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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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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 idea has been thunk by others, too. The answers, including examples from film, television, and music, and some very crucial advise, is offered this week, all as part of what it takes to TELL THE DAMN STORY.* Episodes referenced in this episode:  #84, #86, #90, #105, #108And PLEASE let us know your thoughts on this hot topic by leaving  your questions or comments in our Comments Section below.Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
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 then, with the help of a loving and supportive family, he launched a comic that celebrates the every man as hero, portrays diversity as the fact of American life that it is, and shows us all that the dream is possible.Episode #112 is a fun interview, a treasure trove of practical experience and advice for creatives, and an inspiration for Alex and Chris because one of ours is Telling The Damn Story for himself!*Juan Espinosa's comic book web site click here; Gordidon.*His comic book series is, "Adventures of A System Admin."PLEASE let us know your thoughts on this hot topic by leaving  your questions or comments in our Comments Section below.Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com* For "Art of Making Comics" by Alex Simmons click here and enjoy.
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 with rejection, the idea of creativity being 1% inspiration and 99% getting your butt in the chair and doing the work, and how to make all of this happen in an extremely busy daily routine. This episode, number 111, is all about hope, folks, and all about telling the damn story.And PLEASE let us know your thoughts on this hot topic by leaving  your questions or comments in our Comments Section below.Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com* PS.  Alex's has 3 FREE mini video tips on writing mysteries. So click here and enjoy.
This week, Alex and Chris jump into the biggest movie fracas of the year: the Masters of 70's Cinema vs. the Marvel Cinematic Auteurs! Scorsese! Copolla! Foster! Favreau! RDJ! Iger! Gunn! Are Marvel movies cinema? Are they modern versions of the classic westerns of Ford and Leone? Or the gangster flicks of Scorsese and Copolla? Our TTDS crew explores all this in our 110th episode! (Exclamation points used in tribute to Stan Lee, who kind of started this whole rumble!)And PLEASE let us know your thoughts on this hot topic by leaving  your questions or comments in our Comments Section below. Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com* PS. As mentioned in this show, Alex's FREE 3 video mini tips on writing mysteries can be found here.
IT'S A PODCAST TEAM-UP! IT'S A CREATIVES CROSSOVER! IT'S A HELLUVA DEEP CONVERSATION!Chris and Alex team up with the hosts of the Lean Into Art Cast, Jerzy Drozd and Rob Stenzinger, for a two-part discussion on writing, art, and finding your way through this challenging endeavor of creating for an audience.Part 2 from this creative quartet airs on the upcoming episode of LEAN INTO ART, which drops Thursday, October 24, 2019.Meanwhile, PLEASE leave your questions or comments in our Comments Section below.Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com 
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!*During the show I sent out a note to folks asking what they like to read. Below are some of the replies:Genre: Science Fiction, fantasy and urban fantasy, mystery, historical fiction, horror, modern detectives (Lehane), comics, and non fiction.Authors: Christopher Moore-Fool, Lamb, Sacre Bleu, Ladit, Lawrence Block, Loren Estleman, JIm Butcher, Kelly McCullough, Eliot Pattison, Lois McMaster Bujold, Jennifer Robertson …Titles: Moby Dick, New Stan Lee BiographyWant to add some?PLEASE leave your questions or comments in our Comments Section below. Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com * During the show I sent out a note to folks asking what they like to read.  Below are some of the replies:
While attending the 2019 New York Comic Con, Alex had an opportunity to conduct a group interview with four, intelligent, creative, and caring people. And though Chris was not able to be there, and though there were some sound issues, we ask that you bear with us because the insight, experiences and information shared is well worth it. And as usual, PLEASE leave your questions or comments in our Comments Section below. Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com We especially want to hear your thoughts on this one.
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 working past all audio challenges. Give them a chance; they have great stories to tell.... and they saved Alex this week!Please leave your questions or comments in our Comments Section below. Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
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 to his new projects like Bitter Roots, this episode mostly focuses on David's harrowing battle with crushing depression and methods he uses to claw his way out of the abyss.Don't miss this one, folks.Please leave your questions or comments in our Comments Section below. Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.comPS:  During the episode I couldn't remember the name of a certain comic strip.  It was "For Better, Or For Worse."  Why'd that subject come up? Listen and you will see. 
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 deal with editors and producers and publishers who say they "get it" and but may not and explore the importance knowing the difference between being editorially flexible so you can sell the work and committing the sin of selling out the work.  Please leave your questions or comments in our Comments Section below. Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
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