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CZF 2019 Friday Event: Exhibitor Reading at Quimby’s, Zine Jeopardy at Cards Against Humanity Theater

6:00 pm

On Friday night of #CZF2019, Chicago Zine Fest has two special events. The annual Exhibitor Reading will be here at Quimby’s Bookstore, Friday May 17th from 6-8pm. Zine creators share stories and comics from the pages of their publications. Hosted by Megan Kirby. Readers include David Alvarado, Julia Arredondo, Ed Blair, Eileen Chavez, Casey Goonan, Jonas, Jaclyn Miller, LizMarie Palomo, Leslie Perrine, Jami Sailor, and Alejandra Trigoso.

Afterwards head over to the Cards Against Humanity Theater (1551 W. Homer St) for Zine Jeopardy at 9pm. Chicago Zine Fest organizer Johnny Misfit will host and contestants John Porcellino, Julia Eff and Billy the Bunny will go head-to-head as we test their knowledge of all things zine.  More info about that here.

Quimby’s is proud to co-sponsor CZF and congratulates the festival for celebrating 10 years!  The Chicago Zine Fest is a celebration of small press and independent publishers, with an annual festival of workshops, events, and the big expo day where 250+ zinesters set up tables to sell and trade their zines. All the events are free and open to the public. CZF 2019 will be held May 16th, 17th, and 18th. More info at chicagozinefest.org.

Want the Facebook Event Invite for this special Friday double header? It’s here.


Art by Neil Brideau.

Chicago Zine Fest 2019, May 16th-18th

11:00 am

Quimby’s is proud to co-sponsor The Chicago Zine Fest, a celebration of small press and independent publishers, with free workshops, events, and an annual festival. CZF 2019 is in its tenth year! CZF 2019 will take place over three days: May 16th-18th. Saturday, May 18th is the main exhibition at Plumbers Union Hall (1340 W Washington Blvd). All events during CZF weekend are always FREE, wheelchair accessible, and open to the public.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Chicago Zine Fest, CZF has added an official third day of events this year! Join the fest on the campus of DePaul University in Lincoln Park for two special events on Thursday, May 16th: a special visit to the DePaul University Special Collections and Archives at 6pm and a Zines + Social Justice Panel at 7pm. More info at chicagozinefest.org

For the Friday night programming at CZF 2019, there are two special events:

Quimby’s will host the Exhibitor Reading from 6-8pm Friday, May 17th here at 1854 W. North Ave. in Wicker Park. Zine creators exhibiting at this year’s fest will share stories and comics from the pages of their publications. Details are here. After the reading, head over to the Cards Against Humanity Theater at 9pm for a rousing game of Zine Jeopardy at 9pm. Details here.

Stay tuned for more information about this year’s Chicago Zine Fest! Visit chicagozinefest.org for more info.

2019 CZF art by Neil Brideau of Radiator Comics.

Off-Site: Chicago Zine Fest 2018, May 18th and 19th

May ’18
12:00 pm


Watch this space for more info about Chicago Zine Fest 2018!

Quimby’s is proud to co-sponsor The Chicago Zine Fest, a celebration of small press and independent publishers, with free workshops, events, and an annual festival. CZF 2018 will be held May 18-19. All events are free!

Friday, May 18th: Panel Discussion & Exhibitor Reading, 6:30-9:30pm at the Institute of Cultural Affairs, 4750 N. Sheridan Road in Uptown. The topic is On Speaking Terms: Zines, Librarians and Communities and the panel will feature local zinester and Chicago Public Library employee Oscar Arreola, Doro of the School of the Art Institute’s Zine Collection, Milo from Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP), and moderated by the University of Chicago’s zine archivist, Sarah G. Wenzel. Then stay for the exhibitor reading featuring performances by Zach Auburn, Shira Mario, Megan Metzger, Ariel Chan, Marian Runk, Katie Armentrout and Cathy Hannah. Facebook event invite for that event here.

