Monthly Archive for September, 2017

New Stuff This Week

Get yr dark arts on. Now in stock: necklaces of the beast! #quimbys #quimbysbookstorechicago #occult

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Sigil of Baphomet Jewelry $5-$30 – We are proud to start carrying occult jewelry for you from Arizona-based artist Xerxes who runs Sigil of Baphomet. Pendants, necklaces, sigils and more to flaunt your hexing abilities.

Psychedelic Pharmacology for the 21st Century: Breaking Convention Volume III by Ben Sessa (Strange Attractor Press) $21.95 – Presenting an interdisciplinary selection of twenty-five essays first delivered at Breaking Convention 2015, the third conference on psychedelic consciousness, culture, and clinical research, held at the University of Greenwich, London, held biennially. This book spans the sciences and humanities, from philosophy and neuroscience through chemical models of action to clinical use. This latest volume includes cross-cultural approaches exploring the global drug economy, clinical MDMA trials, histories of psychedelic literature, the enigma of the pineal gland, acid mediumship and psychedelic landscaping. Contributors include: Allan Badiner, Rick Doblin, Amanda Feilding, Ido Hartogsohn, Jennifer Lyke, Dale Pendell, Iker Puente.


Shards #1 + #2 by Melody Chang Snyder $3.00 each

Sunday Cruisin’ photo zine by Adam Jason Cohen $7.00

Polygoons Activity Book #1 by Hector Ivan Garcia $2.00

Zisk #28 Fall 17 $3.00 – The baseball zine for those who hate baseball magazines!


Berlin #21 by Jason Lutes (D&Q) $5.95

Sporgo #2 by Laura Pallmall $5.00 – A very contemporary look at a community of struggling young artists, written with crisp naturalistic dialogue. -Lane

Free Fantasy #1 $10.00

Business Box by JJ McLuckie $5.00

Lumpy Acres: A Graphic Memoir by Vance Lump $15.00 – This beautiful risograph comic is structured according to the four seasons, and the color schemes and layouts change with each section. A married couple spends a year in their new home, a rural farmhouse. They adopt chickens and think of them like children. They plant seeds and reap the harvest, sharing their new adventure of life on the land. Recommended for fans of Blexbolex and Brecht Evens. -Lane


Due out Oct 3rd! The Best American Comics 2017 edited by Ben Katchor and Bill Kartalopoulos $25.00

House Of Women by Sophie Goldstein (Fantagraphics) $29.99 – Four women try to bring “civilization” to the natives of a remote planet on the fringes of the known universe.

Francine by Michiel Budel (Secret Acres) $17.95 – Budel’s first graphic novel since his comics Wayward Girls and his anonymously posted webcomic slechtemeisjes, tells the tale of teen Francine who murders her bully, fakes her own death, steals her best friend’s mother, and makes any situation uncomfortably sexual.

Against the Grain vols 1-3 by Erica Austin $9.95 each

Josephine by Kevin Sacco $12.95 – A wordless Civil Rights-era tale of a young boy with a complicated family life who accompanies his family’s domestic – Josephine – from his Upper West Side NY comforts to her neighborhood haunts in Harlem.

Royal City vol 1 Next of Kin by Jeff Lemire $9.99 – A fading literary star who reluctantly returns to the once-thriving factory town where he grew up.

Sex Criminals vol 4: Fourgy! by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky $16.99

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl vol 6: Who Run the World? Squirrels by Ryan North and Erica Henderson $15.99

Adventure Time Sugary Shorts vol 3 by Pendleton Ward and friends $19.99

Unversed: A Comics Anthology Edited by Jonathan Hill $15.00

Bottoms Up!: True Tales Of Hitting Rock-Bottom, edited by J.T. Yost (Birdcage Bottom) $15.00 – Alcohol, narcotics, sex, pornography, body dysmorphia and more – adapted into comics by nearly 40 indie cartoonists. Contributors include Rachel Dukes, Noah Van Sciver, Sara Lautman, Kevin Budnik & more. Portion of proceeds donated to a local rehab org.


Tattoos In Japanese Prints by Sarah Thompson (MFA Boston) $24.95

Addicted to Americana: Celebrating Classic & Kitschy American Life & Style by Charles Phoenix $29.95 – Raised on a used-car lot, Charles Phoenix was destined to become the Ambassador of Americana. The photo collector, food crafter, and field tripper is famed for his hilarious live show performances and “theme park” tour of downtown Los Angeles. This riotously colorful book, replete with Charles’s collection of vintage Kodachrome slides, celebrates his lifelong quest to unearth the best of classic and kitschy American life and style.


