Monthly Archive for March, 2017

PHD Comics’ Jorge Cham & Particle Physicist Daniel Whiteson talk what we don’t know about the universe at Quimby’s 5/18

May ’17
7:00 pm

PHD Comics’ Jorge Cham and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson are experts at explaining things. Together they bring that expertise to a book about all the things we don’t know about the universe: WE HAVE NO IDEA: A GUIDE TO THE UNKNOWN UNIVERSE (Riverhead Books). You can think of WE HAVE NO IDEA as a handy guide the universe’s biggest unknowns. Cham and Whiteson have teamed up to spelunk through the enormous gaps in our cosmic knowledge armed with their popular infographics, cartoons, and highly entertaining and lucid explanations of science to explore some of the biggest unknowns in the universe. Why does the universe have a speed limit? What (or who) is attacking earth with tiny, super-fast particles? What exactly is Dark Matter? And for that matter…what is matter?

A delightful combination of comedy and cosmology that is as charming as it is informative.
—Zach Weinersmith, creator of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

“Accessible and hilarious (the two best things it is possible for a book to be), We Have No Idea not only explores WHAT we don’t know, but WHY we don’t know it.  You’d think that’d be plenty, but Cham and Whiteson also provide the most credible and up-to-date scientific explanations as to what some of the answers to these huge (and hugely important) questions might possibly be, PLUS puns.”
—Ryan North, author of Romeo and/or Juliet and To Be or Not To Be

In WE HAVE NO IDEA, Cham & Whiteson explore why a vast portion of our universe is still a mystery, and what a lot of smart people are doing to understand it. Along the way, and with over 400 incredible, original illustrations, they illuminate everything from quarks and neutrinos to gravitational waves and exploding black holes.

You may recognize Cham and Whiteson from their video about gravitational waves that went viral earlier this year, or from their individual careers. Jorge Cham is the creator of the popular online comic Piled Higher and Deeper, popularly known as PHD Comics and earned his PhD in robotics at Stanford. Daniel Whiteson is a professor of experimental particle physics at the University of California, Irvine, and a fellow of the American Physical Society. He conducts research using the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

Thurs, May 18th, 7pm – Free Event

For more info:
To interview Jorge & Daniel, contact: Al Guillen at aguillen(at)penguinrandomhouse(dot)com
Invite your friends with the Facebook event invite here!

Quimby’s Welcomes the Authors of Brick Through the Window: An Oral History of Punk Rock, New Wave & Noise In Milwaukee 4/29

Apr ’17
7:00 pm

In late-1970s Milwaukee, a compact circle of locals drew from their city’s cultural heritage, as well as the examples of New York, London and Los Angeles, to embrace the new in the form of a dynamic punk rock scene.  Drawing on influences from 1960s garage rock and early ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll, Milwaukee punks created a formidable body of work.  A new book published by Brickboys/Splunge Communications, Inc., tells the story in the words of the pioneers and participants.

Brick Through the Window: An Oral History of Punk Rock, New Wave & Noise in Milwaukee, 1964-1984 chronicles a small number of people who made history in a setting that produced internationally recognized bands such as the Violent Femmes, Die Kreuzen, Plasticland and Oil Tasters. Original interviews with such visionaries as the late Mark Shurilla and Richard LaValliere tell stories of imagination, creativity, resourcefulness and sacrifice.  Compiled from hundreds of hours of interviews, Brick Through the Window brings vividly to life a short-lived period of creativity and excitement in a heartland American town that was home to a musical subculture more prolific and diverse than that of many larger cities.

And guess what? The last Saturday in April is Independent Bookstore Day (IBD), so enjoy it here with this extraordinary book! Click here for more info about taking the #MyChicagoBookstore challenge for an opportunity to get discounts on books!

For the men and women who created the world of music in Milwaukee, the most American of cities, this book is not just an important historical document; it’s critical.  Their story is told, and told well.  In interviews with the players, and fantastic photos, the adventures and misadventures are chronicled with more gusto than the beer that made Milwaukee famous.”  –Wayne Kramer, singer/guitarist/activist, founder, the MC5

Co-authors Steven Nodine and Eric Beaumont will celebrate the release of Brick Through the Window with a discussion and book signing, with recordings of music mentioned in the book.

For more info:


Invite your friends with the Facebook invite for this event!

Sat, April 29th, 7pm  –  Free Event

More info about Independent Bookstore Day here!

