Monthly Archive for September, 2012

New Stuff This Week

Lose #4 by Michael Deforge (Koyama Press) $8.00 – Tremendous! DeForge’s well-oiled line skates through the Stud File, each story shedding it’s snakeskinnery onto the next. From leather terror to royal lace to Stacyface, this issue is an ode to the body as a husk and an assault on the idea of corpus control. Flesh, rendered alternately as vampirically smooth and bacterially roccoco is bound up in narratives of contemporary methods of “information sharing” and “social networking” and the effect is straight up cut-to-the-bone sci fi plastic surgery. Witty, sly and lovely to hold exuding a warm Canadian glow. -EF

Zines & Zine-Related Books
Zines 101 Apr 12 How to Copy on Your Own Paper $2.00
Monsters Rock – various issues $2.50 each
Jesse Wars Here by Jesse Harris (Koyama Press) $10.00 – Harris throws down on the Old School New School – spot color popaganda harkening back to when graphic design required exacto blades and you did your halftones with mesh.
Ilse Content Anthology by Alexis Wolf $14.99
Brooklyn to Mars #2 $8.00
How I Quit School #3  by Julie $3.00
Rad Dad #22 Riot Parent by Tomas Moniz $4.00
Make Your Own Ginger Ale $1.00
Permanent Vacation #2 Simulacra a Zine About the Thrilling World We Live In by Kerry Ann Lee $20.00
Slut, ed. by Jonas, Nichole and Carrie $5.00 – Zine anthology in support of Slutwalk 2012. Contributions about sexual harassment, assault and other relevant topics.
Clearance Catalogue #1 $2.00 – Stuff on clearance. For real.

Comics & Çomix
Building Stories Deluxe Edition: Everything You Need to Erect Your Very Own Multi Story Building by Chris Ware (D&Q) $79.95 – Only 1000 copies of this version of the hotly anticipated Building Stories. It’s huge, expensive and awesome. Prints can be made into models. Don’t miss Chris Ware signing here at Quimby’s on Oct 14th!
Wayward Girls #2 by Michiel Budel (Secret Acres) $6.00 – It’s like the aftermath of great wars of The Realms of the Unreal plus a little more Charisma, Uniqueness Nerve and Talent if you catch my drift. -EF

Comics by Leah Wishnia: Happiness Comix #1 and #2, etc.
I Just Want to Walk Around Naked and do Whatever I Want #1 by Mary Beth Brennan $5.00

Graphic Novels & Trade Paperbacks
Drawn Together: Complete Works from Aline Cominsky Crumb and R. Crumb $29.95 – Rumored for years, Drawn Together finally charts the daily exploits and erotic craziness of this “First Couple” of comics.

Koyama Press graphic novels: Big Team Society League Book of Answers by The Team Society League (A. Costain, J. Martz, S. Wolfhard, Z. Worton), Infinite Wait and Other Stories by Julia Wertz
Stupid Dreams: The Complete Five Minute Comics Collection by Joey Alison Sayers (1984) $12.00
Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman (Fantagraphics) $22.99
Naked Cartoonists by Gary Groth (Fantagraphics) $22.99
Buz Sawyer vol 2 Sultrys Tiger (Fantagraphics) $35.00
Adventures of Leeroy and Popo Louis Roskosch (Nobrow) $13.95
Little Death by Thomas Kriebaum $14.99
Hipster Hitler by James Carr & Archana Kumar (Feral House) $16.95
Saga of the Swamp Thing Book 2 TPB by Alan Moore et al. $19.99
Walking Dead Book Eight HC by Robert Kirkman et al. $34.99

Art, Design & Photography
Where the Why and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science ed. by Jenny Volvovski, Julia Rothman and Matt Lamothe $24.95
Hip Hop Apsara Ghosts Past And Present by Anne Elizabeth Moore (Green Lantern Press) $20.00 – Following on the heels of Cambodian Grrrl: Self-Publishing in Phnom Penh, Anne Elizabeth Moore compiled photographs that document Cambodia’s bustling nightlife, the nation’s emerging middle class, and the ongoing struggle for social justice in the beautiful, war-ravaged land. Thanks to everybody that came out for this wonderful event last night, for a night of slides, discussion and Cambodian electronic bleepblops from Peter and Jessica Speer.

