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Comics and Science Fiction Fandom Collection, 1934- | Special Collections & University Archives

By Anna Culbertson

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Collection Overview

Title: Comics and Science Fiction Fandom Collection, 1934-Add to your cart.

Extent: 19.25 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

I. San Diego Comic-Con, International

    1). Official publications

    2). Convention-related publications

II. Other conferences and conventions

III. Education and scholarship

    1). Promotional literature

    2). Essays and articles

IV. Professional organizations

V. Fandom periodicals

    1). Fanzines

    2). Specialty publications

VI. Ephemera

VII. Artwork and photographs

VIII. Memorabilia

Date Acquired: 00/00/2004. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Comic books, strips, etc.--Collectors and collecting, Comic books, strips, etc.--Periodicals, Fans (Persons)--United States--California, Science fiction, American--History and criticism--Sources, Science fiction--Collectors and collecting, Science fiction--Periodicals

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Comics and Science Fiction Fandom Collection consists of publications, ephemera, memorabilia and artwork acquired from 2004- at various comics and science fiction conventions and conferences in the Southern California region, particularly San Diego Comic-Con International. Promotional literature for related degree programs and centers around the country, as well as programs for academic conferences, document a rise in popular arts studies over the past decade, while a substantial collection of promotional ephemera and memorabilia demonstrate the broad range and evolution of fandom that remains a hallmark of Southern California. A significant concentration of rare and early fanzines dating back to the 1930s reflects the evolution and involvement of the science fiction fandom community over the years. Additions are current and ongoing.

Subject/Index Terms

Comic books, strips, etc.--Collectors and collecting
Comic books, strips, etc.--Periodicals
Fans (Persons)--United States--California
Science fiction, American--History and criticism--Sources
Science fiction--Collectors and collecting
Science fiction--Periodicals

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals: 2004-present

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:

Richard Alf Papers, 1960-2011 (MS-0523)

Donna Barr Papers, 1963-2014 (MS-0072)

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], [folder title], [box number], Comics and Science Fiction Fandom Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Finding Aid Revision History: Partially assembled in 2014 from materials formerly described in the San Diego Vertical File, series 47 "Comic-Con" (MS-0227). Fanzines added in 2016.

Other Note: Additions are current and ongoing. Special thanks to Martha Alf, Dan Hager, Anna Culbertson, Larry McCaffery, Rebecca Neely, Walt Fisher, Robert Osborn, Jack Sword, Joan Goodwin, Markel Tumlin and others for their generous donations.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: San Diego Comic-Con, International],
[Series 2: Other conferences and conventions],
[Series 3: Education and scholarship],
[Series 4: Professional organizations],
[Series 5: Fandom periodicals],
[Series 6: Ephemera],
[Series 7: Artwork and photographs],
[Series 8: Memorabilia],
[All]

