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Focusing on everything Top Cow -- TCU comics, Minotaur Press, Pilot Season, anime, video games, & more -- the all-new Doughnuts & Top Cow podcast is updated fortnightly. Hosted by John Grigas & Josh Crawley, Doughnuts & Top Cow is the official Top Cow Productions podcast; by the fans, for the fans!
 

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Top Cow's biggest title celebrates another milestone issue with the oversized Witchblade 175.  John and Josh walk through the three stories in the book and discover - in real time - many cool features, hints of things to come, and nods to the past.  

Be sure to have your copy of Witchblade 175 in your hands while you listen (unless you are driving).  If you grab some mini-powdered sugar donuts from 7-Eleven, you can follow along as if you were in the room with us!

 

Direct download: Episode_99_-_Witchblade_175.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 12:51 PM

Josh and John share a letter from Listener Steven Andrade, who has several questions and theories about what's going on in the Top Cow Universe these days.  What happened to Hope?  Is today's Angelus here to stay?  And where are all the artifacts in Aphrodite IX?  Some of these are known answers; most are not.  But we have fun talking about them.

Doughnuts are from Copp's Grocery in Madison, Wisconsin.  Decedant ones today.

Direct download: Episode_98_-_Opinions_and_Conjectures.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 12:39 PM

Rise of the Magi #0 was the Free Comic Book Day offering from Top Cow.  Josh and John take a look at this unique story with surprising artwork.  It is unlike any Top Cow book you have seen in a long while - and we mean that in a good way!  We also share some on-the-spot reader reviews recorded on Free Comic Book Day at Westfield Comics in Madison, WI.

Direct download: Episode_97_-_Rise_of_the_Magi.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 1:57 PM

Ron Marz returns to the podcast, only 4 issues after his return to the Witchblade title!  Ron talks about the first story arc of his latest run, where Darkness Falls might fit into things, and his convention schedule.  We get some hints and insight.  We also ask him some great questions that he had to decline to answer.  wOOt!

Doughnuts in Wisconsin were home-made in a donut maker.  Doughnuts in New York were from Dunkin Donuts.

We also talk to Tracy, also known as skyorbit on the Top Cow forums.  Tracy discusses his love of Top Cow books, his desire for more Necromancer, and his recommendations for how Top Cow can keep its ongoing titles coming out on time.

Direct download: Episode_96_-_Ron_Marz_Returns.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 10:06 PM

This week we take a look at the Darkness - Vicious Traditions one-shot, set back during the Roman Empire.  We also talk about the future plans for the Darkness and how Darkness Falls will be treated.  We also share some of the fan impatience on the boards before Josh weighs in with his opinion.

Doughnuts this week are from the newly re-opened Lane's Bakery in Madison, Wisconsin.

Direct download: Episode_95_-_Darkness_Rumblings.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 7:41 PM

We dip our toe into the Honorverse, the popular series of novels about Honor Harrington, written by David Weber.  We talk about Tales of Honor #1, and the issue's writer Matt Hawkins joins us to talk process and story.  Plus, we get a little Top Cow news - it's handy that he is also the President and COO of Top Cow!

Doughnuts this episode are from the Hy-Vee Grocery Store.

Direct download: Episode_94_-_The_Honorverse.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 1:22 AM

Josh and John share some Top Cow News and some Doughnut News.  Then they dive into a short review of the recently released Artifacts issue 34, featuring the latest two Top Cow Talent Hunt winners.  

Reader and friend of the podcast Gene Chapman stops by for our inaugural Reader Spotlight segment.

Doughnuts this week are from Woodman's market in Madison, Wisconsin.

Direct download: Episode_93_-_Artifacts_34_and_Gene_Chapman.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 2:46 PM

Josh and John take a look at the latest releases from Top Cow - Witchblade #172 and Cyber Force #8.  We touch briefly on the storylines, but mainly talk about what makes these books interesting.

We also make an appeal for A Voice in the Dark - we need to get it pre-ordered in order to make it past issue #7!

