Author Archives: Blake Worrell

Sci-fi Western Platformer “They Always Run” Coming To Steam Later This Year

Game developer Alawar Premium recently announced that their 2D platformer They Always Run will be coming to Steam PC in 2021. The game is a genre mishmash of both western and sci-fi aesthetics and features a three-armed (not three-legged? *snick!*) mutant bounty hunter who is out to capture the most dangerous outlaws in the galaxy. Below is the full breakdown

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Riot Press Productions’ “Ultra Star” Fully Funded in 20 Minutes

On Sunday, Riot Press Productions founder and independent comic book creator Patrick Thomas Parnell launched a crowdfunding campaign for Ultra Star: Operation Super N.O.V.A. 5, and the project was fully funded in less than twenty minutes.* Written and illustrated by Parnell and featuring cover art by Kenneth Rocafort (GROKEN), Ultra Star is a new superhero tale set in the Johnny

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Don’t Call Him Geode! “Life on Cora: Oktaz Climbs” Now on Indiegogo (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

The independent comic book creative team at Faeries and Ents launched a crowdfunding campaign for issue 3 of their fantasy series Life on Cora, which features a land of living rocks (none of whom are named “Geode”). Subtitled Oktaz Climbs, this third issue is written by Martin Fisher (Star Wars, Transformers) and features illustrations by Mike Jimmy De Bruin (Infinite

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Perform Alchemy with Friends in “Potion Party” Now Available on Nintendo Switch

On Thursday, publisher Top Hat Studios released their multiplayer puzzle game Potion Party for the Nintendo Switch. Featuring a colorful retro aesthetic, Potion Party invites you to maintain your own alchemy shop in either co-op or competitive modes with up to four players. Here’s the full breakdown of Potion Party from the game’s Nintendo Switch eShop page: Step into the

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New “Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World” Trailer Released

Publisher ININ Games has released a new trailer for Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World, Studio Artdink’s modern update of Monster World IV. The new trailer is titled “Welcome to Monster World”, and it showcases quite a bit of the remake’s gameplay. You can check out the trailer for yourself below. Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World will launch for

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Nosebleed Interactive’s Arcade Management Adventure “Arcade Paradise” Coming to PC, Consoles

Game publisher Wired Productions has announced Arcade Paradise, an arcade management game for PC and consoles. Developed by Nosebleed Interactive, Arcade Paradise is scheduled to release sometime in 2021 for Steam PC, Xbox One, SeXbox, PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch. You can check out the first Arcade Paradise trailer below, followed by a full breakdown of the game from Niche

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Ethan Van Sciver’s “CyberFrog 2: Rekt Planet” Closes Big – Raises $1.2 Million

The crowdfunding campaign for the massively successful CyberFrog 2: Rekt Planet came to a close on Thursday, raising more than $1.2 million from nearly 12 thousand backers.* CyberFrog is the brainchild of renowned comic book creator, ALL CAPS COMICS founder and YouTube/Odysee host Ethan Van Sciver. With Rekt Planet, he is once again joined by colorist phenom Kyle Ritter (Starblades)

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Pagan Demons Come to Life in Irene Strychalski’s “FIENDISH” (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Mainstream comic creator Irene Strychalski recently made the jump to crowdfunding with chapter one of FIENDISH, a fantasy story that combines elements of seinen manga and European fantasy comics. Written and illustrated by Strychalski (Deadpool Family), FIENDISH is inspired by pagan traditions and culture. Here’s the official pitch taken from the FIENDISH Indiegogo campaign page: As a child, Kazimir was

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Mel Allen Takes Mythology to the Cosmos in “Nephilim Squadron” (Interview)

Independent comic book creator Mel (Hex) Allen recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for Nephilim Squadron, a full color, science-fiction fantasy epic inspired by ancient mythology. He also has an e-mail sign-up list for his next project (here), a collected edition of all of the Nephilim Squadron books so far. We were fortunate enough to get a chance to discuss his

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Super Fighting Robot… “Eternal Armor!” (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

A few weeks ago, independent comic book creator Wyatt Holliday launched a crowdfunding campaign for Eternal Armor, a an all-new, 64-page, black & white graphic novel. Inspired by Japanese sentai and kaiju stories, Eternal Armor promises “64 pages of giant robot action.” Here’s the brief plot synopsis taken from the Eternal Armor Indiegogo campaign page: Two decades ago, a fisherman

