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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 T2Add to your cart.
Item 1: The Tea PartyAdd to your cart.
Zine with a story of romance.
Author / Publisher: Roxanne Marie Carter (Persephassa Small Press)
Category: fiction; love; romance; short stories
Date / Volume: (2003)
Publication Place: Providence, RI
Item 2: Tea Party: A Tea Club AnthologyAdd to your cart.
Minicomic by various artists about characters who drink tea, drawn in the Japanese manga style.
Author / Publisher: Phuong-Mai Bui-Quang, ed. (P.M.B.Q Studios)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: vol. 1 (2006)
Publication Place: Campbell, CA
Item 3: Technological DisadvantagesAdd to your cart.
Personal narratives about misadventures with technology.
Author / Publisher: Kelly (self-published)
Category: cars; computers; moving; personal stories; technology
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Denver, CO
Item 4: Teebo the ClownAdd to your cart.
Collection of brief comics about a pun-loving clown. no. 2: Teebo the Clown and His Poodles of Death, and #3Teebo the Clown: All New Adventures
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr, 2017
Author / Publisher: Keith O'Brien, ed. (self-published)
Category: comics; humor
Date / Volume: #2 (2015), #3 (2016)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 5: Teenage Finger FuckAdd to your cart.
Story of two thrill-seeking teeangers, who drink, steal bicycles and look for sex.
Author / Publisher: Story: Lee Reiherzer; drawings: Denise (self-published: Alley Cat Press)
Category: drinking; rebellion; sex; teenagers; youth sexuality
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Oshkosh, WI
Item 6: Teenage FreakshowAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with articles and comics on the punk lifestyle. Issue "#91 214/471" is a split with Frontal Lobotomy #5 and is filed under Frontal Lobotomy.
Author / Publisher: Matt Swain (self-published)
Category: autobiographical comics; comics; crushes; dating; love; personal stories; punk; teenagers; youth
Date / Volume: #91 214/471 [1995]
Publication Place: El Cajon, CA
Item 7: Teenage Gang Debs, #5Add to your cart.
Acquisition Details: Gift of Barnard Zine Library, 2016
Author / Publisher: Don and Erin Smith (self-published)
Category: interviews; personal stories;  television.
Date / Volume: #5 (May 1993)
Publication Place: Bethesda, MD
Item 8: Teenage SatanAdd to your cart.
Includes CD.
Author / Publisher: various (Pancake Responsibilities)
Category: comics; humor
Date / Volume: no. 1 (2004)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 9: Teenage WhoremoansAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with interviews, comics, and diaristic writings. #6 is a split issue with Sisyphean Garbage, and is filed under Teenage Whoremoans.
Author / Publisher: Melanie Shelton (self-published)
Category: anorexia; body image; bulimia; eating disorders; feminism; music; personal stories; riot grrrl; sexism; women
Date / Volume: #4, #6 (1990s)
Publication Place: Coeur d'Alene, ID
Item 10: Temp Slave!Add to your cart.
Zine with articles about the temp workforce. Includes humorous stories about work by disgruntled employees, as well as commentary on the workers' movement and economic trends.
Author / Publisher: Keffo (self-published)
Category: comics; economics; humor; jobs; labor movement; labor unions; personal stories; social class; work; workers' collectives
Date / Volume: #4-6 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Madison, WI
Item 11: Temporary CultureAdd to your cart.
Poetry zine devoted to experimental and nonsense poetry. Issue #6 is features poems constructed from numbers or having numerological themes.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Larry McCaffery
Author / Publisher: (self-published)
Category: experimental poetry; poetry
Date / Volume: #6 (Dec. 1991)
Publication Place: Upper Montclair, NJ
Item 12: The TemptressAdd to your cart.
Pornographic comic strip featuring cartoon character J. Wellington Wimpy, with partilly printed article on the Tijuana Bible, cheaply printed pornographic comic strips popular in the 1920s and 1930s.
Author / Publisher: unknown
Category: comics; erotic pictures; pornography
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 13: Ten Thousand Dollars Worth of JawAdd to your cart.
Zine featuring personal narratives. [See "The Blacklist"]
Author / Publisher: Clint W. Heidorn (Blacklist Publications)
Category: personal stories
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA
Item 14: Tenacious: Art and Writings from Women in PrisonAdd to your cart.
Art and writings from women in prison.
Author / Publisher: various (Black Star Publishing)
Category: criminal justice; personal stories; poetry; prison activism; prison conditions; prison writing; prisoners; women in prison
Date / Volume: #18 (fall 2009)
Publication Place: New York, NY
Item 15: The Tender SurplusAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with comics.
Author / Publisher: various (self-published)
Category: comics; humor
Date / Volume: #1 (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 16: Tennyson BluesAdd to your cart.
A poetry zine by the various San Diego State students a part of the unofficial poetry club.
Author / Publisher: Brent Jensen (ed.) (self-published)
Category: poetry
Date / Volume: n.d. (2016?)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 17: La Teoría de GéneroAdd to your cart.
Spanish-language zine about sex, gender, and feminism. Also mentions Emma Goldman and historic strikes.
Author / Publisher: unknown
Category: anarchy; feminism; gender roles; masculinity; strikes
Date / Volume: unknown
Publication Place: unknown
Item 18: TerminalAdd to your cart.
Minicomic with an absurd and comical take on the end of the world, as mayhem breaks loose and people and animals act in strange ways. Features contributions from several artists
Author / Publisher: Steve Willis, ed. (self-published)
Category: apocalypse; comics; humor
Date / Volume: (2011)
Publication Place: McCleary, WA
Item 19: Terror of the Stick Men of Mt. St. HellensAdd to your cart.
Information on the legend of the apemen who live around Mt. St. Helens. Includes press clippings and excerpts from historical records.
Author / Publisher: Kris Lyon (self-published)
Category: conspiracies; legends; monsters
Date / Volume: #1 (July 2014)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 20: TextwrapAdd to your cart.
Book and zine reviews, with an emphasis on DIY and design.
Author / Publisher: Nicole (self-published)
Category: book reviews; DIY; literature; papermaking; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #1 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Gahanna, OH
Item 21: T-Gina Add to your cart.
Minicomic. "The tale of a fabulous Transgendered gal and her search for validation and a decent cup of coffee."
Author / Publisher: Gina Kamentsky (Pixeltoon)
Category: autobiographical comics; transgender
Date / Volume: #1 (2002), 5 fliers advertising T-Gina #3 (2004?)
Publication Place: Somerville, MA
Item 22: That Bear's Not Much of a Performer!Add to your cart.
Minicomic about an uninteresting performing bear. The comic is a split with Mistake, and is filed under Mistake.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Dan Hager, 2004
Author / Publisher: Antae Bargan (self-published)
Category: animals; comics; humor
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 23: That Girl Add to your cart.
Feminist personal zine. Issue #9 is a split with Limousine #5 and is filed under That Girl.
Author / Publisher: Kelli Williams (self-published)
Category: feminism; interviews; music; personal stories; riot grrrl
Date / Volume: #3 (n.d.), #4 (1994), #5 (May 1995), #9 (Aug. 1997)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA

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