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Business Ponies
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Published: October 23, 2016
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Well, here it is. Please be gentle with your comments, this is my first real project.

I did not die or lose interest in Deviantart after a week. This got so complicated for my low skill level it ended up taking four months, even though all I really did was steal and abuse vectors. It's been so long I can't tell if it's funny anymore. 

This was inspired by the Business Pony video on Equestria Daily. It's a scene from the 1990's Dilbert TV series, which is incredibly funny and it's a real shame that it wasn't picked up for a longer run. It's from the episode "The Merger."

Having spent so so so long on this, I can't resist giving a little commentary.

Rainbow Dash has a green tie like the video. I stole it from Necktie'd Doctor Whooves. At first she was going to be the boss, but when I thought of Derpy instead I couldn't resist. It made perfect sense for her to play Dilbert's clueless, pointy-haired boss and Rainbow Dash the lazy Wally character. 

I got Derpy's grey power suit from The Legislative Branch and her tie from Terra Taupe.

Twilight's outfit is from The Judicial Branch. It seems like the plain, sensible sort of thing she would wear to the office.

Applejack was going to wear Pony Teacher's tie. But then I realized she absolutely had to have a bolo tie. I was inspired by Young Braeburn, but mine's not nearly as good as his. It's the first thing I ever made from scratch, and after that I got carried away. I started looking at Mad Men secretaries. The conference room is based on Don Draper's office.

Fluttershy's outfit is based on a display I saw in a department store window. Tying a black ribbon in a bow around your neck is popular in Japan. I stole her sleeves from Seafoam in Canterlot.

Pinkie Pie owes her look (bizarrely) to Margaret Thatcher. She's so bright, everything looked wrong on her. Then I thought of a loud 1980's pants suit. I based her jacket on Surf Vector. I took a bow from the Crystal Prep uniform and distorted it to make it look more like a pussy bow. Margaret Thatcher wore a lot of them, so she became my #1 reference.

I had no idea what to do for Rarity. I wanted her to be Joan from Mad Men, so I gave her the earrings and pen necklace the pony version of Joan wears. I used Rarity's Glasses - Vector, and made my own for the side view. She ended up with a kind of jabot dress.  I stole the ruffle from Snowfall Frost and made her pleated skirt by tracing her camping dress from "Sleepless in Ponyville" (I just decided not to worry about what's going on behind).

It is incredibly difficult to make outfits for the weird pony bodies. I have profound respect for the artists on the show. 

The flamboyant style doesn't look like the horrible, dehumanizing Dilbert corporation or Mad Men any more. It looks a lot more like the 1970's, especially The Mary Tyler Moore Show. It's a perfect balance; it still has farcical office bureaucracy, where earning money could somehow be a problem. It's not as somber as Mad Men, but it has some absolutely fabulous fashion. 1970's style is totally due for a resurgence. The clocks are a direct reference to The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

And that's it. Not sure if it was worth it. Since I took advantage of so many people feel free to do what you like with it. 

Here's every other deviation I mutilated (if you can't find something here I either made it myself or took it from a screencap):

Electric Mane
What In The Name Of Derp?
Derpy Hooves (request)
Angry Derpy
Vector #187 - Derpy Hooves #5
Derpy Eating Smile and Wave
Derpy Shocked Vector
Derpy Smiling
I'm just derpying around
[MLP] Sitting Derpy Hooves Vector

Who Are You (Collab)
Twilight Sparkle 7

Twilight - Scared 1
Twilight isn't surprised
Alright, fine
MLP | Seriously Twilight
Twilight's Scary Story
Twilight's Confused Face
Twilight Sparkle Vector - 04 Why You?
Vector #471 - Twilight Sparkle #25
Twilight Sparkle - Seriously?

Rainbow Dash:
Rainbow Dash Standing
Eh, I've Seen Better...

Rainbow Dash - I'm not
Rainbow Dash 24
This is Ponyville Territory, Punk!
Surprised Dash is surprised
Rainbow Dash discussing Trixie
Rainbow Dash - Gotta Be Kidding Me!!!
Suspicious Rainbow Dash
Extreme? You Obviously Haven't Met Me

Pinkie Pie:
What Was That?
Pinkie Pie in Thought

Pink Pone
Pinkie Pie - Thinking
Pie in Cake without Cake
Welcome Pinkie Pie
Vector #174 - Pinkie Pie #11

Mlp Fim rarity (...) vector
Rarity: Noes!

