Ok, first, I apologize this post is a day late. We celebrated my first ever Father's Day on monday, because the kids were with their dad on Sunday, so we made Monday step-father's day and it totally threw off my week. I didn't realize I missed Tuesday until Wednesday was already here. So here is your post, a day late. Last week the site was down for three days so we never were able to post the Thursday episode. It's been a little rough around here.
I've been pretty excited to talk about the amazing voice casting that has been happening over at ADHD for the Axe Cop animated series. The one voice I was not allowed to own up to was the most obvious one, and that's Axe Cop himself. We were all legally obligated to not say that Nick Offerman is playing Axe Cop. Well, now we can say it apparently. To celebrate I have decided to put together a little list of some of the coolest voices the show will feature, coming July 27th. There is going to be a lot of reasons to like this show, but here are some to add to your list...
Yes, Axe Cop is voiced by Nick Offerman. Ron Swanson himself. Until just yesterday we were not allowed to say this because Offerman was under contract with NBC, and Axe Cop is on FOX. He was going to do the role "uncredited" and we were set to list Axe Cop as "himself" on the credits. Offerman is a big fan of Axe Cop and a super cool and friendly dude. Before the TV show deal was even a thought, Nick took me out for beer and meat and along with his writing partner spent most of the time talking about his love of woodworking and Axe Cop. At the first big meeting to kick off creating the TV series, Nick showed up with his Axe Cop books worn and ragged, with sticky notes all over the place picking his favorite moments. He knows the comic like it's scripture and where I feel a false respect from a lot of folks in Hollywood, Offerman emits a real respect and I always feel like Axe Cop is in good hands with him. He often reminds everyone in the room to remember Axe Cop is great because of it's two creators, which is honoring, because another typical thing that seems to happen in Hollywood is that the more other people work on an idea, the more they start to act like they came up with the whole thing. Offerman is humble and grounded and he is just not your typical Hollywood type of guy. He also knows how to deliver Axe Cop lines. He was made for the role.
Up next is Flute Cop, voiced by the hilarious and talented Ken Marino (Children's Hospital, Party Down). Probably my favorite change in direction we took on the TV show from the comic, Flute Cop, while he does transform when blood rains on him, he defaults at Flute Cop. In the comic he often defaults at Dinosaur Soldier. Ken waited in line at San Diego Comic Con one year to meet me and tell me how much he loved Axe Cop. I didn't know who he was at the time because I watch hardly any TV. Since then I fell in love with him in his role on Party Down, and seeing his take on Flute Cop has been nothing short of amazing. I know he wanted to be Axe Cop from the beginning, but he nails it as Flute Cop. Marino and Offerman really play off of each other and give the characters a dynamic literally impossible to pull off in comics. I'm pretty excited for you guys to experience Axe Offerman and Flute Marino.
Sockarang is voiced by comedian and actor Patton Oswalt. The day of our first meeting to kick off the show, Patton randomly was walking by because we were only meeting two houses down from his home. He came in and on the spot said he'd love to be on the show. He gives Sockarang a great childish personality that really works well to contrast Flute Cop's more grown up demeanor. When Malachai visits, my three year old step son, Ezra sees him as a total hero. He loves him and he thinks every single thing he does is awesome. Sockarang is like Axe Cop's Ezra and Patton nails it. I got to sit in on voice recording one day while he recorded and he nailed 95% of his lines on the first try. I've tried doing some voices on the show myself so I know how hard that is to pull off.
Gray Diamond took on a character of his own when Rob Huebel of Chldren's Hospital voiced him. Rob's take on Gray Diamond was so good we started adding him to other episodes and making him a regular part of Axe Cop's team.
British actor/comedian Peter Serafinowicz (Sean of the Dead, Darth Maul) is amazing when it comes to voices, as exemplified in the multiple roles he takes on in the show. Pretty much every male with an accent. In the Zombie Island episode alone he voice three of the main characters who all sound very distinct from one another. But I think his Dr. Doo Doo is the best of all of them. Peter was another early adopter of Axe Cop and he has been a fan and very supportive for quite a while.
