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Tell The Damn Story

233 EpisodesProduced by Alex Simmons & Chris RyanWebsite

Where we interview and talk about the challenges and successes of writing books, comics, film, and other creative arts and pop culture topics.

233 Episodes | 2018 - 2022

Tell The Damn Story 232: Did You Know We're All Dr. Who Now

August 1st, 2022

31:00

This week Alex and Chris discuss how streaming services have obliterated time in space for us all.   How with our powerful remotes we can go anywhere …

Tell The Damn Story, #231: Is Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4 Serving The Damn Stories?

July 17th, 2022

56:50

The HEROES just keep on coming.

This week Chris and Alex do a time honored summer activities; talking about the movies they've seen this summer. And they are deep into the MCU Phase 4 film cavalcade, and what it may or …

Tell The Damn Story 230: How One Man Left His Mark As A Writer, And A Whole Lot More

June 19th, 2022

39:38

Greetings Listeners: 

In this episode Alex, Chris, and special guest Elizabeth Sheehan take you on a more personal creative journey.

Sometimes we learn the lasting lessons from our parents, teachers, or friends. …

Tell The Damn Story 229: How To Go From Comics to TV ... The Writer's Trail of Beau Smith.

June 5th, 2022

56:13

While Chris Ryan was on the road at a major writer’s conference, cohost Alex Simmons interviewed writer/creator Beau Smith.

Beau has written for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Eclipse Comics, Dreamwave Studios, …

TELL THE DAMN STORY 228: How A European Playwright Covers Controversial Racial Killing in, "A Kid Like Rishi"

May 22nd, 2022

52:19

This week Alex and Chris talk to promoter/activist, Beck Lee who is helping the Origin Theatre Company to bring the play "A Kid Like Rishi" to New York City.  The play, written by Netherland's playwright, Kees Roorda, …

Tell The Damn Story, #227: How Breck C. Faced Screenplays, Six Guns & the Covid Clan

May 15th, 2022

55:57

Or How a Young Filmmaker Produced A Western During A Pandemic.

Alex and Chris speak with one of Alex's former screenwriting students, Breck Cuddy.  Together our cohost explore the young filmmaker's first short film

Tell The Damn Story 226: Remembering Comic Industry Artist/Activist/Mentor Neal Adams

May 1st, 2022

22:38

Alex and Chris remember a powerhouse artist and activist for the arts after the sad passing of Neal Adams. 

"Neal was an American comic book artist. He was the co-founder of the graphic design studio Continuity …

Tell The Damn Story episode 225 - "How Creatives Filter Life's Dark Moments, and Make Them Art"

April 25th, 2022

29:36

This week Alex and Chris talk about some of life's dark moments, scares, losses, and how we see them through our five senses. And then we discuss the importance of using those five senses when we create.

And those with …

Tell The Damn Story 224: How Chris' Writer's Journey Lead Him to the Belly of the Business Beast

April 14th, 2022

52:43

Or, The One Where Chris' Quest Teaches Author Lessons In Tenacity


In this episode, Alex gets Chris to talk about his long journey as an independent author trudging towards the best work he can possibly produce. 

No …

TTDS Episode 223 - How to Become a Better Storyteller By Watching Films

March 27th, 2022

1:05:01

In this episode, Alex and Chris discuss Oscar nominated films as a way to improve your writing. We take close looks at Belfast and Coda and even mention King Richard to show how they demonstrate the concept of "a good …

TELL THE DAMN STORY 222: Six Tops Ways To See "The Batman" as Film School Gold

March 20th, 2022

1:05:10

This week, Alex and Chris dive deep into Matt Reeves' new film "The Batman" from the perspective of creatives and creative writing. 

The cohost discuss the 80 plus year history that contributes to this iteration of the …

Tell The Damn Story - Encore Episode # 214: An Interview With Batman Exec Prod. Michael Uslan

March 6th, 2022

55:49

THE BATMAN film has arrived.  THE DETECTIVE is Back!

Following a long line of live and animated successes, the newest Batman movie landed on March 4, …

TELL THE DAMN STORY, #221: "How Writers Can Do Public Appearances"

February 27th, 2022

1:01:39

Alex and Chris open this episode by saluting the power of legends especially in times of war. This week Russia invaded Ukraine and two legends stepped forward, the Ghost of Kiev and the Ukraine Reaper, to give …

Tell The Damn Story 220: What Is The Nature of A Hero In Today's Fiction?

February 13th, 2022

49:43

Today, as we prepare to see who are the heroes of this year's Super Bowl, Alex and Chris explore who our heroes are in 2022. Do the older heroes …

TELL THE DAMN STORY Episode #219 - What Does Banning Books Really Mean to Creatives?

January 31st, 2022

51:57


This week, Alex and Chris tackle a subject that is unfortunately in the news once again. 

As the banning of books again draws attention to people's fears and privilege in this country, what does it mean to the creative …

Tell The Damn Story #218: How Can Writers Do Public Readings Right?

January 9th, 2022

58:01

In this episode, Alex and Chris discuss the best methods for writers to do readings of their work, for themselves or an audience.   And they start with Chris' upcoming public reading on Galactic Terrors (YouTube 1/13 at …

Tell The Damn Story 217: What Was WRITE In 2021?

December 26th, 2021

44:35

There Be Heroes Here?

2021 brought with it wounds and wins, new challenges, heroes and villains, and questions about how to handle it all.

In this Chris and Alex review the creative path through all of this. 

From their …

Tell The Damn Story #216: What Happens When You Take On Tough Topics In A Pop Culture

December 12th, 2021

1:00:52

Young writers Caseen Gaines and Omar Holman are back!!!  

Once again Chris and Alex are following these talented young authors on their writing and …

Tell The Damn Story #215: Creating Good Dialog, How To Talk The Talk.

December 6th, 2021

33:04

Ever wonder why your character scenes fall flat, even though you've nailed down their NAME, AGE, and maybe a few basic RELATIONSHIPS?  

It could be …

Tell The Damn Story 214: How The Boy Who Loved Batman Came To Own Him

November 21st, 2021

55:49

How do you go from average college student to owning film rights to one of the most iconic multi-media fictional characters?

How do you strive for …

TELL THE DAMN STORY 213: What Creatives Should Do This Time of Year.

November 7th, 2021

42:26

"I Love Assessing and Goal Setting This Time of Year!"

Why?  And what good does it do?

This week, Alex and Chris discuss how creatives should review …

TELL THE DAMN STORY 212: "To Halloween and Beyond!"

October 24th, 2021

1:25:18

This week Alex and Chris celebrate horror, punk, sci-fi, and pulp with Horror Writers Association -NY co-coordinators James Chambers and Carol …

TELL THE DAMN STORY 211: Facing The Monsters In the Dark of the Mind

October 17th, 2021

39:14

For writers what's the greatest monster in the closet?

This week Alex and Chris go in to find out when they talk about how lack of confidence can freeze us in our tracks.  They also talk about how it can be dealt with …

Tell The Damn Story 210: Spies, Sorcerers, Six-guns and Monsters. An Interview With Teel J. Glenn

October 3rd, 2021

1:11:09

This episode brings you an interview with Teel J. Glenn, actor, stuntman, weapons master, actor, fight choreographer, director, producer, and, most of all, writer.  With over 500 stories including 40 novels ranging from …

Tell The Damn Story 209: Putting Story in Art, An Interview with Award Winning Artist, Julie Bell!

