Cormorant Entertainment is the working name that Dozerfleet Productions operated under from August of 1997 until May of 2006. It was a more productive era than the Flamingo one in the number of materials made for concepts, even if those concepts were later abandoned.
This era lasted from the final days of the Dozerfleet founder in junior high to the parting of ways with Lansing Community College to transfer to Ferris State University. For projects that happened after the transfer related to classwork, see the Ferris State University Project Archive. For projects more directly related to LCC classwork, see the Lansing Community College Project Archive. For non-academic works that happened immediately after the brand changed to Dozerfleet, see Dozerfleet Productions projects in the 2000s. For 2010, the final academic year, and anything before the Abrujanian Megaverse restructure, see Dozerfleet Productions projects of the early 2010s.
After the DF decided that the name "Flamingo Entertainment" sounded too cliché, the decision was made to choose a new bird as the "company" mascot. The bird that caught the most attention was the brown cormorant, which had an article in Microsoft Encarta '95 CD-ROM's directory.
That year in 1997, the Rainbow Creative Writing curriculum being used at Holy Trinity Lutheran School in Wyoming, MI had changed its name for second-year participants. First year still operated under "Rainbow," but the theme for second-year participants was "Pot-O'-Gold." The resulting "Pot-O'-Gold" class required participants to operate under pen names that had something to do with a mineral. The DF's pen name was "Cormorant Bronze."
Before 2002, Cormorant still had about as much coherence with regards to project management as Flamingo Entertainment had before it. Comprehensive construction and world-building didn't come till much later.
Main article: Mechanical Conflict
Abandoned in favor of Stationery Voyagers, this project's vision eventually came to fruition through works such as the Gundam series and Warner Bros' Pacific Rim franchise.
A short-lived Power Rangers spoof, this one did away with the old Penguin models and took a satirical approach to things like never before.
Main article: Yo-Splaz!
Yo-Splaz! was a newsletter written by the Dozerfleet founder from June of 1999 until around August of 2000, intended for a friend/romantic interest of the time named Carly. It is the predecessor to Dolphinformia, and an early attempt to branch out into journalism.
Livin' It Like al-Queada
Main article: Livin' It Like al-Queada
Originally titled "Like a Loco," this song was written as a proto-War-on-Terror commentary and as a response to the radio over-playing Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca." The lyrics were modified after 9/11, and the song became a track on the Every Ape and His Brother album Elefante Elegante Interesante Importante.
Main article: Stationery Voyagers
This series about diplomatic displaced humans on other worlds turned into creatures resembling giant writing utensils trying to thwart Armageddon wasn't finally canceled until December 20th of 2017; making it the most diehard Cormorant-era project of them all. It was even set to have two follow-ups: Stationery Voyagers: Caloric Attitudes and Stationery Voyagers: Final Hope (originally titled Enforcement Squad.)
Main article: Camp Jellybean
This horror short story spawned two sequels, and has been considered for a remake / reboot.
Main article: Boozer
Jack Emu was a short story written in 2001, around the same time as Camp Jellybean 3. Unlike the other stories, individuals' real names were not used in this story. Similar names were used. In this tale, "Majorie Pinata" (Ann Marie) had to rescue her class from the titular Jack Emu; a Joe Camel knock-off. No known trace of the intact story exists in the present day.
Pollo Dehielo was a short-lived comic strip in 2001 about a blue chicken-suited superhero that could spray ice chunks at opponents.
Main article: Hyper-Über-Proto Gerosha
Modern Dozerfleet began taking shape in 2001 with the creation of this universe. It didn't officially have the name yet; but it was the earliest predecessor to what would become The Gerosha Chronicles. The Gray Champion: Modern Legend evolved in premise into what would become the Gray Champion Trilogy within the Legends volume of The Gerosha Chronicles. The first story would evolve into the premise for The Gray Champion: Freedom's Apparition. It's sequel propose at the time was End of Decadence; but this was replaced with The Gray Champion: Chillingworth's Revenge in the planning stages ten years later.
Inspired by Thor: Ragnarok, a third chapter was added in 2017, dubbed The Gray Champion: Shaken Dust. This not only saw John Domeck displaced from Massachusetts and forced to permanently relocate; but also provided setup for Sodality and Ciem: Ash Cloud, while serving as a follow-up to Ciem: Inferno and Anarteq: Guardian of the Soo.
