Monthly Archive for July, 2009

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A Captive Audience & Top 10

Dave Reidy (below) and friends celebrated the release of his book Captive Audience with the first ever Quimby’s Queroke on July 15th! For video of the event, go here.


And here is the top 10 bestsellers for the week 7/12/09-7/18/09:

1. Cometbus #52 by Aaron Cometbus $3.00

2. Hi-Fructose #12 $6.95

3. Captive Audience by Dave Reidy (Ig) $14.95

4. Puzzled Panthers Meter Meltdown $1.00

5. The Believer #64 The Music Issue $10.00

6. Hot Damn and Hell Yeah, The Dirty South Cook Book: Recipes for Hungry Banditos by Ryan Splint (Microcosm) $6.50

7. Make Your Place: Affordable Sustainable Nesting Skills by Raleigh Briggs (Microcosm) $7.00

8. Learning Good Consent $3.50

9. List #13 Sum 09 Moving On $3.00

10. Rad Dad #13 $3.00

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New Stuff as of 7/17/09


Serious Pitchfork action right now. And this guy!

Dig this new stuff!:

Lost Girls by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie (Top Shelf) $45.00

Portable February by David Berman (Drag City) $9.98

Galactic Zoo Dossier #8 Magazine and DVD $16.98 – Yes! A new issue!

Welcome to Forest Island by Bwana Spoons (Top Shelf) $30.00

Batman Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader The Deluxe Edition by Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert (Boom) $24.99

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep #1 by Philip K. Dick and Warren Ellis (Boom) $3.99

Preacher Book One HC by Garth Ennis (Vertigo) $39.99

Welcome to Forest Island by Bwana Spoons (Top Shelf) $30.00 – These amazing colors will blow yer mind!

Looking For The Magic by Max G. Morton (Heartworm) $10.00

23 by Max G. Morton (Heartworm) $10.00

Super Power $3.25

Fake Your Own Death #2 $10.00 – Zine featuring a variety of prints, comix and whatever else. And the CD is a mix of sound footage.

Tape Op #72 $4.50

The Believer #64 The 2009 Music Issue $10.00

Nexus vol 16 #4 Jul Aug 09 $5.95

Ballads Of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert $13.00 – New fiction from the author of I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone.

Sugarcube by Samuel C Gaskin $4.00 – Cute mini comic!

PS Comics by Minty Lewis (Secret Acres) $11.00 – Anthology with, among other things, doggies!

Audio Culture by Christopher Cox and Daniel Warner (Continuum) $29.95

Peoples Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm by Tribe Called Quest – by Sean Taylor (Continuum 33 1/3 Series) $10.95

Rejected Quarterly #19 Win Spr 09 $7.50

Spank #13 Homo Art Zine $6.00

Libellers Almanac Vol 1 #2 $6.00

Threshold 2009 #29 $14.99

So You Want To Be A Librarian by Lauren Pressley (Library Juice Press) $15.00

Makeout Creek #3 $8.00

Datacide #10 $4.50

Handbook vol 3 #3 2009 $6.00

Puzzled Panthers Meter Meltdown $1.00 – Rather timely zine about takin’ down the meters. With heavy metal fonts and pictures!

Hi Fructose #12 $6.95

Double Life Is Twice Is Good by Jonathan Ames (Scriber) $15.00

Militant Flamboyance #1 A Brief History of the Stonewall Riots and Other Queer Happenings $1.50

List #13 Sum 09 Moving On $3.00

Duplex Planet #185 $2.00

Everyone Is Stupid Except For Me and Other Astute Observations by Peter Bagge (Fantagraphics) $16.99

Sweetly Diabolic Art of Jim Flora by Irwin Chusid and Barbara Economon (Fantagraphics) $34.99

Ugly Man by Dennis Cooper (Harper) $13.99

Johannes Cabal The Necromancer by Jonathan L Howard (Doubleday) $25.00

Girls Guide to Rocking How to Start A Band Book Gigs And Get Rolling to Rock by Jessica Hopper (Workman) $13.95

Tales Designed to Thrizzle vol 1 by Michael Kupperman (Fantagraphics) $24.99

Tyler E. Boudreau Reads From Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine

Aug ’09
7:00 pm

Written by Marine Corps veteran Tyler Boudreau, Packing Inferno (Feral House) traces his 12-year career as a Marine, from boot camp in South Carolina to the first siege on Fallujah in 2004.  Boudreau’s transformation from eager recruit, to a professional-minded Marine torn between an intense desire to experience combat and a growing skepticism about the  operations in which he is participating, and finally to a Commanding Officer who lost faith in the mission, is told in deeply personal detail. Boudreau, an Iraq war veteran grappling head on with the psychological trauma left by war, refuses to be silent. His transformation is reflective of the broader American discontent about a war and occupation with no end in sight, and no moral compass left to guide it.

Packing Inferno digs deep in to the morass of the Iraq war as only a veteran of the conflict can. With rare candor, Boudreau’s account takes readers into the experience of war and all its contradictions. Early in his tour he embraced the call to win “hearts and minds,” politely waving at each Iraqi he met. Yet he confesses that, “most of the Marines, like me, were hungry for blood,” and recounts the unbridled joy he felt after he first saw combat. Eventually Boudreau relates the creeping skepticism that set in at the impossible task of distinguishing civilians from combatants.

Slowly he comes to believe that American military forces are only creating more insurgents with each attack, and that the war’s inevitable consequence is irreversible turmoil in Iraq and even civil war. Back in the U.S. in 2005, preparing for a second tour in Iraq, Boudreau realizes he loves his Marines more than the mission, and feels professionally obligated to relinquish his command and resign his commission. Boudreau’s final assignment as a Marine is not on the battlefield, but as the OIC of 2d Marine Regiment’s rear echelon, assigned the unenviable task of alerting the families of wounded Marines.  It is during this time, in what he describes as the most difficult job he’s ever done, that Boudreau notices the overwhelming numbers of service members returning from Iraq with post-traumatic stress. Boudreau starts to wonder why it is never part of his script to tell a mother or a father that, “Your boy is coming home with a broken heart.” If Boudreau left the Marines in 2005, his battles had only begun. From chronic insomnia to sudden bursts of rage, Packing Inferno takes us inside the mind of a soldier struggling to make peace with the demons of war. Boudreau calls on readers not to avert their eyes from the ugly psychological wounds carried by many veterans and to declare loud and clear, “War did this.”

Tyler Boudreau, a twelve-year veteran of the Marine Corps infantry, was deployed to Iraq in 2004 as Assistant Operation Officer for an infantry battalion. Following the deployment he was assigned as the Commanding Officer of a rifle company and was preparing to return to Iraq when he resigned his commission because of his growing reservations about the war. He is the founder of Collaborative Revolution, a new not-for-profit humanitarian project to assist Iraqi refugees and immigrants resettled in the US. He maintains a blog at:

Top 10 Last Week

Back to basics! This is for the week ending July 11th. Enjoy!

1. Cometbus #52 by Aaron Cometbus $3.00

2. Multiforce by Mat Brinkman (Picturebox) $15.00

3. Butt #26 $9.90

4. First Line vol 11 #2 $3.00

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

6. Studs Terkels Working A Graphic Adaptation (New Press) $22.95

7. Order of the Odd Fish by James Kennedy (Delacorte) $15.99

8. Importance of Music to Girls by Lavinia Greenlaw (Picador) $15.00

9. Gigantic #1 $3.00

10. Monologues For Calculating The Density Of Black Holes by Anders Nilsen (Fantagraphics) $22.99