September 26th, 2021

46:25

We're running a little longer than 30 minutes today because in this episode Alex and Chris gets to interview the extremely talented artist, Julie Bell

Tell The Damn Story 208: How To Submit Your Stories For Publication

September 12th, 2021

29:31

This week Alex and Chris gave a concise, detailed "how to" for writers who have short stories they believe are ready to send out, but are not sure …

Tell The Damn Story 207: What's Coming This Fall?

September 5th, 2021

5:38

Welcome to TELL THE DAMN STORY, Season 5 with veteran award winning authors Alex Simmons and Christopher Ryan.  

It's a whole new season for tell the …

Tell The Damn Story 206 (Summer Shorts); Meet Don McGregor, Writer of The Black Panther & 200 Other Tales.

August 29th, 2021

1:27:12

In joining with the quiet acknowledgement of the passing of Chadwick Bosman (1 year ago this month) this summer hiatus episode contains the interview with Don McGregor.  

Chris and I thought we were prepared to …

Tell The Damn Story 205 / SUMMER SHORTS 4: Can Comics Inspire and Save Lives?

August 22nd, 2021

28:57

During our over 200 episodes TTDS has had the good fortune of exploring the creative process locally, nationally, and internationally. This episode …

Tell The Damn Story 204 / SUMMER SHORTS 3: What To Wonder About Wanda Vision.

August 15th, 2021

1:11:44

Co-Hosts Chris Ryan & Alex Simmons are on summer hiatus. So in this flashback episode we're going to revisit some Marvel magic. Chris and Alex discuss the creative, risk taking experiment that was WANDA VISION. Post …

Tell The Damn Story 203 / SUMMER SHORTS 2: How To Write Almost Everything. Interview w JOE R. LANSDALE

August 8th, 2021

18:13

He's the author of over 45 crime, sci-fi, western and suspense novels, novellas and comics! With a tv show based on one of his series. 

How does he do it?

Back in 2018 cohost Chris Ryan attended PULPFEST in Pittsburg, …

Tell The Damn Story #202: Summer Flashback 1 - How Do You Learn To Create?

August 1st, 2021

49:07

Chris and me are on hiatus so this is the first of their Summer Flashbacks visits of earlier episodes.  

This week, Chris and Alex discuss some of the many ways artists learn not only how to create, but also how to deal …

TELL THE DAMN STORY 201: "The Importance of Writer Reflections"

July 26th, 2021

27:33

Despite some technological challenges we made it.

In this episode, Alex and Chris take a quick look at pop culture, discuss big changes coming for …

TELL THE DAMN STORY 200: Celebrating Over 200 Episode of Writing Tips, Techniques, & Tales

July 18th, 2021

1:11:46

"Previously On..."

In this momentous episode, Alex and Chris celebrate the "free writing school" aspects of TTDS. For over 6 years their …

Tell The Damn Story 199: Why Betting On Black ... Broadway, Can Be Bittersweet.

July 11th, 2021

1:07:11

A long buried Broadway secret is now getting national attention because of one man's long shot.

Chris and Alex welcome the return of author CASEEN GAINES, this time to delve into how his new book, FOOTNOTES, is getting …

TELL THE DAMN STORY 198: "Finish The Damn Story!"

July 4th, 2021

1:16:56

This week Alex and Chris team up with writer/publishers Jim Beard and John C. Bruening of Flinch Books.

The four creatives get together for a fantastic, fun, and enlightening discussion about the nature and value of …

TELL THE DAMN STORY 197: "The Episode at the Heart of Forever"

June 27th, 2021

1:04:57

Or ... Caught In A Vortex Called The MCU.

This week Alex and Chris had an idea. Like most ideas, it went awry. 

The plan was to do a "just us" …

TELL THE DAMN STORY 196: "Night of The Living Horror Psychologist"

June 20th, 2021

1:13:42

Care to wander down the Halls of Horror?

On this episode Alex and Chris meet Dr. Vanessa Hintz, licensed clinical psychologist and self-professed "

TELL THE DAMN STORY 195: What Power Can Dr. Janina Scarlet Help Unleash On Us All?

June 13th, 2021

1:02:26

Listen and learn.

In this episode, Alex and Chris talk to Dr. Janina Scarlet, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who engages her clients in "superhero …

TELL THE DAMN STORY 194: "A Tale of Two Alexes," Journalist to Comics, to Mystery Writer ... And More

June 6th, 2021

1:10:07

He made it from Miami to New York. From local journalist to VP of Publishing. And he's a family man.

In this episode Chris is surrounded by Alexes

Tell The Damn Story 193: The Writer's Life of Author/Journalist Jesse J. Holland

May 30th, 2021

1:11:14

He started out as a child on a farm in Mississippi, and eventually became one of the few Washington DC journalist with clearance to cover all three main governmental branch sessions. And he didn't stop there.

This week …

TELL THE DAMN STORY 192: Why Writers Should Get Back Out There?

May 23rd, 2021

1:07:03

We've been trapped in "our caves" for over a year.  Has that affected us creatively?

This week Alex and Chris update us on some continuing creative …

TELL THE DAMN STORY 191: "The Power of Perception: Learning With Eyes Wide Open"

May 16th, 2021

1:06:01

Today's episode starts with a righteous rejection of cohost Christopher Ryan. 

In an email received right before recording the episode,

TELL THE DAMN STORY 190: One Way To Have, "A Very Fictional Mother's Day"

May 9th, 2021

49:10

Get ready for ready for nonsense that ... will surely make sense.

Today Alex and Chris celebrate Mother's Day with a very special look at how fictional characters, especially superheroes, deal with this day. Bring …

Tell The Damn Story 189: "An Angel and Judas Walk into A Bar..."

May 2nd, 2021

1:17:04

In today's episode, Alex and Chris interview Maureen Britt, who has lead a life of theater and corporate adventures and continued finding new outlets for her creativity throughout. We discuss her time sharing stages …

Tell The Damn Story 188: From The Bronx To Spain...A Comic Creator's Journey

April 26th, 2021

50:11

Life is art, and art is life.

This week Alex and Chris interview Juan Espinoza, creator of the comic book series, "Adventures Of A Systems Admin."

Tell The Damn Story 187: Talking Marvel Messages and Creating Creative Kids

April 18th, 2021

1:03:32

That's how we tell the damn story this week, when Alex and Chris discuss episode five of the Falcon and the Winter Soldier, without spoilers, (Yes we …

Tell The Damn Story 186: What's A Young Writers' Road To Pop Culture, Race, and Identity

April 12th, 2021

1:08:28

While participating in a creative arts program to support and inspire young men of color, Chris and Alex talk with two pros they've interviewed …

TELL THE DAMN STORY 185: "Pop Culture Gumbo"

April 4th, 2021

1:07:02

This week, Alex and Chris talk everything pop culture, covering the first three episodes of Marvel's "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier", plus those …

Tell The Damn Story 184: Illness, Do You Work Through it or Just Lay Down And ...?

March 28th, 2021

42:41

With Alex in the hospital, and with Chris recovering from a royal butt-kicking courtesy of his second Moderna vaccination, we discuss: how honesty is a key skill for the creative; the blessing of supportive people(and …

TELL THE DAMN STORY 183: "How to Structure Stories and Opening Scenes"

March 21st, 2021

58:14

This week, Alex and Chris discuss the value of story structure, and offer tips on how to go about gaining a good foundation, internalizing it, and …

TELL THE DAMN STORY 182: "What is Heroics But Love Persevering?"

