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Tell The Damn Story #89: How Do We Learn In Order To Create?

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By Alex Simmons
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Tell The Damn Story #95: With Millions of Stories To Compete Against, What Makes Mine Better Or Different?
Many, many students ask the same question, sometimes with subtle variations.  How can I come up with a new idea?  Why bother, mine won't be as good? Will anybody even read my story? How can I make mine better? And so it goes on. In this episode, Alex Simmons explores 5 ways to address these questions and the process. Click here for a Story Pool List Guide. Click here to get a list of 20 Character Bio Questions to help you create yours. Have comments or questions for us?  Leave them in our comments section. Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com 
40:45
July 14, 2019
Tell The Damn Story #94: Why Do You Tell Your Damn Stories?
Writers often talk about character motivations. Basically why do they do what they do? Though that is a major question, another equally important one is, Why Do We, the Writers Do What We Do?  Alex explores that question because the answer often impacts and empowers our choices for topics, plots, characters, genres, and audience.  Sometimes, more than we suspect. Have comments or questions for us?  Leave them in our comments section. Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com 
47:46
July 7, 2019
Tell The Damn Story #93: Life As The Story Pool = Inspiration, Imitation, Perspiration & Innovation
There are so many things that influence our storytelling. If we only scratch the surface we wind up repeating what's gone before, in almost the same "voice." But diving deeper into our own thoughts, feelings, and experiences helps separate imitation from innovation. In this episode, Alex shares the  process that's lead to him writing some of the most iconic characters in fiction. Click here for a Story Pool List Guide. Have comments or questions for us?  Leave them in our comments section. Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com 
44:16
June 30, 2019
Tell The Damn Story #92: 7 Top Sources For Good Story Ideas
In this episode Alex identifies and underlines the 7 important sources writers explore for stories. From an item on your desk to a tragic moment in life, artist must look to the inner and outer world, in order to reflect it.  Click here for a free lis of these 7 Top Sources. Have comments or questions for us?  Leave them in our comments section.  Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com 
29:59
June 23, 2019
Tell The Damn Story #91: Fathers and Sons In Fact and Fiction
Alex and Chris celebrate Father's Day talking about the influence of fathers (and mothers!) present or not, being fathers, and the impact of fictional fathers on us, as well as infamous fictional sons and daughters, including Batman, 4 Robins, Batgirl, Spider-Man, This Is Us (yep!), Odin, Blackjack, Captain America, Raven, and Black Panther. Whew!  Happy Father's Day, everybody. Have comments or questions for us?  Leave them in our comments section. Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com 
1:02:39
June 16, 2019
Tell The Damn Story #90: Re-Entry: How Creatives Exist in More Than One World
Alex and Chris discuss what Chris calls the "come down" from being heavily engaged in the creative process; the time when we're not quite out of our creative world and not quite in our every day world. The results can be challenging, hilarious, and sometimes a little confusing. Alex recorded this episode during his own come down from his latest creative efforts, adding an interesting twist to this episode.  Have comments or questions for us?  Leave them in our comments section. Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
51:49
June 10, 2019
Tell The Damn Story #89: How Do We Learn In Order To Create?
Based on a few things that happened this past week,  on Alex's Facebook Live webinar, and on Chris attending a major writers' conference, as well as  questions from their respective students, Chris and Alex explore, "How do you learn to write a good story?"  "Where do  ideas come from?"  And facing those challenges. "How do we continue to do what we do?"  Have comments or questions for us?  Leave them in our comments section. Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
56:55
June 2, 2019
Tell The Damn Story #88: Confronting Creative Darkness and Why Bother?
For the Memorial Day weekend, Alex & Chris take a look at creative demons and angels in an unusual way.  First Chris shares some honest and painful insight into his own struggles with doubt and fears, while trying to build his career.  Then it's a look at Alex's creative battles, but through his being interviewed by Jerzy and Rob, co-hosts of the podcast LEAN INTO ART.   It's another of TTDS' revealing experiments in artistic transparency, but from an additional point of view.   Click here for Alex's interview on the podcast, Lean Into Art. Please leave your comments and questions in our comments section. Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com Join Alex for the 1st of his summer Write Right Webinars, May 30, 2019, 7 PM EST, on Facebook Live.  Get a head start on his free writing tips by click here, WRITE RIGHT: COMPELLING CHARACTERS.
31:06
May 26, 2019
Tell The Damn Story #87: WHAT MUST WE DO FOR OUR ART?
Returning tired and inspired from a weekend comic con in Philadelphia, co-host Alex Simmons goes solo for this episode.  His time at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention left him with many thoughts about artists, choices, life and death, and what we lose and gain for our art.  Leave your comments and questions for us in our comments section. Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
37:41
May 20, 2019
Tell The Damn Story #86: Why Care Who You Write For?