It's true. Michael Madsen is Baby Man (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill). Apparently when Madsen came in to do the role it took a while to convince him he was not on Punk'd. He had not heard of Axe Cop and it is quite a bit to take in moments before you start voice acting in a sound booth. Unlike the Baby Man of the comics who is mostly silent, the Baby Man of the show will speak when he isn't sucking on his pacifier. Madsen's delivery of the line "Shake what your baby gave ya" is pretty priceless.
Here's one that, as a big Breaking Bad fan am pretty excited about. Jonathan Banks plays Book Cop. You have to see the episode to understand what Banks brought to this character who was just a clone of Axe Cop before. He is amazing and a sincerely kind man as well.
More awesome Breaking Bad casting... Giancarlo Esposito plays Army Chihuahua. It's surreal to hear the voice of "Gus" delivering lines Malachai and I wrote. Just wait for the origin story, it's chilling and hilarious.
Of Madmen fame, Vincent Kartheiser is Bat Warthog Man. He plays the sad super hero who lost all his friends, and the episode is downright awesome.
There are more great voices and I am sure even more to come. Megan Mullally is doing most of the female voices. Jared Harris as the King of England. Tyler the Creator as Liborg.
And that's just the voices! The art, backgrounds, designs and storyboarding I have seen has also been phenomenal. This show is being created all in house, similar to South Park, but at a true saturday morning cartoon animation level of quality. It's something pretty unheard of and everyone working on it is really putting their all into it.
If you catch the ADHD panel, or the Axe Cop panel (or even better, BOTH because they are back to back) as San Diego Comic Con this year, you will see the premier. Otherwise, the first episode airs July 27th on FOX at 11pm pacific time. That's almost a month away!
It's good to be back. I have been trying to cram in and get extra pages done since new pages will be posting and I have a deadline to get this all done for Axe Cop Vol. 5. The upcoming scene is one of my favorites, as you will be able to see because I spent a lot of time on the art.
Mezco is debuting some summer Axe COp toys. A badge, a uni-avocado soldier plush AND a Wexter plush! A stuffed Wexter to keep you warm at night has to be one of the best things to ever come out of the success of Axe Cop. I'm excited to see my own step kids cuddle up with these guys. A picture is below, and go here to order your own now!
See you Thursday! We are back on our twice a week posting schedule.
It's true, nothing does beat Axe Cop. Thanks for reading, and thanks to Tom and Charlotte for some of my favorite guest episodes ever made! They capture the adorableness and horror of the Axe Cop universe well. There ae the cheeseball shooting moments, then the horrifying arm chopping moments. Kids are awesome.
I have been working on more pages for Axe Cop Gets Married and more Ask Axe Cop epsiodes. Still trying to get at least 100 questions done for Axe Cop and I need to have them done in time to make it into the next volume of Axe Cop. I don't have much else to say today that I didn't say Tuesday. I just need to get back to drawing.
I love these comics by Tom Martin, as I have said many times before. Tom and I are chatting about givning him and Charlotte the reins on a side project where we get a longer story out of this great team. What do you think? Would you like to see a longer Axe Cop story by Tom and Charlotte? You should also check out Tom's metal band Lich King. They did a pretty amazing Axe Cop Song.
I just found out that I got an Axe Cop panel at Comic Con! If you follow me on twitter you have have caught my lament that I missed the deadline to apply for a panel. It's been a pretty busy year. But by some pretty bug luck, i got onto a waiting list and we go a Friday Night panel! I assume we will be up against some big competition Friday night, but we're premiering the Axe Cop TV show, so that in itself is pretty big, and Malachai will be there too!
The AxeCopWedding site will only be up for ONE MORE DAY. The sale on the print, sketchbook and everything else ends tomorrow. So if you want this print, go buy one now!
Part two of today's guest episode posts Thursday, then next week we will be back on track with two posts per week and Axe Cop Gets Married will continue, as well as some new Ask Axe Cop episodes. See you Thursday!
Thanks to Mike E., creator of Rusty and Co. for today's guest episode. Malachai and I actually did work on a similar idea where Axe Cop builds his own theme park, but it never felt finished. Still may do it one day.
