Monthly Archive for May, 2016

New Stuff This Week

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Sick by Gabby Schulz (Secret Acres) $21.95 – Severely ill, uninsured, alone, and confined to his bed for weeks, Schulz was left searching—only to find himself. Sick documents his discovery in gory, glorious, water-colored detail, finally completed and collected here for the first time in a beautiful, album-sized hardcover edition.


Everyday Magic #3 Love $4.00

It’s Down to This #2 On Sexual Violence, Accountability, Consent & Healing $4.00

Offerings by Finn Cunningham $5.00

Day Job #1 $15.00

Meditations vol 1 $5.00

Headcoat Quarterly vol 1 $3.50

LightHeavy vol 1 Apr 16 $5.00

Send Nudes by Naomi Stuhlman $5.00

You Must Always Have a Secret Plan #6 and #7 $3.00 each


FOMO Zine #1 by Juli Huddleston and Emily Moreohs $4.00

Castlevania by Sean Mac and Dave Scheidt $4.00

Hail Kelly by Sean Mac $3.00

Dweebie Dude #2 by Mikey Anderson $5.00

Pop! Made by Hue $3.00

Gender and Sexuality Portraits by Raffa Reuther $10.00

Cheap Thrills by Alicia Rose $5.00


Einstein by Corinne Maier and Anne Simon (Nobrow) $19.95

Adventure Time Hero Time with Finn and Jake: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Genuine Legend by Brandon T. Snider & Zachary Sterling $19.99

Black Science TPB vol 4 Godworld by Rick Remender $14.99

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl TPB vol 3 Squirrel You Really Got Me Now by North & Henderson $17.99

Lovf: An Illustrated History Of A Man Losing His Mind by Jesse Reklaw (Fantagraphics) $16.99


Secret Birds by Tony Fitzpatrick (Curbside Splendor) $49.95

Tehran Style by Hoda Katebi $25.00


Master of the Mysteries: New Revelations on the Life of Manly Palmer Hall by Louis Sahagun (Process) $22.95

Nazi Women: The Attraction of Evil by Paul Roland (Arcturus Publishing Limited) $12.95

Death Confetti: Pickers, Punks, and Transit Ghosts in Portland, Oregon by Jennifer Robin (Feral House) $19.95


Recording Unhinged: Creative and Unconventional Music Recording Techniques by Sylvia Massy (Music Pro) $29.99


Doomed City by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky (Chicago Review Press) $27.99

The Assimilated Cubans Guide to Quantum Santeria by Carlos Hernandez (Rosarium Publishing) $17.95

Queue: A Novel by Basma Abdel Aziz (Melville House) $15.95


Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost Its Mind and Found Its Soul by Clara Bingham $30.00

Anthropocene or Capitalocene?: Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism ed. by Jason Moore (Kairos) $21.95


Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge by Vandana Shiva


Sick In the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy by Judd Apatow $18.00


Mojo Jun 16 Syd Barrett, The Rise and Fall of a Psychedelic Avatar $11.99

Vive Le Rock #35 The Damned $10.99

True Crime May 16 When Mother Died, Peter Became A Serial Killer $9.99

Pastry Revolution #19 $25.00


How to Avoid Being Eaten by A Monster by Ed $3.50

Honey Surviving Oil by Chen Plett $12.00

Ninth Letter vol 13 #1 Spr Sum 16 $14.95

Offsite & More: CAKE Kick Off Events & Tabling Exhibition …AND a QUIMBY’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY PANEL!

Jun ’16
12:00 am


Quimby’s is proud to co-sponsor The [CAKE], 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 Fifth Annual CAKE tabling exhibition will take place on June 11th-12th at the Center on Halsted (more info below). Special guests include Chester Brown, Tyrell Cannon, Ezra Clayton Daniels, Sammy Harkham, Cathy G Johnson, Patrick Kyle, Laura Park, Trina Robbins, and Leslie Stein.

 There are all sorts of awesome CAKE-related things happening that weekend in other places that weekend too! Here are just a few:

Thurs, June 9th, 7pm  David Alvarado & Tyrell Cannon at Sulzer Library at  4455 N. Lincoln Ave (NOT at Quimby’s)

Fri, June 10th, noon-1:30pm Chester Brown at Graham Crackers Comics Downtown77 E Madison St. (NOT at Quimby’s) He’ll be signing and discussing his new graphic novel Mary Wept at the Foot of Jesus.

