Why I'm Boycotting the Weekly Volcano And So Can YOU

BECAUSE the Weekly Volcano can't stop buying up Clear Channel Billboard Ads!
posted May 10, 2011
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Dear Tom "Pappy" Swarner, If you love billboards so much why don't you marry one?  Mrs. Olivia luxury-hot-yoga-Seattle-high-rise-condominium-owner Lippens could probably set you up too, dawg.  I was saving her for the first ANTI-TACOMA ACTION FIGURE villain, but her photo here fit so well in the teaser masthead area of my re-imagined Volcano Cover, Olivia elbowed her world cartoon debut into the Volcano first. You could say Olivia is chomping at the bit to GIT IN ON THE PARTY!  Meanwhile the struggle against pure unadulterated evil spam lingers in facebook, ENLIST TODAY!  AND Never forget our brave (genuine and original) heroes in the WAR ON MEDIA

Previously on the Tacomic: Man the Pumpkin Cannons

by Erik on 5/10/2011 @ 2:01am
I remember when RR and the Weekly Volcano were nearly one and the same.

(RR hoisting up the Weekly Volcano)

Detailed view:

(Drawn 3/11/2008)

Can't you two bury the hatchet?

by Erik on 5/10/2011 @ 2:23am

by NineInchNachos on 5/10/2011 @ 8:03am
ah! thanks Tacoma Urbanist™ I knew I was forgetting some backstory. Yes full disclosure they canned the Tacomic, but it was for the best...

we did have some good times though...

M e mmmm or ies.... .


by cisserosmiley on 5/10/2011 @ 8:08am
the weakling volcano is the singularly most negative cultural transmitter in tacoma...they are alcohol centric - where to buy booze, where to get drunk, where to listen to drunk bands playing to drunk people, how to get laid when everyone is drunk, and finally what food to eat the next afternoon that treats drunk tummy the best. these guys are morons.

by fredo on 5/10/2011 @ 8:09am
The content of that paper is rubbish but they usually have some hot looking pictures in the classifieds.

by cisserosmiley on 5/10/2011 @ 8:18am
fredo, don't use those ads...i...uh,,,have a friend who got robbed after he ordered three hot sluts from the volcano's sex menu section.

by NineInchNachos on 5/10/2011 @ 8:24am
Only use Dan Savage approved sexytime stranger ads. Or don't. Gross!

by NineInchNachos on 5/10/2011 @ 8:27am
This paper is designed to 'service' America's fighting men and women down at JBLM. And JBLM has some problems. TNT-frontpage-news caliber problems.

Is the Volcano linked in any way to the JBLM base troubles ? YOU BE THE JUDGE. All I know is, I lose a little hope every time I pick up a copy.

by gritz thekat on 5/10/2011 @ 8:29am
You can shred it up and put it in the bottom of your litter box for extra absorbancy.

by NineInchNachos on 5/10/2011 @ 9:14am
too much drinking. not enough thinking.

by NineInchNachos on 5/10/2011 @ 10:03am
Q: @RR_Anderson I am unclear on your issues with the Volcano - can you elaborate?

A: @katynicoud they fornicate with billboards and promote drinking alcohol as a means of escaping the horrible environment they help create.

by NineInchNachos on 5/10/2011 @ 10:08am

by Matt Driscoll on 5/10/2011 @ 10:33am
Down with the Volcano!

What I never told you, RR, is that I took two Advil PM's before crafting the ultra-catchy, Don Draper-esque marketing catch phrase, "Get In On the Party." Makes it all the more impressive, really ...

by NineInchNachos on 5/10/2011 @ 10:46am
Did you consider "Get In On the Party, Bro!" ?

by NineInchNachos on 5/10/2011 @ 10:47am
follow up question: individual in the sleeveless hoodie--man or woman?

by Matt Driscoll on 5/10/2011 @ 11:10am
No, I really didn't. Market research indicates "bros" are already heavily "In On the Party."

Follow up answer: Wouldn't you like to know. (Actually, it's dude from Paris Spleen)

by NineInchNachos on 5/10/2011 @ 11:15am
ha! Thanks Matt.

by NineInchNachos on 5/10/2011 @ 12:06pm
Hey Kevin, do you have a recommended poll gizmo for feed tacoma pages?

by Erik on 5/10/2011 @ 12:22pm
This boycott thing is a great promotional tool gig for RR and the Volcano.