While Hyper-Über-Proto Gerosha itself didn't last, John Domeck endured as one of the longest-lasting canon Dozerfleet characters. His eventual replacement in the role of Gray Champion / Gray Rancher, Roy Bernald, would not be introduced to the mythos until ten years later.
Main article: The Matchmaintainer
The show premise aimed at capturing some of the same market as a lot of other romance and dating shows of the early oughties; but with the goal of having a more mature attitude about it. Also, the emphasis would be on having a "Jiminy Cricket"-type figure, a "Matchmaintainer," follow a struggling couple around for two weeks and intervene with their relationship in an effort to fix problems with it that both parties overlook. Different relationship counselors would follow different couples around, at the couple's consent, and would track the progress in relationship health until the "meddling period" came to an end. The couples would then be given advice on what to do with their relationships based on overall assessments and evaluations, before being sent on their way to decide for themselves what to do.
The Dozerfleet founder got the idea after helping two of his classmates successfully mend a lot of their relationship issues. The couple wound up staying together for several months after that, before the guy got fed up with the girl's medical health issues. The girl, however, took the advice given to heart; and it helped her become successfully and happily married to someone else years down the road.
The Adventurous Adventures of Redundant Man
Main article: The Adventurous Adventures of Redundant Man
Submitted for a play contest, this script was later considered "grade-A TV sketch material" by the judges. However, not much was done with it since.
Replox: Abstract Foundations
Main article: Replox: Abstract Foundations
The first (self)-published novel. While it had to be released for free due to trademark issues with Seven Towns LTD, this story set an early precedent for development of Dozerfleet heroes moving forward. First initiated as a project in 2001, this story was completed in the spring of 2002.
Main article: Dolphinformia
Emily Kincare was given the same treatment as Carly before her, until she and the Dozerfleet founder parted ways in the late summer of 2002: a bi-weekly newsletter used as a way to send love letters back and forth while dressing it up as something else. This was in the days before instant messaging and online dating truly took off.
The Rock Cycle
- "The Rock Cycle" was written for a class assignment, but was praised by a national society.
Post-2002 is when works started belonging to shared universes, and a multiverse began to take form. The beginnings of what would become known as Dozerfleet Labs also started taking shape around this time.
Main article: LWW Ritzed
This Narnia parody would have been a slapstick animation, and part of the budding Dromedeverse. However, it was scrapped after Epic Movie told similar jokes - and ruined them.
Main article: Über-Proto Gerosha
The story 90 Has No Secant started what was going to be a series of J-horror-inspired action tales, followed by Cursed is the Ground and The Natural Logarithm. However, Meshaluta and her whole angle on mythos in The Gerosha Chronicles were finally scrapped for good in 2012, when Comprehensive Gerosha was replaced with Cataclysmic Gerosha. Only Sam Wrikon survived the purge.
The Mutt Mackley Show was declared officially a greater project in pursuit, although no actual episodes were ever produced or even mapped out. Although pursuit was long-term shelved in 2015, a remake hasn't been ruled out. However, more puppets would be required to make the show a reality. Mutt Mackley himself appeared once before in a video in 1999. He would appear again, alongside Gambino Penguin in a Farmington Hills Facebook Page ad of December of 2010.
For the second-to-final project for spring 2003 FILM 118 class with Jeff Hamlin at Lansing Community College, the Dozerfleet founder featured every main cast member except for Mackley in a spin-off short film dubbed Kings in the Corner. This noir-esque (but blue-saturated) crime dramedy short received some positive feedback in class; though some argued making it black-and-white and upping the contrast would've helped make its theme more clear.
Cast extras were then used for creating a Lord of the Rings parody dubbed Gored By Them Things. Although early panels were shot for this in 2002 per an assignment for IMAG 111 class, 2003 marked the beginning of serious pursuit of completing Gored as a photo set - and writing a story around it. However, the humor value of Gored proved short-lived, as many of the jokes were topical to the first term of George W. Bush and make little sense outside that context.
Main article: Proto Gerosha
Proto Gerosha is also known as the Sims Deluxe Gerosha Universe, since it took place entirely inside a copy of The Sims: Deluxe Edition.
It is dubbed "Proto" Gerosha because it is the second-to-last Gerosha universe that never actually used the term "Gerosha" to describe the town in which Stan and Shalia Flippo resided. Test Gerosha was the last universe to not use the term itself. This is the first universe to actually refer to Stan, Shalia, Reily, and Marissa in any capacity. This universe lasted from December of 2004 to May of 2005, when it gave way to Test Gerosha.
