Author Archives: Blake Worrell

Michael Derrick Digs In for Another Round of Probing with “The Abductables 2: Reticulous!” (Interview)

Independent comic book creator Michael Derrick is no stranger to crowdfunding projects (nor is he a stranger to being interviewed by The Splintering!). Derrick recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for The Abductables 2: Reticulous!, a full color follow-up to 2019’s sci-fi/comedy original (which we reviewed here). We were fortunate enough to get a chance to discuss his Reticulous! campaign which is still available to support here.

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Greg LeVitre’s “Gun Demon: Devil’s Overture” Coming Soon to Indiegogo

Don’t call it “Ghost Gun” Independent comic book creator Greg LeVitre is prepping a crowdfunding campaign for Gun Demon: Devil’s Overture, a 48-page comic book that blends elements of supernatural horror with superheroes. Here’s the official plot synopsis taken from the Gun Demon Indiegogo campaign page: Born in the spawning pools of planet Hell, flesh torn and shredded in Boss

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Review: “Torch – Reclaim the Skies”

On Tuesday, independent comic book creator AJ Rojek launched a crowdfunding campaign for the first issue of Torch: Reclaim the Skies, an all-new sci-fi adventure series.* Written by Rojek and featuring illustrations by Tom Hoskisson and colors by Daniela Barisone, Torch is set in a futuristic world and features the titular heroine Torch, a onetime child-prodigy war pilot who was

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Fake “Shadow of the Kraken” Campaign Surfaces on Kickstarter

Earlier in January, independent comic book creator Vinnie Tartamella launched an Indiegogo campaign for Shadow of the Kraken. At the time of this writing, the campaign has raised more than $9 thousand from 169 backers. Just a few days later, it appears as though a malefactor has posted a fraudulent copy of the Shadow of the Kraken Indiegogo page, virtually

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Nintendo Quietly Ends Fire Sale Pricing on the eShop

For several years, smaller game developers have tried to get more eyes on their games by offering steep discounts on the Nintendo eShop. Cost-conscious gamers could visit Nintendo’s digital storefront and regularly find several titles marked down to less than a buck, with some games priced below ten cents. But in recent months, these fire sale prices have all but

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Mail Call! “Shenmue 3” Kickstarter Backer-Exclusive Art Book and Soundtrack CD Unboxing

Today we’re opening up our Shenmue III CD soundtrack and The Art of Shenmue III hardback book, both of which were perks from the game’s Kickstarter campaign. The art book came to those who backed at a $175 level or higher, while the soundtrack CD was reserved for backers at the $250 level or higher. Not much else to do

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Social Deduction Fantasy RPG “Jin Conception” Coming to Steam PC in 2021

Developer Jin Wave Studio has announced Jin Conception, described as a “social deduction fantasy thriller turn-based RPG” will be launching for Steam PC sometime in 2021. Details are scant at the moment, but here’s the official breakdown of Jin Conception from the game’s Steam page: Jin Conception is a social deduction fantasy thriller turn-based Japanese RPG. Eight playable characters’ stories

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Graham Nolan’s Sci-Fi Comic “Alien Alamo” Coming Soon to Indiegogo

Hot on the heels of the success of his creature horror book The Chenoo, veteran comic book artist and Bane co-creator Graham Nolan (Monster Island, Batman) is preparing his next sci-fi horror project set in The Chenoo universe: Alien Alamo. This time featuring furry crab-like aliens (“crab people”, if you will), Alien Alamo is set in the Lone Star State,

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“Kingdom Come: Deliverance Royal Edition” Reportedly Headed to Switch in February

A listing on the Japanese Nintendo website recently revealed that Warhorse Studio’s open world RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance Royal Edition will be coming soon to Nintendo Switch on 18 February… in Japan, at least. Among the many other titles listed as coming soon for Nintendo’s hybrid console, the website mentions “キングダムカム・デリバランス ロイヤルエディション” (that would be Kingdom Come: Deliverance Royal Edition,

