Mind the Art

Salutations.

It’s been over a year since I posted thoughts, ideas, or press in this particular digital storefront window.

I haven’t been creatively dry during that time – more like adrift, periodically bobbing into project shores, and then floating back out to sea.

stormyseasI blame a heavy storm of negativity for my limited activity. Negative thoughts, people, and actions on a global scale.

It’s hard to create joy and laughter when you see an almost endless stream of tears around the world. And for me, constantly using ANGER and OUTRAGE as inspirational fuel is much like powering a family camper with nitro, or playing handball with C4.

So I step back a bit, float, contemplate, or … sometimes for too long … close the shutters.

Not productive. Not self-sustaining. Not the way I wish to meet each day.

So, I’m back.

True I will not post on a daily basis because – as I said in a post some time ago – I enjoy the doing of things. And when you’re busy participating in life, you don’t always have time to comment on same.

Still, I’ll do my best.

Jeremy BritThe late actor, Jeremy Britt once told me that at certain times in his life he’d “felt like an empty vessel.” And in order to both portray a certain role, and to just live, he had to “fill it up” with elements of life.

I believe that may be true for all of us. Certainly it is for me.

To create art, one must live life. So as I am fond of saying to friends, family, and students … go forth and be brilliant.

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KID REPORTERS & THE SUICIDAL SEAMAN! Part 3 of …

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NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A CHILD’S CAPACITY TO COMPREHEND I have to agree with The Carpenters (old singing duo) about “Rainy Days and Mondays.”  They do have a downer slant to them.  At least that’s what I felt that drizzly Monday in … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story: From “What if” to 13 Years: Getting to “Yes” with You Creative Endeavors

Never Give Up

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!

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Chris Ryan,
Author of mysteries, children’s books, screenplays and novels

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Tell The Damn Story #80: What Do Avenger: Endgame and Kids Comic Con Have In Common? Marketing!

Comparing a multi-billion dollar property (with a multi-million dollar promotion budget), with a grassroots kids comic convention in the Bronx?! Yes. Alex Simmons and Chris Ryan discuss both and more in this episode of Tell The Damn Story.

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For further information on KCC go to:
www.KIDSCOMICCON.COM

 

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Chris Ryan,
Author of mysteries, children’s books, screenplays and novels

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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.

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Chris Ryan,
Author of mysteries, children’s books, screenplays and novels

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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?
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Chris Ryan,
Author of mysteries, children’s books, screenplays and novels

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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?
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Chris Ryan,
Author of mysteries, children’s books, screenplays and novels

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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.
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Chris Ryan,
Author of mysteries, children’s books, screenplays and novels

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Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #75: An Interview With Black Lightening 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.
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Chris Ryan,
Author of mysteries, children’s books, screenplays and novels

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