Hello and welcome to the third issue of the Nifty Newsletter, a community-run bulletin that highlights Blitmap-derivative projects and some of the recent happenings in the Blit universe. As a reminder, Blitmap was placed in the public domain with the CC0 license, which allows creators to develop spin-offs for the original 1,700 pieces. This issue focuses on the wildly successful launch of Flipmap, which has become a sort of alternate dimension to Blitmap. Don’t know what a Flipmap is? Let’s dive in!
As you may know, the canonical Blitmap collection consists of 100 original compositions by 17 different artists. When minting opened on May 31, 2021, individuals were able to mash one composition up with the palette of another, resulting in what is called a “sibling.” But there was a catch: only 16 siblings could be created for each composition. This resulted in 8,300 total composition/palette compositions ending up on the cutting-room floor.
Enter Flipmap, a project created by Blitmap holders When Lambo and Sara Sioux that launched on January 1, 2022. Flipmap made it possible to mint those 8,300 lost combinations and “flipped” the composition on the vertical axis.
Hello all, happy New Year and thanks for stopping by the second Nifty Newsletter, a community-run bulletin that highlights Blitmap derivative projects and some of the recent happenings in the Blit universe! The holidays delayed this issue a bit and a lot has happened since the first edition (looking at you Flipmap). But today I’m excited to spotlight Yanis, the creator of NANOBLITS, a collection of Blitmaps that are a quarter of the size of the original. Remember: Blitmap is in the public domain under a CC0 license, so derivatives are only limited by the artists imagination.
As we all know, Blitmaps are pixel art created on a grid of 32 by 32 pixels. Take it from me—this art may look simple, but it is actually incredibly difficult to produce from scratch. After joining the Blitmap community I downloaded Pixaki and tried my hand at making my own creations, learning that creating art as nuanced and detailed as that of the OG composition artists is difficult.
Welcome to the first edition of the Nifty Newsletter! A community-run bulletin that highlights Blitmap derivative projects and some of the recent happenings in the Blit universe. I hope you enjoy reading and look forward to spotlighting some of my favorite derivative projects and their makers! Let’s get to it.
With the recent tease of the enemies, many of us in the Blitmap community are getting excited about the forthcoming release. What will a high-fidelity enemy look like? Will it take on the properties of a Blitmap’s composition and palette? Why are they and the Blitnauts at odds? And how do the original Blitmap NFTs “power” them, the heroes or the universe? Only time will tell.
This newsletter is not just about what’s happening in the Blitmap universe but also about the people building on top of it. When Dom and the other sixteen original Blitmap artists took the revolutionary step of making the original Blitmap compositions part of the public domain with a CC0 license, they ensured that derivatives wouldn’t have to be made in the margins, but could be celebrated in public. Later the Blitmap community would follow suit by voting to make all siblings part of the public domain as well. Ultimately, the public domain decision is predicated on the view that creations riffing on the Blitmap artwork drive value back to the original pieces.
One month ago we released the Blitnauts expansion pack for free to all Blitmap collectors. It has been an astounding success, raising the bar for NFT minting experiences as a whole, while continuing to push forward on our community crafted ethos.
Today, in keeping with our commitment to make Blitmap a public domain universe, we have released the Blitnaut collection under CC0.
You are free to use the Blitnaut collection for any reason and without restriction, personally or commercially. This includes any selection of characters within it or the collection as a whole. Of course, it also allows you to create your own Blitnauts or otherwise incorporate or extend any aspect of the collection or universe into your work in any way that you like.
We will continue to collaborate with the community to develop our own lore for the Blitmap universe, but will also ensure that our approach allows for the possibility of infinite dimensions and timelines. In other words, everything is canon. We believe this represents a new and emerging opportunity to collaboratively build a multifaceted universe of substance.
This post was originally made to Medium to August 12th and is being reposted here in its entirety.
Last night we voted unanimously to make the original Blitmap collection public domain under CC0.
Starting today, you are free to use the original Blitmap collection for any reason and without restriction, personally or commercially. This includes any selection of pieces, components, or characters within it, or the collection as a whole.