Category Archives: Comics

Review: “Torch – Reclaim the Skies”

On Tuesday, independent comic book creator AJ Rojek launched a crowdfunding campaign for the first issue of Torch: Reclaim the Skies, an all-new sci-fi adventure series.* Written by Rojek and featuring illustrations by Tom Hoskisson and colors by Daniela Barisone, Torch is set in a futuristic world and features the titular heroine Torch, a onetime child-prodigy war pilot who was

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Sit Down Sunday Comic News Livestream 17 January 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 College of the Dead creator Adam Post. This week, we were joined by independent comic book creator Vinnie Tartamella to discuss a fraudulent Shadow of

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Fake “Shadow of the Kraken” Campaign Surfaces on Kickstarter

Earlier in January, independent comic book creator Vinnie Tartamella launched an Indiegogo campaign for Shadow of the Kraken. At the time of this writing, the campaign has raised more than $9 thousand from 169 backers. Just a few days later, it appears as though a malefactor has posted a fraudulent copy of the Shadow of the Kraken Indiegogo page, virtually

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Graham Nolan’s Sci-Fi Comic “Alien Alamo” Coming Soon to Indiegogo

Hot on the heels of the success of his creature horror book The Chenoo, veteran comic book artist and Bane co-creator Graham Nolan (Monster Island, Batman) is preparing his next sci-fi horror project set in The Chenoo universe: Alien Alamo. This time featuring furry crab-like aliens (“crab people”, if you will), Alien Alamo is set in the Lone Star State,

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Michael Derrick’s Sequel to “The Abductables” Now Live on Indiegogo

Over the weekend, independent comic book creator Michael Derrick launched a crowdfunding campaign for The Abductables 2: Reticulous!, the follow-up to to sci-fi/comedy from 2019 (which The Splintering reviewed here. Spoilers! We liked it). Once again written by Derrick (Grayskale) and illustrated by Ibai Canales (Iron Sights) Reticulous! picks up shortly after the first book left off. Here’s the official

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Will Patrick Thomas Parnell’s “Ultra Star” Restore Your Faith in Superhero Comics Again?

Now that independent comic book creator Patrick Thomas Parnell is putting the finishing touches on Johnny Phantasm 1985, he’s preparing to launch his next crowdfunding project: Ultra Star.* Previously referred to as “Project Supermen”, Ultra Star is a superhero story intended to restore “faith in superhero comics again.” Here’s the official plot synopsis taken from the Ultra Star Indiegogo campaign

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Alterna Celebrates 15 Years of Comics

On Wednesday, Alterna Comics founder Peter Simeti marked the 15th anniversary of his comic book publishing company with a special edition livestream on the official Alterna YouTube channel. Joined by Alterna creators such as Frankie B. Washington (It Came Out on a Wednesday), and David Lucarelli (Tinseltown), Saint Publishin’ Pete took a trip down memory lane, showing off books from

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Michael Oden Prepping Dark Hero Tale “The Embrace” for a 2021 Launch

Independent comic book creator Michael Oden is currently hard at work preparing his next project for a crowdfunding launch on Indiegogo. Inspired by dark superhero stories such as The Crow, Oden’s The Embrace will be a 30+ page story about “Loss, Fatherhood, and Justice as a father gets saved by the ghost of his son.” Oden himself is no stranger

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Vinnie Tartamella’s Pirate Comic “Shadow of the Kraken” Now on Indiegogo

Over the weekend, independent comic book creator Vinnie Tartamella launched a crowdfunding campaign for Shadow of the Kraken, a 50-page pirate graphic novel (Is “Pirate” it’s own sub genre at this point?). Written and illustrated by Tartamella (Through the Woods, City of Venus), Shadow of the Kraken promises action, brutality, and plenty of booty! Here’s the official plot synopsis taken

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SIT DOWN SUNDAY Comic Book News Livestream – 03 January Edition

On this week’s edition 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 College of the Dead creator Adam Post. This week, we were joined by Foreign Agent creator Per Berg (aka Narwhal) to discuss 499, his current

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CФMMIЭ МдЯK Continues to Bastardize Golden Age Heroes in “Not Daredevil Universe” (Interview, part 1)

Today we’re honored to once again talk to CФMMIЭ МдЯK, the legendary “Gay Space Communist” Brit, independent comic book creator, and veritable YouTube sensation. He has multiple projects on the horizon, including Not Daredevil Universe, which is scheduled to begin crowdfunding on New Year’s Day. МдЯK was kind enough to invite me over to his place during my European holiday,

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream- 26 December Edition

On a special Saturday edition 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 College of the Dead creator Adam Post. This week, we discussed the ongoing success of Ethan Van Sciver’s Reignbow the Brute, more bad news

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Review: “The Outsiders – A Christmas Carol 1985” (DC Comics, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things merry and bright! Yes, another take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. What kind of Christmas stories would comic creators come up with if A Christmas Carol never existed? But all is well, because if there is any superhero team that fans were clamoring to see reenact the Dickens classic,

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

Over the weekend, the crowdfunding campaign for ROBERT the Graphic Novel ended successfully, raising more than $3,600 at the time of this writing. Written and illustrated by “Boogie Bot,” ROBERT combines sci-fi, steampunk, and western genres into one 60-page adventure. But what is ROBERT about? Here’s the official plot synopsis taken from the ROBERT Indiegogo campaign page: Y3K, a catastrophic

