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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 Zine Library in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Use the following link to see this list:  http://anchorarchive.org/sites/default/files/2018-12/Zine%20thesaurus%202013-10.pdf

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 A3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Altar MagazineAdd to your cart.
A zine that promotes "critical thought, coalition building, artistic creativity and activism".
Author / Publisher: Mandy Van Deven and Alex White (Altar Magazine)
Category: activism; animal rights; book reviews;  feminism; interviews; movie reviews; music; music reviews; poetry; prison activism; prisoner rights; veganism; women in prison
Date / Volume: #1 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Atlanta, GA
Item 2: Alternative Free AdsAdd to your cart.
Zine distribution list with personal ads. Also promotes various mail-art projects.
Author / Publisher: Rich May (self-published)
Category: mail art; personal ads; zine distribution; zine distros; zines
Date / Volume: (summer 2010)
Publication Place: Ware Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Item 3: Alterna-TVAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with many opinion articles.
Author / Publisher: Anna Key (self-published)
Category: art; comics; erotic pictures; erotic stories; fetishes; gender roles; incest; orgasms; personal ads; personal stories; poetry; sex
Date / Volume: #1 (1998), #2 (2000), #3 (2005)
Publication Place: Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Item 4: Alucarda: A Film FanzineAdd to your cart.
Fanzine devoted to the 1977 Mexican horror film Alucarda.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Cristina Tillotson, 2016
Author / Publisher: Cristina Tillotson (self-published)
Category: horror; movies
Date / Volume: (2016?)
Publication Place: Covina, CA
Item 5: A.M.Add to your cart.
Author / Publisher: Jorge Ceja aka Vezun (self-published)
Date / Volume: #1-2 (2003)
Publication Place: Las Vegas, NV
Item 6: AmalgamationAdd to your cart.
"The short story autobiographical issue...90% true, 10% exciting." Personal zine with diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Chad (self-published)
Category: break-ups; drinking; humor; jokes; personal stories
Date / Volume: #2 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Escondido, CA
Item 7: Amazing Adult FantasyAdd to your cart.
Journal comic covering every day of the artist's life in June 2003. Includes the death of his dog and the difficulties of running a comic book store. Issue #22 is a split with Dumbluck #4 and is filed under Dumbluck.
Author / Publisher: Tim Doyle (self-published: Lo-fi Comics)
Category: comics; journal comics
Date / Volume: #22 (June 2003)
Publication Place: Austin, TX
Item 8: AmbitionsAdd to your cart.
Zine that features book reviews and narrative writings from various artists.
Author / Publisher: Benjamin Michael Scarlato (self-published)
Category: fiction; short stories; writing; book reviews
Date / Volume: Vol. 1 #3 (Sept. 2003)
Publication Place: St. Petersburg, FL
Item 9: AmericaAdd to your cart.
Poetry by the author about social issues in America.
Author / Publisher: Shannon Colebank (Whizzbanger Productions)
Category: consumerism; poetry; politics; social control; war
Date / Volume: (2002)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 10: America!Add to your cart.
Critical thoughts about America in the form of a comic strip.
Author / Publisher: Jen Hitchcock (ZYZXX Publications)
Category: comics; politics; satire
Date / Volume: #1 (Nov. 2002)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 11: America?Add to your cart.
Critique and analysis of the hardcore punk scene, bands, music and the music business.
Author / Publisher: Travis Fristoe (self-published)
Category: bands; criticism; music; music reviews; personal stories; punk; zine distros
Date / Volume: #7 (1999), #8 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Gainesville, FL
Item 12: American Boom!Add to your cart.
Minicomic about a teenage superhero in San Diego. In the first installment she travels to Mexico where she encounters a battle between rival drug cartels. Chapter one is issued in a printing of 100 copies, of which the copy in the collection is #7.
Author / Publisher: Story by Patrick Yurick, art by Patrick Yurick and Alonso Nuñez (Little Fish Comic Book Studio)
Category: comics; superheroes; women in comics
Date / Volume: #1 (2013)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 13: America's Nazi War CrimesAdd to your cart.
Reprints from internet publications regarding gender issues and American policy.
Author / Publisher: Shannon Colebank (Whizzbanger Productions)
Category: gender identity; gender politics; intersex; politics; sex reassignment surgery; transgender; transgender politics
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 14: Amoeba Air Heart FlyerAdd to your cart.
Minicomic. Split issue with Slug #8. Filed under Slug.
Author / Publisher: Jerome Schiller, Anna Greenleaf, eds. (Graphic Stories Guild)
Category: comics, humor
Date / Volume: (1979)
Publication Place: Santa Cruz, CA
Item 15: Amplitude MagazineAdd to your cart.
Southern California music mag covering punk, emo, indie, metal and hardcore.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Markel Tumlin, 2015
Author / Publisher: Jeff M. Powell and Dane A. Wirtzfeld, eds. (Amplitude Magazine)
Category: bands; interviews; metal music; music; music reviews; punk; rock and roll
Date / Volume: #3 (March/April 2004)
Publication Place: Claremont, CA
Item 16: Anarchism's Promise for Anti-Capitalist ResistanceAdd to your cart.
"This essay is from the forthcoming book Anti-Capitalism: A Field Guide to the Global Justice Movement."
Author / Publisher: Cindy Milstein (self-published)
Category: anarchism; anti-capitalism; social ecology
Date / Volume: [2003?]
Publication Place: Plainfield, VT
Item 17: Anarchist PrinciplesAdd to your cart.
Zine detailing basic principles and philosophies of anarchism.
Author / Publisher: NOLA Anarchy (Steve Stuart) (re-printed byt the ALARM)
Category: anarchism; anarchist culture; anarchist theory; anti-capitalism; direct action; left-wing-politics; politics; social ecology
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: New Orleans, LA (re-printed in Houston, TX)
Item 18: An Anarchist Programme and Anarchist PropagandaAdd to your cart.
Anarchist philosophies originally written by Errico Malatesta, extracted, compiled and edited by Vernon Richards.
Author / Publisher: Errico Malatesta; compiled and edited by Vernon Richards (Freedom Press)
Category: anarchism; anti-capitalism; labor movement; politics; radical politics; revolution; social class; work
Date / Volume: (1965)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 19: Anarchy and Alcohol: Wasted Indeed and How the Fiends Came to Be CivilizedAdd to your cart.
Zine about the history of alcohol and anarchy.
Author / Publisher: Alcoholics Autonomous (CrimethInc.)
Category: alcohol; anarchism; anarchist history; beer
Date / Volume: (2003)
Publication Place: Winona, MN
Item 20: Anarchy: The Way I See ItAdd to your cart.
A personal reflection on anarchism, and a critical analyis of government authority.
Author / Publisher: Robert Ogman (self-published)
Category: anarchism; anti-capitalism; authority; class analysis; economics; social class
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Gainesville, FL
Item 21: And Everything NiceAdd to your cart.
Personal story of a girl who had three abortions and how she feels more comfortable talking about it now and expressing herself through a zine.
Author / Publisher: Annie La Ganga (self-published)
Category: abortion; comics; feminism; personal stories; pro-choice movement; women; zine resources; zine reviews
Date / Volume: (1994)
Publication Place: Chico, CA
Item 22: And the Survey Says!!!Add to your cart.
A compilation of surveys conducted and presented in the "Family Feud" style.
Author / Publisher: Jason Koivu (self-published)
Category: independent media; trivia; zine fairs; zine-making; zines
Date / Volume: (June 2003)
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA

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