Following on the success of Logicomix, which told an engaging tale of how the late nineteenth and early twentieth century developments in logic and philosophy and their growing relation to mathematics led to the discovery and implementation of machine language by Alan Turing and others, the similarly titled Economix has a larger mandate relative to its field: it aims to give readers a basic understanding of the entire field of economics and so covers the developments in the field from its inception in the fog shrouded past all the way up to the present day world of globalization, financial derivatives and financial crises, all through that magic mix of words and pictures known as comics (or, perhaps, given the title – "comix")! This volume goes some way to providing further evidence that when it comes to learning, comix is the medium that takes out the tedium! So, whether it's you that's interested in learning more about the dismal science, or you're hoping to inculcate its arcana in an unsuspecting family member, Economixis your ticket.
Will wonders never cease? Who knew that writer, James Vance, and illustrator Dan Burr had been hard at work on a massive sequel to Kings in Disguise, their highly original series depicting depression-era America that originally saw print as a six-issue mini-series from Kitchen Sink Press way back in 1988? Not us! On the Ropesis a 248 page oversize hardcover that takes us to the year 1937, where Fred Bloch – the protagonist of Kings in Disguise – has found a temporary home in a WPA-sponsored traveling circus! Here's what Alan Moore has to say about this just released work: "More than twenty years in its construction and worth every moment of the wait, James Vance and Dan Burr's On the Ropes is that most rare of animals, a sequel that's as powerful, as vital, and as necessary as the work that it continues. A quietly epic human tale that beautifully and expertly employs the comic medium in its telling, On the Ropes is very possible the most affecting graphic narrative that you will read the next couple of decades." High praise, indeed, from someone who should know.
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