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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 R4Add to your cart.
Item 1: Roam (for the life of little things)Add to your cart.
Zine featuring drawings and diaristic writing. Issue #2 is mislabelled #1. Issues #1 and #2  are splits with Spontaneous Reaction, filed under Roam (for the life of little things).
Author / Publisher: Sarah Detweiler (self-published)
Category: art; comics; drawing; personal stories; writing
Date / Volume: #1 (2005), #2 (2006), #3 (2012)
Publication Place: Green Bay, WI
Item 2: Robot HeartsAdd to your cart.
Contains reviews of comics, films, music, etc.
Author / Publisher: Sarah A. Shay (self-published)
Category: comics; interviews; movie reviews; music reviews; personal stories
Date / Volume: #1 (2003)
Publication Place: Lansing, MI
Item 3: Rock CityAdd to your cart.
Zine focusing on Rock Music with interviews and current events.
Author / Publisher: Ruben Mac Blue (Rock City News)
Category: bands; concert reviews; criticism; eighties music; interviews; metal music; music; musicians; music reviews; politics; punk; rock and roll
Date / Volume: vol. 22 #3 (2004)
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA
Item 4: The Rock Show 0.1: Top GearAdd to your cart.
Poems about rock music.
Author / Publisher: Cardinal Cox (Starburker Publications)
Category: poetry
Date / Volume: (2018)
Publication Place: Peterborough, England
Item 5: The Rock Show Three: Do You Ken John Peel?Add to your cart.
Poems focused on music.
Author / Publisher: Cardinal Cox (Starburker Publications)
Category: poetry; music
Date / Volume: (2017)
Publication Place: Peterborough, England
Item 6: The Rock Show Zero: The Perfumed GardenAdd to your cart.
Poems about rock bands who have inspired the author.
Author / Publisher: Cardinal Cox (Starburker Publications)
Category: poetry; history
Date / Volume: (2014)
Publication Place: Peterborough, England
Item 7: Rock Star With WordsAdd to your cart.
A personal zine focusing on the author's mental illness, feelings of depression, suicide, and experiences with gender identity and sexual harassment.
Author / Publisher: Korinna Irwin (self-published)
Category: bipolar disorder; body image; break-ups; emotions; mental illness; personal stories; relationships; sexual harassment
Date / Volume: #4 (2002), #4.5 (2002)
Publication Place: Portland, OR; San Francisco, CA
Item 8: Rocket QueenAdd to your cart.
The author's experiences and reflections on stripping.
Author / Publisher: Janet (self-published)
Category: personal stories; sex work; strip clubs; stripping
Date / Volume: #1-2 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Asheville, NC
Item 9: RollerderbyAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with an emphasis on women and music.
Author / Publisher: Lisa Carver (self-published)
Category: fetishes; interviews; masturbation; music; music reviews; orgasms; personal stories; sex; women; youth sexuality
Date / Volume: Reprint of #2 and #3 (Sept. 1993; originals from 1990 and late 1991)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 10: Roscoe and the BoxAdd to your cart.
"A potato sack ghost named Roscoe and a creepy jack-in-the-box-thing".
Author / Publisher: Jen Munford; Jason Hice (self-published)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (2003)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 11: Rosewood StripsAdd to your cart.
Shorts on slice-of-life themes.
Author / Publisher: Greg Béda (Re-Imagining Comic Art)
Category: comics; personal stories; autobiographical comics; intellectual disabilities; cartoons
Date / Volume: (spring 1998)
Publication Place: Redwood City, CA
Item 12: RotgutAdd to your cart.
Mini-comic.
Author / Publisher: Roy Tompkins (Fruit of the Tomb)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: #1 (1990)
Publication Place: Austin, TX
Item 13: A Rough Guide to Bicycle Maintenance Add to your cart.
Introduction to bicycle repair with illustrated examples of common fixes.
Author / Publisher: unknown
Category: bicycle maintenance; bicycles
Date / Volume: (2003)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 14: Rubber DuckieAdd to your cart.
Contains humorous, parodic and satirical articles and poems.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Keven Jeffery
Author / Publisher: collective (self-published)
Category: humor; personal stories; poetry
Date / Volume: #3
Publication Place: unknown
Item 15: The Ruckus BrothersAdd to your cart.
"You know that comic you always wanted to do about the two 13 year old twins who for some reason can kick the crap out of anyone? This is the one I did."
Author / Publisher: Jerry Williams (self-published)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: APE Preview (2004?)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 16: Ruff Sketch: Anarcho-Straight-Edge Activism and AdventurismAdd to your cart.
Zine describing the experiences of the author as a straight-edge anarchist and his travels.
Author / Publisher: Mike (self-published)
Category: adventure; anarchism; DIY; personal stories; punk houses; straight edge
Date / Volume: #3 (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 17: Rutabaga ZineAdd to your cart.
Contains personal stories, criticism and interviews.
Author / Publisher: Räzl and Bitz (self-published)
Category: interviews; personal stories; punk; sexism; teenagers; women
Date / Volume: #2 (summer 1991)
Publication Place: Berkeley, CA

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