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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 M8Add to your cart.
Item 1: Modest ProposalAdd to your cart.
A magazine featuring cutting-edge comedy.
Author / Publisher: Tim Ellison (self-published)
Category: comics; humor; jokes; music
Date / Volume: #1 (Jan. 2003), #2 (April 2003), #3 (Aug. 2003), #5 (Jan. 2005), #6 (April 2006)
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA
Item 2: MomsAdd to your cart.
Poetry about mothers.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Dan Hager
Author / Publisher: E. Gift (self-published)
Category: poetry
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 3: Mondo HowieAdd to your cart.
Comics about a character named Howie.
Author / Publisher: Wayne Honath, ed. (NoWay)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (1987)
Publication Place: Pittsburgh, PA
Item 4: Money and Power: Hook or CrookAdd to your cart.
Zine discussing racial injustice and a "racist criminal justice system."
Author / Publisher: Zolo Agona Azania
Category: american imperialism; black liberation; colonial resistance; colonialism; cultural criticism; economics; imperialism; oppression; political prisoners; politics; prison writing; prisoners; privilege; race; racism; self-determination; social class; social control; white privilege
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Montreal, Quebec
Item 5: Monkey SpuzzAdd to your cart.
Zine of reviews and minicomics including Realm of Satan
Author / Publisher: (Monkey Spuzz/self-published)
Category: comics; monsters; satan; zine reviews
Date / Volume: #2 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA
Item 6: Monster Versus the Pop Culture NihilistsAdd to your cart.
Minicomic. Upton draws himself as an amphibian-like monster and outcast to dramatize his conflict with popular culture and opinion.
Acquisition Information: Issues #1-3 gift of Donna Barr, 2016
Author / Publisher: Colin Upton (self-published: Colin Upton Comics)
Category: autobiographical comics; censorship; internet; oppression; patriarchy; privilege
Date / Volume: #1-3 (2015)
Publication Place: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Item 7: Monsters and MutantsAdd to your cart.
Minicomic.
Author / Publisher: Jeff Gaither (Dark Horse Graphics)
Category: cartoons; comics; monsters
Date / Volume: #11 (1987)
Publication Place: Louisville, KY
Item 8: The Monthly Independent Tribune Times Journal Post Gazette News Chronicle BulletinAdd to your cart.
Zine featuring comics and short stories by various writers.
Author / Publisher: T.S. Child (self-published)
Category: comics; fiction; humor; short stories
Date / Volume: #38 (Feb. 1986), #40 (April 1986), #51 (March 1987)
Publication Place: Berkeley, CA
Item 9: Moo! MagazineAdd to your cart.
Music fanzine.
Author / Publisher: collective (Moo! Magazine)
Category: comics; concert reviews; fiction; music; music reviews; punk; short stories; zines
Date / Volume: Version 1.1-1.3 (1996), #1 (Feb. 1996), #2 (1997)
Publication Place: Boston, MA
Item 10: Moo! Magazine Presents the Rocket StripAdd to your cart.
A zine with a comic about a space ship.
Author / Publisher: unknown (Moo! Magazine)
Category: comics; science fiction
Date / Volume: #1 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Boston, MA
Item 11: MopyAdd to your cart.
Author / Publisher: Darren Schroeder (self-published)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: #11 (2004?)
Publication Place: Christchurch, New Zealand
Item 12: More Beer Less WorkAdd to your cart.
Mini-comic about characters Smilee, Hippy the Hippy, Matt Damon, and others on a roadtrip.
Author / Publisher: Broke One (Endless Canvas)
Category: comics; humor
Date / Volume: #6 (2014)
Publication Place: Oakland, CA
Item 13: MoriartyAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with poetry and diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Jacey (self-published)
Category: personal stories; poetry
Date / Volume: #1, 2 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Bexley, New South Wales, Australia
Item 14: Mother Long LegsAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with poetry. Limited to an edition of 50, with an OBI strip.
Author / Publisher: Tom Ogden (Calico Grounds)
Category: experimental poetry; poetry
Date / Volume: Calico Grounds #12 (Jan. 2011)
Publication Place: Houston, TX
Item 15: Mother Warriors VoiceAdd to your cart.
"A quarterly newsjournal (founded 1986) by, for and about mothers in poverty.
Author / Publisher: unknown (Welfare Warriors
Category: cultural criticism; gay; left-wing politics; lesbian; motherhood; mothers; politics; poverty; social change; social justice
Date / Volume: (spring 2004), (winter 2005), (winter/spring 2006)
Publication Place: Milwaukee, WI
Item 16: MotherfuckersAdd to your cart.
Mini-comic from autobiographical-comics artist Colin Upton. In this comic, Upton relates an episode in which rowdy high school students make a park bench near his apartment window their hang out spot and annoy him with their incessant profanity.
Author / Publisher: Colin Upton (self-published)
Category: autobiographical comics
Date / Volume: (2005)
Publication Place: Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Item 17: Movement Demands Autonomy! An O'odham Perspective on Immigration and Border ControlsAdd to your cart.
A response to the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border that cuts through tribal lands belonging to the indigenous O'odham people. The author argues that the construction of the wall and stricter regulations in the U.S.-Mexico border after the September 11 terrorist attacks violate federal protections of tribal sovereignty.
Author / Publisher: (O'odham Solidarity Across Borders Collective)
Category: anti-globalization; colonialism; colonization; globalization; immigration; indigenous peoples; indigenous rights; land rights; O'odham
Date / Volume: (2010?)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 18: Movie QuipsAdd to your cart.
Print version of Stephen Bourne's Movie Quips for distribution to library reading rooms.
Author / Publisher: Stephen Bourne (self-published)
Category: movie reviews; movies
Date / Volume: #1 (June 2005), #3 (Aug. 2005), #4 (Sept. 2005)
Publication Place: Ottowa, Canada
Item 19: Moving ForwardAdd to your cart.
Author / Publisher: J.P. Coovert (One Percent Press)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (July 2004)
Publication Place: [Minneapolis, MN?]

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