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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 P6Add to your cart.
Item 1: Primitive ToothcareAdd to your cart.
Guide to primitive dental hygiene using plants and herbs.
Author / Publisher: Rowan Gangulfr (self-published; Yggdrasil Distro)
Category: alternative medicine; dentists; herbal remedies
Date / Volume: (2009)
Publication Place: OR
Item 2: Principles of AnarchismAdd to your cart.
Zine answering questions regarding the ideology of anarchism
Author / Publisher: unknown (South Chicago Zine Distro)
Category: anarchism; anarchist theory
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Homewood, IL
Item 3: Printer Paper and Staples.Add to your cart.
A collection of drawings and art.
Acquisition Information: Gift of SDSU Zine and DIY Culture Club, 2019
Author / Publication: Christian Barroso and Kyle Mandal (SDSU Zine and DIY Culture Club)
Category: art; drawings
Date / Volume: (May 2018)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 4: Prisoner Zines: Anthony Rayson Solidarity Conference Workshop Penn State April 7th, 2001Add to your cart.
Zine produced by prison-abolition activist and anarchist Anthony Rayson for a Solidarity Conference Workshop at Penn State in 2001.
Author / Publisher: Anthony Rayson (South Chicago ABC Zine Distro)
Category: criminal justice; police brutality; prison abolition; prison activism; prison conditions; prison labor; prison writing; prisoner rights; prisoners; prisons
Date / Volume: (April 2001)
Publication Place: Homewood, IL
Item 5: Private's CoveAdd to your cart.
Art, collage and writing on the theme of nature.
Author / Publisher: Rudy Rios (self-published)
Category: art; nature
Date / Volume: #1 (2005)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 6: The Prizms: A Marathon of DreamsAdd to your cart.
Minicomic with childlike drawings.
Author / Publisher: unknown
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 7: Probation AreaAdd to your cart.
Collection of short personal writings and poems.
Author / Publisher: Amanda Huron (self-published)
Category: short stories; personal stories; poetry
Date / Volume: (February 2002)
Publication Place: Chapel Hill, NC (written in Berlin)
Item 8: The ProbeAdd to your cart.
Zine with erotic content and music reviews.
Author / Publisher: Aaron Muents (Small Publishers Co-Op)
Category: break-ups; crushes; dating; drinking; erotic stories; heartbreak; love; music; music reviews; personal stories; pornography; relationships; sex; sexual relationships; vaginas; youth sexuality
Date / Volume: #5, #6 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Pleasanton, CA
Item 9: Project: NeptoonAdd to your cart.
Minicomic. Mankind is extinct and earth's animals have formed nations and left earth aboard space arks, fighting for control of the last inhabitable planet.
Author / Publisher: Sam Fout (Moon Toad Productions)
Category: animals; comics; science fiction
Date / Volume: unnumbered (2006)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 10: Proud to be an AmericanAdd to your cart.
Political poetry with illustrations.
Author / Publisher: Shannon Colebank, artwork by Claudio Parentela (Whizzbanger Productions)
Category: art; cultural criticism; poetry; politics
Date / Volume: (2002)
Publication Place: Portland, OR
Item 11: Psychoholics UnanimousAdd to your cart.
"[P]eriodical with personal opinions and info on movies and other topics that like-minded (adolescent adults) people might like."
Author / Publisher: Jerrica Lee (self-published)
Category: advertising; media critique; movie reviews; television
Date / Volume: #66, 67, 69 (n.d.)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 12: PsycholesterolAdd to your cart.
Random pages from the sketchbook diaries of Steven Reddy.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr, 2017
Author / Publisher: Steven Reddy
Category: comics; sketching
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Seattle, WA
Item 13: PTBH!Add to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings.
Author / Publisher: Rex (self-published)
Category: cooperative living; cooperatives; dumpster diving; personal stories; punk; punk houses; road trips; travel; travel stories
Date / Volume: #10 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Seattle, WA
Item 14: Public Anarchism: New, Old, and Seldom-Used Organizing Tactics, Methods, and Ideas for AnarchistsAdd to your cart.
