September 20th, 2018

The “Horror vs. Horror 2” pixel art print is finally done and available for order!


The 17 x 11 inch print has been added to the shop page, along with the Iron Man (90s/Capcom sprite armor) pic I did earlier this year. There’s a list of character select cameos on my Illmosis art site, just so you can see how weird it gets!

There’s been a ton of beat ’em up news this entire year and I’ve been trying to build a big update themed around this site’s favorite genre. But the hits just keep coming! Between the last site update and this one, the Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle (a.k.a. Capcom Belt Action Collection) was both announced and released (not for PC yet) and Sega shocked the world by declaring the return of the Streets of Rage series with part 4. I’m still building a beat ’em update, but here’s a few things to get things rolling before then:

Sprites: Double Dragon (some Double Dragon Advance)

Mini-logos: Battle Circuit added to Capcom gallery.

Vernacula-X: The main page gets another upgrade (finally, proper separate pages for each letter), all terms now have full pages, a few have been rewritten, and a few new terms (character level, crowd control, drone, gamer, mega crash) have been added.

Game Index additions: Battle Circuit, Knights of the Round, Ninja Combat

That’s all the site newness I’ve got for today, but here’s a few previews of some sprites you’ll see in the upcoming Beat ‘Em Update:


Fight’N Rage, one of the best recent arcade-style beat ’em ups to hit the pixelated streets, is having a half price sale until September 24th in honor of its first anniversary (September 19th)! The game is high quality and a steal at that price!

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August 9th, 2018

I’ve been working on a secret project (both pixel and drawn art) for someone else lately, but I couldn’t let this day pass without the Revenge of 1989 rising from its grave once again, even for a small update. The sprite count may not large, but most of the sprites are big enough to make up for it!

Custom Sprites:
Double Dragon: Mysterious Warrior (DD2 NES)
Golden Axe: a new Death Adder sprite
Strider: a new Solo sprite

All new sprites have been added to the GFX Generators, where you can make your own graphics and fake screenshots like the one above!


I also made progress on the next Horror vs. Horror print. The new sprite of Jason Voorhees was shown a while back and you’ve seen previews of the select roster (everyone from the original print returns!), but now it’s time to show you a bigger hint of what’s coming your way. Let’s roll that hastily made promo vid.


Looks like we’ve ended up with more questions (and question marks) than answers. Stay tuned for more horror as it develops.

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July 19th, 2018

18 years ago, I started this site with at the public library with Tripod’s free site builder, screenshots from the PC version of Sega’s Smash Pack (made on a friend’s computer, didn’t even have my own PC yet), and a bunch of tips and tricks I’d scrawled in a notebook. Seemed like it’d be a fun thing to do on the internet. Multiple hosting moves and weird ideas later.

The theme of today’s update is… every theme, including the lack of a theme. Characters from games, a few from comics, some 1989 icons (to rep the Revenge of 1989), an obvious crossover face-off (outside of Crossup Beatdown), a horror villain (before October’s DangerTerrorHorrorThon), an eighties cartoon character (before the usual Toy and Cartoon update near Christmas), a new original character for the site and the return of a character born in the long defunct Minus World section. It’s like a Whitman’s chocolate assortment of this site’s usual habits, so here’s the map that lets you avoid that one weird cream candy that makes you scrunch up in the face.

Custom Sprite additions
Bomberman: all-new Bomberman action pose
Final Fight: Cody (Street Fighter V stance)
Megaman: Bombman
Shinobi series: Joe Musashi (Revenge of Shinobi title screen)
Sonic the Hedgehog: Knuckles the Echidna (classic)
Konami: Cyber Ninja (Metal Gear Solid)
Toaplan: the Snow Bros. Nick & Tom
DC Comics: Harley Quinn
Marvel Comics: Beast and Hawkeye
Toys and ‘Toons: Cheetara of the Thundercats (1980s)
Horror: Pamela Voorhees new (and better) sprite
Illmosis/ScrollBoss: Endless Duck and Maddie Tenay (ScrollBoss mascot from the upcoming movie section)

All new sprites have been added to the main GFX Generator where you can make your own pics and fake screenshots! Other things added to the generators today:
– characters added: KoF Sports team added, Mojo (Marvel)
– characters updated: Mai Shiranui

While I’m at it, all prints on the site are on sale until the end of the month!


all 8 x 10/ 8.5 x 11 on the site are now $4!


11×17 inch prints are $8!

That’s the main part of the update. Some small preview additions to the Vs. Horror pt. 2 pixel print, an unfinished promo video and a thank you message are behind the cut. So, if you don’t read that, I’ll put an extra “Thank you” here to let you know that you’re appreciated!
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July 13th, 2018

“You see, Jason was my son… and today is his birthday…”

Just a bit of pixel art to hold you over until next week!

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June 30th, 2018

As posted earlier this week on the main Illmosis site, I finally drew new inked artwork of classic-era Mega Man!


That new Mega Man pic has just been added to the prints area of the shop page!


