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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 T5Add to your cart.
Item 1: Tree of KnowledgeAdd to your cart.
Independent literature distribution of progressive and political zines.
Author / Publisher: Theo Witsell (self-published)
Category: gender; left-wing politics; music; politics; veganism; vegetarianism; zine distribution; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: (spring/summer 1997)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 2: "Tree-A-Log"Add to your cart.
Minicomic with pared-down, geometric drawings and nonsense dialogue. The minicomic is a split with Nature of a Bear, filed under Nature of a Bear.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Dan Hager, 2004
Author / Publisher: Davey Oil? (self-published)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (2004)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 3: Trees Died for ThisAdd to your cart.
Poetry concerning zines.
Author / Publisher: Shannon Colebank (Whizzbanger Productions)
Category: cultural criticism; poetry; zines
Date / Volume: (2002)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 4: TriggerAdd to your cart.
Minicomic. Contains the serialized story "Everyman," about a superhero who is blackmailed when villains learn his secret identity.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Markel Tumlin, 2015
Author / Publisher: Mike Bertino (Trigger Comics)
Category: comics; mysteries; superheroes
Date / Volume: #1 (2002) - #4 (2003)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 5: Triniti's Comic SamplerAdd to your cart.
Minicomic following the adventures of characters created by the author.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Dan Hager, 2014
Author / Publisher: Cindy Linville (self-published)
Category: comics; superheroes
Date / Volume: #1 (2003)
Publication Place: Pinellas Park, FL
Item 6: Troll DimensionAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with a focus on music.
Author / Publisher: Bill (self-published)
Category: art; music; personal stories; politics; punk; skateboarding
Date / Volume: (1980s)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 7: True FictionAdd to your cart.
Serial minicomic, each featuring a single story.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Larry McCaffery
Author / Publisher: T. Motley (self-published); Distributed by The Squid Works
Category: comics; humor
Date / Volume: #1-2 (2000)
Publication Place: Denver, CO
Item 8: True Stories: Swear to GodAdd to your cart.
Autobiographical minicomic, with some strips having appeared in the Vallejo Times-Herald and San Juan Magazine.
Author / Publisher: Tom Beland (self-published)
Category: autobiographical comics; comics
Date / Volume: #6-7 (n.d.)
Publication Place: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Item 9: Tuba FrenzyAdd to your cart.
Music zine with interviews and reviews.
Author / Publisher: Tim Ross (self-published)
Category: criticism; interviews; movie reviews; music; music reviews; recording
Date / Volume: #2 (spring/fall 1995)
Publication Place: Chapel Hill, NC
Item 10: The Turd-Filled DonutAdd to your cart.
Community newsletter serving poor and underserved San Francisco neighborhoods such as the Tenderloin, the Mission, 6th Street "and any other parts of S.F. that the city wishes would just disappear!" Articles focus on social justice issues and poor and marginalized communities.
Author / Publisher: Erick Lyle a.k.a Iggy Scam, ed. (self-published)
Category: advocacy; class struggle; gentrification; homelessness; housing; income assistance; media critique; police; police brutality; poverty; social class; social justice; tenant rights; transgender
Date / Volume: #5 (Aug. 1999)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 11: Turning the Tide: Journal of Anti-Racist Action, Research and EducationAdd to your cart.
Newspaper addressing racism and racial discrimination and American imperialism.
Author / Publisher: People Against Racist Terror - P.A.R.T. (self-published)
Category: activism; american imperialism; anarchism; anti-racist action; anti-war; direct action; immigration; indigenous peoples; left-wing politics; media critique; people of color; police; police brutality; political prisoners; politics; race; racism; resistance; social control; violence against women; war
Date / Volume: vol. 15 #3 (2002), vol. 16 #1 (2003)
Publication Place: Culver City, CA
Item 12: Twat!!!Add to your cart.
"A Grrrl zine catalog".
Author / Publisher: Christine (self-published)
Category: feminism; riot grrrl; women; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Denver, CO
Item 13: Twenty-eight Pages Lovingly Bound with TwineAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings and reviews.
Author / Publisher: Christoph Meyer (self-published)
Category: parenting; personal stories; writing
Date / Volume: #4 (May 2002), #5 (Oct. 2002), #6 (n.d.), #7 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Danville, OH
Item 14: Twinkle PigAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with poetry and creative writing.
Author / Publisher: Joe (self-published)
Category: consumerism; personal stories; poetry; punk
Date / Volume: #1 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Winona, MN
Item 15: The Twisted Times of Bella BasuraAdd to your cart.
Personal chapter book with diaristic writings.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Dan Hager
Author / Publisher: unknown (self-published)
Category: drugs; fiction
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Cambridge, UK
Item 16: Two Essays by Emma Goldman on Youth LiberationAdd to your cart.
Zine featuring essays and articles about school and its effects on youth.
Author / Publisher: unknown (Radical Student Union)
Category: education; education theory; socialization; youth liberation; youth sexuality
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Florida
Item 17: Two FearsAdd to your cart.
One-shot comic with two stories in a black humor vein.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Dan Hager, 2004
Author / Publisher: Jason Thompson (self-published: Mock Man Press)
Category: comics; horror; humor
Date / Volume: (Jan. 1997)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 18: Two-Fisted LibrariansAdd to your cart.
Library-themed spoof of pulp novels, complete with pulp-inspired cover art. Stories, poetry and comics parody mystery and science fiction pulps with stories featuring library settings and librarian characters.
Acquisition Information: Issues #3, #4, #5, #6 and #7 are gifts of Kim Scwhenk, 2015 and 2017
Author / Publisher: Matthew Murray, ed. (self-published)
Category: books; fiction; libraries; mysteries; jumor; science fiction; short stories
Date / Volume: #2 (2014), #3 (June 2015), #4 (October 2015), #5 (May 2016), #6 (2016), #7 (May 2017)
Publication Place: Vancouver, BC. and Las Vegas, NV

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