Other than some mild revisions to both the Gray Champion's mythos in Hyper-Über-Proto Gerosha and to the mythos in 90 Has No Secant from Über-Proto Gerosha, most everything else taken in from those universes remained canon to this one. However, this one didn't focus as much on the other two. It instead focused on the life and times of a minor league baseball player named Stan Flippo. Stan had two basic aspirations in life: to find a wife, and to build a really fancy house/museum that would be dubbed "the Triangulum."
Stan proved very successful at his career, and even more so at getting his dream house built. The only other problem that remained was finding a wife. Meanwhile, a cranky single mom named Marissa Hood lived in the city park with the Hood children. Jabal, her oldest son, was an all-and-out felon.
The Hoods wondered how they were going to ever find a real home - or how long they could get away with squatting in the park before they all went to jail. Most of them were fully content, however, with being criminals. Only one dared aspire to make something better of herself - Marissa's daughter Shalia Hood. Shalia eventually got her chance, after a series of mishaps killed off most of her brothers. She befriended Stan, and the two of them quickly fell in love. Stan was unable to do much for Marissa, but he agreed to take good care of Shalia. The two of them were married within a year. They eventually had a son named Reily, who aspired to be a chef when he got older.
Main article: Gerosha Prime
Originally a spin-off to the Gray Champion and Meshalutian world, this universe began with a primitive take on The Battle for Gerosha, designed as a way to get better at creating machinomics before moving on to making machinima - a move inspired after seeing Rooster Teeth's The Strangerhood. Beginning as a love story and a rags-to-riches challenge, The Battle for Gerosha morphed into an elaborate alternate history drama tale of sci-fi and war in southern Indiana.
As an extra challenge, due to dissatisfaction with how the images turned out for BfG, a sequel was generated dubbed "Ciem." One of Stan and Shalia's many children, Candi, was retconned so that Stan was experimented on by aliens that came to be known as the Phaelites in later incarnations. This both resulted in Candi gaining centipede-themed abilities, but also is the reason for Ploribus Philippine (later dubbed "Darius" in subsequent incarnations) being both a biological son of Stan and being almost the same age. (In actuality, the game had it that way because Ploribus was rapidly aged up with cheats to get him to move out sooner. Stan in the actual game was made alien pregnant via cheats, but the character of Ploribus wasn't discarded in spite initial lack of interest in his role.)
Candi soon became more of a focus of Gerosha mythos than her parents, who both died of cancer in this version but were retconned in later continuities to have been assassinated by being run off the road into a ditch by the Hebbleskin Gang Meethlite gangster Gunner Soorfelt.
Even though her Ciem persona was inspired by the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy, care was taken to flesh out Candi to make her as divergent from Peter Parker as possible in spite having a similar hero motif. Namely:
This Candi was different from later incarnations, in that she had 64 long and retractable tentacle "centilegs" that could grab things as well as sting enemies. This gave her some mobility, but not enough to not rely on Zeran teleporters. Her otherwise lack of transportation efficiency was readily seen as a problem, though little was done to correct the issue.
Various other issues with the first incarnation would lead to the Candi Flippo / Levens origin story being attempted three more times; before a total reboot took her story in a completely different direction. Even so, two sequels were proposed for this story: Ciem 2 and Ciem 3: Curse of the Millipede. Ciem 2 was attempted a second time in Classic Gerosha before being reformatted as Ciem: Nuclear Crisis in Comprehensive Gerosha, and ultimately scrapped. Curse of the Millipede was replaced with an entirely different Ciem 3 that became Ciem: Condemnation, before that too was scrapped.
Spin-offs to this early Gerosha continuity led to Corando's "Don't Lose Hope" Music Video and to Lo-Mun's Cooking Adventure. This latter one was a short story around a fictionalized version of Ho-Yun Lee from the WELS MSU Campus Ministry Center, as she was offended that she didn't get a cameo in Curse of the Millipede even though fellow international student Young-Hee Kim did get a cameo.
While a lot of this comic didn't carry over to later incarnations of Gerosha mythos, key rogues and supporting characters were established that would cement Gerosha mythos moving forward, including:
Main article: Eccentriaverse
The year 2002 saw the first and earliest attempts to separate Slushy and The Bison into separate worlds: one serious and one silly. Those world would eventually become the Eccentriaverse and Dromedeverse; but official names wouldn't be set for these universes until 2016, under the Dozerfleet banner.
