SF Zine Fest talks with Eugenio Negro

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

I make zines mostly observing interpersonal relationships, consumerism, environmental collapse and language. I like doing the news and the latest gossip by explaining the motives behind what people do.

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

I don't remember when I first heard of them called "zines" and learned that there's a huge world of artists dedicated to them, but my friends and I started making comic books at about 10. When we heard of punk rock and making copies of books and stuff, I got very excited about zines.

What do you do when you’re not creating?

When I'm not doing art I'm working, pursuing relationships and doing other everyday stuff. My survival is not difficult at this time.

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

Unexpectedly, because they cost little to make, zines are teaching me to give art away more and get the money out of the focus of the thing, which is a blessing. Money sucks!

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

The most important things first-timers should do with their zines is: 1. Get the personal struggle gushing out of the way soon, to make way for presenting real life stuff and stuff about other people besides yourself. Otherwise you'll lose interest. 2. That being said, whatever you're doing with your life is more interesting than you think. Document it for the learning of others!  3. Make every zine have a silly part, stay childlike. 4. Be more informative than you think people would expect. Zine traders love something they didn't already know.

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

For this year's SF Zine Fest I got not only a book of poems about the prison industry but also a comic about wild creatures, and both are bilingual or in Spanish!