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  • IL – Outside the Box Signing

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    Hillary L. Chute appears at Quimby’s Bookstore on Saturday, April 19th at 7:00 pm!

    Press Release:

    We are living in a golden age of cartoon art. Never before has graphic storytelling been so prominent or garnered such respect: critics and readers alike agree that contemporary cartoonists are creating some of the most innovative and exciting work in all the arts.

    For nearly a decade Hillary L. Chute has been sitting down for extensive interviews with the leading figures in comics, and with Outside the Box: Interviews With Contemporary Cartoonists (University of Chicago | 272 pages | 39 color plates, 31 halftones | 7 x 10) she offers readers a chance to share her ringside seat. Chute’s in-depth discussions with twelve of the most accomplished artists and writers in comics today reveal a creative community that is richly interconnected yet fiercely independent, its members sharing many interests while working with wildly different styles and themes. Chute’s subjects run the gamut of contemporary comics practice, from those of underground pioneers like Art Spiegelman and Lynda Barry, to the analytic work of Scott McCloud, the journalism of Joe Sacco, and the extended narratives of Alison Bechdel and Charles Burns. They reflect on their experience and innovations, the influence of peers and mentors, the reception of their art and the growth of critical attention, and the crucial place of print amid the encroachment of the digital age.

    “This is a book of great interviews with great cartoonists. The interviews are great because Hillary Chute is great. She knows how cartooning works and she intimately knows the work of the artists she’s interviewing. The interviews are smart, insightful, and very readable. This isn’t dry stuff nor is it fluffy. It’s the real stuff. Anyone interested in the minds of today’s cartooning masters will want to read it.” –Seth, author of Palookaville

    Hillary L. Chute is the Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago and the author of Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics.

    Quimby’s Bookstore
    1854 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
    773-342-0910

    IL – B+F Signing

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    Gregory Benton signs at Quimby’s Bookstore on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm!

    Press Release:

    Gregory Benton’s book  was awarded the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art’s inaugural Award of Excellence at MoCCAFest 2013. An expanded version of  was published in the autumn of 2013 through AdHouse Books (USA) and Editions ça et la (France).

    B+F is a wordless meditation on goodwill, hostility, and isolation. It’s a fable, a meandering tale of two friends that explores an otherworldly forest with a naked woman “F” and a large yellow dog “B” as they encounter its denizens, both benevolent and malicious. The characters are pulled apart by circumstance and the obstacles that they must overcome to find each other again.

    Gregory has embarked on a nation-wide tour in support of B+F. He is excited to add Quimby’s of Chicago to the list of stores he is visiting. He’ll be “dedicating” books to customers, meaning that he’ll spend time with each customer drawing in their books, more common in the European comics festival tradition.

    Gregory Benton has been making comix since 1993. He cut his teeth on the political anthology World War 3, moving on to writing and drawing stories for Nickelodoeon, Vertigo, DC Comics, Disney Adventures, Watson-Guptil, Entertainment Weekly, as well as contributing to numerous alternate-press comix anthologies. A graphic novel, Hummingbird, was published by Slave Labor Graphics in 1996. Gregory has also produced numerous limited-edition mini-comix. Hopefully you have some. His illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice and Fortune, among others.

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    Quimby’s Bookstore
    1854 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
    773-342-0910

    IL – Woman Rebel Signing

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    Cartoonist Peter Bagge signs his new book at Quimby’s on Saturday, October 19th, 2013 at 7:00 pm!

    Quimby’s Bookstore
    1854 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
    773-342-0910

    IL – Laydeez Do Comics

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    Joyce Rice and Kat Leyh of Symbolia Magazine appear at Quimby’s Bookstore on Thursday, August 29th at 7:00 pm.

    Symbolia is a tablet magazine of illustrated journalism that pairs incendiary reporting with thoughtful illustration and comics, the first digital journal solely dedicated to the form. Symbolia was founded by Erin Polgreen Joyce Rice. Deanna Zandt wrote for Forbes that, “Symbolia has accomplished two major feats: elevated the status of illustrated, sequential art as a form in a neglected space, and created a new space for us to reimagine what journalism can look – and feel – like.”