March 14th, 2021

1:03:20

Today Alex must heroically persevere through Chris's awful Irish brogue and endless tributes to Roddy Doyle and Tim Fielder to discuss lingering …

Tell The Damn Story 181: "A Shot in the Dark"

March 7th, 2021

57:34

Or "Vaccinations, WandaVision, and Author Rights, Oh My!" 

This episode, Alex and Chris get wacky celebrating the fact that Alex was getting vaccinated! 

Of course, while Chris got vaccinated at CVS at 3:30 PM, Alex had …

Tell The Damn Story 180: "Wandering Visions of Writing"

March 1st, 2021

1:11:44

It's a jam-packed episode of TV shows, international animation, and the value of writer's groups.

Today Alex and Chris talk about getting vaccinated, WandaVision episode seven and eight and how that show is offering …

Tell The Damn Story #179: TACKLE A NEW BOOK, ROARING 20's RACISM ON B'WAY & FACEBOOK LIVE!

February 22nd, 2021

1:11:41

This week, Alex and Chris are joined by Caseen Gaines on Facebook Live for the first time ever! And this time we're discussing how to tell the damn story through the prism of Caseen's upcoming new book FOOTNOTES

We …

Tell The Damn Story 178: The Secret Origin of ... Writers

February 14th, 2021

1:05:39

Today Alex and Chris talk about how writers and creators become writers and creators. 

How does loving story or doodling evolve into creating the …

Tell The Damn Story 177: What Two Characters Know About Characterization

February 7th, 2021

1:05:49

We still believe Plot Is Character, And Character Is Plot.

This week, Alex and Chris talk about WandaVision episode five and then go deep on characterization, offering a wide array of techniques for developing your …

Tell The Damn Story 176: “The Why of It All”

January 31st, 2021

1:13:43

Stories & The Truth.  Fact In Fiction and Does It Really Matter


This week Alex and Chris talk about very current stuff, very ancient, stuff and some universal all time life and story themes. 

As they discuss how …

Tell The Damn Story 175: "The Creative Hill We Climb." Poetry, Wanda Vision, and Multi-Billion Dollar Movies

January 24th, 2021

1:04:57

This episode we learn how Amanda Gorman made Chris cry and blubber and gosh with pride and praise and so much hope that Alex has it take control of …

Tell The Damn Story 174: Revisions, Offenses, Visions, and Queries ... A Writer's Blessing Or Curse?

January 18th, 2021

59:09

Good question, especially for writers tackling tough subjects. 

This week Alex and Chris discuss almost everything under the sun! Some of it ripe …

Tell The Damn Story 173: IF YOU WROTE 'A CAPITOL OFFENSE,' THE MOVIE, THE MANUSCRIPT, THE MADNESS

January 10th, 2021

1:01:01

The saying goes, Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

This week Alex and Chris talk about what happened Wednesday (Jan. 6, 2021) in Washington, DC, through a wilder lens.  They explore the lingering questions surrounding …

TELL THE DAMN STORY 172: Which Social Media Platform Works For You?

January 3rd, 2021

1:25:54

Today we, Alex and Chris, talk about exploring social media to ask what works for you? 

But we start with a special guest star. Sometimes referred to as the goddess, she prefers Tina Ryan. Tina is now doing a podcast …

TELL THE DAMN STORY 171: It's All About Holiday Highs and 2020 Goodbyes

December 27th, 2020

1:06:48

Today on Tell The Damn Story, Chris speaks in defense of "WONDER WOMAN 1984," and Alex enthuses over "JINGLE JANGLE" and "SOULS." And then we look at our welcome goodbye to 2020, and a fond hello to 2021. 

We discuss …

Tell The Damn Story 170: How A Love of Horses And A Real Life Crime Lead To Writing Mystery & Murder

December 20th, 2020

59:20

Grab your flashlight, clues kit and, in this case, your reins and saddle.  This week Alex and Chris discuss the mane parts of murder and mystery when they interview equestrian mystery author, Janet Winters.  Ms Winters …

TELL THE DAMN STORY 169: Come Play With The Holiday Tales!

December 13th, 2020

1:03:28

This week, Alex and Chris play "What If..." (No.  Not the Marvel comic book or TV show) with a bunch of the new projects coming from Disney/Marvel/Star Wars.  Then our improv-writing duo discuss how they'd reboot …

Tell The Damn Story 168: HOW HOLLYWOOD IS REBOOTING OLD CLASSIC INTO THEIR NEW MODELS

December 6th, 2020

59:32

This TTDS episode is all about "THE RAZZLES, SORT OF," as Chris put it.  This week he and Alex deliver the verbal equivalent of Razzles ("First it's a candy, then it's a gum!") as they begin talking about modern classics

Tell The Damn Story 167: How To Make Creative Sparks Fly

November 29th, 2020

1:06:51

Where do story Ideas come from and do you grow them?

That's a question both Chris I have heard countless times over many years. Because writing is very much a personal experience, there are many ways to answer that it. …

TELL THE DAMN STORY 166: IF DC'S GOING THROUGH CHANGES -AND SO ARE WE ALL!

November 22nd, 2020

57:59

This week, Alex and Chris discuss changes. Business changes for DC comics, potential changes in the comic book industry, and changes creatively in who we write, draw, and read about, and who we enjoy… 

Yes, we are …

TELL THE DAMN STORY EPISODE #165: ARE POSITIVELY POSITIVE ABOUT THE NEED FOR POSITIVITY?

November 15th, 2020

56:53

 This week, Alex and Chris discuss the opportunity that creatives have to end 2020 on a positive note in whatever we are working on. We cover a lot of ground this episode, dropping names and titles of books and films …

Tell The Damn Story #164: ARE THERE STORIES IN OUR COUNTRY'S 2020 CHANGES?

November 8th, 2020

38:43

Today on Tell The Damn Story, Chris and Alex discuss the dramatic changes defining 2020 and how they can inspire creative to do the kind of work we need to be putting out there these days. A bit of friction ensues as …

TELL THE DAMN STORY, Episode # 163 - "Cornered Creatives Can Conjure Compelling Classics"

November 1st, 2020

48:05

In this energized episode Alex and Chris discuss a full range of how creators are working through the limitations and obstacles Covid presents and …

TELL THE DAMN STORY EPISODE 162 : THE TRICKS AND TREATS OF HORROR

October 25th, 2020

57:13

This week, Alex and Chris prepare for Halloween by celebrating fiction and film moments that scared them and then discussing the techniques and/or elements that made those moments work. With excerpts read and film …

Tell The Damn Story Episode #161: A Covid Book Addiction Offers Halloween Entertainment Ideas

October 19th, 2020

1:02:51

 In this episode, Alex and Chris confront Chris' out of control addiction ... Covid books.  
We get to see how his delicious affliction has resulted …

Tell The Damn Story 160: Question Quest - How To Deal With Tough Writer Challenges

October 12th, 2020

1:07:40

Despite upset stomach and looming deadlines, once again co-hosts Chris Ryan and Alex Simmons take time to answer some of the questions writers are wrestling with most.  Listen in to see if they answer one of yours.  And …

Tell The Damn Story #159: What Music Do Your Characters Live By?

October 4th, 2020

45:16

This episode Alex and Chris discuss how music can help inform and develop and evolve your characters in interesting ways. From pre-writing character …

Tell The Damn Story #158: WRITER'S HARD WON BUSINESS WISDOM! SORT OF

September 27th, 2020

50:56

It's time to talk about the BUSINESS OF WRITING.   So follow our intrepid co-hosts, Alex and Chris, as they discuss practical --sometimes hard won -- …

Tell The Damn Story #157: Return to TTDS Ep. 69 ... The Challenge of Writing About Volatile Topics

September 21st, 2020

46:37

Hey Folks:

There's a saying that goes, "Life does happen."  Another suggests, "God laughs while man is making plans."

