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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 W1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Wafer ManeuverAdd to your cart.
"A vital series of questionable material...reviews of anything and everything, interviews with humans both famous and insignificant, poetry from Portland's brightest young stars, and regular columns that seek to address controversial issues."
Author / Publisher: collective (Wafer Maneuver)
Category: comics; criticism; fiction; humor; music reviews; poetry; short stories; wine
Date / Volume: v.1 #1 (May 2005)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 2: Wait Stop Go BackAdd to your cart.
Zine about the power of creativity and art.
Author / Publisher: JP Coovert (One Percent Press)
Category: art; comics; creativity; drawing
Date / Volume: (July 2004)
Publication Place: Savannah, GA
Item 3: Walkie TalkieAdd to your cart.
Features three independent stories in comics format.
Author / Publisher: Nate Powell (self-published)
Category: comics; fiction; stories
Date / Volume: #2 (June 2001)
Publication Place: North Little Rock, AZ
Item 4: Walking ManAdd to your cart.
Minicomic by autobiographical-comics artist Colin Upton. In this comic, Upton shares his lifelong habit of walking and the benefits of walking as opposed to other types of travel.
Author / Publisher: Colin Upton (self-published: Colin Upton Comics)
Category: autobiographical comics; urban exploration; walking
Date / Volume: (2004)
Publication Place: Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Item 5: Wandering ArtoholicAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with, among other stories, an account of a trip on a cruise ship.
Author / Publisher: Pat Lackenbauer (self-published)
Category: art; art spaces; artists; christmas; creativity; drawing; holidays; journals; personal stories; ships; travel; travel stories; suicide
Date / Volume: #3 (Feb. 2008)
Publication Place: Ontario, Canada
Item 6: Want to be a Star?Add to your cart.
Advertisement for Studio Kaiju, a Boston-based performance and media group.
Author / Publisher: Studio Kaiju (self-published)
Category: performing arts
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Boston, MA
Item 7: WarbleAdd to your cart.
Zine with stamps and accompanying CD featuring electronic music. Also includes film strip of x-ray images in a plastic baggie labelled "PRN Medication-Keep In Bag."
Author / Publisher: Robert Cronister (self-published)
Category: art; art books; music; rubber stamps
Date / Volume: (2001)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 8: WarpaintAdd to your cart.
A collection of stories and interviews by and of various writers and zinesters. Published in Sweden, in English.
Author / Publisher: Andreas Hagberg (Suicide Publishing)
Category: censorship; feminism; fiction; interviews; personal stories; poetry; pornography; short stories
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Linkoping, Sweden
Item 9: Waterfront TrampAdd to your cart.
A personal zine discussing issues of sexuality, relationships, and race.
Author / Publisher: Jeanne Loh (self-published)
Category: youth sexuality; sex; relationships; race; racial identity
Date / Volume: #1 (1998)
Publication Place: Berkeley, CA
Item 10: We Believe in Infinite IntelligenceAdd to your cart.
Exploration of spiritualism in the 21st century.
Author / Publisher: Lacey Prpic Hedtke (Wooden Leg Print and Press)
Category: religion
Date / Volume: (2016)
Publication Place: Minneapolis, MN
Item 11: We Like PooAdd to your cart.
Zine about feces. Also includes non-feces related stories about the author's life.
Author / Publisher: Tara Sin (self-published)
Category: bathrooms; personal stories
Date / Volume: #2
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 12: Weekly HeroAdd to your cart.
"For 2017 I have decided to create a new pulp/super hero for each week and post it on my Facebook page. Here is the first quarter of the year, 13 heroes in all."
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr, 2017
Author / Publisher: Keith O'Brien
Category: comics; superheroes
Date / Volume: #1 (2017)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 13: Weight-Loss Castle for SheepAdd to your cart.
"With special help from Andrice Arp (character designs) and also Jason Shiga, Jesse Reklaw, and Eli Bishop."
Author / Publisher: Erik Nebel (self-published)
Category: comics; humor
Date / Volume: (Jan. 2004)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 14: Weird Kid Guide to Friendly FloraAdd to your cart.
Index of medicinal plants found in New England and supermarkets.
Author / Publisher: Den (self-published)
Category: alternative medicine; herbalism; plant identification; weeds
Date / Volume: (2014 / 2015)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 15: Weirdness Before MidnightAdd to your cart.
Zine mostly focused on discussion of movies, but includes articles on other topics such as dreams, psychological disorders and pop culture in general.
Author / Publisher: Dave Szurek, ed. (self-published)
Category: advertising; aliens; conspiracies; dreams; fetishes; film; movies; personal stories; UFOS
Date / Volume: #5 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Aberdeen, WA
Item 16: West of VenusAdd to your cart.
Personal zine written by a middle-school girl with most of the stories focused on some aspect of school life.
