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Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast

  1. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 28 :: Raising Kane

    Ride with The Lightning Dogs: canines from another world; stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s a crazy idea fueled by our favorite 80s pop culture and we’ve been recording our development of it since the moment lightning struck. Join us on our quest to build this world and launch it as an animated series.

    In our last drawstream we took on the hero character who we’d drawn the most, so this time we’re working on the deceptive protagonist we’ve drawn the least: Kane Corso. Kane is a tough cookie, and a complicated dog of discerning tastes. He know that in a world of ordinary and conventional, only the most distinctive will ever leave a truly lasting impression. But, when you’re just an alien dog in a world of mutant freaks on the dead planet of your gods… it makes you think.

    Tune in as we trace Kane’s pulp hero roots and learn about some surprising synchronicity between his breed and his backstory all while honing his visual style. (more…)

  2. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 27 :: The Pain Train

    Ride with The Lightning Dogs: canines from another world; stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s a crazy idea fueled by our favorite 80s pop culture and we’ve been recording our development of it since the moment lightning struck. Join us on our quest to build this world and launch it as an animated series.

    All aboard the Pain Train! Vehicle designer Max Acree is back in the studio and dishing out devious plans for new rides in The Wasteland. The Lightning Dogs are coming to Earth with a pretty serious advantage when it comes to tech, so Halloween Jack and his cronies are going to have to get innovative if they want to stand a chance. We look at a variety of designs for the Skeleton Krew’s preferred mode of transport for rolling up and terrorizing the peoploid populace: The Ghoul Bus, as well as The Underdog a tool designed specifically for sabotaging The Brutus.

    However, it’s not just Jack that’s kicking up dust in these freaky lands… somewhere out there chugs The Pain Train. What it is and who runs this engine of doom… well, we’ve got a lot of working theories. (more…)

  3. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 26 :: The Leader of the Pack

    Ride with The Lightning Dogs: canines from another world; stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s a crazy idea fueled by our favorite 80s pop culture and we’ve been recording our development of it since the moment lightning struck. Join us on our quest to build this world and launch it as an animated series.

    The race is on to create final character designs for all our lead cast, so we decide to kick things off with Dingo – the leader of the pack. While Tony draws and Doug and Cap make suggestions, the gang hashes out Dingo’s loner styles both clean cut from Domus, and hardened by the Wasteland. We take considerable influence from Bruce Willy, debate dog communication devices, and even spend some time with our old “pal” Halloween Jack – dissecting his relationship with Glampire. (more…)

  4. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 25 :: Lightning Dogs: The Movie

    Ride with The Lightning Dogs: canines from another world; stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s a crazy idea fueled by our favorite 80s pop culture and we’ve been recording our development of it since the moment lightning struck. Join us on our quest to build this world and launch it as an animated series.

    Many great animated series kick off with a multi-part, feature-length storyline – Ninja Turtles, Voltron: Legendary Defender, Gargoyles… the list goes on. If Lightning Dogs is truly the heir to these awesome pillars of animated action, we must do the same.

    How many episodes would it be? When will the Lightning Dogs meet Glampire? How much of the Wasteland do they see before destroying their way back home? In this episode we solidify the timeline for our Dogs’ multi-part adventure and figure out other key plot points for our hypothetical “season 1”. (more…)

  5. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 24 :: Children of the Great War

    Ride with The Lightning Dogs: canines from another world; stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s a crazy idea fueled by our favorite 80s pop culture and we’ve been recording our development of it since the moment lightning struck. Join us on our quest to build this world and launch it as an animated series.

    We’re back to laying the foundation for our pitch bible – distilling our doggy dream into its purest and most bite-sized form. Something that would both spark an investor’s imagination and make them see dollar signs. In this episode we finish off character profiles for Angela, Kid, and Kane and in the process solve a timeline mystery that defines the struggles of our characters: how long was the Great War, and how old were the Lightning Dogs when it started? (more…)

  6. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 23 :: Dingo Gets His Name-O

    Ride with The Lightning Dogs: canines from another world; stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s a crazy idea fueled by our favorite 80s pop culture and we’ve been recording our development of it since the moment lightning struck. Join us on our quest to build this world and launch it as an animated series.

