Monthly Archive for September, 2015

New Stuff This Week

Today is Wicker Park & West Town Lit Day! Free only at Quimby’s: Chicago Food mini!


Multiple new zines from Jolie Ruin!

Teen Art I Have Stolen by Katie Bush $9.00

I Am Red Lexus by Anthony Weiss $3.00

Big Heart Small Brain by Nicholas Cade $5.00

Psycho Moto Zine #25 Antagonist Piece no 368 Dwellings by Ethan H. Minsker $1.00

So Tonight that I Might See: An Imaginary Pep Talk with Hope Sandoval by Rosie Accola $3.00

Blockletter #1 by Kelcey Towell $5.00

After the War A History by Dagwood Engleberg $3.00

Remnant of the Former Ocean $3.00

Five Acts for a Shade in Winter by Lulubell Pentunia $3.00

By the Reason of Numbers An Ordering of Chance by Zorensen Leverthal $3.00

Comics & Minis

Silent Show #1 by Adam Lichi $5.00

Lost Cats Part 1 by Megan Stanton $5.00

Romeo and Juliet and Guns #1 $4.99

Wendy Project #1 $4.99

Widdie Diddee $5.00

Rocket Suit $1.00

Squaby #2 The Starqueen of Sexy The Dense Issue by Elizabeth Kordeluk $5.00
Graphic Novels & Trade Paperbacks

Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine (D&Q) $22.95

2 Theo Ellsworth titles!: Understanding Monster Book 3 $21.95 & Capacity $24.95

Lose #7 by Michael DeForge (Koyama Press) $10.00

Castro: A Graphic Novel by Reinhard Kleist (Arsenal Pulp) $22.95

Goodbye Little Pointy Teeth Cartoon Stories by Brian Moore $12.00

Beef With Tomato by Dead Haspiel (Hang Dai Editions) $14.99

Snapshots of a Girl by Beldan Sexen (Arsenal Pulp Press) $17.95

Battling Boy Fall of the House of West by Paul Pope $9.99

Sky In Stereo by Mardou (Revival House Press) $17.95

Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell $19.99

Fable Comics: Amazing Cartoonists Take on Classic Fables from Aesop and Beyond (First Second) $19.99

Schmuck by Seth Kushner (Hang Dai Editions) $19.95

Palefire by MK Reed and Farel Dalrymple (Secret Acres) $11.95

Black Rat by Cole Closser (Koyama) $15.00

Dressing by Michael DeForge (Koyama) $19.95

Art & Design Books

Art of the Contemporary Doll by Sanfra Korinchak (Schiffer) $29.99

Zona Urbana by Justin Clifford Rhody $25.00

Marvel and A Wonder by Joe Meno (Akashic) $15.95

Well-Dressed Wound by Derek McCormack (Semiotext[e]) $12.95

Free Brontosaurus by David Berkeley (Rare Bird Books) $19.95

Loosed Upon the World: The Saga Anthology Of Climate Fiction $16.99

Fake Fruit Factory: A Novel by Patrick Wensink (Curbside Splendor) $16.95

Shock Treatment by Karen Finley (City Lights Books) $15.95

Rochester Knockings: A Novel of the Fox Sisters by Hubert Haddad (Open Letter) $16.95

Tale of the Teller of Tales: A Novel by Joshua Landsman $9.95

Politics & Revolution Books

Isis Apocalypse the History, Strategy and Doomsday Vision Of the Islamic State by William McCants $26.99

Feminist Utopia: Project Fifty-Seven Visions Of a Wildly Better Future by Alexandra Brodsky (Feminist Press) $19.95

Socialism Seriously: A Brief Guide to Human Liberation by Danny Katch (Haymarket Books) $16.95

And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality by Mark Segal (Akashic) $16.95

Making Sense of Anarchism: Errico Malatesta’s Experiments with Revolution, 1889-1900 by Davide Turcato (AK Press) $17.00

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes and Other Lessons From the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty $15.95 – Now in soft cover.


