Category Archives: Opinion

Backlog Review: “Hieronymous Bash” (Xbox 360/Xbox Live Indie Games, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Jolly Jinglings holiday event! Nothing is more to foundational to the Christmas season than the war between heaven and hell, so today we’re going to take a look at a little-known indie game from the Xbox Live Indie Game (XBLIG) catalogue, Hieronymous Bash! The Lord’s heavenly hosts have descended from on high… to unleash a

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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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The haunting beauty of Xia Da’s “Fairytale of Winter” (Jolly Jinglings Special)

Fairy Tale Of Winter by Chinese artist Xia Da is about a snow princess that is brought to life by the power of magical fairies and can only stay alive with the love of a human. But, will something stand in the way of her accomplishing that goal? A young boy plays in the first snowfall with his animal friends,

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Independent Comics Creator Nandor Fox Shaffer Discusses Balancing Light and Dark in “Seasons” (Interview)

Like sands in the hourglass, so are the seasons of our lives… Independent comic book creator Nandor Fox Shaffer recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for volumes 1 and 2 of Seasons, graphic novels that began as a dramatic web comic. We were fortunate enough to get a chance to discuss his Seasons campaign which is still available to support here. As always, the answers

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Comic Review: “Death Kanji” by Jordan Patrick Finn and Greg Woronchak

Many storytellers have claimed H.P. Lovecraft as an inspiration, but writer Jordan Patrick Finn and illustrator Greg Woronchak have put together a unique take on Lovecraftian themes in their graphic novel, Death Kanji.* Crowdfunded on Kickstarter earlier this year, Death Kanji is an 80-page book described by Finn as a samurai horror graphic novel. Taking inspiration not just from Lovecraft

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“Ailsa Dark” Creator Will Hazle Talks Monsters, the Macabre, and Making Comics (Interview)

Independent comic book creator Will Hazle recently launched an Indiegogo campaign for the third and final issue in a three-part miniseries titled Ailsa Dark: Werewolves and Bampots. We were fortunate enough to get a chance to discuss his Ailsa Dark campaign which is still available to support here. As always, the answers below are represented as closely to “as written” as possible with only minimal edits.

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Sit Down Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 22 November 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 the Adam Post’s discuss Mermaids book, Jim Lee’s latest entry on the crowdfunding stage,

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Review: “Kabuki – Masks of The Noh” (Image Comics)

Throughout history, Noh masks were believed to be a way of hiding Japanese ghosts as these masks had the ability to absorb negative energy and thoughts. It came to be known that the mask that would capture the entity, and transform it into an evil spirit. If someone would carelessly wear the Noh mask, the soul of that person would

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Randy Siplon Puts the “Kill” in “Kill Reaver”, the New Fantasy Comic on Indiegogo (Interview)

Comic book and trading card artist Randy Siplon recently launched an Indiegogo campaign for Kill Reaver, a new fantasy comic book that takes its inspiration from… We were fortunate enough to get a chance to discuss his Kill Reaver campaign which is still available to support here. As always, the answers below are represented as closely to “as written” as possible with only minimal edits. The

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SIT DOWN SUNDAY COMIC BOOK NEWS LIVESTREAM – 8 NOVEMBER 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 were joined by independent comic book creator Justin Murphy and independent game developer Harrison Bergeron. We

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 1 November 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 wrapping up of The Splintering’s Festival of Dread event, Patrick debuted some Johnny Phantasm

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Manga Review: Junji Ito’s “Frankenstein” (Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering‘s Festival of Dread, our celebration of all things monstrous and macabre! Today we’re going to take a look at Mary Shelley’s classic horror tale Frankenstein as retold by celebrated manga creator, Junji Ito. Originally published in 2013, Junji Ito’s Frankenstein includes not just an illustrated retelling of the classic tale, but it includes several backup

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Review: “Infinity – A Tale of the Inferno” (Caliber Comics, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things deadly and demonic! Today, we’re going to take a look at Infinity – A Tale of the Inferno, a supernatural miniseries published by Caliber Comics in 2019.* Written by Chad Strohl and featuring art by Kamil Boettcher and Lukasz Marko, Infinity is a modern story set

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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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Retro Review: “Splatterhouse 2” (SEGA Genesis, Festival of Dread Special)

Of all the games I’ve owned, sold, repurchased, etc., over the years, I’ve never sold any of my original Splatterhouse games. Why? Because braining demons with blunt objects and watching their unholy essence spray from their freshly-cracked skulls is good ol’ family fun. Wholesome shit, am I right? My personal experience with the Splatterhouse series went like this: Splatterhouse (TG-16 version), Splatterhouse 3, and finally Splatterhouse

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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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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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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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“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, a 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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Backlog Review: “Night Slashers” (Switch/Arcade, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering‘s Festival of Dread, our month-long celebration of all things hideous and horrid! Today, we’re going to review a lesser-remembered arcade beat-em-up now available on the Nintendo Switch, Johnny Turbo’s Arcade: Night Slashers. Originally released in 1993 by Data East, Night Slashers is an arcade brawler for up to 3 players. While the early 90s was

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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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Backlog Review: “Claire: Extended Cut” (PS4, Vita, PC, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering‘s Festival of Dread event, our month-long celebration of all things evil and eerie! And hoo-boy, do we have some great evil to discuss today, because we’re going to take a look at Claire: Extended Cut for the PS4 and PS Vita, an atmospheric adventure puzzle game that many might call the most terrifying thing of

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