Monthly Archive for February, 2018

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Justin O’Brien Reads From Chicago Yippie! ’68

Mar ’18
7:00 pm

Justin O’Brien’s new book Chicago Yippie! ’68 (Garret Room Books) is a true chronicle of his experiences during the week of the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention. What promised to be a music festival and protest against the war in Vietnam turned into a “police riot,” as deemed by the official investigation report, Rights in Conflict. This historic event, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, has relevant echoes in the protests of today. Even other participants have been amazed by this detailed description of events. O’Brien’s gripping narrative is interwoven with additional eyewitness accounts and includes more than 150 color and black and white photos—most of them never before published, and three original maps help the reader pinpoint the action. Handbills, posters, newspapers, political buttons, and other paraphernalia—all from the author’s collection—provide fascinating visual references and offer graphic evidence of this historic Chicago moment.

“Justin O’Brien seemingly was ever-present during 1968’s Chicago Convention Week. His lively recollections from the streets and the parks resurrect a polarized time of counterculture protest and potential.”
—Abe Peck, Professor Emeritus in Service, Northwestern University;
Author, Uncovering the Sixties: The Life and Times of the Underground Press

“There is no book more loyal to the events that occurred over four August days in Chicago in 1968 than Justin O’Brien’s riveting Chicago Yippie! ’68. With his lucid, engaging prose, O’Brien effortlessly unwinds the various discordant threads that were so tightly woven into the fabric of the anti-war movements that defined the 1960s. Chicago Yippie! ’68 will take you back to a place that time may have muted, but that Mr. O’Brien has never forgotten.”
—Pat Owens


With more than 400 by-lines on a variety of subjects, Justin O’Brien has written extensively about blues music over a forty-year period, and for several decades has been associated with Living Blues magazine of the University of Mississippi. His work has also appeared in Juke Blues, Sing Out!, UIC Alumni News, Chicago Parent, Digital Chicago, Southern Graphics, and other publications. He has contributed to the Encyclopedia of the Blues (Routledge Press, 2005), Armitage Avenue Transcendentalists (Charles Kerr, 2009), and Base Paths: The Best of the Minneapolis Review of Baseball (Wm. Brown, 1991), to which, coincidentally, former Senator Eugene McCarthy, the “peace candidate” of 1968, wrote a foreword.

Friday, March 23, 7 p.m. – Free Event

For more info:

Facebook invite for this event here!


Off-Site: Chicago Zine Fest 2018, May 18th and 19th

May ’18
12:00 pm


Watch this space for more info about Chicago Zine Fest 2018!

Quimby’s is proud to co-sponsor The Chicago Zine Fest, a celebration of small press and independent publishers, with free workshops, events, and an annual festival. CZF 2018 will be held May 18-19. All events are free!

Friday, May 18th: Panel Discussion & Exhibitor Reading, 6:30-9:30pm at the Institute of Cultural Affairs, 4750 N. Sheridan Road in Uptown. The topic is On Speaking Terms: Zines, Librarians and Communities and the panel will feature local zinester and Chicago Public Library employee Oscar Arreola, Doro of the School of the Art Institute’s Zine Collection, Milo from Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP), and moderated by the University of Chicago’s zine archivist, Sarah G. Wenzel. Then stay for the exhibitor reading featuring performances by Zach Auburn, Shira Mario, Megan Metzger, Ariel Chan, Marian Runk, Katie Armentrout and Cathy Hannah. Facebook event invite for that event here.

Saturday, May 19th: Tabling Exhibition, 11am-6pm at The Plumbers Union Hall, 1340 W Washington Blvd in Chicago. The exhibitor list is here.  And Facebook event invite for that event here. Come see us at Table S3!

And don’t forget about the Chicago Zine Fest Afterparty w/ Punk Rock Karaoke at the Co-Prosperity Sphere from 7:30 to midnight on Saturday night. (Here’s the Facebook event invite for it.) $6 goes to fundraiser for the CHIPRC.

PRK flyer by Miguel Centeno.


For more info:

Interested in volunteering? Contact CZF here!

CZF 2018 artwork by Yewon Kwon.

Nick Drnaso launches Sabrina on Thurs, May 24th, Interviewed by Jessica Campbell

May ’18
7:00 pm

When Sabrina disappears, an airman in the U.S. Air Force is drawn into a web of suppositions, wild theories, and outright lies. He reports to work every night in a bare, sterile fortress that serves as no protection from a situation that threatens the sanity of Teddy, his childhood friend and boyfriend of the missing woman. Sabrina’s grieving sister Sandra struggles to fill her days waiting in purgatory. After a videotape surfaces, we see devastation through a cinematic lens, as true tragedy is distorted when fringe thinkers and conspiracy theorists begin to interpret events to fit their own narratives.

The follow-up to Nick Drnaso’s LA Times Book Prize winning Beverly, Sabrina depicts a modern world devoid of personal interaction and responsibility, where relationships are stripped of intimacy through glowing computer screens. An indictment of our modern state, Sabrina contemplates the dangers of a fake news climate. Timely and articulate, Drnaso’s graphic novel leaves you gutted, searching for meaning in the aftermath of disaster.