Saturday, May 19th: Tabling Exhibition, 11am-6pm at The Plumbers Union Hall, 1340 W Washington Blvd in Chicago. The exhibitor list is here.  And Facebook event invite for that event here. Come see us at Table S3!

And don’t forget about the Chicago Zine Fest Afterparty w/ Punk Rock Karaoke at the Co-Prosperity Sphere from 7:30 to midnight on Saturday night. (Here’s the Facebook event invite for it.) $6 goes to fundraiser for the CHIPRC.

PRK flyer by Miguel Centeno.


For more info:






Interested in volunteering? Contact CZF here!

CZF 2018 artwork by Yewon Kwon.

New Stuff This Week

Thanks to the lovely and talented CZF co-organizer and zinester Anna Jo Beck for our rockin’ Chicago Zine Fest window installation!

Cinema Sewer #30 Special 20 Year Anniversary Issue $8.00 – From the words of the publisher himself, Robin Bougie: “Well, this is it! The culmination of 20 years of hard work! Issue thirty of Cinema Sewer magazine! YAY! Here’s to another 20 years (hopefully!) When I started CS at the age of 23, I had no idea what was to come, and it certainly wasn’t anything meant to be permanent. It was just yet another mini-comic series, of which I had done dozens of previously. How time flies, and look at how this sleazy little zine has grown…So, let’s have a look at what’s in this special oversized anniversary issue — the biggest ever issue of CS clocking in at 60 all-new pages! The cover is by Ben Newman — don’t worry folks — she’s 20! It even says right there under her young buttcheeks! ^_^ There are interviews with adult star Porsche Lynn, and Keith Prince (the son of AVON films smut legend Phil Prince), and there are dozens of reviews, articles, and comics about vintage cult cinema! Just a few of the films covered are: The Howling, Freeway, A Gun For Jennifer, Super Lady Cop, Whore, Human Condom Woman, Attack of The Beast Creatures, The Running Man, Blood Of Heroes, Star Crash, The Muthers, and the Playboy Roller Disco and Pajama Party TV special!  To top it all off, since this is a very special issue, I’ve done a FULL COLOR over-sized pull-out poster that comes with every issue, which features all the covers from all 30 issues! Hot diggity doggies!” Order it here.


Schmalz #2 Writing About Jewish Food and Diaspora by Isaac Brosilow $7.00 – Writing About Jewish Food and Diaspora, this issue contains an interview with A, the Secret History of Soviet Matzoh and a recipe for Potato Kugel.

King Dumb Come by Veronica Leto $6.00

I Am Junky Zine $5.00 – Part of an untitled series where the anonymous author uses quotes from their favorite public figures as starting off points for personal essays, this one is dedicated to William S. Burroughs. Love, death, sadness, addiction, pleasure — everything you’d expect from Uncle Bill, proof that his work inspires future generations of writers to mull over the big cut-up questions. -LM

Chew This by Carol Sogard $7.00

Rebel Rain by Veronica Leto $8.00

Crawl by Jesse Fillingham $12.00 – Stunning and exquisitely rendered characters and spaces that create a myth ridden dreamscape. ~CH

Raw, Extremely Necessary Manifesto by Veronica Leto $4.00 – You want your upliftingness to be cool and not cheesy, right? Well here’s your chance to be inspired without all the embarrassment of it feeling all Lifetime channel life-affirming. With quotes commanding the reader to “Protect your passion from all that rat race bullshit, or you will start to shrink small enough to where a few inches of water will threaten your survival” it feels a little bit like reading a punk rock Dale Carnegie. That’s what we all want, right? -LM


Love and Rockets Magazine #2 by Gilbert and Jamie Hernandez (Fantagraphics) $4.99

Bad Drawings of Garfield #1 by Caroline Cash $5.00 – A cursed image, Garfield might be on drugs and Jon Arbuckle has some pretty heavy revelations about the potential meaning of art. ~CH

Ganges #6 by Kevin Huizenga $8.00 – The Eisner and Harvey nominated and Ignatz winning series is back again. In this mindblowing issue Glenn Ganges’ long battle with insomnia comes to a complicated close. Glenn and his wife Wendy also learn productivity tips from a TED talk in “The 2 Minute Mind”. Every page is a jam-packed jewel retina display of cartooning power.

