Axe Cop was born Axey Smartist in 2004 to his parents Bobber and Gobber Smartist. After his parents ate candy canes that were poisoned by Telescope Gun Cop he swore on their grave he would become a cop. At some point he decided an axe was a better weapon than a gun, and it turns out he was right. Axe Cop now regularly has try outs for various warriors and super heroes to join him as he fights evil. He only has two known weaknesses: Being surprised (which causes him to melt), and Cherry Rainbow candy canes.
Powers: axe chop, Axe Cop with lemon, lemon grenades, retractable danger-sensing antennae, psychic attacks, poison food production, mustache has robot hands and secret weapons, super high jumps, hypnotize button in wrist
The Songster isn’t afraid to genre-jump midset. He is, afterall, the Songster, not the rockster or the R&Bster.
Funfact: in today’s song the banjo solo is played by me. I recorded it on my phone and sent it to Parry. My wife got me a banjo for Christmas so I have been playing it for a few months. This is my first time playing, or recording publicly. I love playing banjo and it is coming a lot more naturally to me than expected, though I have a long way to go. I’m no Scruggs.
In other news… I think I am going to stop producing Ask Axe Cop episodes, at least until I finish this story. I am doing too much right now. Doing so many different projects I am not finishing any of them. Songster pages will keep coming out on Thursdays and Bearmageddon always comes out on Wednesdays.
I’m on vacation this week and next! Heading back to my old stomping grounds, Lakeside/Coos Bay/North Bend Oregon. If you live anywhere close enough, you really ought to come to my Axe Cop event in Coos Bay on the 16th. See the trailer for it below.
I’m going to take a break next week, but I’ll post something to keep you entertained. Thanks for reading!
I’m headed off on a trip to Oregon for about two weeks here, so I will be skipping a week after next week. If any of you want to send me a guest comic, I might be inclined to post it during that time. Email me if you are interested: email@example.com.
The Songster prints are here! These are hand screen printed, 16×20. I hand-detail each one. See the video below. Because I am doing work on every print, I am lowering the availability of these to 50. I have already sold a good amount but if you want yours, get them while they last!
If you are anywhere near the small town of Coos Bay, Oregon on the 16th of March, stop by the Egyptian Theater. This is my home town and I will be having Axe Cop Night, where I will do a little presentation about creating Axe Cop and showing 6-8 of my favorite episodes.
Huge thanks to Parry Gripp for making such sweet music for this project. I can’t wait until it is all done and we have the coolest comic/album ever.
Read next week’s page and see this one in super high resolution when you join me on Patreon. Here is some recent Patreon bonus content for $5-10/month:
I love this one because I love seeing Axe Cop deal with the mundane. People who are far too confident in mediocre work are something you come across a lot more often than super villains in day to day life. Most of us aren’t insane enough to challenge them to a back alley axe fight though.
These prints have arrived!These are hand-screen printed 16×20 on heavy stock. They have a real hand made look to them. The screen prints lose detail in the process, so I personally go back over each one and draw details back into the print using micron pens and a brush pen, making every one of the completely unique.
I’ve got about 25 left. Because I am mailing these this week, I would like to sell as many as possible, so I am having a sale: get 40% off this print with the promo code INEEDTOROCK at checkout. This sale ends Thursday, March 9th (in 3 days)
Here’s an article about the project I have been working on with Make a Wish for the last four years. I can’t believe it has been that long. I’ll post more about that on my Patreon page (where you can also get Axe Cop comics a week in advance and in high resolution. I also have a tutorial on lettering and using Sketchup to help with backgrounds.)
And thanks to everyone who came by my booth at ECCC. This was my first con in years! I was very encouraged by the response I got. I was only there for a day and a half but I sold a good amount of stuff and saw a lot of enthusiasm about both Axe Cop and Bearmageddon. I have been feeling like maybe love for Axe Cop had dwindled, but it turns out that the show has brought about a whole new crop of fans who just needed to find out that there were comics to read. I think I need to do more conventions!
All right, song 2! I feel like PT makes this feel like Axe Cop’s “Temple of Doom” story. I don’t know. Thanks Parry for giving us more beats to get down to. Part two comes next week, or you can get the full origin on Patreon.
Check out this blog about the details and exclusive items for my trip to Seattle for ECCC. Here are a couple things I’ll have available…
Limited Edition Print
(Based on art from the first-ever Axe Cop screen print!)
It turns out that the darkness of Axe Cop’s aviators is nothing compared to the darkness that awaits when he takes them off. I think at some point we need to tell a more extended version of the tale of Axe Cop’s insane uncle.
I hope to see you this weekend at Emerald City Comic Con! I’ll be at booth C14. I won’t be there Thursday (what’s up with cons going 4 days?!) but I’ll be there mid-day Friday through Sunday. I’ll have to cut out a little early on Sunday. I will have screen prints, books, commissions, hugs, handshakes, you name it. I will also be doing a panel for the Make a Wish project I worked on called Time Wreckers Saturday evening, 5:30pm – 6:30pm PST in room WSCC 3B.
Next week’s Ask Axe Cop episode is also great. It is about Axe Cop’s approach to people without an ounce of humility. If you want to read it now, join my Patreon for at least $2/month. Patrons get comics a week early!
One of my favorite new developments about Axe Cop in this story is this. When he is taken to a concert, he listens to Johnny Cash using in-ear speakers so that he can cope with the annoying music. It sounds like something I would do. Axe Cop is such a great grumpy old man when he wants to be.
I also want to thank Malachai for not making Axe Cop have an entire band with instruments and amps and things. That is so much work to draw. PT the Rapper, I welcome you as a nice, easy band to draw. Plus, Axe Cop hates rap so you are going to one zany, hilarious mismatched pair.
By the way, if you have never read the print-exclusive Axe Cop trades (volumes 2, 4 and 6) I am having a President’s Day sale this week, bundle them all together and save 20%. Just go to the page for any of the books and click on the bundle option.
As always, you can get pages in high resolution, read the bonus content blogs, have a virtual pipe with me and get pages a week early when you join Patreon.