Monthly Archive for September, 2013

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ellie june navidson Reads From Spider Teeth With AJ Durand and KOKOMO

Oct ’13
7:00 pm


In ellie june navidson’s new zine Spider Teeth, she attempts to encompass the complicated emotionality surrounding her recent surgery, “the surgery.” It’s a messy and gorgeous work that she couldn’t be more excited to share. The opening will feature performances by several trans women/goddesses. Face it, she says, we’re absolutely everything, come celebrate with us.

ellie june navidson is your everyday subversive tranny faggot. She is a blogger, poet, workshop facilitator, dressmaker, and all around crafty radical. Much of her work explores gender, normativity, radical visibility, and self-awareness. She works to incorporate vulnerability and non-violence into her life while striving for social justice. She’s all about empowerment, brave honesty, and growth. She is perparing to release her fabulous new zine, Spider Teeth, that encapsulates all the complicated emotionality surrounding “The Surgery.” Some essays and contact information can be found at her personal blog can be found at

She will be accompanied by AJ Durand and KOKOMO.

For more info: ellie(dot)june(dot)navidson(at)gmail(dot)com

Thursday, October 10th, 7pm – Free Event

Click here to find the Facebook event posting for this event.

New Stuff This Week

littlefishLittle Fish: A Memoir From a Different Kind of Year by Ramsey Beyer $15.99 – If you’ve been shopping at Quimby’s regularly checking out our zines and comics, you might be famililiar with the zine List (one of our best-selling zines) by former Chicago zinester and screen-printer Ramsey “Everydaypants” Beyer (one of the original founders of Chicago Zine Fest). Ramsey took some of her zines from when she was 18, just starting college (years and years ago!), and put parts of them in her book, along with commentary about those pieces, that are really the by-products of the introspection that comes with age. The zine-y and mini-comics-y stuff in the book (which by the way, were better then any zine I could do at the age), appeals to the scrappy aesthetic readers have come to enjoy in Ramsey’s work, but then also it’s a thoughtful and compelling narrative about growing into a person. Recommended. -LM

Rumpy Pumpy #2 by Milo $2.00 – Remember that manic-y girl with the bob from Real Genius? I’m pretty sure I saw her in this zine. Sold! -LM
On Struggling #3 Bodies by Monica Trinidad $8.00
Panic Zine: A Guide to Recovering From Panic Attacks With Resources for Managing Long Term Anxiety by Corina $2.00
Philly Dudes Collective Year 1 and a Half $2.00
Abstract Door #2 by Vicky Lim $2.75
Black Metal of the Americas vol 5 $5.00
Cell Phone Drawings vol 1 $8.00
Ella Funt #1 May 13 by Ciara Xyerra $5.00
From a Short Pleasure Comes a Long Repentance by Gina Pierce $5.00
Ghost Lungs #1 sum 12 by Em Rose $2.00
Kayfabe Strategies Against Slideshows Reviews 2011-2013 by Michael T. Fournier $3.00
Miso Soup for the Armchair Activist’s Soul by Ashlee Green $2.00
See No Speak No Hear No: Articles and Questions about Sexual Assault $2.50
Stay Cool in the Evil Zone #3 Wait It Gets Better $4.00
Think About the Bubbles, various issues, various prices. By Joyce Hatton.

Comics & Comix
Once Twice by Chloe Wilson $18.00
Stranger Two Stranger #5 by R. Hendricks $2.00
Milk Teeth #1 by Kate Lacour $5.00
Sam O Ed in Siren Song vol 4 by Benjamin Wacks $5.00

Graphic Novels & Trade Paperbacks

loveandrocketsthecoversLove and Rockets: The Covers by the Hernandez Bros (Fantagraphics) $35.00 – For the first time, these iconic comic book covers from the original Love and Rockets comic book series (and the earliest trade paperbacks) have been restored and collected in a gorgeous, oversized art book.
The Walking Dead Book Nine by Robert Kirkman et al. $34.99
In Pieces by Marion Fayolle (Nobrow) $23.00
Ambedkar: The Fight For Justice by by Srividya Natarajan et al. $27.50 – A beautiful graphic novel about the activist Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, born into India’s “untouchable” caste, went on to draft the Constitution of India, becoming one of the country’s foremost revolutionaries.
ambedkarBlue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh (Arsenal Pulp Press) $19.95 – The original graphic novel adapted into the award-winning French film about a young woman who discovers herself and the elusive magic of love when she meets a confident blue-haired girl named Emma: a lesbian love story for the ages that bristles with the energy of youth and rebellion and the eternal light of desire.
Heroic Tales: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 2, ed. by Blake Bell (Fantagraphics) $39.99

