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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 T3Add to your cart.
Item 1: There an Artist (Ecco un Artista)Add to your cart.
A dreamlike story told through drawings and poetry.
Author / Publisher: Danielle (self-published)
Category: art; drawing; poetry
Date / Volume: #1 (May 2007)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 2: These Hands CanAdd to your cart.
Zine with contributions from summer camp counselors and campers.
Author / Publisher: Kelly (self-published)
Category: camping; education; teaching
Date / Volume: (July 2003)
Publication Place: Denver, CO
Item 3: Thinger DingersAdd to your cart.
A collection of comic strips about roomates, relationships and everyday life.
Author/ Publisher: J.T. Yost (Birdcage Bottom Books)
Category: comics; personal stories; roommates
Date / Volume: (2011)
Publication Place: New York, NY (2011)
Item 4: Things My Friends SayAdd to your cart.
A collection of quotes and illustrations of things people have "said aloud in the real physical world. No internet or phones allowed!"
Author / Publisher: Brianna "Jam" (self-published)
Category: drawing; spoken word
Date / Volume: #2 (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 5: Things to do in a Retirement Home Trailer ParkAdd to your cart.
"When You're 29 and Unemployed..."
Author / Publisher: Aneurin Wright (Welsh el Dorado Press)
Category: comics; humor
Date / Volume: no. 2 (2004)
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA
Item 6: Thought BombsAdd to your cart.
Zine with articles on activism, anarchism and prisons.
Author / Publisher: Anthony Rayson, ed. (self-published)
Category: activism; alienation; anarchism; anti-capitalism; black anarchism; capitalism; corporations; direct action; education; environmental degradation; labor movement; military recruitment; postsecondary education; prison abolition; prison activism; prison writing; prisoner rights; prisoners; prisons; protests; racism; slavery; social class; strikes; white privilege
Date / Volume: #24 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Berkeley, CA
Item 7: Thought Nog Art ZineAdd to your cart.
ZIne containing personal anecdotes, a film review, art, and lots of puns.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr
Author / Publisher: Ryan R. Thies (Yarn Heist Publishing/self-published)
Category: cartoons; humor; movie reviews; personal stories
Date / Volume: (Fall 2015)
Publication Place: Seattle, WA
Item 8: Three Essays by Joan DidionAdd to your cart.
Three essays which previously appeared in Joan Didion's book The White Album, compiled by Aaron Lake Smith, author of the zine Big Hands. Topics include shopping centers, Georgia O'Keeffe and the Hoover Dam.
Author / Publisher: Joan Didion; Aaron Lake Smith, ed. (self-published)
Category: artists; biographies; painting
Date / Volume: (2008)
Publication Place: Cary, NC
Item 9: Three Sheets to the WindAdd to your cart.
"Two raging drunks and a catholic school girl (sort of) write stuff they thought up (or stole) and then Xerox it for you to read on the toilet."
Author / Publisher: Antonio, Oona, and Zack (self-published)
Category: bathrooms; concert reviews; humor; music reviews; personal stories; short stories; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #1 - 3 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Austin, TX
Item 10: Three StoriesAdd to your cart.
Three short stories in which the characters discuss sexual relationships and make philosophical observations.
Author / Publisher: John Hutchens (self-published)
Category: fiction; short stories
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Elkin, NC
Item 11: Through Hell With Backwater SaintsAdd to your cart.
An account of one summer in which the author becomes acquianted with the Backwater Saints, a group living in the underbelly of San Diego. The story is told through impressionistic and often mythological prose.
Author / Publisher: unknown
Category: fiction
Date / Volume: [2017]
Publication Place: [San Diego, CA]
Item 12: Tibet is Far China is NearAdd to your cart.
Zine with collage of text and images. Includes short passages on modern culture and radical groups, as well as concert reviews.
Author / Publisher: unknown (self-published)
Category: concert reviews; cultural criticism; social control
Date / Volume: (1984)
Publication Place: NE
Item 13: Tiny DeathsAdd to your cart.
Minicomic illustrating various life events of the author. Some comics originally published in ArtFuck
Author / Publisher: Dan Strachota (self-published)
Category: autobiographical comics; comics; humor; virginity; sex
Date / Volume: #1 (1995)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 14: Tiny ZineAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with poetry and creative writing.
Author / Publisher: Marisa, Heidi and Cari (self-published)
Category: personal stories; poetry
Date / Volume: #1 (April 1993)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 15: Titanium ExposéAdd to your cart.
Interviews with musicians, label and music profiles, record reviews and articles on the San Diego music scene.
Author / Publisher: Christopher Kalani Woo, ed. (self-published)
Category: bands; interviews; music; music reviews; musicians; punk; record labels; rock and roll
Date / Volume: #1 (fall 1998), #2 (1999), #2.1 (Oct. 1999), #3.2 (June 2000)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 16: Titillating Tales Add to your cart.
Minicomic with serialized stories and one-shots by Wahab Algarmi. Issues #3 and #4 are splits with Adventures of the Hashstronauts and are filed under Titillating Tales.
Author / Publisher: Wahab Algarmi (self-published)
Category: comics; superheroes
Date / Volume: #1 (2002) - #5 (2006)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 17: TNT Goes LiteraryAdd to your cart.
Zine produced by Grrrl Zines A Go-Go, a women's zine workshop based in Southern California.
Author / Publisher: various (Grrrl Zines A Go-Go)
Category: collectives; personal stories; riot grrrl; women
Date / Volume: (Nov. 2006)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 18: Tongue.tiedAdd to your cart.
"A free bi-monthly zine devoted to current and recurrent issues in sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and language politics."
Author / Publisher: J. Everett R. (self-published)
Category: communication; english language; language; politics
Date / Volume: (April 2003 - June 2004)
Publication Place: Seattle, WA

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