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Review: “Jingle Belle: The Fight Before Christmas” (Dark Horse Comics, Jolly Jingling Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s holiday celebration of all things yuletide cheer! Today, we’re going to look at Jingle Belle: The Fight Before Christmas, a three-story anthology one-shot published by Dark Horse Comics in 2005. Some spoilers will follow. For those unaware of the character, Jingle Belle Kringle is a playful blonde teenage elf. She also happens to

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Indie Rhythm Shooter “Aaero: Complete Edition” Getting a Physical Release on Nintendo Switch

Indie game developer Mad Fellows recently announced that their rhythm-based rail-shooter Aaero will soon get a physical release on Nintendo Switch. (Can we start calling this genre a “Rez-like”?) Aaero: Complete Edition will be released thanks to Strictly Limited Games, and will include all of the game’s DLC packs. In addition to the Limited Edition package ($33.99, 2,200 copies), there

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Foundation Comics’ Sci-Fi Thriller “Ascension” Now on Indiegogo (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Independent comic book creator recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for Ascension Book 1, a 64-page sci-fi graphic novel. Written by John Schuler and illustrated by Michael Yakutis, Ascension is an examination of eternal life set in a very near future. Here’s the official plot synopsis taken from the Ascension Indiegogo campaign page: Immortality Awaits! The GAFDA corporation has perfected Ascension,

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Review: “Otis Stein” (Skinny’s Comics, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things unnerving and undead! Today we’re going to take a look at Otis Stein, a 28-page, black and white horror book written by Matthew D. Vealey, illustrated by Carlos F. Rodriguez, and published by Shinny’s Comics. Fair warning – there will be some spoilers. I’ve been able

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Crowdfunding Review: “Tales from the Stacks” (Aspirational Comics, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things tricks and treats. Today we’re going to take a look at Michael Critzer’s Tales from the Stacks, a black-and-white horror anthology written by Critzer and featuring artwork by multiple creators. As a “crowdfunding review”, it will cover the following criteria: Book Content and Quality Communication and

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Sexy Shmup “Waifu Discovered 2: Medieval Fantasy” Coming to Switch on 14 October

Publisher Eastasiasoft recently announced that the sexy shoot ’em up Waifu Discovered 2: Medieval Fantasy will be coming to Nintendo Switch on 14 October. Developed by One-Hand-Free Studios (*snick!*), Waifu Discovered 2 is already available on PC via Steam. The game certainly has a unique premise for a 2D shoot ‘em up. You see, an evil spell has been cast

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Mothmen 1966 to be the First of a “Pixel Pulp” Trilogy

Cryptids sure are fashionable this year! On Tuesday, game publisher Chorus Worldwide and developer LCB Game Studio announced that Mothmen 1966 will be coming to Mac, Linux, PC (via Steam) Nintendo Switch, PlayStation and Xbox platforms in early 2032. Developed by a two-person team in Argentina, Mothmen 1966 is described as the first in a trilogy of “Pixel Pulp” visual

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Vampires Vs. Terrorists in “B.A.T.S.”, Coming to PC, Consoles on 20 October

The MIX Games recently announced that throwback brawler B.A.T.S.: Bloodsucker Anti-Terror Squad will be released on 20 October for Nintendo Switch, PS4 (PS5 compatible), Xbone (SeXbox compatible) and Steam PC. Co-developed by One Eyed Robot and Ritual Games, B.A.T.S. promises “vampires, terrorists, and gallons of blood” through a fast-paced, animated aesthetic and a healthy taste of the old ultra-violence. Here’s

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Crowdfunding Review: “Starlight Cats: Merlion Rising” (9 Lives Comics)

Little girl, big adventure. Cats in space! Selling a ‘cat book’ to a predominantly male audience was a tough sale. Even I didn’t get Starlight Cats: Merlion Rising for myself. I thought that my then 8-year-old daughter would LOVE the book, that it was going to be “CUTE”! The lead character, Rebecca, was about my daughter’s age, and she loves

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Retro Gaming Retrospective: “M.U.S.H.A.” (SEGA Genesis)

Nintendo recently announced that SEGA Genesis games are coming to the Nintendo Switch via a Switch Online “Expansion Pack”, so I thought the time was right to highlight one of the most prized games included with this additional subscription service: M.U.S.H.A. This write-up is a bit more in-depth than a standard “review,” so I’m winging it with the whole “retrospective”

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Eric Canete’s “Arc Athena” Now Live on Indiegogo

On Wednesday, comic book creator Eric Canete launched a crowdfunding campaign for Arc Athena Book One, an all new, hardcover graphic novel intended as the first part in a six-issue miniseries. The project is already fully funded, having raised roughly $18 thousand at the time of this writing. Written and illustrated by Canete (TRON Uprising) and featuring colors by Giuliano

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Retro Review: “RoboCop” (NES, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the breakup of Pangea! Today, we’re going to pick apart RoboCop for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Published by Data East in 1989, RoboCop is for NES is based on the 2D arcade action game based on the hit science fiction action movie by Orion Pictures.

