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Contests And Anniversaries

Yesterday saw two big events with two big websites in my life! First over on ComicRelated.com I wrote a small story celebrating the Nine Year Anniversary of that site which I started in 2004. It’s been quite an evolution over the years and writing just those few notes convinced me that I have a longer story...

Comic Collecting Origins

My roots run deep with DC Comics. For much of my early life I was a DC Comics fanboy and it was only as I got older that Uncanny X-Men in the late 70′s and early 80′s transformer me and opened me up to the capes and tights of Marvel Comics. Late last week I posted a new article to Comic Related that summed...

Admitting A Guilty Pleasure

Over the years I’ve NOT been a big fan of reality television. I would go so far as to call myself a bit of a reality television snob at several points in my life. In my television watching world, I’ve always loved my scripted drama or documentaries in a major way and should that television be dripped in...

Back With A Video Update

Hey everyone! Miss me? It’s been an interesting week in the world of this rambler an I break it all down in a short video blog recorded on 9/24/13. In it I share why the site has been a bit quiet and take a look at a few things I’m working on for later this week relating to Comic Related, Derby City Comic...

Meet The Bulleit

On this week’s episode of Bottoms Up, we took a turn tasting Bulleit Rye. Unlike many of our episodes, we went in knowing we liked this particular straight rye whiskey and in some ways wanted to celebrate it. The bottle, thankfully, was already on hand and made for an easy focus for the show. As I...

Backwards Writing

I’m the king of tossing out plans and then working out how to get to the end of those plans well after the announcement was made. It’s a fun way I’ve challenged myself again and again over the years. I’ve done it on a large-scale and a small-scale much to the delight and sometimes...

Chatting with Molly Wellmann

It is a bourbon-heavy show this week but we are guessing listeners of the Charlie Tonic Hour podcast will be ok with that. After a weekend wrap-up Ginny and I sit down with Molly Wellmann at the Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar to talk about the bar, her new cocktail book, and of course, bourbon. After that we have...

Blogging Comic Reading

I’m back with a new video blog update and today I’m discussing the fine art of catching up on my comic reading. It’s a plan for reading while I’m sick which includes a mountain of DC Comics and the majesty of the Sixth Gun (Oni Press). Join me for a very comic focused (or should I...

6 Interview Tips

What makes a good interview? It’s a question that I’ve found myself asking since my first podcast back in March of 2008. Prior to that I was very comfortable speaking publicly, but not an individual who would have ever described himself as a conversationalist or an interviewer. Today, I would...

Rising From The YouTube

As part of this whole social media centralization campaign I’ve been waging, yesterday I took a look at my history with YouTube and the many false starts I’ve made over the years bringing video into the various projects I manage. It’s embarrassing how many times I’ve started and...

Eight Years Waiting

A lone bottle of pomegranate zinfandel may seem like a strange wine to hold for eight years, but that’s what happened with this one. My mom purchased it as a gift with a special label dedicated to a farm I had just purchased all those years ago. At first I was holding it for some kind of ceremonial...

Choose Your Name Wisely

Today, I’m working on a project that is surprising in its complexity. Today, I’m moving to a new gmail email address. Note, I’m not even changing services. I’m just moving to a new address within gmail. Should be simple, right? No, actually it’s staggeringly hard if your are tech-centric and email driven....

Charlie Rambles On

Hello world! Charlie here… I know I’ve been a bit absence of late from the world of blogging, but I’ve been pretty busy podcasting (here at charlietonic.com), penning a column (over at comicrelated.com), planning a convention (derbycitycomiccon.com) and playing tour guide (tonictours.com)....

Gary Gygax Remembered

He was the man with the name that stood out in a crowd and in grade school, high school and early college he was a kind of Jerry Garcia to me and those interested in role-playing games. I always wanted to meet him, but never had the chance and in 2008 I learned I never would. Hearing of his passing that...

Charlie Talks Comics

I simply can’t explain it. After a writing drought (with a few intermittent articles here on the Charlie Tonic site) over the last few months, I felt like my pen to digital paper muscles were getting a bit thin. I can’t say what happened but on February 4th everything suddenly changed. On that...
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