Category Archives: Opinion

Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 20 September 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 arbitrary “rules” for crowdfunding comics, IDW’s veteran suicide awareness issue of G.I. Joe, Patrick’s upcoming

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Retro Review: “Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose” (SNES)

It’s now been three full decades since Tiny Toon Adventures premiered. Based on a group of young “cartoon characters in training,” the Tiny Toons themselves were re-imagined stand-ins for classic Warner Bros. characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig. The show was at the forefront of a new age of kids’ programming, laying the groundwork for shows

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Retro Review: “Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster’s Hidden Treasure” (SEGA Genesis)

The very first episode of Tiny Toon Adventures debuted on 14 September 1990, so to mark this anniversary, we’re going to review one of the several video games based on the groundbreaking show. I was hitting middle school around the time that Tiny Toon Adventures first aired, and given that it landed at such a formative time in my life,

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 13 September 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, The Shepherd creator Dr. Andrea Molinari, and The Splintering‘s own George Travlos. This week, we discussed variant covers for Patrick’s Johnny Phantasm 1985 crowdfunding campaign, the

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Review: “Sonic Adventure” (SEGA Dreamcast)

It’s 9 September, which means it is the anniversary of the SEGA Dreamcast’s U.S. release. I’m now going to attempt a fair review of Sonic Adventure, one of the most divisive games in SEGA’s back-catalogue. While it was received very well upon its original release in 1999, its many flaws have been exhaustively laid out since. How to proceed? Should

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 6 September 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, The Shepherd creator Dr. Andrea Molinari, Red Valkyrie YouTube host Shae the Red, and Graveyard Shift co-creator Jon Malin. This week, we discussed the latest developments

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Top Ten Living Legends: Comic Book Writer/Artist/Creators WHO DO IT ALL

Welcome back to another Top Ten list here at The Splintering. Today, we’re spotlighting the top ten writer/artist/creators – essentially, those creators who “do it all.”  We’re taking everything into account on this one, including the creators’ writing, their artwork and their creations.  Read on and be sure to let us know who we may have left out in the

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“Sit DOWN Sunday” Comic Book News Livestream – 30 August 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, The Shepherd creator Dr. Andrea Molinari, and The Bobcat creator James Hostler. This week, we discussed the latest developments of Patrick’s Johnny Phantasm 1985 crowdfunding campaign,

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“Sit Down Sunday” Comic Book News Livestream – 23 August 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, The Shepherd creator Dr. Andrea Molinari, and The Splintering’s own George Travlos. This week, we discussed the ongoing success of Patrick’s Johnny Phantasm 1985 crowdfunding campaign,

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Retro Review: “3D Thunder Blade” (Nintendo 3DS – Attack Helicopter Week Special)

There’s quite a selection of SEGA’s 3D Classics line on the Nintendo 3DS: After Burner, Space Harrier, Fantasy Zone II; many of them are considered to be highly-regarded classics, but Thunder Blade isn’t usually part of the conversation when SEGA fans reminisce about the company’s glorious arcade past. Why is that? I contend that one reason is that Thunder Blade

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Review: “The Eternal Castle [REMASTERED]” (Nintendo Switch, Steam PC)

Retro revivals are a dime a dozen, so it takes a lot to stand out in the crowd. The Eternal Castle [REMASTERED] might just have an edge on that competition, if you’re willing to forgive a few rough edges.* Originally released in 1987 for MS-DOS, The Eternal Castle (or El Castillo De La Eternidad, if you prefer) is a side-scrolling

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Impressions: “Preventative Strike” (Nintendo Switch – Attack Helicopter Week Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Attack Helicopter Week. I wish we were meeting again under better circumstances… When I don’t or can’t fully complete a game, I try not to call my critical write-ups “reviews”, and instead opt for the term “impressions”. I did not finish Preventative Strike, and I’m not sorry. Developed by TocanaDev, Preventative Strike is an old-school,

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Retro Review: Tiger Heli – NES (Attack Helicopter Week Special)

Welcome back to Attack Helicopter Week here at The Splintering! Today, we’re going to feature an old-school shooter close to my heart, Tiger Heli! When my family first got an NES, it was a Christmas gift from my aunt and uncle. With it, we received three, non-Mario related games: Rad Racer, Hogan’s Alley, and Tiger Heli. Nice spread, right? That