They both speak to, "You can't …

The The Damn Story #156: How Character Knowledge, Not Gimmicks, Can Add A New Spin

September 13th, 2020

44:22

Chris and me (spunky Alex Simmons) discuss the how old tropes and lazy gimmicks are not the best source for bring a new angle to an old character. …

Tell The Damn Story #155: How Certain Stories Can Touch The Soul.

September 6th, 2020

1:12:02

TELL THE DAMN STORY podcast inspired by #chadwickboseman and is devoted to telling stories that touch us deeply.  Stories in books, films and TV shows can simply entertain.  But quite often one story can get to us, and …

Tell The Damn Story #154: The Dignity of Chadwick Boseman, The Healing Grace of Creativity

August 30th, 2020

42:37

In this episode Alex and Chris talk about loss and gain, and carrying on. 

First they they take a moment to eulogize the loss of acting artistry with …

Tell The Damn Story #153: Seven Plus Top Tips For Besting The Beast of Writing

August 23rd, 2020

43:42

Hey, hey, Hey!  This episode Alex and Chris dip into our new email Q-Bag (Q = Questions) and answer a few of the the questions you listeners sent in. They range from tackling writer's block to getting trapped in the …

Tell The Damn Story #152: Can You Survive Night of the Living Contracts?

August 16th, 2020

53:07

This week on TTDS, Alex and Chris explore the creatures called Contracts, including how to tell confident agreements from the ones that eat your brain and your rights.   They share how to handle contract elements that …

Tell The Damn Story #151: Why Change Anything When You Know It All?

August 10th, 2020

55:20

Or, BUILDING A BETTER TTDS and ME

So many of people would rather hunker down, block off and shut out change, when growth and communication are at the …

Tell The Damn Story #150: SUPER WRITERS SHARE HOW THEY TELL THE DAMN STORY

August 3rd, 2020

1:33:20

It's a TTDS WRITER-PALOOZA!   We're celebrating a 150 Episodes!   Alex And Chris host a tribute to Corona-cancelled (and we don't mean beer) genre …

Tell The Damn Story #149: HOW TO TELL THE DAMN STORY SUMMER SERIES (Part 4) The Pros & Perilous Cons of Promoting

July 26th, 2020

1:55:11

It's episode four, so we added TIPS galore!

That's right week 4 is here and so are Alex and Chris with the final component of their month-long creative writing workshop, “HOW TO TELL THE DAMN STORY SUMMER SERIES.”   

Tell The Damn Story #148: HOW TO TELL THE DAMN STORY SUMMER SERIES (Part 3) EDITING = Clear, Cut, Delete

July 19th, 2020

1:30:13

The Boys Are Back -- With Back Up!

It's the THIRD WEEK, And Alex and Chris are back with Part 3 of their month-long supersize workshop, the “HOW TO …

Tell The Damn Story #147: HOW TO TELL THE DAMN STORY SUMMER SERIES (Part 2) - Getting The Work Done

July 12th, 2020

1:29:13

The Boys Are Back in Town!

This week, Alex and Chris are back with Part 2 of their month-long workshop, the “HOW TO TELL THE DAMN STORY SUMMER …

Tell The Damn Story #146: How To Tell The Damn Story Summer Writing Series - Part One

July 5th, 2020

59:27

This week, Alex and Chris launch a month-long workshop, the “HOW TO TELL THE DAMN STORY SUMMER SERIES.”  Each week in July, we will join with special …

Tell The Damn Story #145: TTDS PRESENTS "BLACKJACK: ONLY SECONDS LEFT TO LIVE" and More ...

June 28th, 2020

44:04

This week, Alex and Chris present a Blackjack story created by Tim Fielder in the furious wake of Charlottesville, back in 2017. 

Fate worked against us publishing it at the time, and during each subsequent horrific …

Tell The Damn Story #144: WHAT IFFING TWILIGHT ZONE SEASON TWO

June 21st, 2020

1:00:47

And no, we're not PC cursing in the title. 

 Alex and Chris enjoy a fun and intriguing episode of Tell The Damn Story with special guest pop culture …

Tell The Damn Story #143: HOW TO TAKE OLD WORLD THEMES & CREATE PRESENT DAY MOVIE and TV GOLD!

June 14th, 2020

1:13:22

For filmmakers and novelist what's old is new again, and again, and again!  It always has been!

First, Alex and Chris remember DC author/editor …

Tell The Damn Story #142: REFLECTING LIFE THROUGH ART, OR THE UNCOMFORTABLE ROAD TO PROGRESS CAN INSPIRE

June 7th, 2020

1:07:17

Whatever genre we choose the stories we tell past, present or future, benefit from what we see, experience, and learn.  For all artists time is the canvas and living the brush.  

This week Alex and Chris record a sequel …

Tell The Damn Story #141: HOW CREATIVES HAVE AN HONEST DISCUSSION OF RACISM IN AMERICA

May 31st, 2020

1:01:38

This episode Alex and Chris "tell the story" of creatives dealing with racial conflict in America in their lives, past and present.  What does that have to do with writing and creative art?  

Everything.

How it has …

Tell The Damn Story #140: Is All Art Political and All Artists Merely The Voice?

May 24th, 2020

51:20

 This week Alex and Chris explore a multitude of answers to the question, Is All Art Political? And, Are All Artist Obligated to Create Political Art

Tell The Damn Story 139: Raiding Our Creative Energies, A Childhood Blessing

May 17th, 2020

27:27

Today Alex and Chris celebrate Creativity long past and brand new! 

We discuss the documentary "Raiders" (NetFlix) which is all about a group of …

Tell The Damn Story #138: TTDS, FAMILY REUNION

May 11th, 2020

1:09:35

The Boys Are Back In Town!

And it is a Family Reunion when Alex Simmons and Chris Ryan catch up with TTDS co-founder Tim Fielder.  Alex, Chris and Tim created this show 138 episodes ago to discuss the wide range of …

Tell The Damn Story 137: Pandemic, To Write or Not To Write? That Is The Question.

May 3rd, 2020

1:08:00

 

This week Alex and Chris go against the collective wisdom of writers and authors everywhere! 

Many creatives have suggested people not to write …

Tell The Damn Story #136: Kids Comic Con 2020, The Con That Never Ends

April 29th, 2020

38:15

Chris and Alex tackle a different story this time -- a kids story.  Chris interviews Alex about his efforts to keep COVID-19 from completely canceling the 14th annual Kids Comic Con.  When social distancing prevents …

Tell The. Damn Story 135: The Healing Episode. What Happens After Corona Time?

April 19th, 2020

54:06

This week Alex and Chris talk about coronavirus head on; what's happening to us.  They discuss the effect all aspects of this disease are having on us, and how too many creators are struggling to create in its shadow. …

Tell The Damn Story #134: Watching While Living In The Twilight Zone

April 12th, 2020

1:35:04

Submitted for your approval ladies and gentlemen, we have all entered the twilight zone.  

In this episode Alex and Chris, and special guest, pop …

Tell The Damn Story #133: In Creating Characters It's Hard To Get Better Than Olmos

April 5th, 2020

1:04:44

Today, Alex and Chris turn to veteran actor Edward James Olmos for wisdom and guidance when it comes to contributing to story. At least they do in the second half of this episode. 