Man The Fuck Up $14.99

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson $26.99
Music & Film Books

2 Greil Marcus titles! Real Life Rock $35.00 (collects his Real Life Rock Top 10 column from the The Believer and other places) $35.00

How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise by Chris Taylor $16.99

Ladyscaping: A Girl’s Guide to Personal Topiary Hardcover by Caroline Selmes (BIS Publishers) $14.95

Meat #18 $20.00

Mojo #263 Oct 15 Patti Smith $10.50

Bust Oct Nov 15 vol 95 $5.99

Maximumrocknroll #389 Oct 15 Max Rock $4.99

Razorcake #88 $4.00

Cultured Fall 15 $12.00

Fuel #20 Magazine $14.95

VMan #34 Fall Win 15 $6.95

True Crime Sp 15 $9.99

In These Times Oct 15 – This issue: pregnant behind bars $3.50

Rethinking Schools vol 30 #1 Fall 15 $5.95

Nostalgia Digest Fall 15 Frank Sinatra $4.50

Skeptic vol 20 #3 15 $6.95

High Times Best of #78 15 Special Collectors Guide Guide to Great Buds $6.99

Film Comment Sep Oct 15 vol 51 #5 A Cut Above $5.95

Bomb #133 Fall 15 $10.00

Tattoo Life #96 $9.99

Witches Almanac #35 Spr 16 17 Air the Breath of Life $12.95

Cannabis Now #16 Dabbing 101 the Green Revolution $7.99

American Atheist 3rd Quarter 15 Boy Scout Ban on Atheists $4.95

Horror Hound #55 Sep Oct 15 Guillermo del Toro $6.99

Laphams Quarterly vol 8 #4 Fall 15 Fashion $17.00

Shindig #49 $12.99

Dear Dave Magazine #20 $15.00

Chap Books & Lit Journals

The First Line vol 17 #3 Fall 15 $4.00 – This issue all the pieces start with the line, “The old neighborhood was nearly unrecognizable.”

In Spite by Emily Hutchings $4.00

I Didn’t Love You But I Could Have $5.00

The Paris Review #214 $20.00

Other Stuff

New planners by Little Otsu!

Silly air fresheners! $3.50

Box of Super Awesome Birthday Mini Decorations $7.50

More Field Notes!! Most $9.95

Oh good god. The holiday season is here now:
Krampus Scarf $18.95
Introvert Christmas Ornament $14.95

Bill Kartalopoulos joins Gina Wynbrandt and Anya Davidson to discuss THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2015 on 10/16

Oct ’15
7:00 pm

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Now in its tenth year, THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2015 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), guest edited by Jonathan Lethem with series editor Bill Kartalopoulos, showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors, and pulls from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, minicomics, and the Web to create a unique and stunning collection. This year’s edition is a stirring journey into the world of comics, featuring pieces by Chicago contributors Gina Wynbrandt and Anya Davidson. Yes, you can preorder Best American Comics 2015 from Quimazon!

BILL KARTALOPOULOS is a Brooklyn-based comics critic, educator, curator, and editor. He teaches comics history at the School of Visual Arts. More information may be found at

GINA WYNBRANDT was born in Chicago in 1990. She writes comics about personal humiliations, sexual disappointment, and popular culture. Her favorite food is ice cream.

ANYA DAVIDSON was born in Sarasota, Florida, in 1983. She graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004. She is a cartoonist, musician, teaching artist, and printmaker whose work appeared in many ‘zines and anthologies, including Kramers Ergot, before her debut graphic novel, School Spirits, was published by PictureBox Inc. Her current project, the Ignatz Award-nominated comic Band for Life, will be available in print from Fantagraphics Books in the not-too-distant future. She lives and shreds in Chicago.

