Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, over 3 years ago

    We got to watch movies, and play games when it rained. The Seven Up game is the only one I remember though.

  2. Varnes

    Varnes said, over 3 years ago

    I kind of dreaded the first day of school, but I have nothing but good memories of them…All those friends you haven’t seen for a while,…all the catching up to do…

  3. Mr Nobody

    Mr Nobody said, over 3 years ago

    The brand-new clothes. And the pencils with no tooth marks and erasers intact.

  4. davidh48

    davidh48 said, over 3 years ago

    I liked the smell of the wet rubber raincoats in the “cloak room”, but hated mass in the dark morning. Depressing way to start the day. Some nuns were OK, as were most lay people. Later, same for Brothers of HC and Jesuits. The latter were intelligent enough to communicate with.

  5. Otera

    Otera said, over 3 years ago

    first day of school, fourth grade, lightning hit the blacktop behind the school and set off the fire alarm in the middle of a downpour. what a miserable day.

  6. lightenup

    lightenup said, over 3 years ago

    Her name must be Pollyanna

  7. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 3 years ago

    Now she has no lunch. Hope she has a backup plan.

  8. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 3 years ago

    Be glad they taught you writing. I have to learn now on Gocomics.

  9. Comic Minister

    Comic Minister said, over 3 years ago

    Whatever you say little girl.

  10. bigpuma

    bigpuma said, over 3 years ago

    To summarize: The punchline is the boy’s ironic tweak about the good fortune the girl finds in getting caught in the rain and (literally) losing her lunch. The set-up, meanwhile, would have us believe that she can’t detect the difference in weight between an empty bag and a full one; that she’s happy being drenched in rain, and that her outlook on life is that it’s better to have things go badly than to have them go off without a hitch. And that’s because it feels good to know you can rely on something happening the way you expect, even if what you expect stinks.

    Do I get an A?

  11. E. Hooper

    E. Hooper said, over 3 years ago

    I’ve never attended school at any level that started after Labor Day. Most public schools around here start the second week of August.

  12. bigpuma

    bigpuma said, over 3 years ago

    Yeah, okay. Get back to me, Ewal Doh. And at that time, in response shall I quote your imperious, nonsensical rant, or would you like to repeat it for yourself?

    And by the way, what does my reply to your goofy post from days ago have to do with my ability to follow a thought today? What is it with people out here? Can you not address what I have written TODAY? Is it really THAT hard to separate your weird prejudices from rational thought in the present?

  13. bevgreyjones

    bevgreyjones said, over 3 years ago


    And why do you think that she wasn’t yelling Yes in glee at the moment her lunch fell out of the bag?

  14. bigpuma

    bigpuma said, over 3 years ago


    That’s possible. The other kid doesn’t appear until the last panel. Maybe he doesn’t know that she knows and feels the need to tell her. Either way, Mallett’s set-ups often require his readers to believe things that are a stretch and a half. Do I demand realism? Not at all. But contrivance upon contrivance is not good writing, in my opinion.

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