New Stuff This Week

Pansy Beat by Michael Economy & friends (KrimsKrams Island LLC ) $35 . . Pansy Beat was a short-lived fanzine published by Michael Economy in New York from 1989 to 1990, totaling five quarterly issues. Each issue’s 50-some black-and-white pages documented the exuberant downtown gay and drag club scene of that era and included one free condom. The zine offered a glimpse into an exhilarating alternative universe during the darkest years of the AIDS crisis. Interviews profiled downtown personalities on the verge of global stardom, many still working to this day. Artists such as Lady Bunny, Billy Erb, Connie Fleming, Kenny Kenny, Lady Miss Kier and Larry Tee first shared their memorable selves in print on the pages of Pansy Beat. The zine also featured interviews with Edwige Belmore, Leigh Bowery and Quentin Crisp. This book celebrates Pansy Beat’s brief but influential life, including a reprinting of all five issues in their original format, previously unseen photographs by staff photographer Michael Fazakerley, new full-color artwork by some of the original contributors, plus new essays and interviews. . . #pansybeat #fanzine #zinecollection #quimbys #quimbysbookstore #quimbysbookstorechicago

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Pansy Beat by Michael Economy & friends (KrimsKrams Island LLC ) $35

Reefer Madness, edited by Crag Yoe (Dark Horse) $19.99 – Degradation! Crime! Madness! Hysteria surrounded marijuana as a perceived gateway drug from the 1930’s to the 1950’s and beyond. Adventure Comics, by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, and works by Frank Frazetta, Jerry Robinson, Jack Kirby, and many more, reveal the social reaction to this era of “Reefer Madness”. Like the anti-drug propaganda film, these stories range from comically misinformed to soberly concerned about the influence of Mary Jane on the youth of America. Eisner and Harvey Award winner Craig Yoe brings us his newest collection of wacky, wild, and culturally relevant comics. See how marijuana was perceived in the days of ignorance before it was legalized by the visionary people of Oregon, Washington, and Colorado! See marijuana demonized as a “Satan’s cigarettes” in 1950’s comics!


Pound the Pavement #18 God Bless Graffiti Coalition by Josh MacPhee and Daniel Tucker $6 – Essays and information on the legality/criminality of graffiti, Graffiti as civic engagement & more!

Penises Are Confusing #36 $2.50

Welcome to Magnum Pleasure #7 $2.50

Mantid Mania #1 Origins by Mike Smith $5

Dave Zine #14 Davezine the Bad Roommates Issue by David G. Cookson $4

Comics & Minis

Laskimooses #40 Here Comes Trouble by Tohori Matti Hagelbergin $7

Three Loops by JJ McLuckie $10

Star Beasts #1 The Mighty Menace by Stephanie Young & Allison Lassiter $7

Graphic Novels

Your Black Friend and Other Strangers by Ben Passmore (Silver Sprocket) $20

Head Lopper Volume 2: Head Lopper and the Crimson Tower by Andrew MacLean & friends $16.99

Copra Round 5 by Michel Fiffe (Bergen Street Press) $21.95

Paper Girls Volume 4 by Brian K Vaughan & friends $14.99

Stripburger #70 Twenty Five Years $10

Art & Design

Metamorphosis by Tavar Zawacki (Urban Spree Books) $39.95 – He took the world by storm with his iconic ABOVE arrow icon, painting in over 100 different cities spanning 50 countries across the globe.

Desperately Seeking Banksy by Ian Castello-Cortes (Gingko Press) $16.95 – Streamlined for the casual Banksy fan. Features 2017s Bridge Farm Primary School and The Walled Off Hotel, as well as up-to-the-minute artwork selection.

Skateboarding Is Not a Fashion: The Illustrated History of Skateboard Apparel by Jurgen Blumlein, Dirk Vogel & Cap10 (Gingko Press) $59.95 – Neither it is a crime! Hang Ten, Jams, Vans, Jimmy’Z — it’s all here. Original commentary from designers, company founders, and pro skateboarders who have defined skateboarding’s look for entire generations. Comments from Stacy Peralta, Lance Mountain, Tony Alva, Steve Caballero, and many more, talking about safety gear ranging from helmets to kneepads and gloves, not to mention accessories such as bags.

Handstyle Lettering: From Calligraphy to Typography by Victionary (Gingko Press) $35

Blank State: An Architectural Coloring Book by (Gingko Press) $14.95

Store Front II (Mini): A History Preserved: The Disappearing Face of New York by Karla L Murray and James T Murray (Gingko Press) $29.95

Mayhem & Outer Limits

The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn $17

The Phantom Atlas: The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps by Edward Brooke-Hitching $29.95 – This richly illustrated book shows a world of ghost islands, invisible mountain ranges, mythical civilizations, ship-wrecking beasts, and other fictitious features introduced on maps and atlases. A cartographical beauty!

