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-Unplugged: How Is “Done Is Better Than Perfect?

Alex is doing an early morning solo as he ponders the artistic side of the popular online mantra, “Done Is Better Than Perfect.”

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Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Chris Interviews Mystery Writer, Art Taylor!

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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.

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Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Stripping Comics Strips (Or What’s 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 a black artist, creating black non-stereotypical characters in the comics world.

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[*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.]

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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.)

 

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Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: How Does A The Hollywood Film Deal Work? Part 2

Welcome to the Part Two 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?

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Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: How Does A The Hollywood Film Deal Work? Part 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?

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Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Confessions of A Writer’s Week

As independent writers and publishers, Alex and Chris have had a week jammed with author activity. They’ve been traveling the full range of a writer’s experiences from last-minute edits to upload frenzy.

So listen in as they discuss a creator’s experience of patrons buying their work (Blackjack – Trial By Fire, Trial By Ice); positive reviews, fan exuberant quotes, trying to build on the momentum, and … the odd cure for rejection.

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Tim Fielder
Matty’s Rocket creator/writer/illustrator
Artist on many BLACKJACK covers and books.

 

 

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