I'm going to take a break for Christmas. I'll be updating via the blog about our upcoming story, which will start in mid-January. Also, don't forget to watch the new Rugburn animated episode #0!
I'm excited to tell you about the new story. Some of you may have heard about it. It is the closest thing to a romance you may ever see in the Axe Cop universe. More on that soon! I recommend you read the amazing Axe COp Christmas Special, and enjoy...
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Sorry friends, but I am visiting Malachai and the family today and did not bring my laptop, so there will not be a new comic today. So instead we will be answering Ask Axe Cop email and questions in the chat room for a while here this evening very soon!:
Well, though I just shipped off all the commissions that were ordered during the 20 day sale, I have had a lot of people showing interest in them since I have been posting a bunch of them on my Instagram. So I am re-opening the sale for one more week. I'll close sales again on December 18th. Some of this is literally the best ink and brush art I have ever done. For a lot of these commissions the buyer got a lot more time and effort than they paid for because I got so into the drawing I spent a lot of extra time on it. I am pretty much up for drawing anything as long as it is not obscene, and I won't do character designs based on your ideas. It needs to be stuff that exists. I will draw you or someone you love. Or at least I will do my best. If you must have your commission in time for Christmas let me know and we can try to make sure that happens.
Today's Ask Axe Cop episode was from an answer I dug up from some notes over a year old. I liked the mythology of Mt. Saint Helens, the giant toymaker and the indians. I also was still in ink and brush mode, so I decided to do another episode in traditional ink with some sumi wash for gray tones. Still rough but I'm having fun.
If you are interested in buying a larger, more detailed piece of Axe Cop art, I have this 14x17 walnut ink painting of Axe Cop and Wexter, and this one of Axe Cop and Flute Cop. I'll post more detailed pics soon. If you are interested in buying the original pieces send me an email through the contact page.
Also, if you haven't seen it yet, the new weekly Axe Cop animated comic has started on the new Rugburn channel on Youtube. Check it out here, share it, and subscribe so you don't miss out on the new weekly video.
The new weekly motion comics series has begun! Episode one is now up:
I know that for a lot of you, you've seen this first episode done a number of times in various forms of motion comic, live action, interpretive dance.... you name it. But this is just the first. Six Point Harness, the animation studio that is partnered with Titmouse animation to create content for the Rugburn channel is animating tons of episodes and they will come out weekly. So next week, episode 2 and so on. I've seen early versions of some of the later episodes and these guys get it right. The cool thing about the motion comics for me is that they are verbatim, straight from the comics. No reinterpretation or reformatting for TV. I love the voices they've cast and I like how Flute Cop does a little solo when he introduces himself.
So stay tuned, we will be posting a new episode weekly. I did the voice of the Vampire Manbabykid, so you have that to look forward to.
Ah, I think we all suspected bad guys had their own educational system. They all seem to try the same things, fall for the same tricks, use the same weapons, wear the same masks. Well I'm still hard at work on the commissions. Almost done! Just need to do the Walnut Ink orders and then I'll ship them all out.
I may open orders up again because I still really need some money for the season and people have shown a lot of interest since I have been posting them on my Instagram. If you would be one of those interested parties, let me know.
Well, the Axe Cop Documentary Kickstarter has been off to a bit of a slow start but there are a few new incentives... First, Nick Offerman, AKA Ron Swanson from Parks & Rec, who has his own woodshop has told us that he is going to carve us a one-of-a-kind replica of Axe Cop's axe out of mahogany. It will have his, Malachai's and my signature burned into it. He is also going to contribute 5 hand-carved mustache combs with Axe Cop's insignia on them. On top of that, there is a shirt and print in the offerings, but no designs has been posted. Well here it is! This design can only be attained by being a backer of the film on Kickstarter. I called Malachai and asked him to tell me some of the awesome kicks Axe Cop is capable of. I put my favorites onto this design. It's sort of like one of those posters of moves Axe Cop has hanging in his station (click to enlarge):
The shirt will have 6 of the kicks on it, the 11x17 print will be what you see above. In this video Nancy documented the creation of this shirt:
As for today's Ask Axe Cop, I have been hard at work on the commissions. I have been snapping pics of them on my Instagram as I complete them. I was so into inking with real ink that I decided to do today's episode the old fashioned way. This is the first time I have drawn a comic in pure pencil and ink since around 2006 or 7, so it is a little rough but it was fun and it has some charm. I should have worked bigger, and probably used india ink instead of Sumi, but I like the grays. Once again, Ask Axe Cop has produced some new characters I really want to see more of. Last week it was Officer Lighting and Sergeant McQueen. This week we have El Fuego, El Stupendo Patata and Vegtee-Bull. I think a more detailed story of El Fuego's road to El Patata should be on the to-do list.
That's all for this week. Thanks for stopping by!
