Press

n+1

NoBrow Press

Oily Comics

O/R Books

Pegacorn Press

Picturebox

Pigeon Press

Plexus Publishing, Inc.

PM Press

PowerHouse Books

RE/Search

Retrofit Comics

Revival House Press

Seal Press

Secret Acres

SelfMadeHero

Semiotext(e)

Seven Stories Press

Slingshot Collective

Soft Skull Press

Printed Matter, Inc.

Yeti Publishing

Taschen Books

Tugboat Press

Uncivilized Books

Write Bloody Publishing

Top Shelf Productions 

Show & Tell Press

 

Zines, Lit Journals, Newspaper Friends of Quimby's

AREA Chicago

Chunklet

Cabinet Magazine

Cinema Sewer

Adbusters

Criminal Class Press

n+1

Razorcake

MAXIMUMROCKNROLL

Yeti

Tape Op

UPPERCASE

Juxtapoz

Fifth Estate

Shots

RFD

Bitch Magazine

Black Velvet

Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet

Lumpen

McSweeney’s

Roctober

The Sound Projector

The Baffler

Tiki Magazine

Mash Tun


Artists Friends of Quimby's

Chris Ware

Dan Clowes

Jessica Abel

Charles Burns

R. Crumb

John Porcellino

Laura Berger

Caroline Picard

Lilli Carre

Beth Hetland

Rachel Foss

Jo Dery

Megan Kirby

Leslie Perrine

Jaclyn Miller

Monica Ray

Dame Darcy

The Ladydrawers Comics Collective

Sarah Becan

Sara Drake

Krystal DiFronzo

Lyra Hill

Jessica Campbell

Leif Goldberg

Jesse Reklaw

Megan Kelso

Missy Kulik

Ezra Claytan Daniels

Trubble Club

Jay Ryan

Shag

Frank Kozik

Winston Smith

Mark Ryden

Mitch O'Connell

Grant Reynolds

Nate Beaty

Jeremy Tinder

Ian McDuffie

Women Street Artists

Carrie McNinch

Johnny Ryan

Robin Bougie's Daily Comic

USS Catastrophe

Paul Hornschemeier

MK Czerwiec

Laura Szumowski


Comics & Zines Blogs

For the skinny on the world of comics and zines, click on any of these fine choices.

The Comics Reporter

The Comics Journal

Flog

The Hooded Utilitarian

We Make Zines Blogs

 

Chicago Galleries
Art around the Second City. Most galleries have limited hours or are open by appointment so check ahead! Also! They come and go! Check in first!

Co-Prosperity Sphere

Woman Made Gallery

Heaven Gallery

Spudnik Annex

Thomas Robertello Gallery

Threewalls

The Post Family

Johalla Projects

Andrew Rafcaz Gallery

Galerie F

 

Places We Like In Chicago
Other businesses that we’re all about! 

Chicago Comics - Our sister store! Humanity's last, best hope. We got the weirdo stuff, they got the super hero stuff. 3244 N. Clark

Atomix - With a space age theme, this coffeeshop and café holds its own on the Damen Avenue and Chicago Avenue intersection in Ukrainian Village. Atomix specializes in coffee drinks and veggie fare. Free wi-fi and comfy booths are another out of this world draw. 1957 W. Chicago Ave.

Early to Bed - Have a hankering for something new and shiny between the sheets? Aside from offering luxury toys, Early to Bed caters to the needs of trans men with an assortment of packers, harnesses and more. Their website also offers sex advice and informative videos and tips covering everything from nipple toys to lube choice. 5044 N. Clark St.

Busy Beaver Buttons - Need a new custom button for that upcoming zine fest? Busy Beaver’s got a plethora of pin choices, magnets, custom packaging and a helpful buck-toothed mascot that will brighten your day.  3279 W. Armitage Ave.

Café Mustache -  If you can appreciate a bit of latte foam in your facial hair, check out Café Mustache, located a stone’s throw from the California Blue Line stop in Logan Square. Cozy up in a roomy chair in the parlor-esque sitting area or order some nosh, like a delicious hummus platter or fresh pastries. Café Mustache also hosts live readings and music events and is one of the only spots in Chicago to play all vinyl during open hours. 2313 N. Milwaukee.

