Glenn Howarth’s workstation for Telidon graphics, which he made 1981-1985. The photo is from the book Machine stitched into a corner of the Canadian modern age flag: Glenn Howarth’s Telidon art (pdf) that has plenty of Howarth’s not so text graphics. It was written by John Dorno, who has been researching and restoring Telidon art for years.

Learn more about Telidon

The cover of the French Le Charivari magazine 27 February, 1834. It is pear-shaped because the magazine’s owner, Charles Philipon, had been taken to court for depicting king Louis-Philippe I as a rotting pear. Ironically, the king had just previously proclaimed the freedom of the press and lost the case.

Image and info, via Wikipedia

Prosodia Danicæ Linguæ by Peder Jensen Roskilde, 1627. More here.

There weren’t many active PETSCII-artists in the 00’s but the prolific Dutch demoscener JSL more than made up for it. He released tons of animated movies that he programmed in C64 BASIC. And although his naive and sometimes obscene style is not for everyone, it deserves documentation nevertheless.

His first animated PETSCII came in 2002 with First Demo, Visitors 1-3 and RTR Loves Pussy. In 2003 he made Ninja 2 and Resident Evil.

Put down by harsh feedback, he took a break in 2004 only to return in full force in 2005.

Resident Evil 2, 2005.

Band of Brothers, 2005

The same year he also put out Anaconda, the Basic JSL pack and Some JSL stuff (including his own tool). This was followed by Indiana Jones (2006), Basic JSL II (2007), Porn Pack 1-3 (2007-2008), the over-the-top GODS (2009), Jokes (2010) and Basic JSL III (2010).

He returned in 2013 with More Petsci Stuff and was surprised by the response. “How come ppl download this 90x times, is there something special about Petsci graphics..?” This was the year when PETSCII was becoming popular in the C64 demoscene again. He released a few more things that year – More Petscii 2-4, Faces Petscii, Evil Dead and Xmas Petscii Demo. After that, it seems like the only PETSCII-stuff he released was in Christmas Mixed Pack 2017.

On the other hand, it is easy to miss things in a backcatalogue of 900 releases?!

Other JSL posts

Julian Hespenheide‘s design for the Hard Fork podcast, 2022. Cool choice of font!

By Ou Zhang, 2023. From cloud.cb (野雲).

Typewritings by Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt, who recently passed away. via Paul Prudence.

More of her works

Postcodes around London by Nigel Cottier since 2019. From his Instagram. Similar to his Letter Variations fonts.

More posts on Cottier.

PETSCII-works by James, using his own lvllvl editor that runs in the browser. It even supported 3D and had its own C64 music editor back in the day. RIP. Hope you liked our little demo for you. <3

Jgs font by Adel Faure, 2022. A font family where the characters connect to one another, making it ASCII-good. Also includes some non-ASCII characters. Work in progress. A tribute to Joan Stark (jgs).

Check out his other good tools here.

More posts.