Monthly Archive for July, 2018

Kate Gavino Reads From SANPAKU in Discussion with Michi Trota at Quimby’s, Thurs, 8/23

Aug ’18
7:00 pm

In Kate Gavino’s new book SANPAKU (BOOM! Studios), the author gives voice to the insecurities that haunt teens of all cultures through the lens of her own Catholic, Filipino background. This powerful coming-of-age story about challenging the world around you stars a young woman named Marceline who’s fascinated with the Japanese idea of Sanpaku—the belief that seeing the white above or below the iris of your eyes is a bad omen. But it’s everywhere Marcine looks—her grandmother has it, some classmates at Catholic school have it, JFK had it…even Marcine might suffer from this odd condition. Eating a strict macrobiotic diet and meditating is supposed to help, but no matter how much Marcine wants it to, it can’t save her grandmother’s life or make her days at school any easier.

“[Marcine’s] cynical yet naive worldview provides a deadpan humor to a unique coming-of-age story,” raved Publishers Weekly about SANPAKU.

The work of Kate Gavino has been featured in Rookie Magazine, The Rumpus, Hello Giggles, Buzzfeed, Bustle, The Boston Globe Mashable and more. Her novel Last Night’s Reading drew universal praise as a “love letter to the literary world” (Boston Globe).

Kate Gavino will be in discussion with Michi Trota.

Michi Trota (see below) is a Chicago-based Filipina American freelance writer/editor, communications & content development manager, community organizer, and firespinning geek who collects projects like the Dominion conquers quadrants. She’s the Managing Editor of the Hugo Award-winning and World Fantasy Award finalist Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy, a two-time Hugo Award winner, and the first Filipina to win a Hugo Award. She’s also President of the Chicago Nerd Social Club Board of Organizers; a board member for the Chicago Full Moon Jams Foundation; and a resident fire performer/object manipulation artist with the Raks Geek performance troupe. Michi was featured in the 2016 Chicago Reader People Issue, and was also a featured essayist in Invisible: An Anthology of Representation in SF/F (edited by Jim C. Hines).

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Thursday, August 23, 7pm – Free Event

New Stuff This Week

The Black Metal Coloring Book (Feral House) $15.95 – Includes art by Quimby’s employee Corinne Halbert, as well as Gaye Black (bassist of the early British punk band The Adverts), Savage Pencil, Mike Diana, Billy Chainsaw, Jason Atomic (creator of Satanic Mojo Comics), Anthony Ausgang, Anna Piera Di Silvestre, Paul “Mutartis” Boswell, Dennis Franklin, Nico de la Mort, Andrew Labanaris, Rachael Gater, Laughing Indio and more.


How to Escape Duct Tape $1

Pathways in Education: Ashburn $5

Dine Our Survival Is Bound to Them by Katherine Smith Yinisheye $5.53

Tongues Process Zine 1 by Anders Nilsen $5

The Smudge vol 2 #7 by Clay Hickson & friends (Tan n Loose Press) $5

Flesh World #1 by Izzy Strazzabosco $2

The Rad Cat Dictionary of Fuck by Sage Liskey $6 – Fuck as a verb? A noun? Fucking educate yerself!

Zeta Reticuli Incident by Lisa Glenn Armstrong $5

Key Phrases: A Spanish Lesson from Duolingo by Adán De La Garza $10

Zine About Humans and the Environment by Andrew Harlan & friends $7

Homicide Wicker Park: 12 Homicides 2001-2016, Police Reports and Photographs by Sam Logan $15

Noice issue 010 Minimal Comic Play by Colin Czerwinski $20

Rebel City Los Angeles Spring 2018/Guide 6 by Llano Del Rio Collective $10

Comics & Minis

Future #1 & #2 by Tommi Musturi $6 each

Laskimooses #42 Kappaleiden Kokoomus by Matti Hagelberg $7

Sunlight and Honesty by Elle $13

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Tempest #1 by Alan Moore $4.99

Fiends #4 Sum 18 by Tim Tyler $10

Concerted Efforts by Mohar Kalra $5

Migraine by Woshibai $7

Two Stories by Gantea $7

Electrocat and Lightning Dog by Bu Er Miao (Paradise Systems) $15

This is Still America #2 & #3 by George $5 each

Graphic Novels

Dork by Evan Dorkin $19.99 – Featuring most of the Dork comic run as well as the 2012 full-color House of Fun special, along with rarities, extras, a cover gallery, and a newly drawn introduction.

Shit Is Real by Aisha Franz (D+Q) $24.95 – A broken-hearted woman drifts into depression as she occupies her traveling neighbor’s apartment.

