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Wave 1 of ALL CAPS Comics’ CyberFrog Action Figure Line Fully Funded on Indiegogo

Overnight, the crowdfunding campaign for ALL CAPS Comics’ first wave of Cyberfrog action figures met its lofty funding goal of $400 thousand. Having crossed the $400k threshold, the road is now open to unlocking bonus stretch goals including more weapons, extra interchangeable hands, and possibly a pack-in comic. CyberFrog creator and ALL CAPS Comics founder Ethan Van Sciver celebrated the

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Retro-Inspired Puzzler “Dumpy & Bumpy” Coming to Consoles

Publisher Screenwave Media has announced that their throwback multiplayer puzzle game Dumpy & Bumpy is will be receiving console ports, though specific platforms and release dates have yet to be confirmed. The game was released via Steam PC in May. Developed by Programancer, Dumpy & Bumpy is a puzzle adventure with pixel art graphics and 80 stages to take on

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Alterna Comics Founder Peter Simeti Unveils New Ongoing Series: “King Cryptid”

During a recent art auction held on his personal YouTube channel, independent comic book creator and Alterna Comics founder Peter Simeti unveiled plans for his upcoming sci-fi adventure series King Cryptid, including a reveal of the titular character himself. Inspired by Native American myths and folklore, King Cryptid is set in a world where fantastical creatures exist (i.e. Bigfoot, chupacabra,

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Jon Malin’s “Godlike” Hits $100k on Day One

Over the weekend, veteran comic book creator Jon Malin launched a crowdfunding campaign for Godlike, his first new IP since the launch of Graveyard Shift in 2018. The Godlike campaign is already off to a very good start, having raised more than $100k in it’s first 24 hours. Written and illustrated by Malin (Jawbreakers: Lost Souls) and featuring colors by

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Historical Horror Comic “Jack the Ripper: Vampire Hunter” Fully Funded in Opening Hours

On Friday, independent comic book creator Mandy Summers launched a crowdfunding campaign for Jack the Ripper: Vampire Hunter, a 48-page horror graphic novel loosely based on actual events. The project is already fully funded, having raised nearly $5 thousand at the time of this writing. Not too shabby for the first few hours. Written by Summers (Super Dead, Pirate Queen)

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Next Month Is “80s August” at The Splintering!

We’ve enjoyed many different theme events here at The Splintering (the Festival of Dread, Jolly Jinglings, and Monochrome May and Attack Helicopter Week), but waiting until October for the next one just seems like too long of a wait… That’s why we’re christening this August as the inaugural 80s August! Starting next week, we’ll be posting reviews and features celebrating

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Hamster Adds “NOVA2001” to the Arcade Archives on Switch, PS4

Game publisher Hamster has announced that NOVA2001, the lesser-known shoot-em-up arcade game, is now available on PS4 and Nintendo Switch as part of the digital Arcade Archives series. Originally released by UPL in 1983, NOVA2001 is the predecessor to Ark Area. In NOVA2001, players control a space fighter that can shoot in all directions (similar to Asteroids or Sinistar). Your

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“Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water” Re-Release To Be Censored

Publisher Koei Tecmo recently announced that their horror title Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is scheduled for a digital release on 28 October for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, SeXbox, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC… and it will be censored on all platforms. Maiden of Black Water is an updated version of the Wii U release in 2014. Like other

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Alien Pixel Studios’ 2D Puzzle Platformer “Unbound: Worlds Apart” Now on Switch, PC

As of today (that’s right now), Alien Pixel Studios’ portal-hopping, puzzle platformer Unbound: Worlds Apart is now available on Nintendo Switch and PC (via Steam). Described as a dark fairy tale, Unbound is set in a fantasy world with gameplay featuring Metroidvania (nonlinear 2D adventure) elements. Players harness the world-altering portals to defeat monsters, solve puzzles and save reality from

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2D Tower Defense Game “BarricadeZ” Gets New Gameplay Trailer

On Tuesday, developer FlyPenguin released a new gameplay trailer for BarricadeZ, their 2D tower defense survival game that is available now via Steam Early Access. This latest trailer features the game’s basic mechanics and a few of the more advanced features of the game, including how to set up trap hallways and “Autocrafting” (if a game insists on including crafting,

