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Quimby's Bookstore
May the May Be Maying You...

Here's your May News from Quimby's Bookstore. May you enjoy it! To see a list of just a few of the new items that have arrived on our shelves since you heard from us last month, skip past Events, to where it says New Stuff.


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Quimby's Events are free!

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Trubble Club Draws Your True Inner Self for Free Comic Book Day
Sat, May 3rd, 7pm

Quimby's has free comics (while supplies last)! And join the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo [CAKE] at Quimby’s to celebrate Free Comic Book Day with Chicago’s Trubble Club! This year, the Trubble Club has modified the Quimby’s photo booth to capture your true essence. Come hang out with some of Chicago’s best comics artists as they collaboratively reveal your inner self by interpreting psychic signals from their magical photobooth. Snacks and refreshments will be provided by CAKE, and free comic books will be available for pick up (while supplies last).

Trubble Club started as a group of Chicago-based cartoonist making jam comics. While they still do that, and love doing that, they’ve been branching out. The Infinite Corpse is a never-ending webcomic spearheaded by Trubble Club, that includes panels with artists like Art Speigelman and Kim Deitch. We have also recently done commissioned installations for the Museum of Contemporary Art, The DePaul Art Museum, and the John Michael Kohler Art Center.

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo [CAKE] is 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. This year’s CAKE is May 31 & June 1st at the Center on Halsted (3656 N Halsted), and is free and open to the public.

Yuriy Tarnawsky Reads from The Placebo Effect Trilogy with Eckhard Gerdes
Fri, May 16th, 7pm

In Ukrainian-American novelist Yuriy Tarnawsky’s new trilogy The Placebo Effect (JEF Books), the themes of alienation, abandonment, and fear of death, developed in Like Blood in Water and elaborated in The Future of Giraffes, respectively the first and second book of The Placebo Effect Trilogy, are picked up in the third book, View of Delft, and are given a new treatment. Yuriy Tarnawsky has authored more than two dozen books of poetry, fiction, drama, essays, and translations.  He is one of the founding members of the New York Group, a Ukrainian émigré avant-garde group of writers, and cofounder and co-editor of the journal Novi Poeziyi (New Poetry; 1959–1972). He writes fiction, poetry, plays, translations, and criticism in both Ukrainian and English. His works have been translated into French, German, Hebrew, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, and Russian. An engineer and linguist by training, he has worked as a computer scientist at IBM Corporation and professor of Ukrainian literature and culture at Columbia University. His other English-language books include the books of fiction Meningitis, Three Blondes and Death, Like Blood in Water (all FC2), and Short Tails (JEF Books), as well as the play Not Medea (JEF). Novelist and poet Eckhard Gerdes will also be  reading from some of his recent work.

Edie Fake Presents Memory Palaces
Sat, May 17th, 7pm

Edie Fake’s first art book, Memory Palaces, has just arrived from Secret Acres in bold, oversize color. Cataloging Fake’s suite of meticulous drawings that re-imagine the queer landscape of Chicago, Memory Palaces blends striking visuals and ecstatic architecture with excavated history and unlocked potential. To celebrate the launch of this new publication, Fake is delighted to host a book release party at Quimby’s. Attendees can count on snacks, drinks and souvenir ephemera as well as a sweet and squirrely lecture on the triumph and folly of architectural repurposing. It will be a night of funny photographs, strange ideas and lovely new books, not to be missed! Edie Fake is an artist and zinemaker from Chicago. He works as a minicomics sommelier for Quimby’s Books and was one of the founding organizers of the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE). His comic, Gaylord Phoenix, won the 2011 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Graphic Novel and he was one of the first recipients of Printed Matter’s Awards for Artists. The work in Memory Palaces was originally presented at Fake’s first solo exhibition at Thomas Robertello Gallery in 2013. He is currently working on a series of comics collages and collecting photos of anthropomorphic characters.

