August 9th, 2017

The 8th month is in its 9th day, and that’s the day this site pays tribute to a year unlike any other year: 1989. That year was so packed that I dedicated a small section of the site to it in 2009, the 20th anniversary of so many of this site’s favorite games that I just put it all in one update. In 2014, the 25th anniversary, I spent nearly the whole year doing updates with nothing but 1989-related content, because doing updates filled with Final Fight, the Revenge of Shinobi, Strider, Golden Axe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles kinda just looked like regular site updates here anyway. Now it’s a yearly thing here, where even non-game items from 1989 get in on the fun. Now we’ve got the info dump out of the way, let’s get on to what’s new to the site today!

Custom Sprites:
Altered Beast (new gallery): redone Werewolf
Bad Dudes (new gallery): Kunoichi
Castlevania: Trevor f***ing Belmont
Double Dragon: the annoying ninja from the NES version of Double Dragon II: the Revenge
Final Fight: Abigail
Jaleco: acrobat enemy from Astyanax (arcade)
Mario series: Princess Daisy
Mega Man (new gallery): Mega Man (scratch-made jump shot to match the MvC sprites), Heat Man, Wood Man, Bubble Man
Sega: Ashra (Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle)
Shinobi: redone Joe Musashi (RoS)
Strider: redone Hiryu (all-new arcade sprite remake), Rascal
Other games: Yuko (Valis series)
Movies: the Joker (Jack Nicholson), Ah Jong and Li Ying (the Killer), Tina (Do the Right Thing)

Mini-Logos:
Nintendo: Princess Daisy
Telenet: Valis
Human: Human, Fire Pro Wrestling: Combination Tag
Spike Chunsoft: Spike Chunsoft
Movies: the Killer (Hong Kong and English logos)

All the sprites and most of the logos have been added to the image generators so you can make your own fake screenshots and graphics. New to the main fighting-scale generator is a remake of the beginning of scene 2 from the arcade TMNT game.


Here’s a couple of reminders about recent games that just happen to be linked to 1989:

River City Ransom: Underground from Conatus Creative Inc., a revival of Technos’ English localization of Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari (1989), plays more like something fans like myself hope and dream for than something we’d actually get. It expands everything, from the combat system stats and storyline all the way down to lovingly crafted item descriptions., but adds enough of its own spark to make it feel fresh. Yes, it’s tough in the beginning, but so was the original River City Ransom when I played it, so their changing things up a bit actually makes it feel more like the first time of playing the old RCR than the hundredth. That’s not an easy magic trick to pull, but the crew at Conatus did it.

You’ve probably at least heard someone mention Fire Pro Wrestling World recently. and there’s a lot of reasons for it. Picking up where FPW Returns for PS2 (which I also own) left off means that it’s already deeper than any wrestling game you’ll find on the market now, even though it’s only in Early Access. It’s not your average wrestling game and takes a while to adjust to the timing-based play style, but search the internet and you’ll find enough info to help you get into the game. I’m sure you won’t be surprised to know what kind of Edit Wrestlers I’ve made for it so far (nothing good enough to upload yet).


That wraps up this year’s Revenge of 1989. I know I didn’t get around to a lot of games (I’ve still got a few sketches that I didn’t have a chance to turn into sprites yet), so I apologize for any of your favorite games being left out. Maybe I’ll get to some of those others (like Alpha Denshi’s Gang Wars) next year.

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July 31st, 2017

The 17th anniversary of this site just passed and 17 years of editing or making sprites lead up to some huge sprite galleries. Thing is, I really don’t feel like programming or making cornerbox graphics for every character and I’m not sure exactly how I’ll split everything into those galleries. So, while re-coding the gallery script, I added a sub-gallery feature. The galleries with sub-galleries usually have a section at the top with a single sprite or graphic of those characters.

Clicking on a sprite in that section leads to the character’s sub-gallery:

Right now, the only galleries using them are the Marvel and DC Comics galleries, mainly because they were the most bloated. They’re STILL bloated, because I’ve only done enough to test how much they work. More galleries will be divided in future updates. One side effects of the new gallery system is that there’s more room to post the extra sprites, animations and palettes that would’ve slowed down the old single pages or made them more clunky looking. By the way, the DC and Marvel galleries have new corner box pics, so give ’em a glance while you’re on those pages, because you might find something that isn’t in the gallery.


