After Axe Cop and Avocado Soldier rescued the Snoward family from an evil Snow Man and Singing Tree, they gave the heroes their pet dog, Ralph Wrinkles, as a token of their gratitude. Ralph became their new police dog and quickly became one of the key members of Axe Copâ€™s team.
Powers: talking, laser beams from mouth, healing beams from eyes, a spaceship and robot army, karate
The idea of Axe Cop going insane is terrifying, but not altogether unbelievable. He is already constantly walking the thin fine line of sanity as it is. One of my favorite things about Axe Cop is his many contingency plans for any and all situations. This is one of my favorites.
Reminder that Axe Cop Vol. 5 is out now! This is possibly my favorite collection. It is very dense and has a lot of good stuff in it.
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 episode ties into the end of Axe Cop Gets Married. He is able to look at a baby and determine if it is a boy or a girl using these same powers. The bottom left panel is the closest thing to something sexual we have had in the Axe Cop comic. It’s also just really weird seeing him with no mustache. I feel like we have slowly been peeling away the mysteries of Axe Cop’s head in Ask Axe Cop. We took his hat off, we shaved his mustache… all that is left is to see his actual eyes. Maybe some day.
Just a reminder that next Tuesday, Axe Cop: Revenge on Rainbow Girl begins. Check out the interview with artist Tom Martin I posted last Tuesday and the preview art we posted.
Saturday night, one of my favorite Axe Cop episodes is airing on FOX. When Night Creatures Attack. I think I actually like it better than the Halloween episode it is based on. I like the design of the night creatures. They remind me a of a combination of the Attack the Block creatures and Sam Keith’s “Isz”.
We are so close to the end it’s crazy! Next week I post the last page!
I think some of you thought Axe Cop would not actually get married in this story. I think some of you are worried that Axe Cop being married will ruin him. I think you’re wrong, but only time will tell. Axe Cop is always funnier when he has a more sensible, responsible adult type character to keep him in check. I think him having a wife is going to be great. And now he also has a baby, named Sam.