Category Archives: Opinion

Crowdfunding Review: “ASYL” (Secret Comics, Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to Monochrome May, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of everything black, white, and gray in between! Today we’ll be reviewing the crowdfunded vampire horror comic book ASYL by Secret Comics.  For those of you not familiar with the “crowdfunding review” format, we grade a crowdfunding campaign on four distinct categories: Book Content and Quality Communication and Fulfillment Packaging and

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Backlog Review: “Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition” (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Monochrome May event! Today we’re going to pick apart Bracket Games’ Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition, a visual novel for the Nintendo Switch.Three Fourths Home tells the story of a young woman named Kelly who is talking to her family members over a cell phone as she drives to their home. If that doesn’t sound

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 2 May 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 The Splintering’s own George Travlos. This week, we discussed the latest news on Parnell’s Ultra Star campaign, The Splintering’s Monochrome May event, plus a slew

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A long time ago in a galaxy “Har-har” away: Galaxina (1980)

The Star Wars-style crawl gives us, the viewer, some quick exposition on what we are to expect, after it ends we watch an absurdly long ship slowly pass before our eyes, then the plot gets underway, where we have a hammy pseudo Darth Vader facsimile, some Star Trek pokes, an Alien gag, and of course, shots at everyone’s favorite space

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream 25 April 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 War Party creator Justin Murphy and Lumina Vhox creator José Garcia. This week, we discussed the Spring ComicsGate art auction, the modern state of comic

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Top Ten Crossover Storylines in Comic Book History

What is a comic book crossover storyline? Well, it’s a comic book story that travels through at least two (but often more) different titles. For example, the classic Avengers/Defenders War took place between the two titles during the 1970s and is still talked about to this day by loyal fans. A crossover could also have one centric title, with several

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Looking Back at Red Valkyrie’s First “Underground Art Auction” (Interview)

As packages of original art continue to arrive at homes across the country – nay, the world – we are reminded that two weeks ago something very special happened.  The first (of many) “Underground Art Auctions” was hosted via livestream on the Red Valkyrie YouTube channel, forever opening up a new avenue for artists to seek exposure and make a

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“Black Sun” Creator Joseph Abbott Talks Samurai, Myth, and Learning From Past Failures (Interview)

Independent comic book creator Joseph Abbott recently launched his second Indiegogo campaign, this time for Black Sun, a samurai action adventure featuring creatures from Japanese legend. We were fortunate enough to get a chance to discuss his campaign, which is available to support here. As always, the answers below are represented as closely to “as written” as possible with only minimal edits. The Splintering:

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Under the Radar: “Destroyer Duck” #1 – First Appearance of Groo the Wanderer

Welcome to another edition of Under the Radar, a segment where we will spotlight comic books that don’t have the widespread attention of the comic book community that they really should.  Today, we’ll be looking at Destroyer Duck #1, which contained the first appearance of Groo the Wanderer. Groo the Wanderer is a sword for hire in an age gone

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“BEARDZZERKER” Creator Don Chin Talks Heavy Metal, Keanu, and What He Really Thinks of Millennials! (Interview)

Veteran comic book creator and Parody Press founder Don Chin recently launched his second Indiegogo campaign, this time for BEARDZZERKER, a parody of Boom Studios’ BRZRKR book featuring Keanu Reeves. We were fortunate enough to get a chance to discuss his campaign, which is still available to support here. As always, the answers below are represented as closely to “as written” as possible with

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Comic Review: “White Ash Presents – Glarien” (Scout Comics)

First off, it admittedly took me a bit longer than I would have like to finish this review, but White Ash Presents: Glarien is a one-shot issue, so it’s not like we’re two or three issues behind, or anything. Thank God for the little things. The issue is based on the White Ash universe created by Charlie Stickney several years

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Retro Review: “E.T. the Extraterrestrial” – Too Many Holes (Atari 2600)

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 cannot play E.T. The Extra Terrestrial because of all its damn holes. [Since this post discusses a phobia,

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Mel Allen Takes Mythology to the Cosmos in “Nephilim Squadron” (Interview)

Independent comic book creator Mel (Hex) Allen recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for Nephilim Squadron, a full color, science-fiction fantasy epic inspired by ancient mythology. He also has an e-mail sign-up list for his next project (here), a collected edition of all of the Nephilim Squadron books so far. We were fortunate enough to get a chance to discuss his

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Crowdfunding Review: “Johnny Phantasm 1985” (Riot Press)

Today, we’ll be reviewing the crowdfunded comic book Johnny Phantasm 1985 by Patrick Thomas Parnell and Evan Pozios.  For those of you not familiar with my crowdfunding 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 Johnny Phantasm 1985, I backed the book

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 28 March 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 Mermaids creator Adam Post. This week, we discussed Marvel leaving Diamond Comic Distributors, Netflix’s plans to produce a series based on Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR comic,

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Pixel to Cel: “Fatal Fury – The Motion Picture”

And, we’re back! Last time in Pixel to Cel, I covered two early 90s OVAs (Original Video Animations) that were packaged together by Viz in 1999 as Double Impact covering the first two installments of the Fatal Fury video game franchise. This time, we’re roaring out the gate with Fatal Fury The Motion Picture (1994), released by Viz to the

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Retro Review: “Superman” (SEGA Genesis)

To celebrate this week’s release of Justice League: the Snyder Cut on HBO, we’re  polluting cramming The Splintering chock full of content for Justice League-related games. In consideration of high political tensions in the United States, we’re also going to attempt to make this review 100% politics-free. Without further ado, let’s see how truth, justice, and the American way fare

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Jake Adams Thrashes Onto Indiegogo with “Cobalt”

It is becoming increasingly popular for critics to focus on the topic of “accessibility” in entertainment.  I often hear detractors demanding that works of fiction be made more accessible to very specific focus groups while simultaneously disparaging them for failing to appeal to broadly diverse audiences.  I find it quite ironic that the modern media, obsessed with reducing whole casts

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Retro Review: “The Adventures of Batman and Robin” (SEGA CD)

This week marks the long-awaited release of Justice League: the Snyder Cut, but we don’t need an excuse to celebrate the Dark Knight, right? So in an effort to boost website traffic celebrate the momentous film release, how about a retro gaming review of one of the Dynamic Duo’s video game adventures? You’ll be hard pressed to find a bigger

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 14 March 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 Mermaids creator Adam Post. This week, we discussed the upcoming variant covers for Marvel Comics’ Heroes Reborn event, updates on Patrick’s Johnny Phantasm plans, daylight

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Crowdfunding Review: “Stump Remastered” by Nathan M. Rosario

Seeing as how Nathan M. Rosario has launched his campaign for Stump issue 2, today we’ll be reviewing the first installment, Stump Remastered, which was crowdfunded in 2020. For those not familiar with The Splintering’s “crowdfunding review” format, we grade a crowdfunding campaign on four distinct categories: Book Content and Quality Communication and Fulfillment Packaging and Shipping Stretch Goals and

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“The Last Night” Director Tim Soret Issues Strong Defense of Pepé Le Pew

One of the more enduring characters from the Looney Tunes cartoon series is Pepé Le Pew, the lovesick French skunk with a penchant for feline companionship. I’ve never personally been much of a fan, as I thought that Pepé Le Pew cartoons were sort of “girly” as a kid (In fact, he’s also my mother’s favorite Looney Tunes character). Even

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 07 March 2020 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 Splintering’s own George Travlos. This week, we discussed the latest Red Sonja variants by Dynamite Comics, updates on Patrick’s Johnny Phantasm plans, how to

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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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