In this week's episode, Alex and Chris discuss why care who you write for, yourself or an audience.  Does it make a difference as long as you tell the story in your head? Does knowing who you're trying to reach affect what you write and how you accomplish that task?  Does making that decision ahead of time affect the quality of your work, the topics you'll tackle, or the genre you'll use?  They'll share their knowledges and experiences.  Will you? If so, drop a comment in our Comments Section. Have questions for us?  Then post them too ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
58:20
May 12, 2019
Tell The Damn Story #85: Spoilers Assemble! An Avengers Endgame Analysis - Pt 2
Part 2: Alex and Chris continue their analysis of Avengers: Endgame from the perspective of older fans and writers/creators. The result is a two-part extravaganza celebrating the writing/producer/directing/acting/behind the camera efforts to create this epic conclusion to an unprecedented 22-film tapestry of a story. Our opinions differ at times from other podcasters and YouTubers coming at this from a younger perspective (or, in one case, a Hawkeye hating POV), and we alternate between being fans of a certain age and longtime creators offering insight, but, ultimately, we hope you enjoy  our take on a masterful example of creatives all working together to Tell The Damn Story. Have questions or comments for us, and I hope you do?  Then post them in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
1:01:11
May 5, 2019
Tell The Damn Story #84 Spoilers Assemble! An Avengers Endgame Analysis - Pt. 1
Alex and Chris offer a spoiler-rich analysis of Avengers: Endgame from the perspective of older fans and writers/creators. The result is a two-part extravaganza celebrating the writing/producer/directing/acting/behind the camera efforts to create this epic conclusion to an unprecedented 22-film tapestry of a story. Our opinions differ at times from other podcasters and YouTubers coming at this from a younger perspective (or, in one case, a Hawkeye hating POV), and we alternate between being fans of a certain age and longtime creators offering insight, but, ultimately, we hope you enjoy  our take on a masterful example of creatives all working together to Tell The Damn Story. Have questions or comments for us, and I hope you do?  Then post them in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
59:28
May 5, 2019
Tell The Damn Story Episode #83: From Russia to the U.S. And Back. Telling The Story Through Comics
They came to the U.S. to see how we tell stories about social justice through comics.  In this episode Alex and Chris interview several artists (Anastasia, Alexey, and Mitia) from Russia.  For a little over a week they toured the country meeting independent  and main stream comic artists and publishers.  That in itself is quite a story.  But even more amazing is their efforts to reflect through their comics, some of the same issues we face all over the world, even here at home.  Art truly is the bridge. * This was not recorded in a studio, but from several different locations.  Also, since english is not the first language for all the participants  (plus Chris and Alex are not bi-lingual), so you'll have to listen more closely.  Have questions or comments for us, and I hope you do?   Post them in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com For info on the KIDS COMIC CON: www.KIDSCOMICCON. COM
49:31
April 28, 2019
Tell The Damn Story: What's Behind 13 Years of Producing the Kids Comic Con?
Movies based on comics are a billion dollar business. Comics are a million dollar business, especially with racy adult material. And many comic conventions bring in thousands of dollars, catering to a pop culture fan base. So how does a little con in the Bronx, with almost no budget, catering just to kids and families, survive for 13 years? On this episode Chris interviews KIDS COMIC CON co-founder, Alex Simmons, and this year's KCC'S Events Manager, Maureen Britt. The goal? To learn how to Alex the team of volunteers have managed to produce these shows that draw over 700 children and their families -- with  no serious funding. Listen and learn. Have questions or comments for us, and I hope you do?   Post them in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com For info on the KIDS COMIC CON: www.KIDSCOMICCON. COM
44:37
April 20, 2019
Tell The Damn Story: From "What if" to 13 Years: Getting to "Yes" with You Creative Endeavors
Alex Simmons and Chris Ryan discuss how to keep going when there are roadblocks thrown in front of your creativity. They speak of pop culture phenomena and their own projects, from brand new ideas to works in progress to 13 years of the Kids Comic Con! Have questions or comments for us, and I hope you do?   Post them in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com For info on the KIDS COMIC CON: www.KIDSCOMICCON. COM
54:19
April 14, 2019
Tell The Damn Story: What Do Avenger: Endgame & Kids Comic Con Have In Common? Marketing!
Chris and Alex are comparing a multi-billion dollar property (with a multi-million dollar promotion budget), with a grassroots kids comic convention in the Bronx?! Yes.  They're set to discuss both and more in this episode of Tell The Damn Story. Have questions or comments for us, and I hope you do?   Post them in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com For info on the KIDS COMIC CON: www.KIDSCOMICCON. COM
48:36
April 7, 2019
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #79: How Do You Face Creative Depression?
