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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

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

262 (aka Technodemo) by Limbo, 1993. They made more Amiga demos with PETSCII.

Cover design for TYPE01 issue 7 by Tameem Sankari, 2023. Original video and photo.

More Sankari

PETSCII XFILES by fakewaffles, 2018.

Put the fox through the life phaser, fakewaffles, 2014. PETSCII with video effects.

More fakewaffles here.

Frog! by Bob Carr, 1980. PETSCII-game running on the PET computer.

Dromeda (aka Andromeda) by Bob Carr, 1980. PETSCII-animation running on the PET computer.

Ken Morley made text-mode animations on the PET-computers. Here’s two from 1979. Phuzzy & Wuzzy go to the moon, is similar to the earlier The Canadians make it to the moon! aka Flight, released in Cursor #12, 1979. A trip to Hawaii (1979) was released in Cursor #15. See the C64-version here.

“Keyboard graphics” by Quicksilver (Bryce L Tomlinson), 1987. Examples that came with his PETSCII-editor Kaleidoscope 2.0.

By Tameem Sankari, with PETSCII characters (mostly?), 2022/2023.