Monthly Archive for April, 2015

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CAKE Bake Auction Fundraiser at No Nation Art Gallery on April 25th


The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) will be holding its annual art auction fundraiser at 7:00 pm on Saturday, April 25th, at the NO NATION art gallery, located at 1542 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. The event, called CAKE Bake, will be hosted by Lyra Hill, a well-known Chicago cartoonist and filmmaker.

The event will feature live and silent auctions of over 30 pieces of art by cartoonists from Chicago and elsewhere, including Jeffrey Brown, Ivan Brunetti, Lilli Carre, Anders Nilsen, Lucy Knisley, Edie Fake, Keiler Roberts, and Anya Davidson. In addition, live comics readings will be performed by Lyra Hill, John Porcellino, Sara Heymann of the Mortville Collective, and Ben Marcus.

Max Morris, a member of CAKE’s organizing committee, said, “We are very excited to hold CAKE Bake, which has been a great success for us in the past. As a volunteer-run non-profit event, we rely on fundraisers like this to make each year’s CAKE a success, and we greatly appreciate the support we get from the local comics community, especially all the pieces of art that our great cartoonists have donated. We’re really excited about this year’s CAKE, in which we’re going to be offering hands-on workshops for the first time, as well as programming featuring our amazing special guests, including Jillian Tamaki, Eleanor Davis, Jaime Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez, Dash Shaw, and Zak Sally. We think this year’s CAKE is going to be the best one yet, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to stop trying to keep making it better and better.”

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo [CAKE] is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists– past, present and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers.The Fourth Annual CAKE will take place on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. in Chicago.

Quimby’s Bookstore is proud to be a CAKE co-sponsor.

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Off-Site: Chicago Zine Fest 2015 – Celebrates its Sixth Year with New Dates and Locations

May ’15
5:00 pm

CZF 15 Art

Quimby’s is proud to help co-sponsor Chicago Zine Fest, an annual celebration of self-publishing efforts, is now marking its sixth year. For the 2015 festival, there will be a new date as the festival moves to the month of May, held during the weekend of Friday May 8th and Saturday May 9th. The festival also brings its exhibition to a new location, Plumbers’ Union Hall in the West Loop. Come visit Quimby’s at table S07 at the zine exhibition tabling on Saturday, May 9th 11am-6pm there at Plumbers’ Union Hall!

“We’re excited for these changes. It’ll be great to welcome our audience to such a historic Chicago venue,” said festival promotion committee chair John Wawrzaszek.

The festival weekend kicks off Friday May 8th at 5 pm with a panel titled Zines: A Future Craft which will be a discussion with zine creators Jonas, Julia Eff, and Ocean Capewell, moderated by Jenna Freedman. This event is sponsored by The University of Chicago Library. The night continues with a pair of readings. At 7pm join our annual youth reading, Zines: The Next Generation followed by an 8 pm reading by festival exhibitors. CART services for the deaf and hard of hearing will be provided at each of Friday’s events. All events will be held at Access Living, 115 W. Chicago Ave.

The weekend’s main attraction will be a zine exhibition taking place on Saturday May 9th, 11 am- 6 pm. Over 250 zinesters will exhibit their publications, host workshops, and lead panel discussions in the spirit of self-publishing. The exhibition will be held at Plumbers’ Union Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd.

Organizing goals for the 2015 fest included increasing the number of festival exhibitors and forming new community partnerships. In choosing a new location for the festival exhibition, there has been room for more tables allowing more exhibitors to showcase their work. The festival registration filled up in record time this year with all tables selling out in under an hour. Nearly half of registered exhibitors will be taking part of CZF for their first time this year. New community partnerships have allowed the festival to schedule programming topics that meet the festival’s mission and support the work of its partner organizations.

“CZF strives to offer diverse programming every year in order to continue to engage our communities in conversations,” says festival programming coordinator Julie Koslowsky.

The zine exhibition will be supported with programming throughout the day including an activity making area, button making presented by Busy Beaver Buttons, and a photo booth provided by Glitter Guts. Workshop topics include radical poetry, interactive performances, resisting assimilation, and hands-on drawing techniques.