Narrows by M. Craig $12.00
Mexico in the Rearview Mirror: A Psychedelic Travelogue by Michael Tassone $14.99
Lava in My Bones by Barry Webster (Arsenal Pulp) $16.95
When the Drumming Stops by Steven Wishnia (Manic D Press) $15.00
Inside The Whale: A Novel in Verse by Jospeh G. Peterson, with illustrations by Michael Brehm (Wicker Park Press) $16.00

Mayhem, Miscreants, Memoirs & Misc
I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution by Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks $20.00 – Revised with new Interviews and in soft cover. Wubba wubba wubba.
Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America by Jeff Ryan $16.00
Dead Roam the Earth: True Stories of the Paranormal From Around the World by Alasdair Wickham  $15.00
Several Ways to Die In Mexico City: An Autobiography by Kurt Hollander (Feral House) $22.95
Let Me Clear My Throat by Elana Passarello $15.95 – From Farinelli, the eighteenth century castrato who brought down opera houses with his high C, to the recording of “Johnny B. Goode” affixed to the Voyager spacecraft, Let Me Clear My Throat dissects the whys and hows of popular voices, making them hum with significance and emotion. There are murders of punk rock crows, impressionists, and rebel yells; Howard Dean’s “BYAH!” and Marlon Brando’s “Stella!” and a stock film yawp that has made cameos in movies from A Star is Born to Spaceballs. The voice is thought’s incarnating instrument and Elena Passarello’s essays are a riotous deconstruction of the ways the sounds we make both express and shape who we are—the annotated soundtrack of us giving voice to ourselves.
Anxiety is a Rambling Dagger by Ian Kahl $10.99
Never Leave Your Block Adventures in Urban Living by Scott Jacobs (Wicker Park Press) $14.95 –  In this intimate portrait of his neighbors, Jacobs weaves his own experiences with a bright, funny look at how urban communities like Bucktown are shaping the future of Americas cities. Don’t miss author Scott Jacobs here at Quimby’s on Nov 15th!

Politics & Revolution
We Are Many: Critical Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation by Kate Khatib, Margaret Killjoy, Mike McGuire and David Graeber (AK Press) $21.00
Revolt and Cirsis In Greece Between a Present Yet to Pass and a Future Still to Come by Antonis Vradis and Dimitris Dalakoglou (AK) $18.00
19 & 20: Notes for a New Social Protagonism: An 18th Brumaire for the 21st Century, Translated by Nate Holdren & Sebastián Touza (Autonomedia) – On December 19th and 20th, 2001, when in the heat of an economic and political crisis, people in Argentina took to the streets shouting “¡Qué se vayan todos!” These words – “All of them out!” – hurled by thousands banging pots and pans, struck at every politician, economist, and journalist. These events opened a period of intense social unrest and political creativity that led to the collapse of government after government.
Justice Justice Shall You Pursue: A History of New Jewish Agenda by Ezra Berkley Nepon $13.00
My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain by Aaron Dixon (Haymarket) $17.95
Message to the Movement by Jamal Mumia Abu (Zuccotti Park Press) $7.00 – part of the Occupied Media Pamphlet Series.