Josh discussed the Ghastly Awards, honoring excellence in horror comics.  We are proud to be sponsors of the 2013 Ghastly Awards and hope you check out the winners at www.ghastlys.blogspot.com

Direct download: Episode_92_-_New_Releases_-_WB172_and_CG8.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 2:43 PM

Top Cow President and COO Matt Hawkins stops by to review 2013, but mostly to kick around the initiatives for 2014.  Discussions cover what's going on with the Darkness, March's launch of "Tales of Honor," the big Free Comic Book Day push for "Rise of the Magi," and Aphrodite IX.  He teases a few schedule developments and riffs on the industry.  

Grab a doughnut (or at least a drink) and hang with us for this engaging interview.

Direct download: Episode_91_-_Matt_Hawkins_Looks_Ahead_at_2014.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 1:24 AM

Josh has two days of inventory.  John is worn out and under the weather following a day of travel.  So, we dig into our past life as a podcast to feature a review of the Top Cow Holiday Special from 2010.  This was originally on the Comic Book Noise feed, so there's a chance you haven't heard it!

Josh and John say “Happy Holidays” – even though December is well in our past.  We’ll just say that we’re incredibly early for the 2011 Holiday Season by taking a look at the Top Cow flip book – the Top Cow Holiday Special and Jingle Belle – Grounded Special.

You can get your very own copy of this fun packed trade paperback at the Top Cow Store.

Music on this episode is “Donut Man” by the Dickies.  Podsafe music courtesy of MusicAlley.  Check them out and buy the track, if you’re so inclined!

Doughnuts this week are Hostess Honey Buns.  John walks memory lane with this snack that was so popular in the early 80s in south Chicago.

Thanks, as always to Westfield Comics for their support

Direct download: Episode_90_-_Top_Cow_Holiday_Special.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 6:40 PM

John and Josh dive into Darkness 116 . . . the final issue of the ongoing Darkness series.  We spoil much of the story, but that is necessary to talk about the ways the main characters have evolved.  Even so, there aren't any spoilers that would get in the way of enjoying this book . . . it IS sequential art, you know!  The visual is as important as the words!  We talk about how things have progressed since Artifacts 13, and we show some love for Jeremy Haun and his facial expressions.

Theme music is Donut Man by the Dickies.

Doughnuts this week are some Bill Knapp's Glazed Dunkers, procured from a local grocery store. 

Direct download: Episode_89_-_Darkness_Is_Falling.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 2:26 PM

Tim Seeley joins Josh at his store to talk about Tim's Witchblade run, comic sales, and great books coming out.  Plus, some inside info on the Top Cow creative process and how cool Marc Silvestri is.

No doughnuts this week, which is the only disappointment about the show!

Direct download: Episode_88_-_Tim_Seeley_Wraps_Up_Witchblade.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 2:50 PM

Josh and John dig into recent Artifacts issues to look at the progress of the series and try to figure out where the 13 Artifacts might be.  We know many, and we haven't figured out many others.  Has the series played out the way we hoped?  Can we figure out where things might be going?

Doughnuts this week are from Copp's Grocery in Madison.

Direct download: Episode_87_-_Artifacts_Hunt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:26 PM

John and Josh return to talk about whether it's safe to read Witchblade 170, some great suggestions for Holiday Gift Giving, and a walk through the latest solicitations in Previews.  

If you are interesting in Jeremy Haun art, here is a link to his Darkness Page - don't forget the discount code that we share on the episode to save 20%!  http://cadencecomicart.com/artist.php?artist=25&book=682

Plus, we find one more piece of evidence that Marc Silvestri is still ahead of the trend!

Direct download: Episode_86_-_Ready_to_Wrap_Up_the_Year.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 6:14 PM

John shares his Top 9 reasons why you should be reading Aphrodite IX. It's a varied list, and we'd love to hear YOUR reasons! Josh weighs in on solicited books for December from Top Cow, noting that a majority of them are slated to ship on December 11.