In Part One, they talk about what is …

Tell The Damn Story 132: Turn Left At "The Grind!"

March 29th, 2020

58:19

And BATTLING THE GRIND This week Alex and Chris dive deep into the struggle that we're all facing; the war against boredom. While outlining some of the challenges they suggest ways to keep yourself occupied and your …

Tell The Damn Story #131: PLOTS OF THE FAST AND FURIOUS

March 23rd, 2020

1:01:22

Today on Tell The Damn Story, Alex and Chris role model how to create a new story out of mid air. 

By pitching each other genres and themes they …

Tell The Damn Story #130: How Do You Tell This Story? Dance, Sing, Draw, Write!

March 14th, 2020

46:21

We're two days early!  Yes we are!

In light of the quickly escalating coronavirus, Alex and Chris discuss social distancing and the hardships and blessings that presents to creatives. Ideas and opinions abound and we …

Tell The Damn Story #129: WITH SUSPECTS AND RED HERRINGS, WHICH ONE TO CHOOSE? IT'S A MYSTERY!

March 8th, 2020

1:01:17

This week Alex and Chris sing the coronavirus blues, absolutely diss Agatha Christie, and discuss structuring a mystery, the value of red herrings, …

Tell The Damn Story #128: How To Face The Fears of Telling A Damn Story

March 1st, 2020

1:08:58

Go in deep with Alex and Chris as they embrace the pain.  This week they're talking about the times when writing caused them pain or was painful or …

Tell The Damn Story #127: A Story By Any Other Name. Or Finding Yourself, Your Voice, And Your Genre.

February 23rd, 2020

1:02:17

Alex and Chris talk about, well, almost everything in an attempt to explain the chicken-or-egg maze run of a creative finding voice and proper genre. From Chris' ongoing transitioning from pure Indie writer to …

Tell The Damn Story #126: Are ReWrites An Author's Path To Heaven or Hell?

February 16th, 2020

1:04:26

In this episode, Chris and Alex explore the next segment of their GET YOUR WRITE ON series. Rewriting -- how to seed what you need in your stories so  the climax to pays off.  They talk almost exclusively about the …

Tell The Damn Story # 125: VICTOR, A PAUSE TO PAY TRIBUTE

February 10th, 2020

1:11:28

This week, Alex and Chris pay tribute to Archie Comics legend Victor Gorelick, the oldest editor in comics, who has died this week. He was a sweet …

Tell The Damn Story #124: A WRITER'S SUPER BRAWL - HOW TO PLAY IN THE BIG GAME OF GETTING YOUR STORY RIGHT

February 2nd, 2020

56:48

 It might be Super Bowl Sunday for everyone else, but for Alex Simmons and Christopher Ryan, it is time to Tell The Damn Story. Today we talk about many topics including Morning Meditations by Alex "guru" Simmons, and, …

Tell The Damn Story #123: HOW TO GET YOUR WRITE ON #3 - READY, SETTING, GO!

January 26th, 2020

46:31

It's Where, When, and How Much do you need to decide before writing a good story! 

This week Alex and Chris discuss Rod Serling, tease an upcoming Twilight Zone TTDS episode,  a black out in the subway, and setting, …

Tell The Damn Story #122: What Is A Writers' Toughest Challenge? Or Tales From The Comments

January 19th, 2020

1:07:48

This week Alex and I catch up on our separate creative projects, give a huge shout out to a truly fun podcast (besides this one, of course), and we …

Tell The Damn Story #121: For Writers What's The Big Story Behind, "LITTLE WOMEN?"

January 12th, 2020

1:04:08

After weeks of Alex fretting about the quality of the new film version of "Little Women" both he and Chris (and the goddess) went to see #LittleWomen and they discuss the film, earlier versions of it, and Louisa May …

Tell The Damn Story #120: A 2020 Look At Getting It Write

January 5th, 2020

1:03:26

Alex and Chris launch a new decade with a new feature, "Get Yer Write On" offering practical advice on a wide range of storytelling skills, this week including Motivation (two kinds!), Character, Conflict, and Creating …

Tell The Damn Story #119: The Last Decade, Yours Mine & Ours

December 29th, 2019

1:03:44

It's TELL YOUR OWN DAMN STORY about the teens as Alex and Chris tell theirs.  "We'll leave "Best ofs" and "Top Ten" lists for others to share, and we …

Tell The Damn Story #118: What's A Creative To Do With 2019

December 22nd, 2019

26:50

This week Alex and Chris say goodbye to a decade --goodbye twenty-teens --and prep for 2020 by talking to Creatives about how they can use the …

Tell The Damn Story #117: IT'S THE TELL THE DAMN STORY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!

December 15th, 2019

1:04:35

Alex and Chris talk about fuel for creatives' holiday productivity, going through lots of Christmas music and movies and TV shows discussing the …

Tell The Damn Story #116: A HOLIDAY VISIT TO THE LAIR!

December 8th, 2019

58:02

With holiday shopping on our minds, Alex and Chris visit with Jorge Rodriguez, owner of the legendary comics and collectibles shop in The Bronx …

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

December 1st, 2019

42:14

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 …

Tell The Damn Story #114: THANKFULLY, IT'S ALL ABOUT THE STUFFING

November 24th, 2019

37:38

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 …

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

November 17th, 2019

51:30

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 …

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

November 10th, 2019

1:00:06

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 …

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

November 4th, 2019

1:08:40

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 …

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

October 27th, 2019

1:04:54

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! …

Tell The Damn Story # 109: Lean Into the Damn Story Pt 1

October 20th, 2019

1:00:06

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

Tell The Damn Story #108: TO FEED THE BEAST

October 13th, 2019

46:03

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 …

Tell The Damn Story #107: Heroic Journeys - Identity_Discovery_Damage_Recovery

October 9th, 2019

49:00

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 …

Tell The Damn Story #106: Deadly Ink Roundup, The Rookies

September 29th, 2019

48:24

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 …

Tell The Damn Story #105: Out of the Darkness ... Demons, An Interview With Author David F. Walker

September 22nd, 2019

58:57

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 …

Tell The Damn Story #104: Goin' Deep, From Creative Heart to Business Head

September 15th, 2019

1:07:12

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 …

Tell The Damn Story #103: It's the Quiet Ones You Have To Watch Out For

September 8th, 2019

42:08

Alex and Chris talk about how creatives' personality and early influences shaped them into writers you might not expect from hearing them, like the gentle-voiced Vicki Weisfeld who has seen her inventive, precise …

Tell The Damn Story #102: How "Cozy" Can Murder Be?

September 2nd, 2019

49:13

Alex and Chris offer a little of their good buddy banter before they present another interview Chris recorded at the Deadly Ink Conference.  This time it's with Eileen Watkins & Peggy Earhart, two authors of a …

Tell The Damn Story #101: Where Can Writers Find Support? Sisters In Crime!

August 25th, 2019

28:04

Alex and Chris introduce another interview from the Deadly Ink Mystery Writers Conference. Today we hear from not one but two local presidents of the national Sisters in Crime mystery writers organization, New Jersey …

Tell The Damn Story #100: WHATS THE BENEFIT OF TELLING A DAMN STORY?

August 18th, 2019

59:29

No one said it couldn't be done ... So we did it anyway!!!
Alex and Chris (a few listeners) review, revere, recount and revisit their journey of …

Tell The Damn Story #99: Deadly Ink Interview #2_ DimeSleuth

August 11th, 2019

51:03

For the first half hour, Alex and Chris spend some quality time talking about bringing their work to the next level and Chris discusses the Deadly Ink Mystery Conference, he attended two weeks ago, in all it's glory. …

Tell The Damn Story #98: Are Writers' Groups First Aid, Or Blood Bath?

