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!

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!

Most of what I’ve been working on lately isn’t ready to show yet, but you’ll get a preview later in the post. I still have some new things done for the site:

Info Center: more small additions, fixes and improvements were made here and there to the new items system
S-Files: new profiles for Akira, Gil, Glen and Mark from Karate Blazers
Vernacula-X: new separate pages for pro wrestler and power-up, new images for boss and ninja.

Custom Sprites:
Growl: new scratch-made sprites of the Rangers (Gen, Burn, Khan, Jack) and the Dolls.
Rolling Thunder: new scratch-made sprites of Albatross and Leila from Rolling Thunder 2

GFX Generators:
– Dan Hibiki: thanks to a site visitor who wanted Dan’s CvS sprites and told me that Kong’s rips fit the same size as other sprites, Dan has CvS sprites now!
– the Marvel Legends box now has the Spider-Man box style. It’s easy to get pics of the outside of the box, but I have to get and scan my own box inserts, and getting classic Beetle (yes, I know who the Beetle is) let me do that. I still need to get a classic Taskmaster Marvel Legend to do the new Avengers box, though.


Work on the sequel to the “Horror vs.” print (with Freddy vs. Jason) is on the way and here’s a preview:

Even if you saw the preview I posted on Twitter and Instagram a few days ago, this one has a few changes, including some changed characters. I’m still not 100% sure about the “roster,” but I’ll talk more about that at a later date.


I’ll be at the Youngstown Comic Con at the Covelli Center this year, but only on Sunday, July 8th (I’m still working part of the weekend at my day job). It’s mostly a comic convention, but you’ll be sure to find video games and game-related stuff there, too. I finally got Gauntlet IV for Genesis at last year’s con. I’ll have both line art and pixel art prints, along with sketch cards and mini-prints that I don’t have on the site yet. If you can make it to NE Ohio on July 7th and or 8th, please check out the Youngstown Comic Con!

I still have a small toy-related update planned for later, but here’s a little something I figured I’d add to the site right now:

The recent Marvel Legends boxes have been added to the main GFX Generator. I posted teasers for this in different places months ago, but I just finished a few things that made ’em ready for the site. There are more box set-ups, including some that let you choose a mini-logo for the bottom of the box. I’ll add more if people like how these turn out.

BTW: I got hooked on Marvel Legends again thanks to the Spider-Woman, Captain America (with Capwolf head) and Whirlwind (because of that Avengers beat ’em up). They became ridiculously hard to find around here back in the Toy Biz days, so I gave up on ’em, but ended up getting into Hasbro’s smaller Marvel Universe line. Between their becoming easier to find and using classic designs again, I’m buying more ML’s. I hope they keep putting out that Marvel Retro line, too (I still need that retro Iron Man, since he has the armor from the Data East beat ’em up).

Other things in the update:
1.) Improved the sprite of G.I.JOE’s Grunt
2.) fixed “the Holograms” (of Jem and the Holograms) so it shows up in the GFX Generator’s Toys & Toons section. It’s only Kimber for now, but she may have some company in a few days.


Fellow pixel artist Mr. Gilder has a brand-new site with his work, including those beautiful wooden pixel sprites. Please give that site a visit if you’re a fan of pixel art!


Yes, I saw the Street Fighter V trailer with Cody in it. Believe it or not, I was working on something appropriate when the news hit the internet:

You’ll see what that’s about either right at the end of the year or early 2018.


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.

Some of the sprites in this update are characters that I’ve wanted to sprite for years, but didn’t feel I was ready to do them justice until now. Each sprite was a sacrifice, they took hard work, they’re a way of liiiiiiiiiiiiife!

Custom Sprites
Movies: Bruce Leroy, Sho’nuff and Miss Laura Charles from Berry Gordy’s “The Last Dragon”
Technos: Bullova (Combatribes)
Atari: Tanya (Guardians of the ‘Hood)
Williams: Hit Man and Max Force from NARC

Mini-Logos
Movies: Four Last Dragon-related logos
Atari: Guardians of the ‘Hood

All of these things have been added to the main GFX Generator where you can make fake screenshots like the one at the top of this update post!

