Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. RadarRecon

    RadarRecon GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    It’s no fun being uncoordinated enough to pump yourself. I remember it well.

  2. Varnes

    Varnes said, over 1 year ago

    RadarRecon, seriously, where’s the initiative here?

  3. The Life I Draw Upon

    The Life I Draw Upon said, over 1 year ago

    She’s been waiting for her turn to swing for a very long time. (It is a little lame for a kid that age to not know how to swing. )

  4. KZ71

    KZ71 said, over 1 year ago

    STRAIGHT outta Calvin and Hobbes. Although his punchline was “where the heck is the manual override!?”

  5. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    KZ71 — I wouldn’t call it exactly the same…

    A similar theme.

    But to me, the joke in C&H is more about Calvin’s technical expectations and vocabulary.

    I’m sure other cartoonists have riffed on this theme too.
    Almost anything funny has been thought of more than once.

  6. pumaman

    pumaman said, over 1 year ago

    When you’re a little older you’ll learn to get swinging by yourself. The longer your legs the easier it is.

  7. Stratmanron

    Stratmanron said, over 1 year ago

    Nope the Calvin strip isn’t exactly the same as Frazz. Maybe Jef is doing a nod to C&H, but the Frazz strip is more about today’s kids, and the C&H strip is about Calvin looking to automation for help… IMHO.

  8. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Maybe she is too use to have help and haven’t yet tried to leg swing yet. Or they are still too short.

  9. nosirrom

    nosirrom said, over 1 year ago

    Dig those tiny sticks. There are not many drummers who have matched Gene Krupa’s talent.

  10. DutchUncle

    DutchUncle said, over 1 year ago

    “Today’s kids” – it’s beyond belief that today a kid would be in a playground without a parent less than ten feet away. When C&H came out, it was still possible; when we were kids (at least some of us) we told mom we were “going out to play” and showed up again at dinnertime.

  11. Ewal Doh

    Ewal Doh GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    It all depends on the playground.
    At the risk of being criticized, i’ll suggest you not judge all parents by what is magnified by the Media.

  12. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, over 1 year ago


    And today any kid without a parent less than ten feet away would be considered “abandoned”, and Child Services would be called.

  13. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 1 year ago

    @The Wolf In Your Midst

    I wish I were a kid today. I would have had a better childhood. My parents were of the sort that needed someone to hold their feet to the fire.

  14. bigpuma

    bigpuma said, over 1 year ago

    “All day” is a long time to wait for a push. She showed some frustration, yes, but she got over it, and looks placid enough (a solitary furrow to her brow) at the end. She may grow up to be a very good little Cubs fan.

  15. bigpuma

    bigpuma said, over 1 year ago

    @6turtle9: Nice stab you took at analysis yesterday! You may, however, have to renew your subscription to Popular Psychology and do some more homework. Sorry, but self-loathing is not on my menu.

    A problem here is that tone is so difficult a thing to convey and to discern in electronic media (although yours, in its shrill certitude, was unmistakable). NightGaunt49, though, was right on the money: I was both “making a joke” and “exaggerating for emphasis”. What you call “screeching”, I call joking hyperbole. It happens!

    “Sad, tragic, miserable, and pathetic” I may appear to you, but I’m a happy fella! (Yes, you guessed wrong on the gender, too.) I may come off as mean-spirited, but that’s only in response to disingenuous posers who aren’t as smart as they think they are, and who deliberately misrepresent what I’ve written.

    Now, if we wanna talk neuroses or disorders, I will admit to being a touch obsessed. I keep telling myself that if I point out the weirdness of “Frazz” enough, some of the know-it-alls out here will finally have to admit that I occasionally have a valid point. Trouble is, many here are like you: They go instead for the ad hominem attack. As you’ve demonstrated, it’s easier to say that someone is just wrong, bad, or “sad” than it is to counter with an actual argument.

    Even though you were miles off the mark, I can tell from your (attempted) penetrating look into my psyche that you’re one who cares about the well-being of others. You weren’t trying to make me look bad with a half-baked head shrinking, no! No, you care about me. I thank you for that.

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