Author Archives: Blake Worrell

656 Comics Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for “Undead Border: Escape or Die” on Indiegogo

Earlier this week, 656 Comics launched a crowdfunding campaign for Undead Border: Escape or Die, the latest installment of the INFESTACIÓN series. Written by Francisco Arce and featuring illustrations by Javier Gutierrez, Undead Border is a 116-page action/horror graphic novel that looks like The Walking Dead meets Jet Set Radio. Here’s the official plot synopsis taken from the Undead Border: Escape

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Kotaku Posts Error-Ridden Hit-Piece Disguised as Intellivision Amico Coverage

On Tuesday, video game website Kotaku posted an editorial titled Oh No, Earthworm Jim, written Kotaku editor Luke Plunkett. This very short piece starts with a criticism of Earthworm Jim 4, an upcoming game for the yet to be released Intellivision Amico console. Plunkett’s criticism begins with a couple of simple points: he doesn’t like the new game’s “hand-drawn” art

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Rune Cutter Comics’ Horror Western “Butch Cleaver” Fully Funded on Indiegogo; Still Available In-Demand

On Tuesday, the crowdfunding campaign for Rune Cutter Comics’ Butch Cleaver ended successfully, raising more than $3,600 at the time of this writing. Written and illustrated by Matt Burke, Butch Cleaver is a 72-page fantasy/horror/western inspired by “Spaghetti Western” films, Sin City, and Evil Dead. Here’s the official plot synopsis taken from the Butch Cleaver Indiegogo campaign page: Legend has

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Bombservice Announces New “Momodora” Game, Trailer for 10th Anniversary

Game developer Bombservice has announced that a new installment of their flagship title Momodora is coming just in time for the series’ 10th anniversary. Momodora is a non-linear action/adventure series sometimes described as a “Metroidvania”. The first Momodora title was released for PC in August 2010, which was followed by three sequels and a “spiritual successor” titled Minoria, which is

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Riot Press’ “Johnny Phantasm 1985” Fully Funded in One Hour

On Sunday, Riot Press launched a crowdfunding campaign for Johnny Phantasm: 1985, a 48-page sequel to Johnny Phantasm in Tales of New Detroit 1977.* The campaign was an instant success, having achieved its funding goal in less than an hour. Co-written by Evan Pozios (Time Grunts) and Dr. Andrea Molinari (The Shepherd) and featuring illustrations by Patrick Thomas Parnell (Sonic

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Fool’s Entertainment Launches New Sci-Fi Manga “Omega Black”

Independent publisher Fool’s Entertainment has launched a crowdfunding campaign for Omega Black, a 135-page, sci-fi manga book. Written by Chris L. Brown and featuring illustrations by Ed Jiménez and lettering by the ever-prolific Eric Weathers, Omega Black tells the story of the Royal Family of the planet Omega, and their connection to a mysterious power known as the Omega Stream. Here’s

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Vixens Vs Vampires in “Vetita: Awakening” Now on Indiegogo

No Sleep Press has launched a crowdfunding campaign for Vetita: Awakening, a 48-page action/horror comic intended for mature readers. Written by Marcel Dupree and Joshua Metzger and featuring illustrations by Gaurav Shrivastava and colors by Chuck Michael Obach, Vetita looks to be a hyper-violent take on vampire hunting. Here’s the official plot synopsis taken from the Vetita Indiegogo campaign page:

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Gloriously Violent Masterpiece “Postal” Now 100% Free on GOG, Steam PC

Game developer Running With Scissors has announced that their gloriously violent game Postal is 100% free on both Steam and GOG. Not just temporarily, either- but free forever. Apparently Running With Scissors would prefer that you money on the 2016 re-release Postal Redux. The pricing change actually went into effect in July, but in case you’re like us and this

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“Saviors of Sapphire Wings / Stranger of Sword City Revisited” Announced for Western Release on Nintendo Switch, PC

Publisher NIS America has announced that Saviors of Sapphire Wings / Stranger of Sword City Revisited is headed west via the Nintendo Switch and Steam PC sometime in 2021. Saviors of Sapphire Wings and Stranger of Sword City Revisited were both originally released for the ill-fated PlayStation Vita, and this is the first time that both games with all of their additional

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Shane Davis’ “Starlight Cats: Merlion Rising” Gets a Story Trailer