Alex and Chris discuss numerous aspects of creative depression from "The Mean Editor" interior voice to worrying about aging, to time, to dealing with collaborators and publishers who do not share your vision. And they suggest ways to deal with each in what threatens to become “a very special episode” of Tell the Damn Story. Have questions or comments for us, and I hope you do?  Post them in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
1:01:08
March 31, 2019
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #78: How Hard Is It To Give Credit Where Credit Is Due?
Being a freelance artists (writer, illustrator, dancer, etc.) can be a hard road to travel.  It's not just about the quality of your craft. It's also about the level of your business skills, and the ethics of the business world.  In this episode Alex and Chris reflect on that and the hard times many comic artists have faced over the past 80 years.   The financial worth of comics have grown from five cent newspapers fillers, to multi-billion dollar intellectual properties. Where did and do the creators fit in that whirl-wind of wealth?  Have questions or comments for us, and I hope you do?  Post in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
37:24
March 24, 2019
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #77: Choosing To Write Outside Life Experience (Race, Religion, and More)
In this episode Alex and Chris verbally cruise the choppy waters of the right to write debate.  Should writers tell stories about life experiences (race, religion, etc.) that they haven't lived.  If so, what are their responsibilities? What harm can come out of it?  What good? Will Chris and Alex have the answers, or just raise more questions? Have questions or comments for us, and I hope you do?  Post in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com   
1:14:48
March 17, 2019
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #76: Chris Ryan Interviews Mystery Author & Ex-Journalist, R.G. Belsky
A little while back, Chris attended the Deadly Ink Writer's Conference in central New Jersey.  There he met and interviewed several other talented authors to get a glimpse of their process for telling the damn story.  So listen up as he shares some process and experiences of mystery writer and ex-journalist R.G. BELSKY. Have questions or comments for us, and I hope you will? Post in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
14:13
March 10, 2019
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #75: An Interview With "Black Lightning" Creator, Tony Isabella
In this episode, Alex has to roll solo as he sits down with one of the comic industries best talents, writer/creator Tony Isabella. Tony worked for both Marvel and DC Comics starting back in the seventies, and is best known as the creator of the popular character, "Black Lightning." But there's more to his long and formidable history.  And there's a lot more to the story behind those years, and the other characters he's written or created. So sit back, listen, laugh and learn about his creative path from Cleveland to Hollywood. Post your comments or questions in the comments section below ... Or write to us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com.
1:23:51
March 3, 2019
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #74: Meet Don McGregor, Writer of The Black Panther & 200 Other Tales
Co Hosts Alex and Chris thought they were prepared to interview storyteller extraordinaire DON McGREGOR.  Alex had known him since the 70s.  Chris had read this books almost as long, and researched like crazy for the interview.  They thought they were ready for anything. They weren't even close. Listen as Don candidly speaks about his creative, professional, and personal life -- good, bad and amazing!   Post your comments or questions in the comments section below ... Or write to us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com.
1:27:11
February 24, 2019
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #73: TTDS Challenges Black History Month!
This week Alex and Chris discuss what Black History Month means, what it should mean, whether Michael B Jordan should play Superman, and explore Blackjack's place in American history. Post your comments or questions in the comments section below ... Or write to us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com.
59:37
February 17, 2019
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Joss Whedon, From Vampires to Galactic Gods!
In Part 2 of our double your fun Brown Coat podcastic experience, Chris and Alex take a walk on the Whedon side. JOSS WHEDON, that is. They discuss the works, creative phIlosophy, industry influence of the man who created Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and more. as well as the director of the Avengers. Special Episode Question To The Public:  What comics book or graphic novel characters would you like to see in  a movie, or a TV series? And what do you think of what's been done so far? Post your comments or questions in the comments section below ... Or write to us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com.
32:45
February 11, 2019
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #71: Matt, Steve and the FIREFLY BROWN COATS, PT 1
In this two-parter, Chris interviews two members of the Pennsylvania Brown Coats, a fan group inspired by the TV series, FIREFLY.  Created by Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, The Avengers, etc.), the series was short lived, but fan power extended it's life both on the screen, and around the globe.  Matt and Steve explain how much so. Special episode question to the public: What comics book or graphic novel characters would you like to see in movies, or a TV series? And what do you think of what's been done so far? Post your comments or questions in the comments section below ... Or write to us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
13:26
February 4, 2019
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #70: IS IT TIME TO MARVEL AT AWARDS SHOWS?
