Comic book artist Ethan Nicolle (29) spent the Christmas holidays playing with his brother Malachai (5).
Malachai dreamt up Axe Cop (a cop with a fireman’s axe as a weapon) and his sidekick Flute Cop (a cop with a flute as a weapon of course).
“The story that followed became more and more brilliant, until I couldn’t contain myself and I had to draw the whole thing into a one page comic. From there the saga continued, and over the course of my week-long visit we cranked out the first four episodes of AXE COP. I posted the comics to my blog and on Facebook and they got great responses. I decided to give AXE COP a home on the internet here and attempt to continue the saga as often as I have time to draw them, and I can get Malachai to write them.”
Axe Cop is now 25 episodes in, has 10,000+ Facebook fans and a YouTube video channel (Episode One is brilliant). You can also buy Axe Cop t-shirts, prints, limited edition sketches or even donate to Malachai’s college fund.
OK, so perhaps not a full blown business – but it does show that when you create something insanely brilliant, finding ways to make money from it isn’t that difficult.