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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.

Tell The Damn Story #108: TO FEED THE BEAST

Every writer of any success will tell aspiring creatives to read constantly, so today Chris and Alex explore the ecstasy that is reading — with special guest … “the goddess” Tina Ryan! Click here to hear! *During the show I … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story #107: Heroic Journeys … Identity, Discovery, Damage, Recovery

While attending the 2019 New York Comic Con, Alex had an opportunity to conduct a group interview with four, intelligent, creative, and caring people … Tamara Robertson (chemical & biomolecular engineer and co-host of Mythbusters Jr.) , Dr. Travis Langley … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story #106: Deadly Ink Roundup, The Rookies

Chris finds Alex in the grip of a horrible villain (especially for podcasters) and must recruit a trio of authors from the Deadly Ink Writers Conference, conducting first-time interviews with each. He finds the scribes sincere and interesting and worth … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story #105: Out of the Darkness … Demons, An Interview With Author David F. Walker

Alex and Chris Skype across America for a brave and inspiring conversation with the great author, David F. Walker (Luke Cage, Shaft, CyBorg, Bitter Roots, etc.).  While we start with his early work on Luke Cage and Iron Fist progressing … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story #104: Goin’ Deep, From Creative Heart to Business Head

Alex and Chris take a break from the  Deadly Ink Mystery Conference interviews this week to delve deep into that treacherous path that takes us from being a creative to a business person. They discuss the self-knowledge one needs to … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story #103: It’s the Quiet Ones You Have To Watch Out For

Alex and Chris talk about how creatives’ personality and early influences shaped them into writers you might not expect from hearing them, like the gentle-voiced Victoria Weisfeld who has seen her inventive, precise mysteries published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, … Continue reading

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Simmons Says … Fight The Fire?

Suppose you come home and find someone has set fire to your house and is running away. Do you chase the fire starter, or do you fight the fire? Continue reading

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