At this event, Chicago-based cartoonist Jessica Campbell will interview Nick Drnaso. Her new book XTC69 is in stock now! In it, a commander with the same name as the author of the planet L8DZ N1T3 and her crew are searching for men to breed with when they discover the last human on Earth, the cryogenically frozen Jessica Campbell. With a new, but familiar crewmember, the search for men continues, but will it be worth it?

“Nick Drnaso’s Sabrina is the best book—in any medium—I have read about our current moment. It is a masterpiece, beautifully written and drawn, possessing all the political power of polemic and yet simultaneously all the delicacy of truly great art. It scared me. I loved it.”—Zadie Smith

Nick Drnaso was born in 1989 in Palos Hills, Illinois. His debut graphic novel, Beverly, received the LA Times Book prize for Best Graphic Novel. He has contributed to several comics anthologies, self-published a handful of comics, been nominated for three Ignatz Awards, and co-edited the second and third issue of Linework, Columbia College’s annual comic anthology. Drnaso lives in Chicago, where he works as a cartoonist and illustrator. 

For more info:

Julia Pohl-Miranda and Sruti Islam at

Thurs, May 24th, 7pm – Free Event

Quimby’s Bookstore, Chicago, IL

Here’s the Facebook Event Invite for this!


Press about Sabrina!:
Chicago Magazine
Chicago Tribune
The Chicago Reader

New Stuff This Week

Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 to 1980 by Iain McIntyre and Andrew Nette (PM Press) $29.95 – From the juvenile delinquent gangs of the early 1950s through the beats and hippies, on to bikers, skinheads, and punks, pulp fiction left no trend untouched. 400 full-colour covers, 70 in-depth author interviews, illustrated biographies, and previously unpublished articles from more than 20 popular culture critics and scholars from the US, UK, and Australia, the book goes behind the scenes to look at the authors and publishers, how they worked, where they drew their inspiration and—often overlooked—the actual words they wrote.


Works In Progress Draft #1 by LZRDbrain $10

Intentionally Left Blank by Popla $5

Ear Plugs and Ticket Stubs by Kathy Moseley $3

Grey Zine $5

Comics & Minis

Issues of Mini kuš! $5 each:
#59 Share the Love by Paula Bulling and Nina Hoffman,
#60 His Last Comic by Noah Van Sciver
#61 Jonah 2017 by Tomasz Niewiadomski
#62 Daughter by Aidan Koch
#63 Nausea by Abraham Diaz
#64 Collection by Pedro Franz
#65 Master Song by Francisco Sousa Lobo
#66 Resident Lover by Roman Muradov

Issues of š! Baltic Comics Magazine, $12 each:
#30 Oct 17 – Special Brooklyn edition, guest edited by the owner of Desert Island Comics, Gabe Fowler!
#31 Feb 18 Visitors

So Buttons #8 $5 – With Noah Van Sciver, Rachel Dukes, T.J. Kirsch, Corinne Mucha & Rick Parker.

Graphic Novels

Ghost Stories by Whit Taylor $17.95

Rice Boy by Evan Dahm (Iron Circus) $30

I Love This Part: Hardcover Edition by Tillie Walden $16.99 – Two girls in a small town in the USA kill time together as they try to get through their days at school, watching videos and sharing earbuds, exchanging songs and stories.

Red Colored Elegy by Seiichi Hayashi (D&Q) $21.95 – Artists in a stormy relationship, from acclaimed Japanese underground comics artist. Now in soft cover.

Fenix by Zane Zlemesa $16

Fearless Colors by Samplerman $19

Compulsive Comics by Eric Haven (Fantagraphics) $19.99 – Existential Terror! Global Warming! A Vengeful God!

TRUMPTRUMP Vol. 1: nomination to inauguration by Warren Craghead, III (Retrofit) $25

Art Books

Guess I Just Never Felt the Spirit Matt Christy & R.D. King $20

Questionable Taste Levels by Elanor Aldrich & R.D. King $24

Outer Limits

Liquid Conspiracy 2: The CIA, MI5 and Big Pharma’s War on Psychedelics by Xaviant Haze $19.95

Big Brother Technology: PRISM, XKeyscore, and other Spy Tools of the Global Surveillance State by Axel Balthazar $19.95 – An exposé of the software programs and techniques used by the agencies to spy on the planet. Big Brother is watching. It’s time to watch back.

The Three Barons: The Organizational Chart of the Kennedy Assassination by James W Lateer $24.95


Suffering Ends When Awakening Begins by Robert Crown $13.99

Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith $28

Guy Debord by Anselm Jappe (PM Press) $21.95 – First intellectual biography of Guy Debord, prime mover of the Situationist International (1957–1972) and author of The Society of the Spectacle.


She Shreds #14 $10
Wire #408 $10.99
Mojo #292 $11.25
Street Trash Mag #2 & #3 $5 each

Lit Journals & Chap Books

The Lantern #2 Feb 18 (Entropic Press) $4 – Local fiction lit journal in zine style!

12 Street Haiku by Shelly Smith $8