Fri, June 10th, 7pm YES, THIS IS AT QUIMBY’S: CAKE Presents Kramer’s Ergot 9 Signing, with Sammy Harkham, Andy Burkholder, Anya Davidson, Kevin Huizenga, Patrick Kyle, John Pham, and Lale Westvind. This event is also sponsored by Revolution Brewery, and will have refreshments provided while supplies last!

Sat, June 11th & Sun, June 12th 11am-6pm Tabling exhibition at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave.  (NOT at Quimby’s) Workshops and panels and all that fun stuff! 

AND OH!!! Don’t miss the Quimby’s 25th Anniversary Panel at CAKE!

11:30–12:30 A 25th Anniversary Celebration of Quimby’s! 

All Panels are located on the 3rd Floor Hoover-Leppen Theatre at the Center on Halsted

Ok, so a lot of things happened in 1991: with George H. W. Bush still in office, the Gulf War came to an end, the indie comics scene was still recovering from the so-called “black and white implosion,” Superman had about a year left to live, and Nirvana released Nevermind. Meanwhile, in Chicago, Steven Svymbersky opened a little shop on Damen Avenue that, he said, would “carry every cool—bizarre—strange—dope—queer—surreal—weird publication ever written and published,” a place where you could discover, he added, “something you never even knew could exist.” A quarter of a century later, Quimby’s, stuffed with comics and zines and poetry and novels and magazines and newspapers and other paper things that don’t even have a name yet, remains one of the premier bookshops in North America. Jake Austen, editor and publisher of the legendary Chicago music and comics zine Roctober, will moderate a conversation with zinemaker Liz Mason and cartoonists Gabby Schulz (a.k.a. Ken Dahl) and CAKE Special Guest Laura Park (Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream) about the history of Quimby’s and its legacy of strangeness and delight. Who’s bringing the cake? This panel is sponsored by The Center for Cartoon Studies.

For more info about CAKE: & Max Morris cakeexpo(at)gmail(dot)com.

This year’s banner by Chicago’s own Krystal DiFronzo.

New Stuff This Week


Someone Please Have Sex With Me by Gina Wynbrandt (2d Cloud) $17.95 – Yay for Chicago-based comics artists! Failed erotic photoshoots! Late-onset teen popstar obsessions! Fairy Kardashians and Pokémon-inspired future-sex! Lisa-Hanawalt-&-John-Porcellino-approved!


Hardcore Architecture: Justin Blinder by (Public Collectors) $5.00 – Fourth in this series of Hardcore Architecture interview publications that explore the relationship between the architecture of living spaces and the history of underground American hardcore bands in the 1980s. This booklet features a lengthy conversation with artist, designer and programmer Justin Blinder conducted by Michelle Millar Fisher. The focus of the conversation is Blinder’s project “Vacated” which interrogates the hyper gentrification of New York City.


zines from Nyxia Grey:
Everything Is Fine vol 1 #3 $2.00
NYC Zine Fest Here I Come Again #2 $4.00

Zodiac Book $5.00

Necessary Sass #1 I Fell in Love on the Internet, #2 Funeral Home, #3 5 Cats, #4 Dont Look in the Toaster & #5 Colma Bowl by Cher Strauberry $.50 each

Relax it’s Just Grapes by Magenta Phillips $10.00

Light Is a Better God #1-#3 by Alex Norelli $10.00-$12.00

Love Me More Now That I Am Golden $10.00

Save the Giraffes by Tara Wogomon $7.00

Put a Egg On It #12 $8.00


You Don’t Get There From Here #38 by Carrie McNinch $3.00

Canosas Welcome by Jim Pluk (Perfectly Acceptable Press) $10.00

comics by JJ McLuckie:
Passionate Journey $2.00
Bus Stop $10.00

Jake the Marshmallow Earthquake by Joaquin Barrett $2.25


The Stranger: The Graphic Novel by Albert Camus and Jacques Ferrandez $24.99

Wallace Wood Presents Shattuck by Wallace Wood (Fantagraphics) $24.99 – Original art edition!

