edited by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
John Wilcox first became involved with Spiderweb Salon after seeing a Facebook post requesting art for Low Power Radio, the zine benefiting local Denton radio station KUZU 92.9FM. The art he sent in ended up on the back cover, a beautiful radio robot bookending the musical ruminations of so many spiders.
Your work is often inspired by and often falls into the comics genre. Any plans to put out a full-length or web comic of your own?
Not particularly. It's kind of a therapeutic hobby as of right now. I do have notepads and voice memos with ideas that I suppose could potentially turn in to something. Hmmm, perhaps this is something I should consider more seriously. We'll see.
What subjects interest you most?
Nothing specific comes to mind, but anything absurd and/or funny. Stuff ranging from the low- to mid-brow. I guess potentially any subject presented with a bit of levity would pique my interest.
What have been some of the most rewarding experiences you've had as an artist?
Rewarding? I would have to say contributing artwork to an album by Particular People called Meats for Particular People was fun. I had a deadline that I was able to meet, and I think the final product left all parties satisfied. I was pleased that they were pleased.
Who are some of your influences?
Well, in regards to what I said earlier about enjoying things that are absurd and/or funny, Geof Darrow's work definitely falls into that category. It is absurdly funny. Frank Quitely and Chris Burnham have always been favorites. I've recently taken a liking to Kevin Maguire and the expressions he gets out of faces. Mark Crilley has been pivotal in me getting better. Other than that, I think my mom and dad as well as other family and friends have been extremely inspirational.
Any upcoming shows or events?
Nah, nothing to plug. (Although he wouldn’t mind if you followed him on Instagram at @marter_art!)
John Wilcox, a current Denton resident, is originally from Longview, Texas. He moved to Denton in 2007 to pursue a music degree at UNT. He has since found his passion for music leaning more towards art. Between reading comics and watching instructional art videos online, his free time is mostly spent trying to improve his craft. He shares most of his work on Instagram, but occasionally also shows within the local community. Whether for a benefit for the Denton Community Market, a celebration of a local radio station with a Spiderweb Salon zine, or a contest to win free pizza from TJ's, he’s grateful. You can follow him on Instagram at @marter_art.
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