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 #115: It’s A Blackjack On Black Friday Weekend Scandal! Or Is It?
Dec 1 • 42 min
Alex and Chris talk about giving thanks during a time of division, about being dedicated to gratitude in a time where for some gratitude is difficult, and for others it may be cause for stress, and/or rebellion. Our co-hosts go deep as they discuss how…
Story #114: THANKFULLY, IT’S ALL ABOUT THE STUFFING
Nov 24 • 37 min
This week Alex and Chris prepare you for your Thanksgiving, be it heaven or a horror! Whether you are dreading the holiday or just certain relatives or trying to get your mind right for celebration, we’ve got what you need. With humor and tongue in cheek…
Story #113: NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN - EXCEPT YOU
Nov 17 • 51 min
Alex and Chris discuss the plight of one of Alex’s students who discovered a story he was working on was very similar to a story already out there. What is a creative to do when influences show, or an original idea has been thunk by others, too. The…
Story #112: From Curious Creative to Indy Publisher: Juan Espinosa is A Role Model for TTDS Listeners
Nov 10 • 60 min
Juan Espinosa took his family to Alex’s Kids Comic Con at his workplace, Bronx Community College, wanting them to see Spidey and Bats. What he got was a book to read, pros to question, a podcast to listen to, and then, with the help of a loving and…
Story Episode #111: FUNDAMENTALLY SPEAKING: A HOW-TO-PURSUE CREATIVE AGENTS, CONTACTS & GIGS
Nov 4 • 68 min
It’s a A HOW-TO-APALOOZA this week, when Alex and Chris get down to basics. They’re talking about how to find writing jobs, how to create a submission plan, the reality of getting gigs, how to keep going, how to deal with rejection, the idea of creativity…
Story #110: Marvel vs The Masters! To Be Or Not to Be Cinema, That is Question!
Oct 27 • 64 min
This week, Alex and Chris jump into the biggest movie fracas of the year: the Masters of 70’s Cinema vs. the Marvel Cinematic Auteurs! Scorsese! Copolla! Foster! Favreau! RDJ! Iger! Gunn! Are Marvel movies cinema? Are they modern versions of the classic…
Story # 109: Lean Into the Damn Story Pt 1
Oct 20 • 60 min
IT’S A PODCAST TEAM-UP! IT’S A CREATIVES CROSSOVER! IT’S A HELLUVA DEEP CONVERSATION! Chris and Alex team up with the hosts of the Lean Into Art Cast, Jerzy Drozd and Rob Stenzinger, for a two-part discussion on writing, art, and finding your way through…
Story #108: TO FEED THE BEAST
Oct 13 • 46 min
Every writer of any success will tell aspiring creatives to read constantly, so today Chris and Alex explore the ecstasy that is reading — with special guest … “the goddess” Tina Ryan! *During the show I sent out a note to folks asking what they like to…
Story #107: Heroic Journeys - Identity_Discovery_Damage_Recovery
Oct 9 • 49 min
While attending the 2019 New York Comic Con, Alex had an opportunity to conduct a group interview with four, intelligent, creative, and caring people. And though Chris was not able to be there, and though there were some sound issues, we ask that you bear…
Story #106: Deadly Ink Roundup, The Rookies
Sep 29 • 48 min
Chris finds Alex in the grip of a horrible villain (especially for podcasters) and must recruit a trio of authors from the Deadly Ink Writers Conference, conducting first-time interviews with each. He finds the scribes sincere and interesting and worth…
Story #105: Out of the Darkness … Demons, An Interview With Author David F. Walker
Sep 22 • 58 min
Alex and Chris Skype across America for a brave and inspiring conversation with the great author, David F. Walker (Luke Cage, Shaft, CyBorg, Bitter Roots, etc.). While we start with his early work on Luke Cage and Iron Fist progressing to his new projects…
Story #104: Goin’ Deep, From Creative Heart to Business Head
Sep 15 • 67 min
Alex and Chris take a break from the Deadly Ink Mystery Conference interviews this week to delve deep into that treacherous path that takes us from being a creative to a business person. They discuss the self-knowledge one needs to deal with editors and…
Story #103: It’s the Quiet Ones You Have To Watch Out For
Sep 8 • 42 min
Alex and Chris talk about how creatives’ personality and early influences shaped them into writers you might not expect from hearing them, like the gentle-voiced Vicki Weisfeld who has seen her inventive, precise mysteries published in Ellery Queen…
Story #102: How “Cozy” Can Murder Be?
Sep 1 • 49 min
Alex and Chris offer a little of their good buddy banter before they present another interview Chris recorded at the Deadly Ink Conference. This time it’s with Eileen Watkins & Peggy Earhart, two authors of a special genre known as Cozy Mysteries. And…
Story #101: Where Can Writers Find Support? Sisters In Crime!