Doughnuts this week are Munchkins(™) from Dunkin Donuts.  We counted the assortment and found . . . there were 9 varieties!  Spooky!

Direct download: Episode_85_-_Aphrodite_IX_plus_Previews.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 2:26 PM

Josh and John spend time with new Top Cow creator Larime Taylor.  Larime has a new ongoing title coming out from Top Cow's Minotaur Press entitled A Voice in the Dark.  This psychological thriller is sure to spark interest.

Also sparking interest is the way Larime creates books!  He was born with Arthrogryposis, which limits the use of his arms.  Because of this Larime draws using a pen in his mouth.  And he draws some impressive pages in his expressive style.  Be sure and pre-order the book today!

Direct download: Episode_84_-_Larime_Taylor.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 8:31 PM

Comic book writer and letterer Troy Peteri joins us in studio to talk about Top Cow projects, latest cool stuff and some things to watch out for in the future!  

Direct download: Episode_83_-_Troy_Peteri_Has_Top_Cow_Info.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 10:41 PM

John and Josh take a spoiler-free look at Cyber Force 5, which ends the opening Kickstarter campaign arc.  They talk about key elements, cool twists, and give Report Card style grades to the execution of this unique offering.  We give grades for execution, communication, writing, art, and the overall campaign.

Direct download: Episode_82_-_Cyber_Force_5_Report_Card.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:29 AM

Josh and John dig into the news from San Diego!  Top Cow President Matt Hawkins sent us his talking points, so we dive into the announcements and give our spin plus predictions.  Also, Darkness expert Royce Viso joins us to give us insight about the fun stuff taking place at the Top Cow Panel and Booth.

Doughnuts are from the Hy-Vee on the west side of Madison, Wisconsin.

Direct download: Episode_81_-_SDCC_2013_Wrapup.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 4:47 PM

Chris Partin of the Image Addiction Podcast and website joins us to talk about the earliest days of Cyberforce.  We remember what the comic scene was like in the early 90s and share stories about how Image Comics turned the industry on its ear.

In this show, we look at the first Cyberforce Mini-series in 1992-1993.  We also compare some of the elements to today's new run of Cyberforce as launched through a Kickstarter Campaign.

This week's sponsor is ImageAddiction.net.  Check them out for timely reviews and the Image Addiction podcast.  Check 'em out!

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john - @johngrigas

Chris - @chrispartin


Josh and John dig into the first 8 issues of Witchblade, sparked by the 5th anniversary of Michael Turner's passing.  We look at the characters introduced as well as see some elements that pop up in later runs by Ron Marz and Tim Seeley.  

Direct download: Episode_79_-_Witchblade_Origins_Vol_1.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 1:29 PM

Josh and John dig into the current Top Cow Universe, with a quick look at the latest books in an attempt to locate the 13 artifacts in the reborn world.  We couldn't find all 13, but we did find some clues.  Plus, John throws out a couple more of his crazy ideas and misinterpretations.

Need some of these books?  Get over to Drive Thru Comics for current and back issues of Top Cow books.

If you're in Madison, be sure to grab some Top Cow titles at Westfield Comics.  They also offer subscription services online (just follow the link to their website!)

Direct download: Episode_78_-_Looking_for_Artifacts.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 2:25 PM

We are joined by Top Cow Artist Stjepan Sejic in Episode 77!  Stjepan gives us some great reasons why Top Cow is a great publishing company.  We also talk about Ravine, working with Ron Marz, and his many projects being posted on Deviant Art.

Direct download: Episode_77_-_Stjepan_Sejic.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:17 PM

Josh and John take some time today to eat doughnut holes and review the one-shot book: Witchblade - Day of the Outlaws.  Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov with art by Nelson Blake II and Dave McCaig, the cover features their names but not that of letterer Troy Peteri.  We talk about lettering, storytelling, and what turns out to be an interesting and enjoyable book.

Doughnut holes are from the new HyVee in Madison.  Lego brick chocolates were a gift to Josh from a friend for his birthday.

