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Axe Cop Doc is a film about two brothers and their viral web comic. You think you know their story, but that was only the beginning.

The Axe Cop Doc is a documentary film in progress.  

ABOUT THE FILM
Comic book fans know the origin story of their favorite superheroes. The story of the artists behind those comic book heroes? Not so much. Yet a strange thing happened at the end of 2009 when Ethan Nicolle with his younger brother Malachai launched their comic Axe Cop on the web. Yes, the series about an axe-wielding cop and his flute-armed partner (who turns into a dinosaur, later a partial avocado, then a ghost) generated instant buzz. But audiences were more intrigued by the creators: the stories came from then 5-year-old Malachai and were drawn by his artist brother Ethan, then 29 years old.

Fast forward to 2012, the Ethan and Malachai duo are as well-known as the evil-fighting team they created. You may think you know the story of Ethan and Malachai, but that was only the beginning.

This is where our documentary comes in. Filming with the full collaboration of the Nicolle family, the Axe Cop Doc team has been following Ethan and Malachai since 2010. We journey from the early days of the brother’s accidental creation of Axe Cop to their latest coup: an animation deal with Fox TV.

At its heart, this is a story about family and the perks and perils of unexpected fame.

And, it is an exploration into the creative process, into the makings of an artistic life.

WHY ARE WE KICKSTARTING?
To date, this project has been running on the love, sweat, and dedication of our small team and the director’s own credit cards. But now the doc film has an opportunity that puts us on a time-crunch:

Fox TV plans to premiere the Axe Cop animated show in July 2013. As indie filmmakers, we can’t think of a better opportunity than to tie our film’s release with Fox’s big roll-out.

WHICH MEANS WE NEED TO START EDITING SOON.

Our production goal is to start editing in December, work through the holidays, post by May 2013.

Our Kickstarter goal is $55,000. This is a bare bones budget that nonetheless will pay for six months of UNINTERRUPTED work as we race to finish the film.

If we surpass our goal, the extra funds will help us get additional elements that will make this film that more special. For example, more money means we can afford more elaborate animation AND longer animation sequences.

Kickstarter funds will help cover the costs of:

  • Editing
  • Animation
  • Original score
  • Sound mix
  • Video mastering

OUR PLEDGE REWARDS ARE UNIQUE TO KICKSTARTER
We had a lot of fun working with Ethan to come up with the pledge rewards you see to your right.

Some KS campaigns quickly ramp-up to big-ticket items. We went in the opposite direction. Maybe because our film crew has been operating on a super-low budget for the past years, it was important for us to create rewards that 1) will fit a wide range of budgets and 2) include items not found anywhere else.

...AND THAT'S WHY OUR REWARDS LIST LOOKS LIKE AN I-HOP MENU. 

Still, we hope you'll have fun with it.

CLIPS FROM AXE COP DOCUMENTARY

Axe Cop Cosplay from Comic Con 2012.  Can you guess which True Blood actor this is? 

AXE COP "KICK-ART" REVEALED

THE POSTER IS AVAILABLE IN EITHER COLOR OR B&W!!!!

Collectible Axe Cop Artwork & Exclusive to Kickstarter Backers
Collectible Axe Cop Artwork & Exclusive to Kickstarter Backers

A SHORT VIDEO ON HOW THE "KICK ART" WAS CREATED:

Other Kick-Axe Rewards

Nick Offerman/AKA Ron Swanson has made this beautiful one-of-a kind mahogany wooden axe from his very own workshop. Trust us.  This is something you'll want to pass on as an heirloom to future generations and beyond. 

Nick Offerman has also donated 5 beautiful mustache combs for our KS Campaign. Rare and highly collectible, they’ll have Axe Cop burned onto them.

Here are some other recommendations:  The $15 "Axe Cop on Your Phone" Package. You get a ringtone and an outgoing voice mail message recorded by Dave DeAndrea, the original voice of Axe Cop in the motion comics as seen on You Tube. Now, if we could only get 4,000 backers in on this, we'd have a movie!

Below is a sample preview of one of the recordings you will get in the $15 Axe Cop Ringtone Package. The full ring tone message will read: "Hey, this is Axe Cop. Somebody's trying to call you right now. Answer the phone, or I will chop your head off!"

And check out our exclusive Axe Cop Doc Kickstarter patch. A great gift for you or your nearest, dearest Axe Cop fan:                                               

REMEMBER: Once you make your selection, you must click the green button, “Back This Project.” KS will then take you to an Amazon page for payment. You must go through the Amazon checkout for your pledge to be processed.

Axe Cop Doc Team on Location
Axe Cop Doc Team on Location

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COMPLETING THE FILM
We have a post-production schedule ready to go. We have assembled a team of post-production pros to help us complete the film. Two of the key players, the editor and the composer, are on hold and ready to start ASAP if we succeed in reaching our KS goal. Even as we run this KS campaign, we have a volunteer assistant editor at work, prepping the film for the editor.

The only risk that would prevent us from finishing the edit or the post-production of the documentary film by August, 2013 would have to be an unforeseen event, some type of force majeure. That said, this project is being made by a team of broadcast and film professionals who know all about working under tight deadlines.

