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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 I2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Ice AgeAdd to your cart.
"...book three in a series of miniature pocket books called Pocket Protectors..."
Author / Publisher: David S. Pointer (Propaganda Press)
Category: poetry; politics
Date / Volume: Pocket Protector book three (2008)
Publication Place: Cambridge, MA
Item 2: The Ice Master and the Flame MasterAdd to your cart.
A kid's self-drawn comic book made at the Raincon, the Forks, WA comics convention.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr, 2019
Author / Publisher: unknown
Category: comics
Date / Volume: #1 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Forks, WA
Item 3: Idle TuesdayAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings and zine reviews. Previously known as "C'est La Vie"
Author / Publisher: Violet (self-published)
Category: personal stories; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #1 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Fortuna, CA
Item 4: If I Could Live In HopeAdd to your cart.
Zine documenting the author's experiences of childhood sexual abuse and attempts at coping.
Author / Publisher: Kisha (self-published)
Category: child abuse; personal stories; rape; relationships; sexual abuse; surviving abuse
Date / Volume: (July 2009)
Publication Place: Chicago, IL
Item 5: If the Bible Told You to Jump Off a Cliff...Add to your cart.
Personal and political writings.
Author / Publisher: Chad Cronk, ed. (self-published)
Category: christianty; misogyny; personal stories; punk; sexism
Date / Volume: #4 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Item 6: IIOIIAdd to your cart.
Poetry zine.
Author / Publisher: Jamie Stewart (Calico Grounds)
Category: poetry
Date / Volume: #8 (Nov. 2009)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 7: I'm a Poet and I NoetAdd to your cart.
Zine containing personal poetry.
Author / Publisher: Shannon Colebank (Whizzbanger Productions)
Category: cultural criticism; poetry; politics; religion
Date / Volume: (2003)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 8: I'm a WrekkAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with poetry and diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Alex Wrekk (self-published)
Category: break-ups; emotions; love; personal stories; poetry; punk; relationships
Date / Volume: #1 (March 1999), #2 (June 1999)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 9: I'm Having a Long Sequence of Deja VuAdd to your cart.
Zine about rape, consent, and assault.
Author / Publisher: Elena Marie (self-published)
Category: consent; personal stories; rape; sexual assault; women's rights
Date / Volume: no. 1 (2001)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 10: I'm Not An Angry Mexican, But I Play One On TV Add to your cart.
Discussion of racial issues from a mixed-race perspective. The author discusses his experience navigating his identity as a half-white, half-Mexican person and his changing attitude toward white people. This zine is a split with Mala and is filed under, I'm Not An Angry Mexican, But I Play One On TV.
Author / Publisher: Alejandro Perez (self-published)
Category: assimilation; mixed race; race; racial identity; racial stereotypes; racism; white privilege
Date / Volume: (2002)
Publication Place: San Antonio, TX
Item 11: I'm So Fucking BeautifulAdd to your cart.
Zine with articles on body image, fat oppression, activism, consumerism and commodification.
Author / Publisher: Nomy Lamm (self-published)
Category: ableism; body image; consumerism; disabilities; fat acceptance; feminism; oppression; physical disabilities
Date / Volume: #3 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Olympia, WA
Item 12: Image GeekAdd to your cart.
Photography zine with black-and-white photographs.
Author / Publisher: Jesica Goldberg, ed. (self-published)
Category: photographs; photography
Date / Volume: #2 (1995)
Publication Place: Seattle, WA
Item 13: Imaginary WindowsAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Erin Fae (self-published)
Category: gender identity; movies; personal stories; queer; queer identity
Date / Volume: #2 (n.d.)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 14: Immigrant Rights and WrongsAdd to your cart.
English and Spanish-language publication about immigration. Alternate title: Derechos Humanos para los Inmigrantes.
Author / Publisher: Lisa Duran, Bill Gallegos, Eric Mann, Glenn Omatsu, and with Urban Strategies Group (A Labor/ Community Strategy Center Publication)
Category: immigration; work
Date / Volume: (1994)
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA
Item 15: ImprintAdd to your cart.
Zine with an emphasis in midwifery, childbirth and feminism.
Author / Publisher: Nicole Franklin (self-published)
Category: childbirth; feminism; hospitals; midwifery; motherhood; pregnancy; women
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 16: Improv 101Add to your cart.
Minicomic about a variety of topics but mainly detailing the author's experience in an improv 101 class.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr, 2017
Author / Publisher: Steven Reddy
Category: sketching; comics; autobiographical comics; acting
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Seattle, WA
Item 17: In the AbdomenAdd to your cart.
Surrealist mini-comic. #2 subtitled: "Puffy Blister."
Author / Publisher: Roy Tompkins (self-published)
Category: art; comics
Date / Volume: #2 (Nov. 1986)
Publication Place: Austin, TX
Item 18: In the Hands of BoysAdd to your cart.
Minicomic. After her friend Lynn is killed while reporting on the Serbo-Croatian conflict, Anna adopts Lynn's son and brings him to the U.S. to protect him from his father and Lynn's rapist.
Author / Publisher: Melody Nadia Shickley (self-published)
Category: adoption; comics; war
Date / Volume: #1 (2005)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 19: Incite!Add to your cart.
A fanzine featuring music reviews, interviews, discussion of the mainstream and alternative music industry and personal narrative.
Acquisition Information: Donated by the Barnard Zine Library, 2015
Author / Publisher: Tim Alborn
Category: consumerism; eighties music; interviews; marxism; music; music reviews; record labels; rock and roll
Date / Volume: #15 (1989), #17 (1990), #20 (1991), #24 (1993)
Publication Place: Cambridge, MA
Item 20: The Incredible F-ManAdd to your cart.
F-Man rescues Dionne Warwick. "First Collector Issue Ever!" Two copies.
Author / Publisher: Mark Todd (self-published)
Category: comics; humor
Date / Volume: (2003)
Publication Place: Valatie, NY
Item 21: IndestructableAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diartistic writings.
Author / Publisher: Christy C. Road (Microcosm Publishing)
Category: bisexuality; gay; high school; lesbian; personal stories; queer; queer identity; rebellion; sex; teenagers; youth sexuality
Date / Volume: (2006)
Publication Place: Brooklyn, NY
Item 22: Indy Revolt: The Many Hearts of AnarchyAdd to your cart.
Zine with short "chapters" exploring topics such as violence, personal introductions to anarchism, and molotov cocktails.
Author / Publisher: unknown
Category: anarchy; personal stories; violence
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 23: Inessential GarbageAdd to your cart.
Rare and unpublished works featuring characters from Hanselmann's Megg and Mogg series.
Author / Publisher: Simon Hanselmann (Fantagraphics)
Category: comics; humor
Date / Volume: FBI Mini #37 (2017)
Publication Place: Seattle, WA
Item 24: Infamous FunniesAdd to your cart.
Minicomic with strips by various contributors. Contains adult content.
Author / Publisher: John Pound; Vincent Marchesano; David Coulson; Joe Benintende; Larry Rippe, et al. (Fantasy House)
Category: comics; erotic pictures; erotic stories; humor
Date / Volume: #1 (1973)
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA

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