Aug 25 • 28 min
Alex and Chris introduce another interview from the Deadly Ink Mystery Writers Conference. Today we hear from not one but two local presidents of the national Sisters in Crime mystery writers organization, New Jersey President Linda Rawlins and Delaware…
Story #100: WHATS THE BENEFIT OF TELLING A DAMN STORY?
Aug 18 • 59 min
No one said it couldn’t be done … So we did it anyway!!! Alex and Chris (a few listeners) review, revere, recount and revisit their journey of interviews, doubts, tips, issues, and revelations on the way to 100 episodes of TTDS! Please leave your…
Story #99: Deadly Ink Interview #2_ DimeSleuth
Aug 11 • 51 min
For the first half hour, Alex and Chris spend some quality time talking about bringing their work to the next level and Chris discusses the Deadly Ink Mystery Conference, he attended two weeks ago, in all it’s glory. From cat cozies to pulp to the…
Story #98: Are Writers’ Groups First Aid, Or Blood Bath?
Aug 4 • 33 min
Chris is on a solo mission at the DEADLY INK WRITERS’ CONFERENCE meeting and learning from writers of many genres. And of course Chris is also interviewing as many of these creatives as he can. So in this episode Chris sits with Carol Gyzander (sci-fi,…
Story #97: Dreams, Goals and Michael Uslan, The Man Who Owned Batman
Jul 28 • 76 min
Chris is back from the wilds of creative career contemplation, and Alex has returned from panels and presentations at the San Diego Comic Con! They’re here to share some insight on the challenges of pursuing your goals and dreams. and they’re not alone.…
Story #96: What’s So Great About the San Diego Comic Con?
Jul 23 • 34 min
With Alex attending the the biggest comic con on the west coast, and Chris watching social media report and respond to it from the east coast, the boys offer their own insight into the verbiage and views of commentators, comics and crowds. Have comments…
Story #95: With Millions of Stories To Compete Against, What Makes Mine Better Or Different?
Jul 14 • 40 min
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…
Story #94: Why Do You Tell Your Damn Stories?
Jul 7 • 47 min
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…
Story #93: Life As The Story Pool = Inspiration, Imitation, Perspiration & Innovation
Jun 30 • 44 min
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…
Story #92: 7 Top Sources For Good Story Ideas
Jun 23 • 29 min
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…
Story #91: Fathers and Sons In Fact and Fiction
Jun 16 • 62 min
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,…
Story #90: Re-Entry: How Creatives Exist in More Than One World
Jun 9 • 51 min
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…
Story #89: How Do We Learn In Order To Create?
Jun 2 • 56 min
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?”…
Story #88: Confronting Creative Darkness and Why Bother?
May 26 • 31 min
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…
Story #87: WHAT MUST WE DO FOR OUR ART?
May 20 • 37 min
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…
Story #86: Why Care Who You Write For?
May 12 • 58 min
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…
Story #85: Spoilers Assemble! An Avengers Endgame Analysis - Pt 2
May 5 • 61 min
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…
Story #84 Spoilers Assemble! An Avengers Endgame Analysis - Pt. 1
May 5 • 59 min
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…
Story Episode #83: From Russia to the U.S. And Back. Telling The Story Through Comics
Apr 28 • 49 min
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…
Story: What’s Behind 13 Years of Producing the Kids Comic Con?
Apr 20 • 44 min
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…
Story: From “What if” to 13 Years: Getting to “Yes” with Your Creative Endeavors
Apr 14 • 54 min
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!…
Story: What Do Avenger: Endgame & Kids Comic Con Have In Common? Marketing!
Apr 7 • 48 min
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…
Story-Unplugged #79: How Do You Face Creative Depression?
Mar 31 • 61 min
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…
Story-Unplugged #78: How Hard Is It To Give Credit Where Credit Is Due?
Mar 24 • 37 min
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…
Story-Unplugged #77: Choosing To Write Outside Life Experience (Race, Religion, and More)
Mar 17 • 74 min
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…
Story-Unplugged #76: Chris Ryan Interviews Mystery Author & Ex-Journalist, R.G. Belsky
Mar 10 • 14 min
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…
Story-Unplugged #75: An Interview With “Black Lightning” Creator, Tony Isabella
Mar 3 • 83 min
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…
Story-Unplugged #74: Meet Don McGregor, Writer of The Black Panther & 200 Other Tales
Feb 24 • 87 min
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…
Story-Unplugged #73: TTDS Challenges Black History Month!
Feb 17 • 59 min
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…
Story-Unplugged: Joss Whedon, From Vampires to Galactic Gods!
