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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 Unplugged: Is Superhero Pop Culture Defeating Itself?

      Alex and Chris are back together again talking about whether superhero pop culture is about to experience it’s own INFINITY WAR. And if so, who is Thanos? Corporations? Fans? Or an increasingly divisive culture?   Click here … Continue reading

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WHY BLACKJACK?

INTERVIEWS WITH THE ARTISTS AND FANS THAT KNOW…   This is the first of several interviews with the people that helped prove stories about a 1930s African-American soldier of fortune has mass appeal. As new books and a few other … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Chris Interviews, Cyberpunk Author Carol Gyzander!

Here’s the second interview co-host Chris Ryan pursued and acquired while on his a solo mission to Deadly Ink Writer’s Conference in central New Jersey. While lurking and ferreting out creative intel, he also conversed with several other talented authors. … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Chris w mystery author A. J. Sidransky

Authors A.J. Sidransky shares his best writing habits and tips with Chris Ryan.
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Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Is Being True To You on Social Media A Trap, Pt. 2

Here’s the conclusion of this Alex and Chris’ discussion on the pros and cons of being your real self on social media. How can artists promote their projects and still face the internet “snipers,” “spammers,” and “trolls” waiting in the … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Is Being True To You on Social Media A Trap, Pt 1

With “snipers,” “spammers,” and “trolls” waiting in the digital bushes and hills of the internet, how do you promote you on social media. Alex and Chris tackled the high points and pitfalls of being artists and entrepreneur being themselves while … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Writing When Your Heart & Your Head Ain’t In It

In this episode Simmons “Fesses Up.” Alex goes solo to shares some of the emotional hardships and confusion he faced trying to write a story that should have been a breeze. Click here to hear.     Have questions or … Continue reading

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