Sex Guides, Culture & Gender Theory
On Being Different: What It Means to be a Homosexual by Merle Miller $13.00

Maximumrocknroll #353 Oct 12 $4.00
Bust Oct Nov 12 $5.99
Kinfolk vol 5 A Guide For Small Gatherings $18.00
IdN vol 19 #4 $17.50
ArtForum Oct 12 $10.00
Creative Review Sep 12 $14.99
Paranoia #53 $7.00
Bizarre #193 Oct 12 $10.50
Hunter Fashion Magazine #21 $24.99
Little White Lies #43 $9.99
Camera Obscura #80 Feminism Culture and Media Studies $12.00
Camera Obscura vol 5 Fall 12 $12.95 – Yes, there are 2 different magazines called Camera Obscura.
Cinema Retro vol 8 #24 $11.99
Empire Oct 12 $9.99
Uncut Paul Weller Ultimate Music Guide $13.99
Signal to Noise #64 Fall 12 $4.95
Decibel #97 Nov 12 $4.95
Mojo #227 Oct 12 $9.99
Wire Sep 12 #343 $9.99
In These Times Oct 12
Z Magazine Oct 12 $4.95

Poetry, Lit Mags and Lit Journals
2 Sonnet Youth chap books by Jeffrey Lewis. As in sonnets about Sonic Youth albums. One is about Confusion Is Sex Plus Kill Yr Idols and the other is Goo. Bizarre and hilarious. $1.00 each

Pank #7 $15.00
Matrix #93 $8.00
The Paris Review #202 $15.00
Fourteen Hills vol 18 #2 2012 $9.00
Zoetrope All Story Fall 12 vol 16 #3 $8.00
Poetry Oct 12 $3.75

Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse by Frank Viva $12.95

Other Stuff
“Prepare” 2013 Nikki McClure Calendar $16.00
A whole mess o’crazy novelties!:
Dashboard Eyeball Wiggler $6.00 – Yes, it has a fez. It’s like if the Residents joined the shriners. On your dashboard!
Snake Oil Soap $6.00
Bendable Party Mustache $2.50
Bigfoot Air Freshener $2.00
Tipsy Squirrel Old Fashioned Moonshine Thermos $12.00
Emergency Google Eyes Stick On Adhesive $7.50
Octopus Porcelain Mug $9.50
Little Otsu Annual Weekly Planner vol 7 $18.00 – Fill in your own dates!

Notable Restocks
Blank cards and Planners from Buy Olympia and Little Otsu.
Charles H. Kerr titles like Memoirs of a Wobbly Haymarket Scrapbook, etc.
Crap Hound #5 Hands Hearts Eyes $12.00
Reading Is Sexy stickers and buttons
Zombie and Monster Finger Toys $.75 each
finger tentacles $2.00
Punkademics The Basement Show In the Ivory Tower by Zack Furness $20.00
CrimethInc titles like Work Capitalism Economics Resistance, Expect Resistance etc.
The Baffler #19 and #20
Love and Rockets New Stories vol 5 $14.99
‘Za The Pizza Zine by Nicki Yowell $4.00
…and more!

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 and mail order them for prompt home delivery.

Jobie Hughes Celebrates Release of At Dawn

Oct ’12
7:00 pm

Based on Jobie Hughes’ own life journey, Jobie Hughes’ new novel, At Dawn, presents a raw and gritty coming of age tale that powerfully captures the angst and big questions of today’s generation. Set against the background of the recent American recession, former high school wrestling champion Stratton Brown, escapes a dark past in his small Ohio hometown for a new beginning in the Windy City. Beneath the gruff labor of building a new life, he eventually discovers a way past the ghosts of his past and a new path to the American dream.

“Hughes combines coming-of-age tale, portrait of the artist as a young man, and father-son saga in a well-crafted novel…[with] pathos, wit and insight into the relationships that define our lives.” ––Publishers Weekly

Jobie Hughes is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He made national headlines as “Pittacus Lore,” the mysterious co-author of the # 1 New York Times science-fiction bestsellers I Am Number Four (co-written with James Frey) and The Power of Six  which have sold over a million copies worldwide. His work has been translated into twenty-six languages and published in forty-eight countries.

For more information on Jobie Hughes, visit

Thurs, Oct 25, 7pm

Thomas Frank Reads From Pity the Billionaire 10/23

Oct ’12
7:00 pm

From the bestselling author of What’s the Matter with Kansas?, this witty and highly provocative book asks a simple question: How is it possible that the disastrous collapse of the free market economy in 2008 could have heralded a popular revival—of the right?

