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Posted at 8:05 AM ET, 10/29/2009

Calling all comics readers: To save 'Frazz,' what strip should we send to KidsPost?

By Michael Cavna


'FRAZZ' (UFS)Enlarge Image


The "FRAZZ" drumbeat swells in volume again.

All this week, Jef Mallett's comic has been AWOL on the KidsPost page. And numerous readers want to know where the #$@! it is.

Well, Riffsters, that's a #$&! good question. (The strip's absence this week even prompted commenter TinMD to post yesterday: "Please do not drop ['Curtis'], like you did 'Frazz.' ")

First, the good news: "Frazz" WILL return next week.

Second, the curiouser news: "Frazz" was not run in KidsPost this week -- drumroll and drumbeat, please -- because the content was deemed inappropriate for young readers.

That's right. For you "Frazz" fans scoring along at home -- the ones who all along have questioned the wisdom-less decision to put an "intellectual" comic on a page for tween-and-younger readers -- your opinion has just been publicly validated, at least for this week.

Tracy Grant, the Weekend and KidsPost editor, tells Comic Riffs: "The ['Frazz'] series this week was about Halloween and how everyone in school was dressing up as characters from a piece of literature. Turned out the piece of literature was 'Catch-22' and in the culmination of the series ... the character was the naked man in the tree."

Grant -- who I hasten to add did not choose for "Frazz" to be housed on her KidsPost page -- continues: "There was no way this could run in KidsPost so we decided to hold it out for a week. Many weeks, 'Frazz' has one or two strips that don't work for kids, but we can get around that. But because this was an entire sequence, it was not possible." (You'll find a readers' note on the page today to indicate that "Frazz" will resume next week.)

Let me assure you: Grant is a smart and comics-knowledgeable editor. Had she her druthers, I'm confident she'd pick a strip that was more appropriate for her page -- not to mention one that didn't present broken story-continuity issues, given that KidsPost does not publish daily.

So now that The Frazz Problem has again reared its substantial head, Comic Riffs asks readers again, while we have the attention of at least a few editors: If "Frazz" were returned to the main funnypages, what current Post strip would you ship to KidsPost?

Yes-yes, 'Riffs polled readers back in July. My sincere hope now -- akin to the Great "Judge Parker" Reversal of Aught-Nine -- is that if Comic Riffs readers can identify and hone the list down to just one or two dominant candidates, we can at least get a few Newsroom editors to listen -- if not some of the minds in Marketing, to boot.

This question is nonbinding -- but with a strong-enough response, perhaps it won't be non-consequential.

The floor -- freshly mopped by Frazz -- is now yours.


By Michael Cavna  | October 29, 2009; 8:05 AM ET
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Comments

Move Peanuts

Posted by: davidgottschlich | October 29, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Suggest substituting Peanuts Classics or Red and Rover for Frazz.

Posted by: EHender244 | October 29, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Frazz is a great strip and should be in everyday. Put Peanuts classic in the kids post; Red and Rover only if you can run it every day--that's too good a strip to miss some days.

Posted by: rbeltsville | October 29, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Peanuts, Family Circle, Red and Rover all seem obvious to me. Why don't they to anybody at the Post?

Posted by: dstu | October 29, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Peanuts. It's the comic strip I first enjoyed as a kid, and there's a timelessness to it.

Posted by: kevinmscott | October 29, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Peanuts or Red and Rover. Both of those are designed to appeal to younger readers. Family Circle? I'm not sure if *anyone* finds that funny.

Posted by: DCArtist71 | October 29, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Peanuts is a great choice for kids.

Posted by: tourtle78 | October 29, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Peanuts. Kids will like it, and it won't matter that one or two strips each week won't run.

Posted by: JohnDorsey | October 29, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

It's nice to know that the person who is responsible for the Kids' Post reads the comics in the Post. Wouldn't it be nice of the person who is responsible for the comics page did, too?

