Monthly Archive for June, 2011

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Quimby’s Podcast #1 Available Now. And Weekly Top 10

It’s true. We have for you this week’s top 10 but also, the first episode of the Quimby’s podcast that you can download from Eventually it will be on I-Tunes; we’re in the application stage where they listen to it and then (hopefully) approve it. So for now, you can listen to it at podbean and/or download it in some form to listen to it on some device or machine. The first episode features an interview with Margaret Hicks who wrote Chicago Comedy: A Fairly Serious History. We think you will agree that she was extremely charming, if we don’t say so ourselves.


In other news, you will see that two artists featured in the first volume of the comics anthology Black Eye have made the top 10 bestsellers this week with their books, both Paul Hornschemeier and Lilli Carré. They will be here to celebrate the release of Black Eye on 6/24 with other contributors Ivan Brunetti, Paul Nudd and Onsmith.

Top 10 This Week

1. Life With Mr Dangerous by Paul Hornschemeier (Villard) $22.00 – Life with Mr.Dangerous is a study of modern emotional understanding as tethered to pop culture fandom. Amy Breis, the book’s protagonist, does an awkward job of navigating a life full of seeming dead ends. Her response to reality is constantly informed by her love of a television show, and the show acts as a filter to make the mundane situations more dramatic and interesting.

2. Roctober #49 $4.00

3. Haymarket 1886-2011 by AREA Chicago $5.00 – As part of the 125th commemoration/reenactment of the Haymarket Riots, AREA Chicago has put out Haymarket 1886-2011 a look at the broad and still resonating impact of Haymarket today. Smartly laid out and broad in scope with contributions from: Penelope Rosemont, David Roediger, Alma Washington, the history of Haymarket walking tours, Euan Hague, Paul Buhle, Peter Chanthasena and Anh Nguyen, the Haymarket Historic Landmark District, Paul Durica, the South Chicago ABC Zine Distro, reflections on Haymarket from the shadow of September 11, Holly Nelson, May Day, the Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company, Josefa Mellor and Nick Naber, 134 years of social struggle in Pilsen, Teko Sãso, Anthony Rayson, Josh Otte and Jordon Olson, Jerry Mead-Lucero, Sam Mitrani, alternative Haymarket monument proposals, Samuel Barnett, Lucy Parsons, teaching and learning about Haymarket, Bucky Halker and Nicolas Lampert.

4. Animal Sex – You Might Not Want To Know by Isabella Rotman $3.00 – This mini is so good! It’s a sly and pervy funny-as-shit guide to kinky sex in the animal kingdom. From ungodly long schlongs of Argentine lake ducks to pheromone-fueled Garter Snake fuckballs, Rotman’s bestiary culls the cream of the crop from what sounds like some pretty extensive -uh- “internet research”. -EF

5. Little Otsu Living Things vol 4 Lilli Carre (Little Otsu) $6.95

6. East Village Inky #47 $3.00 – Ayun gives us a Mermaid Parade 101 and plenty of scrapper parent scene reportage. Topped with tales of a sourdough starter (you know how New Yorkers like to brag about how cultured they are). -EF

7. Root Rot by Anne Koyama and Michael DeForge, eds. (Koyama Press) $12.00 – Koyama calls the 5-second rule on everything that falls to the forest floor. Root Rot’s an impressive comics-centric Nobrow-like look book of stunners. Moldy mushrooms and tossed moss from t edward bak, JFISH, Mickey Zacchilli, Bob Flynn, Lizz Hickey, Dan Zettwoch, Chris Eliopoulos, Joseph Lambert, Jon Vermilyea, Derek M Ballard, Angie Wang, Greg Pizzoli, Hellen Jo and Ines Estrada with special show-stoppin’ contributions from Robin Nishio and Jesse Jacobs. Let’s go camping, yes? -EF

8. Maximumrocknroll #337 Jun 11 $4.00

9. Boys Club #4 by Matt Furie (Pigeon Press) $6.00 – More boners, more pizza, more roommates, more stoney-baloney plus also some barfing. I’m not going to tell you twice: zit’s awesome. -EF

10. Burn Collector #15 by Al Burian $3.00 – Al Burian takes on his new home town, Berlin with a little help from a Chicago All-Star team of Anne Elizabeth “Unmarketable” Moore and Liam “Secret Beach” Warfield.

New Stuff This Week

Thanks to Dave Roche for taking this photo of Luke Sinclair (Platic Knife, You, Sticky) reading here and posting it on Flickr. Took some pictures here at Quimby’s? Tag ’em with Quimby’s Bookstore and/or add them to the Quimby’s Bookstore Group on Flickr. If you took a picture you’re particularly proud of let us know and we’ll post it on our blog.

