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Posted on Friday 28 November 2008 at 3:20 pm

Frazz and My Quarter-Life Crisis


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My favorite comic strip is called Frazz. For those that don't know the strip, the titular character is a thirty-year-old elementary school janitor. He originally took the job because his song-writing career was going nowhere and kept it even after several of his songs went gold-record because he loves the kids and will never grow up. He spends a lot of time hanging out with Caulfield, an extremely intelligent third-grader who frequently ends up in detention because he gets bored in class. They debate great works of literature, philosophy, fart jokes, and whatever else comes to mind with Frazz being the only adult that really challenges Caulfield and Caulfield giving Frazz an excuse to act like a kid.

When I first told my mom about this strip she laughed and asked if it is my favorite because I can relate to both main characters which I suppose in some ways is really true.

I spent some time today on Comics.com reading some of the Frazz strips that I'd never read before and rereading some favorites. I'm really glad I did because several of them kind of made me feel better about my whole quarter-life crisis thing. They reminded me that just because I have picked my career path doesn't mean everything else is closed off forever and I can never learn or do anything outside of that. They also reminded me that I can be a fully functioning, mature adult without ever growing up. They also gave me a plan for time-management to help me make sure that I find time to get my work done but also that I find time to do the things I truly love and avoid the things that just waste time.

Self-help through comic strips. Is that weird or what?

For those who are truly curious, a selection of a few of my favorite Frazz strips that helped put things in perspective today follow:

Frazz

Frazz

Frazz

Frazz
(The woman, for the curious, is Jane Plainwell, the first-grade teacher and Frazz's girlfriend)

Frazz
(The other man is the fourth-grade teacher, Mr. Burke, who is Frazz's best friend)

Frazz

Frazz

Comments:

Kathy
lady_katvic at 7:51 pm on 01 December 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Hey! How come we don't get Frazz down here?!?!?!?! That is cool.
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 8:34 pm on 01 December 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I always gripe that the Houston Chron doesn't have Frazz and should. Maybe I should write them a letter demanding that they start carrying it. Not that they'd listen to me.

I've got three books of Frazz strips I can bring home with me and you can borrow if you want to read them. Or they're all available at comics.com, but I like reading from books better than online, even if it is just a comic.


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