Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. Alexikakos

    Alexikakos said, about 5 hours ago

    @        comicsssfan (From: Tuesday, November 24, and Wednesday, November 25, 2015. Re: )

    While I do thank you for the recommendation; after I had finished reading “The Blacker the Berry” I thought about rereading the script of Arthur Miller’s “’Death of a Salesman” to cheer myself up. It is one bleak story.

    I apologize, facetiousness has no place here. “The Blacker the Berry” is a brutal exposé of the racism within the black community of the 1920s. You were correct, comicsssfan, when you said my head would be spinning. Thurman writes his characters brilliantly, but he surrounds the protagonist, Emma Lou Morgan, with such unlikable, casually vicious, ugly characters that you continue to read only because you can’t stop. It’s the fact that that casual viciousness is directed at everyone, not just Emma, which makes the other characters so ugly and it serves to demonstrate the pervasiveness of the racism. Even Emma, herself is not immune. She’s in the forest; what trees? This is not a book to be read lightly. Indeed, it cannot be read lightly.

    On the practical side of things, the copy I read, published by Dover publishing says:

    “This Dover edition, first published in 2008, is an unabridged republication of the work originally published by The Macaulay Company, New York, in 1929.”

    Since that is so, there were some day-to-day-living items that must have been true in that time in more places than one, but are not well known.

       The character, Emma, attended high school in Idaho as the only black student in the school, and graduated summa-cum-laude. She then attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where there were other black students, in various faculties, in attendance (Thurman, himself, attended there.).

       The courts too, were different from what we might believe. The take-over of Harlem by the black community was in part helped by the courts ordering white people out of their homes and apartments in favour of shady, black, real-estate moguls, who were also not above using direct muscle to get their way.

    Here is a link to a short Wallace Thurman biography, and here, is a link to a Wikipedia article about the University of Southern California.

    “The Blacker the Berry” is well worth reading, but as I said, it’s bleak. Thanks again, comicsssfan.

  2. Alexikakos

    Alexikakos said, about 5 hours ago

    Caulfield, that question would be better put to the well known French expert Al le’ Gory.

  3. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 5 hours ago

    Seems Caulfield needs to up his game now. His usual isn’t cutting it anymore. Or he can see if he can get harder classes.

  4. Bilan

    Bilan said, about 4 hours ago

    I thought a paradigm was worth twenty cents.

  5. Kind&Kinder

    Kind&Kinder GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 hours ago

    I don’t really understand Frazz’s final remark; it’s far too abstract and abstruse a classification. Caulfield’s question is more a type of a Vaudeville comic’s gag. He’s bright but is still (as I was) a disrupter. Put him in an advanced class!

  6. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 hours ago


    In Finland he would be handled properly. Not so in the US mostly. Of course the reason for the strip is Caulfield and his means of coping through disruption. He doesn’t do that in any other classes. And the substitute knows him well.

  7. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 hours ago

    I agree with Bilan… a paradigm is worth 20 cents.

    If a tiny parrot is called a parakeet
    a tiny dime should be a dimekeet.

  8. Varnes

    Varnes said, about 2 hours ago

    I’ve got 4 boats, so it’s a paradox for me

  9. M2MM

    M2MM said, about 2 hours ago


    Came for this, left satisfied. :D

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