Door Monster Entertainment

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Door Monster Entertainment, formerly known as White Lightning HQ, is an american entertainment Youtube Channel located in Austin, Texas. Originally, the channel featured mostly 2D Animations created by Kyle Sullivan, with its sketches-focused schedule debuting on November 3rd, 2014. The channel is also behind the creation of the digital mini-series The Guards Themselves.

Early Years[edit]

In the first eight years of the channel's lifespan, White Lightning HQ featured stop-motion and 2D animations, live-action sketches and few gameplay videos. Said creations would be released somewhat non-periodically.

It was also at this point in time that The Guards Themselves had its production begun. Reid Sullivan, Kyle Sullivan's brother, had most of his appearances during this era.

First Year[edit]

WLHQ's Year One officially began on November 3rd, 2014, with the video "New Videos Every Week!". While Sullivan originally planned to begin its schedule in the beginning of 2015, the unexpected success of Door Monster - Crazy Awesome Halloween Decoration triggered a momentum that the creator didn't want to lose.

The channel featured sketches every Monday and Community Comments every Friday, as well as the stray Behind-The-Scenes videos here and there. Popular videos from this era include Minecraft is Intense, SimCity VS Skylines, Civ 5: Doing Something About Gandhi and Civ 5: A Barbarian Has Captured Your Worker.

The Guards Themselves[edit]

Main article: The Guards Themselves

From September 7th, 2015 to September 28th, 2015, White Lightning HQ released the four episodes of its mini-series The Guards Themselves. The Community Comments episodes intercalated within this timespan answered comments related to the show and provided further insight into TGT's production.

"DoodleConn" ARG[edit]

Main article: DoodleConn

After the release of Self-Fulfilling Idiocy 4 (1st Year Finale), the character DoodleConn was revealed. During the endcard sequence, Kyle explained that the villain was present in the background of most previous sketches, starting with The Freddy Fazbear Experiment. The creator invited the audience to participate in a contest to find DoodleConn instances, with the winner receiving a 3D-printed statue of said character. The winner ended up being Crissidia.

DoodleConn was also hinted at Car Movers's Community Comments, when prominent community member LforLight pointed the character out before its official debut.

Second Year[edit]

WLHQ's Year Two began on November 24th, 2015, with the video "Year 2 Update | WHITE LIGHTNING HQ". This season featured the inclusion of the Counter/Intelligence show (a spy-themed Podcast) and Door Monster Extras (Behind-The-Scenes videos). The former Community Comments episodes, though, were excluded, only coming back at the end of the Second Year.

Popular videos from this era include Civ 5: The Great War, Civ 5: I'm Not Invading You, Civ 5: World Congress and FTL: Use the Doors.

10k Week[edit]

On March 18th, 2016, WLHQ reached ten thousand subscribers. To celebrate this, the channel released Behind-The-Scenes videos regarding former sketches such as Papers, Please: Typographical Errors and Self-Fulfilling Idiocy 4 (1st Year Finale).

Door Monster Name Change[edit]

On October 15th, 2016, White Lightning HQ changed its name to Door Monster, as the latter had a better structure, was more recognizable, and it actually had a meaning behind it - the Door Monster Halloween Decoration. The channel gradually changed its main color from black to orange, using a transitional outro in Kingdom Hearts: Keyblade Haver.

Third Year[edit]

Door Monster's Year Three began on November 14th, 2016, with the video Stay Hydrated. The season brought its Community Comments episodes back, and it continued with Door Monster Extras (although more infrequently). Door Monster also began registering for an official trademark at the end of the year.

Popular videos from this era include Civ 6: New Workers, The Patient Gamer, Civ 6: Breaking News and D&D: Diplomancy.

50k Livestream[edit]

On December 23rd, 2015, Door Monster reached fifty thousand subscribers. Because of that, the channel hosted a Livestream featuring four crew members and four community members. In it, the participants played Civ V and TF2.

Altered Egos[edit]

Door Monster's second channel, Ding Dong Ditch, hosted Pathfinder RPG livestreams game-mastered by Ian. The players consisted of Ethan Gelinas, Kyle Sullivan, Joey Basham, Rachel Butcher, Allison Devery and Jefferey Neely.

100k Week[edit]

On June 2nd, 2017, Door Monster hit one hundred thousand subscribers. To celebrate this, the channel featured extra sketches and special Community Comments and Door Monster Extras episodes. The channel also received a video made by fans to commemorate the occasion, featuring prominent community members such as WindowHero, LforLight and BurntL.

Rhode Island Meet-Up[edit]

On September 20th and 21st, 2016, Sullivan and Devery organized two fan meet-ups in Rhode Island and New York City.

Fourth Year[edit]

Door Monster's Year Four began on November 27th, 2017, with the videos "Demonetization" and XCOM: Don't Panic. In this season, the channel featured sketches every other Monday, being intercalated with Door Monster Extras episodes. It also officially revealed Skyvault and the sequel to The Guards Themselves. Allison and Kyle also got engaged in July of this year.

Popular videos from this era include D&D: Short Rest and Fallout 4: Settlement Seekers.

England Road Trip[edit]

On January 22nd, 2018, Sullivan and Allison made a trip to England, visiting Squire and the Yogcast Crew, as well as organizing several meet-ups. Prominent community member BurntL was present in one of them.

Skyvault Fundraising[edit]

Door Monster officially announced its new project with the video "What is Skyvault?". From March 3rd, 2018 to March 31st, 2018, Door Monster Crew Members hosted fundraising livestreams and events. The project hit its goal on the last day, with around 151k dollars raised.

April Hiatus[edit]

One week after the release of D&D: Shopping Kyle uploaded a video titled "What's Next?" where he announced that the channel would be taking a month long hiatus to allow him to recover from the prior month's long fundraiser. The hiatus officially ended on May 14th, with the release of the WLHQ: Hero Complex video.

Skyvault Casting[edit]

Casting began on May 29, 2018 and lasted until June 5, 2018. As of June 18, 2018 all characters in Skyvault have been cast. The members of Door Monster had also begun fight choreography lessons along with casting to prepare for Skyvault.

Trademarking Door Monster[edit]

Door Monster began filing for a registered trademark near the end of their third year and has been working on getting it through this whole year. Complications arose when Monster Energy contested their trademark due to having "monster" in their name and as a result of the increasing costs they have decided that the best course of action is to drop the trademark request for now and pick it back up later when they have the money for it.

Skyvault Pilot and TGT 2[edit]

Door Monster officially changed their plans with Skyvault from creating the full show with the kickstarter budget to focusing on a pilot episode to help sell the show to Netflix and increasing their budget in the long run. Skyvault is still estimated to be released in late 2019. In the meantime, since Door Monster has all this free time they have decided to begin working on the sequel to The Guards Themselves which is scheduled to be released in early 2019.