Comic Phenomenon

For science fiction author Philip K. Dick, exploring the collision of idios and koinos kosmos (private and shared reality) was inevitable. While his characters sought meaning inside the worlds he created, Dick wrestled with phantoms afflicting his own mind.

For local comic artist and Dick fan Jon Haddock, this personal-universal struggle is, well, personal. Comic readers interface with a shared fantasy world, and in underground or autobiographical comics that world shrinks to the positively egocentric.

In his exhibit “Idios Kosmos : Koinos Kosmos” at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Haddock explores the permeable boundary of reality and fantasy through his works and those of Rory Hayes, Joe Sacco, John Stanley, Jim Woodring and Basil Wolverton. Each of these artists is known for penning comics that confront life’s personal, cultural and political inequities.

Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: May 21. Continues through Oct. 2, 2011
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Nicholas Gerbis