Category Archives: Comics

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

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering‘s month-long celebration of all things fantastic and phantasmic! 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”),

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Crowdfunding Review: “Zombie-Sama!” (Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering‘s month-long celebration of all things dark and dystopian! Today, we’re featuring yet another “Crowdfunding Review” of an independent comic book, this time it’s Zombie-Sama! written by Billy Tucci and featuring illustrations by John Broglia and colors by Paul Little. For those of you not familiar with the crowdfunding review format, we

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 25 October 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 Shepherd creator Dr. Andrea Molinari. This week, we discussed the future of online commerce, the latest on The Splintering’s Festival of Dread event, the

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Review: “FUBAR: Empire of the Rising Dead” (Alterna Comics, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering‘s month-long celebration of all things unsightly and undead! Today we’re featuring FUBAR: Empire of the Rising Dead, a black and white horror anthology published by Alterna Comics. Published in 2012, Empire of the Rising Dead is the second in the FUBAR series, which features a collection of war-themed zombie tales. Each

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Jonathan Thompson Preps “Burn Residue” for Kickstarter

Independent comic book creator Jonathan Thompson is hard at work prepping a crowdfunding campaign for his next project, Burn Residue, for launch via Kickstarter. Written by Thompson (Commander of Space Station Zed) and featuring artwork by Rossano Piccioni, Burn Residue is described as “a dark hearted noir in the style of Ed Brubaker’s and Sean Phillips’ CRIMINAL” that tells a

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Crowdfunding Review: “The Deep Dark” (Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering‘s month-long celebration of all things dark and dystopian! Today, we’re featuring yet another “Crowdfunding Review” of an independent comic book, this time it’s The Deep Dark written by Gilbert Deltrez and illustrated by J.L. Giles.* For those of you not familiar with the crowdfunding review format, we grade a crowdfunding campaign

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In Memorium: Marvel Comics Inker and World War II Veteran Joe Sinnott

This past June, the family of Joe Sinnott announced that the legendary Marvel Comics inker had passed away. Sinnott was born on 16 October, 1926, so we’ve chosen to commemorate his life on what would have been his 94th birthday. Joe Sinnott was born the sixth of seven children in Saugerties, New York. After serving in the U.S. Navy during

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Review: “A Murder of Scarecrows” (Caliber Comics, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering‘s month-long celebration of all things ghastly and ghoulish! Today we’re getting into the spirit of the season with A Murder of Scarecrows, an 80-page graphic novel first published by Caliber Comics in 2011. In the years before the American Revolution, the seeds of rebellion were being planted. Local colonists are becoming

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Is Tim Lee Olson’s “Melvin” the “Ultimate Action Comic?”

Aspiring comic book creator Tim Lee Olson has been prepping his upcoming project Melvin for quite some time. Inspired by the style of the mid-90s, Olson developed quite a passion for comic book artwork. Since then, he’s honed his skills and begun crafting Melvin as a sci-fi fantasy book which Olson boastingly refers to as the “ultimate action comic EVER!!!”

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“War Party” Creator Justin Murphy Talks Horror, History, and Werewolves (Interview – Festival of Dread Special)

Earlier in October, independent comic book creator Justin Murphy launched an Indiegogo campaign for War Party, an six-issue comic book miniseries about supernatural lycanthropes in Colonial America. We were fortunate enough to get a chance to discuss his War Party campaign which is still available to support here. As always, the answers below are represented as closely to “as written” as possible

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“Blood Realm” Creator Robert Geronimo Unleashes “WIREHEAD” on an Unsuspecting World

On Tuesday, independent comic book creator Robert Geronimo launched a crowdfunding campaign for WIREHEAD, an all-new, 80-page horror graphic novel. Written by Geronimo (Blood Realm) and featuring illustrations by Michael O’Shea (It Came Out on a Wednesday) and letters by Wes Locher (Red Koi), WIREHEAD is inspired by the slasher tales of the 1980s, such as Halloween and Friday the

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 11 October 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 Shepherd creator Dr. Andrea Molinari. This week, we discussed the future of online commerce, the latest on The Splintering’s Festival of Dread event, Patrick’s

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Review: “Undead Border: Year Zero” (656 Comics, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering‘s month-long celebration of all things deadly and disturbing! 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

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Exact Bloody, Monstrous Revenge in “The Kill Journal”

Earlier this week, the independent comic creation team of Adam Lawson and Raymund Bermudez launched a crowdfunding campaign for The Kill Journal, a gritty horror book featuring ultraviolence reminiscent of grindhouse cinema. Written by Lawson (The Eighth) and featuring artwork by Bermudez (Wolverine), The Kill Journal is an 88-page horror graphic novel that features a unique, limited-edition leather cover. Here’s

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David Philpott’s Sexy Fantasy Comic “DragonRage” Now on Indiegogo

