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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 P4Add to your cart.
Item 1: A Plague on Both Your HousesAdd to your cart.
Zine with a five act play.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Larry McCaffery
Author / Publisher: Scott Edelman (self-published)
Category: fiction; literature
Date / Volume: #61 of a special Halloween edition of 125 copies (1996)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 2: PlaneAdd to your cart.
A series of photocopies showing the making of a paper airplane.
Author / Publisher: unknown
Category: art; photography
Date / Volume: unknown
Publication Place: unknown
Item 3: Planet Named Desire ExtraAdd to your cart.
Minicomic. Two short stories.
Author / Publisher: Joe Marshall (self-published)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (2004)
Publication Place: Tucson, AZ
Item 4: Plastic AssAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with interviews and diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Mary Hackett (self-published)
Category: interviews; personal stories
Date / Volume: #1 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Chicago, IL
Item 5: The Pleasant UnicornAdd to your cart.
Zine consisting entirely of poetry.
Author / Publisher: Stephanie Scarborough (Pleasant Unicorn Press)
Category: dependency; humor; marriage; poetry; relationships
Date / Volume: (2003)
Publication Place: Weatherford, TX
Item 6: Please Destroy My EnemiesAdd to your cart.
Humorous collection of comics.
Author / Publisher: Michael Sweater (Silver Sprocket)
Category: cartoons; comics; humor
Date / Volume: (Summer 2016)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 7: Please Don't Feed the Bears!Add to your cart.
Zine with vegan recipes.
Author / Publisher: Asbjorn Intonsus (Microcosm Publishing)
Category: cookbooks; cooking; food; interviews; music; personal stories; recipes; tattoos; vegan cooking; veganism
Date / Volume: (Jan. 2007)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 8: Please Don't Kill the FreshmanAdd to your cart.
Personal memoir about a Portland high school.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Jesica Brubaker
Category: personal stories; high school
Creator / Publisher: Zoe Trope (Future Tense Books)
Date / Volume: Second Printing (November 2001)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 9: The PleiadesAdd to your cart.
"...All about family history & self-esteem & the frequent cruelty of life."
Author / Publisher: Miranda Celeste Hale (self-published)
Category: bipolar disorder; break-ups; childhood; family; fathers; love; personal stories; relationships; sexual relationships
Date / Volume: #2 (spring 2002), #3 (June 2002), #5 (2002), #14 (March 2005), #16 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Spokane, WA
Item 10: PleomorphismAdd to your cart.
Fanciful drawings of micro-animal-like creatures. Two zines together with paper wrapper.
Author / Publisher: Adam Yeater (self-published)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (2017)
Publication Place: Tucson, AZ
Item 11: Plink-OAdd to your cart.
Personal zine by five friends.
Author / Publisher: Felicity, Sarah, Margie, Heather, Jayme (self-published)
Category: body image; personal stories; women
Date / Volume: (1995)
Publication Place: Fort Smith, AR
Item 12: Pocket Book HeroesAdd to your cart.
Minicomic with strips, artwork and essays by various contributors.
Acquisition Information: Comic-Con Extravaganza issue and vol. 3 issues 23, 24 and 26 gift of Robert Beck
Author / Publisher: Robert Beck, ed. (Bare Bones Studios)
Category: comics; humor
Date / Volume: v. 3, no. 23-no. 24 (Jan.-March 2003); no. 26 (2003); and "Comic-Con Extravaganza" (2003?)
Publication Place: Las Vegas, NV
Item 13: The Poetry ConspiracyAdd to your cart.
"A Poets' Forum and Calendar since 1979".
Author / Publisher: Paul Strangeland (self-published)
Category: coffee shops; performance; poetry
Date / Volume: vol. 10.4 (April 2000)
Publication Place: Cardiff, CA
Item 14: PoiesisAdd to your cart.
Collaboraive poetry zine.
Author / Publisher: various (Propaganda Press)
Category: poetry
Date / Volume: #1 (2008), #2 (2009)
Publication Place: Cambridge, MA
Item 15: Polar Vortex Explained (Kinda)Add to your cart.
Small zine that explains the polar vortex in handwritten pages with illustrations. "A biophile mini ... CC-BY-NC."
Author / Publisher: (self-published)
Category: winter
Date / Volume: (2014)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 16: Political PrisonersAdd to your cart.
Poetry zine. Number six in the Pocket Protector series of miniature pocket books by Propaganda Press.
Author / Publisher: Raymond Sapienza (Propaganda Press)
Category: poetry
Date / Volume: #6 "Pocket Protector" series (2009)
Publication Place: Cambridge, MA
Item 17: Politicians Love Gun Control: Reframing the Debate Around Gun OwnershipAdd to your cart.
A zine examining the historical impacts of gun control debates and how both sides operate similary with their campaigning. Specifically, the author argues that "pro- and anti- gun control stances in this country are both usually characterized by racist, capitalist, and pro-government discourse."
Author / Publisher: Sweet Tea (North Carolina Piece Corps)
Category: anti-capitalism; guns; left-wing politics; right-wing politics; violence
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Carrboro, NC
Item 18: PonyboysAdd to your cart.
Zine with diaristic writings, movie, music, and book reviews which relate to homosexuality. Early issues are titled My Heroes Have Always Been Ponyboys and are filed under Ponyboys.
Author / Publisher: Tim Murphy (self-published)
Category: anal sex; criticism; cultural criticism; gay; humor; music reviews; personal stories; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #2 (late summer 2001), #8 (early 2003)
Publication Place: Kingston, Ontario, Canada

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