Feb 10 • 32 min
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,…
Story-Unplugged #71: Matt, Steve and the FIREFLY BROWN COATS, PT 1
Feb 4 • 13 min
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…
Story-Unplugged #70: IS IT TIME TO MARVEL AT AWARDS SHOWS?
Jan 27 • 59 min
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…
Story-Unplugged #69: The Challenge of Writing About Volatile Topics
Jan 21 • 45 min
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 —…
Story-Unplugged #68: Batton Lash and the Road to Indy-pendence
Jan 13 • 38 min
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…
Story-Unplugged #67: Chris Interviews author, L.A. DiPaolo!
Jan 6 • 13 min
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…
Story-Unplugged #66: How We Feed The Muse
Dec 30, 2018 • 22 min
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…
Story-Unplugged #65: What Ever Happened To 2018?
Dec 23, 2018 • 50 min
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…
Story-Unplugged #64: Pulp, Partners. Deadlines and the “N” Word
Dec 17, 2018 • 41 min
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…
Story-Unplugged #63: Chris Ryan Interviews Author Teel James Glenn
Dec 10, 2018 • 19 min
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…
Story-Unplugged #62: How Is “Done Is Better Than Perfect?
Dec 5, 2018 • 20 min
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: [email protected]
Story-Unplugged #61: Chris Interviews Mystery Writer, Art Taylor!
Nov 25, 2018 • 21 min
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…
Story Unplugged #60: Stripping Comics Strips (Or Behind Creation) with Jerry Craft
Nov 18, 2018 • 20 min
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…
Story Unplugged #59: STAN LEE HAS COME AND GONE
Nov 12, 2018 • 23 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 #58: TTDS How Does A The Hollywood Film Deal Work? Pt 2
Nov 11, 2018 • 25 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 #57: TTDS How Does A The Hollywood Film Deal Work? Pt 1
Nov 11, 2018 • 26 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: [email protected]
Story-Unplugged #56: Confessions of A Writer’s Week
Nov 4, 2018 • 27 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 #55: Alex Interviews ECBACC Media Tech, Dionne Stallworth. Pt 3
Nov 3, 2018 • 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 #54: Alex Interviews ECBACC Media Tech, Dionne Stallworth, Pt 2
Oct 29, 2018 • 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 #53: Alex Interviews Blackjack Fan Dionne Stallworth. Pt 1
Oct 27, 2018 • 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 #52: The Hidden Challenges of Blackjack Trial By Fire, Trial By Ice
Oct 25, 2018 • 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 #51: Alex Interviews One of the First Blackjack Artist, ERIC BATTLE. Pt 1
Oct 24, 2018 • 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 #50: Alex Simmons Asks ERIC BATTLE, WHY BLACKJACK? Pt 2
Oct 19, 2018 • 12 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 #49: Alex Simmons Asks ERIC BATTLE, WHY BLACKJACK? Pt 2
Oct 17, 2018 • 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 #48: Is Superhero Pop Culture Defeating Itself?
Oct 14, 2018 • 46 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 #47: Chris Interviews, Carol Gyzander!
Oct 9, 2018 • 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 #46: Chris w mystery author A. J. Sidransky
Oct 1, 2018 • 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 #45: Chris Ryan at PulpFest, Interview 5: Bob Deis & Wyatt Doyle
Sep 23, 2018 • 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 #44: Chris Ryan at PulpFest, Interview 7: Jim Beard
Sep 23, 2018 • 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 #43: Writing When Your Heart & Your Head Ain’t In It
Sep 23, 2018 • 28 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 #42: Is Being True To You on Social Media A Trap, Pt 1
Sep 23, 2018 • 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 #41: Is Being True To You on Social Media A Trap, Pt 2
Sep 23, 2018 • 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 #40: Night of the Living Deadlines
Sep 4, 2018 • 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 #39: Chris Ryan at PulpFest, Interview 9: Colin Richards
Aug 26, 2018 • 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 #38: Chris Ryan at PulpFest, Interview 8: Mark Wheatley & Henry Franke
Aug 19, 2018 • 11 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 #37: Chris Ryan at PulpFest, Interview 6: Joe R. Lansdale
Aug 12, 2018 • 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 #36: Interview With The Africa Cartoon Centre, Pt. 2
Aug 11, 2018 • 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 #35: Interview With The Africa Cartoon Centre, Pt. 1
Aug 11, 2018 • 13 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 #34: Chris Ryan at PulpFest! Pt 4.
Aug 1, 2018 • 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 #33: Chris Ryan at PulpFest! Pt 3.
Aug 1, 2018 • 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 #32: Chris Ryan at PulpFest! Pt 2.
