The Beat ‘Em Up genre is really proving its naysayers wrong this year. As someone running a fan site in honor of those games for almost 20 years, I thought this would be the perfect time to gloat celebrate this new wave of appreciate of digital side-scrolling brawlers. This site has seen beat ’em up-themed updates over the years, but I think I need to do more to rep the genre, so expect to see more updates like this in the future. Today’s newness is dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Data East’s Bad Dudes, but you’ll find a 90’s brawler in her newest outfit, a character from a new beat ’em up, some superheroes, and some characters from Capcom’s Beat ‘Em Up Bundle!

Custom Sprite gallery updates:
Bad Dudes: Blade and Striker (fight stance), Dragonninja, Mini, Kunoichi (finally got a good standing sprite!)
Captain Commando (new separate gallery): Ninja Commando and Brenda & Carol
Other Games (independent): Nikki Rage from Raging Justice
Streets of Rage: Blaze Fielding (Streets of Rage 4)
Marvel Comics: Spider-Man and Namor (both scratch-made and in their Spider-Man: the Video Game fight stances)



Reminder that the new Horror print is now in the shop!


Kickstarter alert: Bushinden: a combat platformer with beautiful pixel art!


Arcade Quartermaster just added three new shrines: Taito’s PU-LI-RU-LA, Data East’s WIZARD FIRE, and Athena’s CASTLE OF DRAGON!

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.

Celebrating the release of the live-action Black Panther movie with an update featuring T’Challa, his friends, and his foes I know, some have been both friend and foe, but this isn’t the time for that argument, I’ve got an update here.

Custom Sprites: the Black Panther, the Dora Milaje, Klaw, and Nightshade were added to the Marvel gallery. T’Challa, the Dora Milaje and Nightshade have multiple sprites, so be sure to check out their mini-galleries!

mini-logos: Klaw and Nightshade
**edit** added Jungle Action-era logo for the Black Panther

The new stuff has been added to the GFX Generators, where you can make your own graphics!

Last, but not least, this is the short (and kinda rushed) version of an idea I’ve had for almost two decades now. One of the sprite sets I wanted to make for M.U.G.E.N. was the Black Panther and I even had an idea for a fancy intro storyboard for it. I never got around to making a whole sprite set, but the intro (and the perfect theme song to use for it) has been stuck in my head ever since. Again, this was rushed (outside issues ate up a lot of time I’d rather spend working on this), but consider this a down payment on the full version I want to make some day.

First of all, just in case you didn’t come in through the front door, check out the new and improved index page. That new index pic is YEARS in the making, because I wanted the new version to have 0% sprite edits. That’s all scratch-made, including a sprite done for the new group shot and can’t be found in the galleries yet. I’ll let you find him for yourself. That external link icon set is new, too. Like a lot of the things in this update, it’s long overdue, so let’s get to the rest of it.

Info Center: After years of neglect, the Game Index, Company Index, S-Files/Character profiles and Definition/Vernacula-X sections have been recoded and the main page itself has a new pic with site character Vonetta (a.k.a. Vernacula). She’s in charge of the Info Center and likes the place to be quiet, so keep the noise down while you’re in there.. The pages mostly look the same, but there were a lot of little fixes and improvements to a lot of entries, and the new system I’m using for all of them makes it easy to make changes in the future. Unfortunately, since I’ve been working on this here-and-there since mid-2017, I don’t remember all the brand new pages, so this is a partial list:
– Definitions: Doppelgänger, fighting game, fixed screen, frankensprite, head swap, tile
– S-Files: Billy Lee, Jimmy Lee

Custom Sprites: there are now separate galleries for Alex Kidd, Ghosts ‘n Goblins, Ninja Gaiden, the Zelda series
Ghosts ‘n Goblins: a new scratch-made Arthur sprite.
Mega Man: a new scratch-made MvC1-style Mega Man sprite.
Data East: Santos (Trio the Punch)
Konami: Solid Snake (MGS)
Sega: Mary (Quartet)
Marvel: Black Cat (Spider-Man arcade fighting stance)
Illmosis: a new sprite of Vonetta (a.k.a. Vernacula)

Sprites: lots of behind-the-scenes work was done on nearly all the galleries, mostly switching to the new image display format. There are a few new things, though.
Golden Axe: the Duel: all arcade big portraits are now there (and separate) and an new .GIF of the final boss.
P.O.W.: new gallery with sprites of the player characters.

Mini-logos:
Konami: Metal Gear Solid

GFX Generators: All of the new custom sprites and mini-logo have been added to the main generator, where The Mego WGSH set-up gets a better set of Konami face circles.

**wipes brow** That’s all for now. Please let me know if you run into any errors or broken parts of the site, because this update changed at least 40% of the site!

I hope you enjoyed this year’s offerings for the site, even if I didn’t get to finish some of the things I teased for it. There were a lot of sprites…

… and not all of them are even in that pic. I’ve added two more in this update.

Storm was in the X-Men print, but not on the site (until now) and the Chainsaw Boss from Crime Fighters was done during the DangerTerrorHorrorThon, but I didn’t really feel like he completely fit the theme for some reason.

edit: As much as I want this year over as soon as possible, I’ve got to add some stuff here.

The Steam Winter Sale is still going strong and I want to recommend some of my personal favorites:
River City Ransom: Underground (a worthy successor to the original), Fire Pro Wrestling World (the legendary series finally hits PCs with more customization than ever), Combat Core (in Early Access, a fun arena brawler for those to still miss Power Stone), Mercenary Kings (easily one of my favorite recent run ‘n gun games), and Owlboy (a pixel art masterpiece 10 years in the making, and it shows).

