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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 K1Add to your cart.
Item 1: K48Add to your cart.
Includes articles on the arts, popular culture and youth culture, personal stories and interviews, with photographs and illustrations.
Author / Publisher: Scott Hug, ed. (self-published)
Category: art; artists; interviews; movies; photographs; rebellion; teenagers; television; youth; youth sexuality
Date / Volume: #3 (2002)
Publication Place: New York, NY
Item 2: KamaSiouxTraAdd to your cart.
Zine featuring personal stories and poetry concerning sexual identity and power issues. Native American themes throughout.
Author / Publisher: Various (self-published)
Category: art; artists; music; music reviews; personal stories; poetry; sex
Date / Volume: Issioux 5 August - December 2011
Publication Place: San Diego, San Francisco, CA
Item 3: Karno's KlassicsAdd to your cart.
Minicomic featuring creator Arnòrsson's hallmark furry artwork and lewd humor, with frequent contributions from underground comics artists, including Donna Barr. Contains adult subject matter.
Author / Publisher: Kjartan Arnòrsson, ed.; Jim Groat; Scott Ruggles; Parsonavich; Donna Barr; Terrie Smith; Paula Schricker (self-published)
Category: comics; erotic pictures; fetishes; fur; humor; sex
Date / Volume: #7 (March 1991), #26 (Jan. 1988), #27 (Feb. 1989), #29 (Jan. 1989)
Publication Place: Tucson, AZ; Allston, MA
Item 4: KdviationsAdd to your cart.
Program guide for UC Davis Radio.
Author / Publisher: KDVS 90.3 FM, UC Davis (self-published)
Category: community radio; criticism; cultural criticism; interviews; music; music reviews; radio
Date / Volume: (fall 2001)
Publication Place: Davis, CA
Item 5: Kenosha, Wisconsin College Student ZinesAdd to your cart.
Hand-made zines by college students concerning recipes, dirty jokes, tips for runners and more.
Author / Publisher: collective (self-published)
Category: advice; baking; climate change; cooking; humor; photography; recipes
Date / Volume: (2012)
Publication Place: Kenosha, WI
Item 6: Ker-Bloom!Add to your cart.
A letterpress-printed personal zine about the definitions of the term "partner" and how it can be expanded to include many kinds of relationships.
Author / Publisher: Artnoose (artnoose)
Category: personal stories; relationships
Date / Volume: #45 (Nov.-Dec. 2003), #46 (Jan.-Feb. 2004)
Publication Place: Oakland, CA
Item 7: Kicking at the DarknessAdd to your cart.
Comic about a Canadian army regiment "fighting its way across Europe and discovering the unimaginable darkness of the Holocaust." Created for the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre's "Canada Responds to the Holocaust, 1944-45" 2016 exhibit.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr, 2017
Author / Publisher: Colin Upton (Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre)
Category: comics; genocide; military; violence; war
Date / Volume: (2016)
Publication Place: Vancouver, BC
Item 8: Kidney Room FanzineAdd to your cart.
Zine with personal stories and essays on reproductive rights, veganism, straight edge and other topics.
Author / Publisher: Razzle (self-published)
Category: abortion; anti-choice movement; family; personal stories; pro-choice movement; reproductive rights; straight edge; veganism
Date / Volume: #4 (n.d.)
Publication Place: New York, NY
Item 9: Kiki ZineAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings and comics.
Author / Publisher: Sarah Dyer (self-published)
Category: comics; feminism; media critique; menstrual cramps; personal stories; premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
Date / Volume: #2 (1994)
Publication Place: Staten Island, NY
Item 10: Killing the QueenAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings and zine reviews. Previously known as "C'est La Vie".
Author / Publisher: Christina (self-published)
Category: body image; feminism; friendships; personal stories; relationships; zines
Date / Volume: #9 (1995)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 11: Kindling ZineAdd to your cart.
Zine with articles and editorials.
Author / Publisher: K. James, ed. (Landmire Press)
Category: book reviews; criticism; experimental poetry; games; graffiti; media; movies; music reviews; veganism; vegetarianism
Date / Volume: (spring/summer 2005)
Publication Place: Wapato, WA
Item 12: King of RPGsAdd to your cart.
Minicomic about a group of friends who play role playing games.
Author / Publisher: Jason Thompson (Mock Man Press)
Category: comics; games
Date / Volume: #1 (July 2004)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 13: Kink and CultureAdd to your cart.
Zine focused on BDSM, kink and sexuality in popular culture. Contains essays, fiction, art and photography.
Author / Publisher: Leila Taylor (self-published)
Category: art; artists; BDSM; censorship; disablilities; fetishes; fiction; gay; sex
Date / Volume: #1 (n.d)
Publication Place: New York, NY
Item 14: KizzyAdd to your cart.
Zine describing the fictional life of main character Kizzy on Veronica Island.
Author / Publisher: Benjamin Castle (Pop Creations)
Category: fiction
Date / Volume: vol. 1 (2009)
Publication Place: Minneapolis, MN
Item 15: Kleeman and MikeAdd to your cart.
"This is the story of two unlikely heores - a story which is destined to be forgotten over and over for generations..." The copy of Issue #1 is signed by the author on the front cover.
Author / Publisher: Randall Christopher (KNM Productions)
Category: comics; humor
Date / Volume: #1 (2005)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 16: Kluttered VisionsAdd to your cart.
Zine with lots of reviews on comics, magazines and music.
Author / Publisher: Keith O'Brien (self-published)
Category: artists; comics; interviews; music reviews; tattoos; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #9 (winter 1998)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 17: Know Nonsense KnewsAdd to your cart.
Zine that makes the argument "why people are basically bad."
Author / Publisher: Shannon Colebank (Whizzbanger Productions)
Category: anti-capitalism; capitalism; communism; criticism; cultural criticism; religion; socialism; spirituality
Date / Volume: #1 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 18: KokoschkaAdd to your cart.
Minicomic inspired by Frank Whitford's Oskar Kokoscka: A Life.
Author / Publisher: Bruce Stengl (self-published)
Category: comics; graphic novels; literature
Date / Volume: (December 1994)
Publication Place: Santa Rosa, CA
Item 19: KosmostratorAdd to your cart.
Erotic, science fiction minicomic.
Author / Publisher: Dave McKenna (self-published)
Category: comics; erotic stories; science fiction; short stories
Date / Volume: (2003)
Publication Place: unknown

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