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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: Joss Whedon, From Vampires to Galactic Gods!

In Part 2 of our double your fun Brown Coat podcastic experience, Chris and Alex take a walk on the Whedon side. JOSS WHEDON, that is. They discuss the works, creative phIlosophy, industry influence of the man who created Buffy … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #71: Matt, Steve and the FIREFLY BROWN COATS, PT 1

In this two-parter, Chris interviews two members of the Pennsylvania Brown Coats, a fan group inspired by the TV series, FIREFLY. Created by Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, The Avengers, etc.), the series was short lived, but fan … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: IS IT TIME TO MARVEL AT AWARDS SHOWS? Or, Can Hollywood Give A Little Black Panther Love?

Alex Simmons andChris Ryan talk about finding your Twitter Tribe, upcoming DC projects, and whether Hollywood is really ready to honor Marvel’s Black Panther. Special episode question to the public: What comics book or graphic novel characters would you like … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: The Challenge of Writing About Volatile Topics

In this episode, Alex and Chris cover a wide range of the creative arena, starting with the latest changes in comics, film and TV. Then they wrestle with some of the methods, as well as the pros and emotionally charges … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #68: Batton Lash and the Road to Indy-pendence

In this first episode of 2019, Alex and Chris talk about pop culture Aqua-billions, Spidey-good-sense, some tips for those seeking creative independence, and the passing of a much respected comic industry great, BATTON LASH.  Click here to hear. Have questions … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #67: Chris Interviews author, L.A. DiPaolo!

A few months back (2018) Chris went on another solo mission to Phil Con, and while there he interviewed 3 talented authors. So sit back and listen to the first and unedited interview. It’s with author, L.A. DiPaolo.  Click here … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #66: How We Feed The Muse

Hey Folks: It’s the end of the year and a time to reflect on what we’ve learned and what’s inspired us to keep going. Those bright lights, or sparkling jewels of knowledge can come as things we’ve read, heard, or … Continue reading

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