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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 J2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Jesus DeliversAdd to your cart.
Mini-comic which offers a critique of the christian church. The story centers on a boy in a non-western country who is converted by a christian proselytizer and then disabused of his christian beliefs by his father.
Author / Publisher: Jim Woodring and David Lasky (Starhead Comix)
Category: christianity; jesus christ; religion
Date / Volume: (1996)
Publication Place: Seattle, WA
Item 2: Jing Bang SoAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with reviews, interview and music information.
Author / Publisher: Maria (self-published)
Category: bands; interviews; music; musicians; personal stories; punk
Date / Volume: #3, #5 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Vallejo, CA
Item 3: Jingle Bell Rockin' NutmegAdd to your cart.
Author's feelings & memories during Christmas holiday season.
Author / Publisher: Megan (self-publsihed)
Category: christmas; holidays
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Paton, IA
Item 4: Jo Labadie and His Gift to Michigan: A Legacy for the MassesAdd to your cart.
Biography of Michigan labor organizer and anarchist Jo Labadie. This pamphlet was produced by the University of Michigan Special Collections Library to commemorate the 90 years since it acquired the Labadie Collection.
Author / Publisher: Julie Herrada and Edward Weber, curators (University of Michigan Library)
Category: anarchism; biographies; labor movement; labor unions; left-wing politics; radical politics; socialism
Date / Volume: (2000)
Publication Place: Ann Arbor, MI
Item 5: Jobnik!Add to your cart.
Autobiographical minicomic about Libicki's experience moving from the U.S. to Israel to join the Israel Defense Forces. As well as analyzing her political convictions, Libicki explores her sexual and emotional life as a soldier.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Dan Hager
Author / Publisher: Miriam Libicki (Real Gone Girl Studios)
Category: comics; war; terrorism; identity politics
Date / Volume: no. 1 (2003?)-no. 6 (2007)
Publication Place: [Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada?]
Item 6: Jobnik ManifestoAdd to your cart.
A statement of purpose from the author of Jobnik!, her thoughts on Israel, zionism, and hopes for the comic.
Author / Publisher: Miriam Libicki (Real Gone Girl Studios)
Category: comics; war; terrorism; identity politics
Date / Volume: (2004)
Publication Place: [Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada?]
Item 7: The Joke's On YouAdd to your cart.
Animal-themed issue discussing animals and their relationship to human society.
Author / Publisher: Jennie (self-published)
Category: animal rights; animals; bats; cats; dogs; insects; personal stories; pets; pigeons; plants
Date / Volume: #7 (spring-summer 1997)
Publication Place: Berkeley, CA
Item 8: Journal Add to your cart.
Fantasy story in the form of a journal by 10-year-old Atticus Smith, a kind of amphibian bipedal octopus, logging his day-to-day encounters with different species, and robots.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr, 2018
Author / Publisher: Kalen Knowles (self-published: Octal Publishing)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: vol. 1 (2015)
Publication Place: Seattle, WA
Item 9: The Journal of Ride TheoryAdd to your cart.
Zine with reviews of amusement park rides and attractions.
Author / Publisher: Daniel Howland, ed. (self-published)
Category: tourism
Date / Volume: Vol. 1 #1 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 10: JournalsongAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Steve Gevurtz (Microcosm Publishing)
Category: drinking; heartbreak; personal stories; relationships
Date / Volume: #6 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 11: Jumbo ShrimpAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with zine and music reviews.
Author / Publisher: Meeshell (self-published)
Category: book reviews; concert reviews; cultural criticism; music reviews; personal stories; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #9 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Prior Lake, MN
Item 12: Junction ComixAdd to your cart.
Minicomic. Issue #1 features cowboy character Wild G. Bill Hefner.
Author / Publisher: Jon Tegnell (Spider Comix)
Category: comics; humor
Date / Volume: #1 (1987)
Publication Place: Carrboro, NC
Item 13: Just a Bit Off...Add to your cart.
Autobiographical minicomic about Zugale's experience moving to Los Angeles to be a comics artist. www.jeffzugale.com/justabitoff
Category: comics; autobiographical comics
Creator / Publisher: Jeff Zugale (self-published)
Date / Volume: #1 (July 2006)
Publication Place: [Los Angeles, CA?]
Item 14: Justice for Alfred OlangoAdd to your cart.
Zine about the Sept. 27, 2016 police shooting of Alfred Olango in El Cajon, Calif. and subsequent demonstrations against the police. Also includes information on the arrest of Marquis Campbell on Sept. 15, 2016 at San Diego State University and the efforts of students acting on his behalf.
Author / Publisher: [Angela Risi] (self-published: SDSU Zine and DIY Culture Club)
Category: black liberation; black resistance; police brutality; protests; resistance
Date / Volume: (Oct. 2016)
Publication Place: San Diego

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