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Koei Tecmo Announces Two “Blue Reflection” Games

Koei Tecmo recently announced Blue Reflection Tie and Blue Reflection Sun, both tie-ins to the previously announced anime Blue Reflection Ray, which is itself based on 2017’s Blue Reflection video game. Details on the games are scant, but we do know that Blue Reflection Tie is coming to Steam PC, Nintendo Switch, and PS4 while Blue Reflection Sun is coming

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Core Comics’ “Artifice Re-Animate” – a Dystopian Tale from Down Under (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Earlier this month, Australian comic book house Core Comics launched a crowdfunding campaign for Artifice Re-Animate, a sci-fi fantasy book written by storytelling team of SMiRKtheALiEN and RaginMantis and featuring illustrations by Vic King and colors by Barbusco, But what is Artifice about? Here’s the official plot synopsis taken from the Indiegogo campaign page: After a chaotic incident at sea,

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Sharp Edge Comics’ “Chaotic Flux” is Mutants Versus Machines for Mature Readers (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Earlier this month, Sharp Edge Comics launched a crowdfunding campaign for the the third issue of Chaotic Flux, a 30-page comic book creator intended for mature audiences. Written by Scott Payne and featuring illustrations by Brian Balondo (Rising Sun) and colors by Bryan Magnaye (Ravage – Kill All Men!) Chaotix Flux is described “as one of the darkest and most

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Scattered Comics’ “Shadow Hunters: Bite Me!” Fully Funded on Indiegogo (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Earlier this month, Scattered Comics launched a crowdfunding campaign for Shadow Hunters: Bite Me!, a 40-page book filled with “blood blood, gore, partial nudity and vampire violence” (in other words, for mature readers). Written and co-illustrated by Jason Dube and co-illustrated by Noel Serrato, Shadow Hunters is a self-contained tale set in the same world as Lylith & Mara. Here’s

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Unboxing Secret Comics’ “ASYL” by Nasser Rabadi and Vic King

Today, I’m unboxing Secret Comics’ ASYL by Nasser Rabadi, Vic King and Billy Bacsko. I backed the most basic tier via Indiegogo in late 2020. From what I recall from the campaign, the story can fundamentally be described as “Dracula in an insane asylum.” As always, my cats insist on watching everything I do… This is the third book I’ve

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Evoluzione’s Sci-Fi Anthology “Speed of Light” Races onto Indiegogo (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Earlier this week, Evoluzione Publishing launched a crowdfunding campaign for Speed of Light issue 1, the first of what is planned to be an ongoing, bi-monthly, science fiction anthology series. Each issue of Speed of Light will feature nine 8-page stories (that’s a total of 72 pages for you maths wizards out there), all with black and white art. Each

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Steampunk RPG “Vaporum: Lockdown” Coming to Switch eShop on 22 March

Game developer Fatbot Games recently announced that the Nintendo Switch version of their grid-based, steampunk RPG Vaporum: Lockdown will launch on 22 March via the Nintendo eShop for $21.99. A PS4 and Xbox One port are expected sometime later in the year, and the PC version is already available on Steam and other online storefronts (for the slightly more affordable

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The Clownfish TV Crew Bring Fantasy Comic “Shadowbinders” to Indiegogo (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Earlier this month, independent comic book creators and Clownfish TV hosts Kneon and Geeky Sparkles (government names Thom Pratt and Kambrea, respectively) launched a crowdfunding campaign for volumes 1 and 2 of Shadowbinders, a fantasy series that began its life in 2010 as a webcomic. Written by Ms. Sparkles and illustrated by Mr. Kneon, Shadowbinders is a lighthearted blend of

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Fatal Jay’s Manga-Inspired Comic “Ninja Blast” Explodes Onto Indiegogo (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Earlier this month, independent comic book creator Fatal Jay launched a crowdfunding campaign for Ninja Blast, a 32-page comic book with a heavy emphasis on action. Featuring a script and layouts by Fatal Jay and line art by Francis Gabriel Catindig, Ninja Blast blends comic book storytelling with the art style and setting of classic Japanese manga. Here’s the official

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Crowdfunding Review: “Stump Remastered” by Nathan M. Rosario

