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Axe Cop, Episode 1

This week I’m promoting the webcomic “Axe Cop“.  It is unique in that it is written by a 5-year-old (although he’s 6 now).  It is unique in that it is illustrated by said 6-year-old’s 29-year-old brother.  “Axe Cop” brings life to a story that is reminiscent of the childlike imagination we all had at age 5, back when we pondered how amazing it would be if we combined all the archetypes for badassery into one entity.  In this manner, “Axe Cop” features moon ninja vampire werewolves from the moon and a unicorn-horned cop-turned-dinosaur-turned-avocado-turned-ghost (at least, as far as I’ve read).  The story is spectacularly incohesive yet ties together so well.  And the illustrations are top notch, including what I perceive as a few winks to the audience from an adult interpreting for a child, such as when the aliens roll their eyes at their leader’s dastardly plan to throw things at Earth.

So if you’re in the market for some guffaws, check out Axe Cop. It’ll also be getting its own Dark Horse Comics printing and 3-issue miniseries in the spring of 2011, which according to the 5-year-old author, should look something like this:

Axe Cop Comicbook

And if you’re still not convinced:

I’ve developed the habit of carrying a pocket-sized spiral-ring notebook with me everywhere. I can’t believe I’ve never done it before as it’s been extremely rewarding for me. I don’t have to worry about forgetting ideas anymore, as I can write them down as soon as I have them. It also gives me a chronology of how my ideas are developing and evolving, which has been fun to look back on.  I am currently writing in my 3rd notebook, meaning that I already have 300 pages of notebooks filled up. Unfortunately, I discovered that it’s impossible to find anything I’ve written down, even after flipping through page after page. So now I’m in the process of digitizing the notebooks, transcribing their contents into Word for organization and categorization. Unfortunately, I severely underestimated the task. Half the first notebook took me 2 hours to input and filled up 10 pages in word. So it looks like I have 40 digital pages of notes already, which is about twice as much as the actual story narrative I’ve written. Lots of work ahead of me there.

What’s more, I found this site I Write Like which analyzes writing samples and tells you which famous author they resemble. I’m not too certain of the process behind it, although due to curiosity I emailed them asking for an explanation. At any rate, His Story so far was correlated to the style of William Gibson.  Her Story came back as Stephen King. And Gabriel’s story computed to David Foster Wallace, with whom I’m not at all familiar.  I was surprised and pleased by these results.  My goal has been to cultivate different writing styles that will reflect the nature of the characters they embody, similar to how I was able to craft different personas for the stories and roleplay I did within The Matrix Online.  The fact that the three stories were related to three different authors inspires some confidence that I’m achieving that goal.  And that the first two were compared to Gibson and King, authors who I respect and whose writing I’ve enjoyed immensely, well that’s icing on the cake.  I’ll be interested in running my writing through I Write Like in the future to make sure the three stories retain separate styles.

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