Not to be confused with an overhyped video game series by Electronic Arts. Earlier this week, independent comic book creator David Philpott launched a crowdfunding campaign for DragonRage: A Cradle of Embers, an 32-page graphic novel that promises hyper-detailed artwork reminiscent of the glorious 90s era of comics. Written by Philpott and featuring illustrations by Jimmy Reyes and colors by

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Historical Horror Comic “War Party” Now on Indiegogo (Festival of Dread Special)

It’s Pocahontas meets Altered Beast in comic book form! Sorta… Earlier this week, independent comic book creator Justin Murphy launched a crowdfunding campaign for War Party, a 6-issue, 140-page fantasy adventure miniseries that blends supernatural horror and Colonial American history. You can check out the promotional trailer below (complete with The Last if the Mohicans musical score), followed by the

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Shane Davis’ “Starlight Cats” Blasts Off to Instant Success

On Sunday, veteran comic book creator Shane Davis launched the crowdfunding campaign for Starlight Cats, a 48-page sci-fi, superhero graphic novel intended for readers of all ages. The project was an immediate success, having raised over $35 thousand at the time of this writing. Starlight Cats is co-written and illustrated by Davis and Yanzi Lin and features colors by Candace

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Stefani Rennee Conjures “Thomas Morya: Wizard for Hire” on Indiegogo

Demons and witches and vampires- oh shit! On Friday, Brazilian comic book creator Stefani Rennee launched a crowdfunding campaign for Thomas Morya: Wizard for Hire, a new 48-page graphic novel. Written and illustrated by Rennee and co-written by “Redsmith”, Thomas Morya is described as the “ultimate urban fantasy.” Here’s the official plot synopsis taken from the Thomas Morya Indiegogo campaign

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Ryan Winn’s “Hammerella: Thundersmoke” Strikes on Indiegogo

On Thursday, independent comic book creator Ryan Winn launched a crowdfunding campaign for Hammerella: Thundersmoke, a 48-page action fantasy book intended for all ages. Written, illustrated and colored entirely by Winn, Hammerella is part of the larger Gods and Gears universe currently published by Alterna Comics. Here’s the official plot synopsis taken from the Hammerella Indiegogo campaign page: Are you

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JP Plack Wants Horror Fans to Learn “How to Die”

Earlier this week, independent comic book creator Joshua “JP” Plack launched a crowdfunding campaign for the first issue of How to Die, a new black and white horror story written by Plack and featuring illustrations by Bogdan Ristea. Here’s the official breakdown of How to Die from the project’s Indiegogo campaign page: The Lore Since the onset of life it

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Comics Legend Graham Nolan Launches “31 Days of Monsters” (Festival of Dread Special)

Sure, The Splintering has our Festival of Dread running through the month, but our creative elders have been celebrating October in unique ways for far longer than us. Enter revered comic book creator Graham Nolan (Batman, The Chenoo), who has marked the occasion for eight straight years with the 31 Days of Monsters. This year, Nolan will livestream himself drawing

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Indiegogo Campaign for Fantasy Adventure “Only Death Can Save Us” Fully Funded in Final Hours

Overnight, Russ Leach’s crowdfunding campaign for Only Death Can Save Us reached its initial funding goal, raising more than $6 thousand at the time of this writing. Only Death Can Save Us is an 60-page graphic novel stylistically inspired by comics of the Bronze Age era. Created by Russ Leach, Rik Hoskin and Tim Quinn. Here’s the official plot synopsis

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The Splintering’s “Festival of Dread” Returns this October!

Be afraid! Be very afraid! Sure, we have Attack Helicopter Week in the Summer, Monochrome May, and Jolly Jinglings to close out the year, but none of these events are as big as October’s Festival of Dread. And this year’s Festival of Dread event promises to be even bigger than the last! We already have several Halloween-themed pieces in the

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Wyatt Holliday’s “Eternal Armor” is a Love Letter to Classic Super Robot Adventures

Independent comic book creator Wyatt Holliday (Ardanna, Rocket Gal and the Mole Men of Mars) is prepping a crowdfunding campaign for his next project, Eternal Armor, a 64-page, sci-fi graphic novel described “a love letter to Super Robot adventure” stories akin to the work of Go Nagai (Mazinger, Grendizer), Leiji Matsumoto (Yamato, Danguard Ace), and Yoshiyuki Tomino (Gundam). Here’s the

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Ethan Van Sciver’s “CyberFrog: Warts and All” Crosses $200k Within Hours

But frogs don’t have warts, dummy! On Sunday, renowned comic book creator Ethan Van Sciver launched a crowdfunding campaign for CyberFrog: Warts and All, a girthy compendium featuring all of the CyberFrog stories that predate the record-breaking Bloodhoney and Rekt Planet books. At the time of this writing, the project has already raised $200 thousand after just a few hours.

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