The WormholeIt was only a matter of time before someone cut out the middle man and put the Delorean in the coffeeshop, right? The Wormhole, besides slinging the usual suspects of coffee and tea, serves us pop culture nostalgia a mere jaunt from the bustling Six Corners intersection of Wicker Park. 1462 N. Milwaukee Ave.

826 CHIFounded by renowned author Dave Eggers, the 826 franchise has brought creative writing and literacy programming to every corner of the nation. 826 CHI hosts field trips, workshops and extends publishing opportunities to school age children across the city. The Boring Store, their retail outpost, provides shoppers with the singular experience of purchasing spy gear for a good cause. 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave

Spudnik Press CooperativeSpudnik gives zinesters, artists and publishers the raw materials and community to make something. From screen printing classes to their popular Drink & Draw nights, Spudnik supports Chicago creatives with space, equipment and knowledge to execute their vision. Memberships are available as well as hourly rates for open studio sessions. 1821 W Hubbard St.

Read/Write Library ChicagoChurch cookbooks, fancy pants lit magazines, handmade books ??" Read/Write Library Chicago in Humboldt Park catalogs anything and everything printed and related to the city of Chicago. Check out their weekend open hours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to peruse a smorgasboard of published delights. Read/Write is also a fully functional venue. On any given night you might find an art opening, media literacy lecture, craft night or cataloging session through its doors. 914 N. California Walton Entrance.

Brainstorm ComicsBrainstorm is the place to go when you’re looking for graphic novels and comics of the traditional and experimental variety. In addition to a slew of comic, figurines, toys, magazines and movies are available. 1579 N. Milwaukee, Suite #321, in the Flat Iron Fine Arts Building. 

Rudy’s RoundupYeehaw! Get on down to this shop, little doggy, especially if you’re looking for a good old-fashioned pair of clodhoppers. Old timey toys, cards, novelty items and other wonders. 1410 N Milwaukee Ave.

Stanley’s Fruits & Vegetables - In Chicago, you don’t have to wait for that perfect mix of rain and sun to see a rainbow. Just go on over to Stanley’s, one of the city’s best purveyors of fruits and veggies. It’s a verdant feast for the eyes, nose and stomach and, best of all, easy on your wallet. Stanley’s sells its wares at a reasonable price so you have more dough to drop on zines. 1558 N Elston Ave.

Odd Obsession Movies - No need to get bummed about that useless Blockbuster gift card from Christmas ’98. Odd Obsession has got you covered with an expansive catalog of foreign, cult, documentary and obscure films, ooh la la. There’s even a selection of Hollywood faves for you old fuddy duddies. 1822 N. Milwaukee Ave.

 The HandlebarHey look! It’s a vegetarian restaurant with a bike theme….and they serve fish! Handlebar is a Wicker Park neighborhood favorite known for its tasty sandwiches, savory brunch and hefty dinners. Yes, you can get full on veggie food, my friend. On sunny days their back patio is the perfect spot to drink a craft beer or cocktail and let the noise of nearby Western Avenue melt away. 2311 W North Ave

Bon Bon Vietnamese SandwichesAll the authentic fare of the Argyle Red Line stop only a short jaunt from the Blue Line. Whatta find! Bon Bon serves up the traditional Vietnamese bahn mi alongside pho, bento boxes and more. Bon Bon? More like nom nom. 2333 W North Ave

Myopic BooksThey sell mostly used books. It’s rare to come across a book store that feels like a library ??" comfy chairs, endless shelves, bright but tasteful lighting. And lots of nooks and crannies to climb into! But Myopic is no big box book store. Aside from being a really awesome place to read and peruse, Myopic also will buy your old books and put them into new hands. Everybody wins! 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Sultan’s Market - Sultan’s is the place in Chicago for falafel. They even have the domain name to prove it.  When that $4 is burning a hole in your pocket, try a falafel sandwich, mild or spicy. Not in the mood for chickpea crunchitude? Sultan’s has a salad bar with 30 fresh items and some tasty meat roasting on a spit. Their location closest to Quimby's is at 2057 W North Ave.

