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mark211What story is happening in Max Mitenkov's "Welcome Home"?2017-06-04 01:37:04
mark211Thanks to everyone who contributed to last week's discussion - even as we are met with the news of yet another military attack on a civilian a population by Islamonihilist insurgents in Europe.2017-06-04 01:40:02
mark211So, who is Max Mitenkov you may well ask? Well, he is Quantum Muse's featured artist at the time of writing. As you are probably aware, Quantum Muse showcases the work of a diverse range of talented illustrators and artists - all sourced by our very own Rick Tornello.2017-06-04 01:41:38
mark211So this week, if you would care to click on the Featured artist page and scroll down to the bottom you will see Mitenkov's work "Welcome Home". So the question this week - just as a kind of one off collaborative brainstorming - is what do you think the story is behind the picture? On what world is that desert? Who is arriving and who is the guy in the white shirt apparently greeting them? What might the red sign on the building front say? What is the building anyway? A gas station? A drilling operation? Drilling for what? Let your imaginations run riot people!2017-06-04 01:45:19
r.tornelloI didn't ask him but it appears to be a team punk based thing. It looks like a filling station but that doesn't fit with the title. So, maybe every home is a filling station considering the scheme of things. I just liked it. So I picked it for this month. 2017-06-05 12:11:49
GordonRowlinsonNah. This is Mars after it has been terraformed. The guy in the picture is Hard Luck Harry. He has a farm on Mars. Unfortunately the moron started the farm and didn't factor in the frequent dust storms on Mars and the lack of water so his farm is buried under a sand and dust storm. You can see the remnants of a wiped out barn in the distance. Then he changed the building into a restaurant. You can see the red sign. Unfortunately The moron didn't think of the low population on Mars before he started the restaurant. He is welcoming a customer as he hasn't had business in a month. Next month he finds gold on his property and starts to mine it. He earns enough to buy a ticket back to Earth. 2017-06-05 14:18:42
RT@Gordon, A vacation Resort?2017-06-05 16:28:17
GordonRowlinsonYeah instead of going to Earth the moron starts a vacation resort. He figures with all the sand people will think it's a beach. 2017-06-05 18:02:35
RTOr maybe it is earth after the great heat waves and droughts of the 2100CE time period, and it is what's left of the resorts, at any location you want.2017-06-06 04:01:19
r.tornelloI just emailed Max to see what he was thinking. This might be interesting. RT2017-06-06 05:32:37
r.tornelloThe Artist Reply:

I was just trying to create art in the style of steam punk. The story is quite small.

This is workshop\gas station. Was built in the hope that it will often stop the flying machine. But time passed and the station began to fall into disrepair. In the background you can see the remains of zeppelin.

It's almost like - No One Writes to the Colonel. But in my case, father went for help and returned on the flying machine.

The red sign is Phoenix foundry builder's plate. sites.google.com/site/ralphdur…

2017-06-06 12:27:59
mark211"I didn't ask him" But we don't need to! Let the imagination run riot! Having said that, it is genuinely interesting to see what Mr Mitenkov had to say - and having now just Googled the Phoenix Foundry's builder plate image - that adds a particular bit of spice (https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0250/7701/products/IMG_4285_1024x1024.JPG?v=1442277055). I mean - a desert scene in which there is a Phoenix on the billboard? There's metaphorical magic there ... 2017-06-06 13:21:27
mark211"This is Mars after it has been terraformed. The guy in the picture is Hard Luck Harry." LOVING this story you're telling here, Gordon!2017-06-06 13:22:04

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