Category Archives: Comics

Rune Cutter Comics’ Horror Western “Butch Cleaver” Fully Funded on Indiegogo; Still Available In-Demand

On Tuesday, the crowdfunding campaign for Rune Cutter Comics’ Butch Cleaver ended successfully, raising more than $3,600 at the time of this writing. Written and illustrated by Matt Burke, Butch Cleaver is a 72-page fantasy/horror/western inspired by “Spaghetti Western” films, Sin City, and Evil Dead. Here’s the official plot synopsis taken from the Butch Cleaver Indiegogo campaign page: Legend has

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Riot Press’ “Johnny Phantasm 1985” Fully Funded in One Hour

On Sunday, Riot Press launched a crowdfunding campaign for Johnny Phantasm: 1985, a 48-page sequel to Johnny Phantasm in Tales of New Detroit 1977.* The campaign was an instant success, having achieved its funding goal in less than an hour. Co-written by Evan Pozios (Time Grunts) and Dr. Andrea Molinari (The Shepherd) and featuring illustrations by Patrick Thomas Parnell (Sonic

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“Sit-Down Sunday” Comic Book News Livestream – 9 August 2020 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 both Parnell and The Shepherd creator Dr. Andrea Molinari. This week, the main event was celebrating the successful launch of Johnny Phantasm 1985. We also discussed the

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Fool’s Entertainment Launches New Sci-Fi Manga “Omega Black”

Independent publisher Fool’s Entertainment has launched a crowdfunding campaign for Omega Black, a 135-page, sci-fi manga book. Written by Chris L. Brown and featuring illustrations by Ed Jiménez and lettering by the ever-prolific Eric Weathers, Omega Black tells the story of the Royal Family of the planet Omega, and their connection to a mysterious power known as the Omega Stream. Here’s

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Vixens Vs Vampires in “Vetita: Awakening” Now on Indiegogo

No Sleep Press has launched a crowdfunding campaign for Vetita: Awakening, a 48-page action/horror comic intended for mature readers. Written by Marcel Dupree and Joshua Metzger and featuring illustrations by Gaurav Shrivastava and colors by Chuck Michael Obach, Vetita looks to be a hyper-violent take on vampire hunting. Here’s the official plot synopsis taken from the Vetita Indiegogo campaign page:

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Top Ten Living Legends – Comic Book Artists

Lists are fun, aren’t they?  They allow contributors and readers alike to share their experiences and opinions. They are nostalgic, and informative.  Here at The Splintering, we’ve decided to open the doors for some “Top Ten” lists, both to give our contributors a chance to share their voices and to allow our readers to do the same.  So please, review

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Shane Davis’ “Starlight Cats: Merlion Rising” Gets a Story Trailer

Comic book artist Shane Davis (Action Comics) has just released the first story trailer for his upcoming independent project Starlight Cats: Merlion Rising. Co-written by Davis’ wife Yanzi Lin, Starlight Cats is an all-ages sci-fi adventure featuring a super-powered “committeh of kittehs.” What are you waiting for? Watch the trailer for yourself below, then sign up for email updates at

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Telepathic Cops Combat the Plague of Crime in Scout Comics’ “Concrete Jungle”

Publisher Scout Comics has announced that Concrete Jungle is coming to your local comic book shop this October. Written by Sheldon Allen (Crucified) and featuring illustrations by Karl Mostert (Dceased: Unkillables) and colors by Warnia Sahadewa (Wayfinder), Concrete Jungle is a sci-fi take on the 1980s cop drama, featuring hi-tech weapons and supernatural threats. Here’s the official breakdown of the

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“BASEBALL 100” Art Book by Mark Chiarello and Nel Yomtov Now on Kickstarter

It’s tough to tell how much Major League Baseball we can count on for the 2020 season. It’s already been reduced to a 60-game season, but with games being postponed daily, who knows where this will end? Luckily, baseball is home to the richest history of all North American sports. Therein lies the focus of a new crowdfunding campaign for

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“Sit Down Sunday” Comic Book News Livestream – 02 August 2020 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 both Parnell and The Shepherd creator Dr. Andrea Molinari. This week, we discussed online intimidation in mainstream comics, Dr. Molinari’s next installment of The Shepherd joining Scout

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Superheroes and the Undead Collide in Mandy Summers’ “Super Dead”

On Friday, independent comic book writer and YouTube host Mandy Summers launched a crowdfunding campaign for Super Dead, a genre-bending, 48-page graphic novel what combines elements of both horror and classic superhero storytelling. Written by Summers (Wart the Wizard) and illustrated by Peter Gilmore (Rocket Gal and the Mole Men of Mars), Super Dead is about a former hero who

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Indiegogo Campaign for Dystopian Sci-Fi Comic “EYVA” Ends Successfully; Still Available In-Demand

On Wednesday, the crowdfunding campaign for EYVA ended successfully, raising nearly $7 thousand by the end of the crowdfunding period. Written by Annas Iskander and featuring illustrations by Timothy Green II, EYVA is a 28-page, cyberpunk/sci-fi comic book set in a dystopian future where freedoms are restricted if they fall outside of proscribed norms established by the Mainframe’s protocols. Here’s

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Review: “Undead Border: Year Zero” (656 Comics)

My attitude towards zombie stories resembles Indiana Jones’ attitude toward snakes.  With that bias in mind, reviewing an anthology of zombie stories like Undead Border: Year Zero seems antithetical, but good storytelling surpasses inherent biases. Please keep that in mind as you review my review. Undead Border: Year Zero is a 76-page anthology issued by 656 Comics captures six short

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Collecting Original Comic Book Art – The Basics