“As I know well from my own field, true vitality consists of stuff that’s further off the radar of general acclaim. The influx of raw arrivals. The deep cuts.” —Jonathan Lethem, from the Introduction

This years Best American Comics features: Gabrielle Bell, Mat Brinkman, Roz Chast, Anya Davidson, Eleanor Davis, Jules Feiffer, Blaise Larmee, Raymond Pettibon, Ed Piskor, Joe Sacco, Esther Pearl Watson, and others.

For more info:

The website of Bill Kartalopoulos.

The website of Gina Wynbrandt.

The website of Anya Davidson

Best American Comics Series.

Facebook invite for this event to tell the world you’re coming and invite people.

Preordering this book from Quimazon.

This event is on Friday, October 16th, 7pm at Quimby’s!

New Stuff This Week

Cheap poster sale at #quimbys! Many prints $5! #QuimbysBookstore

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Quimby’s Cheap Poster Sale! Many prints and posters $5.00!


Kiernan Dunn zines that all look awesome:
YOBO: You Only Butch Once Queer Reactions to Gender Presentation,
Joy of Missing Out: A Self Care Zine To Reduce FOMO
They Call Him Spooky: X-Files Fan Zine
We Are Not Alone: A Collection of Extraterrestrials by Kiernan Dunn $16.00
…and more!

Mountains Sound Like $2.50

Oh the Places Youll Float Oregon Part 1 by Jillian Barthold $4.00

Mug Shot: A Coloring Book $5.00

Blood on the Floor by Nolan Hirsley $20.00

Cards of Ingratitude by Jay Krevens $12.00

Employee of the Month by Raziel Puma $3.00

Proof I Exist #22 31 Days of International Zine Month by Billy Roberts $2.00


Cherry Tomatoes by Natalie Walser $6.00

Bright Nights by Jason Martin $4.00

Super Sikh #1 Takeoff and Landing and Super Sikh #1 Takeoff and Landing $3.99 each


Step Aside Pops: A Hark a Vagrant Collection by Kate Beaton (D&Q) $19.95

Pleasure: A Sexual Memoir $6.66

Marvels: You Either See it or You Don’t by Brian Selznick $32.99

Island #3 $7.99 – Comics anthology

AAMA HC VOL 4 You Will Be Glorious My Daughter by Frederik Peeters (Self Made Hero) $19.95


New Old School: Exploring the Modern Renaissance Of Old School and Neo Traditional Tattooing by Jakob Schulz $34.99

Little Book of Typographic Ornament by David Jury (Laurence King) $19.95

Cover Art: 20 Hanagable Prints For Book Nerds by Liz Emirzian $15.95

Walter Chandoha: Cat Photographer (Aperture) $29.95

Soviet Bus Stops by Christopher Herwig (Fuel) $32.50 – Photographer Christopher Herwig has covered more than 30,000 km by car, bike, bus and taxi in 14 former Soviet countries discovering and documenting these unexpected treasures of modern art.




Graffiti Murals Exploring the Impacts Of Street Art by Patrick Verel $29.99

Street Art Santiago by Lord K2 $34.99


The Emerald Light in the Air: Stories by Donald Antrim $16.00 – Artists, writers, lawyers, teachers, and actors make fools of themselves, have delusions of grandeur, talk and look for communion in a city. All stories that were published in The New Yorker.

Only the Animals: Stories by Ceridwen Dovey $25.00 – Short stories narrated by animals who have experienced atrocities from history.


Purity by Jonathan Franzen $28.00

My Wet Hot Drone Summer – New Lovers #4 by Lex Brown (Badlands Unlimited) $12.95 – Doom Generation-esque sci-fi sex romp.


Little Sister Death: A Novel by William Gay (Dzanc) $26.95

Shark by Will Self (Grove Press) $16.00

Tale of the Teller of Tales: A Novel by Joshua Landsman $9.95

New and Improved Romie Futch by Julia Elliott (Tin House Books) $15.95


Most Evil II Zodiac Case Solved by Steve Hodel (Rare Bird Books) $16.00 – The San Francisco Zodiac Serial Killer reveals his true identity. P.S. WRITTEN BY HIS SON.

