SF Zine Fest talks with Michael Bernard Loggins
In three sentences, tell us what your work is about.
Like in general? My work is about part of my life experiences that happened to me in public.
How did you first find out about zines? What inspired you to make your own zines?
I think it was probably when Harrell Fletcher and Elizabeth Meyer were both volunteering together at Creativity Explored (CE) where I was making art and doing my writing. They decided to make a zine called Whipper Snapper Nerd* that had just one [CE] artist in each issue. I don't know how many they made. Maybe 6 or 7. I was the first artist they chose to interview. That was 1994. Then Harrell and Elizabeth saw my list of fears and told me they thought it would be a good idea to make a zine out of that. So, in 1995 they helped me make my first zine Fears of Your Life. It's a book now too**.
*a title created by John Patrick McKenzie, another Creativity Explored artist
**published by manic d press
What do you do when you’re not creating?
I work on my journals. Play my record player called "Champ". Can you believe I played 156 records? I like to go to Community Thrift Store and Thrift Town. And Jack's Record Cellar. I like to visit Wade, Roy and Josh there. And I like to visit Chris at Groove Merchant every once in a while. I also like to go to the Grind Cafe on Haight Street. I like to go to Panhandle Park first thing and then Ocean Beach afterwards.
What is an unexpected benefit that you’ve experienced from reading/ making zines?
Hmmm. I'm not sure about that. It's good that people like my writing and drawing and sometimes they buy my books and stuff and then I have leftover change from my checks to buy more records, and food sometimes too.
How would you advise first timers on making their first zines?
Maybe they can make a few pages to start it off. Figure out what they want to write inside. They should do as good as they can and let everyone know how they feel and not let anybody put too much pressure on them cuz it's your life to do what you want. Life and Freedom.