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1/30 Zlumber Party 9:30pm @ Quimby’s

Don’t forget the cold cream. (Or the maraschino cherries) 

So, this might be the most boss thing ever. And here we are to co-opt it!

Each year, Quimby’s Bookstore invites zinesters, scensters, and other quasi-literary hangers-on to while away the dull night hours within the safety of a Wicker Park consignment store.

Come stay up all night with us while we work on our zines. We’ll be snacking, chatting,  drink coffee– or just putting our messy lives in order. Up to you. It’s not a lock-in, you can leave whenever you want, but while the store is closed over night, we’ll be busily working away inside — sort of elves and the shoemaker kind of shit.

If you haven’t already been to Quimby’s– get on it. As allies of self-publishers and creative project people, Quimby’s provides a place for all those strange mini comics, bizarrely particular zines, and home-made goods that could not otherwise find a shelf.

Direct from the Quimblog:

This is the fifth year in a row we’re inviting you to come in and spend the night with us working on your zine, because we’ve had so much fun doing it in the past. Get here at 9:30 on Sat, Jan 30th (the store closes at 10pm). Then spend the night here! Stay until 6am Sun, Jan 31st! (And yes, you can leave whenever you want before then if you want or need to.) So bring yer jammies and a sleeping bag, then leave in the morning with what you’ve been workin’ on! There will be snacks! And coffee!

What: Zlumber Party 2016
When: Sat, Jan 30th, 9:30pmSun, Jan 31st, 6:00am
Where: Quimby’s Bookstore at 1854 W. North Ave.
RSVP:  info(at)quimbys(dot)com or call 773-342-0910.

12/15 Write Club @ The Hideout

Catch the sparkle of our Chicago Literati at Write Club, a monthly celebration of opinions and assholes alike! (Someone has to.)

3 bouts of
2 opposing writers/2 opposing ideas (assigned in advance)
7 minutes apiece
Audience picks a winner
Cut of proceeds to charities of the winners’ choosing

$10 at door. Cash only. 7pm @ THE HIDEOUT

Karaoke and FREE DRINKS TONIGHT @ Strange Beauty Show

Just a quick reminder: tonight 8/15 is ON THE WALL, a
zinester-focused art show at Strange Beauty Show (1118 N. Ashland).
Tons of local zinesters including Jami Sailor, Nicki Yowell and Lyra Hill have framed their work for your eyes’ pleasure. Aside from the artiness, there will be complimentary drinks and karaoke courtesy of SPOCster Liz Mason from 7-10 p.m. Hope to see you there!

Also coming up, this weekend is Back to Print’s newest release, the
seXXX files. On Saturday, come enjoy the festivities over at Uncharted
Books at 8 p.m. and get your sexy back or whatever it is you
youngsters call it.

Bring on the Baked Beans. We’re BBQing on Saturday!

Wrangle those steaks, chops, ribs, chicken cutlets and veggie patties because we’re BBQing this Saturday 5/18 @ 3 p.m. Our gracious host Rob Chambers of Back to Print has generously invited SPOC to get its summertime char action on at his place. E-mail us at selfpublishersofchicago@gmail.com to get more information.

In other weekend news and very-soon news:
Brain Frame, 8 p.m. @ 643 W. 31st Street: Performative comics show makes its Bridgeport debut
Pungent Parlor, 8:30 p.m. @ Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen: Monthly Tuesday night salon and reading series 
Snake Oil A-Z Book Work Party @ 7 p.m., Nicki’s House. Help Meghan McGrath make her Victorian vision a reality. We’ll be scanning, chopping, pasting, drawing, the works. 


One Year Party is TWO DAYS AWAY!


Disturbing yet jovial poster design by our own Grant Reynolds.

In a mere TWO DAYS, Self-Publishers of Chicago celebrates its first year of life. To celebrate, we’re eating Funfetti cake, drinking a variety of beveragery and, oh yeah, we’re having some readers too.

The action goes down from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, April 26 at Uncharted Books in Logan Square. 

Among the talented folks:

Eric Bartholomew of Junk Drawer will regale us with an interactive survey of junk items the world over.

Meghan McGrath will bring back the glory of our Fire Dog zine with an informative and entertaining fire dog career booth and performance.

Jonas Cannon, likely clad in an amazing chapeau, will read his not-so-haunted tale from Ghostly Stories.

Grant Reynolds has a brand new SPOC theme for us which will be accompanied by a resplendent slideshow.

Jen Twigg clues us in on the finer points of both running Chicago Zine Fest and being an amazing educator.

Elizabeth Tieri of the Back to Print publishing house reads her poem from Ghostly Stories. It was about a black light poster, folks.

Nicki Yowell will be giving the State of the SPOC address complete with a not-to-be-missed performance of pantomime, song and improvisation.

TOMORROW at 8 p.m. we’ll be getting ready for the action at Nicki’s by baking and frosting cakes, fine-tuning performances and making decorations. E-mail selfpublishersofchicago@gmail for more info.

TGISPOC: Weekend Events & More


It’s finally March and it’s finally the weekend. Here’s what SPOCsters will be up to:


Ninety-Seven to Three Release Party @ Uncharted Books, 7 p.m. Back to Print is, well back to print again. The book-loving group is back with another release party featuring readers and music by Tyler Bagwell and others.


CAKE LGBTQ Showcase @ Red Line Tap, 9:30 p.m. Chicago’s own alternative comics expo brings a host of performances and artwork.

Keep your calendar free for CHICAGO ZINE FEST on Saturday, March 9 from 11-6p.m at the Conaway Center at Columbia College. SPOC will be slinging its wares and participating in the Zine Scene workshop. Did you miss out on getting a table this year? No sweat. We’re happily hawking SPOCster’s zines at our table. Keep in mind when pricing that SPOC gets 25% of the cover price of all zines sold at our table to further our mission of zineitude. Contact selfpublishersofchicago@gmail for info or to volunteer for a tabling slot.

Back to Print FAMILY anthology

Our pals at Back to Print are putting together another project, this time all about the universal topic of family. This Wednesday 1/16 at 7 p.m. they’ll be gathering at the Owl in Logan Square to bounce ideas back and forth. They’re also working on a catalog drive. That means bring any old Sears catalogs of families in matching denim or any other gems you can scrounge up. RSVP here and get more info.