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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 R1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Rabbit Fodder AddictAdd to your cart.
Zine featuring recipes for vegan meals.
Author / Publisher: Stephanie Scarborough (self-published)
Category: food; recipes; vegan cooking; veganism
Date / Volume: (2003)
Publication Place: Weatherford, TX
Item 2: Rabbitboy, Tales of...Add to your cart.
Minicomic about Rabbitboy, a boy who is part boy and part rabbit.
Author / Creator: Bruce Stengl (March Hare Studios/self-published)
Category: comics; fiction
Date / Volume: #7 (December 1995)
Publication Place: Santa Rosa, CA
Item 3: Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality in AmericaAdd to your cart.
Examines the historical construction of racial categories in America, with an emphasis on Native Americans.
Author / Publisher: Tom Big Warrior (South Chicago ABC Zine Distro)
Category: american imperialism; assimilation; colonialism; communism; indigenous peoples; labor movement; labor unions; left-wing politics; politics; race; racism; slavery
Date / Volume: (June 2003)
Publication Place: Homewood, IL
Item 4: Race RiotAdd to your cart.
A directory of "projects undertaken by people of color, in, around, or on their way out of punk rock."
Author / Publisher: Mimi (self-published)
Category: people of color; race; racial identity; zine reviews
Date / Volume: unkown
Publication Place: Berkely, CA
Item 5: Race Treason Behind Prison WallsAdd to your cart.
Discusses racial tension in prisons and instances of interracial resistance to prison authorities.
Author / Publisher: Lorenzo Komboa Ervin and Staughton Lynd (Austin Anarchist Black Cross); Distributed by Firestarter Press
Category: prison activism; prison conditions; prison resistance; prisoner rights; prisoners; prisons; race; racism
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Austin, TX
Item 6: Radical DomesticityAdd to your cart.
Zine about a number of DIY domestic activities such as sewing, gardening, cooking, and stain removal.
Author / Publisher: Emma Karin Eriksson (Pioneers Press)
Category: cooking; crafts; DIY; gardening; sewing
Date / Volume: #2-6 (2013-2015)
Publication Place: Lansing, Kansas
Item 7: Radical Foul Ups of Melvin O. BlivionAdd to your cart.
Contains a short story about the title character.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Dan Hager, 2013.
Author / Publisher: Adrian Apkin (Auspicious Coney Press)
Category: fiction; short stories
Date / Volume: #1 (Feb. 2011)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 8: Radical Rabbit DistroAdd to your cart.
Catalog of the various anti-authoritarian zines and music offered in 2008 by Radical Rabbit Distro.
Author / Publisher: (Radical Rabbit Distro)
Category: anarchism; anti-authoritarianism; music; punk
Date / Volume: (2008)
Publication Place: Westmont, NJ
Item 9: Radio RadioAdd to your cart.
Zine with diaristic writing.
Author / Publisher: Kim Schwenk (self-published)
Category: music; personal stories
Date / Volume: (2006)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 10: The RadvocateAdd to your cart.
"...an unsponsered zine forum for artists, writers and other weirdos to contribute their work to."
Acquisition Information: Gift of Markel Tumlin, 2015
Author / Publisher: Matt Lewis, ed. (self-published: Ayahuasca Publishing)
Category: art; personal stories; poetry
Date / Volume: #2 (2011)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 11: RAF (Red Army Faction)Add to your cart.
Zine documenting the history and ideology of West-German militant leftist group Red Army Faction, especially its opposition to the Vietnam War and American imperialism. Contents reprinted by AK Books.
Author / Publisher: (AK Books)
Category: american imperialism; anti-capitalism; anti-war; class analysis; class struggle; communism; left-wing politics; radical history; radical politics; resistance; revolution; terrorism
Date / Volume: (Nov. 1990)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 12: RageAdd to your cart.
Reflections on Valentine's Day experiences.
Author / Publisher: Heavens to Betsey (self-published)
Category: love; personal stories; relationships; romance; valentine's day
Date / Volume: #1/2 (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 13: Rainbowlution Now!Add to your cart.
Zine made by San Diego LGBT youth. Articles, poetry and art.
Author / Publisher: collective (Hillcrest Youth Center)
Category: gay; lesbian; queer; youth
Date / Volume: #3 (n.d.)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 14: Rainforest Home Remedies: The Maya Way to Heal Your Body & Replenish Your SoulAdd to your cart.
Contains traditional Mayan remedies for female, menstrual and uterine ailments. Includes information on herbal medicine and massage techniques for women's health. This zine is a self-published excerpt from the book of the same name. Editor unknown.
Author / Publisher: Rosita Arvigo and Nadine Epstein (self-published)
Category: alternative medicine; childbirth; herbal remedies; herbalism; massage; menstrual cramps; menstruation; midwifery; pregnancy; premenstrual syndrome (PMS); tinctures; women's health
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 15: Rainy Day Fun and Games for Toddler and Total BastardAdd to your cart.
Personal stories about parenting written around the time of the birth of the author's third son. "When it comes to creative parenting, Greg Knauss is the master."
Author / Publisher: Greg Knauss (So New Media)
Category: childbirth; children; parenting; personal stories
Date / Volume: (2002)
Publication Place: Austin, TX
Item 16: Ramble & Ramble &Add to your cart.
Articles on television, web sites, cooking with generation X, pranks and other topics.
Author / Publisher: Copper (self-published)
Category: humor; media critique; movies; personal stories; television
Date / Volume: #2 (Aug./Sept. 1995), #3 (1995)
Publication Place: Cary, NC
Item 17: R.A.S. (Rock Against Sexism)Add to your cart.
"Rock Against Sexism is a Boston-based cultural activist group (that fights) sexism and heterosexism in popular culture and the music industry by promoting non-sexist, women's and alternative rock and roll."
Author / Publisher: collective (Street Magazine)
Category: anarchism; anti-racist action; bisexuality; book reviews; feminism; gay; interviews; lesbian; music reviews; poetry; prison abolition; prisons; punk; queer; queer activism; queer identity; racism; sexism
Date / Volume: vol. 3 #1 (1989)
Publication Place: Boston, MA
Item 18: Raven ChroniclesAdd to your cart.
A journal of art, literature and spoken word.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr
Author / Publisher: Phoebe Bosché, managing director (Raven Chronicles)
Category: art; book reviews; literature; personal stories; poetry; short stories
Date / Volume: #21 (2015)
Publication Place: Seattle, WA
Item 19: RawAdd to your cart.
Art zine reflecting on an abusive relationship.
Author / Publisher: Ericka Bailie (self-published)
Category: abuse; art; personal stories
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Kansas City, MO
Item 20: Reader's Guide to the Underground PressAdd to your cart.
"Featuring news, reviews, and Inside Information about zines, books and more".
Author / Publisher: collective
Category: book reviews; censorship; criticism; cultural criticism; DIY; independent media; mail art; media critique; music reviews; zine distros; zine history; zine libraries; zine-making; zine resources; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #11 (summer 1999)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA

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