The Graphic Novel Symposium might be over, but I don’t think any of us here at the library are tired of them yet, and we’ve still got new titles being added to our collection all the time. One new addition that I’m particularly excited about is the non-fiction graphic novel Economix : How Our Economy Works (and Doesn’t Work) in Words and Pictures by Michael Goodwin with illustrations by Dan E. Burr.
Whether we like it or not, the economy plays a big role in our lives and although I’m not suggesting we all need to major in Economics, it is important for everyone to have a basic understanding of how the economy works. However, economics is a complex topic and not always easy for the average person to figure out. This work takes on the challenging topic of economics, breaks it down into manageable concepts, and makes it entertaining and much easier to understand.
It covers the history of economics, the foundations of our economy, how we got to where we are today, what that means for us, and how to use what we’ve learned to make good economic decisions moving forward, all with engaging illustrations and dialogue. It makes economics accessible and is designed to be enjoyable regardless of your previous experience. After all, in the preface, Michael Goodwin says “Some people know lots about the economy, some know a little, but nobody understands the whole thing, and anyone can understand it better.”