Monthly Archive for March, 2018

New Stuff This Week

UFO Presences by Javier Arcenillas (Editorial RM) $35 UFO Presences explores the places where UFO sightings have taken place across America: in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and of course the infamous Area 51, along South Central Nevada’s State Route 375?the so-called Extraterrestrial Highway, where so many travelers have reported UFO observations and other bizarre alien activities. Spanish photographer Javier Arcenillas (born 1973) has diligently photographed these locations, and sequenced them in this book as a visual road trip, mixing his photographs with news clippings and other relevant ephemera. . . #quimbysbookstorechicago #ufopresences #quimbys #quimbysbookstore #photobook #outerlimits

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UFO Presences by Javier Arcenillas (Editorial RM) $35


Client and Co-Conspirator: A Dialogue Between Two Sex Worker Advocacy Activists $3

No Bad Whores, Just Bad Laws, Support Hose Year One $5

Pussweek #3 by Bexy McFly $11.99 – By cats for cats!

Suitable 4 Framin #12 Jan 18 All Oakland Issue $10 – Graffiti zine.

Everything’s Fine Chinatown by Iqvinder Singh $10

Hard to Love #6 Lung Static by Sara McHenry $3

How I Became a Butterfly by Nathan Margoni $5

Happy Tapir #4 Tom Cruise and Jim Harbaugh Had Sex In My Second Apartment by Johnny Masiulewicz $3

Lane With by Michael Solomon $12

tracts from PM Press, various prices:
Young CLR James: A Graphic Novelette by Paul Buhle
Events and Victims by Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Edited by Jon Curley
Heart X-Rays: A Modern Epic Poem by Marcus Colasurdo

Comics & Minis

Cool Girls Doing Things by Caroline Cash $5

Dentures in the Sink #1 by Sofia Diaz $7.50

Infinite Wheat Paste #4 by Pidge & Chase Hutchison $5

Crackle vol 1 by Phillip Maira $3.50

Isle of Flotsam #1 by Caleb $3

Agency by Tom McHenry $5

Graphic Novels

Flayed Corpse And Other Stories by Josh Simmons & friends (Fantagraphics) $24.99 – Brutal, deeply unsettling, and often hilarious stories from a master of modern horror comics. Also collects collaborations with artists like Anders Nilsen, Tara Booth, Eroyn Franklin & more!

Kaleidoscope City by Marcellus Hall (Bittersweet Editions) $14.99

Glass Walker by Antoinette Lavin $15

Blazing Combat (Fantagraphics) $29.99 – Expanded edition reprint of the all-star war-comics anthology featuring all of Frank Frazetta’s painted covers and exclusive interviews with Archie Goodwin and publisher James Warren. Plus work by John Severin, Alex Toth, Wallace Wood and many more.

ISNXO by Ivan Gugel Dawson $15

Art Books

Signal 06 A Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture, edited by Alec Dunn & Josh MacPhee $14.95 – International subversive graphic design edited by Justseeds folks.

We Are Not Alone vol II Beings and Creatures from Somewhere Else by Brett Manning $20

New stuff this week! #quimbysbookstorechicago #quimbysbookstore #quimbys #NewStuff

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Politics, Revolution & Current Events

Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life: A Tar Sands Tale by Matt Hern and Am Johal with Joe Sacco (MIT Press) $19.95

Yugoslavia: Peace, War, and Dissolution by Noam Chomsky, Edited by Davor Džalto (PM Press) $19.95


The Scooter Chronicles: A Southern California Modyssey by Shahriar Fouladi $19.99

Atheist In the Attic by Samuel R. Delaney (PM Press) $14

Mayhem & Outer Limits

Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History by Yunte Huang $28.95

Insects: An Edible Field Guide by Stefan Gates $16.95

Spring has Spring! #quimbysbookstore #quimbys #quimbysbookstorechicago

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Music Books

My Ramones: Photographs by Danny Fields (Reel Art Press) $39.95 – 200+ photographs from 1975-1977 taken by manager Danny “pulse of the underground” Fields.