Direct download: Episode_76_-_Witchblade_Day_of_the_Outlaws.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 12:02 PM

Josh and John review some recent Top Cow news, including Ron Marz returning to Witchblade, possible plans for Tim Seeley, Free Comic Book Day results, and the new artist on Artifacts - Marco Turini.

We enjoyed a beautiful day, so the background noises from the out of doors (and some kitchen activity) might be heard now and then . . . isn't that's what's cool about podcasting?  You get real life discussions, and this is another one that we enjoyed.

Thanks for listening!

Thanks, also, to Westfield Comics for their support.

Direct download: Episode_75_-_Top_Cow_FCBD_and_The_Barn.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:08 PM

This episode features a conversation with Matt Hawkins, Top Cow COO and writer of Think Tank and Aphrodite IX.  We talk about Free Comic Book Day, the differences between the rebirth Aphrodite and what has come before, and some hints on the future of Think Tank.

We do get in-depth on story lines, but we also have a good time talking about what might be around the corner for Top Cow Productions.  Listen in and get some clues!

Also: find out the difficulties in bringing the Cyber Force Origins TPBs (and other 90s material) to print.

No doughnuts this week . . . we did a Skype show! 

Direct download: Episode_74_-_Matt_Hawkins_and_Aphrodite_IX.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 5:29 PM

Josh and John dig into Witchblade #165 and talks about how this brings closure to the Sara Pezzini we came to know during the Ron Marz run.  This well-executed book is an essential read to any fan of the run from 80 to 150.

Friend of the show, Royce Viso, shared his notes from the recent Wondercon.  He gives some info from the MTV Geek panel that Marc Silvestri participated in, and we listen to the latest release from September Mourning.  They have a strong Top Cow connection.

Doughnuts this week are classic Old Fashioned, procured from Speedway.


This episode's title has more than one meaning, but mainly Jackie is currently a shell of what he once was.  Josh and John dig into the deconstruction of Jackie as Darkness bearer and speculate about where things might be going.

Josh also takes through the latest Top Cow solicitations.

We also have a bonus interview with comic artist Steve Bryant, who happens to have grown up in a doughnut shop!

Doughnuts are fritters!  Apple and blueberry!

Direct download: Episode_72_-_Jackie_Estacado_is_Broken.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 1:31 PM

Josh and John take an extended look - including spoilers - at the Progeny storyline parts 1 and 2.  The Universe was reborn with the Artifacts event, but there have been flaws and cracks emerging.  Sara and Jackie have been on a collision course about how he has remade the Top Cow Universe, and the confrontation has begun.  Our discussion covers Artifacts #25 and Witchblade #164

Doughnuts this episode are from PDQ, a Wisconsin convenience and gas chain of stores.

Direct download: Episode_71_-_Progeny_Begins.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 1:12 PM

Josh and John nosh doughnuts and talk about the upcoming Ravine Vol. 1 from Stjepan Sejic and Ron Marz.  We run through some reasons why you want to pick this book up, even if you aren't into the fantasy genre.

We also preview some of the activity expected at the London Super Comic Con, where Top Cow has a solid representation.

Doughnuts this episode are mini-donuts from 7-Eleven.

Direct download: Episode_70_-_Ravine_is_Coming.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 1:12 PM

Top Cow Artist Rahsan Ekedal joins us for a great discussion on art process, Think Tank, and Echoes.  Get an insight into drawing comics for Top Cow Productions!

Direct download: Episode_69_-_Rahsan_Ekedal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:15 PM

Ron Marz joins the guys to talk about the unique - and potentially groundbreaking - fantasy series being released by Top Cow: Ravine.  This otherworldly tale, created and painted by Stjepan Sejic and co-written by Ron Marz, will be introduced to us in late February.  Vol. 1 starts us off with more than 120 pages of story!

We also discuss some Artifacts questions, upcoming storylines, the potential return of some fan favorite characters, and delve into some of Ron's other projects for Amazon Studios, 12 Gauge Comics, and Image Comics.