Comic book artist Shane Davis (Action Comics) has just released the first story trailer for his upcoming independent project Starlight Cats: Merlion Rising. Co-written by Davis’ wife Yanzi Lin, Starlight Cats is an all-ages sci-fi adventure featuring a super-powered “committeh of kittehs.” What are you waiting for? Watch the trailer for yourself below, then sign up for email updates at

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Telepathic Cops Combat the Plague of Crime in Scout Comics’ “Concrete Jungle”

Publisher Scout Comics has announced that Concrete Jungle is coming to your local comic book shop this October. Written by Sheldon Allen (Crucified) and featuring illustrations by Karl Mostert (Dceased: Unkillables) and colors by Warnia Sahadewa (Wayfinder), Concrete Jungle is a sci-fi take on the 1980s cop drama, featuring hi-tech weapons and supernatural threats. Here’s the official breakdown of the

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Koei Tecmo Releases “Dynasty Warriors” 20th Anniversary Trailer, Illustration

Publisher Koei Tecmo is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Dynasty Warriors series by releasing both a special anniversary trailer and illustration. Yes, it’s already been 20 years. Developed by Omega Force and known as Shin Sangoku Musou in Japan, the first Dynasty Warriors title was released for PlayStation 2 on 3 August 2000. The game was designed to be

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Superheroes and the Undead Collide in Mandy Summers’ “Super Dead”

On Friday, independent comic book writer and YouTube host Mandy Summers launched a crowdfunding campaign for Super Dead, a genre-bending, 48-page graphic novel what combines elements of both horror and classic superhero storytelling. Written by Summers (Wart the Wizard) and illustrated by Peter Gilmore (Rocket Gal and the Mole Men of Mars), Super Dead is about a former hero who

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“Moon” for Nintendo Switch Coming West on 27 August

Onion Games has announced that Moon will finally receive its long-awaited western release on 27 August via the Nintendo Switch eShop with a physical version coming 15 October. Originally released for the Sony PlayStation in 1997 and already available on the Japanese eShop (and having nothing to do with the Nintendo DS game by the same name), Moon is a

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Indiegogo Campaign for Dystopian Sci-Fi Comic “EYVA” Ends Successfully; Still Available In-Demand

On Wednesday, the crowdfunding campaign for EYVA ended successfully, raising nearly $7 thousand by the end of the crowdfunding period. Written by Annas Iskander and featuring illustrations by Timothy Green II, EYVA is a 28-page, cyberpunk/sci-fi comic book set in a dystopian future where freedoms are restricted if they fall outside of proscribed norms established by the Mainframe’s protocols. Here’s

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Manga Superstar Junji Ito Approached by Hideo Kojima for New Horror Game

During a Comic-Con@Home interview over the weekend, celebrated manga creator Junji Ito (Shiver, Uzumaki) revealed that renowned video game creator Hideo Kojima (Death Stranding) has invited him to work on an upcoming horror game. During the interview, Ito was asked about his cameo in Death Stranding, and if he was “involved in some video game development at the moment?” According to Ito

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Review: “Johnny Phantasm in the Tales of New Detroit, 1977” (Riot Press)

We have reason to believe that Johnny Phantasm artist and co-creator Patrick Thomas Parnell has been cozying up to the indie comics press as of late. In fact, we have inside information that indicates that The Splintering‘s own founder, Blake Worrell (aka “me”), has been appearing semi-regularly on Parnell’s YouTube channel for weeks, cross-promoting each other’s work. In light of

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Michael Derrick Presents Sci-Fi Action Comedy “The Abductables 2: Reticulous”

Independent comic book creator Michael Derrick and Cauldron Comics have been teasing a follow-up to The Abductables for a good while, and now the promotional gears are in full swing as the project’s pre-launch page is live on Indiegogo. Artist Ibai Canales (Iron Sights) returns to illustrate the sequel, which will also include the painted artwork of “Ink Spots” (Cash

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Jon Malin’s “Graveyard Shift Vol. III” Now Live on Indiegogo

On Wednesday, independent comic book creator Jon Malin launched a crowdfunding campaign for Graveyard Shift Vol. III, the next installment is extremely successful Graveyard Shift series. Co-Created by Jon Malin and Mark Poulton, Graveyard Shift is a horror-themed superhero book described as “the Universal Monsters meets the X-Men.” The project was fully funded in minutes, and has already raised more

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Team Reptile Announces “Jet Set Radio” Spiritual Successor “Bomb Rush Cyberfunk”

