Monthly Archive for February, 2013

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A Quimby’s Commercial!

Austin Sheaffer & Jack Martind from Peace and Fjord made a Quimby’s commercial that debuted at the 30 Seconds Over Chicago Competition, and IT IS AWESOME AND HILARIOUS. What are they reading in the video? Why it’s Our Inalienable Rights by Dan Gleason and Theresa Currie, which yes, is available for purchase both here at the store and on


Zine, Lose, or Draw!: A Chicago Zine Fest Game Show Hosted by Neil Brideau, at Quimby’s 3/8

Mar ’13
9:30 pm


“Zine, Lose, or Draw!” is CZF’s own take on beloved gameshow “Win, Lose, or Draw!” Teams will compete in this Pictionary-style game with a self-publishing theme. Be a part of the action by joining a team or cheer from the audience. Fun for everyone!


“Zine, Lose, or Draw!” will be hosted by Quimby’s very own Neil Brideau, co-organizr of Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) and creator of Oh Boy! Comics.


“Zine, Lose, or Draw!” is a part of Chicago Zine Fest 2013 taking place March 8-9 at various Chicago locations. CZF is an independent event creating an outlet for small press and independent publishers to showcase their work.


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New Stuff This Week

sugarbooger3_lgSugar Booger #3 by Kevin Scalzo (Busybody Books) $8.95 – WHAT, a new Sugar Booger? Quimby’s favorite big blue purveyor of sweet snot returns! S.B. stumbles into the big city and gets mixed up in an onslaught of hapless Sof’ Boy-esque hijinx and laffs. -EF

Zines (also see DIY section below his week for DIY zines)
zines from Carrie: Transphobia: Lets Stop It and My Aim Is True #7 Crushing ($1.00 each)
What a Beautiful Face: A Neutral Milk Hotel Fanzine by K. Johnson $4.00
One Way Ticket #7 Lucky Number Seven by J $4.00
Interstate Highway System (Simple History Series #11) by J. Gerlach $4.00
Atomic Elbow #4 $5.00
D Tuned #3 Nov 12 Nevermind by Danica Favorito $2.50
Last Night at the Casino #4 Jan 13 by Billy $3.00
Incandescent #2 Magic Hour a Color Film Zine by Michael Cardiello et al. $14.00
Cowans Gap #4 Sum 12 by Nate East $4.00
Elizabeth Rust #1 $3.00
Debris #1 by Claire Mirocha $4.00 – Swatches of lovely vintage fabric frame Mirocha’s fine twine-line drawings. A real eye-warmer. -EF
Din #1 A Line Up by Claire Mirocha $3.00 – An inquiry into a certain batch of essays with accompanying drawings of bright plastic. -EF
Think About the Bubbles #1 and #2 by Joyce Hatton
Super Trooper #4-6 by Angela Robert

Comics & Comix
Fantastic Four by Sam Spina $5.00
Fugue #3 a Family in Three Parts by Beth Hetland $6.00
Monday Suicide #1 by Gabriel Corbera $6.00
Extinction 65 Mya a Musical Saga by Zandra Vlahakis $1.00
Crust Dog #3 by Andrew Sorge $4.50
Spinadoodles #3 The Third Year by Sam Spina $7.00 – Hilarious. For lovers of Julia Wertz and sometimes JK’s American Elf comics.
Drawdoers Best American Comics 2013 by Jon Drawdoer $2.00
Jerrys Journal vol 2 by Neil Jam $5.00
Reich #9 by Elijah J. Brubaker (Sparkplug) $5.00
Mr Wolf #1 by Aron Nels Steinke $5.00

Graphic Novels & Trade Paperbacks
Dear Beloved Stranger by Dino Pai (Top Shelf) $19.95
Aya Love in Yop City by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie (D&Q) $24.95
Hellraisers: A Graphic Biography of Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, Richard Harris and Oliver Reed by Robert Sellers and Jake (Self Made Hero) $22.95
Global Frequency by Warren Ellis et al. $19.99
Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium by Rick Geary $24.99 – Includes Jack the Ripper, Fatal Bullet and Beast of Chicago.
Big Plans: The Collected Mini Comics and More by Aron Nels Steinke $18.00

Art & Design
The Art of Punk Illustrated History of Punk Rock Design by Russ Bestley and Alex Ogg $40.00
Frank R. Paul, The Dean of Science-Fiction Illustration by Jerry Weist et al. $29.99
Field Studies Book by Aiden Koch (Floating World Comics) $12.00
Gentle Carmel Into the Black Dumb by Brian Schrank $14.00

Mayhem, Miscreants, Memoirs, Music & Misc
The Secret History of the Reptilians:  Pervasive Presence of the Serpent in Human History, Religion and Alien Mythos by Scott Alan Roberts (New Page) $16.99
No Regrets: A Rock n Roll Memoir by Ace Frehley $16.00
Awkward Merit Badges Sticker Book by Jeff Wysaski $7.95
This Is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl by Paul Brannigan $16.99 – Now in soft cover.
Poseur: A Memoir of Downtown New York City in the 90s by Marc Spitz $15.99
Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology by Alexis Madrigal $17.50
In My Home There Is No More Sorrow: Ten Days In Rwanda by Rick Bass (McSweeneys) $13.00

Politics & Revolution
World As It Is Dispatches: On the Myth of Human Progress by Chris Hedges $16.99

