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Ethan Nicolle struck an unlikely hit with Axe Cop, a webcomic based on the rambling stories told by his then 5-year-old brother Malachai that became an Internet sensation. Comic sites that normally wouldn’t report on webcomics made an exception for Axe Cop; it took home a couple of awards in 2011 (and Eagle Award and a Shel Dorf Award, both in the webcomic category). Fox began airing an adaptation Axe Cop in 2013 as part of its light-night animation block, with Parks & Recreation‘s Nick Offerman voicing the title character. There was a nagging sense, however, that some day Ethan was going to move on to something else, the novelty would wear off, and Malachai would probably get tired of it.
And thus, Bearmageddon, with its totally metal logo, which features an octopus bear and a bat bear. Initially, it looks like it could be yet another webcomic in the Axe Cop vein, dealing with random humor. But then … think about it: This is no Night of the Lepus situation where the world is overtaken by giant bunny rabbits. If the world were really swarmed by bears, it would be pretty flippin’ terrifying.
Hello and welcome to a special birthday bash edition of our weekly “What Are You Reading” feature. Typically the Robot 6 crew talks about what books we’ve read recently, but since it’s our anniversary, we thought we’d invite all our friends and colleagues from Comic Book Resources and Comics Should Be Good! to join in the fun.
To see what everyone has been reading, click below …
If you’re a fan of Ethan Nicolle’s work on the two volumes of Chumble Spuzz published by SLG Publishing or the webcomic he does with his little brother, Axe Cop, then you might like to know that he’s writing and drawing another webcomic, Bearmageddon, with colorist Noah Maas.
The comic launched back in August and updates twice a week, so it won’t take long to get caught up if you start reading from the beginning. The story is about a group of friends heading out on a camping trip around the same time as the discovery of Octobear, a bear with octopus-like tentacles, in the city’s sewers, as well as a rise in bear attacks. Play foreboding music here …
Bearmageddon is a finite story and Nicolle has an ending in mind, with plans to follow it with a print collection. It ought to be a fun ride along the way.