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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 I3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Ingleside News Add to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings and nostalgic articles about returning to her home town.
Author / Publisher: Isabelle Bourret (self-published)
Category: cats; cities; moving; personal stories; pet care; pets; urban exploration; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #12 Homecoming Issue (winter 2003)
Publication Place: Levis, QC, Canada
Item 2: InitiationAdd to your cart.
Short stories and photography.
Author / Publisher: Max G. Morton (Heartworm Press)
Category: fiction; photography; short stories; writing
Date / Volume: Heartworm #42 / 23 WLVS #00 (2010)
Publication Place: Philadelphia, PA
Item 3: Ink DiseaseAdd to your cart.
Magazine of interviews and music reviews
Author / Publisher: Steve Alper, ed. (Ink Disease)
Category: bands; interviews; music; music reviews
Date / Volume: #14 (fall 1988), #17 (1991)
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA
Item 4: Inner MuscleAdd to your cart.
Punk fanzine with music and band reviews and discussion of music scenes in general. Also includes non-music related articles and photo essays. Issue #6 is a split with Shat Upon #2 and in filed under Shat Upon.
Author / Publisher: Josh Vanek, ed. (self-published)
Category: all ages shows; bands; bicycle touring; concert organizing; fiction; independent media; interviews; music; music reviews; photographs; punk; road trips; short stories; travel; travel stories; zine reviews
Date / Volume: #4, #6 (1990s)
Publication Place: Missoula, MT
Item 5: InsectAdd to your cart.
Mini-comic taking place in a graveyard.
Author / Publisher: Roy (self-published)
Category: cartoons; comics; humor
Date / Volume: #6 (May 1987)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 6: [Insert Witty Title Here]Add to your cart.
Zine consisting mainly of poetry and stories but also includes a personal selection for the editor.
Author / Publisher: June Owatari (self-published)
Category: music reviews; love; personal stories; poetry; relationships
Date / Volume: #2 (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 7: InsightAdd to your cart.
Humorous zine focusing mainly on music.
Author / Publisher: John Livingstone (self-published)
Category: band tours; bands; book reviews; comics; conspiracies; humor; interviews; labor unions; music; music reviews; musicians; personal stories; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #1 (1993), #16 (1996)
Publication Place: Farminton, MI
Item 8: InstaModAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with the author's thoughts on different subjects, including punk, zinemaking, copyrighting, crushes and skateboarding, as well as childlike and silly illustrations.
Author / Publisher: (self-published)
Category: cooking; crushes; media critique; movies; personal stories; punk; skateboarding
Date / Volume: #4 (1996)
Publication Place: MD
Item 9: Instant GlamAdd to your cart.
Zine with D.I.Y. tips to turn ordinary clothes into "Glam".
Author / Publisher: Daphne Dacquay (self-published)
Category: fashion; DIY
Date / Volume: (2001)
Publication Place: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Item 10: InstigatorAdd to your cart.
San Diego punk music scene with personal narratives and interviews.
Author / Publisher: Snotface, Critic, Void, Noid, Wonder Woman (self-published)
Category: bands; concert reviews; interviews; media critique; music reviews; punk; personal stories; teenagers; youth
Date / Volume: #1, #2 (n.d.), #3 (1994)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 11: Insurrectionary Mutual AidAdd to your cart.
Zine describing the use of mutual aid in disasters as a means of resisting the government and establishing an anarchist revolution.
Author / Publisher: The Curious George Brigade
Category: anarchism; insurrectionary anarchism; revolution
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 12: Intergalactic She DevilsAdd to your cart.
Minicomic about intergalactic she devils Rinola and Mialla causing mischief.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr
Author / Publisher: Randy L. Vaillancourt (self-published)
Category: comics; humor; punk; women in comics
Date / Volume: #1, #2 (2015)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 13: IreneAdd to your cart.
Collection of comics.
Author / Publisher: d.w., Andy Warner, Dakota McFadzean, eds. (Irene Comics)
Category: art; cartoons; comics; graphic novels
Date / Volume: #6 (2015)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 14: Iron ArmorAdd to your cart.
Music fanzine with reviews and interviews.
Author / Publisher: Joe Poppa (self-published)
Category: music; music reviews; interviews; punk
Date / Volume: #4 (n.d.)
Publication Place: New York, NY
Item 15: IronstarAdd to your cart.
Minicomic. Stef Astra, a soldier of the Ironstar Legion, is tasked with saving the outer colonies of the Allied Systems from the robotic "digital men."
Author / Publisher: Chris Wichtendahl, script; Sean Tiffany, art (BloodFire Studios)
Category: comics; science fiction
Date / Volume: unnumbered (2003)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 16: Is Non-violence the Answer?Add to your cart.
Political zine which questions non-violence as a response to oppression and seeks to broaden the dialogue among activists to consider other means of resistance. Includes quotes from historical figures and intellectuals on the topics of violence and pacifism.
Author / Publisher: "activist reading group"
Category: non-violence; oppression; pacifism; resistance; violence
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 17: It Resembles Itself Add to your cart.
Zine with experimental poetry.
Author / Publisher: J.D. Nelson (Mad Verse Press)
Category: experimental poetry; poetry
Date / Volume: (2008)
Publication Place: Lafayette, CO
Item 18: It'll Be MorningAdd to your cart.
A novel written from the point of of view of a narrator who is trying to live sober as he moves through the criminal underworld among prostitutes, homeless youth and drug addicts.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Jesica Brubaker, 2015.
Author / Publisher: unknown
Category: drug addiction; drugs; fiction
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 19: It's a Wonderful LifestyleAdd to your cart.
"An encyclopedic examination of American popular culture in the 1970s."
Author / Publisher: Candi Strecker (self-published)
Category: cars; cultural criticism; fashion; film; hair; history; movies; music
Date / Volume: #1 (1990)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 20: It's Complicated: Musings on Race, Ethnicity, and IdentityAdd to your cart.
Personal thoughts on racial, sexual, and class identity by a self-described "lesbian, Latina, upper-middle-class" woman.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Barnard Library, 2017
Author / Publisher: Rachel Casiano Hernandez (self-published)
Category: class relations; lesbian; personal stories; race; racial identity; social class
Date / Volume: (July 2012)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 21: It's the P.I.T.S.! (Panic in the Streets)Add to your cart.
Comic arts zine with interviews and articles. Nos. 1-2 signed by Jack Habegger.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Jack Habegger, 2015-2016 (nos. 1-2)
Author / Publisher: Jack Habegger and Will Clausen (self-published: Clinker Comics)
Category: artists; bands; comics; interviews; musicians
Date / Volume: #1-2 (2015); #3 (2016?)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 22: Ivan Is DeadAdd to your cart.
Minicomic filled with darkly humorous comic strips. Issue #1 in the collection is signed by the artists. The unnumbered issue in the collection is inscribed by Ivan Aviña.
Author / Publisher: Ivan Aviña; Silvia Flores; Eliseo Correa (Meat Wagon Studios)
Category: comics; humor
Date / Volume: #1 (July 2001), unnumbered (2000)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA

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