Aces of ANSI Art
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Chips Ahoy
Aces of ANSI Art (abbreviated <A.A.A>) was the first group of artists specifically organized for the purposes of creating and distributing ANSI art. The group was founded and operated by two BBS enthusiasts from California, "Zyphril" and "Chips Ahoy", from 1989 through 1991.
The group was initially formed in 1989 during the height of the BBS era, but soon after the group's founding, ANSI art groups took on a life of their own, growing increasingly popular and spawning what would come to be known as the "artscene." ANSI art, which initially began as a method for bulletin board sysops to draw users to their boards, but with the emergence of organized groups, the artscene became associated with "underground" culture, such as warez boards.
In 1990, a schism occurred when a small but influential group of members left the group to form ACiD Productions. ACiD (ANSI Creators In Demand) will grow to become the first international artscene group.
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- "Dark Domain: the artpacks.acid.org collection" (DVD-ROM). San Jose, CA, USA: ACiD Productions, LLC, 2004. ISBN 0-9746537-0-5.
- Hacker Chronicles, CD-Rom, produced and distributed by P-80 Systems.
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Examples of ANSI Artwork
- Aces of ANSI Art Classics, a YouTube video featuring Animations from 1991 by Members of the AAA
- artscene.textfiles.com, The artscene branch of the textfiles.com library.
- darkdomain.org, Dark Domain (2004). An archive on DVD which hosts a complete collection of underground artscene works between 1987-2003.
- Roy/SAC Text Artist- Superior Art Creations, Information about ASCII Art Styles, SAC Art Packs Download
- Sixteen Colors ANSI Art and ASCII Art Archive - A web viewable archive of current and past ANSI and ASCII packs released by the computer art scene
More on the History of the Art Scene
- BBS: The Documentary Episode 5 documents the rise of the Art Scene
- Aces of ANSI Art Remembrance Pack - An archive of ANSI artwork created by various members of the group between 1989-1991.