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February News!

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

Patches Are Back!

Back in Stock! Quimby’s Patches! 5-color beauties for easy stitching! Because we remembered there’s a hole in your favorite hoodie, we made you Quimby’s patches to fix it with! Our Quimby’s logo patches are 3″ round and crafted by our friends at Patches4Less. Order yours now here.

Zlumber Parrrrrty Success!

Thanks to everybody that came out for the Zlumber Party this past weekend! Zines and comics were created, snacks were eaten, shennagins shennagined. Good times.

Events at Quimby's Bookstore

All our events at free! More info about events at Quimby's at

Offsite: Chicago Zine Fest Valentine’s Day Fifth Annual Karaoke Fundraiser at Beauty Bar Chicago
Sunday, Feb 14th, 8pm, 21+, $5 to benefit CZF 2016

Show your love through song this Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14th as you help raise funds for the independent literary event Chicago Zine Fest, at Beauty Bar, 1444 W Chicago Ave. (NOT AT QUIMBY’S.) CZF partners with Shameless Karaoke to provide a songbook of karaoke favorites from Blondie, the Smiths, James Brown, Madonna, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Prince, The Clash, Elvis Costello, the Kinks, Kiss, Britney Spears, Roxy Music, the Sex Pistols, classic punk and new wave and more. You can voice your feelings about Valentine’s Day with your song selection, whether it’s “Addicted to Love” or “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” Plus: Bring some extra dollars to purchase a ticket to win a 50/50 raffle, splitting the pot that night with one lucky winner! Also, drink specials, Beauty Bar signature martini and manicures and more! More info here. Artwork by Gina Wynbrandt. Quimby’s is proud to co-sponsor Chicago Zine Fest, which is April 29th-30th, 2016, a celebration of small press and independent publishers.

Steven Krakow, author of My Kind of Sound: The Secret History of Chicago Music,
In conversation with the Chicago Reader’s Philip Montoro

Thurs, Feb 18th, 7pm

Steven Krakow’s My Kind of Sound (Curbside Splendor) compiles more than a decade worth of “The Secret History of Chicago Music,” the illustrated column by Steve Krakow (“Plastic Crimewave”) that has been printed bi-weekly in the Chicago Reader since 2005. Each of the more than 200 columns are reproduced in this volume, painstakingly constructed by Krakow in his signature scissor-and-glue process, the same he employs in his long-running psychedelic zine, Galactic Zoo Dossier. Don't miss this book about the fame, botched contracts, overdoses and break-ups of the lesser known musicians who contributed to Chicago's musical culture. More info here.

Quimby's Welcomes Brian Chippendale and Nick Drnaso
Sat, Feb 20th, 7pm

Brian Chippendale (Puke Force) is hitting the road with Nick Drnaso (Beverly). Cartoonist and Lightning Bolt drummer Chippendale’s debut with Drawn & Quarterly is a dark and dense social satire that comments on social media narcissism, the malice of the right, and the hypocrisies of the left. Drnaso’s Beverly delves into the barely repressed anxieties and obsessions of suburban teens. Join Brian Chippendale and Nick Drnaso for an evening of great comics and book signings! More info here.

Josh Cotter Celebrates the Release of Nod Away
Sat, Feb 27th, 7pm

In Josh Cotter’s new book Nod Away (Fantagraphics), deep-space transport has been developed to take a small crew to a habitable planet in a nearby system in an attempt to begin colonization/repopulation. The Internet is now telepathic and referred to as the “innernet.” When the hub is revealed to be a human child, Melody McCabe is hired to develop the new nexus on the second International Space Station. The intersection of human psychology and the ethics of progress is examined through a sci-fi graphic novel that takes place in a not-so-far away future, while hitting home with the realities of consequence and consciousness. More info here.

Daniel Clowes Brings Patience To Quimby's
Wed, March 30th, 7pm

Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) returns to Quimby's to celebrate the release of Patience, his first all new graphic novel in over a half-decade! More info here.



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


Last Slice #1 $1.00 and Last Slice #2 by Stan Zenkov $5.00 – Creepy and provocative drawings that are reminiscent of German Expressionism. When you’re stalked by naked ladies with knives, bear people and the Grim Reaper, you better enjoy that last slice of pizza before you die. -CH

The Ground Rules: A Manual to Reconnect Soil and Soul by Terra Fluxus $15.00 – With a good balance of facts and feels, Ground Rules is larded with useful, ground-level tips on how to locally grow both food and community out of the mean city streets. Contains detailed instructions on how to research growing sites, assess your soil, understand weeds, build good compost, and clear soil of toxins (whether they be lead, mercury, cadmium or landlords). ~GS

There's No Stoppin’ the Cretins from Hoppin': Punk and Hardcore Flyers, Zines and Ephemera (BOO-HOORAY/Printed Matter) $20.00

