27: Jonathan Simon

Categories: 100 Creatives

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

Jonathan Simon

See also: Lightning Octopus: A Local Guide to Geekdom

Jonathan Simon says he hails from the frozen tundras of the north and wandered into Phoenix 11 years ago. He's a self-described local explorer and huge nerd -- both traits that led him to launch Lightning Octopus, a Phoenix-based blog dedicated to all things nerd in the Valley.

Jonathan Simon at the defunct Cade Gallery
I came to Phoenix with ... a lot of misconceptions about it. I'm glad I took the time to get to know this place.

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I share local awesomeness because ... the geek culture in this city is unbelievable. Sometimes I am overwhelmed by it. We have a wealth of creators, world builders, writers, hackers, developers, problem solvers. All nerds, all awesome.

I'm most productive when ... the sun is about to come up, and my headphones are on. (I'm one of those strange morning people you've heard of.)

My inspiration wall is full of ... photos from my local adventures. Getting out, connecting with the community, and getting great stories motivates me to keep discovering and keep writing.

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I've learned the most from ... starting. My personality can spend eternity planning, but actually starting something has pushed me to have something to show, learn from, and make adjustments.

Good work should always ... give you a crazy story.

The Phoenix creative scene could use ... more turnout. Find something nearby going on. Show up and support it. It goes a long way to the people who put their hearts into it, and bigger turnouts lead to more things going on.

Dream Photography Studio
Simon's Lightning Octocon with Jackalope Ranch's Fanboy, Bob Beard
The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas
99. Isaac Caruso
98. Brandon Gore
97. Kelsey Dake
96. Hector Ruiz
95. Caroline Battle
94: Jennifer Campbell
93. Jeff Chabot
92. Tiffiney Yazzie
91. Daniel Germani
90. Irma Sanchez
89. Daniel m. Davis
88. Kirstin Van Cleef
87. Emmett Potter
86. Sarah Hurwitz
85. Christine Cassano
84. Fred Tieken
83. Lindsay Kinkade
82. Ruben Galicia
81. Robert Uribe
80. Heidi Abrahamson
79. Josephine Davis
78. Travis Ladue
77. Taz Loomans
76. Mikey Jackson
75. Alex Empty
74. Joe Ray
73. Carol Roque
72. Daniel Funkhouser
71. Carla Chavarria
70. Hugo Medina
69. Cavin Costello
68. Claire Carter
67. Lindsay Tingstrom
66. Catherine Ruane
65. Christopher Crosby
64. Aaron Johnson
63. Brenda Eden
62. Colton Brock
61. Ernesto Moncada
60. Benjamin Phillips
59. Brad Armstrong
58. Angela Hardison
57. Tyler Quinn
56. Andrew James Benson
55. Charles Anthony Darr
54: Tiffe Fermaint
53. Eric Cox
52. Victor Vasquez
51. John Randall Nelson
50. Lauren Lee
49. Kyle Jordre
48. Julie C. Kent
47. Sean Deckert
46. Niba DelCastillo
45. Joseph Benesh
44. Ashley Harder
43. Dan Vermillion
42. Daniel Shepherd
41. James B. Hunt
40. Lori Fenn
39. Seth Gideon Fainkujen
38. Wayne Rainey
37. Christian Filardo
36. Melissa Cody
35. Jason Rudolph Peña
34. Cindy Iverson
33. Ryan Gentry
32. Sebastien Millon
31. Andrea Beesley
30. Chris Pruitt
29. Robert Diehl
28. Rachel Malloy

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