Indie Comics Spotlight: Jason Orfalas- Octopus Cowboy
By Nolan P. Smith
Editor and Chief
Welcome to Pastrami Nation’s Indie Comics Spotlight! We hope to help spread the word of amazing independent works with our comics and creator spotlights! With this installment, we shine the spotlight on Jason Orfalas and his project, Octopus Cowboy.
Pastrami Nation: Tell us about yourself and your current project.
Jason Orfalas: “My name is Jason Orfalas, a self-taught artist, 26 year professional in comics, advertising, film, and the toy industry.”
“My current project is Octopus Cowboy Book 1, a 100 page graphic novel, now live on Indiegogo. Octopus Cowboy is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meets Spaghetti Western, the story of a broken and disfigured ex-fighter who exploits animals for bloodsport. One of these animals happens to be a tough and resilient Octopus that defies his expectations and continues to win against all odds.”
Pastrami Nation: How did you get started in comics?
Jason Orfalas: “As a teenager, I frequented Comic Book Conventions, mainly the New York Comic Con, where I would line up with other artists to get our portfolios evaluated by professionals in the industry. I received very positive feedback which encouraged me to pursue a career as a penciller. I started in Independent Comics briefly working with writer Alex Simmons. Then I moved on as a background artist for Billy Tucci before being given my own title. There, I met Tony Bedard, my editor at that time. He would eventually introduce me to DC Comics where I worked as a freelance penciller and inker. Tony and I would team up a third time at Image Comics as creators of Retro Rocket where I was also penciller, inker, colorist and letterer.”
Pastrami Nation: What are some of your influences?
Jason Orfalas: “The storytelling of Frank Miller, the way his panels slice through the page. The epic Lone Wolf and Cub by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima. Akira, perfection in background art and composition by Katsuhiro Otomo. Will Eisner’s lively lines and dramatic shadows. The limitless Moebius. The incomparable Jack Kirby. My late professor Dennis O’Neil whose lessons in writing laid the foundation for my own work.”
Pastrami Nation: What would be your dream project?
Jason Orfalas: “I’m already on it. My dream project would be to see Octopus Cowboy through to its conclusion. I am currently in the earliest of stages, establishing characters and the world, all this is leading up to something big in the future and I hope I get it there.”
Pastrami Nation: How can people learn more and follow you online?
Jason Orfalas: “They can learn more about the campaign by going to Indiegogo and searching for Octopus Cowboy or directly thru this link: https://igg.me/at/octopuscowboy“
People can follow me on Twitter: @freefocuscomics.
Instagram and Facebook: freefocuscomics.
Nolan P. Smith is the Editor in Chief and Co-Founder of Pastrami Nation. For the past ten years, he has worked for various media outlets, from newsprint to the ever-evolving internet platform. Residing in Victorville, CA, writing has always been a significant aspect of his life. A reporter, teacher, public relations specialist, and more, he takes the most joy out of covering the world of pop culture. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @pastramination.