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June News!

Here's your monthly newsletter of Quimby's news and notable new items!

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Mike Edison & Friends Bring Music & Mayhem to Quimby’s for You Are a Complete Disappointment
Fri, June 3rd, 7pm

Author, musician, and raconteur Mike Edison brings his unique blend of mayhem to Quimby’s to read and perform from his new book You Are a Complete Disappointment: A Triumphant Memoir of Failed Expectations. Joining him will be “World’s Greatest Piano Player” Mickey Finn, and his own Rocket Tone Theremin!

You Are a Complete Disappointment is a warped suburban odyssey that pulls no punches when it comes to the adversity and adventures of growing up in the 1970s. His story is a potent, positive lesson in growing up to be the person you want to be, not the person you were told to be.

The COMPLETELY DISAPPOINTING AFTER PARTY will be at Dimo’s Pizza. Edison and Finn will perform a very special set of dirty blues and stories featuring very special guests and lots of surprises. MIKE EDISON DIRTY PIZZA – named after Edison’s book Dirty! Dirty! Dirty! — will be on the menu.

MIKE EDISON is the former editor and publisher of High Times magazine. His books include the celebrated memoir I Have Fun Everywhere I Go, the sprawling social history of sex on the newsstand, Dirty! Dirty! Dirty! and the deliciously filthy political satire Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie. More recently he collaborated with Joe Bastianich on his New York Times bestselling memoir, Restaurant Man. Edison has worked as a foreign correspondent for Hustler and was a high-paid gun-for-hire of the legendary Penthouse letters. He has contributed to numerous magazines and websites, including Huffington Post, the Daily Beast, the New York Observer, Spin, Interview, and New York Press.

Invite your friends! Here’s the Facebook invite.

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo presents Kramers Ergot 9 Signing
Fri, June 10th, 7pm

CAKE is excited to present a signing event for Kramers Ergot 9, with CAKE Special Guest Sammy Harkham. Joining the signing will be contributors Andy Burkholder, Anya Davidson, Kevin Huizenga, Patrick Kyle, John Pham, and Lale Westvind.

Since Kramers Ergot ‘s inception in 2000, it has introduced new talents and solidified aesthetics; each volume is an of-the-moment, state-of-the-medium manifesto. This anthology has always been a reflection of creator/editor Sammy Harkham’s comics passions, both past and future. Kramers Ergot 9 gathers many of the best and brightest together in one giant, oversized collection.

Quimby’s is proud to co-sponsor The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo [CAKE], a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists– past, present and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers. The Fifth Annual CAKE will take place on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. in Chicago. For more info about CAKE:

This event is sponsored by Revolution Brewery, and will have refreshments provided while supplies last.

Click here to see the Facebook event to invite your friends!

Offsite & More: CAKE Kick Off Events & Tabling Exhibition
the 2nd weekend of June

Besides the Kramers Ergot event here on Fri 6/10, check out other CAKE stuff in the city! The following events are NOT at Quimby's:

Thurs, June 9th, 7pm David Alvarado & Tyrell Cannon at Sulzer Library at 4455 N. Lincoln Ave

Fri, June 10th, noon-1:30pm Chester Brown at Graham Crackers Comics Downtown (77 E Madison St). He’ll be signing and discussing his new graphic novel Mary Wept at the Foot of Jesus.

Sat, June 11th & Sun, June 12th 11am-6pm CAKE Tabling exhibition at the Center on Halsted (3656 N Halsted Ave). Also: workshops and panels and all that fun stuff!

New Stuff at Quimby's (Just a Sampling)

New stuff posted (almost) weekly at
To see a curated blend of some of this new stuff available to order from our website, see


Hardcore Architecture: Justin Blinder by (Public Collectors) $5.00 – Fourth in this series of Hardcore Architecture interview publications that explore the relationship between the architecture of living spaces and the history of underground American hardcore bands in the 1980s. This booklet features a lengthy conversation with artist, designer and programmer Justin Blinder conducted by Michelle Millar Fisher. The focus of the conversation is Blinder’s project “Vacated” which interrogates the hyper gentrification of New York City.

zines from Nyxia Grey:
Everything Is Fine vol 1 #3 $2.00
NYC Zine Fest Here I Come Again #2 $4.00

Templates for Limitless Fields of Grass #2 Tall Fields Edition by Gary Kachadourian $3.00

Flyer Zine #1 by Julia Arredondo $5.00

This Goddamn Body: A Zine About Trauma, Mental Illness and Bodies by Maira $3.00

How I Spent My Summer Vacation Wishing I Was Dead $4.00    

Mental Health Is Ugly: A Collaborative Zine Edited by Queer Anxiety Babiez Distro July 2015 $5.00

What We Loved Was Not Enough by Ed Blair $5.00

Dave Roche zines, $.25 each. We pride ourselves on offering you these manuals of important information!:
Good Parrot Names / Bad Parrot Names
Good Dog Names / Bad Dog Names
Good Cat Names / Bad Cat Names

The Denim Delinquent Complete Collection (HoZac) $34.95 – All 8 issues of the ground-breaking 1970s Pre-Punk Fanzine!

