Tag Archives: Monochrome May

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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Review: “AE: American Evil” or an Open Letter to CФMMIЭ МДЯK (Monochrome May Special)

Dear Mr. C0MMI3 MARK, Upon seeing your request for feedback on AE: American Evil, your collaborative project with artist Tony Sizzle, I have decided to pen this response and let you know what I think about the book and the prospects for additional AE projects in the future. As you yourself admit in the forward, American Evil is intended as

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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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Ashes as Remains: Peter Lorre, ‘Der Verlorene’, and Post WWII Germany (Monochrome May Special)

The 50’s was a drought for the established character actor Peter Lorre, but perhaps things seemed brighter at the start of the decade with his directorial debut, a postwar German thriller, Der Verlorene, or The Lost One, sometimes translated as The Lost Man. Released in 1951, Der Verlorene tells the story of one Dr. Karl Neumeister (Peter Lorre), working at

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Small Packages – Good Things? Meet “Mini-Comic Bundles” (Interview, Monochrome May Special)

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: “Black and White Remastered” (Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Monochrome May event! Today we’re cheating a bit on the whole “Monochrome” thing to feature Black and White Remastered, a completely redrawn and enhanced version of Art Thibert’s superhero comics originally published in the mid-90s by Image and made possible today by a successful crowdfunding campaign.*Written and illustrated by Art Thibert and co-written by Taylor

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Review: “The Swan King” (Alterna Comics, Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to Monochrome May, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things colorless and achromatic! Today we’re going to review the black and white bargain buy, The Swan King. Published in 2020 by Alterna Comics as a “One-Dollar One-Shot”, The Swan King is a 19-page, standalone story written and illustrated by Wentland and lettered by Wes Locher. Set in the

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The Final Hours to Support “ABSOLUTE. Book 2” are Upon Us (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Less than a day remains in the ABSOLUTE. Book 2 crowdfunding campaign by Unhinged Entertainment. Created by Jason Bascom, ABSOLUTE. is a stylish fantasy adventure presented in black and white. The project is already fully funded, so now all Bascom has to worry about is the stretch goals and fulfillment. Piece of cake, right? Here’s the pitch taken from the

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Retro Review: “Mortal Kombat” (Nintendo Game Boy, Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to Monochrome May, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of black and white entertainment! Given the recent release of the latest Mortal Kombat feature film, we thought we’d take this opportunity to look at another abysmal MK abortion in the form of Mortal Kombat for the Nintendo Game Boy! Released by Acclaim on September 13, 1993 (aka “Mortal Monday“), the

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Under the Radar: “Dark Horse Presents” #1 – The First Appearance of Concrete (Monochrome May Special)

Welcome to a special Monochrome May edition of Under the Radar, a segment where we spotlight comic books that don’t have the widespread attention of the comic book community that they should.  Today, we’ll be looking at the black and white comic book Dark Horse Presents #1, which not only launched the flagship anthology series from Dark Horse Comics, but

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“Indie Volt: Revolt” Indiegogo Campaign Ends Successfully

Over the weekend, the Indiegogo campaign for Indie Volt Revolt ended successfully, having raised 193% of its original funding goal. Created to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the Indie Volt podcast network, Indie Volt Revolt is a 100+ page anthology featuring the work of over two dozen artists. One of the more unique aspects of the book (in addition to

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Crowdfunding Review: “More Lethal” (King Toad Comics, Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to Monochrome May, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things chiaroscuro! Today we’ll be reviewing the crowdfunded action/sci-fi comic book More Lethal by King Toad Comics.  For those of you not familiar with the “crowdfunding review” format, we grade a crowdfunding campaign on four distinct categories: Book Content and Quality Communication and Fulfillment Packaging and Shipping Stretch Goals

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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 Clock is Ticking on “Secret Comics Presents” Indiegogo Campaign (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

There are only a few days remaining to back issue one of Secret Comics Presents, a 22-page horror anthology book published by- you guessed it- Secret Comics. Written by Nasser Rabadi (Stardust, ASYL) and featuring illustrations by Jason Robinson (Spawn), Secret Comics Presents includes four separate tales of terror presented with stark black and white artwork. Here’s the official pitch

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Review: “Winter War” (Caliber Comics – Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Monochrome May event! Today we’re featuring Winter War, a 99-page, historically-based graphic novel published by Caliber Comics in 2014 that collects issues 1-4 of the original miniseries.* Spoilers ahead! Winter War covers the conflict between Soviet Russia and Finland during the winter of 1939-1940. Scripted and penciled by Kurt Belcher, Winter War ventures into rare