Josh and John dig into the NEW Cyber Force with a walkthrough of story elements in the first two issues.  This is not a review.  Rather, it is a discussion about what is happening so far and where we see things progressing.  Have you read the books?  Have you read them twice?  This book gets more rewarding with each read.

You can grab free digital copies of the first two issues at one of our sponsors: DriveThruComics.com 

Direct download: Episode_67_-_Cyber_Force_1__2_Storyline.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 2:42 PM

John walks through the Top Cow releases in 2012 while Josh is stuck doing year-end inventory.

Also, we have a great clip from our January 2012 interview with Tim Seeley, writer of the Witchblade ongoing series.

We send out thanks to Westfield Comics and Drive Thru Comics for their sponsorship this year.

Thanks for listening, and Happy New Year!

Direct download: Episode_66_-_Top_Cow_2012_Recap.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:05 PM

The guys pop open a Voodoo Doughnuts Maple Bacon Ale and enjoy some two-bite mini cinnamon rolls.  Then Josh highlights some of the best collections put out by Top Cow in 2012.  The list comes just in time for your end-of-year gift giving.

Following that, we talk about some of the cracks in the Top Cow Universe, mainly some of the interesting things going on in Jackie's world in the Darkness title.  

We finish with a plug for a book you should be supporting on Kickstarter:  Bad Karma.  Headed up by Darkness Artist Jeremy Haun, Bad Karma features some great artists (including the previous Darkness scribe, Phil Hester!)

Direct download: Episode_65_-_2012_Top_Books_and_Mysteries.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 11:39 PM

Managing Editor Bryan Rountree joins Josh and John for some great Top Cow insider talk.  We cover just about all of the Top Cow books coming out, especially Aphrodite IX and Ravine.  Bryan gives a look into working at the Top Cow offices, and he gives us the scoop on working with several of our favorite creators.

Doughnuts are from the Copp's Bakery, which were a failing attempt at an Apple Fritter.

Direct download: Episode_64_-_Bryan_Rountree.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 1:55 PM

Darkness artist Jeremy Haun joins us for some serious process discussion.  We talk Darkness, the Beauty, and collaborating with other creators.  Then, Josh and Jeremy get into some great LEGO discussions!

Direct download: Episode_63_-_Jeremy_Haun_Talks_Darkness_and_More.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 2:43 PM

John and Josh jump back into Artifacts with an in-depth look at the latest story arc, Phantoms of the Heart.  This three-issue story focuses on the Heart Stone in the new Universe as created by Jackie.  We are finding that this artifact is very important to the Top Cow Universe.  Perhaps more important that we first believed.  We dig into previous appearances, including Witchblade 137 and Artifacts 9.  We also spend a little time talking about the Necromancer and the demon Mali.

Josh also takes us through some of the announcements at the recent Top Cow Panel at New York Comic Con.

Doughnuts today are from Dunkin' Donuts.

Thanks to Drive Thru Comics for their sponsorship and for providing books for today's episode.

Direct download: Episode_62_-_Artifacts_-_The_Heart_Stone.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 12:42 PM

Top Cow founder and CEO Marc Silvestri joins Josh to take a deep look at Cyber Force #1.  There is a lot of process talk, along with some good story nuggets, so you'll want to listen!  There are some mild spoilers here and there, but the book will be easy to get on October 17 so you can read it before listening!

This episode is sponsored by . . . TOP COW PRODUCTIONS, of course!

Get to your Local Comic Shop to pick up your copy of Cyber Force #1.  It's available FREE to you!  Supplies in your local shop might be limited, so you should get there as soon as possible!

Direct download: Episode_61_-_Marc_Silvestri_talks_Cyber_Force.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 10:05 PM

Top Cow letterer Troy Peteri hangs out with the guys to talk process, prospects, and Top Cow projects.  We also delve into topics like halloween, spinner racks, and spandex.  Also look for a couple good "she said" jokes.  It's just like hanging out at your LCS!