Friends!! i apologize that this posted late, I have honestly been working on it all day amidst many, many interruptions. That's just life right now with all the wedding planning and everything else going on. Like this Kickstarter project for the Axe Cop Documentary:
Some people seem to think that this is my movie that I am making about myself. This is a movie that I am in, and i am supporting, but it is not mine. I did not decide to start making it. That was all the choice of the film maker. I give it my full support and I think that is is a cool story, as well as an interesting look at family, imagination and comics as well as the story of Axe Cop. I'm excited for it. Please check it out. I talked them into adding options for a Blu-Ray since it launched, so if you were looking for something like that, it is now there. To be a backer, go to the Kickstarter page and make your pledge!
Also, I posted both of these last week, but it was not on an update day and I want to make sure everyon sees them. This is the preview for the new animated comics that will be released by Rug Burn. They involve some of the original cast of the motion comics and are being produced in mass quantities, so rather than getting one new episode every 4 to 6 months, you will be getting a new episode every week! It's going to be so awesome. There will be a little bit of new art in these, but they will be straight from the comics. Unlike the FOX show, which will be rewritten versions based on stories, these animated comics will be the comics you have read brought to life. If you like what you see, please subscribe to Rugburn and stay tuned for more!
Please share these links! The success of good stuff on the internet is determined by those who choose to click the "share" button. Thanks in advance!
Also, I really liked today's episode. It was pretty complex. I love the body part mining aliens. So creepy and weird, but in a place called "Badville" it makes perfect sense. Also, I love Officer Lightning and Sergeant McQueen. I think I subconciously based Officer Lightning on Andy Wainwright from Hot Fuzz and Sergeant McQueen on Hank from Breaking Bad. I really hope we get to see more of those characters, and if there is ever an Axe Cop movie, we already have some casting covered.
Well, I need to sleep a little and then get the new Bearmagedon page posted as well. Thanks for reading!
Two big pieces of news today! First, the Axe Cop Documentary Kickstarter has launched. This video is great and this movie is going to be so good!
To be a backer, go to the Kickstarter page and make your pledge!
And, Rugburn, the new animation channel on YouTube is going to be doing weekly animated versions of the Axe Cop comics. It's going to be awesome! This is not the TV show, this is animated renditions of the comics themselves, with some of the original voice actors from the first motion comics. They will be releasing them weekly and putting motion to something like the first 20 comics! Here is the first teaser trailer!
Exciting stuff! I'll keep you posted as more updates come about.
I know that it is possible the rules and boundaries set in this episode of Ask Axe Cop have been broken in the past. I'm not sure how Axe Cop's universe works, but it is possible that the god of that universe changes his mind sometimes and changes things around now and then to keep things interesting. I think we all knew that, for Axe Cop's story to remain interesting the unicorn horns needed to have some limits. I was actually surprised Malachai wanted to give the horns limits. I think it is a sign that he is growing up that he realized it is good to set boundaries on things.
Anybody catch me on Carson Daly last week? Keep an eye on NBC, they should post the video soon.
And here is another friendly reminder to take advantage of my annual commission sale! This could be my last one if the TV show has a super-busyfing effect on my life. It is true I often do these sales out of financial desperation and this year is no different. Your order will arrive prior to Christmas so it's a great gift to give someone for the holidays. Thanks in advance to those who order one, and big thanks to those who already have! Sale ends November 19th!
That's all for now. I am working on the next Axe Cop story. I am working on it while I work on wedding planning, and the two are actually going to tie together. More on that later. Thanks for reading!
Alright, another Ask Axe Cop! These things can end up being more work than I bargained for because I end up trying to cram as much of Malachai's answer on the page as I can and I realize later I was drawing really small. When you draw digital you can zoom in, and it's easy to get carried away with detail and not realize it.
This particular episode actually came out of one of the questions thr teamof writers on the Axe Cop TV show had for Malachai. Throughout the process of writing the episodes, we would run into questions for Malachai. Sometimes I would call him right there and put him on speaker, and other times i would wait and call him that evening and write down the answers. This was an answer I liked a lot, though we never ended up using it in the show. I think they just wanted a town name, something like Axeville. Not this long answer that totally complicates the Axe Cop universe and conflicts with some of Axe Cop's past descriptions of his living situation. For those of you who are troubled by these conflicts, I'd say it is likely that what we were told was a typical day for Axe Cop is still mostly true, except it was probably that very living situation that led to the creation of secret town. Axe Cop just got sick of fixing the windows and only sleeping for two minutes every night. In fact I am pretty sure Axe Cop still only sleeps two minutes. He does have to work the always shift.
Another tidbit, I will be on the Carson Daly show tomorrow night, November 7th.
And here is a friendly reminder, after you vote, if you are American, don't forget to take advantage of my commission sale!