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#69: The Department of Homeland Cinema

June 19, 2006

Notes from the Manager

Thank you, NPR. I woke up this morning and the first story I heard gave me the idea for this strip—no fishing around for an idea this time! It was prompted by some artist (whose name I can't recall) saying something about how state-sponsored art was not a good thing… which Jason obviously disagrees with, although not without reservations.

UPDATE (6/19): You learn something new every day. A name-drop by a reader (Steerpike by name) over in the forums lead me to this page, which informed me that the US government did produce some films under the New Deal—although not under the Works Progress Administration. The Resettlement Administration apparently produced Films of Merit, a series of documentaries, overseen by Pare Lorentz. I'll have to see if I can find any of them.


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Syd

It’s only been a couple of months since I said goodbye to Punk and today my fiancée Karyn and I had to say goodbye to her cat Sydney. Like Punk, she was eighteen years old and had multiple long-term health issues.

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