Author Archives: The Splintering Staff

Arrow Comics’ “Chrome Dog” Now Barking Up the Money Tree

“Chro’ Dogs!” Over the weekend, Arrow Comics launched a crowdfunding campaign for Chrome Dog issue 1: Perfect Strangers, a 32-page sci-fi book. The project is nearly funded, having already raised more than $1700 at the time of this writing. Written by Justin K. Sweet and illustrated by Luke Stone (Hybrids: Sons of the Gods, Voodoo Nations),* Chrome Dog is described

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Ryan James’ Underwater Adventure “Octo Gone” Now on Indiegogo

It took me far too long for that “Octo Gone” pun to dawn on me. Over the weekend, aspiring comic book creator Ryan James launched a crowdfunding campaign for Octo Gone issue 1, a 48-page sci-fi book intended as the first of a three-part miniseries. Written and illustrated by James, Octo Gone is described as an “action-packed underwater adventure like

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Review: “Wonder Boy Anniversary Collection” (Nintendo Switch, PS4)

Today we’re all celebrating the Wonder Boy Anniversary Collection,* a new retro compilation of all of SEGA’s Wonder Boy and Monster World games from the 80s and 90s released to mark the 35th anniversary of the series. Weird number, but who’s complaining? If you’re thinking that this review seems awfully familiar, there’s a very good reason, as ININ Games published a Wonder Boy Collection less than a

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Fantasy RPG “Heirs of the Kings” Now on Xbox and Steam PC

On Friday, publisher Kemco released fantasy RPG Heirs of the Kings for SeXbox, Xbone and Steam PC. Developed by Exe Create, Heirs of the Kings was originally released for mobile devices back in 2018. The game has all of the touchstones requisite of a classic JRPG: colorful 2D artwork, magic, a character with amnesia, and all manner of mythical creatures

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Taito’s “Metal Black S-Tribute” Now on Xbox One, Steam PC

Undoubtedly in celebration of “Metal Black History Month”, City Connection has announced that Metal Black S-Tribute is now available on Xbone and Steam. This version of Metal Black is based on the SEGA Saturn version of the game. An arcade port of Metal Black is already available for the PS4 and Nintendo Switch via Hamster’s Arcade Archives series. This S-Tribute

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Tyler Carpenter’s “The Girl With The Mega Fists” Volume 3 Fully Funded on Day 1

Those are truly, truly mega… fists. On Wednesday, independent comic book creator Tyler Carpenter launched a crowdfunding campaign for The Girl with the Mega Fists volume 3, a 200+ page (!), black and white graphic novel. Written and illustrated by Carpenter, The Girl with the Mega Fists is an ongoing sci-fi saga with a heavy manga influence. The project is

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“Castillo: The Nine Circles” Steam Page Now Live

Independent developer Jackson “TheSmashers” Clayton has announced that the Steam store page for the retro-inspired CASTILLO: The Nine Circles is now live, while the full release date has yet to be announced.* Featuring a throwback pixel art aesthetic and gameplay reminiscent of classic FPS titles of the early 90s, The Nine Circles is the follow-up to CASTILLO: Shattered Mirrors, which

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Featured Art Cards 2: Ultra Star, Last of the Seekers & Vyzpzz

Today I’m again indulging in sharing a few recent art cards: Ultra Star, the as-of-yet unnamed protagonist from Patrick Thomas Parnell’s Last of the Seekers and a Vyzpzz from Ethan Van Sciver’s Cyberfrog. Give the video below a watch and let me know what you think! To see more Featured Art Cards, go here. Thanks for reading! Please consider following

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The Great Coin Trouble Continues in “Goblin and Coins II” Coming to Steam PC in April

Straight outta Serbia, the one-man development machine Nikola Bulj has announced that Goblin and Coins II is set to release in April on Steam PC. A sequel to the 2016 original, Goblin and Coins II is a 2D platformer crafted with a specific aim of incorporating feedback and features requested by fans of the first game. Players take on the

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Game Review: “Big Dipper” (Nintendo Switch, Steam PC; Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s celebration of all stars of royal beauty bright. Today we’re going to pick apart Big Dipper, a visual novel “game” published by Top Hat Studios and developed by Zimno Team for the Nintendo Switch and Steam PC. Why the quotation marks around “game”? Because Big Dipper isn’t a game in any sense. Zero. It is merely

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Throwback Comic Review: “Pete the P.O.’d Postal Worker: Pete’s Very Special Christmas” (Sharkbait Press)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s celebration celebration of all things that shake like a bowl full of jelly. Today we’re going to take a look at Pete the P.O.’d Postal Worker: Pete’s Very Special Christmas, which was published in 1997 by Sharkbait Press. Written by Marcus P. Meleton and illustrated by Pete Garcia, the book follows the titular Pete,

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Featured Art Cards 1: The Scarlet Heart, Cyberfrog, The Spectre, Chakan, King Cryptid & Rhys Randall