Posted by: seismic-2 | October 29, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Peanuts to the KidsPost. it is the only and best choice.

Love Frazz, read it daily online.

Posted by: ZeldaJane | October 29, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

When are we going to get the Sunday Cul de Sac in color again?

Posted by: subwayguy | October 29, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Definitely move Peanuts.

Posted by: BurgBarbL | October 29, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I'd happily trade any or all Peanuts, Family Circus or Red and Rover to get Frazz back where it belongs.

Posted by: ElzbthE | October 29, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Peanuts Classics. There's nothing controversial, so the editors would never have to worry about a naked Charlie Brown. And two strips a week wouldn't be missed because they're all reruns anyway.

Posted by: Horsefeathers | October 29, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Peanuts or Red and Rover.

Save Frazz!!!

Two comments, though:
1) Kid's Post is one of the best sections of the Post: it doesn't preach, it doesn't indoctrinate, it doesn't lecture, and it consistently has material I would have found interesting as a child (I don't quite like referring to children as young goats).

2) It's ridiculous to try to keep the Kid's Post sanitized when it is a part of the Style section, where much, if not most, material could be considered inappropriate for "kids". Are children supposed to avert their eyes from the other pages of Style? Would any of us have done so? Do parents carefully cut out the Kid's Post for their children? Why doesn't the Post publish a separate section for children and young adults?

Posted by: gauthier310 | October 29, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Peanuts fits best on the KidsPost page -- no continuing story line. Of course, that begs the fundamental question -- why does the KidsPost page need a comic strip anyway? Oh, right, it's a backdoor way to keep another strip running, well, sort of running.

Posted by: egertoni | October 29, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Peanuts should be on the kids page and Frazz should be relegated to the dustbin of history with prickly city as examples of how pompous self absorption isn't funny.

Posted by: keepwastingmoney | October 29, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Okay, Tracy Grant has been eliminated as the perpetrator of Frazz's banishment to Kids Post, but the question is still open: just who WAS responsible for this idiotic decision in the first place?

And if they HAD to drop this week's series, why didn't they just substitute a collection of all the strips they've dropped in past weeks since Frazz stopped being full-time? I'd call that a no-brainer, except that these editors have already demonstrated that thy have no brains.

Posted by: kilby | October 29, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Almost anything - Frazz is one of your best strips, and it's a shame we don't get it every day.

Posted by: Hemisphire | October 29, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

How can using a character from literature - even Catch 22 - be considered not child appropriate? Reading is still encouraged right?
Please put frazz back on the regular pages - it's a wonderful strip. Same to be said for Red and Rover - These 2 strips i'd love to see every day. Why does something have to be moved? I'm sure there's a way to work them all in.

Posted by: lkaserman | October 29, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Well if numbers count: Peanuts, all of us "grown ups" read them the first time around, bought the books, snoopy toys, etc. Now they are on their, what, 8098756 printing and we are SICK and TIRED of them. Let the kids read them for the first time and put Frazz where we can enjoy it.

Posted by: 2old2readcomics | October 29, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Let's make it unanimous: MOVE PEANUTS!

Posted by: CafeBeouf | October 29, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back home where you belong, Frazz! Peanuts would be perfect on Kids' Post. The grownups have read it all, anyway, either the first time around or in any of the multiple books, t-shirts, coffee cups, whatever.
Yesterday, in defending Curtis, I suggested 3 other strips you can cut w/no loss: Family Circus, Get Fuzzy, and Watch Your Head. I'll cheer if you also cut Prickly City. It's pompous, self-righteous, and snide.

Posted by: goldwags | October 29, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Another vote for Peanuts and/or Family Circus to move to the Kids page when Frazz moves back whhere it belongs on the regular comics page

Posted by: martygear | October 29, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I'll join the chorus for Peanuts to go to KidsPost - again, these are all repeats, so whenever there are story arcs, they can be spread out over a 5 day week. I'm not a fan of Red and Rover, which can't decide which decade in which it's taking place, but I understand where some folks might miss it if two days are missing - still, it would make sense on KidsPost. Also, I'm surprised no one has suggested Garfield for KP.

