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Mel Stringer Fart School Release Event, In Conversation With Kevin Budnik, at Quimby’s, April 15th

7:00 pm

Quimby’s welcomes Mel Stringer to celebrate the release of her graphic novel Fart School published by Silver Sprocket on Saturday, April 15th and 7pm here in person at 1854 W. North Ave in conversation with comics artist Kevin Budnik, for a night of talking and signing.

Based on the author’s experience attending art school in the early 2000s, Mel Springer’s Fart School is a funny, heartfelt graphic novel will resonate with anyone who had a youthful dream—or a DeviantArt account. The book chronicles Mel’s excitement about moving to Brisbane to start art school where she imagines collaborating with other artists in a vibrant community, honing her craft, and becoming an accomplished artist. But it turns out that art school isn’t quite the same in real life. Can Mel finish college with her love of art still intact?

Mel Stringer was encouraged to be creative from an early age and remembers spending most of her free time drawing all through her schooling years. Her work spans across mediums, including comics and illustrations, all autobiographical and influenced by her surroundings in one way or another. Mel was brought up in the Northern Territory of Australia, finishing high school in Darwin. She then traveled across the country to study art in Brisbane, in hopes of starting her art career and meeting more like-minded people. Now based in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband, she spends her days creating autobiographical comics in the form of the zine Flowery, about what it’s like being a Filipino-Australian living in the USA. Fart School is her first graphic novel. She has long been a consignor at Quimby’s, where she sells her diary comic Flowery. Find her on the web at

Mel will be in conversation with local mini-comics artist and Quimby’s friend Kevin Budnik, whose diary comics have been called “painful” in a complimentary sense. Born in Chicago, graduate of Columbia College, Kevin makes work exploring depression, compulsive behaviors, mental illness, queerness, cats, and death. Find him on the web at He publishes the ongoing mini-comics series I Hope This Finds You.

Reviews of Fart School:

“A relatable exploration of the difficulties of making it in the art world.” – Booklist

“Devotees of Dan Clowes’s beloved teenage dramadies will appreciate Stringer’s neurotic, angsty worldview as she tries to find her way in the adult world. Though most likely to strike a chord with actual past and present art school comrades, any reader who’s ever felt like a fish out of water will be drawn in by the irresistible loose cartoony art style and cheery color palette. This funny portrait of the artist as a young adult is a charmer.” -Publishers Weekly

“Mel Stringer’s art and storytelling talent shine in this brilliant, beautiful graphic memoir that’s both personal and universal: the time somebody starts to become their true self. Her brilliant artwork and storytelling are somehow both intensely personal and universal, as well as funny, poignant and real. The more you look at Mel Stringer’s work, the more you see, and the more you realise what an awesome talent she is.” -Kaz Cooke

Facebook event invite here.

Be extra prepared and purchase Fart School here!


Hey! Remember when Mel did our awesome bookmarks?! We love them so much!

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How Much Is Enough? Kate O’Shea and the Just City: Residency Reflections of an Embedded Practice at the Intersection of Art and Activism (Half Letter Press) $10

Ker-Bloom #160 by Artnoose $2

Anticat: Defy Category #2 edited by Duke Pierce Reade $3

Trans Restroom Rants #3 by Birch Rosen $5

Zines from Rena Yehuda Newman: 69 Writing Prompts for Deviants, Testosterone Survey Zine: A Community Health Art Project & more.

Shot in the Dark: A Found Photo Slide Zine #1 $7.00

Comics & Minis

Dubface & Dubface Annual #1 by Steven Gamburd $10, $20

Graphic Novels

Ms Davis: A Graphic Biography of Angela Davis by Amazing Ameziane and Sybille Titeux de la Croix (Fantagraphics) $24.99

Evita: The Life and Work of Eva Peron by Hector German Oesterheld, Alberto Breccia and Enrique Breccia (Fantagraphics) $19.99

Music Books

Creative Act: A Way of Being HC by Rick Rubin $32

Lit Journals & Chap Books

The Anarchist Review of Books #5 $6

The Bennington Review #11 $15.00

City of Coats by Todd Evans $13

Good Morning vol 1 by C. Arden Allman $5


Spunk #15 The Horror $12

Garfield From Memory Painting Pop-up at Quimby’s, May 13th

12:00 pm

Kate Parnell – aka Garfield From Memory – is a 43 year old artist who lives with her parents and paints Garfield every day. She started drawing Garfield four years ago when she was really depressed and hanging out at a friend’s sausage shop full of Garfield memorabilia, and as she did, she remembered the triumphant feeling of drawing a character from memory as a kid. She decided to draw Garfield from memory every day for a year, and posted them to her personal Instagram page. Four years later she’s somehow making a living at it – still painting, drawing, animating and sculpting Garfield every single day, and posting them to her Instagram @garfieldfrommemory. She is also the co-editor of the high equine weirdness zine HORSECORN.

