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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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BenPanced-II Featured By Owner May 13, 2017
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.
M4A3 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  New Deviant
conbuyitaphobia,What does the word mean?
derpyfanboy Featured By Owner May 4, 2017
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???
M4A3 Featured By Owner May 5, 2017  New Deviant
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?
derpyfanboy Featured By Owner Edited May 7, 2017
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 
derpyfanboy Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017
I was surprised and delighted to discover someone has painstakingly translated this entire thing into Russian…
M4A3 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2017  New Deviant
They like your comic.
rautamiekka Featured By Owner Edited Dec 30, 2016  Student Artist
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.
fotland42 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016
Ah, I see Yakyakistan is one of those countries.
LookOutHereComesTom Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016
That's funny!  Long, but funny!
Scyphi Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I thought this had a strong Dilbert vibe to it. :D
SilentCarto Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Dilbert gets less funny the longer I'm in the business world.
Twifight-Sparkill Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was fun, smart, and... sadly true! NICE.
kabhes Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016
what an aggressive name you have
Twifight-Sparkill Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
.... meow?
kabhes Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016
meow meow mauw.
Twifight-Sparkill Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Meow! Murr reowr! MUrr meow mrow? Purr.
ArtieStroke Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah yes, business and numbers- my two favorite things 
ijustloveit619 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Take my Likes XD
cmm07r Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016
I was thinking Las Pegasus, but ya sure Merger it is.
Darkagumon2000 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016
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 ..........
Art-2u Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
very funny!
Maverickwolfzx Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
Las Pegasus can solve your problem of excess of money.
OleGrayMane Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
Fantastic job on everything
Lahirien Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Pinkie is best Loud Howard. 
BramGroatonDA Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
Favoriting for, if nothing else, the outfits. 

I hope this sees a "dub" some day. 
DerpyNox Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
100% Derpy for president 
Sinister-Aglets Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
Spectrumancer Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Pictured: Why the global economy is currently down the outhouse pit.
shlerp Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
make a series!
akdsmith Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
It felt very Dilberty, then I read the description!
everesco Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was super cute, and definitely funny. I have some experience biting off more than I can chew with big projects like this, but this one turned out great!
Persona22 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
I'll be laughing all day from this.
tigreanpony Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
That was hilarious, very nicely done.
Slycoopertr Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
Zondartul Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
Ponies can't into business. They need to numbers numbers more.
AJR001 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016
R&D might've been the best idea... :XD:
JustJoeKing Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016
Owo.... Now ah feel like dressin up as Hope from Final Fantasy XIII and climbin in Rarity's window at night..... Let's make synergy, Rari. >8)
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016
Dilbert merged with Ponies: now there's some synergy! 
JAXEVANS Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016
This should be a series! 
RozzerTrask Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Rainbow Dash was hilarious in this  one XD
hammer42 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016
moonlightwin Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016
Wow !! that was a lot of artwork   ( Learning  business from Pony  corporate mlp
DubsRewatcher Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  Student Writer
This was fantastic. Voicing was perfect.
rio-grande Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016
The taxes should take care of the excess profits.
Halpthiuian Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Corporations pay taxes?!
rio-grande Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016
Only if they don't make proper campaign contributions or if they don't pay a certain female candidate to make a 20 minute speech $200,000.
Halpthiuian Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
At a $100.00 a plate dinner.
cajobif Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016
They went bankrupt the next day and they lived happy and poor ever after.

Ironically someone uploaded the Dilbert episodes just recently on YouTube. So it's from this episode around 3:20:…
lordsteak Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  You...nailed it, a little too accurately to be funny.  It's kinda scary, actually.  Well done indeed. Clap 
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