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Posted at 7:30 AM ET, 05/ 6/2009

The Frazz Affront: Top-Five Picks to Become a KidsPost Strip

By Michael Cavna

"Frazz" fans have spoken, and their battlecry is clear: Move "Frazz" back to the main comics pages. Puhleeze.

When "Judge Parker" was resurrected recently in The Post, "Agnes" was bumped to KidsPost. But then the newspaper decided to return snarky little bespectacled Agnes to the funnypages this week -- with "Frazz" getting the call to entertain the kiddies in its new location.

Hold up -- not so fast, numerous readers said to 'Riffs yesterday. "Frazz" has too many adult themes and reference to be considered a kid-only strip. Why not move "Garfield" or "Peanuts" or "Red and Rover" to KidsPost, they inquired/demanded. Or as commenter "Dougmacintyre" wrote: "Classic Peanuts is the obvious choice as kids may be the only demographic that have not read them before."

So today, 'Riffs offers its Top Five Suggestions for which strip should make the KidsPost Komical Kommute:

'FAMILY CIRCUS' (KFS)Enlarge Image

1. FAMILY CIRCUS: Hey, a microscopically reduced "Circus" circle could become an inadverent Caption Guessing Game for the tykes. Plus, it could become the circle that dots the "i" in the word "KidsPost" and -- voila! -- there's room to bring ANOTHER migration-ready strip to KidsPost. Which could be:

2. DENNIS THE MENACE: Hey, these jokes are new to the under-10 set. Well, most of 'em. The rest of us are wise to the fact that Dennis is merely doing endless variations on the same 33 gags.

3. CLOSE TO HOME: Who else but a 6-year-old can READ that quasi-legible caption most days. I'm certain there are eagle-eyed dove-hunting "Top Gun" pilots who have had Lasik surgery who still couldn't make out this daily eye-chart of text.

'DENNIS' (KFS)Enlarge Image

4. FRANK & ERNEST: Kids, I'm convinced, have a higher pain threshhold for such groaning punnery. Spare the pun, spoil the child.

5. JUDGE PARKER: Because kids today grow up so quick, the sometime PG-13 illustration in this strip would grow 'em up even quicker, haha. Oh, what an education lies in Eduardo Barreto's oft-suggestive strip, kiddos!

By Michael Cavna  | May 6, 2009; 7:30 AM ET
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I thought that it was HILARIOUS that the first Frazz comic on KidsPost was basically a fart joke.

Posted by: soccermutha | May 6, 2009 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Its an interesting idea to move Judge Parker to Kid's Post. Teach the next generation about the true inner workings of the legal system, warn them about the trouble you get into by raising pot on your farm, sell them a Dixie Julep action figure, etc. In that same vein, I would repet my suggestion from yesterday that Pearls Before Swine be moved to Kid's Post, since it features cute little talking animals. Makes perfect sense, doesn't it, Post-editors-who-make-decisions-about-the-comics-without-ever-actually-reading-them, right?

Posted by: seismic-2 | May 6, 2009 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Judge Parker to KidsPost??!!

Are you kidding??!!

It's an adult serial, keyword serial. Adult, too.

It needs to run everyday and Barreto's artwork is a little to (ahem) adult.

Posted by: alevine76 | May 6, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Cavna is also in favor of serving Irish babies for Mother's Day dinner.

Posted by: yellojkt | May 6, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

>> alevine76:

Yesindeedy. Pardon us, but our cheeky mischievous sly-and-wry fun-lovin' gangsta-pranksta irony-sufficient sarcasm is showing.

In other words: We are all just whistlin' Dixie. As in Julep.


Posted by: cavnam | May 6, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Peanuts for the kids. It is perfect. The San Antonio Express-News has the same editors that, evidently, can see microscopic print that requires the rest of us to use a magnifying glass. Thank heavens for "enlarge" on the web!

Posted by: ZeldaJane | May 6, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

To add insult to injury, as was pointed out yesterday, it seems like we're not even getting the real Frazz strips, presumably because they were too adult for KidsPost. This affront needs to be rectified quickly!

Posted by: agefen | May 6, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone else think that yesterday's (May 5) Dennis the Menace was begging for an alternative caption? And what's Dennis doing in Mr. Wilson's bathroom anyway!

Posted by: mat00 | May 6, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

The Post used to poll the readers before making any changes. What happened to that policy? It would reduce the frustration if the loyal readers had their say in the decision. I understand that the Post has the final say, but if we are going to pay for the paper , we should have a voice.

Posted by: dfarmer93 | May 6, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Mommy, what does b-r-a-s-s-i-e-r-e spell?

Posted by: jimbo1949 | May 6, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

soccermutha is almost right. it is the editors who are the fart joke!

Posted by: tpaine | May 7, 2009 7:18 AM | Report abuse

A day late but in case anyone didn't get your joke....

Your first three are the wrong shape to swap with Frazz. Parker would be fine: wean the grown-ups off this painfully slow strip (since the return, all I've seen is someone threaten someone else). F&E's puns are often on stuff that kids won't understand.

There's a long and painful joke that ends with the punchline "didn't you know? Tarzan stripes forever." A friend told that to his wife who had NEVER HEARD THE SONG STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER. It was marginally funny when the audience understood the pun.

Posted by: filfeit | May 8, 2009 7:59 AM | Report abuse

OK, today is Friday and there is no Kids page in the paper, so where do I get my daily Frazz Fix?
Oh yes, and the on-line version of the Post does not have a link to Frazz.
Move Dennis the Menace and Family Circus to Kid's page and get Frazz back on the comics page!

Posted by: kaybruce1 | May 8, 2009 8:11 AM | Report abuse

kaybruce1: Go to WaPo's comics page, where they list links to various strips. As you say, "Frazz" isn't there. **But**, if you click the button "Web comics" above that list of strips, it takes you to a list of more comics links, and "Frazz" is in fact there.

Posted by: seismic-2 | May 8, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Count me among those who want to see Frazz on a daily basis. Incidentally, I did not see Frazz listed among those comics available on-line. ?????

Posted by: dinwoodi | May 8, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Seriously, how is Frazz not in the paper today? How does the Post expect people to keep buying a product they keep tinkering with for no apparent reason? (Yes, I realize the comics aren't the point of the Post, but the point stands.)

Posted by: dougenglish | May 8, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Is Frazz wandering in the wilderness somewhere today? C'mon, folks. Who reads Judge Parker? I tried to read it once after it reappeared and could not! The print is just too small in order to get those extended dialogs in there. I don't see what difference it makes which comic is on the KidsPost. Are those parents who complained about Agnes, tearing the page off the section before they hand it to their kids??? Just put Frazz on one of the main pages in the same place every day!

Posted by: OldSalt2 | May 8, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I want to add my voice to this Frazz petition also. I was very disappointed on Friday when I couldn't get my daily fix. As noted on another comment, it is also not available online..... Bring it back and put one of the strips really aimed at kids on the Kids Post page. I suggest Classic Peanuts or Dennis the Menace.

Posted by: katwyck | May 10, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

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