RR Anderson, DIY Cultural Arts Specialist

Feb. 17, 2009 at 8:35pm

City of Tacoma onboard for Tacomic Cartoon Book

A Dynamic Victory for Self Pubishing

**NEWS FLASH** $2500 arts grant awarded to friendly neighborhood cartoonist RR Anderson to self publish 100 Tacomic Collectors Volume NO.1

Tacoma Artists Initiative Program award


Project Title:

100 Tacomics: The Secular + Apolitical Cartoon Life of Tacoma and Her Moral People(s)

project description:

Bulk of the funding would go towards self-publishing costs for a hardbound collection of 100 of the best, most popular and celebrated feedtacoma.com editorial cartoons (Tacomics) that have been or will be produced from now until late 2010.  I have ambition to print upwards of two hundred 8x10 books--first editions that could then be sold at more reasonable rate to the people of this fine city--personally autographed/inscribed by the cartoonist for added sentimental value.

How will your project be publicly presented in Tacoma?

The 100 Tacomic Book will be presented to the people during a Kings Books event in downtown Tacoma. At the Kings Books event a free Symposium titled: "How to Draw Tacomics: A rogue cartoonist's guide to prosperity in an era of extreme newspaper decline" will also be given.

How will your project be affected if you do not receive full funding from the Tacoma Arts Commission?

More money translates directly into more books published. Ideally I would like to have over 100 books on hand to sell at the Kings books symposium to sign and inscribe.  Also I would like books on hand to sell or give away as prizes at community events like the Frost Park Chalk Challenge. Without funds to build up the inventory of books, people would still have the option of purchasing books online from one-off self-publishing website like lulu.com


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Special Thanks to everyone who volunteered as a reference!

Personal Goals:

  1. John Hathaway The New Takhoman  Introduction paragraph(s)?
  3. FOR YOUR NOTES page
  4. Cross-Sell C.L.A.W. CartoonistsLeague.org
  5. Include favorite feed tacomic comments

comments [19]  |  posted under cartooning, living and working in the virtual girl, tacoma, tacomic


by marumaruyopparai on 2/17/2009 @ 9:10pm

by Erik on 2/17/2009 @ 9:10pm

I wish you congratulations regardless if the letter is real or not.

The 100 Tacomic Book will be presented to the people during a Kings Books event in downtown Tacoma. At the Kings Books event a free Symposium titled: "How to Draw Tacomics: A rogue cartoonist's guide to prosperity in an era of extreme newspaper decline" will also be given.

Nice. This event could revitalize Tacoma.

(Wait a minute, how come you and Naomi have the same friggin title CAS? How did that happen? Did she copy you?)

by NineInchNachos on 2/17/2009 @ 9:37pm
It's real! reserve your copy today

by Erik Hanberg on 2/17/2009 @ 9:41pm
That's awesome news, sir!

by Erik on 2/17/2009 @ 9:49pm
Congrats man.

This reminds me of the time Frost Park finally went legit and wasn't considered grafitti anymore by the City who eventually started sponsoring episodes. There is a god!

by Mofo from the Hood on 2/17/2009 @ 9:57pm
I'm one reason closer to accepting the chaos theory of the universe.

by izenmania on 2/17/2009 @ 10:37pm
This is beautiful and excellent news. Well done, Tacoma Arts Commission.

(Obviously well done to RR as well, but in some ways their decision to support this endeavor is the more surprising feat)

by NineInchNachos on 2/17/2009 @ 10:40pm
thanks dudes. I did the calculations on lulu.com looks like 2500 will get us about 150 hardcover books.

Unless anybody knows a good local publisher? Maybe sweat pea knows some people.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 2/17/2009 @ 11:19pm
I think the lulu.com business model is good, actually. At 16.66 per unit you have some leeway in the pricing. What you need to do is think about some special editions. Say 26 special signed lettered copies with a hand drawn plate in each one. These could run for $100 bucks each. The next edition could be the numbered and signed edition of say 50 copies. These could go for 50 bucks each. Then would be the standard signed edition going for 30 bucks each. You'd have 50 of these. What you'd have left is 24 copies for other distribution. A sellout of the paid editions would yield 6600 clams. I'm not certain of lulu.com's quality. If you can get better quality locally at the same price that would make sense. I forgot to factor in shipping from lulu.com and sales tax from a local publisher

by NineInchNachos on 2/17/2009 @ 11:51pm
hey thanks Crenshaw, I didn't think of that.

by Erik on 2/18/2009 @ 12:38am
Crenshaw's proposal is similar to BA famed scarcity based pricing:


by intacoma on 2/18/2009 @ 6:35am
or you could pocket the money and hire yourself to draw out each copy ;)

by Erik on 2/18/2009 @ 10:39am
And to think we knew RR when he was just an often censored blog commentor.

by Erik on 2/18/2009 @ 4:00pm
Folks, it looks like the letter is legit after all. RR friggin won:

After receiving 40 applications � all of them requesting money � the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program has made its decisions � at least when it comes to the 2009-2010 funding cycle....

One of those artists is the infamous R.R. Anderson, whose editorial cartoons (Tacomics) regularly appear in the pages of the Weekly Volcano and post on FeedTacoma. Anderson was awarded $2,500 to-self publish a hardbound collection of 100 of his best and most noteworthy Tacomics by December 2010. The collection will be known as 100 Tacomics: The Secular and Apolitical Cartoon Life of Tacoma and Her Moral People(s).


by Erik on 2/23/2009 @ 3:14pm
It looks like the Tacoma Daily Index has assigned one of their senior reporters Todd Matthews to cover RR's victory as well:

Photo by Todd Matthews

The artists who received funding include: RR Anderson, C. Rosalind Bell, Victoria Bjorklund, Becky Frehse, Robin Jaecklein, Matthew Johnson, Maria Jost, Fumiko Kimura, William Kupinse, Steven McElrath, Chandler O'Leary, Amy Reeves, Claudia Riedener, Tammy Robacker, Mauricio Robalino, Nicholas Stokes and Chholing Taha

Tacoma political cartoonist RR Anderson is one of 17 artists to receive funding this year from the Tacoma Arts Commission.


by Dave_L on 2/23/2009 @ 6:30pm
Wow - I can't think anything to say except congratulations! I already know what my favorite page will be.
Hey, I recognize at least one other F>>T person among the other winners, so congratulations to you, too!

by NineInchNachos on 2/23/2009 @ 6:59pm
yeah! tell us about your project Claudia!

by tamsugah on 2/24/2009 @ 8:02pm
Congrats RR. Wonderful news! I got a TAIP grant award too for my first book of poetry. Hopefully I will get to meet you soon at a w-9 party or whatnot. Checks in the mail and all.... :) Tammy

by NineInchNachos on 2/24/2009 @ 9:42pm
Thanks! If you like my cartoons, maybe you'll like this time-capsule of Tacoma subculture too:



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