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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 L4Add to your cart.
Item 1: The LonerAdd to your cart.
Wordless comic in which a man wanders a mostly empty city.
Author / Publisher: Adam Yeater (self-published)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (2018)
Publication Place: Tucson, AZ
Item 2: Lonesome?Add to your cart.
A collage of images taken from 1950s pulp men's magazines.
Author / Publisher: Danforth France (self-published)
Category: art; humor; sex
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA
Item 3: Look! I Found an Old Roll of Toilet Paper with Jokes on Each SquareAdd to your cart.
Collection of photographs of jokes from old toilet paper
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr
Author / Publisher: Pat Moriarty (self-published)
Category: bathrooms; humor; photographs
Date / Volume: (2015)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 4: LookingAdd to your cart.
Story about a homeless girl and her drug-addicted boyfriend. Written by the author of Inkling zine.
Author / Publisher: Melissa Klein (self-published)
Category: abuse; child abuse; drug addiction; drugs; homelessness
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 5: Looking for LettuceAdd to your cart.
Personal narrative with poetry.
Author / Publisher: unknown (self-published)
Category: interviews; personal stories; poetry; zine reviews
Date / Volume: #4 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Hawthorne, CA
Item 6: Loony Bin ChroniclesAdd to your cart.
Minicomic based on the author's observations of the harmful effects of psychiatric drugs and the mental health system. A construction worker named Jesse is gradually debilitated by a regimen of psychiatric drugs and the conditions in a mental health hospital after he is committed for fighting with four drunken college students outside a bar.
Author / Publisher: Alison Doran (A.T. Comics)
Category: comics; psychiatric drugs; psychiatric hospitals
Date / Volume: (2003)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 7: LoopAdd to your cart.
Single-sheet zine arguing for a new style of hip hop without "loops."
Author / Publisher: Skull (Surf War Press House)
Category: hip hop; music; rap
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 8: L'OrangeAdd to your cart.
A collection of short stories by various authors.
Author / Publisher: Alfonso Villegas, Kevin Marcojos, and Christopher Lopez (self-published)
Category: short stories
Date / Volume: #2 (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 9: Lost WorldAdd to your cart.
Childhood comics drawn by Jonathan Lazaro.
Author / Publisher: Jonathan Lazaro (self-published)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: Chapters 1-3
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 10: Loud PaperAdd to your cart.
A zine "dedicated to increasing the volume of architectural discourse," including articles, projects, book and music reviews.
Author / Publisher: Mimi Zeiger and Jeremy Xavier, e.d. (self-published)
Category: building construction; cities; gentrification; housing; landscapes
Date / Volume: (1998)
Publication Place: Berkely, CA
Item 11: LoudmouthAdd to your cart.
Zine focusing on feminism and women's rights.
Author / Publisher: Stephanie Abraham (Women's Resource Center; Cal. State L.A.)
Category: birth control; book reviews; break-ups; criticism; cultural criticism; feminism; gender; gender equality; gender politics; gender roles; interviews; left-wing politics; lesbian; movie reviews; politics; relationships; right-wing politics; women; women's history
Date / Volume: #3 (fall 2003), #5-7 (spring 2004-fall 2004)
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA
Item 12: Love CharadesAdd to your cart.
Ryu's Heart and Brain characters appear in this minicomic about love and courtship.
Author / Publisher: Fay Ryu (self-published)
Category: comics; love; romance
Date / Volume: #1 (2006)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 13: Love Is For Suckers...Add to your cart.
Personal zine in which Mike documents his travels through different cities, playing in bands, living in punk houses and falling in love. From the author: "Alot of stuff is kinda of funny, some is actually informative, and some stuff I wrote under heavy deppression or anger." (sic)
Author / Publisher: Mike Straight (self-published)
Category: band tours; bands; cities; love; personal stories; punk houses; relationships
Date / Volume: (1998)
Publication Place: Baltimore, MD
Item 14: Loving U Thru It AllAdd to your cart.
Single-sheet zine with a prose poem collage.
Author / Publisher: Christian Barroso (SDSU Zine and DIY Culture Club: self-published)
Category: art; poetry; short fiction
Date / Volume: [April 2017]
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 15: Low Life Scum Off Your ShoeAdd to your cart.
Zine focusing on skateboarding and music.
Author / Publisher: unknown (self-published)
Category: bands; comics; interviews, music; musicians; personal stories; punk; riot grrrl; skateboarding
Date / Volume: #2 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Australia
Item 16: Lower East Side LibrarianAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Jenna Freedman (self-published)
Category: libraries; personal stories; theater; work; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: (2004)
Publication Place: New York, NY
Item 17: LucyAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with articles on various topics, including education and college radio, in which Lucy expresses disillusionment with her peers and traces her intellectual development. Also includes short prose poems.
Author / Publisher: Lucy (self-published)
Category: apathy; music reviews; personal stories; radio
Date / Volume: #1 (1997)
Publication Place: Ballwin, MO
Item 18: LululandAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Amy Adoyzie (self-published)
Category: assimilation; crushes; jobs; personal stories; race; unemployment; work
Date / Volume: #3, #4 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Van Nuys, CA
Item 19: Lusy's AngryAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with articles on topics relating to women.
Author / Publisher: Rebecca "Lucille van Pelt" (self-published)
Category: comics; feminism; personal stories; politics; punk; sexism; stereotypes; women; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #1, #2, #4 (n.d.)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 20: Luv and ChaosAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with reviews.
Author / Publisher: C. Doline (self-published)
Category: bands; comics; concert reviews; music; personal stories
Date / Volume: #3, #5 (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 21: Lynch By InchAdd to your cart.
Zine to "share some 'details' and facts we think you should know and probably you never heard of during and after all the 'scandal' story regarding Ali Khalid Abdullah".
Author / Publisher: Friends of Ali Khalid Abdullah (Anarchist Black Cross -- ABC Puerto Rico)
Category: activism; anarchism; anti-capitalism; black anarchism; political prisoners; politics; prison activism; prisoners; racism
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Arroyo, Puerto Rico

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