Economics comic books

Did you know that the Federal Reserve Bank of New York publishes comic books to teach kids economics?

The New York Fed started producing comic books in the late 1950s as a way to explain what the Federal Reserve is and how it functions. Over time, the concept has expanded to cover topics such as check writing, consumer credit, foreign trade and foreign exchange rates -- all issues related to Fed activities.

The booklets are written in easy-to-understand language with colorful illustrations. They are geared mostly to middle school and high school students -- even college kids in introductory level economics classes -- though some booklets might be understandable for preteens.

Here are a few of the other comics you can order from the New York Fed:

? "The Story of Banks": Follows three young entrepreneurs as they develop their business and require ever more sophisticated bank services.

? "The Story of Foreign Trade and Exchange": Introduces readers to the mythical country called Jeansland to show the benefits of international trade. Explains tariffs and quotes and the significance of foreign exchange rates.

? "The Story of Consumer Credit": Explains consumer rights and responsibilities, and touches on building a credit history, loan denials and responsibly using credit cards.

I'm waiting for "The Story of the Business Cycle" in which the villainous Alan the Printer wreaks havoc on America by unleashing easy money and moral hazard upon businesses only to be defeated by the virtuous ghost of Mises who uses his secret weapon, the Ring of Reality, to right the ship and once more bring truth, justice, and the American Way.

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A few years ago some trading

A few years ago some trading company put out a comic book explaining financial instruments like put and call options and option futures. I don't remember who it was (some firm I never heard of) but I do know I wasn't any wiser after reading the comic. Sadly, I think I threw it away while cleaning.