Monthly Archive for March, 2020

Qustomized Quimby’s Quarantine Zine Package

Just added, a new customized shop at home experience since we’re still closed at this time to the public: We are proud to offer a Qustomized Quimby’s Quarantine Zine Package which you can order at We’ll select $25 worth of zines for you if you tell us what kind of stuff you like in the “Notes” section. We’ll put together an order for you and fit it in a Priority Mail envelope. If need be or if you want, we can even chat via e-mail at or Zoom video (e-mail or find us on Zoom at or we’ll talk on the phone (773-342-0910). Together we’lll craft a customized zine selection based on a consultation. Quimby’s will be your zine and mini-comics sommelier to find what works for your interests. Help us maintain our store so that we can continue to be here after the COVID crisis is over. -LM



Quimby’s COVID-19 Update

updated 3/27/20

QUIMBY’S WANTS YOU (to stay safe and get your weirdo reading material). Until further notice, we will temporarily close to the public until the end of March and assess at that time when to reopen. Both March and April in-store events have been cancelled. But lucky for you, someone will be here to fill mail orders and to provide curbside pick up.

How can you help us make sure that Quimby’s is still going to be here once this COVID business is past us?

Mail order things from our webstore at

Buy something over the phone with your credit card (773-342-0910) and we’ll bring it out to you in your car or bike at our curb (Mon-Fri 11am-5pm). We’ll pretend we’re on roller skates with a tray of fries. What to order? Some of what we sell you can view at our webstore and some things that aren’t for sale at our there are listed weekly on our QuimBlog, and you can get an idea of things that might excite you. Sometimes we post things on our Instagram too, so if you see something exciting on our social media, contact us at or call us at 773-342-0910 and we’ll make sure you get it.

Buy a Quimby’s gift certificate to spend once the world comes out of exile. We can do it in any amount you want, though there are some good denominations on our website.

Want to Zoom us to check out some stuff to make a more informed decision about a potentital purchase? Start a chat with us on Zoom by looking us up by our e-mail at You can download the Zoom app at

Don’t want to use the website but you’re an introvert with crippling social anxiety and don’t want to talk on the phone? Yeah, it happens to everybody at some point. E-mail with us your credit card info as well as your billing and shipping info, but to keep it secure split numbers into 3 different e-mails (labelled 1 of 3, 2 of 3 and 3 of 3).

Wash your paws, keep it clean, feed your head.


Quimby’s Bookstore


Helpful sources for COVID-19 info:


the Illinois Department of Health

City of Chicago

Dining at a Distance

New Stuff This Week


The Film Snobs Guide 2019 $4

Infrastructural Digest #2 $3

Blind Angles BA001 Magnification $8

I Cant Go Back by Efren M. Villalobos $3

The Year My Friends Went on Vacation FML Jesse $5

Dealing With Police: A Pocket Guide by Sage Liskey $2

We Are All Things by Elliot Colla and Ganzeer $12

Welcome To Our Dimension Party by Samantha Hensley $12

Comics & Minis

Freaky #3 Strike Three $5

Hello Chunky Root by Craig Thompson (Uncivilized Books) $5

Bug Land by Amanda Berlind $20

Isle of Flotsam #4 by Caleb $3

Graphic Novels

Cowboy by Rikke Villadsen (Fantagraphics) $19.99

The Complete Works of Fante Bukowski by Noah Van Sciver (Fantagraphics) $39.99

Now vol 8 Fantagraphics Comics Anthology $12.99

The Dairy Restaurant by Ben Katchor $29.95

Berserk vol 4 Deluxe Edition by Kentaro Miura $49.99

Politics & Revolution Books

Manifesta (20th Anniversary Edition, Revised and Updated with a New Preface): Young Women, Feminism, and the Future Anniversary Edition by Jennifer Baumgardner & Amy Richards $20

Art Stuff

The Art of Marion Peck: 30 Collectible Prints: A Portfolio of 30 Deluxe Postcards by Marion Peck (Cernunnos) $24.99

Music Books

Texas Is the Reason: The Mavericks of Lone Star Punk by Pat Blashill & friends (Bazillion Points Books) $29.95

Stay Cool, Madonna by various $20

Outer Limits & Mayhem

The Unnatural History Museum by Viktor Wynd (Prestel) $45

The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy by Elizabeth Kendall $25


Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life after Which Everything Was Different by Chuck Palahniuk $27

Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir by Rebecca Solnit $26


Femme Art Review #1 $10

RFD #181 spring $11.95

Gentlewoman #21 spring summer $17.99

Vive Le Rock #70 Bowie $13.20

Elska #28 Amsterdam Netherlands $20

Fortean Times #389 february $12.40

Lit Journals

The Chicago Review vol 63 3/4 Infrarealisms: José Vicente Anaya $15

March Events Postponed at Quimby’s Bookstore

In support of the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, March events at Quimby’s will postponed until a future unspecified date. The following March events will be postponed: the Isabelle Rizo tarot card reading on Monday, March 16th and the monthly Zine Club meeting on March 24th. At this point in time it’s too early to tell if our April events will be affected. 

Until further notice Quimby’s Bookstore will continue to be open our regular hours, and of course you can shop a curated selection of our merchandise at and have items shipped to you or carried out to your car at the curb.

For updates regarding store news stay tuned to

To stay informed about the virus straight from the primary source of the Illinois Department of Public Health, check their website here.

Warmly wishing you safety and health,

Quimby’s Bookstore

Postponing Event Until a Undeclared later date: Zine Club Chicago: Food Edition

Apr ’20
7:00 pm

Zine Club Chicago is excited to announce that the April meeting will feature guest artist Sarah Becan, a local food fiend dynamo whose work has been a longtime staple at Quimby’s.

Zine newbies and longtime enthusiasts alike are always welcome at Zine Club Chicago, the city’s only book club-style event for people who read zines. This free monthly series is produced by Chicago Zine Fest/Midwest Perzine Fest organizer Cynthia E. Hanifin and hosted by Quimby’s Bookstore.

Sarah Becan is a comics artist, illustrator and designer, and the creator of “I Think You’re Sauceome”, a food-centric autobiographical webcomic. Her work has appeared in various publications, including Saveur Magazine,, The Chicago Reader, and

She was awarded a Xeric Award and a Stumptown Trophy for Outstanding Debut for her first graphic novel, The Complete Ouija Interviews, and her work has twice been nominated for the Ignatz Award. Becan’s second graphic novel, Shuteye, was funded with a successful Kickstarter campaign and released in early 2012. In 2014, she wrote and illustrated Luna de Cuernos, a long form graphic story for Fifth House Ensemble’s spring 2014 concert series.

Becan illustrated the cookbook The Adventures of Fat Rice (2016), and Let’s Make Ramen!, a comic book cookbook, published July 2019 by Ten Speed Press.

Zine Club Chicago: Food Edition, at Quimby’s with Sarah Becan

Tues, April 21st, 7pm

Quimby’s, 1854 W. North Avenue in Wicker Park