Category Archives: Humor

Mail Call! Unboxing Crusade Comics’ “Shi Omnibus: Volume 1”

Today we’re unboxing our Indiegogo-exclusive copy of Shi Omnibus: Volume 1 by Crusade Comics. It arrived with a pretty massive hole in the side, but did the book sustain any damage in transit? Watch to find out! Thanks for watching today. We appreciate all feedback – positive, constructive, or colorful. Thanks for reading! Please consider following The Splintering on social

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Mail Call! Unboxing Cauldron Comics’ “The Abductables 2: Reticulous” by Michael Derrick and Ibai Canales

Today we’re unboxing our Indiegogo-exclusive copy of The Abductables 2: Reticulous by Michael Derrick (Grayskale) and Ibai Canales (Iron Sights). This video also features the debut of my cat, Thoth Hermes Trismegistus Al Egypti (or Hermes, for short). Without further ado, let’s get straight to the video. Thanks for watching today. We appreciate all feedback – positive, constructive, or colorful.

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Mail Call! Unboxing “Ultra Star” by Riot Press Productions

Today we’re unboxing our Indiegogo-exclusive copy of Ultra Star by Riot Press Productions.* Have a watch, and let us know in the comments if you think that Patrick Thomas Parnell packed this parcel up himself, or if his wife Whitney did it. Thanks for watching today. We appreciate all feedback – positive, constructive, or colorful. *Disclosure: the author of this

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Double Mail Call! “A Child Is Born” and “Fiendish” Unboxing (Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s celebration of all births virgin and immaculate. Today we’re unboxing a couple of comic books that recently arrived at the mailbox of The Splintering HQ (my house): Irene Strychalski’s Fiendish and Billy Tucci’s A Child Is Born. It should also be noted that this is the final performance of my fluffy black cat

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Mega Mail Call! Four Comic Unboxings for the Price of One! (free, that is)

Today we’re unboxing four separate comic books recently received in the mailbox of The Splintering HQ (my house). They are: BeardzzerkerBlack BishopThe Expendables Go to Helland a Graveyard Shift promo book Enough talk! Have at thee with watching! Thanks for watching today. We appreciate all feedback – positive, constructive, or colorful. Thanks for reading! Please consider following The Splintering on

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The Horror Art of Bruce Timm (Gallery, Festival of Dread Special, NSFW)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things creepy and crawly. Renowned artist and animator Bruce Timm is primarily known for his iconic takes on the DC animated universe, starting with Batman the Animated Series. However, Tim’s trademark style isn’t limited to the world of superheroics. Over the years, he’s crafted a remarkable number

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Box Art Bombshells: “Vampire – Master of Darkness” (SEGA Game Gear, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering‘s month-long celebration of all things devilish and demented! We’re marking the occasion with a new edition of 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. Today, we’re the Castlevania-like 2D action platformer for the

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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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