Author Archives: Blake Worrell

“ANTE: Steam Junk Western” Comic Book Now on Indiegogo

On Thursday, Ante Comics launched a crowdfunding campaign for ANTE: Steam Junk Western issue zero, a 52-page book that is intended to be the first of an ambitious 20-book storyline. The project is already fully funded, having raised nearly $2 thousand at the time of this writing. ANTE: Steam Junk Western is described as a “fun series, full of jokes,

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Satirical Slasher Comic “Do You See What I See?” Fully Funded on Indiegogo

Earlier this week, Augmented Liberty launched a crowdfunding campaign for their very first comic project titled Do You See What I See? The project is already fully funded, having raised more than $1,300 at the time of this writing. Written by Nick Brewster and featuring illustrations by Jeesoo Kim, colors by Matt James and letters by the prolific Eric Weathers,

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Vintage Comic Review: “ATARI Force” (DC Comics, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the chicken laid the first egg… or, wait… Today we’re going to take a look at ATARI Force issue one published by DC Comics in 1984. Written by Gerry Conway and illustrated by José Luis Garcia Lopez, the DC ATARI Force series actually serves as a sequel to five mini comics that

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Comic Review: “My Deadly Beloved” (Jean-Paul Deshong)

Konichiwa! Today we’re going to take a look at My Deadly Beloved by Jean-Paul Deshong.* Set in the beginning of Japan’s unification period (approximately 250-500 AD), My Deadly Beloved is a girthy, nearly 200-page, mostly black and white graphic novel. I say “mostly” as there are moments where splashes of color are used for mood or to highlight certain parts

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Vector5Games’ “Jungle Joe” Now Available for Commodore 64

Earlier this week, Vector5Games released Jungle Joe, a brand new Commodore 64 game four decades after the system’s heyday. For those out of the know, there is a fairly healthy C64 indie/homebrew scene. She why have I decided to to highlight Jungle Joe? One word: Alliteration! As for Jungle Joe, it’s a puzzle-adventure game where players must build a ladder

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The Sci-Fi Horrors of “Cryospace” Coming to Steam PC in 2023

Publisher Games Operators recently announced that the futuristic horror game Cryospace is coming next year to Steam PC. Developed by Kuklam Studios, Cryospace takes place in “a world inspired by the science fiction books of the 50s and 60s and the original Alien movies.” Here’s the official breakdown of Cryospace from Games Operators: Whether you call it a stroke of

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Arcade-Style Shooter “After Wave: Downfall” Now on Xbox; Coming Soon to PlayStation, Switch

Indie game developer and publisher 7 Raven Studios recently announced that After Wave: Downfall is now available on Xbone and SeXbox, is coming soon to Nintendo Switch on 4 August, and finally to PS4 and PS5 on 5 August. After Wave: Downfall is a vertically scrolling, arcade-style shooter set in a sci-fi world decimated by a great flood. One or

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Crowdfunding Review “Jawbreakers: Grand Bizarre” (Splatto Comics)

Welcome back to another Crowdfunding Review here at The Splintering. Today, we’ll be taking a look at Jawbreakers: Grand Bizarre, which contains three separate stories by different creative teams. For those of you not familiar with our review format, we grade a crowdfunding campaign on four distinct categories: Book Content and Quality Communication and Fulfillment Packaging and Shipping Stretch Goals

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Repel Vampire Hunters and Choose the Perfect Red Drapes in “Dracula’s Castle”

Have you ever played a Castlevania game and thought, “I wonder who is Dracula’s decorator?” Thanks to developer Astirian-Rae Games and publisher Gameparic, it could be you! Okay, it’s more complicated than that, but Dracula’s Castle is coming soon to Steam PC, nonetheless. Dracula’s Castle gives players the chance to recruit underlings, defend your home from pitchfork-wielding mobs, and of

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Bullet-Time Metroidvania “REDSHOT” Now on Steam PC

On Tuesday, independent game developer Brian Lynch released his first game REDSHOT via Steam PC. Developed by Lynch as a one-man development team, REDSHOT blends bullet-time mechanics into the Metroidvania formula (“Metroidvania” being gamer speak for a non-linear action adventure game. Sorta). Here’s the official breakdown of REDSHOT from Lynch: REDSHOT is a bullet-time Metroidvania where everything is deadly, but

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The Nostalgia Nerd Tackles the Max Headroom Highjacking Incident of 1987

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since I found that genie lamp and wished to live forever! We love it when other folks get in the 80s August spirit. Today, we’re going to highlight a splendid video that The Nostalgia Nerd posted covering the mysterious Max Headroom airwave highjacking incident of 1987. Sure,

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Clownfish Comics’ Crimson Rhen is “Like The Goonies. On an Airship.”