August 4th, 2019

33:45

Chris is on a solo mission at the DEADLY INK WRITERS' CONFERENCE meeting and learning from writers of many genres.  And of course Chris is also …

Tell The Damn Story #97: Dreams, Goals and Michael Uslan, The Man Who Owned Batman

July 28th, 2019

1:16:50

Chris is back from the wilds of creative career contemplation, and Alex has returned from panels and presentations at the San Diego Comic Con!  They're here to share some insight on the challenges of pursuing your goals …

Tell The Damn Story #96: What's So Great About the San Diego Comic Con?

July 23rd, 2019

34:02

With Alex attending the the biggest comic con on the west coast, and Chris watching social media report and respond to it from the east coast, the boys offer their own insight into the verbiage and views of …

Tell The Damn Story #95: With Millions of Stories To Compete Against, What Makes Mine Better Or Different?

July 14th, 2019

40:45

Many, many students ask the same question, sometimes with subtle variations.  How can I come up with a new idea?  Why bother, mine won't be as good? Will anybody even read my story? How can I make mine better? And so it …

Tell The Damn Story #94: Why Do You Tell Your Damn Stories?

July 7th, 2019

47:46

Writers often talk about character motivations. Basically why do they do what they do? Though that is a major question, another equally important one is, Why Do We, the Writers Do What We Do?  Alex explores that …

Tell The Damn Story #93: Life As The Story Pool = Inspiration, Imitation, Perspiration & Innovation

June 30th, 2019

44:16

There are so many things that influence our storytelling. If we only scratch the surface we wind up repeating what's gone before, in almost the same "voice." But diving deeper into our own thoughts, feelings, and …

Tell The Damn Story #92: 7 Top Sources For Good Story Ideas

June 23rd, 2019

29:59

In this episode Alex identifies and underlines the 7 important sources writers explore for stories. From an item on your desk to a tragic moment in life, artist must look to the inner and outer world, in order to …

Tell The Damn Story #91: Fathers and Sons In Fact and Fiction

June 16th, 2019

1:02:39

Alex and Chris celebrate Father's Day talking about the influence of fathers (and mothers!) present or not, being fathers, and the impact of fictional fathers on us, as well as infamous fictional sons and daughters, …

Tell The Damn Story #90: Re-Entry: How Creatives Exist in More Than One World

June 10th, 2019

51:49

Alex and Chris discuss what Chris calls the "come down" from being heavily engaged in the creative process; the time when we're not quite out of our …

Tell The Damn Story #89: How Do We Learn In Order To Create?

June 2nd, 2019

56:56

Based on a few things that happened this past week,  on Alex's Facebook Live webinar, and on Chris attending a major writers' conference, as well as  questions from their respective students, Chris and Alex explore,

Tell The Damn Story #88: Confronting Creative Darkness and Why Bother?

May 26th, 2019

31:07

For the Memorial Day weekend, Alex & Chris take a look at creative demons and angels in an unusual way.  First Chris shares some honest and …

Tell The Damn Story #87: WHAT MUST WE DO FOR OUR ART?

May 20th, 2019

37:41

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 …

Tell The Damn Story #86: Why Care Who You Write For?

May 12th, 2019

58:20

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 …

Tell The Damn Story #85: Spoilers Assemble! An Avengers Endgame Analysis - Pt 2

May 5th, 2019

1:01:11

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 …

Tell The Damn Story #84 Spoilers Assemble! An Avengers Endgame Analysis - Pt. 1

May 5th, 2019

59:28

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 …

Tell The Damn Story Episode #83: From Russia to the U.S. And Back. Telling The Story Through Comics

April 28th, 2019

49:31

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 …

Tell The Damn Story #82: What's Behind 13 Years of Producing the Kids Comic Con?

April 20th, 2019

44:37

Movies based on comics are a billion dollar business.

Comics are a million dollar business, especially with racy adult material.

And many comic …

Tell The Damn Story #81: From "What if" to 13 Years: Getting to "Yes" with Your Creative Endeavors

April 14th, 2019

54:19

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 …

Tell The Damn Story: What Do Avenger #80: Endgame & Kids Comic Con Have In Common? Marketing!

April 7th, 2019

48:36

Chris and Alex are comparing a multi-billion dollar property (with a multi-million dollar promotion budget), with a grassroots kids comic convention …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #79: How Do You Face Creative Depression?

March 31st, 2019

1:01:08

Alex and Chris discuss numerous aspects of creative depression from "The Mean Editor" interior voice to worrying about aging, to time, to dealing …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #78: How Hard Is It To Give Credit Where Credit Is Due?

March 24th, 2019

37:24

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 …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #77: Choosing To Write Outside Life Experience (Race, Religion, and More)

March 17th, 2019

1:14:48

In this episode Alex and Chris verbally cruise the choppy waters of the right to write debate.  Should writers tell stories about life experiences …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #76: Chris Ryan Interviews Mystery Author & Ex-Journalist, R.G. Belsky

March 10th, 2019

14:13

A little while back, Chris attended the Deadly Ink Writer's Conference in central New Jersey. 

There he met and interviewed several other talented authors to get a glimpse of their process for telling the damn story. …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #75: An Interview With "Black Lightning" Creator, Tony Isabella

March 3rd, 2019

1:23:51

In this episode, Alex has to roll solo as he sits down with one of the comic industries best talents, writer/creator Tony Isabella. Tony worked for …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #73: TTDS Challenges Black History Month!

February 17th, 2019

59:38

This week Alex and Chris discuss what Black History Month means, what it should mean, whether Michael B Jordan should play Superman, and explore …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged: Joss Whedon, From Vampires to Galactic Gods!

February 11th, 2019

32:45

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 …

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

February 4th, 2019

13:26

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 …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #70: IS IT TIME TO MARVEL AT AWARDS SHOWS?

January 27th, 2019

59:05

Alex Simmons and Chris Ryan talk about finding your Twitter Tribe, upcoming DC projects, and whether Hollywood is really ready to honor Marvel's …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #69: The Challenge of Writing About Volatile Topics

January 21st, 2019

45:39

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 …

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

January 13th, 2019

38:39

In this episode Alex and Chris talk about pop culture Aqua-billions, Spidey-good-sense, some tips for those seeking creative independence, and the …

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

January 6th, 2019

13:33

A few months back Chris went on another solo mission to Phil Con, and while there he interviewed 3 talented authors. So sit back and listen to the …

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

December 30th, 2018

22:08

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 …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #65: What Ever Happened To 2018?

December 23rd, 2018

50:16

Hey Folks:

It the end of the year and a time to reflect on what went right, wrong and somewhere in between. And this is the time that most of us …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #64: Pulp, Partners. Deadlines and the "N" Word

December 17th, 2018

41:19

Sometimes writing stories about the past challenges our present day sensibilities, and more. Alex and Chris reveal how the pressures of writing two short stories in two weeks, required research, reflection, and …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #63: Chris Ryan Interviews Author Teel James Glenn

December 10th, 2018

19:07


Back in October, Chris went on a solo mission to Deadly Ink Writer's Conference in central New Jersey. While honing his own crime fiction writing …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #62: How Is "Done Is Better Than Perfect?

