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: Alex Simmons Asks, WHY BLACKJACK? Pt. 2

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As a new book prepares to launch, Alex continues 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 African-American soldier of fortune has such mass appeal.
Now here’s Part 2 of the interview with artist extraordinaire, ERIC BATTLE, Part two.

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Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Is Superhero Pop Culture Defeating Itself?

 

 

 

Alex and Chris are back together again talking about 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?

 

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WHY BLACKJACK?

INTERVIEWS WITH THE ARTISTS AND FANS THAT KNOW…

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This is the first of several interviews with the people that helped prove stories about a 1930s African-American soldier of fortune has mass appeal.

As new books and a few other projects prepare to debut, creator/writer Alex Simmons explores it’s past and future.

So listen to this interview with artist extraordinaire, ERIC BATTLE, Part one.

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Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Chris Interviews, Cyberpunk Author Carol Gyzander!

Here’s the second interview co-host Chris Ryan pursued and acquired while on his 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 as we roll out number two of 6, cyber and steam pun author, Carol Gyzander.

Among her works you’ll find a cyber punk “MacBeth.”

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Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Chris w mystery author A. J. Sidransky

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 interviews, as they share their highly developed writing skills, habits and tips. First up, mystery/history/romance author A. J. Sidransky.

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Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Is Being True To You on Social Media A Trap, Pt. 2

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 hills?

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Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Is Being True To You on Social Media A Trap, Pt 1

With “snipers,” “spammers,” and “trolls” waiting in the digital bushes and hills of the internet, how do you promote you on social media. Alex and Chris tackled the high points and pitfalls of being artists and entrepreneur being themselves while trying to promote their products.

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Part TWO COMING SOON.

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