Information on anarchist strategies for activism, direct action, organizing and fund-raising.
Author / Publisher: A Pair of Anarchists
Category: activism; anarchism; direct action; political organizing; social ecology
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 15: Public Illumination MagazineAdd to your cart.
Zine with contributions from various writers on a theme.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Larry McCaffery
Author / Publisher: Zagreus Bowery, ed. (Public Illumination Magazine)
Category: fiction; short stories
Date / Volume: #44 (1996)
Publication Place: Casa Sorci, Castel Ritaldi, Italy
Item 16: Public SecretsAdd to your cart.
Minicomic with Situationist-style comics and Marxist theory.
Author / Publisher: Ken Knabb (self-published)
Category: comics; left-wing politics; marxism; politics; revolution; situationism
Date / Volume: (1997)
Publication Place: Berkely, CA
Item 17: Pukka Joint MassifAdd to your cart.
Mostly zine and music reviews. Sister zine to Node Pajomo. Issues #4-12 are done as a split with Node Pajomo #10-18 and are filed under Node Pajomo. Not all are numbered
Author / Publisher: PJM (self-published)
Category: mail art; music reviews; zine reviews
Date / Volume: #13 (spring 2016)
Publication Place: Bellingham, WA
Item 18: Pull the PlugAdd to your cart.
Articles on women's health and the feminine hygiene industry.
Author / Publisher: Erin Wilkins (self-published)
Category: consumerism; environmental degradation; industrialization; menstruation; sexism; tampons; women; women's health
Date / Volume: (July 2000)
Publication Place: Kansas City, MO
Item 19: Pump It, Hottie!Add to your cart.
Vanilla Ice fanzine.
Acquisition Details: Gift of Barnard Zine Library, 2016
Author / Publisher: David Conrad, Matt Baerwalde (self-published)
Category: music reviews; grunge music; punk; hip hop.
Date / Volume: # 1 1/2 (1994)
Publication Place: Decatur, AL
Item 20: PumpkinAdd to your cart.
Minicomic with the author's reflections on the life of her pet dog, a golden retriever and poodle mix named Pumpkin.
Author / Publisher: Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Robot Publishing Co.)
Category: comics; dogs; pets
Date / Volume: (2000)
Publication Place: Pasadena, CA
Item 21: PunctualAdd to your cart.
Punk rock music zine. Includes editorials and essays on punk culture and the punk scene.
Author / Publisher: (self-published)
Category: bands; music; music reviews; punk; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #3 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Cincinnati, OH
Item 22: A Punk Kid Walks Into a Bar...Add to your cart.
Barclay's personal stories range from being in a band and producing his zine to going to the dentist and attending prom. He often devotes space to disucussing proper English usage and debates grammatical points with his readers in the letters section. Also includes reviews.
Author / Publisher: Barclay (self-published)
Category: concert reviews; english language; grammar; music reviews; personal stories; punk
Date / Volume: #8 (n.d.), #9 (Oct. 1997)
Publication Place: Rye, NY
Item 23: PunkcastAdd to your cart.
Zine in CD-ROM format.
Author / Publisher: Rex (self-published)
Category: music; punk
Date / Volume: #18 (Aug. 2000)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 24: Punks Don't Use Cell PhonesAdd to your cart.
Publication info inferred from attached leaf: "Full Orange / sakuramaku.com / fayryu.com"
Author / Publisher: Sakura Maku (self-published)
Category: punk; technology; cell phones; satire; comics
Date / Volume: [btwn 2000-2014?]
Publication Place: unknown
Item 25: Punks Thugs and VandalsAdd to your cart.
Photo zine of street art.
Author / Publisher: Rachel Sterner, Broke, DeadEyes (eds.) (self-published)
Category: photography
Date / Volume: #2 (2014)
Publication Place: unknown

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