SF Zine Fest talks with the Cubby Missalette

In three sentences, tell us what your work is about.

The Cubby Missalette is a zine, sometimes with a theme, and sometimes not, that we (we being the Cubby Creatures, the Cubby, or the greater Cubby collective) have published sporadically since 1997. We’ve had regular contributors, one-time submitters, friends, strangers, fans, and enemies give us stories, drawings, collages, images, poems, profanities, messages, thoughts, lyrics, photos, comics, and we’ve even created our own Cubby Bible. The motivation behind the Cubby Missalette really is to showcase the art and ideas of the common person because, as the band REPTIEL sings, “There is a star in your mind,” in each and every one of us.  

How did you first find out about zines? What inspired you to make your own zines?

I remember when I first moved to San Francisco in 1994, I moved into a flat with this guy who published a zine called the Gortday Review. Anyone remember that zine? He invited me to submit stories/articles for it, which I did. I'm not even sure if I was conscious of zines prior to that. It was definitely an inspiration for the Cubby Missalette, which I started producing about three years later.

What do you do when you’re not creating?

I work at a library, watch TV, listen to music, buy records, hang out with my wife, garden, pet my cat, and play music with REPTIEL -- oh, wait, that's creating too. Scratch that last one.

What is an unexpected benefit that you’ve experienced from reading/ making zines?

Getting to see art (stories, poems, collages, photos, comics, drawings, etc.) from friends, acquaintances and even strangers who've submitted to the Cubby Missalette over the years who I never would've thought were so talented.

How would you advise first timers on making their first zines?

Just do it. Who cares how it turns out. The next one will be better.

What are you working on for this year’s SF Zine Fest?

For this year's SF Zine Fest, I will be releasing the Cubby Preachers Missalette, which will bring together the Cubby Missalette zine and the Cubby Preachers musical projects. It's going to be rad!


For more from the Cubby Missalette, check out:

http://cubby.net/missalette/

SF Zine Fest talks with Feely Girl Comix

In three sentences, tell us what your work is about.

I make comics about my life being an emotional queer girl with mental health issues. I also like to make glitter pins that promote girl and queer power. 

How did you first find out about zines? What inspired you to make your own zines?

I was first introduced to zines by my partner who makes and collects them. As I became more engaged in the queer punk scene in the bay I got a lot more exposure to them. I felt super inspired seeing other people's zines and realizing that I could do that too and that it's not just reserved for certain people. 

What do you do when you’re not creating?

When I'm not creating (or working) I am probably at a show or volunteering. If I'm not doing those two things I'm definitely on a curb somewhere eating a burrito. 

What is an unexpected benefit that you’ve experienced from reading/ making zines?

An unexpected benefit of making zines is getting to table at fests like this and meet awesome people! Also the feeling of empowerment and pride that comes with making something.    And you finally have something cool to update your friends about! 

How would you advise first timers on making their first zines?

Well I am a first time zine maker so maybe I'm not the best person to be giving advice but one thing I would say is to just go for it. It's really fun to collect zines and kind of look up to zine makers but it's also a really important thing to realize that that can be you. If you are a person that has hobbies/ passions/ obsessions/ thoughts about anything then you have everything you need to make a zine! 

What are you working on for this year’s SF Zine Fest?

At this fest I will have a comic called Flower Feels that's about my life over the last 6 months.   I will also have a Spice Girls zine which has been super fun to make and I'm so stoked to share it!