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!

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!

When the 25th anniversary of Bare Knuckle’s debut in Japan hit, I didn’t have the time for a big update (plus, I’ve been kinda celebrating in stealth mode for the whole year, but it’s not too stealthy to say that), so I’m making up for it now, the 25th anniversary of the game’s U.S. debut under the Streets of Rage moniker.


Streets of Rage versions of Onihime & Yasha (a.k.a. Mona and Lisa), Signal, Haku-oh and Galsia (who also gets a SoR2 sprite) have been added to the Streets of Rage/Bare Knuckle custom sprite gallery and the GFX Generators (which got a HUGE overhaul in yesterday’s update).

25 years ago, on this very, one of the greatest beat ’em up sagas began when Sega’s Bare Knuckle hit the Mega Drive system in Japan. Mixing the best elements of Technos’ Double Dragon and Capcom’s Final Fight (then the two most recent evolutionary steps in the walk ‘n brawl genre), flavor from Sega’s own Golden Axe system (complete with smart bomb attacks), and a heaping dose of their own style, Noriyoshi Ohba and his team created a solid classic. The game still outshines brawlers on far more powerful systems, especially the legendary soundtrack by Yuzo Koshiro.

Bare Knuckle made its way to the U.S. a few weeks later under the Streets of Rage moniker. Expect another ScrollBoss update dedicated to the game (and series) on that. For now…


check out these new fighting-scale sprites of SoR/BK 1 and 2 versions of Axel Stone’s fighting stance have been added to the SoR Custom Sprite gallery and GFX Generators (where he also has a bunch of palettes). I also added a Bare Knuckle mini-logo and made some slight improvements to the Nora sprite from the last round of updates.

You’re just in time to witness pure, unadulterated evil in pixel form!

Custom Sprites:
Golden Axe: Longmoan
IREM: Giant (Kung-Fu Master)
Rare: the Dark Queen
Streets of Rage: Mr. X (all-new, sprited from scratch) and Nora

All these sprites were added to the GFX Generators (the old GroupShot and Vs generators).

You know, I’m still waiting for that Sonic sprite from Tuesday’s update to show up. Maybe he’ll be in tomorrow’s wrap-up post…

The site will be going on a short pause for a while, but this update is here to give you a taste of what you’ll be seeing this year.

More games and game series will get their own custom sprite gallery pages, like Streets of Rage did in this update. Axel, Blaze, Max and Electra have new sprites to kick off that new gallery page. Meanwhile, Kung-Fu Master’s Thomas’ new scratch-made sprite and Jose from Ninja Baseball Bat Man hit the IREM gallery. I doubt that I’ll be able to have ALL the old sprite edits replaced with scratch-made work this year, but I plan to come close to it. These things, along with two IREM-related minilogos, have been added to the GFX Generators.

I have a lot of things to work on during the site pause. I have a commission assignment I’ve been working on, a new version of the GFX Generators (see this Tumblr post for details), and more things like this:

I plan to finally knock the dust off of the ScrollBoss YouTube channel this year and part of my January has been spent working on material.


Zweifuss, sprite ripper and creator of that massive Street Fighter III: Third Strike site, needs help renewing the site for another year. Please donate to the cause if you can, especially if the site has helped you. Any SFIII stuff you see on my site, including sprite edits that started as SFIII sprites, come from his rips


Shout out to Jessica for the feedback https://quitday.org/ and http://www.ffsonline.org/ for the link help!


I’ll still be active on Tumblr and Twitter, posting stuff like this:

To quote Guru, “Peace out. We’ll be back. Stay tuned.”

edit: I was going to save this clip until later, but, as ol’ Jack Burton says, what the hell…

Halloween is here and there’s a bonus surprise in the Halloween DangerTerrorHorrorThon wrap-up! Let’s see all the new things that appeared this week…

Custom Sprites:
Capcom: Zombie (Ghosts ‘n Goblins, Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts versions)
Castlevania: Simon Belmont (new CV1 NES stance from last year’s Trevor sprite & improved taunt), Grant Danasty, Carmilla (Rondo of Blood)
– – Konami: Silent Hill Nurse
Namco: Biggy Man (Splatterhouse)
Nintendo: Medusa (classic, big)
Wayforward: Rottytops
Games (other): Julie and Zeke (Zombies Ate My Neighbors), the Pumpkin boss from Monster Party.
DC Comics: Solomon Grundy (uploaded on a Monday)
Movies: Tarman (Return of the Living Dead), Chucky, Michael Myers/The Shape, Ghostface (Scream), Leatherface
NES-like 32×16 and 32×3: Altered Beast werewolf

Mini-logos:
Capcom: Ghosts ‘n Goblins
Konami: Silent Hill (movie)
LucasArts: Zombies Ate My Neighbors
Movies: Chucky, Leatherface, Scream, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (thanks to Christopher B. for the Atari 2600 idea)

All fighting size custom sprites and mini-logos have been added to the GFX Generators so you can use them to make your own spooky fake screenshots and pixel graphics!

