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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 Zine Library in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Use the following link to see this list:  http://anchorarchive.org/sites/default/files/2018-12/Zine%20thesaurus%202013-10.pdf

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 F4Add to your cart.
Item 1: Flip SideAdd to your cart.
1980's Los Angeles punk fanzine.
Author / Publisher: Al Kowalewski and Hudley Flipside
Category: bands; comics; interviews; music; music reviews; musicians; punk; rock and roll
Date / Volume: #21 (n.d.), #23 (Jan./Feb. 1981), #25 (n.d.), #26 Greatest Hits Volume (summer 1977-1979)
Publication Place: Whittier, CA
Item 2: The Floating Bear ZineAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with Jenny's criticisms of the punk scene, complaints about her step father and family life, and story of sexual abuse.
Author / Publisher: Jenny (self-published)
Category: family; personal stories; punk; rape; sexual abuse
Date / Volume: #4 (n.d.); #4.5 (May 1996)
Publication Place: Kalamazoo, MI
Item 3: FlushAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings. Also features articles on the underground music scene.
Author / Publisher: Skunk (self-published)
Category: art spaces; concert reviews; fashion; interviews; music; music reviews; personal stories; poetry; punk; riot grrrl; social centers; straight edge; vegan cooking; veganism; vegetarian cooking; vegetarianism
Date / Volume: #5-8, 10 (n.d.)
Publication Place: North Vancouver, Canada
Item 4: FlypaperAdd to your cart.
Reprints of flyer and poster art.
Author / Publisher: (self-published)
Category: art; artists; bands; drawing
Date / Volume: #6 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Alpena, MI
Item 5: The Fool SaysAdd to your cart.
Mini-comic about a college student who loses his christian faith.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Dan Hager, 2011.
Author / Publisher: Zachary Finger (self-published)
Category: christianity; comics; religion
Date / Volume: (2008)
Publication Place: Tucson, AZ
Item 6: Football DadAdd to your cart.
Full-size alternative comic. In this homoerotic and violent comic, Gold Ross, driven by his sadistic father and his own masochistic feelings, is determined to succeed in the high school football tryouts.
Author / Publisher: Marky Starr: script; Mack White: art (self-published)
Category: comics; domestic violence; fathers; sports
Date / Volume: (2000s)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 7: Found: sweet broken beautiful. Add to your cart.
Verses on sheets with spaces for recipients to contribute and pass on to others.
Author / Publisher: Alexis Pauline Grumbs (brokenbeautiful Press)
Category: art; experimental poetry; exquisite corpse; mail art; poetry
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: New York, NY
Item 8: Fragile GravityAdd to your cart.
Selections from serial webcomic Fragile Gravity.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr, 2018
Author / Publisher: Barb Fischer, story; Chris Impink, art (self-published: Unseen Productions)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (2007)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 9: Fran an' MaablAdd to your cart.
Minicomic. The misadventures of two friends. The title characters are anthropomorphic animals.
Author / Publisher: Ed Zolna (Edward Zolna Inc.)
Category: comics; humor
Date / Volume: #2 (1988)
Publication Place: Roslyn, PA
Item 10: Fran MagazineAdd to your cart.
Art, culture and music zine.
Author / Publisher: Sam Kuhlmann and Andrew Hume, eds. (self-published)
Category: animals; artists; break-ups; cultural criticism; humor; interviews; movies; music; music reviews; personal stories; satire; slavery
Date / Volume: v.1 #2 (Jan./Feb. 2003)
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA
Item 11: Frank, Joe & PhilAdd to your cart.
Minicomic about three brothers making mischief at school. Drawn in a childlike manner with stick figure characters.
Author / Publisher: unknown (self-published: Narcolepsy Press)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: #1 (2006)
Publication Place: Anaheim, CA
Item 12: Freaks N SqueeksAdd to your cart.
Modern teenage mice. "First Year Fantastic Fun Fall Special 2003!"
Author / Publisher: Patric Lewandowski (self-published)
Category: comics; humor; cartoons
Date / Volume: (2003)
Publisher Place: Foley, MN

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