RR Anderson, DIY Cultural Arts Specialist

May. 5, 2009 at 10:39pm

Taking some time off from the INTERWEBS, devoted to family... my book

As some of you may know, I haven't been real active on the web as of late.


I've decided to take some time off to concentrate on things that are really imporant to me.

Things like ART, CULTURE and REAL LIFE.  

The internet & feed tacoma has made me alot of friends and money...

But what is really important?  

how about my Book for one thing. 

I've already started working on it.  

You can download the first page so far HERE

I have decided to CLINCH OFF adding new tacomics to the book at NO. 115

Any Cartoons drawn after 115 will be added to TACOMIC BOOK VOLUME 002.

special bonus material 2b included:

  1. title pg: "100 TACOMICS: The Secular & Apolitical Cartoon Life of Tacoma and Her Moral People(s)"

  2. copyright info
  3. dedication
  4. availability for honorary degrees
  5. table of contents
  6. FORWARD by long time Tacoma curmudgeon THE New Takhoman
I'd like to include recommends/review/comments from YOU in the cover design 'dr. bronner' style.
Please register them in the comment thread below.  I will make an effort to fit them all in (please remember  More absurd the better).

comments [40]  |  posted under art, books, cartoons, culture, tacoma


by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 5/5/2009 @ 11:03pm
I did it "dr. bronner" style once and all I can say is that mint soap really stings.

by ElectricElliot on 5/5/2009 @ 11:16pm
R.R. Anderson helped me secure a home equity loan at a great price and convinced my gerbil not to take his own life. I heard he draws cartoons too.

by Erik on 5/6/2009 @ 12:27am
Your work has certainly stirred emotion and cannot be considered boring. Few art reviews have enough passion for the reviewer to use the all caps key throughout the entire article.

Yet, yours apparently did.

~ Erik Bjornson, The Tacoma Urbanist


by thriceallamerican on 5/6/2009 @ 9:19am
If the first page is any indication, this book is going to fucking rock.

by NineInchNachos on 5/6/2009 @ 10:44pm
thanks Elliot! Thanks Erik! I'm going to try to fit as many testimonials as I can. keep em comin!

by NineInchNachos on 5/6/2009 @ 10:50pm
Crenshaw your testimonial will be strange and out of context.

by Erik on 5/6/2009 @ 11:13pm
(this one was a classic. Can we submit quotes from other people?)

"Mr. Anderson is a designer, illustrator, and cartoonist by profession. His comments tend to be out in left field, but it makes this place interesting. Generally speaking, however, these comments are ignored by many of us (sorry Mr. Anderson). Note to self: Don't piss off a cartoonist. The results can be unpredictable."

~ Derek, Exit133


by NineInchNachos on 5/7/2009 @ 8:04am
got one from my facebook:

Tressie Ruth at 4:32am May 7
"We can do things like these cartoons that are amusing as a sort of light entertainment or we can do work that is more serious in scope and feeling and that deals with issues; emotional, spiritual, political; of great importance."..or if you don't like what Roberta said, how about...Er Er draw real good. He's Tacoma's RR Thinks.

by Lance Kagey on 5/7/2009 @ 8:07am
Like Pinocchio said, "RR anderson is the greatest illustrator in the universe."

Personally, I think he's a lot nicer than his dumb cartoons pretend.

Lance Kagey
Co-founder of Beautiful Angle

by Mofo from the Hood on 5/7/2009 @ 9:43am
If you're into novelty bird cage liners then this book is for you.
Mofo from the Hood
Tacoma, WA

by droid116 on 5/7/2009 @ 9:51am
"I have had the occasion to invite local and regional experts on the Interwebs to speak to my class. I have considered the artist and web personality RR many times, but he frightens me too much. Plus, I am concerned with the consequence of exposing those students to his ideas. I prefer to invite someone safe like the Tacoma Gnome."

Andrew Fry

by Matt Driscoll on 5/7/2009 @ 1:47pm
RR Anderson showed me the light, and it was magnificent- until it made me blind. Then, he waved his magic pencil and revealed it was all a jest- but I still couldn't see like I had before.

I also hear he looks good with his shirt off.

by morgan on 5/7/2009 @ 3:20pm
Speaking of ~ Derek, Exit133 - did anyone catch him on TV12?

