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Long Wait For Two Albums

This week there are two new albums arriving in just a couple days that I have yet to hear but are making me smile based on the simple fact that they exist. One, Old Ideas, is by Leonard Cohen and the other, Feel the Sound, is by Imperial Teen. In both cases, it has been far too long since I had new music to...

Quoting Tom Waits

“I’ve always been afraid I was going to tap the world on the shoulder for 20 years and when it finally turned around, I was going to forget what I had to say.” — Tom Waits, Speaking with Playboy Magazine in March of 1988 This easily goes down as one of my favorite quotes. It’s...

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...

Punk: Attitude Is A Solid Little Documentary

Interested in checking out a solid little documentary? Ginny and I will be talking about a couple we watched recently on the Charlie Tonic Hour, but I highly recommend Don Letts film Punk: Attitude. I’ve seen it four or five times and ran into it again recently. Anytime I stumble across it, I end up...

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...

Kavalier and Clay

Have you ever wanted to feel as if you were standing there when the classic creators of the 40’s and 50’s began framing the history of the comic books we love today? This Charlie Tonic book update is pointed directly at all those comic readers out there who have followed my rambling writing over...

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...

Voices Calling

Sometimes I think it’s far too easy to forget to support your local music scene. I know I have at times and it’s a culture that really does live or die based on our support. I’m not just talking about monetary support, but really being there and being part of that audience that motivates the next best thing...

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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