Abortion Services Offered $10.00 – A photo zine documenting Google Maps documenting the spectral anti-abortionists haunting Planned Parenthoods across the country. This is the New Photozine Movement’s sweet spot. Gaze upon our works, ye ‘mericans, and despair! ~GS

Travel On #7 Nine Months in Missouri by David Solomon $2.00

Artists vs. Charlatans: Drawings by Rick McKee Hock $15.00

Nick Butcher titles from Sonnenzimmer:
Banana in Public $25.00
I’m the Only Stranger That I Know Still Lifes from the Animated Short $25.00
Simultaneous Sonnenzimmer Seripop $20.00
Chicago USA $15.00

zines by Carrie Mercer:
Bookstore Thief #3 $3.00
Migraineur $3.00

Judas Goat Quarterly #68 Win 15 $1.50

Safe Home by Sarah Rose $2.50

Completely Ridiculous by Woodie Borre $3.00

Zines by Amy Burek:
Quit Your Job And Eat Pizza #1 & #2 $2.50 each
Drinking Stories $4.00
Lists of Lists of Lists of Lists of Wikipedia $5.00

The Zine Makers To Do List $3.00 – Keep your new yearzzzzzzine resolution!

Bayonet by Nick Hoffman $5.00 – Dancing devils, Satanic altars and and everyone’s favorite! Garbage Baby! If you like punk drawing zines then this is a must have. -CH

Zines by Kiernan Dunn $8.50 each
Cat Lover #2
Ambiguous Lesbian Outing
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Fan Zine/Hangin’ with the Scoobies

How Do You Like What You Have $6.00

Put a Egg On It #11 Winter 15 16 $8.00

Just Make Pictures Zine #7 The Wrestlers by Michael Jarecki $4.00

The Vellum Underground 2015 Year End Zine Review by David LaBounty $3.00


Our Comics Ourselves: Identity, Expression, and Representation in Comic Art $10.00 - A series of pic-rich essays from cartoonists & readers of very varied identities, examining how they see themselves seeing comics seeing them -- and how those prisms have shifted over the medium's turbulent history. ~GS

2 zines from Lizzee Solomon, $8.00 each:
Mutual Paradise #5 – This mini-comic is jam packed with hilarious and grotesque drawings. Solomon explores  TFW your turd is too big to flush, two boys are staring at one badonkadonk and when working at an art gallery gets old fast. -CH
¡A la Orden! – Prepare for pages of poop, puke, putas y playas (both types) when Mutual Paradise jefe Lizzee Solomon applies her grody graphics to the travelogue genre in this carnet de voyeur of a drunken beach vaycay in rural Colombia. Realness intermingles with feelsness, and it’s actually pretty educational. Cheaper than airfare! ~GS

Hi Ways by Daniel Wayne Olsen $5.00 – “Time leaked at a shitty speed. I didn’t have a clue what was going on anymore.” Probably drawn high; probably read high. P much like smoking a melting Grateful Dead lp. Crack the egg of oblivion on the face of reality & let your mind wünder thru the eyesockets of the sun into a mushroom cloud of hippy hellscapes & peyote parties in a sprayed-brain wormhole of… burg… what… what was i talking about ~GS

Mineshaft #32 Win 16 by Everett Rand & friends $9.00 – Anthological comic with beautiful front cover by Christoph Mueller. Plus work from: R. Crumb, Bill Griffith, Mary Fleener, Laure Boin, David Collier, Christoph Mueller, J.D. Wilkes, John Broadley, Frank Stack, Fly, Robert Armstrong, Aaron Lange, Karl Stevens, Pat Moriarity, Fiona Smyth, Noah Van Sciver, Aleksandar Zograf, William Crook Jr., & Jay Lynch!

Mean Girls Club by Ryan Heshka (Nobrow) $5.95

Remarkable Wizard Flipbook by John Maggie $6.00

You Don’t Get There From Here #35 & #36 by Carrie McNinch $3.00 each

ITDN #3 by Andy Burkholder $5.00

GANGES #5 by Kevin Huizenga (USS CATASTROPHE) $8.00

Island #6 $7.99 – Stories by: Onta, Fil Barlow, Gael Bertrand & Brandon Graham. Onta shows how two very different guys spend a day at the gay pride parade. Plus the recolored return of Fil Barlow’s Fun bizarre, Plastoid conspiracy science fiction: ZOONIVERSE! and more.

