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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 Z1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Zazil2Add to your cart.
"[N]ow the official newsletter of the San Diego Poetry Guild"
Author / Publisher: The San Diego Poetry Guild
Category: poetry; writing
Date / Volume: no. 4 (September 2003)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 2: Zebra PizzaAdd to your cart.
Zine devoted to pizza, with song lyrics of popular songs changed to incorporate pizza.
Author / Publisher: Jon-O Gazdecki and Ziba Zehdar (self-published: ¡Three Amigo Press!)
Category: food; humor; song lyrics
Date / Volume: #1 (2014)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 3: Zeet: A Little Book of Alphabetic DispositionsAdd to your cart.
Comic blending surrealism and dark humor with a story told through highly alliterative text.
Author / Publisher: Foo Swee Chin (Slave Labor Graphics)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (2003)
Publication Place: San Jose, CA
Item 4: Zeke & Goulash in ColorAdd to your cart.
"Most of these strips originally appeared on-line, between 1997-2000. Black & white versions appeared in Postmodern AnXst, my self-published comic book anthology; the covers of those issues, and other curios, round out this collection." Signed by the author with original drawing on first page.
Author / Publisher: Greg Béda (Re-Imagining Comic Art)
Category: comics; humor; cartoons
Date / Volume: (2004)
Publication Place: Redwood City, CA
Item 5: Zenger's NewsmagazineAdd to your cart.
Politics and news from a leftist perspective, with an emphasis on gay and lesbian issues.
Author / Publisher: Mark Gabrish Conlan and collective (San Diego Independent Media Center)
Category: activism; animal rights; bisexuality; gay; gender; gender fucking; gender identity; gender politics; HIV/AIDS; indigenous peoples; left-wing politics; lesbian; political organizing; politics; queer; queer activism; right-wing politics; terrorism; transgender; transgender politics; war
Date / Volume: #98 (Aug. 2002), #100 (Oct. 2002), #109 (July 2003), #110 (Aug. 2003), #111 (Sept. 2003)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 6: Zero HourAdd to your cart.
Zine focusing on music and zine reviews.
Author / Publisher: James Suh, ed. (self-published)
Category: body image; indigenous peoples; media critique; music; music reviews; objectification; personal stories; punk; representation of women; women; zine reviews
Date / Volume: #3 (summer 1995)
Publication Place: Ithaca, NY
Item 7: Zine Capsule: Zine collecting for the futureAdd to your cart.
Informative zine about proper zine storage and archival practices.
Author / Publisher: Kim Schwenk (ed.); Jenna Freedman, Margaret Nee, Torie Quinonez (contributors) (self-published)
Category: archives; libraries; zines
Date / Volume: #1 (2008)
Publication Place: Encinitas, CA
Item 8: Zine Librarian PetsAdd to your cart.
Pictures of the pets of zine librarians.
Author / Publisher: Compiled by Kelly M. (self-published)
Category: cats; dogs; pets; photographs
Date / Volume: (June 2014)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 9: Zine Librarians Code of EthicsAdd to your cart.
An informative zine offering a code of ethics to consider when "acquiring, managing, preserving, and making accessible zines in a library setting."
Author / Publisher: Heidy Berthoud, Joshua Barton, Jeremy Brett, Lisa Darms, Violet Fox, Jenna Freedman, Jennifer LaSuprema Hecker, Lillian Karabaic, Rhonda Kauffman, Kelly McElroy, Milo Miller, Honor Moody, Jude Vachon, Madeline Veitch, Celina Williams, and Kelly Wooten (Zine Librarians Interest Group)
Category: Durham, NC
Date / Volume: (Nov. 2015)
Publication Place: Durham, NC
Item 10: Zine WorldAdd to your cart.
Mostly zine reviews with news and opinion articles.
Author / Publisher: Jerianne, ed. (self-published)
Category: politics; zines; zine reviews
Date / Volume: #19 (summer 2003), #24 (Jan. 2007)
Publication Place: Murfreesboro, TN
Item 11: ZinecoreAdd to your cart.
