Category Archives: Reflections

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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Media and the Mat: Mortal Kombat, WCW Blood Runs Cold, and Glacier

For better or worse, video games tend to find their way into other media. Most often, games are made into live action adaptations (Street Fighter The Movie – 1994, we miss you Raul Julia!), cartoons, anime, comics, as well as manga. But perhaps the strangest of wonders is when a video game penetrates into the soap opera, kayfabe world of

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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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Pixel to Cel: “Fatal Fury – Double Impact” (1999)

A previous article here on The Splintering covered the uninhibited method of 90s video game marketing ads, and it got me thinking not only about the games of that decade, but animated renditions of those games from the time period. Unsurprisingly, fighting games and beat ’em up side-scrollers come readily to mind, as colorful characters performing ultra violent moves on

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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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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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