Ghostly Encounters: Confessions of a Paranormal Investigator by Jeff Scott Cole and Jonathon Robson $24.99

John Wayne Gacy, Defending a Monster: The True Story of the Lawyer Who Defended One of the Most Evil Serial Killers In History by Judge Sam L. Amirante and Danny Broderick $14.99

UFO Dossier: 100 Years of Government Secrets Conspiracies and Cover Ups by Kevin D. Randle (Visible Ink Press) $19.95

Psychic Workbook Tools and Techniques To Develop Reliable Insight by Karen Fox (Schiffer) $24.99

Campfire Tales Great Lakes by Christopher Larson $16.99

Vampire Evolution From Myth To Modern Day by E.R. Guiley $24.99

Seeking Bigfoot by Michael Newton $24.99


High Holiday Porn: A Memoir by Eytan Bayme $25.99 – Confessions of an adolescence even more awkward than yours.

Gamelife: A Memoir by Michael C. Clune $25.00 – A portrait Of the writer as a young role-player.

Mysteries of the Mall: And Other Essays by Witold Rybczynski $27.00 – 34 essays about topics as varied as shopping malls, the rise of college towns, our fascination with vacation homes, Disney’s planned community of Celebration and more.

Tiny Taste Of Freedom by Gerd Dembowski $8.50


Understanding Mass Incarceration: A Peoples Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time by James Kilgore (New Pres) $17.95

Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How to Get It Right by Ray Raphael (New Press) $17.95

Eleanor Marx: A Life by Rachel Holmes $35.00

Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle $35.00


CCCP COOK BOOK: True Stories of Soviet Cuisine by Olga and Pavel Syutkin (FUEL) $32.50 – 60 recipes with anecdotes and images sourced from original Cold War era Soviet recipe books.



Yummy Kawaii Bento: Preparing Adorable Meals For Adorable Kids by Li Ming Lee $19.95

Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance by Rosie Molinary $16.95

Brewers Tale: A History of the World According to Beer $16.95


From the Graveyard of the Arousal Industry by Justin Pearson (Soft Skull/Counterpoint) $14.95 – West Coast noise and punk scene musician Justin Pearson runs the independent record label Three One G. He writes about such adventures as outsmarting skinheads, getting beat up on Springer, playing in bands (The Locust, Swing Kids, Some Girls and others) and getting chased out of town by angry audiences. From the author of
How to Lose Friends and Irritate People. Don’t miss this!


Three Songs, Three Singers, Three Nations by Greil Marcus (Harvard U Press) $19.95

Different Every Time: The Authorised Biography of Robert Wyatt by Marcus O’Dair (Soft Skull) $19.95 – As in the founding member of Soft Machine.

Tour Sucks Breakdowns, Break-Ups, Bellyaches, Bankrupts, Bringdowns, Blowouts, Bandits and Boozed-Up Berserkers by John A. Cahill $8.50

Free Pizza For Life Or, the Early Days of Plan-It-X Records by Chris Clavin $12.00

Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory by John Seabrook $26.95


National Treasure, Nicolas Cage: ECW Pop Classics vol 5 by Lindsay Gibb $12.95


Elska #1 Local Boys Local Stories LVIV Ukraine $18.50


Filmme Fatales #6 One More Shot $16.00 – A quarterly zine about the places where film and feminism intersect.

Offscreen #12 People Behind Bits and Pixels $22.00 – With Zendesk co-founder Alexander Aghassipour; co-creator of digital product company ustwo, Matt ‘Mills’ Miller; travelling photographer and designer Dan Rubin; science and space geek Ariel Waldman; co-founder of SaaS company Basecamp, Jason Fried; and the one and only ‘Godfather of the Web’, Jeffrey Zeldman.