Alex Simmons and Chris Ryan talk about finding your Twitter Tribe, upcoming DC projects, and whether Hollywood is really ready to honor Marvel's Black Panther.   Special episode question to the public: What comics book or graphic novel characters would you like to see in movies, or a TV series? And what do you think of what's been done so far? Post your comments or questions in the comments section below ... Or write to us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
59:05
January 27, 2019
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #69: The Challenge of Writing About Volatile Topics
In this episode, Alex and Chris cover a wide range of the creative arena, starting with the latest changes in comics, film and TV. Then they wrestle with some of the methods, as well as the pros and emotionally charges cons of writing about hot topics -- even in fiction.  Special episode question to the public: Should Disney create separate channels for their Marvel Comics (i.e. DareDevil and Punisher), Star Wars, and Disney programs?  Post your comments or questions in the comments section below ... Or write to us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
45:39
January 21, 2019
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #68: Batton Lash and the Road to Indy-pendence
In this episode Alex and Chris talk about pop culture Aqua-billions, Spidey-good-sense, some tips for those seeking creative independence, and the passing of a much respected comic industry great, BATTON LASH.  Post your comments or questions in the comments section below ... Or write to us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
38:39
January 13, 2019
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #67: Chris Interviews author, L.A. DiPaolo!
A few months back Chris went on another solo mission to Phil Con, and while there he interviewed 3 talented authors. So sit back and listen to the first and unedited interview. It's with author, L.A. DiPaolo.  Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
13:33
January 6, 2019
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #66: How We Feed The Muse
Hey Folks: It's the end of the year and a time to reflect on what we've learned and what's inspired us to keep going. Those bright lights, or sparkling jewels of knowledge can come as things we've read, heard, or seen. So, join co-hosts Alex and Chris as they look back on the turbulent times we know as 2018, to share, "How We Feed The Muse." * PS: During the podcast I could not remember the name of a particular motivational speaker. Right after we signed off, I did remember. It's Tony Roberts. Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
22:07
December 30, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #65: What Ever Happened To 2018?
Hey Folks: It the end of the year and a time to reflect on what went right, wrong and somewhere in between. And this is the time that most of us discover that we may have gained far more than we've ever lost. So, join co hosts Alex and Chris as they look back on the turbulent time we know as 2018. Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
50:16
December 23, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Pulp, Partners. Deadlines and the "N" Word
Sometimes writing stories about the past challenges our present day sensibilities, and more. Alex and Chris reveal how the pressures of writing two short stories in two weeks, required research, reflection, and restraint.  Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
41:19
December 17, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Chris Ryan Interviews Author Teel James Glenn
Back in October, Chris went on a solo mission to Deadly Ink Writer's Conference in central New Jersey. While honing his own crime fiction writing skills he interviewed several other talented authors. So listen well to the fourth of six, author TEEL JAMES GLENN, as he shares some of his best writing habits and tips. Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
19:07
December 10, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: How Is "Done Is Better Than Perfect?
Alex is early morning solo as he ponders the artistic side of the popular online mantra, "Done Is Better Than Perfect." Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
20:49
December 5, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Chris Interviews Mystery Writer, Art Taylor!
Back in October, Chris went on a solo mission to Deadly Ink Writer's Conference in central New Jersey. While honing his own crime fiction writing skills he interviewed several other talented authors. So listen well to his third of six, as they share their highly developed writing skills, habits and tips. Attentive persons, meet mystery writer Art Taylor. Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
21:00
November 25, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Stripping Comics Strips (Or Behind Creation) with Jerry Craft
In this episode host Alex Simmons interviews graphic novelist, creator/writer, and children's book illustrator, JERRY CRAFT. Jerry shares some of the funny but also twisted turns he had to take as an black artist, creating black non-stereotypical characters in the comics world. [*This is half of an interview I did with Jerry about his homework and about his impressions of my character Blackjack. If you'd like to hear the Blackjack portion of his interview let me know in the comments below.] Please leave us your comments below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
20:47
November 18, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: STAN LEE HAS COME AND GONE
The Real "True Believer" is gone. Alex and Chris share thoughts and personal memories about the legend that was Stan Lee. As Alex put it, "he was the P.T. Barnum of the comics industry ... the face of Marvel..." His collaborations with many great artists, and his business and marketing savvy helped build a multi-billion dollar property. *After the show leave a comment about your favorite Stan Lee creation, story, saying, or appearance. Please leave us your comments below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
