Friday, November 16, 2012

A Truly Head Scratching Kickstarter - Axe Cop Doc: The Official Documentary of Axe Cop

I don't know if anyone that reads this blog reads the Axe Cop webcomic. I know I don't. I've looked at it, said "no where near my bag" and never looked back. Until now.

Yes, for those of you that love the Axe Cop web comic, there is a Kickstarter for the Axe Cop Doc: The Official Documentary of Axe Cop. They are looking to raise $55k. Yes, the "k" stands for thousands.

I forget how much the fine folks that were looking to do a Dungeons & Dragons documentary (just looked it up - $150k and raised nearly $200k) but D&D has a much wider audience than Axe Cop. Much wider. Like, a lot.

Heck, I suspect if there was a reasonably priced Kickstarter for an Order of the Stick Documentary, it would probably fund, but Axe Cop? Do we really need a documentary on the creation of a web comic written by two brothers about an axe wielding cop?

Here's the deal: a 5 year old writes it and a 29 year old illustrates it. They are brothers:

The AXE COP saga began on a Christmas visit to see my family. My Father, a man with very healthy loins, has managed to produce a variety of children, ranging from me, a 29 year old comic book artist, to my 5 year old brother Malachai, a 5 year old boy genius, with four other siblings in between. During the visit Malchai was running around with his toy fireman axe and he said he was playing "Axe Cop." He asked me to play with him, and I asked what my weapon was... so he brought me a toy flute (actually a recorder). I told him I would rather be Axe Cop then Flute Cop, and he seemed just fine with being Flute Cop. The story that followed became more and more brilliant, until I couldn't contain myself and I had to draw the whole thing into a one page comic. From there the saga continued, and over the course of my week-long visit we cranked out the first four episodes of AXE COP. I posted the comics to my blog and on Facebook and they got great responses. I decided to give AXE COP a home on the internet here and attempt to continue the saga as often as I have time to draw them, and I can get Malachai to write them.

The writing process is basically just me quizzing Malachai as he develops the saga. I'll just try to pry all the details out of him and write them all down until something like a complete little story has been formed. Everything in AXE COP started in Malachai's head, all I do is sort it out and draw it. Here is a video of the writing process. So enjoy these comics, they are a fun slice of the mind of a 5 year old boy processed through the pen of a 30 year old comic artist.
I don't think we need a $55k documentary to flesh out the above 2 paragraphs.

Despite my profession, I don't find Axe Cop to be all that offensive. I just don't find it all that funny and I certainly don't see it worthy of a $55k documentary. Maybe enough people do, but it would certainly surprise me.

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