100 Creatives

37: Jon Haddock

37: Jon Haddock
Jon Haddock
is an incredibly talented fine artist, illustrator and a heckuva guy, according to all who know him. He has this to say about himself:

"If I had been better at math I would have liked to have been a mad scientist. Being an artist is kind of similar. My practice is still fueled by outrage against the status quo, but this way I'm responsible for fewer deaths and less destruction."

Learn about inspirations from Crumb to Heston and Haddock's quest to be the Number One Creative (really, we swear, the order is random!) after the jump ...

What's on your Inspiration Wall (real or imagined)?
- Free people need open borders. Walls that are built to keep others out will be used to keep you in.
- "Media: Never ever consume it. Always create it. It's important to push out. Not take in. It's a matter of survival. There are two kinds of people in this world: artists and marks" - Terence McKenna (as quoted by Robert Crumb)
- Always say Yes.

- Charlton Heston in the Omega Man.
- Wally Wood's 22 Panels that always work

What's your last big project?
A four-page comic for Kim Larkin's summer show [at Modified Arts]. Not really very big, but it took me two months.

What's your next big project?
A show at SMoCA in May: Idios Kosmos. Also comic book themed.

Why Phoenix?
I kind of got stuck here. I really hated it as a kid, but it's gradually gotten better over the years. Some days it seems kind of okay.

Sometimes I think it would be nice to live in a place where there were fewer racists, and people were generally less fearful and more compassionate. But I think living here gives one an understanding of America that would otherwise be much more abstract.

What's something you want Phoenix to know about you?
I'm really a nice guy.

And what's something you don't want Phoenix to know about you?
I delayed this interview in a sick bid to be number one.

The Creatives, so far:

100. Fausto Fernandez
99. Brian Boner
98. Carol Panaro-Smith
97. Jane Reddin
96. Adam Dumper
95. Mayme Kratz
94. Daniel Tantalean
93. Yuri Artibise
92. Lisa Starry
91. Paul Hoeprich
90. Betsy Schneider
89. Mary Shindell
88: Gabriel Utasi
87: Tiffany Egbert
86. Angela Cazel Jahn
85. Dayvid LeMmon
84. Beatrice Moore
83. Michelle J. Martinez
82. Carrie Bloomston
81. Paul Porter
80. Rachel Bess
79. Karolina Sussland
78. Aaron Abbott
77. Mary Lucking
76. Erin Sotak
75. Greg Esser
74. Matthew Mosher
73. Mark Klett
72. Tony Carrillo
71. Paul Morris
70. Joe Pagac
69. Alison King
68. JJ Horner
67. Kim Porter
66. Marco Rosichelli
65. Heather Hales
64. Amy Lamp
63. Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker
62. Lindy Drew

61. Robbie Pfeffer
60. Neil Borowicz

59. Lynn Fisher

58. Tanner Woodford

57. David Tinapple
56. Casebeer

55. Tom Leveen

54. Patti Parsons

53. Tedd McDonah

52. Mike Maas
51. Chris Todd

50. Monica Aissa Martinez

49. Stefan Shepherd

48. Jenny Poon

47. Matt Moore

46. Andrea Hanley

45. Julie Hampton

44. Ted Decker

43. Saskia Jorda

42. Michael Bergfalk

41. Scott Baxter

40. Carrie Marill
39. Kobina Banning

38. Suzanne Falk

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