Author / Publisher: Anna (self-published)
Category: feminism; personal stories; riot grrrl; sexism; youth; zine reviews
Date / Volume: #1 (Feb. 1996)
Publication Place: Tucson, AZ
Item 17: What God Has Revealed to ManAdd to your cart.
"The genuine Word of God As revealed by the world's Holy Men And the World's Holy Books", a humorous atheist response to christian pamphlets in the form of a minicomic.
Author / Publisher: Christoph Meyer (self-published)
Category: comics; humor; religion; satire
Date / Volume: (n.d)
Publication Place: Danville, OH
Item 18: What Have I Done!Add to your cart.
Collage with handwritten, fragmentary text and images.
Author / Publisher: unknown (self-published)
Category: personal stories
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 19: What the Devil Don't KnowAdd to your cart.
"[A] collection of illustrated songs written for guitar." Blueberry muffin recipe on back cover.
Author / Publisher: Madeline Adams (self-published)
Category: Athens, GA
Date / Volume: #1 (2000-2006)
Publication Place: Athens, GA
Item 20: What the Ladies Have to SayAdd to your cart.
Interviews collected while traveling.
Author / Publisher: Ronni Tartlet (self-published)
Category: interviews; personal stories; war; women's rights
Publication Place: Seattle, WA
Item 21: What to Keep, What to Give AwayAdd to your cart.
Personal zine about abusive sexual relationships. The author reconsiders the power dynamics of her past romantic relationships, in which she has both given and taken abuse, and how her desires reinforce internal and external systems of oppression.
Author / Publisher: Khristina Acosta (self-published)
Category: abuse; consent; power relations; sex; sexual abuse; sexual relationships
Date / Volume: #1 (2012)
Publication Place: New Brunswick, NJ
Item 22: Whatever PublicationAdd to your cart.
Punk zine mostly devoted to discussion of bands, hardcore and interviews, but also includes discussion of other subjects such as straight edge and rape.
Author / Publisher: Graham Pawluk and Nathan Miller (self-published)
Category: bands; interviews; music; music review; punk; rape; straight edge; veganism; vegetarianism
Date / Volume: #1 (1994)
Publication Place: Royal Oak, MI
Item 23: What's a Moodoo?Add to your cart.
Promo for The Marvelous World of Moodoo Comix, containing character bios.
Author / Publisher: Michael Dowell (Moodoo Productions)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (2000s)
Publication Place: Altadena, CA
Item 24: What's The Big Idea?Add to your cart.
Zine about important ideas that have shaped history, with each issue devoted to a single topic.
Author / Publisher: Ian Guch (Cavalcade Publishing)
Category: humor; non-violence; pacifism; politics; religion; resistance; science; scientists
Date / Volume: #1, 2 (2009)
Publication Place: Alexandria, VA
Item 25: What's Their Name: More Adventures w/o GenderAdd to your cart.
Personal stories about the author's experience as a gender neutral ("neutrois") person.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Barnard Zine Library, 2018
Author / Publisher: Julia Eff (self-published)
Category: body hair; gender; gender fucking; gender identity; personal stories
Date / Volume: (2013)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 26: Wheelchair DancerAdd to your cart.
Zine with poetry on topics ranging from social justice issues to concern for the environment and the role of poetry.
Author / Publisher: David Pointer (Time Barn Books)
Category: anti-capitalism; environmental degradation; poetry; poverty; social justice
Date / Volume: (2005)
Publication Place: Nashville, TN
Item 27: When I Was BraveAdd to your cart.
Minicomic about the author's experience of being unfairly punished in high school. Split with Sour Pussy and filed under When I Was Brave.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Dan Hager, 2004
Author / Publisher: Kelli Nelson (self-published)
Category: autobiographical comics; comics; coming of age; high school
Date / Volume: (n.d)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 28: When Punk Turns 30Add to your cart.
A zine with personal opinions and criticisms of punk culture.
Author / Publisher: unknown
Category: music; punk; straight edge
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Pensacola, FL
Item 29: When Three Sevens ClashAdd to your cart.
Poems about the enslavement of Native Americans as well as European exploration during the mid 18th century.
Author / Publisher: Cardinal Cox (Starburker Publications)
Category: poetry; history; slavery
Date / Volume: (2012)
Publication Place: Peterborough, England
Item 30: Where Are You Going?Add to your cart.
Zine about moving to a new city and advice on adjusting.
Author / Publisher: Red Velvet (self-published)
Category: advice; coping methods; dating; friends; friendship; moving; personal stories; self-help; work
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 31: WhiffAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings and personal stories and opinions.
Author / Publisher: Genevieve (self-published)
Category: feminism; lists; personal stories; public transit
Date / Volume: #1 (1995)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA

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