Work In Progress #3 by August LeRoi $7.00

Thrill Of Living In A Dying Empire #2 by Mission Mini Comix $1.00

How To Talk To Your Doctor About Your Testicles $4.00


Run Comics Oct 2013 through April 2016 by Ryan Burns $20.00

I Am a Hero vol 3 Omnibus by Kengo Hanazawa $19.99

Illustra Sean Year #3 by Sean Dempsey $20.00

Lumberjanes vol 6 Sink Or Swim $14.99


The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation by Natalie Y. Moore $17.00 – Now in soft cover.


The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn $28.00

In Our Own Image: Savior Or Destroyer? The History and Future of Artificial Intelligence by George Zarkadakis $16.95


Blood Is Thicker Part One by Silas H. Patterson $16.99


Maximumrocknroll #407 Apr 2017 $4.99

Juxtapoz #196 May 2017 $6.99

Razorcake #97 Allison Wolfe $4.00

2600 the Hacker Quarterly vol 34 #1 Spr 2017 $6.95

True Crime Mar 2017 $9.99

Shindig #64 Curtis Mayfield $12.99

Nostalgia Digest Spr 2017 William Powell and Myrna Loy $4.50

Skeptic vol 22 #1 2017 $6.95

Laphams Quarterly vol 10 #2 Spr 2017 Discovery $18.00

Rethinking Schools vol 31 #3 Spr 2017 $5.95

High Times Best of #83 2017 Growing Big $6.99

TSQ Transgender Studies Quarterly vol 4 #1 Feb 2017 $12.00

Radical History Review #127 Jan 2017 $14.00

Inked #83 Ryan Ashley Apr 2017 $6.99

New Politics vol 16 #2 $7.00

Skeptical Inquirer vol 41 #2 Mar Apr 2017 $5.99

Horror Hound #64 Mar Apr 2017 $6.99

Atlantis Rising #123 Mar Apr 17 $6.95

GLQ vol 23 #2 Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies Apr 2017 $12.00

Bomb #139 Spr 2017 $10.00


Sobotka Literary Magazine #2 & #3 $10.00 each

Hedgehog Review vol 19 #1 Spr 2017 $12.00

Off-Site: Quimby’s Freakdom Anniversary Panel at Chicago Zine Fest!

May ’17
12:00 pm

Yeah! We’re really milkin’ that Quimby’s 25th anniversary thing.   offers the community a way to engage and learn through a selection of workshops held during the expo, and they asked us to do a panel that celebrates the way Quimby’s has contributed to the zine community. How could we resist? So during the tabling exhibition of CZF we’ll be doing a Quimby’s panel (from noon-1pm) called “Ever Evolving Bastion of Freakdom: A Retrospective of Quimby’s,” taking it’s name from the oral history of the same title we published last year. The panel will feature a discussion (moderated by CZF co-organizer Alex Nall) with store founder Steven Svymbersky (and owner of Quimby’s Bookstore NYC), Quimby’s Bookstore Chicago store manager and zinester Liz Mason, with special guests, Neil Brideau (former employee and founder of Radiator Comics) and artist/photographer/Quimby’s regular customer Oscar Arriola. Come for a rousing discussion of how Quimby’s Bookstore got started, how it has evolved over the years, and how each panelist played a vital role in where it is today! Here’s the Facebook event invite for this panel to share it with all your peoples.

CZF’s tabling exhibition is Sat, May 6th at Plumbers Union Hall (1340 W Washington Blvd) – NOT AT QUIMBY’S. Quimby’s will have a table, yes! Here’s the list of other exhibitors, sponsors, and guests!

Note: this is NOT at Quimby’s. It is at the Plumbers Union Hall (1340 W Washington Blvd).