Tape Op #109 Sep Oct 15 $4.95

Modern Farmer #9 Fall 15 $7.99

Harpers Magazine Oct 15 $6.99

Far Ride vol 2 Documenting Cycling Journeys Around the World $18.00

Wire #379 Sep 15 $9.99

Make vol 47 $9.99


Parody vol 4 #1 $5.00



Flop to the Top by Eleanor Davis and Drew Weing (Toon) $12.95

Written and Drawn by Henrietta by Liniers (Toon) $12.95

Quimby’s & Friends Co-Sponsor Wicker Park & West Town Lit Day, Sat, 9/26

Sep ’15
11:00 am

westtown_lit_posterWicker Park & West Town Lit Day is Saturday, September 26th. A group of local organizations and businesses got together to promote all things literary in the West Town and Wicker Park neighborhoods.

Read Local + Shop Small!
Support these partnering organizations during their open hours and for special events during the day!

Invite your friends! Here’s the Facebook event post for it.

Quimby’s Bookstore
1854 W. North Ave, Open Saturday from 11am-10pm.
Shop for independent publications, comics, zines and books from local authors as well as writers from around the world. Plus shoppers, get a secret surprise adult refreshment with purchase! And whatever other surprises we feel like! While supplies last!

Chicago Public Library West Town Branch Library
1625 W. Chicago Ave.
Stop by these Mini-Maker Lab Classes (ages 14+) today!
10am-1pm and 3-5pm Make a 3D Fridge Magnet
1-2pm Maker Lab Drop-in and Q&A
And Register/Renew your Library Card too!

Chicago Publishers Resource Center (Chi Prc)
858 N. Ashland
CHIPRC is a workspace for literary and arts projects. Stop in today for:
12-5pm Proud Moments Art Show
6pm Figure Drawing w/ New Mediums

Revolution Books Chicago
1103 N Ashland Ave, 11am-5pm
Visit them at:
11am—Book club discussing God Help the Child, Toni Morrison’s latest book
2 pm—Author event with Christopher Benson: Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime that Changed America, on the murder of Emmett Till, co-written with Mamie Till-Mobley.

1276 N Milwaukee Ave., is open Saturday from 11am-6pm.
This creative writing non-profit is fronted by the Secret Agent Supply Co., which sells gadgets of espionage and books written by their students.

Volumes Bookcafe
1474 N. Milwaukee Ave.
New kid on the block, this book café is coming soon! Make sure you note their presence and follow them for grand opening updates on fb, instagram and twitter at @volumesbooks

Event day poster designed by Susie Kirkwood.

New Stuff This Week

Kelsey Brookes: Psychedelic Space (Gingko Press) $60.00 – Kelsey Brookes is a trained biochemist, and this book consists of pieces based on the molecular structure of subatomic particles of, you guessed it, hallucinogenic drugs. Guess what else that will blow your mind? HE HAS THOSE MOLECULAR STRUCTURES MEMORIZED. My brain is falling out of my head just thinking about this. Oh! And! It has gatefold spreads, a sticker sheet, and a clear molecular overlay on one of the LSD pieces so you can see how the molecules match up with the painting. There’s another booklet bound within (books inside of books, like a fucking fractal). There’s even some glow-in-the-dark business here. If this isn’t all enough to melt your mind, there are essays by Hamilton Morris, Leoni Bradbury, Richard M. Doyle, and a visual essay by Ryan McGinness, as well as a dialogue with Kelsey Brookes by Anthony Kiedis. 


Check out them stickers!!!!


Proof I Exist #21 by Billy McCall $3.00

Self Care Zine Food $10.00

Solo #1 $5.00

Born Dead: The Artwork of Adam Niemara $10.00

Comics & Minis

Lauren Ipsum #5 by Roman Muradov $5.00

Snail Comix Presents Snail Bro #0 $4.00

Graphic Novels & Trade Paperbacks

Saga TPB vol 5 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples $14.99

Terror Assaulter (O.M.W.O.T.) by Benjamin Marrs (Fantagraphics) $14.99 – Terror Assaulter must defeat Terror at all costs, as long as it leaves time for steamy dates with hot chicks. The man’s codename is O.M.W.O.T. (One Man War On Terror) and he is the world’s greatest protector, and a villain’s worst nightmare. This is a hilarious satire of American foreign policy over the last decade, neocon philosophy, the state of American masculinity and sexuality, and male power fantasy in escapist entertainment.