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/7/2009 @ 5:15pm
When the Galactic Martian warlords return a generation from now, you'll be thankful for Mr. Anderson's explicit design schemes for the inverse-pyramid of Pharaohonic power.
With this information in hand, you'll be ready to defend your family and city from the assimilation efforts of the Martian warlords.

-TO'T, Master Blaster of the Stadium District

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/7/2009 @ 5:17pm
When I think of the Noseharp, I think of the inspiring work of Mr. RR Anderson and his Cartoonist Band of Reknown

-TO'T Publisher, Noseharp Enthusiast Magazine

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/7/2009 @ 5:18pm
Until I read "100 Tacomics", I had no idea how to heard cats.
I still don't.

-TO'T Still unsure how to heard cats

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/7/2009 @ 5:23pm
RR Anderson is truly Ichinomiya's number one DJ.

-TO'T Japanese Hardcore Urban House music fan

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/7/2009 @ 5:25pm
When I saw Mr Anderson's image in my morning piece of sourdough toast, I knew there was no god.


by L.S.Erhardt on 5/7/2009 @ 5:27pm
The 120 foot tall Colassus of Anderson erected in Tollefson Plaza last year still scares my 3 year old.

-TO'T Currently working on the 1000 foot Colassus of O'Tool

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/7/2009 @ 5:30pm
I tried to read RR Anderson's latest book, "100 Tacomics" and had to give up halfway through. It caused me to become illiterate.

-TO'T Hookt awn fhonix weeerk for me!

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/7/2009 @ 5:33pm
I submerged RR's book in a vat of 375 degree molten asphalt to release the spirits of my ancestors from the pits of Sheol. It didn't work.

-TO'T Not Jewish... no wonder why there were no ancestors in Sheol

by Dave_L on 5/7/2009 @ 5:49pm
I like our downtoen friend Alan Gorsuch's testimonials for his book. www.alandontknow.com/about_volume_two.ht... I'll try to think of something along those lines. Hopefully something that includes a reference to the Kalakala.

by NineInchNachos on 5/7/2009 @ 6:14pm
Thorax O'Tool, you're my hero

by NineInchNachos on 5/7/2009 @ 6:16pm
ha! funny dave

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/8/2009 @ 8:51am
After reading this book, I feel a more appropriate title would have been: "When Invertabrates Attack"

-TO'T The only human with two spines

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/8/2009 @ 8:56am
Claw-Tu, Verata N'K To!

-TO'T ghobe' a QaQ vo'

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/8/2009 @ 9:00am
Free in every copy is a holodisk pre-loaded with a tour of the NCC-1702 Kalakala. Load it in your holodeck and it's like you're really there!

-TO'T joH vo' maj veng

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/8/2009 @ 9:03am
Dies irć, dies illa
Solvet sćclum in favilla

-TO'T cadant in obscurum

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/8/2009 @ 9:06am
Ash nazg durbatulűk, ash nazg gimbatul, ash nazg thrakatulűk agh burzum-ishi krimpatul

TO'T Lord of the Blings

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/8/2009 @ 9:07am
Ok, I'll stop now. This is what happens when I'm awake for 27 hours.

by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2009 @ 9:14am
are you ever going to make it to frost park this season thorax?

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/8/2009 @ 10:43am
I work a 12 hour rotating shift that has me alternating between days/nights, weekdays/weekends.
So, as you can guess having Friday noon off is rare.

But the Asphalt Gods have smiled on me! I'm getting trained at work beginning Monday on the East and West Pumper positions. Those involve 13 weeks (M-Th) of classroom before I can even follow a team.
So I'll be at the chalk off for most of the summer.

See you there at noon!

by marumaruyopparai on 5/8/2009 @ 9:11pm
Since I began reading the Tacomic I've enjoyed a substantial increase in my girth as well as prolonged performance and enhanced satisfaction during intimate encounters.

by NineInchNachos on 7/19/2009 @ 9:33pm
just collected these into a google spreadsheet. If you want to register more testimonials please write them down here! thanks. God bless.

by L.S.Erhardt on 7/20/2009 @ 12:31am
I heard the very voice of God tell me to read 100 Tacomics.
But then I realized it was just the radio I had forgotten to turn off.