I’ve been really into doing art cards lately, so today I’m showing a few cards that I’m sending off to a few folks: The Scarlet Heart (from Johnny Phantasm), Cyberfrog, The Spectre, Chakan the Forever Man, King Cryptid & Rhys Randall (from the Star Fetched video game). I’ll probably do this again moving forward with other cards, but maybe not

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Game Review: “Jitsu Squad” (PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Steam PC)

There was clearly a lot of love that went into the making of Jitsu Squad – love for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game, that is. Aside from the obvious inspirations and comparisons to TMNT, there are a plethora of other video game and pop-culture references throughout Jitsu Squad.*  Naturally, some light spoilers will follow.  Much like the aforementioned TMNT arcade game, Jitsu Squad lets you pick from four

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“SuccuBUSTED!” Creator Isaac Fox Talks Greed, AI Art, and Bayonetta (Interview, NSFW)

With an emphasis on “U busted!” Independent comic book creator Isaac Fox recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for the second issue of SuccuBUSTED!, a supernatural comedy book. We were fortunate enough to get a chance to discuss his latest SuccuBUSTED! campaign, which is available to support here. This is the second time we’ve had the opportunity to speak with Fox, and the

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Iconic Batman Voice Actor Kevin Conroy Passes Away at 66

Actor Kevin Conroy has passed at the age of 66 away following a battle with cancer, according to a statement released by his representatives on Friday. Conroy is known by most (including myself) as the voice of Batman from Batman The Animated Series. Prior to landing the role as the Caped Crusader in 1992, Conroy worked as a stage and

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Comic Book Review: “Carnival of Souls” (Malibu Comics, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things haunting and hair-raising. Today we’re going to take a look at Carnival of Souls, written by Michael H. Price, illustrated by Todd Camp, and published by Malibu Comics in 1991. The 50-page comic is a retelling of the 1962 film by director Harold “Herk” Harvey, which

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Become the King of the Undead in “Undead Horde 2: Necropolis”

Game publisher 10tons is planning to release their RTS/RPG hybrid game Undead Horde 2: Necropolis for PC, consoles and mobile in 2023.  Undead Horde 2 will put players in the role of the King of Undead who can raise the dead and command them at will, all with the objective to rebuild a home for the undead (The Necropolis). While the gameplay will

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Retro Game Review: “Ghostbusters” (SEGA Genesis, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things strange in you neighborhood. Today we’re going to take a look at Ghostbusters, a side-scrolling action game released for the SEGA Genesis in 1990.  Developed by Compile (Guardian Legend, Blazing Lazers) and published by SEGA, Ghostbusters is based on the characters from the movie of the same name. That’s

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Comic Review: “Stoker & Wells” (Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things batty and blood-sucking. Today we’re going to look at Stoker & Wells: Order of the Golden Dawn, an alternate history of Victorian Era England with some fantastic and horrific twists. Some story spoilers will follow. Written by Steven Peros and illustrated by Barry Orkin, Stoker & Wells was successfully funded

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Retro Game Review: “Alien Syndrome” (NES, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things inhuman and otherworldly. Halloween is mostly known for ghouls, goblins, and the like, but aliens are sometimes wrapped up in the festivities due to their often frightening portrayal in pop culture and – you know – their propensity for probing. If any representation of space aliens

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Silent Movie Review: “The Eyes of the Mummy” (Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things that lurk in the shadows. Today, we’re going to do another Silent Movie Review, this time looking at The Eyes of the Mummy directed by Ernst Lubitsch.  Originally released in 1922 (in the United States, anyway), this year marks an anniversary of sorts for The Eyes of the Mummy.

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Throwback Roguelike “Doomed to Hell” Coming to Consoles on 20 October

Jesus told you to repent, dummy. Publisher QUByte Interactive has announced that the supernatural adventure Doomed to Hell will be available for Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbone and SeXbox on Thursday, 20 October. Developed by Gagonfe, Doomed to Hell is a top-down action game with Roguelike mechanics and a throwback pixel-art visual aesthetic. Here’s the official breakdown of Doomed to

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Retro Game Review: “Kenseiden” (SEGA Master System, Festival of Dread Special)

Konnichiwa minnasan to the Dread Matsuri, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things 暗い and 怖い (“kurai” dark and “kowai” scary). In any case, today we’re going to take a look at Kenseiden, a genre-blending, side-scrolling action RPG developed and published by SEGA in 1988 for the Master System. Indeed, you will all be subjected to my surface-level, one semester’s worth of community college Japanese

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Chomp Bites One Off: Bayonetta (Festival of Dread Special)

*Note: This interview is being reposted from a previous Festival of Dread event. Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering‘s month-long celebration of all things wicked and bewitching! Every now and again, we at The Splintering are going to lean on our mascot, Chomp the Termite, to go out into the world of myth and fiction to get

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Comic Review: “Jack the Ripper – Vampire Hunter” (Stuntman Comics, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things ripping and roaring. Today we’re going to take a look at Jack the Ripper: Vampire Hunter written by Mandy Summers, illustrated by peter Gilmore and published by Stuntman Comics in 2022. So does it suck? Or does it suck the other way?  Naturally, some spoilers will follow.  Extremely loosely based

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