Silly Daddy comics celebrates the family unit in all it's God-given, down to earth, splendor.
Family Cartoonist, Husband, and Father Expresses our Shared Unity in the Lives We Live.
The family unit (husband, wife, and their children) was designed by God to be a core component of our human experience. Due to a steady erosion of family unity in our culture, my work focuses on the restoration of family. This has been done through the visual art of the comic strip. Themes in these works revolve around building, repairing, and celebrating family, despite all obstacles.
My family documentary work celebrating the joys and heartaches of life as a parent have been expressed in comics for the past 25 years. Striving to present a pure-hearted view of parenting, marriage, and building unity, these slice-of-life vignettes are designed to leave viewers with a sense of hope and a future. Due to personal experience with a number of health impairments, I also frequent disability issues in my work, combining humor with the intent to help others have more compassion for those in need. Living life to the full despite health challenges is recurring theme. My work aims to combine creativity with integrity to inspire the world to live a respectful and meaningful life under God almighty.
As a former single dad, and now a husband and father of three, generating work that is inclusive to all ages is vital. Art that is encouraging for kids, parents and grandparents to experience together is becoming a rare commodity as society increases its appetite for art that replaces good-old-fashioned soul with sinister shock-value. Real life, if you're really living it and giving it your all, has enough surprises of its own. As for me, I am content with having the LORD to be "my shepherd... he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul" (Psalm 23:1-3).
At the end of the day, I hope my life, and my work will stand as a message of light shining in a dark place--a guidepost for the soul.
Joe Chiappetta, Artist's Statement, 2015
Comic drawings at top are by Joe Chiappetta 2015, ink on pieces of 11" x 8.5" paper (one being photographed with sand, rocks, and a shell in Chicago at Loyola Beach), as well as digital drawings and GIF animation on an Acer computer.
For more on family, see almost every one of my Books.