Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010
Axe Cop: comic written by a 5-year-old
That was episode 1 of Axe Cop, a web comic drawn by a 29-year-old man who has a 5-year-old brother. After playing in a pretend world with Axe Cop and Flute Cop with his younger brother (using a toy axe and a recorder), the illustrator was compelled to draw up the pretend world they created.
Axe Cop is up to 10 episodes so far — all static, not animated — but recently released the partially animated version of episode 1 seen above.
Part of me wonders what media this kindergartner is exposed to that his play world involves chopping people up.
Admittedly, I have a 5-year-old daughter, not a son, but this material would be alien for the boys my daughter plays with. She has a toy axe, but it’s only used to chop down doors when she’s pretending to be a firefighter. She sometimes pretends to be a super hero, but she saves people from calamity instead of fighting criminals.
The other part of me thinks Axe Cop is incredible. It’s a bit tedious to read as a web comic and would be better suited as a comic book, or an anthology. If Axe Cop has a future, it lies in scripting out hundreds of plot twists now, before the 5-year-old gets older and the schizophrenic nature of the comic is lost.
Axe Cop would also make an interesting, albeit brain-exhausting, film, as seen in this fake film trailer that uses some clips from later episodes.