Art & Design
queensofheartsQueens of Hearts: The Art of Marya García (Schiffer) $34.99 – Classic pin-up concepts converge with contemporary aesthetics in this enticing collection of images from Spanish photographer Marya García. In more than 100 arresting images, her love of 1950s pin-up and cinema combine with her alternative aesthetic to offer elegant and sensual images of gorgeous, tattooed women.
Outside The Lines: An Artists Coloring Book For Giant Imaginations by Souris Hong-Porretta $18.00 – For anyone who loves creativity and contemporary art, or who simply loves the joy of coloring, comes Outside the Lines, a striking collection of illustrations from more than 100 creative masterminds, including animators, cartoonists, fine artists, graphic artists, illustrators, musicians, outsider artists, photographers, street artists, and video game artists. With contributions from Keith Haring, AIKO, Shepard Fairey, Exene Cervenka, Keita Takahashi, Jen Corace, Ryan McGinness, and more, Outside the Lines features edgy and imaginative pieces ready for you to add your own special touch.

Mayhem, Miscreants, Memoirs, Music & Misc
The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual by Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh $25.00 – Yes, for real, by the founders of the UCB. With fun illustrations! Read more about it here.
Initiatic Eroticism and Other Occult Writings from La Fleche by Maria de Naglowska $19.95
Guys Can Be Cat Ladies Too: A Guidebook for Men and Their Cats by Michael Showalter $14.95
Tasteful Nudes and Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation by Dave Hill $14.95
Lost In the Darkness: Life Inside the Worlds Most Haunted Prisons, Hospitals, and Asylums by Benjamin S. Jeffries (Schiffer) $19.99
Glam: The Performance of Style by Darren Pih $40.00

Politics & Revolution
The Feminine Mystique: 50 Years by Betty Friedan $17.95

Sexy Stuff
Fat Girl by Carlos Batts (Cleis) $29.95
Big Man on Campus: Fresh Gay Erotica by Shane Allison (Cleis) $15.95
Dark Secret Love: A Story of Submission by Alison Tyler (Cleis) $16.95

Tiki Magazine vol 9 #2 Sum Fall 13 $6.99
Bitch #60 $5.95
Juxtapoz #153 Oct 13 $5.99
Kinfolk vol 9 Discovering New Things to Cook Make and Do $18.00
Offscreen #6 $22.00 – The People behind bits and pixels. In print! Wait, what? You read that right.
Dwell Oct 13 $5.99
Skeptical Inquirer Sep Oct 13 vol 37 #5 $4.95
Backwoodsman vol 34 #5 Sep Oct 13 $4.95
Gothic Beauty #41 $6.95
High Times Nov 13 $5.95
Treating Yourself #42 $7.99
Mass Appeal #53 $9.99
In These Times Sep 13 $3.50
Tabu Tattoo #54 $6.99

Poetry, Lit Mags, Lit Journals, Chap Books
Sorry Tree by Eileen Myles (Wave Books) $14.00
Lemonworld and Other People by Carina Finn $15.00
Within Mutiny by Holms Troelstrup $15.00
Mosaic Sum 13 $6.00
The Oxford American #82 Fall 13 $5.95
Vademecum vol 1 #2 $5.00
Filter #53 $5.95
Under the Radar #47 $5.99

This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz $16.00 – Now in soft cover.
Sad Robot Stories: A Novella by Mason Johnson (The Chicago Center For Literature and Photography) $24.99
Women Float: A Novella by Maureen Foley (The Chicago Center For Literature and Photography) $24.99
Long Live Us: Stories by Mark R. Brand (The Chicago Center For Literature and Photography) $24.99
The Portable Edgar Allen Poe $20.00
Revitalized: The High Arc by Jessica Cage $14.99
Haunted Dolls House and Other Ghost Stories by MR James (Penguin) $16.00
In The Land of Time and Other Fantasy Tales by Lord Dunsany $16.00