23:40
November 12, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: TTDS How Does A The Hollywood Film Deal Work? Pt 2
Welcome to the second part of Alex and Chris' discussion about the facts and fancies surrounding the quest for a Hollywood film or TV deal? Is all the negotiating, research, paperwork, waiting and more a road to fortune and fame, or disillusion and shame? Please leave us your comments below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.come Damn Story
25:40
November 12, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: TTDS How Does A The Hollywood Film Deal Work? Pt 1
Alex and Chris discuss the facts and fancies surrounding the quest for a Hollywood film or TV deal? Is it just like winning the lottery, or more like back stroking in a tsunami? Please leave us your comments below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
26:42
November 11, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Confessions of A Writer's Week
As independent writers and publishers, Alex and Chris have had a week stuffed with author activity. They've been traveling the full range of a writer’s experience. So listen in as they discuss a creators experience of patrons buying their work (Blackjack - Trial..); positive reviews and fan exuberant quotes, trying to build on the momentum, and ... the odd cure for rejection. Please leave us your comments below ... Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
27:58
November 4, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Alex Interviews ECBACC Media Tech, Dionne Stallworth. Pt 3
Release of the new Blackjack (Rapid Read book), TRIAL BY FIRE, TRIAL BY ICE, delayed the posting of the 3rd episode of the series WHY BLACKJACK, where Alex continues to explore the appeal of his action adventure creation, ARRON DAY aka BLACKJACK. So here is Part Three of the interview with ECBACC media tech, and Blackjack fan, Dionne Stallworth. This concludes their conversation about childhood challenges, comic book inspirations, and the importance of history and cultural identity. Please leave us your comments below ... Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
15:34
November 3, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Alex Interviews ECBACC Media Tech, Dionne Stallworth, Pt 2
In this second episode of the series WHY BLACKJACK, Alex continues to explore the appeal of his action adventure creation, ARRON DAY aka BLACKJACK. Part two of the interview with ECBACC media tech, and Blackjack fan, Dionne Stallworth. The conversation covers childhood challenges, comic book inspirations, and the importance of history and cultural identity. All that and Stan Lee too. Please leave us your comments below ... Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
15:14
October 29, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Alex Interviews Blackjack Fan Dionne Stallworth. Pt 1
In this second episode of the series WHY BLACKJACK, Alex continues to explore the appeal of his action adventure creation, ARRON DAY aka BLACKJACK. This time it's with ECBACC media tech, and Blackjack fan, Dionne Stallworth. The conversation covers childhood challenges, comic book inspirations, and the importance of history and cultural identity. All that and Stan Lee too. Please leave us your comments below ... Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
15:24
October 27, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: The Hidden Challenges of Blackjack Trial By Fire, Trial By Ice
How do you write and remain true to the story when personal and political storms are brewing? Your hosts, Alex and Chris, celebrate as well as reveal some of the thoughts, challenges, and fears behind writing this latest Arron Day double action-adventure, "Blackjack: Trial By Fire, Trial By Ice." Please leave us your comments below ... Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
33:04
October 25, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Alex Interviews One of the First Blackjack Artist, ERIC BATTLE. Pt 1
Alex sets out to explore the appeal of his action adventure creation, ARRON DAY aka BLACKJACK. This is the first of several interviews with the people that helped prove stories about a 1930s African-American soldier of fortune have mass appeal. So listen to this interview with artist extraordinaire, ERIC BATTLE, Part one. Please leave us your comments below ... Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com (*A new adventure has just been released, "Blackjack: Trial By Fire, Trial By Ice." Available on Amazon.com.) (*Sorry this episode is out of sequence. Oops!)
47:31
October 25, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Alex Simmons Asks ERIC BATTLE, WHY BLACKJACK? Pt 2
As a new book prepares to launch, Alex sets out to explore the appeal of his action adventure creation, ARRON DAY aka BLACKJACK. He starts here with the first of several interviews, with Blackjack artists and fans, to learn why tales about a 1930s African-American soldier of fortune has such mass appeal. Please leave us your comments below ... Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
12:59
October 19, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Alex Simmons Asks ERIC BATTLE, WHY BLACKJACK? Pt 2
As a new book prepares to launch, Alex sets out to explore the appeal of his action adventure creation, ARRON DAY aka BLACKJACK. He starts here with the first of several interviews, with Blackjack artists and fans, to learn why tales about a 1930s African-American soldier of fortune has such mass appeal. Please leave us your comments below ... Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
17:29
October 17, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Is Superhero Pop Culture Defeating Itself?
Alex and Chris are back together again talking out whether superhero pop culture is about to experience it's own INFINITY WAR. And if so, who is Thanos? Corporations? Fans? Or an increasingly divisive culture? Please leave us your comments below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
46:47
October 14, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Chris Interviews, Carol Gyzander!
