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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 S13Add to your cart.
Item 1: StruggleAdd to your cart.
Working class and labor movement issues. Includes fiction and poetry.
Author / Publisher: Tim Hall (self-published)
Category: fiction; labor movement; poetry; short stories; work
Date / Volume: v. 19 #2 / v. 20 #1 (winter-spring 2003-2004)
Publication Place: Detroit, MI
Item 2: Stuck Up: A Zine on the History of the Tampon Add to your cart.
Brief history of the tampon, with illustrations.
Author / Publisher: Maryann Riker and Nancy Scott (JUSTARIP Press)
Category: menstruation; tampons
Date / Volume: (2017)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 3: StuffAdd to your cart.
Zine with comic and zine reviews as well as information on distributors and related events.
Author / Publisher: Paul Houston (STUFF)
Category: comics; fiction; independent media; interviews; short stories; women in comics; zine distribution; zine distros; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #11 (May/June 2000)
Publication Place: Pittsburgh, PA
Item 4: StuffAdd to your cart.
Minicomic about Upton's collecting habits and his difficulties getting rid of the household objects accumulating in his home.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr, 2016
Author / Publisher: Colin Upton (self-published: Colin Upton Comics)
Category: autobiographical comics
Date / Volume: #1-3 (2015)
Publication Place: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Item 5: STY Zine/Shoot the StarsAdd to your cart.
Personal zine. Includes "Shoot the Stars," a supplement to Sty Zine devoted to reviews.
Author / Publisher: unknown (self-published)
Category: band tours; bands; childbirth; consumerism; midwifery; music; music reviews; personal stories; photography; road trips; social change; social control; skateboarding; travel; work; zine reviews
Date / Volume: #18 (fall 1994), #23 (1996)
Publication Place: Bloomington, IN
Item 6: Sub RosaAdd to your cart.
Personal mini-zine with diaristic writing about a range of personal topics.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Barnard Library, 2017
Author / Publisher: Taryn Hipp (self-published)
Category: journals; marriage; mental health; personal stories; relationships; writing
Date / Volume: # 1-7 [mid-2000s?]
Publication Place: Warrington, PA and Doylestown, PA
Item 7: SuburbiaAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with interviews, collages, clippings, zine reviews, and stories.
Author / Publisher: Cecilia Moss (self-published)
Category: alternative menstrual products; book reviews; high school; homophobia; lesbian; music reviews; personal stories; pro-choice movement; punk; queer; rape; religion; reusable pads; riot grrrl; self-defense; self-harm; sex; sexual abuse; sexual assault; teenagers; women; zine reviews
Date / Volume: #3 (1995), #4 (1995), #6 (1995), #7 (1995)
Publication Place: Point Richmond, CA
Item 8: SuburbiniteAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings and reviews.
Author / Publisher: Tetley and José Cappocci (self-published)
Category: food; music reviews; personal stories; punk
Date / Volume: #1 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Vancouver, Canada
Item 9: Subway Sissy Zine DistroAdd to your cart.
Girl Zine Distro Catalogue.
Author / Publisher: Witnee (self-published)
Category: riot grrrl; zine distribution; zine distros; zines
Date / Volume: (spring 1996)
Publication Place: Pacific Palisades, CA
Item 10: El Sueño de VenusAdd to your cart.
Zine in Spanish with articles and poetry on women.
Author / Publisher: collective (self-published)
Category: drawing; personal stories; women
Date / Volume: #3 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Tijuana, B.C.
Item 11: Sugar Free DaysAdd to your cart.
Author / Publisher: Cole Johnson (Sleepover Comics)
Category: comics; humor
Date / Volume: no. 1 (2002)-no. 2 (2002)
Publication Place: Austin, TX
Item 12: Sugar NeedleAdd to your cart.
Zine devoted to candy and candy makers.
Author / Publisher: Corina Fastwolf and Phlox Icona (self-published)
Category: food
Date / Volume: #38 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 13: SuggestionsAdd to your cart.
Zine with a piece of advice printed on each page.
Acquisition Information: #3 Gift of Kim Schwenk, 2017
Author / Publisher: Kelsey (self-published)
Category: advice
Date / Volume: #1 (2014), #3 (2016)
Publication Place: Olympia, WA
Item 14: Suk Yr OwnAdd to your cart.
Zine focusing mainly on music.
Author / Publisher: DEL (self-published)
Category: bands; concert reviews; interviews; music; music reviews; punk
Category: San Luis Rey, CA
Date / Volume: #2 (n.d.)
Item 15: SummerAdd to your cart.
Summaries of personal summer stories.
Acquisition Information: Gift from SDSU Zine & D.I.Y. Culture Club. 2019
Author / Publisher: Various contributers (SDSU Zine and DIY Culture Club)
Category: personal stories
Date / Volume: (Sept. 2018)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 16: Summer of DarknessAdd to your cart.
Personal account of living with depression and and fighting it.
Author / Publisher: Andrea Steffy (self-published)
Category: depression; mental health
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown

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