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Giant Mechs and Guns Abound in Global Frequency Studios’ “Mavrics: Origins”

Late last week, Global Frequency Studios launched a crowdfunding campaign for Mavrics: Origins Vol. One, a 60-page graphic novel intended for fans of Battletech, Gundam, and Armored Core (what – no Iron Soldier love?). At the time of this writing, the campaign is already fully funded, so now all that’s left to worry about is stretch goals and fulfillment. Written

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Dark Fantasy Adventure Awaits in Panteon Studios’ “Disturbing Forest”, Coming Soon to Switch, Steam

Publisher Ultimate Games has announced that Disturbing Forest – a genre-blending puzzle/adventure/survival game set in a fantasy world – will be coming to Steam PC in Q4 of 2021 with a Nintendo Switch release to follow in 2022. Disturbing Forest is the debut game by Panteon Studio, an independent development studio in Poland. According to Mateusz Kuliś, one of Panteon’s

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Conquest Comics’ “Wonder Island: Hero of Brightwater” Now on Indiegogo (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Earlier this month, independent comic book creator and Conquest Comics founder Liam Gray launched a crowdfunding campaign for Wonder Island: Hero of Brightwater, a 72-page graphic novel that includes the first three chapters of the Wonder Island saga. Intended for audiences of all ages, Wonder Island is a vibrant fantasy tale that looks to be inspired by multiple adventure video

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Battle Robot Space Fish in “G-Darius HD”, Coming Soon for Switch, PS4

Taito and ININ Games have partnered up to release G-Darius HD, a remastered port of 1997’s arcade title… G-Darius. Developed by M2, G-Darius HD will be available physically and digitally for Nintendo Switch and PS4 later in 2021 (that’s for both North American and European territories). While the Darius shoot ‘em up series dates back to the mid-80s (or as

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Billy Tucci’s “Shi: Omnibus Vol. 1” Now Breaking Hearts (and Wallets) on Indiegogo

On Tuesday, renowned comic book creator, Crusade Comics founder and “Teen Sensation” Billy Tucci launched a crowdfunding campaign for Shi: Omnibus Volume 1, the hardcover book that collects all 12 issues of Shi: Way of the Warrior, the three-part Tomoe miniseries, and the 48-page Shi Vs. Tomoe, making a thicc 488-page total. At the time of this writing, the campaign

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Wyatt Holliday’s Pulp Era-Inspired “Heroine Adventure Magazine” Now on Indiegogo

Over the weekend, independent comic book creator Wyatt Holliday launched a crowdfunding campaign for Heroine Adventure Magazine issue 1, “the world’s first-ever pulp heroines magazine.” Weighing in at a thicc 128 pages, Heroine Adventure #1 is a standalone, full-length pulp novel presented in 7×10 format. The project is already fully funded, so now all Holliday has to worry about is

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Shoot-Em-Up Collection “Kyukyoku Tiger-Heli” Coming to PS4, Switch in October

Well, well! It looks like M2 is getting into the Attack Helicopter Week spirit! The Japanese developer recently announced that Kyukyoku Tiger-Heli will be coming to both Nintendo Switch and PS4 in Japan as a “Toaplan arcade garage” collection. Scheduled for release on 28 October, Kyukyoku Tiger-Heli will be available both in digital format for 3,960 yen and a physical

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Andy Smith’s “1stMAN 2: Learning Curve” Now on Indiegogo

On Friday, veteran comic book creator Andy Smith launched a crowdfunding campaign for 1stMAN 2: Learning Curve, a 52-page graphic novel that promises to recreate energy of comic books from the 80s and 90s. 1stMAN himself is a superhero described as part Spider-Man and part Captain Marvel (with The Ray’s color scheme, to boot). Here’s the official plot synopsis taken

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Matthew Martin’s “Snowman: A Cold Day in Hell” Crosses Six Figures Threshold

On Thursday, the crowdfunding campaign for Snowman: A Cold Day in Hell hit the blessed “six figures” milestone, raising more than $100 thousand via Indiegogo. This keeps the “six figure” streak alive for publisher ALL CAPS Comics, who has hit the $100k mark on all of its original comic book campaigns so far. What finally pushed Snowman over the threshold?

