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By: Nicolette Preradovic

Have you ever wondered if there was a store in Chicago that catered to the most outrageous, pictographic, alarming DIY comics, books, and zines? Have you ever had the unwitting desire to produce your very own graphic stories, mini book series, or political manifestos?

Look no further. Quimby’s Bookstore on North and Wolcott in Wicker Park sells every kind of book you can think of, from picture books of H.R. Giger’s sci-fi fantasy aliens to Maynard James Keenan’s authorized biography, A Perfect Union of Contrary Things. But Quimby’s sells more than just books fostered by the rich and famous.

Most of the bookstore is stacked with endless zines – an independently published periodical created by people like you. Though they accept self-published and DIY booklets from literary artists and writers all around the globe, Quimby’s also has a special section in the store dedicated to works produced right here in Chicago.

This is really nothing to get intimidated over. We all have that creative itch that is just dying to come out. What better way to put your visions and thoughts to the test than to create your very own, personalized newsletter, or journal, or offbeat column full of unanticipated content? – Submit three copies and Quimby’s will even sell it for you. Just don’t forget to price your work.

This could be a full-fledged idea that you spend months mulling over, or it could be something you put together in two days. Whatever its worth to you, Chicago needs more voices heard, more artistic freedom rattling the newsstands, more creative leaders – who are willing to take this city by the antennas and bring it into a new age.

America’s uncertainty still continues to fall into the hands of politicians who know nothing of the kind of world artists and seekers want to see unfold. The imagination is not meant to be hindered by categorically speaking conglomerates. Two political parties is not enough. Who will speak for the forlorn miscreants of the world? The myopic sentient?

Creatively speaking, this book does not have to be political. But it can be. It does not need to have a beginning, middle, and end. It could just be you, and your words. Illustrations of seepy solubles forming along the cracks of your lips. The one on your face. Contest the day you decide to make something for yourself, by putting it on a shelf, and then watch it grow, or let it become the thing that exists for only a brief moment in your life. Just don’t stop creating. Don’t stop being unabashedly you.

If you want to know more about Quimby’s, get a better idea of what a “zine” is, or if you need more information on selling your work, just check out their website: www.quimbys.com – their FAQ section is designed to answer almost, if not all your questions. Go for it. Exercise the First Amendment.


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