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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...

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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