Crunch: A Taco Bell Fanzine #1 by Brian Baynes and friends $5.00 – Long live nacho cheese. This is really a real thing. For real.

zines from Nia King:
Bollywood Bromance #1 $6.00
Art Life #2 Dont Quit Yr Day Job $5.00
Hari Kondabolu, interviewed by Nia King $3.00

Hoax #11 Feminisms and Strategy $3.50

No Better Than Apples #11 by Kate Larson $3.00

Vegenaise With a Vengeance by Rudy Ramos $7.00

You’ve Got a Friend In Pennsylvania #10 On Waiting by Sari $2.00

Proof I Exist #24 Short Stories Apr 16 by Billy $3.00

Mechanical Yammering #3 Customer Service by Nick Martin $2.00

My Complicated Relationship With Food vol 3 Reviews of Some of the Things We Put in Our Mouths $1.00

Field Notes on the American Sasquatch: A Guide by David Norman $2.00

Mend My Dress #14 by Neely Bat Chestnut $2.00

How to Not Give a Fuck About a Thing That Is Not Worth Your Precious Time $2.00

Pissing in a River a Patti Smith Fanzine (S/W Press) $4.00

Hatching Self-Care Tips for Spring and Summer by Katie Johnson $6.00

Pretty Much Everything I Eat by Eryca Sender $3.00

Mad Libs from CHIPRC (Chicago Publishing Resource Center) $1.00 each:
2 Phones

Mystic Punks #1 An RPG Experience by Anthony Meloro $5.00

Necessary Sass #1 $.50

Put a Egg On It #12 $8.00

Everyday Magic #3 Love $4.00

It’s Down to This #2 On Sexual Violence, Accountability, Consent & Healing $4.00

You Must Always Have a Secret Plan #6 and #7 $3.00 each

True Homosexual Experiences: Boyd McDonald and Straight to Hell by William E. Jones (We Heard You Like Books) $25.00


Distant City by Lilly Richard (Uncivilized Books) $5.00 - A semester abroad in Berlin, awkward interactions, chickens, and lonely 20 year olds. An autobiographical story from Lilly Richard.

FOMO Zine #1 by Juli Huddleston and Emily Moreohs $4.00

Gender and Sexuality Portraits by Raffa Reuther $10.00

Cheap Thrills by Alicia Rose $5.00

You Don’t Get There From Here #38 by Carrie McNinch $3.00

Canosas Welcome by Jim Pluk (Perfectly Acceptable Press) $10.00 - Columbian cartoonist Jim Pluk explores otherness and cross-cultural communication through two aliens, Canosa, and her dog, Lula.

How to Write Five Songs in Six Years $1.00

Island #7 by Brandom Graham and friends $7.99

Bear and the Moon by Claudia Berger $3.00

Trophies, Some Posters and Flyers by Michael Deforge & Patrick Kyle $5.00

Lamentations of Ridiculous Creatures by Shawn Chang $3.00 – Pretty cute! Pretty funny! Very silly!

You Will Not Be Missed by Kevin Budnik (Tinto Press) $4.00

Catullus the Poet by R. Sikoryak $3.00

Babby Doll by Chloe Perkis $5.00

Powerman by Box Brown (Kilgore Books0 $7.00

Various issues of Rotland Dreadfuls! $4.00 each, featuring artists like Sara Drake, R. Sioryak & more!

Comics by Sage Coffey:
If It Were Socially Acceptable $4.00
Punky Doodle Dandy 2013 A Riot On Paper an Anthology of All Things Punk $10.00

Scab County by Carlos Gonzales $5.00

Mineshaft #33 Win 16 $9.00


Sick by Gabby Schulz (Secret Acres) $21.95 – Severely ill, uninsured, alone, and confined to his bed for weeks, Schulz was left searching—only to find himself. Sick documents his discovery in gory, glorious, water-colored detail, finally completed and collected here for the first time in a beautiful, album-sized hardcover edition.