CopyMax - Every zinester needs their paper. Fed Ex Office might have  the monopoly on copying services but CopyMax is even better than the O.G.,Kinko’s. CopyMax is independently owned and operated and offers high volume discounts. 1321 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Reckless Records - When you simply must have analog, whether it be fancy compact discs, delightful tapes or the alpha and omega, vinyl, Reckless Records provides a refuge from the tyranny of the mp3. For new and used music that’ll give you hours of finger flicking perusal, look no further than Reckless, with three convenient spots. The one closest to Quimby's is at 1532 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Permanent Records - Another refuge in the sea of digital music, Permanent Records in Ukrainian Village hawks all kinds of tracks. PR showcases local musicians with its own label in addition to new and used vinyl, CDs, DVDs and books across all genres, sub-genres and micro-genres. Hey Mom, just like you used to have! 1914 W Chicago Ave.

Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar - Brought to you by the impresario mind of Bridgeport wunderartist Ed Marszewski, Maria’s is more than just a watering hole. Sure, they’ve got tasty brews and spirits up the wazoo. But Maria’s also showcases local artists and free thinkers. Check this spot out for everything from karaoke fundraisers to Chicago history lectures. 960 W. 31st Street, Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago

Hot Doug's - The most delicious and most punk rock sausage superstore and encased meat emporium you will ever find. And there's veggie options too! 3324 North California.

Vintage Garage Chicago - Vintage Garage Chicago buys and sells vintage and antique merchandise, and features over 100 dealers in an actual parking garage (roughly) once a month, and features bands. 5051 N. Broadway. See their web site for dates!

 

Stuff Slightly Outside the City You Might Be Into if You Like Quimby's

Hala Kahiki - Old school tiki-style joint, with delicious beverages, and with a gift shop. 2834 River Rd, River Grove.

Chef Shangri-La - Tiki decor and beverages with delicious Chinese food as well 7930 W. 26th St. North Riverside

Mitsuwa Marketplace - Asian groceries, food court and more. 100 E. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights

 

Tattoo Studios We Like

Insight Studios

Tatu Tattoo

Speakeasy Custom Tattoo

 

Friends of Quimby's

Miscellaneous dear pal of our humble book emporium. 

Chicago Comics -  OUR SISTER STORE at 3244 N. Clark!

826CHI

Last Gasp

Dance Dance Party Party

The Bird Machine

Spudnik Press Cooperative

Thrill Jockey Records

Trans Oral History Project Zine Distro

Boing Boing

Justseeds

Wurlington Bros Build Your Own Postcards

Weird Chicago Tours

Steampunk Chicago

Baby Art

Cabinet of Curiosities

Facets Multimedia

Mr. Dan Kelly

The Old Town School of Folk Music

PopPunk.com

Portland Button Works

Press Pop

Anne Elizabeth Moore

Sonnenzimmer

The Chicago Underground Film Fest

The Chicago Anarchist Film Fest

Edie Fake

Neil Brideau

Liz Mason

Logan Bay

Notes & Bolts


Local Listings for Stuff to Do
At a loss for what to do this weekend? If you’re in Chicago, there’s a lot. Narrow your search with any of these extensive collections of happenings about town. 

Chicago Reader

Time Out Chicago

The NewCity

Gapers Block

Illinois Entertainer

 

Radio and Podcasts We Like
Give your eyes a rest from reading and listen up to some of our favorite radio shows and regular programming.

The Quimby's Bookstore Podcast

WBEZ

WZRD

WNUR

WLUW

WHPK

Gay Pimpin' with Jonny McGovern

Bynar’s Indie Disco

Here's the Thing

Stuff You Should Know

Baby Geniuses

The Best Show

Freakonomics

The Pod F. Tompkast

The Dinner Party

Ray of Blight

Notes & Bolts

The Chicago Underground Music Archive


Local Places to Stay
In town for a spell? Well let us welcome you formally to town. Need a place to hang your hat? Here are some lovely lodging options.  

Urban Holiday Lofts

Wicker Park B & B

Ray's Bucktown B & B

Longman and Eagle B & B

 

Chicago Transport
Chicago Transit Authority is for local buses and trains around Chicago.
Metra is the train system for that goes distances further out from Chicago.
The two main Chicago airports are O'Hare and the Chicago Midway.
There are also a variety of Chicago cabs that come around Quimby's if you go down to the corner of Damen, North and Milwaukee.