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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 C4Add to your cart.
Item 1: ChumpireAdd to your cart.
Zine with music reviews and information, interviews as well as information on other zines.
Author / Publisher: unknown (self-published)
Category: bands; concert reviews; concerts; music; music reviews; punk; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #136 (2000), #137 (2001), #173, #176-178, #180, #182-184, #188
Publication Place: Conneaut Lake, PA
Item 2: The C.I.A. Makes Science Fiction UnexcitingAdd to your cart.
Zine featuring articles on how the government manipulates our freedoms.
Author / Publisher: Gena Mason (Microcosm Publishing)
Category: american imperialism; law; legal rights; military; privacy; surveillance; terrorism
Date / Volume: #3 (Feb. 2005), #4 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 3: Cien Fuegos Add to your cart.
Personal zine by a middle-school teacher determined to preserve her idealism. Articles are mostly political and often deal with various forms of oppression such as sexism, classism and ableism.
Author / Publisher: Sara Falls (self-published)
Category: art; books; education; mental health; personal stories; politics; prisons; sexual assault; socialization; teaching; violence
Date / Volume: (2000s)
Publication Place: San Mateo, CA
Item 4: Cinnamon StickeAdd to your cart.
"For granola girls and enlightened boys."
Author / Publisher: Chelsea Spear (Trauma Chick Productions)
Category: bands; comics; feminism; music; music reviews; musicians; women; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #1 (1996)
Publication Place: Watertown, MA
Item 5: Circle HillsAdd to your cart.
Zine containing eight brief teleplays. "These are the everyday occurences that take place in Circle Hills."
Acquisition Information: Gift of Dan Hager, 2013
Author / Publisher: Benjamin Castle (Pop Eighty Creations)
Category: fiction; short stories
Date / Volume: (2013)
Publication Place: Minneapolis, MN
Item 6: Cite This ZineAdd to your cart.
A guide to creating zine citations in MLA, APA and Chicago Manual of Style formats. This "second edition" is based on "Cite this Zine" by the Zine Intern, 2006.
Author / Publisher: Katie Giari (self-published)
Category: zine libraries; zines; zine resources
Date / Volume: (2009)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 7: CityAdd to your cart.
Mini-comic about a strange desert creature that gets picked up by a huge wind one day and dropped in a city. After days of begging and living in squalor, it makes a final attempt to escape.
Author / Publisher: J. Jerimiah Kelly (self-published)
Category: cities; comics
Date / Volume: (2001)
Publication Place: Lakewood, OH
Item 8: Clabber GirlAdd to your cart.
Zine with montage of images and text.
Author / Publisher: unknown (self-published)
Category: art
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Rohnert Park, CA
Item 9: ClamorAdd to your cart.
"...A media outlet that reflects the reality of alternative politics and culture in a format that is accessible to people from a variety of backgrounds."
Author / Publisher: Jen Angel & Jason Kucsma (Become The Media)
Category: anarchism; anti-globalization; anti-racist action; art; artists; car culture; direct action; drugs; economics; gender; interviews; left-wing politics; love; music; music reviews; politics; racism; sex; sex toys; theater; travel stories
Date / Volume: #3 (June/July 2000); #24 (Jan./Feb. 2004)
Publication Place: Toledo, OH
Item 10: Clang Bang ClangAdd to your cart.
A zine dedicated entirely to Charles Manson.
Author / Publisher: Robert Lawson (self-published)
Category: book reviews; music reviews; comics; movie reviews
Date / Volume: #4 (1997)
Publication Place: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Item 11: ClaudiaAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Ceci (self-published)
Category: bisexuality; coming out; lesbian; personal stories; sex; youth sexuality
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 12: Clip TartAdd to your cart.
Collective zine that compiles artwork and writings from many artists to add to a central theme. "This issue of Clip Tart is dedicated to the gods and monsters that populate the unknown, or more accurately, the strange, personal symbols we use to represent them."
Author / Publisher: Susan Boren (self-published)
Category: art; dreams; literature; music reviews; poetry; zine reviews
Date / Volume: #3 (2006)
Publication Place: Austin, TX
Item 13: ClunkerAdd to your cart.
Personal zine. Issue #4 is a split with White Bread #15. Filed under White Bread.
