It was five years ago today that I was watching the State of the Union address with Doug TenNapel and my little cell phone started to go crazy with emails and twitter notifications because I had just posted AxeCop.com a couple days earlier and somehow it had gone viral. It was pretty wild.
I was living in a small bedroom which I was renting in Los Angeles, single and recently laid off from two jobs. It’s been a crazy five years. I am sorry that it has led to a place where I can’t draw Axe Cop every day like I used to. But we have six volumes published, and the second season of the TV show is now in production! I just got word from FOX/ADHD that Season 2 will be premiering on FXX on April 16th, 2015. Mark your calendars because these are the best episodes yet.
Besides getting a TV show and a sweet job at Dreamworks working with some of my best friends on the new VeggieTales series, as many of you know if you have been following, I got married. And now it has come to this: Little Eliza Jean Nicolle, born November 22nd. Who knows, maybe we’ll make comics together some day.
For now, between workin’ hard and raising our newborn along with our older kids, life is quite full. I’m trying to chip away at Bearmageddon as well, and had no plans to do any Axe Cop stuff, but when I realized we had hit the 5 year anniversarry, I had to do something. I’d been chatting with other writers about old notes I had from Malachai sessions and there was this unfinished story about the Moon Warriors and Telescope Gun Cop I had always wanted to flesh out more. Since that may not happen, I decided to give it to you in this format. Ask Axe Cop #101.
Thanks so much for the years of support and for being such a kind and generous reading audience. It’s been a crazy five years. Malachai is now 10. He will be 11 in March. Oh, how time flies.
Well, before I mention today’s guest episode I just want to thank Tom, Amelia and Charlotte for their amazing work on Revenge on Rainbow Girl! I’m really proud of them for what they were able to come up with and I hope we can do more together down the road. If you did not read RORG, you can read it here.
Tom had said in a previous post that I might be starting American Choppers this week. No, actually the reason I do not have any new material for you is because I am drawing American Choppers right now and I will be working on it for the next month. The American Choppers is the new Dark Horse miniseries, so it will not be here on the site. It will be in print only and will be in stores starting in late May. It will release as a trilogy, much like Bad Guy Earth and President of the World.
I will see if I can squeeze in an Ask Axe Cop here or there along the way, but in the mean time, if you would like to contribute a guest episode please do! You can submit the on the Guest Episodes page. Thanks to Cory Kerr for making today’s guest episode with his four year old daughter Scarlett. You can check out more of Cory’s work here.
Also, there has been some rumors surrounding the Axe Cop TV series since there were changes announced at FOX ADHD. I can’t really say anything right now, but the changes as far as I understand them are all good and the new season of Axe Cop will make it to your TV, and it is amazing. I’ll post more info here once I have it.
Once I have finished drawing the American Choppers, I will need to figure out what to do next. I am considering taking a break from Axe Cop for a while to pursue some other endeavors, especially finishing book 1 of Bearmageddon. I don’t think we will ever be finished telling Axe Cop stories, but as Malachai gets older, I think the way we make them will change. More on that as I get it figured out. Thanks for reading!
So, that’s it. This concludes AXE COP: REVENGE ON RAINBOW GIRL.
Thanks to Ethan and Malachai for letting us take a shot at our own AXE COP story. Thank you for reading. If you commented, thanks extra for that. This has been a long slog- I’ve been working on this comic for almost a year now, in between other projects. Getting feedback was the return on my investment and I appreciated all of it. …That was a lie. I didn’t appreciate the guy that said “I don’t like this artwork” a couple of weeks back. That guy can get eaten by sharks. The rest of you, though, you’re nice.
Now that my docket’s wide open, I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself. I’ll be needing new art projects. Got one? Hit me up at my FB page. Don’t mind the zombie and skull art, I do metal album covers and that stuff is all over the place over there.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go treat the kids to a coffee party.
KIDS’ QUOTES OF THE WEEK
We’re playing pretend.
“Okay, you be Spider-Man and I’ll be the King of Ostriches.”
-Charlotte, 3 years old
“Mommy! Mommy! …Mommy, listen!
Mommy, listen to this! Ready?
Are you ready?? Fish skipple.”
-Amelia, 4 years old
The Axe Cop Swinger™ 2008.
Because if you’re going to design an axe that doesn’t chop off a head, it’d better do something interesting.
AXE COP – REVENGE ON RAINBOW GIRL wraps up next week, so someone else make me draw something. Hit me up at my Facebook page and give me something else to doodle. …Preferably for money.
KIDS’ QUOTES OF THE WEEK
Amelia rolls around in the grass at the entrance to the
cemetery. Charlie says “Mia, we’re in a graveyard.
Do you really want to roll around in dead people??”
-Charlotte, 7 years old
“If the car window cuts off your arm and
another car runs it over, would you feel it?”
-Amelia, 4 years old