Don’t forget that I still have that Horror legend vs. screen print in the ScrollBoss Shop for $6 + S&H!


BTW: The Chucky sprite and his portrait in that print come from the same linework, but at different sizes.

I was a bit cryptic in Friday’s update on whether the theme was over. Well, I had one more sprite to make. Ladies, gentlemen and screwheads, meet Ash Williams.


Be sure to check out VGJunk’s Halloween Spooktacular reviews, including today’s review of Capcom’s Vampire Savior! You’ll find a lot of far more obscure games lurking in his Halloween tag, so roll through it to find new picks for your own Halloween game list.

JustinGameDesign made a fun group of 8-bit sprites for the spooky season, with characters from a wide array of sources. He even put them into a nice deviantART gallery so you can see them all in the same spot!


NOW I’m done with the Halloween updates. Happy Halloween!

The DangerTerrorHorrorThon ends with something created by devious minds long ago to end as many lives as possible. That’s right, I’m talking about Boss Rush Mode. Let the slaughter begin!

Custom Sprites:
Castlevania: Carmilla (Rondo of Blood)
Namco: Biggy Man
Nintendo: Medusa (classic, big)
Sega: Zamza (Streets of Rage/Bare Knuckle)
Games (other): the Pumpkin boss from Monster Party. Please don’t pick on him.

Mini-logos:
Konami: Silent Hill (movie)
LucasArts: Zombies Ate My Neighbors


Movies: Chucky, Leatherface, Scream, Texas Chainsaw Massacre

As usual, all new items have been added to the GFX Generators so you can use them to make your own fake screenshots. Also, Leatherface was updated with an Atari 2600 palette, thanks to a suggestion from Christopher B. Thanks!

Well, that’s all for this Halloween’s DangerTerrorHorrorThon!

… or is it?

Today marks 15 years of this site’s existence on the outskirts of the internet! Most of today’s update centers on sprites that I wanted to redo from scratch, but there’s also a new ScrollBoss character (you’ll see more from her in future updates) and sprites based on the games of late, great Iwata-san.

Custom Sprites
HAL Laboratory: Lolo and Lala (Eggerland series) kick off the new gallery.
Nintendo: Balloon Fighter added.
Sega: a new scratch-made Shiva (Streets of Rage series) sprite added.
DC: Green Lantern Hal Jordan
G.I.JOE: the Baroness
Illmosis Network: The new gallery starts with “V” but my other characters will be added later.

Mini-logos
Nintendo: Balloon Fight

All of those sprites were added to the GFX Generators


I’m still a bit worn out from the past few weeks and the yesterday’s great convention, so I couldn’t write the big, detailed “Thank You” post that I wanted to make yet, but will get that together this week. For now, I’d just like to thank everyone who visits the site. You’re one of the biggest factors that kept me going through that whole time. ScrollBoss has been here since the days when these older games were looked down upon by a lot of people and I’ve tried to let this place be a lighthouse for anyone looking for place to appreciate older action games and pixel art. I still have a lot of new things on the way for this site, so I hope you keep visiting every once in a while!

I planned to have a bigger update than this, but, well, I’ll get into that later. For now, here’s the newness:


New sprites of Adam Hunter (from Sega’s Streets of Rage, Vixen (DC Comics) and Monica Rambeau in her Captain Marvel uniform (Marvel Comics) have been added to the Sega, DC and Marvel galleries. Ms. Rambeau’s Captain Marvel logo being added to the mini-logos gallery. All three characters are in the GFX Generators where Vixen also has 3 more palettes.


The All AmeriCon convention hits Warren, Ohio again on July 18th (one day before this site’s 15th Anniversary) and I’ll be getting a table there to sell scribbles. Get info about it by checking out the Facebook page for the event. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that a few people I know from the internet will roll through, but I’ll announce that once it’s ready.

My plan is to get some pixel art things to sell alongside my usual scribbles and, possible, a mini-art book. To do that, I really do have to detach a bit from this site to work on those things and it needs to start not now, but right now. This site will still be updated at least once a month until the anniversary in July, though it won’t be as much as the crazy deluge of pixels I’ve been dropping on you for the past few months. Clean up work on the generators will continue to make way for crazy new features and a few things on the site will be fixed up. Some of the things I’m working on will also be sold through this site, because I want to make a game-related mini-book, too.

BTW: I had line work for one more sprite, but I might just save her for May. You’ll know why if you know who she is.