The Princess Peach picture is finally available in the ScrollBoss Shop!


The 9th of August is fast approaching and that means a certain theme will return to this site on that day. Be sure to come back next week for…

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July 21st, 2017

The last day of anniversary updates is only one thing: another video. The opposite of video posted on Wednesday, all the clips are my custom sprite work. You’ll see a lot of old clips, but a few have some additions (including one really sneaker, er, sneaky one). A few clips were rendered right before I rendered the final video. Again, you’ll see some sprites that aren’t in the galleries yet.

As trying as this year has been for me, and I know I’m not alone out there (puts on Dusty Rhodes-like sunglasses), one of the things other than friends and family that kept me going through the rough spots is seeing people enjoy the site, the sprites, the prints and the posts I make elsewhere. I hope this weird place makes the load on your shoulders feel a bit lighter, even for a moment, in the same way that the games (and comics, cartoons, toys, movies, etc.) this site honors make me feel when I enjoy them. Thank you and I hope you’ve been enjoying the site!

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July 20th, 2017

How do you follow up an update with a theme? Have an update with no theme at all!

Custom sprites
Golden Axe: new fight stance sprites for Ax Battler and Gilius
Games (Other): Lara Croft
DC Comics: Beast Boy
Marvel Comics: the Vision
Masters of the Universe (new separate gallery!): He-Man in his “I have the power pose”

All of those sprites have been added to the GFX Generators, where you can make a graphics like the one at the top of this post.

Also, the person who commissioned me to make some sprites that’d fit in with Konami’s TMNT arcade style gave me permission to add those sprites to the TMNT gallery. If you’re a fan of the 80s toyline and cartoon, I hope you’ll like those surprises.

A small wrap-up update drops tomorrow!

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July 19th, 2017

The ScrollBoss site is 17 years old today, but the celebration will go on for more than a day! For now, let’s deal with today’s newness:

Custom sprites
Golden Axe: the Bad Brothers
Streets of Rage: Onihime & Yasha SoR/BK3 (stand and crouch sprites), Abadede SoR/BK2
Crime Fighters series: Faust
Nintendo: Bowser
Kunio-Kun: Yamada
River City Ransom: Slick (Yamada’s counterpart)
Sega: Dr. Eggman/Dr. Robotnik (classic game style)

All that newness is also in the main GFX Generator, where you can make screenshots just like the one at the top of this post!

It’s been a while since I uploaded a video, so I put another short clip compilation, but finally with the real ScrollBoss theme (for better or for worse, that’s up to you).

Be ready for another update tomorrow!

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July 7th, 2017
Endless DuckPrincess Peach

Click thumbnail to see the pic on the Illmosis site

Yesterday’s Illmosis.net update featured full color art of Endless Duck, a character who has popped up on this site ever since his original appearance in a Minus World section page. No picture of Endless Duck since the original Silver Surfer gag pic really ever seemed right to me until this one. Guess that means I’ve run out of excuses to do more with him, hunh? Also, I finished a pic of Princess Toadstool a while back and that will be added to the shop’s print section after I get a test print. I’ve also got new pics of Wonder Woman, Spider-Man Miles Morales and Zoom (CW Flash version). Between doing those and working on commission sprites (and you’ll see some of those soon), I’ve been busy. Oh, I almost forgot…

the Masters of the Universe print I made for the Gallery1988 official Mattel art show! Curator (and creator of some of the cutest art you’ll ever see) Cuddly Rigor Mortis put a great show together, so be sure to browse that site’s gallery if you’re a fan of MotU (and She-Ra), Barbie, Street Sharks, Monster High and other Mattel joints. Even the classic electronic sports handhelds got some love! Unfortunately, my print was sold out (I couldn’t get a lot of prints made at the time of the deadline), but, thanks to the help of friend and talking with the curator, there’ll be news on that later on.


