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October 29, 2007

A Very Frazz Halloween, Part 1

Filed under: Arlo Page, Bill Bickel, books, comic strips, comics, Frazz, Halloween, humor, Jef Mallet — Cidu Bill @ 12:01 am

Thanks to Janice Rey for reminding me open up Jef Mallet’s usually-classic Halloween-week Frazz arc to the annual “guessing game.” Extra points to anybody who gets it after only today’s strip.

“SPOILER” WARNING: I believe somebody did nail this immediately, so you might want to avoid reading the comments section if you want to play along at home.

My own early guess, oddly enough, ties into this semi-Arlo strip Nicole sent me aout five minutes after I received Janice’s e-mail.


  1. I’m guessing the plunger is not going to be a plunger in the final costume, and that Larry-Boy ( is not classic enough. All of which eliminates a lot, but doesn’t illuminate enough.

    P.S. I nominate the “semi-Arlo” strip for one that made me laugh out loud.

    Comment by Janice — October 29, 2007 @ 3:44 pm

  2. I only recently started reading Frazz–what is the Halloween guessing game?

    Comment by Cedar — October 29, 2007 @ 5:07 pm

  3. Every year, Caulfield comes up with a costume based on a literary character, and we’re given clues throughout the week of who the character is.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — October 29, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

  4. I’m guessing it’s Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, since he describes the Tralfamadorians (the aliens who kidnap Billy Pilgrim) as looking like toilet plungers with a hand on top.
    But that’s probably wildly off from what the end result will be.

    Comment by LostInTarnation — October 29, 2007 @ 8:24 pm

  5. I don’t know, Vonnegut died this year, so that could be it.

    Comment by Charles — October 29, 2007 @ 9:34 pm

  6. I kind of like that idea. Pending how the rest of the week goes, of course.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — October 29, 2007 @ 10:18 pm

  7. That’s it, the second I heard Vonnegut, I agreed. And Slaughterhouse-Five was the only book I finished. I went to college in Troy, NY, or Illium, as Vonnegut called the city in Piano Player.
    And I clearly remember one odd day when many of us were lying around a field of grass outside high school in the ’70s and someone had a copy of Breakfast of Champions and he let me look at it. I told him how my step-mother decided she wanted to read Piano Player when I was only through the first chapter. A single page from Breakfast of Champions was the only other and the last thing I read.

    Was Slaughterhouse-Five the *first* famous book to jump around in time so much?

    Comment by Kevin Andresen — October 29, 2007 @ 11:45 pm

  8. The Sound and the Fury jumps around in time quite a lot.

    Comment by Autumnal Harvest — October 30, 2007 @ 12:17 am

  9. Looks like #4’s got it, from the next comic.

    Comment by Djagir — October 30, 2007 @ 1:40 am

  10. There’s an answer I didn’t see coming. I understand Faulkner isn’t the same breezy, effortless experience that Vonnegut is.
    Still, I have to try him someday. I’ve added “The Sound and the Fury” to my very short reading list (which won’t get executed until next summer).
    (I’ve also added “Player Piano” (the correct name) since there’s no one left around to snatch it from me.)

    Comment by Kevin Andresen — October 30, 2007 @ 12:36 pm

  11. The Sound and the Fury is much harder to read than Slaughterhouse-Five, partially because the jumps in time often occur mid-sentence and mid-paragraph, without any warning or markers, so that it’s difficult to tell what’s going on.

    Comment by Autumnal Harvest — October 31, 2007 @ 2:50 pm

  12. Frazz had its own William Faulkner gag a couple of years back: Caulfield was listening to it on tape, and had to turn it over to get to the second half of a sentence.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — October 31, 2007 @ 2:59 pm

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