“Heyyyyy youuuu guyyyyys!” Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the Archimedes’ Principle of density.  The creative minds at Clownfish Comics (perhaps most known for their work on the Clownfish TV YouTube channel) are prepped to launch a crowdfunding campaign for Crimson Rhen of the True North, a 130+ page hardcover comic book

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Extraction Shooter “Zero Sievert” Coming to Steam PC; Free Demo Now Available

Game publisher Modern Wolf recently announced that it will publish Zero Sievert, a procedurally generated, top-down extraction shooter developed by new independent developer Cabo Studio. Inspired by games like Escape from Tarkov and S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Zero Sievert is set in the “tense and ruthless atmosphere” of a post apocalyptic world. Players must traverse procedurally-generated maps, loot gear, and explore the devastated

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Retro Game Review: “RoboCop” (NES, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the breakup of Pangea! Since the original RoboCop film was released in July 1987, that makes this year an anniversary of sorts. To celebrate, we’re going to pick apart RoboCop for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Published by Data East in 1989, RoboCop is for NES

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“Ray’z Arcade Chronology” and “RayStorm x RayCrisis HD Collection” Confirmed for Western Release

Publisher ININ Games recently confirmed that both Ray’z Arcade Chronology and RayStorm x RayCrisis HD Collection will be receiving a western release on both Nintendo Switch and PS4. While Ray’z Arcade Chronology is planned to launch on 23 March 2023 in Japan, there is no set release date for the western versions. All of the games are being developed by

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Shane Davis’ “Inglorious Rex” Comic Raises $300k Before Closeout

Overnight, renowned comic book creator Shane Davis shut down the in-demand store for Inglorious Rex, but not before crossing the impressive $300 thousand threshold. Originally launched on Indiegogo in September 2021, the Inglorious Rex sales rallied in the final 48 hours, raising an additional $20k before the final bell. With that $300k total, Inglorious Rex more than doubled Davis’ previous

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Retro-Inspired Stealth Game “Boney’s Research on Humans!” Coming to Steam PC on 17 August

On Wednesday, independent developer CarlosMakesGames announced that Boney’s Research On Humans! is planned to release on 17 August via Steam PC. Boney’s Research On Humans! is a retro-inspired stealth game that emphasizes collecting data over action. Playing as the titular non-living journalist Boney, players will take photographs and collect research to bring back to Monsternett, thereby proving the existence of

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Gabe Eltaeb’s “Truth, Justice American Way” Campaign Hits $100k in Funding

Earlier this week, the crowdfunding campaign for Gabe Eltaeb’s superhero comic Truth Justice American Way crossed the blessed six-figure threshold, amassing more than $100k in backer funding. The campaign was an immediate success when it launched this past February, but the Indiegogo campaign (which has since transitioned to an in-demand page) recently received an attention boost thanks to Eltaeb’s association

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QUByte Brings the “Thunderbolt Collection” to Consoles on 4 August

Earlier this week, QUByte Interactive and PIKO Interactive announced that classic shoot ‘em up compilation QUByte Classics: Thunderbolt Collection will be coming to Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbone, and SeXbox on 4 August. Originally developed by PIKO, the Thunderbolt titles are vertical scrolling 2D space shooters akin to Raiden and Truxton. Here’s the official breakdown of QUByte Classics: Thunderbolt Collection,

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Astonishing Comics’ “Kor-Drath: The Reckoning” Coming Soon to Indiegogo

