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Author: Alex Simmons

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Where we'll talk about books, comics, film, conventions, and other creative arts and pop culture topics.
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Returning tired and inspired from a weekend comic con in Philadelphia, co-host Alex Simmons goes solo for this episode.  His time at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention left him with many thoughts about artists, choices, life and death, and what we lose and gain for our art. Leave your comments and questions for us in our comments section. Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com Send in a voice message:https://anchor.fm/alex-simmons6/message
In this week's episode, Alex and Chris discuss why care who you write for, yourself or an audience.  Does it make a difference as long as you tell the story in your head?Does knowing who you're trying to reach affect what you write and how you accomplish that task?  Does making that decision ahead of time affect the quality of your work, the topics you'll tackle, or the genre you'll use? They'll share their knowledges and experiences.  Will you? If so, drop a comment in our Comments Section.Have questions for us?  Then post them too ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com Send in a voice message:https://anchor.fm/alex-simmons6/message
Part 2:Alex and Chris continue their analysis of Avengers: Endgame from the perspective of older fans and writers/creators. The result is a two-part extravaganza celebrating the writing/producer/directing/acting/behind the camera efforts to create this epic conclusion to an unprecedented 22-film tapestry of a story.Our opinions differ at times from other podcasters and YouTubers coming at this from a younger perspective (or, in one case, a Hawkeye hating POV), and we alternate between being fans of a certain age and longtime creators offering insight, but, ultimately, we hope you enjoy  our take on a masterful example of creatives all working together to Tell The Damn Story.Have questions or comments for us, and I hope you do?  Then post them in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com Send in a voice message:https://anchor.fm/alex-simmons6/message
Alex and Chris offer a spoiler-rich analysis of Avengers: Endgame from the perspective of older fans and writers/creators. The result is a two-part extravaganza celebrating the writing/producer/directing/acting/behind the camera efforts to create this epic conclusion to an unprecedented 22-film tapestry of a story.Our opinions differ at times from other podcasters and YouTubers coming at this from a younger perspective (or, in one case, a Hawkeye hating POV), and we alternate between being fans of a certain age and longtime creators offering insight, but, ultimately, we hope you enjoy  our take on a masterful example of creatives all working together to Tell The Damn Story.Have questions or comments for us, and I hope you do?  Then post them in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com Send in a voice message:https://anchor.fm/alex-simmons6/message
They came to the U.S. to see how we tell stories about social justice through comics. In this episode Alex and Chris interview several artists (Anastasia, Alexey, and Mitia) from Russia.  For a little over a week they toured the country meeting independent  and main stream comic artists and publishers.  That in itself is quite a story.  But even more amazing is their efforts to reflect through their comics, some of the same issues we face all over the world, even here at home. Art truly is the bridge.* This was not recorded in a studio, but from several different locations.  Also, since english is not the first language for all the participants  (plus Chris and Alex are not bi-lingual), so you'll have to listen more closely. Have questions or comments for us, and I hope you do?  Post them in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.comFor info on the KIDS COMIC CON:www.KIDSCOMICCON. COM Send in a voice message:https://anchor.fm/alex-simmons6/message
Movies based on comics are a billion dollar business.Comics are a million dollar business, especially with racy adult material.And many comic conventions bring in thousands of dollars, catering to a pop culture fan base.So how does a little con in the Bronx, with almost no budget, catering just to kids and families, survive for 13 years?On this episode Chris interviews KIDS COMIC CON co-founder, Alex Simmons, and this year's KCC'S Events Manager, Maureen Britt. The goal? To learn how to Alex the team of volunteers have managed to produce these shows that draw over 700 children and their families -- with  no serious funding.Listen and learn.Have questions or comments for us, and I hope you do?  Post them in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.comFor info on the KIDS COMIC CON:www.KIDSCOMICCON. COM Send in a voice message:https://anchor.fm/alex-simmons6/message
Alex Simmons and Chris Ryan discuss how to keep going when there are roadblocks thrown in front of your creativity. They speak of pop culture phenomena and their own projects, from brand new ideas to works in progress to 13 years of the Kids Comic Con!Have questions or comments for us, and I hope you do?  Post them in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.comFor info on the KIDS COMIC CON:www.KIDSCOMICCON. COM Send in a voice message:https://anchor.fm/alex-simmons6/message
Chris and Alex are comparing a multi-billion dollar property (with a multi-million dollar promotion budget), with a grassroots kids comic convention in the Bronx?! Yes.  They're set to discuss both and more in this episode of Tell The Damn Story.Have questions or comments for us, and I hope you do?  Post them in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.comFor info on the KIDS COMIC CON:www.KIDSCOMICCON. COM Send in a voice message:https://anchor.fm/alex-simmons6/message
Alex and Chris discuss numerous aspects of creative depression from "The Mean Editor" interior voice to worrying about aging, to time, to dealing with collaborators and publishers who do not share your vision. And they suggest ways to deal with each in what threatens to become “a very special episode” of Tell the Damn Story.Have questions or comments for us, and I hope you do?  Post them in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com Send in a voice message:https://anchor.fm/alex-simmons6/message
Being a freelance artists (writer, illustrator, dancer, etc.) can be a hard road to travel.  It's not just about the quality of your craft. It's also about the level of your business skills, and the ethics of the business world.  In this episode Alex and Chris reflect on that and the hard times many comic artists have faced over the past 80 years.  The financial worth of comics have grown from five cent newspapers fillers, to multi-billion dollar intellectual properties. Where did and do the creators fit in that whirl-wind of wealth? Have questions or comments for us, and I hope you do?  Post in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com Send in a voice message:https://anchor.fm/alex-simmons6/message
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