Seeing as how Nathan M. Rosario has launched his campaign for Stump issue 2, today we’ll be reviewing the first installment, Stump Remastered, which was crowdfunded in 2020. For those not familiar with The Splintering’s “crowdfunding review” format, we grade a crowdfunding campaign on four distinct categories: Book Content and Quality Communication and Fulfillment Packaging and Shipping Stretch Goals and

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Zaid Comics’ “Magic Cop 2: White Lines” Now on Indiegogo (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Earlier this month, Zaid Comics launched an Indiegogo campaign for Magic Cop 2: White Lines, the sequel to the original Magic Cop book that was similarly crowdfunded in 2019. Created by the Diaz brothers, Brandon and Phillip, Magic Cop 2 is a fantasy crime story featuring werewolves, witches, monsters and magic (duh), all set against a Miami Vice-esque backdrop. Here’s

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“Pocky & Rocky Reshrined” Coming this Fall to Switch, PS4

Earlier this week at the New Game Plus Expo, publisher Natsume announced that Pocky & Rocky Reshrined would be coming to the West sometime this fall. Previously announced as Pocky & Rocky 2021, Reshrined is overhead action game starting a shrine maiden and tanooki who battle across a world inspired by Japanese mythology. Natsume also describes Reshrined as the third

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Issue 2 of Nathan Rosario’s Sci-Fi Comic “Stump” Now on Indiegogo

On Wednesday, independent comic book creator Nathan M. Rosario launched a crowdfunding campaign for the second issue of Stump, which is expected to be a 48-page follow-up to the first issue that shipped in late 2020. (You can read our review of book 1 here) Written and illustrated by Rosario, Stump is a science fiction tale slightly akin to the

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“Turok 2” Now on PS4; Nintendo Switch Version Receives Massive Multiplayer Update

Earlier this week, Nightdive Studios announced the immediate release of Turok 2: Seeds of Evil on PS4. In addition, the Nintendo Switch version of Turok 2 received an update supporting online multiplayer via crossplay (though crossplay between the PS4 and Xbox One versions will be added later). Other updates to the Nintendo Switch version include a re-dubbed German localization, gyro

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Kevin Philpott’s “Glyn in Monster Land” Features Fantasy for All Ages

Late last week, independent comic book creator Kevin Philpott launched a crowdfunding campaign for Glyn in Monster Land, an all-new, 48-page graphic novel intended for readers of all ages. Written by Philpott and illustrated by Luisa Russo, Glyn in Monster Land is a fantasy tale featuring vibrant artwork that showcases a number of colorful characters. In addition, the work on

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Aaron Neff and Garrett Gabbey Bring the Robots in “Mavrics: Origins”

Independent comic book creators Aaron Neff and Garrett Gabbey are both hard at work preparing a crowdfunding campaign for Mavrics: Origns Volume 1, an all-new 60-page graphic novel. Set in an alternate future, Mavrics promises to deliver “Such Robots! Many Action! Wow!” Here’s the official pitch taken from the Mavrics pre-launch page, followed by the creators’ recent appearance on Michael

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Intellivision Announces New Amico Release Date, Unveils “Breakout” Revival Trailer

Earlier this week, Intellivision announced that their multiplayer-focused Amico console is now planned to release in Autumn 2021. Originally scheduled to launch in October 2020, the delays are mostly credited to logistical difficulties resulting from the global Commie Cough Bat Soup Sniffles COVID-19 pandemic. To cushion the blow of the delay, Intellivision also released a new video preview of Breakout,

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Joe Catapano’s Sci-Fi Comic “Star Circuit” Blends Akira with F-Zero

On Tuesday, independent comic book creator Joe Catapano launched a crowdfunding campaign for Star Circuit, a 32-page cyberpunk sci-fi book intended as the first installment of a larger miniseries. Written and illustrated by Catapano and featuring lettering by the ever-prolific Eric Weathers, Star Circuit is inspired by Akira, F-Zero and Bladerunner. Here’s the brief plot synopsis taken from the Star

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ALL CAPS Comics’ CREED Revival Surges Past $30k on Indiegogo

Over the weekend, ALL CAPS Comics launched a crowdfunding campaign for CREED: Re-IMAGINARY, a revival of the 90s fantasy comic series by Trent Kaniuga. Written and illustrated by Kaniuga, Re–IMAGINARY reintroduces the characters and world of CREED in an all-new, two-issue story. Here’s the official pitch taken from the CREED Indiegogo campaign page: Mark Farley is a 17 year old

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