“There’s a different experience that we offer at an event like the Chicago Zine Fest where consumers can chat with the zinesters and artists who created the work,” says Koslowsky.

The Chicago Zine Fest is a volunteer-operated event creating an outlet for small press and independent publishers to showcase their work aiming to make DIY zine making accessible, highlight the talents of self-published artists, and give independent artists a chance to interact and swap skills. The Chicago Zine Fest 2015 is sponsored by 826CHI, Chicago Publishers Resource Center, CHIRP Radio, InoPrints, The International School of Comics, Perfectly Acceptable Press, The University of Chicago Library, and Quimby’s Bookstore.

CZF 2015 artwork was created by Chicago artist and illustrator Corinne Mucha.

All event spaces are wheelchair accessible. All events are free and open to the public.

Click here for the CZF Exhibitor List.

Click here to see the Facebook invite about a CZF volunteer meeting on April 19th!

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Press inquiries: chicagozinefest(at)gmail(dot)com

Josh Simmons Reads From Black River 5/7

May ’15
7:00 pm


Josh Simmons returns with his first full-length graphic novel since 2007’s acclaimed House. A group of women, one man, and two dogs are making their way through a post-apocalyptic world in search of a city that supposedly still has electricity and some sort of civilization. Along the way, they go to a comedy club, take a drug called Gumdrop, and encounter gangs of men who are fools, lunatics, or murderous sadists. In other words, all manner of terrors.

Simmons is one of the field’s most distinctive voices in the genre of horror, (The Furry Trap, House) and this full-length graphic novel is his best work yet – echoing director John Carpenter’s perfect tick-tock pacing, as well as Shirley Jackson’s ability to transcend genre and turn it into literature.

“Josh Simmons has concocted a hellish world in which madwomen roam a post-apocalyptic landscape – but its battlescars are nothing compared to the self-obliterating hell of their own minds. A horrifying, unforgettable vision.”

– Kier-La Janisse (House of Psychotic Women)


Josh Simmons was born in Connecticut in 1977. He is the creator of the graphic novels House, Jessica Farm Volume One, and The Furry Trap. He currently lives in New Haven, CT.

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Click here to see video of pages from the book.

Facebook event invite for the event.

Thursday, May 7th, 7pm – Free Event

Zine Reading Club Wed, April 8th at the CHIPRC

Screen shot 2015-04-07 at 11.43.54 AMOff-site Event: Zine Reading Club at CHIPRC Discussing Shotgun Seamstress #7
Wed, April 8th, 7pm
The Chicago Publishers Resource Center (CHIPRC)
858 N. Ashland Avenue (not Quimby’s)

$3 donation asked at the door

CHIPRC’s Zine Reading Club gets together periodically to discuss and support zine culture. At each event, new self published zine and comic titles will be selected to read and discussed. This month’s community partner, Stranger Danger Zine Distro select this month’s work to read: Shotgun Seamstress #7 by Osa Atoe. In this issue, Osa shares her experience with booking woman-positive, queer-positive, all-ages DIY shows in New Orleans, detailing the joy and struggle found in organizing such a project. Don’t forget, you can also bring in your favorite titles and come join the discussion! Pick up this month’s comic here at Quimby’s, with Stranger Danger Zine Distro or at CHIPRC  (while supplies last). Go to for more information. This event is NOT AT QUIMBY’S. It is at CHIPRC at 858 N. Ashland Avenue.

New Stuff This Week

cake14digestCAKE Digest 2014 $8.00 – Anthology featuring tons of folks from the 2014 (yeah, you read that right) Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, including Ben Bertin, Nate Beaty, Bred Rohloff, Brett Manning, Ian McDuffie, Bernie McGovern, Corinne Mucha, Jeremy Tinder Gina Wynbrandt, Keiler & Scott Roberts, Sara Drake and more!


