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Shaenon: Skin Horse already has a logo, but the intrepid Rob Reed has been designing seals for the other departments in Annex One. Here's the Department of Irradiation:

Operor non planto mihi iratus. Vos mos non amo mihi ut EGO sum iratus.

The Department of Jetpack Suppression (I really like the implication that jetpacks have been suppressed since the 18th century):

Look! Up in the sky! It's--it's--it's--IT'S COMING RIGHT FOR US! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!

The intermittently glimpsed Bureau of Precambrian Defense:

Fighting Slime--Back in Time!

The even less-frequently-seen Federal Office of Giant Leaking Containers:

Operor Non Patefacio.

And, because the good folks in the comments section decided that the building ought to have a Department of Stapling to explain where all those staplers attacking Tip came from, here's its insignia:

Stapling. Because we can.

These are so nifty. Thanks so much, Rob!

Channing: What more can I say? Love the dedication. It's fan-art like this that makes me want to gratuitously work in yet other bizarre departments in the Annex One complex just so I can bait y'all into a response. Kudos, Rob.

John Sears (john_sears) says:

I've always liked the Bureau of Precambrian Defense best.  It's plotting against us back there, after all.  Why do you think the fossil record is so sparse before the Cambrian era? I don't buy the whole 'primitive life lacked easily fossilized exoskeletons' thing for a second.

Clearly, they don't want to give us valuable intel from a half billion years upstream in time.

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

What does the motto of the Dept. of Stapling mean?

Stickman (pointystick) says:

My Latin is rusty, but I think it says "I believe you have my stapler."

Mark Chapman (aardvark86) says:

It means something like "Thus able to join together".

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Heh.
Charles Lavergne (yun) says:

@Stickman: That would be "Puto uncinatrum meum te habere."

Yes, there is a Latin word for stapler.




Valerie Kaplan (shinyhappygoth) says:

My first thought was also "I believe you have my stapler," but this was a context-based assumption, and I quickly disproved it.  (I thought "possumus" might be related to "possess", but in fact it relates to "possible".)

Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

 I want the patches. Badly. And I wager I'm not the only one. Could be a niche market for sales. I really want the Pre-Cambrian Defense one, it would go on my Miskatonic Letter Jacket.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

I think this was discussed a few weeks back ... the Department of Stapling's motto is "Stapling: Because We Can".

(TUNE: "Love Train", The O'Jays)

   Papers all over the world ... join them!
   With a Swingline!  Swingline!
   Staple all over the world ... fast'nin',
   With a Swingline!  Swingline!

We'll irradiate the stuff our bosses send us!
We'll suppress those jetpacks, anti-grav belts too!
While from Pre-Cambrian horrors they defend us,
Those containers ... keep leakin', leakin' on through!

   (repeat chorus 20 times ... it's disco, y'know?)

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Yeah, the "Pre-Cambrian Defense" patch could also be a crossover hit with fans of Charles Stross (The Jennifer Morgue, The Atrocity Archives).

'Keiya' (keiya) says: The Pre-Cambrian Defense one is my favorite. I like the shapes of the D of I's, but I'm not much of a fan of the color choices. And the implication of suppression of 18th century jetpacks is, indeed, rather awesome.
John Brown (werbluten) says:

What other departmants could there be? Prehapse the 'Department of Nonchalant Outfits' to explain where those trenchcoats come from. maybe the 'Federal Show-host Relocation Program' (Where do those people go anyways?)

Only time can tell and he isn't talking.

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

@_@...... if y'all ever sell those through CafePress as stickers, patches ot t-shirts, I would SO buy them.  Especially the Precambrian one.  They all rock, though.

Rob (rrreed) says: Some of the seals would have to be reworked if they go to patches due to the artwork used: specifically, the Rocketeer movie for the DoJS and Tiberium for the DoI. I was just messing around, after all, and can't draw worth a darn myself!

@Keiya — The DoI seal's colors are based on Cherenkov Radiation, particularly this picture. I was deliberately trying to avoid the yellow-black-red schemes of traditional warning signs.

Why was the DoJS founded in 1784 of all times? After those blasted Montgolfier brothers succeeded in achieving manned flight in 1783, they just had to go and come up with a way to dispense with the gondola, resulting in not a few horrific (and hushed-up) accidents. Benjamin Franklin was ambassador to France at the time, and the rest is history.

Finally, the phone number on the OoGLC seal originally had "454" in place of "555". The correct phone number is in use for something else in the real world these days, unfortunately.
Vlad Taltos (flyingfish) says:

Cherenkov radiation is possibly the most bizarre yet coolest physics concept ever. You can't speed an object up to faster than light, but you CAN slow light down to slower than the object.

Andrew Barton (andrewandkatebarton) says:

I make the motto 'A joining because we can.'

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Rob: Email me if you want to talk about actually making the patches.
'Keiya' (keiya) says: Yeah, I figured you were using such, but there has to be a balance between not causing viewers to not claw out their eyes. The text, especially, is bad... *shrug*
Tom Powell (top1950) says:

Hmm.., I like the Irradiation patch.  Actually looks like it's glowing!

Emily NotYourBusiness (emilygirl) says:

The Bureau of Precambrian Defense is *obviously* intended to defend against Cthulu and the rest of the Elder Gods.  If their mysterious (one might even say "eldritch") nature had not proved it, just look at that patch!

Tyler Wright (tylgar) says:

Logically, someone must determine what is, and what isn't, part of each department- where their various juristictions end and where they begin from department to department.  And whose job is this?  Why, the Department of Departmental Departmentation, of course!  New patch!

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