But! So! New Stuff This Week!

East Village Inky #47 by Ayun Halliday $3.00
Lean Mean Teen Zine Machine #2 and #3 $1.00 each
Vamostja Vampire Monster Ninja $1.00
Talzine #1 A Zine About Taleen – A Zine About Being Armenian by Taleen $2.00
Dining With Words – An Artists Banquet by Caroline Liebman, Taleen Kalenderian and Nicki Yowell $6.00
Faux Cal Point Press vol 1 #1 May 11 $1.00
Filth #1 Jan 11 $2.00 and Filth #2 Spr 11 $3.00
A Day in the Life of Baldwin P Leninforth Ombudsman #1 by Jennifer Shiman $5.00
Pneuma #1 by Tommy Nease $10.00
Holiday Pay #20 Appropriate Attire bt Turner Hilliker $3.00 – We also have several back issues.
Turbochainsaw #6 $7.50
Monsters Rock Apr 11 by Kione Kochi $2.50
Maribooks #1 Bully Power by Maria $1.00
Danielas World #1 by Daniela $1.00
12 Going on 13 $1.00
Your Boss Wants To Instill Confidence – Impar Skills and Ignite Potential by M. Miller $10.00
Bushwick Review #2 by Kristen Felicetti $5.00
How Things Break – A Short Poem by Marissa F $.50
Nature of Love – An Exploration by Devan Elyse Bennett $1.50
Bound Woman – Meditations On Love and Loneliness $1.50

Life & Times of Baby Otto Zeplin #5 by BT Livermore $4.00
Terrible Beasts $4.00
Elf World vol 2 #2 ed. by Francois Vigneault (Family Style) $7.00 – Fabulous anthology featuring such artists as Horrocks, Tinder and more!
Andromeda #12 by Andy Scott $2.00
Peoplings Ashcan 2011 Autism Education and the Savage of Aveyron by Courtney Angermeier and Jeff Benham $3.00
Nace and Cenu At the Park by Natalie Peary and Jeff Benham $3.00
Feeberts Guest #2 an Ombudsman Tale by Jennifer Shiman $5.00

Congress of the Animals by Jim Woodring (Fantagraphics) $19.99 – Jim Woodring’s second full-length graphic novel, and first starring his signature character Frank that tells the story of what happens when Frank leaves the Unifactor.
Citizen Rex by Mario and Gilbert Hernandez (Dark Horse) $19.99 – This book asks the question “What compels life without a soul?” and is a bizarre, sexy view of the future! This handsome hardcover collection also features a new cover by Gilbert, sketches and behind-the-scenes material from Mario, and a special pinup from third Hernandez brother Jaime.
Isle of 100000 Graves by Jason and Fabien Vehlmann (Fantagraphics) $14.99 – Jason teamed up with Fabien Vehlmann to tell this dark comedy about a treasure map that leads to an island with a terrible secret.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer season 8 vol 8 Last Gleaming by Joss Whedon and various (Dark Horse) $16.99
Yesterday and Maybe Tomorrow Too by Jeff Benham and Courtney Angermeier $6.00
Salmonilla Chronicles Collection vol 1 or Patchoulis Allure by Jeff Benham and Martinez Ryk $7.00
Blacksad by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido (Dark Horse) $29.99
Blunderbuss Wanderlust – Being an Account of the Temprol Travels of Colonel Victor by David Shapiro and Christopher Herndon $14.99
Tooth by Cullen Bunn, Shawn Lee and Matt Kindt (Oni) $24.99
Celluloid HC an Erotic Graphic Novel by Dave McKean (Fantagraphics) $35.00 – Dave McKean’s first original graphic novel since his landmark book Cages. And it’s kinda sexy.
Graphic Subjects: Critical Essays on Autobiography and Graphic Novels by Michael A. Chaney (University of Wisconsin Press) $26.95

Cellophane House $20.00
Art and Agenda Political Art and Activism (DGV) $68.00

Tell All by Chuck Palahniuk (Anchor) $14.95 – Now in soft cover.
Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale (Blind Eye) $12.95
Citrus County by John Brandon (McSweeneys) $14.00 – Now in soft cover.

