Frazz: Live at Bryson Elementary

    (Andrews McMeel, 2001)
™ and © Andrews McMeel

Launched in 2001, Frazz established itself immediately as both witty and wise. The title character is a successful popular songwriter named Edwin Frazier who refuses to give up his day job as janitor in an elementary school because he loves the ambiance and the kids. And they, in turn, love him: Frazz the custodian is everyone’s friend and champion.

The gags are never predictable and they are often mind–bending. Caulfield, a genius child, asks his teacher: “If the pen is mightier than the sword, and if a picture is worth a thousand words, what would a picture of a sword be worth?”

And, when Caulfield’s calculator dies, Frazz tells him he needs a “mathmortician.”

The dialogues between Frazz and the diminutive scholars are often deeply fascinating. Caulfield wonders why Ellie looks so happy going to school. “Doesn’t she know she’s facing mind-numbing conformity and a sedentary lifestyle? What’s to be happy about?” Says Frazz: “Maybe the spiffy new back–to–school outfit.” Caulfield: “Where reason fails, retail prevails.”

— R.C. Harvey

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