-TO'T Sometimes hears voices

by L.S.Erhardt on 7/20/2009 @ 12:41am
Back in 1977, I sat down to do an interview of Barry Gibb for Rolling Stone Magazine. In those days, I was still pretty green, and being in the presence of a musical demigod was nearly overwhelming. Here I was, a nobody from a hick-ass town in Missouri sitting across from the genius behind the Bee Gees! How on earth was I supposed to interview and question a being who was more than a mere man? Mr Gibb sat there, like a shiny golden god in his radiance and told me something. Something profound and life-altering. He said:

"Kid, here's my advice. You're young and full of wonder. No matter where your career takes you, pay attention to comics, especially ones that have to do with powers of ten and the second-largest city in the greater Puget Sound region. Trust me, it'll be worth your while to remember."

It was then that he ascended from his chair and dissipated into a cloud of golden haze. It wasn't until years later that I finally bothered to figure out what the second largest city in the Puget Sound region was. Tacoma. Apparently my destiny was a blue-collar town named for a 4.4 km tall stratovolcano.
Now that I've been here a decade and a half, I find the fruition of Barry Gibb's prophecy in the greasy pages of "100 Tacomaics" by one Mr. R.R. Anderson. Having read it, I now realize that Barry Gibb was full of shit and I'm just as stupid for having believed him. 32 years of my life wasted!
Curse you, Barry Gibb! Curse you, RR Anderson!!!!!

-TO'T Angry at the jokes of the demigods

by L.S.Erhardt on 7/20/2009 @ 1:05am
It's only 99 Tacomics. I counted twice.

-TO'T Checked it twice.

by L.S.Erhardt on 7/20/2009 @ 1:27am
I first met RR Anderson back in our youth, in our senior year of Princeton. I was far less of a radical at the time, and quite frankly I didn't care about what was going on in Vietnam. As long as I was a student, I figured, I was draft-proof.
Often times, I would hang out with RR at the clubs in NYC, and he would introduce me to his freaknaut friends. Most of them, I could take or leave; their extreme politics just weren't my bag.
But then one night he introduced me to Diana Oughton. She was downright attractive (despite her unkempt hair and rather noxious BO), intelligent and had lots of insane ideas about using violence to stop violence, about bringing down the system and destroying the military-industrial complex.
I went to see her several times with RR, and we'd cook up crazy ideas for bombs and what we'd do once the old order was overthrown. I used to think it was all just talk. So many radicals I knew were all talk, no matter how grandiose their plans may have been. It wasn't until I walked into their rented house over on 18 West 11th Street on March 5th that I realized that I had been duped. I found her and RR half-clothed, having wild freaky monkey-sex on a table containing their bomb apparatus as well as a case of dynamite and a couple empty bottles of cheap wine.
I ran from there, feeling betrayed by my friend RR, and scared shitless by the dynamite on the table. When I read about the explosion in the house a couple days later, I hoped they weren't in there, but Diana's remains had already been found. No one even knew if RR was in there. No one ever heard from him again, so it was assumed there just weren't any remains left to be found. Or so, at least the FBI said.
For nearly fifty years I've been wonder whatever came of my old friend.
And then while in a bookstore, I saw a book of crudely drawn comics about fez-wearing monkies, man-boobs and zombies. I read the title, quite surprised: "100 Tacomics, by RR Anderson".
In a lot of ways, I'm glad my friend finally came out of hiding from the law. And in some ways, I wish he had died that day in 1970... the legend and romance of what we were into with the Weather Underground is way better than living under a rock in a hick-ass 'burb of nasty, wet Seattle and drawing crappy comics for a whopping $5.95 per book. Goddamn sell-out.

-TO'T Didn't forget the spirit of the 60s

by L.S.Erhardt on 7/20/2009 @ 1:35am
I was so enthralled by 100 Tacomics that I stayed up all night to read it. When fell asleep with my head on the keyboard at work the next morning, I accidentally sort of kinda caused the S&P 500 to crash.
At least 100 Tacomics will make good toilet paper for myself and the millions of people who lost everything.

-TO'T Homeless former stock broker

by L.S.Erhardt on 7/20/2009 @ 12:39pm
100 Tacomics is better than a loaf of zucchini bread.

-TO'T Bread enthusiast


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RR Anderson is one of the most curious characters in the UFO lore and the history of underground cartooning. He fought bizarre underground beings in the caves of Alaska, was wounded by a laser before it was invented, and had a background with the clandestine branch of the Tacoma Cartoonists Society.

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