Elisha Lim, MariNaomi & Mike Dawson Kick Off [CAKE] The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo
Fri, May 30th, 7pm

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will kick off its third year’s festivities with a reading at Quimby’s Bookstore with three of its many exciting exhibitors. Join us the Friday before the festival to welcome comics makers, MariNaomi, Elisha Lim and Mike Dawson as they celebrate their new graphic novels: Mike Dawson's Angie Bongiolatti, Elisha Lim's 100 Crushes, and MariNaomi's Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories. More info about CAKE:

Early Bird June Quimby's Events Warning:
6/12 Meags Fitzgerald presents Photobooth: A Biography
6/14 Trauma Zine #2: Slumber Party Release Shindig & Reading
6/28 Learnapalooza Make a Zine Workshop

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


Zines by Georgi, made in  Australia! Line drawings, thoughts, shenanigans, including Zine a Day Flat Pack, Jan 14 Edition $13.00 – Contains 31 unfolded zines with instructions!
The Barf Zine and So Much More $5.00
Conversations With Hoboes by Dan Gleason and Luke Smarto $3.00
Remedy Quarterly #14 Grow $12.00
QFK Graffiti Zine #1 $5.00
Bookstores and Baseball 6th Inning $6.00
I’m Really Really Scared – On Social Anxiety by Sylvia $1.00
Last Night at the Casino #7 Apr 14 by Billy $3.00 – Former Chicago zinester as a casino dealer.
Regional: Examination of American Cuisine #8 Soda Pop by Cassie Tompkins and Carl Krause $8.50
Zisk #24  $2.00
Bad Liver and a Broken Heart by Carrie and Jonas $2.00
assorted weirdo Paul Nudd zines, various prices
Post Punk Parenthood: An Alternative Parenting Zine by Dustin Seelinger, issues #1-3, $2.00 each
Judas Goat Quarterly #61 by Grant Schreiber $1.50
Mineshaft #30 Spr 14, 15th Anniversary Issue by Everett Rand, with contributions from Crumb etc. $9.00
Six Zero Six by Elizabeth S. Tieri $4.00
Andina by Ines Estrada $4.00
Zine: How I Spent Six Years of my Life in the Underground and Finally Found Myself, I Think by Pagan Kennedy (Santa Fe WP) $15.00
Three Stories For by John Wawrzaszek $2.00
Moneys Nothing by Lisa Carver $15.00 - Essays, fiction, what have you, from old school zinester of Rollerderby fame.

Comics & Comix

Cryptozoology by Al Burian (Pegacorn Press) $3.00
Taddle Creek Comics Supplement #32 by Ethan Riley and Joe Ollman $2.00
Bandthology #3 Another Music Anthology $5.00
New Oily Comics from Aaron Cockle, Noah Van Sciver, Chuck Forsman, Melissa Mendes, Dan Zettwoch and more!
various issue of Tales of the Night Watchman by Dave Kelly and friends.
Cosplayers #1 by Dash Shaw (Fantagraphics) $5.00
Frontier #3  by Sascha Hommer (Youth In Decline) $8.00
Pedagogy As Dissent: Autobiographical Comics of Nicole Schulman by Fiona Avocado $6.00
Garden of the Womanimal by Caroline Paquita (Pegacorn Press) $5.00
Song Sketches by Marian Runk $8.00
Skyway Sleepless by Tom Kaczynski (Uncivilized Books) $3.00
Now and Here by Lale Westvind (Pegacorn Press) $5.00

Graphic Novels & Trade Paperbacks

Fugue Omnibus by Beth Hetland $12.00 – Collects Fugue issues 1 through 3.
Unlovable vol 3 by Esther Pearl Watson (Fatagraphics) $29.99
Body Beneath – Collecting Issues of the Comic Book Series Lose (Koyama Press)
$15.00 – Collects issues #2-#5.
Cat Person by Seo Kim (Koyama Press) $20.00
The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez (Fantagraphics) $19.99
Buddy Buys a Dump – The Complete Buddy Bradley Stories From Hate Comics vol 3 by Peter Bagge (Fantagraphics) $19.99
Over Easy by Mimi Pond (D&Q) $24.95
New York Postcards Box Set by Adrian Tomine (D+Q) $14.95 – 30 illustrations from the pages of the New Yorker and beyond.
Operation Margarine TPB by Katie Skelly (Adhouse) $12.95
Fatima: The Blood Spinners by Gilbert Hernandez (Dark Horse) $19.99 – Includes #1-#4 Fatima the Blood Spinners.
The Cigar That Fell In Love With a Pipe by David Camus & Nick Abadzis (Self Made Hero) $22.95 - Featuring Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth!

