Tacoma Urbanist

Jul. 29, 2008 at 12:10am

Weekly Volcano Censors RR Anderson's Tacomic Again!

(Most) Everyone Likes the Weekly Volcano

The Volcano likes to consider itself as Tacoma's edgy entertainment paper and is often found next to Seattle's The Stranger.  Like The Stranger, the Volcano is free.

Tons of local content is to be found on restaurants, Frost Park Chalk Offs in the Weekly Volcano.  They even run RR Anderson's Frost Park puzzle every week which readers attempt to solve.

Few issues are off limits.  The Volcano has been known to sends its reporters into bathrooms to take pictures, even had one indulge in experimental drugs as part of an article.  The Volcano runs "adult" type ads where readers are urged to call special numbers.

Many of articles tell of great times being had in Tacoma drinking and partying while employing a menagerie of writing  persona's.

However, when it comes to discussing military issues, the Volcano becomes something akin to an agoraphobic tea toddler.

Every week, the Volcano syndicates RR Anderson's Tacomic

So threatened was the Weekly Volcano by RR Anderson's latest Tacomic, they refused to run it and instead replaced it with an earlier  edition.  Fortunately, the banned Tacomic is available on Feed Tacoma.

The Tacomic the Weekly Volcano Does Not Want You to See:

The Censored Tacomic

Is RR Anderson's Tacomic really so controversial? 

The censored Tacomic, deemed too edgy by the Volcano, is little more than a discussion of Guns v. Butter that economists discuss on a regular basis. 

The Volcano's action of censoring this weeks Tacomic is disturbing as even Fox News and Bill O'Reilly permit opposing views on their shows.

The Volcano had the option of permitting an opposing view in the same issue or printing a rebuttal in the new issue.  Instead,  they elected to censor the Tacomic completely citing no justification whatsoever.

Should the Volcano be so scared of these?  (Photo by RR Anderson)


Tacoma benefits from the Weekly Volcano

They have a great staff. However, through their own choice or due to outside pressure, they have constrained and limited themselves and their writers to a greater degree than even mainstream media outlets on military issues or even the Stars and Strips newspaper itself..

RR Anderson's Reaction on Being Censored:

I, RR Anderson, your humble political cartoonist still loves you--You're way cooler than the tacoma weekly. and 100 times cooler than the business examiner.


comments [17]  |  posted under tacoma


by fredo on 7/29/2008 @ 8:46am
The fact that an editor wants to censor the drawings is actually an affirmation of the quality of the drawings. If the drawing were not thought-provoking it would receive scant attention. Keep up the good work, RR.

by Erik on 7/29/2008 @ 10:25am
The fact that an editor wants to censor the drawings is actually an affirmation of the quality of the drawings.

Yes, the fact that it was pulled shows how powerful, and effective RR's censored Tacomic was perceived to be.

by NineInchNachos on 7/29/2008 @ 10:52am
I don't mind the censorship. it's good publicity!

by Erik on 7/29/2008 @ 10:57am
I don't mind the censorship. it's good publicity!

At your next Tacomic show, you could have a section entitled "banned Tacomics." I think three Tacomics now qualify.

On the subject:

Various scriptures have been banned (and sometimes burned) at several points in history. The Bible, the Qur'an, and other religious scriptures have all been subjected to censorship and have been banned in various cities and countries. In Medieval Europe, the Roman Catholic Church created a program that lasted until 1966 to deal with dissenting printed opinion; it was called the Index Librorum Prohibitorum (index of prohibited books). Over the years many books based on the scriptures have also been banned, such as Leo Tolstoy's The Kingdom of God is Within You, which was banned in Russia for being anti-establishment.

Books deemed critical of the state or its interests are another common target for banning.

Books that deal with criminal matter have also been subjected to censorship. Small-press titles that have become infamous by being banned include The Anarchist Cookbook, E for Ecstasy[citation needed], and Hit Man.

