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By Alex Simmons
Where we'll talk about books, comics, film, conventions, and other creative arts and pop culture topics.
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Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: What To Do When Writers Fail, pt 1
Jun 10, 201836:25
23 More Episodes
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Can Creators Successfully Promote and Navigate The Snipers of Social Media?
Jun 24, 201840:21
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Can Comics Inspire and Save Lives?
Jun 21, 201828:57
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: What's The Point Of Doing Family Friendly Entertainment?
Jun 17, 201843:07
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Are Superhero Movies Bringing the Billion Dollar Summer Heat?
Jun 5, 201839:40
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: How To Write Solid Dialog for Various Characters
May 29, 201831:16
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: How Do Artists "Feed the Muse?"
May 21, 201826:29
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: What Kind of Characters Intrigue You?
May 21, 201829:04
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Finding Ways To Write Despite ...
May 13, 201820:56
Tell The Damn Story: Judging For the Eisner Awards
Apr 16, 201817:34
What's On My Mind, Episode 2: Why Do Heroes Matter?
Apr 16, 201814:59
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Violence On Or Off Page?
Apr 7, 201834:09
What's On My Mind: Do Heroes Matter, Part 1
Apr 2, 201806:20
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: How To Get In Front of Your Audience.
Mar 26, 201834:28
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Tim Fielder Back With "Matty's Rocket!" Pt. 1 - 3
Mar 13, 201829:45
Feelings On A Black Panther Film, Part 3
Feb 28, 201806:54
Tell The Damn Story UNPLUGGED: Billy Graham Art & the Black Panther, Pt 1
Mar 10, 201822:20
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Can A Fail Be A Win
Mar 25, 201818:08
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Films That Influenced
Mar 22, 201823:11
Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Who Influenced Us?
Mar 18, 201859:37
Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Tim Fielder Back With "Marty's Rocket!" Pt. 3 & 4
Mar 14, 201814:50
Tell The Damn Story-UnPlugged: Write To Be Safe Or Sell?
Mar 8, 20181:28:16
Tell The Damn Story-UNPLUGGED: Is Indie Publishing In Peril?
Mar 4, 201833:37
Feelings On A Black Panther Film
Feb 26, 201803:01
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'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 17, 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)
29:45
March 26, 2018
Feelings On A Black Panther Film, Part 3
The conclusion of my thoughts on the emotional EMP affect of the Black Panther film.
06:54
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."
22:20
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
18:08
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.
59:37
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!
14:50
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?
1:28:16
March 8, 2018
Tell The Damn Story-UNPLUGGED: Is Indie Publishing In Peril?
Are the gateways to Independent publishing being slowly closed and locked and bolted again?
33:37
March 4, 2018
Feelings On A Black Panther Film
03:01
February 26, 2018
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