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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 H3Add to your cart.
Item 1: The High PriestessAdd to your cart.
Minicomic. A boy enters a dungeon and is confronted by an old woman who shows him dark visions.
Author / Publisher: David Stanley (self-published)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Arlington, VA
Item 2: Hip MamaAdd to your cart.
"The Parenting Zine". Zine focusing on lesbian motherhood, sex and feminism.
Acquisition Information: #18 gift of Barnard Zine Library, 2016
Author / Publisher: Ariel Gore (Hip Mama)
Category: alternative medicine; dreams; feminism; health; herbal remedies; journals; lesbian; media critique; motherhood; parenting; poetry; women; women's health
Date / Volume: #17, #18 [1998]
Publication Place: Oakland, CA
Item 3: HippyAdd to your cart.
Minicomic with derisive jokes about hippies.
Author / Publisher: (Funny Li'l Joke Books)
Category: comics; humor; jokes
Date / Volume: #2 (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 4: A History of Rubbish In Roman EuropeAdd to your cart.
Collage zine composed of magazine clippings, pen and ink drawings and fragmented text. An insert lists time travel, teketonic, psychology, recycle program, psychophysical, energy and work as the zine's subject matter.
Author / Publisher: (Epiphany Press)
Category: energy; colonialism; psychology; recycling; waste; work
Date / Volume: (summer 2015)
Publication Place: Baltimore, MD
Item 5: Hitting on NineteenAdd to your cart.
Minicomic about teens with extraordinary powers.
Author / Publisher: Avian Bakotich (Ragin' Gecko Comics)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: v. 1, no. 1 (2004)
Publication Place: Buena Park, CA
Item 6: HIV + MeAdd to your cart.
Minicomic about the author's experience living with HIV. Many of the strips have fictional and humorous elements.
Author / Publisher: Chris Companik (Prism Comics)
Category: comics; HIV/AIDS; humor
Date / Volume: (2000s)
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA
Item 7: Hobnail ReviewAdd to your cart.
"...A review and listings magazine which features small press, independent and self-published zine, journals and other publications...also features articles, news and other material relating to publishing beyond the mainstream."
Author / Publisher: Ade Dimmick (Hobnail Press)
Category: independent media; mail art; zine resources; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #2 (Jan. 2004)
Publication Place: London, England, UK
Item 8: Hodgepodge Add to your cart.
Zine with an emphasis on music with reviews and editorials.
Author / Publisher: Mike Schade (Stickfigure Distribution)
Category: activism; anti-globalization; bands; biotechnology; book reviews; civil disobedience; direct action; farming; food; food politics; genetic engineering; globalization; interviews; literature; music reviews; personal stories; politics; tampons; zine distros; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #6 (May 2000)
Publication Place: North Bellemore, NY
Item 9: Holy Temple of Mass Consumption Add to your cart.
Zine with reviews, humorous articles and poetry.
Author / Publisher: Collective (self-published)
Category: comics; humor; poetry; zine distros; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #35 (1998)
Publication Place: Raleigh, NC
Item 10: Holy TitclampsAdd to your cart.
"A queer online and print zine that includes a calendar of queer performance events in the San Francisco Bay Area and zine and music reviews."
Acquisition Information: Issue #9 donated by the Barnard Zine Library, 2015
Author / Publisher: Laurence Roberts aka Larrybob (self-published)
Category: comics; gay; HIV/AIDS; interviews; lesbian; music; prison writing; queer; queer history; queer identity; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #9 (winter 1991/1992), #14 (1994), #15 (1995), #18 (2002)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 11: HomocoreAdd to your cart.
A queercore zine featuring letters from readers, reviews of punk music/concerts, and other miscellaneous writings.
Author / Publisher: Tom Jennings and Deke Nihilson (self-published)
Category: concert reviews; gay; interviews; music reviews; punk; queer; queer activism; queer politics; zine reviews
Date / Volume: #4 (June 1989)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA

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