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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 C1Add to your cart.
Item 1: C. Spinoza's Pacho ClokeyAdd to your cart.
Minicomic. The comic is presented as a lost work by the fictional artist Cesar Spinoza, featuring his character Pacho Clokey. Each panel is accompanied by an explanatory annotaiton by the "editor" Nate Gruenwald.
Author / Publisher: Nate Gruenwald? (Robot Publishing Co.)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (2000)
Publication Place: Pasadena, CA
Item 2: Cab Gets Inked AgainAdd to your cart.
Comics featuring characters from several of Brubaker's strips, drawn for "Inktober" 2017
Author / Publisher: Charles Brubaker (self-published)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (Oct. 2017)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 3: CaffeineAdd to your cart.
Zine with fiction, art and poetry.
Author / Publisher: Robert Cohen (self-published)
Category: art; book reviews; fiction; interviews; music reviews; personal stories; poetry
Date / Volume: #14 (1996)
Publication Place: Woodland Hills, CA
Item 4: CakewalkAdd to your cart.
From the publication's website: "International in scope and coverage, Cakewalk is the award-winning independent magazine for art, music, film and the natural sciences...From lauded academics to underground mavericks, Cakewalk surveys the contemporary art scene from all angles."
Author / Publisher: Steve Anderson; Mari Eastman; Karl Erickson; Gretchen Larseh; Liz Mayer; Joshua Rothkopf (self-published)
Category: art; art school; artists; contemporary art; movies; music; music reviews; television; video art
Date / Volume: #3 (fall 1999)
Publication Place: Chicago, IL
Item 5: A Californian's First Winter in ConnecticutAdd to your cart.
Gift of Kim Schwenk, 2015.
Author / Publisher: Lisa Nowlain (self-published)
Category: comics; humor
Date / Volume: (2014?)
Publication Place: [New Haven, CT?]
Item 6: [Campaign to Play for Keeps]Add to your cart.
Broadsides, letters and collage pieces from anarchist operation Campaign to Play for Keeps.
Author / Publisher: Jason Rodgers (Campaign To Play For Keeps)
Category: anarchism; insurrectionary anarchism; social control; transgender
Date / Volume: (2017)
Publication Place: Albany, N.Y.
Item 7: Can You See the Rainbow From There?Add to your cart.
Minicomic. Three short stories.
Author / Publisher: Tetsunori Tawaraya (self-published)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (March-April 2009)
Publication Place: Tokyo, Japan
Item 8: Can't ComplainAdd to your cart.
Autobiographical minicomic in which Upton describes his negative emotions, loneliness, alienation and sense of failure.
Acquisition Information: Issue #2 gift of Donna Barr, 2016
Author / Publisher: Colin Upton (self-published: Colin Upton Comics)
Category: alienation; anger; autobiographical comics; emotions; fear; loneliness; privilege
Date / Volume: #2 (2015)
Publication Place: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Item 9: CaravanAdd to your cart.
"Stories that take you places."
Author / Publisher: Greg Hatcher; Royal Burnell; Justin Davis; Brandon Hanvey; Duffy Mitchell; Alistair Kennedy; Chris Kohler (Caravan)
Category: comics; humor; fiction; short stories
Date / Volume: #3 (winter 2003)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 10: Carmen White: Selected Visual Works, circa 1996Add to your cart.
Collage zine
Author / Publisher: Carmen White (Bango Mutter)
Category: art
Date / Volume: (1996)
Publication Place: Ojai, CA
Item 11: Cartoon FlophouseAdd to your cart.
Author / Publisher: Michael Aushenker (Original Syndicate Press)
Category: comics; humor
Date / Volume: v.1 (2002)
Publication Place: [Los Angeles, CA?]
Item 12: Cartoonists NorthwestAdd to your cart.
Pamphlet of Cartoonists Northwest, an association of professional and amateur cartoonists. Includes information on the group's membership subscription, monthly meetings and awards ceremonies.
Author / Publisher: (Cartoonists Northwest)
Category: artists; comic resources; comics; drawing comics
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Seattle, WA
Item 13: CascadeAdd to your cart.
"Mini-zine for girls who love to wet their knickers".
Author / Publisher: Caroline Melville-West (self-published)
Category: fetishes; masturbation; orgasms; personal stories; poetry; sex; women; youth sexuality
Date / Volume: #1-5 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Essex, UK

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