If you will be at New York Comic Con, be sure to stop by the Top Cow Booth.  Some great Top Cow creators will be on hand, and Troy will also drop by regularly.  Seek him out!

Direct download: Episode_60_-_Troy_Peteri.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 3:36 PM

Are you ready to work for Top Cow?  Matt Hawkins talks about what you need to know to jump into the Top Cow Talent Hunt.  Top Cow is looking to put together a team of writer and artist for a one-shot or limited series taking place within the Top Cow Universe.  

If you won't be entering the hunt, this show will still have plenty of Top Cow clues and information moving forward.  Plus, we wrap up the show kicking around some of the crossover wish list posts from our friends and listeners!

Direct download: Episode_59_-_Talent_Hunt_with_Matt_Hawkins.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 1:15 PM

Are you caught up on your Top Cow reading?  Then Josh and John have a reading list for you!  The guys walk through some of the more notable crossovers with other publishers, including Marvel, DC, and Dynamite.  Crossovers have been a fun practice since the early days of Top Cow, and you might be surprised at some of the stories that are out there.

If you stick around after the close of the show, you'll get a bonus walk-through of Magdalena/Daredevil (previously featured in episode 17 of Doughnuts and Top Cow).

You can pick up many of these great crossover titles at the Top Cow Store and at Westfield Comics Online.

Doughnuts were sour cream donut holes from PDQ.  Eat your heart out, Jimmy P.S. Hayes.

Music is Donut Man, by the Dickies

 

Direct download: Episode_58_-_Crossovers_with_Other_Publishers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:36 PM

John and Josh dig deeply into Think Tank #1, providing a story synopsis and plenty of opinion.  Mainly, our opinion is that you should be reading this book! 

Doughnuts this episode are fresh rings from Super Target.  We have a bonus beer today, as well:  Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewery in Lake Mills, WI.

Thanks go out to Drive Thru Comics, where you can pick up Think Tank #1 for only $1.99! 

Thanks go to Westfield Comics, with two retail locations in Madison and a great website for your pre-orders.

Direct download: Episode_57_-_Think_Tank_Review.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 2:06 PM

Josh and John chow on apple fritters and dig into the Darkness run by David Hine and Jeremy Haun.  These guys are sick, twisted, and AMAZING!  John covers his list of why you should be reading Darkness these days, and Josh corrects him when necessary.

We're also visited by the ultimate Darkness fan . . . Royce Viso, also known as Duckness on the boards.  Royce goes back to Day 1 with the Darkness, and he has an amazing collection of Darkness art and items.  Royce has also kicked off a You Tube series about the Darkness.  Check it out!

Episode artwork by Nikki Notaro (@GuardianBinah on Twitter)!

Doughnuts are from People's Bakery, some nice sized apple fritters.  Even though they seem to be "Day Olds," they still rank pretty high in the doughnut hierarchy.

Stay tuned for news on our new contest.  Win some signed stuff, including Darkness Origins Vol. 1 signed by Marc Silvestri!

Direct download: Episode_56_-_Darkness_Talk_and_a_VisitFrom_Duckness.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:34 PM

Marc Silvestri and Matt Hawkins drop by to talk comics!  Top Cow shocked the industry once again by expanding the Kickstarter model to take on the role of publisher.  The planned result:  awesome comics that get distributed FREE in the direct market!  Supporters have the chance to join the publishing endeavor while collecting some incredible incentives.  Marc and Matt describe the premiums available for the support levels.

Despite the business discussion, there's plenty of comic talk, including clues about what to expect from Cyber Force and the rest of the Top Cow Universe!

The episode was too packed for doughnuts, although Josh did pine away for an apple fritter . . .

Direct download: Episode_55_-_Kickstarting_Some_Cyber_Force_Info.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:27 AM

Josh and John chat about the big announcements this week, and we also check out some notes from our Special Comic Con correspondant, Royce!  There's a lot to be excited about . . . and a LOT of free digital content in our future.

Doughnuts this week are from the Greenbush Bakery in Madison, and there's a fair amount of exciting doughnut news to share this week as well.