December 5th, 2018

20:49

Alex is early morning solo as he ponders the artistic side of the popular online mantra, "Done Is Better Than Perfect."

Have questions or comments for …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #61: Chris Interviews Mystery Writer, Art Taylor!

November 25th, 2018

21:00

Back in October, Chris went on a solo mission to Deadly Ink Writer's Conference in central New Jersey. While honing his own crime fiction writing …

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #60: Stripping Comics Strips (Or Behind Creation) with Jerry Craft

November 18th, 2018

20:47

In this episode host Alex Simmons interviews graphic novelist, creator/writer, and children's book illustrator, JERRY CRAFT. Jerry shares some of the funny but also twisted turns he had to take as an black artist, …

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #59: STAN LEE HAS COME AND GONE

November 12th, 2018

23:40

The Real "True Believer" is gone.
Alex and Chris share thoughts and personal memories about the legend that was Stan Lee. As Alex put it, "he was the P.T. Barnum of the comics industry ... the face of Marvel..." His …

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #58: TTDS How Does A The Hollywood Film Deal Work? Pt 2

November 12th, 2018

25:40

Welcome to the second part of Alex and Chris' discussion about the facts and fancies surrounding the quest for a Hollywood film or TV deal? Is all …

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #57: TTDS How Does A The Hollywood Film Deal Work? Pt 1

November 11th, 2018

26:42

Alex and Chris discuss the facts and fancies surrounding the quest for a Hollywood film or TV deal? Is it just like winning the lottery, or more like …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #56: Confessions of A Writer's Week

November 4th, 2018

27:58

As independent writers and publishers, Alex and Chris have had a week stuffed with author activity. They've been traveling the full range of a …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #55: Alex Interviews ECBACC Media Tech, Dionne Stallworth. Pt 3

November 3rd, 2018

15:34

Release of the new Blackjack (Rapid Read book), TRIAL BY FIRE, TRIAL BY ICE, delayed the posting of the 3rd episode of the series WHY BLACKJACK, where Alex continues to explore the appeal of his action adventure …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #54: Alex Interviews ECBACC Media Tech, Dionne Stallworth, Pt 2

October 29th, 2018

15:14

In this second episode of the series WHY BLACKJACK, Alex continues to explore the appeal of his action adventure creation, ARRON DAY aka BLACKJACK.

Part two of the interview with ECBACC media tech, and Blackjack fan, …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #53: Alex Interviews Blackjack Fan Dionne Stallworth. Pt 1

October 27th, 2018

15:25

In this second episode of the series WHY BLACKJACK, Alex continues to explore the appeal of his action adventure creation, ARRON DAY aka BLACKJACK.

This time it's with ECBACC media tech, and Blackjack fan, Dionne …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #52: The Hidden Challenges of Blackjack Trial By Fire, Trial By Ice

October 25th, 2018

33:04

How do you write and remain true to the story when personal and political storms are brewing?

Your hosts, Alex and Chris, celebrate as well as reveal …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #51: Alex Interviews One of the First Blackjack Artist, ERIC BATTLE. Pt 1

October 25th, 2018

47:31

Alex sets out to explore the appeal of his action adventure creation, ARRON DAY aka BLACKJACK. This is the first of several interviews with the …

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #50: Alex Simmons Asks ERIC BATTLE, WHY BLACKJACK? Pt 2

October 19th, 2018

12:59

As a new book prepares to launch, Alex sets out to explore the appeal of his action adventure creation, ARRON DAY aka BLACKJACK.

He starts here with the first of several interviews, with Blackjack artists and fans, to …

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #49: Alex Simmons Asks ERIC BATTLE, WHY BLACKJACK? Pt 2

October 17th, 2018

17:30

As a new book prepares to launch, Alex sets out to explore the appeal of his action adventure creation, ARRON DAY aka BLACKJACK.

He starts here with the first of several interviews, with Blackjack artists and fans, to …

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #48: Is Superhero Pop Culture Defeating Itself?

October 14th, 2018

46:47

Alex and Chris are back together again talking out whether superhero pop culture is about to experience it's own INFINITY WAR. And if so, who is …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #47: Chris Interviews, Carol Gyzander!

October 9th, 2018

13:36

Chris went on a solo mission to Deadly Ink Writer's Conference in central New Jersey. While lurking and ferreting out creative intel, he also …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #46: Chris w mystery author A. J. Sidransky

October 2nd, 2018

21:42

Chris went on a solo mission to Deadly Ink Writer's Conference in central New Jersey. While lurking and ferreting out creative intel, he also …

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #45: Chris Ryan at PulpFest, Interview 5: Bob Deis & Wyatt Doyle

September 23rd, 2018

31:36

Chris Ryan's is still on the road. He's in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania at an event called PULPFEST, not only as a writer/creator, but also to interview …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #44: Chris Ryan at PulpFest, Interview 7: Jim Beard

September 23rd, 2018

18:01

Here's the next great interview Chris Ryan achieved while on the road in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania at PULPFEST. Chris managed to interview writer, …

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #43: Writing When Your Heart & Your Head Ain't In It

September 23rd, 2018

28:50

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 …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #42: Is Being True To You on Social Media A Trap, Pt 1

September 23rd, 2018

31:40

With "snipers," "spammers," and "trolls" waiting in the digital bushes and hills of the internet, how do promote on social media. Alex and Chris …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #41: Is Being True To You on Social Media A Trap, Pt 2

September 23rd, 2018

35:29

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 …

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #40: Night of the Living Deadlines

September 4th, 2018

55:03

Alex and Chris discuss the disciplines and dangers of trying to meet the  DREADED DEADLINES. They also shares insights and tips as they share some of their own deadline fails and how they coped.

Have questions or …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #39: Chris Ryan at PulpFest, Interview 9: Colin Richards

August 27th, 2018

8:02

Here's the last great interview Chris Ryan achieved while on the road in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania at PULPFEST. Chris managed to interview …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #38: Chris Ryan at PulpFest, Interview 8: Mark Wheatley & Henry Franke

August 19th, 2018

11:48

Here's the next great interview Chris Ryan achieved while on the road in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania at PULPFEST. Chris managed to interview …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #37: Chris Ryan at PulpFest, Interview 6: Joe R. Lansdale

August 12th, 2018

18:46

Here's the next great interview Chris Ryan achieved while on the road in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania at PULPFEST. Chris managed to interview writer, …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #36: Interview With The Africa Cartoon Centre, Pt. 2

August 11th, 2018

18:34

Alex continues with Part 2 of the interview with Mr. Adedotun Salu and his associates at the Africa Cartoon Centre (ACC) in Lagos, Nigeria. They'll offer more information on their GLOBAL comic art poster contest, as …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #35: Interview With The Africa Cartoon Centre, Pt. 1

August 11th, 2018

13:54

Alex and Chris begin a two-part interview with Mr. Adedotun Salu and his associates at the Africa Cartoon Centre (ACC) in Lagos, Nigeria. They'll discuss a new comic art poster contest, as well as other comic and …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #34: Chris Ryan at PulpFest! Pt 4.

August 1st, 2018

9:03

Chris Ryan's is still on the road. He's in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania at an event called PULPFEST, not only as a writer/creator, but also to interview …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #33: Chris Ryan at PulpFest! Pt 3.

August 1st, 2018

14:43

Chris Ryan's is still on the road. He's in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania at an event called PULPFEST, not only as a writer/creator, but also to interview …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #32: Chris Ryan at PulpFest! Pt 2.