Something New: Tales from A Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley (First Second) $19.99

Turning Japanese a Graphic Memoir by Marinaomi (2D Cloud) $24.95

Bartkira Nuclear Edition (Floating World) $19.99

Someone Please Have Sex With Me by Gina Wynbrandt (2d Cloud) $17.95 – Yay for Chicago-based comics artists! Failed erotic photoshoots! Late-onset teen popstar obsessions! Fairy Kardashians and Pokémon-inspired future-sex! Lisa-Hanawalt-&-John-Porcellino-approved!

Lovf: An Illustrated History Of A Man Losing His Mind by Jesse Reklaw (Fantagraphics) $16.99

Wallace Wood Presents Shattuck by Wallace Wood (Fantagraphics) $24.99 – Original art edition!

Disquiet by Noah Van Sciver (Fantagraphics) $19.99 – The best of Noah’s short comics work in full-color, including: “The Death Of Elijah Lovejoy,” the story of the midwestern abolitionist in the 1830s;“The Lizard Who Laughed,” a painfully dysfunctional reunion; and “Punks V. Lizards,” an anarchic and darkly comic piece of absurdity that blends Quadrophenia with Jurassic Park.

Einstein by Corinne Maier and Anne Simon (Nobrow) $19.95

Highbone Theater by Joe Daly $34.99

Cigarette Girl by Masahiko Matsumoto (Top Shelf) $24.99 – Eleven quiet, evocative urban dramas originally published in 1974 from one of the leading lights of the Japanese alternative-comics movement known as “gekiga.”

Twilight Children by Gilbert Hernandez and Darwyn Cooke $14.99

Lydian by Sam Alden $12.00

Panther by Brecht Evens (D&Q) $26.95

Secretimes by Keith Jones (D&Q) $19.95

Late Bloomer by Mare Odomo (Retrofit) $10.00

Lou by Melissa Mendes $14.95

Boys Club by Matt Furie (Fantagraphics) $19.99 – No need to search around for those individual issues anymore! Collected here!

Wartellas Strip Show: 25 Years of Comix, Controversy and Copyright Infringement by Michael Wartella (Burger Books) $30.00

MINIMUM WAGE TPB vol 2 So Many Bad Decisions by Bob Fingerman $14.99

Pioneering Cartoonists of Color by Tim Jackson (U of Miss) $35.00

Boke Expressway by Jacob Halton $15.00

Outer Limits: The Steve Ditko Archives vol 6 (Fantagraphics) $39.99


Secret Birds by Tony Fitzpatrick (Curbside Splendor) $49.95

La Catrina & Sugar Skulls vol 2 Gebundene Ausgabe (Kruhm Verlag) $45.00

Sticker Bomb 3 by Studio Rarekwai $24.95 – With over 240 Peelable Stickers!

Penetralia by Gea $25.00


American Conspiracy Files: The Stories We Were Never Told by Peter Kross (Adventures Unlimited) $19.95

Master of the Mysteries: New Revelations on the Life of Manly Palmer Hall by Louis Sahagun (Process) $22.95

Nazi Women: The Attraction of Evil by Paul Roland (Arcturus Publishing Limited) $12.95

Death Confetti: Pickers, Punks, and Transit Ghosts in Portland, Oregon by Jennifer Robin (Feral House) $19.95

Morgue: A Life In Death by Dr. Vincent Di Maio $26.99

UFOs and Anti-Gravity by Leonard G. Cramp (Adventures Unlimited) $19.95 – Who says you need gravity to get anywhere? Not this guy.

The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death, and the Search for the Meaning of the World’s Strangest Syndromes by Frank Bures (Melville House) $25.95

Flesh and Excess: On Underground Film by Jack Sargeant (Amok Publishing) $19.95


Doomed City by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky (Chicago Review Press) $27.99

Wind / Pinball: Two Early Novels by Haruki Murakami $16.00 – Now in soft cover.

Bricks That Built Houses by Kate Tempest $26.00 – British rapper poet does fiction.

Letters to Kevin by Stephen Dixon (Fantagraphics) $21.99

Albina and the Dog Men by Alejandro Jodorowsky (Restless Books) $15.99

Metaphysical Ukulele by Sean Carswell (Ig Publishing) $16.95

Making of Zombie Wars: A Novel by Aleksandar Hemon $16.00

Locust House by Adam Gnade (Pioneers Press) $15.00

My Best Friend’s Exorcism: A Novel by Grady Hendrix $19.99 – Friendship and demonic possession in 1988, a cross between Beaches and The Exorcist.

