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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 D4Add to your cart.
Item 1: DogbiteAdd to your cart.
Creative writing by the author, including a short story, an essay on organized religion, poetry, and a short play.
Author / Publisher: T.E. Lutzenberger (The Javaman Press)
Category: poetry; religion; short stories; writing
Date / Volume: (April 1993)
Publication Place: Benicia, CA
Item 2: Dogma FightAdd to your cart.
Minicomic. Gregory and Arnorsson trade of taking shots at each other's characters in this collaborative effort, an offshoot of Donna Barr's Barr Wars.
Author / Publisher: Kjartan Arnorsson; Roberta Gregory (Roberta Gregory)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (1989)
Publication Place: Seattle, WA
Item 3: DogrrrlAdd to your cart.
A personal zine with commentaries on various places from the author's childhood in New Hampshire.
Author / Publisher: Margaret Nee (Grrrl Zines A Go-Go)
Category: dogs; home; personal stories; photography; swimming; women
Date / Volume: #1 (Oct. 2003), #3 (Oct. 2004)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 4: Dogwood and Cherry ClubAdd to your cart.
"Second version of the D + C Handbook." Featuring a club manifesto, some personal thoughts on the 1990s, and a song that doubles as a curry recipe.
Author / Publisher: Dan Hager (self-published)
Category: humor; music; satire; recipes
Date / Volume: (January 10, 2007)
Publication Place: North Carolina
Item 5: Do-it-yourself SilkscreeningAdd to your cart.
Minicomic guide to screen printing. This title is #5 in John Isaacson's Cartoon Animal Channels series.
Author / Publisher: John Isaacson (self-published)
Category: comics; DIY; screenprinting
Date / Volume: (2004)
Publication Place: Berkeley, CA
Item 6: Domestic AbuseAdd to your cart.
Minicomic that juxtaposes domestic objects with droll remarks on what they are thinking and doing.
Author / Publisher: Jeremy Lambros (self-published)
Category: comics; found objects; humor
Date / Volume: unnumbered (2004), unnumbered  (2004), unnumbered (2006)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 7: don71ookAdd to your cart.
Sketchbook documenting the artist's travels.
Author / Publisher: Vezun (self-published)
Category: drawing; travel
Date / Volume: (2006)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 8: Don't Believe Liars and MurderersAdd to your cart.
Zine discussing the negative effects of a "bad government" and its untrustworthiness.
Author / Publisher: Anthony Rayson (South Chicago ABC Zine Distro)
Category: fascism; media critique; police states; politics; oppression; power relations; prisons; race; social control; television; violence; war; white privilege
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Homewood, IL
Item 9: Don't BlinkAdd to your cart.
Photographic self portraits juxtaposed with brief phrases.
Author / Publisher: Margarat Nee
Category: photographs; writing
Date/ Volume: Jazz Shack TeaBag #7 (2002)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 10: Don't CryAdd to your cart.
Author / Publisher: Lance Christian Hansen (KettleDrummer Books)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (2006)
Publication Place: Philadelphia, PA
Item 11: Doody-Face ManAdd to your cart.
Mini-comic about the eponymous character, who laments the current state of the world and politics.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Dan Hager, 2004.
Author / Publisher: unknown (self-published)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 12: DorisAdd to your cart.
Long-running personal zine. The author's autobiographical writings chronicle her quest for self-discovery and meaning through her experiences as a punk, primitivist and survivor of abuse.
Acquisition Information: Issue #30 gift of Barnard Library, 2017. Issue #20 gift of Barnard Library, 2018
Author / Publisher: Cindy Crabb (self-published; Microcosm Publishing)
Category: abortion; alternative menstrual products; anarcho-primitivism; anti-civilization; coping methods; depression; herbal remedies; hitchhiking; love; anti-depressants; menstruation; personal stories; prisons; pro-choice movement; radical politics; travel; women; women in prison; women's health
Date / Volume: #14 (n.d.), #15 (n.d.), #18 (n.d.), #19 (2002), #20 (winter 2002), #23 (n.d.), #24 (spring 2007), #30 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Asheville, NC
Item 13: Double Bill Add to your cart.
A fanzine partly devoted to William Conrad and partly to the critical reappraisal of Wiliam S. Burroughs within the gay and lesbian community.
Author / Publisher: Jena Von Brucker, G.B. Jones, Johnny Noxema, Caroline Azar, Rex (Bitch Nation)
Category: celebrities; comics; gay; HIV/AIDS; lesbian; media critique
Date / Volume: #1 (1991), #2, #4 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Toronto, Canada
Item 14: The Double RoomAdd to your cart.
Minicomic adaptation of Charles Baudelaire's prose poem "The Double Room."
Author / Publisher: Adam Burkhart (self-published: SDSU Zine and DIY Culture Club)
Category: cartoons; comics
Date / Volume: (Sept. 2016)
Publication Place: San Diego
Item 15: Dr. Holman's WarAdd to your cart.
Collection of photos taken by Dr. Holman during his time as a surgeon in a Korean prisoner of war camp from 1952-1954.
Author / Publisher: Justin Zimmerman (Bricker-Down Productions)
Category: photography; war
Date / Volume: (2011)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 16: Dr. ReadyAdd to your cart.
Spiral-bound minicomic with pen-and-ink drawings of the characters "Agent Slack," "Bolohead," and "Ladygrass," accompanied by captions. Previously published as "Storylines" in 2002.
Author / Publisher: Curtis Broadway (self-published)
Category: comics; drawing
Date / Volume: #1 (2003)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 17: Draft NOticesAdd to your cart.
Pamphlet regarding American imperialism, militarism, the weapons trade, and ending the military draft.
Author / Publisher: Commitee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft (self-published)
Category: American imperialism; arms industry; military; military recruitment; war; weapons trade; women's rights
Date / Volume: vol. 37, no. 1 (January-March 2016)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 18: The DramaAdd to your cart.
"The true love issue." Zine with graphic arts, illustraions, painting, photography, and different art media.
Author / Publisher: Joel Speasmaker (The Drama HQ)
Category: art; artists; drawing; comics; interviews; love; photography; relationships
Date / Volume: #3 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Richmond, VA
Item 19: A Dream Dies With Great ViolenceAdd to your cart.
"A Dada performance in a zine." Six illustrated panels with narrative writing.
Author / Publisher: Kathleen Kralowee (self-published)
Category: art; comics; drawing; dreams;
Date / Volume: (July 2003)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 20: Dream WhipAdd to your cart.
A zine about the feelings and emotions brought about by travelling.
Author / Publisher: Bill Brown (Microcosm Publishing)
Category: airplane travel; bus travel; comics; emotions; personal stories; road trips; train travel; travel; travel stories; veganism
Date / Volume: #14 (2006)
Publication Place: Lubbock, TX

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