Kid Made Modern: 52 Kid Friendly Projects Inspired by Mid Century Modern Design by Todd Oldham (Ammo) $22.95
We Are Paper Toys by Louis Bou (Collins) $29.99
Pinhole Cameras: A Do It Yourself Guide by Chris Keeney (Princeton) $18.95
Protest Stencil Toolkit by Patrick Thomas (Laurence) $24.95
Psychedelic Explorers Guide: Safe Therapeutic and Sacred Journeys by James Fadiman PhD (Park Street) $18.95

Granta #115 Spr 11 The F Word $16.99
Conduit #22 $10.00
Issues #5 and #6 of Concisely: Stories Under 500 Words $4.00 each
Theyre at It Again: Stories From Twenty Years of Open City, ed. by Thomas Bellar and Joanna Yas (Open City) $22.95

Maximumrocknroll #337 Jun 11 $4.00
Chicago IRL #1 Spr 11 $20.00
AdBusters #96 July Aug 11 $8.95
In These Times Jun 11 $3.50
Cabinet #41 Infrastructure $12.00
Bizarre #176 Jun 11 $10.50
Art of Mary Jane Jun 11 $6.99
Frieze #139 May 11 $10.00
Infamous #4 $6.99
Murder Most Foul #80 $9.99
Monocle vol 5 #44 Jun 11 $10.00
IdN vol 18 #2 $17.50
Fangoria #304 $8.99
True Crime May 11 $8.99
Skateboard Mag #88 $3.99
Pinstriping #26 Kustom Graphics Magazine $9.95
Mojo #212 Jul 11 $9.99
Big Takeover #68 $5.99
Tattoo Collection #44 $7.75
Bound By Ink Annual 11 $8.99

ABC is for Circus by Patrick Hruby (Ammo) $14.95
The Red Shoes by Gloria Flower and Sun Young Yoo (Ammo) $16.95
Terra Tempo Ice Age Cataclysm by David Shapiro, Christopher Herndon and Erica Melville $14.99
City Numbers by Joanne Schwartz and Matt Beam (Groundwood) $18.95
Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn Young Readers Edition by Herge (Littlebrow) $8.99 – Includes bonus source material section.
Adventures of Tintin: Red Rackhams Treasure Young Readers Edition by Herge (Littlebrow) $8.99 – Includes bonus source material section.
Patrick in a Teddy Bears Picnic and Other Stories – A Toon Book by Geoffrey Hayes (Toon Books) $12.95

Buskers: The On-the-Streets, In-the-Trains, Off-the-Grid Memoir of Two New York City Street Musicians by Heth and Jed Weinstein (Soft Skull) $14.95

JFK and UFO: Military Industrial Conspiracy and Cover Up From Maury Island to Dallas by Kenn Thomas (Feral House) $17.95 – Illustrated with rare images, JFK & UFO interconnects the lingering mysteries of America’s most notorious assassination and its weird ufological subculture.
Casebook On the Men in Black by Jim Keith (Adventu) $14.95
Soft Skull’s Deep Focus Series takes a critical and entertaining look at selected films and devotes a slim volume of affordable analysis ($12.95 each) to each film, not unlike Continuum’s 33 1/3 Series, except with movies instead of albums: Heathers by John Ross Bowie and The Bad News Bears In Breaking Training by Josh Wilker
It Was Over When…: Tales of Romantic Dead Ends by Rob K. Elder (Sourcebooks Casablanca) $12.99 – By local journalist Rob K. Elder, who was a staff writer at the Chicago Tribune from 2000-2009. This snapshot of modern romance gone bad is complete with its complexities and contradictions, compiling the best user-submitted stories from, a site devoted to lost love, as well as from its companion website (, to create a greatest hits collection of cringe-inducing love schadenfreude.

The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International by McKenzie Wark (Verso) $26.95
The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism For the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs (Univ Calif) $24.95

Pinups #14 $14.00
Afternoon Pleasures: Erotica for Gay Couples by Shane Allison (Cleis) $14.95
Jade Door Erotic Stories from Ancient China by Chaiko, Cheng Cheng, 7th Orange (Eurotica) $17.99
Travel Naturally #79 $9.95

Weirdo bobbleheads: GG Allin 1991 Condensed Carnage Edition Throbblehead $14.95, Keith Morris Statue Aggronautix $19.95, Tesco Vee of the Meatmen Bobblehead Aggronautix Condensed Carnage $19.95, Wendy O Williams Aggronautix Condensed Carnage Bobblehead $19.95

Off-Site Event: The Return of the Geek @ Words That Kill 6/16

Jun ’11
7:00 pm

Every year Words That Kill celebrates everything nerdy and geeky through literary, visual and performance arts. In the past, this meant love letters to Mr. Spock, comedy sketches about surviving zombie apocalypse, and poetry about inner Jedi and addiction to video games, amongst others.