Does It Fart?: The Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence by Nick Caruso & Dani Rabaiotti, illustrated by Ethan Kocak $15

What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves by Benjamin K. Bergen $16.99

Secret Chicago: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure by Jessica Mlinaric (Reedy Press) $20.95

A People’s History of Civilization by John Zerzan (Feral House) $13 – Essays ranging from the beginning of civilization to today’s general crisis.


True Detective Mar 18 $9.99
Fortean Times #364 $12.50
Earth First vol 37 #4 $6.95


Meat #26 $14

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Robert K. Elder shares memories from THE MIXTAPE OF MY LIFE May 10th

7:00 pm

Award-winning author, former rock photographer and journalist Robert K. Elder has composed the perfect walk down music memory lane in THE MIXTAPE OF MY LIFE: A Do-It-Yourself Music Memoir (Running Press; Trade Paperback Original; ISBN-13: 978-0762464074; 192 Pages/ $14.99).

THE MIXTAPE OF MY LIFE is a journal that guides user to write their autobiography through their music collection.

Sample questions from the book include:
What song or artist can’t you listen to because of a past romance?
What songwriter lied to or misled you?
What song allows you to time travel — that brings back a time and place so strongly that it’s palpable?

No matter which musical generation you belong to, or whether your musical tastes range from doo-wop to Daft Punk, THE MIXTAPE OF MY LIFE can be instant conversation starter among friends and family.

Also enjoy work from these fine readers!
Andrew Huff
Liz Mason
Lou Carlozo

“We all know that music is deeply intertwined with memory. The Mixtape of My Life is an astonishing tool for unlocking your long-forgotten histories.”

—Jason Bitner, author, Cassette From My Ex: Stories and Soundtracks of Lost Loves

Elder is the author of seven books, including 2016’s Hidden Hemingway. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe,, and many other publications. He has worked for Sun-Times Media and Crain Communications, and is the founder of Odd Hours Media.

For more info, visit:

Thursday, May 10, 7pm – 8pm

Free Event

Here’s the Facebook Invite for this event!


New Stuff This Week

UFO Presences by Javier Arcenillas (Editorial RM) $35 UFO Presences explores the places where UFO sightings have taken place across America: in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and of course the infamous Area 51, along South Central Nevada’s State Route 375?the so-called Extraterrestrial Highway, where so many travelers have reported UFO observations and other bizarre alien activities. Spanish photographer Javier Arcenillas (born 1973) has diligently photographed these locations, and sequenced them in this book as a visual road trip, mixing his photographs with news clippings and other relevant ephemera. . . #quimbysbookstorechicago #ufopresences #quimbys #quimbysbookstore #photobook #outerlimits

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UFO Presences by Javier Arcenillas (Editorial RM) $35


Client and Co-Conspirator: A Dialogue Between Two Sex Worker Advocacy Activists $3

No Bad Whores, Just Bad Laws, Support Hose Year One $5

Pussweek #3 by Bexy McFly $11.99 – By cats for cats!

Suitable 4 Framin #12 Jan 18 All Oakland Issue $10 – Graffiti zine.

Everything’s Fine Chinatown by Iqvinder Singh $10

Hard to Love #6 Lung Static by Sara McHenry $3

How I Became a Butterfly by Nathan Margoni $5

Happy Tapir #4 Tom Cruise and Jim Harbaugh Had Sex In My Second Apartment by Johnny Masiulewicz $3

Lane With by Michael Solomon $12

tracts from PM Press, various prices:
Young CLR James: A Graphic Novelette by Paul Buhle
Events and Victims by Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Edited by Jon Curley
Heart X-Rays: A Modern Epic Poem by Marcus Colasurdo

Comics & Minis

Cool Girls Doing Things by Caroline Cash $5

Dentures in the Sink #1 by Sofia Diaz $7.50

Infinite Wheat Paste #4 by Pidge & Chase Hutchison $5

Crackle vol 1 by Phillip Maira $3.50

Isle of Flotsam #1 by Caleb $3

Agency by Tom McHenry $5

Graphic Novels

Flayed Corpse And Other Stories by Josh Simmons & friends (Fantagraphics) $24.99 – Brutal, deeply unsettling, and often hilarious stories from a master of modern horror comics. Also collects collaborations with artists like Anders Nilsen, Tara Booth, Eroyn Franklin & more!

Kaleidoscope City by Marcellus Hall (Bittersweet Editions) $14.99

Glass Walker by Antoinette Lavin $15

Blazing Combat (Fantagraphics) $29.99 – Expanded edition reprint of the all-star war-comics anthology featuring all of Frank Frazetta’s painted covers and exclusive interviews with Archie Goodwin and publisher James Warren. Plus work by John Severin, Alex Toth, Wallace Wood and many more.

