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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 G3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Ghost HouseAdd to your cart.
Collaborative zine with art, poetry and stories.
Acquisition Information: Issue #4 gift of Barnard Zine Library, 2018
Author / Publisher: various contributors (self-published)
Category: art; photographs; poetry; short stories
Date / Volume: #4 (spring 2012)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 2: Ghost Pine FanzineAdd to your cart.
From the author's website: "From his youth in suburban Ottawa in the late 1990s, to travels across Canada and North America and his current home in Montreal, Miller's stories are equal measures funny and sad, nostalgic and unsentimental, punk rock and grandparents."
Author / Publisher: Jeff Miller (self-published)
Category: personal stories; travel stories
Date / Volume: #6 (Sept. 2001)
Publication Place: Nepean, Ontario, Canada
Item 3: Giant RobotAdd to your cart.
"From movie stars, musicians, and skateboarders to toys, technology, and history, Giant Robot magazine covers cool aspects of Asian and Asian-American pop culture."
Author / Publisher: Eric Nakamura and Martin Wong (Giant Robot)
Category: anime; artists; book reviews; comics; film; humor; interviews; movie reviews; movies; music; music reviews; musicians; pornography; sex; wrestling
Date / Volume: #6, (1996), #25 (summer 2002)
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA
Item 4: A GirlAdd to your cart.
"This zine is my connection with you." Personal zine with diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Andrea (self-published)
Category: emotions; personal stories; relationships
Date / Volume: #1 (Feb. 1995), #2 (1990s)
Publication Place: North Vancouver, Canada
Item 5: Girl Blue Add to your cart.
Compilation of the author's season-themed poetry.
Author / Publisher: Babs (self-published: Torrid Books Abounding)
Category: poetry
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Pittsburgh, PA
Item 6: Girl FiendAdd to your cart.
Sex and sexuality narratives.
Author / Publisher: Chrisitina (self-published)
Category: body image; fat acceptance; oral sex; sex; virginity; women
Date / Volume: #8 (1990s)
Publication Place: Chicago, IL
Item 7: Girl on the RoadAdd to your cart.
"A sample chapter from a book-length memoir that revolves around friendship, travel and loss."
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr, 2017
Author / Publisher: Noel Franklin, (Seattle Office of Arts & Culture)
Category: comics; autobiographical comics; travel; friendship
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Seattle, WA
Item 8: Girl Swirl ZineAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Taryn Hipp (self-published)
Category: break-ups; personal stories; relationships; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #8, 10 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Warminster, PA
Item 9: Girls Are WeirdAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Theresa (self-published)
Category: feminism; movie reviews; moving; personal stories; race; racial identity; smoking; women
Date / Volume: #3 (2000s)
Publication Place: Irvine, CA
Item 10: Girls Don't Like ItAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: unknown (self-published)
Category: crushes; personal stories
Date / volume: #3 (1990s)
Publication Place: Alpine, CA
Item 11: Girls Gone WildAdd to your cart.
Split with All You Need Is Kisses. Pesonal zine by two best friends who live hours apart. Filed under All You Need Is Kisses.
Author / Publisher: Zhenelle (self-published)
Category: love; personal stories; relationships
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 12: Girls With GardensAdd to your cart.
A zine about women with body hair.
Acquisition Information: Gift of SDSU Zine & D.I.Y. Culture Club, 2019
Author / Publisher: Juliana Clark, Galia Shakked, & Angela Tidmore (SDSU Zine and D.I.Y Culture Club)
Category: body hair; personal stories; women
Date / Volume: (October 2017)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 13: GirlyheadAdd to your cart.
Magazine surrounding themes of womanhood.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Kim Schwenk, 2017
Author / Publisher: Sunny M Andersen Chanel, e.d. (Girlyhead Magazine Productions)
Category: women; representation of women
Date / Volume: #5 "Sailors Sirens and Strippers" (2004)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 14: Give Yourself a Bad HaircutAdd to your cart.
Mixed media art piece resembling an off-the-rack commercial product. A piece of paper with a drawing of a face with pasted on hair on one side and paper scissors on the other. The copy in the collection is numbered 40 of 40. Funchicken.com
Author / Publisher: Mark Todd (self-published: Funchicken)
Category: art; humor
Date / Volume: (2000s?)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 15: Giving BirthAdd to your cart.
Zine with drawings of a childbirth.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Dan Hager.
Author / Publisher: Yarden (self-published)
Category: art; childbirth; comics; drawing
Date / Volume: (2003)
Publication Place: unknown

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