Jul 28, 2018 • 23 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 #31: Chris Ryan at PulpFest! Pt 1
Jul 27, 2018 • 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 #30: Interview at Helsinki Comic Center, Pt. 2
Jul 17, 2018 • 20 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 #29: Interview at the Comics Center of Helsinki, Finland.
Jul 16, 2018 • 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) #28: The Value of Observations
Jul 8, 2018 • 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 #27: Are There Any Benefits To Connecting With International Comic Art Creators?
Jul 2, 2018 • 45 min
While still traveling in Europe Alex uses the opportunity to connect with artists to explore whether art is universal or not. If it is, does that include comics art, and what can we learn from one another. *Want to leave a comment or ask a question? Do so…
Story Unplugged #26: Should Artist Repurpose Their Creations To Fit Current Events?
Jul 1, 2018 • 44 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 #25: Telling How To Tell The Stories In Serbia!
Jun 30, 2018 • 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 #24: What’s The Point Of Doing Family Friendly Entertainment?
Jun 28, 2018 • 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 #23: Can Creators Successfully Promote and Navigate The Snipers of Social Media?
Jun 24, 2018 • 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 #22: Can Comics Inspire and Save Lives?
Jun 20, 2018 • 28 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 #21: What To Do When Writers Fail, pt 1
Jun 10, 2018 • 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 #20: Are Superhero Movies Bringing the Billion Dollar Summer Heat?
Jun 5, 2018 • 39 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 #19: How To Write Solid Dialog for Various Characters
May 28, 2018 • 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 #18: How Do Artists “Feed the Muse?”
May 24, 2018 • 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 #17: What Kind of Characters Intrigue You?
May 20, 2018 • 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 #16: Finding Ways To Write Despite …
May 13, 2018 • 20 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: [email protected]
Story #15: Judging For the Eisner Awards
May 3, 2018 • 17 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: [email protected]
Story Unplugged #14: (What’s On My Mind) Why Do Heroes Matter?
Apr 17, 2018 • 14 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 #13: Violence On Or Off Page?
Apr 7, 2018 • 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…
Story Unplugged: #12: What’s On My Mind: Do Heroes Matter, Part 1
Apr 1, 2018 • 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 #11: How To Get In Front of Your Audience.
Mar 28, 2018 • 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: TTDSOnAir.com
Story-Unplugged #10: Tim Fielder Back With “Matty’s Rocket!” Pt. 1 - 3
Mar 26, 2018 • 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…
Story Unplugged #9: Alex Simmons Shares His Feelings On A Black Panther Film, Part 2
Mar 25, 2018 • 7 min
Alex finishes sharing his final thoughts (see episode #1) on the emotional EMP wave affect of the Black Panther film. *Have questions for them? Post on … Anchor, or find us on … Facebook.com/TellTheDamnStory, or Email: TTDSOnAir.com
Story UNPLUGGED #8: Billy Graham Art & the Black Panther, Pt 1
Mar 25, 2018 • 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 #7: Can A Fail Be A Win
Mar 25, 2018 • 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 #6: Films That Influenced
Mar 22, 2018 • 23 min
Your hosts, writers Chris Ryan and Alex Simmons discuss what classic films influenced their own creations. *Have questions for them? Post on … Anchor, or find us on … Facebook.com/TellTheDamnStory, or Email: TTDSOnAir.com
Story Unplugged #5: Who Influenced Us?
Mar 18, 2018 • 59 min
Your hosts, writers Chris Ryan and Alex Simmons discuss the question what characters from their past influenced their own creations. *Have questions for them? Post on … Anchor, or find us on … Facebook.com/TellTheDamnStory, or Email: TTDSOnAir.com
Story-Unplugged #4: Tim Fielder Is Back With “Marty’s Rocket!” Pt. 3 & 4
Mar 14, 2018 • 15 min
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…
Story-UnPlugged #3: Write To Be Safe Or To Sell?
Mar 7, 2018 • 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? *Have questions for them? Post on … Anchor, or find us on ……
Story-UNPLUGGED #2: Is Indie Publishing In Peril?
Mar 4, 2018 • 33 min
Alex and Chris discuss whether or not the gateways and opportunities in Independent publishing are slowly being blocked, locked and bolted. *Have questions for them? Post on … Anchor, or find us on … Facebook.com/TellTheDamnStory, or Email: TTDSOnAir.com
Simmons’ Feelings On A Black Panther Film, Pt 1
Feb 25, 2018 • 3 min
Alex Simmons, that’s me, offers some solo thoughts on the emotional EMP affect of the Black Panther film. *Have questions for them? Post on … Anchor, or find us on … Facebook.com/TellTheDamnStory, or Email: TTDSOnAir.com [*First time using Anchor…