Darryl Cunningham’s latest investigation takes us to the heart of free-world politics and the financial crisis, as he traces the roots of bankrupt countries to the domination of right-wing policies and the people who created them.
Cunningham draws a fascinating portrait of the New Right and the charismatic Ayn Rand, whose soirees were attended by the young Alan Greenspan. He shows how the Neo-Cons hijacked the economic debate and led the way to a world dominated by the market. Smaller countries, such as Greece, have paid the price for joining a club that held impossible membership rules.
He examines the neurological basis of political thinking, and asks why it is so difficult for us to change our minds – even when faced with powerful evidence that a certain course of action is not working. Cunningham’s spare yet eloquent prose, perfectly complemented by the beauty and clarity of his artwork, delivers a devastating analysis of our economic world.
Darryl Cunningham is also the author of Science Tales.
Carla Sinclair, boingboing31 March 2015
Wow, this graphic history book brought my blood to a high boil, not a reaction I expected… If this first section [Part One: Ayn Rand] was all there was, it would have been a fascinating enough book. Part Two: The Crash is when the heat shot up. It… connects Rand’s political philosophies to Greenspan’s views, and then Greenspan’s influence on American politics and the way America does business.
The most fun section of the book, ‘Part Three: The Age of Selfishness’…is when author and illustrator Darryl Cunningham presents us with research that dissects the minds, personality traits, and lifestyles of both republicans and democrats, and shows how their brain processes work differently. Cunningham explains that both personality types are needed in society but the extremes of either camp can be dangerous. This is a well-researched, detail-packed book that I’ll need to read a few more times to fully digest.
Paul Gravett, Independent
Cunningham’s crisp, clever graphics, symbols and examples demystify the complexities of credit default swaps, hedge funds and other devices behind the crash. He challenges the way we think and resist change, even when the alternative is disaster... Supercrash is a hugely readable, revelatory condemnation and call to arms.View source
Herald, Graphic context: Book of the month
For an entry level primer [on economics] may I suggest Darryl Cunningham's Supercrash? The subtitle How to Hijack the Global Economy gives a pretty clear indication of where Cunningham is coming from and if you want to get a grasp on what derivatives, Collaterised Debt Obligations and toxic assets are, this is a good place to start.... But Supercrash does much more than this. The obvious comparison, it seems to me, is with documentary film-maker Adam Curtis whose films explore the history of ideas and systems. Where Curtis uses found film to visualise his argument, Cunningham works with visual metaphors and symbolism. But the result is similar: a provocative, thoughtful, visual essay that tackles the language of ideas. Supercrash will leave you better informed and, more than that, it will leave you angry.View source
Just finished reading Supercrash by Darryl Cunningham which I now urge you all to buy. There is so much to disagree with and rage about in this book, but the picture it paints of just where we are now is vital and clearer than anything I've found in other media. Maybe it's comics, maybe it's Darryl's almost children's book clarity that does it. The book is in three parts - first is the story of Ayn Rand, whose vision of selfishness as the model for society informs so much of capitalist thinking today, the second part deals with the financial crash of 2008, and how Rand's pupil Alan Greenspan oversaw the sorry mess. The last section reaches out in every direction searching for answers to why capitalism thrives and how we can end up with governments that punish the poor and sick in order to help the rich get richer. The image of democracy being finally destroyed by capitalism before our eyes is pretty stark. Hope that isn't a spoiler for anyone. Buy this book.
Cunningham’s pithy prose and funky art tell a complex, important tale. He connects the dots from Ayn Rand to Alan Greenspan to the mess we’re in today, tackling tangled subjects with clarity and zing.
This is a truly outstanding piece of work, illustrated so intelligently as ever in [Darryl's] wonderful no nonsense informative style, which hits new heights of in terms of detail and its ability to disseminate such complex information so simply, and it deserves to win awards and gain the highest praise and plaudits from not just within the comics industry but also the wider world... He’s probably ensured he’ll never get a mention on the Queen’s birthday honours list now, but he’s certainly deserving of it in my book for the public service he’s done everyone in writing this work. Bravo Darryl, I salute you.View source
Joe Gordon, Forbidden Planet
A remarkable read, visually clever and inventive... [an] eminently readable work on an important subject. I don’t think it is hyperbole to say Darryl has, for me, become to this explanatory branch of reportage comics what Sacco has become to war zone reportage, in that he shows all sides of a problem in a way the reader can understand, while never losing track of the human aspect in the complex issues involved, and all delivered in a way that only the comics medium can do... Darryl’s unique comic art takes the reader easily into the heart of complex matters that have important influences on everyone’s lives and makes it understandable visually as well as with words.View source
Cunningham’s art... has clean lines and a continuity that is often graceful, charming and endearing. He speaks with quiet authority on his subjects, but is careful to cite a whole range of sources and research papers.
Forward: 8 Best Jewish Novels of 2015
Supercrash starts off with Ayn Rand, her fascinating and complicated life story and her philosophy and its legacy, markedly its effect on another notable Jew, Alan Greenspan. It’s a truly engaging and informative read. Its art and writing is so clean and it tells a complex, multi-faceted story and tells it in a digestible way that doesn’t over-simplify this still very pertinent issue.