Intro to Alien Invasion by Owen King, Mark Jude Poirier, Nancy Ahn $17.99 – Aliens on campus during spring break!

Crossed + One Hundred vol 1 by Alan Moore & Gabriel Andrade $19.99

Darth Vader and Son Vader’s Little Princess Deluxe Box Set by Jeffrey Brown $35.00

Descender vol 1 Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen $9.99

Zombies vs Robots vol 1 Inherit the Earth $19.99 – Collects issues #1–6.

Art Books

Freeman’s The 100 Helmets of The Vader Project by by Dov Kelemer & Sarah Jo Marks (Gingko Press) – A bunch of different lowbrow artists painted Darth Vador masks and then auctioned them off. Work by Shag, Gary Baseman, Ron English, Mitch O’Connell, The Pizz (R.I.P.) and more.


Urban Scrawl Notebook by Bianca Dyroff (Publikat) $12.95 – Plan out your next graffiti piece by drawing and working it out on these blank walls, boards and real-life-y backgrounds, like the one below. How did nobody think of this until now? Genius:


Danish Tattooing: Director’s Cut by Jon Nordstrom (Gingko) $59.95 – A look at the beginning of the scene in the early 1900s and following it into the 1980s with photography, profiles of artists throughout Scandinavia, characters, tattooing hotspots, flash books, custom tattooing machines, and ribald stories, all in the Danish tattooing tradition.

I Am 1UP One United Power (Gingko Press) – The work of 1UP (aka One United Power) has appeared all over Berlin in small subway tags as well as large-scale blockbusters and pieces on walls, skyscrapers and trains; nothing has been safe from this crew since! The public demanded a reprint of this 140 page self-published book.

In Progress: See Inside a Lettering Artist’s Sketchbook and Process, from Pencil to Vector by Jessica Hische (Chronicle) $29.95

Film Book

The Modern Japanese Movie Poster For American and European Films by Karlheinz Borchert (Gingko Press) $35.00 – Includes over 400 posters dating from 1960 to modern day.


japanmov post2Cruising the Movies: A Sexual Guide to Oldies on TV by Boyd McDonald ((Semiotext(e) / Active Agents) $17.95 – A newly updated version of this classic 1985 text, reviews of movies by the the editor of the Straight to Hell paperback series, originally published in the Christopher Street series. Writing against the bleak backdrop of Reagan-era America, McDonald never ceases to find subversive, arousing delights in the comically chaste aesthetics imposed by the censorious Motion Picture Production Code of 1930-1968.


Politics & Revolution

Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the Twenty-first Century by Nato Thompson $23.95


William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Part the Third: Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge by Ian Doescher (Quirk) $14.95


Hello Mr #6 About Men Who Date Men $20.00

Purple Fashion vol 3 #24 Fall Win 15 16 $40.00

V Magazine #97 Fall 15 $8.50 – This issue: Lana del Rey

Heed Magazine Sep Oct 15 $5.99

Design Anthology #6 $9.95

Fashionable Lampoon #2 $24.99

Man of the World #13 $20.00

Upping The Anti  #17 Journal of Theory and Action $13.00

Other Stuff

Green: A Marijuana Journal by Dan Michaels $10.95 – Designed for a new generation of pot connoisseurs, the Green journal allows the momentarily forgetful to keep track of marijuana strains sampled and enjoyed. This handy journal features a primer on pot basics, fill-in diary pages, and “top ten” lists to inspire new experiences. Smorgasbord!

Native Trees of Canada Postcards box by Leanne Sharpton (D&Q) $14.95