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What do Spambots and Steampunks Have in Common?

  Both of them love The Charlie Tonic Hour! Ladies and Gentleman, Charlie and I wanted to take a moment before the weekend to thank all of our friends and supporters who have been with us for our first three weeks. The response has been better than we could have hoped for. As I am writing this we are...

Smart Cars and Wondrous Windows

With all the excitement coming out of CES, the annual Consumer Electronics Association’s trade show which just wrapped on January 13th, Ginny and I thought it might be fun to take a few moments to jump into some tech talk during next week’s episode. We plan to look at a few new devices and concepts that...

The God Machine by Chandra Free

Comic books and anime are relatively new to me but art is not and the art is what drew me to this book immediately. The pictures are well executed and intriguing, ranging from gorgeously rendered art nouveau to playful anime and back again, often within the same page. The pictures alone make it worth the...

Will Technology Be the Destruction or the Salvation of our Social Lives?

On NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour’s last podcast of the year Glen Weldon named 2011 the beginning of “The Age of Indolence.” This was the year that he was most able to get his entertainment “…sitting like a pasha on my sofa…” Music, books, movies, TV, and comics all came streaming to him with a snap of his...

Preview the Show

Charlie here… Last Wednesday, I wrapped up my previous podcast with Episode #300!  How did I choose to end my long run on the show?  By chatting with the utterly amazing and inspiring wonderful Ginny Tonic about the Charlie Tonic Hour of course.  Ginny and I invite you to check out the episode which...

Smuggling Spirits Reviewed

Studio 407 has been a creative studio that has been on my radar for some time. Originally meeting reps for the company in New York a few years ago, I’ve wanted to take time to read some of their titles for quite some time. I started with Smuggling Spirits written by Ben Fisher with art by Mike...

Larry in Wonderland: A Pearls Before Swine Collection

Before I could review this book I had to pry it out of the hands of a wonderful nine year old. Considering the book was competing with an x-box and the online Lego universe game he’s obsessed with I consider that high praise indeed. Even higher praise is that I was waiting impatiently in line to read...

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword

Before we begin, according to the Federal Trade Commission, I do need to let you know that a review copy of this book was provided by Amulet Books, a division of Abrams for the purposes of our checking out the story. Okay, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to my review of this...

Derby City Comic Con Road Show

Before the Charlie Tonic Hour began there were a couple episodes of Charlie’s previous podcast, the Related Recap (which ran for 300 episodes over at comicrelated.com), which featured show hosts Charlie and Ginny Tonic.  They were both “Road Show Podcasts”.  These are shows done live on...
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