This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.

high school and up audience, so an eight-year-old boy couldn’t possibly be picking up on all the stuff that’s in the text. But he just dug the presentation so much; it’s so entertaining, colorful,

full of

all these wonderful illustrations. So for our blog entry on that an- ecdote we put, “Boilerplate beats Spongebob.”

SDUN: What’s your earliest memory of being interested in making comic books or graphic novels?

P: That would go back to almost my earliest memory period. Fold- ing together 8 ½ by 11 typing pa- per and just drawing right on it, pretending it’s a published comic. I’ve always been a fan of comics ever since I was a little kid, so the idea of drawing comics profes- sionally when I grew up is kind of a dream come true.

SDUN: Do you still consider there to be growth areas in your work?

P: I think it’s tremendously

important to always challenge yourself, to hopefully evolve your work in some way. There are plenty of artists in the com- mercial world, not just comics, but also in ad agencies, that find a style that they’re comfortable with and works for them and that they can market, and then they just remain fixed with that style. And that’s fine. But it’s impor- tant for me to constantly move forward with my work and one

of the things that “Boilerplate” gave me…is that the storyline de- manded a multimedia approach to tell this robot’s life story in a convincing way. I not only needed to provide drawings of what this robot did, but photographs to sell the idea that this creature, this construction actually ex- isted a hundred years ago and that it would make it more real to people and more believable and more fun, quite frankly.

So it allowed me to work in

different mediums—photogra- phy and painting—and each time you do that, each time you step outside

your discipline…you

can bring some of those ideas across…I’m very conscious of trying to constantly improve my work and try new approaches to storytelling. One of the most exciting things about working in comics is that it’s not just about drawing; it’s about telling stories through your drawing.


These two brothers, age 30 and 7, came together to create “Axe Cop,” a fun, borderline violent and hilariously

action-packed brother comic

where older brother Ethan—al- ready an Eisner-nominated artist— takes care of the illustrating, and younger


youngest Comic-Con special guest in history—handles the writing. For more information or to read a couple of the comics online, visit

San Diego Uptown News: Is this your first time attending Com- ic-Con as a special guest?

Ethan Nicolle: Yes it is. I have

SDUN: Where did the idea for “Axe Cop” and for this unique partnership come from?

E: It came from playing with my 7-year-old brother Malachai dur- ing a Christmas visit with the fam- ily. He sort of combined the idea of a firefighter and a cop into one thing and asked if I would play “Axe Cop” with him. We ended up chopping some dinosaur’s heads off. The whole thing played out in my head as a hilarious comic, so I drew it, and then drew about four more episodes during that same visit. After posting those four to five comics online, “Axe Cop” went viral. I never intended for it to be the comic I spend all my time doing; its success was totally unexpected.

SDUN: Which aspects of your work are most meaningful to you?

E: “Axe Cop” is unique because, even though it is so ridiculous, I think it is the most meaningful work I have done yet, because it unintentionally went to the es-

been attending annually since 2002 when I was just carrying around art samples. It’s a real honor to be a special guest, and Malachai is the youngest special guest in the Con’s history.

SDUN: Are you working on/ promoting anything specific right now?

E: Mainly “Axe Cop,” which is still currently being produced on- line at and my new Web comic that will launch Aug. 3, called “Bearmageddon” at bear-

San Diego Uptown News | July 22–August 4, 2011

sence of what comics are all about, which is boundless imagination. It’s pure fun, and even though it is technically very violent, it is also very innocent and uplifting.

SDUN: What’s your earliest memory of your interest in this type of work?

E: I always loved drawing as long as I remember, and I always loved telling stories with my art. As soon as I saw comics in the newspaper, and in comic books I bought at 7-Eleven, I began to imitate them.

SDUN: What types of fan feed- back do you find most rewarding?

E: I love our comments on the epi- sodes I post online. A lot of com- ments sections are full of people


being very mean, trying to be as cruel as they can... . The com- ments we get on “Axe Cop” comics are fun, light-hearted and people seem to be joining in the fun. “Axe Cop” is literally play time in comic book form, and people who get it and love it join in.

SDUN: What do you still consider to be growth areas in your work?

E: I can always be a better art- ist for sure. I also am still new at writing but have a passion to write and draw my own comics. I have a lot of learning to do when it comes to writing. Drawing comes naturally for me, but writ- ing is laborious and exhausting.

For more information about Com- ic-Con, visit

Fabrics & notions that speak to the heart

Vietnamese silks, Indian Ikats, Irish & Italian linens, Rayon batiks

A bit of Amy Butler & Kaffe Fassett

Day of the Dead & Frida Kahlo cottons Hand-dyed silk ribbons & cording Japanese Chirimen trims & Private label patterns Unusual & vintage buttons Vintage kimono & haori Handmade one-of-a-kind scarves

2802 Juan St., #15 Old Town San Diego, CA 92110 (619) 295-2802 – Open Tue. to Sat. 10:30 am to 5:00 pm

Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24