Monthly Archive for August, 2010

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Weekly Top 10

1. Henry and Glenn Forever Perfect Bound Deluxe New Edition (Microcosm) $6.00 – The gay love of Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig? I’d get in that van.-EF

2. Guide to Picking Locks #1 by Crimethinc (Microcosm) $6.50

3. Gothic Beauty #31 $5.95

4. Spring Goals by Jay Krevans $3.00 – Spring is sprung, dears. Krevans’ Spring Goals is a delicate and decadent mini-zine devoted to the fun craftsy side of warm weather with DIY vegetable dyes, scrapper gardening tips and a rhubarb punch recipe. All are punctuated with beautiful illustrations – “A Zillion Azaleas”? Yes!

springgoals5. Doris #27 $2.50

6. Stolen Sharpie Revolution vol 2 A DIY Resource For Zines and Zine Culture by Alex Wrekk $6.00

7. Oubliette On The Beach by Kenan Rubenstein $1.00 – Tales of the nude beach literally unfold as each panel doubles the one before it.

8. The Point #3 Fall 10 $12.00

9. Lose #1 by Michael Deforge $5.00 – Klassick Komicks going through DeForge’s leperous Canadian meat grinder and fine line work going gleefully awry. Seriously, do not miss out on this one. -EF

10. Todds Favorite Adult Actors and Their Favorite Flowers by Matt Kessler and Zach Huesling $10.00 – Maybe we should just let Todd do the talking:

“Hi Potential Buyer,

I’ve long fantasized about this moment. I can see you now, reclining at your cubicle, cozy under the warm embrace of a hand-knitted wool afghan. It’s cold. Shivering, you slowly turn through Todd’s Favorite Adult Actors and Their Favorite Flowers. I’ve prepared this booklet especially for you; it’s a deeply intimate account of my romantic encounters with several favorite paramours. The electricity is out and you’re forced to read by candlelight. I tell you that I love you as I comb through your chest hair. We will be friends forever.

All my love, Todd”

Todd’s Favorite Adult Actors and Their Favorite Flowers is a zine by artist Zach Huelsing and writer Matt Kessler. This hand-assembled portfolio consists of a set of eight cards depicting adult film stars and their favorite flowers. The cards are designed to loosely mimic baseball cards, complete with appropriate stats and a fictitious anecdote about the collector’s imaginative run-ins with the actors. The cards are presented in protective sleeves and displayed in a Velcro-sealed portfolio. Neither book nor comic, Todd’s Favorite Adult Actors and Their Favorite Flowers relates the humorous and misinformed tale of Todd’s fantasies in a fun and unique way.

Work In Progress

Aug ’10
7:00 pm


Work In Progress is our monthly meet-up. Bring whatever you’re working on and share it for feedback, come to meet folks, or just to hang out and soak it up. See you there!

There will be snacks.

New Stuff This Week

Matt Fagan Shows Off His Dalek Cake Painting

Matt Fagan's Dalek Cake Painting

New Stuff This Week

Birdsong #13 by var. $6.00
Free State Draw Color Book by Thayer Bray $8.00
Intersects vol 1 #1 Feb 10 Tranny Health Pidgeon Art Suck These Pronouns What is the Gay Face Funny Papers $4.00
Fifteen #1: Story that Begins with an End by Mia Beatrice $1.00
Your Secretary #4 There is No Magnificent Creature Split Zine by Jami Sailor and Tricia Nowacki $2.00
Pangolins Guide to Bio Digital Movement in Architecture:Architecture and Biomimetics Series #3 (Xfrog) $10.00
Daught by Stephanie Prigent (Islands Fold) $7.00
Everyday Is Windy by Luke Ramsey (Islands Fold) $6.00
Superfunsexytime by var. (Islands Fold) $7.00
Tone Hugs by var.  (Islands Fold) $5.00
Live Free Or Die Harder by Leif Parsons (Islands Fold) $7.00
LONDOPENHAGENBURG by Maxwell Paternoster, Jon Boam, Micahel Rytz, Sune Ehlers, Anders Arhoj, Miss Lotion, EKTA and Luke Ramsey (Islands Fold) $7.00 During the spring of 2010, Luke Ramsey went on a tour of Europe and collaborated with 7 artists in London, Copenhagen and Gothenburg.
Pretty Problems by Luke Ramsey (Islands Fold) $10.00
High Art Low Life $7.00
24 Hour French People by Wesley Stokes $7.00
My Day #11 Aimlessly Walking Vancouver, Wash by James Yeary and Nate Orton $3.00
Still Warm #1 the Post Incubation Issue by Hannah Miller and Frankie Pan $5.00
People I’ve Slept With #2 by Hannah Miller $4.00