    Speaker Bios:
    Joyce Rice collaborates with artists to craft intriguing narratives that merge audio, animation, and hand illustration with high-quality journalism. A seasoned illustrator and interactive designer – and a specialist in sequential storytelling, interactive content and publication design – she’s cofounder and creative director of the digital magazine Symbolia. Joyce publishes comics and drawings in a variety of independent magazines and comics anthologies, and has been self-publishing an ongoing diary comic – Bird Wizards! – since 2008. Her work has appeared in Columbia Journalism Review, has been written about in FastCo., Poynter, and other outlets, and she has spoken about the intersection of comics and journalism at the Michigan State University Comics Forum.

    Kat Leyh is a Chicago-based illustrator who somehow manages to draw for a living. When she’s not doing that, she creates comics for fun. A few of Leyh’s comics have been published by Yeti Press Comics, and you can view more of her work at www.KatLeyh.com.

    Laydeez do Comics is a unique salon with a focus on graphic works based on life narrative, the drama of the domestic, and the everyday. Invited guest speakers have 10-20 minute slots to present works/ideas followed by a Q&A. Launched in London in July 2009, the group has now expanded to other cities, including Chicago. Quimby’s hosts the Chicago chapter and it is usually the last Thursday of every month. For August the meeting is on Thurs, Aug 29th at 7pm.

    Quimby’s Bookstore
    1854 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
    773-342-0910

    IL – Marble Season Signing

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    Gilbert Hernandez signs at Quimby’s Bookstore on Thursday April 18th at 7:00 pm!

    Press Release:

    Join beloved cartoonist  (LOVE & ROCKETS) as he launches his new D+Q graphic novel MARBLE SEASON, his first semiautobiographical story of his childhood. Hernandez will present a fascinating slide show “From Funny books to Graphic Novels” featuring the comics of his childhood, in addition to a Q+A and signing.  These silver age comics not only influenced MARBLE SEASON, but also set the course for Gilbert, as well as his brothers Jaime and Mario, to become the legendary comics creator they are today.

    MARBLE SEASON is the first ever semi-autobiographical novel by  acclaimed cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez of Love & Rockets, and is also his first graphic novel for Drawn & Quarterly. Meet Huey. He’s the middle child of a big family, growing up in a California suburb in the 1960s. He stages Captain America plays in the backyard and treasures his older brother’s comic-book collection almost as much as his approval. Set against the golden age of the American dream and the silver age of comics, MARBLE SEASON is a subtle and deft rumination on the redemptive and timeless power of storytelling and world-building in childhood.

    Quimby’s Bookstore
    1854 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
    773-342-0910

    X’ed Out Signing Tour 2010

    Charles Burns (Black Hole) goes on a signing tour for his latest graphic novel X’ed Out:
    10/19/2010 – 7:15pm
    Philadelphia Free Library
    1901 Vine St Logan Sq, Philadelphia, PA 19103
    215-567-4341 
    10/20/2010
    Million Year Picnic
    Harvard Square, 99 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
    10/20/2010 – 6:00 pm
    Brattle Theater
    40 Brattle Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138
    10/21/2010 – 7:00pm
    Strand Bookstore
    828 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
    10/22/2010v – 7:30 pm
    Greenlight Bookstore
    686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
    10/23/2010 – 3:00 pm
    IFOA – International Festival of Authors. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., Toronto, ON
    Info: readings.org or 416-973-4000
    10/25/2010 – 7:00 pm
    Books, Inc Berkeley
    1760 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
    10/26/2010 – 12:00 pm
    Lee’s Comics
    1020 N. Rengstorff Avenue, Suite F (by Costco), Mountain View, CA 94043
    10/26/2010 – 7:30 pm
    Bookshop Santa Cruz D/B/A Bay Co. Books
    1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    10/27/2010 – 7:00 pm
    City Lights Bookstore
    261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
     

    10/28/2010 – 7:30 pm
    Powell’s Books
    1005 W. Burnside, Portland, OR 97209

     
    10/30/2010 – 6:00 pm
    Fantagraphics Bookstore
    1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.), Seattle, WA

     
    11/2/2010 – The Book Table Bookstore
    1045 Lake Street, Oak Park, Chicago, IL 60301-1101

     
    11/3/2010 – 7:00 pm
    Quimby’s Bookstore
    1854 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL