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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 G4Add to your cart.
Item 1: GloamingAdd to your cart.
Minicomic. A journalist's search for a missing boy leads him to Gloaming, a town only visible to those who are lost.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr, 2015
Author / Publisher: Michael McAdam, story; Kyle Burles, story and art (Two Gargoyles Comics)
Category: comics; mysteries
Date / Volume: #1 [2015]
Publication Place: unknown
Item 2: Global Mail: The Hole to the UndergroundAdd to your cart.
"listing of all kinds of art projects, exchanges, collaborations, & mail art events."
Author / Creator: (soapbox)
Category: mail art; zine resources
Date / Volume: #13 (Jan.-April 1996), #14 (May-Aug. 1996)
Publication Place: San Fancisco, CA
Item 3: GlobalisationAdd to your cart.
"A guide through the killing phenominon called economic globalisation and how to participate in the resistance."
Author / Publisher: unknown (self-published)
Category: activism; anarchism; anti-globalization; capitalism; civil disobedience; direct action; DIY; globalisation; police states; political organizing; resistance; totalitarianism
Date / Volume: (2000s)
Publication Place: Belgium
Item 4: Glue MagazineAdd to your cart.
"Sisterhood down to a craft" D.I.Y. crafting projects, teachings, and recipes.
Author / Publisher: Claudia Lucero, ed. (self-published)
Category: activism; crafts; feminism; knitting; women; women's health
Date / Volume: #1-2 (2002)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 5: Go! FuturismAdd to your cart.
Discourse on futurism, "a deliberate acceleration of human culture that takes place as it is executed." Text and art printed on paper of three different colors. Created by Goblinko, which publishes Pork magazine and makes buttons, patches, t-shirts and stickers.
Author / Publisher: Sean Taggart (Goblinko)
Category: art; cultural criticism
Date / Volume: (2000s)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 6: Go Light: Thoughts on Primal Parenting and the Wild ChildAdd to your cart.
Information on primal parenting, an alternative to western styles of raising children. Topics include imparting primitive skills to children, such as hunting and gathering, permaculture and strategies for child-handling.
Author / Publisher: (self-published)
Category: anti-civilization; indigenous peoples; parenting; permaculture; simple living; traditional food gathering
Date / Volume: #1 (2000s)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 7: Going PlacesAdd to your cart.
Zine by "Navajo punk" Kesheena about the Native punk scene
Author / Publisher: Kesheena Doctor (self-published)
Category: indigenous peoples; punk
Date / Volume: #2-4
Publication Place: unknown
Item 8: GonAdd to your cart.
Wordless comic about a dinosaur-lilke creature and woodland animals. A free supplement with the January 1996 issue of Belgian comics magazine A Suivre.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr, 2018.
Author / Publisher: Masashi Tanaka (Casterman)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (1996)
Publication Place: Brussels
Item 9: Good GravyAdd to your cart.
Contains personal stories about travel, hiking and camping as well as essays and reviews.
Author / Publisher: Jim and Blake (self-published)
Category: camping; personal stories; travel
Date / Volume: (2000s)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 10: Goon-ZineAdd to your cart.
Zine promoting Detroit's '90s punk and hardcore music scene.
Author / Publisher: Kris, Tim and Todd (Goon Records)
Category: bands; concert reviews; intreviews; music; music reviews; punk; record labels; zine reviews
Date / Volume: #1 (1995)
Publication Place: Detroit, MI
Item 11: GorgeousAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with articles on pop culture, music and book reviews. Issue #1 is a split with Handsome #1, filed under Gorgeous.
Author / Publisher: Stephanie Bohn (self-published)
Category: book reviews; concert reviews; friends; friendship; music; personal stories
Date / Volume: #1 (fall 1995)
Publication Place: Arlington, TX
Item 12: Goths, Girls & Gadgets SketchbookAdd to your cart.
Collected sketches by Jeff Zugale. As the title implies, subjects include goths, girls, and mechanical vehicles and devices. Contains nudity.
Author / Publisher: Jeff Zugale (self-published)
Category: comics; drawing; erotic pictures
Date / Volume: Special San Diego Con Edition (2004)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 13: Grab Back Comics: Acts of Love and ResistanceAdd to your cart.
Comics stories about sexual assault, rape culture and advocacy.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr, 2018
Author / Publisher: Erma Blood, ed. (Grab Back Comics)
Category: comics; rape; sexual assault; surviving abuse; women
Date / Volume: (2017)
Publication Place: Seattle, WA
Item 14: GrasslimbAdd to your cart.
"Good coffee deserves good companionship" a high-quality, tabloid format literary magazine since 2002.
Author / Publisher: Valerie Polichar (independently published)
Category: art; comics; literature; reviews; poetry
Date / Volume: Vol. 2 #2 (2005)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA

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