 

Direct download: Episode_54_-_Top_Cow_News_from_SDCC.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 7:28 PM

As reported on comic media sites, Filip Sablik left Top Cow as Publisher effective Friday, June 29.  Josh and John take the chance to talk with Filip between his gigs.  We ask about the reaction in the office, a little about the new opportunity, and try to get a bead on Top Cow moving forward.

Thanks, Filip, for how well you have communicated with the fan community over the years!

Episode artwork by Nikki Notaro!!!

Direct download: Episode_53_-_Exit_Interview_with_Filip_Sablik.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:56 PM

Writer Ron Marz returns to talk Magdalena with Josh and John, right as Volume 2 of the trade paperback comes off the presses!  We talk about some of the twists and turns that were made with the storyline and the characters in the book.  We also touch on Artifacts #18 and get some clues into what is ahead in the series as it goes on.

Episode artwork by Nikki Notaro (@GuardianBinah on Twitter)!

No doughnuts this week - we were too focused on the books!

We are always eager for feedback.  Email us at dtcpodcast@gmail.com.

Direct download: Episode_52_-_Ron_Marz_Talks_Magdalena_and_More.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:58 AM

Josh and John hang out with Filip over Skype. Subjects range from what Filip looks for in a portfolio review to what is the expected production schedule for some of the Pilot Season and First Look books. Mix in some movie talk and video game discussion, and you have a fascinating interview!

There are some technical difficulties apparent midway through the show, but the content makes it worth it. We will continue to re-engineer the show to publish a cleaner version, which will be updated on this feed.

Music this episode is Donut Man by the Dickies. Podsafe music from MusicAlley.

Episode artwork by Nikki Notaro (@GuardianBinah on Twitter)!

Direct download: Episode_51_-_Top_Cow_Publisher_Filip_Sablik.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 1:10 AM

John and Josh compare this year's Free Comic Book Day book - a rework of Witchblade 151-154 - to the full run of issues. Some good points, some not so good. But both agree that it brings value to both new readers and longtime fans.

Josh walks through Previews and discusses books scheduled to come out in July. We also look at upcoming projects by Tim Seeley that fall outside the Top Cow Publishing arm.

Episode artwork by Nikki Notaro (@GuardianBinah on Twitter)!

Doughnuts this week are from Speedway so that we could create a beer pairing to celebrate Josh's birthday. The featured beer was Spotted Cow from the New Glarus Brewing Company.

Music on our show is podsafe from Music Alley - Donut Man by the Dickies.

Direct download: Episode_50_-_Witchblade_FCBD_and_July_Solicits.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:40 PM

Jen W (@argentsouled on Twitter) joins us to talk about her amazing Magdalena costume as well as the thrill and challenges of cosplay in modern fandom.  Jen has some terrific insight to go along with her skillful design, and Josh and John chat about conventions, best practices, and cool tips for aspiring cosplayers.

We also have a little preview discussion about Free Comic Book Day 2012 and the Top Cow offering - Witchblade.

Episode artwork by Nikki Notaro (@GuardianBinah on Twitter)!

Doughnuts this episode were from the Greenbush Bakery in Madison, although we were too enthralled to discuss them!

Music is from The Dickies:  "Donut Man."  Podsafe music from MusicAlley.

Direct download: Episode_49_-_Cosplay_with_Jen_W.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 11:25 PM

Josh and John helped out Top Cow at the 2012 Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2).  While there, they had a chance to touch base with several Top Cow creators, including Marc Silvestri, Filip Sablik, Jeremy Haun, and Troy Peteri.  In this episode, we play some quick-shot interviews with them, along with some other surprise guests.

We also kick off our April contest with a question:  at the Top Cow Panel, Marc Silvestri said that "Image Sucks."  If you stopped there, you took it way out of context.  What did he really mean by that?  Post your answer to our podcast Facebook page to enter.

Podsafe music on this episode is Donut Man from The Dickies, courtesy of MusicAlley.com.  Check 'em out.  Better yet, pick up the CD featuring this song: "All This and Puppet Stew."