    Truly knowing our core canine cast is key to us creating a compelling cartoon. We understand the Lightning Dogs on the surface, but it’s time to go deeper. As we begin our pitch bible push, we’ve once again divvied up the dogs so Cap, Doug, and Tony can get up close and personal with crew before putting the new developments to a committee vote. In this episode we explore Dingo, Pierre, and Narisa with our fearless furry leader undergoing some of the biggest changes to his bio.

    But that’s far from all of it! We also reveal the preferred transport of Skeleton Krew goons and explore a previously untapped well of inspiration for the 80s/ 90s mayhem of Lightning Dogs. (more…)

  7. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 22 :: The Horrors of Queen Lich

    Ride with The Lightning Dogs: canines from another world; stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s a crazy idea fueled by our favorite 80s pop culture and we’ve been recording our development of it since the moment lightning struck. Join us on our quest to build this world and launch it as an animated series.

    She once was human – but sacrificed her humanity at the alter of science! Queen Lich is the boogeyman of The Wasteland – harvesting the genetic material of unsuspecting peoploids for her sinister experiments… but there’s still so much we don’t know about her. The team brainstorms new takes on this nemesis while Tony devises some accompanying visuals for her action-figure ready, hot-swappable visage. We pull references from some of our favorite eerie corners of pop culture and create for the queen a deeper backstory and truly unsettling cohort.

    But that’s not all! In this episode we go deeper behind the scenes than ever before and take you into the business meeting that changed our intentions for Lightning Dogs completely. (more…)

  8. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 21 :: The Lightning Rig

    Ride with The Lightning Dogs: canines from another world; stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s a crazy idea fueled by our favorite 80s pop culture and we’ve been recording our development of it since the moment lightning struck. Join us on our quest to build this world and launch it as an animated series.

    Having completed the principle design for our signature vehicle, The Lightning Rod, two of our heroes’ rides remained: the large battle tram the Brutus, and the light scout vehicle, the Rover. Doug, Tony, and Cap team up once again with concept artist Max Acree to pour over an incredible batch of extremely different designs and explore uncanny real world references. But it’s not only The Lightning Dogs that are getting garage time, we also break new ground on Halloween Jack’s souped-up hot rod that’s as twisted as he is and answer the all-important question: how many engines could you conceivably fit on a car? (more…)

  9. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast – Update May 2017

    Every now and then you hit some bumps along the road and have to change a tire or two.

    Join Cap for a short update about what’s been going on this past month and causing episode delays. But never fear, We’ve got something for you! Below you’ll find a full-length video version of Paw’dcast episode 22 featuring a drawstream of Queen Lich.

    We hope we’ll see you at HeroesCon, June 16-18 in Charlotte, NC – one of the best conventions in the US, where the biggest creators hand with up and comers and many folks get their start. If everything goes according to plan we’ll have new Lightning Dogs sketchbooks in tow!

    Thanks for all your support, we couldn’t be doing this without you amazing canine compatriots. (more…)

  10. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 20 :: The Team Assembles

    Ride with The Lightning Dogs: canines from another world; stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s a crazy idea fueled by our favorite 80s pop culture and we’ve been recording our development of it since the moment lightning struck. Join us on our quest to build this world and launch it as an animated series.

    Long, long ago we wrote dedicated bios for three of our hero dogs: Pierre, Angela, and Kid – only to realize that without knowing more about the world they came from there were severe limitations on how much we could truly know about their backgrounds. So we set aside the task of doing bios for the three remaining Lightning Dogs and carved out the history of their homeworld. We’d planned on getting right back to writing bios, but The Wasteland had other plans.

    Now, at long last, we sit down and give Dingo, Narisa, and Kane their much-deserved time in the spotlight. In this episode Doug, Tony, and Cap finish the key foundations of our core characters and give a much-needed injection of weird and whimsy back into the wasteland – including the creation of two new characters. (more…)

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