In Pity the Billionaire, a brilliant, funny, and disturbing tour de force, Thomas Frank analyzes the sleight of hand involved in the right’s resurgence—all the upside-down grievances that have transformed economic suffering into valentines for the rich and powerful. This great chronicler of American paradox dissects the contradictions at the heart of the country’s politics, and in this “dazzling” book once again shows himself as “one of the best left-wing writers America has produced” (The Guardian).

Founding editor of The Baffler, Thomas Frank is the author of One Market Under God, The Conquest of Cool and other titles. He is also a contributor to Harpers, The Nation, and the New York Times op-ed pages.

Tues, Oct 23rd, 7pm

Weekly Top 10

Jessica Campbell’s My Sincerest Apologies is at #5 this week.

1. Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln by Noah Van Sciver (Fantagraphics) $24.99 – The debut graphic novel from Noah Van Sciver follows the twentysomething Abraham Lincoln as he loses everything, long before becoming our most beloved president.

2. King Cat #73 by John Pocellino $3.00 – Porcellino goes cuckoo for cuckoo birds, plus cats at the movies, plus a South Beloit Top 36, plus a recurring spermophile theme.

3. Juxtapoz #141 Oct 12 $5.99

4. Neil Hamburger Comics Digest by Gregg Turkington $6.00

5. My Sincerest Apologies by Jessica Campbell (Oily Comics) $1.00 – You’ll be truly sorry if you miss this lil’ gem!

6. OK Cupid Messages I Have Not Responded To by Delphine Beidient $4.00 – Oh-kay OK Cupid…these unresponded messages are like forensic evidence to reverse engineer Bedient’s dating profile. There’s a lot here, and it’s all pretty much different angles on goofy and polite. I hope this gets followed up by a zine of things Bedient has written on the OKC – I think therein may lay the meat of the matter. -EF

7. No Better Than Apples #8 $3.00 – Health, pinecones, rock camp, singularity, and self-knowledge.

8. I Swallowed the Key to My Heart #2 by Liz Prince $6.00 – How do you outfox the fox? This Liz Prince series is all about players gettin’ played, Boston style.

9. Bitch #56 $5.95

10. Laphams Quarterly vol 5 #4 Fall 12 $15.00

New Stuff This Week

Temporary Services 7 Offset Poster Booklets:Set includes 7  11″ X 17″ color offset poster booklets from 2005-2012 that includes Prisoners’ Inventions (2005), Product Placements (2005), Supermax Subscriptions (2012) and more. $7.00

Black Thorns in the White Cube Catalogue, curated by Amelia Ishmael $20.00 – Exhibition catalog from an exhibit of the same name, demonstrating the instersection of contemporary artists who are bilingual, speaking both Black Metal and Art History fluently. Features nine artists from four countries, including Alexander Binder, Vincent Como, Chicago’s own Terence Hannum and more.
This Is A Sketchbook #1 by Peregrine Angthius $10.00
(Subculture Clash Presents) Storylings: Short, Short Fiction, Essays and Things $1.50
Nazi Knife #8 $23.00

Comics & Comix
The Plot #2 Your Curiosity Will Get You Killed by Neil Brideau $4.00 – Shhhhh don’t tell Neil we told you this, but if you come in and buy this comic, maybe if you ask him all nice-like he’ll sign it for you, because he’s going to be super duper famous because his comics are awesome and then you’ll be really glad you had him sign it.
King Cat #73 by John Porcellino (Spit and a Half) $3.00 – John’s cuckoo for cuckoo birds in this issue, among other topics. Thanks to everybody who came out for the release event here earlier this week for KC #73, along with Noah Van Sciver and his graphic novel Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln!
Buzz #4 Joke Comics by Corrine Mucha $3.00 – Charming and hilarious pieces from local Quimby’s fave.
Red Rum #0 Black and White Nightmare by Scott Wygmans $10.00
Ocean Marauders by Alejandro Rosado $5.00
Fatima #4 of 4 the Blood Spinners by Gilbert Hernandez $3.99
Dope Mouthfeel #3 by Steve Schaberg $4.00
Heyday Comics #1-#4 by Daniel Elissi $3.00 each
Subculture Clash Black White and Grey All Over $2.00
Seasonal vol 2 by Bobbi Parry and Sarah Morton $5.00
JRH Jr. A Young Man in Japan – Tales of an LDS Mission 1961-1963 by Jim Howell and Sarah Morton $3.00

Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks
Everything Together Collected Stories by Sammy Harkham (Picturebox) $19.95 – Collected short fiction pieces.
Neil Hamburger Comics Digest by Gregg Turkington $6.00
Mark Twain Was Right: The 2001 Cincinnati Riots by Dan P. Moore (Microcosm) $8.95
Dark Country by Thomas Ott, Tab Murphy and Thomas Jane (Raw Studio) $24.99
100 Bullets HC Book 3 by Brian Azzarello et al. $49.99
Blonde Woman by Aidan Koch $18.00

Art & Design
Cut-ups, Cut-ins, Cut-outs. The Art of William S. Burroughs $60.00 – Exhibition catalog in both German and English that featured countercultural icon Burroughs’s cut-ups in such different media as text-image collages, photo-montages, audio-tape experiments and film, together with the legendary shotgun paintings.
Negron by jonny negron (Picturebox) $19.95

Books published by The Chicago Center For Literature and Photography: Solo Down by Lauryn Allison Lewis,Get Up Tim by Sally Weigel, Have You Seen Me by Katherine Scott Nelson, all books $20.00 each
2 Davis Schneiderman books: Drain ($15.00) and Blank ($10.00)
Knitting Circle Rapist Annihilation Squad by Derrick Jemsen and Stephanie McMillan (PM Press) $14.95
Return by Roberto Bolano $14.95 – Now in soft cover.

Action Professor Know It All’s Illustrated Guide to Film and Video Making by Bill Brown (Microcosm) $11.95 – by Bill “Dream Whip” Brown.
Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices by William Gurstelle $16.95 – Expanded and Even More Explosive 2nd Edition. THANK GOD.
You Are Awesome: 21 Crafts to Make You Happy by Abbey Hendrickson (Cicada) $15.95 – Vintage inspired pennants!Valentine medals! Ribbon chalkboards! Obligatory bird craft!
Unsinkable: How to Build Plywood Pontoons & Longtail Boat Motors Out of Scrap by Robnoxious (Microcosm) $7.95

Music Books
I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons $27.99
Perfect Youth: The Birth of Canadian Punk by Sam Sutherland $22.95
Punk: An Aesthetic by Johan Kugelberg, Jon Savage and William Gibson $55.00

Mayhem, Miscreants, Memoirs & Misc
Ghosts of Northern Illinois by Stephen Osborne (Schiffer) $16.99 – There are a host of ghostly tales and legends surrounding Chicago, Rockford, Dekalb, Dixon, Byron, and other cities in towns in the Prairie State! In Ghosts of Northern Illinois, meet the spirit of a woman who was brutally murdered in the 1940s. Shiver as you learn about a blue figure that runs down the alley adjacent to the Biograph Theater, then falls to the ground and disappears. Encounter a phantom jogger, the Madonna of Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery, and the mysterious scent of perfume at the Coronado Theater. Come and visit Willow Creek Farm, one of the top-ten haunted houses in Illinois, where over 30 spirits have been detected! Think Illinois looks calm and peaceful? Think again!