REWARD DELIVERY
Fulfillment of the smaller KS pledge gifts (patches, badges and t-shirts) will begin in the weeks immediately after our KS closes while bigger gifts will take longer. We estimate the following dates:

Pledges of $10 to $35 – fulfillment by January 2013*

Pledges of $40 - $500 – fulfillment by February 2013*

*Packages that include a digital download: the film should be completed and ready to download by next August 2013.

We are using USPS for domestic and international shipping. International shipping for rewards under $39 is included in your pledge. For international shipping on rewards of $40 and above, please add an additional $15.

FAQ

  • This question prompted us to re-evaluate our $2,500 award. After consulting with Ethan, we came up with two different awards that will allow backers to appear on a future Axe Cop strip.

    The previous $2,500 "Be A Random Bad Guy" award has been lowered to $500 pledge. For this reward, Ethan will draw a comic character with your likeness and this character will be killed by Axe Cop in a future strip. This is the equivalent of a walk-on role for a movie, it is a one-time appearance and not a recurring role. We are now offering 4 of these walk-on "parts."

    We are most excited about the new and improved $2,500 "Be A Random Bad Guy" award, we are even calling it a Deluxe package. The backer of this award gets to create his or her own villain with Ethan and Malachai and he/she will get their own “Ask Axe Cop” episode. First, the backer will select his/her own powers and attributes he/she might have as a villain. Then, Ethan and Malachai will create a villain based on this info, along with an origin story and the story of how Axe Cop defeats them. You may even end up becoming part of the Axe Cop canon. Says Ethan, “Who knows, we may work the character into future stories if we like him.” This prize is so awesome there can only be one.

    Ready to become an Axe Cop Villain?

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  • You are absolutely right that rewards do not stack up on Kickstarter.

    However, we have a new BONUS for backers of the Special Edition DVD -- i.e. those who pledged for the $50 HARD GOODS PACKAGE (or $60 for Blu-Ray). For $25, these backers can "add-on" a t-shirt, a hat, or a color mini-poster. You can select 1 or all 3 of these add-ons at $25 each.

    Here’s how to ADD-ON a bonus item:
    Step 1: Start by pressing the "Back This Project" green button and selecting the $50 HARD GOODS package. Add $10 for a Blu-Ray edition.

    Step 2: You’ll need to do a bit of math here. For every bonus item you want, add $25 over the original $50/$60 price of the DVD. Example: Blu-ray DVD + t-shirt + poster = $85

    Step 3: Complete the pledge steps.

    Step 4: After our KS closes, we will send you a survey where you will tell us which ADD-ONS you want.

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    YOU'VE GOT MAIL & A SONG. You will receive -- via USPS mail -- a note from us on one of our movie promotional postcard. (PS. This postcard is NOT to be confused with the KS “Kick-Art” postcards designed by Ethan Nicolle.) PLUS, you will receive a download of our theme song “He’s a Cop With An Axe” donated & performed by Todd A (www.todd-a.com/).

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    A WEB THANK YOU. We have a special place for you on our Axe Cop Doc site. Your name/handle will become part of our KS Backer Page. Thank you for joining us.

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    AXE COP ON YOUR PHONE. One Axe Cop-theme ringtone and one Axe Cop-theme outgoing phone message recorded by Dave DeAndrea, the original Axe Cop. An mp3 file will be sent to your email address. Plus, a web thank you on our Axe Cop Doc site as described above.

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    LIMITED EDITION B&W MINI POSTER (11 x17)/ This is a black & white version of “Axe Cop’s Guide to Awesome Kicking,” as seen on our KS project page. Like the $75 reward, your mini-poster will be made of quality art stock and you won't be able to get this anywhere else. So snap one up during our KS campaign. You'll kick yourself if you miss out.

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    BASIC DVID. A hard copy of the film with none of the goods of the HD-DVD. Plus, a Thank You credit on the film's website.

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    EXCLUSIVE POSTCARD 4-SET This nifty four-pack is exclusive to our Axe Cop Doc Kickstarter campaign. Each postcard features a different drawing of an Axe Cop “Kick” drawn by Ethan Nicolle and inspired by Malachai, of course. Use the set as reference to practice your own kicks or mail them to your friends. Get them while they last.

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    AN AXE COP "BADGE" FABRIC SEW-ON PATCH. (The makers claim it can be ironed-on but we're not taking any chances on losing this baby--we're sewing it on.) Plus, all the rewards in the $15 "Axe Cop on Your Phone" Package.

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    THE FILM ONLY PACKAGE: A digital download of the feature-length film. Once the documentary film is completed next summer, we will send you a code for the digital download.

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    BADGE REDUX PACKAGE. You get a shiny lapel pin made to represent Axe Cop's badge. Imagine how swell you'll look as sunlight glints off your new "axe-quisition". Plus you get the fabric Badge Sew-On Patch. Plus, all the rewards in the $15 "Axe Cop on Your Phone" Package.

