Author Archives: The Splintering Staff

Digital Skateboarding Toy “The Ramp” Now on Steam PC

On Tuesday, game developer and Grizzly Games co-founder Paul Schnepf (aka Hyperparadise) released a new independent skateboarding game The Ramp on PC via Steam. Described as a “digital skateboarding toy”, The Ramp is designed more for chill than challenge. Here’s the official breakdown of The Ramp from Schnepf: Chill out, do tricks, and look damn cool. In The Ramp, players

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Mail Call! Unboxing ALL CAPS Comics’ “CyberFrog: Warts and All”

Today we’re unboxing our Indiegogo -exclusive hardcover edition of CyberFrog: Warts and All by Ethan Van Sciver and published by ALL CAPS Comics. Without further ado, let’s get straight to the video, shall we? Thanks for watching today. We appreciate all feedback – positive, constructive, or colorful. Thanks for reading! Please consider following The Splintering on social media or bookmarking

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Throwback Review: “Airboy” Issues 1-5 (Eclipse Comics, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the baking of the first blackberry cobbler! Today, we’re reviewing the first five-issue story arc of Eclipse Comics’ Airboy, which was a revival of the original Golden Age Airboy series published by Hillman Comics in the 40s and 50s. The first Eclipse Comics issue landed in

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Retro-Inspired Puzzler “Dumpy & Bumpy” Coming to Consoles

Publisher Screenwave Media has announced that their throwback multiplayer puzzle game Dumpy & Bumpy is will be receiving console ports, though specific platforms and release dates have yet to be confirmed. The game was released via Steam PC in May. Developed by Programancer, Dumpy & Bumpy is a puzzle adventure with pixel art graphics and 80 stages to take on

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Jon Malin’s “Godlike” Hits $100k on Day One

Over the weekend, veteran comic book creator Jon Malin launched a crowdfunding campaign for Godlike, his first new IP since the launch of Graveyard Shift in 2018. The Godlike campaign is already off to a very good start, having raised more than $100k in it’s first 24 hours. Written and illustrated by Malin (Jawbreakers: Lost Souls) and featuring colors by

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Next Month Is “80s August” at The Splintering!

We’ve enjoyed many different theme events here at The Splintering (the Festival of Dread, Jolly Jinglings, and Monochrome May and Attack Helicopter Week), but waiting until October for the next one just seems like too long of a wait… That’s why we’re christening this August as the inaugural 80s August! Starting next week, we’ll be posting reviews and features celebrating

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“Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water” Re-Release To Be Censored

Publisher Koei Tecmo recently announced that their horror title Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is scheduled for a digital release on 28 October for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, SeXbox, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC… and it will be censored on all platforms. Maiden of Black Water is an updated version of the Wii U release in 2014. Like other

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Comic Review: “Rocket Gal and the Mole Men of Mars” (Holliday, Gilmore)

Since Wyatt Holliday’s latest female-led sci-fi adventure just went live on Indiegogo (in the form of Heroine Adventure Magazine), what better time is there to bust out one of his previous books featuring another buxom female beauty? Rocket Gal and the Mole Men of Mars is a lighthearted, action-heavy comic with a standalone story. The 32-page book follows the titular

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Mail Call! “499” by Richard C. Meyer and Per (Narwhal) Berg

Today we’re unboxing our Indiegogo-exclusive copy of 499 from Richard C. Meyer and Per Berg (aka Narwhal), which recently landed at The Splintering HQ (my house). My cat was courteous enough to show up immediately upon finishing recording. On to the video…. If you want to check out our review of 499 (which you should), you can do so here.

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Matthew Martin’s “Snowman: A Cold Day in Hell” Crosses Six Figures Threshold

On Thursday, the crowdfunding campaign for Snowman: A Cold Day in Hell hit the blessed “six figures” milestone, raising more than $100 thousand via Indiegogo. This keeps the “six figure” streak alive for publisher ALL CAPS Comics, who has hit the $100k mark on all of its original comic book campaigns so far. What finally pushed Snowman over the threshold?

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Dark Fantasy “ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights” Coming to PlayStation on 20 July

Publisher Binary Haze Interactive has announced that ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights is coming to both PS4 and PS5 (via backwards compatibility). Already available for Steam PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and SeXbox, ENDER LILIES is described as a “metroidvania” (or a nonlinear 2D action adventure game) set in a dark fairy tale world. Here’s the breakdown of ENDER

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“Cardaclysm: Shards of the Four” Coming to Xbox One, Switch in August

Publisher Headup recently announced that Elder Games’ Cardaclysm: Shards of the Four will release for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on 13 August. Available on Steam PC since February 2021 (or July 2020, if you count early access), Cardaclysm: Shards of the Four is a procedurally generated collectible card game featuring action RPG elements. Here is the official breakdown of

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Rune Cutter Comics is Back for More Cleavage in “Butch Cleaver 2”