Blubber #2 by Gilbert Hernandez (Fantagraphics) $3.99

Twilight Children #4 by Gilbert Hernandez, Darwyn Cooke and Dave Stewart (Vertigo) $4.99

Pyramid Scheme 2: This Time It’s At The Beach by Josh Burggraf & Victor Kerlow (Birdcage Bottom Books) $3.00

New Stuff from Otto Splotch!:
Sticker Postcard Pack $3.00
Pulsate and Squirt comic $7.00 – This Splotch spooge-swamp is part hitachi chic, part ex texts, part deepfried spiders. Find out why daddy’s having a bad day. See sex acts, meatfloors. Nothing’s fulfilling and everything’s titillating. ~GS


Uptight #5 by Jordan Crane (Fantagraphics) $10.00 – 112-page volume from the artist of (among other things) The Clouds Above. Includes the stories “Keeping Two” and “Discovering the Dark.”

Beverly by Nick Drnaso (D+Q) $21.95 – The modern lost souls of Beverly struggle with sexual anxieties that are just barely repressed and social insecurities that undermine every word they speak. Time passes, bodies change sizes, realities blur with fantasies, truths disintegrate, childhood comforts turn uncomfortable. Again and again, the civilized facades of Nick Drnaso’s pitch – perfect suburban landscapes crack in the face of violence and quiet brutality. Nick will be at Quimby's Feb 20th!

Puke Force by Brian Chippendale (D+Q) $22.95 - A bomb explodes in a coffee shop: the incident is played out over and over again from the perspective of each table in the shop, revisiting moments from ten and twenty years before. We see the inevitable as the characters bicker or celebrate, unaware of what’s coming. Brian Chippendale will be at Quimby's Feb 20th!

Frank in the 3rd Dimension by Jim Woodring (Fantagraphics) $22.99 – Frank as you’ve never seen him before! 32 anecdotal visual vignettes with more than 150 layers per drawing! Comes with 3D glasses!

The Envelope Manufacturer by Chris Oliveros (D&Q) $16.95

Bernie by Ted Rall (Seven Stories) $16.95

Girl Crazy by Gilbert Hernandez (Dark Horse) $17.99

Underworld: From Hoboken to Hollywood by Kaz (Fantagraphics) $39.99 – Finally! The first ever omnibus collection of the very best of Kaz’s Underworld comic strip’s 23-year run, with annotations, photos, and other surprises from the author!

Rough Age by Max de Radiguès (One Percent Press) $12.00 – Teenage romance!


MIND MGMT HC vol 6 The Immortals by Matt Kindt (Dark Horse) $19.99


Street Scenes by Guy Colwell (Fantagraphics Underground) $35.00 – This collection features a series of 36 stand-alone plates. Each portfolio is signed and numbered. Guy Colwell, the seminal underground cartoonist who created Inner City Romance, has been constructing social realist pen and ink drawings for nearly half a century. Street Scenes collects his most moving drawings focusing on both the vile decay and inspirational vibrancy of city life.

Bombshell: The Pin-Up Art of John Gladman (Schiffer) $34.99 – Modern flair mixed with vintage themes honoring the classic era of the mid-twentieth century.

Dream Spectres 2: Kabuki Nightmares: Ukiyo-e Ghosts, Magic & Mayhem (Ukiyo-e Master Series) by Jack Hunter (Shinbaku) $39.95


Hashish, The Lost Legend: The First English Translation of a Great Oriental Romance by Ronald R. Siegal (Process) $29.95

Afterparty: A Novella by Anne Elizabeth Moore (Sonnenzimmer) $15.00 - Science calls it the bacterial apocalypse, and when the world as we know it comes to an end, only the sick will survive in a deeply flawed utopia. Written by journalist, artist and Quimby’s ally Anne Elizabeth Moore. Published by another Quimby’s ally, Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi at Chicago print studio Sonnenzimmer.

The Unfinished World: And Other Stories by Amber Sparks $15.95 – Sculptors, librarians, astronauts, and warriors, orphans translate their grief into taxidermy and more.

The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins by Irvine Welsh $16.00 – Now in soft cover.

This Census-Taker by China Mieville $24.00

Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine by Diane Williams (McSweeney’s) $20.00 – Unsettling, revelatory, and downright funny very short stories.


Freaks of Sideshow and Film by Mary Brett & Stevan Gould (Schiffer) $34.99 – Explore the lives of over 150 of the top sideshow performers of by-gone days, as well as the history of the circus and sideshow. Take a look behind the scenes at the banner artists, gaff artists, photographers, and showmen who made the freak show as American as apple pie.