The Assimilated Cubans Guide to Quantum Santeria by Carlos Hernandez (Rosarium Publishing) $17.95

Queue: A Novel by Basma Abdel Aziz (Melville House) $15.95

Fat Artist and Other Stories by Benjamin Hale $26.00 – A dominatrix whose congressman client drops dead, a heartbroken performance artist who attempts to eat himself to death as a work of art, an addict driving a truck of live squid — all sorts of weirdness.

The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay (Melville House) $27.95 – A mirror, 3 Venices in history and dangerous scheming. Don’t miss!


Who Rules the World by Noam Chomsky $28.00

Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost Its Mind and Found Its Soul by Clara Bingham $30.00

Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence, and Identity by Alison Flowers (Haymarket Books) $17.95

Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner?: A Story of Women and Economics by Katrine Marcal $26.95

The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America by Ethan Michaeli $32.00


Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News by A. Brad Schwartz $17.00

Communal Nude: Collected Essays by Robert Gluck (Semiotext(e) / Active Agents) $18.95


Sick In the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy by Judd Apatow $18.00


Elska #5 Taipei Taiwan $18.50

Spanking for Lovers, Illustrated by Barb by Janet W. Hardy (Greenery Press) $15.95

Sacred Kink: The Eightfold Paths of BDSM and Beyond by Lee Harrington $27.95


Lucky Peach #19 Sum 16 $12.00 – The Pho Issue! Iz realz pho sho!

No Friends #3 Spr 16 $6.50

Bust #99 Jun Jul 16 $5.99

Wire #387 May 16 $9.99

Fantastic Man #23 Spr Sum 16 $14.99

She Shreds #10 Esperanza Spalding $8.00

Make vol 51 Jun Jul 16 $9.99

Girls and Corpses vol 10 Spr 16 $8.95

Juxtapoz #185 Jun 16 $6.99

Uppercase #29 A Magazine for the Creative and Curious $18.00

Hello Mr #7 About Men Who Date Men $20.00

Offscreen #14 People Behind Bits and Pixels $20.00

Mojo Jun 16 Syd Barrett, The Rise and Fall of a Psychedelic Avatar $11.99

Vive Le Rock #35 The Damned $10.99

True Crime May 16 When Mother Died, Peter Became A Serial Killer $9.99


Lady Parts #3 by Amelia Hruby $3.00

A Series of Pained Facial Expressions Made While Shredding Air Guitar: Poems, Observations, Lists, Letters, Notes, Bullshit Aphorisms, and General Tales of Ordinary Crabbiness by Brian Alan Ellis (House of Vlad Productions) $10.00

Whosoever Has Let a Minotaur Enter Them Or A Sonnet by Emily Carr (McSweeneys) $20.00

N+1 Negation #25 Slow Burn $14.95

Quitter by Trace Ramsey #10 $6.00

How to Avoid Being Eaten by A Monster by Ed $3.50

Ninth Letter vol 13 #1 Spr Sum 16 $14.95

Dutiful Days New York Nites $3.00

Admit It Japan You Love When A Foreigner Struggles by Bruno Pieroni $15.00

Paper Darts vol 5 $12.00

Sheriff Nottinghams Holiday Herald #6 vol 2 #2 May Day $10.00


Johnny Boos Big Boo Box by James Kochalka (Top Shelf) $39.99

Two Long Ears by Jacob A Boehne (Schiffer) $9.99

Alpha, Bravo, Charlie: The Complete Book of Nautical Codes by Sara Gillingham (Phaidon) $19.95

Club Life In Moomin Valley by Tove Jansson (D&Q) $9.95 – Moomin in da club.

CHIPRC serves and celebrates Chicago’s zine, comics and publishing community with workshops, classes and more. Don't miss their open studio hours Sundays 12-5! For more info:

Want stuff we don't have? Want a special order? Don't shop Amazon, shop QUIMAZON!
You don't have to go to online big box stores like Amazon to get special orders or even stuff we don't carry like DVDs, downloads and textbooks. Instead, consider ordering from a wholesale distributor we hooked up with, which we enjoy calling Quimazon (geddit?!). They can ship items from their warehouse to you directly. You can get up to 25% off on many items, and you can ship it wherever you want for cheap. We get a small kickback for directing you to them. They carry a wide variety of fiction, graphic novels, poetry, art and design books, screenplays, textbooks, CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray, downloads, ebooks, calendars, e-books, audio books, notebooks, stationary, New York Times Bestsellers, downloads and more. Might we suggest the DVD The Zen of Screaming, which provides vocal instruction for metal singers? Hosted by Melissa Cross, teacher whose past students include Andrew W.K., Melissa Auf der Maur and Slipknot.

Click here to see Quimazon now.
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