Monthly Archive for August, 2023

Quimby’s Logo shirts back in stock

Why was Jon Resh finally able to land his first wallride after trying for decades? Because HE WAS WEARING THE CLASSIC QUIMBY’S SHIRT, now all sizes back in stock! It makes dreams real!

The official Quimby’s T-shirt is black shirt features our logo, designed by Chris Ware, printed on black high-quality pre-shrunken Bella + Canvas brand shirts. It’s sweet, simple, and to the point: QUIMBY’S! These shirts were printed locally, by our friends at Strange Cargo.

Get it here.

Quimby’s 32nd Anniversary T-Shirt Celebration Featuring Vichcraft Live Chainstitching, Sat, Sep 30th

Sep ’23
6:00 pm

Wahoo! Quimby’s is turning 32!*

To help us celebrate Chicago gem of a printer and chainstitcher Vichcraft (aka Jenna Blazevich) has designed some new merch for us to premiere at A LIVE CHAINSTITCHING EVENT HERE AT QUIMBY’S ON SATURDAY, SEPT 30TH from 6-9pm! She designed a spanking new Quimby’s t-shirt that is BEAUTIFUL (trust us) we’ll be debuting at this event. And we’ll be unveiling some other unexpected merch too — but we don’t want to spoil the surprise!

Vichcraft will be on hand with her 80-year-old Cornely machine to chainstitch a variety of items, including felt pennants and other things for sale. For a fee, she can customize items, so bring your stuff you want to have personalized.*

Vichcraft is the multi-disciplinary design studio run by Jenna Blazevich in Chicago, Illinois since 2015. Find her at and on IG: @vichcraft


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Here’s the Facebook event invite if you want it!

*Our actual anniversary is September 15th! This event is not actually on the 15th! But you should buy us a birthday cake on that day anyway. Happy birthday, us!

*Here are helpful hints about what materials are ideal for your customized chainstitched item!:

Ideal items:

Woven fabrics: Canvas, Denim, linen
Crewnecks or sweatshirt type knits

Materials to avoid:

Thin knit fabrics (tee shirts)
Loosely knit fabrics (sweaters, scarves)
Items with sherpa linings or excessive batting


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New Stuff This Week


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Fluke #20 The Big Mud $5

Broken Pencil #99.5 $7.95

“Are You Married or What Is the Matter?”: Inconsiderate, Passive-Aggressive and Snarky Antique Postcards 1907-1921 by Robert T. Glen $6

Zisk #34 Summer 2023 by Mike Faloon & friends $3

How to Turn Into a Frog by Jewlya Sturtevant $24.99

Flotation Device #18 $2

Netlabeler #2 by Keith Helt $2

Nuances of Existence Are Explored by Artists by Marc Fischer/Brett Bloom (Temporary Services/Half Letter Press) $9

Zines & Comics by Maggie Michel $12-$15: Five Guys Burgers and Fries But One of Them Dies, Emergence 2023 Thesis Illustrations


Bubbles #17 August 2023 Independent Fanzine About Comics and Manga $8

Comics by Katya Granger, $10-$15 each: Super Ghost Girl #1, Manatee Mermaid, Cloud Girl Story: The Secret Magic

Graphic Novels

Proof That the Devil Loves You by Gilbert Hernandez (Fantagraphics) $24.99

What’s Fear Got to Do With It? by Ivana Filipovich (Conundrum) $18

Black Phoenix Comics and Illustrations vol 2 by Rich Tommaso (Floating World) $14.95

Starseeds vol 3 by Glaubitz Charles (Fantagraphics) $34.99

Okinawa by Susumu Higa (Fantagraphics) $29.99

101 or So Ways My Family Might Die But Probably Won’t by Michael D. Davis $4.25

Mage and the Endless Unknown by SJ Miller (Iron Circus) $15

A Book To Make Friends With by Lukas Verstraete (Fantagraphics) $75

Memoirs of a Man In Pajamas by Paco Roca (Fantagraphics) $29.99

Eden II by Kenny Wroten (Fantagraphics) $39.99

Cloven Book 2 by Garth Stein and drawn by Matthew Southworth (Fantagraphics) $24.99

Art & Design Books

Sean Aaberg’s Halloween Book (Gingko Press) $29.95

Politics & Revolution Books

The Anarchist Inquisition: Assassins, Activists, and Martyrs in Spain and France by Mark Bray (AK Press) $26

No Harmless Power: The Life and Times of the Ukrainian Anarchist Nestor Makhno by Charlie Allison, illustrated by N.O. Bonzo & Kevin Matthews (PM Press) $21.95

Abolishing Surveillance: Digital Media Activism and State Repression by Chris Robe (PM Press) $24.95


The Future by Catherine Leroux (Biblioasis) $18.95

Dinosaurs: A Novel by Lydia Millet $17.95


Pretty Boys Don’t Belong On Oil Rigs by Andreas L. $6

Chap Books

I Can Do Good Things by Izzy Larson $3.50

Other Stuff

Connect 2024 Calendar by Nikki Mcclure $24

New Stuff This Week


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Weirdo Du Jour #3 Line Cook Love by K. Ratticus $1