I am a bit surprised by the hate for Prickly City, Watch Your Head, and especially Get Fuzzy. I read and enjoy all of them (snideness and all).

Posted by: howiehunt | October 29, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Red and Rover to Kid's page. I really miss Frazz, and though I read it in my delivered paper on the few days it is printed, I can't scurry to the computer and find it on line the way I do Mary Worth and Apt. 3G. Get rid of classic Peanuts altogether. Hasn't this country bought enough Peanuts toys/paraphernalia yet?

Posted by: asmith609irving | October 29, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Another vote for moving Peanuts. I'd much rather have a quality strip like Frazz daily than a bunch of reruns I can't be bothered to read.

Posted by: JonathanC | October 29, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Add my voice to moving Peanuts and restoring Frazz. I happen to enjoy Peanuts as well (aged memory sometimes forgets the punch lines!) but agree with the thought that there isn't anything objectionable for the little ones and they can miss a strip or two without losing too much. I'm online now because I couldn't find Frazz. By the way, "Frazz will be back next week" is NOT an article and isn't an explanation either.

Posted by: schatzm | October 29, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

As others have noted, Peanuts is the obvious and logical choice. There's very rarely any multi-day arcs and kids 'get' the humor.

Posted by: greggwiggins | October 29, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I went to Comics.com and read this week's Frazz strips. (Frazzes?) They are truly, truly amazing--shame Post readers missed out.

Posted by: RKaufman13 | October 29, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Move Garfield. Kids actually read that. Or Mutts. Except for the animal rescue message there isn't much there, and nothing to offend kids. Maybe Peanuts, it's kid oriented, but has occasional adult insight.

Posted by: olddog1 | October 29, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Move Family Circus. Peanuts really is an adult comic strip. Family Circus is definitely for kids.

Posted by: lmoyer1 | October 29, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Early Peanuts was more adult, but the stuff that has been re-run under the "classic" label has been from recent decades, long after Schulz ceased to be challenging. Putting it in Kids Post is the perfect solution, since it really has no right to be cluttering up the regular comic pages.

Family Circus, on the other hand, is hardly for kids at all. It is usually nothing but sentimental schmooze directed at parents and grandparents, except for when it becomes a billboard for Christianity.

Posted by: kilby | October 30, 2009 4:57 AM | Report abuse

Just who is Kids Post aimed at, anyway? Five year olds or twelve year olds? Precocious kids or (let's be nice and euphemistic here) "casual readers?"

I may be the only one out here who thinks this, but IMO it's kind of obvious that most of the people here who want to farm out Peanuts are really just saying that they don't want it on the "adults" page. Fair enough, but if I were trying to appeal to today's kids I'd be far more likely to give them a strip with a bit more of an edge, like Pearls Before Swine.

Of course since P&S appeals to us adults as well, you'd have to guarantee that it'd appear every day, but thinking of the kids I know these days, I can't imagine a toon they'd appreciate more. They ain't all as slow and innocent as you all seem to imply. Don't just shovel them your rejects.

Posted by: andym108 | October 30, 2009 7:17 AM | Report abuse

One more vote for PEANUTS, which is now tired enough to be banished outright in my opinion.

An alternative: move DOONESBURY to the Op-Ed page and put FRAZZ on page 2 of Style.

And how about a catch up run of FRAZZ strips that have been cut during the run in KidsPost? (Put it where it won't offend the editors' notions of what upsets the kiddies.)

Posted by: wsheppard | October 30, 2009 8:00 AM | Report abuse

I am with the move Peanuts to the kids page. Frazz is really too subtle for most children under about 10 or 11. On another issue, why are we getting reruns of Dunesbury this week. Is Gary on vacation or sabatical?

