Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 19 hours ago

    He is afraid he won’t measure up.

  2. Richard S. Russell

    Richard S. Russell GoComics PRO Member said, about 19 hours ago

    Kiddo, if you don’t buckle down in school, you can kiss off that college.

  3. Varnes

    Varnes said, about 17 hours ago

    Hey, he’ll love getting away from the ‘rents, though….The scary part is when you realize your home doesn’t clean itself….For a freshman guy, it takes a couple of years…

  4. whiteheron

    whiteheron said, about 14 hours ago

    I was a six month quituate myself.
    Caulfield is a Dreadhead.

  5. olddog1

    olddog1 said, about 14 hours ago

    From what I hear and read, getting into college is harder than graduating.
    Yes, I know that’s hyperbole.

  6. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, about 13 hours ago

    . . What people don’t understand is that kids who are prepared for college don’t dread it. It is not a given that you will dread going to school. A kid who is prepared will welcome the challenge.
    . . Good luck getting prepared for college in our public schools though. People act like there is a lot of study happening during school hours. Nothing could be further from the truth! During the middle school grades there is a lot of stabbing each other with their pencils going on, and then screaming, “I’ve got lead poisoning!” It goes downhill from there.
    . . There is a strong contact sports culture in these holding tanks they call public schools. In these holding tanks they skimp on the textbooks and teaching so as not to interfere with the opportunity to participate in contact sports. Our culture also advocates for kids to work jobs in order to learn how to deal with people and handle the responsibility of small amounts of money. Between sports, jobs and the enormous amount of time spent sitting in a holding tank, you have a good chance of coming out of those years almost completely illiterate. I’ve seen it happen frequently.
    . . Other than that, I have nothing but good things to say about our public schools. The school lunch program is fantastic. They could open a restaurant. The schools are extremely clean. You can eat off the gleaming floors. There are a lot of sports programs that are easy to get into and hard to avoid, the coach/teachers push them so hard.

  7. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, about 13 hours ago

    This reminds me. There is this guy I know who can’t read at all. Although you can’t tell by looking at him. He looks as normal as the day is long. But there he was in the office of his landlady. He was really nervous and talking loudly, pacing back and forth. The landlady was holding some piece of paper in her hands and waiting for the man to pipe down. Her lips were pursed and there was tension in the air. She had to read this paper to him in a way that he could save face. Somehow it had to be established that she was reading to him not because he couldn’t do it. He is a tortured soul.

  8. rshive

    rshive said, about 13 hours ago


    Interesting perspective. I had a little different problem. Got good grades so easily that I probably slept through most of high school. Then got to a good college and discovered that I had to actually work. Took me a little while to get with the program.

  9. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, about 12 hours ago

    I think it is the boys who have mothers who hate them who are most susceptible. Often the mother rules the roost. Often these are stay-at-home are always at home. If the mother hates males and hates her son, the boy won’t be welcome at home and have a place to study and prepare himself for college.

  10. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, about 12 hours ago


    The “Chicago Tribune” did an article about the difference between the academic rigor of high school and college. All of these straight A students in high school were struggling enormously for C’s in the lower ranked state schools. Don’t ask how these kids did in the higher ranked state schools.

  11. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, about 12 hours ago

    We have a public school crisis in this great country of ours, folks!

  12. fatchance

    fatchance said, about 12 hours ago

    I worked with a man who was illiterate. When something had to be read, we pretended that he had left his glasses somewhere.

  13. puggles

    puggles said, about 12 hours ago

    I used to work for a state agency. When I had a “customer” who was illiterate and had to sign a statement of understanding containing the words “under penalty of law,” I would have a coworker watch and listen as I read the statement and made sure the person understood what he was about to sign. It is sad how many young people cannot read or have comprehension that is a 1st or 2nd grade level.

  14. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, about 12 hours ago


    “… or have comprehension that is a 1st or 2nd grade level.”
    Thanks for writing this. That was me graduating high school. I was at a 1st grade level.

  15. treesareus

    treesareus said, about 12 hours ago

    I taught timber cruising in the 1970s and 80s for the US Forest Service. College students, high school and college graduates were my students. Many didn’t have the basic math skills one learns in grade school. When pocket calculators came out they helped a little, but some kid’s skills were so poor they could not see the errors they made with the calculator. “No, that tree cannot be 400 feet tall, check you math.”

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