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Cincinnati Magic Trick

Longtime listeners of the Charlie Tonic Hour may remember a film festival and awards show we attended back in July of 2012. We podcasted about it in episode #30 and Ginny write about it in the article titled “The 48 Hour Film Project Awards Show“. Since that time, the winning film “Magic...

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...

Charlie On More Films

I can’t promise this will be a regular Friday tradition (because I simply don’t see enough movies to keep it going), but I’m back for a second round of “rapid fire” movie reviews. If you were watching the site last week, I discussed nine films in the previous story and this...

Charlie Talks Film

On next week’s episode of the Charlie Tonic Hour (#58), one segment will revolve around a discussion of the movie Life of Pi. This film impressed me both with its visual nature and deeper messages. Ginny Tonic has read the novel, but I was experiencing the story for the first time in the theater....

Montezuma Fire Machine

  Back in Episode 54 you might remember hearing me wax rhapsodic about a band I caught opening for Ford Theater Reunion called Montezuma Fire Machine. Since Charlie and I recorded the episode about 12 hours after actually seeing them perform, I didn’t get the email with their biography or...

Charlie’s Slip Points

Yesterday, I blogged about finding a reason to blog and the slight inner conflict that had been keeping me from posting more here on the Charlie Tonic site. After finishing that post it hit me that I really am writing quite a bit these days. It’s just that the project is one that no one is currently...

Almost Famous

So there is a movie that I absolutely love and I plan to watch it, once again, before this day is done. The move is Almost Famous and for me it is a film that holds a mix of personal and emotional connections to this day. Let me paint a picture that just may bring you to the reason why I love this movie so...

Print vs. Digital

So, I have this crazy notion that paper will be sidelined for digital within the next five years. I tend to shock people by saying that “paper will be dead within five years”. Once that grabs the attention, I like to add that that is “dead” with an asterisk. What is the asterisk? By...

Robot Invades Mars!

  On Episode 35 of Charlie Tonic, Charlie and I geek out over the Mars Curiosity Rover and other amazing space facts. No matter how cynical and jaded our society has become, we can’t be too far gone if we can take the time to pause as a nation and celebrate landing a robot on Mars. The color...

Sing Out Loud

Recently, Ginny Tonic mentioned a “fun little website called Proust that helps you build your own autobiography by asking interesting questions and letting you answer, add pictures and share with friends”. I thought today it might be fun to accept that same challenge and answer a random...

The Church of Annie Dillard

It’s been awhile since I’ve given you a good book recommendation. In Episode 32 Charlie and I discuss spirituality so I thought it would fitting to share a book by a woman who is probably my favorite writer of all time. Although I am not as big a fan of her fiction, her essays capture...

Unsentimental Love Songs

  In Episode 31 of The Charlie Tonic Hour, Charlie shared Tender Trap by Joan Armatrading. He explained that one of the reasons that he likes the song is because it deals with the little everyday moments of love rather than the big dramatic declarations that most love songs rely on. That reminded me...

What is Your Security Blanket?

There is a fun little website called Proust that helps you build your own autobiography by asking interesting questions and letting you answer, add pictures and share with friends. I thought it would be a fun thing to take some of those questions and answer them with you here from time to time. What is Your...

What It Means To Me

So, many of you heard about the recent purchase of Derby City Comic Con, but I thought I would take a few moments and put into words exactly what this acquisition means for me on a very personal level. I grew up with a life that has had comics at its core. I’ve told the story of how I first became a...
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