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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 S4Add to your cart.
Item 1: Scrap Lounge: San Diego Zine Fest 2015Add to your cart.
Collaborative zine made during the 2015 San Diego Zine Fest at the Scrap Lounge table hosted by Grrrl Zines A-Go-Go.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Kim Schwenk, 2015
Author / Publisher: (Grrrl Zines A-Go-Go)
Category: zine fairs; zine-making; zines
Date / Volume: (2015)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 2: Scratch A Golden SkyAdd to your cart.
Fictional story about the environment.
Author / Publisher: Havoc Donovan (self-published)
Category: fiction; short stories
Date / Volume: (Oct. 2008)
Publication Place: Santee, CA
Item 3: Scratch n' SniffAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with opinionated diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Erin (self-published)
Category: feminism; personal stories; poetry; riot grrrl; women; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #2 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Colorado Springs, CO
Item 4: Scream BoxAdd to your cart.
"In the true Scream Box fashion of blurting out things we shouldn't even be thinking much less putting in print, we want to foment our fantasies about our therapists and torture the evil child within."
Author / Publisher: Ingin Kim, Adriene Jenik, Pam Gregg, Bryn Austin (self-published)
Category: mental health; personal stories; sex; therapy
Date / Volume: #3 (Feb. 1992)
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA
Item 5: Screaming SilentAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with collaborative poems and art.
Author / Publisher: Maerie Younkin (self-published)
Category: art; personal stories; poetry
Date / Volume: #4 (2000)
Publication Place: unkown
Item 6: Screams from InsideAdd to your cart.
Zine featuring interviews, reviews and articles focusing on women and music.
Author / Publisher: Carissa Screams
Category: book reviews; comics; feminism; interviews; music; music reviews; women; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #7 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Philadelphia, PA
Item 7: ScullyAdd to your cart.
Stills of the character dana Scully from The X-Files.
Author / Publisher: Lee Noble (Tiny Splendor)
Category: television
Date / Volume: (2016)
Publication Place: Berkeley, CA
Item 8: SD Music MattersAdd to your cart.
Zine based on San Diego music and culture.
Author / Publisher: Jen Hilbert (SD Music Matters)
Category: bands; concert reviews; music; musicians; music reviews; record labels
Date / Volume: (Feb. 2005)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 9: SD Zine Fest: The "Make Your Own Zine" ZineAdd to your cart.
Zine with blank pages to be filled in.
Author / Publisher: (SD Zine Fest)
Category: zine fairs; zines
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 10: SD Zine-Fest 2013Add to your cart.
Promotional zine for the San Diego Zine Fest, and catalog of the zinesters and zine titles.
Author / Publisher: (SD Zine Fest)
Category: zine fairs; zines
Date / Volume: #1 (2013)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 11: SD Zine-Fest 2015, Official MapAdd to your cart.
Map of the exhibition space for the San Diego Zine Fest at Bread & Salt art gallery in Barrio Logan.
Author / Publisher: (SD Zine-Fest)
Category: zine fairs; zines
Date / Volume: (2015)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 12: SDSU Women's Resource Center Newsletter and Andrea O'Donnell Women's Music Festival ProgramAdd to your cart.
Newsletter discussing domestic violence, sexual assault and global news with a focus on women.
Author / Publisher: Caroline Bennett & Darla Marcus (SDSU Women's Resource Center)
Category: domestic violence; feminism; gender equality; patriarchy; rape; sexual assault; violence against women; women; women's centers; women's rights
Date / Volume: (fall 1998)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 13: Sea of SlimeAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Sean "Sig Ma" (self-published)
Category: personal stories
Date / Volume: #6 (2003), #7 (Oct. 2005)
Publication Place: Pflugerville, TX
Item 14: The Sean Swain SamplerAdd to your cart.
Articles on United States current events, including Hurricane Katrina and the Space Program, written by a self-described political prisoner.
Author / Publisher: Sean Swain (South Chicago ABC Zine Distro)
Category: criticism; politics; prison activism; prisoner rights; prison writing; rebellion; resistance
Date / Volume: (Oct. 2005)
Publication Place: Homewood, IL
Item 15: Search for New Lifeforms!Add to your cart.
Features adventures of the characters Inkmo, Meeko, and Jackmo. Signed by John Kantz on cover.
Author / Publisher: John Kantz; Chris Reid (Antarctic Press)
Category: comics; humor; science fiction; cartoons
Date / Volume: (2006)
Publication Place: San Antonio, TX
Item 16: Second GuessAdd to your cart.
Zine consisting of current events and politics. Also contains reviews.
Author / Publisher: Bob Conrad (Second Guess Records)
Category: anti-capitalism; book reviews; capitalism; criticism; environmental degradation; independent media; indigenous peoples; media critique; music; music reviews; police; police brutality; politics; punk; right-wing politics; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #13 (spring-summer 1996)
Publication Place: Reno, NV
Item 17: The Secret Files of Captain SissyAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Andy Cornell (Microcosm Publishing)
Category: activism; consent; cooperatives; direct action; gender; gender equality; gender roles; labor unions; personal stories; political organizing; punk; sexism; sexual abuse; youth
Date / Volume: #2 (n.d.), #5 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Brooklyn, NY
Item 18: Secret IdentityAdd to your cart.
Autobiographical comic about the author's youth in the 70s
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr
Author / Publisher: David Kelly (self-published)
Category: autobiographical comics; coming of age; comics; gay; identity
Date / Volume: #1 (fall 2015)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 19: See No Speak No Hear No: Articles and Questions about Sexual AssaultAdd to your cart.
Zine containting various articles and comics from accused people and survivors of sexual assault, and questions to stimulate conversation
Author / Publisher: [Cindy Crabb, ed.] (self-published)
Category: rape; sexual abuse; sexual assault; surviving abuse; violence against women
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 20: [Seeing]Add to your cart.
Minicomic. A personal projector allows the user to see alternate realities. Title taken from the artist's website.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr, 2017
Author / Publisher: Mike McGhee (self-published)
Category: comics; science fiction
Date / Volume: (2013)
Publication Place: unknown

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