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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 F3Add to your cart.
Item 1: FernAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings. Issue #5 is a split with Status and Conformity #3 and is filed under Fern.
Author / Publisher: Kim Fern (self-published)
Category: incest; personal stories; punk; rape; relationships; riot grrrl; sexual abuse; women
Date / Volume: #1 (spring 1993), #3 (July 1993), #5 (n.d.), #6 (n.d.), #7 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Normal, IL
Item 2: Festive DesperationAdd to your cart.
Illustrated zine with drawings and text.
Author / Publisher: W. Honath
Category: art; drawing
Date / Volume: #1 (1987)
Publication Place: Pittsburgh, PA
Item 3: Fifty Ninth StreetAdd to your cart.
Personal zine. In issue #3, Tim describes his sudden descent into feelings of anxiety and insecurity and his slow attempt at recovery.
Author / Publisher: Tim Elder (self-published)
Category: anxiety; emotions; fear; panic attacks; personal stories; therapy
Date / Volume: #3 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Berkeley, CA
Item 4: Fighting Back: Self Defense for Women and GirlAdd to your cart.
Single-page zine with self-defense tips for women.
Author / Publisher: unknown
Category: safety; self-defense
Date / Volume: unknown
Publication Place: unknown
Item 5: Figure 8Add to your cart.
Zine with emphasis on women, feminism and body image.
Author / Publisher: Krissy Durden (Ponyboy Press)
Category: activism; body image; body politics; fat acceptance; interviews; media critique; sizeism; yoga; zine resources; zines
Date / Volume: #1 (July 2001), #3 (2005)
Place of Publication: Santa Cruz, CA
Item 6: A Fine MessAdd to your cart.
Compilation of comics by Matt Madden.
Author / Publisher: Matt Madden (Alternative Comics)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: #1 (2002)
Publication Place: Gainesville, FL
Item 7: Fire Down BelowAdd to your cart.
Describes the negative effects of tampons on women's health and the environment and includes a guide to alternative menstrual products as well as a "how-to" guide to making a reusable sanitary pad.
Author / Publisher: Erin Tobey (self-published)
Category: alternative menstrual products; menstruation; tampons; women's health; zines
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Bloomington, IN
Item 8: FirstAdd to your cart.
"Sequential Noise Experiment." Graphic art zine with comics.
Author / Publisher: Ry Fyan (Publik)
Category: art; comics; drawing
Date / Volume: Program One (1998)
Place of Publication: Los Angeles, CA
Item 9: Fish I Have LovedAdd to your cart.
Stories from the author's life in which pet fish figure as a focal point and object of reflection.
Author / Publisher: Vermicious Knid (self-published)
Category: break-ups; death; parenting; personal stories
Date / Volume: #2 (2016)
Publication Place: Anchorage, AK
Item 10: FizAdd to your cart.
Alternative music zine with reviews and interviews.
Author / Publisher: Wendy McConnell, ed. (WendyMcConnell and Cathy Rundell)
Category: bands; comics; interviews; music; music reviews; musicians
Date / Volume: #9 (Nov./Dec. 1993), #11 (April/May 1994), #13 (Sept./Oct.1994)
Place of Publication: Portland, OR
Item 11: FlashpointAdd to your cart.
Thematic issues covering religion, gender identity issues, AIDS, and ethics, often written in a polemic tone and given to a conspiractorial or revisitonist slant.
Author / Publisher: Shannon Colebank (self-published: Whizzbanger Productions)
Category: anti-depressants; chistianity; feminism; gender; gender equality; gender identity; gender roles; health; health care; masculinity; masturbation; medical system; HIV/AIDS; politics; psychiatric drugs; religion; sex; transgender
Date / Volume: #1 (Aug. 1995), #2 (March 1996), #3 (Jan. 2000), #4 (2003?)
Publication Place: Portland, OR

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