Art & Design

Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge by Manuel Lima $29.95 – Enticingly arty look at semantically mapping out knowledge.
Extinct Entities Publication $10.00 – The publication created following the Extinct Entities festival at Links Hall.  Designed by artist Melisa Morgan, the book features essays by Jason Foumberg, Steve Ruiz, Thea Liberty Nichols, and Caroline Picard.
Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Arigato Everyone $65.00
Getting Up for the People: The Visual Revolution of ASAR Oaxaca by Asaro et al. (PM Press) $19.95
Planet Banksy Unauthorized: The Man, His Work, and the Movement He Inspired by KET (Michael OMara Books Ltd) $19.95


Good Inn by Black Francis et al. $23.99 - Yes, as in Black Francis from the Pixies.

Anatomy of a Girl Gang by Ashley Little (Arsenal Pulp) $16.95
New Black – A Neo-Noir Anthology by Richard Thomas $15.95
Secret of Evil by Roberto Bolano $14.95 – What was left on his computer when he passed away.
Look Who’s Morphing by Tom Cho (Arsenal Pulp) $16.95
Old Neightborhood by Nill Hillmann (Curbside Splendor) $15.95
Reverence Library vol 1 Galleons Nikola Tesla Trans Siberian Railway  (Sing Statistics) $10.00
Panther In the Hive by Olvia A. Cole $15.00 – Apocalyptian adventure based in Chicago.
Lexicon by Max Barry $16.00 – Now in soft cover.
One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by BJ Novak $24.95
The Color Master by Aimee Bender $15.00


Vegetarian Raw Vegan Faery Food by Dame Darcy $15.00 - We got these directly from DD herself! It lays flat so you can actually use it in the kitchen, and the covers are lamintated so it doesn't get all gross! Plus: bound with ribbons, full of Dame's amazing charming illustrations, and of course, delicious recipes! We also got a packet of stickers DD made for $5.00 too!!!!
Everyday Cheesemaking: How to Succeed Making Dairy and Nut Cheese at Home by K. Ruby Blume (Microcosm) $12.95
The Debt Resisters' Operations Manual by Strike Debt, A Common Notions Project (PM Press) $16.95

Politics & Revolution

Anonymous Book by Anonymous (Imaginary Book Co) $33.99 - We imported this from overseas to spread the message of Anonymous revolution! Published to coincide with the Anonymous "Million Mask March" on Nov 5th, 2013. One day everyone will be Anonymous.

The End of the World as We Know It: Crisis, Resistance, and the Age of Austerity by Deric Shannon (AK Press) $22.95
Badass Teachers Unite: Reflections on Education History and Youth Activism by Mark Naison (Haymarket) $16.95
Strike For America: Chicago Teachers Against Austerity by Micah Uetricht (Verso) $14.95
Gender Failure by Raw Spoon and Ivan E. Coyote (Arsenal Pulp Press) $17.95
Against Equality: Queer Revolution Not Mere Inclusion by Ryan Conrad (AK Press) $15.00

Mayhem & Outer Limits

Weird Chicago: Strange Legends and Mysterious Hauntings by Troy Taylor, Adam Selzer and Ken Melvoin-Berg (Whitechapel) $19.95

Black Gangsters of Chicago by Ron Chepesiuk $16.95 – From the Barricade Books True Crime series.
The Templar Treasure: An Investigation by Tobias Daniel Wabbel (Trine Day) $19.95 – The mystery of the legendary treasure of the Knights Templar.
Natural Torture, Then Execution Before Your Eyes, The Brutal Story Told In Photographs by Ted Sweeney and Omar Gonzalez $20.00
White House Call Girl: The Real Watergate Story by Phil Stanford (Feral House) $17.95
Theban Oracle: Discover the Magic of the Ancient Alphabet That Changes Lives by Greg Jenkins PhD (Weiser) $18.95
Oddball Michigan: A Guide to 450 Really Strange Places by Jerome Pohlen (Chicago Review Press) $16.95
Behold a Pale Farce: Cyberwar Threat Inflation and the Malware Industrial Complex by Blunden and Cheung (Trine Day) $19.95
Villains, Scoundrels and Rogues: Incredible True Tales of Mischief and Mayhem by Paul Martin (Prometheus) $18.95
Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience by Kent A. Kiehl $26.00
Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive Mass Extinction by Annalee Newitz $16.00


