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Events Thu Dec 19 2013

Sleep Over at Quimby's this January

Last year Quimby's Bookstore did something a bit zany (ziney?): a 24-hour zine challenge inviting zinesters to spend the night in their store and create. To capitalize on the success of year one, Quimby's is back with new antics for a second zine slumber party, as well as a new name devised by store manager Liz Mason. The Zlumber Party begins on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 9pm and runs until 9am on Sunday, Jan. 12. Participants will be calling Quimby's at 1854 W. North Ave. their home for the night.

ZlumberParty.png"We realized that people don't want to be here for 24 hours, ourselves included," said Mason, who is also the creator of Caboose zine. "Really they just want to be here overnight. The novelty of being here after hours, like a big creative slumber party, was really the attraction."

All zinesters and mini-comics artists are welcome to work on their projects. This year the challenge aspect has been toned down, focusing more on stirring up creativity (and maybe some coffee). It's about having a good time. "Instead of challenging people to make a whole zine in one night, we merely supply the space, supplies and inspiration to get them started on something, and ideally that would motivate them to complete a zine," Mason said.

Participants can work on a one-page zine, a comic strip, a work in progress, or the start of something bigger. There will be materials including paper, writing supplies, staplers, tables, and even snacks to help you create your masterpiece. You simply need to bring your ideas (and any specialized resources you use like laptops, ink, drawing utensils, etc.). It's like a four-star hotel for zinesters. (Jammies and sleeping bags are optional.)

This isn't like a high school lock-in. Participants can go as they please. "Some people don't stay the whole night," says Mason.

Space is limited so registration is preferred. Send an email to or call the store at 773-342-0910.

Photo provided by Quimby's Bookstore.

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