Carrot Informer Magazine $8

Restless City #1 $5

Stim and Sensory Toys by Clementine Penner $2

Unusual Places of the Chicago Suburbs #2 Hidden Nuclear Missile Park by Eric Kammerer $4

Yarn Bomb #3 & #4 $20 each

More Hands by Joshua Bohnsack $3

Scorpion Bowl: A Story by Joseph Demes $5

Zines by Indigo Field: Strawberry Jam $10, Angel Papers $5 + more

Wonders From Western Ave by Mac and Emma $24.99

Zines from Two Headed Dog Publications, by Saoirse Finn and friends: Something Special #3 $10, Solidarity 4Ever a Collaborative Zine $10 and more.


The Future #10 the End of Everything Immediately by Tommi Musturi $6

New photo zines from Mary Miller $12 each

Moment In Time $2

Graphic Novels

Thunder and Lightning by Kimberly Wang (Silver Sprocket) $13.99

Witchy Shit

Llewellyn’s Little Book of Witchcraft by Deborah Blake $14.99

Spirits, Seers and Seances: Victorian Spiritualism, Magic and the Supernatural by Steele Alexandra Douris $16.99

Small Magics: Practical Secrets From an Appalachian Village Witch by H. Byron Ballard $17.99


Atavic Fear of Hailstorms: A Novella by Joao Reis $14

Burnt Sienna by Joshua Bohnsack $8

Sex With My Family Fictions by Jessica Anne $14

Chap Books

lonely line breaks: ChatRQT by Robbie Q. Telfer $10

Lit Journals

Oyez Review #50 $8


International Review #170 $3

From the students over at 826CHI down the street!:

Within by Eddy McGhee $10

Chicken In Oshean by Lucas Kohng $16

El Chiquito Big Book: Writing From the Students of Pickard Elementary $20

Things That Give Us Butterflies: Writing From the Students of 826ChI’s After School Writing Lab $15

All the Beauty It Brings: Writing by 826CHI’s Teen Writers Studio $15

Other Stuff

Stickers from Bumpin’ Uglies!
Patches from Retrograde Supply Co!

…And more!

M.S. Harkness Celebrates Time Under Tension: a Graphic Memoir at Quimby’s Bookstore With Evan Salazar & Caroline Cash, Oct 6th!

Oct ’23
7:00 pm

M.S. Harkness Celebrates Time Under Tension: a Graphic Memoir
at Quimby’s Bookstore
With Evan Salazar & Caroline Cash
Fri, Oct 6th, 7pm

Time Under Tension is a smart, funny, no bullshit work of autobiography, a story of searching for dignity in a world that rarely affords it and taking agency of adulthood in the face of so many easy excuses not to.

M.S. Harkness is graduating from art school in Minneapolis and facing a crossroads in life. She has a strained relationship with her mother, a sexually abusive father on parole, and is in love with an aspiring MMA fighter who mostly hangs out with her to get high and already has a girlfriend and career prospects with a fight promotion. An art career feels untenable — as one professor tells her, “Don’t expect to get by on this fucked-up broke girl shit.” She decides to get a personal trainer’s certificate — it seems like a feasible and sensible career option — but continues to dabble as a sex worker and weed dealer because the money is too irresistible. With idle hands due to no classes or full-time work, M.S. has ample time to aimlessly fuck around — or, to get her shit together. “I want to be better, I want to be stable and solid. I don’t want to keep aimlessly shifting between untenable situations.”

Harkness’s bold, precise black-and-white cartooning and eye for storytelling invites the reader in, while her sharp wit and naturalist ear as a writer takes it away from there. Never didactic, always real, Time Under Tension is a spirited and assured work of graphic memoir.

M.S. Harkness was born in Oklahoma and lives in Columbus, Ohio. She was featured as an up and coming cartoonist at the Angouleme Comics Festival in France, and was a recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Visual Artist Grant. Harkness occasionally teaches comics at Columbus College of Art & Design, in addition to working as a personal trainer. This is her third graphic novel, following Tinderella and Desperate Pleasures (both from Uncivilized Books). Find M.S. Harkness on IG at @m.s.harkness.

Joining the celebration of Time Under Tension are artists Evan Salazar and Caroline Cash.

Evan Salazar is a cartoonist originally from Tucson, Arizona. His main project is the self-published comic book Rodeo, which explores the secret passageways that connect memory, imagination, and family. Salazar has been published internationally, was the recipient of a 2020 MICE Mini-grant, participated in the Hocking Hills Cartoonist Retreat, founded the Tucson Comix Club, and has presented his work at comics festivals across the United States. He currently lives in Arizona with his dog, Margie. For more info see

Ignatz award winning cartoonist Caroline Cash, known for such titles as Girl In the World and Pee Pee Poo Poo, used to work at Quimby’s. She can be found on IG at cash_browns.


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