Isn’t a lucky songwriter helping a klutz like an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object?
One can follow this strip many a month without ever catching a hint of its premise! I think this is the first time I’ve actually seen it referenced in the strip, though I had come across the information somewhere.
Writing ‘em is easy Selling ’em ain’t.
Or at least as skilled. You do have to have talent and hard work. But you also have to have connections, personality, and luck. Sometimes successful people like to pretend those don’t matter, because they like patting themselves on the back.
Seems to me, he spends a lot more time at his “side job” rather than writing songs. When was the last time you saw Frazz with a notebook, pen, paper or sitting still to write ANYTHING?
Some day, you know that kind of day, the kind of day you would like to sit down and read a nice, long book…instead, go read all the back versions of one of your favorite comic strips.
See, underneath the comic strip, a string of arrows? Double and single arrows? The double arrow on the left, pointing to the left, is a link to the oldest comic strip they have in their archives. Click on that one. Then after you have read that one, click on the single arrow pointing right. Repeat until you can’t absorb any more, bookmark that page, then the next time you’re in the mood for it, repeat.
It’s fun. I’ve done that with a few comic strips, more than once. I know I got through most of Pickles that way, as well. Frazz was a lot of fun, and it made a little more sense afterwards. I couldn’t get through XKCD, though, his oeuvre is far too lengthy! But I did have fun trying…
True that, Frazz. “The race goes not to the swift…”
“Skilled” is s funny word to use when discussing the relative merits of songwriters. I’m sure that by most standards, Mallett fave Lyle Lovett would have to be considered “skilled”. Still there are plenty of people who wouldn’t go to hear his music if they were given free front row tickets and all the refreshments they could drink. I mean, wood carving is a skill but if you’re into the arts and crafts style, you don’t want flowers and birds as a feature on your fireplace mantel.
There’s skill and then there’s appeal.
Over humble successful people just come off as fakes, as in look at me how humble I am.
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Oops. This is probably the episode that yesterday’s Frogg should have been written for. That’s okay. It worked well yesterday, too, and now I’m free to comment on how Frazz was a wee overdue for a backstory review or reminder anyway. And how characters don’t alway cooperate with the roles you give them. Frazz largely has stayed true to his personality, since he’s pulled from my own personality, or at least the personality I would have if I could curate it and edit it and present it in convenient, mostly flattering little chunks. But the songwriting got a little lost as I got my health back (recall the mono I mentioned) and my personality turned more to endurance sports and readers responded. And that’s just fine. And it’s been really fun.
There’s one side effect, though, that I wonder about sometimes. Since he was a songwriter, I thought he might need a favorite songwriter he really looked up to. I chose the songwriter I looked up to, and still look up to: Lyle Lovett. Recall that Lyle, at the time, had a lot of curly hair, stacked high. I had a decision to make. I knew I was going to give Frazz some messy, perpetually out of control hair, but I balked at making it dark and curly. That seemed a little too fawning (even though I put it on a class guinea pig that really didn’t hold up and disappeared), so he would end up sporting light-colored, straight hair that stuck out everywhere. That, of course, turned out to have way more consequences than any Lyle Lovett tribute. People, understandably, saw a resemblance to one of the title characters from Calvin & Hobbes, and I think that colored the way some people approached the strip. Some people, to this day, don’t like it and accuse me of being anything from carelessly derivative to cynically plagiaristic, and try to hurt my feelings over it.
July 31, 2013