Doughnuts and Top Cow - Official (general)
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 112 - Witchblade Falls!

Josh and John share the latest Top Cow news, highlighted by fan reactions to the announcement that the Witchblade title will be ending this fall.  Not only will the book stop at #185, but Sara Pezzini will cease to be the Witchblade bearer.  A stunning ending to a 20 year run!

Be sure and pay attention to the news, because Josh has an announcement of his own to share!

Today's doughnut was the Croissant-Donut from Dunkin Donuts.  Go get one of these!  Or 3!

Direct download: Episode_112_-_Witchblade_Falls.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30pm 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 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 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 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 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

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

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 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 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

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