Author Archives: The Splintering Staff

“Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed” Headed West in July; New Trailer Released

XSEED Games has confirmed that the western release for Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed is now scheduled for 20 July 2021, exactly two months following the Japanese release. Standard editions of the game will be available digitally on Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PC (via Steam, GOG and the Humble Store) for $39.99. There are also multiple special editions of the

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The Clock is Ticking on “Secret Comics Presents” Indiegogo Campaign (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

There are only a few days remaining to back issue one of Secret Comics Presents, a 22-page horror anthology book published by- you guessed it- Secret Comics. Written by Nasser Rabadi (Stardust, ASYL) and featuring illustrations by Jason Robinson (Spawn), Secret Comics Presents includes four separate tales of terror presented with stark black and white artwork. Here’s the official pitch

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The “Sword of Justice” Conclusion Now on Kickstarter (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Top Secret Press recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for Sword of Justice issue 3, the final part of the three-issue miniseries. Written and illustrated by Silvio Spotti and featuring colors by Veronica Lopez, Sword of Justice is a sci-fi/fantasy adventure set in the distant future. Here’s the official plot synopsis taken from the Sword of Justice Kickstarter campaign page: Backers

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SNK Debuts Leona Heidern Reveal Trailer for “The King of Fighters XV”

SNK Corporation recently shared the latest character reveal trailer for The King of Fighters XV, this time featuring Leona Heidern (voiced by Seiko Yoshida). A member of Ikari Warriors Team and adopted daughter of team leader Heidern, Leona has been a KoF mainstay since her first appearance in King of Fighters 96. You can check out the Leona Heidern reveal

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Free “Severed Steel” Demo Available on Steam for a Limited Time

As part of the Digital Dragons ‘Indie Celebration’ showcase, game publisher Digerati Digital recently announced that a free demo for Severed Steel is now available to download and play via Steam. Severed Steel is a highly stylized first person shooter (FPS) featuring “bullet time” slow motion sequences, a stunt system, and destructible voxel environments. The demo includes: Six arcade mode

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Master Your Witchcraft and Triggery in Twin-Stick Shooter “Trigger Witch” this Summer

Game publisher Eastasiasoft recently announced that retro-inspired, twin-stick shooter Trigger Witch is coming to Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and SeXBox in summer 2021. The game will be available via each respective platform’s digital storefront, as well as in physical format thanks to PlayAsia. Developed by New Zealand studio Rainbite, Trigger Witch is set in a world “where magic

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John Celestri’s “Bloodwing Angel” Now on Indiegogo (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Veteran animator John Celestri recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for Bloodwing Angel, a 52-page graphic novel that began life as web comic. Written and illustrated by Celestri (He-Man, The Star Wars Christmas Special), Bloodwing Angel is a supernatural fantasy inspired by the book of Job (it’s in the Bible, ya’ heathens!). Here’s the official pitch taken from the Bloodwing Angel

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Retro Review: “Speedy Gonzales – Los Gatos Bandidos” (Super NES)

The early nineties was the golden age of the character platforming game, with many developers struggling to find their own twist on a genre dominated by Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario World. While some companies many tried to develop their own characters and worlds (Bubsy, Awesome Possum, Socket), others chose to buy up a license as a shortcut to

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Comedy, Cowgirls and Zombies in Fried Comics’ “Deadskins!” Now on Indiegogo (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Despite using other crowdfunding platforms in the past, Fried Comics recently brought their genre mishmash book Deadskins! to Indiegogo, giving the IGG-faithful a chance to check it out. The current campaign is to fund the remastered edition of Deadskins! issues 3 and 4, which will be bundled together in a single book. What’s Deadskins? It’s a five-issue horror/comedy/western series with

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 2 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 Splintering’s Monochrome May event, plus a slew

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Color be Damned! The Splintering’s “Monochrome May” Returns!

Holiday themed events are a dime a dozen (Like The Splintering’s Festival of Dread & Jolly Jinglings, perhaps?). But why wait for another major holiday to have a special themed event? We couldn’t come up with a good reason, either. That’s why 2020 marked the inaugural Monochrome May, a celebration of black and white games, comics, movies, and all things

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Cara Nicole’s Sci-Fi Superhero Comic “Firebitch 2” Heats Up Indiegogo (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

After successfully raising nearly $60 thousand on a different crowdfunding platform, cosplay diva and independent comic book creator Cara Nicole is giving Indiegogo customers an opportunity to buy into Firebitch 2, the sexy superhero tale designed for mature audiences. Here’s the official plot synopsis taken from the Firebitch 2 Indiegogo campaign page: Firebitch is a high octane, no holds barred,

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream 25 April 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 War Party creator Justin Murphy and Lumina Vhox creator José Garcia. This week, we discussed the Spring ComicsGate art auction, the modern state of comic

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The Black Orcs Are Coming to Cyanide’s Fantasy Strategy Game “Blood Bowl 3”

Game publisher Nacon and developer Cyanide have released a new trailer for Blood Bowl 3, this time featuring the Black Orcs, one of the new teams coming to the fantasy sports strategy game. You can check out the official overview of the new team below, followed by the Black Orcs announcement trailer. Tired of the amateur performance of the other

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Mark Compton’s “Draculangela” is Danger Close to Being Fully Funded on Indiegogo (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Independent comic book creator Mark Compton launched a crowdfunding campaign for Draculangela, a new 24-page book that, at the time of this writing, is only $15 away from reaching its initial funding goal on Indiegogo. Written by Compton and featuring illustrations by Carlos Rod Silva, colors by Walter Pereyra and letters Erik Enerfold, this first issue of Draculangela is intended

