yeah kidding, the reason I posted my question here was to see if there was a stock ASCII editor that came with Slack 12.1.
The second question in my original post was just tagged on there if anyone was nice enough to recommend their own personal ASCII editor of choice.
However, I found a good one written in Java. Comes with Figlets, pretty neat, and can modify photos to ASCII as well,
it's called JavE. and can be found here: http://www.jave.de/
As always, thanks for replies.