Category Archives: Opinion

Illinois Lawmaker to Introduce Legislation Banning “Grand Theft Auto”, Other Violent Games

Earlier this week, an Illinois lawmaker announced that he will introduce a ban on violent videogames in response to a rise in carjackings in the Chicago area. State Representative Marcus Evans (Democrat) specifically noted Grand Theft Auto as his primary target, as it features vehicle theft as part of the gameplay. The legislation would ban sales of the game in

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Heart in Knotts – 1969’s “The Love God?”

Most are unlikely to equate ‘Sex’ and ‘Don Knotts’ in the same thought or sentence. The comedic actor was known by and large for “G rated” fare throughout his career; The Andy Griffith Show (1960), The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964), How To Frame a Figg (1971), The Apple Dumpling Gang (1979), The Private Eyes (1980), just to name a few.

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 21 February 2021 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 latest fallout from Disney’s firing of Gina Carano from The Mandelorian, updates on

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Small Packages – Good Things? Meet “Mini-Comic Bundles” (Interview)

In late 2020, independent comic book creators Aaron Guzman and Jason Alexander launched a monthly subscription service for Mini-Comic Bundles, collections of miniaturized comics small enough to put in your pocket. We were fortunate enough to get a chance to discuss this unique project with both creators. As always, the answers below are represented as closely to “as written” as possible

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Review: “Heroineburgh” Issue 2 and Swag Giveaway!

Combining the talents of dozens of actresses and other creators, Heroineburgh started as a web series featuring the exploits of a large cast of super-powered characters. The project has expanded to a bi-weekly comic strip and now a full comic book series, too, bringing the live-action world to the illustrated page. In any case, here’s the overall gist of the

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Happy Birthday Number 40: Remembering & Celebrating Ronald Reagan’s Acting Career

This weekend marks Ronald Reagan’s 110th birthday. Born February 6, 1911, Reagan was Number 40 in the line of American Presidents, his two terms in office opening and closing the decade of the 80s (1981-1989). It’s easy to think of him only in a political sense, but Reagan had a prior career, too. In Film! In fact, in the first

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Hard Cash: Looking back at 1967’s “Who’s Minding The Mint?”

The heist film is a standard of crime and action cinema. In fact, it has been with the film medium since the very beginning. 1903’s The Great Train Robbery by Edison Film, with Edwin S. Porter at the helm, is a great early example of a heist film, featuring bandits taking a train, valuables, and other goods before being chased

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 31 January 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 launch of Kenneth Rocafort’s GROKEN campaign, the latest images of Patrick’s Johnny Phantasm

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Crowdfunding Review: THE CHENOO by Graham Nolan

Given that the Indiegogo campaign for Graham Nolan’s Alien Alamo launched earlier this week, today we’ll be reviewing his most recent crowdfunded comic book, The Chenoo.  For those of you not familiar with my review format, I grade a crowdfunding campaign on four distinct categories: Book Content and Quality Communication and Fulfillment Packaging and Shipping Stretch Goals and Bonuses With

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic News Livestream – 24 January 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 most recent quarterly art auction on Ethan Van Sciver’s YouTube channel, the value

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Michael Derrick Digs In for Another Round of Probing with “The Abductables 2: Reticulous!” (Interview)

Independent comic book creator Michael Derrick is no stranger to crowdfunding projects (nor is he a stranger to being interviewed by The Splintering!). Derrick recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for The Abductables 2: Reticulous!, a full color follow-up to 2019’s sci-fi/comedy original (which we reviewed here). We were fortunate enough to get a chance to discuss his Reticulous! campaign which is still available to support here.

