Daily Archive for March 2nd, 2013

Off-Site Event: Chicago Zine Fest

Mar ’13
12:00 pm

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Quimby’s is proud to co-sponsor Chicago Zine Fest is an independent event creating an outlet for small press and independent publishers to showcase their work. Their goal is to make DIY zine-making accessible, highlight the talents of self-published artists, and give independent artists a chance to interact, and swap skills through tabling, community events, and workshops. The 2013 Chicago Zine Fest will take place on March 8th and 9th at various places around the city.

Friday, March 8, 2013:

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Writing about Health, Disability, and Accessibility in Zines: A Panel with Kerri Radley, Maranda Elizabeth, and Dave Roche at the Conaway Center, Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60605

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Youth Reading at 826 CHI

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Exhibitor Reading at 826 CHI

9:00 pm: Quimby’s will be the site to unveil the recipient of this year’s Long Arm Stapler Award for Awesomeness in Zineness, as well as Zine Win Lose or Draw, hosted by our own Neil Brideau (editor of The Plan).

Saturday, March 9, 2013

11:00 am – 6:00 pm: Zine Exhibition featuring over 200 tablers, workshops, and panels at the Conaway Center, Columbia College. Quimby’s will be tabling there. Stop by and say hi!

For more info such as workshops and panels etc. on Saturday, see : chicagozinefest.org

Hair Lit, Vol. 1 Anthology Event 3/15

Mar ’13
7:00 pm


Hair Lit, Vol. 1 is an anthology of short fiction inspired by hair metal songs of the 1980’s, and it is the latest release from Chicago-based independent publisher Orange Alert Press. A collection of original short fiction based on hair metal songs of the 1980’s and 1990’s, Hair Lit, Vol. 1 is edited by Nick Ostdick and features contributions from today’s hottest purveyors of short fiction, including Sherrie Flick, Ryan W. Bradley, Roxane Gay, Chip Cheek, Matt Rowan, Aubrey Hirsch, Adam Schuitema, Megan Stielstra, Shawn Andrew Mitchell, Lindsay Hunter, Michael Czyzniejewski, Susannah Felts, BJ Hollars, Leni Zumas, Ben Tanzer, Steve Himmer, Nick Ostdick, Sam Weller, Kyle Beachy, and Tobias Carroll.

That’s right: the songs you craved from the bands you loved are paid tribute in this collection that rocks as hard as the music from which it’s inspired. These are stories of love and heartache. Stories of sex and drugs. Stories of misspent youth. Stories of tumultuous adulthood. Stories set to a killer soundtrack consisting of bands like Warrant, Poison, Twisted Sister, Judas Priest, Vixen, KISS, and more. It’s a best-of-album-in-stories that shines a spotlight on an often overlooked period of popular music from an eclectic group of young writers who honor the source material in superb fashion, big hair and all.

Readers for the evening include Hair Lit contributors: Matt Rowan (editor of Untoward Magazine), Lindsay Hunter (author Daddy’s and the forthcoming Don’t Kiss Me) and Mike Joyce (editor of The Literary Orphans)

Nick Ostdick, the anthology’s editor, is a husband, runner, and writer currently residing in Rockford, Illinois. He holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from Southern Illinois University and is the co-editor of the forthcoming anthology The Man Date: 15 Bromances (Prime Mincer, 2013). He’s the winner of the Viola Wendt Award for Fiction and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Annalemma Quarterly, Exit 7, The Emerson Review, Main Street Rag, Fiction Writers Review and elsewhere.

For more info: hairlit.com  nickostdick.com  orangealertpress.com


Friday, March 15th, 7pm – Free Event

Gilbert Hernandez Talks About Marble Season 4/18

Apr ’13
7:00 pm

MARBLE.case-webJoin beloved cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez (LOVE & ROCKETS) as he launches his new D+Q graphic novel MARBLE SEASON, his first semiautobiographical story of his childhood. Hernandez will present a fascinating slide show “From Funnybooks to Graphic Novels” featuring the comics of his childhood, in addition to a Q+A and signing.  These silver age comics not only influenced MARBLE SEASON, but also set the course for Gilbert, as well as his brothers Jaime and Mario, to become the legendary comics creator they are today.