Riot Days by Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot $17.00 – Evocative, wry, laser-sharp, and laconically funny first hand account of the trial and imprisonment of Maria Alyokhina for smuggling a guitar with her fellow Pussy Rioters into an Orthodox Moscow cathedral and performing a “Punk Prayer” to protest Putin’s regime.


From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty $24.95 – Author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes expands our sense of what it means to treat the dead with “dignity” by traveling the world and looking at death traditions in other cultures.

The War Nerd Iliad by John Dolan (Feral House) $22.95 – Poet, novelist, essayist, former teacher, and co-producer of the Radio War Nerd weekly podcast John Dolan brings a modern prose translation of Homer’s Iliad, stripping it of the archaic language and showing just how funny, raw, and terrifying this doomed world of war really is, revisiting this tale of Greeks and Trojans still fighting while the gods interfere.

The Super Natural: Why the Unexplained Is Real by Whitley Strieber and Jeffrey J. Kripal $16.00 – The guy who wrote Communion and a religion prof present a perception-altering analysis of why the paranormal is real, but also radically different from what is conventionally understood.


Complete Stories by Kurt Vonnegut $45.00 – This book collects 98 stories written from 1941 to 2007, here for the first time five previously unpublished stories; as well as a handful of others that were published online and read by few.

Neverwhere Illustrated Edition by Neil Gaiman, illustrations by Chris Riddell $19.99


Hi-Fructose #45 New Contemporary Art Magazine $7.95

Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet #36 $5.00
The Believer #115 Oct Nov 17 $12.00
Sheriff Nottingham #11 $10.00
Distractions by Broken Nose Collective $10.00
The Moomers Journal of moomers studies #11-#14 $7.00 each
Motley Magazine #1 Sum 17 $5.00


The Outback Musician’s Survival Guide: One Guy’s Story of Surviving as an Independent Musician by Phil Circle $17.50 – Don’t miss Phil Circle here to release this book on 10/19!

Confessions of a Transylvanian: A Story of Sex, Drugs and Rocky Horror by Kevin Theis and Ronald Fox $16.95


Incontinence of the Void: Economico-Philosophical Spandrels by Slavoj Žižek $29.95


Grandpa’s Ghost Stories by James Flora (Feral House) $17.95 – Back in print for the first time since 1978, one of the most sought-after of madcap illustrator Jim Flora’s children’s books, best known for his 40s and 50s album cover art.

Anna and Froga: Completely Bubu by Anouk Ricard (D&Q) $19.95

Kids books from Soberscove Press, $10 each: This is True by Selina Trepp, Tic Toc by Arati Rao and Adam Sipe & more.


Tuesday Bassen swag: Girls Stickers $5 per pack, Greeting Cards $4 per card

Moleskine 2018 12 Month Daily Planner, Pocket, Elm Green, Hard Cover $19.95

Chris Ware Signs MONOGRAPH 11/3

Nov ’17
7:00 pm

While Chris Ware’s singular body of work is often categorized as comics, his writing/drawing defies classification. Whether he’s creating graphic novels, making paintings or building sculptures, Ware explores social isolation, emotional pain and human desperation with a fine visual clarity and uncertain mnemonic organization, the end result being intentionally empathetic and complex. Like Charles Schulz, Art Spiegelman and R. Crumb before him, Ware has attempted to elevate cartooning to a fine art form.

MONOGRAPH is a personal, never-before-seen look at how the artist’s private and work life intersect, beginning with the influence of his newspaper family to his art school days in Austin and Chicago to his life from the early 1990s to the present day. The book delves into how, as a storyteller and builder, Ware’s work in three dimensions feeds into the thinking of his finely textured narrative art, offering a prismatic look at his work, including rarely-seen early attempts, previously unpublished strips and notes, all serving as a window into how artwork made for reproduction is still fundamentally “art.”

“There’s no writer alive whose work I love more than Chris Ware. The only problem is it takes him ten years to draw these things and then I read them in a day and have to wait another ten years for the next one.” –Zadie Smith    

About the Author: Chris Ware is a contributor to the New Yorker, and his “Building Stories” was selected as a best book of the year by both the New York Times and Time magazine. Ira Glass is the creator and producer of the radio program This American Life. Françoise Mouly is the publisher of TOON Books and the art editor of the New Yorker. Art Spiegelman is the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Maus.