Kids Stuff
Hilda and the Troll by Luke Pearson (Nowbrow/Flying Eye) $18.95
Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown $12.99
Ottos Orange Day by Jay Lynch and Frank Cammuso (Toon Books) $4.99

Other Stuff
Incredible Sonic Wallet Drum Machine $15.00 – Open it and it makes drum noises. Forget that sonic screwdriver. You want a sonic wallet!
Shot Into Space Animal Pioneers Shot Glasses $16.00 – Eight of ’em.
Hell Passport Blank Pocket Notebook and Utopia Passport Blank Pocket Notebook $3.00 each.
Monty Pythons Wafer Thin Mints $3.00 – They’re waaaafur thin.
Old School Iron Ons $14.95

Notable Restocks
Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago by Mike Royco (Penguin) $16.00 – As heard on WBEZ’s Afternoon Shift book club.
Field Notes notebooks, different sizes and prices.
Cock Cessaries #1 by Brian Hochberger $2.00

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Tea Krulos Reads From Heroes in the Night: Inside the Real Life Superhero Movement 10/5

Oct ’13
7:00 pm

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In Tea Krulos’s new book, a creative non-fiction titled Heroes in the Night: Inside the Real Life Superhero Movement (Chicago Review Press), he explores the “Real Life Superhero” movement, a sub-culture of people who adopt their own costumed personas and hit the street to battle injustice. Like in the comic books…but not really.


Through historical research, extensive interviews, and many long hours walking on patrol in Brooklyn, Seattle, San Diego, Minneapolis, and Vancouver, Krulos discovered what being a RLSH is all about. He shares not only their shining, triumphant moments but some of their ill-advised, terrifying disasters as well.


“Krulos combines solid journalism with colorful storytelling to shed light on this bizarre and utterly human subculture… Heroes in the Night is a great example of the promise of creative non-fiction.” –Matt Hlinak, Pop


The work of Tea Krulos has been featured in such places as: The Guardian, Boston Phoenix, New York Press, Shepherd Express, Milwaukee Magazine and Third Coast Digest. He’s been a featured guest several times on WUWM’s Lake Effect.


For his appearance at Quimby’s, Krulos will read an excerpt from the book, run through a slideshow of some of the colorful characters he’s met, and feature an appearance from a surprise guest.


For more info:

Click here for the Facebook event post.

Or contact Mary Kravenas, mkravenas(at)chicagoreviewpress(dot)com, 312-676-4226


Saturday, October 5th, 7pm – Free Event

12 Weeks of Quimbas: Caseen Gaines Presents A Christmas Story at Quimby’s – with Special Guest Ralphie’s Little Brother, Ian Petrella! 10/12

Oct ’13
7:00 pm


Calling all A Christmas Story fans! Award-winning author Caseen Gaines (Inside Pee Wees Playhouse) is returning to Quimby’s Bookstore to discuss and sign copies of his brand-new book, A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic with special guest Ian Petrella, who played Ralphie’s little brother Randy Parker in the film!

This definitive guide to everything fans want to know about A Christmas Story shares the inside story behind the film’s production, release, and unlikely ascent to the top of popular culture. In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of its theatrical release, this is the untold story of the making of the film, and what happened afterwards. Complete with rare and previously unreleased photographs, now fans of the movie and film buffs alike can learn all they didn’t know about the timeless classic.

“Fans of the film — and film fans in general — will love this book. Extremely detailed and immensely fun to read, Caseen Gaines’ book only adds to the magic that is A Christmas Story. Expertly told in a style and tone that would make Jean Shepherd and Bob Clark proud.” — Michael Ambers, producer of the TV Guide’s The Cast of A Christmas Story: Where Are They Now
For more information about A Christmas Story, visit

For press inquiries, contact Jenna Illies, jenna(at)ecwpress(dot)com

*Celebrate National Doughnut Month with Quimby’s that day too with coffee (from Big Shoulders Coffee!) and doughnutty treats! This event kicks off The 12 Weeks of Quimbas, and this is our first gift to you!

Saturday, October 12, 7:00pm