Author Archives: The Splintering Staff

Legendary Comic Book Artist George Pérez Passes Away at 67

On Friday, comic book legend George Pérez passed away following complications from stage 3 pancreatic cancer. He was 67. Over his career, George Pérez contributed to a number of beloved characters and remarkable storylines, including The Avengers, Wonder Woman, Crisis on Infinite Earths, The New Teen Titans, and Infinity Gauntlet. Below is the announcement of his passing from social media:

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 1 May 2022 Edition

On the latest installment of Sit DOWN Sunday (hosted on Patrick Thomas Parnell’s YouTube channel Riot Press Productions), veteran comic book creator Arvid Nelson, The Splintering’s own George Travlos, and The Splintering founder Blake Worrell got another chance to discuss recent comic book news. This week, we discussed the most recent milestone for Patrick’s Johnny Phantasm Extreme ‘93 campaign, the

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Paint It Black (and White)! The Splintering’s “Monochrome May” Returns!

We love our themed events ‘round here (like our Festival of Dread, 80s August & Jolly Jinglings). But one of our longest running events is Monochrome May, a celebration of black and white games, comics, movies, and all things chiaroscuro. It’s also when some people never stop complaining about how “monochrome” doesn’t technically mean “black and white.” All I have

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 24 April 2022 Edition

On the latest installment of Sit DOWN Sunday (hosted on Patrick Thomas Parnell’s YouTube channel Riot Press Productions), veteran comic book creator Arvid Nelson and The Splintering founder Blake Worrell got another chance to discuss recent comic book news. Plus, The Splintering’s own George Travlos is back from assignment, and joined us for the show. This week, we discussed the

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Taking Modern Video Game Rating Systems to Task (Opinion)

Avid SEGA/Sonic fan and friend of the site Zealous FoX has never been one to pull punches when it comes to expressing his opinion on gaming. He recently unleashed a righteous tirade targeting modern game rating regimes (both the ESRB and Pegi), and we at The Splintering felt like it was worth posting in its entirety here (with permission, of

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Treasure Hunting RPG “Seven Pirates H” Coming to Nintendo Switch in May; New Trailer Released

“Yar! Grab that booty!” I hate pirate talk. Anyway… On Monday, publisher Eastasiasoft announced that Seven Pirates H is coming to the Nintendo Switch on 12 May. Developed by Compile Heart and Felistella and ported to the Switch by Idea Factory, Seven Pirates H is a traditional RPG where players set sail with a band of monster girls in search

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The Worlds of Isaac Fox Meet in “Foxxy Vacations: Hot Springs Edition” (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

The characters from the worlds of Isaac Fox/Astral Ticket recently took a non-canonical vacation to a Japanese-style onsen (hot springs), and now Fox invites you to sneak a peek at just how much fun his characters had. Foxxy Vacations: Hot Springs Edition is a special 22-page, pinup/comic book hybrid that serves as a playful crossover between all of Isaac Fox’s

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Activision Removes “No Russian” Stage From “CoD: Modern Warfare 2” Via Update

In a surprise move on Friday, Activision quietly rolled out a software update to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 that eliminates the “No Russian” stage from the single player campaign. This change comes thirteen years after the game’s initial release in 2009, and affects the game on all platforms, including remastered versions.  Activision released no official statement on the

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 27 March 2022 Edition

On the latest installment of Sit DOWN Sunday (hosted on Patrick Thomas Parnell’s YouTube channel Riot Press Productions), veteran comic book creator Arvid Nelson and The Splintering founder Blake Worrell got another chance to discuss recent comic book news. This week, we discussed the most recent news on Patrick’s Johnny Phantasm Extreme ‘93 campaign, the latest indie comic book reviews

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Mandy Summers’ “Gemshock” Now Turning Heads on Indiegogo

Is that a massive, baguette-cut diamond in your pocket, or are you just happy to see her? On Friday, independent comic book creator and YouTube host Mandy Summers launched a crowdfunding campaign for Gemshock issue 1, an all-new 48-page superhero fantasy book. The campaign is already fully funded, having raised more than $9 thousand at the time of this writing.

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Orgasm Girl Returns to Join Forces with Climax Boy

Independent comic book creator Trisha Cuffari (aka Dannphan) recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for Orgasm Girl issue 2: Orgasm Girl… Meets Climax Boy?! Written and colored by Dannphan and featuring line art by SpunkyRamaz, Orgasm Girl issue 2 is a 24-page action comedy intended for mature readers (if that wasn’t abundantly clear). Here’s the official plot synopsis taken from the

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream- 27 February 2022 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 and fellow Splintering contributor George Travlos got another chance to discuss recent comic book news. This week, we discussed the addition of new action figures to Patrick’s Johnny Phantasm Extreme ‘93 campaign, the latest indie comic book

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream 20 February 2022 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, this week, joined by Norah’s Saga artist Kelsey Shannon. This week, we discussed the latest news on Patrick’s Johnny Phantasm Extreme ‘93 campaign, the ongoing success of Shannon’s

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Anthony Sica’s “Venerella” Returns for Issue 2

On Wednesday, independent comic book creator Anthony Sica launched a crowdfunding campaign for Venerella issue 2, a 32-page, black and white comic book. The campaign is already fully funded, having raised 142% of its initial funding goal at the time of this writing. Written and illustrated by Sica, Venerella is described as a “Sexy, Savage, Sci-Fi, Horror Fantasy.” The Indiegogo

