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 89 - Darkness is Falling

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: 6:26am PDT

Episode 88 - Tim Seeley Wraps Up Witchblade

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: 6:50am PDT

Episode 87 - Artifacts Hunt

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: 3:26pm PDT

Episode 86 - Ready to Wrap Up the Year!

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%!

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: 10:14am PDT

Episode 85 - Top 9 Reasons You Should Be Reading Aphrodite IX

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: 7:26am PDT

Episode 84 - Larime Taylor

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: 1:31pm PDT

Episode 83 _ Troy Peteri Has Top Cow Info

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: 3:41pm PDT

Episode 82 - Cyber Force Report Card

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: 7:29pm PDT

Episode 81 - SDCC 2013 Wrapup

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: 9:47am PDT

Episode 80 - Old School Cyberforce with Chris Parin

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  Check them out for timely reviews and the Image Addiction podcast.  Check 'em out!

Follow us on Twitter!

Josh - @joshcrawley

john - @johngrigas

Chris - @chrispartin

Direct download: Episode_80_-_Old_School_Cyberforce_with_Chris_Partin.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 6:53am PDT

Episode 79 - Witchblade Origins vol. 1

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: 6:29am PDT

Episode 78 - Looking For Artifacts

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: 7:25am PDT

Episode 77 - Stjepan Sejic

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: 11:17am PDT

Episode 76 - Witchblade Day of the Outlaws

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: 5:02am PDT

Episode 75 - Top Cow FCBD and The Barn

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: 10:08am PDT

Episode 74 - Matt Hawkins talks Aphrodite IX, FCBD, and More

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: 10:29am PDT

Episode 73 - Witchblade, Wondercon, and September Mourning

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.

Episode 72 - Jackie Estacado is Broken

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: 6:31am PDT

Episode 71 - Progeny Begins

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: 6:12am PDT

Episode 70 - Ravine is Coming

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: 5:12am PDT

Episode 69 - Rahsan Ekedal

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: 5:15am PDT

Episode 68 - Ron Marz talks Ravine, Artifacts, and More

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: 

Direct download: Episode_67_-_Cyber_Force_1__2_Storyline.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 6:42am PDT