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Richard C. Meyer Teams Up with Narwhal for New Thriller “499”

On Friday, independent comic book creator and Splatto Comics founder Richard C. Meyer launched a crowdfunding campaign for 499, a 72-page graphic novel written and illustrated by Foreign Agent creator Narwal (aka Per Berg). Set in an alternate history, 499 blends elements of Cold War-inspired thrillers with the slasher films of the 1980s. Here’s the official plot synopsis taken from

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Help Feed the Hungry and Get Free Games, Manga & Comics via Groupees’ “Holiday Helpings 7”

Earlier this week, Groupees.com launched Holiday Helpings 7, the site’s annual fundraiser benefiting the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP). So how does it work? Game, music, comic and manga creators freely donate digital copies of their work to be bundled together and sold to support the charity. This year’s offerings include both a $3 and a $5 tier, which

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Review: “Batman – Noël” (DC Comics, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, the Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things that shake like a bowl full of jelly! Today we’re going to pick apart Batman: Noël, the graphic novel written and illustrated by Lee Bermejo and published by DC Comics in 2011. Wait, Batman: Noël… Batmanuel!? Anyway, using Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as the backdrop, Batman: Noël

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Indiegogo Campaign for “Replicator” Issue 3 Closes at $32k; Still Available In-Demand

Overnight, the crowdfunding campaign for issue 3 of Replicator closed successfully, raising more than $32 thousand from 516 backers. Replicator #3 is a 32-page sci-fi comic written by Rob Arnold and featuring illustrations by William War Reyes and Chis Arieswendha, colors by Corey Barton and lettering by the prolific Eric Weathers. Several of the book’s creators celebrated with a nine-hour,

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“Snowman” Revival Chilling and Killing on Indiegogo

Over the weekend, ALL CAPS COMICS launched a crowdfunding campaign for Snowman: A Cold Day in Hell, a revival of the 90s horror book created by Matthew Martin and originally published by Hall of Heroes. The original story followed a malevolent Native American spirit that could control ice and snow. This reimagining of Snowman is once again written and illustrated

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Review: “Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special” (DC Comics, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Jolly Jinglings holiday event! Full disclosure! Today we’re going to look at one of my personal, all-time favorite comics: Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special. Written by Keith Giffen and Alan Grant, illustrated by Simon Bisley, and published by DC Comics in 1991, Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special is a gloriously violent one-shot comic strictly intended for mature

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Issue 2 of Fantasy Comic “BRIC-A-BRAC” Fully Funded on Indiegogo

Earlier this week, the crowdfunding campaign for issue 2 of BRIC-A-BRAC successfully hit its funding goal, making a very merry Christmas for BRIC-A-BRAC’s writer and creator, Ryan Haack. But “isn’t there anyone who can tell me what is BRIC-A-BRAC is all about?” Sure, Charlie Brown. I can tell you what BRIC-A-BRAC is all about. Here’s the official pitch taken from

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Sit Down Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 6 December 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 College of the Dead creator Adam Post. This week, we discussed Adam Post’s Mermaids book, DC Comics’ rather unfortunate I Am Not Starfire book, the

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Review: “Clerks Holiday Special” (Oni Press, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Jolly Jinglings holiday event! Today we’re going to pick apart one of the lesser-known “episodes” of Kevin Smith’s expansive “View Askewniverse” (the connected universe including Clerks., Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and others).Published by Oni Press in 1998, Clerks. (Holiday Special) is a black-and-white one-shot comic written by Smith and

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Allegiance Arts Comics Delayed (Again); 2021 Plans Revealed

According to a recent announcement by Allegiance Arts, the third wave of Allegiance comics have been delayed until February 2021. This includes all four of Allegiance’s titles: Red Rooster, Bass Reeves, Norah’s Saga and The Futurists. Originally scheduled to release on Walmart shelves in September (and later November), this newest delay is being blamed on, erm, Walmart’s end-of-year inventory… I

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Give the Gift of “Stoker & Wells” for Christmas

Successfully crowdfunded in 2019, Stoker & Wells: Order of the Golden Dawn follows the time-traveling adventures of literary visionaries Bram Stoker and H. G. Wells that is kinda-sorta based on actual events. Now, the Stoker & Wells creators have set up an Indiegogo page with the express intention of using it as an in-demand storefront, as the books are already

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Crowdfunding Review: “Shi: Return of the Warrior” (Crusade Comics)

Now that Shi creator and Crusade Comics founder Billy Tucci has launched Shi: Haikyo on Indiegogo, now seemed to be the time to do a “Crowdfunding Review” for Shi: Return of the Warrior, the first book in the Shi revival trilogy. For those of you not familiar with the crowdfunding review format, we grade a crowdfunding campaign on four distinct

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Ethan Van Sciver’s “Reignbow the Brute” Reigns Supreme on Indiegogo

On Sunday, renowned comic book artist and Cyberfrog creator Ethan Van Sciver launched the long-awaited crowdfunding campaign for Reignbow the Brute, a 48-page graphic novel that is a “high-testosterone” parody of girls’ toy franchises from the 1980s. Much like Van Sciver’s other crowdfunded projects, Reignbow the Brute is already a runaway success story, raising well more than $200k in the

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