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We have hundreds, but asking original questions is what will stand out. I look for topics I know Malachai could really expand an idea from and not just give a yes or no answer to.
Since Axe Cop was created when Malachai was 5, we will keep the age 5 on the banner, but the credits to him on stories when he is six will say his age, so we know how old he was when he wrote each one. My age will change on episode credits when appropriate also.
No, Malachai can barely write. The writing process is very similar to what you see in our Youtube video:
Malachai tells me a story, and I ask him questions to fill in the gaps. It’s just an exploration of 5 year old logic… so he says he is an Axe Cop and asks me if I want to join his team. I say yes, he says sign here. I ask him what we are going to do, he says fight dinosaurs. Also, I do not write word for word what he says, I translate it, paraphrase it, and sometimes make sense of it. If you wanted to get technical, you could say Malachai comes up with the stories, then I write it and illustrate it… but I just feel lame trying to cling to my writing credit next to a five year old. I like when comic credits are simple… this guy wrote it, this guy drew it.
Yes. For each episode we are involved in varying degrees. Ethan has worked in the writing room on many of the episodes, working with the other writers to adapt Axe Cop into 11 minute TV episodes. Also, when needed, the writers have Ethan ask Malachai questions to fill in gaps and to get ideas from him. Often, if Ethan is present, they will call Malachai on speakerphone and get his input on the story they are working on. Malachai is not as offended at re-imagining a story as some other creators might be. You just ask him “what if it happened like this” and he is excited to pitch ideas. There are episodes where Ethan and Malachai are less involved, but that is just the nature of TV.
I understand the concern on this one. Axe Cop is written by a kid, and most parents with a sense of humor are OK with their kids reading it. But the cartoon violence in Axe Cop is still simply unsuitable for children’s programming and it would be very hard to make an Axe Cop TV show marketed to little kids. The only way we could make a show that was faithful to the comic was to make it for adults. Like the comic, the show is not gory, there is no swearing, etc. People’s heads pop off like they are toys, it is not a bloodbath, and Axe Cop’s harshest language is “what the heck?!”. Still, Axe Cop is programmed among material that is for adults and parents should be aware of that when tuning in. Luckily you can watch the show online, isolated and not among cartoons that aren’t appropriate for kids.
The initial order was for 6, but there are 12 in the works. Of course we hope to make many more than that, but that all depends on how many people continue to tune in.
About a month ago we had a bad DDOS attack that put all my web sites down because they share the same server. It was sort of a perfect storm, and due to some mix-ups and miss-communications, we did not have a good backup on hand. The web site was long overdue for a redesign anyway, and I really wanted to switch to a Word Press theme because I love updating Bearmageddon (my other web comic) and I like the simple layout. Axe Cop was designed in ignorance and rushed together. We have learned a lot since we first created it. Unfortunately some content will be lost forever, like the forums (which were rarely used anyway) and the comments. But we have the old site and are working on bringing back as much as we can. The important parts (the comics) are still with us, and that is what mattered to me most. Hopefully, as the TV show launched only days after the new web site, a new group of fans will be able to come in and begin new interactions and continue the community we had built before.
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