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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 A4Add to your cart.
Item 1: And Then One DayAdd to your cart.
Autobiographical comic by Ryan Claytor.
Author / Publisher: Ryan Claytor (Elephant Eater Comics)
Category: autobiographical comics; comics; personal stories
Date / Volume: #1-6 (2004-2007)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA; Santa Ynez, CA
Item 2: Angela's Room ZineAdd to your cart.
Personal zine in which the author talks about her body image and sexual experiences.
Author / Publisher: Angela (self-published)
Category: bisexuality; body image; fat acceptance; lesbian; menstruation; personal stories; queer identity; sex; virginity
Date / Volume: #1 (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 3: Angry ThoreauanAdd to your cart.
Zine with a variety of articles and comics as well as book, zine and music reviews.
Author / Publisher: Reverand Randall Tin-ear (World Wide Music Union)
Category: comics; book reviews; music; music reviews; politics; zine reviews
Date / Volume: #9 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Anaheim, CA
Item 4: AngstAdd to your cart.
Orange County, Calif. punk zine featuring interviews, essays, stories and poetry.
Author / Publisher: Ace Ent, Terri Kennedy and Stephen R. Miller, eds. (self-published)
Category: fashion; fiction; interviews; music; musicians; poetry; punk
Date / Volume: (1986)
Publication Place: Fountain Valley, CA
Item 5: AnhedoniaAdd to your cart.
Personal zine reflecting on a period in which the author loses his mother, grandmother and father over the span of four months.
Author / Publisher: Scott Puckett (self-published)
Category: death; depression; family; personal stories; poetry; relationships; self harm; sex
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 6: Animal JewsAdd to your cart.
A minicomic using the animal kingdom as a metaphor for real events.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr, 2017
Author / Publisher: Donna Barr (ShortRun)
Category: animals; violence; comics
Date / Volume: (2017)
Publication Place: Seattle, WA
Item 7: Animal Liberation and Social Revolution: A Vegan Perspective on Anarchism or An Anarchist Perspective on VeganismAdd to your cart.
A zine "designed to assist us as we embark on the endeavor of recognizing what roles compassion, critical thinking, and rationality (ought to) play in our society."
Author / Publisher: Brian A. Dominick (preface by Joseph M. Smith) (Critical Mess Media) (re-printed by THE ALARM)
Category: activism; anarchism; animal rights; revolution; veganism
Date / Volume: Third printing (October 1997)
Publication Place: Houston, TX
Item 8: Animal ReviewAdd to your cart.
Zine with creative writing about animals with music and zine reviews.
Author / Publisher: Nell Zink (self-published)
Category: animals; animal rights; comics; fiction; marine animals; music reviews; zine reviews
Date / Volume: #7 (Sept.1994), #9 (April 1995), #10 (Oct. 1995), #11 (March 1996)
Publication Place: Jersey, NJ
Item 9: AnimanglAdd to your cart.
"The Amatuer[sic] Comic Art Digest"
Author / Publisher: Paul Young; Emde; Donna Barr; Taral Wayne; Shaindle Minuk; Rich Arnold; George Brycki; Joshua Quagmire; Michael B. Kelly; Wayne Modjeski (Zero Hour Productions)
Category: comics; humor
Date/Volume: #1 (summer 1989)
Publication Place: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Item 10: Anme?Add to your cart.
Personal zines including poems and art.
Author / Publisher: Tony and Robin (self-published)
Category: art; poetry; personal stories
Date / Volume: #1 (1995)
Publication Place: El Cajon, CA
Item 11: AnodyneAdd to your cart.
Magazine featuring articles on goth culture. Also features an article on Donna Barr.
Author / Publisher: Valerie Cashman (33% Testosterone)
Category: art; artists; book reiews; comics; fiction; film; gay; goth; internet; interviews; literature; movies; music; music reviews; queer; theatre
Date / Volume: #3 (Dec. 1996)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 12: Another BookAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Andrea (self-published)
Category: assimilation; body image; personal stories; racism; zine distros; zine distribution; zine resources; zine reviews
Date / Volume: #1 (May 1995)
Publication Place: North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Item 13: Another State of Mind CatalogAdd to your cart.
Mail order catalog of punk and goth clothing dealer Another State of Mind.
Author / Publisher: Another State of Mind (self-published)
Category: fashion; goth; patches
Date / Volume: (2000)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 14: An Answer to Today's Black Entertainment MediaAdd to your cart.
Written by an African-American prisoner, this zine reflects the author's views on how the media industry has corrupted the minds of African Americans and caused them to no longer identify with their racial or ethnic identities.
Author / Publisher: Kevin "Rashid" Johnson (South Chicago ABC Zine Distro)
Category: anti-capitalism; assimilation; black liberation; black resistance; class struggle; colonialism; consumerism; cultural criticism; media critique; politics; race; racial identity
Date / Volume: (Nov. 2004)
Publication Place: Homewood, IL
Item 15: AntisocialmanAdd to your cart.
Minicomic featuring Antisocialman dealing with a mad doctor; "The Bride of Anti Social Man"
Author / Publisher: Walt Lockley & Matt Feazell (Not Available Comics)
Category: comics; humor
Date / Volume: #5 (1985)
Publication Place: Raleigh, NC

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