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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 S14Add to your cart.
Item 1: Sunday Morning: The Lit. Mix TapeAdd to your cart.
Literary journal featuring poetry and essays about racial issues and identity in America.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Dan Hager, 2016
Author / Publisher: Lamont Lilly (self-published)
Category: race; cultural criticism; racial identity; racial visibility; black liberation; poetry
Date / Volume: (2009)
Publication Place: Raleigh-Durham, NC
Item 2: Sunflower SkinsAdd to your cart.
Sunflower Skins is the alias of its author, Britani Sadovski. The zine in the collection is co-authored by Sadovski and Darren McMullin, who each contribute one short horror story.
Author / Publisher: Britani Sadovski and Darren McMullin (self-published)
Category: fiction; horror; short stories
Date / Volume: (2008)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 3: Super Black BlackAdd to your cart.
Collaborative zine of minicomics and short stories
Author / Publisher: Ian Lynam, ed. (migraine.)
Category: comics; fiction; short stories
Date / Volume: #2 (n.d.)
Publication Place: Berkeley, CA
Item 4: The Super Happy Anarcho Fun Pages!!Add to your cart.
Mini-comic "with pirates!", "animal lib!", and "punks in hummers!"
Author / Publisher: Strangers In A Tangled Wildnerness (self-published)
Category: anarchy; animal rights; colonialism; punk; war
Date / Volume: #10 (summer 2007)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 5: SuperdopeAdd to your cart.
Underground music and interviews.
Author / Publisher: Jay Hinman (self-published)
Category: bands; interviews; music; music reviews; punk
Date / Volume: #7, #8 (n.d.)
Publication Place: San Francisco, CA
Item 6: SuperflyAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with diaristic writings and teen social issues.
Author / Publisher: Tess (self-published)
Category: body image; fat acceptance; feminism; personal stories; sexism; sizeism; straight edge
Date / Volume: #6 (Dec. 1996)
Publication Place: Ottawa, Canada
Item 7: SupergrrrlAdd to your cart.
Personal zine with issues on feminism and women in society and punk culture.
Author / Publisher: Irene (self-published)
Category: feminism; personal stories; punk; riot grrrl; straight edge; women
Date / Volume: #8 (1995), #10 (1995)
Publication Place: San Diego, CA
Item 8: SupportAdd to your cart.
A collection of personal stories about sexual abuse and advice for victims and acquiantances of victims on how to survive sexual abuse.
Author / Publishing: unknown (Microcosm Publishing)
Category: abuse; consent; incest; partner abuse; personal stories; rape; sexual abuse; sexual assault; sexual harassment; surviving abuse
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: Asheville, NC
Item 9: Supporting a Survivor of Sexual AssualtAdd to your cart.
Author / Publisher: Men Against Rape Culture and UBUNTU (self-published)
Category: rape; sexual assault
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 10: Surprise Attack FanzineAdd to your cart.
Zine devoted to hardcore punk and straight edge, with band interviews and reviews. Produced by Surprise Attack Records, also known as SA MOB.
Author / Publisher: Eric Michael Shauffele, ed. (SA MOB Productions)
Category: bands; concert reviews; interviews; music; music reviews; personal stories; punk; straight edge; veganism; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #4 (1990s)
Publication Place: Harrisburg, PA
Item 11: Survival Without RentAdd to your cart.
Step by step guide to finding and setting up a squat in New York city, accompanied by illustrations.
Author / Publisher: unknown; art by Seth Tobocman
category: building construction; DIY; homelessness; housing; income assistance; squatting
Date / Volume: [1989]
Publication Place: New York, NY
Item 12: SurvivorAdd to your cart.
"Libertarian-anarchistic-subgenius-freedom loving news from around the globe disseminated to the masses who most desperately need it".
Author / Publisher: Thomas J. Evans (self-published)
Category: apocalypse; politics
Date / Volume: (2000)
Publication Place: Long Island City, NY
Item 13: Swash BucklerAdd to your cart.
Zine about women skateboarders featuring interviews with Alex White and Vanessa Torres.
Author / Publisher: unknown (self-published)
Category: graffiti; interviews; photography; skateboarding; women
Date / Volume: #3 (Oct. 2001)
Publication Place: Oakland, CA
Item 14: SwitchAdd to your cart.
Zine of comics, articles and diagrams focusing on themes of space and the future.
Author / Publisher: Summer-Jane Bell (art director), (self-published)
Category: art; science; robots; comics
Date / Volume: #0.0 (2000)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 15: Switch BladeAdd to your cart.
Poetry zine created by the Atlanta Poets Group as a reflection on the show "The Reincarnation of Switch," which ran at the Eyedrum arts center from Oct. 1 through Nov. 5, 2005.
Author / Publisher: "The Nameless:" Zac Denton, Tracey Gagné, Dana Lisa Petersen, John Lowther, Mark Prejsnar and randy Prunty (Atlanta Poets Group)
Category: experimental poetry; poetry
Date / Volume: (Nov. 2005)
Publication Place: Atlanta, GA
Item 16: SympathizersAdd to your cart.
Minicomic. "Aliens, rayguns, intergalactic invasions, political bickering, internment camps, betrayal, rescue, redemption, a little more betrayal...oh and lots of robots."
Author / Publisher: Justin Robinson, words; Aneurin Wright, art (Th3rd World)
Category: comics; science fiction
Date / Volume: A Space Doubles Preview (2006)
Publication Place: unknown

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