MARBLE SEASON is the first ever semi-autobiographical novel by  acclaimed cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez of Love & Rockets, and is also his first graphic novel for Drawn & Quarterly. Meet Huey. He’s the middle child of a big family, growing up in a California suburb in the 1960s. He stages Captain America plays in the backyard and treasures his older brother’s comic-book collection almost as much as his approval. Set against the golden age of the American dream and the silver age of comics, MARBLE SEASON is a subtle and deft rumination on the redemptive and timeless power of storytelling and worldbuilding in childhood.

“Perhaps no other current creators of comics recognize (or vividly remember) the ways actual kids think, talk, or even stand and walk as accurately as the Hernandez brothers, and no other comics artists so delicately intertwine moments of childhood trauma with the goofy logic that otherwise sustains kids when they begin to sense that they live in an irrational world.”
—from the afterword by Corey Creekmur

“Gilbert Hernandez is one of the great craftsmen of modern comics.”—New York Times

Praise for Palomar: “These deeply influential tales, a sort of Archie-comics-meets-Marquez melange of complicated pan-American inter-relationships, are a comix epic.”—Time

Praise for Gilbert Hernandez: “He…[should]…be considered one of the greatest American storytellers. It’s so hard to do funny, tragic, local and epic, and he does all simultaneously, and with great aplomb.”
—Junot Diaz, Los Angeles TIMES

Need some help getting up to speed on the rich history of Los Hernandez Bros? Need a quick “How to Read Love & Rockets” 101 of sorts? There’s a helpful Love and Rockets Guide at the Fantagraphics website!


Jay Wexler Reads from The Adventures of Ed Tuttle, Associate Justice, and Other Stories 3/30

Mar ’13
7:00 pm


A zoo with only black and white animals. A camp where children are forced to gather clams or face a trip to the “hot box.” A Supreme Court Justice’s confirmation hearing presided over by the 1977 Kansas City Royals. The Adventures of Ed Tuttle, Associate Justice, and Other Stories transports the reader to these hilarious places and beyond. This is a world, according to Dan Kennedy, host of The Moth Storytelling Podcast, “where corporate cafeteria lunch servers blurt out Kierkegaard quotes to soften the hard luck of a low supply of the ‘lunch beans’ that two raging alcoholic white collar workers crave daily; a world where an HMO in-network dentist hovers over patients and instead of asking about their flossing habits or aches, asks what it is that they like best about him; a world where television sitcoms are set on death row. That’s nothing—that’s the tip of the iceberg.” These stories, illustrations, and other errata are as funny as they are strange, as wonderful as they are wacky.

“This is funny stuff, and I hope that Jay Wexler will donate his brain to neuroscience so we can see what’s up with it.” –Steven Pinker, author of How the Mind Works and The Blank Slate.

JAY WEXLER is a law professor at Boston University and a former law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. His stories, humor pieces, essays, and reviews have appeared in places like Barrelhouse, The Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Mental Floss, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Monkeybicycle, Opium, and Spy. His first two books are ‘Holy Hullabaloos’ and ‘The Odd Clauses.’

For more info: jaywex@bu.edu or jaywex.com

Saturday, March 30, 7pm – Free Event

Also by Jay Wexler:

The Odd Clauses Understanding Constitution Through 10 of Its Most Curious Provisions


“For a variety of reasons, many of the Constitution’s more obscure passages never make it to any court and therefore never make headlines or even law school classrooms, which teach from judicial decisions. In this captivating and witty book, Jay Wexler draws on his extensive professional and educational backgrounds in constitutional law to demonstrate how these “odd clauses” have incredible relevance to our lives, our government’s structure, and the integrity of our democracy.”