Here is how RR REALLY feels about the Volcano in his own words (he loves them):

[T]he weekly volcano is one of the best things tacoma has going for it. May the Swarners remain discernibly turgid for 1000 years.

(The post gives some history of their symbiotic relationship)

by cisserosmiley on 5/10/2011 @ 12:28pm
in all seriousness, please stop supporting these folks.

by NineInchNachos on 5/10/2011 @ 12:38pm
I like Ron, Matt, Paul and the new guy Zach... that's why it pains me so to see them working for a newspaper that puts money into the hands of that wine-sucking vampire bat Olivia Lippens she is just going to use it against the people of Tacoma to litter our skyline with digital billboards and more illegal blight.


by NineInchNachos on 5/10/2011 @ 12:52pm

by NineInchNachos on 5/10/2011 @ 1:10pm
Tom Swarner wont be happy until all of Tacoma looks like the homepage of

by inbloodyrise on 5/10/2011 @ 1:54pm
get serious. dont boycot them because they will need all the support they can muster when they go down as the fall guys. someone is going to pay that fine and it wont be clear channel. its always the little bros.

culpable? yes. but still our neighbors.

by NineInchNachos on 5/10/2011 @ 2:02pm

by NineInchNachos on 5/10/2011 @ 2:41pm
FUN ACTIVITY: print this tacomic... a few copies and place them in the display window of weekly volcano boxes in your neighborhood. Post a photo here!

by NineInchNachos on 5/10/2011 @ 3:54pm

by AngelaJossy on 5/10/2011 @ 8:47pm
I thought Tom Swarner retired from the biz several years ago.

by NineInchNachos on 5/11/2011 @ 12:49pm
Maybe? Who knows. Hey what if we used this thread as a VOLCANO WATCH like the old Tacoma Reporter had the "Trib Watch" ?

by NineInchNachos on 5/12/2011 @ 1:42pm

spotted on my way from the bus...


print the above cartoon... place it in the display window of the WEEKLY VOLCANO newspaper box and send me your pictures!

by NineInchNachos on 5/13/2011 @ 10:57am

seriously, a movement has begun!

by TDI-Reporters-Notebook on 5/13/2011 @ 11:17am
amazing! and both of the boxes are located @ a block away from your work! that's crazy! what a coincidence!

by NineInchNachos on 5/13/2011 @ 1:23pm
truly a grass roots city wide movement... just wow.

by NineInchNachos on 5/14/2011 @ 9:03am
DAY 3 - spotted on my way back from the methadone clinic

by NineInchNachos on 5/15/2011 @ 2:36pm
DAY 4 - spotted on my way to the bartender academy

by NineInchNachos on 5/16/2011 @ 9:59am
still there...

by NineInchNachos on 5/17/2011 @ 8:33am
spotted on my way to jury duty...

by NineInchNachos on 5/18/2011 @ 9:44am
Another one! spotted on my way to hot yoga

by Jake on 5/18/2011 @ 10:50am
I heard the Volcano won't be renewing their billboard contract with CC once it expires. RR Winning?

by NineInchNachos on 5/18/2011 @ 11:39am
pull the other one!

by Erik on 5/18/2011 @ 12:04pm
RR's cover could actually be used by the Volcano with a few minor modifications. The cover gives a road map for articles they could write.

The cover tease into the billboard issue could certainly be used.

by NineInchNachos on 5/18/2011 @ 12:30pm
this is great volume II book material.... (via some social media site)

Mark Lindquist: RR keeps asking me - and everyone else - to boycott the Volcano. I finally responded, "RR, it would not be ethical for me to boycott a weekly alternative paper that featured a Mark Lindquist mask on their cover. What kind of ingrate would do that? Wyatt James would not.

