Holding up my iPAQ Pocket PC with the latest comic on it, I said with excitement to my youngest daughter, "I just finished drawing my 500th webcomic!"
Innocently, she asked, "Is that a lot?"
Webcomic drawn by Joe Chiappetta 2009 on HP iPAQ Pocket PC running Windows Mobile, in Conduits Pocket Artist program. Below is the press release detailing the 500th Silly Daddy webcomic, and I thank God for allowing me to reach that milestone with a family that is such a joy to be a part of.
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Joe Chiappetta
Silly Daddy Hits 500 Webcomics Milestone! Five Reasons You Should Care:North Riverside, IL., USA, November 1, 2009
The family comic series, "Silly Daddy," posts its 500th online cartoon November 9th, 2009. Started as a print comic book in 1991 with the birth of his first child, cartoonist Joe Chiappetta has received much award recognition for the series, including Harvey and Ignatz nominations. When his story arc combined science fiction with real life family drama and humor, he won the Xeric Award.
Since 2004, Silly Daddy has also been a webcomic with an emphasis on one panel cartoons. Here are five reasons why you should take note of Silly Daddy's 500 webcomics milestone:
1) Silly Daddy is one of the longest running autobiographical comics still releasing new material. It's definitely the longest running autobiographical comic about family by a father.
2) While the all-ages webcomics are drawn on a variety of media, Chiappetta is one of the only cartoonists to regularly complete comics on a Pocket PC (handheld mobile computing devices with 4" diagonal screen or less, running Windows Mobile operating system).
3) Many of theses webcomics (74) were created entirely on a mobile phone. Chiappetta is the first cartoonist to pioneer this field of phone-made webcomics, calling it "telephomics."
4) The Silly Daddy website is one of the few cartoonist sites wherein all the comics are fully accessible to people who are blind or have low vision. Every webcomic posted has a described narrative that assistive technology software (such as JAWS or ZoomText) can read to the viewer.
5) Roughly half of the 500 comics are works on paper and the other half were drawn entirely on some type of computer device. It took 5 years to make these webcomics and cost $2000 in materials to produce.
About: Silly Daddy, the all-ages family webcomic by Chicago area cartoonist Joe Chiappetta, updates at least once a week and can be read online at www.sillydaddy.net.
A promotional image for this press release is available at this link: http://tiny.cc/sillydaddy223