Monthly Archive for April, 2012

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What Zinester Do You Have a Crush On?

A zinester who went to Chicago Zine Fest was so inspired by the experience that they’re accepting submissions for a compilation called Zine Crush, like a Missed Connections exclusively for zinesters. Do you have one or more zine crushes you’d like to confess? The deadline for submitting to Issue #1 is July 1st. Send letters, comics, or whatever format you prefer. Payment will be a free issue of the zine, and just maybe that special someone you write about will feel the same way. You can live happily ever after. That’s the fantasy, right?

More info:

Zine Crush
PO Box 936
Portland, OR 97207

New Stuff This Week

Grantland Quarterly vol 2 (McSweeneys) $25.00 – Issue 2 has a dust jacket that unfolds to reveal a double-sided poster with an intricate, gorgeous piece of original art on one side, and, on the reverse, a reprint of the rare 1970s poster of George “The Ice Man” Gervin. Issue 2 also includes: Bill Simmons writing about the career of Eddie Murphy, an interview with Don DeLillo about Underworld on the 60th anniversary of the Shot Heard ‘Round the World, and more.

Kriss Stress cranks out zines a mile a minute! And they’re always awesome. Where does he find the time? Two new titles: Paper Houses #3: Southern Subcultural Snippets and Horror Rock Rookies Pt II $3.00 and Margin Walker #1 $2.00 – Stay tuned, Kriss will probably be here in the next three minutes with another zine.
Junk Drawer #6 Landscape by Eric Bartholomew $3.00 – Eric is a Chicago gem on the independent publishing circuit, and he’s often seen slithering into zine readings and events. His zine is like Cabinet meets Infiltration. This issue (sub)subtitled “Parts of Old Buildings Abandoned Train Lines and Other Odds and Ends in the City.”
Moon Tour Zine #1 2012 by Brad Westcott & Jeremy Tubbs, with Moontour DVD Mark It Dude $15.00
Vitals – Feast of Violet by Allen Taylor $5.00
Bookstores and Baseball 3rd Inning $4.00 -From the folks who publish The First Line.
Alamo Igloo #3 by Keith Herzik $5.00 – Keith H. is one of the energizer bunnies of the local screenprinting scene, still cranking out his zine-comic fountains of weirdo-ness.
Childhood Consent and Commercial Sex – Straddling the Line, White Slaves, Trafficked Women and Other Victims Border by Robin Hustle $2.00

Comics and Comix
Suspect Device #2 by Josh Bayer and Edwin Vazquez $13.00 – Where do you go once you’ve riffed Nancy into oblivion? How about grafting on some early era-Garfield to your frankenstein monster? That’s what Suspect Device has done and, trust me, the carnage is extreme. Two or three times as big as issue #1, with color and hella roidal muscles, this is one drawing game that’s developed rabies and is having babies. -EF

Reset #1 of 4 by Peter Baggue (Dark Horse) $3.50
Castle Waiting #16 by Linda Medley (Fantagraphics) $3.95
Dogcrime by Belxbolex (Nobrow) $11.00
I Wanna Be Your Dog by Cassie J. Sneider $1.50 – Cassie has a pug! And she made a hilarious comic about it!
Boyfriend Comics #1 the Movie Issue and #2 The Issues Issue by Thom Jay $2.00 each

Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks
Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown (Chronicle) $14.95 – Don’t miss Jeffrey Brown here at Quimby’s on Free Comic Book Day, May 5th!
Cleveland by Harvey Pekar and Joseph Remnant (Top Shelf) $21.99
Folly: The Consequences of Indiscretion by Hans Rickheit (Fantagraphics) $18.99 – Hans’ Giger-esque weirdo mini-comics are compiled here. Some in black and white, some in color. All biotechfreaky, and sort of Victorian. What time is tea? With the robots? -LM

Cruisin’ With the Hound the Life and Times of Fred Toote by Spain Rodriguez (Fantagraphics) $19.99
Popeye vol 5 Me Lil Sweepea by EC Segar (Fantagraphics) $29.99
Dunwich Horror TPB by HP Lovecraft (IDW) $17.99