By Chris Ware
Contributions by Ira Glass, Françoise Mouly, and Art Spiegelman
Hardcover, three-piece case / 13” x 18” / 280 pages / 300+ color and b&w photographs
$60.00 U.S., $80.00 Canadian, £45.00 U.K.
ISBN: 978-0-8478-6088-3 / Rizzoli New York / Release date: November 2017

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Singer-Songwriter-Guitarist and Author Phil Circle Launches His New Book The Outback Musician’s Survival Guide 10/19

Oct ’17
7:00 pm

In Phil Circle’s new book The Outback Musician’s Survival Guide (Guilt By Association), he uses his 30+ years as an independent musician to shed some light on the real world of music for 99% of American musicians. Through a series of tales both whimsical and dark, reflections on the craft and the business, and admissions of his own faults, he brings a human face to a seemingly glamorous world. You’re likely to find that some of what you’ve heard about being a musician is sadly or hysterically true, and that other widely held beliefs are little more than hot air.

“Towards the end of the book, Phil says, “I don’t have some profound message.” In fact, by sharing his humanity and his failings as well as his high points, he has created a profound message. It is often in mere survival that we create greatness, although we ourselves don’t know it at the time. The touch of human grief amidst all of the adrenaline pumping adventure makes this book something of a celebration of what it means to be human.” -Sarah Jane Clarke, Beat Media, Oxford, UK

Phil Circle has written, recorded and produced eight albums of his own music and two albums of cover songs, one featuring almost entirely music by Chicago songwriters. As a writer, Phil’s work has appeared in articles for various music zines and other publications over the years, including Chicago Music Guide, Pro-Am Guide and a report on the industry for NARAS.

For more info: @philcircle

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Thursday, October 19th, 7pm – Free Event

New Stuff This Week

New this week! Night Watch Studios stuff! Patches $6 Stickers $3 Pins $5 #quimbys #patches #nightwatchstudios

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Stuff from Night Watch Studios! Patches, stickers, buttons!


Infinite Wheat Paste #2 $5.00

Survival Guide, Spring Fever $3.00

Night Watch #13 Psychedelic Issue $8.00

Derived From Matter $5.00

Dream Machine #1 Roots Growth $8.00

Razorblades and Aspirin #2 $8.00


Comics by Bianca Xunise, $10 each: Diary Comics & Say Her Name

My Son Falcon Girl by Marky Starr & friends $3.00

Shiner by Nathan Cowdry $10.00

Lost Little Dog #1 Sphinx by Swinnea $3.00


Robert Crumb: Sketchbook, Vol. 2: Sept. 1968-Jan. 1975, edited by Dian Hanson (Taschen) $39.99

Present by Leslie Stein (D+Q) $21.95

Dark Knight III: The Master Race Frank Miller & friends $29.99 – Batman and his friends have retreated for years but a new war is beginning. An army of unimaginable power led by Superman’s own daughter is preparing to claim Earth as their new world. The only force that can stop this master race—Batman—is dead. Long live the new Batman…Collects all 9 issues of the series.

Short Con by Pete Toms (Study Group) $9.95


27 Exposures: A Disposable Scavenger Hunt by Alison Hunt $15.00

Green Lantern Press books:
Imperceptibly and Slowly Opening $30 – Artists and writers reflect upon plant life as it troubles both physical and ideological human spaces.
Notes On by Magalie Guerin $20 – An artist documenting her process in a, well, super arty way.
The New [New] Corpse $30 – Exhibition catalog from the Sector 2337 group show.
& more!


Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout by Laura Jane Grace and Dan Ozzi $16.99 – Soft cover version of memoir by the lead singer from Against Me!

Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa by Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski $32.95 – Don’t miss author Ed Godziszewski (and publisher of JAPANESE GIANTS magazine) here at Quimby’s talking about the book on Oct 13th about the director behind the original GODZILLA and many of its beloved sequels and spin-offs of the 1950s and ‘60s!


Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction by Grady Hendrix $24.99 – A celebration of plotlines of devil worship, satanic children, and haunted real estate with book covers showcasing well-dressed skeletons, evil dolls, and more!


