Tag Archives: Jolly Jinglings

Frozen Puzzler “Arctictopia” Now on Nintendo Switch

If you were stuffed with Turkey this Thanksgiving, you may have missed that Gravity Game Arise released Arctictopia on the Nintendo eShop as part of their “Gravity Indie Games” project. Developed by Gamtropy, Arctictopia is an approachable puzzle game with no time limit designed to “soothe those who are tired of the harsh world.” Here’s the official breakdown of Arctictopia

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Throwback Review: “Dark Nemesis – New Year’s Evil” (DC Comics, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s celebration of all things gold, frankincense and myrrh. Written by Dan Jurgens and featuring artwork by CrissCross (aka Chris Williams), the book is part of DC Comics’ “New Year’s Evil” event of late 1997/early 1998, which was a loosely knit set of tie-in books that highlighted some of the biggest DC villains, like

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Backlog Review: “Hieronymous Bash” (Xbox 360/Xbox Live Indie Games, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Jolly Jinglings holiday event! Nothing is more to foundational to the Christmas season than the war between heaven and hell, so today we’re going to take a look at a little-known indie game from the Xbox Live Indie Game (XBLIG) catalogue, Hieronymous Bash! The Lord’s heavenly hosts have descended from on high… to unleash a

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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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Double Mail Call! “A Child Is Born” and “Fiendish” Unboxing (Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s celebration of all births virgin and immaculate. Today we’re unboxing a couple of comic books that recently arrived at the mailbox of The Splintering HQ (my house): Irene Strychalski’s Fiendish and Billy Tucci’s A Child Is Born. It should also be noted that this is the final performance of my fluffy black cat

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Review: “The Life of Christ-The Christmas Story” (Marvel Comics, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s holiday celebration of all things gold, frankincense and myrrh. Today, we’re going to look at The Life of Christ: The Christmas Story, published by Marvel Comics in 1993 and distributed by Thomas Nelson publishers. Heavy spoilers will follow, but the story is probably familiar to many of you, anyway, right? (If not, you’re

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2D Point-And-Click Adventure “Watch Over Christmas” Flying to Steam PC on 21 December

On Thursday, indie games publisher Dionous Games announced that their new 2D point-and-click adventure Watch Over Christmas will be released exclusively for Steam PC on 21 December. In Watch Over Christmas, players embark on a quest to save Santa on Christmas Eve, ensuring that children across the world will still wake up to the happiness and cheer of waking up

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Fly Fatty, Fly! Saint Nick Gets Some Serious Air in “Santa’s Slippery Slope”

Developer Hondune Games has prepared a Christmas treat in the form of Santa’s Slippery Slope, a trick-skiing game planned for a 17 December release on Steam PC. In Santa’s Slippery Slope, players take on the role of jolly old St. Nicholas himself, navigating treacherous ski slopes, collecting presents, and performing tricks that put Sonic the Hedgehog to shame. Maybe. Here’s

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 5 December 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 and fellow Splintering contributor George Travlos got another chance to discuss recent comic book news. This week, we discussed the rumors of Dark Horse Comics looking for a buyer, IDW losing the Transformers and G.I. Joe licenses,

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The War for Christmas Continues in “Bric-A-Brac 3”

“Fear not, for I bring tidings of great joy! Unto you is launched this day on Indiegogo is a comic that is Christmasy.” – The Gospel of Luke (probably) On Thursday, independent comic book creator Ryan Haack launched a crowdfunding campaign for the third issue of Bric-A-Brac, a 25-page Christmas-themed comic. Written and co-created by Haack, illustrated and co-created by

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Review: “Scary Christmas” (American Mythology Productions, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things merry and bright! Today, we’re going to take a look at Scary Christmas issue 1, a black and white anthology comic published by American Mythology Productions in 2019. It covers all kinds of joyous and cheerful Christmas themes, such as ultra-violence, naked ladies, cannibalism, you know – wholesome

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Review: “Black Friday” (Scout Comics, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s holiday celebration of all things merry and bright! Today, we’re going to kick off the season by taking a look at Black Friday, a three-issue miniseries written and colored by Jon Clark, illustrated by Travis Williamson and published by Scout Comics.* There will be light spoilers ahead. Black Friday is named for the Friday

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“Jolly Jinglings” Returns to The Splintering!