Garfield From Memory’s first Chicago appearance will be at Quimby’s on May 13th; she will be selling original artwork, prints, and bootleg Garfield merchandise and she is excited to meet some of her biggest fans!

Garfield From Memory Pop Up
Sat, May 13th, noon-6pm

For more info:

Facebook Event invite here.

Watch Garfield From Memory on Office Hours Live with Tim Heidecker, DJ Douggpound and Vic Berger.

Email: garfieldfrommemoryshop(at)gmail(dot)com

GFM Big Cartel Shop here.


Dave Eggers Does Something Interesting at Quimby’s For His Book The Eyes & The Impossible, April 11th

7:00 pm

What will Dave Eggers do here at Quimby’s for this event Tuesday, April 11th? Read something? Talk about something? Who knows? Will he cut hair? Make drinks? We look forward to finding out. What we do know is he has a new book coming out. And we’re having an event here in partnership with the American Writers Museum.

The Eyes and the Impossible (McSweeney’s) is the story of a dog named Johannes. Johannes is a free dog, a fast dog—such a fast dog! He lives in an urban park by the sea, and every day, he runs through the park, seeing all, missing nothing, and reporting what he sees to the park’s three ancient Bison, the Keepers of the Equilibrium. But the Equilibrium has been disrupted.

Mysterious rectangles are hypnotizing Johannes, humans are erecting a strange new building, and an entirely new kind of animal has arrived in the park—and there are hundreds of them. Johannes must run faster, see better, and ultimately do more than run and see—he must liberate those he loves.

Gorgeously illustrated throughout by Shawn Harris (author of Have You Ever Seen A Flower? and illustrator of Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers, among many others)—Dave Eggers’s The Eyes and the Impossible is a lyrical, soulful book full of wit and passion—a timeless story for readers of all ages.

Quimby’s is normally closed on Tuesdays but for this very special event we’ll be open in the evening for this event! Doors open at 6pm, events starts at 7pm.

Facebook Event Invite here.

Praise for The Eyes and the Impossible

“So clever and engrossing and sweet. I loved it.”
—Roddy Doyle, Man Booker Prize and Irish PEN Award winner

“An exhilarating, funny, frightening, mind-warping, heart-squeezing tale. Told at the speed of light. A must read. For all humans.”
—Jon Scieszka

“A total delight: a heroic dog’s account of a thrilling adventure, during which a community determines, separately and together, how to live. I loved it.”
—Maile Meloy

“This book is a magic trick. The kind of magic trick where you want to know how to do it so you can also write a book this good.”
—Jon Klassen

The Eyes and the Impossible is Exhibit A in the argument for children’s books being great literature. Honestly, it’s the best all-ages novel I’ve read in years. It reminded me why I love kids’ books—and why I love reading itself.”
—Annie Barrows

“Hilarious, big-hearted, and beautifully written. If you want to know what I think, this book right here is a significant contribution to children’s literature.”
—Mac Barnett

“One remarkable creature vividly shows readers that “there is so, so much to see.” —Kirkus, starred review

The Eyes and the Impossible
isbn: 978-1-95211-945-3 (wood-cover edition)
pub date: May 9, 2023
price: $28
format: Hardcover
publicity: Amanda Uhle, amanda(at)mcsweeneys(dot)net
Caroline Sun, caroline(dot)sun(at)sunliteraryarts(dot)com

About Dave Eggers: Dave Eggers is the author of many books, among them The Eyes and the Impossible, The CircleThe Monk of MokhaHeroes of the FrontierA Hologram for the King, and What Is the What. He is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing company, and co-founder of 826 Valencia, a youth writing center that has inspired over 70 similar organizations worldwide. Eggers is winner of the American Book Award, the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Education, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the TED Prize, and has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He once did an event at Quimby’s in the middle of the day on a Wednesday.


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