Heart of Darkness: Underground Botanists Outlaw Farmers and the Race for the Cannabis Cup by Mark Haskell Smith (Broadway) $14.00 – “Witty, civilized and intelligent narcotourism.” -Kirkus Reviews
Get Your Pitchfork On: The Real Dirt on Country Living by Kristy Athens $19.95 – The next book in the Process Self-Reliance Series.
Tiny World Terrariums: Step by Step Guide to Easily Contained Life by Michelle Inciarrano et al. $19.95
How to Reimagine the World: A Pocket Guide for Practicle Visionaries by Anthony Weston (New Society) $11.95

Mayhem, Miscreants, Memoirs & Misc
Dads Are the Original Hipsters by Brad Getty (Chronicle) $12.95
This Means War! A Zombies Vs Robots Anthology $17.99 – Bolts Bullets Brains! This anthology takes IDW’s splatterific Zombie vs Robots comic book series, created by writer Chris Ryall and artist Ashley Wood, and expands it in ways that will redefine both zombie and robot fiction. A shambling cohort of top horror and fantasy writers including Jesse Bullington, Nancy Collins, Lincoln Crisler, Brea Grant and more. For fans of WW Z and Robopocalypse.
Steampunk Coloring and Activity Book by Phoebe Longhi (Manic D) $11.95 – With a distinctly manga-angle. Includes a word search too. Can you find the monocle? Har.
Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation, ed. by Alfred F. Young et al. (Vintage) $16.95 – Stories of individuals and groups who exemplified the radical ideals of the American Revolution more in keeping with our own values today.
Young Lovecraft vol 2 by Jose Oliver and Bartolo Torres (Kettle Drummer) $19.95 – The web comic that took Spain by storm makes its English language debut in this hilarious graphic novel. Oliver and Torres explore the childhood of H.P. Lovecraft, the great genius of literary terror who gave us the cycle of the Myths of Cthulu, and forever changed the landscape modern horror. Join the young Lovecraft on his macabre and comical adventures.

Music Books
Letters to Kurt by Eric Erlandson (Akashic) $17.95 – A poetic elegy for Kurt Cobain from a guy that was in Hole. I’m curious to hear from someone who reads this to tell me this: shall I read this cynically or not? -LM
Groove Music: The Art and Culture of the Hip-Hop DJ by Mark Katz (Oxford U) $24.95 – Based on extensive interviews with practicing DJs, historical research, and his own personal experience, Katz presents a history of hip-hop from the point of view of the people who invented the genre. Here, DJs step up to discuss a wide range of topics, including the transformation of the turntable from a playback device to an instrument in its own right, the highly charged competitive DJ battles, the game-changing introduction of digital technology, and the complex politics of race and gender in the DJ scene.

Finding the Moon in Sugar by Gint Aras $14.95
2 JG Ballard titles: High Rise and Drought
Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson (Vintage) $15.95 – Now in soft cover.
Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest by Stieg Larsson $9.99 – Now in cheaper mass market paperback.
Titles by Helen Bradley Hall: Baby Robbers, Chocolate Mama

Literary Journals, Poetry & Chap Books
Snowflake New Poems Different Streets Newer Poems by Eileen Myles (Wave) $20.00
Iowa Review vol 42 #1 Spr 12 $9.95
Distance #1 Concerns Beginnings $20.00
Criminal Class Review vol 5 $12.00 – Work by Flynn O’Brien, Hugh Fox, Ryan Mattern, Joseph M. Gant, Brett Spencer, George Moore and more.

