019 – Shame on me, no update today!

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Keyne

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Yeah, well, sorry… I didn’t have time to finish the update for today. However, I had this little sketch. I have always had a bad time drawing kisses, so I was quite happy with how this one turned out. I was just doodling a bit and it just came out like this. I liked the feeling, the vibe the kiss gives, so I inked, scanned and more or less finished the pic. I think they looked real cute. I don’t think the cartoon is funny, and this was one of the times when I confused Monney’s nose with Austri’s (Monney’s is supposed to be more like in strip 001). Still, I hope all of them are recognizable at first sight, even in black and white. They were designed with that in mind. It’s a sort of cute pic, if nothing else.

In any case, as I wrote before, I cannot, will not, must not promise a regular update schedule, so if you’re really interested, I’d recommend you to subscribe. I don’t want to make you lose your time for months. Sometimes I have time but not ideas, sometimes I have ideas but not time, and sometimes I just have filler like this. I even thought of not updating today. But I saw in my stats that Reader from Turkey came back (Or is it Reader in Turkey? Pleased to meet you! Thank you for insisting so much, you’re one of the reasons why I started writing back). I cannot promise I will go ahead for long, but I didn’t want to close the comic without thanking you for your interest. I felt quite flattered.
I’ll try to have something better as soon as I can. I just have trouble finding something funny to write. The state of the economy isn’t something to laugh about right now. I try to make fun of it as much as I can, but lately I’ve been facing the real problems of long-term unemployed people, and… Well. I guess I’m not that much inspired right now. Still, I’ll try. I have a few ideas yet. Only, those will need a bit more time and detail.

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018 – Stupid, stupid reality

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EcGirls-18

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OK, if you want sources about the IMF admitting at last what everyone with half a brain knows since 1929, here’s a source, and another, and another, and you have one, two and three in Spanish, and if you speak another language, there’s Google. The Chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, Olivier Blanchard, has found out that too many cuts in spending make the bad state of the general economy worse. Actually, at least they have been honest enough to admit the following. They calculated that for each dollar not spent, the economy would lose fifty cents. They just found out that for each dollar not spent, the economy loses one dollar and fifty cents.
The fact that it’s the IMF where this info comes from makes it ten times more shocking. I frankly don’t know why Keynesians, Neokeynesians and Neoclassics aren’t screaming these news at the top of their lungs. This is to Economics what the Higgs boson was to Physics. This is the Pope saying organized religion might not be exactly good for the development of the human spirit. This is huge news.

As for the cliff, look for the USA’s fiscal cliff of 2012-2013.

On the artistic level, you probably found this one pretty low. The reason is simple. I have been trying to update more often. I thought that a good way to do so would be to skip the pencil-on-paper, inking and scanning processes. I love the feeling of mechanic pencil on paper, and I can get great detail and expressivity from it. I can correct, and then the inking makes everything better. But it was a long and tedious process. I have a few half-inked pages that have been waiting to be finished and scanned for long. This time, I just opened a photoshop archive and tried to do everything by computer. The bad news is, it doesn’t look half as good. The good news is, it took me only an evening (though that still means more than five hours). The coloring isn’t that good (I can make far better things with Classy and Keynie’s hair), but I was able to finish it in a day. If I manage to skip the paper I might be able to update more often. So I will keep on trying. Forgive the failings of the art during the transition progress, please. I am just trying to make more strips, even if they don’t look as good. I will try to do artistically nice ones from now to then (my favourite one, art-wise, so far, has been Idiots, idiots everywhere!), but right now I want to see if I can keep updating regularly.

I can’t promise, though. If you are interested, I’d recommend subscribing. Thaks for reading up to this 🙂

017 – The prettiest girl in town

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Because quantity isn’t better than quality. Specially in long-term relationships 🙂

016 – Standards

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*Again, for real. You have an easy and quick explanation here, the Wikipedia page here, and you can check the sources by linking on both sites.
This has also happened in Spain, when a town was expropriated and the people evicted because a dam was going to be built and the town would end at the bottom of the reservoir. It was a real case of “public need”, since Spain is regularly ravaged by droughts and it needs as many reservoirs as it can build (basically, if there is a hole on the ground, we need to put a dam on it). Still, the dam was never built and the village was left abandoned. However, the USA case was far more interesting for two reasons: 1, USA rules the world and more people are interested in it. 2, the expropriation wasn’t made to build dams, roads, railroads or national reserves. The owners were forced to sell because a private company wanted to build there.

There have been apologies, and people admitting that the decision was wrong (now that in Spain would be a goddamn supernatural occurrence worthy of James Randi’s million dollar). But it still stands as an example in “not to do’s” about both Laws and local government.

015 – Heartbreak

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Even if the politicians in the picture ruled during the 80s, the point remains: atheist Ayn-Randian rich Neoliberals can only get to certain places of power hand in hand with the religious conservatives. The fact that half of their ideologies clash quite hard doesn’t stop them from getting into the political bed together when necessary. I just find that funny, and sad at the same time. It’s probably more sad than funny, but if I don’t try to find humor in the state of Economics and Politics, I might as well go watch Supernatural and never read a paper again (I do NOT watch TV news for information, they are poison… papers need to be checked out, but TV is simply outrageous).

Sorry, sorry sorry for not updating in MONTHS. I cannot promise an update schedule. I can only update when I have an idea, something to say. If someone is really interested (pleased to  meet you, reader from Turkey! Thanks for your support 🙂  ) you’d better subscribe, because I cannot promise I will update regularly and I don’t want you to waste your time checking up the website.

That said, next time I leave for months, at least I will put a notice saying so. I do not have much time to work hard on the panels. That’s why this one is so lousy. Sorry for that, I cannot put that many hours on this site. Thanks everyone who liked this.

I wish I could give all my time to this.

014 – Meet their pets

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The economic girls present their pets.

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013 – Idiots, idiots everywhere!

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Keynie has bad days, too...

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* For real. I had to translate it to “half the drinks”, though it wasn’t exactly that. To “stimulate consumption”, the town council in the city of Melilla offered to pay for half the cosumptions in bars. That is, if you buy the drink, they give the “tapa” (a small dish of whatever food is available at the bar) for free, or viceversa, during two months this 2012. I couldn’t write “tapa” in English, so I used “drinks”, but in any case, they tried to stimulate economic growth by… giving away free stuff at bars.
In case anyone hasn’t noticed, that’s NOT what Keynesianism is about, or what it should be about. It’s about spending when economy contracts, true. But the spending should be properly done. For example, if the Spanish government had used the 2008 surplus to create a nationwide optic fiber broadband net, the net would exist nowadays, the state could hire it to communication companies, and the service would be available to citizens. Win-win-win situation, and lasting in time. However, when the then-president heard of Keynesianism, he stopped at “spending”. Or, more probably, being a man not prone to accept responsibility, he gave away the money to towns and city councils in hopes of not being responsible should they waste it. I’m afraid he’s responsible anyway.
When I think about the great push that surplus could have made for Spain, had it been used properly, I want to cry, punch someone and burn the Parliament. We are so much in the hands of morons.

That said… I HATE stereotypes. I’m from Seville, and I hate the fact that everyone takes for granted I can dance flamenco. Which I can’t. So, whenever Spain is portrayed as… flamenco, tortilla, fiesta, paella, I get angry. I DESPISE, loathe and hate the flamenco stereotype. Then, why did I use it here? Well… Because I despise what Spain did (and is doing) to its economy. That dress I put Spain in is my version of an insult. I would like to draw Spain as someone more modern, cultivated, stylish and sophisticated. Alas, I honestly can’t.