Comics Written By a 5-Year-Old? Count Us In!
On Sunday afternoons when I have nothing to do, I head to my library and read comic books for hours. I read good comics and okay comics, but sometimes I stumble across a great comic. Last week, my brother introduced me to Axe Cop, a comic about a cop with a fireman's axe who fights crime, drawn by Ethan Nicholle.
The difference between this and almost every other comic in existence; the comic was written by Ethan Nicholle's 5-year-old brother, Malachai. This makes it like nothing you've ever read.
In the pages of these comics, Axe Cop fights with villains like King Evilfatsozon, Hasta Mia the Zombie Dog Woman, and Dr. Stinkyhead, and teams up with his brother, Flute Cop (also known as Dinosaur Soldier, Avocado Soldier, Ghost Cop and Dragtrighostacops Rex), and a superhero named Sockarang who has socks for arms that he can toss at bad guys.
One of the greatest things about Axe Cop is the unbound storytelling power of this kid's imagination. Axe Cop, involved in his everlasting fight with every badguy in the universe, compels you by sheer awesomeness to read more and more of his stories and advice columns. And the fact that this comic was written by a 5-year-old gives it something extra; even if it had the same stories, the same twists and the same silliness, if it was written by an adult it would just be strange (and a little twisted, as it is at some points).
But what is undeniably the greatest thing about these comics? They're almost all free online! And even though Malachai is almost 8 now, they're still coming out with hilarious strips every week.
There's also a Fox TV series based on the comic that's scheduled to start early next year.
So, we know we just gave you an outlet to waste the rest of your day, but we can take solace in the fact that your day will be wasted in laughter and joy. And that warms the cockles of our hearts.