THEY LIVE: The Hideous Truth About The City of Ruston, Washington

Kind of like that scene from the movie cocoon
posted Dec 7, 2010
tacoma, tacomic, nasa, arsenic microbes, rustion
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FACT: The City of Ruston has some of the highest concentrations of lead and arsenic in south Puget Sound. FACT: Every resident, including but not limited to the Ruston City Council are likely "fundamentally different" life-based organisms. FACT:   We can joke about them in cartoons, but the reality is they aren't going anywhere

by debivans on 12/7/2010 @ 1:55am
HA! It's true, all known life on Earth is made up mainly of six elements: carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, sulfur and phosphorus. And some scientist (see NPR science website) has recently found some little life that seems to substitute arsenic for phosphorus in a funky arsenic-laced lake in California. Arsenic and Phosphorus are right next to each other on the periodic table of the elements, making it an easy transition.

We Tacomans are not a funky little life form in a Cali lake. Although, I do remember a great T-Town band called Smelter that rocked this town in the early 90's and I think I may be just as infected with the memory of power chords and the image of the stack being imploded as anything. OK, I have lost my point or never had one to begin with. I'm going to bed now. Thanks.

by cisserosmiley on 12/7/2010 @ 2:09am
i still think we're moving there

by marumaruyopparai on 12/7/2010 @ 6:35am
Some of your best work here as far as I'm concerned.

by NineInchNachos on 12/7/2010 @ 8:02am
THE TACOMIC would like to thank commenter izenmania for the idea of doing a cartoon about the arsenic microbes. Submit your ideas to the Tacomic Tip line today!

by dolly varden on 12/7/2010 @ 8:23am
Very funny.

by NineInchNachos on 12/7/2010 @ 8:54am

(public service announcement)

Dirt Alert: Arsenic & Lead!

by NineInchNachos on 12/7/2010 @ 8:58am
wow, they have videos now!

by thriceallamerican on 12/7/2010 @ 8:59am
Comic Sans alert!

by NineInchNachos on 12/7/2010 @ 8:59am
oh sucker punch!

by captiveyak on 12/7/2010 @ 9:17am
whenever i feel depressed, i go rock-licking in Ruston.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 12/7/2010 @ 9:22am
Did JayRay do that sign for the health department for $50k? The woman in the overalls looks a bit like our mayor.

by NineInchNachos on 12/7/2010 @ 9:22am
Buck up sir! nothing is worth licking smelter slag !
(Just ignore low bar)

by NineInchNachos on 12/7/2010 @ 9:23am
@jayray holy crap that would be a funny angle.

by captiveyak on 12/7/2010 @ 10:12am
Why doesn't CLAW start a PR company? They've got the writing prowess, the art skills, the thorough understanding of human psychology, current trends finesse, sex appeal, a certain transcendent civic savviness... the list goes on.

by NineInchNachos on 12/7/2010 @ 10:19am
we're still working on the 501c paperwork.. (COUGH mark monlux lazy COUGH)

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 12/7/2010 @ 10:33am
you should become a 501c4, c-4 is an explosive and I see CLAW as being incendiary.

by The Jinxmedic on 12/7/2010 @ 10:55am
Hmmm... ... that has potential.

by NineInchNachos on 12/7/2010 @ 11:01am
CLAW doing "Random Hacks of Kindness" ?

by fredo on 12/7/2010 @ 7:36pm
wonderfully imaginative. nice work RR

by NineInchNachos on 12/7/2010 @ 8:12pm
Thanks Fredo!

by NineInchNachos on 12/8/2010 @ 9:16am

by narndt on 12/8/2010 @ 10:57am
They must have paid JayRay about a ker-billion dollars to make that video!

by jenyum on 12/8/2010 @ 11:53am
The science behind this Tacomic is fatally flawed! I am outraged, outraged I tell you!

(*Actually, this Tacomic is pretty flawless, and I'm sure that when NASA does discover arsenic-based life we'll find out that it's been walking the mean streets of Ruston for decades.)

by marumaruyopparai on 12/9/2010 @ 3:21am
NASA can't seem to catch a break when it comes to PR and credibility these days, Mars or bust baby.

by Adam the Alien on 12/9/2010 @ 9:18am
This comic still makes me giggle.

@Jenyum From everything I've read, whether or not the research is flawed is still under considerable debate.

by NineInchNachos on 5/20/2013 @ 2:30pm