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The Clock is Ticking on Darkgift Comics’ “Hunting Alice” (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Only a few short days remain in the crowdfunding period for Hunting Alice, a 48-page black and white graphic novel by Darkgift Comics. Written by Auby Anne Meletio and illustrated by Anthony Romano, Hunting Alice was originally conceived as a psychological thriller television script blending inspiration from The X-Files with The Silence of the Lambs with a healthy splash of

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Crowdfunding Review: “ASYL” (Secret Comics, Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to Monochrome May, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of everything black, white, and gray in between! Today we’ll be reviewing the crowdfunded vampire horror comic book ASYL by Secret Comics.  For those of you not familiar with the “crowdfunding review” format, we grade a crowdfunding campaign on four distinct categories: Book Content and Quality Communication and Fulfillment Packaging and

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Backlog Review: “Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition” (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Monochrome May event! Today we’re going to pick apart Bracket Games’ Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition, a visual novel for the Nintendo Switch.Three Fourths Home tells the story of a young woman named Kelly who is talking to her family members over a cell phone as she drives to their home. If that doesn’t sound

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Final Days to Back “TITAN Mouse of Might” Artist Edition on Indiegogo (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Independent comic book creator Gary Shipman has taken to Indiegogo to offer a special Artist Edition of Titan Mouse of Might. This unique edition features black and white inks over blue line pencils in an oversized 14″ x 10″ format. Here’s Shipman’s pitch from the Indiegogo campaign page: Hello, I am Gary Shipman the creator of the Pakkins’ Land and

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Monsters of Myth Battle to Save Reality in 656 Comics’ “The Cryptidnals”

On Wednesday, 656 Comics launched a crowdfunding campaign for The Cryptidnals, a 132-page, black and white graphic novel that has already surpassed its initial funding goal. Written by Ray Ramos and featuring illustrations by Dario Rodriguez, The Cryptidnals combines myth, monsters, and a visually dynamic aesthetic inspired by Junji Ito and Gustav Dore. Here’s the official plot synopsis taken from

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Spotlight: DC Direct’s Batman Black and White Statue Series (Monochrome May Special)

Batman Black and White is an anthology series focusing on the universe of the titular character, as depicted in short stories by the very best talent in comic books. Originally a four-issue series produced by DC Comics in 1996, the format proved to be so successful that not only did it inspire four additional Batman Black and White series (totaling

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 2 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, The Splintering’s Monochrome May event, plus a slew

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Retro Platformer “Save me Mr. Tako: Definitive Edition” Comes to PC, Switch on 5 May

Independent game developer Christophe Gallati recently announced that Save me Mr. Tako: Definitive Edition will release on 5 May for Steam PC and Nintendo Switch. Originally released in 2018 as Save me Mr. Tako: Tasukete Tako-San, this new “Definitive Edition” is an enhanced version of the retro-inspired platformer. Unfortunately for those who already purchased the original release, there is no

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Color be Damned! The Splintering’s “Monochrome May” Returns!

Holiday themed events are a dime a dozen (Like The Splintering’s Festival of Dread & Jolly Jinglings, perhaps?). But why wait for another major holiday to have a special themed event? We couldn’t come up with a good reason, either. That’s why 2020 marked the inaugural Monochrome May, a celebration of black and white games, comics, movies, and all things

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Retro Review: “The Flash” (Game Boy – Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Monochrome May event! Today we’re featuring The Flash, THQ’s side-scrolling action game based on the short-lived superhero TV series starring John Wesley Shipp. Welcome to Central City – home to a herd of dastardly ne’er-do-wells known as the Rogues! Led by the maniacal Trickster, villains such as Mirror Master and Captain Cold are terrorizing the

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Review: “IF – A Crime Anthology” (Alterna Comics – Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Monochrome May event! Today we’re featuring IF – A Crime Anthology, a black and white anthology book published by Alterna Comics. With the title of A Crime Anthology, it might be expected that all of the the stories would be gritty or noir mysteries featuring “hard-boiled” detectives or Scorsese-esque gangsters, but this isn’t the case.

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Review: “Iron Sights” (Splatto Comics – Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to The Splintering’s Monochrome May event! Today we’re featuring Splatto Comics’ Iron Sights, which was successfully crowdfunded into existence in 2018. Following up on his successful Jawbreakers: Lost Souls superhero book, independent comic creator and Splatto Comics founder Richard C. Meyer chose to go a very different route with his next project, Iron Sights. Co-written by Carlos Ivan

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