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“Riot Control Simulator” Coming Soon to Steam PC, Consoles

In what is quite possibly the best idea for a video game ever, publisher Ultimate Games S.A. has announced Riot Control Simulator, a police management simulation game by developer Corpix Games. It’s such a great idea, in fact, that I’m genuinely ashamed that I didn’t come up with it for an April Fool’s joke post. Riot Control Simulator is set

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“Black Sun” Creator Joseph Abbott Talks Samurai, Myth, and Learning From Past Failures (Interview)

Independent comic book creator Joseph Abbott recently launched his second Indiegogo campaign, this time for Black Sun, a samurai action adventure featuring creatures from Japanese legend. We were fortunate enough to get a chance to discuss his campaign, which is available to support here. As always, the answers below are represented as closely to “as written” as possible with only minimal edits. The Splintering:

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“BEARDZZERKER” Creator Don Chin Talks Heavy Metal, Keanu, and What He Really Thinks of Millennials! (Interview)

Veteran comic book creator and Parody Press founder Don Chin recently launched his second Indiegogo campaign, this time for BEARDZZERKER, a parody of Boom Studios’ BRZRKR book featuring Keanu Reeves. We were fortunate enough to get a chance to discuss his campaign, which is still available to support here. As always, the answers below are represented as closely to “as written” as possible with

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Lovely Ladies Are Master Shaft-Handlers in Recurve Comics’ “Amazon Arrow” (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Earlier this month, Recurve Comics launched a crowdfunding campaign for Amazon Arrow: Immortal Reign, a 60-page graphic novel that combines superhero tale with mythological elements as “Three glamorous and immortal superheroines fight mythological monsters to save the world!” Here’s the official plot synopsis taken from the Amazon Arrow Indiegogo campaign page: For thousands of years, the death-defying heroine known as

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Steve Inman Parodies “Punch-Out!” in Latest Comedy Video

We recently highlighted the comedy of Steve Inman, an internet funny man who makes light of tragic events by providing play-by-play voice over akin to a major sporting event. 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. Last time, we

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Konami Issues Safety Recall for “Justifier” Light Gun 30 Years Later

Konami has issued a safety recall for the “Justifier,” a light gun peripheral used with the Lethal Enforcers series for SEGA Genesis and SEGA CD, nearly 30 years after its original release. Note that the Super Nintendo and PlayStation versions of the Justifier were not mentioned as neither are included in the recall. A representative from Konami explained the company’s

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Xbox Acquires Exclusive Rights to Multiple SEGA IPs

According to renowned German gaming publication Der Weltspieler, Microsoft has inked an exclusive licensing deal with SEGA for timed distribution rights to several SEGA properties. Without further ado, here’s the list: Altered Beast Shinobi Jet Set Radio Virtual On Billy Hatcher (WTF?) According to Der Weltspieler, the exclusivity period is for a full six years (ending December 31, 2027). At

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Marvel Comics to Remove Guns from the Punisher, Other Superheroes

Marvel Comics has announced that as of this summer, their heroes will no longer be using guns or firearms. Of course, this will affect characters like the Punisher the most, but other Marvel characters such as Deadpool, Cable and Black Widow will also be losing their guns moving forward, in favor of either bladed weapons or hand-to-hand combat. Not only

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Retro Review: “E.T. the Extraterrestrial” – Too Many Holes (Atari 2600)

As reviews for E.T. The Extra Terrestrial have piled up over the years, I’m here to talk about one aspect of the game that could impact your desire to buy a copy, as it has mine. I am a trypophobe, and I cannot play E.T. The Extra Terrestrial because of all its damn holes. [Since this post discusses a phobia,

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Latest “Six Days in Fallujah” Trailer Showcases Procedurally Generating Environments

Game publisher Victura Games recently released a new trailer for Six Days in Fallujah, the realistic first-person tactical shooter based on the US Military’s experiences during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The latest trailer showcases Six Days in Fallujah’s procedural generating environments, which were designed to emulate the uncertainty of clearing houses and other buildings. You can check out the new trailer

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 28 March 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 Mermaids creator Adam Post. This week, we discussed Marvel leaving Diamond Comic Distributors, Netflix’s plans to produce a series based on Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR comic,

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Mail Call! Unboxing Riot Press Productions’ “Johnny Phantasm 1985”

Today, I’m unboxing Riot Press Productions’ Johnny Phantasm 1985 by Evan Pozios and Patrick Thomas Parnell. I backed the most basic tier via Indiegogo in mid-2020, which came packaged with a several extra chotchkies such as a pinup poster, five character cards, a sticker, and three trademark Johnny Phantasm poker chips. You can check out the unboxing video below. I

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The Geeks + Gamers Network Raises Nearly $100k for Anti-Suicide Charity

Over the past couple of weeks, the crew at Geeks + Gamers (pronounced “Geeks and Gamers” for those not in the know) and their network of fans have raised nearly $100 thousand in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). The fundraiser culminated in a livestream hosted on a G+G YouTube channel last night, in which viewers could

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Retro Graphics’ Sexy Noir Comic “Dixie Rose” Fully Funded on Indiegogo

On Wednesday, Retro Graphic Books launched a crowdfunding campaign for Dixie Rose, a 52-page one-shot comic that combines film noir with some unapologetically sexy visuals. Written by Matthew Fowler (Seicho 66) and featuring illustrations by Ricardo Jaime (The Prospectres) colors by Marcos Martins (The Prospectres), and lettering by the prolific Eric Weathers (Battle Brick Road), Dixie Rose promises “babes, brawlers,

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