Paper Doll Dreams by Dame Darcy (Sparkplug) $10.00 – An artist book lovingly tied like a scrapbook. Dame Darcy back to basics!
King Cat #71 by John Porcellino (Spit and a Half) $3.00
Kitchen Conniption by Vanessa Davis (Sparkplug) $3.00
Retard Riot issues 25-28 by Noah Lyon $2.00 each
Sammy the Mouse #3 by Zak Sally (Fantagraphics) $7.95
RAV #3 Juice Sally Old Lady Ihop Guys Snake Prince Church of Jack by Mickey Zacchilli $5.00
Three #1 Debut Issue by var. $6.25
No Zero by Lale Westvind $2.00
Hot Dog Beach #1 by Lale Westvind $7.00
Blammo #6 by Noah Van Sciver $4.00
Pizza Shark Presents UFOs For Lunch by Ben Bertin $1.00
Grotesque #4 Unknown Questions by Sergio Ponchione (Fantagraphics) $7.95
CBGB #2 (Boom) $3.99
Monsoon #2 by Nick Rohr $2.00
Wonderful Story of A B and C Great to Fill With Beautiful Color by George Zoumpoulias
Wuvable Oaf Special Sphincterine in Muddy Buddy Ejaculoid in Ultimate Sacrifice by Ed Luce $5.00
Reporter issues #1-#6 by Dylan Williams (Sparkplug) $4.00
Labanotation the Center of Weight by Sean ABT Christensen and Amy Kuttab (Sparkplug) $5.00
They Met in a Dream by Jennifer Parks (Sparkplug) $4.00
Lone Wolf #2 Journey Into the Under World, Underworld by Jennifer Parks (Sparkplug) $6.00
Esmerelda by Jennifer Parks (Sparkplug) $3.00
Gangsta Rap Posse #1 by Benjamin Marra (American Tradition Comics) $2.00
Night Business #3 by Benjamin Marra (American Tradition Comics) $3.00

Leviathan by Scott Westerfield (Simon) $ 9.99 – “Full of nonstop action, this steampunk adventure is sure to become a classic.” — starred, School Library Journal
85A Eighty Five A by Kyle Thomas Smith $14.95
Orange Eats Creeps by Grace Krilanovich (Two Dollar Radio) $16.00
Tales of HP Lovecraft selected and edited by Joyce Carol Oates (harper) $14.99
Every Body Dies in the End by Gregory Pastore $17.95
Papi Chulo: A Legend A Novel and the Puerto Rican Identity by Carlos T. Mock MD $19.99
Mosaic Virus by Carlos T. Mock MD $119.99

Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger (Abrams) $19.95 – New graphic novel from the writer of The Time Traveler’s Wife
Boys vol 6 Herogasm by Garth Ennis (Dynamite) $19.99
Seet Rot by Joe Simko (Schiffer) $16.99 – Explore the world of Pollilop Drop in this sugar-rush-of-a-quest tale. Encounter unusual characters, As Pukeboy struggles toward his goal of performing on the stage of the Sweet Rot, former candy shop and now performance space where all the little rotters hang out. Punk rock artist Joe Simko, artist for indie and national rock bands and festival artist for Warped Tour, Magma Rock Festival.
Reading With Pictures vol 1, ed. by Josh Elder (RWP) $17.99 – Over 50 of the best all-ages cartoonists working today donated their time and considerable skills to create all-new stories that prove comics belong in the classroom. Enjoyable for kids and adults.
Girl Genius Omnibus vol 1 by Phil and Kaja Foglio (Airship) $14.95 – This edition collects volumes 1-3 of this steampunk epic!
Girl Genius vol 7 Voice of the Castle by Phil and Kaja Foglio (Airship) $21.95
Walking Shadows: A Novel Without Words by Neil Bousfield (Manic D) $19.95
Pro Stress #1 HC by H. Hoogerbrugge (bis) $25.00 – First year of the webcomic.
Heavy Hand by Chris C. Cilla (Sparkplug) $14.00
Bear Stories vol 2 by var. $9.99

