Monthly Archive for December, 2022

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Crass $1.00

Everytime Burt Ward Says Holy $1.50

Heliotrope #1 A Guide to a More Sustainable Lifestyle $15.00

Zines by Hadass Bar-Lev: Purple Moon Spawn: A PMS Perzine #18-#19 $1.50 each, More Than Default Male: A Perzine Comprehensive Zine About Multi-Gender Hebrew $2.50, Raise Your Horns Grrrls and Growls #2 Nov 22 Hadass Bar-Lev $2.50 + a bunch of restocks

zines by Arwen: Music Reviews For People Who Like That One Song Off That One Album #1 $4.00, Eight Drawings of Hot Dogs Dec 22 by Arwen $1.00

No Bad Whores Just Bad Laws Support Hose Year 6 $5.00

Comics & Minis

Comics by Alan Jennings $5.00 each: Florida Man An Expose, Primer on Greek Gods and Hangers On, Scenes From the Life of General George Washington Retold & more.

Graphic Novels

Weekly Bun Life vol 1 by Jessi Zabarsky $10.00

Art Books

Drawing by Laurie Lipton (Last Gasp) $49.99

Mayhem & Outer Limits

Occult Paris: City of Night by Philippe Baudouin and Daphna Sebbane $14.00

Music Books

Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine ’79-’83 (Bazillion Points) $39.95 – Reprint!


Cross Stitch or Die Tryin’: 30 Patterns for Hip Hop Lovers by Kate Blandford $16.95


Apartamento #30 $35.00

For the Young at Heart

Sound of Letters by Julien Billaudeau (Little Gestalten) $26.95

Other Stuff

Mushroom Lovers Journal $12.95

Sam Kunkel Discusses Gustave Kahn’s The Solar Circus With Jeremy Kitchen at Quimby’s on Feb 18th

Feb ’23
3:00 pm

Quimby’s welcomes translator Sam Kunkel, who will discuss the great forgotten Symbolist masterpiece The Solar Circus with Chicago author and critic Jeremy Kitchen on Saturday, Feb 18th at 3pm in the afternoon.

Gustave Kahn’s The Solar Circus is an 1898 French novel dripping in psychedelic images of exotic gemstones, merfolk, and phantasmagoric menageries. Inverting day for night and reality for a dazzling dream, this is the story of a solipsistic Bavarian count who falls in love with the star of a traveling circus—thereby forcing him out of self-imposed seclusion. As the lovers set out from the count’s castle, they encounter a world in transformation: peasants in rebellion, the bright lights of London’s Orpheum theater, and even an ether-swilling Jack the Ripper in an opium den. In the process, the count must come to grips with his own fragile notions of superiority and truth.

The Solar Circus is text unlike any other, one that vacillates  effortlessly between wild, imagistic poetry and philosophical prose, prefiguring those seminal 20th century works of Modernist literature which would appear more than two decades later.

The Solar Circus is being published by Michigan City-based First to Knock. Its publication will mark not only the novel’s first appearance in English but also its first independent reissue since it was published in 1898. The novel has been newly translated by Sam Kunkel, a Paris-based, Chicago-born scholar of 19th century Symbolist literature.

Kunkel will discuss Kahn’s novel and its place in the lineage of circus books with Chicago’s very own Jeremy Kitchen—author, literary critic, and librarian. A Q&A will follow. Books will be for sale.

For more info:

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Zine Club Chicago IN PERSON: No Sleep ‘Til Stapling Zinemaking Hangout, Jan. 21st!

Jan ’23
7:00 pm


Zine Club Chicago IN PERSON: No Sleep ’Til Stapling Zinemaking Hangout!
7-11 p.m. CT Saturday, January 21
Quimby’s Bookstore, 1854 W. North Avenue

Is making progress on your zine projects one of your new year’s resolutions? Then kick off 2023 with Zine Club Chicago at the No Sleep ’Til Stapling Zinemaking Hangout!

Bring your work-in-progress, create a new zine on the spot, or just catch up with other zine folks at our 4-hour Saturday night event here at the shop. (This gathering will channel the chill hangout vibe of Quimby’s Zlumber Parties of yore.)

We’ll have zinemaking supplies, creative prompts, and snacks on hand. Zinemakers are encouraged to bring their zines to swap with others! We’ll keep the party rolling from 7 to 11 p.m.; feel free to drop in anytime during the evening. (Bonus points if you wear your cutest pjs.)

Out-of-town friends, Zine Club Chicago will be back on Zoom with y’all in February for a special event that could only happen online! If you’d like to get together virtually with zine pals this month, check out Zine Party!, hosted as always by Michael Verdi, at 7:30 p.m. CT Tuesday, January 10. For more info and the Zoom link, visit

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 Cynthia E. Hanifin and sponsored by Quimby’s Bookstore. Anna Jo Beck designs our monthly flyers, created our logo, and made our Zine Club Chicago Shout-Outs site, where folks can peruse and recommend zines we’ve discussed at our events.

More info on the Zine Club Chicago social media channels: @zineclubchicago. Facebook event here.