Matt Driscoll: Yeah, he's pretty enraged (engorged?) about the Clear Channel situation. And I can sympathize (and even get behind) that. It's not like anyone at the Volcano wants Tacoma to be full of hideous digital billboards. I'm not exactly sure why he's directing so much wrath at us (other than the obvious: our insanely well-crafted "Get In on the Party" billboards are much easier to target than Humane Society, Click! or "Don't Beat Up Old People" billboards), but hopefully it works ... if the end goal is to make sure Clear Channel doesn't strong-arm Tacoma into a future full of flashing advertisements on every neighborhood corner. If the end goal is just to make our lives miserable or persuade us to drop our billboards it seems a little misguided, but that's just me. Best case scenario: the Tacoma City Council and the highly paid official they've hired on behalf of the people do their job and don't just wilt for fear of "expensive litigation." You stop getting messages from RR. And we can once again use Facebook again in peace. The desires of companies, no matter how massive, should not trump the desires of whole cities. Guess we'll see what happens ...

RR Anderson: don't beat up old people public service billboards I can't imagine anyone paying money for... more like charity tax write off for Clear Channel and one of the community outreach bullet points they will use as a human shield in their written submission to the Tacoma City Council. However "Get in on the party" I would be interested to know how much the weekly volcano paid out of pocket for those. Follow up question: when you're looking at your favorite men's magazine... and those little cards keep falling out of the pages into your lap--how does that make you feel ?

Erik Bjornson: The "RR Anderson Volcano boycott effort" has been one of the most successful campaigns the Weekly Volcano has ever launched to enhance their readership and alternative street cred. Machiavellian and pure genius. You guys are more popular than ever!

Matt Driscoll: Erik -- The RR Boycott Bump has been noticeable. It's been pretty cool.

Matt Driscoll: RR - Sorry, I forget I can't hit return with Facebook comments. ... Not sure how much we paid. Would be willing to bet the family's new Hilltop estate it's not enough to make any kind of difference in this thing, but I also realize I'm not going to win this argument with you. Clear Channel is the devil, and we're doing business with the devil. I get it. Never mind any subtleties or what we do and what we support with our business. And by favorite men's magazine do you mean the copy of King of Methlehem I read over and over?

Ron Swarner: Matt speaks the company line. You will not see our business or products flashing above the streets - not matter how awesome the party.

RR Anderson: ‎Matt Driscoll, Ron Swarner, Paul Schrag my friends. You folks have done more to lift up bands and promote local music than most folks. Hearing Matt on KUPS educating young people about music was a thrilling radio experience. The Weekly Volcano has a greatness packed in just waiting to erupt. Unfortunately, you guys are stuck on a communication form from a bygone era... as Matt states the investment in minimal and so it stands to reason you folks are betting on a greater return on investment. Im here as an ambassador of the future. Skynet, and the international communist conspiracy to destroy all our slack is real. Very real, and so I beg you... Abort this 'party' stand with the people, your human brothers and sisters... the poor souls these little musical groups sing to.. burn to have a connection with.. This is your true party. We as human beings can no longer afford to keep this vampire-demon called Clear Channel. She will destroy us all! Repent! Arise! You're better than cheap booze and crumbling billboards. That's a world worth fighting for.

RR Anderson: How many Daniel Blues do we have to push away?

Paul Schrag: Who is Daniel Blue?

Mark Lindquist: Wow. This inspired a lot of typing.

RR Anderson: Passion.

Matt Driscoll: Engorged.

RR Anderson: Turgid.

Jennifer Driscoll: Keyboarding. Inspired a lot of keyboarding. And for those with edema--if I'm reading the swelling references correctly--I recommend cranberry juice and/or parsley.

RR Anderson: Dear Mrs. Driscoll i'm not falling for anymore of your home remedies that involve pouring juice on my keyboard.

Jennifer Driscoll: All medicine has side effects, RR.

by NineInchNachos on 5/18/2011 @ 12:32pm
Also I have another idea for another Tacomic 'weekend edition' alternative [thiscartoon] design...

by NineInchNachos on 5/19/2011 @ 11:24am

by NineInchNachos on 10/4/2011 @ 10:10am

by low bar on 10/4/2011 @ 2:48pm
"the weakling volcano is the singularly most negative cultural transmitter in tacoma...they are alcohol centric - where to buy booze, where to get drunk, where to listen to drunk bands playing to drunk people, how to get laid when everyone is drunk, and finally what food to eat the next afternoon that treats drunk tummy the best. these guys are morons."

that's poetry.