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New “NieR Re[in]carnation” Trailer Shows Off Turn-Based Combat

Square Enix has released a new gameplay trailer for NieR Re[in]carnation, which is coming soon to iOS and Android in Japan. The footage seems to confirm that the game is, in fact, a turn-based RPG, complete with turn-based combat, enemies who attack in waves, gear/familiars that look like teddy bears, and both an overworld and 2D segments for players to traverse.

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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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A Look Back at “The Prisoner” Comic Book Series

The Prisoner was a British TV series from 1967 starring Patrick McGoohan as a spy who is held prisoner on a mysterious island known as “The Village”.  His name never being revealed, McGoohan’s character (known simply as #6) is being held so that his captors can retrieve “information” from him – most specifically – why he abruptly resigned from his

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Johnny Phantasm Jumps to 1985 in a Halloween-Themed Sequel

Earlier this week, the creators of Johnny Phantasm 1977 set up a crowdfunding pre-launch page for a sequel: Johnny Phantasm: Halloween 1985.* Written by Evan Pozios and illustrated by Patrick Thomas Parnell, Halloween 1985 is a 32-page, supernatural comic book featuring a mash-up of ghouls & gangsters. Here’s the brief story synopsis taken from the Halloween 1985 Indiegogo pre-launch page:

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Newsstand vs. Direct Editions – The Original Comic Book Variant Covers

The word “variant” to comic book fans elicits a wide range of reactions.  From excitement and wonder to frustration and disdain.  People often forget that there were variants in play long before publishers began over-saturating the shelves with various cover images.  Yes, there was the classic Canadian or UK price variant, but I’m talking about the Newsstand vs. Direct Edition

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Vive la Liberté! The French Revolution gets a sci-fi spin in “Steelrising” on Steam PC

Game publisher Nacon has been teasing Spiders’ next game for weeks, and earlier this week they finally revealed Steelrising, an all-new action/RPG set in during the French Revolution with a sci-fi spin. You can watch the Steelrising debut trailer below, followed by the brief story synopsis taken from the game’s Steam page: King Louis XVI’s automata army is terrorising the

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Whirlpool’s “Slobbish Dragon Princess” Coming to Western PCs in 2020

Earlier this week, publisher Sekai Project announced that visual novel Slobbish Dragon Princess will be coming to western PCs via Steam. Slobbish Dragon Princess is a romantic comedy developed by Whirlpool (the creators of the Neko-nin exHeart series). You can read Sekai Project’s full story synopsis below: The main character is a sprightly young NEET who lives in a dilapidated dojo.

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The Barton Brothers’ Horror Comic “KOZOR: Descent into Madness” Coming Soon to Indiegogo

KOZOR: Descent into Madness is a crowdfunding campaign that is scheduled to go live later this summer.  The brainchild of Korey Barton, KOZOR is a comic book that’s been completed for over a year but has not yet seen the light of day.  Now, with the surge in crowdfunding campaigns, Korey, along with his brother Clayton Barton has decided that

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“Sit Down Sunday” Comic Book News Livestream – 5 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 the latest drama with Diamond Comic Distributors, Mermaids, Parnell’s future plans for Johnny Phantasm, aliens in

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The Battle of Iwo Jima as an inspiration for comics (Gallery – 4th of July Special)

Perhaps no other historic image has inspired more heroic artwork than the flag raising over Iwo Jima. To celebrate the 4th of July and the freedom attained by America’s founding, below are some of comics’ take on this historic moment in which brave men fought and died to preserve this freedom generations later. Happy Independence Day!