Please Take Me Off The Guest List, photographs by Nick Zinner, text by Zachary Lipez, design by Stacy Wakefield (Akashic) $15.95 – Zachary Lipez’s essays recount his adventures as a bartender, drug abuser, bookstore clerk, metal fan, miserable adolescent and relentless skirt chaser. Nick Zinner’s photographs evoke the world he travels with his band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The book is edited and designed by their longtime collaborator, book artist Stacy Wakefield.
Worlds Rarest Movie Posters by Todd Spoor (Schffer) $39.99
Truck Art: A Decade of Graffiti by var. (Schiffer) $29.99
Fresh Paint NYC ed. by Billy Schon (Schiffer) $34.99

Juxtapoz #116 Sept 10 $5.99
Freakout #46 Independent Music Magazine $2.00 – with CD.
Cabinet #38 Islands $12.00
True Crime Aug 10 Detective Monthly $8.99
Creative Review Aug 10 $14.99
Canteen #6 State of Creation $10.00
Scoot Magazine #57 Aug 10 $5.95
Maximumrocknroll #328 Oct 10 $4.00
Nordic Vision #1 $6.95
Dice #33 $6.95
Mental Floss vol 9 #5 Sep Oct 10 $4.99
Harpers Magazine Sep 10 $6.99
Gothic Beauty #31 $5.95
Fader #69 Aug Sep 10 $5.99
HotShoe Aug Sep 10 $9.50
Skeptical Inquirer Sep Oct 10 vol 34 #5 $4.95
World Explorer vol 5 #7 $6.00
Sovereign #15 Sep 10 $3.95
Infamous #1 $9.99


The Point #3 Fall 2010 $12.00 – New issue of this popular Chicago-based philosophy journal.
Dragon Well by Sandy McCord $12.00
Night Songs by Kristina Marie Darling $14.00
Cyborgia by Susan Slaviero $14.95

Diary of a Drug Fiend by Aleister Crowley (Weiser) $18.95 – Yes, this is actually a book of fiction, but people look for Crowley’s work in this section. Go tell Ozzy this one is back in print. -LM
Final Curtain: Celebrity Deaths by Catherine Olen (Schiffer) $14.99
Witches and Witchcraft in the 21st Century by Katie Boyd (Schiffer) $14.99

Women of the Underground: Music: Cutural Innovators Speak For Themselves by Zora von Burden (Manic D) $15.95 – Includes interviews with: Wanda Jackson, Miss Mercy (GTOs), Moe Tucker (Velcet Underground), Nina Hagen, Lydia Lunch, Adele Bertei (The Contortions), Cosey Fanni Tutti (Throbbing Gristle), Jarboe (Swans), Slymenstra (Gwar), Patricia Morrison (Sisters of Mercy, The Damned), Teresa Nervosa (Butthole Surfers), Kembra Pfahler (The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black), Pam Tent (The Cockettes), Pauline Black (The Selecter), and many others.
Pocket Cash by Jim Marshall (Chronicle) $19.95 – Completed just before legendary music photographer Jim Marshall’s death, Pocket Cash brings us unique moments from the illustrious career of The Man in Black.

