RR Anderson, DIY Cultural Arts Specialist

Jan. 2, 2009 at 5:21pm

My Tacomic Book Symposium Needs a Venue

in search of a "letter of agreement"

My Fellow Feed Tacomic enthusiasts! 

I'm trying to find a venue for the open-to-public portion of my 2009-2010 Tacoma Artists Initiative Program (T.A.I.P. grant)... 

My idea is to get the City of Tacoma to help pay for publshing costs on my upcoming book:

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

note, TAIP does not support arts activities of a political or religious nature so it's a good thing all my cartoons are ambiguous and unaffiliated.    

Even so, the public portion I'm thinking of presenting as a symposium titled something like:

How to Draw Tacomics, Win Friends and Influence People.

the question is, where would you host such an event?  You'd think Kings Books right? Well so far they haven't taken the bait.     Another idea might be the Library.  However, I have first hand experience that the ARTS COMMISSION will turn their nose up to anything related to the library. 

Please register your suggestions below!

comments [11]  |  posted under arts, cartoonists, group, symposium, tacoma


by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 1/2/2009 @ 7:25pm
I'm assuming the venue has to be free or nearly free.

by NineInchNachos on 1/2/2009 @ 7:41pm
ye gods I forgot to mention 150% Free!

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 1/2/2009 @ 7:41pm
....and not Toffefson Plaza.

by NineInchNachos on 1/2/2009 @ 7:43pm
hmmm. I like it.

by Mofo from the Hood on 1/2/2009 @ 9:42pm
If you plan your symposium for summer then here's an outdoor scheme:

Down at Owen's Beach there's a canopy with lots of side by side picnic tables. They used to hold Salmon Bake's down there. So I'm thinkin' maybe you can organize something like a Salmon Bake and Cartoon Art function but on a budget level. Maybe canned tuna and saltine crackers and Sprite. Everybody likes that combo. Now here's the real fun part. All of the tables will be covered with white butcher paper ''tablecloth's" and everybody is encouraged to draw on the table cloth. But, also bring down a carton or two of "11 x 17" 20lb. bond that has been glued into pad's of 50 sheets so that the attendees get a free drawing tablet. Maybe also a free Sharpie pen.

Another good thing about this spot is that if a ''carnival" should develop around your symposium (musician's, jugglers, hoola-hoop dancers, break-dancers etc.), if all this kind of thing just started building its own momentum on the fringe of your event, then I'm thinkin' that nobody's gonna have to lay out money for a festival permit.

In the meantime, think about making a Fez pattern and then photo copy it on white paper so that the symposium attendees can make themselves an official event souvenir.

by NineInchNachos on 1/2/2009 @ 10:54pm
holy crap that's funny. Thanks again mofo! FIFTEEN FIFTEEN FIFTEEN

by deeble interactive on 1/4/2009 @ 7:37pm
I heard kings books is onboard now for your symposium, nice work Anderson

by Mofo from the Hood on 1/4/2009 @ 8:41pm
Check with the Rescue Mission. Sometimes I drive by their place on South Tacoma Way off Pacific Ave.and even though it looks kinda swanky, they might allow your gig in there.

by NineInchNachos on 1/4/2009 @ 8:49pm
Are you kidding? Lonergan's posse would have me tared and feathered.

by Mofo from the Hood on 1/4/2009 @ 10:44pm
Wait a minute. You mean that you're not Lonergan's publicist? What about that Lincoln Park carnival chalk drawing from last summer?---you called it "culture jamming." What about the yard sign he personally delivered to your house? What about all the cartoon promotions? Lonergan could make a few "special" phone calls and the Rescue Mission would buy every billboard space in town and then before the show they'd pick you up and deliver you to the stage in a stretch limo stocked with champagne and Mission hostesses.

by NineInchNachos on 1/4/2009 @ 10:54pm
they'd have me 'dissapeared'

I'd end up in thumbscrews in their fauxlighthouse..

I'm gonna do myself a favor and stay as far away as I can from that place. Maybe hole up in the science/biology/engineering non-fiction section of the main library. Any jokers come looking for me I'll hurl darwin's "Descent of Man" at em, which is better than Kryptonite.


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