Author Archives: The Splintering Staff

“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. Written and illustrated by Rosario, Stump is a science fiction tale slightly akin to the Superman origin story. Here’s the full pitch taken from

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Jon Del Arroz’s “Deus Vult” is a Fantasy Crusade into Another World (Crowdfunding Highlight)

Last week, independent comic book creator Jon Del Arroz launched a crowdfunding campaign for Deus Vult, a 66-page fantasy graphic novel inspired by Conan the Barbarian and The Mighty Thor. Written by Del Arroz and featuring illustrations by Jesse White and colors by Matt Crotts, Deus Vult has a striking throwback art style reminiscent of classic comics from the 1970s.

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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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The Internet Celebrates Chun Li Being Added to “Fortnite” (Gallery)

Epic Games recently added two new character skins to the Fortnite lineup: Street Fighter’s Ryu and Chun Li. The resulting social media frenzy has been a joy to watch, even for me- who is not at all a Fortnite player. There are clearly those who are just now discovering why the leggy young lass is video games’ original Waifu, and

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Illinois Lawmaker to Introduce Legislation Banning “Grand Theft Auto”, Other Violent Games

Earlier this week, an Illinois lawmaker announced that he will introduce a ban on violent videogames in response to a rise in carjackings in the Chicago area. State Representative Marcus Evans (Democrat) specifically noted Grand Theft Auto as his primary target, as it features vehicle theft as part of the gameplay. The legislation would ban sales of the game in

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Sexy Sci-Fi RPG “Subverse” Coming to PC in March

Independent video game developer recently announced that their sexy, sci-fi RPG Subverse will release on 26 March 2021 for Steam PC. Successfully crowdfunded in 2019, Subverse blends JRPG elements with a space shooter, and it’s definitely intended for an adult-only audience. (It features fictional characters involved in baby-making, after all) Here’s the full breakdown of Subverse from the game’s Steam

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Tonicmole Goes Fourth in “Saving the World”

Over the weekend, independent comic book creator Dusty “Tonicmole” launched a crowdfunding campaign for the latest issue of Saving the World, the fourth in an ongoing series. Written and illustrated by Tonicmole, Saving the World is a superhero book that blends the aesthetics of 90s alternative comics with superheroic action (It also features excellent cover art by Illustrator Monk). Here’s

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 21 February 2021 Edition

On the latest installment of Sit DOWN Sunday (hosted on Patrick Thomas Parnell’s YouTube channel Riot Press Productions), The Splintering founder Blake Worrell got another chance to discuss recent comic book news with Parnell and College of the Dead creator Adam Post. This week, we discussed the latest fallout from Disney’s firing of Gina Carano from The Mandelorian, updates on

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Capcom Censored “Street Fighter II”, One of the Greatest Games of All Time

Last week, Capcom released Capcom Arcade Stadium on the Nintendo Switch, which includes a number of classic games from Capcom’s arcade library. However, it did not take long for gamers to notice that two key alterations had been made to the latest version of Street Fighter II, likely due to modern-day political concerns. Twitter user @pomegd posted screenshots of the

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Jezebel Laments the Lack of Chun Li in “Mortal Kombat” Film… Yes, Really

You can’t make this stuff up. On Thursday, Jezebel posted an opinion piece focused on the upcoming Mortal Kombat film. The odd part is that the author’s primary point was to lament the fact that Chun Li was absent from the film’s latest trailer. *Record Scratch!* Yes. The self-described “astute film critic” wrote an entire piece around the idea that

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Small Packages – Good Things? Meet “Mini-Comic Bundles” (Interview)

In late 2020, independent comic book creators Aaron Guzman and Jason Alexander launched a monthly subscription service for Mini-Comic Bundles, collections of miniaturized comics small enough to put in your pocket. We were fortunate enough to get a chance to discuss this unique project with both creators. As always, the answers below are represented as closely to “as written” as possible

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Premiere! Friday Night Drives – 12 February 2021

Welcome to the premiere of “Friday Night Drives,” where I do a video recap of this week’s news from The Splintering. I’m hoping to make this a weekly trend, so please let me know what you like (or hate). In the meantime, give it a watch and thanks for reading! The Splintering’s Teespring store has items starting at just $4.99!

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“Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed” Headed West this Summer

Publisher XSeed Games has announced that Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed will be receiving a western release in summer 2021 for Steam PC, PS4 and Nintendo Switch, following the Japanese launch on 20 May 2021. Hellbound & Debriefed is an HD remake of the 2011 original on PSP. In addition to a standard release, there will also be a special

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Dave Swartz’s “Confederate Monster” Raises the Dead on Indiegogo

Earlier this week, independent comic book creator Dave Swartz launched a crowdfunding campaign for Confederate Monster, a three-part miniseries that injects a bit of sci-fi horror into American history. Written and illustrated by Swartz (Feast or Famine), Confederate Monster is a retelling of Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein tale set during the US Civil War. Here’s the official plot synopsis taken

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Steve Inman Parodies “Excitebike” in Recent Comedy Videos

Internet comedian Steve Inman has brought many laughs to what would normally be tragic situation. Whether he is voicing over politics, fist fights, or even violent riots, Inman’s sports announcer-type commentary is a great way to achieve cathartic release from otherwise distressing circumstances. While Inman’s comedic takes haven’t typically strayed into topics worth covering here on The Splintering, a couple

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Which “Street Fighter II” characters are least likely to survive their injuries?

