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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 S11Add to your cart.
Item 1: Sour PussyAdd to your cart.
Autobiographical minicomic about the author's experience being in high school in Alaska and first attempt at zine-making. Split with When I Was Brave by Kelli Nelson. Filed under When I Was Brave.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Dan Hager, 2004
Author / Publisher: Robyn Chapman (self-published)
Category: autobiographical comics; comics; coming of age; high school
Date / Volume: (2002)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 2: South Chicago ABC Zine Distro Add to your cart.
Catalog of zines related to radical politics and prison abolition.
Author / Publisher: Anthony Rayson (South Chicago ABC Zine Distro)
Category: anarchism; politics; prison writing; prisoners; prisons; radical politics; zine distribution; zine distros; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: 2005 Catalog (2005), 2006 Catalog (2006)
Place of Publication: Homewood, IL
Item 3: Spa FonAdd to your cart.
Zine focusing on comics and comic fans.
Author / Publisher: Brian Zambezi, Matt Swain, Jimmy C., Alex Withers (self-published)
Category: artists; comics; humor; interviews
Date / Volume: #1 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Alpine, CA
Item 4: SparklykittystickersAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings and reviews.
Author / Publisher: Jen (self-published)
Category: bands; feminism; interviews; music; music reviews; personal stories; punk; riot grrrl; women
Date / Volume: #5 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Alpine, CA
Item 5: Sparks Fly: Women Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War in the U.S.Add to your cart.
Zine about women political prisoners and prisoners of war in the U.S.
Author / Publisher: Out of Control: Lesbian Committee to Support Women Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War & the Young Sisters (Agit Press)
Category: black liberation; colonial resistance; environmental activism; people of color; poetry; political prisoners; politics; prisoner resources; racism; resistance; women; women in prison
Date / Volume: (Sept. 1998)
Publication Place: Berkeley, CA
Item 6: Special BlendAdd to your cart.
Minicomic with short comic strips by various creators as well as stories.
Author / Publisher: Ryohei Tanaka (self-published)
Category: comics; humor; short stories
Date / Volume: #4 (2000), #10 (2001)
Publication Place: Oakland, CA
Item 7: Speed Kills!Add to your cart.
Automotive zine with music reviews and interviews.
Author / Publisher: Scott Rutherford (self-published)
Category: car culture; cars; interviews; music; music reviews; photography; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #4 (Spring 1993), #6 (n.d.), #7 (Sept. 1995)
Publication Place: Chicago, IL
Item 8: Spilt MilkAdd to your cart.
A collection of poetry.
Author / Publisher: Anna Gosselin, Sarah Franfurth, Sabrina Gosselin (self-published)
Category: love; personal stories; poetry
Date / Volume: #1 (Feb. 1996)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 9: Spin CyclesAdd to your cart.
Collection of poems.
Author / Publisher: Kevin L. Donihe (Budget Press)
Category: poetry
Date / Volume: (2000)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 10: Spinster WitchAdd to your cart.
Issue #4 is a collaborative split issue with Alien #8 on feminism, rape, mental illness, women's health, race, and personal narratives, filed under Spinster Witch.
Author / Publisher: Jenni Alquilina
Category: anti-choice movement; body image; depression; fat acceptance; feminism; HIV/AIDS; mental illness; oppression; patriarchy; personal stories; privilege; pro-choice movement; punk; rape; riot grrrl; self-defense; women
Date / Volume: #4 (mid 1990s)
Publication Place: Detroit, MI
Item 11: Spirals UpwardAdd to your cart.
A compilation of quotes, poetry, and short essays by a number of historical figures, such as Elias Chacour, Wally Nelson, Mateo Roose, and Henry David Thoreau. Also includes journal entries, a recommended reading list, and input from zinester Erika Reinstein. Issue #5 is a split with Untitled #7. Filed under Spirals Upward.
Author / Publisher: Basil (self-published)
Catergory: buddhism; journals; non-violence; oppression; personal stories; poetry
Date / Volume: #5 (1997)
Publication Place: Olympia, WA
Item 12: Spiritual HumanismAdd to your cart.
Zine about Spiritual Humanism, which is "a free philosophy that embraces the essence of humanity."
Author / Publisher: Talib Y. Rasheed (South Chicago ABC Zine Distro)
Category: politics; psychology; religion
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Homewood, IL
Item 13: Split X SocietyAdd to your cart.
Zine focusing on punk rock music and social change with interviews and reviews.
Author / Publisher: unknown (self-published)
Category: anti-racist action; criticism; love; music; music reviews; punk; social change; social justice
Date / Volume: #1 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Santa Rosa, CA
Item 14: Spontaneous ReactionAdd to your cart.
Spare, diaristic writing, poetry and drawings, mostly concerning sex and crushes. Includes letters to specific friends. Issue #1 is a split with Roam (for the life of little things) #1, 2005. Issue #2 is a split with Roam #1, 2006. Both are filed under Roam.
Author / Publisher: Erica Flower (self-published)
Category: crushes; letters; poetry
Date / Volume: #1 (2005), #2 (2006)
Publication Place: Green Bay, WI
Item 15: SprawlAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings, comics and creative writings.
Author / Publisher: unknown (self-published)
Category: comics; fiction; personal stories; poetry; short stories
Date / Volume: #2 (2003)
Publication Place: South Windsor, CT
Item 16: Spud and ErnieAdd to your cart.
Mini-comic about friends going to a science museum.
Author / Publisher: Matt Feazell and Randy Paske (Phantasy Press)
Category: comics; humor
Date / Volume: (1984)
Publication Place: comics; humor
Item 17: SPXAdd to your cart.
Comics anthology.
Author / Publisher: Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (2002)
Publication Place: Bethesda, MD
Item 18: The Squeezed ProjectAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Nikki Atwell (self-published)
Category: break-ups; friends; heartbreak; interviews; love; personal stories; relationships
Date / Volume: (summer 2002)
Publication Place: Melbourne, AR

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