New Stuff This Week


Last Night at the Casino #12 Mar 17 by Billy $3.00

Absolute Hyperbole by Elora Williams $20.00

Great Catholics zine #1 by Matt Runkle $10.00

Allergy Season #3 by Tanner Ballengee $5.00

Manic Abstract Photo Zine $6.00

New stuff from Pioneers Press:
Donald Trump Almost Ate My Brain by Kurt Morris $4.00
Are You There Brian, It’s Me Moisturizer: Skincare For Spooky Kids by Julia Eff $3.00
Zine Design: Intro Tips for Comic Zines by Rayne Klar $2.50
Witch Tips For Spells or Whatever by Rayne Klar $5.00
Get Shit Done a Week Long To Do List and Planner $3.00
Gayzette #2 Women Loving Women an MHS GSA zine $3.00
Lady Bits: A Zine for Vagina Havers Anatomy Menstruation Birth Control by Rachel Rolseth $7.50
Endometriosis Its the End of the World As We Know It $2.00
Wherever We End Up a Pioneers Press Exclusive by Billy Roberts $1.00
Hex Your Ex: A Collection of Spells to Get Back At Or With That Fucker $5.00

Barely Legal #2 The Daily Drawings of a Law Firms Desk Jockey by Hannah Chavez $3.00 – The second installment! Post-it notes and lined paper filled with perfectly crude ball point pen drawings of melting eyeballs and existential pontifications. Chavez shares darkly humorous vignettes of the crushing monotony of the cubicle workers day to day experience. ~CH

Femme Frick Part 1 the Bare Beginning by Laramie Moser $3.00

Sonic Meditations by Ten Deep Listeners (Temporary Services) $6.00

CHIPRC zines $2.00 each
Spooky Comics #1 by CHIPRC Drink n Draw
Why Bother A CHIPRC Drawing Zine


Sugar Sweet Stars By Yuliya Kholodenko $5.00

Fifty Flip Experiment #19 Mar 17 by Dan Hill $6.00

I’m So Punk a Comic About Shitty Punk Boys by Caroline $4.50

Slang Pictorial #1 & #2 by Nick Prolix $4.99 each

Spectress #0 Preview Issue $3.00

Our Fair City comics, issues #1-#5 $10.00 each


A Treasury of XX Century Murder Compendium I: Including The Lindbergh Child, The Axe-Man of New Orleans, and Madison Square Tragedy by Rick Geary $27.99

The Interview by Manuele Fior $24.99 – Weird triangles appear, a group of young cult types, a psychic. What else could you ask for in Italy in the year 2048?

Fire!!: The Zora Neale Hurston Story by Peter Bagge $21.95

A Process of Drastically Reducing One’s Expectations by Gabby Schulz $14.99

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui $24.95

White and Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine by Mohammad Sabaaneh, with a Foreward by and Seth Tobocman $19.95

Nat Turner by Kyle Baker $18.95

The Draw Of Sport by Murray Olderman (Fantagraphics) $24.99


Weak Messages Create Bad Situations: A Manifesto by David Shrigley $35.00


Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas by Laura Sook Duncombe $26.99

Ugly Prey: An Innocent Woman and the Death Sentence That Scandalized Jazz Age Chicago by Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi $26.99


Bowie on Bowie: Interviews and Encounters with David Bowie by Sean Egan $18.99 – Now in soft cover.

Everybody Had an Ocean: Music and Mayhem in 1960s Los Angeles by William McKeen $26.99

Damn Son Where Did You Find This?: A Book about US Hiphop Mixtape Cover Art by Tobias Hansson and Michael Thorsby $40.00


Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America’s Origins to the Twenty-First Century by Geoffrey R. Stone $35.00

Against Doom: A Climate Insurgency Manual by Jeremy Brecher (PM Press) $12.95

Organizing Cools the Planet: Tools and Reflections on Navigating the Climate Crisis (PM Pamphlet) by Joshua Kahn Russell and Hilary Moore


Book of Mutter (Semiotext(e)/Native Agents) by Kate Zambreno $17.95


Bust #104 Apr May 17 $6.99


Fields Magazine #7 Spr Sum 17 $14.00

Ninth Letter vol 13 #2 Fall Win 16 $14.95

The Point #13 Win 17 Midwestworld A Contry Is A Country $14.99

Sobotka Literary Magazine #5 Fall Win 16 $10.00

Mighty Stranger by Daniel Pujol $10.00

Gutterboy Rides Again by CT McGaha $8.00


Meat Berlin Issue $20.00

In the Big Apple? See Jenna Citrus Release Party at Quimby’s Bookstore NYC 4/8

Quimby’s Bookstore NYC is at 536 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, (718) 384-1215. @quimbysnyc

Jenna Citrus is traveling to Quimby’s in Brooklyn, New York to release two new books: The Hand Painting Series and An Opened Book End on Sat, April 8th at 2pm.