Chris went on a solo mission to Deadly Ink Writer's Conference in central New Jersey. While lurking and ferreting out creative intel, he also conversed with several other talented authors. So listen well to his first of 6 interrogat ... uh, I mean interviews, as they share their highly developed writing skills, habits and tips. His second interview is with author, Carol Gyzander.  Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
13:35
October 9, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Chris w mystery author A. J. Sidransky
Chris went on a solo mission to Deadly Ink Writer's Conference in central New Jersey. While lurking and ferreting out creative intel, he also conversed with several other talented authors. So listen well to his first of 6 interrogat ... uh, I mean interviews, as they share their highly developed writing skills, habits and tips. First up, mystery/history/romance author A. J. Sidransky. Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
21:42
October 2, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Chris Ryan at PulpFest, Interview 5: Bob Deis & Wyatt Doyle
Chris Ryan's is still on the road. He's in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania at an event called PULPFEST, not only as a writer/creator, but also to interview others who have created stories in a very particular genre, pulp adventures! Hi next interviewee ... Bob Deis & Wyatt Doyle. Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
31:36
September 23, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Chris Ryan at PulpFest, Interview 7: Jim Beard
Here's the next great interview Chris Ryan achieved while on the road in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania at PULPFEST. Chris managed to interview writer, creators, illustrators, and others who have created stories in the pulp adventures genre! This time his interview is with the talented author ... Jim Beard. Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
18:01
September 23, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Writing When Your Heart & Your Head Ain't In It
In this episode Simmons "Fesses Up." Alex goes solo to shares some of the emotional hardships and confusion he faced trying to write a story that should have been a breeze. Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
28:50
September 23, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Is Being True To You on Social Media A Trap, Pt 1
With "snipers," "spammers," and "trolls" waiting in the digital bushes and hills of the internet, how do promote on social media. Alex and Chris tackled the high points and pitfalls of being artists and entrepreneur being themselves while trying to promote their products. Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
31:40
September 23, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Is Being True To You on Social Media A Trap, Pt 2
Here's the conclusion of this Alex and Chris' discussion on the pros and cons of being your real self on social media. How can artists promote their projects and still face the internet "snipers," "spammers," and "trolls" waiting in the digital bushes and hills? Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
35:28
September 23, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Night of the Living Deadlines
Alex and Chris discuss the disciplines and dangers of trying to meet the  DREADED DEADLINES. They also shares insights and tips as they share some of their own deadline fails and how they coped. Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
55:03
September 4, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Chris Ryan at PulpFest, Interview 9: Colin Richards
Here's the last great interview Chris Ryan achieved while on the road in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania at PULPFEST. Chris managed to interview writer/creators and others who have created stories in the pulp adventures genre! This time his interview is with Colin Richards. Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
08:02
August 27, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Chris Ryan at PulpFest, Interview 8: Mark Wheatley & Henry Franke
Here's the next great interview Chris Ryan achieved while on the road in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania at PULPFEST. Chris managed to interview writer/creators and others who have created stories in the pulp adventures genre! This time his interview is with the well known artist, Mark Wheatley and and his associate, Henry Franke. Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
11:48
August 19, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Chris Ryan at PulpFest, Interview 6: Joe R. Lansdale
Here's the next great interview Chris Ryan achieved while on the road in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania at PULPFEST. Chris managed to interview writer, creators, illustrators, and others who have created stories in the pulp adventures genre!This time his interview is with the well known ... Joe R. Lansdale. Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
18:46
August 12, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Interview With The Africa Cartoon Centre, Pt. 2
Alex continues with Part 2 of the interview with Mr. Adedotun Salu and his associates at the Africa Cartoon Centre (ACC) in Lagos, Nigeria. They'll offer more information on their GLOBAL comic art poster contest, as well as other comic and cartoon projects, they've started to challenge social issues facing youth in their country. Africa Cartoon Centre Web site: www.accentre.org Email: AfriCartoonCentre@gmail.com Facebook:  Africa Cartoon Centre Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
18:33
August 11, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Interview With The Africa Cartoon Centre, Pt. 1
Alex and Chris begin a two-part interview with Mr. Adedotun Salu and his associates at the Africa Cartoon Centre (ACC) in Lagos, Nigeria. They'll discuss a new comic art poster contest, as well as other comic and cartoon projects, that they've started to challenge social issues facing youth in their country. Africa Cartoon Centre Web site: www.accentre.org Email: AfriCartoonCentre@gmail.com Facebook: Africa Cartoon Centre Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
13:54
August 11, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Chris Ryan at PulpFest! Pt 4.
Chris Ryan's is still on the road. He's in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania at an event called PULPFEST, not only as a writer/creator, but also to interview others who have created stories in a very particular genre, pulp adventures! Hi next interviewee ... David Kalb, Bill Mann, and Chris Kalb of Age of Aces Books. Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below or on ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
09:03
August 1, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Chris Ryan at PulpFest! Pt 3.
Chris Ryan's is still on the road. He's in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania at an event called PULPFEST, not only as a writer/creator, but also to interview others who have created stories in a very particular genre, pulp adventures! Hi next interviewee ... Interviewee: Brett A. Brooks Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below or on ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
14:43
August 1, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Chris Ryan at PulpFest! Pt 2.
