Collecting Comix in Movements
A small portion of the budding collection.

Help Me Build a Collection

I study comics in social movements, which has taken me to dozens of archives across the nation. I am now starting to build a personal collection of grassroots newspapers and small press comix/comics/zines so I can more actively incorporate these publications and their comics into my classrooms and public lectures as well as in my research. Physical copies help make real issues of scale and replicate the reading experience.

I am searching for folks who are willing to donate or direct me to cost-effective ways that I can build this collection. Many grassroots publications do not circulate on eBay, so this call often depends on someone’s goodwill combined with their desire to clean out their basement. If you’d like to learn more about this area of my research, check out my published writing, some of which will feed into my second book project. If you’d like to invite me to give a talk about comics in social movements, click here.

Thanks are due to the following people for their generosity in donating materials to the collection:

  • Jack Gieseking for some early 90s issues of the X-Men.
  • Carrie Hintz for assorted issues of Leanne Franson’s Liliane.
  • Zack Kruse of Pictures Within Pictures for assorted issues of Jack T. Chick’s Chick Tracts along with a few other comics.
  • Osvaldo Oyola of The Middle Spaces for Pork Roasts: 250 Feminist Cartoons (1981).
  • Maggie Rehm for some issues of Maize and a fairly complete collection of Lesbian Connections in the ‘90s & ‘00s.
  • Rachael House, Jaromir Stoll, & Maxine Worthy for copies of their comics zines.

I am searching for all potential titles, but some that are particularly desired are:

  • Big Mama Rag (Denver)
  • Boy Trouble
  • Christopher Street (NYC)
  • Common Lives/Lesbian Lives (Iowa City)
  • DUMB
  • East Village Eye (NYC)
  • Equal Time (Minneapolis-St. Paul)
  • Gay Comix
  • Gay Community News (Boston)
  • Heresies (NYC)
  • Hot Wire
  • Hothead Paisan
  • Lesbian Connections
  • Lesbian News
  • off our backs
  • On Our Backs
  • Strange Looking Exile
  • Tits & Clits
  • Valley Women’s Voice (MA)
  • Washington Blade (DC)
  • WomaNews (Gainesville & NYC)
  • World War 3 Illustrated

Contact me directly via margaretgalvan at ufl.edu with any leads or questions.

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