Grow Your Own: Understanding, Cultivating, and Enjoying Cannabis by David Stein, Liz Crain, Micah Sherman, and Nichole Graf $26.95

Hello Mr #9 About Men Who Date Men $20.00
Bust #107 Oct Nov 17 $6.99
Four Two Nine #11 Fall 17 $12.99
Tape Op #121 Sep Oct 17 $4.95

McSweeneys #50 $30.00
The First Line vol 19 #3 Fall 17 $4.00
The Literary Review vol 60 #2 Sum 17 Physics: The Fiction Issue $10.00


Meat #24 $20.00

New Stuff This Week

Fukitor #10 & #11 by Jason Karns $10.00 each

California Infernal: Anton LaVey and Jayne Mansfield As Portrayed by Walter Fischer (Trapart Books) $39.95


Naughty Nuns by Corinne Halbert $10.00

Cometbus #58 Zimmerwald $3.00 – A teenager finds solace in a diner full of grumpy seniors during the heydey of San Francisco punk. It’s a mythological place, full of ghostly archetypes, the aging veterans of scenes past and future. Reads like a novel, but is it fiction or barely disguised autobiography? Or is it the obituary of a movement? That’s up to the reader to decide and Aaron to never let on. Either way, the backstory of the angry old woman glaring at you from the other end of the counter becomes a disturbing glimpse into your own future and distressing as this may be it’s hard to put down or get out of your head.

Zines by Nyxia Grey, $2 each: Overthrow the Status Quo: A Super Rad Kickass Primer About Zines, Everything is Fine vol 1 #5 You’ve Got Mail, You Matter Always: A Zine About Making the World Less Shitty

Fairy Tales for Cynical Girls vol 1 by K8 $2.00

Sluice issues #2, #3.5 $3.00 each

Manic Spring 2 This Time It’s Summer by Maira $5.00

Pigmento #1 A Zine Created By and For People of Color $7.00

San Antonio Bound Death Sentence #1 by Kris $3.00

Mapping Out Utopia #1 Cambridge 1970 Boston Area Counterculture $8.50

Mystery and Adventure Series Review #51 by Fred Woodworth $3.00

Temporary Automatic Writing Zone #1 Aug 17 TAWZ $4.00

Disruptor #4 Sum 17 Fourth Issue of Disruptor $5.00

Worst Fucking Food Ever by Billy McCall $1.00

Picking Stuff Apart by Joshua Amberson and Rock Craven $3.00

Myrkfaelni #1 $16.00

The Future Generation: The Zine-Book for Subculture Parents, Kids, Friends & Others by China Martens (PM Press) $22.00 – Back in print!

Getting to Know Someone Just Means Hearing About their Exes by Alex Wrekk $1.00

Skidmark Zine #15 $5.00

KerBloom #127 July Aug 17 by Artnoose $2.00


Ryan Cecil Smith titles: My Dream Comics $5.00 and SF Liquid Planet Battle #1 $7.00

Isabella Rotman titles: Run With Your Demons $7.00 & Long Black Veil $6.00

Slasher #4 by Charles Forsman $4.99

Comics by Tony R: Exacerbate $4.00, I Sure Wish I Could Find the Motivation To Be Creative by Tony R. $5.00 & more!

Comics by Sam Spina: My Dumb Kids $3.00, Spinadoodles #7 Having a Time $5.00


Sax Rohmer’s Dope by Trina Robbins $24.99 – A talented young actress becomes fatally ensnared in London’s mysterious and glittery drug culture. Based on Sax Rohmer’s 1919 novel and inspired by true events, Dope was both the first novel to speak openly about the international drug trade and the first story to center around the death of a celebrity by drug overdose.

Nick Cave: Mercy on Me by Reinhard Kleist (Self Made Hero) $22.88 – Sit down in your Mercy Seat and devour this while eating cake at a Birthday Party!

Language Barrier: Zines, Comics and Other Fragments by Hannah K. Lee (Koyama) $20.00

Morton: A Cross-Country Rail Journey by David Collier (Conundrum) $20.00

Dreams In Thin Air: by Michael M. Nybrandt and Thomas E. Mikkelsen (Conundrum) $25.00

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Season 8 vol 1 (Dark Horse) $24.99

Total Tank Girl by Alan C. Martin (Titan) $24.99

Fred The Clown In… “The Iron Duchess” by Roger Langridge (Fantagraphics) $19.99

Superfuckers Forever by James Kochalka $17.99

Last Girl Standing by Trina Robbins $19.99 – Heavily illustrated memoir of the underground, feminist cartoonist.

Iceland by Yuichi Yokoyama (Retrofit) $15.00

Ghosts Etc by George Wylesol $13.99

Beirut Won’t Cry by Mazen Kerbaj (Fantagraphics Underground) $30.00

Mountebank: A Psychedelic Sketchbook by DW (Fantagraphics) $25.00

Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly & Lewis Trondheim (D+Q) $21.95

This Must Be the Place: A Please Keep Warm Collection by Michael Sweater (Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club) $20.00

Catboy by Benji Nate (Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club) $20.00


Did It! from Yippie to Yuppie: Jerry Rubin, an American Revolutionary by Pat Thomas (Fantagraphics) $49.99 – Bio & oral/visual history of the co-founder of the Yippies, Anti-Vietnam War radical, Chicago 8 defendant, New Age/Self Help proponent, and social-networking pioneer.