Disquiet by Noah Van Sciver (Fantagraphics) $19.99 – The best of Noah’s short comics work in full-color, including: “The Death Of Elijah Lovejoy,” the story of the midwestern abolitionist in the 1830s;“The Lizard Who Laughed,” a painfully dysfunctional reunion; and “Punks V. Lizards,” an anarchic and darkly comic piece of absurdity that blends Quadrophenia with Jurassic Park.

Bird Boy vol 1 The Sword of Mali Mani by Anne Szabla (Dark Horse) $9.99


The Art World Demystified: How Artists Define and Achieve Their Goals by Brainard Carey (Allworth Press) $19.99


My Best Friend’s Exorcism: A Novel by Grady Hendrix $19.99 – Friendship and demonic possession in 1988, a cross between Beaches and The Exorcist.


Morgue: A Life In Death by Dr. Vincent Di Maio $26.99


When We Fight, We Win: Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World by Greg Jobin-Leeds & AgitArte (New Press) $17.99

Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence, and Identity by Alison Flowers (Haymarket Books) $17.95

Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner?: A Story of Women and Economics by Katrine Marcal $26.95

The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America by Ethan Michaeli $32.00


Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News by A. Brad Schwartz $17.00


Playing With Food: An Activity Book by Louise Lockhart (Cicada) $18.99


Lucky Peach #19 Sum 16 $12.00 – The Pho Issue! Iz realz pho sho!


Bust #99 Jun Jul 16 $5.99

Best Of Skunk #14 $7.99

Wire #387 May 16 $9.99

Fantastic Man #23 Spr Sum 16 $14.99

She Shreds #10 Esperanza Spalding $8.00

Make vol 51 Jun Jul 16 $9.99

Bad Day #20 $13.00

Tape Op #113 May Jun 16 $4.95

Video Watchdog #183 $11.95

Under the Radar #57 May 16 $5.99

Girls and Corpses vol 10 Spr 16 $8.95

Tattoo Life #100 $9.99

Shindig #55 10cc $12.99

Neural #53 $7.99


Dutiful Days New York Nites $3.00

Ninth Letter vol 13 #1 Spr Sum 16 $14.95

Kids are Cold #1 Poems and Art by E-Paine $4.00

Admit It Japan You Love When A Foreigner Struggles by Bruno Pieroni $15.00

These Worlds Between Us by Beth Marshall Jack $16.99

Paper Darts vol 5 $12.00


Tunnel Ball by Mark Neeley $10.00

Two Long Ears by Jacob A Boehne (Schiffer) $9.99

Alpha, Bravo, Charlie: The Complete Book of Nautical Codes by Sara Gillingham (Phaidon) $19.95

Club Life In Moomin Valley by Tove Jansson (D&Q) $9.95 – Moomin in da club.

New Stuff This Week


True Homosexual Experiences: Boyd McDonald and Straight to Hell by William E. Jones (We Heard You Like Books) $25.00 – Boyd McDonald (1925-1993) had the makings of a successful career in the 1950s–an education at Harvard, jobs at Time/Life and IBM–but things didn’t turn out as planned. After 20 years of resentful conformity and worsening alcoholism, McDonald dried out, pawned all of his suits, and went on welfare. It was then that his life truly began. From a tiny room in a New York SRO hotel, McDonald published Straight to Hell, a series of chapbooks collecting readers’ “true homosexual experiences.” Following the example of Alfred Kinsey, McDonald obsessively pursued the truth about sex between men just as gay liberation began to tame America’s sexual outlaws for the sake of legal recognition. Admired by such figures as Gore Vidal and William S. Burroughs, Straight to Hell combined a vigorous contempt for authority with a keen literary style, and was the precursor of queer ‘zines decades later. William E. Jones conducted in-depth interviews with many people from McDonald’s life, including friends, colleagues, and most unexpectedly, family members who revealed that he was a loving uncle who doted on his nieces and great-nieces. A complex portrait drawn from a wealth of previously unpublished material, True Homosexual Experiences: Boyd McDonald and Straight to Hell is the first biography devoted to a key figure of the American underground.


Templates for Limitless Fields of Grass #2 Tall Fields Edition by Gary Kachadourian $3.00

Travel Often #1 by Layne Buckland $7.00

Jester Jass Visual Wolcott $3.00

Living Southerners #3 May 16 by J Wu $2.00

Winners and Losers #2 by Nayef Nebhan $4.00

Punk London: In The City, 1975-78 by Paul Gorman $9.99 – A London-based guide with rare photos, charting the squats, clubs, shops and rehearsal spaces.



