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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


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[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],
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Series 6: EphemeraAdd to your cart.
Box 20Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Art and Design ResourcesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: ArtistsAdd to your cart.
Promotional materials for individual artists, some signed
Folder 3: Collecting Resources and SuppliesAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Comic Book People: 10 souvenir postcardsAdd to your cart.
10 souvenir postcards included as Kickstarter "backer reward" with Jackie Estrada's Comic Book People
Folder 5: EventsAdd to your cart.
Flyers and other promotional literature about events at San Diego Comic-Con and around Southern California
Folder 6: International Museum of Cartoon Art, Comics Classic Collection First Day of Issue Promotional Envelopes, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Mad Libs "San Diego Comic-Con 2014 edition"Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Merchandise VendorsAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: NewslettersAdd to your cart.
Adam & Andy by James Asal ("Special Review Copy" with FAQ and interview, undated); The Border: the official "Los Comex" newsletter (summer 2003)
Folder 10: Postage Stamps - Batman and Star TrekAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Previews and Promotional ComicsAdd to your cart.
America's Army, IDW, no. 0 (2009); Archie & Friends: A Halloween Tale, Archie Comic Publications, (Oct 98); Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Sneak Peek, Amulet Books, 2014; Eon Dragoneye Reborn Free Sampler, Viking Books, 2008; Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor Sampler Sneak Preview, Amulet Books, 2014; General Mills Presents the Justic League: Escape From Monster Island!; DC Comics, no. 5 (2013); The Freebie MAD, E. C. Publications, 2005; Kamikaze and Two-Step sneak peeks, Horizon, no. 8 (2013)
Folder 12: Promotional Fans and MasksAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Promotional MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Advertising for individual titles and series
Folder 14: Promotional MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Publishers' Catalogs and Promotional LiteratureAdd to your cart.
Box 21Add to your cart.
Folder 1: San Diego Comic-Con BagsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: San Diego Comic-Con Official Multifunctional HeadwearAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Stickers and MagnetsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Trading Cards: Creators Alternate UniverseAdd to your cart.
84 cards
Folder 5: Trading Cards: MarvelAdd to your cart.
4 X-men cards; 1 unopened package of Guardian cards
Folder 6: Trading Cards: The MaxxAdd to your cart.
23 cards
Folder 7: Trading Cards: Oddball Comics by Scott Shaw!Add to your cart.
36 cards and box
Folder 8: Trading Cards: Ray Bradbury ComicsAdd to your cart.
2 cards
Folder 9: Vendor BagsAdd to your cart.
Flat File 17:5Add to your cart.
Item 1: Abattoir promotional posterAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Incarnate promotional posterAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Jae Lee Chromium Cover promotional posterAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Kafka promotional poster (2 copies)Add to your cart.
Item 5: Shel Dorf Tribute Dinner poster, 2009Add to your cart.
Item 6: Blackthrone, Timeline Color Comics: "Opening New Doors" poster, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 7: Northern Animals / Eastern New Year / Western Zodiac poster designed by Donna Barr, 2012Add to your cart.
Item 8: Scott Shaw promotional poster, signed by the artistAdd to your cart.
Item 9: Scott Shaw Owensboro Collector Con promotional poster, signed by the artistAdd to your cart.

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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