More like a shade of cerulean, to be precise
Rarity in perplexity
Rarity Screaming

Vector: Applejack 6

Oh they mad - Just Applejack
Applejack Vector - Mad
Applejack Shocked
Angry Applejack
Applejack, Why so serious?
Applejack in perplexity
Applejack Blinded

Fluttershy ~Contest Prize,First Place~
Fluttershy (scared)
Fluttershy is not amused
Vector #93 - Fluttershy #7
Scared Fluttershy

Manehatten Skyline 
Cinnamon Bun
Thermos and cup of coffee

EDIT: Wow! This was on Equestria Daily! link
It feels so cool this is now on the same site as the thing that inspired it in the first place!

EDIT: It was brought to my attention that "cobietophobia" is actually spelled "cobuyitaphobia"
I took advantage of this small edit to fix an error in one of Rarity's earrings, the spacing on one of Derpy's speech bubbles, and to properly credit Larry Charles and Scott Adams, who wrote this Dilbert scene. 
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Comments (69)
BenPanced-II's avatar
Everything that is completely wrong with pointlessly manipulative, greedy, unproductive and senseless 'murkan vulture capitalism/oligarchism summed up in one comic. With ponies.  100/100.
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Godzilla278's avatar
Hahahaha love be boss
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M4A3's avatar
conbuyitaphobia,What does the word mean?
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derpyfanboy's avatar
I think it is a made-up word. Cobuyitaphobia means "fear of synergy." "-phobia" is fear, so I guess "cobuyita-" means synergy. I think it's a joke (but tbh I don't get it lol). I don't think there is a good translation for Chinese... Anyone have any ideas???
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M4A3's avatar
shit,that word took me long time.but,I still can not understand it until you said:"I think it is a made-up word............"I am a chinese,although my English is not so bad,I guess that you use a lot of professional word,right?
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derpyfanboy's avatar
I actually spelled it wrong the first time. Someone on Equestria Daily showed me the right spelling and I changed it. Yeah, these jokes are all about business, it must be difficult to translate 
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derpyfanboy's avatar
I was surprised and delighted to discover someone has painstakingly translated this entire thing into Russian…
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M4A3's avatar
They like your comic.
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rautamiekka's avatar
A good idea: never let Derpy be or say anything. It'd be better to let a lazy ass like Rainbow Dash, or an immature shit like Pinkie Pie (I don't hate her per se, just saying what she was like. "Can I say something ?!" just to break a small fight) be the boss than let a 1-brain cell idiot like Derpy even breathe. Nearly correct, at the very least.
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fotland42's avatar
Ah, I see Yakyakistan is one of those countries.
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LookOutHereComesTom's avatar
That's funny!  Long, but funny!
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Scyphi's avatar
Scyphi|Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I thought this had a strong Dilbert vibe to it. :D
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SilentCarto|Hobbyist Artist
Dilbert gets less funny the longer I'm in the business world.
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Twifight-Sparkill|Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was fun, smart, and... sadly true! NICE.
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kabhes's avatar
what an aggressive name you have
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Twifight-Sparkill|Hobbyist Digital Artist
.... meow?
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kabhes's avatar
meow meow mauw.
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ArtieStroke's avatar
ArtieStroke|Hobbyist General Artist
Ah yes, business and numbers- my two favorite things 
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ijustloveit619|Student Digital Artist
Take my Likes XD
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cmm07r's avatar
I was thinking Las Pegasus, but ya sure Merger it is.
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Darkagumon2000's avatar
Derpy Emote icon NUFF SAID!!!
Emoticon - Twilight Sparkle Wat I don't know what that means.
Muffin-La EXACTLY!!!
MLP Emote Twilight Sparkle Stumped Dunno Shrug ..........
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Art-2u|Professional Digital Artist
very funny!
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Maverickwolfzx's avatar
Las Pegasus can solve your problem of excess of money.
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OleGrayMane's avatar
Fantastic job on everything
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