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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 B6Add to your cart.
Item 1: BrickAdd to your cart.
Zine comprising personal stories, essays and opinions of various contributors.
Author / Publisher: "The Chief," ed.
Category: comics; humor; movie reviews; personal stories; politics; satire
Date / Volume: #2-6 (1994-1995), #8 (1995), #9 (June 1995), #9 (Nov. 1995), #10 (1996), #12-15 (1996-1997), #17-18 (1998)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 2: Bridge Add to your cart.
Collection of poetry and stories.
Author / Publisher: Bridge Magazine (Pseudotsuga Press)
Category: poetry; short stories
Date / Volume: #1 (2014)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 3: A Brief History of Canned FruitAdd to your cart.
Pamphlet about Amanda Theodosa Jones, her psychic tendencies, and groundbreaking method of canning uncooked fruit.
Author / Publisher: Andy Warner (Andy Warner Comics)
Category: comics; labor; women's history; women's rights
Date / Volume: (2016)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 4: Brief History of the Longest Undefended BorderAdd to your cart.
Mini-comic by Colin Upton, best known for his autobiographical comics. This comic documents the history of U.S.-Canada border conflicts and border relations. Single-panel cartoons and accompanying text describe each historical event.
Author / Publisher: Colin Upton (self-published: Colin Upton Comics)
Category: canadian politics; comics; politics; war
Date / Volume: (2006)
Publication Place: Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Item 5: A Brief History of SlinkysAdd to your cart.
A pamphlet about the invention and success of the slinky.
Author / Publisher: Andy Warner (Andy Warner Comics)
Category: comics; history
Date / Volume: (2016)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 6: BruisersAdd to your cart.
A zine about female skateboarders.
Author / Publisher: Leidi (self-published)
Category: sexism; skateboarding; women
Date / Volume: #3 (1999?)
Publication Place: New Orleans, LA
Item 7: Budget Press InternationalAdd to your cart.
"No boundaries"
Author / Publisher: Johnnie B. Baker et al. (self-published)
Category: comics; fiction; personal stories; poetry; short stories
Date / Volume: #1 (June 1998)
Publication Place: Riverside, CA
Item 8: Budget Press ReviewAdd to your cart.
Zine with compilation of narratives, comics and poetry.
Author / Publisher: Johnnie B. Baker (Budget Press)
Category: comics; fiction; personal stories; poetry; short stories
Date / Volume: #1 (1995?)
Publication Place: Riverside, CA
Item 9: Building a HomeAdd to your cart.
Minicomic. A woman's solitary hike to the ruined castle above the town brings her closer to the people around her.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr, 2015
Author / Publisher: Christopher Green (self-published)
Category: comics; solitude
Date / Volume: (2014)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 10: Bulbo PressAdd to your cart.
Art and culture magazine based in Tijuana with articles in Spanish.
Author / Publisher: various (Bulbo Press)
Category: art; independent media; music; radio; pirate radio
Date / Volume: #5-7 (2004)
Publication Place: Tijuana, Mexico
Item 11: Bullet Bites BackAdd to your cart.
Short story about Billy, who hitchhikes.
Author / Publisher: Dr. Bobby Blacout (Art Fag Productions)(Bedroom is a Mess Press)
Category: short stories; writing
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Virginia
Item 12: BunnyhopAdd to your cart.
"Bunnyhop discourses on the softer and fluffier aspects of pop culture and 'alternative' music".
Author / Publisher: Noël Tolentino (Bunnyhop Communications)
Category: art; animals; book reviews; comics; fiction; interviews; movie reviews; music; musicians; pornography; sex; short stories; zines; zine reviews
Date / Volume: #7 - The Soft and Fluffy Issue (1996)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 13: Burn CollectorAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Al Burian (Buddy System)
Category: break-ups; dating; personal stories; relationships; travel
Date / Volume: #12 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Brooklyn, NY
Item 14: Burn in Hell, Buddy!Add to your cart.
Personal stories about travelling through the U.S. as a queer, gender non-conforming person.
Author / Publisher: Vermicious Knid (self-published)
Category: gender; personal stories; queer; road trips
Date / Volume: #2 (2000s), #4 (2000s)
Publication Place: Newfane, VT
Item 15: Burn This Book For WarmthAdd to your cart.
Zine comprising the author's poetry.
Author / Publisher: Shane Hawley (self-published)
Category: love; poetry; relationships
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 16: Burning ToddlersAdd to your cart.
Zine containing short stories, essays, interviews, personal stories and comics by various contributors. The theme of issue #5 is youth.
Author / Publisher: FRANK Publications
Category: censorship; comics; crime; interviews; music reviews; personal stories; rock and roll; short stories; youth; zine history; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #5 (1989)
Publication Place: Phoenix, AZ
Item 17: Burnside PerspectivesAdd to your cart.
Collaborative personal zine featuring narratives and diaristic writings from the author's friends.
Author / Publisher: T. Shannon (self-published)
Category: personal stories
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Las Vegas, NV

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