RR Anderson, DIY Cultural Arts Specialist

Feb. 5, 2009 at 9:47pm

How to Draw Credit Union Cartoons. A True story of teamwork with special forces team: RR, Daniel Blue and Jamie Chase

How local creative people came together to save America from Financial Ruin

As we all know I do freelance cartooning on the side. Some jobs are more interesting than others.  This is one of those interesting jobs.  Mostly because of the current reality we as Americans have reluctantly sobered up to.   I'm no thorax o'tool so i'll just paraphrase:

The debt orgy going on since the days of Reganomics was so big that a massive overcorrection is inevitable. It is equally irrational to think that folks looking for a helluva deal are causing this. What we see is the end result of over a quarter century's worth of poor regulatory, banking, fiscal and economic policy.
Not sure the above sentiment fits here exactly but I like the sound of it.  The bottom line is that the blood sucking banks are going down in flames and they'll try and take you with em.  What can you as an individual do?  Be like me... consider putting your money in a Credit Union.   This is a blog post about how  I was hired to draw cartoons to provoke people into thinking about Credit Unions.  The main thing I was happy to find out is that Credit Unions aren't receiving any god damn bail out money.  I like that.   I like that alot.   Anyhow this is that story.

The Players 

  • Jamie "Fearless Leader" Chase - Freelance marketing expert, fire eating red-head, Credit Union expert.   
  • Daniel Blue - Creative Director, Underground Burlesque Proprietor,  Poet, Fashion Designer, Volcano Writer?  Exit133 contributor, dude in a band.
  • RR Anderson - Rogue Cartoonist (for Hire). 

Thumbnail Sketches


ROUND ONE - Sketches w. Feedback from Daniel Blue

"Hero needs to be defending something, not on the attack.  Make monster less horror show, more mother goose.  Should be cutting credit card, not arm off.   We cant show a bloody mess.  You should have heard the phone message from Jamie.  Next time don't CC her... send cartoons only to me."

"I like your parody of the Credit Union man with umbrella.  He needs to look less crazed though. Umbrella should not be ripping apart. Umbrella should be protecting him.  Also don't make him running away. He should be more hunkered down.  Other than that this one is good."

"The banker is too freaky. Needs to be fatter and not a vampire.  We should not have a needle sticking in somebody's neck. Like the concept just needs to be Less creepy."

"Love that the credit union is a rescue helicopter. Love that metaphor.  Corporate suits should not be headless. Fake plastic looking heads instead.  Also they should all be trying to give her credit cards. Banner needs to be more legible. Make the bodies look like they're trying to really grab at her.  Right now it looks like a holocaust body pile."

ROUND TWO - Sketches w. Feedback from Daniel Blue

Credit Union Cartoons 2nd REV.
"Yeah we need to try something else.  Jamie suggests a burning house and a fire truck as the hero. Lets put a mustache on the firetruck though.  A heroic mustache. I'm thinking African safari mustache. Jamie wants the sparks from the fire to be credit cards and the fire labeled credit card debt." 

Credit Union Cartoons 2nd REV.
"Perfect! This one is ready to go."

Credit Union Cartoons 2nd REV.
"This one is ready to go too."


Credit Union Cartoons FINAL VERSION

Credit Union Cartoons FINAL VERSION

Credit Union Cartoons FINAL VERSION
"Right on."

Credit Union Cartoons FINAL VERSION
"Love it."

comments [27]  |  posted under cartooning, entrepreneurship, freelance, industry, lies, private contractor (mercenary), tacoma


by morgan on 2/5/2009 @ 10:48pm
Wow - thanks for sharing the creative process - so funny!! I guess Jamie and Daniel didn't do their research - they should have expected severed limbs and vampire bankers! Will the finals be in color?

by Erik on 2/5/2009 @ 11:29pm
Nice work. The last one is pretty good and Matrix like. Clean and crisp.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 2/5/2009 @ 11:48pm
Splendid work. Support the local credit union of your choice, you will not regret it and will most likely profit by it. If your money is not in a credit union your money is not working for you, it is working against you.

by zastica on 2/6/2009 @ 8:55am

by NineInchNachos on 2/6/2009 @ 5:22pm
Thank you for your support my friends. I emailed this post to the fine folks at the planet money NPR podcast seems like something they'd get a kick out of too. High five!

by NineInchNachos on 2/6/2009 @ 5:25pm
hey anybody catch the wisdom of Jeff Becker (mr. 5 views) on the biz examiner coffee break newsletter today?

"One of the provisions in the original "stimulus" bill, which has since been dropped, was an allocation of $200 million for contraceptives. I don't know what this bill is supposed to stimulate, but it won't stimulate the economy."






by Girl Who <3 JUNK on 2/6/2009 @ 11:00pm
Credit Union's are the BEST.