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Ethan Van Sciver’s “Cyberfrog 2: Rekt Planet” Crosses $1 Million Milestone

Earlier this week, the crowdfunding campaign for Cyberfrog 2: Rekt Planet passed the incredible “Seven Figures, Bitch!” (Government name: “Seven Figures, Motherfucker!“) threshold, raising more than $1.01 million at the time of this writing. Written and illustrated by Ethan Van Sciver and featuring colors by Kyle Ritter, Rekt Planet is the 48-page sequel to the massively successful Cyberfrog: Bloodhoney. The Rekt Planet project

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Action/Satire Comic “Street Champion Roadwarrior Drake” Now on Indiegogo

Over the weekend, independent filmmaker and comic book creator Alberto Martinez launched a crowdfunding campaign for Street Champion Roadwarrior Drake. Described as an “action, adventure, and sublime satire”, Street Champion Roadwarrior Drake is a girthy 150-page, black and white graphic novel written and illustrated by Martinez himself. The first attempt at crowdfunding the project ended unsuccessfully, but this latest Roadwarrior Drake

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Time-Bending RPG “Tower of Time” Now Available on Consoles

Indie game publisher Digerati Distribution and developer Event Horizon have released Tower of Time, a new RPG that puts an interesting time-bending spin on the traditional combat formula. During battles, the player can pause time to better plan a strategy, better control the field of battle, and reposition your party. One example provided by Digerati is the ability to “divide

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Chaotic Neutral Comics Taps Japanese Folklore for “Okuri-Inu: the Oni Within”

Chaotic Neutral Comics has recently started teasing its upcoming project Okuri-Inu: the Oni Within, with a crowdfunding campaign expected to launch soon via Indiegogo. Written by Woodrow Lansdale and featuring illustrations by Bruce Patnaude (The Wreck) and colors by Andrew Pate, Okuri-Inu is an all-new graphic novel inspired by Japanese folklore. Here’s the story synopsis taken from the Okuri-Inu Indiegogo

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“Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate” Headed West for PC, Switch in 2020

Earlier this week during a New Game+ Expo live stream, Spike Chunsoft revealed that Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate is headed for a Western release for both Steam PC and Nintendo Switch sometime in 2020. The Tower of Fortune and The Dice of Fate is the fifth main entry in the Shiren the Wanderer

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“Bloodstained Curse of the Moon 2” Announced for Steam, Consoles

During the New Game+ Expo live stream on Tuesday, Inti Creates announced that Bloodstained Curse of the Moon 2 is coming soon for Steam PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Developed by Artplay and produced by Koji Igarashi, Curse of the Moon 2 brings fans another round of 2D action inspired by the classic Castlevania series. Series protagonist Zangetsu

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Mike Baron’s “Florida Man” Fully Funded on Indiegogo After Reddit Bans Book from Discussion Boards

Earlier this week, the crowdfunding campaign for Florida Man hit its initial goal with 40 days remaining in the campaign at the time of this writing. The project got a funding boost after one of the creators and all discussion of the book were banned by Reddit for one of the creators being linked to Bleeding Fool, a website that

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PiXEL Announces Greek Mythology-themed “Wing of the Asteria” for Switch, Steam PC

On a Monday, PiXEL announced Wing of Asteria, a new horizontal shooter inspired by ancient Greek mythology. While not much is known about the game, it will feature character designs and concept art by Shuzilow.HA (known for Gaiapolis and the Twin Bee series) and music by Kawagen of the Bandai Namco Studios Sound Team (Phelios, Burning Force). Here’s a look

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“Azure Striker Gunvolt 2” Now Available on Steam PC

Over the weekend, Japanese developer Inti Creates released Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 on Steam. The Steam version of the side-scrolling action/platformer comes with all of the DLC and upgrades (i.e. increased FPS) from the original home console release, and is currently discounted 20% during the launch window (sale ends 29 June). Here’s the official breakdown of Azure Striker Gunvolt 2

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“Downcast” Creator Clint Stoker Prepping New Sci-Fi Comic “FATL”

Independent comic book writer and Downcast creator Clint Stoker is preparing to launch his next graphic novel, FATL (pronounced “fatal”). Written by Stoker and illustrated by Charlie Snogans (Jawbreakers – GØD-K1NG), Flynn’s Alien Termination and Logistics (aka F.A.T.L.) is a new sci-fi book intended to launch via Indiegogo later in 2020. Here’s the plot synopsis taken from the FATL pre-launch

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Sony Censors “Aokana” on PS4; Nintendo Switch Version to Remain Uncensored