Happy Thanksgiving, US readers! for everyone else, the Christmas holiday season is once again upon us – and that means the return of The Splintering’s Jolly Jinglings event. This year we will are aiming to include as many festive features as possible, including gaming, comics and maybe even some toys, all intended to get you into the holiday spirit. We’ve also

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‘Tis Peace on Earth, “Pluto” Style (Jolly Jinglings Special)

Life in 2020 has been hard for everyone, but there are life lessons to be found in chaos. What life lesson we can learn from Pluto today? The answer is peace on earth, stop the hatred, care about the world and the people. I have always loved robots since I was little, and love detective mysteries as an adult; Pluto

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Review: “The Outsiders – A Christmas Carol 1985” (DC Comics, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things merry and bright! Yes, another take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. What kind of Christmas stories would comic creators come up with if A Christmas Carol never existed? But all is well, because if there is any superhero team that fans were clamoring to see reenact the Dickens classic,

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Retro Review: “Home Alone” (SNES, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things festive and frosty! The original Home Alone film hit theaters during the holiday season of 1990, making this year the anniversary of its release. We’ve already marked the occasion by reviewing the Home Alone video game for the original NES, but why not see how the Super Nintendo version stacks up? The

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Review: “Batman – Noël” (DC Comics, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, the Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things that shake like a bowl full of jelly! Today we’re going to pick apart Batman: Noël, the graphic novel written and illustrated by Lee Bermejo and published by DC Comics in 2011. Wait, Batman: Noël… Batmanuel!? Anyway, using Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as the backdrop, Batman: Noël

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Retro Review: “Home Alone” (NES, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things merry and bright! The original Home Alone film was released during the holiday season of 1990, making this year an anniversary of sorts. So what better time to take a look at one of the video games inspired by the classic feature film? For those too young to

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Review: “Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special” (DC Comics, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Jolly Jinglings holiday event! Full disclosure! Today we’re going to look at one of my personal, all-time favorite comics: Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special. Written by Keith Giffen and Alan Grant, illustrated by Simon Bisley, and published by DC Comics in 1991, Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special is a gloriously violent one-shot comic strictly intended for mature

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Review: “Clerks Holiday Special” (Oni Press, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Jolly Jinglings holiday event! Today we’re going to pick apart one of the lesser-known “episodes” of Kevin Smith’s expansive “View Askewniverse” (the connected universe including Clerks., Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and others).Published by Oni Press in 1998, Clerks. (Holiday Special) is a black-and-white one-shot comic written by Smith and

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The haunting beauty of Xia Da’s “Fairytale of Winter” (Jolly Jinglings Special)

Fairy Tale Of Winter by Chinese artist Xia Da is about a snow princess that is brought to life by the power of magical fairies and can only stay alive with the love of a human. But, will something stand in the way of her accomplishing that goal? A young boy plays in the first snowfall with his animal friends,

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The Splintering’s “Jolly Jinglings” Event Returns!

For our American readers, it’s Thanksgiving weekend, and that also means the return of the Christmas holiday season. To celebrate this season of giving and thanksgiving this December, The Splintering is giving thanks by bringing back our Jolly Jinglings event. This year we will are aiming to include as many festive features as possible, including gaming, comics and an increased focus

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The Simple Goodness of “The Star Wars Holiday Special” and a Ten-Year-Old’s Imagination

Picture November 1978 as Thanksgiving approaches. A little “science fiction western” released last May has enthralled the hearts of generations young and old. Grandparents snicker at this “new thing” reinvigorating the movie industry just being entertainment from their childhood. Parents enjoy the lack of nudity, “f-bombs,” and politically-driven lectures that infect most cinema. Dads look forward to buying cool Star Wars

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Review: Christmas NiGHTS (SEGA Saturn, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Jolly Jinglings holiday event! Today we’re going to celebrate by taking a look at possibly the Christmasiest of all Christmas games! It’s difficult to believe that the classic playground war of “Nintendo vs. SEGA” was officially decided nearly 2 decades ago!  I mean, seriously!  2020 is RIGHT around the corner!  Making me feel old over

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Review: “Batman Returns” (SNES, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Jolly Jinglings holiday event! Today we’re tackling a rare example of a Christmas-related superhero game… Superhero games have historically been hit or miss, but Batman has managed to have slightly better luck than many other characters. The 16-bit era was particularly kind to the Dark Knight. There are several solid Batman games on the Super

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Review: “Superman Peace on Earth” (DC Comics, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to the Jolly Jinglings holiday event here at The Splintering! As part of our celebration of the Christmas season, we’re focusing on a host of festive content to get you in the holiday mood. Today, we’re reviewing Superman: Peace on Earth, a 64-page graphic novel published by DC Comics in 1998. Written by Paul Dini (of Batman the

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