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Joe Chiappetta is an American author and cartoonist, grateful to be happily married with three children. Currently living in Chicago, Illinois, his formal education was from Northern Illinois University, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with an emphasis in painting. While trained in the more traditional visual arts, his lifetime creative focus has been in writing and cartooning. As one of the key members of the Independent Comics Movement of the late 1980s and 1990s, Chiappetta's work is respected around the globe. He is best known as the man behind one of the longest-running autobiographical comics, Silly Daddy, which has been a rewarding creative endeavor since 1991. The series has received the following professional recognition: • Xeric Award Winner • Ignatz Award Nominee for Outstanding Story • Harvey Award Nominee for Best New Series While the bulk of Chiappetta's work has been within autobiographical comics, he has also maintained a focus on science fiction writing. Silly Daddy plots are notorious for taking off on sci-fi themed subplots. As a natural progression, Joe's 2010 release, Star Chosen, is a science fiction space opera for the whole family. That book was his first full-length novel without pictures. In 1998 Joe became a Christian, which is often evident in the more hopeful world-view represented in his writings and comics thereafter. Due to personal experience with a number of health impairments, Joe also writes about disability issues in his 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 a recurring theme in his stories. For his work on The Back Pain Avenger, Joe won an Illinois Arts Council award in 2012. From his stories, one can tell that Joe enjoys spending time with God, family, other people with disabilities, science fiction geeks, and corny jokers. Also, at a moment's notice, he's usually up for a good game of chess, bike-riding, building forts in the woods, wrestling, foam sword fighting, and Bible study.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Joe Chiappetta (March 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964432374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964432376
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,545,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Renaissance man might be the best way to describe Joe Chiappetta. He is an Author, Cartoonist, Painter, Photographer, Pastor, Publisher, Community Organizer, Researcher, Choir Singer, and Trainer.

As the author of 5 full length nonfiction books, 5 full length fiction books, as well as numerous magazines and articles, Chiappetta has won many awards. This includes an Illinois Arts Council Award for his work on the project: "Back Pain Avenger/Disability in Comics." The book, research, and speaking tour surrounding the Award focused on issues of disability in the history of comic books, as well as presenting a non-medicated memoir of rehabilitation. Joe is also a seasoned photographer, with his photos appearing in many of his publications and training courses.

For his family documentary work on the graphic novel "Silly Daddy," Joe was the recipient of the Xeric Award as well as numerous other award nominations over the years. Chiappetta is a husband and father of three who loves God and bicycle riding.

Since 1999 Joe has been leading community Bible discussion groups in the Chicago area. He's one of the founding members of the Chicago International Christian Church and leads both members and non-members in areas of applied Christianity, parenting, marriage, service to the poor and those with disabilities, and mental health issues.

Joe is the Director of MERCYWORLDWIDE's Chicago Branch, which is part of a global nonprofit charity. Chiappetta increased the scope of this organization from annual to monthly service projects helping people with disabilities whose families are no longer involved in their lives. Every month, he leads teams of volunteers into the group homes of Chicagoans with disabilities for MERCY Family Time: an evening of playing games, singing, and building family with those who are often forgotten by society.

Joe is also the founder of Chicago's Workforce Developer Network (WDN). It's the oldest collaborative of organizations working together to place more people with disabilities in jobs. In 2014, Joe successfully negotiated the restructuring of WDN to be a key program of MERCYWORLDWIDE. This increased awareness for Chicago's Network and promoted the employment of people with disabilities on a national scale. In this same year, employers hired 137 people with disabilities through WDN, which generated nearly $2 million in benefits to society.

Joe received a Bachelor of Arts in Charity Services from the International College of Christian Ministries in Los Angeles. He's also an alumni of Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts who graduated cum laude and received the Dean's Award. His interdisciplinary education and experiences have encouraged him to use creativity combined with integrity to live a meaningful life to the full.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meghan Lamb on March 13, 2013
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As someone who has struggled with chronic ailments throughout my life (both visible and non-visible,) I highly recommend Joe Chiappetta's "The Back Pain Avenger." This book is satisfying--dare I say healing?--on so many levels: personal, inter-personal, psychological, spiritual. It's the kind of book that is meant to be shared with others, anyone you know who is struggling with pain and seeking guidance from a friendly voice. As someone who often finds self-help books less than helpful, I sometimes struggle to locate a narrative that is a perfect combination of sage words, humor, relatable experience, and warmth. "The Back Pain Avenger" offers all this in spades.

Furthermore, it is a fascinating read even on a text level. "The Back Pain Avenger" is a wonderful collage of historic and Biblical quotes, comic illustrations, and personal testimonial. Chiappetta is a talented bricoleur, interweaving his tale of recovery with inspirational passages, stories of his social work career, and charming family anecdotes in a way that feels seamless to the reader. His love for history shines through in a really compelling way; for example, in his exposition of how his back problems began (slipping while running across Cermak Road,) Chiappetta describes the origin of the street's name (for Mayor Anton Cermak,) the street's significance as the site of his assassination (while shaking Franklin D. Roosevelt's hand,) and notes that the word "slip" is used in the Bible "as a warning over 10 times!". Exploring these broader connections within "The Back Pain Avenger," I felt that Chiappetta's story (and my own stories of pain and recovery) were tied to something much bigger than me. That's probably the best thing anyone can take from a personal memoir.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katrina R. Roets on November 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
Regardless of your ability to relate personally to the author's situation, this is an inspiring book. Joe Chiappetta gives us a powerful tale about overcoming challenges in life and those who get us through them. It's far from a typical superhero tale, but the underlying tale of triumph is there.
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By Scottie Kirkland on January 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
It was thrilling to see such a new twist on back pain and re-hab. Also to see one go from disabled to fully fit was quite amazing to me and it gave me faith that I too could be healed or at least deal with lifes curve balls.
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