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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 B3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Better than BarbieAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with opinionated and diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Alexandra Stolarski (self-published)
Category: animals; personal stories; zines; zine reviews
Date / Volume: #2 (1995)
Publication Place: Carlsbad, CA
Item 2: Beyond the Great ChimneyAdd to your cart.
Author / Publisher: Brian Kolm (Atomic Bear Press)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: #1 (2003)
Publication Place: Castro Valley, CA
Item 3: BezerkAdd to your cart.
Author / Publisher: various (Student Art Publishing)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: Vol. 1, no. 2 (Nov. 2003)
Publication Place: Berkeley, CA
Item 4: The Big 5 OhAdd to your cart.
Author / Publisher: Brian Bunink et al. (Cartoon Loonacy)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (1997?)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 5: Big Bang FanzineAdd to your cart.
Zine featuring interviews and reviews of punk and underground music.
Author / Publisher: Dave Liberation and Ben Interbang (self-published)
Category: artists; book reviews; interviews; music; music reviews; punk; zines; zine resources; zine reviews
Date / Volume: #1 (1996)
Publication Place: Anaheim, CA
Item 6: Big Dick ComicsAdd to your cart.
Mini-comic featuring giant detective Hugo Dare.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Dan Hager, 2011
Author / Publisher: Jim Siergey (Starhead Comix)
Category: comics; humor
Date / Volume: (1990s)
Publication Place: Seattle, WA
Item 7: Big HandsAdd to your cart.
Zine featuring the personal writings of the author.
Author / Publisher: Aaron Lake Smith (self-published: Old Ways)
Category: comics; criticism; personal stories
Date / Volume: nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5 1/2, 6, 7, 8
Publication Place: Cary, NC
Item 8: Billy's MittenAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with reviews and diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Theresa (self-published)
Category: comics; personal stories; riot grrrl; teenagers; zine reviews
Date / Volume: #3 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Tucson, AZ
Item 9: Binibus BarnabusAdd to your cart.
Author / Publisher: Robert Goodin (Robot Publishing Co.)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (1999)
Publication Place: Pasadena, CA
Item 10: BirdsongAdd to your cart.
Collaborative literature and arts zine.
Author / Publisher: Tommy Pico (Birdsong Micropress)
Category: art; artists; drawing; fiction; interviews; poetry; short stories
Date / Volume: #5 (2009)
Publication Place: Brooklyn, NY
Item 11: BitchAdd to your cart.
"Feminist response to pop culture"
Author / Publisher: Lisa Jervis (amazon girl publishing)
Category: book reviews; cultural criticism; feminism; media critique; objectification; politics; representation of women; satire; sex; women; youth sexuality
Date / Volume: v.1 #2 (spring 1996)
Publication Place: Oakland, CA
Item 12: Bitch KingAdd to your cart.
Zine describing the author's political positions grounded in post-anarchism and polyamorous queer theory.
Author / Publisher: Angela Chaos (self-published)
Category: anarchism; anarchist theory; consent; cultural criticism; empowerment; oppression; patriarchy; politics; power relations; privilege; queer politics; queer theory
Date / Volume: #5 (n.d.)
Publication Place: CA
Item 13: Bitch NationAdd to your cart.
Distro catalog of queer zines and other merchandise.
Author / Publisher: G.B. Jones (self-published)
Category: feminism; gender identity; gender politics; gender roles; zines; zine distros; zine distribution; zine resources
Date / Volume: #1-3 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Ontario, Canada
Item 14: Bitch, PleaseAdd to your cart.
"A collection of sassy ideas for GRRRL power!" Gift of the author, created for the CL T 594 course "Social Politics of Indie" in the fall 2015 semester.
Author / Publisher: Kaelee Nelson (self-published)
Category: riot grrrl; feminism; body image; gender; sexism; abortion; reproductive rights; racism; gender equality; women's rights; patriarchy; homophobia; harassment; women's health
Date / Volume: #1-2 (2015)
Publication Place: [San Diego, CA]
Item 15: BitchcoreAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with much discussion on the author's experience as a black person, a punk and a lesbian. She examines the perceptions, and expectations of her as a black person in these contexts.
Author / Publisher: Tasha Hairston (self-published)
Category: bisexuality; body image; gender identity; lesbian; mixed race; patriarchy; punk; race; racial identity; racial stereotypes; racism; riot grrrl; sex; sexism; vegetarianism
Date / Volume: #1 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Pasadena, CA

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