Quimby's

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Quimby's Bookstore is an independently owned bookstore that specialises in independently published and small press books, zines and comix. It is located at 1854 W. North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622. The phone number is 773-342-0910.

The philosophy of the store is best summed up by a sign that hangs on the wall at the front of the store. It says: "Specialists in the importation, distribution, and sale of unusual publications, aberrant periodicals, saucy comic booklets and assorted fancies as well as a comprehensive miscellany of the latest independent 'zines' that all the kids have been talking about."

Quimby's was opened in 1991 by Steven Svymbersky (former publisher of Quimby Magazine) on Damen in Wicker Park. According to the FAQ on the store's website, Svymbersky said of the store, "I really want to carry every cool - bizarre - strange - dope - queer - surreal - weird publication ever written and published and in time Qvimby's will. Because I know you're out there and you just want something else, something other, something you never even knew could exist." In 1997, Svymbersky sold the store to Eric Kirsammer, the owner of Chicago Comics, who later moved the store to its current home on North Avenue. Originally, the store was known as Quimby's Queer Store, but now is just called Quimby's.

Many of the zines that Quimby's sells are sold on consignment. Zinesters and comix artists can find the consignment form on the Quimby's web site. Quimby's also offers online ordering and hosts events such as zine readings, book releases, and signings.

Chicago Comics

The sister store of Quimby's is Chicago Comics, located at 3244 N Clark, Chicago, IL 60657.

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