Originally Posted by digerati1338
You can google character art and find several sites that host it or sites that will convert images to ASCII.
Not sure about the boot splash, are you running a boot splash program right now? The most common boot splashes are usplash or splashy... Both of these use images, not ASCII.
You can also download the program jpg2a
which can convert .jpeg files into ASCII art. If you're using Ubuntu or Debian you can use sudo apt-get install jp2a
and download this magnificent program, otherwise you can just try the homepage
This is a really fun and cool program.