Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. Single Male

    Single Male said, over 4 years ago

    See, in Caulfield’s line in the last panel, where the word “one” is on its own line? Typographically speaking, a hanging word like that is undesirable, but I can’t help but notice how easy it would have been to move it up to the line before… It’s almost like it was moved down intentionally.

    In typesetting, such words are called orphans (some call them widows). In this Memorial Day strip, is this little orphan a subtle, solemn nod to those orphans and widows of war?

    I like to think so, but I’m probably just reading into it way too much.

  2. The Old Wolf

    The Old Wolf said, over 4 years ago

    Either way, it’s a lovely tribute.

  3. Editer63

    Editer63 said, over 4 years ago

    hmm you may be right.

  4. coolvq

    coolvq said, over 4 years ago

    @Single Male

    Interesting observation! I’m glad you pointed it out.

  5. coolvq

    coolvq said, over 4 years ago


  6. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 4 years ago

    I think Mallett wrote exactly what he meant— on several levels— and I applaud.
    Writers use many things that are not “accepted” grade school grammar in order to achieve some type of effect in their readers. When I’ve written an op-ed or other opinion piece, I will use what would be considered sentence fragments for the purpose of achieving some effect.

    In this op-ed, for example, I used single, simple sentences, spaced apart, to heighten the impact. (I note in passing that I didn’t pick the title.)

  7. uh-oh

    uh-oh said, over 4 years ago

    Keep [y buried.

  8. Pacopuddy

    Pacopuddy said, over 4 years ago

    This is very poignant,
    Here in England, when those coffins come back through Wooten Bassett, and the whole town lines the streets in silent respect, it breaks my heart – this is someone’s child -someone’s husband, brother, father . . .
    And if you have ever seen troops come back – they are so YOUNG. All of that promise and potential, and they are prepared to lose it to protect the lives of others (or for the whims of a politician!). What a tragic waste.

  9. x_Tech

    x_Tech GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    This the local memorial to the soldiers killed in Iraq.

    Click on image for more.

    The above images are not intended as a political statement, simply as a memorial.

  10. dataweaver

    dataweaver said, over 4 years ago

    Richard S. Russell: I know that Memorial day isn’t the appropriate time to be trying to make political hay. Let’s put aside our differences for now, agree that war is tragic whether it’s just or unjust, and get back to our usual political bickering tomorrow. OK?

  11. vwdualnomand

    vwdualnomand said, over 4 years ago

    war, a scourge of mankind. why oh why do clueless leaders think that war is a game? for all those political pundits who want war, send them over to afghanistan and do a combat operation. if they say they have an excuse, tell them the rumsfeld line that one goes to war with what they have.

  12. Varnes

    Varnes said, over 4 years ago

    Instead of remembering wars,I prefer to remember that it’s always out best people that get it in the neck. Less war please.

  13. Yooper

    Yooper said, over 4 years ago

    I hate English teachers!

  14. wbtthefrog

    wbtthefrog said, over 4 years ago

    @Single Male

    Interesting observation about typographical orphans. I wonder why he just picked one, though…Afghanistan is not the only place where Americans are involved in armed conflict.

  15. rshive

    rshive said, over 4 years ago

    as the Woody Guthrie song goes—

    …Still I wonder why
    the worst of men must fight
    And the best of men must die.

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