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Review-ish: Sean Ahrendt’s “Type one” (Imaginary Tales Entertainment)

Type One by Sean Ahrendt was not a typical crowdfunded campaign that used one of the usual online platforms. Instead, it was the modern-day version of grabbing a deal from the trunk of an ’86 Oldsmobile. To score the deal, you needed to message one of Ahrendt’s social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). For $20 shipped (prices increased after the initial shipping fee) you would receive a signed Type One preview book with

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Sleepy Creepy Studio’s “The Revenge of Sophia Red” Coming to Steam this Fall

Sleepy Creepy Studio has announced that their psychedelic horror game The Revenge of Sophia Red is scheduled to release on 22 September via Steam. The very first project from Sleepy Creepy, The Revenge of Sophia Red is a first-person puzzle/adventure about the life of author Sophia Red. Here’s the official breakdown of The Revenge of Sophia Red from Sleepy Creepy:

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Chomp Bites One Off: Random Kid Playing “After Burner” (80s August Special, NSFW)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the domestication of poodles. Hey, bitches. It’s me. Chomp the termite. What’s up? Me? Oh, nothing much. Things pretty much suck on my end, but thanks for asking. Why, you ask? Well, lots of reasons, really. This interview being one of them. You see, we here

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Review: “Cotton Reboot!” (PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch)

In the era between arcade classics like Defender and “bullet hell” shoot-em-ups like Ikaruga, the 2D shooter genre really hit its stride. The greatest titles of the 80s and 90s featured a mishmash of several genres, including sci-fi space shooters (R-Type, Thunder Force), fantasy (Wings of Wor, Lords of Thunder), and even underwater warfare (In the Hunt). However, one of

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Crowdfunding Review: “499” (Richard C. Meyer, Per “Narwhal” Berg)

Successfully crowdfunded earlier in 2021, 499 is a collaboration between Richard C Meyer and Per Berg (Narwhal), the coupling of the two affectionately known as “Narzack”. The sci-fi concept is from the mind of Meyer, while the art is done in Narwhal’s unique, cartoony style. The bones and flow of the story were shaped over conversations via email between the two. Between

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 13 June 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. While Blake was fashionably late due to a rare power outage at The Splintering HQ, fortunately our own George Travlos was on hand to play yin

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Crowdfunding Review: “Sovereign Wolf” (D.O.A. Comics)

Arriving at my doorstep yesterday was D.O.A. Comics’ Sovereign Wolf.* I was excited to get it and read it immediately. For my review, the categories I’ll be adjudicating will be the following: Book Content and Quality Communication and Fulfillment Packaging and Shipping Stretch Goals and Bonuses This is Eddie Winkler’s first solo crowdfunding project, and Sovereign Wolf raised over $26,000

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Greatest Levels in Gaming: “Kirby’s Adventure” (NES, Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Monochrome May event! Today we’re introducing what may become a new feature: Greatest Levels in Gaming, starting with one of the Nintendo Entertainment System’s last, but most cherished games. Before we kick this off, if you have any concerns about spoiling a 30-year old game, then you might want to avoid this retrospective. Then again,

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Retro Review: “Daedalian Opus” (Nintendo Game Boy, Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to Monochrome May, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of black and white entertainment! Today we’re going to pick apart a lesser-known puzzle game for the Nintendo Game Boy, Daedalian Opus. Published by Vic Tokai in 1990, Daedalian Opus is a Tetris-inspired twist on tangram puzzles. What’s a tangram puzzle? Tangrams are designed around rearranging various two dimensional shapes called

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Crowdfunding Review: “Maverix: Decimation” (NTM Comics)

I am making my debut venture into comic book reviews with Maverix: Decimation. I am new to crowdfunding comics and comics in general, but have enthusiastically jumped in and backed 30 campaigns to date. Maverix: Decimation is the first comic book that I have received from any of the campaigns that I have backed in the last 6 months. Coincidentally, this

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