This month the Geek is back once again and he has planned an even more mind-boggling extravaganza with features by The Former Fat Boys (Mixtape release party), The Great Luke Ski and art installation by Rotofugi, John Campbell (Pictures For Sad Children), and many more artists and performers.

Lethal Poetry Presents  W O R D S  T H A T  K I L L –  a comedy / poetry series & omni-slam featuring local, national touring, and award winning comedians and poets.

Return Of the Geek on Thursday, June 16th and W O R D S  T H A T  K I L L every 3rd Thursday
@ creative lounge CHICAGO (1564 N. Damen Ave 3rd Fl., Wicker Park)
Doors / Sign-up 7 PM
7:00 – Open Mic (geeks only please this month)
8:00 – Show
Admission: $5 or FREE with canned goods donation.

Featured Performers:

The Former Fat Boys: are the creators of YouTube sensation “I’m a Dinosaurus” and “Nerdapalooza.” Their sound resembles that totally pumped up noise you make when you’re watching the original Power Rangers and Tommy the Green Ranger blows his knife flute and the Dragonzord comes up and you just know there’s some ass that is about to be kicked, so you jump out of your seat and punch the wall and scream! Since they understand that they are continually awesome and timeless they call their genre: Shatnercore. The group will be releasing a mixtape called, “Wanna Buy Beats” – the idea spawned from all of the spam on MySpace, Twitter and Facebook to buy beats. So they bought a bunch and created an album.

The Great Luke Ski: is the 21st century Weird Al Yankovich, but with better hair and no mustache! At Dragon*Con 2004, Dr. Demento declared “the great Luke Ski” to be his program’s “Most Requested Artist of the 21st Century”. Since then, he’s held that title by having songs on “Dr. Demento Show’s” annual year-end “Funny 25” countdown of his most requested songs for nine years running, two of which ranked #1 (“Peter Parker” 2002, “Stealing Like A Hobbit” 2003), & two ranked #2 (“You Don’t Know Jack” 2006, “Too Much Stuff” 2009). His song parodies, originals, and sketches about pop culture make him a popular act at sci-fi and geek conventions nationwide. In his 9 albums and 1 DVD release he’s covered: Lord of The Rings, Star Wars Star Trek, Battlestar Gelactica, Anime, Marvel, Spider-Man, and much much more!

John Campbell: is best known for a popular web comic Pictures For Sad Children, but he is no stranger to gallery art. His work is satirical by nature and his humor has been described as “…mostly dark, incorporating elements of magic realism…” Campbell, began his work in 2007 while he lived in Zacatecas, Mexico, but has since moved to Chicago, released a book of the first 200 comics and continues to exhibit his gallery work with great success.

Rotofugi Artists: Rotofugi is a fantastically geeky store notable for carrying a culture of toys whose origins trace back to China and Japan. Established in 2004 by husband and wife Kirby and Whitney Kerr, the store is a staple destination for geeks and nerds of Chicago. The store runs a gallery that will be exhibiting work from various artists that they represent (including Shawnimals and Squibbles Ink)

That Juggling Guy aka Brad French: will make his second appearance at Words That Kill. A juggler and comedian, Brad is known to wonder off into ontological and existential discourses while trying to keep several objects in the air.

Corey Arcangel is a digital artist from Brooklyn, NY. His work is concerned with the relationship between technology and culture, and media appropriation. He uses many different media including drawing, sculpture, video, and photographs but is best known for his video game ROM hacks.

DJ Limbs: Nerdcore and Top Geek 40’s all night!

Additional visual artists include: Seamus P Burke (of web comic Oh Goodie!) and Sara Brumlick (of Dikkers Animation)
Hosted by Lethal Poetry’s President Mojdeh Stoakley as William Shatner!

Words That Kill has been repeatedly selected for Metromix’s “Best Bets” column, written about in Sun-Times, and reviewed in NewCity. Our past performers include such distinguished comedians and poets as Marc Kelly Smith, Javon Johnson, Cameron Esposito, Marty McConnell, Michael Lebovitz, Chad Briggs, Robbie Q. Telfer, Brian Babylon, Shannon Matesky, Avery R. Young and others!

Lethal Poetry is an arts/entertainment company and label built to support non-profits through the arts. LP produces interdisciplinary art exhibitions, music, comedy & poetry events, and seeks to utilize arts & entertainment as means to provide public service.