Cathartic zine by Aim Ren $1.50

Flyer Zine #1 by Julia Arredondo $5.00

Truck Month #1 by Pat Jarrett $15.00

Sole Soul So What by Ben Puffer $5.00

This Goddamn Body: A Zine About Trauma, Mental Illness and Bodies by Maira $3.00

How I Spent My Summer Vacation Wishing I Was Dead $4.00

Reflections issues #1 & #2 by Claudia E Berger $3.00 each

Genderqueer: A Gender Fanzine by Maus $3.00

Mental Health Is Ugly: A Collaborative Zine Edited by Queer Anxiety Babiez Distro July 2015 $5.00

But You Dont Look Sick: A Zine about Invisible Illnesses and Disabilities in the Workplace $5.00

What We Loved Was Not Enough by Ed Blair $5.00

Dave Roche zines, $.25 each. We pride ourselves on offering you these manuals of important information!:
Good Parrot Names / Bad Parrot Names
Good Dog Names / Bad Dog Names
Good Cat Names / Bad Cat Names

Cool Hiss #1 $2.00

Crunch: A Taco Bell Fanzine #1 by Brian Baynes and friends $5.00 – Long live nacho cheese. This is really a real thing. For real.

Mystic Punks #1 An RPG Experience by Anthony Meloro $5.00

Quartet First Edition by Nicholaus Jamieson $20.00


Each Day Everyday Before Ill Have Been Blind by Ben Porta $3.33

Weak Chin #2 by Steve Schaberg $3.00

How to Write Five Songs in Six Years $1.00

Soak Test by Alyssa Bonanno $5.0

Switchblade Lizzy by Elizabeth Lent $10.00

Wayward Riff by Robert Rusch $5.00

Become by Daimon Hampton $3.00

Island #7 by Brandom Graham and friends $7.99

Distant City by Lilly Richard (Uncivilized Books) $5.00

Bear and the Moon by Claudia Berger $3.00

Smoo by Simon Moreton, various issues $4.00 each

Trophies, Some Posters and Flyers by Michael Deforge & Patrick Kyle $5.00

Art Scrap Craft by Julie Doucet $5.00

My Hot Date by Noah Van Sciver $7.00

Lamentations of Ridiculous Creatures by Shawn Chang $3.00 – Pretty cute! Pretty funny! Very silly!


Highbone Theater by Joe Daly $34.99

Cigarette Girl by Masahiko Matsumoto (Top Shelf) $24.99 – Eleven quiet, evocative urban dramas originally published in 1974 from one of the leading lights of the Japanese alternative-comics movement known as “gekiga.”

Koma by Pierre Wazem & friends (Humanoids Publishing) $19.95

Boys Club by Matt Furie (Fantagraphics) $19.99 – No need to search around for those individual issues anymore! Collected here!


20×20: Twenty Years of Conundrum Press by Andy Brown $20.00

The Massive Library Edition volume 1 by Brian Wood (Dark Horse) $39.99 – This library edition reprints the comic book series The Massive #1-#15 from Dark Horse Comics, as well as material originally published in Dark Horse Presents #8-#10.

Twilight Children by Gilbert Hernandez and Darwyn Cooke $14.99

Everything Is Teeth by Evie Wyld, illustrated by Joe Sumner (Pantheon) $24.95 – The story of a girl obsessed with sharks.

Lydian by Sam Alden $12.00

Outer Limits: The Steve Ditko Archives vol 6 (Fantagraphics) $39.99


Fat Artist and Other Stories by Benjamin Hale $26.00 – A dominatrix whose congressman client drops dead, a heartbroken performance artist who attempts to eat himself to death as a work of art, an addict driving a truck of live squid — all sorts of weirdness.

The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay (Melville House) $27.95 – A mirror, 3 Venices in history and dangerous scheming. Don’t miss!

The Beautiful Bureaucrat: A Novel by Helen Phillips $16.00 – In a windowless building in a remote part of town, a newly employed young woman, Josephine, inputs an endless string of numbers into something known only as The Database. As the days inch by and the files stack up, Josephine feels increasingly anxious in her surroundings?the office’s scarred pinkish walls take on a living quality, the drone of keyboards echoes eerily down the long halls.


UFOs and Anti-Gravity by Leonard G. Cramp (Adventures Unlimited) $19.95 – Who says you need gravity to get anywhere? Not this guy.

