Monthly Archive for May, 2010

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Weekly Top 10

Yes. We do offer gift certificates.

Yes. We do offer gift certificates.

So a teacher was teaching a class about David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, and the winning essay received a Quimby’s gift certificate. With footnotes. Three footnotes.

This week’s top 10:

1. Henry And Glenn Forever by Tornado Igloo (Tom Neely, Scot Nobles, Gin Stevens ) (Microcosm) $4.00

2. Is It THE FUTURE Yet? by Corrine Mucha $3.00 – AVAILABLE ONLY AT QUIMBY’S!

3. Kinship Structure of Ferns by Lee Relvas $10.00

4. Arty Party by Sara Drake and James Payne $4.00 – Art history yuks and guffaws! 24pp, b&w, 8.5″x11″

5. Big Questions #14 Title and Deed by Anders Nilsen (D+Q) $7.95

6. Bike Snob: Systematically & Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling by Bike Snob NYC (Chronicle) $16.95

7. Bust Jun Jul 10 $4.99

8. Ovulation Awareness, Sex Ed and Social Commentary, 2nd ed. by Sam $4.00 – If you or someone you know ovulates you should probably read this fertile feminist DIY health zine.

9. Birthday Bees by Rylan Thompson $10.00

10. Weathercraft by Jim Woodring (Fantagraphics) $19.99 – Down the wormhole we go with Manhog, spiraling through the vaguely Midieval worldspheres of the Unifactor. This new volume is a full force onslaught of Woodring’s glorious geography of constantly shifting torments and delights and its effects are longer lasting than most psychedelic drugs I could compare it to. -EF


Jun ’10
2:00 pm

Quimby’s is proud to team up with the organizers of Learnapalooza, a free, day-long neighborhood festival happening on June 19, 2010 in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago where community members, both businesses and residents, will exchange skills with one another. Anyone who has anything to share – and basically we all do – can offer a workshop. The idea is to provide a fun and free way for neighbors to share their passions and for everyone to learn new skills. The organizers of the festival hope that all attendees will realize how much they have to teach and learn from others.

Of course Quimby’s is participating! We’re offering three workshops about how to get involved in independent publishing, since that’s of course what we’re known for. Each of our workshops are 45 minutes long, and they’re at 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 that day. There are workshops in a variety of places, and we hope that you’ll stop in to Quimby’s to attend our portion of the ‘palooza! You are of course welcome to come in on the day of as a walk-in, but if you RSVP to tell us ya think you might make it, we’d appreciate it so we know how many people to expect.

For more info or to sign up to teach a class, learn something new, or be a volunteer the day of: Learnapalooza

Quimby’s Workshops: Sat., June 19th, 2:00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm

William Ayers Presents To Teach: The Journey, In Comics

Jun ’10
7:00 pm

To TeachThis graphic novel brings to life William Ayers’s bestselling memoir To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher. These illustrated stories begin with Ayers’s early days teaching kindergarten and follow this renowned educational theorist on his “voyage of discovery and surprise.” Readers meet fellow travelers from schools across the country and watch as students grow across a year and a lifetime.

On the surface, To Teach is primarily the story of William Ayers and his class as they navigate the kindergarten year from introductions to graduation. In the process, we see how Bill Ayers engages with the children as individuals, translates their questions and concerns into fun and educational projects and handles the “weird” people with clipboards who stop by to check his actions against the Regional and National Curriculum.

Fans of scholarly graphic works such as Studs Terkel’s Working: A Graphic Adaptation and A People’s History of American Empire: A Graphic Adaptation will appreciate this pioneering work from Ayers and Alexander-Tanner, while fans of graphic novel memoirs will find much to love in To Teach’s powerful and progressive message.

