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: Joss Whedon, From Vampires to Galactic Gods!

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, Firefly, and more. as well as the director of the Avengers.
Special Episode Question To The Public:
What comics book or graphic novel characters would you like to see in  a movie, or a TV series? And what do you think of what’s been done so far?
Post your comments or questions in the comments section below … Or write to us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.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 #71: Matt, Steve and the FIREFLY BROWN COATS, PT 1

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 extended it’s life both on the screen, and around the globe.  Matt and Steve explain how much so.
Special episode question to the public: What comics book or graphic novel characters would you like to see in movies, or a TV series? And what do you think of what’s been done so far?
Heres a question for you … How much influence do fictional stories and characters have on our lives?  What do you think?
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Chris Ryan,
Author of mysteries, children’s books, screenplays and novels

 

 

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Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: IS IT TIME TO MARVEL AT AWARDS SHOWS? Or, Can Hollywood Give A Little Black Panther Love?

Alex Simmons andChris 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 like to see in movies, or a TV series? And what do you think of what’s been done so far?

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Post your comments or questions in the comments section below … Or write to us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.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: The Challenge of Writing About Volatile Topics

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 — even in fiction.

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Special episode question to the public:
Should Disney create separate channels for their Marvel Comics (i.e. DareDevil and Punisher), Star Wars, and Disney programs?

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Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #68: Batton Lash and the Road to Indy-pendence

In this first episode of 2019, 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

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Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #67: Chris Interviews author, L.A. DiPaolo!

A few months back (2018) 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. 

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Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #66: How We Feed The Muse

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

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 they look back on the turbulent times we know as 2018, to share, “How We Feed The Muse.”

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* PS: During the podcast I could not remember the name of a particular motivational speaker. Right after we signed off, I did remember. The name is, Tony Roberts.

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