Author / Publisher: Todd Stosuy (self-published)
Category: depression; interviews; music; personal stories
Date / Volume: #4 (n.d.)
Publication Place: New Brunswick, NJ
Item 14: CoinAdd to your cart.
Wordless comic about the journey of a man after he is given a coin
Author / Publisher: Mark Stafford (self-published / hocus baloney books)
Category: comics; humor; sailing
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 15: Cold as IceAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Dan Hager
Author / Publisher: MK Reed (self-published)
Category: personal stories; work
Date / Volume: (May 2003)
Publication Place: Syracuse, NY
Item 16: The Cold SpellAdd to your cart.
"Potions and remedies for Winter."
Author / Publisher: Suzanne Lindgren (Pioneers Press)
Category: alternative medicine; herbalism
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 17: Colin CthuluAdd to your cart.
Minicomic. Upton's take on H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulu stories. True to Upton's autobiographical style, Cthulu psychically projects itself in the guise of a small press cartoonist living in Vancouver.
Acquisition Information: Issues #1-5 gift of Donna Barr, 2016
Author / Publisher: Colin Upton (self-published: Colin Upton Comics)
Category: autobiographical comics; comics; humor; monsters
Date / Volulme: #1-5 (2015)
Publication Place: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Item 18: Colin Upton CatalogAdd to your cart.
Single page catalog detailing Upton's various comics.
Author / Publisher: Colin Upton (self-published)
Category: art; comics
Date / Volume: (Oct. 1986)
Publication Place: Vancouver, B.C.
Item 19: Colin Upton ComicsAdd to your cart.
Mini-comic by autobiographical-comics artist Colin Upton. The issues of this serialized title feature self-portraits of Upton, who sometimes presents himself in military uniform or humorously costumed as, for instance, a cheerleader.
Author / Publisher: Colin Upton (self-published: Colin Upton Comics)
Category: autobiographical comics; portraits
Date / Volume: #1 "Self Portraits from Word Under the Street, '04" (2004); #3 (2006?); #4 (2006)
Publication Place: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Item 20: Colin's ComicsAdd to your cart.
Collected comics strips of autobiographical-comics artist Colin Upton, which originally appeared in the Vancouver Review, Seattle Weekly, The Drippy Gazette and Cartoon Party. Also includes previously unpublished comics.
Author / Publisher: Colin Upton (self-published)
Category: autobiographical comics
Date / Volume: Vol. 2 (1992-2002)
Publication Place: Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Item 21: Colonization and DecolonizationAdd to your cart.
Informational and educational zine on the history of colonialism around the world and decolonization within North America.
Author / Publisher: Zig-Zag (Warrior Publications)
Category: American imperialism; colonialism; colonial resistance; decolonization; indigenous peoples; land rights; power relations; racial identity; resistance
Date / Volume: (Summer 2006)
Publication Place: Vancouver, BC
Item 22: Color Lil' KimAdd to your cart.
A mini coloring book featuring American rap artist, Lil' Kim.
Author / Publisher: unknown (self-published)
Category: art; drawing; music
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA
Item 23: Colour of ShadowAdd to your cart.
Zine that features photography of street graffiti art.
Author / Publisher: unknown (Last Gasp)
Category: art; graffiti; photography
Date / Volume: #3.5 (2004)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 24: Combo PackAdd to your cart.
"L'Année 1977-1978 de la Science-Fiction et du Fantastique"
Author / Publisher: Chris Capuozzo (Chris Capuozzo Associes)
Category: comics; science fiction
Date / Volume: #2 (2003)
Publication Place: [New York, NY?]
Item 25: Come Sail Away: A Book of PoetryAdd to your cart.
Poetry about religion, politics, social issues.
Author / Publisher: Shannon Colebank (Whizzbanger Productions)
Category: anti-capitalism; authority; capitalism; collectives; poetry; police states; politics; power relations; religion; social control; socialism; worker's collectives
Date / Volume: (2002)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 26: Comet MagazineAdd to your cart.
A magazine on art, writing, and activism.
Author / Publisher: Maw Shein Win (self-published)
Category: activism; activist art; art; art spaces; feminism; fiction; interviews; media critique; music; poetry; politics; radical politics; women; writing
Date / Volume: Vol. 4 #1 (2003)
Publication Place: Berkeley, CA

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