Veteran comic book artist Andy Smith recently revealed his next project, a 64-page fantasy book titled Kor-Drath: The Reckoning. This time joined by co-creator Dennis Turner, Smith is switching gears from his 1stMan superhero series and delving into a world of swords and sorcery akin to Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian. Here’s the brief plot synopsis taken from Kor-Drath’s

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Classic Arcade-Inspired “Smoothcade” Coming to Steam PC, Consoles Later This Year

2Awesome Studio recently announced plans announces they will publish Smoothcade later this year for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox and Steam PC. Developed by Joseph J., Smoothcade is a multiplayer puzzle-platformer inspired by classic “clear the screen” arcade games like Bubble Bobble, Snow Bros., and Dig Dug. Here’s the official breakdown of Smoothcade from 2AS, followed by the announcement trailer: Smoothcade

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X53 Studios’ “Goshawk and Falconet” Flying High on Indiegogo (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

X53 Studios recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for Goshawk and Falconet, a 52-page comic book intended fir mature audiences. The project is already fully funded, having raised nearly $10 thousand at the time of this writing. Written by Martti Kauppinen and featuring illustrations by Daniel Pascual, colors by Javier Laparra and lettering by Alex Simmons, Goshawk and Falconet is a

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Taito’s “Chack’n Pop” Joins the Arcade Archives on Nintendo Switch, PS4

Game publisher Hamster has announced that puzzle platformer Chack’n Pop is now available on Nintendo Switch and PS4 as part of the digital Arcade Archives series. Originally released in arcades by Taito in 1983, Chack’n Pop puts players in control of Chack’n, a birdlike blob who must quickly traverse underground labyrinths and retrieve the hearts that have been stolen by

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Eric July’s “Rippaverse” Campaign Ends First Week with More Than $2.6 Million

After just a single week of crowdfunding, Eric July’s Isom issue 1 has already amassed more than $2.6 million. This makes Isom the most successful crowdfunded comic book project in history, and there’s still more than 60 days left in the campaign. What’s even more impressive is that this total was reached without the help of a middle-man crowdfunding site

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Beware the Lizard People in Comics Du Nord’s “Guardians of Erloth” Volume 3 (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

The lizard people walk among us! Comics Du Nord recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for Guardians of Erloth: The Last Leopard King pt. 2, the 30-page conclusion to the third volume in the Guardians of Erloth series. The project is already fully funded, having raised nearly $3 thousand at the time of this writing. Written by Chael Roberts and featuring

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Aardvark’s Sci-Fi Comic “Aquila of the Phoenix Guard” Fully Funded on Indiegogo

Over the weekend, Aardvark launched a crowdfunding campaign for Aquila of the Phoenix Guard, a 25-page comic intended as the first issue in a new series. The project is already fully funded, having raised nearly $3,500 at the time of this writing. Illustrated by Cari Salviejo, Aquila of the Phoenix Guard is a manga-inspired sci-fi book that is attempting to

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“The Rumble Fish” Fighting Game Series Coming to Consoles This Winter

Game publisher 3goo recently announced plans to bring The Rumble Fish arcade fighting game series to consoles sometime this winter. Originally developed by Dimps, both The Rumble Fish and The Rumble Fish 2 were developed for Sammy’s Atomiswave arcade system and released in 2004 and 2005, respectively. Despite never being released outside of Japan (arcade or home consoles), The Rumble

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Blue-Collar Ghoul “Otis Stein” Returns for Issue 2 (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Independent comic book creator Matthew Vealy recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for Otis Stein issue 2, a 32-page horror adventure comic book. Written by Vealy and illustrated by Carlos F. Rodriguez, Otis Stein is a modern reimagining of Mary Shelley’s classic monster tale Frankenstein. Like the book that inspired it, Otis Stein is not intended for younger audiences. Here’s the

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Julius Freeman’s Crime Comic “Vigilant Fury” Now on Indiegogo (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Independent comic book creator Julius Freeman recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for Vigilant Fury, an 80+ page, black and white, one-shot graphic novel. Written by Freeman and illustrated by Anthony Gambino, Vigilant Fury is a gritty action drama about one woman’s struggle to escape a human trafficking ring. Here’s the official pitch taken from the Vigilant Fury Indiegogo campaign page:

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