Bust #110 $6.99

Hiss Mag #2 $20

Chap Books

Overtime Hour 47: The Death of DemiVer Data Services by Julie McNeely-Kirwan (Blue Cubicle Press) $2 – Georgia, a “good child”-type employee, has just discovered the truth about the company she works for.

Impressions In the Language of a Lanterns Wick by Jake Syersak (Ghost Proposal) $7

Fallout by Jose Nateras $5

New Stuff This Week

The Clown Egg Registry by Luke Stephenson and Helen Champion $16.95 – For more than 70 years, Clowns International—the oldest established clowning organization—has been painting the faces of its members on eggs. This mesmerizing volume collects more than 150 of these portraits, from 1946 to the modern day! Step right up!


Fixer Eraser #2 by Jonas $3 – Thoughtful thoughts from local zine celeb Jonas.

Reasons to Live by Bex Shea $1

Well Never Have Paris #15 America True Stories $6

Bald People Against by Nathan Margoni $5

Glou Glou Magazine #1 $12 -Arty n conversational zine about wine.

Two Fisted Librarians vol 8 #1 $4


Helio Press, a whole mess of awesome risographed stuff like these, including work by Ashley Ronning!

Berlin #22 by Jason Lutes (D&Q) $5.95 – Final issue of this 20 year saga!

Baby Wave Karaoke by Nicole Michael Brunel Couvilllon $5

Three Days in Paradise by Michael Wynne $10

Florence by Rachel Bard $5

Tales From the Wolf Bus by Allie Allan D. Caesar $7

Fizzle #1 by Whit Taylor $6

Frankie Comics #1 through #4 SPX Special by Rachel Dukes


Graphic Novels

Gwar: Orgasmageddon by Matt Miner & friends $17.99 – Banished to the past by the cold and calculating Mr. Perfect, the heroes of GWAR trample through time like a deranged Bill and Ted on bath salts – antics ensue!

Politics & Revolution

POST-TRUTH: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It by Evan Davis $26.99

Art Books

Deep Mapping by Brett Bloom and Nuno Sacramento (Breakdown Break Down Press) $8 – SELF-NAVIGATION NOW! Don’t map your shit like an old fuddy duddy! Use your own contradicting narrative! -LM

Posters for Change: Tear, Paste, Protest: 50 Removable Posters by Princeton Architectural Press $25 – Nearly 300 designers from around the world answered the call to create this collection of 50 tear-out posters for people who want to make their voices heard in a time of unprecedented uncertainty and apprehension.

Outer Limits

Hoax: A History of Deception: 5,000 Years of Fakes, Forgeries, and Fallacies by Ian Tattersall and Peter Névraumont $27.99 – Loch Ness, Ponzi schemes, spirit photographers and more, from a team that includes a curator emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History.

My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir by Chris Offutt $16 – After inheriting 400 novels of pornography written by his father in the 1970s and ‘80s, critically acclaimed author Chris Offutt sets out to make sense of a complicated father-son relationship in this carefully observed, beautifully written memoir.

Film, Music & Media Books

Black Aesthetic #2 by Zoe Samudzi (Wolfman Books) $12

Hit So Hard: A Memoir by Patty Schemel, Drummer of Hole $27


Gentlewoman #17 $15.99

Mojo #293 $11.25

Monocle #111 $12

Maximumrocknroll #419 $4.99

Lit Journals & Chap Books

The Believer #117 $12

First Line vol 20 #1 $4

Wolfman New Life Quarterly by Jacob Kahn $12

Sex Guides & Culture

The Wonder Down Under: The Insider’s Guide to the Anatomy, Biology, and Reality of the Vagina by Nina Brochmann & Ellen Støkken Dahl $26.99

Esther K Smith & Dikko Faust show and tell Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type Borders &c & Purgatory Pie Press 4/19

Apr ’18
7:00 pm


Rustic Bride Mun! The Most Beautiful Book in the World! Esther K Smith & Dikko Faust of Purgatory Pie Press will show and tell William H. Page’s classic book Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, &c.: The 1874 Masterpiece of Colorful Typography.

