Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. Randy_B

    Randy_B GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Wow. That’s enthusiasm!

  2. Arch Stanton

    Arch Stanton said, over 4 years ago

    ‘ride my unicycle’ is street slang for something that i can’t elaborate on.

  3. Pacopuddy

    Pacopuddy said, over 4 years ago

    What is there NOT to see in Frazz – he may be minimum wage, but he’s maximum generous – with time, with kindness, and probably with money, too.

  4. Varnes

    Varnes said, over 4 years ago

    Pocobuddy, when ever he sells a song, the school gets new library books and stuff….

  5. A.Ficionada

    A.Ficionada said, over 4 years ago

    Aw, it’s a sweet one today!

  6. adabikenut

    adabikenut GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    If you ever get a chance to meet Jef in person you will find that this is his life philosophy. “Love everything you do and share everything you love.” Running, riding, drawing, swimming, … whatever it is he is eager to share his passion for it. And whatever you share with him he is genuinely interested to hear about why you like it.

  7. bigpuma

    bigpuma said, over 4 years ago

    That Frazz wants to share the joy he has found in an activity by teaching it to another: nice. That he is “astonished that anyone else … can’t (ride a unicycle)”: huh? Does everything come so easily to this guy? What does his astonishment say about him? That’s not rhetorical; I wanna know, please.

  8. Cartoonacy

    Cartoonacy said, over 4 years ago


    No, no. The point is that he doesn’t think of himself as anything special. He considers himself a regular guy, and is surprised when he finds out that he can do something that impresses other people.

  9. Matthew Davis

    Matthew Davis said, over 4 years ago


    Pacobuddy, Time, kindness, and money spent on other people is time, kindness, and money not spent on your partner. I think it’s great, but there are a lot of people out there who don’t like it in their own partners.

  10. Larry Parker

    Larry Parker said, over 4 years ago

    A recent XKCD (my other favorite) has a similar slant to it. NOT as warm and fuzzy, but a bit motivational worth checking out.

  11. Matthew Davis

    Matthew Davis said, over 4 years ago


    bigpuma, Cartoonacy, I saw his point being not that it’s difficult, but so few people have actually tried. I suspect that the majority of people who can’t ride unicycles have never tried it. For Frazz, it’s so obvious that a) life should be lived to the fullest and b) silly stuff like riding a unicycle is living life to the fullest, and he’s astonished that other people don’t see it the same way.

  12. tigre1

    tigre1 said, over 4 years ago

    I think what he has is something the Chinese culture used to put a big emphasis on: modesty.

    Like George Washington. No me-me-me, braggety-brag…
    just do the stuff, and bring others along. Pretty much the opposite of CELEBRITY culture. And for sure the opposite of
    Wall Street culture and ideals. Real people like Frazz will SAVE our culture and maybe our country. My guess is it has a lot to do with what you spend your time on: mastery of the material, or dazzling and getting attention. Big Jeff may have a lot of modesty in him, because his character does, and because of the nature of cartooning as I believe I’ve observed it: lots of attention on the work…the essence of real martial arts…focus on the job at hand.

    Bicycling is another thing that a person can continually get better at, and requires that you BE THERE, focused, on the job, to make it work. Homework, an artefact from the 19th century, is another place where a person can learn to be a superior human being. Focus on the job at hand.

    I won’t throw in much of a comparison or contrast using names like
    Hilton or current members of Congress here. For faults in our selves, we select the wrong class of people as leaders, all along the social world. As American people begin to struggle in a world of less-available resources, we’ll see whether we choose the preeners, self-aggrandizers, movie stars, and the players-to-the audience, or choose metaphorical lifeguards and truly capable people with our interests in mind.

  13. tigre1

    tigre1 said, over 4 years ago

    Oh…I almost missed her tricky put-down of Frazz’ girlfriend…“You like him because he can ride a tricky toy(YOU!)…and she just kept going on her task, which was to explain…why she liked him. Frazz is…”gladly would he learn…and gladly teach…"

  14. StupidIdiotWhoShouldntVoiceHerOpinions(but does anyway)

    StupidIdiotWhoShouldntVoiceHerOpinions(but does anyway) GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    @Matthew Davis

    True, but Frazz probably is kind, generous and spends time with Miss Plainwell too. She doesn’t seem like the type of person to begrudge time or money he might spend on others as long as he also spends enough time with and money on her.

  15. Himari Noihara

    Himari Noihara said, over 4 years ago

    @StupidIdiotWhoShouldntVoiceHerOpinions(but does anyway)

    I think you’re right. In fact, I think that’s what she likes about him-his generous nature isn’t an act to earn brownie points, he’s genuinely open and generous, to the point of being delighted to teach the school curmudgeon how to unicycle.

    He’s the kind of person that inspires people to try and be better themselves.

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