Why Bad Governments Happen to Good People by Danny Katch (Haymarket Books) $13.95

Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief, edited by Cindy Milstein (AK Press) $19.95

Curry: Eating, Reading and Race by Naben Ruthnum (Coach House Books) $13.95


Soviet Bus Stops vol 2 by Christopher Herwig and Owen Hatherly (Fuel) $32.50

Walled City: The Art of the Mural (Sandu Publishing) $39.95 International anthology of artists risking life and limb for huge scale works.

Asad Faulwell: Les Femmes D’Alger by David Pagel and Franklin Sirmans (Zero+) $45.00 – Mixed media paintings focused on Algerian women who actively engaged in combat during the Algerian War of Independence.

Freestyle: Illustrating Urban Fashion (Sandu Publishing) $35.00

Ricky Powell: The Individualist by Tono Radvany and Nemo Librizzi $35.00 – Collection of Powell’s work, one of NYC’s most prolific street photographers, with portraits of the Beastie Boys, RUN DMC, LL Cool J, Andy Warhol, Basquiat, Keith Haring and hundreds more.

Turn The Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose by Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and Alison Byrne (Baby Tattoo) $40.00


Trumpocalypse Now: The Triumph of the Conspiracy Spectacle by Kenn Thomas (Adventures Unlimited) $16.95

Mentored by a Madman: The William Burroughs Experiment by A.J. Lees $18.95 – A fascinating account by one of the world’s leading neurologists of the profound influence of William Burroughs on his medical career. Lees relates how Burroughs, author of Naked Lunch and troubled drug addict, inspired him to discover a ground-breaking treatment for Parkinson’s Disease.

Adventures of a Hashish Smuggler by Henri de Monfreid (Adventures Unlimited) $16.95

Project MK-Ultra and Mind Control Technology: A Compilation of Patents and Reports by Axel Balthazar (Adventures Unlimited) $19.95


A Field Guide to the Aliens of Star Trek: The Next Generation by Zachary Auburn (Devastator) $15.00 – Collecting the zines of the same name. Hilarious!


Thurston Moore: We Sing a New Language by Nick Soulsby $23.95

Buzzcocks: The Complete History by Tony McGartland $13.95

David Bowie: A Life by Dylan Jones $28.00

Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs (33 1/3) Eric Eidelstein $14.95

Quazarz Vs. The Jealous Machines by Shabazz Palaces & Joshua Ray Stephens (Fantagraphics/Sub Pop) $25.00 – Hand-numbered, limited-edition art piece with download code for the new Shabazz Palaces album.

The Who on the Who: Interviews and Encounters, edited by Sean Egan $30.00

Tokyo Cinegraphix One: Horror And Exploitation: 100 Film Posters From Japan by Kagami Jigoku Kobayashi (Shinbaku) $27.95

Voluptuous Terrors: 120 Horror And SF Film Posters From Italy (Art Of Cinema) by G.H. Janus (Deicide) $29.95


Moomin Begins a New Life by Tove Jansoon (D+Q) $9.95

Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers & Shawn Harris $19.99

Book of Bones: Ten Record Breaking Animals by Balkan & Brewster $19.95

The First Rule of Punk by Celia Perez $16.99 – YA book from Chicago zinester and librarian.

AdBusters #134 vol 25 #6 Nov Dec 17 $14.95
Skeptic vol 22 #3 $6.95
The Monthly Review vol 69 #4 Sep 17 Meaning of Work in a Sustainable Society $6.00=
Make vol 59 Oct Nov 17 Home Making $9.99
Fortean Times #357 Crowley: The Comic Strip $12.50
Purple Fashion vol 3 #28 Anniversary Issue $25.00
Modern Farmer #17 Fall 17 $7.99


Midwestern Gothic #25 Sum 17 $12.00
Sinister Wisdom #106 A Multicultural Lesbian Literary and Art Journal by Julie R. Enszer $12.00
The Paris Review #222 $20.00
Lapham’s Quarterly vol 10 #4 Fall 17 Music $19.00
Fence vol 18 #2 Sum 17 $13.00


Elska #13 Helsinki Finland $18.50