“Is now the time to buy water?” enquired the email that showed up in my inbox earlier this week.
Its authors weren’t worrying about my dehydration levels. Rather, they were urging me to think of water in quite a new way: as a commodity to invest in.
Making money from water? Is this what Wall Street wants next?
After spending nearly 30 years of my life writing about business and finance, including several years dedicated to the commodities market, the idea of treating water as a pure commodity – something to bought and sold on the open market by those in quest of a profit rather than trying to deliver it to their fellow citizens as a public service – made me pause.
Sure, I’ve grown up surrounded by bottled mineral water – Evian, Volvic, Perrier, Pellegrino and even more chi-chi brands – but that has always existed alongside a robust municipal water system that delivers clean water to whatever home I’m occupying. All it takes is turning a tap. The cost of that water is fractions of a penny compared to designer bottled water.
This summer, however, myriad business forces are combining to remind us that fresh water isn’t necessarily or automatically a free resource. It could all too easily end up becoming just another economic commodity.
literally kill capitalism now
james bond level shit right here.
The reattempting of a drawing i wasnt happy with. Still dont think it’s come out so good? I dunno whaddayou think? Original on left.
Some dirty pair panel bits i enjoyed recently
Q:HEY!! I was at Gosh comics recently and picked up a couple of copies of immortal ewan and I instantly fell in love! The art style's great as is the comedy. I was wondering where I could find more copies of immortal ewan? Are there any explaining his backstory and how he meets his friends? If so I'd love to buy them so as to help support you and gain me some great comics.
Heya, glad you liked em! There’s a couple other immortal Ewan stories HERE. Light and Stone isn’t done yet, still working on the pages for that.
There’s also his run in the Ebon Spire tournament, which delves a little into his backstory and is pre-tty pre-tty long. (I swear, one day I’ll archive this on gronkcomics.com)
I do the Ewan stuff out of chronological order and work on other characters within the People of World universe too, the most recent being Fish Girl.
If you’re around London in August, I’ll be selling comics at the Comica Comiket and should have copies of all the existing minis with me there. I have plans for more Ewan and Luvvit stories in the works for after Light and Stone’s conclusion too, so stick around.