Politics & Revolution
It’s Not About Religion by Gregory Harms (Perceval) $11.00 – When the Middle East is covered on the news or depicted in film, what is shown is a region defined almost exclusively by violence, chaos, and extremism, and a common question often arises in response: Does religion have anything to do with it? This book is a constellation of history and culture that will hopefully help move the conversation of the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy in a more grounded and precise direction. Thanks to everybody that came out for this event with Mr. Harms last week!
Pity the Billionaire by Thomas Frank $16.00 – Now in soft cover. Don’t miss Thomas “The Baffler” Frank here at Quimby’s on October 23rd.
Revolution of Everyday Life by Raoul Vaneigem (PM Press) $20.00 – Now in soft cover.
Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women by Victoria Law (PM Press) $20.00
Basics From the Talks and Writings of Bob Avakian $10.00

Children, Radical Parenting and Allies
Adventures In Cartooning Christmas Special by James Sturm et al. (First Second) $9.99
Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements and Communities by Victoria Law and China Martens (PM Press) $17.95 – Collection of concrete tips, suggestions, and narratives on ways that non-parents can support parents, children, and caregivers in their communities, social movements, and collective processes. It focuses on issues affecting children and caregivers within the larger framework of social justice, mutual aid, and collective liberation. Contributors include: Ramsey “List” Beyer, Jessica Hoffman, Heather Jackson, Rahula Janowski, London Pro-Feminist Men’s Group, Tomas “Rad Dad” Moniz, Coleen Murphy and more.

Subconscious Restaurant by Ron Hanson $10.00 – New publication produced by White Fungus and The Physics Room, connecting New Zealand artists working in sound, and Taiwan.
True Crime Sep 12 $8.99
Purple Fashion vol 3 #18 $50.00
Dossier #10 $15.00
Mother Earth News #254 Oct Nov 12 $5.99
Razorcake #70 $4.00
Magnet #91 $4.99
If If If Magazine #1 $6.00 – Swarming collage and prose, rich color, nice layout, cool reaches but also deeply pixelated on the visual end and my eyes just wanna focus. Work from Matthew Koons, Stephana Tyler, Colin Wynnette, Shane Wright, Jarrett Hayman, PW Hofstad, Isabel Borczuch. -EF

Class Struggle #75 Aug Sep 12 by Spark $3.00
Harpers Magazine Oct 12 $6.99
Inked Oct 12 #49 $6.99

Literary Journals, Poetry & Chap Books
The First Line vol 14 #3 Fall 12 $3.00 – The first line of all the offerings in this issue is “A light snow was falling as Charlie Reardon left the diner and made his way down Madison Street.”

Sex & Sexy
Catalog #1 by Goodyn Green $20.00
Bend Over Magazine #7 Sum/Fall 2012 $12.00 – Feminism sexuality and queer art.

Other Stuff
Snail Watering Can $11.00 – Waaaaaaaateeeeeeeer yooooooooour plaaaaaaaaants reaaaaaaaaalllly slowwwwwwwwllllllly.
Slingshot Ballpoint Pen $5.00 – Use this catapult pen with a built in rubberband for annoying fellow classmates, co-workers or family members. Also! Pair it with the Slingshot Planners which will be coming in in October. Insert joke here!
Best Love Song Ever Cassette Tape Coin Purse $6.00
Jack the Ripper Lavatory Mist $12.00
“Yummy Pharmaceuticals That Will Please You” Petite Cigar Box $11.00
Poison “Danger – Toxic” Pocket Cigarette Box $6.00
Bicycles Messenger Bag $19.00
Peregrine Angthius Sticker Pack $5.00
Cycling Shorts DVD Short Documentaries About Bicycles $14.95

Noteworthy Restocks
Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon $27.99
Adventures of Venus by Gilbert Hernandez (Fantagraphics) $9.99
Archiving the Underground #1 by Jenna Brager and Jami Sailor $2.00
Cheer the Eff Up issues #1-#3 by Jonas
Hark a Vagrant by Kate Beaton $19.95
Scenes From an Impending Marriage by Adrian Tomine $9.95
Seth by Christopher Schulz $10.00

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 and mail order them for prompt home delivery.