The Youngstown Comic Con takes place at Youngstown, Ohio’s Covelli Center next weekend, July 7th and 8th! In case you’ve missed the earlier site posts here, I’ll be in Artist Alley again, but, sadly, only on Sunday the 8th.

Don’t worry, it’s not just about comic books, as a lot of the other artists and vendors will have video game merch, and there’s always tons of video game cosplay going on. In fact, some of my earnings last year didn’t make it out of the building because I bought a loose copy of Gauntlet IV for the Genesis!

I’ll have a lot of the prints you see on the site along with the mini pixel art prints that I only have at conventions:

They’re only $1 each and… hmmm… a few seem to have a some sprites and backgrounds that aren’t on the site yet. Yes, a few of ’em find their way into future site updates.


Arcade Quartermaster just dropped its July update with a trio of beat ’em up shrines: Legionnaire, P.O.W. and, a personal favorite of mine, Karate Blazers!


That’s all for now. See you in July!

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May 15th, 2018

I need to work on new prints to be ready for the Youngstown Comic-Con (I’ll only have a table there on the Sunday the 8th), so ScrollBoss will be KINDA quiet until after the convention. Conveniently, this site’s 18th anniversary will hit a little over a week after that. There will probably be small updates here and there, especially when I get pixel art or game-related prints done.

Until next time, here are a few previews:


The long-awaited Raging Justice is out now! I bought it for PC/Steam and had fun playing it. There are tons of nice little combat touches, including knocking characters into the background, enemy arrests (with bonus points for catching foes who have warrants out for them). No, it’s not a stat-building, free-roaming game like a lot of other modern Walk ‘n Brawls, but I know a lot of other people who prefer arcade-length games; the can be played through with a visiting friend and short enough for a non-marathon stream. Check this out if that sounds like your kind of party!

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April 20th, 2018

Time for a mini-update! New Kunio-kun/River City Ransom style sprites of Mary Jane Watson, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong have been added to the custom sprite gallery and the image generator. Shout-out to artist the Dopest Robot for the idea! I also added one of the most important shopkeepers of all time: Fred G. Sanford, owner of the Sanford and Son Salvage empire.

BTW: there was an update a few days ago with some Superman-related sprites.

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April 18th, 2018

This is update is mostly themeless, but it’s also on the day that Action Comics #1000 hits the stands, so there’s a bit of Metropolis flavor in there.

DC Comics: Superman (Action Comics #1 interior and Kingdom Come battle hover), Black Lightning, Lex Luthor (battle armor), and Toyman (Superfriends version).
Mini-logos: Mario added to Nintendo, Scorpion, Kitana and Cage added to Williams/Midway, Toyman added to DC Comics

GFX Generators (Fighter scale): Avengers 2018 and X-Men 2017 have been added to the Marvel Legends box tribute. Of course, all new sprites and mini-logos have been added to this generator, too.


VGJunk site celebrated its 8th anniversary by making and sharing a visual novel!

Arcade Quartermaster’s new shrines for the month are Arabian Fight, Arabian Magic and Cannon Dancer/Osman!

RageQuitter’s Earnest Evans series shrine was updated with more info!

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April 13th, 2018

I planned to have a small update this week, but I’ve got some line art to make for someone. Still, I figured this would be the perfect day to show a preview from the next Vs. Horror print. No surprises here…

The sprites in this print will have a slightly different shading style and won’t stick so closely to the 16-color limit of older sprites. Don’t expect to see those exact sprites added to the sprite galleries or generators, at least not for a long time after the print debuts.

Do expect to see an update with things being added to the galleries and image generators next week, though. Hold tight until then!

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April 1st, 2018

The only April Fool’s trick involving the site happened to me yesterday when I thought I’d spend the whole time making 8-bit style sprites. HA! You’ll read about that in a bit.

GFX Generators – The oft-neglected Fake Screenshot generator (with 8-bit graphics) gets some love today. I spent much of yesterday untangling a bug in the engine that messed up font selections on a few screens (esp. the Mega Man boss intros). I also added sprites to:

– Custom 8-bit sprites: Dr. Bones McCoy, Dr. Herbert West, Dr. Clayton Forrester, Dr. Giggles. They were meant to be scratch-made Mega Man-style doctor sprites, but they really seem like more of their own thing.
– RCR/Kunio-Kun NES customs, media: Agent Dale Cooper and Shelly Johnson from Twin Peaks
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– RCR NES edits/customs, game chars: Pit (Kid Icarus classic)
– RCR/Kunio-Kun NES customs, media: Batman

Also: I cleaned up the the links section a bit. FINALLY!

Sorry, but I’m a bit low on time here. I’ll be back later to add them to the sprite galleries (and possibly throw in a new sprite). The new River City Ransom NES sprites are now in the gallery. The others aren’t because… I don’t know what style they are, really. They were supposed to be like Mega Man doctors (Wily and Light), but don’t. I’ll figure it out later.

Be sure to check out the news in last week’s update post if you haven’t been here for a while, as it includes new fighting-scale sprites and a preview of an upcoming pixel art print!

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