ISNXO by Ivan Gugel Dawson $15

Art Books

Signal 06 A Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture, edited by Alec Dunn & Josh MacPhee $14.95 – International subversive graphic design edited by Justseeds folks.

We Are Not Alone vol II Beings and Creatures from Somewhere Else by Brett Manning $20

New stuff this week! #quimbysbookstorechicago #quimbysbookstore #quimbys #NewStuff

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Politics, Revolution & Current Events

Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life: A Tar Sands Tale by Matt Hern and Am Johal with Joe Sacco (MIT Press) $19.95

Yugoslavia: Peace, War, and Dissolution by Noam Chomsky, Edited by Davor Džalto (PM Press) $19.95


The Scooter Chronicles: A Southern California Modyssey by Shahriar Fouladi $19.99

Atheist In the Attic by Samuel R. Delaney (PM Press) $14

Mayhem & Outer Limits

Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History by Yunte Huang $28.95

Insects: An Edible Field Guide by Stefan Gates $16.95

Spring has Spring! #quimbysbookstore #quimbys #quimbysbookstorechicago

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Music Books

My Ramones: Photographs by Danny Fields (Reel Art Press) $39.95 – 200+ photographs from 1975-1977 taken by manager Danny “pulse of the underground” Fields.


Bust #110 $6.99

Hiss Mag #2 $20

Chap Books

Overtime Hour 47: The Death of DemiVer Data Services by Julie McNeely-Kirwan (Blue Cubicle Press) $2 – Georgia, a “good child”-type employee, has just discovered the truth about the company she works for.

Impressions In the Language of a Lanterns Wick by Jake Syersak (Ghost Proposal) $7

Fallout by Jose Nateras $5

New Stuff This Week

The Clown Egg Registry by Luke Stephenson and Helen Champion $16.95 – For more than 70 years, Clowns International—the oldest established clowning organization—has been painting the faces of its members on eggs. This mesmerizing volume collects more than 150 of these portraits, from 1946 to the modern day! Step right up!


Fixer Eraser #2 by Jonas $3 – Thoughtful thoughts from local zine celeb Jonas.

Reasons to Live by Bex Shea $1

Well Never Have Paris #15 America True Stories $6

Bald People Against by Nathan Margoni $5

Glou Glou Magazine #1 $12 -Arty n conversational zine about wine.

Two Fisted Librarians vol 8 #1 $4


Helio Press, a whole mess of awesome risographed stuff like these, including work by Ashley Ronning!

Berlin #22 by Jason Lutes (D&Q) $5.95 – Final issue of this 20 year saga!

Baby Wave Karaoke by Nicole Michael Brunel Couvilllon $5

Three Days in Paradise by Michael Wynne $10

Florence by Rachel Bard $5

Tales From the Wolf Bus by Allie Allan D. Caesar $7

Fizzle #1 by Whit Taylor $6

Frankie Comics #1 through #4 SPX Special by Rachel Dukes


Graphic Novels

Gwar: Orgasmageddon by Matt Miner & friends $17.99 – Banished to the past by the cold and calculating Mr. Perfect, the heroes of GWAR trample through time like a deranged Bill and Ted on bath salts – antics ensue!

Politics & Revolution

POST-TRUTH: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It by Evan Davis $26.99

Art Books

Deep Mapping by Brett Bloom and Nuno Sacramento (Breakdown Break Down Press) $8 – SELF-NAVIGATION NOW! Don’t map your shit like an old fuddy duddy! Use your own contradicting narrative! -LM

Posters for Change: Tear, Paste, Protest: 50 Removable Posters by Princeton Architectural Press $25 – Nearly 300 designers from around the world answered the call to create this collection of 50 tear-out posters for people who want to make their voices heard in a time of unprecedented uncertainty and apprehension.

Outer Limits

Hoax: A History of Deception: 5,000 Years of Fakes, Forgeries, and Fallacies by Ian Tattersall and Peter Névraumont $27.99 – Loch Ness, Ponzi schemes, spirit photographers and more, from a team that includes a curator emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History.

My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir by Chris Offutt $16 – After inheriting 400 novels of pornography written by his father in the 1970s and ‘80s, critically acclaimed author Chris Offutt sets out to make sense of a complicated father-son relationship in this carefully observed, beautifully written memoir.

Film, Music & Media Books

Black Aesthetic #2 by Zoe Samudzi (Wolfman Books) $12

Hit So Hard: A Memoir by Patty Schemel, Drummer of Hole $27


Gentlewoman #17 $15.99

Mojo #293 $11.25

Monocle #111 $12

Maximumrocknroll #419 $4.99

Lit Journals & Chap Books

The Believer #117 $12

First Line vol 20 #1 $4

Wolfman New Life Quarterly by Jacob Kahn $12

Sex Guides & Culture

The Wonder Down Under: The Insider’s Guide to the Anatomy, Biology, and Reality of the Vagina by Nina Brochmann & Ellen Støkken Dahl $26.99