Hiatus Update


Hey there head choppers,

I apologize for the long time with no updates. I figured I owed it to you to at least post a little something to let you know where the axe stands and what the future may or may not hold.

One reason I have not posted or said much is because I don’t have much to report. You could probably deduct the reasons for Axe Cop’s hiatus if you have followed the comic at all over the past year or two. As it stands right now, I’m working on other things. Some of you know I have been a writer on the VeggieTales series on NetFlix for the last two years. That job (hopefully) has one year left on it. In my spare time I have been developing new ideas, trying to find more possibilities for my future beyond that year. I know right now that, as it stands, Axe Cop will not be able to cover me when this job ends.

So I have had to put Axe Cop off to the side indefinitely. Same with my other comic Bearmageddon. Until I have another ball rolling, I can’t consider myself a responsible husband and father if I am spending my time drawing comics that are not providing for the family. I need to invest that time wisely and when the time is right I can revisit projects like Axe Cop and Bearmageddon.

In truth, this is pretty close to what my vision for Axe Cop was from the start. I never knew how long it would last, and I made no predictions. But in my mind it made sense that, through Malachai’s younger years we would create a big body of work (six volumes. not bad!) then “retire”. Beyond that, I think it’s safe to say that every now and then we may revisit Axe Cop and do a story here and there. Who knows, maybe at some point Axe Cop can be my job again. Right now, it’s back to being a hobby. That’s fine with me, I’m proud of the work we did on it and it was never my plan to only draw Axe Cop for the rest of my life.

As for the TV show, I don’t know what is next for it. I suspect it is done but I have not heard anything.

Thanks for all your support and kindness throughout the life of Axe Cop. It has been a lot of fun. I look forward to revisiting Axey again in the future. If not at least to do a few “Ask Axe Cop” episodes. Until then, keep being awesome.


Ethan Nicolle

Page 201 – Here We Are Gathered


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.