Seattle's Orcaman takes his eco message to comics

For the better part of a decade, Seattle bricklayer Howard Garton has strapped a fin on his back to become Orcaman, a hero of the waterways who jumps aboard his personal watercraft to entertain ferry passengers and collect floating garbage. But when he realized the job was too big for even Orcaman, Garton turned to comics to spread his ecology message.

Queen Anne News reports Garton invested $20,000 into publishing The Adventures of Orcaman: The Drab Debacle, a 64-page comic about a local environmental hero and his pet pig Orca Porca (the writer just happens to own a pig named Lady Bonita, who has her own fin). Together, Garton writes on his website, the two "not only chase and stop the bad guys, they do it in a stylish and dashing manner."

Signed and numbered copies of The Adventures of Orcaman are available on Gorton's website for $30 (plus shipping and tax); more than half of the proceeds go to the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts.

Gorton said both of his watercraft are broken, which means Orcaman hasn't been able to patrol the waters for a while now. Instead he's working with his anonymous artist on the second issue of the comic, in which he hopes to introduce such new characters as Orca Penga, a penguin.

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