According to the artist:

“The Hand Painting Series showcases a selection of the best images from my hand paintings. I worked with a variety of individuals to create three finished pieces: a photograph of their hand, a completed 11×14 canvas painting, then a digitally created pattern for use on clothing or other surface design pieces. These images are exhibited in this full color book with over 40 images from the series.”

An Opened Book End weaves a fabric of dreamlike streams into fragmented realities. Pursuing memories from the past and turning experience into verse, Jenna Citrus recounts her years from 15 to 22. Allusive references are made to relationships, trust, heartbreak, family, technology, women, art, culture, creativity, society, inner being, sexuality, and culture’s influence on current existence through internal thought and reflection.

Jenna Citrus has always been a hands-on type of painter. When she first started creating her painted designs in 2007, she rarely used brushes. Instead she used her fingers, palms, and sometimes pallet knives. As her work progressed, she found herself pulled toward splattering paint from the paint that pooled in the palm of her hands, creating mixes of colors that were pure and bold. Citrus has worked in a variety of media including graphic art, photography, and portraiture. Jenna wanted to find a way to incorporate the process of how the hands could sometimes be more of a masterpiece than the canvas they were working on. She created a series of images utilizing hands as her canvas. From the age of 10, Jenna enjoyed writing short stories, around 14 her interests shifted to poetry and painting, in a few years she added photography to her craft. She graduated from the University of Southern Indiana in 2015 then was awarded the Efroymson Bridge Year Fellowship in 2016. She is currently working as a full time creator.

To see a preview of the books, check out her Kickstarter.

Here’s the link for the Facebook invite for this event!

Quimby's Bookstore NYC logo

New Stuff This Week

2016 Dollhouse Gig Posters (Starshaped Press) $85.00 – Tiny gig posters for dollhouses! The idea stems from Starshaped Press wanting to create tiny works of art from the smallest pieces in their metal type collection as well as their longtime passion for music. Operating like an old school record club, subscribers received a new 2×3″ poster each month for a year featuring a different musical style (12 in all). Here’s the reel-shaped box which houses all of the posters.
But wait… there’s more! It includes a flexi disk from John and Mark of The Coctails, temp tatts from Dan Grzeca, and a retro futuristic letterpress print from P22 Analog!

New stuff this week. #newstuff #quimbys #quimbysbookstorechicago #books

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Brick Through the Window: An Oral History of Punk Rock New Wave and Noise in Milwaukee 1964-1984 by Steve Nodine, Eric Beaumont, Clancy Carroll, & Dave Luhrssen $20.00. Other Russias by Victoria Lomasko (N+1) $20.00 – A fixture at Moscow’s protests and political trials, Lomasko illuminates the inequality and injustice at the heart of contemporary Russian society and gives voice to Russia’s many voiceless citizens. Not content to remain in the capital, she travels the country, visiting schools in dying villages; interviewing sex workers in foundering industrial towns; teaching children at juvenile prisons to draw, all while drawing their stories. Eartha by Cathy Malkasian (Fantagraphics) $29.99


Light Is a Better God #7 & #8 by Alex Norelli $10.00 each

House of Nicoletti by Franziska Andonopoulos and Michael Morrill $12.00


Death In Oaxaca #3 Sex and Death in Oaxaca by Steve Lafler $4.99

Tan N Loose Press stuff:
We Are the Cosmos by Gabriel Alcala $10.00
Happy by Jeffrey Cheung $15.00
Fruit Hoops by Leesh Adamerovich $10.00
Vignettes by Clay Hickson $8.00
These Are the Ways in Which I Have Tried to Tell You by Nathaniel Russell $10.00
Lozlifstyle by Lawrence Slater $10.00
Los Angeles Drawings by Liana Jegers $10.00

Chaos Theory by JJ McLuckie $17.00


American Junkie by Tom Hansen (Soft Skull) $16.95 – Should be subtitled Selling Drugs in Seattle. “Heavy like the dark stuff itself.” – Mark Lanegan, Screaming Trees.

The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture by Glen Weldon $17.00


Mrs. Houdini: A Novel by Victoria Kelly $16.00


Collecting Ourselves: A Cooperative Entrepreneurship Curriculum $20.00


Tape Op #118 Mar Apr 17 $4.95

RFD #169 Spr 17 Mark Thompson $9.95

Make vol 56 Apr May 17 Don’t Try This At Home $9.99

Shots #135 $7.25


A People’s History of Chicago by Kevin Coval (Haymarket) $17.00 – Seventy-seven poems (for the city’s seventy-seven neighborhoods) honoring the everyday lives and enduring resistance of the city’s workers, poor people, and people of color, whose cultural and political revolutions continue to shape the social landscape.

Midwestern Gothic #24 Win 17 $12.00


For Your Eyes Only #1 $15.00