Baby Man joined the team at a try out to fight bad Santa and the Evil Flying Book. He is a man in a giant baby suit who originally only had the power to fly when he gasses. After eating a special dinner with his family, he also gained the ability to produce explosive eggs, phones, and cars.
powers: can fly when gassing, explosive eggs, cars, and telephones
Today’s page is what’s known as a double-page splash, so it’s technically two pages. When I started plotting out the comic I did it based on how I wanted it to look in print. Ethan says that’s the way to go, but because I wasn’t paying attention to how to leave off for each page, sometimes the pages for the site will leave off on a boring panel. Keeping two media in mind when drawing these things is not easy. As a double page splash it doesn’t really fit in the page format for the site, so handy Axe Cop site-guy Doug worked up a way to have it work out. Click above for the full-sized page.
The only dialogue here wasn’t written for the comic. In the telling, Charlotte merely started describing the fight. For the beginning of the battle, though, I wanted a big double-page dealie with an introduction to the action. I took the dialogue from something Charlotte said when she was four. We were on the couch and she attacked me, and we started wrestling. She yelled “THE FIGHT BEGINS!” I always liked it as a line that one combatant would yell as a battle kicks off, and it seems very appropriate to Axe Cop. So here we go.
Interestingly- or not- Axe Cop’s “get out of my way!” on Page 3 was likewise based on something Amelia said when she was three. I probably couldn’t communicate what was funny about it, but she was grinning and barreling at me at the time.
First (non-child) blood next week, as we learn how to kill bad guys Dinosaur Soldier and Army Chihuahua style.
KIDS’ QUOTES OF THE WEEK
The following was a playful insult: “You’re a baby. You’re a baby that was just born out of a belly.” -Charlotte, 5 years old
This was a song:
“i only had a sissy if you only had a sissy
with a gun, with a gun, with a gun” -Amelia, 3 years old
Well, all right, all that art-talk over the last two blogs was a complete dud and no one cared. Sorry ’bout that.
I don’t have the time to write up much of a blog this week, I’m under the gun on an art deadline and am cranking out pages. I wouldn’t leave you with nothing, though, so here’s the audio of Amelia telling an Axe Cop story. I requested it be in a smoothie shop because I was trying to tie it in to the comic story, and didn’t wind up using this at all. I definitely don’t have the time to draw it these days, but if anyone has the time, this’d make a good guest strip.
KIDS’ QUOTES OF THE WEEK
Me: “I need to take a shower.” Charlotte: “Why?” Me: “I need one, I’m stinky.”
She gives me a hug. Charlotte: “You’re not stinky.” Me: “Aww, thanks!”
I sneeze. Charlotte: “But you ARE gross.” -Charlotte, 6 years old
Amelia is going to get her room painted. She says she’s going to have pictures painted of “blocks and tigers and people and butts and people.” -Amelia, 4 years old
Next week, the first act of aggression in this street fight is about to go down, and it’s a doozy.
This page was a project. Most of you, if you requested to be drawn “at the wedding” are in this picture. A few people were in previous pages. Thanks again to everyone who helped me pull that off!
So, I’m sure it is obvious this story is almost over. What’s next? Well, I’ve got plans. I will be focusing on the next Dark Horse miniseries “The American Choppers” next, which will be print-only. But I have two things to keep you busy for at least the next 22 or so weeks after this story ends, and possibly I take a short break between “seasons”.
First, I have drawn Ask Axe Cop #100, but I have only posted up to #86, so I have 14 of those to post. I will post one per week after this story ends.
Also, Tom Martin and his niece Charlotte proved themselves to be a great team on guest episodes, so we have decided to team up and let them do a full-length guest story. If you need a refresher, here is one of the comics they did for us. More on this project later!
And, as I have said, new episodes on FOX start Nov. 2!
Malachai and I are currently writing the new story and it’s awesome! I’m excited to draw the insane stuff he’s coming up with. We have created so much together I often forger how fun it is until I do it again. Thanks for reading Axe Cop and making it possible for me to have such a cool job.