To Teach: The Journey, In Comics is also a landmark work of collaboration. Ryan Alexander-Tanner lived with William Ayers for over 6 months, at his home in Chicago. This includes the period of time during the 2008 presidential election. The result of a fruitful partnership, To Teach is not just Ayers’ story – the authors also show how other teachers have found ways to engage with, and learn from students. To Teach is a timeless work that challenges the student/teacher dichotomy and opens up a world in which the hard questions aren’t avoided, and it is acceptable for a teacher to say, “Let’s learn this together.

“This fascinating and, yes, educational book will certainly be of interest to teachers, but it will also teach, inspire, and entertain anyone else who picks it up.” —Publishers Weekly

“It’s profoundly charming…part autobiography, part education reform tract, and entirely enjoyable to read.” — The Huffington Post

“A serious book, but laced with humor… a novel approach. Required reading for all educators.” —Harvey Pekar, American Splendor series

“This book is a treasure chest of insight. It represents what dedicated, imaginative teaching is all about and is a blueprint for everyone who wants to explore the intimate connection between teaching and learning.” —Peter Kuper, Diario De Oaxaca

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New Stuff This Week

Is It the Future Yet? by Corrine Mucha

Is It the Future Yet? by Corinne Mucha

Is It the Future Yet by Corinne Mucha $3.00What does the future hold for you? Well, I predict you will fall madly in love with Corinne’s amazing new mini-comic, Is It the Future Yet?, which she made ‘specially for Quimby’s! I see you laughing out loud at the fresh psychic hijinx and time-travel schemes that grace every delightful page. I can see your love for this comic growing rich, deep, and strong and you will find it brings you much good luck and happiness as years go by…Yes, my friend, the future looks very bright indeed! 20p, b&w, 5.5″x8.5″, AVAILABLE ONLY AT QUIMBY’S! -EF

Firebrands: Portraits From the Americas by the Justseeds Artsts Collective, ed. by Shaun Shifer and Bec Young (Microcosm) $10.00


Henry And Glenn Forever by Igloo Tornado (aka Tom Neely, Scot Nobles, Gin Stevens (Microcosm) $4.00


Michael Jackson Buttons by Nathan McKee $5.00 per set
Swimming With Shoes On Short Stories by David Ziggy Greene $10.00
Monsoon #1 by Nick Rohr (mini comic) $2.00
Rosario Dawson Loves Me #3 Or I Want to Die Right Now Please by John Valmassoi (zine) $3.00
Sneaker Coloring Book by var.(LawrenceKi) $19.95
Marina City Bertrand Goldbergs Urban Vision by var. (Princeton Arch) $35.00
Flaunt #109 $8.95
Understanding the Crash by Seth Tobocman and var. (Soft Skull) $15.95
Marijuana Growers Handbook: Official Course Book Oaksterdam University by Ed Rosenthal (Quick) $29.95
Forever Changes: Arthur Lee and the Book of Love by John Einarson (Jawbone) $19.95
God Says No by James Hannaham (Grove) $14.00
Animals by Don LePan (Soft Skull) $13.95
Presidential Confidential: Sex, Scandal, Murder and Mayhem in the Oval Office by John Boertlein (Clerisy) $15.95
Please Maam: Eroitc Stories of Male Submission by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Cleis) $14.95
ZYXT by Joseph Clayton Mills $12.00
Executor by Jon Evans and Andrea Mutti (Vertigo) $19.99
Fangoria #294 $8.99
Bust Jun Jul 10 $4.99
Memoir And vol 3 #1 2010 (lit mag) $12.00
Total Tattoo #67 May 10 $10.99
Radical Philosophy #161 $13.00
IdN vol 17 #2 $17.50
Juxtapoz #113 Jun 10 $5.99
Sovereign #12 Jun 10 $3.95
Extra vol 23 #5 May 10 $4.95
Ready Made #47 Jun Jul 10 $4.99
Shock Cinema #38 $5.00
Harpers Magazine Jun 10 $6.95
Dwell Jun 10 $5.99
Sweets Magazine vol 3 #13 (sexy mag)
Bitch #47 $5.99
Maximumrocknroll #325 Jun 10 $4.00
Cinema Retro vol 6 #17 $11.99
Imbibe: From Absinthe Cocktail To Whiskey Smash, A Salute In Stories And Drinks by David Windrich (Perigree) $23.95

