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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 C3Add to your cart.
Item 1: The ChapessAdd to your cart.
Quarterly zine featuring women writers and artists.
Author / Publisher: Cherry Styles (ed.) (Synchronise Witches Press)
Category: art; DIY; drawing; feminism; personal stories; poetry; punk
Date / Volume: #5-9 (2014-2016)
Publication Place: Manchester, United Kingdom
Item 2: Charged Hair & Distorted Riffs...Bullet Belts & Circle Pits!Add to your cart.
Author / Publisher: [Jeff?] (self-published)
Category: bands; concert reviews; music; music reviews; personal stories; punk; zine reviews
Date / Volume: no. 1 (Jan. 2004)
Publication Place: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Item 3: Charlie Add to your cart.
Upton's response to the 2015 massacre of cartoonists and journalists working for the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr, 2016
Author / Publisher: Colin Upton (self-published: Colin Upton Comics)
Category: autobiographical comics; cartoons; censorship; religion; terrorism
Date / Volume: (2015)
Publication Place: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Item 4: Chasers of SleepAdd to your cart.
Zine billed as "an album" with rap lyrics.
Acquisition Information: Gift of SDSU Zine & DIY Culture Club, 2019
Author / Publisher: Kyle Jomer Mandal (SDSU Zine & DIY Culture Club)
Category: poetry
Date / Volume: (2018)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 5: Chasing Down the YearsAdd to your cart.
Prose and poetry loosely connected to an unnamed love object.
Author / Publisher: Vermicious Knid (self-published)
Category: love
Date / Volume: (2001)
Publication Place: Denver, CO
Item 6: Chasing Perfect: A Primer on Asian American Women and PsychologyAdd to your cart.
Presents common themes of identity and experience among Asian-American women as they relate to mental health, counseling and psychology. Based on the author's study of Asian-American college women.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Barnard Zine Library, 2018
Author / Publisher: Jordan Alam (self-published)
Category: mental health; psychology; race; racial identity; racial stereotypes; therapy
Date / Volume: (2013)
Publication Place: New York, NY
Item 7: Check It Out!Add to your cart.
Newsletter of the San Francisco Public Librarian's Guild with articles on the state of libraries and library science and articles critical of the San Francisco Public Libraries.
Author / Publisher: Newsletter Committee of the San Francisco Public Library Librarian's Guild SEIU Local 790
Category: archives; books; computers; labor unions; libraries; privacy; research; satire; technology
Date / Volume: v. 2, no. 2 (1993)
Publication Place: San Francisco
Item 8: CheesecakeAdd to your cart.
Zine with personal narratives and interviews. Includes personal trading note to Britton Neubacher, fellow zinester and creator of Wives Tales.
Author / Publisher: Rhani (self-published)
Category: abuse; child abuse; comics; domestic violence; feminism; interviews; lesbian; personal stories; physical abuse; sex; women; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #6 (1996?)
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA
Item 9: The ChicanoAdd to your cart.
"Thoughts on growing up Mexican-American" compiled from 1994-2003.
Author / Publisher: Robert Medina (self-published)
Category: art; assimilation; diversity; people of color; personal stories; race; racial identity
Date / Volume: (2003)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 10: Chicken Fried JunkieAdd to your cart.
"A short story about action, guns, and were-chickens"
Author / Publisher: Manny Elias (Sucker Punch Comics)
Category: comics; horror; monsters
Date / Volume: (2004)
Publication Place: [Los Angeles, CA?]
Item 11: Chickenhed Zine and RollAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Josher (self-published)
Category: alcohol; drinking; labor unions; personal stories; poetry; punk; teenagers; work
Date / Volume: #5 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Richmond, VA
Item 12: ChickfactorAdd to your cart.
"[Chickfactor] was always sort of a boy-crazy, feminist slanted in a personal political way, in love with girlpop/indiepop zine."
Author / Publisher: Gail O'Hara and Pamela Berry (self-published)
Category: art; artists; bands; interviews; music; musicians; photography; politics; reviews; women
Date / Volume: #9 (summer 1995)
Publication Place: New York, NY
Item 13: ChicksAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with poetry.
Author / Publisher: Cheryl B. (Big Fat Press)
Category: intimacy; poetry; sex
Date / Volume: (2000)
Publication Place: New York, NY
Item 14: The ChildrenAdd to your cart.
Author / Publisher: Devon Devereaux (Sick Puppy Press)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: #1 (2002)
Publication Place: [Portland, OR?]
Item 15: Chinese, Japanese, Indian ChiefAdd to your cart.
Zine with essays on race issues and prejudice.
Author / Publisher: Bianca Ortiz, Shizu Saldamando, Ceci Moss, and Kelli Williams (self-published)
Category: activism; assimilation; diversity; language; mixed race; people of color; personal stories; poetry; race; racial identity; racial stereotypes; racial visibility; racism; zines
Date / Volume: (1996)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 16: Chinese Lunch SpecialAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Jay (self-published)
Category: alienation; personal stories; punk; solitude
Date / Volume: #6 (Dec. 2002)
Publication Place: Berkeley, CA
Item 17: Chingaso the ClownAdd to your cart.
Author / Publisher: Manny Elias (Sucker Punch Comics)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: #0 (Dec 2003)
Publication Place: [Los Angeles, CA?]
Item 18: Chinky VisionAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with reviews, interviews, opinionated articles and comics.
Author / Publisher: Janessa Lazaro (self-published)
Category: comics; humor; interviews; movies; music; personal stories; television
Date / Volume: #1 (Jan. 2006), #2 (summer 2006), #3 (Aug. 2006)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 19: Chipmunks & SquirrelsAdd to your cart.
Author / Publisher: Michael Aushenker (Original Syndicate Press)
Category: comics; humor
Date / Volume: #1 (Dec. 1994)
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA
Item 20: Choco ZineAdd to your cart.
Zine with brief reviews of the author's likes and interests, with illustrations of Chococat and other characters of the Japanese brand Sanrio.
Author / Publisher: unknown
Category: museums; music reviews
Date / Volume: (Sept. 2017)
Publication Place: [San Diego, CA]
Item 21: Chord EasyAdd to your cart.
Zine that has tips on playing the right musical chords.
Author / Publisher: Lisa Ahne (self-published)
Category: music; song lyrics
Date / Volume: (2007)
Publication Place: Alsea, OR
Item 22: Chump of the Year: 1996-1999 (inclusive)Add to your cart.
Collection of personal writings/narratives.
Author / Publisher: Scott Puckett (self-published)
Category: break-ups; loneliness; personal stories
Date / Volume: (1999?)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA

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