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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 L1Add to your cart.
Item 1: L.A. ReaderAdd to your cart.
"Los Angeles's Free Weekly" Volume 5 #27 features a cover story on the mod subculture and fashion.
Author / Publisher: James Vowell (Randy Michael Signor)
Category: comics; fashion; labor unions; media; media critique; movies; music; sports; television; wrestling
Date / Volume: vol. 5 #27 (April 1983)
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA
Item 2: The L.A. ReviewAdd to your cart.
"L.A.'s alternative monthly"
Author / Publisher: Brian Anderson & Dan Brin (LA Review)
Category: criticism; cultural criticism; interviews; music; music reviews; musicians; poetry; politics
Date / Volume: vol. 1 #3 (Jan. 1981)
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA
Item 3: LaburnumAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Marie Abbondanza (self-published)
Category: body hair; celebrities; lesbian; personal stories; phone sex; sex work
Date / Volume: #3 (2002)
Publication Place: Meadville, PA
Item 4: Ladies' Homewrecking JournalAdd to your cart.
Writings and prose about issues concerning feminism, racism, and gender issues.
Author / Publisher: Bianca (self-published)
Category: feminism; gender; gender equality; gender roles; personal stories; race; racial identity; racism
Date / Volume: #2 (1995)
Publication Place: San Pablo, CA
Item 5: Lady BitsAdd to your cart.
Informational zine about anatomy, birth control, menstruation, and consent.
Author / Publisher: Rachel Rolseth (self-published)
Category: alternative menstrual products; birth control; consent; menstruation; women's health
Date / Volume: (2016)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 6: Lady Churchill's Rosebud WristletAdd to your cart.
Literary zine featuring fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Author / Publisher: Gavin J. Grant, Kelly Link and Jedediah Berry, eds. (Small Beer Press)
Category: fiction; literature; poetry; short stories
Date / Volume: #26 (Dec. 2010), #28-29 (Jan. 2013 - Sept. 2013)
Publication Place: Easthampton, MA
Item 7: Lady LuckAdd to your cart.
Do-It-Yourself guide to fun projects.
Author / Publisher: Kim Thompson (self-published)
Category: band tours; cooking; DIY; feminism; recipes; recording
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Washington, DC
Item 8: Lady PartsAdd to your cart.
A zine with  "personal essays about abortion and hysterectomy, in-depth articles about estrogen, interviews with women about self-esteem (from both trans and cis gender women), libido, moon cycles and some herbal recipes for women's health."
Author / Publisher: Dani Burlison (Petals and Bones)
Category: gender politics; interviews; personal stories; queer; recipes; transgender; women's health
Date / Volume: (2016)
Publication Place: Santa Rosa, CA
Item 9: LadybirdAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with articles on feminism and music.
Author / Publisher: Rhani Remedes (self-published)
Category: bands; comics; feminism; interviews; music; music reviews; personal stories; sexism; women; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #2-3 (1994)
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA
Item 10: LadyFest Los Angeles 2002Add to your cart.
Collection of interviews with comic artists showcased at LA LadyFest, poems, art, stories and photos.
Author / Publisher: collective (LadyFest Organizers)
Category: artists; comics; disabilities; feminism; interviews; poetry; women; women in comics; women's history
Date / Volume: (Nov. 2002)
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA
Item 11: LadyfriendAdd to your cart.
"For Ladies and all their friends."
Author / Publisher: Christa (self-published)
Category: body image; comics; fashion; fat acceptance; feminism; interviews; music reviews; riot grrrl; sewing; superheroes; women; zine reviews
Date / Volume: #1 (n.d.), #4 (2000s)
Publication Place: Cleveland, OH
Item 12: Lamb's LettuceAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Nikki and Kelly (self-published)
Category: childhood; personal stories; road trips; travel stories
Date / Volume: #1 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Greeley, CO
Item 13: Lameguy Lame-O-ZineAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with stories about camp and engaging in vandalism as a teenager. The author also satirizes various punk scenes and critiques late-night infomercials. Also includes band interviews and an interview with the author's college roomate who is a veteran of the Gulf War.
Author / Publisher: Brian Dibblee (self-published)
Category: bands; camping; coming of age; humor; interviews; media critique; military; personal stories; punk; rebellion; teenagers; television; war; youth
Date / Volume: #1 (1990s)
Publication Place: Memphis, TN
Item 14: Large ThingsAdd to your cart.
Collection of flash fiction.
Author / Publisher: Soheil Sassani (Budget Press)
Category: literature; short fiction
Date / Volume: (2015)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 15: The Last MessiahAdd to your cart.
Minicomic. A college student is introduced to psychedelic drugs and becomes obsessed with seeking enlightenment. His search for absolute truth takes him to South America, where shamans possess a drug capable of showing its users reality as it really is.
Author / Publisher: Marky Starr, script; Mack White, art (self-published)
Category: comics; drugs; humor
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 16: The Last TemptationAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with poetry and diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Nick Bell (self-published)
Category: dating; high school; hiking; music reviews; personal stories; poetry; relationships; summer; travel stories; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: unnumbered [1995], unnumbered [1995], #7 (n.d.), #11 [1996]
Publication Place: San Diego, CA

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