Most of 2017 was crappy for me, but some of the few good things I was able to experience this happened because of this site. Those pixel art commissions made up for the loss in day job hours and, fortunately, everyone I worked with was incredibly cool and paid me to sprite things I enjoyed making. The biggest event was being asked by Cuddly Rigor Mortis to make a print for the Gallery1988 Mattel show, and the limited edition print sold out! I finished a lot of my own personal wish-list sprites (the Capcom Aliens vs. Predator crew, completing the Mega Man 2 Robot Masters, the Last Dragon, Konami X-Men, Dr. West from Re-Animator, too many others to list). Lots of behind-the-scenes work was done on the site, and I’ve got another chunk almost done that will change and add a lot of sections in 2018. I want to thank you for the feedback and extra encouragement I got throughout the year, because it helped me get through the rough spots. See you in 2018!

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.

The Karnov/Bad Dudes update from a few days ago wasn’t all I had for show and tell for this week. Shamelessly timed with their live-action premieres this week, it’s time for visits from the Justice League and the Punisher!

Custom Sprites:
DC Comics: Green Arrow, Zatanna, Hawkman, 90’s Superman Red & Blue
Marvel Comics: the Punisher

All new sprites were also added to the GFX Generator.

Shameless plug reminder: I’ve got a Justice League pixel art print with the old-school line-up in the ScrollBoss Shop


pixelart Justice League – v.1 (10×8 & 11×14 inches)


Heads-up:

Zvitor’s “Justice League United” OpenBoR game hit last week and is available at zvitor.com (of course). I played through it, but don’t expect me to spoil anything for you! Here’s Zvitor’s promo vid for it:

River City Ransom: Underground is on sale for $9.99 on Steam until November 20th, 2017! I’ve been disappointed by a lot of video game comebacks, but I’ll never pass up a chance to praise RCR:U. There’s a character for just about every play style and has the depth of a one-on-one fighting game. If you need a story as an excuse to have a good time, don’t worry, there’s a story in there, too. If that isn’t enough for you, they’re getting ready to make the game moddable. It’s easily one of the best beat ’em ups to hit the streets in years and well worth a buy.

Not all the new things this week are bleak or hostile. This Wednesday was the debut of Tiny Bird Garden, a mobile game by Super Retro Duck that lets you befriend the cutest crew of birds you’ll ever meet. If that sounds fun to you, check out the game’s site and give the game some love!

There was a Marvel vs. Capcom-themed update yesterday, but Heihachi crashed it at the end, forcing me to do this update with more sprites and some new portraits!

Custom Sprites:
Tekken (new gallery): Heihachi (two new sprites), Nina Williams, and King II
Marvel: Wolverine, Colossus, Cyclops

Portraits: SFA3vs portraits for Heihaichi and Wolverine

all new items were added to the main GFX Generator!

By the way, those all-new (but only Colossus is giant-sized) X-Men sprites come from a print that makes its debut today!


**cue funky Konami X-Men music**
This print is guaranteed to increase the mutant population of your wall, but not to ward off masters of magnet. You’ve gotta do that on your own! It’s available now from the ScrollBoss shop page!

Well, that’s it for this theme. I’m gonna go get some re – –

So… another update? Okay. Come back tomorrow if you want to see how ridiculous this crossover gets!

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite hits consoles and computers today, so I figured I’d pay tribute to the whole series, seeing as how the original game is one of the main things to get me into spriting fighting-scale sprites. This update features remakes of characters from the entire series!

Custom Sprites
Marvel: Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers, War Machine, Hawkeye, and Deadpool
Capcom: Morrigan, Meichelle Heart
Mega Man: X (Mega Man X)

Mini-logos:
Capcom: Mega Man X, Rockman X

All new sprites and logos have been added to the main GFX Generator!

Well, that wraps up this crossover. I hope you enjo- –

Hey, what the he – –

… looks like there’s going to be an update tomorrow, too. But is that THAT the only interloper we’re going to see tomorrow?

Today would’ve been the 100th birthday of the late, great King of Comics, Jack Kirby, and this update is filled with characters that he co-created (alongside Joe Simon or Stan Lee) or created himself. I’ve based sprites on his poses over the years because he was able to breathe a fully dynamic sense of life into his characters that they almost seemed to move on the page. In a Jack Kirby comic, every run was a breakneck dash, every punch was a haymaker and even the taunts seemed dangerous. He turned every attribute up to ten (or beyond) in the same way that fighting game sprite artists did years later. We comic fans owe him a lot and this update is in his honor. With this being the 100th birthday, I felt that I had to do more than usual, so I hope you enjoy this tribute to his work.

Custom Sprites
Marvel: Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch, the Thing, Thor, Ant-Man, the Wasp (new outfits & fixes for the 2016 sprite), the Silver Surfer, Medusa, M.O.D.O.K.
DC: Orion, Big Barda, Darkseid, Granny Goodness

All these sprites, along with some new mini-logos, have been added to the main GFX image Generator, where I made the fake screenshots at the top of this post. I also completely remade all the Marvel face portraits for the Mego card tribute in the main image generator, even the characters who already had Capcom sprites.

edit: after a bit of rest, I’ve added the mini-logos to their galleries. Marvel gets Ant-Man, Medusa, MODOK and two for the Silver Surfer. DC gets Big Barda, Granny Goodness, Orion, and OMAC.