Image description: A red-and-blue infographic flyer, with the image of a table full of people making zines, hanging out, and eating snacks, with text that reads: “Zine Club Chicago: No Sleep ‘Til Stapling Zinemaking Hangout! In Person! Free!;Quimby’s Bookstore, 1854 W. North Avenue in Wicker Park; 7-11 p.m. CT Saturday, January 21”

New Stuff This Week


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Naked Raygun Broken Things 7″ Record and Comic (Xylophone Media) $15.00


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The Lowbrow Reader #11 $4.00

Junk Mail Envelopes That Think They’re the Boss of Me by Johnny Masiulewicz (Happy Tapir Press) $3.00

Waltzing Carpet Juliette #2 by Mark Ostler $5.00

FrootPunch Magazine #1 by Justin Skaggs and Sofa Melon $24.00

Your Daily Status Quo Tarot Reading $5.00

Razorblades and Aspirin #15 $10.00

Pure Intent #1 $4

Comics & Minis

Five More Minutes by Jude Bettridge $4.00

Adventures of Indico in Stonerland $4.20

Were Feeling the Same: Understanding of the Thing by Jenn Eisner and Madeleine Aguilar $5.00

Overwintering: A Zine About Future Earths by Jam Doughty $5.00

Zines & comics by Jude R. Bettridge!

New stuff and restocks by Nacho Nova!

Graphic Novels

Atomkinder: Cartoons 1960-1967 by HR Giger $24.95

Cult of the Ibis by Daria Tessler (Floating World Comics) $29.95

Art Books

Where’s Banksy: Updated Edition (Gingko Press) $45.00

Politics & Revolution

Socialism . . . Seriously: A Brief Guide to Surviving the 21st Century by Danny Katch (Haymarket Books) $17.95


Against the Written Word: Toward a Universal Illiteracy by Ian F. Svenonius (Akashic) $17.95

Black Women Writers at Work by Claudia Tate (Haymarket Books) $24.95

Music Books

The Sound of Being Human: How Music Shapes Our Lives by Jude Rogers (White Rabbit Books) $26.99


Ghost Music by An Yu $26


Two Italian Rascals #1 $18.00


New stuff and restocks from Arcane Bullshit & World Famous Original!

New Stuff This Week


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Pins, patches, stickers & socks from Badaboom Studio!


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Sister of the Moon Rhetoric of the Witch by Dawn Rogers Stahura $12.00

Carpal Tunnel Headache by Everett Gee (Fluke Publishing) $5.00

Resistance Is Fertile: A Chapbook In Support of Midwest Access Project by Amanda ReCupido and Jill Lyons $15.00

Zines by Bret Koontz: Sparkle Road Cult $20.00, Hardd Copy II (with Jake Acosta) $7.00

An Actually Autistic Window on Economics by Andrew Coltrin $5.00

zines by Jason Valenzuela: 700 South Normandie $10.00

Trickfilm #2 by Charles Brubaker $5.00

Books by Nico Ciani: At Least Were Trying a Book $5.00, It’ll Come (with Harold Martin) $2.00

I Promise Never to Find This Funny Even If One Day I Do by Mole and Lorelai $0.75

Trains by O. Ashby $5.00

Lets Go Stag Dirty Movies from the Past by Dan Erdman $1.00

Antigravity Dec 2022 vol 20 #9 $10.00

Filbert Filbert Awoke Somewhere Entirely Different by Adam Kane $2.00


Bubbles #15 Independent Fanzine About Comics and Manga $8.00

I Hope This Finds You: Daily Diary Comics by Kevin Budnik, issues from Aug through Nov $6.00 each

Karikatur by Ken Cohen and Graham Sisk $5.00

Base Metals and Gold by Aodh O. Riagain $5.00

Love Bug by Lonnie Garcia $5.00

Comics by Ryan B: Y2K Part II Cybergames: A Diggles Digest Adventure $3.00, Rain Down On Me $5.00

Mortal Coil $10.00

New Look New Feel $5.00

Comics by Adam Kane: Moonbanana: A Parade of Obscurities $5.00, Peter the Wild Boy $5.00 & more

Lauren Ipsum #1 by Charles Brubaker $5.00

Graphic Novels

Artichoke Tales by Megan Kelso (Fantagraphics) $22.99

Bungleton Green and The Mystic Commandos by Jay Jackson (New York Review Comics) $24.95

Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist As a Young Early Works by Art Spiegelman $25.00 – Back in print!

Music Books

How We Used Saint Etienne to Live by Ramzy Alwakeel (Repeater Books) $14.95

Art Books

Always One Button Short: The Buttons of Edward Gorey by Jonas Ploeger $16.95

How To

Writing Exercises and Various Approaches to Life On Earth by Joshua James Amberson (Antiquated Future) $10.00


The Tatami Galaxy: A Novel by Tomihiko Morimi $26.99

Who Mothered the Corpse: A Novella by Zero $10.00

Ally by Ivan Repila $16.99


Tape Op #152 $5.99

Lit Journals & Poetry

Brick #110 $20

Fieldnotes Lines of Flight #4 $18.00

Masochism Poems by Kelsey H. $5.00