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Data East’s Evolutionary Shooter “DARWIN 4078” Now Available for PS4, Switch via the Arcade Archives

Game publisher Hamster has announced that DARWIN 4078, the classic vertical scrolling shoot-em-up arcade game, is now available on PS4 and Nintendo Switch as part of the digital Arcade Archives series. Originally released by Data East in 1986, DARWIN 4078 is the predecessor to 1987’s Super Real Darwin. In DARWIN 4078, your ship absorbs and converts the energy from other

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Dark Fantasy “ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights” Coming to PlayStation on 20 July

Publisher Binary Haze Interactive has announced that ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights is coming to both PS4 and PS5 (via backwards compatibility). Already available for Steam PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and SeXbox, ENDER LILIES is described as a “metroidvania” (or a nonlinear 2D action adventure game) set in a dark fairy tale world. Here’s the breakdown of ENDER

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“Cardaclysm: Shards of the Four” Coming to Xbox One, Switch in August

Publisher Headup recently announced that Elder Games’ Cardaclysm: Shards of the Four will release for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on 13 August. Available on Steam PC since February 2021 (or July 2020, if you count early access), Cardaclysm: Shards of the Four is a procedurally generated collectible card game featuring action RPG elements. Here is the official breakdown of

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Arcade Racer “Cruis’n Blast” Coming to Nintendo Switch in September

Publisher GameMill Entertainment recently announced that Cruis’n Blast is coming to Nintendo Switch on 14 September. Originally developed by Raw Thrills and released in arcades in 2017, Cruis’n Blast is the latest in the long-running arcade racing series that began with Cruis’n USA in 1994. You can check out the latest trailer below, following a brief breakdown of Cruis’n Blast

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Rune Cutter Comics is Back for More Cleavage in “Butch Cleaver 2”

Independent comic book creator and Rune Cutter Comics founder Matt Burke recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for Butch Cleaver 2, the 52-page sequel to the first Butch Cleaver graphic novel that was successfully crowdfunded in 2020. Written and illustrated by Burke, Butch Cleaver 2 is a hyper-violent supernatural fantasy book that is described as an unholy combination of Batman, Swamp

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Retro-Inspired Platformer “Metaloid: Origin” Comes to PS4 on Tuesday

Publisher Eastasiasoft has announced that retro-inspired action platformer Metaloid: Origin will be available on PS4 starting Tuesday, 13 July (that’s tomorrow, at the time of this writing). Developed by Retro Revolution and ported by 7 Raven Studios, Metaloid: Origin is actually the sequel to a run-and-gun action title METAGAL. And while the name “Metaloid” might suggest an inspiration from Nintendo’s

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Fighting Game-Inspired Combatants Hit the Comic Book Page in Tyler Kirkham’s “Final Boss”

Over the weekend, veteran comic book creator Tyler Kirkham launched a crowdfunding campaign for Final Boss, an all new 40+ page high-octane graphic novel. At the time of this writing, the campaign is well beyond funded, so now all that is left to worry about is stretch goals and fulfillment, right? Returning to the book… Created, written and illustrated by

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Throwback Platformer “Within the Blade” Coming to Consoles on 16 July

Publisher Ratalaika Games has announced that Ametist Studio’s 2D action-platformer Within the Blade is coming next week to PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Blending ninja action, stealth, and RPG gameplay elements with a throwback pixelated art style, Within the Blade looks to be designed for hardcore platformer fans, whether they are nostalgic for the punishing, retro games of the

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Sleeveless Comics’ “Englewood” Book 2 Now on Indiegogo (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Earlier in July, independent comic book creator and Sleeveless Comics founder Micah Curtis launched a crowdfunding campaign for Englewood: Book 2, the 66-page follow up to the first issue that was successfully crowdfunded in 2019. Written by Curtis and featuring illustrations by Brian Martinez and colors by Armand Strange, Englewood is a street-level superhero story set on the crime-ridden streets

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