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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 C2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Catalonia CallingAdd to your cart.
Poems about historical events in Spain from 1911 to the late 1930's.
Author / Publisher: Cardinal Cox (Starburker Publications)
Category: poetry; history
Date / Volume: (2017)
Publication Place: Peterborough, England
Item 2: CatherinetteAdd to your cart.
Zine about modern-day spinsterhood.
Author / Publisher: "Red Velvet" and "Severity Chaste" (self-published)
Category: dating; fashion; flirting; gender; gender identity; gender roles; personal stories; sex; sexual relationships; women; women's history
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 3: Cat-stronauts in SpaceAdd to your cart.
3rd printing. Gift of Joan Goodwin, 2016.
Author / Publisher: Drew Brockington (self-published)
Category: comics; humor; cats
Date / Volume: (2014)
Publication Place: [Minneapolis, MN?]
Item 4: Caught in FluxAdd to your cart.
Music zine with reviews and interviews by multiple contributors.
Author / Publisher: Mike Appelstein (self-published)
Category: bands; high school; interviews; music; music reviews; musicians; personal stories; zine resources; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #3 (Sept. 1994), #4 (summer 1995), #5 (spring 1996)
Publication Place: New York, NY
Item 5: Cause & EffectAdd to your cart.
"...to chronicle the human condition, operating from the assumption that society, as we know it, including art and literature, is undergoing a profound metamorphosis."
Author / Publication: Ben Biesek (self-published)
Category: art; fiction; photography; poetry; short stories; writing
Date / Volume: Issue #3 Vol. 2 #1 (Jan. 2008)
Publication Place: San Luis Obispo, CA
Item 6: Caution ChildrenAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with mini essays and drawings. Subjects include childhood reminiscences and carnivorous plants
Author / Publisher: Jen King (self-published)
Category: childhood; gardening; personal stories; plants; comics
Date / Volume: # 0.5 (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 7: CeasefireAdd to your cart.
"Israel August 12-17, 2006"
Author / Publisher: Miriam Libicki (Real Gone Girl Studios)
Category: comics; military; violence; war
Date / Volume: (2006?)
Publication Place: comics; military; violence; war
Item 8: Celebrity-Themed FanzineAdd to your cart.
Stories and poetry on the themes of celebrity, fame and show business. Also includes loose art objects including a postcard, a button, a CD and illustrated cards of celebrity profiles. This zine was produced in an edition of 100.
Author / Publisher: Darin Klein, ed. (self-published)
Category: celebrities; fiction; poetry; short stories
Date / Volume: (Feb. 2004)
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA?
Item 9: A Century of Moon Phases 2001-2100Add to your cart.
Tables of the phases of the moon for the entire 21st century.
Author / Publisher: Sage Liskey (Rad Cat Press)
Category: astronomy; moon
Date / Volume: (2016)
Publication Place: Oregon
Item 10: C'est La VieAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings and zine reviews. See also "Killing The Queen".
Author / Publisher: Christina Alicia (self-published)
Category: music; personal stories; relationships; sex; song lyrics; travel; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #1 (1994)-#8 (1995)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 11: Champions of HellAdd to your cart.
Minicomic. Set in the year 2013, Satan has defeated God in battle and brought about the apocalypse. Sam Hain, tasked with creamating the bodies of the deceased, is forced to sell his soul and join Satan's army, but having gained immortality, he soon rebels.
Author / Publisher: Ira Hunter, story; Robin Thompson, artwork (self-published: Hunter-Thompson Unlimited)
Category: comics; horror
Date / Volume: #1 (2000), #2 (2001)
Publication Place: Victoria, B.C., Canada

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