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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 P1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Pablo's Comics Extravaganza IVAdd to your cart.
Comics by various artists.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Larry McCaffery
Author / Publisher: Jefferson Powers, ed. (Makeshift Comics)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (1999)
Publication Place: Denver, CO
Item 2: Padded: A Zine on the History of the Sanitary PadAdd to your cart.
Brief history of the sanitary pad, with illustrations.
Author / Publisher: Maryann Riker and Nancy Scott (JUSTARIP Press)
Category: menstruation; reusable pads
Date / Volume: (2017)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 3: A Pagan Anti-Capitalist PrimerAdd to your cart.
A critique of capitalism from a pagan perspective. The authors give an overview of the history and mechanisms of capitalism, with special attention to how in a capitalist system land is owned, bought and sold, thereby depriving pagans of communion with nature.
Author / Publisher: Alley Valkyrie and Rhyd Wildermuth (self-published)
Category: anti-capitalism; capitalism; class analysis; consumerism; industrialization; social class
Date / Volume: (2015)
Publication Place: Unknown
Item 4: A Pagan Soap OperaAdd to your cart.
Zine featuring a story adapted for the screen by the author. Limited to 90 copies with red vellum cover.
Author / Publisher: Max G. Morton (23 WLVS)
Category: death; drug addiction; drugs; fiction
Date / Volume: 23 WLVS #03 (2011)
Publication Place: Philadelphia, PA
Item 5: Panache MagazineAdd to your cart.
Magazine for San Francisco's music scene.
Author / Publisher: Michelle Cable (Panache Magazine)
Category: bands; interviews; music; music reviews; musicians
Date / Volume: (Jan. 2005)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 6: Pancevo in PencilsAdd to your cart.
Sketchbook recording the artists time in Pancevo, Serbia during participation in artist in residence program at Elektrika Pancevo in 2012
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr
Author / Publisher: Pat Moriarty (Assoiciation for improvement of culture "Elektrika")
Category: art; drawing; pencils
Date / Volume: (December 2012)
Publication Place: Pancevo, Serbia
Item 7: Pandora's DiaryAdd to your cart.
Zine with poetry and diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Mariel (self-published)
Category: personal stories; poetry; riot grrrl; thanksgiving; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #1 (winter 1995/1996)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 8: PanophobiaAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with interviews, comics, and information on different people's phobias.
Author / Publisher: Jen (self-published)
Category: bands; comics; interviews; personal stories; phobias
Date / Volume: #4 (spring 1996)
Publication Place: Maplewood, MO
Item 9: Paper SailboatAdd to your cart.
Angsty poetry dealing with a break up, accompanied by rough sketches.
Author / Publisher: Brandon Huigens, words: David Bessent, art (Samurai Comics)
Category: break-ups; depression; drawing; heartbreak; love; poetry
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: [Phoenix, AZ]
Item 10: Paper Stars to Soothe Your SoulAdd to your cart.
Minicomic depicting a conversation about growing up, and directions how to make paper stars
Author / Publisher: Erika Moen (self-published)
Category: comics; coming of age; DIY; gender; youth
Date / Volume: (June 2003)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 11: Paradisiac BeingsAdd to your cart.
Drawings of monstrous sea creatures.
Author / Publisher: Adam Yeater (2017)
Category: comics; monsters
Date / Volume: (2017)
Publication Place: Tucson, AZ
Item 12: ParasolAdd to your cart.
"History, comics, crafts, no poetry and very little politics."
Author / Publisher: Megan R. (self-published)
Category: comics; fashion; feminism; hats; personal stories; recipes; women
Date / Volume: #1-4 (2003-2004)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 13: Party of 1Add to your cart.
"Road kill of an itinerant caricaturist." A Baby Kangaroo Production. Signed by the author inside back cover on 10/15/03. Introduction by Tom Richmond. Accompanied by mailing envelope addressed to Christina Favretto with an original drawing in blue ink.
Author / Publisher: Sam Klemke (Wegferds' Printing and Publications)
Category: comics; humor
Date / Volume: (2002)
Publication Place: North Bend, OR
Item 14: Pasan Los DiasAdd to your cart.
The author describes Mexico's punk community and her political development growing up. She also discusses women in the punk scene and offers a critique of the scene and its politics.
Author / Publisher: Ana Armengod (self-published)
Category: anarchism; internet; punk; straight edge; veganism; women; women in music
Date / Volume: #1 (2012?)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 15: Pater ContrariusAdd to your cart.
Minicomic about a whimsical priest who leaves a trail of destruction in his wake.
Author / Publisher: Cathy Malkasian (Robot Publishing Co.)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (Jan. 1999)
Publication Place: Pasadena, CA
Item 16: PawzAdd to your cart.
Zine devoted to animal-themed comics, comic arts and the furry subculture.
Acquisition Information: Issues #91, 92 and 94 gift of Donna Barr
Author / Publisher: Edd Vick, ed. (self-published: MU Press)
Category: animals; comics; drawing; media critique; television
Date / Volume: #81 (2010), #91 (2015), #92 (2015), #94 (2016)
Publication Place: Seattle, WA

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