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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 T1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Tail SpinsAdd to your cart.
Contains multiple band interviews, over 600 music reviews, and a few of articles on an assortment of topics, such as Bobby Fuller's life and the history of trepanation.
Author / Publisher: Brent Ritzel, ed. (Tail Spins Publishing)
Category: bands; biographies; interviews; music; music reviews; personal stories; sex toys
Date / Volume: #32 (1999)
Publication Place: Evanston, IL
Item 2: Take A DayAdd to your cart.
Music zine with comics and opinion articles.
Author / Publisher: Pablo (self-published)
Category: bands; comics; interviews; music; personal stories
Date / Volume: Preview Issue (n.d.)
Publication Place: Benicia, CA
Item 3: Take Back Your Life: A Wimmin's Guide to Alternative Health CareAdd to your cart.
Pamphlet reprinted from a series of five articles that originally appeared in the magazine Profane Existence from 1990 to 1991. Women's health topics include common infections of the vagina and bladder, menstruation, birth control, AIDS, and the history of midwives. Two copies: one with blue cover and stapled pages, and one with loose pages photocopied on white paper.
Author / Publisher: Alicia non Grata (Profane Existence Collective)
Category: alternative medicine; birth control; feminism; HIV/AIDS; menstruation; midwifery; pregnancy; safer sex; vaginas; women; women's health; women's history; yeast infections
Date / Volume: (1991?)
Publication Place: Minneapolis, MN
Item 4: Take-OutAdd to your cart.
2 copies of issue no. 6.
Author / Publisher: Raina Telgemeier (self-published)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: v. 2, no. 1 (2004)-no. 6 (2003)
Publication Place: [Astoria, NY?]
Item 5: Tales of Something-SomethingAdd to your cart.
Collection of flash fiction.
Author / Publisher: Matt E. Lewis (Budget Press)
Category: short fiction
Date / Volume: (2015)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 6: Tales of TerrorAdd to your cart.
"Official magazine of the Order of the Fly"
Author / Publisher: Ralphie Repulsive (Mad Science Records)
Category: comics; horror; monsters; punk
Date / Volume: #2 (Oct. 2003)
Publication Place: San Bernardino, CA
Item 7: Tales of the Ling MasterAdd to your cart.
Minicomic based on mail artist Al Ackerman's stories about the absurd exploits of the Ling Master, a chronically drunk detective who wears a wine-stained pillowcase over his head.
Author / Publisher: E.J. Barnes (self-published)
Category: comics; humor; mysteries
Date / Volume: Preview #1 (2001-2002), Preview #3 (2002-2003)
Publication Place: Amherst, MA
Item 8: TaliesinAdd to your cart.
A fantasy themed literary zine containing mostly short stories and poetry.
Author / Publisher: Taryn Tyler ed. (self-published)
Category: anti-capitalism; book reviews; fiction; interviews; poetry; short stories; writing
Date / Volume: (Aug. 2008), (Nov. 2008), (summer 2009), (winter 2010), (summer 2010), (winter 2011)
Publication Place: Alpine, CA
Item 9: The TangentAdd to your cart.
Social justice issues, criticism of capitalism and U.S. foreign policy. Also includes personal stories and poetry.
Author / Publisher: Neal Sand (self-published)
Category: american imperialism; anti-capitalism; book reviews; capitalism; colonialism; cultural criticism; personal stories; poetry; politics; social change
Date / Volume: #6 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Washington, D.C.
Item 10: Tastes Like ChickenAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings and local news. Also includes some reviews.
Author / Publisher: unknown (self-published)
Category: baseball; jobs; music; personal stories; work
Date / Volume: #10 - version 2 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Chula Vista, CA

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