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    THE DIGITAL GOODIES PACKAGE: A download of the feature-length film AND the set of Axe Cop ringtone & outgoing message. Plus, the remaining rewards in the Badge Redux Package.

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    THE T-SHIRT PACKAGE. You get an Axe Cop T-shirt designed exclusively for Kickstarter backers by Ethan Nicolle. Plus, all the rewards in the $25 Badge Redux Package.

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    THE HAT PACKAGE. A baseball cap with an Axe Cop design, exclusive to Kickstarter backers. Plus, all the rewards in the $25 Badge Redux Package.

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    THE HAT PACKAGE - SUPERSIZED. A baseball cap with an Axe Cop design, exclusive to Kickstarter backers. Plus, all the rewards in the $35 Digital Goodies Package.

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    THE T-SHIRT PACKAGE - SUPERSIZED. Axe Cop T-Shirt designed exclusively for Kickstarter backers by Ethan Nicolle. Plus, all the rewards in the $35 Digital Goodies Package.

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    THE HARD GOODS ***CORRECTION*** An honest-to-goodness hard copy of the film. This Special Edition DVD is loaded with bonus material. Please add $10 if you'd rather have an HD Blu-Ray version. Plus, all the rewards in the $25 Badge Redux Package.

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    LIMITED EDITION "MALACHAI" SIGNED MINI-POSTER IN COLOR (11x17) *** UPGRADED *** This is the same poster as the $75 Poster Package, but with a twist. The first twenty of these 11 x 17 posters will be signed by BOTH Malachai and Ethan. As fans of Axe Cop know, Malachai's signatures are extremely rare. He is also known to be very creative with his signatures and few are ever alike. This great reward also includes the $35 Digital Goodies package.

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    LIMITED EDITION SIGNED MINI-POSTER (11x17). Don't want to wear your art? Pin it up on a wall...the same design seen on the T-shirt will be adapted for this poster. Axe Cop art work created by Ethan Nicolle exclusively for KS backers. Signed by Ethan Nicolle. Plus, all the rewards in the $35 Digital Goodies Package.

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    BE A COMIX CHIX CO-HOST on GeekNation.com. For one afternoon, one lucky backer will join Kate Kotler as a co-host on her totally amazing podcast COMIX CHIX. This is your chance to grab the mic and ask anything you want from one of her guests. Kate will give you your choice of an upcoming show. PLUS we'll throw in our AXE COP ON YOUR PHONE package.

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    THE SCHWAG BAG. The Axe Cop Kickstarter T-shirt + Hat + all the rewards in the $35 Digital Goodies Package = 1 very happy Axe Cop fan.

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    “AXE COP” MUSTACHE COMB. Even Axe Cop himself will probably bid for one of these KS-exclusive combs. Handcrafted in Nick Offerman’s very own woodshop, these beautiful combs will have “Axe Cop” burned into them, turning them into instant collectibles. This is such a unique gift—you don’t even have to have a mustache to appreciate it.

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    THE BOOK LOVERS PACKAGE. Set of Axe Cop Books Volumes 1-3 signed by Ethan Nicolle. Plus, all the rewards in the $50 T-Shirt Package - Supersized.

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    BE A RANDOM BAD GUY ON AXE COP ***'REVISED*** Ethan Nicolle will draw a comic character with your likeness and this character will be killed by Axe Cop in a future comic strip. This is a one-time appearance.

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    AXE COP COLLECTIBLE AXE. Ethan told us to do it. We are offering An Axe, in its own case and signed by Ethan Nicolle. Plus, all the rewards in the $100 Schwag Bag Package.

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    “VOICE” AN AXE COP CHARACTER. Six Point Harness animation studios is giving one lucky backer, the rare, and outstanding opportunity to “voice” a character for an upcoming episode of their “Axe Cop” series. You and your friends will be able to watch it on the You Tube Channel, RUG BURN.

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    BE OUR GUEST PACKAGE. Attend a red carpet film screening and lunch with the production team and Ethan Nicolle. Plus, all the rewards in the $100 Schwag Bag Package. You and one guest will join us for the premiere or a selected Film Festival screening. Location options to be named by producers depending on what festivals we get into. Possible locations include: Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin, New York City or Toronto. Air fare and lodging not included in this package.

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    NICK OFFERMAN HAND-MADE AXE. Nick Offerman, an Axe Cop fan who we interviewed for the documentary and master carpenter, has agreed to make a mahogany axe especially for this campaign. This hand-made axe will have his, Malachai's and Ethan's signature burned into it.

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    BE A RANDOM BAD GUY IN AXE COP DELUXE*** UPGRADED & REVISED *** This lucky KS backer – and there will be only one – will get his/her own “Ask Axe Cop” Episode. The backer will select his/her own powers and attributes he/she might have as a villain. Then Ethan and Malachai will create a villain based on them, along with an origin story and the story of how Axe Cop defeated them. Says Ethan, “Who knows, we may work the character into future stories if we like him.” At minimum, you get your own episode of “Ask Axe Cop” or, you could become part of the Axe Cop canon. In addition, you get all the rewards in the Schawg Bag Package. Limited to 1

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