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Michael Derrick’s Sequel to “The Abductables” Now Live on Indiegogo

Over the weekend, independent comic book creator Michael Derrick launched a crowdfunding campaign for The Abductables 2: Reticulous!, the follow-up to to sci-fi/comedy from 2019 (which The Splintering reviewed here. Spoilers! We liked it). Once again written by Derrick (Grayskale) and illustrated by Ibai Canales (Iron Sights) Reticulous! picks up shortly after the first book left off. Here’s the official

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Will Patrick Thomas Parnell’s “Ultra Star” Restore Your Faith in Superhero Comics Again?

Now that independent comic book creator Patrick Thomas Parnell is putting the finishing touches on Johnny Phantasm 1985, he’s preparing to launch his next crowdfunding project: Ultra Star.* Previously referred to as “Project Supermen”, Ultra Star is a superhero story intended to restore “faith in superhero comics again.” Here’s the official plot synopsis taken from the Ultra Star Indiegogo campaign

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Online Puritans be Damned! “Sense – 不祥的预感: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story” Now Available on Nintendo Switch eShop

Developer Suzaku has officially released Sense – 不祥的预感: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story on the Nintendo Switch eShop. Successfully crowdfunded in 2018, Suzaku’s Sense – 不祥的预感: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story is inspired by retro horror classics Clock Tower and Fatal Frame, Sense is described as a 2.5D horror RPG that blends cyberpunk elements with Cantonese folklore. Here’s the full breakdown of

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Alterna Celebrates 15 Years of Comics

On Wednesday, Alterna Comics founder Peter Simeti marked the 15th anniversary of his comic book publishing company with a special edition livestream on the official Alterna YouTube channel. Joined by Alterna creators such as Frankie B. Washington (It Came Out on a Wednesday), and David Lucarelli (Tinseltown), Saint Publishin’ Pete took a trip down memory lane, showing off books from

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Michael Oden Prepping Dark Hero Tale “The Embrace” for a 2021 Launch

Independent comic book creator Michael Oden is currently hard at work preparing his next project for a crowdfunding launch on Indiegogo. Inspired by dark superhero stories such as The Crow, Oden’s The Embrace will be a 30+ page story about “Loss, Fatherhood, and Justice as a father gets saved by the ghost of his son.” Oden himself is no stranger

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Vinnie Tartamella’s Pirate Comic “Shadow of the Kraken” Now on Indiegogo

Over the weekend, independent comic book creator Vinnie Tartamella launched a crowdfunding campaign for Shadow of the Kraken, a 50-page pirate graphic novel (Is “Pirate” it’s own sub genre at this point?). Written and illustrated by Tartamella (Through the Woods, City of Venus), Shadow of the Kraken promises action, brutality, and plenty of booty! Here’s the official plot synopsis taken

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Festive Cheer All Year Long with the “Holiday Special Podcast” (Jolly Jinglings Special)

Sure, 2020 is almost over, but just like any other year, saying goodbye to the Christmas holiday season is still bumming me out a bit. Still, we at The Splintering like to keep our Jolly Jinglings festivities going all the way to the New Year, and one easy, cost-free way to hold onto the holiday spirit all year long is

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Review: “The Outsiders – A Christmas Carol 1985” (DC Comics, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things merry and bright! Yes, another take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. What kind of Christmas stories would comic creators come up with if A Christmas Carol never existed? But all is well, because if there is any superhero team that fans were clamoring to see reenact the Dickens classic,

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

Over the weekend, the crowdfunding campaign for ROBERT the Graphic Novel ended successfully, raising more than $3,600 at the time of this writing. Written and illustrated by “Boogie Bot,” ROBERT combines sci-fi, steampunk, and western genres into one 60-page adventure. But what is ROBERT about? Here’s the official plot synopsis taken from the ROBERT Indiegogo campaign page: Y3K, a catastrophic

