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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 F2Add to your cart.
Item 1: FahrenheitAdd to your cart.
Music and art weekly, with listings of concerts and events.
Author / Publisher: Adam Gnade, ed. (Patrick Glynn)
Category: art; interviews; movie reviews; movies; music; music reviews; theater
Date / Volume: v.1 #8 (July 2003), 21-22 (Oct. 2003)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 2: Fallopian FalafelAdd to your cart.
Feminist zine based in Jerusalem.
Author / Publisher: Hadass S. Ben-Ari, ed. (Daily H Publications)
Category: abuse; feminism; interviews; physical abuse; poetry; rape; riot grrrl; violence; women
Date / Volume: #16 (2011)
Publication Place: Jerusalem
Item 3: Falls From Above Add to your cart.
Minicomic. A giant bird is carrying a city on its back so that the people can escape the winter, until the failure of one of the inhabitants to observe the rituals leads to disaster.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr, 2015
Author / Publisher: Christopher Green (self-published)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (2014)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 4: Famous Bus RidesAdd to your cart.
Minicomic chronicling Upton's experiences riding public transportation.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr, 2016
Author / Publisher: Colin Upton (self-published: Colin Upton Comics)
Category: autobiographical comics; public transit
Date / Volume: #7-8 (2015)
Publication Place: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Item 5: Farm PulpAdd to your cart.
Graphic-design heavy zine with an aesthetic drawn from advertising and pop culture, juxtaposed by fiction that satirizes the banality of modern life.
Author / Publisher: Gregory Hischak (self-published)
Category: humor; satire; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #20 (Feb./March 1994), 25 (July/Aug. 1995)
Publication Place: Seattle, WA
Item 6: Fashion Library Memor Zine: Not Just About the Cardigans and SpectaclesAdd to your cart.
"London College of Fashion libary staff share memories of much loved garments with stories, illustrations and photos..."
Author / Publisher: Justyna Burzynska, ed. (London College of Fashion Library Special Collections)
Category: fashion
Date / Volume: (July 2017)
Publication Place: London
Item 7: Fast FashionAdd to your cart.
Minicomic about an artist named Jaime and his friends Kholie, a militant vegan, and Chansley, an apathetic young woman.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Dan Hager.
Author / Publisher: Priss Keeler (self-published)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: #5 (2004)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 8: Fatty Fatty 2x4: Social Commentary By a Queer Fat ChickAdd to your cart.
Musings and rants on advertising, society, and diet culture.
Author / Publisher: Denise Renfrow (self-published)
Category: body image; fat acceptance; queer; representations of women
Date / Volume: (2003)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 9: Fear of InfamyAdd to your cart.
Collection of short (fictional?) stories.
Author / Publisher: Joanna Gorman (Budget Press)
Category: fiction; literature; short stories
Date/ Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 10: Feathers Like LeatherAdd to your cart.
Collection of creative writing and poetry from the author. Second Edition, Limited to 500 copies.
Author / Publisher: Chris Leo (Heartworm Press)
Category: personal stories; poetry; short stories; writing
Date / volume: Heartworm #27
Publication Place: Philadelphia, PA
Item 11: Feel Good About Your BodyAdd to your cart.
Fanzine with an emphasis on indie, twee and alternative rock.
Acquisition Information: Donated by the Barnard Zine Library, 2015
Author / Publisher: Tim (self-published)
Category: interviews; music reviews; personal stories; zine reviews
Date / Volume: #2 (1991?)
Publication Place: Ann Arbor, MI
Item 12: Feminine VengeanceAdd to your cart.
"An agitated 'Girly Girl's' response to the world"; personal zine with diaristic witings.
Author / Publisher: Sapphira Sayre (self-published)
Category: criticism; feminism; music; personal stories; poetry; sexism
Date / Volume: #1 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Canada
Item 13: Feminist BaseballAdd to your cart.
Music zine with reviews and interviews.
Author / Publisher: Jeff Smith (self-published)
Category: bands; book reviews; criticism; fiction; interviews; music; music reviews; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #12 (winter 1993/1994), 13 (summer/fall 94), 14 (spring/summer 1995)
Publication Place: Seattle, WA
Item 14: Feminist Zine Fest NYC (FZF) 2017Add to your cart.
Informational minizine with list of tablers. Gift of Kim Schwenk, 2017.
Author / Publisher: Feminist Zine Fest NYC (self-published)
Categories: zine fairs; zine-making; zines
Date / Volume: (2017)
Publication Place: [New York, NY?]

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