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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 M10Add to your cart.
Item 1: The Murder Can Be Fun DatebookAdd to your cart.
Datebooks with trivia relating to murder, crime and death for every day of the year. Spin-off by the creator of Murder Can Be Fun.
Author / Publisher: John Marr (self-published)
Category: crime; death
Date / Volume: #8 (1994), #9 (1995), #10 (1996)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 2: Murder Can Be Fun Presents (Anti-) Sex Tips For TeensAdd to your cart.
Zine reviewing youth sex-advice literature from the late 19th century to the 1980s. Spin-off by the creator of Murder Can Be Fun.
Author / Publisher: John Marr (self-published)
Category: advice; masturbation; sex; sex education; sexually transmitted infections; virginity; youth sexuality
Date / Volume: (1988)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 3: Murder Can Be Fun Presents Obscure Crime BooksAdd to your cart.
Zine with reviews of hard-to-find crime books. Spin-off by the creator of Murder Can Be Fun.
Author / Publisher: John Marr (self-published)
Category: book reviews; crime
Date / Volume: (1994)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 4: Musings of a #Lonely FeministAdd to your cart.
Made by the Feminist Action Project, a student group at the University of Texas at Austin. Features articles by various contributors giving their personal opinions on feminism and women's issues.
Author / Publisher: (Feminist Action Project)
Category: abortion; feminism; gender equality; gender roles; patriarchy; pro-choice movement; sexism; women
Date / Volume: #2-3 (2013)
Publication Place: Austin, TX
Item 5: Mutants Add to your cart.
Drawings of playfully grotesque mutants.
Author / Publisher: Adam Yeater (self-published)
Category: comics; monsters
Date / Volume: (2017)
Publication Place: Tucson, AZ
Item 6: Mutinies: VietnamAdd to your cart.
Zine with articles on the disaffection of U.S. armed-service members during the Vietnam War and their resistance to the military command structure.
Author / Publisher: Various (prole.info)
Category: anti-war; military; rebellion; resistance; war
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 7: My Bloody SisterAdd to your cart.
"Comic commentary on patriarchal medicine with creative illustrations." By the "Daughters of Houdini"
Author / Publisher: Carolyn Cooley & Zoey Kroll (self-published)
Category: comics; feminism; menstruation; tampons; women; women's health
Date / Volume: #2 (June 1996), #3 (Jan. 1997)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 8: My Empty SoulAdd to your cart.
Zine focusing on body image and the media.
Author / Publisher: Jessica DiMaio (BUST Magazine)
Category: body image; feminism; media critique; women
Date / Volume: (Fall 1999)
Publication Place: New York City, NY
Item 9: My Fat Irish Ass!Add to your cart.
Zine with humorous articles and media critique, as well as comics.
Author / Publisher: unknown (self-published)
Category: comics; criticism; humor; media critique; personal stories; politics; right-wing politics
Date / Volume: #8 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Washington, DC
Item 10: My Letter to the WorldAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with interviews and comics.
Author / Publisher: Lily (self-published)
Category: comics; high school; interviews; music; music reviews; personal stories; punk; teenagers
Date / Volume: #10 (April 1994), #12 (May 1995)
Publication Place: Berkeley, CA
Item 11: My Plants Are Slowly DyingAdd to your cart.
Accordion-style art book with an illustration of five potted plants withering on a shelf.
Author / Publisher: Rachel Curry (self-published)
Category: art; art books
Date / Volume: (2013)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 12: My Snow-globe LifeAdd to your cart.
Descriptions and stories behind each snowglobe in the author's collection.
Author / Publisher: Johnnie B. Baker (Budget Press)
Category: short stories; travel
Date / Volume: #1 (2015)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 13: The Mysterious Miraculous Life and Tragic Death of Saint Remedios Málaga in Ten PartsAdd to your cart.
Zine about Saint Remedios Malaga, with citations.
Author / Publisher: unknown (mutual aid zine distro)
Category: Christianity; religion; saints
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 14: Mystery DateAdd to your cart.
"One gal's guide to good stuff."
Author / Publisher: Lynn Peril (self-published)
Category: book reviews; feminism; marriage; music reviews; women
Date / Volume: #4 (Dec. 1995)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA

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