Tell The Damn Story

Tell The Damn Story

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Where we’ll talk about books, comics, film, conventions, and other creative arts and pop culture topics.
Story Unplugged: STAN LEE HAS COME AND GONE
Nov 12 • 24 min
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…
Story Unplugged: TTDS How Does A The Hollywood Film Deal Work? Pt 2
Nov 11 • 26 min
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?…
Story Unplugged: TTDS How Does A The Hollywood Film Deal Work? Pt 1
Nov 11 • 27 min
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
Story-Unplugged: Confessions of A Writer’s Week
Nov 4 • 28 min
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…
Story-Unplugged: Alex Interviews ECBACC Media Tech, Dionne Stallworth. Pt 3
Nov 3 • 15 min
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…
Story-Unplugged: Alex Interviews ECBACC Media Tech, Dionne Stallworth, Pt 2
Oct 29 • 15 min
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…
Story-Unplugged: Alex Interviews Blackjack Fan Dionne Stallworth. Pt 1
Oct 27 • 15 min
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…
Story-Unplugged: The Hidden Challenges of Blackjack Trial By Fire, Trial By Ice
Oct 25 • 33 min
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,…
Story-Unplugged: Alex Interviews One of the First Blackjack Artist, ERIC BATTLE. Pt 1
Oct 24 • 47 min
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…
Story Unplugged: Alex Simmons Asks ERIC BATTLE, WHY BLACKJACK? Pt 2
Oct 19 • 13 min
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…
Story Unplugged: Alex Simmons Asks ERIC BATTLE, WHY BLACKJACK? Pt 2
Oct 17 • 17 min
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…
Story Unplugged: Is Superhero Pop Culture Defeating Itself?
Oct 14 • 47 min
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…
Story-Unplugged: Chris Interviews, Carol Gyzander!
Oct 9 • 13 min
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…
Story-Unplugged: Chris w mystery author A. J. Sidransky
Oct 1 • 21 min
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…
Story Unplugged: Chris Ryan at PulpFest, Interview 5: Bob Deis & Wyatt Doyle
Sep 23 • 31 min
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…
Story-Unplugged: Chris Ryan at PulpFest, Interview 7: Jim Beard
Sep 23 • 18 min
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…
Story Unplugged: Writing When Your Heart & Your Head Ain’t In It
Sep 23 • 29 min
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:…
Story-Unplugged: Is Being True To You on Social Media A Trap, Pt 1
Sep 23 • 31 min
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…
Story-Unplugged: Is Being True To You on Social Media A Trap, Pt 2
Sep 23 • 35 min
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…
Story Unplugged: Night of the Living Deadlines
Sep 4 • 55 min
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…
Story-Unplugged: Chris Ryan at PulpFest, Interview 9: Colin Richards
Aug 26 • 8 min
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…
Story-Unplugged: Chris Ryan at PulpFest, Interview 8: Mark Wheatley & Henry Franke
Aug 19 • 12 min
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…
Story-Unplugged: Chris Ryan at PulpFest, Interview 6: Joe R. Lansdale
Aug 12 • 19 min
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…
Story-Unplugged: Interview With The Africa Cartoon Centre, Pt. 2
Aug 11 • 18 min
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…
Story-Unplugged: Interview With The Africa Cartoon Centre, Pt. 1
Aug 11 • 14 min
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…
Story-Unplugged: Chris Ryan at PulpFest! Pt 4.
Aug 1 • 9 min
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…
Story-Unplugged: Chris Ryan at PulpFest! Pt 3.
Aug 1 • 14 min
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 ……
Story-Unplugged: Chris Ryan at PulpFest! Pt 2.
Jul 28 • 24 min
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…
Story-Unplugged: Chris Ryan at PulpFest! Pt 1
Jul 27 • 9 min
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…
Story Unplugged: Interview at Helsinki Comic Center, Pt. 2
Jul 17 • 21 min
(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…
Story-Unplugged: Interview at the Comics Center of Helsinki, Finland.
Jul 16 • 68 min
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,…
Story Unplugged (Hamburg): The Value of Observations
Jul 8 • 34 min
Co-host Alex Simmons checks in (solo) from Hamburg, Germany, to share thoughts and tips on the power of observation for creatives.
Story Unplugged: Are There Any Benefits To Connecting With International Comic Art Creators?
Jul 2 • 45 min
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Story Unplugged: Should Artist Repurpose Their Creations To Fit Current Events?
Jul 1 • 45 min
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…
Story Unplugged: Telling How To Tell The Stories In Serbia!
Jun 30 • 16 min
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…
Story Unplugged: What’s The Point Of Doing Family Friendly Entertainment?
Jun 28 • 43 min
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.
Story Unplugged: Can Creators Successfully Promote and Navigate The Snipers of Social Media?
Jun 24 • 40 min
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…
Story Unplugged: Can Comics Inspire and Save Lives?
Jun 20 • 29 min
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…
Story Unplugged: What To Do When Writers Fail, pt 1
Jun 10 • 36 min
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.
Story Unplugged: Are Superhero Movies Bringing the Billion Dollar Summer Heat?
Jun 5 • 40 min
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.
Story Unplugged: How To Write Solid Dialog for Various Characters
May 28 • 31 min
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 ……
Story Unplugged: How Do Artists “Feed the Muse?”
May 24 • 26 min
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:…
Story Unplugged: What Kind of Characters Intrigue You?
May 20 • 29 min
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:…
Story Unplugged: Finding Ways To Write Despite …
May 13 • 21 min
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
Story: Judging For the Eisner Awards
May 3 • 18 min
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
What’s On My Mind, Episode 2: Why Do Heroes Matter?
Apr 17 • 15 min
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…
Story Unplugged: Violence On Or Off Page?
Apr 7 • 34 min
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…
What’s On My Mind: Do Heroes Matter, Part 1
Apr 1 • 6 min
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…
Story Unplugged: How To Get In Front of Your Audience.
Mar 28 • 34 min
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
Story-Unplugged: Tim Fielder Back With “Matty’s Rocket!” Pt. 1 - 3
Mar 26 • 22 min
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…
Simmons’ Feelings On A Black Panther Film, Part 2
Mar 25 • 7 min
So here are my final thoughts on the emotional EMP wave affect of the Black Panther film.
Story UNPLUGGED: Billy Graham Art & the Black Panther, Pt 1
Mar 25 • 22 min
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…
Story Unplugged: Can A Fail Be A Win
Mar 25 • 18 min
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:…
Story-Unplugged: Films That Influenced
Mar 22 • 23 min
Your hosts, writers Chris Ryan and Alex Simmons discuss what classic films influenced their own creations.
Story Unplugged: Who Influenced Us?
Mar 18 • 60 min
Your hosts, writers Chris Ryan and Alex Simmons discuss the question what characters from their past influenced their own creations.
Story-Unplugged: Tim Fielder Back With “Marty’s Rocket!” Pt. 3 & 4
Mar 14 • 15 min
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…
Story-UnPlugged: Write To Be Safe Or Sell?
Mar 7 • 44 min
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?
Story-UNPLUGGED: Is Indie Publishing In Peril?
Mar 4 • 34 min
Alex and Chris discuss whether or not the gateways and opportunities in Independent publishing are slowly being blocked, locked and bolted.
Simmons’ Feelings On A Black Panther Film, Pt 1
Feb 25 • 3 min
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]