Describes a standardized format for cataloging zines, called xZINECOREx, developed by members of the Zine Librarian (un)Conference.
Author / Publisher: Milo (self-published)
Category: archives; libraries; zine libraries; zines
Date / Volume: (April 2013)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 12: Zines: A (Potentially) Useful GuideAdd to your cart.
Introduction to zines and zine culture.
Acquisition Information: Gift of SDSU Zine & D.I.Y. Culture Club, 2016
Author / Publisher: collective (SDSU Zine & D.I.Y. Culture Club)
Category: DIY; independent media; zines
Date / Volume: [2016]
Publication Place: [San Diego, CA]
Item 13: Zines In Libraries: Collecting! Cataloging! & Community!Add to your cart.
Information on how to develop zine collections for libraries.
Author / Publisher: (self-published)
Category: zine libraries; zine resources; zine-making; zines
Date / Volume: (June 2012)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 14: Zinester's Guide to PortlandAdd to your cart.
Travel guide to Portland, Ore. with special attention given to low budget and no cost activities.
Author / Publisher: Shawn Granton, ed. (Microcosm Publishing)
Category: bicycles; book stores; coffee shops; cycling; cycling community; cities; grocery stores; hiking; history; libraries; museums; public transit; restaurants; skateboarding; theater; thrift stores; travel; zines
Date / Volume: 4th Edition (Jan. 2007)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 15: ZinetopiaAdd to your cart.
Collaborative zine with zine reviews, discussions on zine ethics, interviews, a distro list, and solicitations for pen pals.
Acquisition Information: North Tazewell, VA
Author / Publisher: Sarah Rose (self-published)
Category: independent publishing; interviews; zine distros; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #1 (2006)
Publication Place: North Tazewell, VA
Item 16: Zip it upAdd to your cart.
Tour journal of Yankee Wuss and Whatserface.
Author / Publisher: Miel (self-published)
Category: band tours; bisexuality; bulimia; depression; emotions; music; personal stories; psychiatric drugs
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 17: ZipperAdd to your cart.
Personal zine about being young and rebelling against the school system, parents and authorities, with media critique and DIY tips.
Author / Publisher: Zip (self-published)
Category: anarchism; dropping out; education; freedom; high school; media critique; music; oppression personal stories; rebellion; self-education; teenagers; television; youth; youth liberation; zines
Date / Volume: #3 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 18: Zombie Jesus Special #1Add to your cart.
Minicomic by the creators of Champions of Hell. Jesus rises from the dead as a flesh eating zombie. The Roman empire declares war in retaliation. The first issue includes the first installment of the Zombie Jesus storyline and art from guest contributors.
Author / Publisher: Robin Thompson, story and artwork (Ira Hunter)
Category: comics; horror; jesus christ
Date / Volume: #1 (2004)
Publication Place: Victoria, B.C., Canada
Item 19: Zook and Max Ain't What They Used To BeAdd to your cart.
Miscellaneous, non-linear shorts.
Author / Publisher: Timothy Charles Kelly (Small Press Syndicate)
Category: comics; humor; cartoons
Date / Volume: (2002)
Publication Place: New York, NY
Item 20: ZYZXXAdd to your cart.
"A music and humor 'zine for the thinking cync."
Author / Publisher: Jen Hitchcock (ZYZXX Publications)
Category: bands; filmmaking; humor; interviews; music; music reviews; poetry
Date / Volume: #1,2,3,5,6,7,8,11 (1996-2001)
Publication Place: West Hollywood, CA
Item 21: $ZZZZzzzz?Add to your cart.
Commentary on money and consumerism juxtaposd by sexual images.
Author / Publisher: Beatriz Albequerque (self-published)
Category: consumerism; performance; performing arts; sex
Date / Volume: #1 (Nov. 2006)
Publication Place: Chicago, IL / Portugal

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