Little Book of Letter Press by Charlotte Rivers (Chronicle) $24.95 – From Yee Haw Industries Letterpress.
Happy Hamster by Mathijs van der Paauw (Chronicle) $9.95 – The author and webmaster of has created a truly unique collection of mini meals catered especially to pocket pets.
Beginners Guide to Community-Based Arts: Ten Graphic Stories about Artists, Educators & Activists Across the U.S. by Mat Schwarzman, Keith Knight & others (New Village) $21.95 – Schwarzman is the director of the Crossroads Project for Art, Learning and Community in New Orleans. Keith Knight has two nationally-syndicated comic strips, The K Chronicles and (th)ink. His work as a media literacy educator with at-risk youth has been nationally recognized.
Recipes From The Heart Refugee Recipes From Around the World by The Heartland Alliance, Contributed and Translated By Resettled Refugees $24.99
Zombie Felties: How to Raise 16 Gruesome Felt Creatures from the Undead by var. (AMcMeel) $14.99

Chicago Disasters by Bryan Alaspa (Schiffer) $14.99
Paranormal Illinois by Michael Kleen (Schiffer) $14.99 – Getchyr Land of Lincoln freak on.
Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead: The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great (Abrams) $40.00
Videodrome: Studies In the Horror Film by Tim Lucas (Millipede) $25.00
Strange Brains and Genius: The Secret Lives of Eccentric Scientists and Madmen by Clifford Pickover (Harper) $16.99
Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth and Art by Lewis Hyde (FSG) $18.00 – With a new forward by Michael Chabon.


Uses of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents in the United States by the Team Colors Collective (AK) $19.95 – From housing struggles to food politics, from poor people’s movements to radical art projects, from the Right to the City Alliance to the US Social Forum, Uses of a Whirlwind explores the current composition of social movements in the United States. With equal emphasis placed on movement history and movement building, Whirlwind is a call to action for a new decade of organizing.
Crime of Our Time: Why Wall Street Is NOT Too Big To Jail by Danny Schechter (Disinfo) $19.95
Cuba Libre Mentirita by Carlos T. Mock $19.99

Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel (Scholastic) $12.99
Bone Tall Tales HC by Jeff Smith $22.95
Bone Handbook by Jeff Smith (Scholastic) $9.99

Butch Is a Noun by S. Bear Bergman (Arsenal) $18.95
Borrowing Time: A Latino Sexual Odyssey by Carlos T Mock MD $19.99

A bunch of Moleskine journal and planners are in stock now. We’ve got black and red, hardcover and softcover and various sizes! Blank journals and planners! Week at a glance, month at a glance. The 18-month planners have been such a hit that we reordered more. There are the planners that cover 18 months with dates that start now and cover the rest of 2010 and also all of 2011. Don’t wait until next year to get your life in order!
Atari CD Sexy Games For Happy Families (Lamono Press) $6.00
TWO TV CARNAGE VIDEOS! – Crazy found footage edited like an acid trip for your viewing pleasure:
Lets Work It Out DVD $25.00 – All about working out. With all our favorite B list celebrities. Do not miss this. Or you will be sore.
Ouch Television DVD My Brain Hurts $25.00

Local Comics Ladies Nominated For 2010 Ignatz Awards!

2010 Ignatz Award Nominees were announced, and three of them are wonderful local lady artists here in Chicago!

The Ignatz recognizes exceptional work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an art form and as a means of personal expression. It’s a festival prize that gets awarded at SPX, the Small Press Expo (SPX), in Maryland in mid-September.

The Chicago local ladies nominated for awards are:

Laura Park, nominated for Outstanding Story for her untitled piece in Mome vol 16 (Fantagraphics).


Lilli Carre is nominated for Outstanding Mini-Comic for Don’t Drink From the Sea.


Sarah Becan is nominated for Outstanding Online Comic for I Think You’re Sauceome.
Congratulations, artists!

Click here for a full list of 2010 Ignatz Award Nominees.

Neon Marshmallow Fest Starts Tonight!


Tonight the Neon Marshmallow Fest starts at The Viaduct Theater 3111 N. Western Ave.  Chicago, in the heart of Roscoe Village. Don’t miss this weekend’s festivities there, featuring a wide array of experiental noise music. See for details.