I’ll be at the All Americon convention in Youngstown, Ohio, but only on Saturday, July 8th. All AmeriCon is a two-day event this year, but circumstances (and day-job work) means that I can only make it there on Saturday. Also, while I won’t have a lot of the 17 x 11 pixel art prints, I’ve got the 10 x 8 pics seen in this site’s shop and some small mini-prints you haven’t seen yet. I know of at least one seller of old video games will be there and other people in Artist’s Alley will have video game-themed stuff, so don’t feel that you’ve got to be a comic fan to have fun there!


We’re 12 days away from the 17th anniversary of this site, but I’m going to warn you ahead of time that it won’t be as big as last year’s blow-out. I’ve been working almost non-stop on either commissions (most of it) or line art (just a bit) since February and I haven’t had a lot of extra time to work on the site. I still plan to make it worth your while to stop in on July 19th, so don’t forget to come back around that time to join in the fun!

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June 7th, 2017

Sometimes it feels like the forces of evil are growing in number and gathering strength. This update… probably won’t help to fight that feeling.

Golden Axe: New Heninger and improved Longmoan
Streets of Rage: New Donovan (SoR2) and improved Galsia (SoR1 and 2)
Strider: completely redone Ton Pooh, Sai Pooh and Pei Pooh sprites.
Kung-Fu Master: Gripper and Tom Tom

All of the new sprites have been added to the main GFX Generator, the image generator I used to make the screenshot at the top of this post!


Things will be be a bit slow while I continue to work on commissions and new line art for new prints. Prints are still on sale (my Illmosis site has more than game-related prints), but the sale will end next week. If you see something you like and have the money, pick it up while you can!


The All-AmeriCon convention hits Youngstown, Ohio’s Covelli Centre on July 8th and 9th! The special guest list is ridiculously solid (I based that Iron Man Hall of Armor background on the version that Bob Layton drew) and I’ll be in Artist’s Alley there! Come through, as I’ll be selling prints (including some small pixel art prints), sketching line art for sprites and I’ll have previews of pixel art that isn’t on the site yet

You can get more info at the Facebook page and these links here and here for the event!

edit: there’s an ad on YouTube now!

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June 2nd, 2017


I was too busy for Wonder Woman Day a while back, so I’m making up for it today. Wonder Woman’s character slot in the GFX Generators now has a new mini-logo (early 90s version) and a new portrait made from a picture that I haven’t finished inking yet. I know I usually use (and credit) preexisting art for the MSH and CotA portraits, but They’re available as part of her character in the main GFX Generator and the separate MSH Vs. and X-Men: CotA Vs. generators.

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May 5th, 2017

A new sprite of Star-Lord (in his Annihilators-era uniform and snazzy helmet) has been added to the Marvel Comics sprite gallery. Star-Lord (again, Annihilators-era) and Guardians of the Galaxy both get a mini-logo added to the Marvel gallery. The sprite and logos have been added to the GFX Generators!

I’ll have a small set-up at All American Comics in Warren, OH (check ’em out on Facebook and Yelp) this Saturday for the Free Comic Book Day event. I’ll have some prints (not everything, still need to restock) with me and they’ll be at the sale prices I’m using on the site now, so you won’t even have to pay shipping if you can make it there. All American is a great shop that I’ve bought from for decades now, so check ’em out if you can make it to the NE Ohio area!



I’m still working on those pixel art commissions, with 9/16 of one batch done, 2/10 of another done and another single sprite to do, so the content train will be kinda light for a while. Sorry for the low content, but this site will be more active again probably around late May. Don’t worry, more new sprites (and more) are coming!

Meanwhile, I’ve also got a new pic on the main Illmosis site!

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April 21st, 2017

No theme, just pixels!

Custom Sprites
Final Fight: Cody’s 2016 sprites have been improved and I’ve made a sprite in the classic arcade flyer art pose
Nintendo: Lady (Donkey Kong), mostly based on Yoichi Kotabe’s artwork
Golden Axe: Lt., Col. and Gen. Bitter
Capcom: Rouge (Power Stone)
Marvel Comics: Moon Knight (classic outfit)
River City Ransom: NES-style sprites of Egg Shen (Big Trouble in Little China)

Mini-logos: Power Stone added to Capcom page

All new items have been added to the GFX Generators, which you can use to make graphics like the one at the top of this post!

Just in case you missed the post from earlier this week, sale prices are back for line art and pixel art prints, and commissions are back on, too!

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