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Zines and Minicomics Collection, 1985- | Special Collections & University Archives

By Anna Culbertson and Adam Burkhart

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Collection Overview

Title: Zines and Minicomics Collection, 1985-Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1995-

Extent: 42.25 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/2002. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: American poetry--20th century, Anarchism, Comic books, strips, etc., Feminism, Gender, Music, Politics, Popular culture, Riot grrrl movement, Riot grrrl movement--Periodicals, Self-care, Health, Transgender people, Women, Young women

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Zines and Minicomics Collection combines materials from two former collections known as the West Coast Zines Collection and the Comics Collection. The collection ranges from 1985 to the present and includes zines and minicomics on a variety of topics. Concentrations include identity politics (especially riot grrrl, people of color and LGBTQ topics), sexuality and reproductive rights, punk rock, anarchism, activism, alternative lifestyles, creative writing, and popular culture. Notable feminist titles in the collection that began as zines and went on to become major "glossies" include BUST, Bitch, Venus, and Hip Mama.

The collection is arranged alphabetically by publication title, and then chronologically within each title from earliest to latest. A brief description of each publication's content is provided, and links to web versions are available in some instances. Publications are tagged according to the Zine Thesaurus of Subject Terms developed by the Anchor Archive at the Roberts Street Social Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Use the following link to see this list:  http://www.robertsstreet.org/thesaurus/out.htm

Also included are supplemental materials, including related correspondence, promotional ephemera, exhibit materials, and a small archive of materials generated by SDSU's Zine & DIY Culture Club, formed and officialy recognized as a student organization in 2016.

Subject/Index Terms

American poetry--20th century
Anarchism
Comic books, strips, etc.
Feminism
Gender
Music
Politics
Popular culture
Riot grrrl movement
Riot grrrl movement--Periodicals
Self-care, Health
Transgender people
Women
Young women

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals: 2002-present

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: Multiple donors

Related Materials: For more information please see http://www.robertsstreet.org/thesaurus/out.htm.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised 5/2014; collection rearranged to combine formerly-titled West Coast Zines Collection (MS-0278) and selected titles from the Comics Collection (MS-0091).