100 Demon Dialogues by Lucy Bellwood $14.99 – From overcoming self-doubt to prioritizing self-care, Bellwood and her demon embody a hilarious and relatable partnership that will resonate with people from all walks of life.

Stuff From Peow Studio Press: Dark Angels of Darkness by Al Golfa $26 + Dust Pam by Thu Tran $13.50 + Ripples: A Detectives Diary by Wai Wai Pang $16 +  Rule Break by Anna Syvertsson $12 + Stages of Rot by Linnea Sterte $26

Art, Design & Photo Books

Warrr2k / Work 2014-17 by Alexander Heir (Sacred Bones) $35 – Complete work to date of punk and metal artist Alexander Heir, expanding upon war, police brutality, political corruption, and death as his canon of punk subject matter, and this latest work brings sci-fi and psychedelia influences into the fold.

Under the Skin: Tattoo Culture and Style by Sendpoints (Gingko Press) $45 – An excellent intro to the history and craft of tattoo, featuring international cultural history, 6 major styles, 37+ artists.

The Beat Scene: Photographs by Burt Glinn by Jack Kerouac (Reel Art Pr) $39.95

The Tennis Manifesto by Warren Harris & Olena Prysiazhniuk $19.99

Politics & Revolution Books

The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists by Naomi Klein (Haymarket) $9.95

The Essential Žižek: Living in the End Times $24.95 + First As Tragedy, Then As Farce $17.95

Film & Music Books

This Is No Dream: Making Rosemary’s Baby by James Munn (Reel Art Pr) $49.95

Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music by Michael Robbins $16

Desperately Seeking Bowie by Castello-cortes (Gingko Press) $16.95

Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968 by Ryan H. Walsh $27

Outer Limits & Mayhem

The Secret History of Magic: The True Story of the Deceptive Art by Peter Lamont / Jim Steinmeyer $28

Infinite Resignation by Eugene Thacker (Repeater) $17.95 – Traces the contours of pessimism, caught as it often is between a philosophical position and a bad attitude.


Reincarnation Blues: A Novel by Michael Poore $16 – The oldest soul in history falls in love with the woman who incarnates death. They follow each other in a variety of chronologies and it’s epic and compelling. Now in soft cover.

The (Original) Adventures of Ford Fairlane: The Long Lost Rock N’ Roll Detective Stories by Rex Weiner $16.95 – From CBGBs, the Mudd Club and Tier 3 in NYC to the Starwood, Zero Zero and Cuckoo’s Nest in LA, Ford Fairlane takes you back to a sexy, violent and explosively creative time and place that live on in rock n’ roll legend, brought authentically to life in these hardboiled stories.

Hits & Misses: Stories by Simon Rich $25 – Former SNL writer does hilarious short stories inspired by Hollywood experience.

The Cloven by Brian Catling $16.95 – Final installment in the Vorrh Trilogy.

Born to Be Weird: A Collection of Demented Fantasy & Horror by Set Sytes (Microcosm) $12.95

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh $26

Suicide Club: A Novel About Living by Rachel Heng $27

Destiny of I Am The Crossing by Julie Pacheco $19.95

Tape Op #126 $5.95
Uppercase #38 $18
The Baffler #40 $14
Harness Magazine #2 $6.99
Tom Tom Magazine #34 $10

Chap Books & Lit Journals

Abrupt Reflections by JAGQ $10

Taddle Creek #41 $6.95

Mystery and Adventure Series Review #52 by Fred Woodworth $3

Ratking Frame 00 $10

Christopher Schreck and Casey Hudetz Preview Art Damaged 8/11

Aug ’18
7:00 pm

In their forthcoming book Art Damaged, Christopher Schreck and Casey Hudetz offer a sweeping study of the methods and motivations behind acts of art vandalism. Combining in-depth analysis with dynamic imagery, Art Damaged guides readers through stories of exhibited artworks being damaged, defaced, dismembered, and destroyed for reasons ranging from the political to the personal, from artistic expression to pure accident.

For their talk at Quimby’s, Schreck and Hudetz will recount a choice selection of incidents, using witness accounts, forensic photographs, and surveillance footage to depict a series of events whose varied, often sensational circumstances suggest a larger underlying narrative regarding art’s position in modern society.

Christopher Schreck is a writer and editor whose work has been featured in such publications as Aperture, Cura, Kaleidoscope, Mousse, Office, and Sex. He has served as an editor at Kaleidoscope magazine since 2013. After years spent teaching, writing, producing short films and traveling the world, Casey Hudetz has decided to pursue a career in user experience design. His love of history, art, and well-told stories drew him to writing this book which will be released in 2019.

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Sat, Aug 11th, 7pm. Free Event.