Well it's about time to get back to Axe Cop gets married. I have an awesome two-part guest episode from Thomas Martin that I really like, so I think I will post that next week as the final week of guest episodes. We will do both parts, tuesday and thursday.
I'll close all sales on www.AxeCopWedding.com on June 5th. If you want the print or the sketchbook, this is your last chance to get them!
One more thing. The amazing Doug TenNapel and the gang that brought you the game Earthworm Jim and the Neverhood are back together and doing a kickstarter for a new all stop-motion based game called Armikrog. You gotta see this beautiful animation, you will definitely want to back this:
Big thanks to Jeff Mumm for today's episode! Check outmore guinea pig craziness at www.JoeGP.com
Well I have returned from the forest and have cell phone reception. I went on a pretty magical honeymoon with my now wife, Jessica. Though life is crazy and I am trying to catch up I continue to float in the happiness of the last week, which was definitely the best week of my life. The wedding was amazing, pretty much perfect. Everything we had hoped for and more. Thanks a ton to those of you who helped me pull it off! With your help along with other gifts from family and friends this wedding and honeymoon happened and Jessica didn't have to spend a dime. It meant a lot to me to give her the wedding of her dreams and not make her pay for it herself. I feel very victorious. Of course now I am diving into the order fulfillment phase.
I am still taking orders at www.AxeCopWedding.com until the last day of May. You have 10 days left if you want to get the sketch book, screen print, or be immortilized in the comic. Honestly, I need to sell more of the books and the prints to make the print run worth paying for printing.
A lot of amazing things happened while I was gone. One of the most amazing is this new trailer released by FOX for the Bat Warthog Man episode of the Axe Cop animated series:
I am posting way in advance, so when you read it I will have already gotten married and will be on my honeymoon when it posts. This comic is by James Ratcliffe, who I knew from the days I used to visit Drink n' Draws in Portland, OR. He teamed up with some younger relatives to produce this tale about Axe Cop and Sword Cop. See more of James's work on his website.
Also, you have until the end of May to order this print! It is only available through the wedding campaign. Here it is all done!
Today's guest epsiode comes courtesy of "MitterMak" and "Tuesday Moon". You can find more of their work at http://www.purplesockstudios.com/
Im gearing up for family to start pouring in as the wedding approaches on Sunday. Thanks again to everyone who has helped me pull this off! I managed to put some more time into the print. I am doing a shadow layer. This is not the final color choice, I am just using gray for now. I'll choose my colors later. You have until the end of May to pre-order this beast! (and help me pay for my honeymoon in the process)
Next time I post a comic I'll be all married up!
I love when guest artists join forces with their little ones to make their Axe Cop guest episodes. That is exactly what Michael Regina did with his four year old daughter, Story in this guest episode. Michael and Story are making their own book of stories together right now and you can back it on Kickstarter:
Thanks, Michael for giving us a little side adventure while I'm taking the month off for my wedding and honeymoon. If you are a comic artist and would like to contribute a guest episode, email me at email@example.com.
update: New Rugburn motion comic is here!
Alright, this is your cliffhanger. Axe Cop has just dumped Axe Girl, so how is he ever going to get married now? That is an important question, but consider it is less then two weeks away from my own wedding, the more important question for me is how am I going to keep posting pages during this time I will be surrounded by family,, finalizing wedding plans and going on a honeymoon? Answer: I can not. So I have some guest epsiodes that have already been submitted that I will post on Tuesdays during the month of May. If you would like to contriute a guest epsidoe just email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If I have enough content I will post somethng new every tuesday. If I get extra I will post Fridays as well.
Also, this will be the last month of the AxeCopWedding campaign. At the end of May I will begin to fulfill the orders, create the sketchbook and do all the things you asked for when you ordered your registry items. This is your last chance to get yourself a copy of the sketchbook and the excludive print only for wedding backers. I look forward to continuing this story. Next time I do, I will be a married man. Thanks for keeping up with this story, and thanks for giving me a month off!