Esther K Smith first saw The Most Beautiful Book in the World at Chicago’s Newberry Library. As she turned the pages, she knew she needed to work with a big publisher to reprint the book so that she could own a copy. Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type Borders &c (Rizzoli) is a reprint of WH Page’s 1874 catalog of typography and ink from the exuberant early decades of manufactured color–available to the public for the first time. Page produced the largest and most detailed wood type which he distributed his type all over the world– throughout the US, Europe, and Asia–even Burma. One librarian said that though clothing faded and architecture was repainted, the brilliant inks inside the book retained the vivid intensity of the Victorian era. The text is found poetry which one viewer likened to Gertrude Stein. Smith and Faust will show pages from the book and talk about producing the reprint, working with six original copies in three rare book libraries. And they will discuss their own experience at Purgatory Pie Press, one of the longest running artist presses, printing and designing with wood type. Chromatic Wood Type is an opera of a  book–and the opera it inspired (Soundscapes of Color) premiers April 22 at 6018 North. The composer, Michal Dzitko, will be present and they will show a short clip of the opera-in-progress.

Take a wild ride through the polychrome world of nineteenth-century poster type. These letters are slathered with more ink and ornament than a tattooed sailor.” –Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

“WOW. What a treasure to be saved and savored. And what an insane genius craftsman William H. Page was. this book is as fun to read as it is to look at, with its accidental (or perhaps totally intentional) bits of poetry, decades ahead of its time.” —Chip Kidd,  

Esther K Smith is the author of the best-selling How to Make Books and Making Books with Kids, which Bank St. Education included in their Best Children’s Books of the Year. Smith collaborates with Dikko Faust making limited editions and artist books at Purgatory Pie Press. Their work is in many collections including the Newberry Library, The Metropolitan Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and London’s V&A.

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Facebook Event Invite for this event.

Thurs April 19, 7pm – Free Event

New Stuff This Week

All Comics issue of Lumpen sittin’ at the door waiting for you! Come git yrs!


Starfish: A Zine About Bikini Kill by Keith Helt and friends $5 – Starfish is a zine about Bikini Kill. As both a band and a concept. How people remember and experienced Bikini Kill. Personal responses, memories, interviews, instructions. The zine is typewritten. It includes words and illustrations and comics and photos. Proceeds from the zine will be donated to Chicago Abortion Fund. Contributors include: Missy Kulik, Sarah Leitten, Caroline Lucas, Rachel Masilamani, Liz Mason, Billy McCall, Celia C. Peréz and more!

Port Angeles by Nick Thompson $18

Noise Ploys #1 Citizens Entertainment Guild Spr 18 by Jonathan $4

Counterspell by Brian Hitselberger $15

Ten Toronto Cruising Spots $2

Clone Tide $3

Smudge vol 2 #3 by Clay Hickson $5

Comics & Minis

You Don’t Get There From Here #46 by Carrie McNinch $3

Cute and Nice by JJ McLuckie $2

Graphic Novels

Bizarre Romance by Audrey Niffenegger & Eddie Campbell $24.99 – Six different stories told through illustrated prose or comic panels celebrating and satirizing love of all kinds.

Politics & Revolution Books

Police: A Field Guide by David Correia and Tyler Wall $19.95 – Like any other field guide, it reveals a world that is hidden in plain view. In entries like “Police dog,” “Stop and frisk,” “Rough ride,” and scores more, the authors show how “copspeak” obscures the true meaning and history of policing.