Sex & Sexy
Tom Poulton: Secret Art of an English Gentleman by Dian Hanson (Taschen) $17.99 – 25 Anniversary Edition with Reversible Panic Jacket

Politics & Revolution
The Case For Sanctions Against Israel ed. by Audrea Lim. (Verso) $14.95 – With contributions from Naomi Klein, Slavoj Žižek, Rebecca O’Brien and more.
Mobilizing the Green Imagination: An Exuberant Manifesto by Weston Anthony (New Society) $14.95
Remembering Che: My Life with Che Guevara, The Story of a Great Legend and Love by Aleida March (Ocean) $18.95 – by Che’s widow.
Time to Die: The Attica Prison Revolt by Tom Wicker (Haymarket) $18.00

Dwell May 12 $5.99
True Crime Apr 12 $8.99
Make vol 30 $14.99
Another Man #14 Spr Sum 12 $14.99
High Times Jun 12 $5.99
Dazed & Confused vol 3 #8 Apr12 $9.99
Big Cheese #142 Jan 12 $7.99
Magnet #86 $4.99
Wire #338 Apr 12 $9.99
Black Velvet #72 $7.00
Signal to Noise #63 Spr 12 $4.95
Adbusters May Jun 12 #101 vol 20 #3 $8.95
Harpers Magazine May 12 $6.99
Inked May 12 #45 $6.99

Childrens Books
Shark King by R. Kikuo Johnson (Toon) $12.95
Seriously Just Go To Sleep by Adam Mansbach et al. (Akashic) $15.95 – The clean version of the parody of the, oh whatever. It’s meta.

Other Stuff
Black Metal Greeting Cards (Dark Somber Greetings) $3.00 – To be seen to be believed.

The things listed in this list are at our brick and mortar store at 1854 W. North Ave. Occassionally we make some of it available for mail order on our website, but we curate what we put up there. To see which new items are on our website, see

Offsite: Quimby’s Opens Pop Up Shop In Bridgeport on May 11th & 12th as Part of Version 12: Bridgeport: The Community of the Future

May ’12
11:00 am

Version Festival
is an annual arts festival produced by the Public Media Institute, makers of Lumpen magazine, Proximity magazine and producers of the MDW Fair and other events and festivals. This year Version festival is opening or remixing twelve different Pop Up enterprises in the neighborhood of Bridgeport throughout the month of May. Quimby’s Bridgeport pops up along side cultural workers ,community developers, urban entrepreneurs, artists, designers, foodies, public space hackers, urban planners, cultural geographers, and dreamers.

Quimby’s was part of the first pop up experiments that the Public Media Institute introduced to the neighborhood back in 2006. This year Quimby’s return to bring the denizens of the neighborhood a taste of Quimbys Bookstore. A selection of the finest independent zines, periodicals and books will be available.

Quimby’s Bridgeport pop-up will be open May 11th and 12th, from 11AM to 6PM. The shop is located at  755 W 32nd Street, right behind the Blue City Bike shop on Halsted Street.

More info:

Quimbys Bridgeport temporary pop up shop
At  755 W 32nd St, Chicago, IL 60616
May 11th and 12th, from 11AM to 6PM

Please note this event is NOT at Quimby’s in Wicker Park.

Australian Cartoonists’ Caravan of Comics 5/9

May ’12
7:00 pm

Australia’s premier independent  comic creators are hitting the road for three weeks in three small cars, stopping at Quimby’s on May 9th! Join us in welcoming:

