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 4 - Top Cow Assoc Editor Ryan Cady

Top Cow Associate Editor Ryan Cady joins us to talk Witchblade and the Top Cow Talent Hunt!  We chat about his recent book, the Witchblade Case Files, and then we get into various comic discussions.  Ryan fills us in on the current Top Cow Talent Hunt and shared how some of the process went last year.


Direct download: Episode_4_-_Ryan_Cady.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 12:03pm PDT

Episode 3 - Talent Hunt with Royce

Talent Hunt 2014 has kicked off!  Are YOU working on scripts or panels?  

In this episode, we talk with Royce Viso, a longtime friend of the show and Top Cow fan.  Royce entereed last year's Talent Hunt with a story that dives into the origin and personality of Danny Estacado, Jackie's father.  Danny wielded the Darkness with a savage hand.  Despite this, the bloodline was passed on to Jackie.  

Royce talks about his story, the application process, and his thoughts for the future of his favorite Artifact - The Darkness.

Read Royce's script on our Facebook Page!

Direct download: Episode_3_-_Talent_Hunt_with_Royce.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 3:29pm PDT

Episode 2, vol 2 - News and Notes

Josh and John review the state of current events with Top Cow Publishing, including recommendations and lamentations.  They discuss the new Talent Hunt, take a quick peek at Cutter, and look forward to the IXth Generation.

Doughnuts this week are Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnuts.

Direct download: Episode_2_vol_2-_News_and_Notes.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 4:48am PDT

Episode 1, volume 2 - Aphrodite IX

We're Back with a New Rebirth of Doughnuts and Top Cow!

Fittingly, Josh and John dive into Aphrodite IX, volume 2, trade paperback number 2.  John shares 5+ reasons why every Top Cow fan -- Hell, every COMIC fan -- should be reading this book.  Josh chimes in with notable points and corrections.

Doughnuts are some very dense Donut Muffins from Target.

Direct download: Episode_1_Vol_02_-_Aphrodite_IX.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 4:11pm PDT

Episode 101 - Top Cow Universe Throwdown Finale

Josh and John run through the second half of the Top Cow Universe Throwdown Bracket!  Who will make it to the Final Four?  How many Artifacts make it to the Final Four?  Who reigns supreme?  Join us for a fun game, fueled by listeners and friends of the show!

Josh also runs through the latest Previews to alert us to what we should be ordering this month!

Doughnuts are from the Hy-Vee Grocery Store in Madison.

Direct download: Episode_101_-_TCU_Bracket_Throwdown_part_2.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 6:31am PDT

Episode 100 - TCU Throwdown!

The long-awaited milestone is here!  For Episode 100, we review some notes from ComicCon sent to us by crack reporter Duckness.  Then we dive into a field of 32 bracket matchup of Top Cow Characters.  Who will prevail?  A core Artifact like the Darkness or Witchblade?  Or will we be surprised by a "minor" character like Aram or the Survivor?

Are you ready to rumble?

New music for the show is by Left Handed.

We reference the compelling September Mourning video in the show as well.

Doughnuts were Morning Buns from PDQ in Madison.

Direct download: Episode_100.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 6:34am PDT

Episode 99 - Witchblade 175

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: 5:51am PDT

Episode 98 - Opinions and Conjectures + Previews

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: 5:39am PDT

Episode 97 - Rise of the Magi

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: 6:57am PDT

Episode 96 - Ron Marz Returns

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: 3:06pm PDT

Episode 95 - Darkness Rumblings

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: 12:41pm PDT

Episode 94 - The Honorverse

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: 6:22pm PDT

Episode 93 - Artifacts 34 and Gene Chapman

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: 6:46am PDT

Episode 92 - New Releases - Witchblade 172 and Cyber Force 8

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

Direct download: Episode_92_-_New_Releases_-_WB172_and_CG8.mp3
Category:Official Top Cow Podcast -- posted at: 6:43am PDT

Episode 91 - Matt Hawkins looks ahead at 2014

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: 5:24pm PDT

Episode 90 - The Top Cow Holiday Special

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: 10:40am PDT