Art Books

Tokyo Graffitti by Lord K2 $24.99


Tape Op #124 $5.95

Far Ride vol 8 Documenting Cycling Journeys Around the World $23

Skeptic vol 23 #1 $6.95

Fader #112 $6.99

Boneshaker Magazine #20 $12

Make vol 62 $12.95

Fortean Times #363 $12.50

Lit Journals

Motley Magazine #3 A Sinister Cabal $5

The Paris Review #224 $20

For the Kiddies

New Shoes by Sara Varon $17.99

Snails Are Just My Speed by Kevin McCloskey (Toon) $12.95

New Stuff This Week

#NewStuff! . . #quimbys #quimbysbookstore #quimbysbookstorechicago

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Why Art? by Eleanor Davis (Fantagraphics) $14.99 – Davis unpacks critical and positive concepts of art, whether it’s indulgent, goofy, serious, altruistic, evil or expressive. Her book is a work of art unto itself, with a sense of humor and a thirst for challenging preconceptions of art.


PWF Pro Wrestling Feelings #6 $5

Pizza Fried Chicken and Ice Cream $7

The Match #117 by Fred Woodworth $3

Brown and Proud Press titles, $5 each:
Cuentos De Gringolandia: Stories From the Other Side: Xicx Zine
Home Zine by Monica Trinidad and friends
On Struggling: Relationships

Don’t Piss Down My Back and Tell Me It’s Raining by Julia Eff $3

Splash: An Homage to WET, The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing by Joyce S. Lee $10

Urban Guerrilla Zine #20 $10

Cold Rocks – A Foldout Mini Zine of Snow Crystals by Jam $1

Not So Nostalgic Collaborative Zine: Drawings, Writings, Sharings 2017 $10

Cold Soaked High and Guilty $10

Chicken Butt Conversations on Comedy by Ashley Belanger $5

Sample by Lola Dement Myers $12

Fairy Tales for Cynical Girls vol 3 by K8 $2

Conjure: Zines As Ritual Magick by Nyxia Grey $5

Comics & Minis

Peer by Kevin Budnik $7

Grace Jerry Jessica and Me #2 by Derek Marks $6

Teachers Pet the House On Horse Mountain $10

New Wave Comics Outcasts #1-#3 by David Soileau $2.50 each

One Thousand Pounds of Wind by Andy Rench $7

Pig Pet by Margot Ferrick $7

Mirror Swimmer by Marieke McClendon $7

Electricity Is Her Element by Kathleen Kralowec $8

Marjorie #2 $3

Book of Days Daze by EA Bethea $6

Hell Hol High Speed Castration by Jack Mulkern $5

Arid Chasm by Priscilla Genet $3

Graphic Novels

From Lone Mountain by John Porcellino (D&Q) $22.95 – Don’t miss John’s event here for this book on Fri, March 16th!

Mudbite by Dave Cooper (Fantagraphics) $19.99 – First new graphic novel by cult cartoonist and fan favorite Dave Cooper in more than 15 years! A suite of stories about brain-damaged Amazons, black shiny eels, and much more.

Von Spatz by Anna Haifisch (D&Q) $16.95 – Walt Disney recovers at rehab. There he meets Tomi Ungerer and Saul Steinberg, and together, they embark on a regimen of relaxation and art therapy, a hilarious, heartwarming absurdist tale.

Mechaboys by James Kochalka (Top Shelf) $19.99 – Superbad meets Transformers in James Kochalka’s next great graphic novel, with a genuine high-school sweetness mixed in with robot action, comedy, and plenty of fistfights.

We Ate Wonder Bread by Nicole Hollander (Fantagraphics) $22.99 – Memoir by longtime syndicated cartoonist’s (Sylvia) mid-century Chicago childhood, a chronicle of a Chicago community that has since disappeared into an expressway.

The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America by Jaime Hernandez (TOON Books) $9.99

The Fuzzy Princess Volume 2 by Charles Brubaker $10.99

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu $17.99

Dalston Monsterzz by Dilraj Mann (Nowbrow) $19.95

Art Books

Hand Poked No Electricity: Stick and Poke Tattoo Culture by Sarah Lu (Carpet Bombing Culture) $19.95 – Not only an artists handbook but a resource book, a history book and a visual feast of everything single color.