Here’s today’s batch of newness:

Custom Sprites
Movies: El/Eleven from Stranger Things, Trash from the Return of the Living Dead and Frank Stewart from the WNUF Halloween Special. Yes, I know Stranger Things isn’t a movie, but it’s on that page for now.
Castlevania: Richter Belmont (original outfit)
Vanillaware: Sorceress (resprited and MUCH better)
Other Games: Julie (Zombies Ate My Neighbors) in her select screen pose
Marvel: Ghost Rider in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 stance

Mini-logos
– Movies: the Return of the Living Dead, Frank Stewart
– Television: Stranger Things
– Vanillaware (new!): Vanillaware and Dragon’s Crown logo

All of the new sprites and mini-logos were added to the new GFX Generator, which you can use to make pics like the one near the top of this post. I also added a “horror” character list so you can easily find horror characters to build your own nightmares.

The madness continues tomorrow with even more sprites!


“We’ll be right back.”

Multiplayer 3D arena brawlers are even more rare than beat ’em ups right now, which makes it even more special that Combat Core, which had a successful Kickstarter last year, is now in Steam Early Access! It’s fun to play in this early state, and you can even test out the Create-a-character mode. The game should be breath of fresh air to any Power Stone fans out there who are fiending for kind of brawling experience. To celebrate that early access, I made a sprite of Ember, the game’s resident wrestler. She’s in the Games (Independent) Custom Sprite gallery, ready to brawl!



I went back to work on the new engine for GFX Generators and got the reflections running (I still need to add the “color base” feature, though). The next step will be to get the text and text input going. This was a later addition to the old engine, so I’m hoping it’ll be an easier fit into the new engine. Finishing that will complete the basic features of the old generators and the next thing will be making a new version of the screenstyle options, those extra background options from the second menu. That, and a few other small things, will finish the new engine and last step will be converting a crapload of data files to the new format. That’s going to be a lot of work and I need to concentrate on that until it’s done. Except for a Streets of Rage-themed update in September, there won’t be any site content updates until the new generators are good enough to replace the original engine (and I won’t have deal with two versions characters’ data files and other tiring things from having two engines on the site). Getting the engine up to the old engine’s standards is only the beginning, but that’s a story for another time.

Thanks the SDCC exclusive NECA figure sets for Konami-style Ninja Turtles, the new TMNT game developed by Platinum and the X-Men getting a new movie, it’s a pretty good time to be a mutant. That’s why this update is happening!

Custom Sprites:
TMNT – new sprites of all four turtles, an improved version of the Foot Soldier sprite from a few weeks ago and a new pose.
Marvel – improved versions of the Storm and Dazzler from the FCBD update and plus a new outfit for each in that same pose.

All new pixel art has been added to the GFX Generators. The Foot Soldier’s palette has been reworked so that the ’80s toy palette fits in, so it’s all one sprite now. You’ll also find a nice new screenstyle in the Group Maker generator.

Saturday is Free Comic Book Day and it’ll be a good time to support your local comic book shop! Remember: they have to pay for the free books you get, so please consider buying a few comics, too! I’ll be spending my FCBD at the Warren, Ohio location of All-American Comics (Facebook, GoogleMaps) selling prints, giving out free coloring pages and, really, just hanging out. This site is celebrating FCBD by throwing a lot of comic book sprites at you (and this site is free, too)!

Custom Sprites
Marvel Comics: Dazzler, Iron Man (Silver Centurion), She-Hulk and Storm
DC Comics: Aquaman, Bizarro (Silver Age), GL John Stewart, Plastic Man (celebrating his 75th anniversary this week), and Ultraman. Additions were made to the Superman Battle Hover (a.k.a. the Taito pose) gallery.
TMNT: Foot Soldier (Konami/cartoon and toy variants)

Mini-Logos
DC Comics: Crime Syndicate, Plastic Man
Marvel Comics: Dazzler

the new items were added to the V.1 Vs. and Group GFX Generators.


Story time: Ssomeone on Twitter posts a link to a Comics Alliance story about the five best Lex Luthor stories and I read it, partially because I’ll be making new Lex Luthor sprites this year. It was a good article, so I figured I’d check the sidebar for other recent stories. So imagine my surprise when I saw a link to this:

Comics Alliance’s Chris Sims posted a story about the Superman Taito pose sprites I’ve been making. Including a short story about the first time he saw the arcade game and how fans (myself included) kept wondering about a certain palette swap from the game. That game was special for a lot of comic book and video game fans of the 1980s, especially when we heard that John Williams Superman theme cut through the other sounds bouncing off the walls of the arcade. Thanks, Mr. Sims!