I worked at Harborstone Credit Union from 1994-2006.

I was the receptionist at the McChord branch for 8 years.

It was nice to know I could make my own decisions to help the MEMBERS out any time.

I didn't have to explain why I reversed some NSF fees or other fees.

They just trusted me and new I was helping the members any way I could.

I loved my members. Especially the retirees. I loved to hear their stories.

Harborstone Credit Union (the UN bank).

I even have my business account with them. Great Service!!!!

by jenyum on 2/7/2009 @ 9:54am
oooh, aaaah

very nice.

I love my credit union.

Contraceptives are an economic stimulus if you are one of the 52% of humanity forced to buy them or be dealing with unpaid maternity leave and 18+ years of cascading costs. But whatever, family planning is out of the stimulus bill...

by fredo on 2/7/2009 @ 10:36am
Why does a discussion of cartooning invariably lead to a discussion of contraceptives? I think we need more cartoonists, not less.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 2/7/2009 @ 10:53am
LOL, I agree, fredo.

by jenyum on 2/7/2009 @ 11:29am
Are you suggesting we create more cartoonists through some sort of forced breeding program?

I'm sure they could create some great propaganda posters for the cause.

by marumaruyopparai on 2/7/2009 @ 4:16pm
The one's that didn't make the cut are not surprisingly my favorites, the edgy quality of RR's work is one of it's pioneering attributes. I don't want an economically and politically informed Hallmark card, I want to be unapologetically punched in the face with THE TRUTH.

RR Anderson drops TRUTH BOMBS. Reconize.

by Chase on 2/11/2009 @ 11:18am
Thanks for all your brilliance RR. Your talent is profound.

by scout on 2/11/2009 @ 12:10pm
My favorite was the Freaky banker one - they are worse than vampires and the more disturbing the better otherwise the target audience is "Good Housekeeping."

Agree that this demonstrates the collaborative, creative process, which always includes many iterations.

by NineInchNachos on 2/11/2009 @ 1:10pm
Everytime I listen to the news I hate the bankers even more.

I think we're looking at the origin of AMERICAN REVOLUTION 2.0

by NineInchNachos on 4/6/2009 @ 11:03pm
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/learn2draw/3420674668/" title="Tapco Credit Union Switch Kit by NineInchNachosV, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3569/3420674668_d825bf6003_m.jpg" width="240" height="180" alt="Tapco Credit Union Switch Kit" /></a>

by NineInchNachos on 4/6/2009 @ 11:03pm
dude not being able to copy/paste flickr code sucks a big fat one

by Adam the Alien on 4/7/2009 @ 10:33am
You know, I've never actually had a bank account at an actual bank. My parents started an account for me at a credit union down in Oregon when I was but a wee bundle of adorable pooping and drooling.

Okay, it may have been later...I honestly don't know. I just know I've had the account as long as I can remember.

Great thing is: a lot of credit unions are networked with one another, throughout the U.S. and Canada. So I can access my money easily, even when I'm out of my credit union's local area.

dude not being able to copy/paste flickr code sucks a big fat one

Are you sure it doesn't work? I've found that sometimes I just need to hit "edit" and then re-save without changing the post at all, and suddenly the code works. This has always worked for me, even while we had the fancy comment editing buttons.

For basic code, at least (which Flickr code appears to be). YouTube's "embed" code wasn't working in comments, last I checked.

by NineInchNachos on 4/7/2009 @ 10:52am
kevin fixed it. works now

by NineInchNachos on 4/7/2009 @ 11:08am
Tapco Credit Union Switch Kit

by NineInchNachos on 6/23/2009 @ 9:16am
"SEATTLE, WA (KPLU) - The financial meltdown has many people looking for safe places to stash their cash. Financial commentator Greg Heberlein likes credit unions. He explains why to KPLU's Dave Meyer. "


by NineInchNachos on 10/17/2011 @ 8:52am
#occupytacoma bump!

by The Jinxmedic on 10/17/2011 @ 9:17am
November 5th- "Close your corporate bank account" day. Now new and improved with more arrests!

by NineInchNachos on 11/11/2011 @ 4:04pm
guess these cartoons are being bundled up and headed to NYC. Go #OWS! Allah be praised!

by The Jinxmedic on 11/11/2011 @ 4:13pm
So if you can praise allah, you can certainly join the Pythians.

by NineInchNachos on 11/11/2011 @ 4:15pm
yeah guys. you just need to believe in a higher power. "Bob" counts too!

by low bar on 11/11/2011 @ 5:45pm
totally disagree with the feedback, but then again i'm not a mormon.


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