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!

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