THE TACOMIC


"go back to sleep"

or Another Russell Cartoon
posted Jun 9, 2009
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by izenmania on 6/9/2009 @ 7:20am
Looks to be inspired by a panel from the childhood of Walter Kovacs, a.k.a. Rorschach, from the comic series Watchmen. I can't find a copy of the image online, or I would post it here.

by NineInchNachos on 6/9/2009 @ 7:53am
sharp eye sir. Though I had to shift the perspective a bit...

:)

by Erik on 6/9/2009 @ 10:04am
The Tacomic causes no angst for me. Now if Seattle would have been in there, it would have been a different story.

Notice also the reversal in the Tacomic: although shocking, without Russell, the small business owner would not have been born in the first place.

The ultimate pro-Russell Tacomic. Cute.

by izenmania on 6/9/2009 @ 10:37am
Actually Erik, if RxR is working with the story surrounding the comic panel it is based on, the man ("Russell") is not the child's father. Rather, the mother ("Tacoma") is a prostitute, and the man is merely one client. So on some level he helps provide support for the child ("Small Business Owner"), but not in a positive way, and for healthy growth they must ultimately be rid of their dependence on him.

by Mofo from the Hood on 6/9/2009 @ 11:39am
I've read a lot of comments on Tacoma blogs in which people seem see to Russell as symbolic of one "John" in a world full of Johns.

The cartoon child could be a bastard unrelated and independent of Russell and the City.

Most independent Tacoma Small Businesses that I'm acquainted with involve a complex web of relationships and as such rely very little on City Hall and have no significant reliance on Russell.




by NineInchNachos on 6/9/2009 @ 1:26pm
Joe has the right idea... though the ambiguity of the imagery for people unfamiliar with the comic book reference (which lets face it, is most of the civilian population) is intriguing to me.

What you don't see is the next panel (undrawn) where the man pushes the child open-palm to the face 'outa his way' and declares he's going to Seattle where he doesn't need to suffer the aggravation of 'children creeping about' then tosses the mom a 5 dollar bill "more than you're worth"

after the man leaves, mother proceeds to dig her thumbs in the eyes of the child yelling something like 'You realize how much money you just cost me little brat?'...

moral of the story: never open the door; never ask how sausage is made.

by fredo on 6/9/2009 @ 8:29pm
Very funny, very insightful. But the analogy is a little off.

The disrespected prostitute would be the small businessmen and women. The "john" is the city of Tacoma having its way. And the Frank Russell Company is the pimp, taking all the resulting proceeds.

The best laugh I had all day, thanks RR.

by NineInchNachos on 6/9/2009 @ 10:01pm
sayWA?

when you look at it my way FR is getting extra perks from Ms. Tacoma that the little business owners are precluded from.

Even so, laughter is my goal. Thanks Fredo!

by L.S.Erhardt on 6/9/2009 @ 10:22pm
Could we see a little more skin next time?

by NineInchNachos on 6/9/2009 @ 11:23pm
I have to keep it clean for the volcano. It's a family newspaper after all.

by ensie on 6/10/2009 @ 11:51am
Not anymore. Sorry to hear they are cutting out the Tacomic. Best part of The Volcano.

by izenmania on 6/10/2009 @ 12:06pm
Next week's Tacomic: 100% Naked.

by NineInchNachos on 6/10/2009 @ 12:14pm
I know right? At least now I know what it must feel like to be one of those Palestinian children who have lost both legs and an arm after the Israeli Army began using new heavy-metal/high-density explosives on UN schools in the west bank.

Losing the print edition of the Tacomic has been hard for me.

by fredo on 9/9/2009 @ 12:21pm
Tacoma Washington 09/09/09@ Frank Russell Company is moving to Seattle.

The decision the city made earlier this year to grant raises to all its employees is looking especially petulant in light of today's sobering news. And how about the decision to develop an International Financial Services District? How much has the city spent on this aborted initiative? The money spent to clean up the Sauro's dry cleaners property? Kiss that goodbye.

Well, just let Seattle try to take away our Bail Bonds district or Tollefson Plaza.

by NineInchNachos on 9/9/2009 @ 10:11pm
well since everyone and their dog is blogging about Ruck Fussell... might as well do another tacomic on it.