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The following is about the DSHW photocomic from 2005. For the video adaptation, see When Bikes Argue (film).

When Bikes Argue is a short DSHW photocomic by Dozerfleet Comics, first conceptualized on July 3rd of 2005 and turned into a webcomic by July 5th of that same year. A video adaptation of it was released as a video on YouTube on January 26th of 2008, but later sent to Ivan's Vault.

PlotEdit

This story introduces us to Colly, Ackro, and Hilo, three sentient bikes with radically different personalities. The three belong to a family that has made its way to a cabin in northern Michigan. When Colly complains that it was difficult to fit her on the minivan's harness, Ackro tries in detail to explain the logic behind the male dominance of bike harness manufacturing. This offends Colly's feminist sympathies, as she reacts to him with self-righteous denunciation of him. The Texas warhawk bicycle Hilo then accuses Ackro of being a communist and correctly identifies Colly as a feminist.

When Ackro tries to defend himself, Hilo changes the subject by talking first about the failures of NASA and then of his dreams of fighting terrorists. Ackro quickly blows off and ridicules Hilo's beliefs that the Islamic prophet Muhammad is secretly an undead vampire; and that the secret to winning the War on Terror is to drop a nuclear bomb on Mecca. Colly accuses the two male bikes of being racist, arguing that some of their paint was probably manufactured with Arab petroleum. She then suggests that one of Hilo's hypothetical nukes may be defective, which frightens Ackro. The three then argue about what holiday it is and when they'll get off the harness. The story ends with Ackro inquiring as to when the 4th of July fireworks start.

CharactersEdit

  • Green 1996 Huffy Snake Rock 15-Speed Bicycle as Ackro: A bike who is all concerned with fairness. He doesn't like conflict, but if one comes along, he tries to find the quickest way to fairly diffuse the situation. He is inspired by Church and Tucker of Red vs. Blue.
  • Black 1991 Schwinn Woodlands 21-Speed Bicycle as Hilo: A Southern-accented warmonger of a bike. He glorifies the thought of war, and dreams of being the one who destroys the entire Middle East. He hates Islamofascism with a passion, and frequently fantasizes about nuking Mecca. He suffers from many delusions, such as believing that Muhammad is a vampire and that grease smudges on the concrete floor of his home pole barn represent a usable map of Saudi Arabia for planning his war strategies. He is a stereotype of what Leftists believed the Bush administration was like in 2003 and 2004. His voice was inspired by that of Matt Hullum as "Sarge" of Red vs. Blue.
  • Cobalt-Blue 2005 Bicycle as Colly: A more liberally-minded bike than her male counterparts. She is obsessed with women's rights issues and sees gender inequality in nearly everything.

HistoryEdit

In the early days of Cormorant Webcomics, the idea was formed for the creation of comics that would be published to the web as subdomain websites of the main Cormorant website. Eventually, CormorantEntertainment.125mb.com was taken down, but the plan was to replace it with Dozerfleet having it's own official website. Amidst this plan, a different sort of webcomic format was rising up. In the spring of 2005, the Dozerfleet founder had taken a class on Internet usage in which HTML was taught to the class. Using the skills learned in that class, the founder then set to work creating a series of stories for reading on the web.

Web FormatEdit

Main article: DSHW

Most webcomics are hand-drawn art that is scanned and then uploaded to the web, with a new scan in a series being added every week. The web shorts and epic one-piece tales that the founder was interested in creating did not owe themselves well to this format. Gored By Them Things, When Bikes Argue, and the Sims Webcomics clearly needed a different format. Inspiration came from two sources: DVD menus and the Sims 2 Exchange.

ConceptEdit

After making such a format of webcomic for The Battle for Gerosha and another one for Ciem and a third for Gored By Them Things, the founder felt it was feasible to make a similar DSHW for WBA. The idea was inspired a few days after the founder had taken a trip with a minister to the house of a family living near a lake in Michigan. The founder of Dozerfleet and the minister, Rev. Norm Burger, assisted that family with moving away from their home. Along the car ride there, the founder discussed early ideas for Ciem.

Not long afterwards, the founder's family decided to take a trip to the founder's uncle's still-under-construction cabin near Mt. Pleasant, MI. Believing there'd be opportunities for exercise, three of the family's bicycles were loaded onto the back of the Ford Windstar minivan.

There were complaints that the female bike did not fit well on the harness, which became one of the foundational arguments in the comical sketch. From there, the simple idea behind the story was that the bikes were sentient beings that had frequent arguments with each other telepathically when nobody was looking. The personalities of the bikes Ackro, Hilo, and Colly were inspired by Rooster Teeth's web cartoon Red vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles.

See alsoEdit

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