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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 I1Add to your cart.
Item 1: I Always Called It RapeAdd to your cart.
A personal and political zine about rape.
Author / Publisher: Janni (self-published)
Category: abortion; rape; surviving abuse; violence; women
Date / Volume: (2002)
Publication Place: Oceanside, CA
Item 2: I Belong HereAdd to your cart.
Collection of flash fiction.
Author / Publisher: Kristin Stadum (Budget Press)
Category: literature; short fiction
Date / Volume: (2015)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 3: I Can't Do This By MyselfAdd to your cart.
Autobiographical minicomic by two comic artists, Martin Ernstsen ("Actionboy") and Linnette Barkley ("Loretta").
Author / Publisher: Linnette Barkley and Martin Ernstsen (self-published)
Category: autobiographical comics; comics; humor; journal comics
Date / Volume: #2 (2007)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 4: I DefyAdd to your cart.
Personal zine in which Borland observes the social, economic and racial aspects of Philadelphia as an employee of a non-profit serving poor communities. Also contains political writings on a variety of issues and topics.
Author / Publisher: Casey Boland (self-published)
Category: anorexia; anxiety; body image; eating disorders; personal stories; politics; punk; teaching; work
Date / Volume: #9 (2000); #10 (2001); #10.5 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Philadelphia, PA
Item 5: I Die Every NightAdd to your cart.
Minicomic about a young man named Derek who dies only to awaken, alive again. Title taken from fifth page of the comic itself.
Author / Publisher: Blake Winter (self-published)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (2005)
Publication Place: [San Diego?]
Item 6: I Hate Brenda NewsletterAdd to your cart.
One-issue newsletter dedicated to bashing Shannen Doherty and her Beverly Hills 90210 character Brenda. By the creators of Ben is Dead zine.
Author / Publisher: Darby Romero (self-published)
Category: celebrities; criticism; humor; media critique; satire
Date / Volume: (1992)
Publication Place: Hollywood, CA
Item 7: I Hate CartoonsAdd to your cart.
Minicomic with strips by various contributors. v. 1 contains work by Attaboy, Ira Gobler, Mark Martin, Eric Talbot, Ben Burke, Chris Hicks, A. C. Farley, Dave Cooper and Aaron Tompkins.
Author / Publisher: Attaboy, ed. (Yumfactory)
Category: comics; humor
Date / Volume: v. 1 (2001)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 8: I Hate ComicsAdd to your cart.
Contents: Mark Fanning: Master Fish Feeder / Jason Garcia and Patrick Tierney; Public Service Denouncement / Patrick Tierney; Mascot Hunter: The Most Dangerous Game / Jason Garcia and Thai Nguyen; Gorgeous Girl / Patrick Tierney
Author / Publisher: (Fuzzy Blanket/I Hate Comics)
Category: comics; humor
Date / Volume: #1 (2004)
Publication Place: Minneapolis, MN
Item 9: I Hate This Part of TexasAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: John Gerken (Microcosm Publishing)
Category: alternative education; bicycle couriers; bicycles; education; gay; gender identity; personal stories; queer; queer identity; transgender; work
Date / Volume: #1 (n.d.); #2 (2001); #2 1/2 (n.d.); #5 (Jan. 2006)
Publication Place: New Orleans, LA
Item 10: [I Hate You I Hate You I Want You I'm Sorry]Add to your cart.
Personal zine about heartbreak in stream-of-consciousness prose. Title taken from first line of text on front cover.
Acquisition Information: Gift of SDSU Zine & D.I.Y. Culture Club, 2019
Author / Publisher: unkown (SDSU Zine & DIY Culture Club)
Category: break-ups; heartbreak; personal stories
Date / Volume: (2017)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 11: I Have Something to Tell You...Add to your cart.
Single-sheet Andy Warhol fanzine.
Author / Publisher: Lisa Mendez (Uno Foto Art)
Category: art; artists; contemporary art
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 12: I Like GirlsAdd to your cart.
Comic zine describing one girl's coming out to her mother.
Author / Publisher: Erika Moen (self-published)
Category: comics; coming out; gay; gender identity; lesbian
Date / Volume: (May 2004)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 13: I Still Live: Biography of a SpiritualistAdd to your cart.
Illlustrated biography of 19th century spiritualist Achsa W. Sprague. The author sets Sprague in the context of the broader spiritualist movement of the 19th century and its connection to other movements of the time for social change.
Author / Publisher: Annie Murphy (self-published)
Category: biographies; feminism; women; women's history
Date / Volume: (2009)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 14: I Think I CanzineAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with a focus on women and feminism.
Author / Publisher: Donia & Melody (self-published)
Category: abuse; feminism; high school; interviews; music; personal stories; punk; riot grrrl; women
Date / Volume: #3 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Fountain Valley, CA
Item 15: I Will Take you Apart Piece by Piece and Put You Back Together Again and You'll be Laughing the Entire TimeAdd to your cart.
Zine on how to safely practice tickling as a sexual fetish. Stresses the importance of obtaining consent before engaging in tickling and compares tickling without consent to other forms of abuse. The author discusses the appeal of tickling and covers practical aspects of tickling, such as erogenous zones and how to avoid injury.
Author / Publisher: Anna Anthropy (self-published)
Category: abuse; BDSM; consent; fetishes; sex
Date / Volume: (2014?)
Publication Place: Oakland, CA
Item 16: Icarus was RightAdd to your cart.
Punk fanzine with well-done layout and design; also includes political commentary, poetry and art.
Author / Publisher: Scott Ogilvie (I Think I'll Do What I Think Is Right Publishing)
Category: book reviews; censorship; comics; criticism; cultural criticism; interviews; music; music reviews; politics; punk; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #2 (spring 1996), #3 (summer 1996)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA

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