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.

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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Ec-Girls-017

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

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.

011 – Standing one’s ground

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The Economic Girls fight Nazi, National Sozialist Economics, teeth and nail, no holds barred, with all the weapons in their power. Or, do they?

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010 – Models, models everywhere!

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Classy gives classes on how to everything.

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If anyone’s curious about why Monney is cooking spaghetti in a frying pan, it’s because in the original drawing it was an omelette. I had seen in TV that some university students had successfully created a formula to make a perfect “tortilla”. Unluckily, when I searched for the formula, I couldn’t find it. I stumbled upon the mathematical model for perfect spaghetti, though. It does exist. And so, I changed the omelette into spaghetti, but I didn’t want to re-do the cooking utensils. In any case, I think I’ll try that spaghetti modeling some day, to check out its efficiency. Whatcha doin’? Spaghetti? Nope, I’m checking out the empirical reach of Neoclassical economics.

003 – Methodology

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The economic girls explain how they do their homework.

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002 – Meet their boyfriends

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Economic girls and their boyfriends: Marxa and Communism; Keynie and Socialdemocracy; Monney and Neoliberalism; Classy is single but pursued by a few Sciences, and Austri has a

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