Toronto, Canada, March 27, 2023, Chainwire
- Winkles & Flam™, the ‘Cosplaying Canadian Kitties™,’ are the web3 space’s first original cartoon duo, launching exclusively on OpenSea Drops
- Sphynx Ink Inc. features an Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Adam Benzin (HBO’s Specters of the Shoah) & BAFTA® Award Winning Illustrator Dele Nuga (The BBC Clangers)
- Non-PFP and non-generative, Winkles & Flame marks a radical new model for Digital Collectibles, featuring high-quality hand-drawn artwork and weekly/seasonal releases
- The first project in partnership with mint foundrythe new visual metadata editor from the team behind the famous “No Code” NFT service Mintplex Laboratories
Canadian Art Collective Sphynx Ink Inc. is in partnership with OpenSeaLaunch of the exclusive “Drops” platform of Winkles & Flamea groundbreaking project by Digital Collectibles featuring the first cartoon duo in the web3 space.
Created by the Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Adam Benzin and BAFTA® award-winning illustrator Dele Nuga, Winkles & Flame – the ‘Cosplaying Canadian Kitties’ – are adorable Sphynx sibling cats who dress up in homemade outfits inspired by video games. One year in the making and featuring original hand-drawn artwork, the project differs dramatically from current NFT projects. This is not a PFP (profile picture). It also does not use generative elements.
Launching April 3 with weekly content drops, rather than all at once, Winkles & Flame will run for five seasons, with hand-drawn image sets featuring a mix of free, fixed-price, and auction mint offerings. Each set is inspired by an iconic video game, with an educational component – Winklepedia™ – focusing on the history of video games.
A Season pass is on sale today (March 27) exclusively via OpenSea Dropslimited to just 1,000 copies and guaranteeing buyers all 30 Season 1 cards.
Winkles & Flame is the first major project to use Mintplex Laboratorythe state-of-the-art visual metadata editor from mint foundrywhich allows creators to edit and update information in real time, without coding knowledge.
Winkles & Flame Creator Adam Benzin said: “Winkles & Flame marks the start of “Phase 2” of the Digital Collectibles space, focusing on original characters, narrative, quality and reliability, led by doxxed creators with a proven track record.
“The market is tired of poor quality pumps and dumps and vaguely designed metaverses to claw back money. A steady stream of trash profile pictures turned consumers off. It’s time for something new.
Winkles & Flames Co-Creator Dele Nuga added: “We are delighted to be associated with OpenSea Drops and grateful to the geniuses of Mintplex Laboratories for designing a solution for our unconventional publishing strategy. We believe Winkles & Flames will be the first of many projects to shift to a weekly character-driven release strategy, focusing on personality, storytelling, and community.
Season 1 of Winkles & Flame launches April 3 and runs for 10 weeks, with weekly free mint cards (with Winkles) and fixed price cards (with Flam) released on Polygon. Winkles & Flam: Platinum Cards (unique 1-on-1s featuring the duo together in playful scenarios) will be auctioned daily on Ethereum. Check winklesandflam.com for more information.
(NOTE: Winkles is the blue-eyed pink kitten. Flam is the green-eyed gray kitten.)
About Sphynx Ink Inc.
Founded by Oscar® nominee ADAM BENZINE and BAFTA® winner DELE NUGA, Sphynx Ink Inc. is the Toronto art collective behind WINKLES & FLAM™, The Cosplaying Canadian Kitties™!
Winkles & Flame on OpenSea Drops: opensea.io/collection/winklesandflam-seasonpass/drop
Winkles & Flames Official site: winklesandflam.com
Winkles & Flame Link tree: linktr.ee/winklesandflam
Winkles & Flame Creator Adam Benzin: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/adam_benzine
Mintplex Laboratories: mintplex.xyz
Sphynx Ink Inc.