Making character images

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http://www.linuxquestions.org – I am having trouble following the man page for bitmap. I would like to use this as a tool to make character sized images to distribute in a maze of tunnels. Would someone enlighten me as whether this tool can do what I am after? Do I need to convert the bitmap to ascii to create a saveable character? Do I save it as a .png to be able to save it? If I do how can I use it as a character to move it about with erase behind? Can I make it into a font-like character and use it to replace "D" for dragon from the keyboard? To my mind making a font set of characters would be great but fr (HowTos)