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Time for a New Deal. A Job and a Home for Everybody. Now.

As always, thank you, thank you... for the great feedback.

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Comment by Athenaprime on June 6, 2010 at 10:36pm
@Stefan: Entirely original, and entirely inspired by this piece. :) And goodness, I can't believe I didn't make the connection to "A Better LIfe." (although that one reminds me more of a dieselpunk Moonraker, but I have a soft spot for Jaws).

@Cap'n Tony: I used to work for a gubmint contractor--the alternate universe exists in triplicate, with canary, goldenrod, and pink copies all required to be routed to additional dimensions. And don't walk away with the pens...
Comment by Cap'n Tony on June 6, 2010 at 7:14pm
Definately...great stuff all around. Great vignette, Athena...oh, and Athena, I can tell you from experience entering a government building *IS* entering an alternate universe...one where the standard laws of logic and finance to not apply. O-o
Comment by Stefan on June 6, 2010 at 2:16pm
... and, talking about chain reaction and minds that work alike, I realize, Dear Athena, that the "A Better Life" picture tells no other story that the one in your vignette. We have Mickey and his girl, there, ready - if a bit uncertain and afraid - to embark on this weird airship for a better, richer new life... somewhere else.
Comment by Stefan on June 6, 2010 at 2:02pm
@ Athena :
What an amazing little inpromptu vignette... or so I think. Was it really inspired by the New Deal picture ? Wow... If not, please, let don't tell me and let me think the image triggered something in you to write this so evocative small wonder. Thank you so, very much : I always feel I can't get no better reward for my graphic work than when it prompts someone to produce another creation of the mind ! Some sort of chain reaction...
@ Tome :
The photographic elements in my pictures really come from no particular place. I actually often think pictures come to me more often than the opposite. Or maybe, like beauty, Dieselpunk spirit is the eye of the watcher. When the people figures in my pictures are not just digital graphism and/or 3D, they are often scans from old photos. Otherwise, I frequently pay a visit to Shorpy, a website everybody here is familiar with, I'm sure.
@ everybody :
I'm so glad you got the ambivalence I've tried to convey there. This New Deal concept may be bearing some hope for all these people. However, on the other hand, this unhealthy, unearthly light, in the dark depth of the "official" building could very well prove to be some "governmental" delusional lure to... what ? Athena offered a thrilling option in her vignette... At any rate, I thank you all, once again, for your continued interest.
Comment by Athenaprime on June 6, 2010 at 10:06am
Oh, this is so neat! Maybe it's just me, but that light looks to me suspiciously like a portal to an alternate universe or other planet.

"Mickey wasn't a huge fan of this New Deal arrangement, but between the government and the aliens, they made it pretty easy for a guy to hop the crosstown train to the Teslaburg station, and MIckey figured in the greater scheme of things that a line was a line, whether you were riveting plates on autos in Detroit or sealing rocket modules on Alpha Centauri. As long as the Union stayed strong, you got your weekends, a whole half hour for lunch, and even two smoke breaks in between. So what if the Centauris looked a little wack, a fella needed moola no matter where it came from in these times."
Comment by Tome Wilson on June 6, 2010 at 9:07am

I've noticed you're starting to use more people in your pieces. Can you recommend a good place for photographs?
Comment by Ottens on June 6, 2010 at 7:18am
A little menacing indeed! I'm not much a fan of FDR, but I do like the New Deal Era imagery. Great work.
Comment by Cap'n Tony on June 5, 2010 at 7:45pm
A little menacing! Love the perspective force. You sure caught the government building look, though, with the mural and pillars and stairs. Looks just like all the federal triangle buildings in DC, only brick rather than cement.

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