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  1. 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…)

  2. 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…)

  3. 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…)

  4. 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…)

  5. 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…)

  6. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 19 :: The Lightning Rod

    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 this episode we make some important decisions about our heroes’ main rides. You’ve heard us pin down the Lightning Dogs three distinct vehicles: The large, armored utility vehicle; the Brutus, the small scout; the Fido, and our all-terrain signature vehicle, the Rover – aka the Lightning Rod. The Lightning Rod is almost done, but one key detail remains: what is it like on the inside?

    That might sound like a simple enough question, but it becomes a real point of contention as we discuss how characters would interact in our hypothetical animated show, the best way to load in action figures, and other design choices that could drastically affect our final vehicle. Then we take the conversation to the Brutus and Fido – laying groundwork for what they do and don’t do that influences our whole design process going forward. (more…)

  7. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 18 :: Playing Catch-Up

    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.

    Doing a large scale project in your free time is hard, and in this episode we feel the burn. Join Doug and Cap for some perspective on where exactly we thought Lightning Dogs was heading at this point in the timeline.

    It had been a year since we’d taken the series behind closed doors and we were getting anxious. Hear us share our foolhardy plans to relaunch Lightning Dogs as an audio drama and other discussions not so much about building The Lightning Dogs’ world, but Lightning Dogs as a project. We explore new influences, discuss inter-dog relationship dynamics, and lay some significant groundwork for one of our most criminally underdeveloped main characters. (more…)

  8. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 17 :: Thing Names

    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.

    When last we talked vehicles, we were simply paving the way for the designs to come. We discussed the influences we wanted to pull from and kicked around a few early mock-ups for what kinds of cobbled together junk cars the peoploids would be cruising around in.

    Now, Cap, Doug, Tony, and Max are ready to zero in on the cars at the heart of our series: the Lightning Dogs’ sweet rides. And, of course, no vehicle episode would be complete without some fascinating detours into the stranger realms of car culture. We explore crystal-powered engine designs and what that technology might mean for the look and sound of the cars, ask hard-hitting questions like “does Glampire need a signature vehicle?”, and build vehicle and accessory concepts backwards from a repository of “thing names” – random punny titles that would have been right at home in 80s and 90s action figure aisles. (more…)

  9. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 16 :: Salty Tales of Captain Scrap

    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.

    There are perhaps no tales wilder and weirder than the stories spun by sailors… And when your seaside towns are populated by barnacled peoploids, well… “weird” doesn’t quite cut it. We often talk about the dangers of the oceans in the world of The Lightning Dogs, but we have yet to devote much time to the one psycho sailor with a hard enough shell to brave those savage waters: Captain Scrap.

    In this episode, we give our surly sea turtle pirate his due. We discuss how he fits into the post-apocalyptic ecosystem, his look, and the kind of mutant salts he might hang out with. But that’s easier said than done! This troublesome terrapin has caused a quarrel – Doug, Tony, and Cap are each of a very different mind about the captain’s character. Could this be the beginning of our first ‘Dog fight? Plus: further questions (and answers) about Earth’s remaining A.I.
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  10. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 15 :: Vehicular Paradigms

    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.

    Since the onset of Lightning Dogs, we knew that cool as hell, action figure-ready vehicles were essential for this concept to come to life. Our influences draw heavily from Road Warrior rides and the gimmick-packed cartoon tie-ins of the 80s and 90s. Vehicles couldn’t be an afterthought for Lightning Dogs – they needed to be a core component of the series; as iconic as the characters themselves

    Enter the resident Lightning Dogs gearhead: Max Acree – a car nerd of the highest order and designer of all our vehicles going forward. In this episode we look over the first round of concept sketches and establish the cartoons, toylines, and fascinating real world car cultures that are going to fuel our character’s transportation. (more…)

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