FOX Orders Up Some Axe Cop!

Variety announced that Fox has set its first Animation Domination HD programming with Axe Cop, based on the web series created by Ethan and Malachai Nicolle.  The network has acquired the rights to the property with plans to order six 15-minute episodes to premiere early next year.  Nick Weidenfield, head of FOX’s Animated Domination HD and formerly of Adult Swim, is looking to use the six episodes as a pilot of sorts in order to find out the heart of the show.  A writer is currently being seeked to adapt the series.

Axe Cop is a special web comic in that it is created by two brothers, Ethan, who is in his 30s and is the artist, and Malachai, who is 7 and the writer of the Axe Cop stories (he was 5 when Axe Cop was first created).  The comic follows Axe Cop and his various cohorts, which include Flute Cop, Dinosaur Soldier, Uni-baby, Sockarang, Wexter (the pet dinosaur with mini-gun arms who can fly through space) and so many more, as they battle bad guys from around the galaxy.  I was recently referred to Axe Cop by my friend (and Movies Worth Rewatching contributor) Mel Dale and it truly is awesome.  I’m reading Axe Cop via trade paperback and am currently on Vol. 2, Bad Guy Earth!  I’m pretty excited to see what they do with an Axe Cop animated series and I look forward to checking it out when it airs!  Until then, go read Axe Cop!!

Ethan Nicolle’s introduction to Axe Cop from the Axe Cop website (where you can also read Axe Cop for free!):

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.

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One Comment on “FOX Orders Up Some Axe Cop!”

  1. Nannimcb April 25, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    Not usually into graphic novels but am curious how this comes out as a series.

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