Even so, The Bison was ruled to be a decent premise for a disaster / monster film on par with Godzilla. Inspired by Ringu 0, the Dozerfleet founder developed The Bison Reborn to demonstrate just how hard it is to truly kill off the Bison for real. The Bison Dilemma and The Bison Aquafied: Rise of the Eel Thing became proposed sequels to further show how despairing that universe would be in its efforts to bring him down, no matter how obnoxious he proved to be. His origins were eventually rewritten to make sense in the Eccentriaverse's logic of being made of Americanizations of various Asian genres of media. A character who tries and ultimately fails to obliterate the Bison, Grinodos, would later become a staple of Volkonir mythos as well.
Another tie-in character to the budding Volkonir mythos was Marzwhatti the Lirquinwur, who first debuted in 2003's The Blue Face Film Strips. This project was first released under the Cormorant banner in 2003 as part of the spring 2003 FILM 118 class at Lansing Community College. Its plot bore similarities to The Ring, with Marzwhatti playing a similar game with victims' lives as did Samara Morgan. However, Marzwhatti doesn't provide a way to escape his curse.
In 2005, still under the Cormorant banner, a Sims 2 machinomic remake of Blue Face was made. The only thing missing from the budding World of Volkonir...was Volkonir himself.
Main article: Dromedeverse
| Inspired by Good Burger and some Microsoft Office 2000 clipart images, Grillitan Diner first became an idea for a story / movie in the summer of 2002. A year later, it would get themed around ska music, inspired by Reel Big Fish's Cheer Up! album. Grillitan Diner 2 was suggested afterward in 2005, though that project has gone nowhere, being shelved for the foreseeable future.
Inspired by his family raising ducks, the Dozerfleet founder came up with the idea for Pekins also in the summer of 2003, along with a sequel dubbed Pekins 2: They Went to Hollywood. However, the initial tale was scrapped, and the would-have-been sequel's storyline was made the new plot.
The Trapezoid Kids Movie was first proposed as a result of various cameos the Mindoche Trapezoid Kids made in assignments for ARTS 102 class at LCC in the spring of 2003. Their homeworld of Xiphoniki eventually became canon to the Dromedary Heights Universe, with Giddewaltz being decided as a small town not far from the main city of Dromedary Heights, DE.
However, the Trapezoids' title graphic wouldn't get produced until the Dozerfleet era at Ferris State in 2007. Camelorum Adventures, the mainline Dromedeverse story, didn't get proposed or worked on until 2015.
Q-Basic Gorillas was first proposed in a chat room in 2003. Mainly, the characters Col. Flix and Burrpatch were introduced, as were the concepts behind the Ice Chimps. While the future of this fanfic series remains in question, it did get four proposals for sequels: Orangutans of Fire, Beneath the Golden Dome, and Civil War in 2012 and Obliteration in 2015.
Every Ape and His Brother
Main article: Every Ape and His Brother
|Every Ape and His Brother|
| On the music front, songs on the radio that annoyed the Dozerfleet founder by being overplayed were often mocked by making their lyrics more violent, mostly to annoy siblings. This led to the Every Ape and His Brother stage name for performing these song parodies. In addition to the ones mentioned above, "Miss A. Defendant" and "The Only Resort" were typed.
"The Only Resort" came first, in response to overplaying of "Last Resort" by Papa Roach on the radio. It was first committed to type in June of 2003. "Miss A. Defendant" came next in January of 2004, in regards to the Dozerfleet founder's sister overplaying a cassette tape with "Miss Independent" by Kelly Clarkson on it. "Why She Said 'Seven Days'" was written later that same year, as a reference to "Why They Call it 'Falling'" by Leanne Womack. "That One" was written later, as an Americanization attempt of "Tой Tой" by Maria Burmaka.
Development of these and the aforementioned other songs and song parodies not only led to Every Ape coming to form, but to the need for a whole new division of the brand for dealing specifically with the music end of things - and to eventually promote other music talents, if the opportunity afforded itself.
Thus, CormMusic was born in 2004 - later re-branded in 2006 as Dozerfleet Records.
