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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 H2Add to your cart.
Item 1: The Heart StarAdd to your cart.
Zine featuring a ghost story set in the ancient land of Gohio.
Author / Publisher: Christoph Meyer (self-published)
Category: comics; legends; stories; storytelling
Date / Volume: (2003)
Publication Place: Danville, OH
Item 2: HeartbreakersAdd to your cart.
Minicomic. Two clones, Vector and Queenie, must keep the late Professor Therese Sorenson's invention, a retrovirus called the Paracelsus Matrix, out of the hands of the nefarious BIOVOC corporation.
Author / Publisher: Anina Bennett, script; Paul Guinan and Lenin Delsol, art (Dark Horse Comics)
Category: comics; science fiction; women in comics
Date / Volume: #1 (1996)
Publication Place: Milwaukie, OR
Item 3: Hell CarAdd to your cart.
Minicomic with comic strips by various contributors.
Author / Publisher: Daniel Gallant and Torribo Wanachape, eds. (Alternating Crimes Publishing)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: Vol. 2 #1 and "Hell Car CD" (2001)
Publication Place: Raleigh, NC
Item 4: Hello KlittyAdd to your cart.
Fanzine for the author's band.
Author / Publisher: Stephanee, Rebecca, Kelli, Bianca (self-published)
Category: music; punk; riot grrrl; song lyrics
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 5: Hello, My Name Is RachelAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with reflections on racism, sexism and body image.
Author / Publisher: Rachel McLean (self-published)
Category: body image; fat acceptance; personal stories; privilege; sizeism
Date / Volume: (1998?)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 6: Helmut and Donkey: Secret of the CyborgAdd to your cart.
Minicomic from the creator of the webcomic "When I Grow Up," featuring Helmut the cyborg and his friend Donkey, with cameo appearances from some of the main characters of the "When I Grow Up" series.
Author / Publisher: Jeffrey J. Rowland (self-published)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (2001)
Publication Place: Oklahoma City, OK
Item 7: Help Wanted or Twentysomething Characters in Search of a PurposeAdd to your cart.
Six short stories about underemployed urbanites.
Author / Publisher: Maura Johnston (So New Media)
Category: fiction; short stories; work
Date / Volume: (2002)
Publication Place: Austin, TX
Item 8: Hemp IslandAdd to your cart.
Minicomic. Iree must defend Hemp Island from the evil Sledge C.O.R.P.S. and spread the "Gospel of Ganja."
Author / Publisher: Ira Hunter, script; Robin Thompson, art (self-published: Hunter-Thompson Unlimited)
Category: comics; drugs; smoking
Date / Volume: #2 (2004)
Publication Place: Canada
Item 9: Herd MentalityAdd to your cart.
Furry fanzine. Drawings, art and stories of centaurs and other "furry taurs," creatures with a human torso attached to an animal lower body.
Author / Publisher: Aatheus, ed. (self-published: Hoof-loose Publications)
Category: animals; art; fiction; fur; short stories
Date / Volume: #32-34 (July 2009 - March 2010), #37 (March 2011), #39 (Dec. 2011)
Publication Place: Redwood City, CA
Item 10: Here's Mud in Yer EyeAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writing.
Author / Publisher: unknown (self-published)
Category: coffee; personal stories; zines
Date / Volume: #1 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Vallejo, CA
Item 11: Here's What I've Hidden Under My TongueAdd to your cart.
Personal zine about the author's experiences in psychiatric hospitals and struggles with mental health.
Author / Publisher: D.J.T. (self-published)
Category: anorexia; bulimia; eating disorders; mental illness; personal stories; psychiatric drugs; psychiatric hospitals; suicide; therapy
Date / Volume: #1-#4 (2005-2016)
Publication Place: Anchorage, AK & Newfane, VT
Item 12: Hermana, ResistAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Noemi Martinez (self-published)
Category: motherhood; personal stories; poverty; pregnancy
Date / Volume: #3 (2002)
Publication Place: Rio Grande Valley, TX
Item 13: A Hero's TailAdd to your cart.
Minicomic about why a delivery man is dog's best friend, even though he isn't much of a dog person
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr
Author / Publisher: Larry Lewis (self-published)
Category: comics; dogs; pets
Date / Volume: (2016)
Publication Place: Shoreline, WA
Item 14: Hey Kids, Meet Yer Lovin' Uncle ColinAdd to your cart.
Minicomic. In this comic, autobiographical-comics artist Colin Upton gives a wildly self-aggrandizing and fantastical account of his life.
Author / Publisher: Colin Upton (self-published)
Category: autobiographical comics; humor
Date / Volume: (2005)
Publication Place: Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Item 15: Hey Mexican!Add to your cart.
Personal zine addressing issues of racism and identity.
Author / Publisher: Bianca Ortiz (self-published)
Category: identity; mixed race; personal stories; race; racial identity; racial stereotypes; racism
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: San Pablo, CA
Item 16: Hey NineteenAdd to your cart.
Zine of concert reviews and personal stories.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Barnard Library, 2016
Author / Publisher: Tony Perkins (self-published)
Category: concert reviews; interviews; personal stories; punk
Date / Volume: #2 (1994)
Publication Place: New Brunswick, NJ
Item 17: H.F.B (Horrifying Fish Bait) Is HearAdd to your cart.
Minicomic with childlike drawings.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Dan Hager, 2004.
Author / Publisher: Eva Hernandez (self-published)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (2004)
Publication Place: Unknown

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