Best American Comics Criticism by Ben Schwartz (Fantagraphics) $19.99 – Smart talkin’ on those little picture books you’ve taken to wastin’ yer allowance on. -EF
Graffiti Blasters #3 $6.00
Covert Operations Alpha by Eugene Nelson $15.00
Funniest Man In The World (mini comic) $2.00
All The Horrible Things We Do To Ourselves $1.00
Wallpaper Jun 10 $9.50
Fortean Times #262 Jun 10 $11.99
BlackBook #76 May 10 $4.50
Leches by Lamb (zine) $1.00
Blue Yodel No 8 mm by Lamb (zine) $2.00
Zeromile #4 – Zero Mile (art magazine) $5.00
Cathexis #1 by Ellis Anderson (mini comic) $2.00
Tape Op #77 $4.95
After Everything Thats Happened by Tom Howes (zine) $10.00
Five Fatal Fingersby Tom Howes (zine) $10.00
Eyes Closed by Isabella Rotman (comic) $4.00
Shitheads In Love by William Cleveland (mini comic) $2.00
Rose Alley by Jeremy M Davies (fiction) $15.95

MIOK by Ben Bertin (mini comic) $4.00 – Well, U L B O K F U read this comic! -EF

Telephone & Me #1 by Mel Stringer (mini comic) $6.00
Thought Fish #1 by Ruan Wright (chap book) $6.95
St Catherine Street by Michael Brehm (comic) $7.00
Little Town Circus by Michael Brehm (comic) $10.00

Bitter Ends Tender Buds Drawings 2007-2010 (art book) by Michael Brehm (Albatross) $15.00 – A nice full color sketchbook of dancer, dogs, gnarled roots and other objet d’interest. -EF


Artist Sonja Ahlers Presents The Selves, with Anne Elizabeth Moore

Jun ’10
7:00 pm

TheSelvesSonja Ahlers has been described as a pioneer of a new genre of print material fusing collage, found images, original drawings, poetry and prose and her work has been included in university teachings. Ahlers was influenced by the early 90s autobiographical comics and zines, the do-it-yourself movement, music of the Pacific Northwest and fine art.

The Selves (Drawn & Quarterly), her third book, is a 96-page color feminist scrapbook and collective biography, that which Kathleen Hanna said was “seductive, familiar and very funny.” It tells the story of different selves in a lifetime starting from baby to lady. The ‘character’ grows up throughout the pages. The cast includes: Hollie Hobbie, Drew Barrymore, the Olsen twins, Camille Claudel, Alice Munro, Degrassi kids, Angelina Jolie, and Stevie Nicks and Judy Chicago. These selves appear by way of collage, illustration and poetry.

Sonja Ahlers’ very first book was Temper, Temper (Insomniac Press, 1998) which now sells for $200 online and Fatal Distraction (Insomniac Press, 2004). Born and bred in Victoria, BC, she has been making angora bunnies since 1995. This craft item supports her bookmaking and art practice. She has exhibited her installation work internationally and has received numerous awards.

Appropriately, this evening filled with childhood nostalgia, pop culture and feminine power would not be complete without staunch critic of consumerism and media activist Anne Elizabeth Moore. Her Operation: Pocket Full of Wishes project was originally a series of eight cards that mimicked the shopping aides found in American Girl Place. Moore is also the author of Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity, founding editor of the Best American Comics series, and former editor of now-defunct Punk Planet. Recently, Moore went to Cambodia to teach the first generation of feminists in the country self publishing as a way of combating governmental oppression and self-censorship. She travels throughout the globe to lecture on corporate and governmental oppression and freedom of expression.

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