Nate Powell Discusses Come Again on 8/9

Aug ’18
7:00 pm

Nate Powell’s new graphic novel Come Again (Top Shelf) is a demon-filled 1970’s Ozark fairy tale, following two families pursuing elusive dreams in their dried-up hippie community. Under impossibly close scrutiny they carve out space for their secrets, while deep within the hills something monstrous stirs, ready to feast on village whispers. Come Again explores questions of changing ideals, privacy, love, parenthood, and the horror of casualness in the face of crisis. Powell will deliver a multimedia presentation exploring the book’s themes, influences, and creative development, followed by audience questions and a book signing.

“With his work on Swallow Me Whole and March, Nate established himself as one of the premier talents in comics, but Come Again is his finest work yet. Profoundly moving, intimate, and haunting, this book will resonate with you for a long, long time.” – Jeff Lemire

In 2016, Nate Powell became the first cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award for his work on the March trilogy, chronicling civil rights icon John Lewis’ experiences in the movement. His work includes Eisner Award-winning Swallow Me Whole, Any Empire, You Don’t Say, The Silence Of Our Friends, and Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero. He has discussed his work at the United Nations, on The Rachel Maddow Show and CNN.

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Thurs, August 9th, 7pm – Free Event

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New Stuff This Week

Dark Tourism by Rebecca Bathory (Carpet Bombing Culture) $45 – Photo collection of places associated with death and tragedy around the world. Creepily compelling.


Lazy Diana #4 A Punk Pagan Zine by Kelci Crawford $3

Professional Amateur Business Cards by Paul Shortt $5

Fixer Eraser #5 by Jonas $3

What Problems Can Artist Publishers Solve? by Marc Fischer $6

Library Excavations #9 Chicago’s Filed Artists $6

Mura Press #1 $10

Proof I Exist #28 by Billy McCall $2

Black Bean Zine #2 $5

Rumors and Hope by Aaron Krach $6

Inktober 16 by Nicolette Baltad $3


Splendid Eye by Kera Ling $8

The Kurdles Adventure Magazine #1 $10 – All ages/kids mag from Fantagraphics! This issue: Robert Goodin, Cathy Malkasian & more!

I Spy by Alli Katz $6

New Wave Comics Presents #4-#6 $1.50 each

Lemmy #1-#4 by Sam Logan $1 each

Graphic Novels

Little Stranger by Edie Fake (Secret Acres) $21.95 – Have you ever gotten turned on while stuffing a turkey? Get a Little Stranger!

In the Future We are Dead by Eva Müller (Birdcage Bottom Books) $15

Politics & Revolution

Artivism by Poch Arcadi / Daniela Poch (Carpet Bombing Culture) $34.95 – Art as the megaphone of the unfairness.

How the World Swung to the Right: Fifty Years of Counterrevolutions by Francois Cusset (Semiotexte) $14.95

Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America’s Origins to the Twenty-First Century by Geoffrey R. Stone $21.95

Political Suicide: Missteps, Peccadilloes, Bad Calls, Backroom Hijinx, Sordid Pasts, Rotten Breaks, and Just Plain Dumb Mistakes in the Annals of American Politics by Erin McHugh $15.95

D.I.Y. Resistance: 36 Ways to Fight Back! by Anthony Alvarado $14.95 – Shares the successful actions people’s movements use to defeat tyrants, including defending free speech, looking after the community, fighting racism and misogyny, organizing, protesting, networking, and publishing.

Women and the American Labor Movement: From the First Trade Unions to the Present by Philip S. Foner (Haymarket) $25

Outer Limits

The Leopold and Loeb Files: An Intimate Look at One of America’s Most Infamous Crimes by Nina Barrett $35 – A history of Chicago’s infamous 1924 Leopold and Loeb murder case, told chiefly through a rare collection of carefully arranged primary source material, including confessions, court transcripts, psychological reports, evidence photos, and more.

Music Books

What Does This Button Do?: An Autobiography by Bruce Dickinson $17.99 – From Iron Maiden lead singer. Details include: schoolboy misbehaviour, handbanging injuries, becoming a pilot. What you want in a rock’n’roll memoir minus the drugs (except for the beer).

Mods: A Way of Life by Patrick Potter (Carpet Bombing Culture) $24.95


Paleo for Unicorns by Amy Subach (Microcosm) $14.95 – Eat the patriarchy!


Comemadre by Roque Larraquy (Coffee House Press) $16.95 – Full of vulgarity, excess, and discomfort: strange ants that form almost perfect circles, missing body parts, obsessive love affairs, and man-eating plants. Darkly funny, smart, and engrossing.


The Internationalist #52 $1

Lit Journals

Sinister Wisdom Multicultural Lesbian Lit & Art Journal #109 $14


Meat #27 $14

Elska #18 Los Angeles $18.50