On Thursday, publisher PQube Asia announced that their upcoming game Aokana: Four Rhythms Across The Blue will be censored when it releases on PS4 in the west. Developed by Sprite and localized by NekoNyan, Aokana is a romance visual novel originally released in 2014, and has since been released uncensored across several platforms. However, due to Sony’s censorship policies put

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Splatto Comics Launches “DO AS YOU’RE TOLD: The Ballad of No” on Indiegogo

On Wednesday, independent comic book creator and Splatto Comics founder Richard C. Meyer launched a crowdfunding campaign for DO AS YOU’RE TOLD: The Ballad of No, a new 26-page book that takes place in the PANdemIC universe. At the time of this writing, the artwork is already complete and the project is 100% funded, so there’s nothing stopping the book

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Retro Review – “Captain America and the Avengers” (SEGA Genesis)

In 1991, Data East released Captain America and The Avengers in arcades. It became a moderate hit, prompting Data East to develop a console version on the Genesis/Mega Drive in 1992. Now, 30 years later, justice has finally been served as Marvel Entertainment has released the MCU Avengers movies, all based on Data East’s arcade classic! Okay, so that last

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Review: “Batman: Death of Innocents” (DC Comics; In Memory of Dennis O’Neil)

Given the recent passing of comic book legend Dennis O’Neil, we’re going to take the opportunity to review some of his work, starting with Batman: Death of Innocents – the Horror of Landmines. Written by O’Neil, illustrated by Joe Staton and inked by Bill Sienkiewicz, Batman: Death of Innocents is a 49-page one-shot published by DC Comics in 1996. The

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Ziggurat Interactive Acquires “BloodRayne”, other IPs from Majesco

Game publisher Ziggurat Interactive has announced that they have acquired the rights to several licenses previously held by Majesco Entertainment, including Advent Rising, Raze’s Hell, Flip’s Twisted World, and BloodRayne. Ziggurat intends to update these games on PC platforms, and have expressed interest in developing the series in the future. Specifically, Ziggurat revealed that they are working with the original

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“Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge” Recreated and Available to Play Now

Long-time fans of The Simpsons likely will recall a classic Christmas episode from the show’s heyday where Bart is caught protesting shoplifting while trying to snag a copy of the latest, hottest video game of the season. Now thanks game creator Aaron Demeter, everyone can get a chance to play Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge in the comfort of your own

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Comics Legend Dennis O’Neil Passes Away at 81

On Thursday, legendary comic book writer Dennis O’Neil passed away from natural causes. O’Neil began his comic book career at Marvel Comics, where he penned Doctor Strange and Strange Tales.  He would later bounce between Charlton Comics, DC Comics, returning to Marvel, and ultimately landing again at DC where he would become the editor of the entire Batman line of

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Crusaders Clash with a Satanic Cult in “Three Knights, Four Days”

Earlier this week, independent comic book creator Micah Curtis launched a crowdfunding campaign for Three Knights, Four Days, a 44-page graphic novel. Written by Curtis (Englewood) and featuring illustrations by Preston Asevedo (aka “Good Preston”), colors by Oliver Lee Arce and lettering by Eric Weathers (Flying Fortress), Three Knights, Four Days is the first part of a gruesome supernatural book

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Issue 2 of Dean Kish’s Fantasy Comic “Tainted” Fully Funded on Indiegogo

On Wednesday, the crowdfunding campaign for Tainted issue #2 ended successfully, raising more than $3 thousand at the time of this writing. Written by Dean Kish and illustrated by Francoise Valmoria, Tainted is a fantasy comic book intended to address teenage mental health problems. Here’s the official plot synopsis taken from the Tainted Indiegogo campaign page: TAINTED tells the story

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Billy Tucci and Dynamite Comics Resurrects Golden Age Heroine “Miss Fury” on Indiegogo

Last week, celebrated comic book creator Billy Tucci partnered with Dynamite Comics to launch a crowdfunding campaign for Miss Fury – Joy Division, a 100-page graphic novel starring one comics’ original superheroines. Written by Tucci (Shi) and featuring illustrations by Maria Laura Sanapo and colors by Ceci de la Cruz (Lady Death), Miss Fury is a revival of the classic

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