In the four-volume series Banned Books,[1] the volumes were divided by grounds for banning: political, religious, sexual and social. The first three are often cited together as taboo in polite conversation.


by Erik on 7/29/2008 @ 11:02am
Here's one applying to Comics:

The Comics Code Authority (CCA) is part of the Comics Magazine Association of America (CMAA), and was created to regulate the content of comic books in the United States. Member publishers submit comic books to the CCA, which screens them for conformance to its Comics Code, and authorizes the use of their seal on the cover if the books comply. At the height of its influence, it was a de facto censor for the U.S. comic book industry.


by izenmania on 7/29/2008 @ 11:14am
Nobody takes the CCA seriously anymore. It functioned for awhile, but as minds opened up and then need for a broader spectrum arose, the CCA failed to evolve. Both Marvel and DC have since developed their own rating system, and all it really took was one of the majors to successfully "risk" publishing without the CCA stamp for everyone to realize that the organization was a pointless dinosaur.

(random side note: There is (or at least was the last time I looked) an oversized version of the CCA logo up on the wall at the Red Hot)

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 7/29/2008 @ 11:31am
I may be confused but isn't the Volcano put out by the same people that put out the Ft. Lewis Ranger? Maybe it is just a distribution thing or maybe I'm all wet on this one.

by Erik on 7/29/2008 @ 11:52am
I may be confused but isn't the Volcano put out by the same people that put out the Ft. Lewis Ranger?

Keep digging Crenshaw, you are closer than you think.


Eisenhower's speech appears to be directly on point to Tacomics 47 years later.


by Dave_L on 7/29/2008 @ 12:11pm
Aside from the controversy itself, maybe paint us a fuller picture and enlighten us on the arrangement (contract?) between the cartoonist and the paper. Is the cartoon a paid gig, trade for ad space, were there any ground rules or mutual understanding established at the outset, what if they just don't like it one week or another?... I'm just not surprised over leaving it out nor am I personally wasting any energy worrying about what they want to put in the paper or leave out of the paper. I don't always agree with the direction some of the writers sometimes take, but a solid 20% of the content each week is readable and useful to me, and it is very easy to get their attention and coverage about local events. I'm glad people are passionate about this, but I've got other things to worry about, like when we're going to clean the chalk this week. Everyone's talking about the WV's reasons, but have they responded to the accusations? I would like to uncover the conspiracy behind why, from all the classic cartoons available in the archives, Erik's action figure got chosen over other non-attorney action figures.

by KevinFreitas on 7/29/2008 @ 12:21pm
@Dave: Part of the agreement RR and I setup for syndicating the Tacomic is that it cannot be edited in any way except to simply not run it. So, if it's objectionable at all to them that's what they do and instead might run an old one.

by Erik on 7/29/2008 @ 12:37pm
Here's a Chalk Off art piece of the same genre of RR's censored Tacomic.

Good thing it was placed in a public park.

Shield your eyes:

Too radical for Tacomans to view?


by Dave_L on 7/29/2008 @ 12:38pm
@KF: Thanks - I wasn't understanding who was syndicating whom.

by Erik on 1/15/2010 @ 11:31am

The Tacoma Weekly now has a new website:


Nice. However, search as I might, I could still not find the Tacomic in it or single cartoon at all despite the abundance of supply of cartoons being produced in Tacoma.

What gives?

Come on Volcano, get up to speed on what is hip and popular!

Surely one of these Tacoma hyper locally made comics could be used in the Volcano occasionally:


12 comic strips to choose from being drawn by some of the best "artists" in the city.

Plus, the alternative police blotter is so 1970s.

by NineInchNachos on 1/15/2010 @ 12:21pm
am I seeing double? the new site looks exactly like the old site.??

by KevinFreitas on 1/15/2010 @ 12:40pm
@NIN: I thought I was the only one. Sighs...

by jenyum on 1/15/2010 @ 9:26pm
It does look like they opened it up a bit more. Or maybe it's just a long time since I've been to the home page.

by NineInchNachos on 1/15/2010 @ 9:31pm
ok now it is different