Chris Ryan's is still on the road. He's in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania at an event called PULPFEST, not only as a writer/creator, but also to interview others who have created stories in a very particular genre, pulp adventures! Hi next interviewee ... author Sara Light-Waller. *Want to leave a comment or ask a question? Do so in the Comments section or... Please do so by contacting us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
23:52
July 28, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Chris Ryan at PulpFest! Pt 1
It's Chris Ryan's turn to hit the road. He's in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania at an event called PULPFEST, not only as a writer/creator, but also to interview others who have created stories in a very particular genre, pulp adventures! First author up ... Joab Stieglitz. *Want to leave a comment or ask a question? Do so in the Comments section or... Please do so by contacting us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
09:31
July 27, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Interview at Helsinki Comic Center, Pt. 2
(This is part 2 of 2) While traveling through a few cities in Europe, co-host Alex Simmons has a meeting with two artists/members (Ainur and Remi) of the Comics Center of Helsinki in Helsinki, Finland. They are The interview gave all three a chance to discuss the creative, entertainment, educational, community benefits, historical and global advances of comics and graphic novels. Helsinki Comics Center Website: http://www.sarjakuvakeskus.fi/
20:59
July 17, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Interview at the Comics Center of Helsinki, Finland.
While traveling through a few cities in Europe, co-host Alex Simmons has a meeting with two artists/members of the Comics Center of Helsinki in Helsinki, Finland. The interview gave all three a chance to discuss the creative, entertainment, educational, community benefits, historical and global advances of comics and graphic novels. This is Episode 1 of a 2 parter. Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below or on ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
1:08:04
July 16, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged (Hamburg): The Value of Observations
Co-host Alex Simmons checks in (solo) from Hamburg, Germany, to share thoughts and tips on the power of observation for creatives.
34:34
July 8, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Are There Any Benefits To Connecting With International Comic Art Creators?
*Want to leave a comment or ask a question? Do so in the Comments section or... Please do so by contacting us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
45:19
July 3, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Should Artist Repurpose Their Creations To Fit Current Events?
Alex and Chris discuss the thoughts, ethics, and personal processes behind repurposes artists repurposing their creations to fit new social or political. Is it a personal or business choice and is it a good one either way? Leave your comments below, or write to: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
44:53
July 1, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Telling How To Tell The Stories In Serbia!
Chris asks the questions as Alex gives a short on the spot report from Leskovac, a small small town in Serbia. Alex was invited to teach a writer's workshop at the Balkan young Comics creators Festival. *Want to leave a comment or ask a question? Do so in the Comments section or... Please do so by contacting us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
16:44
June 30, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: What's The Point Of Doing Family Friendly Entertainment?
Your hosts Alex and Chris explore whether or not family friendly comis, TV shows and films are scares due to the industry, or is there really little market for them now.
43:07
June 28, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Can Creators Successfully Promote and Navigate The Snipers of Social Media?
Alex and Chris wrestle with a professional and emotional challenge. Within this intense and sensitive time can creatives promote, blog and share their thoughts in the wild wild west of social media? Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below or on ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
40:21
June 24, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Can Comics Inspire and Save Lives?
Chris interviews Alex on his invite to speak to young artists at the international Balkans Festival of Young Comics Creators, in Serbia. It's purpose is to bring together a war torn area of Balkans. and give support to young creators. The festival began in 1998 and is the oldest in the region. Since they didn't have one in 1999, because of bombings, this is their 20th anniversary. Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below or on ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
28:57
June 21, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: What To Do When Writers Fail, pt 1
No matter how hard you try, sometimes the writing just doesn't go the way you want. In this episode Chris and Alex discuss some of their most difficult and disappointing writing experiences and how they dealt with them.
36:25
June 10, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Are Superhero Movies Bringing the Billion Dollar Summer Heat?
Alex and Chris explore the storytelling power of the the superhero movies current and coming soon. And how the Disney empire (Marvel and Star Wars films) has managed to weave a multi-billion dollar year.
39:40
June 5, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: How To Write Solid Dialog for Various Characters
Over the years Chris and Alex have written many different characters, from plays to comics, and from men to monsters. In this episode they discuss somechallenges and methods for writing engagging and genuine dialog. *Have questions for them? Post on ... Anchor, or on www.Facebook.com/TellTheDamnStory Or write: Alex@SimmonsHereAndNow.com
31:16
May 29, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: How Do Artists "Feed the Muse?"
Chris and Alex explore how they, and other artists, feed theirinner creative energy source. Where do we find inspiration and determination? *Have questions for them? Post on ... Anchor, or find us on ... Facebook.com/TellTheDamnStory, or Email: Alex@SimmonsHereAndNow.com
26:29
May 24, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: What Kind of Characters Intrigue You?
Chris and Alex discuss what type (and archtype) of characters in life and fiction intrigue them the most, and how that influences their work. *Have questions for them? Post on ... Anchor, or find us on ... Facebook.com/TellTheDamnStory, or Email: Alex@SimmonsHereAndNow.com
29:04
May 21, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Finding Ways To Write Despite ...
