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Economix: How and Why Our Economy Works (and Doesn't Work), in Words and PicturesWhat is Economix?

Economix is a graphic novel by Michael Goodwin, illustrated by Dan E. Burr, that explains the economy. More than a cartoon version of a textbook, Economix gives the whole story of the economy, from the rise of capitalism to Occupy Wall Street. Economix is published by Abrams Comic Arts.

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

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Incomprehensible, compelling stick figure comix

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:

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Czech translation!

You can see it here: https://www.kosmas.cz/knihy/198734/ekonomix/!

Also, it’s tap water with a label

Mother Jones today has one more reason not to buy bottled water: It’s coming from the most drought-afflicted regions of the country.

I’m not saying never buy it. If it’s hot, you’re thirsty, and there are no water fountains nearby, it can make sense to spend $1.50 for a bottle of water. It’s healthier than Coke, after all.

But seriously, if you’re buying it more than occasionally, stop. A little bit of planning (and filtering if the tapwater in your area doesn’t taste great) saves you money and doesn’t take water from where people actually need it.

Bob the Angry Flower describes my life without knowing it

Writing Economix took a lot of work—I started in earnest in 2004 and the book wasn’t published till 2012—and the whole time I had a rather loud voice in my head telling me that I was simply throwing away my life.

At some point during those years I came across Stephen Notley’s brilliant Bob the Angry Flower. One comic, called “Rhetorical Flair,” especially spoke to me.

I recently contacted Notley about buying the original art, and soon afterward it showed up at my house. And it’s great! It’s much larger and more awesome than I had any right to expect. Check it out:

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Ουδετερότητα του Δικτύου: Τι Είναι και Γιατί Πρέπει να μας Ενδιαφέρει

I didn’t think anyone outside the US would care much about my net neutrality piece–it’s pretty US-centric–but apparently the Pirate Party in Greece cared, so much that they made a translation! It’s here.

And here’s a sample page:

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I would have been interested to know what “Spock/Tyrion fanfiction” is in Greece, but they didn’t translate that. It must be universal.

 

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