Author Archives: Blake Worrell

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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Time-Bending RPG “Tower of Time” Now Available on Consoles

Indie game publisher Digerati Distribution and developer Event Horizon have released Tower of Time, a new RPG that puts an interesting time-bending spin on the traditional combat formula. During battles, the player can pause time to better plan a strategy, better control the field of battle, and reposition your party. One example provided by Digerati is the ability to “divide

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Chaotic Neutral Comics Taps Japanese Folklore for “Okuri-Inu: the Oni Within”

Chaotic Neutral Comics has recently started teasing its upcoming project Okuri-Inu: the Oni Within, with a crowdfunding campaign expected to launch soon via Indiegogo. Written by Woodrow Lansdale and featuring illustrations by Bruce Patnaude (The Wreck) and colors by Andrew Pate, Okuri-Inu is an all-new graphic novel inspired by Japanese folklore. Here’s the story synopsis taken from the Okuri-Inu Indiegogo

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“Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate” Headed West for PC, Switch in 2020

Earlier this week during a New Game+ Expo live stream, Spike Chunsoft revealed that Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate is headed for a Western release for both Steam PC and Nintendo Switch sometime in 2020. The Tower of Fortune and The Dice of Fate is the fifth main entry in the Shiren the Wanderer

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“Bloodstained Curse of the Moon 2” Announced for Steam, Consoles

During the New Game+ Expo live stream on Tuesday, Inti Creates announced that Bloodstained Curse of the Moon 2 is coming soon for Steam PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Developed by Artplay and produced by Koji Igarashi, Curse of the Moon 2 brings fans another round of 2D action inspired by the classic Castlevania series. Series protagonist Zangetsu

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PiXEL Announces Greek Mythology-themed “Wing of the Asteria” for Switch, Steam PC

On a Monday, PiXEL announced Wing of Asteria, a new horizontal shooter inspired by ancient Greek mythology. While not much is known about the game, it will feature character designs and concept art by Shuzilow.HA (known for Gaiapolis and the Twin Bee series) and music by Kawagen of the Bandai Namco Studios Sound Team (Phelios, Burning Force). Here’s a look

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“Azure Striker Gunvolt 2” Now Available on Steam PC

Over the weekend, Japanese developer Inti Creates released Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 on Steam. The Steam version of the side-scrolling action/platformer comes with all of the DLC and upgrades (i.e. increased FPS) from the original home console release, and is currently discounted 20% during the launch window (sale ends 29 June). Here’s the official breakdown of Azure Striker Gunvolt 2

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“Downcast” Creator Clint Stoker Prepping New Sci-Fi Comic “FATL”

Independent comic book writer and Downcast creator Clint Stoker is preparing to launch his next graphic novel, FATL (pronounced “fatal”). Written by Stoker and illustrated by Charlie Snogans (Jawbreakers – GØD-K1NG), Flynn’s Alien Termination and Logistics (aka F.A.T.L.) is a new sci-fi book intended to launch via Indiegogo later in 2020. Here’s the plot synopsis taken from the FATL pre-launch

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