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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 E1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Earnest in Town & Jack in the CountryAdd to your cart.
Zine by a lesbian teenager who discusses combating homophobia and various forms of discrimination.
Author / Publisher: Maria (self-published)
Category: bisexuality; body hair; coming out; gay; lesbian; music reviews; personal stories; poetry; queer; zines
Date / Volume: (Nov. 1995), (May 1996), and four w/o dates.
Publication Place: Juneau, AK
Item 2: East Village InkyAdd to your cart.
Zine featuring the daily life of a mother of two in Brooklyn, with cartoon illustrations.
Author / Publisher: Ayun Halliday (self-published)
Category: children; comics; family; fathers; motherhood; mothers; parenting; personal stories; women
Date / Volume: #19 (April 2003), #39 (November 2008), #42 (September 2009), #47 (May 2011)
Publication Place: Brooklyn, New York
Item 3: Easy Alcoholic BeveragesAdd to your cart.
Instructions for brewing alcoholic beverages at home.
Author / Publisher: Fermentemptations (self-published)
Category: alcohol; beer; fermentation; homebrewing; wine; winemaking
Date / Volume: (summer 2014)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 4: ECOzineAdd to your cart.
"ECOzine is a biannual journal published by Tree of Knowledge Press as a forum for young scientists, activists, and other folks interested in ecology, conservation biology, the earth sciences, environmental activism, and related topics."
Author / Publisher: Christopher Tracey and Theo Witsell, eds. (Tree of Knowledge Press)
Category: birds; climate change; community gardens; environmental activism; environmental degradation; environmental protection; food; food politics; gardening; genetic engineering; nature; trees
Date / Volume: Vol. 1 #1 (1999?)
Publication Place: Little Rock, AR
Item 5: Edderkoppe Hi FiAdd to your cart.
Artist book with monochrome art and photographs. Edition of 700.
Author / Publisher: Jasper Sebastian Stürup (self-published)
Category: art; art books; drawing; photographs
Date / Volume: (2000)
Publication Place: Copenhagen, Denmark
Item 6: EdictionsAdd to your cart.
Zine featuring contributions and collages discussing eating disorders and body image.
Author / Publisher: collective (Erin Partridge)
Category: anorexia; body image; bulimia; eating disorders; personal stories; women
Date / Volume: #1,3 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA
Item 7: Ego-Death Visits White Boy Some MoreAdd to your cart.
Short, multiple-choice-based minicomic.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Barnard Zine Library, 2016
Author / Publisher: Chris Purcell, Paul Weinman (self-published)
Category: comics; humor; race.
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 8: Elevator MusicAdd to your cart.
Gift of the author. First in "Love Letters to No One" series.
Author / Publisher: Riley Wilson (self-published)
Category: personal stories
Date / Volume: no. 1 (Aug. 2016)
Publication Place: [San Diego, CA]
Item 9: The Elfl TaleAdd to your cart.
Humorous origin stories of holiday traditions.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr
Author / Publisher: Jim and Melody Rondeau (self-published)
Category: christmas; fiction; holidays; short stories
Date / Volume: (2015), (2016), (2017)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 10: Emma GoldmanAdd to your cart.
Zine that features articles on Emma Goldman as well as the author's personal diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Rebekah Buchanan (self-published)
Category: baseball; movie reviews; music; musicians; personal stories; postsecondary education; privilege; race; women; zine resources; zines
Date / Volume: #2 (Sept. 2004)
Publication Place: Philadelphia, PA
Item 11: Empathy VacationAdd to your cart.
Road journal documenting the ill-fated 1994 tour of the punk band Empathy.
Author / Publisher: Empathy (self-published)
Category: band tours; bands; masturbation; punk
Date / Volume: (1994?)
Publication Place: Detroit, MI?
Item 12: Empire: Nozone IXAdd to your cart.
Interpretations of globalization and American imperialism in comics, art, text and collage.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Markel Tumlin, 2015
Author / Publisher: Nicholas Blechman, ed. (Princeton Architectural Press)
Category: american imperialism; art; capitalism; cartoons; comics; consumerism; globalization; left-wing politics; politics; right-wing politics; terrorism; war; war crimes
Date / Volume: Nozone #9 (2004)
Publication Place: New York, NY
Item 13: Empower Yoself Before You Wreck Yoself: Native American Feminist MusingsAdd to your cart.
Zine by two Navajo women meant to foster self-expression and discourse among Native American women and to challenge the patriarchal, white-male status quo. Topics include Native American history, cultural appropriation and Native American themed mascots and personal stories.
Author / Publisher: Melanie Fey and Amber McCrary (self-published)
Category: biographies; feminism; indigenous peoples; Navajo; personal stories; racial identity; racial stereotypes; racism
Date / Volume: Vol. 1 (fall 2014)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 14: End Operation Streamline: Assemblyline Injustice for Corporate ProfitAdd to your cart.
Informational pamphlet about Operation Streamline, a U.S. government initiative that pushes criminal prosecution for those illegally crossing the border.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr
Author / Publisher: (Gloo Factory)
Category: immigration; prisons; social justice
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 15: Endless CanvasAdd to your cart.
Photo zine of street art.
Author / Publisher: Endless Canvas (Endless Canvas)
Category: interviews; photography
Date / Volume: #6 (2011-13)
Publication Place: Oakland, CA
Item 16: Endless PartyAdd to your cart.
Magazine featuring record, concert, and film reviews, as well as an interview with the band The Graces.
Author / Publisher: Chris Amouroux, ed. (Endless Party)
Category: bands; concert reviews; interviews; movie reviews; music; music reviews; punk; rock and roll
Date / Volume: #40 (August 1989)
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA
Item 17: EnnuiAdd to your cart.
Series of black and white photos taken in an office setting.
Author / Publisher: Dongyi Wu (Unity Press)
Category: photography; work
Date / Volume: (2015)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 18: EracismAdd to your cart.
Written by participants at the Santa Barbara Girl's Convention's racism workshop.
Author / Publisher: collective (Revolution Rising Collective)
Category: feminism; immigration; oppression; race; racial stereotypes; racism; women
Date / Volume: (June 1996)
Publication Place: Santa Barbara, CA

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