Yokai Wonderland: More from Yumoto Koichi Collection: Supernatural Beings in Japanese Art by Koichi Yumoto (PIE International) $39.95

Gorey’s Worlds by Erin Monroe & friends $35 – An exploration of the artistic and cultural influences that shaped writer and illustrator Edward Gorey.

Politics & Revolution

Spinfluence: The Hardcore Propaganda Manual for Controlling the Masses (Carpet Bombing Culture) $24.95 – Infographic-designy heavy book banned in several countries, now out with an updated “Fake News” edition for interested in how to exploit people for profit or power. Covering fun techniques and tactics such as emotional hijacking, brainwashing and hysteria harnessing.

Whites, Jews, and Us: Toward a Politics of Revolutionary Love by Houria Bouteldja (Semiotext(e)/Intervention Series) $14.95 – A scathing critique of the Left from an indigenous anti-colonial perspective.

Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country by Steve Almond $16.95

Carceral Capitalism by Jackie Wang (MIT Press) $13.95

Outer Limits

Under an Ionized Sky: From Chemtrails to Space Fence Lockdown by Elana Freeland (Feral House) $19.95

Plants That Kill: A Natural History of the World’s Most Poisonous Plants by Elizabeth A Dauncey and Sonny Larsson $29.95


The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg $17 – A collection of darkly playful stories based on classic folk and fairy tales (but with a feminist spin) that find the sinister in the familiar and the familiar in the alien.

Lake Claremont Press titles:
Graffiti Palace: A Novel by A. G. Lombardo $27 – Debut novel retelling The Odyssey during the 1965 Watts Riots.
The Right Thing to Do at the Time by Dov Zeller $12.95
Book of Hats a Novel by Dov Zeller $13.95

Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell (McSweeney’s) $18

Freedom City by Philip Becnel $15 – Don’t miss the author here on June 22nd!

Music & Film Books

Raw: My Journey Into the Wu-Tang by Lamont “U-God” Hawkins $27 – The explosive, never-before-told story behind the historic rise of the Wu-Tang Clan, as told by one of its founding members, Lamont “U-God” Hawkins.

From the Third Eye: The Evergreen Review Film Reader by Ed Halter and Barney Rosset (Seven Stories Press) $29.95 – Writing on the films of Jean-Luc Godard, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ousmane Sembene, Andy Warhol, and others and offers incisive essays and interviews from the late 1950s to early 1970s. Articles explore politics, revolution, and the cinema; underground and experimental film, pornography, and censorship; and the rise of independent film against the dominance of Hollywood.

The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus $26.99 – GDT paired up with Chicago-based YA author for this must-read novel.


The This Handbook Will Change Your Life series Books ($10 each):
Apart of the This Blog Will Change Your Life cultural and lifestyle empire. The Handbooks are brimming with esoterica and ephemera, with humor and science, personal stories and tips.
Volume 001 – TACOS by Cyn Vargas
Volume 002 – DEBT by Christopher Bowen

The Infernal Library: On Dictators, The Books They Wrote, and Other Catastrophes of Literacy by Daniel Kalder $32


Bitch #78 $7.95
The Baffler #38 $14
Wicked Vision Magazine vol 9 $18
Wire #409 $10.99
Raw Vision #96 $14
Davis Magazine Jan Feb 18 $4.99

Lit Journals, Poetry & Chap Books

After Hours Journal of Chicago Writing and Art #35 $10

Windowcat #1 Poetry Etc by Jake Ayres $5

Transmission of Let Arms: Selection of Poems by Theo Rodino $3

Extreme Music and Non Music As It Relates to Sloth $3

Yoni Wolf Dream Poems by Jonathan Wolf $7

Peoples Elbow by Rax King $10

Sobotka Literary Magazine #6 $10


Phile #2 The International Journal of Desire and Curiosity $20

Elska #16 Cape Town South Africa $18.50

The Clitoral Truth, 2nd Edition: About Pleasure, Orgasm, Female Ejaculation, the G-Spot, and Masturbation by Rebecca Chalker, Illustrated by Fish (Seven Stories Press) $18.95

Sought vol 1 Pizza $15