Monthly Archive for June, 2009

Top 10 for Last Week


This is for the week of June 21st-June 27th, 2009.

1. Cometbus #52 by Aaron Cometbus $3.00

2. Stop Smiling #38 $6.99

3. Sad Animals by Adam Meuse $4.00

4. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (Back Bay) $17.99

5. Signal to Noise #54 Sum 09 $4.95

6. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame Smith (Quirk) $12.95

7.  Nine Ways to Disappear by Lilli Carre (Little Otsu) $12.95

8. East Village Inky #41 by Ayun Halliday $3.00

9. 13 Year of Good Luck (Microcosm Publishing) $2.00

10. Art of Touring by Sara Jaffe and Mia Clarke $19.95

Comics Artists Alex Robinson, Jeremy Tinder and Josh Cotter

Jul ’09
7:00 pm

Top Shelf Productions publishes contemporary graphic novels and comics by artists of singular vision. Dedicated to championing veteran creators as well as finding and developing emerging talent, the Top Shelf library is anchored by such masters of the craft as Alan Moore (From Hell, Lost Girls), Craig Thompson (Blankets), Jeffrey Brown (Clumsy), James Kochalka (American Elf, Johnny Boo), and many more. Top Shelf’s catalogue includes all-ages material and cutting-edge erotica, genre fiction and autobiography, and all that exists in-between, and has received dozens of awards. Quimby’s is proud to welcome Top Shelf artists Alex Robinson and Jeremy Tinder. Local alternative comics artist Josh Cotter will be joining the event, whose Skyscrapers of the Midwest is similar in feel, even though his publisher is Adhouse.

After graduating from art school, Alex Robinson began doing mini comics (small print run comics xeroxed and stapled by himself). He soon started working on the story that would become his first graphic novel, Box Office Poison. In 1996, Antarctic Press started publishing the serialized version of Box Office Poison. The series ran for twenty-one issues, and once the story was complete, Top Shelf Productions published the entire thing in one 608 page book. Shortly after the book was published, Alex won the Eisner Award for Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition. As a graphic novel, Box Office Poison was nominated for several awards (a Harvey, an Eisner, an Ignatz and the Firecracker book award). 2005 got off to a great start when the French translation of Box Office Poison won the prestigious Prix du Premier Album award in Angouleme, France. Top Shelf published Alex’s second book Tricked in 2005. In 2006, Tricked won a Harvey and Ignatz Award. The Spanish publisher Astiberri released both of his graphic novels in handsome, one volume editions. Alex has expanded his storytelling to include fantasy, with the release of Lower Regions (Top Shelf) in 2007, and time travel/high school in Too Cool to Be Forgotten (Top Shelf) published in summer 2008.

Jeremy Tinder is an artist and cartoonist based in Chicago, IL. In 2007, he earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he now teaches classes in cartooning and self-publishing. Jeremy exhibits his artwork across the country both as a solo artist and as a member of the artist collective Paintallica. His first two books, Cry Yourself to Sleep and Black Ghost Apple Factory are published by Top Shelf Productions. New comics from Jeremy will soon appear in the fourth volume of Image Comic’s anthology series Popgun, Family Style’s Elfworld 2, and in the current volume of Black Warrior Review, published by the University of Alabama Press. Jeremy proudly contributes weekly to the jam comics of the Trubble Club.

Joshua W. Cotter was born and raised in the vast farmy nothingness of northwest Missouri, as reflected in his Eisner-nominated Skyscrapers of the Midwest (Adhouse), filling sketchbooks and painting paintings. He now resides in Chicago where he recently finished up work on his “intuitive narrative,” Driven by Lemons.

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Archer Prewitt Signed Work On Paper at Quimby’s!

IMG_1499We were thrilled to have artist and musician Archer Prewitt at Quimby’s on June 20th. He signed copies of his new book Work On Paper.

Dave Reidy and Friends Host a Quaroke Reading

Jul ’09
6:45 pm


Dave Reidy’s collection of fiction, entitled Captive Audience (IgPublishing) features, among other stories, the award-winning story “The Regular.” And that particular piece is about arty nerdy introverts doing karaoke. In Chicago. In a neighborhood that sounds suspiciously like Wicker Park.

What better way to welcome this new collection of punchy literature with a night of Quimby’s Quaraoke? KJ (that’s karaoke disc jockey, folks) services will be provided by Shameless Karaoke, a husband-wife team composed of, well, arty nerdy introverts who met doing karaoke. In Chicago.

Also appearing: Claire Zulkey, Megan Stielstra and Mark Bazer

“Dave Reidy’s matchless reports from the heart of twenty-first century America, a landscape of technological obsession and performance anxiety (in many forms), are elegant, precise, cool, and funny. Here is a young writer from whom we can expect much in the future.” -David Leavitt, Author of The Indian Clerk

Dave Reidy’s fiction has appeared in Pindeldyboz and The MacGuffin. In 2007, Charles D’Ambrosio chose Reidy’s story “The Regular” as winner of the Emerging Writers Network Short Story Competition. Captive Audience, a collection of short stories about performers, is his first book.

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Top 10 For the Past Week

BobOdenkirkTotebagThis past Saturday was amazing! Bob Odenkirk (see above) was here in the afternoon, talking about the Comedy By the Numbers Book-On-Tape CD that he executive produced, and then Archer Prewitt was here at night siging his new book, Work On Paper . What a day!

Here are the Top 10 For the past week:

1. Comedy By the Numbers Book-On-Tape CD, Selections From the McSweeneys Book by Prof Eric Hoffman and Dr. Gary Rudoren (A Special Thing Records) $12.99

2. Work On Paper by Archer Prewitt (PressPop) $20.00

3. Mr Show: What Happened by Naomi Odenkirk $22.95

4. Comedy By the Numbers: 169 Secrets of Humor and Popularity by Prof Eric Hoffman and Dr. Gary Rudoren (McSweeneys) $14.99

5. Nine Ways to Disappear by Lilli Carre (Little Otsu) $12.95

6. Rough Guide To Bicycle Maintenance (Microcosm) $2.00

7. Furverts by Michael Cogliantry (Chronicle) $12.95

8. The Point #1 Spr 09 $10.00

9. It’s A Good Life If You Don’t Weaken by Seth (Drawn+Quarterly) $24.95

10. The Believer #63 $8.00