Make It Last: Prolonging and Preserving the Things We Love by Raleigh Briggs (Microcosm) $9.95
How to Make a Zine (For Grade School Kids) by Carrie $2.00
DIY zines by Rachael McHan:
Plain Living #1 Making Spoons by Hand, Making Your Own Drinking Glasses, Brewing Kombucha for Beginners
How To Manual for Wood Burning (Also Known as Pyrography or Fire Needle Emroidery)

Nabokrossvords: Select Puzzles from the Russian Emigre Newspaper Rul 1924-1926 by Joseph Clayton Mills with Nabokov and friends $18.00 – Nabokov brought crosswords to Russia? Really? Mmmmm…
The Safety of Objects by AM Homes $15.00
Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan $14.95

Spheres #1 In What Spheres Do We Live In? by Melanie Bonajo and Phillippe Karrer  $25.00
Dwell Mar 13 $5.99
3×3 vol 7 #2 #20 the Magazine of Contemporary Illustration $22.00
ArtForum Feb 13 $10.00
Frieze #152 Jan Feb 13 $10.00
Creative Review Jan 13 $14.99
True Crime Jan 13 $8.99
Ponystep #4 $34.99
Man About Town #11 Fall 12 Win 13 $15.99
Man of the World #2 $16.00
Decibel #101 Mar 13 $4.95
Little White Lies #45 $12.99
SSLM vol 16 Dec 12 Jan 13 Same Sex Life Magazine $5.00
Upping The Anti  #14 Journal of Theory and Action $10.00
Monocle vol 6 #60 Feb 13 $12.00
Tattoo Collection #54 $7.75

Poetry, Lit Mags, Lit Journals, Chap Books
Lady Churchills Rosebud Wristlet #28 Jan 13 (Small Beer Press) $5.00 – The latest issue of LCRW features magic, killing curses, broken lands and broken lands, a wandering octopus, a robot on the run, invisibility, neighbors, and The Book of Judgment.
Brick #90 Win 13 A Literary Journal $15.00
A to Z of the Fantastic City by Hal Duncan (Small Beer Press) $10.00 – An Italo Calvino-style survey of utopic terrains, fabulously illustrated with a Denslow-inspired Victorian flourish by Eric Schaller. -EF
Parts of the Passion by Samuel Nathan Breslin $1.00
chap books from the St. Bernard Collective: Chalk, Churn

Sexy Sexy
Sudden Sex 69 Sultry Short Stories by Alison Tyler $15.95
Housewives at Play Hanky Spanky by Rebecca (Eros) $9.99

Sex Guides & Culture
Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure by Charlie Glickman PhD $17.95
The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure by Tristan Taormino et al. (Feminist Press) $22.95

Poet Carrie McGath Reads From Ohio Lonely 3/2

Mar ’13
7:00 pm

Ohio Lonely

In Carrie McGath’s new book, Ohio Lonely, a self-published chapbook of poems and accompanying photo-collge works. “This book is my version of a genealogy including photographs I have collaged to express my memories and impressions of family members I have met or never got to meet.”

Poet Alexander Long, author of Still Life, writes of Ohio Lonely:

“Don’t mistake Carrie McGath’s project in Ohio Lonely as nostalgic in a pejoratively clichéd way, a naïve and dishonest looking back where every lost family member is steeped in sugary sepia.  No.  McGath doesn’t just understand what nostalgia, literally, means: the ache for that which is ours.  Her nostalgia is marrow-deep.  “I look for the woman inside of me through photos…”, she writes in one poem.  Nothing more indelible than that manic stasis of the elegiac gaze.  Yes, indeed.  McGath’s poems fade not away.  Thank God.”

Saturday, March 2nd, 7pm – Free Event

Peter Sotos & Publisher Chip Smith Discuss Controversy in Publishing 3/23

Mar ’13
7:00 pm


Marking the roughly simultaneous re-release of Peter Sotos’ Tool  and Mine, Sotos will appear at Quimby’s Bookstore with his publisher Nine-Banded Books founder, Chip Smith, to discuss the continuing role of independent publishers in curating controversial and overlooked literature.

“Peter Sotos is one of those rare writers who can say, ‘The words I write are me,’ or at least as close as anyone can come to communicating who they are in words.” –Thomas Ligotti, author of The Conspiracy against the Human Race

“For this latter-day homo sacer, wounds are not to be healed but poked and worried until they bleed. Sotos is literature’s outcast, carrying stigma like a rat carries plague.” –Mikita Brottman, author of Thirteen Girls

“…among the most important writing being done today.”
–Dennis Cooper, author of The Marbled Swarm

Peter Sotos is a Chicago-born writer whose work focuses on criminal psychology, sexual abjection, and the myriad aspects of pornography. (He was also an early member of the noise group Whitehouse.) Noted his unique literary style and his frank and insightful engagement with deeply disturbing subjects, Sotos’ writings are considered by many to stand as oblique social criticism. Sotos is the author of 11 published novels, including Index, Tick, Lordotics, Comfort and Critique, and Selfish, Little: The Annotated Lesley Ann Downey. He is also the editor of the Pure Filth, an annotated collection transcripts culled from the underground pornography of the late Jamie Gillis. Sotos’ writing has appeared in ANSWER Me!, Apocalypse Culture II, Funeral Party, and Ritual Sex.

And oh yeah, he often comes in to Quimby’s (always wearing a long coat) with records he bought around the corner at Reckless Records. One time it was a greatest hits from The Smiths, prompting us to fun of him.

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Sat, March 23rd, 7pm – Free Event