Category Archives: Humor

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

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 the stories that we non-fictional types just can’t get. To celebrate the festive

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Box Art Bombshells: “Congo Bongo” (Colecovision, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since Istanbul was still Constantinople! We’re marking this festive occasion by introducing an all-new feature here at The Splintering: Box Art Bombshells, where we reveal the completely fabricated super really-real events that inspired some of the wackiest and weirdest box art from gaming history. We’re kicking off

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Who Should Play Samus Aran in a “Metroid” Film? (80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the discovery of the Pythagorean Theorem! Though certainly not the first female video game character, Samus Aran from 1986’s Metroid is still considered by many to be the First Lady of gaming. It should therefore come as no surprise that the topic of a Metroid film keeps

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Tales of the Toy: Transformers G1 Cosmos (80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since Gutenberg invented the printing press! Today, we’re introducing Tales of the Toy, a new feature where we tell stories about some of our most cherished childhood toys. We’re kicking it off by telling the tale of how we originally acquired Cosmos, the G1 Transformers toy. On

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Mail Call! Unboxing “Mermaids” and “College of the Dead” by Adam Post Media

Today we’re unboxing our Indiegogo-exclusive copy of Mermaids by Adam Post Media Group. We backed the main book along with both College of the Dead and College of the Dead: Graduation Day. No more talk! Play video! Thanks for watching today. We appreciate all feedback – positive, constructive, or colorful. Most importantly… Thanks for reading! Please consider following The Splintering

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Mail Call! Unboxing Splatto Comics’ “Impossible Stars” and “Nexus: Triplets”

Today we’re unboxing our Indiegogo-exclusive copy of Impossible Stars and Nexus: Triplets from Splatto Comics. Written by Richard C. Meyer (Jawbreakers, Iron Sights) and Chuck Dixon (Batman) and featuring artwork by Renzo Rodriguez, Impossible Stars is set approximately two hundred years in the future, and mankind has hit an extra-terrestrial snag in our plans to begin interstellar travel. The bonus

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Retro Review: “E.T. the Extraterrestrial” – Too Many Holes (Atari 2600, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the founding of psychoanalysis! 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

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Chomp Bites One Off: Random Kid Playing “After Burner” (80s August Special, NSFW)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the domestication of poodles. Hey, bitches. It’s me. Chomp the termite. What’s up? Me? Oh, nothing much. Things pretty much suck on my end, but thanks for asking. Why, you ask? Well, lots of reasons, really. This interview being one of them. You see, we here

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Mail Call! Unboxing ALL CAPS Comics’ “CyberFrog: Warts and All”

Today we’re unboxing our Indiegogo -exclusive hardcover edition of CyberFrog: Warts and All by Ethan Van Sciver and published by ALL CAPS Comics. Without further ado, let’s get straight to the video, shall we? Thanks for watching today. We appreciate all feedback – positive, constructive, or colorful. Thanks for reading! Please consider following The Splintering on social media or bookmarking

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Greatest Levels in Gaming: “Alex Kidd in Miracle World” (SEGA Master System, Attack Helicopter Week Special)

Since Alex Kidd is oddly relevant this year, today we’re going back to an Attack Helicopter Week of years past to look at one of the most innovative stages from SEGA’ flagship title for the Master System, Alex Kidd in Miracle World. In the mid to late 80s, the SEGA Master System was the underdog in a sales race with

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Mail Call! “499” by Richard C. Meyer and Per (Narwhal) Berg

Today we’re unboxing our Indiegogo-exclusive copy of 499 from Richard C. Meyer and Per Berg (aka Narwhal), which recently landed at The Splintering HQ (my house). My cat was courteous enough to show up immediately upon finishing recording. On to the video…. If you want to check out our review of 499 (which you should), you can do so here.

