Trubble Club Draws Your True Inner Self for Free Comic Book Day 5/3

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Join the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo [CAKE] at Quimby’s Bookstore [1854 W North Ave] on Saturday May 3rd 7pm to celebrate Free Comic Book Day with Chicago’s Trubble Club!

This year, the Trubble Club has modified the Quimby’s photo booth to capture your true essence. Come hang out with some of Chicago’s best comics artists as they collaboratively reveal your inner self by interpreting psychic signals from their magical photobooth. Snacks and refreshments will be provided by CAKE, and free comic books will be available for pick up (while supplies last).


Trubble Club started as a group of Chicago-based cartoonist making jam comics. While we still do that, and love doing that, we’ve been branching out. The Infinite Corpse is a never-ending webcomic spearheaded by Trubble Club, that includes panels by both totally unknown artists, and institutions, like Art Speigelman and Kim Deitch. We have also recently done commissioned installations for the Museum of Contemporary Art, The DePaul Art Museum, and the John Michael Kohler Art Center.

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo [CAKE] is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists– past, present and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers. This year’s CAKE is May 31 & June 1st at the Center on Halsted (3656 N Halsted), and is free and open to the public.

Visit or e-mail for more information.

Sat, May 3, 7pm – Free Event
Quimby’s Bookstore Chicago, IL

Yuriy Tarnawsky Reads from The Placebo Effect Trilogy with Eckhard Gerdes 5/16

7:00 pm

tarnawskyIn Ukrainian-American novelist Yuriy Tarnawsky’s new trilogy The Placebo Effect (JEF Books), the themes of alienation, abandonment, and fear of death, developed in Like Blood in Water and elaborated in The Future of Giraffes, respectively the first and second book of The Placebo Effect Trilogy, are picked up in the third book, View of Delft, and are given a new treatment.

Yuriy Tarnawsky has authored more than two dozen books of poetry, fiction, drama, essays, and translations.  He is one of the founding members of the New York Group, a Ukrainian émigré avant-garde group of writers, and cofounder and co-editor of the journal Novi Poeziyi (New Poetry; 1959–1972). He writes fiction, poetry, plays, translations, and criticism in both Ukrainian and English. His works have been translated into French, German, Hebrew, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, and Russian. An engineer and linguist by training, he has worked as a computer scientist at IBM Corporation and professor of Ukrainian literature and culture at Columbia University. He writes in Ukrainian and English and resides in the New York City area. His other English-language books include the books of fiction Meningitis, Three Blondes and Death, Like Blood in Water (all FC2), and Short Tails (JEF Books), as well as the play Not Medea (JEF).

Tarnawsky takes risks most writers wouldn’t dream of.  Just when you think you’re on familiar ground, the earth begins to shake.  His writing rocks! —Derek Pell

Novelist and poet Eckhard Gerdes will also be  reading from some of his recent work.

Fri, May 16th, 7 pm – Free Event

For more info: egerdes(at)experimentalfiction(dot)com

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Off-Site: Prom 9 From Outer Space: an intergalactic fundraiser to benefit 826CHI

Prom 9 Logo

Quimby’s is proud to co-sponsor Prom 9 From Outer Space: an intergalactic fundraiser to benefit 826CHI
What: Open bar, DJ, silent auction, raffle, DANCING
When: Saturday, April 26, 8pm-midnight
Where: St. Vincent de Paul Center at 2145 N Halsted St (NOT at Quimby’s)

Attendees will forgo ill-fitting rental tuxes and bustling taffeta for all manner of tin-foiled, corsetted, ray-gunned getups sure to impress the creature on their arm. Come dressed in your intergalactic best (or second-hand formal wear) for a night of cosplay, silent auctioning, raffling, (free) drinking, and DANCING…for the children.
All proceeds from Prom 9 benefit 826CHI’s creative writing programs, which are offered tuition-free to thousands of Chicago students each year.

New Stuff This Week


tomine-boxNew York Postcards Box Set by Adrian Tomine (D+Q) $14.95 – 30 illustrations from the pages of the New Yorker and beyond.