Independent comic book creator and Rune Cutter Comics founder Matt Burke recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for Butch Cleaver 2, the 52-page sequel to the first Butch Cleaver graphic novel that was successfully crowdfunded in 2020. Written and illustrated by Burke, Butch Cleaver 2 is a hyper-violent supernatural fantasy book that is described as an unholy combination of Batman, Swamp

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Fantasy RPG “Re;Lord 3 ~The demon lord of Groessen and the final witch~” Coming Soon to Western PCs

Game publisher Sekai Project and developer Escu:de recently announced that the annoyingly long-titled RPG Re;Lord 3 ~The demon lord of Groessen and the final witch~ is indeed planned for a western launch on Windows PC. The Re;Lord series is described as a “strip battle RPG.” What does that mean, exactly? A-hem: Strip battle elements (removal of female clothes through battle)

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Morgan Quaid Tells a Henchman’s Tale in “Idle Thuggery” (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Australian comic book creator Morgan Quaid launched a crowdfunding campaign for the first three issues of Idle Thuggery, a mishmash of the crime and superhero genres strictly intended for mature audiences. Written by Quaid and featuring illustrations by Rain Art Studios, Idle Thuggery will come in two formats: three separate issues (114 pages total) or a collected graphic novel with

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Mail Call! Unboxing Alejandro Mirabal’s “Longharbor” (Iconic Comics)

Long time coming on the Longharbor, eh? Well, today we’re unboxing it. Successfully crowdfunded in March 2019, the long-awaited zoological horror graphic novel written and illustrated by Alejandro Mirabal and published by Iconic Comics has finally arrived at The Splintering HQ (aka my house). Let’s get straight to the main attraction, shall we? Thanks for watching today. We appreciate all

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Bargain Bin’s “Twisted Fairy Tales” Now on mIndiegogo (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

The folks at CGUK Bargain Bin recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for Twisted Fairy Tales, an 80+ page comic anthology featuring a the work of over 20 independent comic book creators. The book collects over a dozen classic short stories irreverently reimagined for mature audiences, such as Rapunzel, Three Little Pigs, Snow White, and more. Here’s the official pitch taken

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Warren Ellis Back in Action on “Fell”, Coming Soon from Image Comics

Mothers, lock up your daughters – Warren Ellis is back in comics town! Earlier this week, artist Ben Templesmith revealed that he was once again teaming up with writer Warren Ellis to continue work on Fell, a series that has been on hiatus since 2008. And ever since the announcement, it’s been the talk of the internet! All jokes aside,

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Shane Davis’ “Project Rex” Officially Revealed to be “Inglorious Rex”

Earlier this week, veteran comic book creator and 9 Lives Comics founder Shane Davis (Starlight Cats) finally announced the official title of his long-teased “Project Rex” to be Inglorious Rex: Monster Martial Arts. The reveal was made during a recent livestream with Ethan Van Sciver on his Comic Artist Pro Secrets YouTube channel, where the first official Inglorious Rex trailer

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Mayhem Comics’ “The Blue Bombshell” Blowing Up Indiegogo

Over the weekend, Mayhem Comics dropped an explosive new comic book on Indiegogo in the form of The Blue Bombshell. The campaign is already well beyond funded, bursting at the seams with nearly $8 thousand raised at the time of this writing. Created by Clint Hilinski (Pirate Queen), The Blue Bombshell is a sexy, 48-page superhero action comedy that is

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Mail Call! Unboxing James Hostler’s “The Bobcat”

Today we’re unboxing a copy of The Bobcat, a comic book project that I backed in 2020 via Indiegogo. Written by James Hostler and illustrated by Jim Mehsling, The Bobcat blends superhero and Western elements with steampunk technology and Native American mythology. Before jumping to the video, The Bobcat project is still available in demand here, so you can still

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 20 June 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. This week, we discussed the latest news on Parnell’s Ultra Star campaign, the photo leaks of Superma’am’s Supergirl’s costume from the Flashpoint movie, IDW losing stacks

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 13 June 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. While Blake was fashionably late due to a rare power outage at The Splintering HQ, fortunately our own George Travlos was on hand to play yin

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What is George Travlos’s “Gold Standard” for Shipping Comics? (Video)

Today we’re unboxing a special comic book delivery from The Splintering’s own George Travlos, who is nigh-universally regarded as the foremost critic in comic book shipping. Let’s all take a look at how George packs his own shipments, and learn the true gold standard for packing a book, shall we? Thanks for reading! Please consider following The Splintering on social

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Greatest Levels in Gaming: “Kirby’s Adventure” (NES, Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Monochrome May event! Today we’re introducing what may become a new feature: Greatest Levels in Gaming, starting with one of the Nintendo Entertainment System’s last, but most cherished games. Before we kick this off, if you have any concerns about spoiling a 30-year old game, then you might want to avoid this retrospective. Then again,

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 30 May 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 The Splintering’s own George Travlos. This week, we discussed the latest news on Parnell’s Ultra Star campaign, the recent casting news for Sandman, the goings

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