26 Comments

  1. I’m not going to go crawling through the archives, but I’m pretty sure we do. It’s the least common of the three scenarios, but it happens.

  2. I was able to find a strip with a pair of panels that had just two kids“(*), but I could not find a single “Frazz” strip that did not have at least one adult in it. Perhaps this could be turned an opportunity: the feature “Garfield minus Garfield” has achieved a certain amount of popularity. Perhaps “Frazz minus Frazz” would be equally successful.

    P.S. Here’s that one strip:

  3. There aren’t very many strips with just kids because that doesn’t work, thematically, very well. Just like you theoretically could have made “kids say the darnedest things” with just kids, and leaving Mr. Linkletter out.

    That’s not to say it can’t be done, but if you do that, you pretty much have to concede that the kids aren’t really kids, and mix in a talking penguin or a dog who plays baseball and is a WWI flying ace.

  4. Here’s another mention of the “summer reading list”. This seems to be staple in comic strips, but very few people I’ve heard from had such thing in school. Especially not one that they were responsible for in any way. After all, if you were tested or graded, what would they do with students who were new to the school?

  5. Brian, one of the things teachers, particularly elementary grade teachers, complain about summer vacation is that they spend the first month or two of the school year getting students back into the habit of being in school. Some school districts approach this by adopting a year-round schedule, and some attempt to get kids to still be learning over the summer. Libraries are now the major source of “summer reading programs”, although before Amazon kills them all bookstores also have a stake.

    Back when I was in school, most of my recreational reading was of science-fiction, which was and mostly still is not highly respected by the educational community as “serious” literature (although a few works slipped in) I think schoolchildren SHOULD be reading “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” and “Flowers for Algernon”, and “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH” won awards. Anyways, in my middle-school English class, there was a requirement to read a certain number of books, and reading them over the summer counted… except all mine were disallowed for being SF. Some of the literature that was inflicted upon me by public educators was worthwhile and valuable, and some was “Ethan Frome”. I could have happily gone through life entirely DIckens-less.

    But, all these words later, yes, there was and is such a thing as “summer reading lists” for schoolchildren.

  6. @ Arthur – Those two are dated 2010 and 2013. I have no idea how you found them, but I’m impressed.

  7. I finally went through the Frazzes I saved for various reasons. It’s very quick to skip over any with an adult, and these were left. Then out to gocomics to get a current pointer.

    There was a whole week of strips with just kids, but an adult off-strip but shown in an inset, such as

  8. @ Arthur – That brings us up to 2014. I find the depth of your personal archive a little frightening. 😉

  9. P.S. …. says the person who stored every single “Little Nemo” page when GoComics was still running them. I haven’t printed them yet, but if I can find a copy shop that can print A3 color pages at a reasonable price, then maybe I will.

  10. James Pollock – The library was where the summer reading programs were when I was in school in the 1960s to 70s. One would go to the library and get whatever chart they had that year to keep track of the books one read. One was then suppose to read a certain number of books (don’t remember the number, but 8 for one a week makes sense, although 10 rings a bell in the back of my head) and sometimes one was suppose to read a certain number of fiction and a certain number of nonfiction books.

    I would go the first week of summer vacation and pick the chart and books. I would come back either the next week or the second week after I had been there at the latest with the chart finished. I used to easily read a book a day (back when I had nothing else to do all day). They would not believe I had read the entire number of books, but my biggest problem would be that I was lacking in fiction books and would argue with the librarians that nonfiction books were more important and better for one to read than fiction.

  11. It would be verry suspicious if, three weeks from now, we saw a week long sequence of kids talking only to one another.

  12. J.P.: You had to read Ethan Frome? Where did you live?

    WE had to read Ethan Frome, but I thought that was because we lived in a town next to Pittsfield, two towns from Stockbridge — “Starkfield” and “Bettsbridge” in the book.

  13. Add me to the list of people who read Ethan Frome. I read it for English class at the same time we were assigned No Exit in French.

    THAT was a bleak month.

  14. Never read ETHAN FROME, but I read NO EXIT for pleasure as a kid.

    I was a weird kid, and later I was an English major, but perhaps that’s redundant.

  15. “You had to read Ethan Frome? Where did you live?”

    Hillsboro, OR. So… not because we were near the scene of the “action”. Then again, we aren’t any closer to Alabama, and we read To Kill a Mockingbird, too, and we’re really far away from Rome, and did Julius Caesar. I was a reader, but my taste didn’t match up with the English teachers. Dickens, bleah. Guy needed an editor. But I’ve never understood how Ethan Frome wound up on anybody’s mandatory reading list.

  16. I think the pertinent question here is: “Where was Ethan from?”

    Thank you, I’ll be here all night; don’t forget to tip your waitron.

  17. I wanted to add this Tweet from NPR host Scott Simon:

    Didn’t see the debate. Back-to-school night. Our 16 year old daughter’s English class has 9 students. They’re reading In Cold Blood, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Things They Carried, The Glass Menagerie. I asked, “You got room for a tenth in here?”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s