Cody Fernandez Talks to Us About Jack Irons: Steel Cowboy
“Jack Irons: The Steel Cowboy” is a science fiction western set across history with a main character who is over 200 years old and has well over 2000 years of past life memories. Cursed in a past life with the burden of immortality in his next, Jack struggles to find the peace that will forever be denied him.
The year is 2076. In a savage wasteland populated by zombies, mutants, post apocalyptic raiders, aliens, and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, can Jack save what remains of humanity and find a way to end his life? Or will he come to terms with his unique and amazing existence and become the beacon of hope a dying species needs?
Cody Fernandez is the writer and co-creator of Jack Irons: Steel Cowboy. A new indie comic currently seeking out funding on Indiegogo. As of the publication of this article, Jack Irons has raised 172% of what they need to succeed, leading the project into stretch goals.
I got a chance to talk to Cody a little about the project.
EJ: Hi Cody. So tell us a little about yourself.
Cody: Hi there, I am from a small town in northern New Mexico. Been a long-time comic fan. Just an overall arts enthusiast. Not from a really well off family but have always been blessed.
EJ: So Jack Irons: Steel Cowboy still has about a week left on its Indiegogo, and it's already been fully funded. Are you surprised by the positive reaction? What kind of stretch goals are you including?
Cody: I have been extremely surprised by our work's reception. So far we have met the first stretch goal and can now afford to color issue #1. The second stretch goal at $5500 allows us to also color issue #2.
EJ: Tell us a little about how Jack Irons came to be. What was the inception for the idea, and what led you to teaming up with others to make it happen? What hurdles did you have to overcome, and how did you form relationships with the rest of your team? Tell us how long the creative process took and the challenges it presented.
Cody: I’ve been blessed with a wonderful team. Some I found some found me. Jack came about in my high school years as I tried to explore deeper themes in my life through mediums and themes I knew and loved. Financing has been a major hurdle, but I was able to fund issue #1 at the right time. It took a year to get issue #1 finished as it was Maximilliano D'allo’s spare project at the time.
EJ: What about beyond issue #2? What plans do you have for the future of Jack Irons?
Cody: As much of a future as possible. We have laid a foundation where the sky's the limit. I already have a spin-off character issue written and waiting to meet the world.
EJ: What advice would you give people who are looking to do what you do? What mistakes did you make that taught you an important lesson?
Cody: Don’t be afraid. That was the main hurdle. Also make sure the team you assemble can work well together. But mainly just don’t let fear stand in your way. It stalled my project more than I can to recount.
EJ: Do you believe we are affected by the characters and stories we are exposed to? If so, can you name three characters and the stories they are from that you feel had a profound effect on your personality as an adult, and what effect that was?
Cody: Spike from cowboy bebop. Clint Eastwood's character in The Man With No Name trilogy and The Punisher. These three are my main influences in Jack Irons, and also made huge impacts on me. Frank Castle opened up a grayer world for me, Clint showed how heart matter no matter how gruff the man, and Spike is the epitome of cool. Am I any of those? Of course not, but I love to pretend.
EJ: Great stuff, Cody! In closing, would you like to share a song on your playlist?
Cody: Mouth for War - Pantera. But only 'cause you only wanted one.