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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 S1Add to your cart.
Item 1: The Sacred and the ProfaneAdd to your cart.
Contains art and scattered writing on magic and the occult.
Author / Publisher: unknown
Category: art; writing
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 2: Sad Kid SolidarityAdd to your cart.
Collaborative zine by numerous Tumblr users about depression.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Jesica Brubaker
Author / Publisher: Ollie (ed.) (self-published)
Category: alcohol; depression; eating disorders; mental illness; personal stories; queer; rape; self-harm; youth
Date / Volume: #1 (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 3: Sadder Homes "Pretty Okay" Cook Book (Breakfast Edition)Add to your cart.
"A few recipes and a short story that's like Gulliver's Travels."
Author / Publisher: Alex (self-published: SDSU Zine and DIY Culture Club)
Category: food; humor; recipes
Date / Volume: (2016)
Publication Place: San Diego
Item 4: Said the Pot to the Kettle: Feminist Theory for Anarchist MenAdd to your cart.
Mini-comic about "the history of the patriarchy" followed by a small glossary of sorts with words related to gender, sex, power, and society.
Author / Publisher: (Strangers)
Category: anarchism; body image; feminism; gender; LGBT; patriarchy; women's rights
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 5: Sailor Moon Saved My LifeAdd to your cart.
Collection of poems and writings by the SDSU Zine Club.
Acquisition Information: Gift of SDSU Zine and DIY Culture Club, 2019
Author / Publication: Catherine Sinow, Kyle Jomer Mandal, Mario Torres, Galia Shakked, Adrian Belmes, Christian Barroso (SDSU Zine and DIY Culture Club)
Category: personal stories; poetry; writing
Date / Volume: (2018)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 6: Samurai ClownAdd to your cart.
Minicomic. A samurai is reduced to working as a clown after the death of his master. When other swordsmen challenge him for disrespecting the honor of all samurai, he defends himself in comic slapstick style.
Author / Publisher: Colin Upton (self-published: Colin Upton Comics)
Category: comics; humor
Date / Volume: #1 (2005)
Publication Place: Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Item 7: Samurai SlateAdd to your cart.
Minicomic about the titular detective Samurai Slate, with stories and dialogue that revolve entirely around puns.
Author / Publisher: Keith O'Brien (self-published)
Category: comics; humor; mysteries
Date / Volume: "'Punctual or 'Time & Punishment'"(n.d.), "'Punch Drunk' or 'Bowl me Over'" (2017)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 8: San Diego City BeatAdd to your cart.
Local newspaper with city guides for San Diego.
Author / Publisher: David Rollan (Charles N. Gerencser)
Category: art; musicians; music reviews; movie reviews; politics; restaurants; right-wing politics; theater
Date / Volume: Vol. 1 #39 (May 2003), Vol. 3 #32 (March 2005)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 9: San Diego Free PressAdd to your cart.
Reports unreported or under-reported news and opinions, with a focus on San Diego.
Author / Publisher: Mark Gabrish Conlan, Isaac Cubillos, Stephen Potts (San Diego Independent Media Center)
Category: activism; art; book reviews; film; independent media; politics; rebellion; resistance; social change; social justice
Date / Volume: Preview Issue (Dec. 2002), vol. 1 #1 (n.d.), #2 (Feb. 2003), #5 (June/July 2003)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 10: San Diego Music ThingAdd to your cart.
Official program for 8th Annual San Diego Music Thing, a 3-day music and media conference.
Author / Publisher: Tristan Whitehouse (San Diego Music Foundation)
Category: music; music festival; concerts; media conference
Date / Volume: #8 (Nov. 2015)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 11: Sanitary and ShipAdd to your cart.
Collection of writing by Chicago authors. Contains articles on various topics including consumerism, politics and the music industry.
Author / Publisher: Various (Diatribe Media Productions)
Category: consumerism; criticism; cultural criticism; humor; personal stories; politics; war
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Chicago, IL
Item 12: Santa Claus Vs. The AwesomenautAdd to your cart.
Minicomic.
Author / Publisher: Eric M. Esquivel and Dave Baker (IndieOnly Comics)
Category: comics; humor; superheroes
Date / Volume: (winter 2007)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 13: SapAdd to your cart.
Minicomic about two people who keep passing each other by.
Author / Publisher: Simon Gane (migraine.)
Category: comics; crushes; romance
Date / Volume: #1 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Berkeley, CA
Item 14: Satan's FrostbiteAdd to your cart.
Zine featuring poetry about the author's disillusionment.
Author / Publisher: Shannon Colebank (Whizzbanger Productions)
Category: cultural criticism; poetry
Date / Volume: #1-4 (n.d)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 15: Saturday NiteAdd to your cart.
Comics by Anson Jew.
Author / Publisher: Anson Jew (self-published)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: #1 (1998)
Publication Place: Novato, CA

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