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An Old School SEGA Fan Celebrates the “Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX” Physical Edition

Today I received the physical edition of Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX for Nintendo Switch, and it has a lot to offer if you’re an old-school SEGA fan. And I do mean REALLY old school (like me). To see how the package stacks up to the original SEGA Master System version, check out the video below. Thanks for watching

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Mail Call! Unboxing Alejandro Mirabal’s “Longharbor” (Iconic Comics)

Long time coming on the Longharbor, eh? Well, today we’re unboxing it. Successfully crowdfunded in March 2019, the long-awaited zoological horror graphic novel written and illustrated by Alejandro Mirabal and published by Iconic Comics has finally arrived at The Splintering HQ (aka my house). Let’s get straight to the main attraction, shall we? Thanks for watching today. We appreciate all

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Mail Call! Unboxing James Hostler’s “The Bobcat”

Today we’re unboxing a copy of The Bobcat, a comic book project that I backed in 2020 via Indiegogo. Written by James Hostler and illustrated by Jim Mehsling, The Bobcat blends superhero and Western elements with steampunk technology and Native American mythology. Before jumping to the video, The Bobcat project is still available in demand here, so you can still

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What is George Travlos’s “Gold Standard” for Shipping Comics? (Video)

Today we’re unboxing a special comic book delivery from The Splintering’s own George Travlos, who is nigh-universally regarded as the foremost critic in comic book shipping. Let’s all take a look at how George packs his own shipments, and learn the true gold standard for packing a book, shall we? Thanks for reading! Please consider following The Splintering on social

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Mail Call! Unboxing Riot Press Productions’ Johnny Phantasm Action Figure

Today, I’m unboxing Riot Press Productions’ Johnny Phantasm action figure, which was funded via Indiegogo. The toy came with two comics, a postcard, poker chip, two gold foil trading cards, and several accessories. Without further ado, you can check out the unboxing video below. I appreciate all feedback – positive, constructive, or colorful. Thanks for reading! Please consider following The

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Greatest Levels in Gaming: “Kirby’s Adventure” (NES, Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Monochrome May event! Today we’re introducing what may become a new feature: Greatest Levels in Gaming, starting with one of the Nintendo Entertainment System’s last, but most cherished games. Before we kick this off, if you have any concerns about spoiling a 30-year old game, then you might want to avoid this retrospective. Then again,

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Steve Inman Parodies “Street Fighter II” in Latest Cat-Fight 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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Mail Call! Unboxing Crusade Comics’ “Shi: Haikyo”

Today, I’m unboxing Crusade Comics’ Shi Haikyo by Billy Tucci, Steven Peros and Gardenio Lima. We reviewed the first crowdfunded Shi book, Return of the Warrior in December (spoilers: we liked it), so hopefully Haikyo maintains the same level of quality. You can check out the Shi Haikyo unboxing video below. I appreciate all feedback – positive, constructive, or colorful.

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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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Mail Call! Unboxing Wildstyle Comics’ “Brutas the Badass“

Today, I’m unboxing Wildstyle Comics’ Brutas the Badass by Donal DeLay (Cash Grab) and Nasser Rabadi (Stardust). I contributed to the Indiegogo campaign in late 2018, so this one has admittedly been a long time coming. I backed the most basic physical tier, which included a signed copy of the book, a sticker, and three trading cards. You can check

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Mail Call! Unboxing Rise Again Comics’ “Monster M.D.” by Von Klaus and Marco Maccagni

Today, I’m unboxing Rise Again Comics’ Monster M.D. by Von Klaus and Marco Maccagni. I backed the most basic tier via Indiegogo in early 2020, which came packaged with a bonus book and a number of extra chotchkies. That’s it for this post. You can check out the unboxing video below, which is shockingly 100% cat-free. I appreciate all feedback

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Unboxing Secret Comics’ “ASYL” by Nasser Rabadi and Vic King

Today, I’m unboxing Secret Comics’ ASYL by Nasser Rabadi, Vic King and Billy Bacsko. I backed the most basic tier via Indiegogo in late 2020. From what I recall from the campaign, the story can fundamentally be described as “Dracula in an insane asylum.” As always, my cats insist on watching everything I do… This is the third book I’ve

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Jezebel Laments the Lack of Chun Li in “Mortal Kombat” Film… Yes, Really

You can’t make this stuff up. On Thursday, Jezebel posted an opinion piece focused on the upcoming Mortal Kombat film. The odd part is that the author’s primary point was to lament the fact that Chun Li was absent from the film’s latest trailer. *Record Scratch!* Yes. The self-described “astute film critic” wrote an entire piece around the idea that

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Steve Inman Parodies “Excitebike” in Recent Comedy Videos

Internet comedian Steve Inman has brought many laughs to what would normally be tragic situation. 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. While Inman’s comedic takes haven’t typically strayed into topics worth covering here on The Splintering, a couple

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