was inspired to become a comic book artist at the age of eleven by the artwork of JOE SINNOTT in TREASURE CHEST and JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY. In 1982 Orsak launched a comic strip in the newspapers of Syracuse, NY, THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN 'CUSE. The strip ran weekly for eight years. Joe turned to sports comics in the 1990s, working on bios of MICKEY MANTLE, BROOKS ROBINSON and DUKE SNIDER for MAGNUM COMICS. These books gave Joe the chance to work with his inspiration… Orsak's pencils were inked by Joe Sinnott!
In 2001 Orsak was picked by his friend ROGER STERN to pencil and ink a two-page tale for the 9-11 tribute book 9-11ARTISTS RESPOND for DARKHORSE.
In 2008 he returned to comic strips with SALT CITY, another strip about his hometown, this time with a female superheroine, written by Douglas Brode. The comic strip drew the attention of people at MCFARLAND and Co., who asked Joe and Doug to launch their line of graphic novels. Joe and Doug created YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS the Myth of Emily Morgan and VIRGIN VAMPIRES for MCFARLAND Inc.
He has also had a 45-year career in advertising/graphic design.
Joe is now working with AHOY Comics doing spot illustrations in THE WRONG EARTH. PLANET OF THE NERDS, DRAGONFLY & DRAGONFLYMAN, and MY BAD. Joe is also involved with new comic book projects for STELLAR COMICS.
Upcoming shows in 2024…
Crunch Con-Superhero Night… March 9th at the Syracuse Crunch game
Ithacon 47… April 27 -28th, Ithaca, NY
I will have original art, books, pin-up art, prints, sketch cards and sketch covers available at each of these shows.
I am available for commissions of all kinds of art.
My ebay page is where you can find my current pin-up art for sale.