Alex Simmons is an award-winning comic book creator, playwright, freelance writer, international teaching artist, public speaker, and educational consultant. He's written for such companies as Simon & Schuster, Disney, DC Comics, Archie Comics, and African-American Classics, to name a few. In 2010 Simmons received a Glyph Best Writer Award for his work on The Cartoon Life of Chuck Clayton for Archie Comics. Simmons is also the founder and co-producer of Kids Comic Con, an annual family event.
Christopher's Comic Book Inspirations was inspired by Christopher and his own of love Spiderman and other comics. When Christopher was eight he created his own original series "The Adventures of Ultimate Man" and even sold them on the front lawn -- like other kids sell lemonade.
Christopher's Comic Book Inspirations is a series of weekly comic book writing workshops, taught by professional comic book writer Alex Simmons and held annually
with Paterson's School 21 fifth graders.
The children learn to create three to four panel comic strips by developing their own original character, story script, plot and sequence, and penciling and inking their stories onto professional comic strip boards donated by Canson Paper.
At the start of the program in January, every fifth grader receives a copy of the graphic novel Archie & Friends "The Cartoon Life of Chuck Clayton" written by Alex Simmons and donated by Archie Comics.
In 2011, Christopher's Comic Book Inspirations was the only in-school enrichment program after state budget cuts cancelled the school's art, music and library programs.
Click on this CBS news clip for more details.
The Foundation has tied its lesson plans to the state's core standards to support the fifth grade teachers in reaching their classroom goals while continuing to offer a fun unique experience.
Now in our 4th year, 300 children have participated. The Foundation's goal is to expand to more schools in Paterson.
Christopher Barron Live Life Foundation
P.O. Box 21
Glen Rock NJ, 07452