Since much of SEGA’s creative spark seems to have left the company years ago, it’s now up to a new generation of creators and a few SEGA expatriates to honor the company’s legacy of innovation. Enter Team Reptile, a game developer based out of The Netherlands, who has taken up the mantle that SEGA’s Smilebit studio left behind by creating

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NIS America Launches Summer 2020 Sale on the Nintendo Switch eShop

Game publisher NIS America has launched the “Summer 2020 Sale” on the Nintendo Switch eShop, featuring steep discounts on several of their titles. Here’s the full list of games included: Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers $23.99 Disgaea 1 Complete $24.99 Disgaea 5 Complete $19.99 GOD WARS The Complete Legend $14.99 Happy Birthdays $19.99 Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk $24.99 Lapis

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Dynamite Comics Drops “Vampirella” Variant Cover after Cancel Culture Backlash

Over the weekend, Dynamite Comics cancelled a crowdfunding campaign for a Vengeance of Vampirella variant cover featuring the internet comedian known only as “Cecil.” The book was already an overnight success, achieving its original funding goal in the first hour and raising more than $10k before the project was nixed. The cover itself featured a caricature of Cecil himself betwixt

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“Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & The Secret Fairy” leaked by Australian Classification Board

Earlier this week, the Australian Classification board looks to have leaked Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & The Secret Fairy, the sequel to Koei Tecmo’s successful RPG Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout (which ultimately became the highest selling title in the Atelier series). Dated 15 July, the listing from the Australian Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development

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Catfights in Space? Comic Artist Shane Davis Prepares “Starlight Cats” for Launch

Earlier this week, accomplished comic book artist Shane Davis (Action Comics, Mystery in Space) began hyping up his upcoming independent, sci-fi project Starlight Cats. Not a stranger to drawing interstellar felines, Davis co-created Dex-Starr for DC Comics in Green Lantern: Rage of the Red Lanterns. Now he’s returning to the cosmos with a new kast of kittehs, though these heroes

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New “NieR Re[in]carnation” Trailer Shows Off Turn-Based Combat

Square Enix has released a new gameplay trailer for NieR Re[in]carnation, which is coming soon to iOS and Android in Japan. The footage seems to confirm that the game is, in fact, a turn-based RPG, complete with turn-based combat, enemies who attack in waves, gear/familiars that look like teddy bears, and both an overworld and 2D segments for players to traverse.

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Johnny Phantasm Jumps to 1985 in a Halloween-Themed Sequel

Earlier this week, the creators of Johnny Phantasm 1977 set up a crowdfunding pre-launch page for a sequel: Johnny Phantasm: Halloween 1985.* Written by Evan Pozios and illustrated by Patrick Thomas Parnell, Halloween 1985 is a 32-page, supernatural comic book featuring a mash-up of ghouls & gangsters. Here’s the brief story synopsis taken from the Halloween 1985 Indiegogo pre-launch page:

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The Battle of Iwo Jima as an inspiration for comics (Gallery – 4th of July Special)

Perhaps no other historic image has inspired more heroic artwork than the flag raising over Iwo Jima. To celebrate the 4th of July and the freedom attained by America’s founding, below are some of comics’ take on this historic moment in which brave men fought and died to preserve this freedom generations later. Happy Independence Day!

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Ethan Van Sciver’s “Cyberfrog 2: Rekt Planet” Crosses $1 Million Milestone

Earlier this week, the crowdfunding campaign for Cyberfrog 2: Rekt Planet passed the incredible “Seven Figures, Bitch!” (Government name: “Seven Figures, Motherfucker!“) threshold, raising more than $1.01 million at the time of this writing. Written and illustrated by Ethan Van Sciver and featuring colors by Kyle Ritter, Rekt Planet is the 48-page sequel to the massively successful Cyberfrog: Bloodhoney. The Rekt Planet project

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Action/Satire Comic “Street Champion Roadwarrior Drake” Now on Indiegogo

Over the weekend, independent filmmaker and comic book creator Alberto Martinez launched a crowdfunding campaign for Street Champion Roadwarrior Drake. Described as an “action, adventure, and sublime satire”, Street Champion Roadwarrior Drake is a girthy 150-page, black and white graphic novel written and illustrated by Martinez himself. The first attempt at crowdfunding the project ended unsuccessfully, but this latest Roadwarrior Drake

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