Thanks go to Westfield Comics for studio space and resources.

Direct download: Episode_48_-_C2E2_Wrapup.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 12:49 PM

Straight from C2E2 in Chicago, it's the legendary Top Cow panel!  Pour yourself a stiff drink and listen to a highly entertaining and informative panel.  Moderated by Filip Sablik (Publisher), the panel includes Marc Silvestri, Tim Seeley (Witchblade), Jeremy Haun (Artifacts, Darkness), and Phil Hester (Darkness).

It's an after hours panel that will satisfy any great Top Cow Fan!

Direct download: C2E2_Panel.mp3
Category:Convention Panel -- posted at: 9:17 PM

Writer and Artist extrodinaire Phil Hester joins Doughnuts and Top Cow this episode!  Phil takes a victory lap on his Darkness Run, giving us insights on his run with Top Cow along with some nuggets to be found in issue #100.

Contest winners are announced for March, too!  Congratulations to Chris Partin and Ed Moore, Jr!  You can connect with Chris by listening to his podcast, Image Addiction, and with Ed on his podcasts on the Comic Book Noise Family (including Ronin Rabbit, Mighty Thorcast, and the Emerald Archer Podcast) 

We talked so much Top Cow, we neglected our doughnut obligation!  We'll make up for it next time!

Direct download: DTC_Episode_47.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:36 PM

Josh and John take a look into Magdalena 11, which features some great action . . . despite Patience having lost the Spear of Destiny!  They look at some cool character elements, interesting choices with artwork and styles, and a solid storyline.

Doughnuts are great dunking sticks from Metcalf's in Madison.

Music is Donut Man from the Dickies.  Podsafe music from Music Alley.

If it's March 31 or earlier, jump over to Drive Thru Comics to grab a pack of digital books to benefit Hero Initiative.  For only $20 you get more than $97 worth of books, including First Born #1 from Top Cow.  All proceeds go to the Hero Initiative to benefit comic creators in times of need.

Direct download: DTC_Episode_46.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:38 PM

Josh Crawley and John Grigas join the Top Cow "Cowmoonity" as the official podcast on TopCow.com!

In this inaugural episode, writer Ron Marz joins us to talk about Artifacts 14. Ron adds insight for fans while leading us to even more questions about the future of the TCU!

We also have a new feature: a visit to the forums located at The Barn, the official boards of Top Cow.

Doughnuts this episode are "Hot Doughnuts Now" from Krispy Kreme (the classic glazed). Ron grabbed a specialty from his local Dunkin' Donuts.

Music on this episode is from "Donut Man" by the Dickies. Podsafe music courtesy of MusicAlley. Check them out, and you can buy the track where music is sold. The song is also featured on their album, "All This And Puppets, Too."

Direct download: DTC_Episode_44.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:02 PM

Welcome to the inaugural episode of the Official Top Cow Audio Podcast, hosted at www.topcow.com on our community website, The Barn! Every episode will feature news, interviews, conversations with fans, shipping updates, and much, much more. Produced and edited by Peter Rios of Comic Geek Speak (www.comicgeekspeak.com). Send feedback to fanmail@topcow.com.

Direct download: topcowcast001.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 11:31 PM

Top Cow Productions proudly launches into the world of podcasting with the inaugural Top Cow Podcast! Here you'll receive periodic audio news bites, behind the scenes information, interviews, and other exclusive audio content.

The first Top Cow podcast features prolific writer Paul Jenkins (Civil War: Frontline, Wolverine: Origin) giving his fans a first for comics. In conjunction with the upcoming release of The Agency trade paperback (Diamond order code - DEC061913) Paul and Top Cow have made available the entire first issue of The Agency (to view go to http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=93969) for free. Now Paul and Top Cow are offering fan's the ultimate insight into this first issue with a podcast of Paul doing a page by page director's commentary of the entire first issue!
Direct download: Agency_commentary.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:29 PM