It’s easy for me to believe in the power of the creative arts because it has entertained, enlightened, and inspired me all my life.

I’ve written (in some cases created) a number of juvenile mysteries, educational documentaries, and several stage plays.

Still filled with ideas galore, I penned three movie novelizations for Disney; biographies for Steck-Vaughn, stories for DC Comics, Archie Comics, and Graphic Classics ; and my own original creations.

Wanting to share that creative rush with others, I developed and conducted creative writing workshops (prose, comics, journalism, and playwriting); traveled globally as a guest speaker and teaching artist; and consulted on a number of arts programs, curricula for children, and professional development workshops for educators.

In 2007 I became the founder for the Kids Comic Con, as well as the Color of Comics Art Exhibition.

And somewhere in the middle of everything else, I was the Artistic Director of a non-profit children’s theater company (for 4 years), and served on the board of the New York State Alliance for Arts and Education for five years. Currently I am a consultant for the Christopher Barron Live Life Foundation and the Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art (MoCCA).

It is rumored that on rare occasions … I sleep.

Alex Simmons

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