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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 A5Add to your cart.
Item 1: Anything SingAdd to your cart.
Surfing documentary and zine with color photographs. Includes DVD.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Markel Tumlin, 2015
Author / Publisher: (Reef; What Youth)
Category: photographs
Date / Volume: [2013]
Publication Place: unknown
Item 2: The Apple Pie HubbubAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with observations of the author's highschool.
Author / Publisher: Jimmy Callaway (self-published)
Category: high school; personal stories
Date / Volume: #1-2 (1995)
Publication Place: Anaheim, CA
Item 3: ApplicantAdd to your cart.
Zine that was compiled from old Ivy League university applications, with photos of the applicants juxtaposed by the faculty's comments.
Author / Publisher: Jesse Recklaw (Microcosm Publishing)
Category: humor; postsecondary education
Date / Volume: (Oct. 2006)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 4: AquatulleAdd to your cart.
"A journey into yesterday's pop culture madness"
Author / Publisher: collective (self-published)
Category: comics; interviews; music; music reviews; musicians; punk
Date / Volume: #5 (2001)
Publication Place: New York, NY
Item 5: Arcane CandyAdd to your cart.
"Second issue of Southern California-based zine presenting a carefully hand-picked selection of sub-underground sound and music."
Author / Publisher: Garry Davis (self-published)
Category: interviews; music; music reviews
Date / Volume: #2 (2003)
Publication Place: Encinitas, CA
Item 6: Arm Chair Water BoyAdd to your cart.
Typed and handwritten poetry. Issue #12 is a split with Potatoe 6: Three Short Stories. Filed under Arm Chair Water Boy.
Author / Publisher: [Roger Barrett] (self-published)
Category: poetry
Date / Volume: #12 (June 2000)
Publication Place: [Fayetteville, AR]
Item 7: The Army Never Sent Me My SocksAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with poetry and diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Nick Bell (self-published)
Category: book reviews; music reviews; personal stories; poetry
Date / Volume: #2, #3 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Holtville, CA
Item 8: Army of S/He FestivalAdd to your cart.
Created at the Army of S/He workshop "Zines! And D.I.Y. Press." Written, published, and distributed at the festival, Aug. 17, 2002. Also included: Program for a women's art and activism event in North Park, San Diego.
Author / Publisher: various (The S/he Collective)
Category: activism; activist art; artists; collectives; feminism; festivals; gender; gender equality; gender politics; transgender; transgender politics; women
Date / Volume: (Aug. 2002)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 9: Around the WorldAdd to your cart.
Chronicle of friends on their road trip to Olympia, WA for music festivals.
Author / Publisher: Jenna Duncan & Special Guests (self-published)
Category: adventure; friends; friendship; music; personal stories; road trips; travel; women
Date / Volume: (Feb. 2002)
Publication Place: Seattle, WA
Item 10: ArrowedAdd to your cart.
Personal zine by a poet, full of relections on writing and creativity.
Author / Publisher: Lauren Michele Fardig (self-published)
Category: poetry; solitude; spoken word; writing; zines
Date / Volume: #10 (2000)
Publication Place: New York, NY
Item 11: Art FreakAdd to your cart.
Art zine with reviews, interviews and different techniques of art. Also includes a "loot bag" of bric-a-brac to use for art.
Author / Publisher: Carol Parks (Carol Parks Press)
Category: art; book arts; book reviews; crafts; festivals; interviews; zine-making
Date / Volume: #1 (spring 2006), #2 (summer 2006)
Publication Place: Studio City, CA
Item 12: Art Militia: HQ 2014Add to your cart.
"The Art Militia was founded in 2007, on a simple and apparently contradictory principle: Military form and method employed as a tool for art production." This zine is an informational booklet on the history, structure and operations of the Art Militia, an international network of artists.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Kim Schwenk, 2015
Author / Publisher: Art Militia 1.RGT HQ
Category: art; artists; collectives; contemporary art; military
Date / Volume: (2014)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 13: Art PoliceAdd to your cart.
Collaborative zine with illustrations about the art industry. Edition of 1000.
Author / Publisher: Artpolicecomics
Category: art; art spaces; drawings
Date / Volume: vol. 13,  no. 1 (March 1987)
Publication Place: Minneapolis, MN

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