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Box A1Add to your cart.
Item 1: A is for Art Agency: A History ZineAdd to your cart.
Zine produced for University of Wisconsin-Green Bay students arts organization Art Agency by its sister organization Art Agency Zine (A2Z).
Acquisition Information: Gift of A2Z, 2018
Author / Publisher: (Art Agency Zine)
Category: art
Date / Volume: (2018)
Publication Place: Green Bay, WI
Item 2: AbatisAdd to your cart.
Collection of comic strips by Roy Tompkins.
Author / Publisher: Roy Tompkins (Fruit of the Tomb)
Category: comics; horror; satire
Date / Volume: (2009)
Publication Place: Austin, TX
Item 3: Abolish All Prisons!Add to your cart.
Articles on prisons and anarchy. Also features, "Incarceration as Genocide of the Poetic Races," by Jane Doe.
Author / Publisher: Anthony Rayson (South Chicago ABC Zine Distro)
Category: anarchism; prison abolition; radical politics
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Homewood, IL
Item 4: Abolition of WorkAdd to your cart.
A manifesto for the abolition of work.
Author / Publisher: Bob Black (Out-Of-Kontrol Data Korporation)
Category: labor movement; radical politics; work
Date / Volume: 1st edition (Sept. 1985), 2nd edition (April 1986)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 5: About 10,000 WordsAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with reviews, comics, poetry and diaristic writings. May not be used for any intent, public or private, without written permission by the author.
Author / Publisher: Samual Plahetka (self-published)
Category: comics; personal stories; poetry
Date / Volume: #0 (2003)
Publication Place: Las Vegas, NV
Item 6: Abscura vs. Soluna: La InadaptadaAdd to your cart.
Zine that focuses on issues related to underground culture and drug wars.
Author / Publisher: collective (self-published)
Category: drugs; freedom; politics; sex; social control
Date / Volume: vol. 1 (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 7: AcheAdd to your cart.
Zine featuring interviews with musicians, comics, and music articles and reviews.
Author / Publisher: Armen Svadjian (self-published)
Category: book reviews; comics; interviews; music; music reviews; musicians; punk; zine history; zines
Date / Volume: #4 (summer/fall 2002)
Publication Place: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Item 8: Ack-Ack GrrrlAdd to your cart.
Zine to promote a revolution for women. From SDSU's Women's Studies 205 Women in Humanities class.
Author / Publisher: Jaime, Nicole, Britton, Meghan and Amity (self-published)
Category: feminism; gender politics; revolution; riot grrrl; tampons; zine resources
Date / Volume: (April 1999)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 9: Action TeenAdd to your cart.
Donated by Barnard Zine Library, 2015
Author / Publisher: Don and Erin Smith (self-published)
Category: music; bands; concert reviews
Date / Volume: (1991)
Publication Place: Bethesda, MD
Item 10: AdbustersAdd to your cart.
"Journal of the mental environment".
Author / Publisher: (Kalle Lasn)
Category: activism; art; consumerism; culture jamming; environmental activism; ethical consumption; globalization; media critique; politics; radical politics; revolution; satire
Date / Volume: #43 (Sept./Oct. 2002) - #45 (Jan./Feb. 2003)
Publication Place: Vancouver, Canada
Item 11: The Adventures of Chiz in Brooklyn, VenusAdd to your cart.
Chiz walks along a bridge and takes pictures of an odd sight. Publication info inferred from attached leaf on back cover: "Full Orange / sakuramaku.com / fayryu.com"
Author / Publisher: Fay Ryu and Sakura Maku (self-published)
Category: comics; humor
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 12: The Adventures of Leaf EriksonAdd to your cart.
A minicomic made up entirely of puns.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr, 2017
Author / Publisher: Keith O'Brien and Tom Cherry (self-published)
Category: comics; jokes
Date / Volume: (2017)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 13: Adventures of Stickman and His Dog TwigAdd to your cart.
Author / Publisher: Mike Purcell (Bare Bones Studios)
Category: comics; humor
Date / Volume: #1 (2006)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 14: Adventures of the HashstronautsAdd to your cart.
Minicomic. "...at the ends of a galaxy unheard of in this era, a rock band/salvage crew quested for adventure, love, beer and the hardest Rock in the Universe." Issues #1 and #2 are splits with Titillating Tales and are filed under Titillating Tales.
Author / Publisher: Shay Lurie (self-published)
Category: comics; science fiction
Date / Volume: #1 (2003), #2 (2003)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 15: AerobiqueAdd to your cart.
Zine devoted to exercise and healthy lifestyles.
Author / Publisher: Renee Reed
Category: health; nutrition
Date / Volume: (June 2013)
Publication Place: Greencastle, IN
Item 16: Affable Tales for Your ImaginationAdd to your cart.
Author / Publisher: Lee Roy Brown (self-published)
Category: comics; art
Date / Volume: #1 (Jan. 1987)
Publication Place: London, England, United Kingdom
Item 17: After SchoolAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Nia King (self-published)
Category: assimilation; diversity; dropping out; freeganism; mixed race; personal stories; postsecondary education; racial identity; racial stereotypes; racism
Date / Volume: #1, 2 (March 2006)
Publication Place: Canton, MA
Item 18: After TasteAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with comics based on the author's life.
Author / Publisher: Nico (self-published)
Category: comics; writing; personal stories
Date / Volume: #2 (2004)
Pulication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 19: AftermathAdd to your cart.
Opinion articles regarding the events of September 11, 2001 accompanied by news articles and editorial pieces about the events.
Author / Publisher: Shannon Colebank (Whizzbanger Productions)
Category: conspiracies; corporations; oil industry; poetry; politics; war; terrorism
Date / Volume: #1, 2, 3 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Portland, OR

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