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Comic Store Owner Perch reacts to Marvel’s cancellation of “The Unstoppable Wasp”

One of the more objective & insightful voices commenting on the comic book industry is Perch, an anonymous comic book shop owner who has appeared on several social media channels including the Larry King and Alterna Comics YouTube channels. Below are Perch’s thoughts on Marvel’s cancellation of The Unstoppable Wasp, and what major comic book publishers could learn about marketing

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GameStop shares down after losing millions in 2018

Earlier this week, GameStop revealed their 2018 financials which showed a loss of $673 million in the past year. The immediate result was a 13% drop in GameStop’s stock price, yet again calling into question the company’s long-term viability. This is third full-year loss in GameStop history, though it also comes despite the $700 million sale of its Spring Mobile

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It’s Jesus vs. Buddha in “Fight of Gods”, releasing on Nintendo Switch January 18

Taiwanese developer Digital Crafter have confirmed that their religious-themed fighter, Fight of Gods, is coming to Nintendo Switch on 18 January. Which deity shall reign supreme? You can find full details of the game below: Your prayers have been answered! For the first time ever, gods, holy spirits and mythological characters from around the globe and throughout history will clash in

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The ESRB rates survival horror title “Corpse Party: Blood Drive” for the Nintendo Switch

According to a new rating from the Electronic Software Ratings Board (ESRB), Corpse Party: Blood Drive looks to be headed to the Nintendo Switch. Originally released on PlayStation Vita in 2014 (launch trailer below) and mobile platforms in 2017, Corpse Party: Blood Drive is actually the fifth game in the survival horror game series. The first game, Corpse Party Blood

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The Indiegogo campaign for Doug TenNapel’s Bigfoot Bill comic crosses the finish line with over $100k

On Friday, the crowdfunding campaign for Doug TenNapel’s Bigfoot Bill came to an end, collecting nearly 700% of its original funding goal for a total of over $100K. Thanks to hitting so many of its stretch goals, Bigfoot Bill is now a 64-page, hardbound graphic novel written and illustrated by Doug TenNapel, while coloring duties will be covered by Dirk

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Doug TenNapel adds backer-exclusive video game demo to “Bigfoot Bill” comic campaign on Indiegogo

On Sunday, Doug TenNapel announced a new $75 thousand stretch goal for his Bigfoot Bill comic book currently on Indiegogo – a playable video game demo exclusively for Bigfoot Bill campaign backers. Here’s a first look at Bill’s idle animation posted to TenNapel’s YouTube channel: As the creator of Earthworm Jim, TenNapel is no stranger to the video game world.

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Five characters Nintendo should have killed off instead of Luigi

As most Nintendo fans have already seen, the Big N released new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate details via a Nintendo Direct this week. In addition to revealing several new features, stages and fighters including Donkey Kong Country‘s King K. Rool and both Simon and Richter Belmont from the Castlevania series, Nintendo used the opportunity to show Luigi’s soul being ripped

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GameStop entertaining buyout offers

Major gaming retailer GameStop confirmed today that it’s been entertaining buyout offers. Reuters originally reported that GameStop Corp. has received buyout interest from private equity firms and was actively discussing offers. GameStop issued a press release confirming that it’s in “exploratory discussions” with third parties concerning a possible buyout, but the company cautioned that there’s no assurance that any final

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Valve treats customers as adults; won’t police content on Steam

Valve doesn’t want to be your mom. The PC game distributor announced today that they will not remove games or software from their Steam platform unless the product in question is either flatly illegal or “trolling” users. This decision follows a series of controversies regarding whether to allow risqué Japanese titles or games that mimicked school shootings on Steam. While

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 16 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, Starlight Cats creator Shane Davis joined in to

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The Splintering’s “Festival of Dread” Returns this October!

Be afraid! Be very afraid! Sure, we have Attack Helicopter Week in the Summer, Monochrome May, and Jolly Jinglings to close out the year, but none of these events are as big as October’s Festival of Dread. And this year’s Festival of Dread event promises to be even bigger than the last! We already have several Halloween-themed pieces in the

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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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“The Walking Dead” ends abruptly with issue 193; comic shop owners nationwide put on suicide watch

After 16 years, Robert Kirkman’s zombie horror series The Walking Dead ended this week. Kirkman hinted on social media that issue number 193 would be a big one, and that certainly turned out to be the case. Kirkman penned a farewell message at the end of this week’s issue, confirming the series’ finality. It’s certainly the end of an era,

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Historical Horror Comic “Jack the Ripper: Vampire Hunter” Fully Funded in Opening Hours

On Friday, independent comic book creator Mandy Summers launched a crowdfunding campaign for Jack the Ripper: Vampire Hunter, a 48-page horror graphic novel loosely based on actual events. The project is already fully funded, having raised nearly $5 thousand at the time of this writing. Not too shabby for the first few hours. Written by Summers (Super Dead, Pirate Queen)

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Conquest Comics’ “Wonder Island: Hero of Brightwater” Now on Indiegogo (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Earlier this month, independent comic book creator and Conquest Comics founder Liam Gray launched a crowdfunding campaign for Wonder Island: Hero of Brightwater, a 72-page graphic novel that includes the first three chapters of the Wonder Island saga. Intended for audiences of all ages, Wonder Island is a vibrant fantasy tale that looks to be inspired by multiple adventure video