Matthias Buchinger: The Greatest German Living by Ricky Jay (Siglio Press) $39.95 – He danced, he drew, he did tricks with pistols, swords and bowling. He had 14 kids. And he was 23″ tall.

The Cthulhu Wars: The United States’ Battles Against the Mythos by Kenneth Hite & Kennon Bauman, illustrated by Darren Tan (Osprey Publishing) $18.95


The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones by Rich Cohen $30.00 – Vanity Fair contributor tours with the Rolling Stones in the 90s.

Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones $20.00 – Now in soft cover.

Fascination: The Celluloid Dreams Of Jean Rollin by David Hinds (Headpress) $19.95

Another Little Piece of My Heart: My Life of Rock and Revolution in the ’60s by Richard Goldstein $17.00 – Memoir from Village Voice reporter who toured with Janice Joplin, watched the Doors record, got stoned with the Beach Boys, befriended Abbie Hoffman and the Black Panthers and more.

Dreams to Remember: Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the Transformation of Southern Soul by Mark Ribowsky $17.95 – Now in soft cover.


Keep It Fake: Inventing an Authentic Life by Eric G Wilson $17.00

Communal Nude: Collected Essays by Robert Gluck (Semiotext(e) / Active Agents) $18.95

The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld by Jamie Bartlett (Melville House) $16.95

String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis: A Library of America Special Publication by David Foster Wallace $19.95

Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore by Dave Hill $27.00 – These days, comedian and musician Dave Hill has just the right amount of spare time to write books at home, preferably in his underwear, but things weren’t always perfect. For a while he lived at home with his widowed father in New York where they bonded over the things in life that really matter: scorching-hot rock jams, the gluten allergy craze, eighteen-wheelers, Italian food (pizza and spaghetti), and whatever else could possibly be left after that.


Who Rules the World by Noam Chomsky $28.00


Juxtapoz #185 Jun 16 $6.99

Offscreen #14 People Behind Bits and Pixels $20.00

Apartamento #17 $19.95

Skin Art #165 $7.99

Fader #103 Apr May 16 $6.99


A Series of Pained Facial Expressions Made While Shredding Air Guitar: Poems, Observations, Lists, Letters, Notes, Bullshit Aphorisms, and General Tales of Ordinary Crabbiness by Brian Alan Ellis (House of Vlad Productions) $10.00 – Are you a Shia LaBeouf completist? Do you scream into pillows? Do you eat cream cheese sandwiches for dinner and then cry yourself to sleep every night? Have you somehow Jacque Cousteau’d a new depth to the ocean that is your self-hate? Here is the book for you.

Field Guide to Kissing You by Catalina Bode $15.50

Sheriff Nottinghams Holiday Herald #6 vol 2 #2 May Day $10.00

Letters from Delirium by SM Welch $4.00

I Am So Goddamn Lonely Poems by Paul E Schmidt $4.00

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo presents Kramers Ergot 9 Signing 6/10

Jun ’16
7:00 pm


CAKE is excited to present a signing event for Kramers Ergot 9, with CAKE Special Guest Sammy Harkham. Joining the signing will be contributors Andy Burkholder, Anya Davidson, Kevin Huizenga, Patrick Kyle, John Pham, and Lale Westvind.

  “I think this is the best issue yet and I couldn’t be happier doing it with any other publisher. Fantagraphics is the place where the best of the low brow and the literary strands of comics are equally represented and cherished on their own terms, and that’s something I have always strived for with Kramers, as well. So it’s a great fit.” – Sammy Harkam

Since Kramers Ergot ‘s inception in 2000, it has introduced new talents and solidified aesthetics; each volume is an of-the-moment, state-of-the-medium manifesto. This anthology has always been a reflection of creator/editor Sammy Harkham’s comics passions, both past and future. Kramers Ergot 9 gathers many of the best and brightest together in one giant, oversized collection.

Quimby’s is proud to co-sponsor The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo [CAKE], 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 Fifth Annual CAKE will take place on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. in Chicago. For more info about CAKE: & Max Morris cakeexpo(at)gmail(dot)com.

This event is sponsored by Revolution Brewery, and will have refreshments provided while supplies last.

Friday, June 10th, 7pm – Free Event

Click here to see the Facebook event to invite your friends!