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
Yeah, I said someone would die. I didn’t say it would last. Thanks, Ralph Wrinkles!
When I asked Charlotte what sort of a battle cry Rainbow Girl may have as she kills Axe Cop, she blurted out “rainbowtastic!” almost immediately. Makes sense to me.
I’m on tour right now. I had to upload this and the next page, and write up the blog posts for them, in advance. Rough stuff. Right now I’m somewhere off in the south, playing metal for underattended shows. But, hey, it’s travel.
Next week we will finally see Axe Cop get… the perfect revenge. He and Dinosaur Soldier and Army Chihuahua planned it way back on page 6. What could this plan entail? We finally learn next time.
KIDS’ QUOTES OF THE WEEK
Charlotte is looking for Wiimotes and finds one of the empty silicone sheaths. “I found one, but it’s got no bones in it.” -Charlotte, 6 years old
“I dreamed I had twenty-nine ice creams with sprinkles,
cherries and hot fudge. Then I throwed up. I ate a
chicken and I throwed up again. Then me and Charlotte
falled down the stairs that were made of toilet paper
and daddy catched us before we broke our legs.” -Amelia, 4 years old
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.
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.
Truly, this has become a family affair. They are going to have quite a story to tell about their wedding day, I tell ya! I remember my main thought drawing this scene was “Yes! please, kill Cauber Helen so I don’t have to draw it ever again!!!”.
Want some good news? New episodes of Axe Cop are set to air on FOX starting Nov. 2. That is less than a month away! I’ve seen a few of them already and I can assure you they are awesome. The night creatures episode in particular is really well done.
That’s all I have to report right now. Thanks for reading!
The battle continues, and family tag-team metamorphosis does as well. Nothing quite like a dog, double-monkey-bat, t-rex axe cop. I don’t even know what to call him at this point.
I’m excited that River City Ransom: Underground funded. There is still under 24 hours left to help them reach stretch goals. One thing I know about video games on KickStarter is that their finding goal is usually a bare minimum, so any added funding will expand the horizons of the game.
Well, my 3 year old step son Ezra is hanging out with me right now and asking me a ton of questions as I try to type this. We just made a robot coloring book. As he was coloring he said, “Ethan, life is hard. Life is hard ’cause when you color you get out of the lines.” I’m going to go ahead and end this blog entry now so I can soak up more deep thoughts. Thanks for reading!
Introducing the alien king behind it all, Cauber Helen (pronounced Cobb-er Hell-en). I remember when I designed this character, I really liked the design but was not really excited to draw it multiple times. Part of the reason finising this book out became so work intensive. Here is two of the first concepts I came up with for the character. I pretty much went with the one that doesn’t look like a whale.
We’re heading into finale territory here! I’m excited to finish this story out.