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“Sit-Down Sunday” Comic Book News Livestream – 16 August 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 both Parnell and The Shepherd creator Dr. Andrea Molinari. This week, we discussed the ongoing success of Patrick’s Johnny Phantasm 1985 crowdfunding campaign, DC Comics’ decision to

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Retro Review: “Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf” (SEGA Genesis – Attack Helicopter Week Special)

Welcome to The Splintering’s Attack Helicopter Week. With 2020 being the 30th anniversary of Saddam Hussein invading Kuwait, it makes sense to mark the occasion with one of the games inspired by that short-lived conflict. Published by Electronic Arts in 1992, Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf is a slower-paced, isometric shooter released for multiple platforms. While it was inspired

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Kotaku Posts Error-Ridden Hit-Piece Disguised as Intellivision Amico Coverage

On Tuesday, video game website Kotaku posted an editorial titled Oh No, Earthworm Jim, written Kotaku editor Luke Plunkett. This very short piece starts with a criticism of Earthworm Jim 4, an upcoming game for the yet to be released Intellivision Amico console. Plunkett’s criticism begins with a couple of simple points: he doesn’t like the new game’s “hand-drawn” art

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“Sit-Down Sunday” Comic Book News Livestream – 9 August 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 both Parnell and The Shepherd creator Dr. Andrea Molinari. This week, the main event was celebrating the successful launch of Johnny Phantasm 1985. We also discussed the

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Top Ten Living Legends – Comic Book Artists

Lists are fun, aren’t they?  They allow contributors and readers alike to share their experiences and opinions. They are nostalgic, and informative.  Here at The Splintering, we’ve decided to open the doors for some “Top Ten” lists, both to give our contributors a chance to share their voices and to allow our readers to do the same.  So please, review

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“Sit Down Sunday” Comic Book News Livestream – 02 August 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 both Parnell and The Shepherd creator Dr. Andrea Molinari. This week, we discussed online intimidation in mainstream comics, Dr. Molinari’s next installment of The Shepherd joining Scout

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Who should play Samus in a “Metroid” film?

For some reason, the topic of a Metroid film keeps resurfacing, and with it, speculation as to which actress is best suited to portray intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran from Nintendo’s Metroid series. Perhaps such nonsense is expected when fans are asked to wait so long between game releases- they begin to ask for ever-more ridiculous things to satisfy their

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Review: “Johnny Phantasm in the Tales of New Detroit, 1977” (Riot Press)

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”), has been appearing semi-regularly on Parnell’s YouTube channel for weeks, cross-promoting each other’s work. In light of

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“Sit Down Sunday” Comic Book News Livestream – 26 July 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 both Parnell and The Shepherd creator Dr. Andrea Molinari. This week, we discussed Scout Comics’ Captain Suave, Jae Lee’s encounter with Cancel Culture, Cauldron Comics’ The Abductables

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Dynamite Comics Drops “Vampirella” Variant Cover after Cancel Culture Backlash

Over the weekend, Dynamite Comics cancelled a crowdfunding campaign for a Vengeance of Vampirella variant cover featuring the internet comedian known only as “Cecil.” The book was already an overnight success, achieving its original funding goal in the first hour and raising more than $10k before the project was nixed. The cover itself featured a caricature of Cecil himself betwixt

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“Sit Down Sunday” Comic Book News Livestream – 19 July 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 both Parnell and The Shepherd creator Dr. Andrea Molinari. This week, we discussed The Bobcat, the second wave of Allegiance Arts books hitting Walmart shelves, and the

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Manga Review: “The Case Study of Vanitas” – Steampunk Vampires in Paris

Vampires, airships, beautiful Paris, and a book sought after by many, The Case Study of Vanitas will have you debating on whom to cheer, the vampires, or the humans. Creator Jun Mochizuki crafts a world in which the vampires are unlike traditional vampires that can’t walk among the humans in daylight. The vampires of The Case Study of Vanitas react

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“Sit Down Sunday” Comic Book News Livestream – 12 July 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 both Parnell and The Shepherd creator Dr. Andrea Molinari. We discussed “whisper networks”, Johnny Phantasm: Halloween 1985, action figures, communism, and Dr. Molinari’s The Shepherd book jumping

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