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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 D3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Diminutive RageAdd to your cart.
Zine with music reviews and interviews.
Author / Publisher: Saira (self-published)
Category: bands; gentrification; identity politics; interviews; music; personal stories; poverty; punk
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 2: DirtheadsAdd to your cart.
Minicomic about a group of friends hanging out and dating, while some question their gender identity and sexual orientation.
Author / Publisher: Tara Avery (Stacked Deck Press)
Category: bisexuality; comics; gay; gender; relationships; transgender; transsexual
Date / Volume: #6 (2009)
Publication Place: Dana Point, CA
Item 3: Dirty LaundryAdd to your cart.
A sketchbook journal containing multiple minicomics following the same character.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr, 2017
Author / Publisher: Steven Reddy
Category: comics; sketching
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Seattle, WA
Item 4: Dirty PlotteAdd to your cart.
Comics by the author. "A very long and sad 'nobody love(s) me' kind of story based on a true dream I had one cold december night; a glimpse on my new solitary life in the desert and the conclusion of Monkey and the Living Dead."
Author / Publisher: Julie Doucet (Drawn and Quarterly)
Category: comics; dreams; humor
Date / Volume: #5 (May 1992)
Publication Place: Montreal
Item 5: Dirty TricksAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with much reflection on the author's emotional life, with some words on queer and underground culture.
Author / Publisher: Tommy (self-published)
Category: anger; alienation; emotions; friends; personal stories; queer
Date / Volume: #2 (Sept. 1997-March 1998)
Publication Place: Sheperd's Bush, London
Item 6: DisarmAdd to your cart.
Zine with an emphasis on feminism and women.
Author / Publisher: Kristin Hultgren (self-published)
Category: activism; art; artists; feminism; gay; gender; gender identity;  gender politics; gender roles; oppression; poetry; politics; privilege; pro-choice movement; reproductive rights; sex; sex education; sexism; socialism; women
Date / Volume: n.d.
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 7: DisheveledAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Roxanne Marie Carter (Persephassa Small Press)
Category: personal stories
Date / Volume: (Sept. 2000-Jan. 2004)
Publication Place: Providence, RI
Item 8: DishwasherAdd to your cart.
The author's accounts of washing dishes in all 50 states.
Author / Publisher: Dishwasher Pete (self-published)
Category: personal stories; work
Date / volume: #7/8 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Arcata, CA
Item 9: DissimulatoAdd to your cart.
One-off minicomic about a mole who awaits a mysterious companion in a diner.
Author / Publisher: story: Christopher Sawyer; art; Sarah Parr (self-published: Ayce Comics)
Category: animals; comics
Date / Volume: (2003)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 10: DistraitAdd to your cart.
Zine featuring poetry and creative writing, including several anagrammatic poems. Also contains some illustrations.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Dan Hager, 2013
Author / Publisher: Philip Meilleur and Travis Sears
Category: art; drawing; poetry
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 11: Dixie CupAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Oona (self-published)
Category: abortion; book reviews; break-ups; depression; loneliness; movie reviews; personal stories; public transit; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #1 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Austin, TX
Item 12: D.I.Y. DoulaAdd to your cart.
A zine giving self-care advice for before, during and after an abortion.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Kim Schwenk, 2017
Author / Publisher: The Doula Project: Various Authors (Eberhardt Press)
Category: abortion; pro-choice movement; self-help
Date / Volume: #1 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 13: DIY in PDXAdd to your cart.
A submission-based collaboration showcasing some of the DIY community in Portland, Oregon.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Kim Schwenk, 2017
Author / Publisher: Compiled by Iris Porter (TCS Press)
Category: DIY
Date / Volume: (2003)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 14: D.I.Y. : Make Zines, Make HistoryAdd to your cart.
2 zines: 1 composed of pages made by individuals at workshop during women's history month, 1 to accompany workshop.
Author / Publisher: collective (Grrrl Zines A Go-Go)
Category: activism; DIY; feminism; women; workshops; zine distros; zine distribution; zine history; zine resources; zine-making; zines
Date / Volume: (March 16, 2005)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 15: Do As I Say, Not As I DoAdd to your cart.
Personal narratives about family behavior.
Author / Publisher: Kelly Shortandqueer
Category: coming out; family; gay; personal stories; queer; queer families; racism; sexism; sizeism
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Denver, CO
Item 16: Doctor Who Fanzines @ the University of IowaAdd to your cart.
Guide to Doctor Who related materials in the University of Iowa's Special Collections.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Kim Schwenk, 2015.
Author / Publisher: Laura Hampton (self-published: U of Iowa Special Collections Department)
Category: science fiction; zine libraries; zine resources; zines
Date / Volume: (2015)
Publication Place: Iowa City, IA
Item 17: "Does Magna Carta mean nothing to you? Did she die in vain?"Add to your cart.
Poems about the Magna Carta including its creation as well as the war surrounding it.
Author / Publisher: Cardinal Cox (Starburker Publications)
Category: poetry; history
Date / Volume: (2015)
Publication Place: Peterborough, England
Item 18: Dog Dayz Add to your cart.
Collaborative, personal zine about rape, sexual abuse, and healing from past truama. The zine is an excerpt originally printed in Slug and Lettuce.
Author / Publisher: (Fly!)
Category: personal stories; rape; surviving abuse
Date / Volume: (2005)
Publication Place: New York City, NY

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