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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 Y1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Yadda, Yadda, YaddaAdd to your cart.
Punk zine with band interviews and music reviews as well as articles and comics examining punk culture.
Author / Publisher: E.F.K.A.T.T.C.W, Timmy G and Gordy, eds. (self-published)
Category: bands; interviews; music; music reviews; punk
Date / Volume: #2 (Oct.)
Publication Place: St. Paul, MN
Item 2: Yasmin de CartherusAdd to your cart.
Fantasy story about the title character told through text and drawings.
Author / Publisher: Elizia (self-published)
Category: comics; fiction; storytelling
Date / Volume: #2 (1995)
Publication Place: Phoenix, AZ
Item 3: Yellow Cape Revolution CatalogAdd to your cart.
Distro catalog of various girl zines and other merchandise.
Author / Publisher: Tarah and Sarah (self-published)
Category: feminism; women; zine distribution; zine distros; zines
Date / Volume: (June/July 2001)
Publication Place: Santa Cruz, CA
Item 4: YeperenyeAdd to your cart.
Minicomic. Muric, an employee at a computer company, goes to Australia in search of his former colleague, Melina, who has discovered the secret of an ancient religion involving giant animal spirits.
Author / Publisher: Jason Thompson (Mock Man Press)
Category: comics; monsters
Date / Volume: #1 (2004)
Publication Place: San Francisco
Item 5: Yes Ma'amAdd to your cart.
Feminist zine with multiple contributors. Covers many topics including women in the arts, pop culture, and politics.
Acquisition Information: Issue #7 gift of Barnard Zine Library, 2018
Author / Publisher: Suzy Gonzales and Elle Minter, eds. (self-published)
Category: feminism; poetry; representation of women; women
Date / Volume: #7 [2013?]
Publication Place: [San marcos, TX]
Item 6: Yesterday's Fishwrap Could Be Today's Oracle Add to your cart.
A compilation of material taken from multiple zines published during 1990-1995, such as Gunk and Outpunk.
Author / Publisher: John Gerken (Tree of Knowledge Distribution)
Category: bicycle maintenance; comics; DIY; personal stories; punk; queer; restaurants; squatting
Date / Volume: #2 (March 2001)
Publication Place: Little Rock, AR
Item 7: [Yo Amo Ramones]Add to your cart.
Drawings of the Ramones.
Author / Publisher: Jackie Bustamante (self-published: SDSU Zine and DIY Culture Club)
Category: bands; cartoons
Date / Volume: (2016)
Publication Place: San Diego
Item 8: Yolotl Add to your cart.
Long multilingual poem about migrant workers along the Mexican-American border. This copy is #50 in the first edition of 150.
Author / Publisher: Lourdes Figueroa (Spooky Action Books)
Category: experimental poetry; migration; poetry; undocumented workers
Date / Volume: (2013)
Publication Place: Albany, CA
Item 9: You Are HereAdd to your cart.
Humorous comic reflecting the author's real life experiences.
Author / Publisher: Jen Michaelis (self-published)
Category: autobiographical comics; comics; humor; jobs; personal stories; road trips; teenagers; work
Date / Volume: v. 1 #1, 2, 4, 5 (2003-2004)
Publication Place: Davis, CA
Item 10: You Can Work Any Hundred Hours A Week You Want (In Your Underwear)!!Add to your cart.
The history of independent publisher and zine distro Microcosm Publishing as told by its founder Joe Biel and Microcosm employees.
Author / Publisher: Joe Biel (Microcosm Publishing)
Category: independent media; publishing; zine distros; zine history; zines
Date / Volume: (2006)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 11: Young AncestorsAdd to your cart.
Zine that discusses the relation between art and science and the need for greater understanding of both going into the future.
Author / Publisher: A. Marsh (Young Ancestors)
Category: art; artists; science; scientists
Date / Volume: #1, 2 (1981)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 12: Young PioneersAdd to your cart.
"A journal of independent travel culture."
Author / Publisher: Dan Eldridge, ed. (Young Pioneers)
Category: art; artists; drawing; hitchhiking; independent media; interviews; publishing; road trips; ships; travel; travel stories; war; writing
Date / Volume: #1 (2003)
Publication Place: Pittburgh, PA
Item 13: YoungbloodAdd to your cart.
Black-and-white promotional edition of Rob Liefeld's Youngblood series for Image Comics.
Author / Publisher: Rob Liefeld (Image Comics)
Category: comics; superheoes
Date / Volume: (1991)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 14: Your Life as a GirlAdd to your cart.
Compiled during a Women's Studies class at SDSU, this zine talks about (and illustrates with collages) the socialization process of young women.
Author / Publisher: Curtis Sittenfeld (self-published)
Category: body image; feminism; gender; gender roles; representation of women; sexism; women
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 15: You're Already DeadAdd to your cart.
Punk zine about British politics. Mentions Thatcher, class inequality, and America's effect on Britain. Inner title page: "This text was handed out free as a small pamphlet by members of CRASS at their gigs in 1984."
Author / Publisher: CRASS ("In the Spirit of Emma" C/O Active Distribution)
Category: activism; anti-capitalism; environmental protection; punk; social class
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: London, UK
Item 16: You're an Angel, You li'l DevilAdd to your cart.
Zine with comics and images that positively portray women as devils.
Author / Publisher: Randy Robbins (self-published)
Category: art; artists; comics; representation of women; women; women in comics
Date / Volume: #1 (Oct. 2006), #2 (Dec. 2006), #3 (April 2007)
Publication Place: Anaheim, CA
Item 17: Youth TruthAdd to your cart.
Zine devoted to discussion of age disrimination and advocacy for youth rights.
Author / Publisher: Justin Mallone, ed. (Americans for a Society Free from Age Restrictions)
Category: alternative education; child abuse; children; dropping out; education; fiction; freedom; high school; homeschooling; postsecondary education; short stories; teenagers; youth; youth detention centers; youth liberation
Date / Volume: Inaugural Issue (Nov./Dec. 1999), Vol. 1-8 (2000-2008), Vol. 9 #1-2 (2010)
Publication Place: Chicago, IL
Item 18: Yuck!Add to your cart.
An underground anthology featuring art and writing by Ross Radiation, Frankie Pan, Ed Traquino, Jason Paulos, Ed Kearsley, Matt Emery, Jacek Zabawa, J Marc Schmidt and Glenno. http://www.milkshadowbooks.com/
Acquisition Information: Gift of Jesica Brubaker, 2015
Author / Publisher: Various (Milk Shadow Books)
Category: comics; horror; monsters
Date / Volume: #1 (2008)
Publication Place: Australia
Item 19: Yung Zine FanzineAdd to your cart.
Satirical zine about teen culture and consumerism.
Author / Publisher: Kim O. No (self-published)
Category: capitalism; fashion; humor; music; satire; teenagers
Date / Volume: #3,Teen Politics Issue (Valentine's Day 2014)
Publication Place: unknown

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