Monthly Archive for September, 2020

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New Stuff This Week

The 2021 Slingshots are here! Large Spiral Size Organizer $16 & Small Pocket Size $8


Got a Box Full of T-shirts… by A.J. Michel $2

House You Live In: A DBT-Based Activity Workbook by L. Kozak $8

Wormhole by Rebecka Kann $10

KerBloom #145 by Artnoose $2

Enduring Change by Will Dee $5

Comics & Minis

Many Names of Yogurt by Grant Musser $5

Homespun Holler August 2020 $2

Taddle Creek #45 $6.95

Comics by Elise Dietrich: Key West Diary $6, Sandwich Shuffle $3, Birth Story $4 etc.

Passenger by Dane Georges $3

Graphic Novels

Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio by Derf Backderf WITH SIGNED BOOKPLATE to celebrate virtual event 9/24/20! $24.99

Mindviscosity by Matt Furie (Fantagraphics) $39.99

Art Books

Tom of Finland : The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero by F. Valentine Hooven (Cernunnos) $50

Politics & Revolution Books

On Fire: The (Burning) Case For a Green Deal by Naomi Klein $18


Frankissstein: A Novel by Jeanette Winterson $17

Outer Limits & Mayhem

Killer Women : Chilling, Dark, and Gripping True Crime Stories of Women Who Kill by Nigel Cawthorne (Quercus) $12.99

The Craft: How the Freemasons Made the Modern World by John Dickie $32


The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities by Wayne Kramer $17.99

Do What You Want: The Story of Bad Religion by Bad Religion and Jim Ruland (Hachette) $28

Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World by Tara Isabella Burton $28


Nights In White Castle: A Memoir by Steve Rushin $16.99


Juxtapoz #215 Fall 2020 $9.99

Adbusters #151 $14.95

Aperture #240 $24.95

Lit Journals

The Paris Review #234 $20

Other Stuff

Zany Zinesters Behind the Zine print by Corinne Halbert $12

Busy Beaver Founder Christen Carter & Co-Author Ted Hake Celebrate BUTTON POWER: 125 Years of Saying It with Buttons ONLINE 10/2

Oct ’20
7:30 pm

“Social media is today’s most popular platform for self- expression, but the button preceded it as a way to tell others what was on your mind and as a tool to help spread an idea. No other form of wearable expression has yet to replace the humble button – and unlike social media, a button is something you can literally stand behind.” – excerpted from BUTTON POWER: 125 Years of Saying It with Buttons by Christen Carter and Ted Hake

Punch line. Political Statement. Conversation piece. Souvenir. From the campaign trail to the rock tour, BUTTON POWER (Princeton Architectural Press) collects a people’s history of American culture told through the pin-back button. Lively commentary from two of America’s foremost button experts shows how the small but powerful button reveals the events and movements that outraged, amused, and inspired us over time, from the solo flight of Charles Lindbergh to the Black Power movement. In this chaotic time of protests and presidential elections, this book offers a glimpse into the cultural movements that make up our rich history. Artists, athletes, actors, politicians, punk and pop musicians, and mascots of the past 125 years make cameos, including Rube Goldberg, Muhammad Ali, the Ramones, Shirley Chisholm, and Bette Midler. The first book of its kind, BUTTON POWER is a rich visual feast. Each colorful spread chronicles defining moments in history through colorful photographs and artifacts. This collection will be an essential pick for fans of pop culture, visual culture, and design.

Don’t miss this virtual event celebrating BUTTON POWER: 125 Years of Saying It with Buttons by authors Christen Carter and Ted Hake!

Christen Carter is the founder of Chicago-based Busy Beaver Button Company and has produced more than 50 million buttons for bands, artists, political campaigns, non-profits and more. In 2010, she started the Button Museum, dedicated to telling American history through pin-back buttons.

Ted Hake is the founder of Hake’s Auctions, America’s first auction house to specialize in popular culture artifacts. He has written seventeen collectors’ guides that span presidential campaign items, vintage Disneyana, and comic character toys. Ted has received the American Political Items Collectors Lifetime Achievement Award and is a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Association Advisory Board.

Fri, October 2nd, 7:30PM CST.

This virtual event will be on the Quimby’s Bookstore’s You Tube Channel:

Stay tuned to for book ordering & swag to accompany your book (!!!) while supplies last.

NO RSVP necessary.

Here’s the Facebook Event invite for this event.

In advance, Christen Carter gave a us a preview of what’s going to happen at the event!:


Zine Club Chicago ONLINE: I Got It at Quimby’s! Edition 9/29

Sep ’20
7:30 pm


7:30 p.m. CST Tuesday, September 29 on Zoom


This month, our beloved Quimby’s Bookstore turns 29! To celebrate this anniversary of the best zine shop on the planet, we’ll be joined by a special guest: Steven Svymbersky, who founded Quimby’s in Chicago and now owns Quimby’s NYC. We’ll also be commemorating Zine Club Chicago’s second year with Quimby’s as our home base and sponsor.

Nearly three decades ago, Quimby’s opened in Wicker Park. Since then, the shop has offered a vast selection of zines, comics, and other unusual publications, along with championing the self-publishing community in Chicago and beyond.

At Zine Club Chicago Online: I Got it At Quimby’s! Edition, we’ll be discussing our favorite self-published works that we’ve snagged at the store over the years. If you’ve made a zine at Quimby’s (at a Zlumber Party or Zinemaking Hangout, perhaps?), acquired a title in a trade with another zinemaker there, or collaborated with someone you met in the aisles, please bring those zines to share, as well. BYOS(nacks) and join us on Zoom for a great conversation!

Please note our new event start time: 7:30 p.m. CST!

** Zoom info ** We want to make sure that our online Zine Club events are a safe space, so we won’t be releasing the Zoom link and password publicly. If you’d like to attend, please email to RSVP by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29. We’ll email you the Zoom link and password one hour before the event begins.

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 sponsored by Quimby’s Bookstore. Anna Jo Beck designs our monthly flyers and created our logo, and also made this awesome Zine Club Shoutout database of zines people talk about at Zine Club!

Steven Svymbersky published zines under the Quimby’s name from 1985-1991, opened Quimby’s Bookstore in 1991, lived in Amsterdam from 1997-2016 where he worked as the head technician for Boom Chicago Improv theater, and in 2016 moved to Brooklyn where he opened Quimby’s Bookstore NYC.

More info: on Instagram: @zineclubchicago

Facebook event:

Thanks to Megan Kirby for this great illustration of August’s meeting.