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Mini-Comics Oral History Archives: Joe Chiappetta Interview

Joe Chiappetta mini comics interview
Enjoy this funny, educational, and inspiring trip into comics history from the 1980s and 90s as cartoonist and comics champion Tom Hart, of Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW), interviews Joe Chiappetta about his early mini-comics publishing adventures! 

Video Playlist for ArtVndngMchn Mission Wonderful

Here's a playlist of all the videos highlighting our 2023 art book that reads more like a cutting-edge zine: ArtVndngMchn Mission Wonderful. This playlist includes many in-progress handmade art scenes and some fun promo movies.

To read more about this multi-faceted 88-page fine art on paperback project, including its NFT and digital download components, go to

Book & NFT Release: ArtVndngMchn: Mission Wonderful

ArtVndngMchn Mission Wonderful book
ArtVndngMchn: Mission Wonderful book cover by Joe Chiappetta

ArtVndngMchn: Mission Wonderful is an 88 page book of inspiration. It's more art-object than book-object, more zine than magazine, and more light than dark.

Always uplifting and avant-garde, ArtVndngMchn: Mission Wonderful features new comics, art, and literature from Southern California to around the world, published and curated by award-winning Silly Daddy cartoonist Joe Chiappetta. 

Available in the following formats:
(each sold separately)
ArtVndngMchn Mission Wonderful paperback book
88 pages, square bound 6" x 9" with color cover and black and white interior, loaded with art and lit straight from the heart.

NFT bundled with Painting on Paperback and eBook:
A very rare edition of 30 ArtVndngMchn: Mission Wonderful NFTs comes bundled with 2 incredible treats: a painting on paperback and an eBook!

Full details at ArtVndngMchn: Mission Wonderful book ordering page

Staking Rewards Added to Entire ArtVndngMchn Fine Art NFT Collection

Every NFT from ArtVndngMchn's fine art NFT collection on the WAX blockchain can now be staked for daily crypto rewards!
Detail of First Contact rare digital art by Joe Chiappetta and Fabi Yamada
Detail of First Contact rare digital art by Joe Chiappetta and Fabi Yamada, available in some select ArtVndngMchn Series 3 packs.
As a creator I have been wanting to offer staking rewards for owners of my NFTs since long before they were even called NFTs. Finally, I can offer that to everyone through the ArtVndngMchn collection. It is made up of over 600 (and counting) unique digital fine art pieces, released in various edition quantities. Some are 1 of 1 editions, some are 1 of 9, etc. These rare digital artworks represent thousands of NFTs from a diverse group of international artists in a project led by me (Joe Chiappetta). 

All NFTs from the ArtVndngMchn collection on WAX are eligible now to be staked on WAXDAO to receive WAXP cryptocurrency every day. WAX remains the most used blockchain in the world, currently with 700k daily active users, 23 million daily transactions, and 0 transaction fees. 

As of this writing (updated 8/18/2023), over 7,750 WAXP tokens are available in the rewards pool for art collectors staking ArtVndngMchn fine art NFTs!

"Staking" is a blockchain process that allows NFT owners to retain ownership of their NFTs while locking them away for specific rewards. This gives the term "cryptoart" an even more literal meaning: art that generates cryptocurrency. Through the WAXDAO site, owners of ArtVndngMchn NFTs can stake their NFTs in return for daily cryptocurrency rewards or "unstake" their NFTs at any time to sell them back on the art market. Such an innovative real-time utility for the NFT space merges fun, fine art, and finance in new and exciting ways. 

Why Am I Giving Crypto Rewards Back to ArtVndngMchn NFT Art Collectors?

  1. "It is better to give than to receive." - Acts 20:35
  2. Because I can.
  3. This is one way of saying "thank you" to the many loyal rare digital art collectors of ArtVndngMchn.
  4. Traditional economic models of the art market need a good disrupting.
  5. Staking NFTs will play a huge part in the future development and advancement of the arts and--incredibly--such benefits are available right now through ArtVndngMchn!
Let the staking begin!

ArtVndngMchn Collaboration with Pixtalgia Game

The ArtVndngMchn fine art project that I lead has been engaged in very exciting collaboration with the incredibly cool retro PC game, Pixtalgia on the WAX blockchain. The rare digital art shown in the video celebrates the ArtVndngMchn becoming an in-game non-playable interactive character in Pixtalgia and contains unique and original art within art. In fact, there are 10 artworks within this one art piece.

The Pixtalgia ArtVndngMchn is rare digital art by Joe Chiappetta and Peter Pots
The Pixtalgia ArtVndngMchn is rare digital art by Joe Chiappetta and Peter Pots, available on AtomicHub.

To create the above collaborative piece, which is completely pixel art, I first painted the below non-pixel art piece as a character exploration to show the Pixtalgia team what I had in mind for the in-game version of ArtVndngMchn.

8-Bit 6-Arm ArtVndngMchn Gallery Cruiser is rare digital art by Joe Chiappetta
8-Bit 6-Arm ArtVndngMchn Gallery Cruiser is rare digital art by Joe Chiappetta, available on AtomicHub

Also created to announce (and hint at) some of the things coming as part of ArtVndngMchn and Pixtalgia working together is a rare digital art piece I made called "ArtVndngMchn Ascent to Pixtalgia" (below).

ArtVndngMchn Ascent to Pixtalgia is rare digital art by Joe Chiappetta
ArtVndngMchn Ascent to Pixtalgia is rare digital art by Joe Chiappetta, available on AtomicHub.

As ArtVndngMchn dives deeper into the retro pixel video game world, what's coming up on long-range sensors is more pixel art innovation, more interactivity, more collaboration, and more fun. Specifically collaborating with Pixtalgia, I appreciate their retro game for its simplicity, pure-hearted nature, non-complicated blockchain integration, and vision to grow and adapt with a diverse group of people. These characteristics are some of the many reasons I chose to create a brand new, never-seen-before animated fine art exhibit... entirely within the Pixtalgia game.

ArtVndngMchn Gallery Entrance in Pixtalgia is digital art by Joe Chiappetta
ArtVndngMchn Gallery Entrance in Pixtalgia is digital game art by Joe Chiappetta.

Soon, when gamers go into the Pixtalgia game, they will eventually see the above ArtVndngMchn Gallery building. If players choose to enter this building, an unforgettable art adventure awaits.
Digital Thrill Ride is rare digital art by Joe Chiappetta
Digital Thrill Ride is rare digital art by Joe Chiappetta, available on AtomicHub.
Players will then experience a gallery full of at least 30 unique fine art digital paintings that can only be viewed inside the game. Yet players might also get attacked (and die) before they make it through the whole exhibit, reminding us that... all is fair in art and gaming. It's a digital thrill ride.

Screenshots of the game Pixtalgia
Screenshots of the game Pixtalgia

Expect more in-game and on-chain fun between these two pioneering projects!