Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. garcoa

    garcoa said, over 2 years ago

    Check it at the door, Caulfield. But on the other hand, it seemed to have worked.

  2. Mourdac

    Mourdac said, over 2 years ago

    As you get older, Caulfield, you’ll often find yourself with those “insufficient funds”

  3. Tricia O

    Tricia O said, over 2 years ago

    I’ve had some of those weekends, when I was much younger.

  4. pupskweek

    pupskweek GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Once again I don’t understand this strip—is this a quote from somebody semi-famous that only erudite and highly educated people know? (Like Caulfield and Frazz)

  5. Radical-Knight

    Radical-Knight said, over 2 years ago

    I’m telling you… This kid has presidential potential!!!

  6. bigpuma

    bigpuma said, over 2 years ago

    @pupsqueak: You’re not alone. I googled “that old line”. It returned zero search results. Mallett’s priorities for wordplay place making sense and being funny well below sounding smart and being abstruse.

  7. doublejake

    doublejake GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago


    Not sure what “google” you used. Try the actual google using “wrote a check couldn’t cash” and you’ll get over 58,000,000 hits. A very common variant is “his mouth wrote a check his fists couldn’t cash” regarding someone who mouths off to someone and gets beaten up in return. MANY variants.

  8. bigpuma

    bigpuma said, over 2 years ago

    @doublejake: I’m familiar with the expression. The weekend / morning version is what I was referring to (and what I googled). Mrs. Olsen is referring to that particular variant very specifically, as if it were a version that we all might know. We don’t.

    Now explain some more, please. Why are her low expectations useful to Caulfield? Any reason beyond her not sending him to the principal’s for being late?

    Frazz’s punch line? Is he implying that he has low expectations of himself?

  9. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 2 years ago

    Caulfield has to take care to stay away from drink or those kind of weekends will materialize. If he develops a severe, debilitating addiction to spirits the only profession he’ll be good for is a public middle school principal.

  10. Tom Flapwell

    Tom Flapwell said, over 2 years ago

    Seems to me that these lower expectations work AGAINST Caulfield, in that the teacher doesn’t believe his excuse.

  11. bigpuma

    bigpuma said, over 2 years ago

    If my friends and family were to read this, Gaunt, they’d say you are the funniest person alive. If anything, I overthink things. When that fails, I ask the forum here for help. (Some answers are better than others. And, boy, is that an understatement.)

    So here is one more thought: Why would Mallett give Mrs. Olsen this severe attitude all of a sudden? She gets out of sorts with Caulfield, yes. But when have you ever seen her say something so negative, personal, and damning? She’s basically saying, “You’re lazy and boring you always will be.”

    You’d have to be a pretty lousy teacher (and a lousy person) to speak to a child in that way. Mallett’s goofy priorities again: setting up jokes counts; making characters consistent doesn’t.

  12. michael wheeler

    michael wheeler said, over 2 years ago

    See if I can’t explain it for those who need some help. Caul field was late and was trying to get skirt around the issue of being late. His quote was to get Mrs. Olsen to bite, which she did with her teasing of Caulfield. Caul fields remark to Frazz about low expectations was in reference to Mrs Olsen’s low expectations of Caulfield’s excuse being valid enough to warrant his tardiness. His ruse to get out of trouble for being late seemed to have worked.

  13. Weisenheimer

    Weisenheimer GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @michael wheeler

    As you say “SEEMED to have worked.” But Frazz’s comment implies Caulfield missed something. I think it continues on something like this: C thought Ms O had low expectations of him—but his low expectations of her made him miss what she was really saying about him. What that is i’m not quite sure…

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