Lost Dogs MC - Cover - Issue #1 (Don't Just Exist)
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Ten years have passed since the world was damned and the dead began to walk the streets to feed on the souls of the innocent. The castaways of humanity have continued to struggle for survival outside the walls of the Nedewen Keep. Little Man and Buttercup herd zombies for the Nedewen machine, as they work their plan to rescue Boo. During their latest run, they may have stumbled upon just the right opportunity to gain access when a Nazi cult attacks the Keep, leaving it open and defenseless.
Lost Dogs MC - Cover - Ashcan #1
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This eight-page story takes place one month before the events of Issue 1#, Don't Just Exist. A vile member of the Throng MC, known to the world as Little Pig, is making his way to Nedewen Keep and the treasures within. While en-route to this holy objective, Little Pig's path crosses with the Volk, a new Nazi Army that is in service of the Black Tongue.
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The original 29 page Lost Dogs MC webcomic that was created in 2012 by Joshua Janes. The series was released one page per month. Inked in Illustrator and painted in Photoshop is where it all started. Later it was reworked into a new simplified animated style and re-released as the first issue of the LDMC comic book.
The original installment of the Lost Dogs MC was a page by page webcomic. The project then, much like it is today, was all about having fun and creating the kind of story I wanted to see. A series based on characters that weren't your typical heroes of the horror/science fiction genre. No military special ops or competent police officer, the characters were your average individuals, ordinary guys. You know--the ones you’d really get stuck with when the world went to shit. The type of individuals that survived the apocalypse only by the grace of God.
When I started the LDMC, I pretty much just jumped right in. I was releasing a page or two a month in my spare time and didn't have much of a goal other than the creation of the next installment, which was quite fitting for a story about people living day to day for survival. At that point, I had the overall idea of where I was headed with the story, but many of the details were being created as I went along. This was working just fine and I was having a great time with it, but as the story grew, I decided I wanted to do more with the series. Taking a step back, I spent some time to examine what I sought from the LDMC and what I needed to revise to achieve it.
My biggest issue, of course, was free time and lack there of. If I ever wanted to tell the entire story, then the current look of the book had to be simplified. The webcomic was painted in Photoshop and took way too much time to complete. I love working in Photoshop, but this didn’t prove to be realistic with my time constraints. On top of that, those who were following the webcomic likely noticed a drastic transformation of the original webcomic's art. This is to be expected, and as an artist, you want your art to continue to evolve. However, with such a long timeline the difference in the characters and rendering from the start of the story to the last page of Issue #1 was too extreme for so few pages. The last factor, which bothered me the most, was the webcomic had lost the feel I was try to achieve. As the story progressed, the illustrations started to become more and more realistic-looking compared to my concept designs which were extremely cartoonish. Although the LDMC resides in a very dark genre, the concepts managed to have a fun feel to them still. Unfortunately, that feeling died somewhere between concept and completion. The characters lost their personality and the entire project no longer stood out as I wanted. To give you a sense of this and where it started, here's a shot of the Image of the President of the Throng MC, Santa. A Large man in leather with a white beard and tattoos.
The original concept for Santa, the Prez of the Throng MC.
So, I went back to the drawing board to rework LDMC with this new simplified look that landed somewhere between the two styles. This hybrid version of the art made it possible to produce pages quite a bit faster and recapture the life that was missing from the webcomic.
To the right you can see my original concept art for Santa and below is that same character worked up in the new art style.
I hope you enjoy it.
Don't get me wrong, I had a lot of fun on the web-comic and was very happy with the original pages, but the comic book is definitely the direction I needed to go. So hop on your sleds and lets roll. A story spanning the generations of a motorcycle club, formed in the ashes of the apocalypse is about to begin.
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