Pat  Grant – artist-writer­surfer  whose debut  graphic novel  Blue (published by Top Shelf, scroll down to see a picture of it resting on his the coffee table near his bed) about localism and  racism  may  turn  out  to  be  the Great  Australian   Graphic  Novel  Ben Hutchings – a  cartoonist  whose  softly  spoken  manner  belies  a  surprisingly  cheeky streak  that   informs  some  of  the funniest comics in the world Andrew Fulton – a quiet and  unassuming  cartoonist  whose  wordless  action  comics  are breathtaking  in  their  inventiveness  and  sense  of  play  with  the  form Mandy Ord – whose   autobiographical  comics  about  life  in  suburban  Melbourne  (including the  recent  “Sensitive  Creatures”)  are consistently  some  of  Australia’s most   accomplished sequential storytelling Douglas Holgate  – part  Viking,  all  cartoonist – is  the  Caravan’s  most  established  member having   published  numerous  children’s  titles both  in  Australia  and overseas.  His  lively style  speaks  to  an   enormous  enthusiasm  for  comics. Sarah Howell – best  known  as  2009-2010  Co-Director  of  the  National  Young  Writers’ Festival, is an accomplished  illustrator whose  style  is  sometimes  whimsical, sometimes grounded, and always stunning. David Blumenstein – the  cartoonist  behind  the  long-running comedy series  The  Bret Braddock  Adventures  a  comic  that  mines  humor  from  the  guts-­tearing feeling  you  get when  you’re  being  taken   advantage  of  by  a  boss  who  hasn’t  paid  you  in two  months. Gregory Mackay – makes  award-­winning  comics  about  a  strange  kind  of everyday­ness that  are   both  quietly  desperate  and  charmingly  beautiful.  His  long running  Francis  Bear is  published  in   French  through  The  Hoochie  Coochie. Michael Hawkins – tells  stories  of  teen  dramas  and  suburban  explorers  told  in  a  visual style  that  drips  and  bleeds  from  one  panel  into  the  next  through  Hawkin’s  amazing  ink and  watercolours.  Hawkin’s  style  is  completely  unique. Jen Breach – a  short,  bespectacled Australian based  in  New  York  City,  writes  comics about  ordinary   children  in extraordinary circumstances,  collaborating  with  a  number  of talented  cartoonists  (including  some  on the Caravan).and special  guest star  Roadie,  the  Caravan  is  delighted  to  include  John Retallick,  presenter  of  3CR   radio’s  long-running  “The  Comic  Spot.”

More info:

Wed, May 9th, 7pm

Weekly Top 10

Michael Deforge rules the Top 10 this week! And a new issue of Burn Collector!

1. Burn Collector #16 by Al Burian (Paquita Press) $5.00

2.   The Chicagoan #1 $19.95 – Joining the literary-minded ranks of n+1, The Paris Review, The Believer and Lapham’s Quarterly, and doing it with Midwestern flair, The Chicagoan ressurects a long defunct jazz-age magazine and focuses in on non-profit production, local distribution and general excellence in writing and design. The debut issue is a stunner, a cohesive and relevant blend of fiction, history, innovation, interviews and a 50-page oral history of Siskel and Ebert. -EF

3. Hoody #1 A Hip Hop Comic Graph Novel by Joel CRAVE Maxime Jr $5.00 – Bouncing through a chromosplash cityscape of graffitipsychedelia, Hoody’s an all-blue Vaughn Bodian anti-hero on a trail of pig roasting secret clues. Wild motions that sometimes remind me of Bernie McGovern’s “Army of Lovers” comics. -EF

4.  Thickness #2 by Angie Wang et al. $10.00 – Hot ‘n slimey crypto-beast on humanoid-beast action. Eagerly anticipated sophmore release for this sexy anthological comic. Works from Lisa Hanawalt, Michael DeForge, Jilian Tamaki and more.
5. Proximity #9 Grassroots Planning and Placemaking Objects Spr 12 vol 4 #1 $11.99
6. Field Guide to the Aliens of Star Trek The Next Generation Season Three by Joshua Chapman $1.00 – Although the “school project” alibi is wearing a little thin on this educational zine series, the nerdery aboard this enterprise holds strong and is remarkably entertaining. Makes me wish I knew more Star Trek things to crack puns about.-EF
7. Colors #83 Win 12 $8.95
8. Incinerator by Michael Deforge (Secret Headquarters) $5.00

9. Kid Mafia #1 by Michael Deforge $3.00 – “That special time between the end of high school and the beginning of college… depicted by Michael DeForge, so it’s a complete fucking nightmare, OK?! With bonus skateboard action. Part one of an ongoing series. Features 2 bonus “Military Prison” strips.” – from

10. Open Country #2 by Michael Deforge $3.00