July 28th, 2018

23:52

Chris Ryan's is still on the road. He's in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania at an event called PULPFEST, not only as a writer/creator, but also to interview …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #31: Chris Ryan at PulpFest! Pt 1

July 27th, 2018

9:31

It's Chris Ryan's turn to hit the road. He's in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania at an event called PULPFEST, not only as a writer/creator, but also to …

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #30: Interview at Helsinki Comic Center, Pt. 2

July 17th, 2018

20:59

(This is part 2 of 2)
While traveling through a few cities in Europe, co-host Alex Simmons has a meeting with two artists/members (Ainur and Remi) of the Comics Center of Helsinki in Helsinki, Finland. They are The …

Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #29: Interview at the Comics Center of Helsinki, Finland.

July 16th, 2018

1:08:04

While traveling through a few cities in Europe, co-host Alex Simmons has a meeting with two artists/members of the Comics Center of Helsinki in Helsinki, Finland. The interview gave all three a chance to discuss the …

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged (Hamburg) #28: The Value of Observations

July 8th, 2018

34:35

Co-host Alex Simmons checks in (solo) from Hamburg, Germany, to share thoughts and tips on the power of observation for creatives.

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #27: Are There Any Benefits To Connecting With International Comic Art Creators?

July 3rd, 2018

45:19

While still traveling in Europe Alex uses the opportunity to connect with artists to explore whether art is universal or not. If it is, does that include comics art, and what can we learn from one another.

*Want to …

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #26: Should Artist Repurpose Their Creations To Fit Current Events?

July 1st, 2018

44:53

Alex and Chris discuss the thoughts, ethics, and personal processes behind repurposes artists repurposing their creations to fit new social or …

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #25: Telling How To Tell The Stories In Serbia!

June 30th, 2018

16:44

Chris asks the questions as Alex gives a short on the spot report from Leskovac, a small small town in Serbia. Alex was invited to teach a writer's workshop at the Balkan young Comics creators Festival.

*Want to leave a …

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #24: What's The Point Of Doing Family Friendly Entertainment?

June 28th, 2018

43:07

Your hosts Alex and Chris explore whether or not family friendly comis, TV shows and films are scares due to the industry, or is there really little market for them now.

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #23: Can Creators Successfully Promote and Navigate The Snipers of Social Media?

June 24th, 2018

40:21

Alex and Chris wrestle with a professional and emotional challenge. Within this intense and sensitive time can creatives promote, blog and share their thoughts in the wild wild west of social media?

Have questions or …

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #22: Can Comics Inspire and Save Lives?

June 21st, 2018

28:57

Chris interviews Alex on his invite to speak to young artists at the international Balkans Festival of Young Comics Creators, in Serbia. It's purpose is to bring together a war torn area of Balkans. and give support to …

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #21: What To Do When Writers Fail, pt 1

June 10th, 2018

36:25

No matter how hard you try, sometimes the writing just doesn't go the way you want. In this episode Chris and Alex discuss some of their most …

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #20: Are Superhero Movies Bringing the Billion Dollar Summer Heat?

June 5th, 2018

39:41

Alex and Chris explore the storytelling power of the the superhero movies current and coming soon. And how the Disney empire (Marvel and Star Wars …

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #19: How To Write Solid Dialog for Various Characters

May 29th, 2018

31:16

Over the years Chris and Alex have written many different characters, from plays to comics, to novels, and from men to women, to monsters. 

In this episode they discuss some challenges and methods for writing engaging …

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #18: How Do Artists "Feed the Muse?"

May 24th, 2018

26:29

Chris and Alex explore how they, and other artists, feed theirinner creative energy source. Where do we find inspiration and determination?

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Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #17: What Kind of Characters Intrigue You?

May 21st, 2018

29:57

Chris and Alex discuss what type (and archetype) of characters in life and fiction intrigue them the most, and how that influences their work.

We also touch on how the internal fiber of an author affects how we create …

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #16: Finding Ways To Write Despite ...

May 13th, 2018

20:56

Chris and Alex talk about a few methods for dealing with writing distractions and excuses. 

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Tell The Damn Story #15: Judging For the Eisner Awards

May 3rd, 2018

17:34

Chris talks to Alex Simmons, who is in San Diego, as a judge for the comic book industry's prestigious EISNER AWARDS.

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Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #14: (What's On My Mind) Why Do Heroes Matter?

April 17th, 2018

14:59

With the popularity of the movies and TV series from Marvel and DC Comics, including the extremely successful Black Panther film, the word "hero" has …

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #13: Violence On Or Off Page?

April 8th, 2018

34:09

Writers Chris and Alex discuss how they determine when to use violence in or out of the comic book page. And what are the thought processes behind …

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: #12: What's On My Mind: Do Heroes Matter, Part 1

April 2nd, 2018

6:20

Most writers are curious about life. We live, observe, research, and think about it. Then we sit down somewhere and chronicles about the aspects that intrigue or excite us. What's on My Mind is where I'll explore share …

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #11: How To Get In Front of Your Audience.

March 28th, 2018

34:30

Alex and Chris gives some tips of how to get your creations out into the public eye, without sticking them in the eye. 


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Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #10: Tim Fielder Back With "Matty's Rocket!" Pt. 1 - 3

March 26th, 2018

22:17

Latest TTDS Unplugged episode of ... Simmons Here And Now. The original TTDS 3 musketeers are back together again for a special episode! The MIA member, Tim Fielder, is back to talk about his graphic novel creation, …

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #9: Alex Simmons Shares His Feelings On A Black Panther Film, Part 2

March 26th, 2018

7:09

Alex finishes sharing  his final thoughts (see episode #1) on the emotional EMP wave affect of the Black Panther film.


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Tell The Damn Story UNPLUGGED #8: Billy Graham Art & the Black Panther, Pt 1

March 26th, 2018

22:20

Alex and Chris discuss the work and humanity of the unsung artist, Billy Graham. In particular his contribution as the first artist for Marvel's Luke …

Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #7: Can A Fail Be A Win

March 26th, 2018

18:07

Your hosts, Chris Ryan and Alex Simmons discuss what you're left with when projects and promotions don't go even close to the way you planned. 


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Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #6: Films That Influenced

March 22nd, 2018

23:11

Your hosts, writers Chris Ryan and Alex Simmons discuss what classic films influenced their own creations. 


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Tell The Damn Story Unplugged #5: Who Influenced Us?

March 18th, 2018

59:47

Your hosts, writers Chris Ryan and Alex Simmons discuss the question what characters from their past influenced their own creations.


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Tell The Damn Story-Unplugged #4: Tim Fielder Is Back With "Marty's Rocket!" Pt. 3 & 4

March 14th, 2018

15:00

The original TTDS 3 musketeers are back together again for a special episode! The MIA member, Tim Fielder, is back to talk about his graphic novel creation, “Matty’s Rocket!” It’s a stellar blend of Harriet Tubman and …

Tell The Damn Story-UnPlugged #3: Write To Be Safe Or To Sell?

March 8th, 2018

44:18

Should writers write about safe material that will entertain and not offend, or should we write about things that we believe, feel, or rebel against, …

Tell The Damn Story-UNPLUGGED #2: Is Indie Publishing In Peril?

March 4th, 2018

33:47

Alex and Chris discuss whether or not the gateways and opportunities in Independent publishing are slowly being blocked, locked and bolted. 


*Have …

Simmons' Feelings On A Black Panther Film, Pt 1

February 26th, 2018

3:11

Alex Simmons, that's me, offers some solo thoughts on the emotional EMP affect of the Black Panther film. 


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