Missing Connections: Challenging the Consensus the Search for Hidden Truths, Obscured Patterns, and Unseen Realities by J. Douglas Kenyon (Atlantis Rising) $16.95

When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain: History’s Unknown Chapters by Giles Milton $16.00

Rest In Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses by Bess Lovejoy $16.99

Rayful Edmond: Washington D.C.’s Most Notorious Drug Lord by Seth Ferranti (Gorilla Convict Publications) $15.00

Beast: Werewolves, Serial Killers, & Man-Eaters: The Mystery of the Monsters of the Gévaudan by S. R. Schwalb $24.99


Heavy: A Memoir of Wyoming, Bmx, Drugs, and Heavy Fucking Music by J. J. Anselmi (Barnacle Books) $15.95 – In twenty heavy chapters, this book chronicles Anselmi’s experiences growing up as a straight edge, BMX-riding metal head in Rock Springs, Wyoming, a place with one of the highest per capita suicide rates in the United States. 


The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson $15.00 – Now in soft cover.

Skeptic: Viewing the World with a Rational Eye by Michael Shermer $28.00

Stories I Tell Myself: Growing Up with Hunter S. Thompson by Juan F. Thompson $26.95


Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism by Cindy Milstein (AK Press) $12.00

Dead Presidents: An American Adventure Into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation’s Leaders by Cindy Carlson $26.95

A History of U.S. Feminisms by by Rory Cooke Dicker (Seal Press) $18.00

Becoming a Citizen Activist by Nick Licata $16.95


Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities by Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart, illustrated by Briony Morrow-Cribbs $18.95


Girls and Corpses vol 9 Win 15 $8.95

Tape Op #111 Jan Feb 16 $4.95

Bust #97 Feb Mar 2016 $5.99

Juxtapoz #181 Feb 2016 $6.99

Uppercase #28 For the Creative and Curious $18.00

RFD #164 Win 2015/2016 $9.95

Make vol 49 $9.99

Hi Fructose #38 New Contemporary Art Magazine $7.95

Maximumrocknroll #392 Jan 16 $4.99

High Times Best of #79 15 Special Collectors Issue, The Cannibus Cup $6.99

Ugly Things #40 Fall Win 15 Flamin Groovies $9.95

The Big Takeover #77 $5.99

Tattoo Horror Special #14 $9.99

Tom Tom Magazine #24 Win 15 Time $6.00

Razorcake #90 $4.00


Make #16 Archive: The Value of Whats Forgotten Win 15 16 $12.00 – Stories, poems, essays, conversations and visual art oriented around concepts of memory, preservation, photo negatives and negative hands, disappearing/reappearing faces, letters sent and never received, lost and recovered traces; in short, the archive (or its simulacrum).

Heck #1 $10.00

Notes on Young by Allison Shyer $10.00

N+1 Negation #24 New Age $14.95

Ebbceptance by Kelly Cree $10.00

Myth and Magic by Nicci Mechler $10.00


Penthouse Variations on Kink by Penthouse Variations (Cleis) $15.95 – As in tales of couple-friendly kink from the magazine Penthouse Variations.

Scarlet Women: The Scandalous Lives of Courtesans, Concubines and Royal Mistresses by Ian Graham $26.99

Carnal Anomaly: Transhuman Form and Flesh by Maxwell Lander (ThreeL Media) $35.00 – What if the human body were an artifice, an artifact, or a tool? With the aid of dramatic lighting, striking contrasts of color, and provocative poses, these brilliant color photographs re-envision the human body through stunning portrayals of fetish, BDSM, and body modification.

I ♥ Card Marking
at the Chicago Publishers Resource Center (CHIPRC), 
858 N. Ashland
Sunday, Feb 7th, 12-5pm

CHIPRC serves and celebrates Chicago’s zine community. They have open studio hours on Sundays from 12-5 but this coming Sunday is super special because it's  their annual Valentines Day event, I ♥ Card Marking. Drop in there any time during those hours and make personalized cards with supplies at their worktable. Make something for your partner, classmates, family members, or coworkers. Supplies will be available, but bring in anything special you may want (but leave the glitter at home willya). We’ve got various paper, stamps, stencils, stickers, colored pencils, and more. All ages and skill levels welcome. Drop by to use the workspace and materials for your projects. More info:

Announcing the 2nd Annual TRANSIT Residency for CAKE 2016!

CAKE partners with Transit Residency and Chicago Public Resources Center (CHIPRC) as applications open for the second annual inbound comics artist residency. Transit Residency is looking for non-Chicago-based cartoonists and zinesters to apply for a chance to spend the 2 weeks leading up to CAKE (May 29 – June 12) creating work at the beautiful CHIPRC studio/workspace. The winner of this juried residency is awarded a stipend of $1000 to help cover travel and lodging expenses. They will also receive a free table space at CAKE as well as integration into programming at CAKE 2016! More info here. Quimby's is proud to co-sponsor the fourth annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo is Sat, June 11 and Sun, June 12, 2016 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave.

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 Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos: With Applications to Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering by Steven H. Strogatz, which includes analytical methods, concrete examples, and geometric intuition, first-order differential equations and more?!

Click here to see Quimazon now.
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