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Retro Review: “Home Alone” (SNES, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things festive and frosty! The original Home Alone film hit theaters during the holiday season of 1990, making this year the anniversary of its release. We’ve already marked the occasion by reviewing the Home Alone video game for the original NES, but why not see how the Super Nintendo version stacks up? The

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Richard C. Meyer Teams Up with Narwhal for New Thriller “499”

On Friday, independent comic book creator and Splatto Comics founder Richard C. Meyer launched a crowdfunding campaign for 499, a 72-page graphic novel written and illustrated by Foreign Agent creator Narwal (aka Per Berg). Set in an alternate history, 499 blends elements of Cold War-inspired thrillers with the slasher films of the 1980s. Here’s the official plot synopsis taken from

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Help Feed the Hungry and Get Free Games, Manga & Comics via Groupees’ “Holiday Helpings 7”

Earlier this week, Groupees.com launched Holiday Helpings 7, the site’s annual fundraiser benefiting the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP). So how does it work? Game, music, comic and manga creators freely donate digital copies of their work to be bundled together and sold to support the charity. This year’s offerings include both a $3 and a $5 tier, which

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Review: “Batman – Noël” (DC Comics, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, the Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things that shake like a bowl full of jelly! Today we’re going to pick apart Batman: Noël, the graphic novel written and illustrated by Lee Bermejo and published by DC Comics in 2011. Wait, Batman: Noël… Batmanuel!? Anyway, using Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as the backdrop, Batman: Noël

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Backlog Review: “Hurdle Turtle – Celebrations!” (Xbox 360/Xbox Live Indie Games, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Jolly Jinglings holiday event! Today we’re going to take a look at another lesser-known title from the Xbox Live Indie Game (XBLIG) catalogue, Hurdle Turtle: Celebrations! Developed by Adam “Holmfry” Holmes in 2013, Hurdle Turtle: Celebrations! is a sequel of sorts to 2010’s Hurtle Turtle. It’s an arcade-style endless runner game where players control their

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Steam PC Release of “Metal Unit” Delayed Until January

2020 has claimed yet another casualty! Sort of…. Publisher NEOWIZ and developer JellySnow Studio have announced that their roguelite action-platformer Metal Unit has been delayed until January 2021. Originally scheduled to launch before the end of December, the creators felt that Metal Unit needed more polish, tweaks, and additional content based on user feedback. “How’d they get the user feedback

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Indiegogo Campaign for “Replicator” Issue 3 Closes at $32k; Still Available In-Demand

Overnight, the crowdfunding campaign for issue 3 of Replicator closed successfully, raising more than $32 thousand from 516 backers. Replicator #3 is a 32-page sci-fi comic written by Rob Arnold and featuring illustrations by William War Reyes and Chis Arieswendha, colors by Corey Barton and lettering by the prolific Eric Weathers. Several of the book’s creators celebrated with a nine-hour,

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“Snowman” Revival Chilling and Killing on Indiegogo

Over the weekend, ALL CAPS COMICS launched a crowdfunding campaign for Snowman: A Cold Day in Hell, a revival of the 90s horror book created by Matthew Martin and originally published by Hall of Heroes. The original story followed a malevolent Native American spirit that could control ice and snow. This reimagining of Snowman is once again written and illustrated

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Retro Review: “Home Alone” (NES, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things merry and bright! The original Home Alone film was released during the holiday season of 1990, making this year an anniversary of sorts. So what better time to take a look at one of the video games inspired by the classic feature film? For those too young to

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“Christmas Crackdown” Event Returns to “Killing Floor 2”

‘Tis the season, ya’ zombie bitches! Tripwire Interactive is once again bringing Christmas cheer to their multiplayer zombie shooter Killing Floor 2. The annual Christmas Crackdown event brings with it a festive community map as well as several holiday-themed cosmetic items, achievements, objectives, enemies, weapons (namely the HRG Vampire for the Field Medic, and the Frostfang for the Support and

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