Monthly Archive for December, 2016

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December Monthly Newsletter Link! Holiday Hours!

December Quimby’s Bookstore Newsletter: your monthly newsletter of Quimby’s Bookstore news, event-related stuff, and notable new items! To read all of it and/or subscribe to it, click here or the image below. Also note our holiday hours (listed below).


Offsite: Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) June 10th & 11th, 2017 – Tabling Exhibition at Center On Halsted

Jun ’17
10:00 am

Quimby’s is proud to co-sponsor 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 among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers. The sixth annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, 2017, at Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago.

2017 Special Guests include: Ron Regé, Jr. (The Cartoon Utopia), Jesse Jacobs (Safari Honeymoon), C. “Spike” Trotman (Iron Circus), Jessi Zabarsky (Witchlight), Gary Panter (Jimbo), Kevin Budnik (Handbook), Emil Ferris (My Favorite Thing Is Monsters), Ben Passmore (Your Black Friend), Gabrielle Bell (Everything is Flammable)!

The event is free to attend. Please visit for more information. For any questions about CAKE, please email

Join and share the event on Facebook!

Banner by Chicago’s own Anya Davidson.

Info about the CAKE kick off event at Quimby’s on Fri the 9th here!

Sign up for Tiny Letter CAKE updates here.

Off-Site: Chicago Zine Fest Karaoke Fundraiser Thursday Dec 8th at Beauty Bar

Dec ’16
8:00 pm


Calling all Karaoke Idols, you can stop singing to yourself while driving to work and join Chicago Zine Fest at our annual karaoke fundraiser, Thursday, December 8th at Beauty Bar, 1444 W Chicago Ave. NOT at QUIMBY’S.

Hosted by Joe and Liz Mason of Shameless Karaoke, dig deep into their songbook of over 3000 songs (w/ 100 new ones just added for you to try out!). They’ve got tons of artists from classics to contemporary from the like of David Bowie, Neil Diamond, Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, No Doubt, Madonna, Prince, Rolling Stones, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears and “more more more” (yes Billy Idol too).

There is a $5 admission which will benefit the 2017 Chicago Zine Fest. Beauty Bar offers their signature martini and a manicure drink special! Plus walk away with some extra cash by entering the CZF Split the Pot raffle. 

Now all that’s left is you and some friends (can’t sing duets alone). The event beings at 8pm and is 21+.

Get on stage and rock out! 

About Chicago Zine Fest: The Chicago Zine Fest is an independent event creating an outlet for small press and independent publishers to showcase their work. CZF’s mission is to showcase the culture and accessibility of zine-making through workshops, events, and an annual festival that welcomes artists and creators to share their stories, knowledge, and love of zines. The 2017 Chicago Zine Fest is Friday May 5 with the 8th Annual Zine Exhibition on Saturday May 6 at Plumber’s Union Hall. For more information visit

Quimby’s Bookstore is proud to be a sponsor for Chicago Zine Fest.

Flyer artwork by Chicago illustrator Chema Skandal.

Here’s the Facebook invite for this event. Tell yr friends!

Offsite: Chicago Zine Fest 2017!

May ’17
3:00 pm



Quimby’s is proud to be a co-sponsor of the Chicago Zine Fest, a celebration of small press and independent publishers, with free workshops, events, and an annual festival. The next CZF will be held May 5th-6th, 2017.

Fri, May 5th at Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S Morgan St in Bridgeport) – NOT AT QUIMBY’S
6:30pm: “Tools of Survival: Using Zines for Self-Care Panel” moderated by School of Life Design co-founder Kelly Cree. With JC, Rinko Endo, and Kevin Budnik. Panel sponsored by The University of Chicago Library.
8pm: Exhibitor Readings, featuring zinesters & comics artists Natasha HernandezBianca XuniseAus & LaurenEryca SenderSage CoffeyJavier Suarez + Cameron Del RosarioFiona Avocado, and Jim Joyce.

Sat, May 6th at Plumbers Union Hall (1340 W Washington Blvd) – NOT AT QUIMBY’S
11am-6pm: Zine Exhibition – Quimby’s will have a table, yes! Here’s the list of other exhibitors, sponsors, and guests!
noon-1pm “Ever Evolving Bastion of Freakdom: A Quimby’s Panel.” Chicago Zine Fest offers the community a way to engage and learn through a selection of workshops held during the expo. CZF is pleased to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Chicago’s Quimby’s bookstore with the panel “Ever Evolving Bastion of Freakdom: A Retrospective of Quimby’s” featuring a discussion (moderated by CZF co-organizer Alex Nall) with store founder Steven Svymbersky (and owner of Quimby’s Bookstore NYC), Quimby’s Bookstore Chicago store manager and zinester Liz Mason, with special guests, Neil Brideau (former employee and founder of Radiator Comics) and artist/photographer/Quimby’s regular customer Oscar Arriola. Come for a rousing discussion of how Quimby’s Bookstore got started, how it has evolved over the years, and how each panelist played a vital role in where it is today! Here’s the Facebook event invite for this panel! (And here’s the post on our blog about the panel.)

Here’s a list of other workshops etc during the fest!

Be on top of all things CZF:

You can support the Chicago Zine Fest by donating through Paypal, contacting them about an in-kind donation, or volunteering!

Art by Quimby’s employee Mike Centeno!