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Greatest Levels in Gaming: “Alex Kidd in Miracle World” (SEGA Master System, Attack Helicopter Week Special)

Since Alex Kidd is oddly relevant this year, today we’re going back to an Attack Helicopter Week of years past to look at one of the most innovative stages from SEGA’ flagship title for the Master System, Alex Kidd in Miracle World. In the mid to late 80s, the SEGA Master System was the underdog in a sales race with

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Retro Review: “Jungle Strike: The Sequel to Desert Strike” (SEGA Genesis, Attack Helicopter Week Special)

Welcome back to Attack Helicopter Week here at The Splintering! We previously reviewed Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf in Attack Helicopter Weeks of years past, so this year, we’re diving into that game’s sequel: Jungle Strike for SEGA Genesis. Published by Electronic Arts in 1993 for multiple platforms, Jungle Strike: The Sequel to Desert Strike is very much like

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Retro Review: “Airwolf” (NES, Attack Helicopter Week Special)

Welcome back to Attack Helicopter Week here at The Splintering, where we celebrate all things attack helicopter, whether good or bad! And today we have “bad” in spades, folks, as we’ve chosen to subject ourselves to critiquing Airwolf published by… Acclaim. (*Shudder!*) So everyone find your seat, buckle up, and keep your hands close to yourself, because it’s going to

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Andy Smith’s “1stMAN 2: Learning Curve” Now on Indiegogo

On Friday, veteran comic book creator Andy Smith launched a crowdfunding campaign for 1stMAN 2: Learning Curve, a 52-page graphic novel that promises to recreate energy of comic books from the 80s and 90s. 1stMAN himself is a superhero described as part Spider-Man and part Captain Marvel (with The Ray’s color scheme, to boot). Here’s the official plot synopsis taken

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Dark Fantasy “ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights” Coming to PlayStation on 20 July

Publisher Binary Haze Interactive has announced that ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights is coming to both PS4 and PS5 (via backwards compatibility). Already available for Steam PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and SeXbox, ENDER LILIES is described as a “metroidvania” (or a nonlinear 2D action adventure game) set in a dark fairy tale world. Here’s the breakdown of ENDER

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Retro-Inspired Platformer “Metaloid: Origin” Comes to PS4 on Tuesday

Publisher Eastasiasoft has announced that retro-inspired action platformer Metaloid: Origin will be available on PS4 starting Tuesday, 13 July (that’s tomorrow, at the time of this writing). Developed by Retro Revolution and ported by 7 Raven Studios, Metaloid: Origin is actually the sequel to a run-and-gun action title METAGAL. And while the name “Metaloid” might suggest an inspiration from Nintendo’s

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Fighting Game-Inspired Combatants Hit the Comic Book Page in Tyler Kirkham’s “Final Boss”

Over the weekend, veteran comic book creator Tyler Kirkham launched a crowdfunding campaign for Final Boss, an all new 40+ page high-octane graphic novel. At the time of this writing, the campaign is well beyond funded, so now all that is left to worry about is stretch goals and fulfillment, right? Returning to the book… Created, written and illustrated by

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Splatto Comics Launches First Jawbreakers Solo Adventure with “Knife-Hand: Blindspot”

On Wednesday, independent comic book creator and Splatto Comics founder Richard C. Meyer launched a crowdfunding campaign for Knife-Hand: Blindspot, a 48+ page book set in the Jawbreakers universe. Written by Meyer (Iron Sights, 499) and illustrated by Kenneth Loh (G.I. Joe), Blindspot is a solo adventure featuring the titular Knife-Hand as he jumps into action to rescue the rest

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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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Psychological Horror “Dark Fracture” Coming to PC, Consoles in 2022

Game publisher Feardemic recently announced an agreement to publish Twisted II Studio’s first-person horror title Dark Fracture for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, SeXbox and Nintendo Switch. The game is tentatively scheduled for a late 2022 release, to include physical editions. Taking its horrific inspiration from Zdzisław Beksiński and H.R. Giger and featuring an Eternal Darkness-esque sanity meter, Dark Fracture

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A Rookie Cop Tackles Crime and Corruption in Star Cross Comics’ “The Relentless Tin Soldier”

On Monday, aspiring comic book creator Nicholas Geer launched a crowdfunding campaign for The Relentless Tin Soldier, a new superhero adventure book that will be published by Star Cross Comics. Created and written by Geer and featuring illustrations by Sika Murti, colors by Walter Pereyra and lettering by the ever-prolific Eric Weathers, The Relentless Tin Soldier looks to be inspired

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Mayhem Comics’ “The Blue Bombshell” Blowing Up Indiegogo

Over the weekend, Mayhem Comics dropped an explosive new comic book on Indiegogo in the form of The Blue Bombshell. The campaign is already well beyond funded, bursting at the seams with nearly $8 thousand raised at the time of this writing. Created by Clint Hilinski (Pirate Queen), The Blue Bombshell is a sexy, 48-page superhero action comedy that is

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