Graphics on boot like the backtrack linux or the Gentoo live DVD after you press alt+F1 on boot

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – Would like to find a good tutorial on how to make a boot splash slimier to the one on backtrack {3,4,5}. It has all of the terminal text that you would see on a normal boot up but it has a nice border or like on the gentoo live DVD a Picturesc title bar that has the Gentoo logo on it. It seems to me that it is able to put the graphics into the virtual console. Would like eventually find a way to make programs to take advantage of this and make my boot up screen look cooler as well. I'm running gentoo X86_64 with GCC -v gcc version 4.6.3 (Gentoo 4.6.3 p1.6, pie-0.5.2) (HowTos)