Zines & Zine-Related
So As Not to Suicide – A Survival Manual $2.00 – Suffer from anxiety? This might help you.
Bookstores and Baseball 6th Inning $6.00
I’m Really Really Scared – On Social Anxiety by Sylvia $1.00
You Must Always Have a Secret Plan (Little Tricycle Red Guide) $3.00 – Thoughtful and beuaitful one pager, folds out so you can hang it, if this were the holidays we’d say, “What a great stocking stuffer!”
Last Night at the Casino #7 Apr 14 by Billy $3.00 – Former Chicago zinester in Vegas as a casino dealer.
index A to Z: Art, Design, Fashion, Film, and Music in the Indie Era $45.00

Comics & Comix
Cosplayers #1 by Dash Shaw (Fantagraphics) $5.00
Riled Up #2 Trick Or Treat by Pete Hassett and Labotka $10.00
Life In Bodies of Water by Julia Von De Bur $4.00
Ten Minicomics by Alex Nall $5.00

Graphic Novels & Trade Paperbacks
Climate Changed a Personal Journal Through the Science by Philippe Squarzoni $24.95
100 Bullets Brother Lono by Brian Azzarello $16.99
Flight by Dave McAwesome (The Vorspiel Ltd.) $5.00

Art Books
Kenzine $35.00 – A collaboration between Toilet Paper the photo magazine and Kenzo, the Parisian clothing store.
Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge by Manuel Lima $29.95 – Enticingly arty look at semantically mapping out knowledge.
Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Arigato Everyone $65.00

Panther In the Hive by Olvia A. Cole $15.00 – Apocalyptian adventure based in Chicago.

Sex & Sexy
FEDS presents Sweets vol 8 #23 $7.99

2600 Hacker Quarterly vol 31 #1 $6.95
Girls and Corpses #8 Spr 14 $8.95
Craft Beer and Brewing #1 Spr 14 $9.99
Little White Lies #52 $12.99
Dwell May 14 $5.99
Mojo #245 Apr 14 $9.99
Monocle vol 8 #72 Apr 14 $12.00
Dissent Spr 14 $10.00
In These Times Apr 14 $3.50
The Fifth Estate vol 49 #1 Spr Sum 14 $4.00
Skin and Ink Jun 14 #151 $6.99

Lit Journals & Chap Books
Tweeds #1 $15.00
DRK DUV by Ag Davis $6.00

Kids Books
Oddfellows Orphanage by Emily Winfield Martin $7.99

off-site: CAKE FRAME 2: Live Art Auction and Brain Frame Comics Performance Event to Benefit CAKE 4/20

cakeframeSun, April 20 at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S Morgan Street, Chicago IL 60608 (NOT at Quimby’s)

Doors at 6pm, show at 7pm
$5 – $20 sliding scale entry

For the second year running, the performative comics reading series Brain Frame is teaming up with the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) to host the CAKE Frame fundraiser, an evening of comics readings and a live art auction. Cake Frame 2 is All proceeds go to benefit CAKE, the weekend-long celebration of independent comics featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions and more. CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers.

Brain Frame founder Lyra Hill will host the evening as master of ceremonies and auctioneer. Attendees can bid on original art from 30 talented Chicagoans including Chris Ware, Nicole Hollander, Ivan Brunetti, and Edie Fake. All bids for artworks will start at $30. The evening will also include a wide variety of comics performances by Brain Frame alums Kevin Budnik, Rachel Niffenegger, Pup House and Jen Rickert. There will be live drawing by Jenna Caravello and live music by El Is A Sound Of Joy. Doors open at 6pm and the event starts at 7pm, but we recommend attendees arrive early if they want to review the auction items before bidding.

With only two months until CAKE on May 31/June 1 at the Center on Halstead, the CAKE organizers are kicked into full gear. Organizers Ben Bertin, Neil Brideau, Marnie Galloway, Max Morris, Grace Tran and Jeff Zwirek are committed to making this year’s show one that goes down in history, and the CAKE Frame 2 fundraiser will help them towards that goal.

For more information on CAKE, please visit
For more information on Brain Frame, please visit
Contact: Max Morris, cakexpo(at)gmail(dot)com