Workers Write: More Tales From the Cubicle ed. by David LaBounty (Blue Cubicle Press) $10.00
Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture by Daniel Mendelsohn (NYRB) $17.95
I Can Barely Take Care of Myself by Jen Kirkman $15.00
Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up, An Insider's Portrait by Bob Colacello $18.95
A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of Seventh Grade by Kevin Brockmeier $24.00
Attempting Normal by Marc Maron $16.00
Assholes: A Theory by Aaron James $14.95

Music Books

Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave – Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s by Lori Majewski et al. $19.95
There Goes Gravity: A Life In Rock and Roll by Lisa Robinson $27.95
Sex, Drugs, Ratt and Roll My Life In Rock by Stephen Pearcy $16.00
The Hippest Trip In America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture and Style by Nelson George $27.99
Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to Be a Pop Star by Tracy Thorn (Virago) $13.95 - Memoirs from one half of the band Everything But the Girl.
Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues by James Fearnley (Chicago Review Press) $18.95

Sex & Sexy
BelleSf #1 $10.00
In My Bed Magazine vol 4 #4 $9.95
FEDS presents Sweets vol 8 #23 $7.99
Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work by Melissa Gira Grant (Verso) $14.95


The Pitchfork Review #2 Apr 14 $19.96 – Unprintable Since 1996.
Bizarre #213 Apr 14 $10.50
Frankie #58 $14.95
Black Velvet #80 $9.00
Wire Apr 14 #362 $11.25
Juxtapoz #160 May 14 $5.99
Girls Like Us vol 2 #5 $12.00
High Times Jun 14 $5.99
Gothic and Lolita Bible #49 Fall 13 $35.00
2600 Hacker Quarterly vol 31 #1 $6.95
Girls and Corpses #8 Spr 14 $8.95
The Fifth Estate vol 49 #1 Spr Sum 14 $4.00
Maximumrocknroll #372 May 14 $4.00
Wax Poetics #58 $11.99
AdBusters May Jun 14 $12.95
Koshka #3 by Kaitlin Kostus $5.00
Tom Tom Magazine #17 Magazine For Female Drummers $6.00
Hi-Fructose #31 $7.95
Gentlewoman #9 Spr Sum 14 $14.99
Worn #18 Fashion Journal $17.00
True Crime Apr 14 $8.99

Lit Journals & Chap Books
Tweeds #1 $15.00
DRK DUV by Ag Davis $6.00

Books For and Sometimes By Kids

Big Meals For Little Hands by Virginie Aladjidi et al. (Nobrow/Flying Eye) $17.95
Children Are Naughty by Vincent Cuvellier and Guillerey Aurelie (Nobrow/Flying Eye) $17.95
They Accidentally Fell Into a Black Hole: Accident Stories and Observations of 826CHI /Se Cayeron En Un Agujero Negro: Cuentos Y Observaciones Escritos Por Los Alumnos de 826CHI by the students of 826CHI students $5.00 – Bilingual
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The Chicago Publishers Resource Center (CHIPRC), at 858 N. Ashland Avenue, strives to build community and foster creativity by providing access to the space, education, and resources necessary to create and self-publish literary and visual work. And of course, if you make a zine there, you can always come consign it at Quimby's! Join and support the center, and as a member you will receive discounts for using equipment, workshop registration and more. Or become a CHIPRC volunteer and give back even more.  Sat, May 3rd, at noon as part of Free Comic Book Day, Quimby's employee Neil Brideau does a collaborative comics workshop! Attendees will work together to create a collaborative minicomic in under three hours! $3.00 donation. More info at
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