Street Fighter II originally landed in arcades on 6 February 1991 (Yep, 30 years ago). To mark the occasion, let’s have some fun with one of the finer details of the game. Fans of Street Fighter II and other Japanese games may have noticed that a character’s blood type is often listed in their bio. There are some important cultural

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No, Marvel’s “Squirrel Girl” Comics Were Never a Success

Certainly Marvel’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl has her fans, and they are quite a vocal bunch. A vocal, special bunch. Despite efforts to claim otherwise, however, the Squirrel Girl character has never really been successful in carrying her own solo book. And yes, that includes trade paperback sales, too. One of the more objective voices commenting on the mainstream comic

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 31 January Edition

On the latest installment of Sit DOWN Sunday (hosted on Patrick Thomas Parnell’s YouTube channel Riot Press Productions), The Splintering founder Blake Worrell got another chance to discuss recent comic book news with Parnell and College of the Dead creator Adam Post. This week, we discussed the launch of Kenneth Rocafort’s GROKEN campaign, the latest images of Patrick’s Johnny Phantasm

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic News Livestream – 24 January Edition

On the latest installment of Sit DOWN Sunday (hosted on Patrick Thomas Parnell’s YouTube channel Riot Press Productions), The Splintering founder Blake Worrell got another chance to discuss recent comic book news with Parnell and College of the Dead creator Adam Post. This week, we discussed the most recent quarterly art auction on Ethan Van Sciver’s YouTube channel, the value

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Risqué Dating Sim “HuniePop 2: Double Date” Coming to PC, Mac in February

After a substantial delay, developer HuniePot has announced that their puzzle/dating-sim mashup game HuniePop 2: Double Date is scheduled to release on 8 February for both PC and Mac. HuniePop 2 will be fully uncensored on platforms such as the Humble Bundle Store and Manga Gamer. However, HuniePot has confirmed that the game will be censored on Steam, not because

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Sit Down Sunday Comic News Livestream 17 January Edition

On the latest installment of Sit DOWN Sunday (hosted on Patrick Thomas Parnell’s YouTube channel Riot Press Productions), The Splintering founder Blake Worrell got another chance to discuss recent comic book news with Parnell and College of the Dead creator Adam Post. This week, we were joined by independent comic book creator Vinnie Tartamella to discuss a fraudulent Shadow of

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SIT DOWN SUNDAY Comic Book News Livestream – 03 January Edition

On this week’s edition of Sit DOWN Sunday (hosted on Patrick Thomas Parnell’s YouTube channel Riot Press Productions), The Splintering founder Blake Worrell got another chance to discuss recent comic book news with Parnell and College of the Dead creator Adam Post. This week, we were joined by Foreign Agent creator Per Berg (aka Narwhal) to discuss 499, his current

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CФMMIЭ МдЯK Continues to Bastardize Golden Age Heroes in “Not Daredevil Universe” (Interview, part 1)

Today we’re honored to once again talk to CФMMIЭ МдЯK, the legendary “Gay Space Communist” Brit, independent comic book creator, and veritable YouTube sensation. He has multiple projects on the horizon, including Not Daredevil Universe, which is scheduled to begin crowdfunding on New Year’s Day. МдЯK was kind enough to invite me over to his place during my European holiday,

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream- 26 December Edition

On a special Saturday edition of Sit DOWN Sunday (hosted on Patrick Thomas Parnell’s YouTube channel Riot Press Productions), The Splintering founder Blake Worrell got another chance to discuss recent comic book news with Parnell and College of the Dead creator Adam Post. This week, we discussed the ongoing success of Ethan Van Sciver’s Reignbow the Brute, more bad news

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Review: “Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special” (DC Comics, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Jolly Jinglings holiday event! Full disclosure! Today we’re going to look at one of my personal, all-time favorite comics: Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special. Written by Keith Giffen and Alan Grant, illustrated by Simon Bisley, and published by DC Comics in 1991, Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special is a gloriously violent one-shot comic strictly intended for mature

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Kerri Hoskins Back in the Sonya Blade Costume 25 Years Later

Once upon a mid-90s, the Mortal Kombat series is famous for two things: ultra violence and realistic graphics featuring fully digitized actors. One of the more notable personalities to lend their stunt-performing prowess to the MK series was model/actress Kerri Ann Reavis (formerly Hoskins). 25 years later, Mrs. Hoskins/Reavis has dusted off the green and white tights to show what

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