Doughnuts and Top Cow - Official
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!
Episode 66 - Top Cow 2012 Recap

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: 10:05am PDT

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: 3:39pm PDT

Episode 64 - Bryan Rountree with Top Cow Inside Info

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: 5:55am PDT

Episode 63 - Jeremy Haun Talks The Darkness and More

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: 6:43am PDT

Episode 62 - Artifacts: The Heart Stone

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: 4:42am PDT

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: 3:05pm PDT

Episode 60 - Troy Peteri

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: 8:36am PDT

Episode 59 - Talent Hunt with Matt Hawkins

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: 6:15am PDT

Episode 58 - Crossovers with Other Publishers

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: 9:36am PDT

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: 7:06am PDT

Episode 56 - Darkness Talk and a Visit From Duckness

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: 6:34am PDT

Episode 55 - Kickstarting Some Cyber Force Info

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: 8:27pm PDT

Episode 54 - Top Cow News from SDCC

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: 12:28pm PDT

Episode 53 - Exit Interview with Filip Sablik

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: 2:56pm PDT

Episode 52 - Ron Marz talks Magdalena and more

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

Direct download: Episode_52_-_Ron_Marz_Talks_Magdalena_and_More.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:58am PDT

Episode 51 - Publisher Filip Sablik

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: 6:10pm PDT

Episode 50 - Witchblade FCBD and July Solicitations

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: 10:40am PDT

Episode 49 - Cosplay with Jen W

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: 4:25pm PDT

Episode 48 - C2E2 Wrapup

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  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: 5:49am PDT

2012 C2E2 Panel - Top Cow:  We Create . . . Rebirth!

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: 2:17pm PDT

DTC Episode 47 - Phil Hester Talks Darkness

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: 8:36am PDT

Episode 46 - Magdalena 11

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: 3:38pm PDT

Doughnuts and Top Cow - Episode 44 (Inaugural "Official" Top Cow Show)

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

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: 8:02am PDT