Category Archives: pop culture

Is Indy Publishing in Peril?

Blackjack creator Alex Simmons and I are back with another episode of our podcast TELL THE DAMN STORY. Today we discuss the shifting landscape of marketing Indy books, and how level playing fields seem to be shrinking …. https://anchor.fm/alex-simmons6/episodes/Tell-The-Damn-Story-UNPLUGGED-Is-Indie-Publishing-In-Peril-e1553e

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Black Panther Pregaming, Part II

With four days until The Black Panther leaps into theatres, here’s a look at T’Challa’s first appearance, in Fastastic Four numbers 52 and 53, published in July and August, 1966. I was four at that time, so I didn’t experience … Continue reading

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Black Panther Pregaming!

Black Panther Pregaming Podcast TELL THE DAMN STORY Unplugged Alexander Simmons and Christopher Ryan discuss the roots of the Black Panther, creative contributions that are reflected in the new movie, and why we may need the Panther now more than … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve Epiphany

“It’s the final countdown…” The was the song playing when I got bagels this morning. Hard not to smirk. Harder to dismiss in this, the era of American divisiveness. But we haven’t lost all hope, not yet. At least that’s … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolution Suggestion: Listen to The Doctor

“They say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one….” As the decade that was 2017 finally ends, I keep thinking of advice spoken in the final moments of a beloved character’s existence (at least in this incarnation – … Continue reading

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10 Reasons to Applaud  Tina Fey’s “Cake” 

Social media is blowing up about Tina Fey’s appearance on Weekend Update Summer Edition, accusing her of white privilege and insensitivity, and all that blame misses several points. Tina Fey’s piece is brilliant and brave and aimed right at Nazis … Continue reading

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Lightning Bugs Hang Out All Night Long

So I decided to get off drugs. Sleep aids, actually, because I live a roguishly rough and tumble life. They haven’t been completely successful and they often leave me sluggish in the morning, requiring more drugs, morning drugs, which for … Continue reading

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