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What is Economix?
Praise for Economix
“I just cannot stress enough how amazing this book is.”
–James Floyd Kelly, Wired.com
“It’s simply phenomenal.”
– David Bach, author of Debt Free for Life and The Automatic Millionaire
“Goodwin has done the seemingly impossible–he has made economics comprehensible and funny.”
– Joel Bakan, author of The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power
“An amazing lesson in true-world economics! Delightfully presented, powerful, insightful, and important information. What a fun way to fathom a deep and often dark subject”
– John Perkins, author of Hoodwinked and the New York Times bestseller Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
“Economix is a lively, cheerfully opinionated romp through the historical and intellectual foundations of our current economy and our current economic problems. Goodwin has a knack for distilling complex ideas and events in ways that invite the reader to follow the big picture without losing track of what actually happened. Any reader wondering how our economy got to where it is today will find this a refreshing overview.”
– Timothy W. Guinnane, Philip Golden Bartlett Professor of Economic History, Yale University
So, you wouldn’t think there’s all that much to say about the stick figure, the proverbially crappy substitute for actual drawing. But in the hands of a good artist, the stick figure can be a marvel; some of the best comix out there use stick figures, from the luminous minimalism of XKCD to the elaborate pages of The Order of the Stick (seriously, check out how The Order of the Stick’s creator tweaks mouths and eyebrows, and nothing else, to create a range of expressions; the second-to-last panel in the linked page is a great example).
Recently a German fan sent me some of his stick-figure work, and I thought it was pretty great. The translations are almost completely incomprehensible—like, one can see that there’s a joke there, somewhere, but Lord knows what it is—but to me this just adds to the appeal; they have an English As She Is Spoke quality that a more exact translation would ruin. (As I’ve mentioned, Google Translate is absolutely terrible at German to English, but the result is sometimes strange poetry).
These are available, in the words of the author, with a “do-what-the-fuck-you-want, non-commercial, share-alike-license.”
I would love to give full credit to the creator, like with his name and everything, but I don’t actually know his name. He doesn’t sign his work, his email isn’t his name, and he identifies himself only as Kraut from Krautland.
And without further ado, the incomprehensible yet compelling stick-figure comix of Kraut from Krautland:
You can see it here: https://www.kosmas.cz/knihy/198734/ekonomix/!