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Tarantino-Inspired Game “Kamikaze Veggies” Enters Steam Early Access

You saw the title in the headline, and I know what you’re thinking. “A game where vegans strap on a suicide vest and go skydiving, where players get to control when their S-vest detonates? That sounds pretty fun!” While you’re not necessarily wrong, that’s not exactly the game that Red Limb Studio has made. Fortunately, Kamikaze Veggies still sounds pretty

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“Bishoujo Battle: Double Strike!” To Receive a Physical Release in April

Lonely and at home without a date this St. Valentine’s Day, fellas? Well, game publisher Funbox Media may have a solution for you if you find yourself in a similar situation next year.* Funbox recently announced a partnership with Eastasiasoft and Zoo Corporation to release a physical edition of Bishoujo Battle: Double Strike!, a compilation of both Bishoujo Battle Mahjong

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Dat Ass! 11 of Gaming’s Most Remarkable Rear Ends

The gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in the body, and it’s high time that this sinewy mass gets the respect it deserves. While many are worth celebrating, here are eleven of our picks for the most remarkable posteriors in the world of gaming. Cammy – Street Fighter seriesStreet Fighter‘s Cammy was one of the first video game hotties to

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Sony Censors “Martha Is Dead” on PlayStation Platforms

Game publisher Wired Productions and developer LKA recently announced that Martha Is Dead will be censored on PlayStation platforms, while the PC and Xbox versions remain unaltered. Originally announced in 2019, Martha Is Dead has always been clearly described as a game designed for mature audiences with dark and adult themes. However, this approach has led to the sudden, last-minute

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“Captain Luv” Potion Number 9 – Erm – 3 That Is… Now on Indiegogo

Is “Luv” truly all you need? Over the weekend, independent comic book creator Drew Eash launched a crowdfunding campaign for Captain Luv: Rise Of The Pirate King Chapter 3, the next installment in the sci-fi adventure saga. Written and created by Drew Eash and featuring illustrations by Henry Ponciano and colors by Slamet Mujiono, Captain Luv is strictly intended for

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream 06 February 2022 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. This week, we discussed the latest news on Patrick’s Johnny Phantasm Extreme ‘93 campaign, the longevity of Todd McFarlane’s Spawn franchise, the ongoing saga of the Image Comics

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream 30 January 2022 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. The Splintering contributor George Travlos was away on assignment. This week, we discussed the latest on Patrick’s ongoing Johnny Phantasm Extreme ‘93 campaign, the final countdown for G.I.Joe

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream 23 January 2022 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. The Splintering contributor George Travlos was away on assignment. This week, we discussed the latest on Patrick’s ongoing Johnny Phantasm Extreme ‘93 campaign, and the potential prospects of

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Mail Call! Unboxing Crusade Comics’ “Shi Omnibus: Volume 1”

Today we’re unboxing our Indiegogo-exclusive copy of Shi Omnibus: Volume 1 by Crusade Comics. It arrived with a pretty massive hole in the side, but did the book sustain any damage in transit? Watch to find out! Thanks for watching today. We appreciate all feedback – positive, constructive, or colorful. Thanks for reading! Please consider following The Splintering on social

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Mail Call! Unboxing Cauldron Comics’ “The Abductables 2: Reticulous” by Michael Derrick and Ibai Canales

Today we’re unboxing our Indiegogo-exclusive copy of The Abductables 2: Reticulous by Michael Derrick (Grayskale) and Ibai Canales (Iron Sights). This video also features the debut of my cat, Thoth Hermes Trismegistus Al Egypti (or Hermes, for short). Without further ado, let’s get straight to the video. Thanks for watching today. We appreciate all feedback – positive, constructive, or colorful.

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Mail Call! Unboxing “Ultra Star” by Riot Press Productions

Today we’re unboxing our Indiegogo-exclusive copy of Ultra Star by Riot Press Productions.* Have a watch, and let us know in the comments if you think that Patrick Thomas Parnell packed this parcel up himself, or if his wife Whitney did it. Thanks for watching today. We appreciate all feedback – positive, constructive, or colorful. *Disclosure: the author of this

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Retro Review: “Psycho Dream” (Super Famicom)

Good day, fellow psychos. Today we’re going to take a look at Psycho Dream, a side-scrolling action game developed by Riot and published by Telenet in 1992 for the Nintendo Super Famicom (aka the Super Nintendo in the US). Psycho Dream is set in a sci-fi inspired alternate reality, one where a new form of entertainment known as “D-Movies” have

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 9 January 2022 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. The Splintering contributor George Travlos was away on assignment. This week, we discussed the latest on Patrick’s ongoing Johnny Phantasm Extreme ‘93 campaign, dust jacket drama, the launch

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Throwback Review: “Dark Nemesis – New Year’s Evil” (DC Comics, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s celebration of all things gold, frankincense and myrrh. Written by Dan Jurgens and featuring artwork by CrissCross (aka Chris Williams), the book is part of DC Comics’ “New Year’s Evil” event of late 1997/early 1998, which was a loosely knit set of tie-in books that highlighted some of the biggest DC villains, like

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Review: “Jingle Belle: The Fight Before Christmas” (Dark Horse Comics, Jolly Jingling Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s holiday celebration of all things yuletide cheer! Today, we’re going to look at Jingle Belle: The Fight Before Christmas, a three-story anthology one-shot published by Dark Horse Comics in 2005. Some spoilers will follow. For those unaware of the character, Jingle Belle Kringle is a playful blonde teenage elf. She also happens to

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