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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 N2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Next ExitAdd to your cart.
Poetry zine.
Author / Publisher: various (Kendra Steiner Editions)
Category: poetry; writing
Date/ Volume: #1 (2007), #4 (2007), #6 (2008), #8 (2008)
Publication Place: San Antonio, TX
Item 2: NiacinAdd to your cart.
Folder includes minicomic in original limited edition of 150 copies specially produced for San Diego Comic Con as well as additional 8.5 x 11" photocopy.
Author / Publisher: Mary Fleener (self-published)
Category: comics; drugs
Date / Volume: (2007)
Publication Place: [Los Angeles, CA?]
Item 3: NiceAdd to your cart.
"I wanted to see if I could make a zine in one sitting while I visited my grandmother."
Author / Publisher: Danforth France (self-published)
Category: comics; family; holidays; humor; personal stories; thanksgiving
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Valencia, CA
Item 4: Nice Guys Finish FurnitureAdd to your cart.
Poetry zine.
Author / Publisher: S.T. Brophy (Budget Press)
Category: poetry
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Riverside, CA
Item 5: A Night Among the TombstonesAdd to your cart.
A fantastical short story about a talking fox in a graveyard.
Author / Publisher: unknown
Category: fiction; short stories
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 6: Night of the Living EbbAdd to your cart.
Zine consisting of personal views and opinionated articles.
Author / Publisher: Paul Keller (Ebb! and Flow?)
Category: bands; coffee; comics; concert reviews; criticism; gay; lesbian; music; parenting; personal stories; punk; queer; radio
Date / Volume: #4 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Skokie, IL
Item 7: Ninel ProvoAdd to your cart.
Clippings and writings on a variety of subjects.
Author / Publisher: unknown (Plastic Bucket Communications)
Category: art; movies; music
Date / Volume: (Oct. 1993); (n.d.)
Publication Place: Austin, TX
Item 8: Ninja KigomiAdd to your cart.
Mini-comic with manga-style artwork about a group of friends training to be ninjas and defend the seven nations of Satoki.
Author / Publisher: Amanda Stephens (Greg Hatcher)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: Vol. 1-5 (2008)
Publication Place: Seattle, WA?
Item 9: Ninjas in the BreakroomAdd to your cart.
Mini-comic about ninjas in the workplace.
Author / Publisher: Leah Riley (Willrad)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (August / September 2007)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 10: No Borders Necessary!Add to your cart.
A collaboration between "La Linea" (Tijuana), "Disgress Magazine" (Riverside), "Bitch King Zine: Zine for that Vulva-lution!" (Riverside), HousewifeXcore Distro (San Diego), Bulbo Press (Tijuana), and Grrrl Zines A-Go-Go (San Diego).
Author / Publisher: Various Artists (self-published)
Category: art; collectives; DIY; poetry; social centers; women's centers; zine resources
Date / Volume: (Aug. 2004)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 11: No Gods. No Dungeon Masters.Add to your cart.
Mini-comic. The narrator is pulled between two different subcultures, Dungeons & Dragons nerd culture and anarchism.
Author / Publisher: Ion O'Clast, script; Rachel Dukes, art; Andy Warner, cover art (Avi Cado: Silver Sprocket)
Category: anarchism; anarchist culture; comics
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 12: No Hay Futuro: A Search for the UndergroundAdd to your cart.
Personal zine about the author's trip to Europe, where she explores Barcelona's anarchist history and visits museums and punk landmarks.
Author / Publisher: Jackie Bustamante (self-published: SDSU Zine and DIY Culture Club)
Category: anarchism; anarchist culture; anarchist history; personal stories; punk; travel stories
Date / Volume: (2016)
Publication Place: San Diego
Item 13: No Longer a FanzineAdd to your cart.
Rants about politics, music, zine culture and social issues.
Author / Publisher: Joseph A. Gervasi, ed. (self-published)
Category: band tours; bands; cultural criticism; drugs; media critique; music; personal stories; politics; punk
Date / Volume: #6 (1994?)
Publication Place: Blackwood, NJ
Item 14: No More CoffeeAdd to your cart.
Fiction zine. Issue #4 is a split with Brainscan #29, filed under Brainscan.
Author / Publisher: Ben Spies (self-published)
Category: fiction; short stories
Date / Volume: #4 (March 2012)
Publication Place: Chicago, IL
Item 15: No NameAdd to your cart.
Zine with articles on politics and current events, interviews and reviews.
Author / Publisher: Sean Guillory, Mark Beck (Echelon Press)
Category: comics; criticism; cultural criticism; humor; interviews; movie reviews; music reviews; politics
Date / Volume: #5 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Pomona, CA
Item 16: No One Gains Weight In The ShouldersAdd to your cart.
Personal poetry zine spotlighting the author.
Author / Publisher: Leah Angstman (Propaganda Press)
Category: poetry
Date / Volume: (2009)
Publication Place: Cambridge, MA
Item 17: No Shit MagazineAdd to your cart.
Magazine featuring political commentary, reviews, poetry, and short stories.
Author / Publisher: No Shit Magazine
Category: bands; music; music reviews; politics; punk; rock and roll; satire
Date / Volume: #18 (September 1988)
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA
Item 18: Nobody Gets the GirlAdd to your cart.
"A Comic Book Novel...A skyscraper sized baby doll terrorizes cities...a telepathic genius schemes to rule the world...a woman of flame kills men on live television."
Acquisition Information: Gift of Dan Hager
Author / Publisher: James Maxey (Phobos Books)
Category: comics; fiction; superheroes
Date / Volume: (2003)
Publication Place: New York, NY
Item 19: NoburbsAdd to your cart.
Minicomic about kids growing up in the suburbs.
Author / Publisher: Gary Ellis (Comatose Comics)
Category: comics; childhood; suburbs; youth
Date / Volume: #1-3 (2001-2005)
Publication Place: Burlingame, CA
Item 20: NoctivagusAdd to your cart.
Minicomic about friends fighting zombies. Artist is a student at Little Fish Comic Book Studio; item purchased at Comic-Con 2016.
Author / Publisher: Serena Leitner
Category: comics; zombies
Date / Volume: Chapter 1: So There Were These Zombies, Right?
Publication Place: San Diego

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