Tag Archives: Monochrome May

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

Welcome back to Monochrome May, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things color deficient. Speaking of deficient, today we’re going to take a look at The DeaDBeat, a 112-page graphic novel by Jeremy Massey and published by Alterna Comics in YEAR. The story was originally published as four mini comics, but the Alterna edition collects the entire tale in a handy

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Comic Review: “Decimators” (Ibai Canales, Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to Monochrome May, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of black and white entertainment. No, not that kind…. Written and illustrated by Ibai Canales (Iron Sights, The Abductables), Decimators is a cautionary science fiction tale set in a politically correct, dystopian future.  The age of nanotechnology is upon us, and humanity has overstepped its bounds. Upon recognizing that the nanobots now living in

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Underwater Adventure “Silt” Announced for Nintendo Switch

Publisher Fireshine Games has announced that their 2D adventure title Silt is coming to Nintendo Switch in June 2022, right alongside the previously announced Steam PC version. Developed by Spiral Circus, Silt is an atmospheric puzzler set in a black and white, underwater world. Here’s the official breakdown of Silt from Fireshine Games: Silt is a surreal underwater puzzle-adventure game.

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Charlie Chaplin Biographic Novel “Charlie’s London: From Walworth to Wartime” Fully Funded on Indiegogo

Earlier this week, the crowdfunding campaign for “biographic novel” Charlie’s London : From Walworth to Wartime went live on Indiegogo. The project is already fully funded, having raised nearly $15 thousand at the time of this writing. Written by the nigh-anonymous “Charlie” and featuring illustrations by Micky Arts, the Charlie’s London series recounts the tales of film legend Charlie Chaplin

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Lovecraftian Fantasy Comic “Black Rhapsody” Now on Indiegogo

Over the weekend, independent comic book creator S. Sanchez (yep- just “S”) launched a crowdfunding campaign for Black Rhapsody part 1, a 35+ page, black-and-white, manga-sized comic book. Written and created by Sanchez and featuring illustrations by Jan Apple, Black Rhapsody is a fantasy adventure that blends the drama of the music recording industry and Lovecraftian themes. Here’s the official

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World War II Narrative Adventure “Attentat 1942” Coming to Nintendo Switch on 12 May

Over the weekend, Charles Games announced that their narrative adventure Attentat 1942 is scheduled to release for Nintendo Switch on 12 May. The game has been available on Steam PC since 2017. Set in World War II Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic/Czechia (it’s hard to keep up for old guys like me), Attentat 1942 puts players in the grip of terror from Nazi

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Mecha RPG “Wolfstride” Coming to Nintendo Switch on 10 May

We at The Splintering love it when people get into the Monochrome May spirit, so we were especially happy to see game publisher Raw Fury and developer OTA IMON Studio join in on the festivities by announcing the release date for Wolfstride on Nintendo Switch. It’s 10 May. Originally announced in 2020, Wolfstride has been available for PC (via Steam

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Review: “Alterna Anniversaries” (Alterna Comics, Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to Monochrome May, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of colorless creativity. Despite the frustration in doing so, I like to review anthology books from time to time, as they don’t seem to get the same level of attention as single-story graphic novels. But why is it so frustrating? Not only do anthologies typically include works by multiple creative teams, but they

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Silent Movie Review: “Gypsy Blood” (Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to Monochrome May, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things ashen and old. And we do mean old, because today we’re going to take a look at the silent film Gypsy Blood, a lighthearted tragedy (if such a thing can exist) based on the opera Carmen by French composer Georges Bizet. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch and released in the US in 1921 (1918

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More Demons, Death and Depravity in “Ed Gein: Demon Hunter” Issue 2

Yes. That Ed Gein. Late last week, independent comic book creator Lucifer Storm launched a crowdfunding campaign for Ed Gein: Demon Hunter Issue Two, a 28-page, black and white, supernatural horror book starring the infamous 20th Century serial killer. Written by Storm (Lady Satan, Jericho) and featuring black and white illustrations by Kristian Rossi (Rad Rose, Trespasser), Ed Gein: Demon

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Paint It Black (and White)! The Splintering’s “Monochrome May” Returns!

We love our themed events ‘round here (like our Festival of Dread, 80s August & Jolly Jinglings). But one of our longest running events is Monochrome May, a celebration of black and white games, comics, movies, and all things chiaroscuro. It’s also when some people never stop complaining about how “monochrome” doesn’t technically mean “black and white.” All I have

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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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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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