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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 #116: A HOLIDAY VISIT TO THE LAIR!

With holiday shopping on our minds, Alex and Chris visit with Jorge Rodriguez, owner of the legendary comics and collectibles shop in The Bronx (known center of the multiverse), to discuss comics, collectibles, independents,  movie boosts to business, being creative … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story #115: It's a Blackjack On Black Friday Weekend Scandal! Or Is It?

Alex and Chris talk about giving thanks during a time of division, about being dedicated to gratitude in a time where for some gratitude is difficult, and for others it may be cause for stress, and/or rebellion.  Our co-hosts go … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story #114: Thankfully, It’s All About The Stuffing

This week Alex and Chris prepare you for your Thanksgiving, be it heaven or a horror! Whether you are dreading the holiday or just certain relatives or trying to get your mind right for celebration, we’ve got what you need. … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story #113: NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN – EXCEPT YOU

Alex and Chris discuss the plight of one of Alex’s students who discovered a story he was working on was very similar to a story already out there. What is a creative to do when influences show, or an original … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story #112: From Curious Creative to Indy Publisher: Juan Espinosa is A Role Model for TTDS Listeners

Juan Espinosa took his family to Alex’s Kids Comic Con at his workplace, Bronx Community College, wanting them to see Spidey and Bats. What he got was a book to read, pros to question, a podcast to listen to, and … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story Episode #111: FUNDAMENTALLY SPEAKING: A HOW-TO-PURSUE CREATIVE AGENTS, CONTACTS AND GIGS.

It’s a A HOW-TO-APALOOZA this week, when Alex and Chris get down to basics.  They’re talking about how to find writing jobs, how to create a submission plan, the reality of getting gigs, how to keep going, how to deal … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story #110: Marvel vs The Masters! To Be Or Not to Be Cinema, That is Question!

This week, Alex and Chris jump into the biggest movie fracas of the year: the Masters of 70’s Cinema vs. theMarvel Cinematic Auteurs! Scorsese! Copolla! Foster! Favreau! RDJ! Iger! Gunn! Are Marvel movies cinema? Are they modern versions of the … Continue reading

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