Panem’s Capitol is a futuristic nightmare filled with garish colors, slick death traps, and genetically engineered monsters that sport the hungry eyes of murdered children. (Suzanne Collins certainly knows how to paint a picture.) The rest of the post-apocalyptic Hunger Games world, though, is weirdly retro. District 3 may be devoted to creating electric doodads, but Katniss Everdeen’s home base of District 12 might as well be trapped in the 1930s. Several reviewers even noted that in Gary Ross’s film adaptation, the area looked like it emerged fully formed from a Dorothea Lange photo.
It makes sense, then, that Panem would embrace an old-fashioned aesthetic in its hypothetical propaganda posters. CollegeHumor staffers Caldwell Tanner and Nathan Yaffe – much like this Cafe Press artist – took that idea and ran with it, creating a series of Capitol-approved banners that cheekily promote President Snow’s agenda. Take a look at our three favorites below – then head to College Humor to see the rest of the set.
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