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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 B5Add to your cart.
Item 1: Bondage Up YoursAdd to your cart.
Zine covering female punks in England in the 1990s and their experiences with sexism.
Author / Publisher: Michelle Liptrot (Active Distribution)
Category: abuse; activism; direct action; feminism; gender equality; gender roles; objectification; physical abuse; punk; relationships; representation of women; sexism; women
Date / Volume: (May 2004)
Publication Place: London, United Kingdom
Item 2: BoobageAdd to your cart.
From author's website: "Autobiographical tale of the trials and tribulations of having teeny tiny boobs."
Acquisition Information: Gift of Jesica Brubaker, 2015.
Author / Publisher: Monica Gallagher (Lipstick Kiss Press)
Category: comics; breasts
Date / Volume: (2007)
Publication Place: Baltimore, MD
Item 3: Book of BlackAdd to your cart.
Minicomic with several strips. Contains the second part of "Just One Reason" a comic about a girl who is released from prison and must adjust to her new freedom.
Author / Publisher: Gabrielle Bell (self-published)
Category: comics; art; freedom; mental illness
Date / Volume: unnumbered (1999)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 4: Book of DaysAdd to your cart.
Personal Zine with diaristic and narrative writings.
Author / Publisher: unknown (FtGround Productions)
Category: driving; personal stories; writing
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 5: Book of the Month ClubAdd to your cart.
An assortment of personal notes, ideas and puzzles used by the author to communicate with friends.
Author / Publisher: Vi Thuc Ha (self-published)
Category: art; crafts; DIY; games; puzzles
Date / Volume: December 2004
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA
Item 6: Book Your Own Fucking LifeAdd to your cart.
Contains information on distributors, music labels, radio, promoters and venues, zines and other outlets and resources for punk/hardcore music all over the world.
Author / Publisher: Collective (Maximum RockNRoll & The Amoeba Collective)
Category: music; punk; record labels; zine distribution; zine distros; zine resources; zines
Date / Volume: #10 (2002)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 7: BookwormAdd to your cart.
Mini-comic by autobiographical-comics artist Colin Upton. In this comic Upton describes his love for books, especially history and military-history books, and how books are a window on humans' more radical and violent behavior.
Author / Publisher: Colin Upton (self-published: Colin Upton Comics)
Category: autobiographical comics; books; history; self-education; war
Date / Volume: (2006?)
Publication Place: Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Item 8: Boom City BullAdd to your cart.
Author / Publisher: J.J. Windthorpe et al. (self-published)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: #1-2 (2004-2005?)
Publication Place: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Item 9: Bops SuckAdd to your cart.
Personal zine written to emphasize how teenage girls are influenced by popular media and are becoming more and more materialistic.
Author / Publisher: Dookie & Wonderbread (self-published)
Category: personal stories; teenagers; women
Date / Volume: #1, #2, #4, #5, Collector's Edition (n.d.)
Publication Place: El Cajon, CA
Item 10: BorderlandsAdd to your cart.
Zine containing personal stories of mixed race individuals and individuals from mixed race families.
Author / Publisher: Nia King, ed. (self-published)
Category: assimilation; interracial adoption; mixed race; personal stories; queer; race; racial identity; racism
Date / Volume: #2 (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 11: Borgia PopesAdd to your cart.
Promotional zine for the band Borgia Popes, with reviews reprinted from other publications, the band's art and photos.
Author / Publisher: (self-published)
Category: bands; music; music reviews
Date / Volume: (1990s)
Publication Place: Highland Heights, KY
Item 12: Born ReadyAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Zhenelle (self-published)
Category: break-ups; heartbreak; personal stories; relationships
Date / Volume: #5 (n.d.)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 13: Bosom EnemiesAdd to your cart.
Author / Publisher: Donna Barr (A Fine Line Press)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: #1-2 (Mar. 2000-Sept. 2001), #4 (Nov. 2004)
Publication Place: Clallam Bay, WA
Item 14: Boston Hardcore & Punk FactsheetAdd to your cart.
Zine featuring interviews on punk culture and music.
Author / Publisher: Chris Wrenn (Bridge Nine Records)
Category: bands; interviews; music; musicians; punk
Date / Volume: Vol. 1 #3 (June 1999), #4 (July 1999), #5 (Aug. 1999), #6 (Sept. 1999), #7 (Oct. 1999), #8 (Nov. 1999), #9 (Dec. 1999)
Publication Place: Boston, MA
Item 15: BP Jr.Add to your cart.
http://zinewiki.com/Dann_Lennard
Acquisition Information: Gift of Jesica Brubaker, 2015.
Author / Publisher: Dann Lennard (self-published)
Categories: comics; wrestling; soccer; celebrities; pornography; personal stories
Date / Volume: #1 (summer 2007/08)
Publication Place: Sydney South, NSW, Australia
Item 16: BrainscanAdd to your cart.
Long-running personal zine of Portland-based Alex Wrekk. Covers her experiences working with Microcosm Publishing, surviving an emotionally abusive relationship, friends and relationships, and living and working in Portland. Issue #29 is a split with No More Coffee #4 and is filed under Brainscan.
Author / Publisher: Alex Wrekk (self-published)
Category: abuse; break-ups; independent media; personal stories; publishing; relationships; surviving abuse
Date / Volume: 2001: An Epilogue (2001), #26 (Nov. 2010), #29 (March 2012), #31 (Spring 2014)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 17: Breakfast Without MeatAdd to your cart.
Includes sticker of a horse's butt.
Author / Publisher: Greg Turkington and Lizzy Kate Gray (self-published)
Category: music reviews; music; interviews; smoking; comics
Date / Volume: #14 (1990)
Publication Place: Santa Fe, NM

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