Shotgun Seamstress #7 $5.00 – This month’s pick for the CHIPRC Zine Reading Club on Wed, Apr 8th at the CHIPRC. More info at

Fixer Eraser #1 by Jonas $3.00- New thingy from local zine celeb Jonas of Cheer the Eff Up.

De-li-cious #1 by Oorn $15.00 – Cooking zine-book thing.

Everything Is Fine #2 by Nyxia Grey $2.00 – Thoughts on eating disorder issues, mental healing, and other personal meditations. Very intriguing perzine.

New Morality Zine #2 by Nick Acosta $5.00 – Punk music zine.

Comics & Minis

Clorofilia #1 Magazine of Plant Related Comics by Kira Mardikes & frinds $6.00

Lost Property by Andy Poyiadgi (Nobrow) $5.95

Super Dating Blitz #1 by Anthony Meloro $6.00

Draw By Four #2 the Craft by Rachel Ang $6.00

Deep Blue by Ace Wagstaff and Rachel Ang $6.00 – Asks some real big existential questions about reality with some nice line drawings. Is it a comics? Is it a zine? Who cares what it is? It’s interesting. -LM

Dumpling King #6 by Alex Kim (Oily Comics) $1.00

Piggy by Bavarsky Niv (Retrofit) $4.00

Drawn Onward by Matt Madden (Retrofit) $5.00

Unmentionables by Jack Teagle (Retrofit) $6.00

Mowgli’s Mirror by Olivier Schrauwen (Retrofit) $8.00

Graphc Novels & Trade Paperbacks

Copra Round 2 by Michael Fiffe (Bergen Street Comics) $19.95 – Genocide ain’t a pretty thing to see. But there’s no time to mourn when your face is at the edge of the gun. Scared, desperate, and alone, Copra’s gonna clear their name in a brutal reckoning with the forces that screwed them over and sold them out. Will hate be enough?

Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle, illustrated by Hope Larson $14.99 – Now in soft cover.

Adventure Time vol 5 Graybles Schmaybles by Danielle Corsetto and Bridget Underwood $12.99

Lumberjanes vol 1 Beware the Kitten Holy TPB by Noelle Stevenson & friends $14.99

Goon vol 14 Occasion of Revenge by Eric Powell (Dark Horse) $16.99

Room For Love by Ilya (Self Made Hero) $22.95


Worst Person Ever by Douglas Coupland $16.00

Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis $16.00

Bend of the World by Jacob Bacharach $14.95

Sundogz by  Mark Von Schlegell (Semiotexte) $17.95

Goldfinch by Donna Tartt $20.00 – Now in soft cover.

Politics & Revolution

La Lucha: The Story of Lucha Castro and Human Rights in Mexico (Front Line Defenders Book Series ) by Jon Sack etc. $16.95

Poetry & Chap Books

Detritus of Tongues and Cheeks by Brett Mayfield $2.00

Major Characters In Minor Films by Kristy Bowen (Dancing Girl Press) $14.00


Gene Simmons Is a Powerful and Attractive Man (and Other Irrefutable Facts) by Christina Vitagliano $16.00

F In Exams – Pop Quiz All New Awesomely Wrong Test Answers by Richard Benson $9.95


Keeping Ourselves in the Dark by Colin Fetlham (Nine-Banded Books) $19.00

Music Books

I Found My Friends: The Oral History of Nirvana by Nick Soulsby $15.99


Unabrow: Misadventures Of a Late Bloomer by Una Lamarche $16.00

So Youve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson $27.95


AdBusters May Jun 15 $12.95

Hi Fructose #35 $7.95

True Crime Mar 15 $8.99

Little White Lies #58 Truth and Movies $12.99

Mojo #256 Apr 15 $10.50

Tom Tom Magazine #21 $6.00

International Review #154 International Communist Current Win 15 $3.00

Upping The Anti  #16 Journal of Theory and Action $10.00

Other Stuff

Limited Edition Alice in Wonderland-themed Moleskine notebooks, various sizes. Curiouser and Curiouser! Come in to see themmmmmmmmmm.

Field Notes Two Rivers, Set of Three Notebooks $11.00