Comic book fans express their love and fandom of their favorite characters and stories in several ways.  They may collect every issue of a character’s comic book, obtain signatures from their favorite creators, cosplay in creative homemade designs, collect action figures or statues, and even commission sketches from their favorite artists. For me, the ultimate in collecting comic books is

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Review: “Johnny Phantasm in the Tales of New Detroit, 1977” (Riot Press)

We have reason to believe that Johnny Phantasm artist and co-creator Patrick Thomas Parnell has been cozying up to the indie comics press as of late. In fact, we have inside information that indicates that The Splintering‘s own founder, Blake Worrell (aka “me”), has been appearing semi-regularly on Parnell’s YouTube channel for weeks, cross-promoting each other’s work. In light of

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“Sit Down Sunday” Comic Book News Livestream – 26 July 2020 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 both Parnell and The Shepherd creator Dr. Andrea Molinari. This week, we discussed Scout Comics’ Captain Suave, Jae Lee’s encounter with Cancel Culture, Cauldron Comics’ The Abductables

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Michael Derrick Presents Sci-Fi Action Comedy “The Abductables 2: Reticulous”

Independent comic book creator Michael Derrick and Cauldron Comics have been teasing a follow-up to The Abductables for a good while, and now the promotional gears are in full swing as the project’s pre-launch page is live on Indiegogo. Artist Ibai Canales (Iron Sights) returns to illustrate the sequel, which will also include the painted artwork of “Ink Spots” (Cash

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Jon Malin’s “Graveyard Shift Vol. III” Now Live on Indiegogo

On Wednesday, independent comic book creator Jon Malin launched a crowdfunding campaign for Graveyard Shift Vol. III, the next installment is extremely successful Graveyard Shift series. Co-Created by Jon Malin and Mark Poulton, Graveyard Shift is a horror-themed superhero book described as “the Universal Monsters meets the X-Men.” The project was fully funded in minutes, and has already raised more

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Dynamite Comics Drops “Vampirella” Variant Cover after Cancel Culture Backlash

Over the weekend, Dynamite Comics cancelled a crowdfunding campaign for a Vengeance of Vampirella variant cover featuring the internet comedian known only as “Cecil.” The book was already an overnight success, achieving its original funding goal in the first hour and raising more than $10k before the project was nixed. The cover itself featured a caricature of Cecil himself betwixt

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“Sit Down Sunday” Comic Book News Livestream – 19 July 2020 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 both Parnell and The Shepherd creator Dr. Andrea Molinari. This week, we discussed The Bobcat, the second wave of Allegiance Arts books hitting Walmart shelves, and the

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Manga Review: “The Case Study of Vanitas” – Steampunk Vampires in Paris

Vampires, airships, beautiful Paris, and a book sought after by many, The Case Study of Vanitas will have you debating on whom to cheer, the vampires, or the humans. Creator Jun Mochizuki crafts a world in which the vampires are unlike traditional vampires that can’t walk among the humans in daylight. The vampires of The Case Study of Vanitas react

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Timing is Everything: How a Three Year Delay Created the Definitive “Spider-Man” Story of the 80’s

Over the past 30-plus years, there have been numerous articles written devoted to the history of Kraven’s Last Hunt, a six-issue story arc which appeared across all three of Marvel’s Spider-Man titles in 1987.  The story by JM DeMatteis, Mike Zeck, Bob McLeod and others seems to be in constant print, with trade paperbacks and hardcovers still being produced today. 

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Catfights in Space? Comic Artist Shane Davis Prepares “Starlight Cats” for Launch

Earlier this week, accomplished comic book artist Shane Davis (Action Comics, Mystery in Space) began hyping up his upcoming independent, sci-fi project Starlight Cats. Not a stranger to drawing interstellar felines, Davis co-created Dex-Starr for DC Comics in Green Lantern: Rage of the Red Lanterns. Now he’s returning to the cosmos with a new kast of kittehs, though these heroes

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“Sit Down Sunday” Comic Book News Livestream – 12 July 2020 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 both Parnell and The Shepherd creator Dr. Andrea Molinari. We discussed “whisper networks”, Johnny Phantasm: Halloween 1985, action figures, communism, and Dr. Molinari’s The Shepherd book jumping

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A Look Back at “The Prisoner” Comic Book Series

The Prisoner was a British TV series from 1967 starring Patrick McGoohan as a spy who is held prisoner on a mysterious island known as “The Village”.  His name never being revealed, McGoohan’s character (known simply as #6) is being held so that his captors can retrieve “information” from him – most specifically – why he abruptly resigned from his

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Johnny Phantasm Jumps to 1985 in a Halloween-Themed Sequel

Earlier this week, the creators of Johnny Phantasm 1977 set up a crowdfunding pre-launch page for a sequel: Johnny Phantasm: Halloween 1985.* Written by Evan Pozios and illustrated by Patrick Thomas Parnell, Halloween 1985 is a 32-page, supernatural comic book featuring a mash-up of ghouls & gangsters. Here’s the brief story synopsis taken from the Halloween 1985 Indiegogo pre-launch page:

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Newsstand vs. Direct Editions – The Original Comic Book Variant Covers

The word “variant” to comic book fans elicits a wide range of reactions.  From excitement and wonder to frustration and disdain.  People often forget that there were variants in play long before publishers began over-saturating the shelves with various cover images.  Yes, there was the classic Canadian or UK price variant, but I’m talking about the Newsstand vs. Direct Edition

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The Barton Brothers’ Horror Comic “KOZOR: Descent into Madness” Coming Soon to Indiegogo

KOZOR: Descent into Madness is a crowdfunding campaign that is scheduled to go live later this summer.  The brainchild of Korey Barton, KOZOR is a comic book that’s been completed for over a year but has not yet seen the light of day.  Now, with the surge in crowdfunding campaigns, Korey, along with his brother Clayton Barton has decided that

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