Series 1: San Diego Comic-Con, InternationalAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Official PublicationsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Comic-Con MagazineAdd to your cart.
Includes: winter 2008, spring 2008, spring 2009, winter 2010
Folder 2: Events Guide, Pre-2000Add to your cart.
Includes: 1987, 1990-1991, 1993-1996, 1999
Folder 3: Events Guide, 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Events Guide, 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Events Guide, 2007Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Events Guide, 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Events Guide, 2009Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Events Guide, 2010Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Events Guide, 2011Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Events Guide, 2012Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Events Guide, 2013Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Events Guide, 2014Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Events Guide, 2016Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Japanese Animation Programming Guide, 2007Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Mad Libs III, 2015Add to your cart.
Folder 9: On-Site NewsletterAdd to your cart.
Includes: 2004:1, 2007:3, 2009:1-2 (two copies of 2009:1); July 12-15, 2012; July 22-24, 2016
Folder 10: Progress Report, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Includes: 1971 (4 copies), 1972 (2 copies), 1975 no. 1
Folder 11: Progress Report, 1980s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Includes: 1987 (no. 2), 1989 (no. 2), 1990 (nos. 1-2), 1991 (nos. 1-2), 1992 (no. 2), 1993 (nos. 1-2)
Folder 12: Quick Guide, 2014, 2016Add to your cart.
Folder 13: San Diego Comic-Con ComicsAdd to your cart.
Includes: no. 3 (1994)
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Souvenir Books/Programs, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Includes: 1970 (2 copies), 1971, 1972 (2 copies), 1974
Folder 2: Souvenir Book, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Souvenir Book, 1985Add to your cart.
With schedule insert.
Folder 4: Souvenir Book, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Souvenir Book, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Souvenir Book, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Souvenir Book, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Souvenir Book, 1991Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Souvenir Book, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Souvenir Book, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Souvenir Book, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Souvenir Book, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Souvenir Book, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Souvenir Book, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Souvenir Book, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Souvenir Book, 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Souvenir Book, 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Souvenir Book, 2003Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Souvenir Book, 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Souvenir Book, 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Souvenir Book, 2006Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Souvenir Book, 2007Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Souvenir Book, 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Souvenir Book, 2009Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Souvenir Book, 2010Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Souvenir Book, 2011Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Souvenir Book, 2012Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Souvenir Book, 2013Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Souvenir Book, 2014Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Souvenir Book, 2016Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Update, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Includes: 1996 (no. 2), 1997 (nos. 1-3), 1998 (nos. 1-2), 1999 (nos. 1-3)
Folder 3: Update, 2000sAdd to your cart.
Includes: 2000 (nos. 1-3), 2001 (nos. 1-3), 2002 (nos. 1-2), 2004 (nos. 2-4), 2005 (no. 3), 2006 (no. 2), 2007 (no. 1), 2008 (no. 3)
Folder 4: Wondercon Program Book & Complete Schedule, 2013-2014, 2016Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Convention-related publicationsAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: American Splendor: A Comedy in Two ActsAdd to your cart.
Program (2 copies) for the Instant Theater production at San Diego Comic-Con on July 6, 1991.
Folder 2: Brochures and mailersAdd to your cart.
Includes: two copies of dealer room pamphlets from 1986 (?), 2011 50th Anniversary Comics Fandom program, and a promotional mailer for the 1976 convention.
Folder 3: The Comic ChronicleAdd to your cart.
"The San Diego Comic-Con's daily newszine." Includes: no. 0 (Thurs. 8/6/1987, no. 3 (Sat. 8/8/1987)
Folder 4: Comic-Con ConfidentialAdd to your cart.
Includes: vol. 3, no. 2 (Feb. 1994)
Folder 5: ConnectionsAdd to your cart.
Comic Book Expo '98 mailer
Folder 6: Con-NotationsAdd to your cart.
"The San Diego Comic-Con Association Newsletter"; includes: v. 2, no. 1 (Nov. 1991) and v. 3, no. 1 (Nov. 1992)
Folder 7: Disabled Services bookletsAdd to your cart.
Includes booklets for 1992, 1993, 1998, as well as a 1998 Access in San Diego pamphlet.
Folder 8: Entertainment Weekly Comic-Con Bonus Issue, 2015Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Event Telephone Directory, 2009Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Film and television guidesAdd to your cart.
Includes 1992 television guide, an undated film guide and Japanese animation guides for 1990 and 2009.
Folder 11: Information for Attending ProfessionalsAdd to your cart.
Includes: 1993, 1996-1998, and 2000-2002
Folder 12: Los Angeles Times Comic-Con Special "Hero Complex", 2011Add to your cart.
Folder 13: PRISM: Guide to all Things LGBTQ, 2016Add to your cart.
Folder 14: That's Fumetti!, 1998Add to your cart.
"Italian comics at the San Diego International Comic Con."
Folder 15: TV Guide Magazine Comic-Con SpecialAdd to your cart.
"Fringe" cover for 2010; all 4 covers for 2014.
Folder 16: Will Eisner Comics Industry AwardsAdd to your cart.
Includes programs for 2007, 2009 & 2011

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: San Diego Comic-Con, International],
[Series 2: Other conferences and conventions],
[Series 3: Education and scholarship],
[Series 4: Professional organizations],
[Series 5: Fandom periodicals],
[Series 6: Ephemera],
[Series 7: Artwork and photographs],
[Series 8: Memorabilia],
[All]


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