Posted by: wmika | October 30, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Peanuts or Agnes to kidspost, or move another comic next to Doonesbury at the front of the style section. it seems that 2 at the bottom of the page might make the spacing better.

Posted by: lfooter | October 30, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Frazz is one of my favorites. I look for it every day. It decidedly does not belong on the kids' page, but it does belong in the Post. I like Red and Rover, as well. I vote for moving Classic Peanuts to Kids Post.

Posted by: evilade | October 30, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for letting Frazz fans know what's going on, Michael, even Weingarten let us down on this and he's best buds w/ Mallet. Just another couple of feet downhill on the ol' slippery slope for the Post. And really stunning for a paper that, all things considered, really *does* have a good comics section.

I say bring Mary Worth back and put her in the Kids Post.

Posted by: sstackwick | October 30, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I'd suggest dropping "Prickly City" to make space for Frazz. If you MUST keep it and move something to Kid's Post, move peanuts. Please do NOT move "Red and Rover;" it's too great to miss a few days a week.

Posted by: clbinva | October 30, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Move Peanuts. Now, what was the rationale behind selecting Frazz as a kid's comic? And why the censorship? Believe me, kids think that a naked man in a tree is funny.

Posted by: Greebo | October 30, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

OK then, if you're searching for the one to put in the Kids Post and not carry 7 days/wk make it Garfield. That's gotten pretty stale while Frazz is a breath of fresh air. With all the other changes you've made to your paper you need something good we can count on.

Posted by: borisjimbo | October 30, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Amazing that the Post screams censorship when signs are ban from Fedex field but censors the comic page without a thought that this to is censorship. Hypocrisy rules. Send Peanuts or LIO to the kids page and bring back Frazz.

Posted by: MARKHAGNER | October 31, 2009 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Peanuts is the perfect choice for the KidsPost page. Bring back Frazz to the comics pages!

Posted by: countdown1 | October 31, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

From your blog: "Tracy Grant, the Weekend and KidsPost editor, tells Comic Riffs: "The ['Frazz'] series this week was about Halloween and how everyone in school was dressing up as characters from a piece of literature. Turned out the piece of literature was 'Catch-22' and in the culmination of the series ... the character was the naked man in the tree.""

Um, does Tracy even read the strip? "everyone" were not dressing up as literature characters; that's Caulfield's specialty. And no, the character wasn't the naked man in the tree (Yossarian). Final strip in series is here: http://comics.com/frazz/2009-10-30/ from which I suppose Tracy only bothered to look at the first panel.

Posted by: Greebo | October 31, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Totally join with the folks voting to move Classic Peanuts to the Kids Post in the swap for Frazz. It was a great joy for me to read it as a kid. Let it be discovered by kids again on their page. And as others have said very well - no sequence problems due to the 4 day a week schedule of Kids Post.

Bring us our Frazz back. Great great strip.

Posted by: alicezzon | October 31, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Kid friendly, no continuing story lines, non controversial: that describes Dennis the Menace and Family Circus. If you can't get rid of these strips, then move it to the kids post page. Plus removing these two strips makes room for an additional comic strip. I'm not a Frazz fan but putting it on the kids post page made no sense. Fortunately due to circumstances, a change will be made, no thanks to the editor. Obviously the editor is a rocket scientist. Rocket scientists have no common sense.

Posted by: Amanda97 | November 1, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Classic Peanuts. Not only is it ideal for kids, it's RERUNS!

Give us fresh content every day. Put the RERUNS of Peanuts where they will find a fresh new audience.

Posted by: mdennis74 | November 1, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Move any one of the zombie strips. I would move peanuts AND family circus AND dennis the menace. Open up more room for new strips.

Posted by: buckeye96 | November 3, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Haven't we said this before? Isn't Peanuts exactly what the Kids Page needs- it's about kids, has no real continuity at this point and is eminently readable to early readers.

Sheesh, can we move on? Get Frazz back on the comics page where it belongs.

Posted by: Vaughn51975 | November 3, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

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