Tell The Damn Story Returns (Episode 1)


Hey Folks:

The Tell the Damn Story is a podcast program begun by these three creative knuckle heads a couple of years ago.

There’s me, Alex Simmons, author Chris Ryan, and illustrator/animator Tim Fielder (see bios below), and engineered by my oldest son, Matthew.

We produced a number of YouTube video episodes (which I will periodically add here) before our respective schedules and such got in the way of producing consistently.


Design by Tim Fielder

I’ve even been absent here myself, though I have been far from inactive.

So, going forward we will try to do better. We’ve even determined to upload separate as well as combo episodes.  Think of us as heroes who’ll either work together or go on solo adventures of our own.

Just to make sure we were ready to go, we’ve been recording since May of this year just to make sure we had enough content “in the can.” In fact our first episode covers comic book legends Don McGregor, Marv Wolfman, Denny O’Neil, and George Perez, and industry celeb Jimmy Kimmel, and how being an artist and a human being no matter what.

So for now, here’s Chris Ryan and your truly in, TELL THE DAMN STORY RETURNS!

Alex Simmons

(Recorded May 4, 2017)


About SimmonsHereAndNow

Alex Simmons is an award-winning freelance writer, comic book creator, playwright, teaching artist, and educational consultant. He’s written for Disney Books, Penguin Press, Simon and Schuster, DC Comics, and Archie Comics. Simmons is the creator of the acclaimed adventure comic book series, Blackjack. As a teaching artist Simmons has created and taught creative arts workshops for students and educators in the US, Europe, West Indies, and Africa. Simmons has served on panels, and delivered lectures on children’s entertainment mediums, as well as empowering young people through the arts. Simmons founded the annual family event, Kids Comic Con, as well as three comic arts exhibits, which have traveled abroad. He is currently developing a comics and creative arts program for children all over the world. For over 30 years, Simmons has been a member of arts and education boards for the New York State Alliance for Arts Education, the Department for Cultural Affairs, and is on the State Department Speakers Program. As a teaching artist Simmons has been paid to have fun working with youth through the Apollo Theater In-School Arts Program, Henkel McCoy, Upward Bound, New York Council on the Arts, Children’s Art Carnival, Wings Academy, and NYU Creative Arts Team, to name a few. He has been a panelist at many literacy and arts events, and he has been a guest speaker at numerous colleges and educational institutions here and abroad.
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