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Review: “Torch – Reclaim the Skies”

On Tuesday, independent comic book creator AJ Rojek launched a crowdfunding campaign for the first issue of Torch: Reclaim the Skies, an all-new sci-fi adventure series.* Written by Rojek and featuring illustrations by Tom Hoskisson and colors by Daniela Barisone, Torch is set in a futuristic world and features the titular heroine Torch, a onetime child-prodigy war pilot who was

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Sit Down Sunday Comic News Livestream 17 January 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 were joined by independent comic book creator Vinnie Tartamella to discuss a fraudulent Shadow of

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SIT DOWN SUNDAY Comic Book News Livestream – 03 January Edition

On this week’s edition 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 were joined by Foreign Agent creator Per Berg (aka Narwhal) to discuss 499, his current

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CФMMIЭ МдЯK Continues to Bastardize Golden Age Heroes in “Not Daredevil Universe” (Interview, part 1)

Today we’re honored to once again talk to CФMMIЭ МдЯK, the legendary “Gay Space Communist” Brit, independent comic book creator, and veritable YouTube sensation. He has multiple projects on the horizon, including Not Daredevil Universe, which is scheduled to begin crowdfunding on New Year’s Day. МдЯK was kind enough to invite me over to his place during my European holiday,

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Festive Cheer All Year Long with the “Holiday Special Podcast” (Jolly Jinglings Special)

Sure, 2020 is almost over, but just like any other year, saying goodbye to the Christmas holiday season is still bumming me out a bit. Still, we at The Splintering like to keep our Jolly Jinglings festivities going all the way to the New Year, and one easy, cost-free way to hold onto the holiday spirit all year long is

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‘Tis Peace on Earth, “Pluto” Style (Jolly Jinglings Special)

Life in 2020 has been hard for everyone, but there are life lessons to be found in chaos. What life lesson we can learn from Pluto today? The answer is peace on earth, stop the hatred, care about the world and the people. I have always loved robots since I was little, and love detective mysteries as an adult; Pluto

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream- 26 December Edition

On a special Saturday edition 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 ongoing success of Ethan Van Sciver’s Reignbow the Brute, more bad news

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Review: “The Outsiders – A Christmas Carol 1985” (DC Comics, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things merry and bright! Yes, another take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. What kind of Christmas stories would comic creators come up with if A Christmas Carol never existed? But all is well, because if there is any superhero team that fans were clamoring to see reenact the Dickens classic,

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Retro Review: “Home Alone” (SNES, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things festive and frosty! The original Home Alone film hit theaters during the holiday season of 1990, making this year the anniversary of its release. We’ve already marked the occasion by reviewing the Home Alone video game for the original NES, but why not see how the Super Nintendo version stacks up? The

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Review: “Batman – Noël” (DC Comics, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, the Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things that shake like a bowl full of jelly! Today we’re going to pick apart Batman: Noël, the graphic novel written and illustrated by Lee Bermejo and published by DC Comics in 2011. Wait, Batman: Noël… Batmanuel!? Anyway, using Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as the backdrop, Batman: Noël

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Backlog Review: “Hurdle Turtle – Celebrations!” (Xbox 360/Xbox Live Indie Games, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Jolly Jinglings holiday event! Today we’re going to take a look at another lesser-known title from the Xbox Live Indie Game (XBLIG) catalogue, Hurdle Turtle: Celebrations! Developed by Adam “Holmfry” Holmes in 2013, Hurdle Turtle: Celebrations! is a sequel of sorts to 2010’s Hurtle Turtle. It’s an arcade-style endless runner game where players control their

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Retro Review: “Home Alone” (NES, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things merry and bright! The original Home Alone film was released during the holiday season of 1990, making this year an anniversary of sorts. So what better time to take a look at one of the video games inspired by the classic feature film? For those too young to

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Review: “Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special” (DC Comics, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Jolly Jinglings holiday event! Full disclosure! Today we’re going to look at one of my personal, all-time favorite comics: Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special. Written by Keith Giffen and Alan Grant, illustrated by Simon Bisley, and published by DC Comics in 1991, Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special is a gloriously violent one-shot comic strictly intended for mature

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