Defunct comic universes
Star Flops: Curse of the Medium Side
Star Flops: Curse of the Medium Side was crafted in November of 2005, as a way to have some fun with the concept of doing a Star Wars-esque story inside of The Sims 2. Alas, the DSHW of it wasn't that well-formed, and the story never gained much popularity.
When Bikes Argue
When Bikes Argue was done as an experiment to apply the DSHW format to a photocomic that wasn't Gored By Them Things, to push that it was for more than just making machinomics. It was first created in July of 2005 A sequel followed in December, and When Bikes Argue 2 was published in total in January of 2006. Both were adapted to video in 2008, under the DozerfleetTV banner.
Dozerfleet Labs is the youngest of the Dozerfleet Divisions, overlapping with Dozerfleet Web. Both got their start around the same time: in 2003, as Cormorant Labs. This division was unofficial until after the Dozerfleet Labs name was attached to it.
The Albums Master was supposed to make organizing folders on Windows (and later, Mac) easier and more fun with custom icons for folders sorted by file type, with color-coded folders. While custom division and project folder icons are in use today, the old Albums Master concept was abandoned with the transition from Windows XP to Windows 7 and beyond.
The Sims 2 custom content
Generation: Hot Coffee was a joke project that was a kickstarter to much of the early Dozerfleet Machinomic Downloadables, or "DzMD" label for making custom content for games. This T-shirt featured a harmless coffee mug on it, and took a jab at the GTA: San Andreas "Hot Coffee" scandal that made headlines around 2005 and continued to cause stirs of controversy well into 2006. In addition to this, the budding DzMD (initially dubbed "All Things Sims," but changed to "Utterly Sims" to avoid a head-bump with another site by that name, before being given its current moniker to include games outside the Sims franchise) made a wide variety of film and TV tie-in materials for The Sims 2. The list included, but was not limited to:
- The StretchSkeleton Cheat Accessories Kit
- Cyrillic Checkpoint Sign from Ghost Recon
- Derek, Margo, and Moki from Hana-Barbera's The Greatest Adventures: Stories from the Bible
- Flight 121 seats from Snakes on a Plane
- The Mask
- Theodore and Amos from The Apple Dumpling Gang
- A dress worn by Rose Byrne as she played Briseis in Troy
The WELS MSU/LCC Campus Ministry Center in East Lansing was converted into a Sims lot in 2006. Various characters from early versions of The Gerosha Chronicles also got made in 2005 and 2006 into downloadable Sims, including Ciem (Prime and Despair versions), Miriam Flippo, Dolly Malestrom, Milp, Captain Aardwulf, and more. Classic Gerosha versions of these and more followed in 2007, with production not ceasing on Sims 2 versions of Gerosha characters until 2011. A pack for the Grillitan Diner and its operators was also made around 2006, but was rejected for upload to Mod The Sims.
As time went by, a Pseudo-chroma key screen was made for use in Sims 2, a concept later canonized into the Sims franchise itself with a green screen prop included in The Sims 4: Get Famous in 2018. T-shirts for Snakes on a Plane, based on various named snakes in the production and behind-the-scenes, were also released. In 2010, the cast of Inception was turned into Sims for Sims 2. A Sims 3 version soon followed, and a Sims 4 version followed in 2014. In 2008, one of the last hurrahs for Sims 2 custom content building was a pack for Becka Rangers: Nemo Thunder.
Beginning with CITW 150 class in the spring of 2005, the brand finally got a (short-lived) website. There was some desire to add to the Cormorant website, and to add content visitors would want to view. This led to the DVD-Storybook Hybrid Webcomic format being developed, to be able to mimic the Sims 2 Storyteller Exchange without having to rely on it as much. Attempts to standardize the format were...hit and miss.
Per a programming class at LCC, Jewelry Jiddy's Wedding Ring Store Discount Calculator became a joke app. It was followed by The Sims 2 Gallon Converter, and other early programs. Some of these, made with Visual Basic, were later converted to web apps. Kurse of the Kryptonite was developed for at-the-time-8th-grader Alex Eckart, as a tutorial website on how to make HTML sites. It was completed shortly before the Cormorant brand changed its name to Dozerfleet.
Tri-Sola Poetry was embarked upon by the Dozerfleet founder as early as 2003, to help gain popularity for Michael J. Hayes and his religious poetry writing. It began as "Reflections," then became "Fortress Rock," before changing its brand name again to Tri-Sola. A few of Mike's poems remain available for mass circulation.