Author Archives: Amanda B

Crowdfunding Review: “Ed Gein: Demon Hunter” Issue 1 (Reload Comics)

Indie comics is a place where people can create books based on many different subjects, far beyond the common fare of superheroes and vigilantes. Lucifer Storm is one such writer that has some interesting ideas, as evidenced by his first campaign, Lady Satan: An Angel in a Killer Dress, where the main character is a stripper who turns vigilante to

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Review-ish: Joe M. Sonntag’s “Reaper Destroyer” (Superior Press)

Joe M. Sonntag took a page out of Sean Ahrendt’s playbook and participated in a “trunk sale” to crowdfund his Reaper Destroyer ashcan. People who wanted to get a comic con-style preview of his upcoming crowdfunded venture were asked to reach out to him via one of his social media accounts to order one. After paying $20 (shipping included) this

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Crowdfunding Review: “Ultra Star” (Riot Press Productions)

Ultra Star was the first issue of a solo-owned IP that Parnell decided to bring to crowdfunding, and is the first campaign of Patrick Thomas Parnell’s that I have backed. He has done four previous campaigns surrounding his Johnny Phantasm IP, for which he is the co-creator and artist. Johnny Phantasm’s abstract art style and Beetlejuice-meets-Scarface story never really appealed

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Review: “Sacrifice” Issue #1 (Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things dark and demented. Today we’re going to take a look at issue 1 of Sacrifice, a supernatural action horror comic by military veteran Laurant Valles Jr. Sacrifice is a 32-page book (28-pages of story) written and created by Valles. The first issue, titled “Sin”, is the first

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Crowdfunding Review: “Starlight Cats: Merlion Rising” (9 Lives Comics)

Little girl, big adventure. Cats in space! Selling a ‘cat book’ to a predominantly male audience was a tough sale. Even I didn’t get Starlight Cats: Merlion Rising for myself. I thought that my then 8-year-old daughter would LOVE the book, that it was going to be “CUTE”! The lead character, Rebecca, was about my daughter’s age, and she loves

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Quick Review: “Cobalt: Atlanta’s Thrashing” (TaleEnd Studio)

On October 1st, the Indiegogo campaign for Cobalt: Atlanta’s Thrashing will close, and the sign-up page for book 2 – Cobalt : Death Stalks Us will launch. This will be creator/writer Jake Adam’s second crowdfunded comic book campaign as his character and story were also part of a Kickstarter campaign for Super-Abled Comics. When I first saw Cobalt: Atlanta’s Thrashing

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Review-ish: Sean Ahrendt’s “Type one” (Imaginary Tales Entertainment)

Type One by Sean Ahrendt was not a typical crowdfunded campaign that used one of the usual online platforms. Instead, it was the modern-day version of grabbing a deal from the trunk of an ’86 Oldsmobile. To score the deal, you needed to message one of Ahrendt’s social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). For $20 shipped (prices increased after the initial shipping fee) you would receive a signed Type One preview book with

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Crowdfunding Review: “499” (Richard C. Meyer, Per “Narwhal” Berg)

Successfully crowdfunded earlier in 2021, 499 is a collaboration between Richard C Meyer and Per Berg (Narwhal), the coupling of the two affectionately known as “Narzack”. The sci-fi concept is from the mind of Meyer, while the art is done in Narwhal’s unique, cartoony style. The bones and flow of the story were shaped over conversations via email between the two. Between

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Crowdfunding Review: “Maverix: Decimation” (NTM Comics)

I am making my debut venture into comic book reviews with Maverix: Decimation. I am new to crowdfunding comics and comics in general, but have enthusiastically jumped in and backed 30 campaigns to date. Maverix: Decimation is the first comic book that I have received from any of the campaigns that I have backed in the last 6 months. Coincidentally, this

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