Chris and Alex talk about a few methods for dealing with writing distractions and excuses. *Have questions for them? Post on ... Anchor, or find us on ... Facebook.com/TellTheDamnStory, or Email: Alex@SimmonsHereAndNow.com
20:56
May 13, 2018
Tell The Damn Story: Judging For the Eisner Awards
Chris talks to Alex Simmons, who is in San Diego, as a judge for the comic book industry's prestigious EISNER AWARDS. *Have questions for them? Post on ... Anchor, or find us on ... Facebook.com/TellTheDamnStory, or Email: TTDSonAir@gmail.com
17:34
May 3, 2018
What's On My Mind, Episode 2: Why Do Heroes Matter?
With the popularity of the movies and TV series from Marvel and DC Comics, including the extremely successful Black Panther film, the word "hero" has taken a prominent place in everyday conversation. In this episode I continue to explore the meaning of the word, and how we see the individuals (factual or fictional) upon whom we bestow that title.
14:59
April 17, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Violence On Or Off Page?
Writers Chris and Alex discuss how they determine when to use violence in or out of the comic book page. And what are the thought processes behind that decision. *Have questions for them? Post on ... Anchor, or find us on ... Facebook.com/TellTheDamnStory, or Email: Alex@SimmonsHereAndNow.com
34:09
April 8, 2018
What's On My Mind: Do Heroes Matter, Part 1
Most writers are curious about life. We live, observe, research, and think about it. Then we sit down somewhere and chronicles about the aspects that intrigue or excite us. What's on My Mind is where I'll explore share my thoughts and questions the places where life and art combine.
06:20
April 2, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: How To Get In Front of Your Audience.
Alex and Chris gives some tips of how to get your creations out into the public eye, without sticking them in the eye. *Have questions for them? Post on ... Anchor, or find us on ... Facebook.com/TellTheDamnStory, or Email: Alex@SimmonsHereAndNow.com
34:28
March 28, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Tim Fielder Back With "Matty's Rocket!" Pt. 1 - 3
Latest TTDS Unplugged episode of ... Simmons Here And Now. The original TTDS 3 musketeers are back together again for a special episode! The MIA member, Tim Fielder, is back to talk about his graphic novel creation, “Matty’s Rocket!” It’s a stellar blend of Harriet Tubman and Bessie Coleman (look them up) having Buck Rogers-like adventures in the Jim Crow 1930s! (Part 1 & 2)
22:17
March 26, 2018
Simmons' Feelings On A Black Panther Film, Part 2
So here are my final thoughts on the emotional EMP wave affect of the Black Panther film.
07:09
March 26, 2018
Tell The Damn Story UNPLUGGED: Billy Graham Art & the Black Panther, Pt 1
Alex and Chris discuss the work and humanity of the unsung artist, Billy Graham. In particular his contribution as the first artist for Marvel's Luke Cage comics, and one of the Primo artists on the first major Black Panther comic book series "Panthers Rage."
22:19
March 26, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Can A Fail Be A Win
Your hosts, Chris Ryan and Alex Simmons discuss what you're left with when projects and promotions don't go even close to the way you planned. *Have questions for them? Post on ... Anchor, or find us on ... Facebook.com/TellTheDamnStory, or Email: Alex@SimmonsHereAndNow.com
18:07
March 26, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Films That Influenced
Your hosts, writers Chris Ryan and Alex Simmons discuss what classic films influenced their own creations.
23:11
March 22, 2018
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Who Influenced Us?
Your hosts, writers Chris Ryan and Alex Simmons discuss the question what characters from their past influenced their own creations.
59:46
March 18, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Tim Fielder Back With "Marty's Rocket!" Pt. 3 & 4
Latest TTDS Unplugged episode of ... Simmons Here And Now. The original TTDS 3 musketeers are back together again for a special episode! The MIA member, Tim Fielder, is back to talk about his graphic novel creation, “Matty’s Rocket!” It’s a stellar blend of Harriet Tubman and Bessie Coleman (look them up) having Buck Rogers-like adventures in the Jim Crow 1930s!
15:00
March 14, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-UnPlugged: Write To Be Safe Or Sell?
Should writers write about safe material that will entertain and not offend, or should we write about things that we believe, feel, or rebel against, and possibly not earn a dime?
44:17
March 8, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-UNPLUGGED: Is Indie Publishing In Peril?
Alex and Chris discuss whether or not the gateways and opportunities in Independent publishing are slowly being blocked, locked and bolted.
33:47
March 4, 2018
Simmons' Feelings On A Black Panther Film, Pt 1
Alex Simmons, that's me, offers up some solo thoughts on the emotional EMP affect of the Black Panther film. [*First time using Anchor software. 2/2018]
03:11
February 26, 2018
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