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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 U1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Ugly BoyAdd to your cart.
Personal zine in which the author describes dealing with work, friends, relationships, roomates and parents. Includes show reviews and collage art. Issue #10 is a split with Power Candy #15, filed under Power Candy.
Author / Publisher: Alvin (self-published)
Category: break-ups; concert reviews; dreams; friends; gay; loneliness; moving; music; personal stories; relationships; sex; work; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #4 (May 1994), #10 (Jan. 1996)
Publication Place: Seattle, WA
Item 2: Ugly ThingsAdd to your cart.
Focuses mostly on the music of the 1960s with some coverage of more recent music.
Author / Publisher: Mike Stax (Ugly Things)
Category: bands; interviews; music; music reviews; musicians; photography; punk; rock and roll
Date / Volume: #13 (1994), #14 (1995), #20 (2002) - #22 (2004)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 3: Under BiteAdd to your cart.
Drawings of mutants and monsters by Neil Winn. This copy is number 199 of 500 and is signed by the artist.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Robert Osborn, 2015
Author / Publisher: Neil Winn (self-published)
Category: cartoons; drawing; monsters
Date / Volume: (2009)
Publication Place: USA
Item 4: Underbelly ComicsAdd to your cart.
Includes: "All About Me," "Buskers Choice," "Dippy the Chronically Depressed Dolphin," "Surrender the Fat," and "Childhood Stories".
Author / Publisher: Susan Ferguson (self-published)
Category: surreal, humor
Date / Volume: #1 (1994)
Publication Place: Vancouver, Canada
Item 5: UnderbiteAdd to your cart.
Honolulu punk zine.
Author / Publisher: Mike (self-published)
Category: bands; interviews; music; punk
Date / Volume: #1 (summer 1995)
Publication Place: Honolulu, HI
Item 6: UnderdogAdd to your cart.
Punk fanzine with reviews and interviews.
Author / Publisher: Red-headed Punk Girl (self-published)
Category: bands; interviews; music; music reviews; punk
Date / Volume: (July 2003)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 7: UnderstatedAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings and poetry. Includes color art plates.
Author / Publisher: unknown (self-published)
Category: art; personal stories; poetry; self-harm
Date / Volume: #4 (May 2000)
Publication Place: Walla Walla, WA

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